Sarah Yerian '06 is Senior Associate Director of the Guinea Worm Eradication Program at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia. She has helped lead one of the world's most successful disease eradication programs. She earned a master's degree in public health from Emory University. At OWU, she has a one-month, hands-on summer environmental research course doing wildlife management work in Kenya.

A Sample of Alumni in Public Health

Abby Bowman '20

Research Associate at Ohio State University's Expanded Food and Nutritional Education Program, Columbus, Ohio
At OWU, Abby Bowman used OWU Connection grants to study community food and physical activity in Umbria, Italy, and to research oral histories of food and migration at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She earned an MPH at Ohio State University.

Project Director, Cleveland African American Prostate Cancer Project, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio

Project Director, Cleveland African American Prostate Cancer Project, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
Rebecca Manning Miller leads a project to to bring prostate cancer screening and education to Black communities in Greater Cleveland. Rebecca earned a master's of public health with a concentrationin population health research and  's of science in nutrition at Case Western Reserve University.

Valentina Marginean '16

MD Student, Brody School of Medicine, University of North Carolina
At OWU, Valentina Marginean used an OWU Connection grant to study healing systems in Haiti. She also conducted a research project on the role of intellectual property rights and pharmacology in Northern India. She also earned a BS/RN degree at UNC.

Watch a video about Marginean's OWU experience in Haiti

Kylea Davis '15

Project Manager, Population Health at OSU Wexner Medical Center, Columbus
Kylea earned a Master's in Public Health at Ohio State University.

Gnora Mahs '14

Partnerships Director at Healthy Democracy Healthy People, Washington, D.C.

Catherine Peranzi '13 MPH – Oncology Practice Manager at MaineHealth, North Waterboro, ME

Oncology Practice Manager at MaineHealth, North Waterboro, Maine
Catherine Peranzi earned a Master's in Public Health at the University of Southern Maine.

Abigail Egan '12

Director of Provider Engagement at Movn Health, Waltham, Massachusetts
Abigail Egan earned an MS in health promotion management at American University.

Allison Kolbe '12

Health Science Policy Analyst at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
With a Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Allison Kolbe applies her scientific expertise to understand issues relating to emergency preparedness and response. During the pandemic, her work at HHS focused on issues like modeling vaccine hesitancy and determining target areas for outreach and education. At OWU, she had internships at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and North Carolina State University.

Read about Allison's work during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Alyse Marotta '12

Coordinator of Community Based Programs at Suffolk County Department of Health Services, New York
At OWU, Alyse Marotta studied in Italy and worked with the Cooking Matters program. She earned an MPH degree at Stony Brook Univesity.

Aimee Shadwick '02

Director of the RecoveryOhio Initiative, Governor's Office, Columbus, Ohio

Lucy Maryogo-Robinson '02

Global Health Director, Association of Public Health Laboratories, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Lucy Maryogo-Robinson earned a Master's in Public Health at George Washington University.

Kimberly Mays '00

Senior Director, Community and Multicultural Health at American Heart Association, Baltimore, Maryland

Kira Baldonado '97

Vice President of Public Health and Policy at Prevent Blindness, Chicago, Illinois
Kira Baldonado earned a Master of Public Health degree at Kent State University.

Michael Elliott '92

Associate Dean for Public Health at St. Louis University College of Public Health and Social Justice, St. Louis, Missouri
Michael Elliott earned a Ph.D. in Public Health at Ohio State University.

Kara Trott '83

Founder & Board Chair of Quantum Health, Columbus, Ohio

Vaughn (Mamlin) Upshaw '82

Professor, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Vaughn Upshaw earned a doctorate in Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Program Contact Info


Edwards Gymnasium Room 107D
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3768

Program Director

Christopher Fink
Professor of Health and Human Kinetics