Public Health Alumni News & Updates

Catch up on the latest news and updates from public health alumni! And share your news or update with fellow alumni, students, faculty and others at the College of Public Health and Ohio State if you have recently changed jobs, earned a promotion, made a difference in your community or work, gotten married, received an award, had a child, etc.

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Dr. Melinda Hill, MS '84

Dr. Hill received her doctorate in Kinesiology in 2016. She married Dan Ewbank in July of 2017 and began teaching at OSU this month in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Dr. Marisa Bittoni, MS '87, PhD '13

Dr. Bittoni is a Research Scientist at the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center and is currently conducting research on lifestyle factors, inflammation and lung cancer risk. She resides in Columbus, OH with her husband, Giorgio. They have 2 grown daughters who also live in Columbus.

Armine Aghabekian, MPH '17

Armine successfully moved to Tennessee and finished her first week of medical school at Lincoln Memorial University.

Shiro Tanaka, MS '63

Shiro's beloved wife of 55 years, Fumiko, died of pancreatic cancer in August 2016 in Cincinnati. They were married in 1961 in Japan and he was then accepted to the OSU Preventive Medicine residency program. Shiro received excellent education/training from Drs. Arthur Ashe, Bertram Dinman, Martin Keller and Charles Billings Jr. Columbus was their honeymoon town and they lived on a monthly stipend of $300. "It seems just like yesterday," he said.

Dr. Margarette Shegog, MPH '09

Dr. Shegog is heading to Fortuna, CA, to be a full scope Family Medicine doctor.

Sarah Sampsel, MPH '00

Sarah accepted a position as Vice President at Discern Health, LLC, a health care quality consulting firm located in Baltimore, Maryland.

Amy Petrocy, MPH '12

Amy has relocated to Australia where she is now working at the Brisbane North Primary Health Network, an Australian government initiative to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of medical services for patients, particularly those at risk of poor health outcomes; and improve coordination of care to ensure patients receive the right care in the right place at the right time. In her role as Engagement & Planning Officer, she supports the organisation's engagement with key stakeholders and assists with the PHN's regional health planning and commissioning processes.

Meredith Inniger, MHA '09

Meredith Inniger, MHA, received the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Early Career Healthcare Executive Regent's Award, given by the ACHE Regent for Pennsylvania & Southern New Jersey. The Early Career Healthcare Executive Award recognizes ACHE members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of healthcare management excellence and the achievement of ACHE's goals. Members are evaluated on leadership ability; innovative and creative management; executive capability in developing their own organization and promoting its growth and stature in the community; participating in local and state health association activities; participation in civic activities; and ACHE participation.

Jessica Solomon, MPH '15

Jessica was accepted to the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine DVM program for class of 2021.

David Neff, MHA '81

David retired from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, in May 2016 after 24 years, serving as the Administrator for Ambulatory and Support Services. He currently serves on the Board and is a volunteer driver for Senior Ride Charleston, a non-profit community services organization that provides affordable transportation services to senior citizens and the visually impaired citizens of Charleston county. Effective July 1, 2017, David was appointed President of the Rotary Club of Charleston--Breakfast where he has been a member of the club for 22+ years.