Alumni Mentoring

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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Current Mentors

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, GA)
E-mail
919-414-8289
 
No*
Andrew Althouse
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
MA, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Alexandria Ashraf
PhD Student, Oregon Health and Sciences University (Portland, OR)
PhD
HUGEN
Yes
Tina-Marie Assi
MBA candidate, University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Toronto, ON, Canada)
MPH, PhD
EPIDEM
Yes
Chris Barker
Biostatistician; Adjunct Associate Professor of Biostatistics - UIC-SPH; President and Owner, Statistical Planning and Analysis Services, Inc. (Sacramento area, CA)
E-mail
415-609-7473
LinkedIn
MscHyg, PhD
BIOST
Yes
Amanda Barry
Manager, research analytics, Via Oncology UPMC (Pittsburgh, PA) 
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, ME)
E-mail
217-941-8177
ScD, MSPH, RS, ROH
Yes
Matthew Bauer
Project manager, Allegheny Healthcare Network, (Pittsburgh, PA)
MHA
HPM
Yes
Vitasta Bazaz
Psychiatrist, private practice, maternal health and child care (Pittsburgh, PA)
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, PA)
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
Director of Behavioral Informatics and Lifestyle Intervention, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-667-5931
LinkedIn
MPH, CHES
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, NC)
E-mail
252-469-9699
LinkedIn
MPH, PhD
Yes
Mario C. Browne
Director, Office of Health Sciences Diversity & Inclusion, University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-624-2357
MPH, CHES
Yes
Natalie C. Bulger
Compliance and Business Integrity Officer; Integrated Ethics Point of Contact and FOIA Officer - VISN 4, Veterans Health Administration (Pittsburgh, PA)
724-433-7225
MHA, CHC
HPM
Yes
Meghan Byrne
Senior content strategist, National Cancer Institute/NIH (Bethesda, MD)
E-mail
412-965-2785
LinkedIn
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Nancy Cader
Western region clinical manager, residential services at InVision Human Services (Wexford, PA)
E-mail
724-933-5136
MSW
No*
Larry M. Coco
Principal, ESH & Quality Consulting (Johnstown, PA)
E-mail
814-266-4684
LinkedIn
MS
Hygiene/Radiological Health
Yes
Jennifer Collins
Epidemiologist, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Cincinnati, OH)
MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Yvette P. Conley
Professor, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
MS, PhD
Yes
Jeanne Cooper
Director of International Program, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network (Pittsburgh, PA)
MPH, RN
BCHS
Yes
Dee Dee Downie
Public health advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Madison, WI)
MPH
Yes
Tran T. Doan
Community outreach manager, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (Haiti)
MPH
IDM/MIC
Yes
Joe Duckett
Owner, EJD Consulting LLC (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-365-3707
MPH, PE
Yes
Yara Elbeshbishi
Senior Project Analyst, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
MPH
Yes
John Erbey
Founder and CEO, Strataca Systems (Milton, GA)
 
Yes
Emerson Evans
Grants project officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Rockville, MD)
E-mail
315-779-9108
MPH
IDM
Yes
Melissa Fann
Clinical research coordinator, Magee-Womens Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-651-3375
LinkedIn
MPH
HPM
Yes
Christina Farmartino
Executive director, The Open Door, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA)
MPH
IDM
Yes
Mary Franzen
Quality improvement consultant, Qualis Health (Seattle, WA)
MPH
HPM
Yes
Barbara D. Goun
Research Scientist, New Jersey Department of Health (Trenton, NJ)
609-913-5126
MPH, PhD
EOH, EPIDEM
Yes
Erin Haas
Overdose prevention community coordinator, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Baltimore, MD)
E-mail
410-402-8574
LinkedIn
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Eleanor Hagerman
Data Scientist, Thomson Reuters Special Services (Washington, DC)
MPH
EPIDEM
Yes
Marc D. Hiller
Associate Professor Emeritus, University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)
DrPH
Yes
John Hopkins
Owner, Bellamy Fields, Watson Fields Assisted Living Facilities (Dover, NH)
DrPH
Yes
David T. Huang
Associate professor of emergency medicine; research director in critical care medicine; University of Pittsburgh/UPMC (Pittsburgh, PA)
MD, MPH
Yes
Christopher C. Keller
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology; Director of the Directed Study Pathway and Primary Care Scholars Pathway; Director of Microbiology, Immunology, and Public Health; Director of the Doctoral Program in Medical Microbiology Education; Director, Laboratory of Human Pathogens; Fellow at National Academy of Osteopathic Medical Educators, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Erie, PA)
E-mail
814-866-8417
LinkedIn
PhD, CPH, FNAOME
IDM
Yes
Brian Kubiak
Member, co-owner, and communications advisor, Links Media (Rockville, MD)
E-mail
301-987-5495
Ext. 103
MPH
BCHS
Yes
Leah Lamonte
Vector control specialist, Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, PA)
MS
IDM
Yes
Brittney Lange-Maia
Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine, Rush University Medical Center
PhD, MPH
EPIDEM
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, GA)
E-mail
770-296-1810
MPH, PhD
Yes
Aaron B. Mendelsohn
Director of epidemiology, Quintiles (Washington, D.C.)
MPH, PhD
Yes
Tom Merski
Ad Hoc Scientific Consultant (Wexford, PA)
724-321-0872
MPH
EOH
Yes
Annie Nagy
Maternal and Child Health Program Administrator, Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, PA)
MPH
IDM
Yes
Alexandra Nowalk
Program director, Program Evaluation and Research Unit (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
704-363-2928
 MPH
BCHS
Yes
Tricia Nowalk
Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, PittVax Immunization Research Group (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-383-2355
PhD, RD, MS
EPIDEM, Hygiene
Yes
Lauren Orkis
Visiting instructor/epidemiologist, Pitt Public Health and Allegheny County Health Department (Pittsburgh, PA)
DrPh
EPIDEM
Yes
Gary Perecko
 President, Main Line Health - Riddle Hospital (Philadelphia, PA)
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, WV)
E-mail
304-696-3743
MPH, PhD
Yes
Frank J. Pokrywka
EH&S Consultant, KTA Tator (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-624-8641
EdD, CIH
Yes
Chelsea N. Proulx
Research and Evaluation Specialist, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-864-3016
LinkedIn
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, NE)
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, PA)
E-mail
412-494-4915
LinkedIn
FACHE
Yes
Chad Rittle
Nursing faculty and Pathways to Nursing coordinator, Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-366-9716
DNP, MPH, RN
Yes
Samantha Rubright
Senior Communications Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton (Washington, DC)
DrPH, 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 E. Schneider
Chief Program Officer, Horizon Foundation (Columbia, MD)
E-mail
443-766-1217
LinkedIn
MPH
Yes
Michael Shankle
Director of capacity building, HealthHIV (Washington, D.C.)
MPH
Public & Community Health Services
Yes
April Studinski
Genetic counseling, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)
HUGEN
Yes
Alexander Sundermann
Senior Infection Control Preventionist, UPMC Presbyterian Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)
E-mail
412-915-1202
MPH, CIC, DrPH
IDM, EPIDEM, MiGEL
Yes
Megan Swanson
Medical monitoring project program coordinator, New York State Department of Health/AIDS Institute (Albany, NY)
MPH
Yes
Dan Swayze
Associate VP Clinical Affairs Community Support Services, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, PA)
412-651-8061
DrPH, MBA, MEMS
BCHS
Yes
Jordan Taradash
CEO, Spark360 (Pittsburgh, PA)
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, LA)
MBA, MHA
HPM
Yes
Trang M. VoPham
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle, WA)
206-667-2642
LinkedIn
MPH, PhD, MS
EPIDEM
Yes
Jessica R. White
Public Health Scientist, Maricopa County Public Health Office of Epidemiology (Phoenix, AZ)
E-mail
602-506-6699
LinkedIn
MS, DrPH
EPIDEM
Yes
John Zeiner
Manager, Gateway Health (Pittsburgh, PA)
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)
E-mail
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.