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Alumni-Student Mentoring Program

Pitt Public Health is interested in connecting current students to our talented and successful alumni. With a wide range of career experiences, alumni can provide invaluable advice and guidance. Whether you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, we hope you will consider participating in this program. See below for the Pitt Public Health alumni and public health professionals who have generously volunteered to serve as mentors to our students.

For Mentors

  • Why become a mentor? This is a great way to meet the next generation of public health leaders, help students find their career paths, and stay connected to Pitt Public Health.
  • What does it entail? Being available to students and recent graduates by phone or e-mail to do a resume review, discuss networking strategies, or conduct an informational interview about your career path. The type of contact and commitment is up to you.

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Mentor Name

Title/Profession

Method of Contact

Degree/Department

Pitt Public Health Alum?

Maria Abunto Epidemiologist, Biomedical Researcher, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) Email MD, MPH Yes
Sumaiya Ahmed Program Analyst at VA Puget Sound Email
LinkedIn Profile
 MPH Yes
Todd Alspach Commander, Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (Atlanta, Georgia)
Email
919-414-8289

No*
Andrew Althouse Biostatistician, Magee Womens Research Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email MA, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Alexandria Ashraf Epidemiologist, West Virginia University School of Public Health (Morgantown, WV) Email
LinkedIn
MPH
HUGEN
 Yes
Tina-Marie Assi MBA Candidate, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Toronto, ON, Canada) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Chris Barker President and CEO at Chris Barker Statistical Planning and Analysis Services, Inc. (San Francisco, California)
Email
415-609-7473
LinkedIn Profile
MscHyg, PhD Yes
Amanda Barry Manager, Research Analytics, Via Oncology UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)  Email
LinkedIn Profile
 MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
John Barry Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer for OSHA's Bangor office, specializing in acoustical aspects, physical agents, and HAZMAT-Emergency Response (Bangor, Maine)
Email
217-941-8177 
ScD, MSPH, RS, ROH Yes
Matthew Bauer
Project Manager at Allegheny Healthcare Network, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
 Email MHA
HPM
Yes
Vitasta Bazaz Psychiatrist, Private Practice, Maternal Health and Child Care (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 412-401-4739 MD, MPH Yes
Dacia Beard Communications Lead, Kelly Services, contractor for the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (Washington, D.C.) Email MPH
BCHS
Yes
Scott Becker CEO, Conemaugh Health System (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
Email MPH Yes
John G. Benitez Medical Director, Emergency Preparedness, Tennessee Department of Health, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Medicine (Medical Toxicology), Vanderbilt University Medial Center, Adjunct Professor of Community and Family Medicine (Occupational Medicine), Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, MD
MMPH
Yes
Amber Blackwood Business Analyst/Engagement Optimization Specialist, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Kayleigh Blaney Epidemiologist, Oakland County Health Division (Pontiac, MI) Email MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Natasha A. Brown Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Health and Human Services, UNC-Greensboro (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Email
252-469-9699
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, PhD Yes
Mario C. Browne Director, Office of Health Sciences Diversity, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-624-2357
MPH, CHES Yes
Natalie Bulger Director of Compliance, Risk and Regulatory,  The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email MHA, CHC
HPM
Yes
Meghan Byrne Senior Content Strategist, National Cancer Institute/NIH (Bethesda, MD) Email
412-965-2785
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Nancy Cader Western Region Clinical Manager, Residential Services at InVision Human Services (Wexford, Pennsylvania)
Email
724-933-5136
MSW No*
Larry M. Coco Principal, ESH & Quality Consulting (Johnstown, PA) Email
814-412-8375
MS
Hygiene/Radiological Health
Yes
Jennifer Collins Epidemiologist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Yvette P. Conley Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email MS, PhD
Yes
Jeanne Cooper Director, UPMC Global Care (Pittsburgh, PA) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, RN
BCHS
Yes
Dee Dee Downie Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Madison, Wisconsin)
Email MPH Yes
Tran T. Doan Community Outreach Manager, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (Haiti) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
IDM/MIC
Yes
Joe Duckett Director-Environmental Engineering, SNC-Lavalin America Inc., Pittsburgh Operations (specialties are air pollution control and wastewater treatment) (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-365-3707
MPH, PE Yes
Yara Elbeshbishi Project Analyst, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
412-454-8266
MPH Yes
John Erbey Founder and CEO, Strataca Systems (Milton, Georgia)
Email
LinkedIn Profile
  Yes
Emerson Evans Grants Project Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Rockville, Maryland) Email
315-779-9108
MPH
IDM
Yes
Melissa Fann Clinical Research Coordinator, Magee-Womens Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-651-3375
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
HPM
Yes
Christina Farmartino Executive Director, The Open Door, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
IDM
Yes
Mary Franzen Quality Improvement Consultant, Qualis Health (Seattle, Washington) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
HPM
Yes
Barbara Goun
Research Scientist, New Jersey Department of Health (Trenton, New Jersey)
 Email  MPH, PhD
EOH, EPIDEM
Yes
Erin Haas Overdose Prevention Community Coordinator, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Baltimore, Maryland)
Email
410-402-8574
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Eleanor Hagerman Senior Associate, Grant Thornton (Alexandria, VA) Email MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Marc D. Hiller Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy and Coordinator of Undergraduate Option in Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire (Durham, New Hampshire)
Email DrPH Yes
John Hopkins Owner, Bellamy Fields, Watson Fields Assisted Living Facilities (Dover, New Hampshire)
Email DrPH Yes
David T. Huang Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine; Research Director, Critical Care Medicine; University of Pittsburgh/UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email MD, MPH Yes
Christopher Keller Associate Professor and Director of Microbiology and Immunology; Director of the Directed Study Pathway and Primary Care Scholars Pathway, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA) Email
LinkedIn Profile
PhD, CPH, FNAOME
IDM
Yes
Brian Kubiak Member, Co-Owner, and Communications Advisor, Links Media (Rockville, Maryland)
Email
301-987-5495
Ext. 103
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Leah Lamonte Vector Control Specialist, Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MS
IDM
Yes
Brittany Lange-Maia Instructor, Epidemiologist, Rush University Medical Center Email PhD, MPH Yes 
Carroline Lobo Health Economist, Cepheid (Sunnyvale, CA) Email
LinkedIn Profile
PhD, Health Services Research
HPM
Yes
Beatrice Lors-Rousseau Nonprofit Fundraising/Development Professional (New York, NY) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH/MSW
BCHS
Yes
Barbara L. Massoudi Director, Public Health Informatics Program, RTI International (Atlanta, Georgia)
Email
770-296-1810
MPH, PhD Yes
Aaron B. Mendelsohn Director of Epidemiology, Quintiles (Washington, D.C.)
Email MPH, PhD Yes
 Tom Merski
Senior Environmental Scientist, AECOM (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email MPH
EOH
Yes
Annie Nagy Human Resource Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department Email  MPH
IDM
Yes
 Alexandra Nowalk
Program Director, Program Evaluation and Research Unit (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
704-363-2928
 MPH
BCHS
Yes
Mary Patricia Nowalk Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, PittVax Immunization Research Group (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
412-383-2355
PhD, RD, MS
Hygiene
Yes
 Lauren Orkis
Visiting Instructor/Epidemiologist. GSPH/Allegheny County Health Department
Email DrPh
EPIDEM
Yes
William F. Pewen Assistant Professor of Public Health and Family Medicine & Associate Dean for Research – College of Health Professions, Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia)
Email
304-696-3743
MPH, PhD Yes
Frank Pokrywka Manager Industrial Hygiene, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-624-8641
CIH Yes
Chelsea Proulx Evaluation Project Coordinator, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
412-864-3016
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, LGBT Certificate Yes
Rajkumar Radhakrishnan Senior Principal Biostatistician, Novartis Healthcare (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India)
Email
(+) 91 8886975567 
MS
Yes
Rachel Rando Genetic Counselor/Coordinator, Family Risk Assessment Program, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center (Flemington, NJ) Email
908-788-2566
MS Yes
William (Bill) Raynovich Associate Professor and Director of EMS Education Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)
Email
402-280-1285
NREMTP, EdD, MPH, BS Yes
Katherine W. Reeves Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Amherst (Amherst, MA) Email
413-577-4298
PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Amy Richards Director, Business Planning Services, VHA & Fellow, American College of Health Care Executives (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-494-4915
LinkedIn Profile
FACHE Yes
Chad Rittle Nursing Faculty and Pathways to Nursing Coordinator, Chatham University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-366-9716
DNP, MPH, RN
Yes
Samantha Rubright Manager of Science and Communications, FracTracker Alliance (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
MPH Yes
Veronica Sansing-Foster Branch Chief Lead Epidemiologist, FDA Division of Epidemiology, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (Washington, D.C.)
Email
LinkedIn Profile
MS, PhD
Psychiatric Epidemiology
Yes
Brian Santo Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.)
Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, JD, CHC, PMP
HPM
Yes
Glenn Schneider Chief Program Officer, The Horizon Foundation (Columbia, Maryland)
Email
443-766-1217
LinkedIn Profile
  Yes
Michael Shankle Director of Capacity Building, HealthHIV (Washington, D.C.) Email MPH
Public & Community Health Services
Yes
April Studinski Genetic Counseling, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) Email HUGEN Yes
Alexander Sundermann Infection Preventionist, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
412-692-2567
MPH
IDM
Yes
Megan Swanson Medical Monitoring Project Program Coordinator, New York State Department of Health/AIDS Institute (Albany, New York) Email
MPH Yes
Dan Swayze VP & COO, Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-647-4146
DrPH, MBA
BCHS
Yes
Jordan Taradash COO, Myofitness (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
516-319-9452
MPH Yes
Sharna Tingle Scientific Program Analyst, National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, MD) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
HUGEN
Yes
Don Trexler CEO, Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital (Hammond, Louisiana)
Email MBA, MHA
HPM
Yes
Trang VoPham Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Jessica White Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist, Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ) Email
LinkedIn Profile
DrPH
EPIDEM
Yes
John Zeiner Manager, Gateway Health (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email MS
BIOST
Yes
Mary Beth Zeni Associate Professor, Ursuline College Email
850-273-1231
ScD Yes

*These individuals are University of Pittsburgh alumni who did not attend Pitt Public Health. They do currently work in a public health setting and are willing to participate in mentoring Pitt Public Health students.
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