The UMD School of Public Health Alumni Network has been re-energized with the leadership of a new group of officers who are planning activities that will connect UMD SPH alumni (as well as those who graduated from the colleges that pre-dated the formation of the School of Public Health in 2007) for networking, educational and recreational opportunities. Welcome to the new leaders!
Alyssa Todaro Brooks, PhD '15
Behavioral and Community Health
Alyssa is a Scientific Program Specialist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. Alyssa heads an interdisciplinary research team examining health behaviors of vulnerable and diverse populations. Her vision for the SPH Alumni Association is to reinvigorate and engage the entire SPH "family" and create meaningful connections between students, faculty, and our 15,000+ alumni base. She is passionate about service and leadership and is honored to be leading an immensely capable team to promote the school that shaped her personally and professionally.
Vice President Marketing and Communications
Dena Gregory Fisher, MPH, BS '97
Dena is a Senior Communication Specialist at the American Institutes for Research. She currently provides communications support to the Federal government for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment campaigns. Dena hopes to increase alumni participation across all generations of graduates of the School of Public Health - bridging the gap of soon-to-be and recent graduates to those who bring years of expertise and knowledge in the field of public health. Dena is really excited about the new research and programs at the School of Public Health as well as the University as a whole. She thought this would be a great way to get involved and share her passion of all things UMD with other alum.
Vice President Professional Development
Amanda T. Hemmer, MHA, '15
Health Services Administration
Amanda is a health care consultant. She recently returned from a Fulbright year in Denmark, and will be starting a new job as a health care consultant in government health care solutions for a consulting firm in Washington, D.C. She believes the Alumni Association provides a pivotal relationship between the University, past and present students, and the outside world. We're gathering, focusing, and generating new efforts to inspire our alumni to be meaningfully involved in the many things that matter to us and to public health broadly. Amanda found her place while a student in the School of Public Health. She wants to pass on the good faith that her mentors, professors, and friends gave to her through supporting the school and further its efforts to have a bigger presence University-wide and in the community.
Vice President Finance
Orin Howard, MSW, BS '93
Family Studies (now Family Science)
Orin graduated with his BS in Family Studies in 1993. He later obtained his MSW from Howard University in 1995 and his MBA from UMUC in 2014. He owns Inspired Leadership Consulting and Therapy Services, a company that provides clinical therapy and consultation. He is the current director of Clinical Services for DC Public Schools Early Childhood Education. He has also taught at the University of Maryland at Baltimore for eight years in the Social Work Department as an adjunct faculty.
The joy of his life is his 14 year-old son Khalid. In his spare time, he serves as the current president of the Greenbelt Boys and Girls Club. He is also the community service chair and past president for the Howard University School of Social Work Alumni Association. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. Outside of the Terps, he is an active Philadelphia sports fan.
Vice President Social Programs
M. DeLois (Dee) Strum, MS '77, BS '74
Family Studies and Community Development
Dee currently provides onsite training and freelance services in curriculum development and instructional design, to universities and nonprofit organizations. As V.P. of Social Programs for the SPH Alumni Association, Dee’s near-term goal is to elevate the profile of the SPH through "friend-raising": a two-fold strategy to include cultivating current students to embrace their future role as an active alumni member (i.e., "building a pipeline"), and undertaking a series of engaging social events/venues to identify and motivate graduates of SPH's legacy schools to engage as speakers, mentors and/or role models for current students, with the ultimate goal of building deeper levels of support for SPH's mission. Dee believes this leadership role provides her a structure in which she can contribute from her various life-lessons to the benefit of the emerging SPH leaders, who will soon serve our nation's families and communities. And, in doing so, it will allow Dee to repay the investment and benefit received from the wise counsel provided to her as an undergrad student, and subsequent graduate teaching fellow, to the now-retired, SPH/Family Science professor, Dr. Noel Myricks.
Vice President Big 10 Liaison and Service
Kristin Cipriani MA '14, BS '09
In 2014 Kristin joined the SPH staff to develop and open the School’s newest major: Public Health Science. Kristin now oversees this rapidly growing major. She sees the School of Public Health as a fantastic institution, filled with people who have a mission to help others. This network of students could be hugely impactful for one another and for society in general. She looks forward to the alumni association's leadership team providing the framework to make this potential impact a reality. After graduating, Kristin missed a lot of news and information with regard to the evolution of our school, and realized that too many other graduates were also missing a lot. Serving on the leadership team will provide an opportunity to redefine the connections amongst the School’s graduates and between graduates and the School. The alumni association has the unique ability to help current students maintain their commitment to the School and reinvigorate the interests of graduates in all the School is doing.
Vice President Educational Programming
Paul Levy BS '13
Paul is an associate at The Pew Charitable Trusts. He works on a research team focused on expanding treatment access for those with substance use disorder, with a particular focus on those affected by the opioid epidemic. The substance use prevention and treatment initiative will be working on the ground in a number of states to deliver evidence-based policy through data-driven research. His vision for the Alumni Network is to develop a learning hub that brings together alumni and students to engage in meaningful dialogue around the most critical public health issues. Through collaboration and knowledge transfer, the educational committee will strive to bring a balance around the core tenants of public health with the increasing demands of societal, social, and cultural change. Paul identifies strongly with the SPH faculty who supported him during his tenure and looks forward to continuing this legacy by cultivating future relationships with students and alumni who can benefit from this special community.