Class Notes

Class Notes

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James (Jim) Dahl 93MPH is a nursing home administrator at Golden Hill Health Care Cen­ter in Milford, Conn. He has been involved in senior care and rehabilitation for several years, including in California and Illinois. He has become interested in the strategic direction of the industry and ways to educate the public to better prepare for retirement. “To me, this is the quiet crisis in health care,” he writes, noting that Europe and Japan also face an aging population scenario. “It will have public health as well as economic implications.”

Dr. David Dunson 97G received the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies Presidents’ Award at the Joint Statistical Meeting in Vancouver last summer. The award is presented annually to a young (under 40) member for outstanding contributions to the statistics profession. Dunson is a professor of statistical science at Duke.

Eve Byrd 98MSN/MPH was named Nurse of the Year for Advanced Practice Nursing by the March of Dimes last fall. Byrd is a nurse practitioner at Emory’s Wesley Woods Center. She is one of four Emory Healthcare nursing professionals chosen from among 130 finalists in 14 nursing specialities.

The Rev. Corliss D. Heath  98MPH 04T 05G was the keynote speaker at the 31st Annual MLK Leadership Breakfast hosted by the Tampa Organization of Black Affairs in January. Corliss is enrolled at the University of South Florida as a doctoral student in applied anthropology, specializing in bicultural medical anthropology. She is also founder of SAVE Inc. (Shaping a Vision through Empowerment), a community outreach organization for youth.

Michael Hensle 99MPH was made unit chief of the FBI Biological Countermeasures Unit in Washington, D.C. Before his promotion, Hensle was one of only three supervisory special agents in the FBI Bioterrorism Prevention Program. He also is one of only six agents out of 30,000-plus FBI employees who have a public health degree.

“Keeping people safe and disease-free is the mission of public health and law enforcement, especially with regard to preventing bioterrorism attacks,” Hensle says. “I like to let students know that we aren’t the bad guys.”

Last fall, he met with Department of Epidemiology faculty and Student Outbreak and Response Team leaders about partnering with Rollins to bring this type of training to MPH students. “The idea is to integrate the topics early in their training to foster a positive relationship among public health, law enforcement, and academia,” he notes.

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Steven Trockman 99MPH was named director of community relations and outreach at Mid Coast Health Services in Brunswick, Maine. Mid Coast is a family of health care service providers that addresses the full spectrum of community needs. Previously, Trockman directed the Southern Maine Regional Resource Center for Public Health Emergency Preparedness, which he launched six years ago at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He and his wife and two young sons live in Topsham, Maine.


Dr. R. Thomas Sherba 01MPH was awarded a PhD in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University in January 2009. In spring 2010, he began working with the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services as the principal investigator of the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network. The network provides epidemiological descriptions of drug abuse trends and emerging drug problems. Sherba lives in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Peter Ehrenkranz 02MD/MPH is working for CDC/PEPFAR in Swaziland as the Care and Treatment Team lead. He focuses on both HIV and TB, from testing through retention in care. After leaving Emory, he completed a residency in internal medicine and a two-year fellowship in health policy as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at Penn. He then spent two years in Liberia as the medical director for the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, serving as senior technical adviser to the National AIDS Control Program.

Dr. Ajay Vasant Vatave 04MPH was appointed director of the Center for Public Health of The Cloudburst Group. Cloudburst staff partner with public and private organizations, domestically and internationally, to enhance the impact of programs that serve socially and economically disadvantaged groups. Vatave has worked extensively with underserved populations throughout his career, focusing on infectious disease, minority health issues, and rare genetic disorders.

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Dr. David A. Bray 04MPH was promoted by the Director of National Intelligence to senior executive for programs and technology with the Information Sharing Environment in Washington, D.C.

Sadi Moussa 05MPH, a William H. Foege Fellow, was honored by his home country of Niger for 20-plus years of service and outstanding contributions to the Ministry of Health. He was recognized by the Minister of Health during a nationally televised ceremony. In January, Moussa took on a new challenge as resident technical adviser in Mali for the Carter Center.

MARRIED: Andrea Dopico 05MPH and Charles Castillo 04MBA on Aug. 28, 2010. The couple held their wedding in Cancun, Mexico, with family and friends. They live in St. Petersburg, Fla., with their two adopted greyhounds. Andrea is the surveillance program manager at the Pinellas County Health Department. Charles is a senior research associate at Raymond James.

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Melissa Cheung 06MPH and Robert Jonathan Miller 05C

MARRIED: Meghan Murphy 06MPH and William (Will) Bours 08MPH on Aug. 14, 2010. The couple lives in Portland, Ore.

MARRIED: Melissa Aimee Cheung 06MPH and Robert Jonathan Miller 05C on Oct. 10, 2010 in New York City. Anand Natarajan 04C officiated at the wedding ceremony.

MARRIED: Dr. Ramon O. Parrish 06MPH and Lisa Marks on Jan. 16, 2009, in Bear Lake, Mich. They now live in Augusta, Ga., with her son, Tanner Chapman. Parrish, an associate professor of family medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (now part of Georgia Health Sciences University), received an Outstanding Teacher Award for 2009-2010. He teaches in the family medicine clerkship rotation as well as the inpatient service subinternship. He wrote two recent articles for Essential Evidence, an online medical reference, and spoke at the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians meeting.

Natasha Prudent 08MPH and Paul Schramm 09MPH were among the authors of an interagency federal government report, “A Human Health Perspective on Climate Change.” The colleagues work in the Climate Change Program at the CDC. As part of the “Green Dream Team,” they won a GreenGov Presidential Award for their work on the report. Schramm attended the ceremony at the Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., where the head of the White House Council on Environmental Quality presented the award. Prudent and Schramm also received individual awards from the director of the National Center for Environmental Health.

Rollins Japan

A Rollins Presence in Japan: Seven graduates and two students got together in Tokyo last August. All are safe following the earthquake and tsunami in March. Of the seven alumni, six work in Japan; the other works for the Minnesota Department of Health. Hajimi Kamiya 08MPH sent this photo. Front row, L-R: Taro Shimizu 11MPH, Kamiya, Naomi Shima 07MPH, and Tomoko Fujii 11MPH. Back row, L-R: Norikazu Goto 08MPH, Go Tanaka 05MPH, Tomoe Shimada 07MPH, Chie Nagata 10MPH, and Eiichiro Kanda 10MPH.

Jessica Madigan Gross 07N 09MSN/MPH and her husband Peter Gross 10B are living in Ghana. Jessica is a public health consultant for the CDC and Emory on two health workforce projects, led by Emory’s nursing school, in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Peter serves as the country manager for MicroEnsure. Jessica is a former Americorps volunteer in Atlanta and emergency room nurse at South Fulton Medical Center.

Dr. Lydia L. Ogden 10G worked at the White House for five months last year. Ogden was detailed by the CDC to the National Economic Council in the Executive Office of the President, where she staffed the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (AKA the debt commission) as a senior health policy adviser. She worked with congressional staff, deficit commission team members, and external experts to craft proposals to contain health spending while assuring access and quality. Her job at CDC is similar, Ogden writes, but is focused on the “emerging intersection of personal health services (clinical care) and population health services (public health).”

Roula AbiSamra 11MPH was featured in a recent segment on WABE, Atlanta’s public broadcasting radio station. Roula was a returning contestant in the 41st annual Atlanta Orthographic Meet. She won the written spelling bee in 2010.

Alumni Deaths

Lia Nikki Lashley 06MPH, 24, on Oct. 23, 2008, of kidney failure in Jamaica. She was a second-year medical student at the University of West Indies. Lia also was the niece of Jamaican National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest and the granddaughter of former Governor General Sir Orville Turnquest.


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