Mentoring

Prepare Yourself for a Competitive Job Market

The Pitt Public Health alumni and public health professionals listed below have generously volunteered to serve as mentors to our students. Current students and recent graduates may contact mentors on this list to request a resume review, discuss strategies for networking, or simply conduct an informational interview with them about their career path. We recommend that you select a mentor whose profession most closely matches your own career goals.

Getting Started

  • Choose a mentor from the list below. 
  • Reach out to your selected mentor(s) using one of their preferred methods of contact: email, phone, or LinkedIn.
  • For email, use the subject line: Pitt Public Health Mentor Request. Introduce yourself in the email. Suggest a few areas in which you need guidance (e.g., informational interview, resume review, networking, or job search strategies). It is best to ask about the mentor’s availability (and not assume a large time commitment) to provide guidance in person, over the phone, or over email. Be courteous about time and be willing to accommodate the mentor’s schedule as much as is possible.
  • For more information, questions, or help getting started, contact Joan Anson or Kim Abraham in Career Services.
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)
Email 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)
Email 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)
Email 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)
Email 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)
Email 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)
Email 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)
Email 412-965-2785 LinkedIn
MPH BCHS
Yes
Nancy Cader
Western region clinical manager, residential services at InVision Human Services (Wexford, PA)
Email 724-933-5136
MSW
No*
Larry M. Coco
Principal, ESH & Quality Consulting (Johnstown, PA)
Email 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)
Email 412-365-3707
MPH, PE
Yes
Yara Elbeshbishi
Senior Project Analyst, UPMC Health Plan (Pittsburgh, PA)
Email
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)
Email 315-779-9108
MPH IDM
Yes
Melissa Fann
Clinical research coordinator, Magee-Womens Hospital (Pittsburgh, PA)
Email 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
Christian Garcia Faculty, University of Santiago (Santiago, Chile) Email
+56934127364
DrPH
EPIDEM
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)
Email 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)
Email 814-866-8417 LinkedIn
PhD, CPH, FNAOME IDM
Yes
Lisa Kessler Homelessness and housing analyst, Allegheny County Department of Human Services (Pittsburgh, PA) Email MPH HPM Yes
Brian Kubiak
Member, co-owner, and communications advisor, Links Media (Rockville, MD)
Email 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)
Email 770-296-1810
MPH, PhD
Yes
Aaron B. Mendelsohn
Director of epidemiology, Quintiles (Washington, D.C.)
MPH, PhD
Yes
Tom Merski
United Remediation Technology, LLC, Senior Environmental Consultant (Pittsburgh, PA)
 
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)
Email 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)
Email 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)
Email 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)
Email 304-696-3743
MPH, PhD
Yes
Ann Piccirillo
Sr. Research Associate, TTMS (Pittsburgh, PA)
MS, PhD
Yes
Frank J. Pokrywka
EH&S Consultant, KTA Tator (Pittsburgh, PA)
Email 412-624-8641
EdD, CIH
Yes
Chelsea N. Proulx
Research and Evaluation Specialist, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Pittsburgh, PA)
Email 412-864-3016 LinkedIn
MPH, LGBT Certificate
Yes
Rajkumar Radhakrishnan
Senior principal biostatistician, Novartis Healthcare (Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India)
Email (+) 91 8886975567 
MS
Yes
Rachel Rando
Genetic counselor/coordinator, Family Risk Assessment Program, Hunterdon Regional Cancer Center (Flemington, NJ)
Email 908-788-2566
MS
Yes
William (Bill) Raynovich
Associate professor and director of EMS education for Creighton University (Omaha, NE)
Email 402-280-1285
NREMTP, EdD, MPH, BS
Yes
Katherine W. Reeves
Associate professor, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Amherst (Amherst, MA)
Email 413-577-4298
PhD EPIDEM
Yes
Amy Richards
Director of business planning services, VHA and fellow, American College of Health Care Executives (Pittsburgh, PA)
Email 412-494-4915 LinkedIn
FACHE
Yes
Chad Rittle
Nursing faculty and Pathways to Nursing coordinator, Chatham University (Pittsburgh, PA)
Email 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)
Email 443-766-1217 LinkedIn
MPH
Yes
Georgie Scott Research Assistant, University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA) Email LinkedIn MPH IDM 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
Cardno ChemRisk, Senior Associate Health Scientist (Pittsburgh, PA)
MPH, CIC, DrPH IDM, EPIDEM, MiGEL
Yes
Megan Suter Sr. Practice Manager, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center (Pittsburgh, PA) Email LinkedIn 814-442-9122 MHA HPM 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)
Email 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)
Email 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
Email 850-273-1231
ScD
Yes
Sunny Zhao
Value Engineering Data Analyst, The Rainmaker Group (Atlanta, GA)
Email 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.

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