The College of Public Health Board of Advisors consists of leaders from academe, business, community health, government, health care, and labor. The role and function of the board is to provide advice and assistance to the college.
Public Health Specialist, Health Services Department
The City of Dubuque, Iowa
Mary Rose Corrigan received her BSN from Mount Mercy College and her MSN from Clarke College. She has worked for the City of Dubuque Health Services Department since 1985 and in her current role as public health specialist since 1989. She has been involved in the delivery of many public health programs and services, along with initiating many new programs and policies, including Dubuque’s childhood lead poisoning prevention program and, most recently, the Crescent Community Health Center. Mary Rose works with local, state, and federal partners on public health policy and programs, including health promotion and disease prevention.
Health and Wellness Manager
Kara Bahr has over 30 years of experience in the health and wellness field. She has been the US wellness lead for DuPont for the past two years. Prior to that she provided leadership for the corporate wellness program at Pioneer for six years and has received the Platinum Well Workplace award. She also oversees Pioneer’s two on-site fitness facilities and participates on the DuPont Pandemic Planning committee. Prior to her career at DuPont Pioneer, she started the first formal wellness program at Tone Brothers Inc., where she served a dual role of occupational health nurse and health risk manager for 12 years. She has also worked as a cardiac and general surgical nurse and as a clinic nurse/wellness consultant at Nationwide Insurance. Kara is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Iowa, and holds a Master’s degree in health and human performance with an emphasis in exercise physiology from Iowa State University. On a personal note, when Kara has free time she enjoys outdoor activities – running and walking, and anything around water. She also enjoys movies and spending time with her family, especially her fifteen-year-old daughter.
Iowa Department of Public Health
Dean for Academic Affairs
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Karen Emmons was appointed Professor and Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in November 2016. She previously served as Vice President of Research and Director of the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, Calif., where her responsibilities included research development, research strategy, and the development of a strong research compliance program. Dr. Emmons is a behavioral scientist with a strong track record of funded research in community-based approaches to cancer prevention in a variety of settings that serve disadvantaged populations, including low-income housing and community health centers. Her education includes an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and an internship in behavioral medicine at Brown University School of Medicine. She is past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine.
President and CEO
Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
Tom Evans received both BA and MA degrees from Drake University. He received his MD degree from the University of Iowa in 1983 and completed his Family Medicine residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in 1986. He practiced family medicine for 13 years and served as Chief Medical Officer for the Iowa Health System from 1999-2005. Dr. Evans is currently President and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative. The Collaborative focuses provider-led initiatives to promote transparency, improve clinical performance, improve patient safety and reduce costs. Dr. Evans serves as a faculty member with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the College of Medicine at Des Moines University and the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Dr. Raynard S. Kington was appointed President of Grinnell College in August, 2010. Prior to coming to Grinnell, he served in a range of positions at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including NIH Principal Deputy Director and NIH Acting Director, NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and Acting Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Prior to NIH, he was a division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), one of the nation’s largest studies assessing the health of the American people. He has been a Senior Scientist at the RAND Corporation and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCLA. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now, the National Academy of Medicine — NAM) of the National Academies of Science in 2006. He currently serves on the Governing Council of the NAM, on the Board of Directors of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad), and on the National Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging/NIH.
President and CEO
Grinnell Regional Medical Center
Todd Linden received a bachelor’s degree in business, sociology, and communications in 1984 and a master’s degree in hospital and health administration in 1987, both from the University of Iowa. He also completed an administrative fellowship at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in 1988. Since 1994, Todd has served as President and CEO of Grinnell Regional Medical Center, a 49-bed acute care facility in Grinnell, Iowa that serves a population of 47,000 in a six-county area. Todd is a speaker at the national and state level covering topics such as leadership, healthcare environmentalism, stress management, and creating healing cultures. Todd has been involved with numerous hospital and healthcare organizations and has received numerous awards and honors, including the College of Public Health Outstanding Alumni Award in 2004.
Professor & Director, Center for Social & Behavioral Research
University of Northern Iowa
Dr. Losch is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to her administrative and teaching duties, she has designed and directed numerous survey, evaluation, and applied social science research projects including a number in the areas of public health and public policy issues. She is active in the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and has been elected twice to the Executive Council. Her research publications span survey methods, social science and health disciplines. Dr. Losch also has an extensive background in human research participant protections including previous service as chair of the University of Northern Iowa IRB.
Partnership for Better Health
Dr. Andy McGuire is a physician, former health care executive, and a mother of seven. Her education includes a BS degree in chemistry from Creighton University, a MD from Creighton University, and a MBA from Kennesaw State University. Dr. McGuire is former President and Chief Operating Officer at Meridian Health Plan. She has been involved in state and national health policy, including serving as a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency on Healthcare Quality and Research. She also serves on multiple boards focused on her interests in health, women, and children.
Vice President for Research
Iowa State University
Sarah Nusser is Vice President for Research at Iowa State University and a Professor in the Department of Statistics. She is a faculty member in the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology and in interdepartmental graduate programs for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. As Vice President for Research, Nusser leads efforts to advance and support the research mission at Iowa State University. She supports campus-wide programs for fostering faculty research development, new research initiatives, and new interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations. Nusser oversees several interdisciplinary research centers, as well as units that support sponsored funding, responsible conduct of research, and institutional research facilities.
President and CEO
Iowa Hospital Association
Kirk Norris is a graduate of Simpson College, Drake University Law School and a member of the Iowa Bar Association. Mr. Norris is President and CEO of the Iowa Hospital Association (IHA), a voluntary membership organization that represents all 118 of Iowa’s public and private hospitals. Under Norris’ leadership, IHA developed and organized “Iowa Cares About Medicare,” a statewide business and hospital coalition to advance equity in payment from Medicare. IHA became the catalyst and original supporting organization in the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative, a partnership with medicine and business that focuses on quality, efficiency, and patient safety initiatives. In 2004, Mr. Norris initiated IHA’s establishment of a healthcare careers scholarship fund which to date has provided over $1 million in scholarships to Iowans pursing advancement in healthcare. In 2010 IHA, under Mr. Norris leadership, lead a successful statewide campaign to expand Medicaid to 130,000 Iowans. Mr. Norris serves on various committees and task forces of the American Hospital Association and serves as an Advisory Board member of the University of Iowa College of Public Health and Nursing.
Vice President (Retired), Global Well-being Services & Health Benefits Design
Martín Sepulveda is a former IBM Fellow and Vice President of Health Industries Research for the IBM Corporation. He led a global team of health industry subject matter experts guiding applied research in diverse disciplines for health care systems solutions and transformation in mature and rapid growth countries worldwide. He previously served as IBM VP Integrated Health Services and led health policy, strategy, health benefits design and purchasing, occupational health, wellness and health productivity for IBM globally. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Family Medicine and serves on the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund Commission for a High Performance Health System, and the Institute of Medicine’s Population Health and Public Health Practice Board. He chaired the Global Business Group on Health and the Institute for Health Benefits Innovation Research at the Employee Benefits Research Institute. He received M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard University. He completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco Hospitals, Occupational/Environmental Medicine at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, trained in the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the US Centers for Disease Control, and completed a fellowship in internal medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Dr. John Tyrrell earned his B.A. (1947) and M.D. (1950) degrees from The University of Iowa. He has been practicing family medicine in Manchester, Iowa, since 1951, including decades in his own private practice, the Tyrrell Clinic, and has been a longtime leader in rural medicine and family practice in the state of Iowa. He has been a clinical professor in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, and served on the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, from 1991 to 1997. He has chaired several local and state health planning boards. He served as district councilor, chairman of the judicial council, chairman of the board of trustees, and president for the Iowa Medical Society. Nationally, he served as representative of the American Medical Association on the Advisory Committee on Outpatient Care for the Accreditation of Hospitals. Tyrrell is a member of the UI Alumni Association’s Director’s Club, and received the UIAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Service in 2000. A member of the UI Foundation’s Presidents Club, he continues to serve as a lifetime honorary director of the UI Foundation.
Stephen Ummel received a BA from Drake University and an MA in Hospital and Health Administration from the University of Iowa. He retired as the Director, Healthcare Provider Advisory Practice for PWC in Chicago, Illinois. He also previously served as Principal and National Advisor for Integrated Delivery Systems, Healthcare Consulting Practice, at Ernst & Young in Chicago; CEO of three multi-hospital health systems in Illinois, Indiana and Southern California; and as COO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Mr. Ummel is a visiting professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the University of Iowa College of Public Health and is the author of 25 articles/book chapters on various health topics. He has also served on the CPH Board of Advisors since the College was formed. In terms of volunteer community service, Mr. Ummel is a Trustee and Treasurer of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC.
Director, Environment, Health, Safety, Standards & Sustainability
Deere & Company
Laurie Zelnio received a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration from St. Ambrose University in 1986. Ms. Zelnio is currently the Director of Environment, Health, Safety, Standards & Sustainability at Deere & Company, where she has been since 1979. She is also a member of numerous community, business, and health organizations.