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MICHAEL O. UGWUEKE 86MPH is CEO/President at Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare as of Jan. 1, 2017. Methodist LeBonheur is an integrated health care delivery system based in Memphis, Tenn. He has been with them since 2007, starting as CEO of Methodist South Hospital.



MICHELLE STAPLES-HORNE 93MPH was awarded the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) Bernard P. Harrison Award of Merit. In 1994, Staples-Horne was appointed the first medical director of the Georgia Dept. of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), a position she held until retiring in Jan. 2016. “It is an honor to receive this award,” she said. “Bernard Harrison was a trailblazer in correctional health, as I have also tried to be by creating a system of health care for youth in the Georgia juvenile justice system.” She still serves the DJJ as a consultant.

TAMMY BOYD 97MPH, former legislative director for Congressman John Lewis, was mentioned in the new book Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Boyd, an attorney, was one of the four black women legislative tacticians who worked together across a partisan divide to bring the long-awaited museum legislation to passage in Congress. Author Robert Wilkins writes that Boyd and her colleagues “performed the vitally important, but publicly unnoticed, work of developing the legislative strategy and crafting legislative policy that resulted in the creation of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). They proved to be veritable secret weapons.”


Rep. John Lewis, who fought in Congress for many years to create the Smithsonian’s NMAAHC, reflected in his book Across that Bridge that Boyd “worked on every angle to get the bill through until it was signed into law in 2003.” She developed the core strategic alliances to shepherd the bill into final passage. The Feb. 2017 issue of Essence magazine featured Boyd and her colleagues, calling their story one of power, politics, and persistence that led to the opening of the museum in September 2016.


OLIVIA CHELKO-LONG 96OX 99C 01MPH is Vice President of Development and Communications for Positive Impact Health Centers. It has two locations in metro Atlanta.

BRITTANY M. NEWBERRY 01N 03MN 03MPH lives in Blue Ridge, Ga. and works as an emergency department NP as needed at Piedmont Mountainside. She is VP of Education and Development for HospitalMD, an ED provider staffing company for rural facilities, and she is on Emory’s School of Nursing adjunct faculty.

JARRET CASSANITI 08MPH has been at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program for four years, working on USAID’s flagship knowledge management project. He recently traveled to Trinidad and Guyana to assist in capacity-building efforts with a regional HIV organization. Related work took him to Sierra Leone to help restore health services in the wake of the Ebola epidemic.

KARYL COOPER PATTEN 08MPH 15L has been named 2017 President of AAWD, the American Association of Women Dentists. For nearly a century, AAWD has served to unite women dentists and provide a forum for members to share common interests, enjoy friendship and camaraderie, and scientific exchange.



MARRIED: HEATHER MARSH 13MPH to Gregory Walker on May 21, 2016, at the Eisenhower Chapel on the Penn State University Park campus.

MARRIED: JESSICA PITTMAN 13MPH to Renee Arrazola on June 26, 2016, in Girdwood, Alaska.

MARIAN CREASY 15MPH started a new position at Booz Allen Hamilton as a Public Health Program evaluation analyst. She lives in Washington, D.C. and recently was engaged to be married in April 2018.


CATHERINE (KATE) SCULLY 16MPH is studying at Yale to become a nurse practitioner and midwife. With recommendations from Rollins, she applied for and got the HRSA Nurse Corps Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees, and student costs and provides a stipend during the three-year program.

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