Mentoring

Prepare Yourself for a Competitive Job Market

The Pitt Public Health alumni and public health professionals listed below have generously volunteered to serve as mentors to our students. Current students and recent graduates may contact mentors on this list to request a resume review, discuss strategies for networking, or simply conduct an informational interview with them about their career path. We recommend that you select a mentor whose profession most closely matches your own career goals.

Getting Started

  • Choose a mentor from the list below. 
  • Reach out to your selected mentor(s) using one of their preferred methods of contact: email, phone, or LinkedIn.
  • For email, use the subject line: Pitt Public Health Mentor Request. Introduce yourself in the email. Suggest a few areas in which you need guidance (e.g., informational interview, resume review, networking, or job search strategies). It is best to ask about the mentor’s availability (and not assume a large time commitment) to provide guidance in person, over the phone, or over email. Be courteous about time and be willing to accommodate the mentor’s schedule as much as is possible.
  • For more information, questions, or help getting started, contact Joan Anson or Kim Abraham in Career Services.
Mentor Name Title/Profession Method of Contact Degree/Department Pitt Public Health Alum?
Maria Aguiluz-Abunto
Epidemiologist, biomedical researcher, National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD)
MD, MPH
Yes
Sumaiya Ahmed
Program analyst at VA Puget Sound
MPH
Yes
Todd Alspach
Commander, commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service (Atlanta, Georgia)
E-mail
919-414-8289
 
No*
Andrew Althouse
Biostatistician, Magee Womens Research Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MA, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Alexandria Ashraf
Epidemiologist, West Virginia University School of Public Health (Morgantown, WV)
MPH
HUGEN
Yes
Tina-Marie Assi
MBA candidate, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Toronto, ON, Canada)
MPH, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Chris Barker
President and CEO, Chris Barker Statistical Planning and Analysis Services, Inc. (San Francisco, California)
E-mail
415-609-7473
LinkedIn Profile
MscHyg, PhD
Yes
Amanda Barry
Manager, research analytics, Via Oncology UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) 
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)
E-mail
217-941-8177
ScD, MSPH, RS, ROH
Yes
Matthew Bauer
Project manager, Allegheny Healthcare Network, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
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.)
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Scott Becker
CEO, Conemaugh Health System (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)
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
MPH, MD
MMPH
Yes
Amber Blackwood
Business analyst/engagement optimization specialist, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Kayleigh Blaney
Epidemiologist, Oakland County Health Division (Pontiac, MI)
MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Natasha A. Brown
Assistant professor, Department of Nutrition, School of Health and Human Services, UNC-Greensboro (Greensboro, North Carolina)
E-mail
252-469-9699
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, PhD
Yes
Mario C. Browne
Director, Office of Health Sciences Diversity & Inclusion, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-624-2357
MPH, CHES
Yes
Natalie Bulger
Director of compliance, risk and regulatory,  The Children’s Institute of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MHA, CHC
HPM
Yes
Meghan Byrne
Senior content strategist, National Cancer Institute/NIH (Bethesda, MD)
E-mail
412-965-2785
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Nancy Cader
Western region clinical manager, residential services at InVision Human Services (Wexford, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
724-933-5136
MSW
No*
Larry M. Coco
Principal, ESH and Quality Consulting (Johnstown, PA)
E-mail
814-412-8375
MS
Hygiene/Radiological Health
Yes
Jennifer Collins
Epidemiologist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Yvette P. Conley
Associate professor, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MS, PhD
Yes
Jeanne Cooper
Director, UPMC Global Care (Pittsburgh, PA)
MPH, RN
BCHS
Yes
Dee Dee Downie
Public health advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Madison, Wisconsin)
MPH
Yes
Tran T. Doan
Community outreach manager, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (Haiti)
MPH
IDM/MIC
Yes
Joe Duckett
Owner, EJD Consulting LLC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-365-3707
MPH, PE
Yes
Yara Elbeshbishi
Project analyst, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-454-8266
MPH
Yes
John Erbey
Founder and CEO, Strataca Systems (Milton, Georgia)
 
Yes
Emerson Evans
Grants project officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Rockville, Maryland)
E-mail
315-779-9108
MPH
IDM
Yes
Melissa Fann
Clinical research coordinator, Magee-Womens Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-651-3375
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
HPM
Yes
Christina Farmartino
Executive director, The Open Door, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MPH
IDM
Yes
Mary Franzen
Quality improvement consultant, Qualis Health (Seattle, Washington)
MPH
HPM
Yes
Barbara Goun
Research scientist, New Jersey Department of Health (Trenton, New Jersey)
MPH, PhD
EOH, EPIDEM
Yes
Erin Haas
Overdose prevention community coordinator, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Baltimore, Maryland)
E-mail
410-402-8574
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Eleanor Hagerman
Senior associate, Grant Thornton (Alexandria, VA)
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)
DrPH
Yes
John Hopkins
Owner, Bellamy Fields, Watson Fields Assisted Living Facilities (Dover, New Hampshire)
DrPH
Yes
David T. Huang
Associate professor of emergency medicine; research director in critical care medicine; University of Pittsburgh/UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
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)
PhD, CPH, FNAOME
IDM
Yes
Brian Kubiak
Member, co-owner, and communications advisor, Links Media (Rockville, Maryland)
E-mail
301-987-5495
Ext. 103
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Leah Lamonte
Vector control specialist, Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MS
IDM
Yes
Brittany Lange-Maia
Instructor, epidemiologist, Rush University Medical Center
PhD, MPH
Yes 
Carroline Lobo
Health economist, Cepheid (Sunnyvale, CA)
PhD, Health Services Research
HPM
Yes
Beatrice Lors-Rousseau
Nonprofit fundraising/development professional (New York, NY)
MPH/MSW
BCHS
Yes
Barbara L. Massoudi
Director, Public Health Informatics Program, RTI International (Atlanta, Georgia)
E-mail
770-296-1810
MPH, PhD
Yes
Aaron B. Mendelsohn
Director of epidemiology, Quintiles (Washington, D.C.)
MPH, PhD
Yes
Tom Merski
Senior environmental scientist, AECOM (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MPH
EOH
Yes
Annie Nagy
Human resource administrator, Allegheny County Health Department
MPH
IDM
Yes
Alexandra Nowalk
Program director, Program Evaluation and Research Unit (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
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)
E-mail
412-383-2355
PhD, RD, MS
Hygiene
Yes
Lauren Orkis
Visiting instructor/epidemiologist, Pitt Public Health and Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
DrPh
EPIDEM
Yes
Gary Perecko
 President, Main Line Health - Riddle Hospital (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
484-227-3102
MPH
HPM
Yes
William F. Pewen
Assistant professor of public health and family medicine, and associate dean for research at College of Health Professions, Marshall University (Huntington, West Virginia)
E-mail
304-696-3743
MPH, PhD
Yes
Frank Pokrywka
Manager of industrial hygiene, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-624-8641
CIH
Yes
Chelsea Proulx
Evaluation project coordinator, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-864-3016
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, LGBT Certificate
Yes
Rajkumar Radhakrishnan
Senior principal biostatistician, Novartis Healthcare (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India)
E-mail
(+) 91 8886975567 
MS
Yes
Rachel Rando
Genetic counselor/coordinator, Family Risk Assessment Program, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center (Flemington, NJ)
E-mail
908-788-2566
MS
Yes
William (Bill) Raynovich
Associate professor and director of EMS education for Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)
E-mail
402-280-1285
NREMTP, EdD, MPH, BS
Yes
Katherine W. Reeves
Associate professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Amherst (Amherst, MA)
E-mail
413-577-4298
PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Amy Richards
Director of business planning services, VHA and fellow, American College of Health Care Executives (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-494-4915
LinkedIn Profile
FACHE
Yes
Chad Rittle
Nursing faculty and Pathways to Nursing coordinator, Chatham University (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-366-9716
DNP, MPH, RN
Yes
Samantha Rubright
Manager of science and Ccommunications, FracTracker Alliance (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MPH
Yes
Veronica Sansing-Foster
Branch chief lead epidemiologist, FDA Division of Epidemiology, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (Washington, D.C.)
MS, PhD
Psychiatric Epidemiology
Yes
Brian Santo
Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.)
MPH, JD, CHC, PMP
HPM
Yes
Glenn Schneider
Chief program officer, The Horizon Foundation (Columbia, Maryland)
E-mail
443-766-1217
LinkedIn Profile
 
Yes
Michael Shankle
Director of capacity building, HealthHIV (Washington, D.C.)
MPH
Public & Community Health Services
Yes
April Studinski
Genetic counseling, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota)
HUGEN
Yes
Alexander Sundermann
Infection preventionist, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-692-2567
MPH
IDM
Yes
Megan Swanson
Medical monitoring project program coordinator, New York State Department of Health/AIDS Institute (Albany, New York)
MPH
Yes
Dan Swayze
VP and COO, Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
412-647-4146
DrPH, MBA
BCHS
Yes
Jordan Taradash
COO, Myofitness (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
E-mail
516-319-9452
MPH
Yes
Sharna Tingle
Scientific program analyst, National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, MD)
MPH
HUGEN
Yes
Don Trexler
CEO, Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital (Hammond, Louisiana)
MBA, MHA
HPM
Yes
Trang VoPham
Postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MPH, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Jessica White
Syndromic surveillance epidemiologist, Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ)
DrPH
EPIDEM
Yes
John Zeiner
Manager, Gateway Health (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
MS
BIOST
Yes
Mary Beth Zeni
Associate professor, Ursuline College
E-mail
850-273-1231
ScD
Yes
Sunny Zhao
Value Engineering Data Analyst, The Rainmaker Group (Atlanta, GA)
412-313-3692
MS
BIOST
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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