Class Notes

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Anna Shurtleff, MPH in December 2010 joined the LiveStrong Foundation for a fellowship in the Department of Program Development and Implementation. We want to congratulate her on pursuing this new opportunity in Austin, TX.

William Garner, MPH, DrPH in June of 2010 will be joining the University of Chicago as Legislative Director for Health Affairs. He has served five exceptional years on Capitol Hill, and is looking forward to this new chapter in his career.


Allen Applegate, MPH in October of 2007 entered Federal Service at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families in Dallas, Region VI.  At the agency he is serving as Regional Emergency Management Specialist coordinated preparedness planning for human services planning and delivery in a disaster. 


Liz Trevino Dawson is finding that it is often an interesting journey and the path that led her to the UNTHSC School of Public Health (SPH) for her education - and now back again in a leadership role is no exception.  As new SPH Assistant Dean for Curriculum, she feels as though she has "come back home" in a role perfectly suited to her. 


Amber Salter, MPH won the Best Poster Presentation by a Young Researcher from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  Her subject:  neurodegeneration of the retina in multiple sclerosis patients.

Kyla Hagan, MPH is an epidemiologist with the Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, one of eleven tribal epidemiology centers established by the Indian Health Service.

Khiya Marshall, MPH, DrPH is an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) research fellow in the Prevention Research Branch of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention in the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Research & Prevention, in Atlanta, GA.  ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy Institute that focuses on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, asses environmental clean-up, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists.


Marcus Martin PhD, MPA, MA, has been appointed President and CEO of Education is Freedom (EIF), a national non-profit organization founded in 2002 on the belief that "every young person deserves the chance for a higher education."  EIF removes the economic obstacles to higher education by providing college scholarships to young people overlooked by traditional scholarship programs. 

Don Michael, MPH is a captain and public health officer in the U.S. Air Force, responsible for disease surveillance and outbreak investigation, medical intelligence, food safety, entomology, occupational health and medical readiness.  He's stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.


Roberto Cardarelli, DO, MPH, received more than $100,000 in additional funding from the National Institutes of Health for his research grant “Cardiovascular Disease, Perceived Discrimination, Social Support and Sense of Control.” Dr. Cardarelli is an assistant professor of family and community medicine at TCOM, and is executive director of the North Texas Primary Care Practice-Based Research Network.

Huiling Zhang, MPH, works for Tenet Healthcare Corp. as senior director of biostatistics and clinical analysis. She is involved with outcome evaluation and performance improvement for more than 60 hospitals nationwide. She works with national initiatives in the public reporting of hospital quality data as well as the pay-for-performance initiative of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is also the proud mother of 3-year-old twin boys.


Nora (Santana) Heverly, MPH and David Heverly welcomed their first child, Raquel this past January 22, 2007.  She was 7 lbs., 1oz., and 19.75 inches long.


Lee Ann Braun, MPH has been involved in outcomes research and Phase 3 clinical research at Eli Lilly & Company for seven years.  She was recently promoted to a research scientist role in molecular epidemiology.

This page last updated 25th Jan 2013