Doctor of Public Health in Leadership

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J. Rebecca Mills, DrPH, MSM, CPHQ

Rebecca Mills most recently served as Premier’s Vice President of Life Sciences and Hospital Engagement.  Premier is a publicly traded healthcare organization primarily owned by hospitals, including leading academic centers such as Greater New York Hospital Association, Johns Hopkins, CHI, and MD Anderson.  Her clients and collaborative partnerships have included federal agencies, acute care hospitals and systems, device and pharmaceutical manufacturers, GPOs, quality improvement organizations and health care consulting firms. Her work has centered on clinical and systems quality improvement, physician engagement and public health and prevention collaboratives.

She was a runner-up for Premier’s Innovation Award and the sole recipient of the Leadership Program Award.

She is a certified professional in healthcare quality with 25 years of leadership experience including hiring and developing cohesive, performance driven teams, strategic planning, innovative product and service design implementation, business development, new venture leadership, policy advocacy and organizational change management. 

Her academic preparation includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Judson University, a Master’s Degree in Management Science from Baker University and a Doctorate in Public Health from the University of Illinois, Chicago.  Her volunteer activities include serving as a Board Member for Hands of Mercy, a Child Advocate for Compassion International and a volunteer for Kansas City Rescue Mission.  She is also a reviewer for APHA.

She is married to David Mills and they have two children, Kate and Josh.  In her spare time Rebecca enjoys traveling and hiking 14ers in Colorado.  



Magali Angeloni​

Magali Angeloni is the Director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) online Program at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT, in East Greenwich, RI since 2016. Prior to that, she worked for 24 years at the Rhode Island Department of Health, in several leadership positions, including Director of the Academic Center, and Manager of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. In her role as Performance Improvement Manager, Dr. Angeloni led the agency in the effort to seek public health accreditation, which was granted to the RI state health department in 2015. 

She graduated from UIC's DrPH program in 2014, and holds a MBA degree from Providence College. 



​Griselle Torres

Griselle Torres serves as the Director for the Coordinating Center for Public Health Practice within the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), School of Public Health (SPH)—Office of the Dean. The Center's goals are to coordinate service, practice, and partnership activities through engaged partnerships and serve as a conduit for public health translation.  To date, UIC SPH is building an academic practice network which includes formalized partnerships with:

  1. Chicago Department of Public Health
  2. Peoria County Health Department
  3. Sinai Urban Health Institute
  4. Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago




Tia Goss Sawhney

Tia Goss Sawhney (DrPH, 2012) was Director of Data, Analytics, and Research for Illinois Medicaid from 2010-2015.  Since then she has been a Healthcare Consultant and Actuary with Milliman, an an international insurance and risk consulting firm where she has completed numerous research projects and become an expert on accountable care and value-based contracts between healthcare payers and providers.  She has written on various topics, including Medicare Accountable Care, 2018; Health Insurance Regulation, 2018; Hospital Fees, 2017; Multiple Sclerosis Drugs, 2017; Colorectal Cancer Screening, 2015;  Public Service, 2014; Public Pension Plans, 2014; ACA Implementation and Risk Adjustment, 2012. 



LTC Lakisha Flagg, DrPH, MPH, MS, APHN-BC, CPH

LTC Lakisha Flagg, DrPH, MPH, MS, APHN-BC, CPH is a U.S. Army Nurse and recently assumed the position of Executive Officer in the Army Medical Corps Chief’s Office.  Her current role involves strategic planning and coordination of actions which support the professional development, retention, and readiness of nearly 4,000 medical officers.  Dr. Flagg previously served as Chief, Preventive Medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center – the DoD’s largest medical treatment facility.  There, she was responsible for oversight of public health service delivery for 70,000 military beneficiaries in Joint Base San Antonio, TX." 



Vincent Haufle, DrPH

I am currently Senior Director of Healthcare Analytics for OptumHealth (part of United Health Group).  I lead an analytics and research team focused on supporting the development and evaluation of digital health interventions focused on supporting lifestyle modification.  Areas of emphasis include smoking cessation, sleep hygiene, weight management, and stress management.





Rosalyn Matthews, DrPH, MPA

Rosalyn Matthews, DrPH, MPA is Senior Public Health Advisor at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health. Currently, she serves as the Team Lead, for the State & Program Coordination Team (S&PCT) directing a team of public health project officers that provide guidance and technical assistance to funded State and Territorial Health Departments in support of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Systems (BRFSS).  She is an experienced results- driven public health professional with a proven track record of bringing about strategic change through the use of creative management techniques which integrates the organization's mission and vision. A proven leader with the ability to identify and capitalize on individual strengths, motivate teams and implement vision to achieve business goals internally and with other Federal agencies.



Susanna N. Visser, DrPH, MS

Susanna N. Visser, DrPH, MS is the Associate Director for Policy in the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases of the National Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. During CDC’s 2016-2017 Zika Emergency Response, Dr. Visser served as Partnerships Lead for the Partnerships Team within the Policy and Partnerships Unit. In her current position as Associate Director for Policy, Dr. Visser staffs congressional briefings on vector-borne disease risks, response, prevention, and control. She conducts policy analysis and leads budget formulation activities for the Division. Dr. Visser has also lead the development of national strategic action plans to mitigate vector-borne disease risks. Before her deployment to the level-1 Zika Emergency Response, Dr. Visser served as Lead Epidemiologist of CDC’s Child Development Studies Team for over a decade in which she specialized in the direction of multi-site community-based studies of mental and behavioral disorders of children. Dr. Visser received her Doctorate in Public Health and Master of Science in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She was awarded the 2014 Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Young Professionals Achievement Award from the Coalition for Excellence in MCH Epidemiology.



Kevin A. Kovach, DrPH, MSc

Kevin Kovach is the Population Health Manager at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Here, he led a reorganization of the population health department changing its focus form health education to the social determinants of health. He manages a team of public health professionals that work to develop public health policy for the Academy, execute programs that engage family physicians in efforts to improve public health and health equity, and conducts applied research to gain insight into how family physicians can become more engaged in these efforts. Through this work, he helped launch The EveryONE Project – the Academy’s campaign to advance health equity. Prior to coming to the Academy, Kevin worked in a variety of public health roles in state and local government, including health promotion, epidemiology, and emergency preparedness. Kevin has a Doctor of Public Health Degree in Public Health Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master’s of Science Degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Community Health Promotion and Health Education from Central Michigan University. He is married to Kristin Kovach and they have three children, Desmond, Benjamin, and Jack.



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Adriane K. Griffen, DrPH, MPH, MCHES

Senior Director, Public Health & Leadership
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Dr. Adriane Griffen serves as the Senior Director, Public Health and Leadership, at the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. With 20 years of experience, she specializes in disability and health, social marketing, qualitative research, and health education. Her activities focus on capacity building, systems change, and health promotion for people with disabilities across the life span.

Dr. Griffen integrates action learning principles and action research in her current work as she develops partnerships, collaborates on program planning including proposal development, supervises support staff, and serves as the programmatic operations contact for funders.

Dr. Griffen recently completed a Doctor of Public Health in Leadership at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she conducted action research to understand state-level readiness, capacity, and capacity building factors necessary to include people with disabilities in public health programs. She also holds a Master of Public Health with a specialty in social marketing from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.



Rocio Luna, DrPH 

Rocio Luna leads the Healthy Communities branch of the County of Santa Clara’s Public Health Department. As director, she oversees and provides strategic direction for programs related to community health assessment, epidemiology, community planning, evaluation, and chronic disease and injury prevention. Dr. Luna has been part of the Public Health Department team for nearly 20 years. Among other roles, she has served the community as a researcher, a Health Care Analyst, and the Director of the Planning and Preparedness Division. Additionally, she sits on the board of SOMOS Mayfair, a non-profit focusing on early childhood development, family wellness, and resident leadership in the Mayfair neighborhood of San Jose. Dr. Luna received her doctorate of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her master of Public Health from San Jose State, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California. 



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Elizabeth Pozzebon, DrPH, REHS

Environmental Health Division Director
County of San Luis Obispo Health Agency

Dr. Pozzebon is an Environmental Health Director. She leads staff that implement 20 different environmental health programs along the California coast in the County of San Luis Obispo. She is also active in the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health where she leads a committee on water and land use policy.




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David J. Reynen,DrPH, MA, MPPA, MPH, CPH

Research Scientist Supervisor I
Epidemiology, Surveillance and Federal Reporting Branch
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division
California Department of Public Health 

With the California Department of Public Health since 1994, Dr. Reynen currently serves as the Chief of the Morbidity and Mortality Monitoring Unit within the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division. In his work, Dr. Reynen directs a team of scientists and epidemiologists working on maternal and perinatal epidemiology, in order to help improve the health and well-being of women, infants, children and adolescents throughout the state. Dr. Reynen's portfolio includes efforts related to maternal morbidity and mortality, prematurity, infant mortality, SIDS/SUID, and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Dr. Reynen is grateful to be working in this capacity and indebted to the UIC DrPH Program for equipping him to do so.


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Dr. Suzet M. McKinney

Dr. McKinney currently serves as the Executive Director for the Illinois Medical District Commission. The Illinois Medical District (IMD), a 24/7/365 environment that includes 560 acres of medical research facilities, labs, a biotech business incubator, universities, raw land development areas and more than 40 healthcare related facilities, is the largest urban medical district in the United States. Dr. McKinney is the former Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response at the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), where she oversaw the emergency preparedness efforts for the Department and coordinated those efforts within the larger spectrum of the City of Chicago’s Public Safety activities, in addition to overseeing the Department’s Division of Women and Children’s Health. During her time at CDPH, Dr. McKinney also spearheaded Chicago’s efforts as the field test site for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Generation-3 autonomous biological detection system technology.

Q&A with Dr. McKinney.


Photo of Michele Shade McCayDr. Michele L. Shade McCay

University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Psychiatry - Project Manager for the Illinois DocAssist Program (A child and adolescent mental health consultation program.)

DePaul University, Health Sciences Department - Part Time Instructor (Course: Introduction to Public Health)

University of Phoenix-Online Faculty (Course: Concepts of Population Health)

Ashford University-Associate Online Faculty

Q&A with Michele Shade

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