2016-2017 Alumni Society Board of Directors

2016-17 Executive Officers

Carrie Klumb, MPH '09 (environmental health), is a senior epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health, where she has worked extensively in zoonotic disease surveillance. She serves as the coordinator for MDH’s project associated with the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) housed at the University of Minnesota, a project that focuses on occupational health of agricultural workers and their families. She also serves as coordinator for the Minnesota rabies surveillance program. Carrie has experience in investigating outbreaks, writing grants, running surveillance systems, and planning a variety of education and outreach events.
Imee Cambronero, MPH '09 (maternal & child health), is a senior specialist with Save the Children and leads monitoring evaluation and learning efforts for large-scale multi-sector USAID Food for Peace programs in South Asia, East and West Africa. She has also worked for CARE, TANGO International and CDC-Tanzania and has M&E experience working on various technical areas including: maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, agriculture, gender and nutrition.
Larry Kuusisto, PhD, MS '10
(health services research, policy & administration), is executive director of the Minnesota Veterans Medical Research & Education Foundation at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and former vice president of education for Minnesota’s Medical Alley Association. He brings many connections to the life science industry in the region, and seeks to support SPH in becoming an even stronger entity in driving innovation for the health sciences industry.
Laura Perdue, MPH '12 (public health nutrition)
, serves as an extension educator in health and nutrition for the University of Minnesota Extension. Prior to joining the U, she was a health promotion specialist at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation.
Charlotte Sortedahl, MPH '07 (environmental health)
,is an associate professor in the College of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has experience in oversight as a health officer, including budget creation, management, administration, evaluation and reporting.

2016-17 At-Large Directors

Kenneth Bence, MHA '92 MBA '92, is the director of public health for Medica in which he leads public health and clinical initiatives for the health plan. Ken is also battalion chief at the Golden Valley Fire Department and has held several positions with the Minnesota Public Health Association, including president.

Jerry Campbell, MHA '76, is actively retired with two kids and two grandkids. He is the former CEO of University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics, and former CEO of several hospitals. He recently worked in cancer clinical protocols at Washington University School of Medicine and served at Baylor University Medical Center and Texas Tech School of Medicine. Jerry also held a position as an MHA adjunct at Salmaniya Medical Center in Manama, Bahrain.  

Shelly Espinosa, MPH '99 (maternal & child health), holds the position of director of community affairs at UnitedHealth Group. Shelly is also a past-president of the Board, serving in 2014-2015.

Chelsea Georgesen, MPH '12 (public health administration and policy), serves as the Government Affairs Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. She previously worked for the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Economics Program on topics related to administrative data, provider and clinic outcomes measurement, and project management.

Kathy Harriman, PhD '04 (environmental health),  is chief of the Vaccine Preventable Disease Epidemiology Section at the California Department of Public Health. Previously, she worked for the Minnesota Department of Health, as a pediatric emergency room nurse, and as an infection preventionist at Minneapolis Children’s Hospital. She serves on the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Anne Kollmeyer, MPH '84 (public health nutrition), has more than 25 years of experience in many aspects of public health. She is particularly focused on statewide strategic planning and reducing health disparities within communities. She is currently a nutrition consultant with the WIC Federal Nutrition Supplement Program.

Amy Becker LaFrance, MPH '06 (public health administration and policy) serves as the program director for the National Commission on Prevention Priorities at Health Partners Institute, as well as a principal research project manager responsible for a portfolio of health economics and health communications projects.

Lara Lamprecht, MPH '99 (community health education), leads strategy and outreach for the National Biosurveillance Integration Center in Washington, D.C. She has also served on the board of the UMN Alumni Association-DC Chapter, including both as vice president and president.

Valentina Lin, MPH '17 (public health administration and policy) is serving as the 2016-2017 vice president of student advancement for SPH Student Senate, and is the student representative to the Alumni Board. She is a SPH Dean's Scholar Award and SPH Alumni Scholarship recipient with interests in healthcare organizational change and innovation, health equity, and program and policy development to ensure better health outcomes for low-income populations. 

Michael T. Osterholm, PhD '80, MPH '80, MS '78 (environmental health and epidemiology), is Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School's Division of Environmental Health Sciences, a professor in the Technological Leadership Institute, College of Science and Engineering, and an adjunct professor in the Medical School, all at the University of Minnesota.

Aaron Patnode, MHA '09 MBA '09, is currently executive director of Blue Zones Project Oregon, a place-based community health and wellbeing initiative. He was previously executive director of Cover Oregon, Oregon's Health Insurance Exchange. Aaron brings a diverse set of experiences to the board ranging from front-line care delivery operations and leadership to community organizing in support of public health initiatives. He enjoys mentoring students and alumni, helping them make the most of their degrees while fulfilling personal interests and purpose.

Jennifer Pierquet, MPH '07 (public health administration), is a Project Consultant Sr. at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Dairy & Food Inspection Division. She is a member of the Minnesota Rapid Response Team. She has several years of project management experience working specifically with federally funded initiatives.

David Radosevich, MPH '82, PhD '91 (epidemiology),  is an assistant professor in the Departments of Surgery, Medical School, and the Health Services Research, Policy & Administration program in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Rebecca Sales, MPH '15 (public health administration and policy), is a research associate at Wilder Research. She conducts research and provides evaluation consulting services in area of public health, healthcare, and social services.

Karen Wick, RPh, MPH ’94 (environmental health), is the president of Stephan Research Consulting providing clinical consulting in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. She has experience in all phases of clinical development and is passionate about making a difference in the health sciences. She is excited about the opportunity to support the SPH through contributions on the Alumni Society Board and looks forward to interacting with students and faculty at the SPH.

Susan Wyatt, MPH '14 (maternal & child health), is director of client success at Lyra Health in San Francisco. In 2012-2013, Susan served as the president of the SPH Student Senate.