PPHS kicks off inaugural Alumni Council

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January 18, 2022
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The Department of Population and Public Health Sciences is excited to introduce its first Alumni Council, a group of committed individuals who will help strengthen department programs and the impact of its graduates.

The council represents more than 4,600 alumni who have graduated from programs at the undergraduate, graduate, doctorate and post-doctorate levels. Two seats are held by current students who serve in a leadership capacity and two seats are held by faculty members.

Headshot of Steven De La TorreSteven De La Torre
MPH online ’15, HBR PhD projected ’23
Area of focus: Community Health Promotion
Home city: Covina, CA
Employer, position: USC Keck School of Medicine, Graduate Research Assistant

 

Head shot of Rachna DesaiRachna Desai
BS ’04
Home city: Orange, CA
Employer, position: Providence Health, Program Manager

 

 

Head shot of Ramon LlamasRamon Llamas
MPH campus ’09
Area of focus: Bio/Epi
Home city: Durham, NC
Employer, position: Consultuant, Founder/Social Entrepreneur + Strategist

 

Headshot of Serineh MelidonianSerineh Melidonian, MD
BS ’99
Home city: La Canada, CA
Employer, position: Adventist Health Glendale, Physician

 

 

Headshot of Judy MaoJudy Mao
MPH campus ’03
Area of focus: Bio/Epi
Home city: Glendale, CA
Employer, position: Oncology Monitoring, LLC, Consultant

 

Headshot of Lucy RudermanLucy Ruderman
BS ’16
Home city: Chapel Hills, NC
Employer, position: UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health / FHI 360, MPH Student / Public Health Research Fellow

 

Head shot of Hayley SayrsHayley Sayrs
MPH campus ’20
Area of focus: Health Services and Policy
Home city: Los Angeles
Employer and position: VIP Community Mental Health Center, Grants Manager

 

Head shot of Melody SerraMelody Serra
MPH campus ’11
Area of focus: Global Health
Home city: Essex, CT
Employer, position: Year Up, Educator/Software Engineer

Head shot of Kayla TiltonKayla Tilton
BS ’17, MPH campus ’19
Area of focus: Health Services and Policy
Home city: Los Angeles
Employer, position: Council District 10, City of Los Angeles, Deputy for Civic Engagement and Legislation

Head shot of Nicole VickNicole Vick, 
MPH campus, ’05
Area of focus: Community Health Promotion
Home city: Los Angeles
Employer, position: County of Los Angeles, Program Director

 

Faculty representatives

Rita Velikina Burke, PhD

Rita Burke, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Clinical Population Health Sciences
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

 

 

 

Jane SteinbergJane Steinberg, PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

 

 

 

For more information about the council, please contact Karen Thomas, director of development, at karentho@usc.edu. 

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