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Tina Freese Decker (02MHA)
is currently Executive Vice President and COO of Spectrum Health and will become President and CEO in September 2018. The nonprofit health system comprising 12 hospitals and 3,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Desiree Einsweiler (07MHA)
is President of Lemfco, Inc in Galena, Illinois.
Richard C. Breon (80MA)
was named the 2018 Business Person of the Year by the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. Breon is president and CEO of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Meredith McKean (12MPH)
is joining the clinical research and drug development faculty at Sarah Cannon Research Institute at Tennessee Oncology in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tyler Bennett (17 MHA)
is Manager, System Orthopedics at Sentara Healthcare based in Norfolk, Virginia.
Chibuike Obioha (17MPH)
is Medical Director at Fort Hamilton Hospital Center for Wound Healing in Hamilton, Ohio.
Hind Baydoun (09PhD)
is now Statistician with the Defense Health Agency at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Don M Michaels (76PhD)
Charles (Chuck) Sicher (76PhD) has come out of retirement to join Don Michaels at the Apollo Consulting Group in Westborough Massachusetts, where they provide strategic planning services to multiple academic medical centers.
Tina Freese Decker (02MHA)
has been named to Modern Healthcare’s list of the Top 25 Chief Operating Officers for 2018. Freese Decker is Executive Vice President and COO of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kelly L. Breffle-Starbird (96MA)
is Administrative Director of the Des Moines Area Medical Education Consortium in Des Moines, Iowa. The organization facilitates medical education initiatives in Des Moines across UnityPoint Health-Des Moines, Broadlawns Medical Center, VA Central Iowa Health Care System, the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
Brian Dahl (99MHA)
is the Compliance Practice Lead at E.M.M.A. International Consulting Group, Inc. in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
Matt Sogard (04MHA)
is currently CEO of Lee's Summit Medical Center in Lee's Summit, Missouri and will become CEO of Overland Park Regional Medical Center in Overland Park, Kansas in April 2018. Both medical centers are part of HCA Midwest Health based in Kansas City, Missouri.
Eric Hawkins (09MS)
is the Deputy State Epidemiologist at Indiana State Department of Health in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Anna Timmerman (07MHA)
is an Attorney at McGuireWoods LLP in Chicago, Illinois.
Mollie Giller (11MPH)
was named one of the Des Moines Business Record’s 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees for impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement. Giller is Team Director at Amanda the Panda in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bobbi (Buckner) Bentz (04MPH, 04MHA)
was named one of the Des Moines Business Record’s 2018 Forty Under 40 honorees for impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement. Bentz is Executive Account Manager at Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Des Moines, Iowa.
Erin Arneson (16MPH)
is Research Associate I: Health Communications Specialist with The University of Southern Maine as an embedded contractor to the Maine CDC in Portland, Maine.
Todd Linden (87MA)
announced his retirement from Grinnell Regional Medical Center, effective Jan. 1, 2018. He will continue as a consultant assisting with implementation of a recently finalized affiliation agreement between GRMC and UnityPoint Health-Des Moines. The UnityPoint Health–GRMC organization also includes a partnership with University of Iowa Healthcare.
Nina Jovanovic (17MPH)
received the 2018 Developing Country Eye Research Travel Fellowship from the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research. Her work includes pediatric eye injuries and an eye trauma registry in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sean O’Grady (93MA)
is Chief Clinical Operations Officer at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois.
Hind Baydoun (09PhD)
is Manager, Epidemiology at Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, DC.
Christa A. Gallagher (12MPH)
is Assistant Professor of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis.
Brock Wilson (98MS)
is Director of Worker's Compensation at Pinnacle Foods Group Inc. in Wapello, Iowa.
Amy (Link) Weber (98MA)
is Business Systems Analyst, Patient Access Product Management at Change Healthcare in East Dubuque, Illinois.
LeMac’ Morris (05MPH)
is Associate Director of Veterinary Strategic Projects at Boehringer Ingelheim in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
James McKnight (00MS)
is Environmental Science Engineering Officer at Medical Research & Materiel Command, US Army in Ashburn, Virginia.
Lena Swander (16MPH)
is Chronic Disease Prevention Epidemiologist at Wisconsin Department of Health Services in Madison, Wisconsin.
Sara (Baker) Imhof (06PhD)
is Senior Director, Precision Health at North Carolina Biotechnology Center in Cary, North Carolina.
Aaron Horsfield (17MHA, 17MPH)
is an Administrative Fellow at UPMC Health Plan in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Megan (Neal) Dorr (17MPH)
is a Program Specialist at State of Minnesota Department of Human Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Alison Kaufman (17MPH)
is Public Health Advisor at Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Michaela (Byrne) Ebert (14MPH)
is an Ethics Fellow at Ascension in St. Louis, Missouri.
Kathleen Krusie (84MA)
is President, North Region at Community Health Network in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Samantha Wittrock (16MPH)
is a Community Health Outreach Worker at Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment in Greeley, Colorado.
Wenquan Wang (13PhD)
is Director of Biostatistics at Sanofi Pasteur in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Alex Miller (15MHA)
is Director of Network Solutions at Bright Horizons Family Solutions in Denver, Colorado.
Benjamin Henkle (09MPH)
is a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellow at University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Zunqiu Chen (08MS)
is Consulting Research Analyst at Cambia Health Solutions in Portland, Oregon.
Rachel Marquardt (10MPH)
is Counsel, Test Security at ACT in Iowa City, Iowa.
Kristen (Kidd) Donovan (02MPH)
is an Instructor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
Michael Gallagher (13MS)
is an EHS Engineer for 3M Separation and Purification Sciences Division in Stafford Springs, Connecticut, and obtained the Certified Industrial Hygienist credential in the spring of 2017.
Blake Smith (16MPH)
is a Community Health Extension Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Swaziland.
Ann (DePriest) Bobst (14MPH)
is an Eligibility Policy Analyst in the Health Care Eligibility and Access Division at the Minnesota Department of Human Services in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Laura Vonnahme (10MPH)
is an Epidemiologist for the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jordan Brelje (17MHA)
is an Administrative Fellow at UnityPoint Health - Waterloo in Waterloo, Iowa.
Anshul Dixit (08MHA, 08MPH)
is Medical Director at Blue Shield of California in Sacramento, California.
Jana Grienke (16MHA)
was named president-elect of the Society for Radiation Oncology Administrators (SROA). Grienke is clinical department administrator of the Radiation Oncology Clinic of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa.
J. David Cowden (99MS)
has joined the pulmonology and critical care medicine team at UCHealth Longs Peak Hospital in Longmont, Colorado.
Brianne Bakken (17MHA)
will join the Medical College of Wisconsin Pharmacy School in August 2017 as Assistant Director of Experiential Education and Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Doug Boysen (98MA)
currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer and will become President/CEO of Samaritan Health Services in Corvallis, Oregon in January 2018.
Stephen Streed (75MS)
has received the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Carole DeMille Achievement Award for his innovative contributions and commitment to education in infection control. Streed is system director of epidemiology/infection prevention at Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida.
Jeremy Murdock (15MHA)
is the Associate Administrator at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Leah Wentworth (16PhD)
is the Research and Evaluation Manager in the Sexual Violence Prevention Program at the New York State Department of Health in Albany, New York.
Aashay Shah (PhD ’15)
is an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Hayley Hegland (MPH ’10)
is SIM C3 Project Manager, Independent Contractor in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Jeremy Whitaker (MPH ’05)
is Director of Public Health and Assistant Professor at Allen College in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Alyssa Billmeyer (MPH ’16)
is a Health-System Pharmacy Administration Resident at Froedtert Health and the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mindi TenNapel (PhD ’15)
is Director of Clinical Research at University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas.
Kim Lamon-Loperfido (MPH ’08)
is a Social Worker with OC CARES Team at Orange County Department on Aging in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Mark Shellmyer (MHA ’01)
is Director of Operations at Florida Hospital Medical Group in Orlando, Florida.
Alison Boyles (MPH ’09)
is AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow at Heartland Community Health Center in Lawrence, Kansas.
Michelle Formanek (MS ’13)
is a Biostatistician at the National Marrow Donor Program/Be the Match in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kimberly Hoppe Parr (PhD ’13)
is Assistant Project Manager at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Jake Kundert (MPH ’16)
is the Local Foods Associate at Iowa Valley RC&D in Amana, Iowa.
Nick Howald (MHA ’15)
is Associate Administrator at HCA, TriStar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
Shylo Wardyn (MS ’10)
is Project Manager at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.
Alfredo Vergara (MS ’90, PhD ’93)
is Mozambique Country Director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Maputo, Mozambique.
Michael Morris (MHA ’03)
was named one of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2017 40 Under 40 honorees for outstanding professional accomplishments in his industry and community. Morris is director of business development at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Ellen (Paasch) Maahs (MPH ’13)
is Outreach and Professional Development Coordinator with the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, Iowa.
Kimberly Kim (MPH ’11)
is Program Coordinator Contractor at Heartland Surrogacy in Des Moines, Iowa.
Julia Friberg (MPH ’16)
is Research Health Science Specialist at CADRE in the Iowa City VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa.
Matt Chrisman (PhD ’13)
is Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri - Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri.
Shalini Bhatia (MS ’14)
is a Biostatistician at A.T. Still University in Kirksville, Missouri.
Kelly Drake (Certificate ’05)
is Program Manager, WW Food Safety & Compliance at Amazon.com in Seattle, Washington.
Jacqueline Leung (MS ’10)
is Community/Enrollment Organizer at COFA Alliance National Network in Salem, Oregon.
Eric Hawkins (MS ’09)
is Director, Division of Tuberculosis and Refugee Health at Indiana State Department of Health in Brownsburg, Indiana.
Noel Pingatore (Certificate ’06)
is Health Education and Chronic Disease Department Manager at Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
Scott Seltrecht (MPH ’16)
is Influenza Surveillance Coordinator/Epidemiologist at Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, Iowa.
Heidi (Quenzer) Bowman (MHA ’11)
is Director of Operations at ProMedica Health System in Toledo, Ohio.
Jessica Larson (MPH ’14)
is Senior Project Manager, Governance Relations at Providence Health and Services in Renton, Washington.
Megan Hicks (Certificate ‘05)
is Executive Director at South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative in Lexington, South Carolina.
Tracy Jendruczek (MHA ’06)
is Director of Hospital Operations at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Jennifer Bernstein (MPH ’09)
is Deputy Director at Network for Public Health Law, Mid-States Region, University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jennifer Hitchon (MHA ’06)
is Director of Public Policy at CVS Health in Washington, DC.
Nan Hu (MS ’14)
is a Biostatistician at Genentech in San Francisco, California.
Sarah Kleinschmidt (MS ’04, PhD ’10)
is an Occupational Epidemiologist at 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Joshua Goeller (MHA ’12)
is a Manager of System Development at MaineHealth in Portland, Maine.
Christina Baumgart (MPH ’11)
is a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist in River Valley Outpatient Clinic in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Katie Jones (MPH ’12)
is Program Manager for the Iowa Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Bureau at the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, Iowa.
Carol Moss (MS ’14)
is the Mental Health Epidemiologist for the State of New Mexico in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Katie Reasner (MPH ’12)
is a Health Education Specialist at Linn County Public Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Kendra Kramer (MPH ’16)
is a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Hematology Department at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin.
Lena Hann (MPH ’08)
is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.
Stephanie Kliethermes (MS ’09, PhD ’13)
is Research Director at American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin.
Christine (McManimon) Feller (MHA ’10)
has been promoted to Operations Administrator for Medical Specialties at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Larry Prybil (MA ’64, PhD ‘70)
is retiring from his role as the Norton Professor in Healthcare Leadership at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
Hind A. Baydoun (PhD ’09)
is currently an Epidemiologist in the Centers for Devices and Radiological Health at the Food & Drug Administration in Silver Spring, MD
Denyse Gipple (MPH ’08)
is currently serving as the Clinical Support Director at Davis County Hospital in Bloomfield, Iowa.
Mark Koepke (MA ’87)
is a Managing Director in the Health Division at IMPAQ International in Columbia, Maryland.
Paul Brezinski (PhD ’07)
has been promoted to Colonel in the United States Air Force in Schertz, Texas.
John R. Corbeil (MHA ’12)
Has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) at HCA Plaza Medical Center of Forth Worth, Texas.
Desiree Einsweiler (MHA ’07)
is among 50 rural hospital CEOs to know in 2016, according to a list published by Becker’s Hospital Review. Einsweiler is administrator and CEO of Palo Alto County Health System in Emmetsburg, Iowa.
Tala Al-Rousan (MD ‘11, MPH ‘15)
is a Bernard Lown Fellow at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, and is conducting research in Jordan investigating cardiovascular, mental and other health aspects of Syrian refugees.
Patrick Cannon (MHA ’12)
recently joined the law firm Godfrey & Kahn, S.C. in Madison, WI, where he is on the Corporate Practice team focusing on complex business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.
Shardé Hameed (MPH ’14, PharmD ’15)
is a Staff Pharmacist at UnityPoint Trinity in Rock Island, IL.
Brittany Fett (MHA ’13)
is the ACO Network Coordinator at Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa in Mason City, Iowa.
Leslie McClure (MS ’97)
was appointed Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Drexel University School of Public Health in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dwight Ferguson (MS ’06, PhD ’12)
is Consumer Safety Officer and Investigator for the US Public Health Service in Lenexa, Kansas.
Heather Gray (MHA ’15)
is an Administrative Fellow, Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Illinois.
Melanie Heath (MPH ’15)
is Account Manager at HealthCheck360° in Dubuque, Iowa.
Aaron Hefel (MHA ’10)
is Senior Manager of Patient Experience at Providence Health & Services in Seattle, Washington.
Lucas Johnson (MHA ’13)
is Network Implementation Leader/Hospital Contracting Executive at Humana in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Larissa Luckel (MHA ’13)
is Access Leader at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, California.
Allison Ludwig (MHA, MPH ’08)
is Public Health/Health Care Lead at The MITRE Corporation in Washington, D.C.
Cory Mead (MHA ’13)
is Associate Chief Operating Officer at HCA Reston Hospital Center in Washington D.C.
Alex Miller (MHA ’15)
is an Administrative Fellow at MultiCare Health System in Tacoma, Washington.
Erin Moen (MHA ’14)
is Strategic Services Consultant at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon.
Andrew Patzke (MHA ’13)
is Clinical Operations Analyst at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
Adam Price (MHA ’15)
is a Senior Consultant at Deloitte in Chicago, Illinois.
Mark Shellmyer (MHA ’01)
is Director of Radiation Oncology at Orlando Health in Tacoma, Washington.
Chad Wolbers (MHA ’99)
is a Coach Consultant at Studer Group in Dubuque, Iowa.
Elena Brewer (14MPH)
is a Project Manager in the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE), within the Department of Surgery at The University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
Anna Herring-VanRyswyk (MS ’05)
Has accepted a Research Scientist 2 position with the Minnesota Department of Health in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Tim Ahlers (MHA ’05)
has been named COO of UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.
Adrianne Stoltenberg (MS ‘13)
is working as an Industrial Hygiene Assistant at John Deere in Moline, Illinois.
Nia Aitaoto (PhD ‘13)
has been named co-director of the Center for Pacific Islander Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Eric Mooss (MHA ’04)
has been named president of the Bryan Physician Network in Lincoln, Nebraska.