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Board of Directors

  • President

    Kathe P. Fox, PhD has more than 30 years’ experience in healthcare Informatics with a particular emphasis on chronic disease epidemiology, research methods and evaluation, and big data and data integration. Recently retired from Aetna, Kathe is currently devoting her energies to service in support of public health and emerging technology companies that are grounded in healthcare data and insights. She is the President of the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health and a member of the Board of the Health Care Cost Institute.

    At Aetna Kathe was a member of the Analytics and Behavior Change organization where she led the Informatics activities that support Plan Sponsor analyses and tools. Recently Kathe led the design and assessment of provider and network services including the assessment and monitoring of Aetna’s Joint Venture partners. Kathe also helped manage data governance for external release of Aetna data for research. In 2016 Kathe won the Aetna Innovator of the Year Award and the Aetna Chairman’s Award for her Health/Wealth product idea.

    Over the last six years Kathe has worked closely with the Harvard Medical School, specifically the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Health Policy, and encouraged and supported the growth of clinical and policy research using health insurance claims data. Harvard and Aetna built a multi-year data enclave that offers claims experience on 70+ M members over ten years. Researchers have used these data to investigate questions ranging from the efficacy of preventive screening to the inheritability of autism. These data, and the associated analytic techniques, have been introduced to medical students as part of their training.

    Prior to joining Aetna, Kathe was Vice President and Practice Leader for Health Plan customers at Medstat (now IBM Health) where she was responsible for analytic and consulting solutions for the managed care market. She also led a number of federal contracts including the CMS Medicaid Encounter Data Quality and Performance Measurement project and an AHRQ Medical Errors Reporting Implementation Plan.

    Kathe holds a Ph.D. from Yale University (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health) and a B.A. in History from Skidmore College. From 1985 – 87 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Faculty Fellow in Healthcare Finance at Johns Hopkins. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School, and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of axialhealthcare.

  • Vice President

    Shazia Khawaja is an Associate Principal Scientist in the department of Epidemiology at Merck, Sharpe & Dohme Corp., located in Upper Gwynedd, PA. She received her B.A. in Biology from Lehigh University in 1998 and M.P.H. in Chronic Disease Epidemiology from Yale in 2004. Upon graduation, Shazia joined Merck as an Epidemiology Program Coordinator, assisting with executing primary data collection studies, developing patient reported outcomes and representing Epidemiology on cross functional teams. Currently, she is in a management position and her main responsibilities include supervising employees, coordinating epidemiology studies and leading strategic initiatives. During her time at Merck, she obtained her Six Sigma Green Belt and has received 12 awards for her contribution on various projects. In addition, she published articles including those on the RotaTeq® Nicaragua Partnership and vaccine report card.

  • Secretary

    Linda Bergonzi-King holds a master of public health degree from the Yale School of Public Health.  In 1990, Ms. Bergonzi-King founded TriBella Productions, a health communication company which provides consultation in health communication, project management, epidemiological research and study coordination. She has 25 years of experience in the field of health communication, including producing, directing and editing videos for health agencies. Among many productions, TriBella produced an informative video series highlighting the many professional services and centers within the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, a series for Connecticut Hospice and training videos for the Yale Child Study Center, Essentials of Literacy Program and the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine. Linda has a strong background in communicating to a very diverse population. She has made it a career goal to reach many citizens of all cultures and uses techniques in video production and instructional design to communicate health promotion concepts to all. 

    Ms. Bergonzi-King has also taught public health communication courses at the Yale School of Public Health, Sacred Heart University and Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven, CT. She also serves as a mentor to a high school public health class at Metropolitan Business Academy. In addition, she has worked at the Yale School of Public Health, Center for Perinatal, Pediatric & Environmental Epidemiology where she assisted in research for the National Children’s Study. This multi-year research study examined the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of more than 100,000 children across the United States.

    In her role as a Senior Associate at the Yale New Haven Health System, Center for Healthcare Solutions, Ms. Bergonzi-King was responsible for the design and development of both online and instructor-led courses, with a specialty in video interface. She also organized educational workshops for health care staff throughout CT and served as Project Lead for two YNHHS-CHS subcontracts at the Yale School of Public Health and the New Haven Health Department.

  • Immediate Past President

    Tassos Kyriakides, '96 M.Phil., '99 Ph.D., Yale School of Public Health, Associate Research Scientist.  Dr. Kyriakides collaborates with clinical researchers on numerous research projects and he provides statistical consulting on numerous research protocols. He has been an abstract mentor for young researchers at the International AIDS Conferences since 2012, leads the VACSPCC internship program and is a statistical reviewer for high-impact medical journals (Lancet Infectious Diseases and the Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology).  He is the Director at the Department of Veterans' Affairs Cooperative Studies Program (VACSPCC-West Haven) and has worked, as a Senior Biostatistician, on pivotal clinical trials (The OPTIMA Trial, a multi-national HIV/AIDS treatment clinical trial; a surgical clinical trial (The OVER Trial); and a PTSD clinical trial (The VIP-STAR Trial).  Even though his primary research focus is in the area of infectious diseases with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS and its treatment, he has an interest in the history of medicine, social determinants of health and the socio-cultural dimension of the benefits of Greek/Mediterranean nutrition. He has recently been certified as an Olive Oil Sommelier by the International Culinary Center and the Olive Oil Education Lab in NY City.

  • Dr. Uzma Alam,'13 M.P.H. , is a global health professional working at the intersection of infectious disease and healthcare delivery in the international development and humanitarian context. Where she applies data to inform and influence policy and programs. As a humanitarian worker, Alam has been deployed to the frontlines of outbreaks in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Somalia, Uganda, Honduras, and Haiti where she has worked to combat Ebola, measles, and cholera among other infectious diseases. She has a diverse, multi-cultural background comprising of international experience serving with academic, corporate, non-profit and governmental entities, Uzma is passionate about taking a data-driven, culturally embedded approach to global health incorporating science, technology, and innovation (STI) to strengthen global health within marginalized populations, in a bid to drive social change.

  • Elaine Anderson was Director of Community, Alumni and Special Studies at the Yale School of Public Health until her retirement in 2007. Her office had responsibility for a number of functions including institutional research; the school’s reaccreditation; strategic planning; public health practice; alumni relations; continuing education and workforce development; and special projects. Her previous position at Yale was as Director of the Resource Center for Health Professions Development.

    A graduate of the Yale University School of Public Health, and the Institute for Social Policy Studies at the University of Michigan, her academic interests are in methodology/ research design in community-based studies.  She taught an applied community research course for MPH students at Yale for 25 years and still gives lectures on public health issues, primarily for the residential colleges.

    Her publications and professional presentations have been on topics related to minority health, gender issues in health care, workforce development, public health practice, and changing global values as they relate to health behaviors. 

  • Darryl Crompton, '76 M.P.H., has had a distinguished career as a social justice and human rights advocate, lawyer, and academic. He has helped numerous non-profit, for-profit, and start-up organizations navigate challenging legal, business, and policy issues. He has served as a reliable and trusted lawyer and advisor to education officials, corporate leaders, and non-profit officials.

    Darryl served as Tuskegee University's first General Counsel, Vice President for Legal Affairs, and Vice President for Government Affairs. Earlier, Mr. Crompton was a professor of healthcare law at the University of Alabama in Birmingham for 13 years. Mr. Crompton has served as staff in the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, and the US House of Representatives. Crompton lectures frequently on various legal and policy issues, and has been active in numerous community, charity, and religious organizations, including Leadership Greater Washington.  A native of Los Angeles, California, he has degrees from Yale University, the University of California Davis School of Law, and the University of California, Los Angeles. He is currently serving a member of the Yale Alumni Association Executive Director’s DEI Working Group. He also serves as a member of the Southeastern Health Equity Council.  Specialties: Focus areas include: (1) Education Law; (2) Healthcare Policy & Infrastructure; (4) Global Health & International Education; (3) Ethics and Integrity; (4) Diversity & Inclusion and (5) Has spent a career working to improve access in education and healthcare.

  • Franka  des Vignes, '98 Ph.D., IQVIA, Global Director, Epidemiologist. Dr. des Vignes has a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology and public health. Deep experience in disease surveillance, data mining and analysis to transform insights into actionable policy guidance. Implemented and managed several large projects resulting in successful state and country disease surveillance programs in the United States; Led surveillance programs and/or supervised activities of epidemiologists at national and regional levels; Former Deputy Director of non-profit organization whose focus was global HIV/STI prevention; Experience developing staffing plans, timelines and budgets. Experienced in fundraising, writing grant proposals and technical reports; Partnered with funders—USAID, CDC, PEPFAR, EDCTP, and Gates Foundation;  Experience working in developing country contexts; Led projects in India, South Africa, Latin America, and Caribbean as a Regional Epidemiologist for CAREC/PAHO/WHO; Provided technical assistance directly to regional governments and NGOs for health systems strengthening, health policy implementation, data analysis, evaluation of surveillance systems, and developing patient-population databases; Coordinated regional capacity building for strengthening surveillance; Provided strategic and operational oversight for program development and implementation; Supervised programmatic staff; Led country evaluations and assessments of HIV/STI, respiratory illness, and arboviral surveillance systems in over twenty countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Cheryl  Fattibene, '90 M.S.N., '90 M.P.H., National Nurse-Led Care Consortium, Family Nurse Practitioner.  Experienced Nurse Practitioner with a demonstrated history of working in both the for-profit and non-profit health care sectors as a provider and a clinical leader. Skilled in Disease Management, Primary Care, Operations Management, Team Based Care Models, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Public Speaking, and Acute Care. Doctoral Candidate with a focus in Nursing Leadership from Regis University.

  • Mira Johri, PhD, '98 M.P.H., is a professor at the University of Montréal’s School of Public Health and a principal scientist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre where she works in global health. Using quantitative evaluation methods, Johri aims to better integrate concerns for equity and fairness into health policy. She is particularly interested in maternal and child health in low- and middle-income countries.  Since 2010, her work has focused on equitable access to childhood vaccines both at the global level and in India. At the global level, she collaborates actively on indicators for equitable vaccination coverage with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. In India, she is working to enhance equitable access to immunization through innovative approaches to community engagement.

  • Byron Kennedy, '01 M.P.H., '04 M.D., '04 Ph.D., Connecticut Department of Corrections, Medical Director.  Dr. Kennedy is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and has broad expertise in community-based approaches aimed at improving the health of vulnerable patient populations. While providing leadership within a local public health agency, he has worked collaboratively with multiple stakeholder groups from the public, private and nonprofit sectors to promote health and wellness. He has expertise in advising elected leaders at the state and local levels on health policies. He has given a number of lectures/presentations to students, medical professionals, community groups, and policy makers. In addition, he has practiced in urgent care, occupational medicine, and general practice clinics, including both pediatric and adult patients. Finally, Dr. Kennedy has published papers in the areas of health disparities, chronic disease treatment, tobacco control, repetitive-use injury, and communicable disease outbreaks.

  • Yuna Lee, ‘09 M.P.H., '17 Ph.D., Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management.  Her research focuses on how health care organizations can foster creativity and innovation from clinicians, staff, and patients to promote better patient and employee experiences and improved performance. She has received national recognition for her work, including awards from the Academy of Management, AcademyHealth, Industry Studies Association, and Emerald Publishing. She is a member of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) research team and a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine.  At the Columbia Mailman School, Dr. Lee teaches Managerial and Organizational Behavior to graduate students and executives in the Master of Health Administration program. She is the inaugural recipient of the School's Judson Wolfe Excellence in Teaching Award.  Dr. Lee holds a MPH in Healthcare Management and a PhD in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Theory and Management, both from Yale University. Prior to academia, she managed special projects for the Executive Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and has experience working in public health departments, academic medical centers, consultancies and research thinks tanks, in New York City and internationally.

  • Jeannie Mantopoulos, '08 M.P.H., Resolve To Save Lives, Chief Operating Officer. In this role, she provides leadership and management to promote operational excellence in Resolve’s two components: Resolve to Save 100 Million Lives and Resolve to Prevent Epidemics. Jeannie is a global public health professional with over 10 years of management experience developing strategy, cultivating strong partnerships, and leading programs that are practical, evidence-based, and tailored to specific needs.

    Prior to joining Resolve to Save Lives, Jeannie served as Director of Programs for Yale University’s Global Health Leadership Institute, where she was responsible for managing a large global team, grant development, program design, and leading implementation of the institute’s global health initiatives in Africa, Asia, UK, and the US.  Jeannie led the establishment of Yale University’s first country office for field operations and oversaw leadership programs that trained mid- and senior level health professionals in over 20 countries, including the first master’s degree program in healthcare administration in Africa (at Jimma University, Ethiopia).  Jeannie maintains a lectureship appointment with the Yale School of Public Health and is an International Advisory Committee Member for World of Children. Jeannie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hunter College and her Master of Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health.

  • Gerald  McNair '74 M.P.H., Gerald McNair Insurance Agency, Retirement Specialist. Gerald McNair Insurance Agency is an independent insurance agency specializing in Medicare Insurance Solutions. We work with dozens of insurance companies, so we can offer our clients appropriate coverage for them. Our clients are located all across North Carolina, giving us a great feel for the insurance landscape. We design plans with a focus on low costs, and proper benefit structure, which we combine with personalized insurance advice aimed at helping our clients make better-informed decisions.

  • Angela  Ni, '03 M.P.H., Parabellum Capital, Director. Angela is responsible for the analysis, due diligence, and evaluation of all investment merits and risks. Angela is also responsible for leading the effort in the integration of cognitive and advanced analytic levers to provide data-driven insights for litigation outcome analysis. Angela has over twelve years of litigation experience representing clients at the trial and appellate levels. Prior to joining Parabellum, Angela specialized in intellectual property litigation, and practiced at Paul Hastings LLP, Darby & Darby P.C., and Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP. She was recognized as a Rising Star in IP Litigation by Super Lawyers and listed among the Top Women Attorneys in the New York Metro Area for four consecutive years. She also received the Jeremy G. Epstein Award from the New York City Bar Justice Center for her life-changing work with veterans. Angela received her B.S. from M.I.T., with Department Honors, a M.P.H. from Yale University, and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Minnesota Law School. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health and the MIT Educational Council.

  • Jenny Ozor, '19 M.P.H., NCQA, Healthcare Analyst

    With a background in healthcare policy research and combatting health disparities from the Yale School of Public Health, I help organizations leverage health care analytics and data to support beneficial and impactful healthcare policies. My interests lie at the intersection of policy research and development, survey analytics, and social determinants of health.


  • Ann Prestipino, ’80 M.P.H. is a Senior Vice President for Strategy and Clinical Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts General Physician Organization as well as a Teaching Associate at Harvard Medical School.  Ann is the chair of the board of directors at Boston Medflight, a non-profit that provides critical air and ground transportation as well as a former Trustee at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. Ann has worked at Mass General for over 30 years holding several positions of increasing responsibility.  She currently oversees many clinical/academic  departments and centers, strategic planning and plays a leadership role assisting in the development of the  Partners Healthcare System. Ann earned her BA in 1978 from Brown University before going on to receive her MPH from the Yale School of Public  Health.

  • Lynne Rosenwald-Bannister, '77 M.P.H., Supportive Housing Works, System Coordinator.  Lynne E. Bannister joined Supportive Housing WORKS after a long career in public health and social services in both the Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts area. She is currently the system coordinator for the Social Innovation Fund grant which pairs supportive housing with improved health outcomes for very vulnerable men and women. Prior to joining the organization, Lynne was a consultant with The Sable Group, Inc., in Weston, CT focusing on issues of diversity, health disparities and access to health care. Lynne attended Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY and Windham College in Putney, VT where she received a B.A. in English Literature, she also earned an M.S. in Education from the University of Bridgeport, CT and an M.P.H. in Health Services Administration from Yale University in New Haven, CT. She has been an active board member of AYAPH since 1983 and has served as a member of the Diversity Committee, Secretary of the Emerging Majority Affairs Committee, Vice President and is presently the Treasurer for the Association. She is also a member of the Housatonic Community College Foundation and is a long-time tutor with Mercy Learning Center for Women in Bridgeport, CT.

  • Dashni  Sathasivam, '19 M.P.H., Health Equity Solutions, Program Manager. Dashni Sathasivam is compelled by the intersection of health policy and advocacy and believes engaging communities and amplifying the voices of those directly impacted by policies as central to achieving structural changes that advance health equity. Originally from Wisconsin, her role as the Latino Outreach Coordinator with the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center's Cancer Health Disparities Initiative and service as a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps Member informed her community-based participatory approach to health and partnership building. Dashni graduated with a Master’s in Public Health in health policy from the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH). In recognition of her commitment to social justice within YSPH and the wider New Haven community, she was awarded the inaugural YSPH Student Award for Outstanding Contributions in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Gender & Women's Studies and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

  • Robert  Steele,  '71 M.P.H., '74 M.S., '75 Ph.D., recently retired Director of the Office for Diversity Initiatives at the Graduate School of the University of Maryland. From 2004 until June 2012 Steele served as the Executive Director of the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. Under Dr. Steele’s leadership, the Center became nationally known in the field of African American Visual Arts. Prior to that, he held several positions at University of Maryland, College Park including Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology and Associate Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.  Steele has written and contributed to several publications in the field of African American Art, including several entries in the St. James Guide to Black Artists. In addition, Dr. Steele has a number of advisory and board memberships, such as the Governing Board of the Yale University Gallery of Art, the Board of Directors of the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and the Founder of the National Black Arts Festival’s Collectors Guild, the Advisory Committee of the Experimental Printmaking Institute at Lafayette College, the Advisory Board of Brodsky Center for Innovative Print and Paper at Rutgers University and the Board of Director of Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. Steele is also a member of the Collectors Club of Washington, D.C., Inc. and the New York Print Club.  At Yale, Steele endowed the Robert E. & Jean E. Steele Scholarship Fund. He also helped to establish the Creed/Patton/Steele Endowed Scholarship for minority students at the School of Public Health. His Yale service includes membership on the Board of Governors of the Association of Yale Alumni and the former presidency of the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health. He is currently spearheading efforts to raise funds for an internship at the Yale University Art Gallery. Steele was awarded the Yale Medal in November of 2012.

  • Dillon was born, raised, and currently resides in California's East Bay. His work with University of California’s Nutrition Policy Institute galvanized him to pursue YSPH’s MPH with a focus on Health Policy. During his first year at Yale, Dillon served as YSPH's Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS) representative and founded the Asian Graduate Network, an affiliate organization of the Asian American Cultural Center. By his second year, he was elected into the role of GPSS Vice President and served on two university-wide Student Advisory Committees. He currently volunteers as a Yale Alumni Schools Committee alumni interviewer and as a Ministry Fellow to the Christian Fellowship UCW. In his free time, Dillon enjoys bouldering, hiking, camping, and drinking boba.

  • Nicholas Torsiello, '06 M.P.H., '14 Ph.D., EHE, Senior Analyst.  Nick has been in the health care and analytics spaces for 14 years. He joined EHE in 2017 as Director of Analytics to help optimize internal and external data measurement, collection, and utilization.  His previous experience includes working on health industry teams at the consultancies of McKinsey & Company, Willis Towers Watson, Booz Allen Hamilton, and The Advisory Board Company.  There he served both private and public-sector clients – Medicaid, Medicare, NIH, and the VA system – on issues such as: provider reimbursement innovation (episode-based or value-based payments); clinical and information technology assessment, operations, and strategy; and self-insured employee benefits design and improvement.  Nick earned a doctorate in health policy and economics from Yale University, where he earlier had completed a MPH in health care management.  His undergraduate studies were in applied economics and business management at Cornell University.  

  • Alicia Whittington, '06 M.P.H., The Football Players Health Study, Assistant Director of Engagement and Health Equity Research.  Alicia Whittington is the assistant director of engagement and health equity research for the Football Players Health Study at Harvard University. She has several years of research experience, including her role as the project director for a global research consortium. Previously, Whittington worked as a healthcare consultant. She received a PhD in health systems management from Tulane University, where she focused on health disparities, health outcomes, and sports injuries. She completed her dissertation research on “Concussion Education and Perceptions of Injury Risk among High School Football Players.” She received her master of public health degree in chronic disease epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health, and a bachelor of arts in public health from Wellesley College.

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Honorary

  • Lecturer

    Dr. Degutis, a native of Chicago, received her Bachelor of Science degree from DePaul University, and her MSN and DrPH from Yale University. She is a consultant in injury and violence prevention and policy, public health preparedness, and public health policy. Some of her current work focuses on suicide prevention in veterans, and firearm violence prevention. She is former Executive Director of Defense Health Horizons, a program of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, that is based at the Uniformed Services University. In addition, she was the Chief Science Officer for The Avielle Foundation, and is a consultant in violence and injury prevention. Currently, she chairs the Board of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), is immediate past president of the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR), and a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Science and Health of DePaul University. Previously, she was the Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC. At Yale, she was Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health and was the Director and Co-PI of the Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness, which designed and implemented education in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. She served as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow in the Office of the late Senator Paul Wellstone (D-MN). She is a Past President of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the oldest and largest public health association in the world. Dr. Degutis, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, received a the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship Alumni, has received the Distinguished Career and Public Service Awards from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of APHA, and was named an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health. Her work has focused on public health, injury and violence, substance abuse and policy, as well as disaster preparedness and mitigation.