Class Notes

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Jared Lesher (15MHA)

is Chief Operating Officer at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Larissa Luckel (13MPH, 13MHA)

is Director of Revenue Cycle Services at Revology in Iowa City, Iowa.

Bryce Damman (22MS)

is a Biostatistician at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

Joe Promes (22MHA)

is a Consultant at Deloitte in Chicago, Illinois.

Francisco Olalde (22MHA)

is Executive Liaison to the Chief Quality Officer at University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City, Iowa.

Austin Wu (21MPH, 20BA)

is a Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Bryant Conkling (14MPH)

is Associate Director of Public Policy at Gilead Sciences, a biopharmaceutical manufacturer, in Washington, DC. Conkling leads Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement strategy for the company’s oncology and Covid-19 product lines.

Abigail McCarthy (21BA)

is a Clinical Research Associate at Medpace in Denver, Colorado. McCarthy travels to clinical trial sites across the US to verify reported trial data is accurate, ensure subject safety, and confirm site compliance with approved protocols and regulatory requirements.

Samira Abdalla (22MPH, 21BA)

is a Community Resources Navigator for the City of Coralville in Coralville, Iowa. Abdalla connects library patrons who have unmet basic needs (such as food, health, transportation, housing) with community resources, and works with community partners to develop a Community Ambassador Program to reach segments of the population not currently connected to vital resources and services.

John Heinemann (12MHA, 12MPH)

was named one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 2022 Forty Under 40 which recognizes leaders for having significant impact in their business and community early in their careers. Heinemann is Executive Service Line Administrator of Children’s and Women’s Services at The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.

Hillary Chappo (16MHA)

was named one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 2022 Forty Under 40 which recognizes leaders for having significant impact in their business and community early in their careers. Chappo is Associate Director of Education and Accreditation at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Jim Atty (09MHA)

was named one of the Corridor Business Journal’s 2022 Forty Under 40 which recognizes leaders for having significant impact in their business and community early in their careers. Atty is Executive Director of Cardiology at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Brooke Zibell (21BS)

is Pollution Control Analyst at Baltimore County Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste Management in White Marsh, Maryland.

Tina Freese Decker (02MHA)

is President and CEO of the newly formed BHSH System, a merger between Beaumont Health and Spectrum Health in Michigan.

Wade Swenson (04MPH)

is an oncologist at Lakewood Health System in Staples, Minnesota and practices full-spectrum medical oncology and hematology, including breast, colon, lung, and prostate cancers, and hematologic malignancies.

Megan Evans (16MS)

received a PhD from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2022 and began a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in the program for recovery and community health in West Haven, Connecticut.

Rebecca Dove (12MPH)

earned her DNP-FNP degree and will be a nurse practitioner in the Oncology Urgent Care Clinic at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Columbia, Maryland.

Pramod Dwivedi (98MS)

has been named President-Elect of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Board of Directors, which represents the country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments. Dwivedi will become Board President in July 2023. He currently serves as Health Director of Linn County Public Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Angela Speers (21MHA)

received a 2021 Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award and was honored with an individual award by the Senior Health Insurance Information Program for helping Iowans living with and preventing HIV understand their Medicare benefits and options and fight Medicare fraud and abuse through individual counseling sessions. Speers currently works as a Tele-PrEP coordinator at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.

Kelsey Smithart (13MPH)

has completed her medical residency in occupational and environmental medicine at the University of Colorado. Smithart is now a Physician in Occupational Medicine at UCHealth in Denver, Colorado.