Alumni Spotlights

Alumni Spotlight on Laura Kresty

October 21, 2014 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

"Be persistent, yet keep an open mind and let the research results lead the way." That’s the advice that Laura Kresty PhD ’00 has for students looking to pursue a career in cancer prevention research. As an associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Kresty evaluates preventive agents and novel strategies for targeting cancers of the esophagus, head and neck, with an emphasis on esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and the only... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Jagadish Urs

October 2, 2014 by Jerica Stewart | Communications Intern

Jagadish Urs, MD is a medical and public health professional with a passion for knowledge and a heart for children in need. His journey has been full of unique experiences that have shaped him into the physician and public health advocate that he is today. Through hard work and patience, Urs has accomplished great things. According to him, “there is no shortcut to knowledge.”

Born and raised in India, Urs attended medical school in his country. After receiving his medical degree, he... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Keith Hustak MPH, PA-C

July 29, 2014 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

For Keith Hustak MPH, PA-C, the College of Public Health Program for Experienced Professionals (PEP) was the perfect fit for his lifestyle. While working as a full time physician assistant, Hustak decided to go back to school because he wanted to improve the state of the healthcare system as a whole as opposed to just treating the individual patient. “The PEP program allowed me to work during the week while at the same time get an education in person from the College of Public Health” Hustak... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Larry Tracy

June 25, 2014 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

Attending Ohio State is a family affair for Larry Tracy, who proposed to his wife and fellow alum, Deborah, after receiving his undergraduate degree in 1991, and his son Christopher will begin his freshman year at Ohio State in the fall.

Originally from Portsmouth Ohio, Tracy graduated from the Ohio State MHA program in 2001. He spent the first eight years of his professional life on active duty as a commissioned officer, focusing on the Patriot missile system in the U.S. Army. After... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Amy Peters

May 28, 2014 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

Amy Peters works as a program manager at the Ohio Colleges of Medicine Government Resource Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. As program manager of the Medicaid Technical Assistance and Policy Program Healthcare Access Initiative at the GRC, her role is to build and execute strategies to maintain the goals of each project participating in the initiative. The MEDTAPP HCA Initiative is a collection of workforce development and health services delivery improvement... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Meredith Inniger

April 21, 2014 by Sarah Isler | CPH Intern

Traveling to four different states is all in a day’s work for Meredith Inniger. Recently a published co-author of an article chosen for the April cover story of Healthcare Financial Management Association Magazine, Inniger has been swept up in a whirlwind of excitement.
As the senior consultant for Health Strategies & Solutions in Philadelphia, PA, Inniger manages projects and teams in strategic planning and affiliation across the country.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio,... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Kathy Najarian

February 25, 2014 by Sarah Isler | CPH Intern

“Enjoy what you do for a living or don’t do it anymore.”

Kathy Najarian’s advice to others is how she lives her life every day. As vice president of Contracting and Provider Services for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Najarian is able to turn her passion for negotiating into a career. As the “watchdog” over insurance companies, Najarian is responsible for third party payer and managed care contract negotiations for four hospitals and 1,000 physicians. She manages... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Megan Casey

January 27, 2014 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

Beginning this July, Megan Casey can add “disease detective” to her resume.  Casey, ’06, MPH was selected as a class of 2014 CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer.  Members of this program are often referred to as disease detectives and respond to requests for epidemiologic assistance within the United States and throughout the world.  EIS Officers are stationed in a CDC center or a state or local health department for a two-year assignment.  Casey considers this recruitment an... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Robert Pickard

November 25, 2013 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

In 2000 Robert Pickard had obtained a Master of Education degree but had not found his true calling. It wasn’t until after being involved in several projects that involved in-depth interviewing and accepting a qualitative research study at a community-based health center that Pickard realized his passion.

His job combined his interests and would eventually lead him to discover the public health field.
“It took much of what I loved about the education field – community engagement... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Catherine Zavatsky Baumgardner

October 15, 2013 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

“Love what you do, life is far too short.”  This is the advice that Catherine Zavatsty Baumgardner gives to others and follows in her own life.  Baumgardner had ambitions to one day fill the CEO seat, but along the way she discovered that her real passion was organization development.  She left her career in operations to focus on that passion, and has enjoyed a successful consulting career in that area as president of Catherine Baumgardner & Associates, Inc. for the last 12 years.... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Ashley Hartman

September 3, 2013 by Colleen Herr | Communications Coordinator

As a Program Associate within Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Public Health and Research (PHR), Ashley Hartman, MPH, CHES works on the organization’s signature childhood wellness initiative 5 to Go!™ which focuses on reducing childhood obesity. This program has three main components:

• Data collection: Working... Read more »


Alumni Spotlight on Kathryn Tunstall

July 23, 2013 by Chelsea Hagan | CPH Intern

After 28 years in the healthcare field, Kathryn Tunstall decided to broaden her base of healthcare experience by joining the Program for Experience Professionals (PEP) within the College of Public Health.

Kathryn Tunstall has been the director of imaging informatics at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center since 1998. After graduating from the College of Public Health with an MPH in 2012, Tunstall said she started to view healthcare in a more public view, which allowed her to adapt to... Read more »


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