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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 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

  • Contact Joan Anson for tips on working with a mentor before you email or phone any of the below mentors. Pay attention to the mentor’s preferred method of contact.
  • After receiving the etiquette tips from Joan, choose a mentor from the list below who most closely meets your own career goals.
  • E-mail that mentor with the subject line: Pitt Public Health Mentor Request. Introduce yourself in the e-mail. 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 e-mail. Be courteous about time and be willing to accommodate the mentor’s schedule as much as is possible.
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) E-mail MD, MPH Yes
Sumaiya Ahmed Program analyst at VA Puget Sound E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
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) E-mail MA, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Alexandria Ashraf Epidemiologist, West Virginia University School of Public Health (Morgantown, WV) E-mail
LinkedIn
MPH
HUGEN
Yes
Tina-Marie Assi MBA candidate, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Toronto, ON, Canada) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
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)  E-mail
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) E-mail
217-941-8177
ScD, MSPH, RS, ROH Yes
Matthew Bauer Project manager, Allegheny Healthcare Network, (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)  E-mail 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.) E-mail MPH
BCHS
Yes
Scott Becker CEO, Conemaugh Health System (Johnstown, Pennsylvania) E-mail 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 E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, MD
MMPH
Yes
Amber Blackwood Business analyst/engagement optimization specialist, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Kayleigh Blaney Epidemiologist, Oakland County Health Division (Pontiac, MI) E-mail 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, 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) E-mail 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) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Yvette P. Conley Associate professor, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) E-mail MS, PhD Yes
Jeanne Cooper Director, UPMC Global Care (Pittsburgh, PA) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, RN
BCHS
Yes
Dee Dee Downie Public health advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Madison, Wisconsin) E-mail MPH Yes
Tran T. Doan Community outreach manager, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (Haiti) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
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) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
  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) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
IDM
Yes
Mary Franzen Quality improvement consultant, Qualis Health (Seattle, Washington) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
HPM
Yes
Barbara Goun Research scientist, New Jersey Department of Health (Trenton, New Jersey) E-mail 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) E-mail 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) E-mail DrPH Yes
John Hopkins Owner, Bellamy Fields, Watson Fields Assisted Living Facilities (Dover, New Hampshire) E-mail DrPH Yes
David T. Huang Associate professor of emergency medicine; research director in critical care medicine; University of Pittsburgh/UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) E-mail 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) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
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) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MS
IDM
Yes
Brittany Lange-Maia Instructor, epidemiologist, Rush University Medical Center E-mail PhD, MPH Yes 
Carroline Lobo Health economist, Cepheid (Sunnyvale, CA) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
PhD, Health Services Research
HPM
Yes
Beatrice Lors-Rousseau Nonprofit fundraising/development professional (New York, NY) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
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.) E-mail MPH, PhD Yes
Tom Merski Senior environmental scientist, AECOM (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) E-mail MPH
EOH
Yes
Annie Nagy Human resource administrator, Allegheny County Health Department E-mail 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) E-mail 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) E-mail MPH Yes
Veronica Sansing-Foster Branch chief lead epidemiologist, FDA Division of Epidemiology, Center for Devices and Radiological Health (Washington, D.C.) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MS, PhD
Psychiatric Epidemiology
Yes
Brian Santo Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
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.) E-mail MPH
Public & Community Health Services
Yes
April Studinski Genetic counseling, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, Minnesota) E-mail 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) E-mail 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) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
HUGEN
Yes
Don Trexler CEO, Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital (Hammond, Louisiana) E-mail MBA, MHA
HPM
Yes
Trang VoPham Postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Jessica White Syndromic surveillance epidemiologist, Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ) E-mail
LinkedIn Profile
DrPH
EPIDEM
Yes
John Zeiner Manager, Gateway Health (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) E-mail MS
BIOST
Yes
Mary Beth Zeni Associate professor, Ursuline College E-mail
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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