President – Jennifer Towers, MS HCOM '13
Jennifer Towers has been a member of the Tufts family for over 11 years. She is the Director of Research Affairs at the Dental School, a 2013 graduate of the M.S. HCOM program and a newly-appointed Instructor in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Medical School. Jen also holds a Certificate in Management and Leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management. Jen is a champion of Tufts and is passionate about her personal research which focuses on engaging dental office teams in methamphetamine use prevention in Idaho adolescents using social marketing. Her preliminary results were highlighted this year in the Boston Globe, Tufts Magazine and Tufts Dental Medicine and she has recently partnered with Dr. Margie Skeer to further the field-based work. She hopes to have a long, productive relationship with Tufts University and is committed to an active alumni role with TUSM.
President-Elect – Lisa Paradis, MPH '09
Lisa received her MPH with a concentration in health communication in 2009. After a five-year stint in Washington, DC, she is back in Boston and enjoying re-connecting with the Tufts community. Recent PHPD activities she's been involved with include participating in alumni board meetings, giving guest lectures to HCOM classes, mentoring students, and contributing to in-class panels. Currently, Lisa is the research analyst for the President's Cancer Panel, a federal advisory committee appointed by the U.S. President, whose mission is to monitor the activities of the national cancer program and to report to the White House on policy and program recommendations for action to accelerate progress against cancer. She directs numerous activities that advance the Panel's mission, including development of Panel reports and meeting series; management of overall communications strategy, including social media and Web site content; and strategic analysis on potential topics for the Panel to explore. Lisa has 15 years of experience in writing and editing for public and scientific audiences on a variety of topics, particularly on cancer, women's health, and aging and caregiving. She has a BS in rehabilitation and human services from Boston University.
Vice President - Neal Jawadekar, BA/MPH, ‘14
Neal is an Analyst at Predilytics, a healthcare analytics organization. He received his Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2014, and his Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 2013. Neal's specific interests lie within the intersection of data science and public health, as well as the application of relevant technologies for improving America's healthcare system. In his free time, Neal enjoys riding his bike, as well as collaborating with City of Boston officials on civic engagement projects. He is currently working on a project which grades Boston restaurants based on their inspection history.
Secretary - Kenneth Kwan Ho Chui, MS/MPH ’05, PhD ‘09
Ken is a native of Hong Kong and has moved to Boston in 2001. He has been teaching biostatistics and epidemiology at the Tufts PHPD program since 2009. When not teaching he participates in different studies involving a wide spectrum of topics including physical activity promotion, environmental exposures and health, and spatiotemporal patterns of infectious diseases. Ken received his BSc at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, his MPH at Tufts School of Medicine, and his PhD at Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Policy.
MPH Program Representative - David Meyers, BA/MPH ‘14
David is a Research Project Manager at the Harvard School of Public Health where he conducts research into domestic health policy focused on controlling costs and improving quality of care. While at Tufts, David focused his work on the intersection of global health, surveillance, and technology, leading projects in several resource limited settings internationally most recently in Nepal and Bangladesh. In addition to his work at Harvard, David also does GIS consulting work with faculty in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts. Currently his personal research interests surround how to use health policy to strengthen public health systems for marginalized populations.
MPH Program Representative - Samuel Levine, BA/MPH '12
Sam is an Associate at Huron Consulting Group specializing in Clinical Operations and Healthcare Analytics. He has worked at premiere health systems across the country to improve the quality and efficiency of care delivery. He received his Master of Public Health from Tufts University School of Medicine in 2012, and his Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University in 2011. Sam is particularly interested in the growth of population health models, and leveraging analytics to translate operational decisions into patient outcomes. He currently lives in New York City.
MBS Program Representative - Kristina Lee, MBS ‘14
Kristina was a member of the Tufts MBS Program from 2012-2014. Prior to matriculation she graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, and subsequently worked in advertising sales at Google. Kristina is currently a Basic Science Research Assistant and Clinical Research Coordinator at the UCSF Mount Zion Campus as a member of the Liao Lab in the Department of Dermatology. Her interests include clinical and translational research, medical technology, health and fitness, and promoting her positive experience in the Tufts MBS Program.
MBS Program Representative - John Bellamente, MBS ‘13
Upon completing a degree in biology from Boston College in 2011, John enrolled in the Tufts MBS program, graduating in August, 2013. During his time at Tufts he was active at Sharewood, Tufts’ student-run free healthcare organization. As a sexual health counselor, he worked with diverse populations of medically-underserved individuals in addition to planning educational lunch talks with local public health leaders. As liaison for the MBS program, he introduced students to a new volunteer experience as well as expanded the role of MBS students at Sharewood. He is currently a student in the MD program class of 2017. He continues to act as mentor to MBS students applying to medical/dental school as well as serve on the executive board at Sharewood.
MS-HCOM Representative - Emily Boardman, MS-HCOM ‘15
Emily graduated from the MS-HCOM program in May 2015, and is embarking on the new role of Marketing and Communications Manager for YWCA Boston. Previously she had positions and internships with Health Care for All, the Brookline Department of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations, the Brookline Department of Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission. Her background prior to graduate school included social work and nonprofit evaluation and consulting. In addition to her MS from Tufts, she holds a BA from Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Anthropology.
MD/MBA Program Representative - Amit Sura, MD/MBA ‘08
Amit majored in Molecular Cell Biology and Business Administration with the intention of going to medical school and doing hospital administration. Instead he was introduced the Tufts MD/MBA program thanks to his late mentor, Dr. Ludden. He did his first year of internship with the Division of Internal Medicine at NYU School of Medicine and then at St. Luke's-Roosevelt and now Mt. Sinai. He recently completed a pediatric radiology fellowship at Children's Hospital - LA. He is intrigued by healthcare policy and the current Affordable Care Act and its implications to subspecialty care and radiology. He is most proud of is his work in Haiti after the earthquake assisting in the medical efforts through the University of Miami and Project Medishare, his work with the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship and his involvement with the young professionals group through the Micheal J. Fox Foundation in the fight against Parkinson's.
MS-PREP Representative - Charlene Neu, PREP ‘10
Charlene is fortunate enough to use her varied background in public policy, strategic communications, and community relations to help both businesses and families with elders communicate their needs and connect to resources. She has expertise in developing patient safety programs, helping elders and their doctors communicate about pain issues, and knowing where to help people find resources needed to help an aging parent, spouse or even themselves. She is certified to teach Health and Wellness and Pain Education Programming, certified as a Massachusetts Long Term Care Ombudsman and has a MS in Gerontology, an MA in Communications and a Graduate Certificate in Pain Education and Communication.
PA Program Representative - Devin Bean, PA ‘15
Proud member and Class President, of the Inaugural Class of the Tufts PA Program. Devin was born and raised on Cape Cod and spent several years in California working as an Emergency Medical Technician before returning to the East Coast. He now works as a PA in Orthopedic Surgery in his hometown on the cape. As a member of the inaugural class, he is invested in the success of the program and worked hard to represent the Tufts brand as a student. He’s excited at the opportunity to continue to represent the Tufts PA Program as an alumnus as well.
PA Program Representative - Allison Ruhe, PA ‘15
Allison graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine's Physician Assistant program in 2015 after receiving her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Concentration in Medical Humanities from Davidson College in 2010. As a physician assistant student, she served as the State Chapter Student Representative for Tufts' Student Society and was involved leadership in the Massachusetts Association of Physician Assistants and the Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Allison is currently employed as a urology PA at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, MA.