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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

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 Yes
Tina-Marie Assi MBA Candidate, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Toronto, ON, Canada) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, PhD Yes
Chris Barker President and CEO at Chris Barker Statistical Planning and Analysis Services, Inc. (San Francisco, California)
Email
415-609-7473
Skype: barkerstats
LinkedIn Profile
MscHyg, PhD  Yes
Amanda Barry Manager, Research Analytics, Via Oncology UPMC (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)  Email  MPH 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 (work)
ScD, MSPH, RS, ROH 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  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  Yes
Amber Blackwood Business Analyst/Engagement Optimization Specialist, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
LinkedIn Profile
 MPH Yes
Kayleigh Blaney Epidemiologist, Oakland County Health Division (Pontiac, MI) Email  MPH  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 Yes
Meghan Byrne Senior Content Strategist, National Cancer Institute/NIH (Bethesda, MD) Email
412-965-2785
LinkedIn Profile
 MPH  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  Yes
Jennifer Collins Epidemiologist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH
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 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
Skype: TranTDoan  
 MPH  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  Yes
Melissa Fann Clinical Research Coordinator, Magee-Womens Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Email
412-651-3375
LinkedIn Profile
MPH Yes
Christina Farmartino Executive Director, The Open Door, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH Yes
Mary Franzen Quality Improvement Consultant, Qualis Health (Seattle, WA) Email
LinkedIn Profile
 MPH  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 Yes
Eleanor Hagerman Senior Associate, Grant Thornton (Alexandria, VA) Email MPH 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
Brittany Lange-Maia Instructor, Epidemiologist, Rush University Medical Center Email PhD, 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 Yes
Brian Kubiak Member, Co-Owner, and Communications Advisor, Links Media (Rockville, Maryland)
Email
301-987-5495
Ext. 103
MPH Yes
Leah Lamonte Vector Control Specialist, Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MS Yes
Beatrice Lors-Rousseau Nonprofit Fundraising/Development Professional (New York, NY) Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH/MSW 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
Mary Sue Miranda Retiree willing to speak with students about unique opportunities she's had using her MS degree Email MS Yes
Annie Nagy Human Resource Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department Email  MPH  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 Hyg  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
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 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 Yes
Brian Santo Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, D.C.)
Email
LinkedIn Profile
 MPH, JD, CHC, PMP  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 Yes
Alexander Sundermann Infection Preventionist, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email
412-692-2567
MPH 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 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 Yes
Don Trexler CEO, Cypress Pointe Surgical Hospital (Hammond, Louisiana)
Email MBA, MHA
Yes
Trang VoPham Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Email
LinkedIn Profile
MPH, PhD Yes
Jessica White Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist, Maricopa County (Phoenix, AZ) Email
LinkedIn Profile
DrPH Yes
John Zeiner Manager, Gateway Health (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) Email MS 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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