Alumni News & Updates

Congratulations to all of our MPH graduates, and special congrats to those now using their MPH degree in the workplace, professional organizations, volunteering, or as they continue with their education. We are excited to share some of the many ways our MPH graduates are contributing to the field of public health!

If you are a GVSU Master of Public Health Alumna/Alumnus, we would like to know what you are doing in the field of public health - you will have the option to have your update included on this page! Please send your news to: or use the Career Updates Form.

Alvarado, Tori (2017) - Community Mental Health Program Evaluator; Ottawa County Health Department. (Holland, MI)

(Bardel) Bednar, Rhiannon (2017) - Sanitarian; Kent County Health Department (Grand Rapids, MI))

Bode, Bree (2015) - PhD Candidate, GRA; Wayne State University. Bree also recently launched BBMindful, advancing well-being of workplaces and women.

Brummel, Maris (2017) - Research Fellow; The Johnson Center at GVSU. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Buczkowski, Erik (2015) - Research Assistant for Quality Improvement and Accreditation; Michigan Public Health Institute. (MI)

Burgstahler, Milea (2017) - Community Health Promotion Specialist; Barry-Eaton District Health Department. (Charlotte, MI)

Burkholder, Cole (2019) - Infectious Disease Outbreak Specialist; Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. (MI)

(Bytwerk) Hubbell, Amber (2017) - Health Education Consultant & Regional School Health Coordinator; KISD. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Chia, Derick (2019) - Epidemiologist; Ottawa County Department of Health. (MI)

Churchard, Emily (2016) - Supports Coordinator; D.A. Blodgett-St. John's. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Clark, Isaac (2017) - Project Assistant; Michigan Public Health Institute. (Okemos, MI). Isaac is working with a state-level adolescent substance abuse prevention program and an FDA surveillance project related to cigarette purchases by minors.

(Clark) Stein, Taylor (2018) - Director of Community Engagement; Heritage Homes, Inc. (Holland, MI)

Connelly, Kate (2019) - CrossFit Affiliate Owner/CrossFit Coach; CrossFit Allendale. (Allendale, MI)

Curit, Maria (2018) - Program Coordinator; Catherine's Health Center. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Curtis, Kirsten (2015) - Quality Improvement Team Lead; Meridian Health Plan. (Detroit, MI)

(DeCamp) Van Hartesvelt, Katelin (2016) - Clinical Manager; Gastroenterology Associates of Western Michigan. (Wyoming, MI)

DenBesten, Grant (2019) - Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator; Intertek. (Kentwood, MI)

Doebler, Michelle (2018) - Influenza Epidemiologist; Michigan Public Health Institute. (Okemos, MI)

Donaldson, Kate (2018) - Sexuality & Peer Education Coordinator; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (Champaign, IL)

Douglas, Shane (2018) - VP of Operations; FQHC. (Toledo, OH)

Dunneback, Maria (2017) - Senior Product Specialist; Priority Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Dziewit, Heather (2018) - Family Planning Health Educator; Butte-Silver Bow Health Dept. (Butte, MT). Heather coordinates and teaches PREP for adolescent pregnancy and STI prevention, as well as all Title IX Family Planning education & community outreach.

Frimodig, Kendall (2018) - Epidemiologist; Tacoma-Pierce County Health Dept. (Tacoma, WA)

Garcia, Mic (2016) - Advisor; Press Ganey. (Washington DC). Mic is a member of the GVSU MPH Advisory Board.

Gero, Angelina (2015) - Provider Network Development Representative; Meridian Health Plan. (Detroit, MI)

Gritters, Danielle (2015) - Epidemiologist; Spectrum Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Grove, Matthew (2015) - Research Informatics Program Manager; University of Kansas Medical Center. (Kansas City, KS)

Guzman, Gabriella (2018) - Permanent Supportive Housing Specialist; Inner City Christian Federation. (Grand Rapids, MI)

(Guzman Garcia) Gonzalez, Mariana Valeria (2016) - Senior Quality Improvement Specialist; Priority Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Hamilton, Samantha (2016) - Quality Improvement Coordinator; Meridian Health Plan. (Detroit, MI)

Heidenga, Brooke (2018) - Surveillance Office; California Emerging Infections Program. (Oakland, CA)

Heller, Ashley (2015) - Infection Preventionist; Henry Ford Allegiance Health. (Jackson, MI)

Henrikson, Shayla (2016) - BSN Student; Oakland University. (Rochester Hills, MI)

Hildreth, Freddie (2019) - Clinical Research Coordinator; Spectrum Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Houdeshell, Laura (2015) - Quality Improvement Project Manager; Institute for Health Policy at MSU. (East Lansing, MI)

Hryciuk, Alexandra (2018) - Business Development Manager; MiHIN/Velatura. (East Lansing, MI)

Hurden, Isabel (2016) - Pediatric Genomics Epidemiologist; MDHHS/ MPHI. (Lansing, MI)

Johnson, Stephanie (2017) - Health Information Technology Specialist; Michigan Public Health Institute. (Okemos, MI)

(Kidder) Hearns, Lisa (2017) - Graduate Medical Education Supervisor; Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. (Grand Rapids, MI)

(Killinger) Mieske, Alicia (2015) - Community Care Coordination Operational Team Lead; Meridian Health Plan. (Chicago, IL)

Kulik, Anne (2018) - Senior Wing Director; Bethlehem Intergenerational Center. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Ladisky Coultee, Macey (2018) - Viral Hepatitis Linkage to Care Coordinator; Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. (Lansing, MI)

(Lamkin) Wall, Samantha (2017) - Quality Assurance Specialist II; Southwest Key Program. (AZ)

(Lawton) Michalec, Jordyn (2017) - Provider Network Performance Specialist; Priority. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Lee, Amber (2016) - Infection Preventionist; UC Health. (Longmont, CO)

Lutz, Amanda (2016) - Emergency Preparedness Specialist; Spectrum Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Lypka, Matthew (2017) - Epidemiologist; Spectrum Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

(Mahoney) Ludington, Chelsea (2016) - Infection Preventionist; Spectrum Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Maingu, Mussa (2018) - Quality Advisor/Analyst; Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham (CMHA-CEI). (Lansing, MI). Mussa works on research and quality improvement.

(Mason) Belasco, Kendra (2016) - Instructional Design & LMS Specialist; Versiti. (Grand Rapids, MI)

McClintock, Hanna (2019) - Communicable Disease Surveillance Specialist; Southeastern Michigan Health Association/Macomb County Health Department. (Mt. Clemens, MI). Hanna is working on a Viral Hepatitis C grant.

McCollum, Kasey (2016) - Doctoral Candidate; Wayne State University School of Medicine. (Detroit, MI)

Meitz, Melissa (2017) - Program Manager; Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. (Grand Rapids, MI). Melissa also sits on the Michigan Public Health Association Board.

Metha, Annita (2018) - Emergency Management Coordinator Contractor; MDHHS, Bureau of EMS & Trauma Preparedness. (Lansing, MI)

Milbury, Kaela (2017) - Outreach Worker; Kent County Health Department. (Grand Rapids, MI)

(Moloney) Miller, Katie (2015) - Public Health Educator & Coalition Coordinator; District Health Department #10 (Ludington, MI). Katie is also currently serving as the National Delegate for the Great Lakes SOPHE Chapter, and as Delegate Trustee for the National SOPHE Board of Trustees.

Mwangu, Hyacinthi (2018) - Healthy Education; Dept. of Health & Environmental Control of South Carolina. (North Charleston, SC)

Napolillo, Hannah (2018) - Community Prevention Specialist and CARA Grant Projects Coordinator; Barry County Community Mental Health Authority. (Hastings, MI). Hannah also serves as a Victim Advocate for the Kent County Sheriff's Dept.

Nichols, Alyse (2018) - Health Educator; Calhoun County Public Health Department. (Battle Creek, MI)

Nota, Sarah (2016) - Program Evaluation Specialist; University of Michigan. (Ann Arbor, MI)

(O'Mara) Dequaine, Alaina (2016) - Public Health Improvement Associate; Michigan Public Health Institute. (Okemos, MI). Alaina is also an Eaton Rapids Quality of Life Board Member.

(Peterson) Ostergen, Kelsey (2015) - Manager, Infection Prevention; Michigan Health & Hospital Association. (Okemos, MI)

Proctor, Danyle (2019) - Business Office Coordinator; Mercy Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Radecki, Samantha (2018) - Community Health Educator; Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. (Sault Ste. Marie, MI)

(Read) Vang, Kristyn (2017) - Cancer Epidemiologist; Arkansas Dept. of Health. (Little Rock, AR). Kristyn is currently working on "Trends in HPV-Associated Cancers, Arkansas, 2001-2015"; publishing in 2019.

Rios, Ezequiel (2017) - Registered Dental Hygienist; Cherry Health. Dental Adjunct; Grand Rapids Community College & Ross Medical School. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Ruggero, Brittany (2017) - Medical Administrative Assistant; Cherry Health. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Rykse, Monica (2015) - Training & Development Specialist; Spectrum Health Hospitals. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Sagorski, Ryan (2015) - Clinical Research Coordinator; Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, MI)

Salisbury, Andrew (2017) - Public Health Epidemiologist, Kent County Health Department. (Grand Rapids, MI)

(Sarles) Neumayer, Heidi (2016) - Preventable Mortality Epidemiologist; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. (Lansing, MI)

Schmidt, Sarah (2019) - Community Health Special Projects Coordinator; St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea. (Chelsea, MI)

Schmitz, Andrea (2018) - Strategy Coordinator; Meridian health Plan. (Detroit, MI)

Sieloff, Beth (2018) - Health Education Program Manager; Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. (MI). Beth manages chronic disease and cancer prevention program activities for American Indian populations across the state of Michigan.

(Smith) Guerra, Abigail (2017) - HIV Epidemiology Analyst & Data Manager; MPHI/MDHHS. (Southfield, MI)

Spiker, Brent (2016) - Healthcare Data Analyst; MPRO. (Farmington Hills, MI)

Spiker, Bryce (2017) -  Legionellosis Epidemiologist; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (contracted through Michigan Public Health Institute). (Lansing, MI)

(Stankey) Cogswell, Megan (2015) - Simulation Center Specialist; Grand Valley State University. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Steponski, Ashley (2017) - Phlebotomist, Spectrum Health Hospitals. (Grand Rapids, MI)

Sunday, Rachel (2016) - Clinical Supervisor; Mercy Health Physician Partners. (Grand Haven, MI)

(Talen) Felder, Kara (2016) - Community Prevention Specialist; Barry County Community Mental Health Authority. (Hastings, MI)

(Taylor) Folkert, Rebekah (2018) - Senior Environmental Health Specialist; Ottawa County Department of Public Health. (Holland, MI)

Thorp, Brittany (2017) - Infection Control Epidemiologist; Parkview Health. (Fort Wayne, IN).

VanDam, Isaac (2016) - MD candidate; Wayne State University School of Medicine. (Detroit, MI)

Wallis, Gert (2017) - Clinical Research Project Coordinator; Medpace. (Cincinnati, OH).

Warfield, Tempest (2015) - HIV Prevention Program Manager; The Grand Rapids Red Project. (Grand Rapids, MI). Tempest is also serving as a Michigan HIV/AIDS Council Member.

Wegner, Lisa (2016) - CEASE Program Coordinator; American Academy of Pediatrics-Indiana Chapter. (Indianapolis, IN)

White, Catherine (2016) - Health and Wellness Engagement; Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI. (Detroit, MI)

(Whitworth) Franks, Catherine (2015) - Epidemiologist; Kalamazoo County. (Kalamazoo, MI)

Wilkins, Rachel (2019) - Perinatal Hepatitis B Case Manager; Michigan Department of Health & Human Services. (Lansing, MI)

Wiltshire, Lauren (2016) - Program Coordinator II; National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. (Grand Rapids, MI)

(Young) Jean, Kelsey (2019) - Regional Community Relations Coordinator; Camp Casey. (Grand Rapids, MI). Kelsey serves as the Student Engagement Chair for APHA and on committee for the impACT Board of Directors at Metro Health Hospital.