2019-2021 COHORT


Elizabeth Dorsey
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Promotion from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. During her graduate studies, she focused much of her work on health promotion and analyzing policy through a health equity lens. Elizabeth worked on a research project involving an analysis of Minnesota’s child care policies and on an intervention focused on healthy trajectories of African American Boys. Additionally, she interned for an advocacy coalition focused on protecting Medicaid for Minnesota residents and worked in a  communication department for the Minnesota Department of Health. Her culminating project involved collecting and analyzing data about Milwaukee teens’ attitudes toward gun violence to inform intervention development. Elizabeth will complete her fellowship at the UW-Division of Extension Institute of Health and Well Being. Preceptor: Amber Canto


Amelia Harju 
Amelia Harju received her Master of Public Health Administration and Policy at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, where she also minored in Neuroscience and Health Studies. She worked as a Graduate Research Assistant at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) and at the UMN Institute for Health Informatics. Amelia is passionate about many issues and topics in public health, particularly those relating to mental health, rural health, telemedicine, and integrated health care delivery. Above all, Amelia is committed to promoting and advocating for health equity. Amelia will complete her fellowship at Marshfield Clinic and the Wood County Health Department. Preceptor: Kristie Rauter-Egge


Mireille Perzan
Mireille received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her professional and academic interests include child and maternal health, reproductive health, and social determinants of health. Prior to graduate school, Mireille worked at an international education non-profit in Washington, DC and also completed a Fulbright teaching fellowship in Turkey. During graduate school, Mireille worked on several research projects including a study on cervical cancer screening adherence among refugee women and a cross-sectional data analysis of behavioral and social support factors related to Hepatitis B and C infections. Most recently, Mireille worked at Norris Health Center at UWM and on a study with the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) looking at environmental exposures through fish consumption in Burmese immigrants. Mireille will complete her fellowship at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health where she will support the Office of Health Informatics. Preceptor: Jeff Bond


Matthew Scanlin 
Matt completed his undergraduate training in Biology and Psychology at Saint Michael’s College. Prior to graduate school, he was an Intermediate EMT for three years in Vermont and a research assistant on addiction studies at the University of Vermont for two years and the University of Pittsburgh for one year. He then completed a Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Management from the University of Vermont and his Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Experimental Psychology at Ohio University (OU). Also, he is certified in Public Health and in Health Education. He will receive his PhD in Experimental Psychology from OU in 2019. He has research experience in addiction, health psychology, and public health. Within addiction research, he has investigated nicotine and opioid addiction with human and animal models. In health psychology, he has investigated the effects of psychological factors (e.g., stress) on physiological outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular reactivity). In public health, he worked on a smoking cessation program evaluation at OU and a community health assessment at the Athens County Health Department. Matt will complete his fellowship at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, where he will develop and refine his skills in epidemiology, program/policy analyses, and program management. Preceptor: Stephanie Schauer


Melissa Seidl
Melissa Seidl received her BA in Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Studies from UW-Madison. Following that she worked at a health and fitness non-profit, managing aquatics staffing and programming, including a program providing low-cost water safety and swimming lessons to communities with little access to such resources. She completed her Master of Public Health at the Zilber School of Public Health at UW-Milwaukee, focusing on policy and administration. While there, Melissa found multiple opportunities to work on tobacco-related projects. Her field work was completed with the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance, assessing the tobacco retail landscape in Milwaukee. For her capstone project she assisted with research examining how e-cigarette liquid advertising on Instagram is perceived by young adult viewers in terms of health claims. Outside of school, Melissa has traveled extensively, incorporating public health education or service where possible. She has studied the health system in Ecuador and volunteered in Kenya, assisting the environmental services office in creating a process improvement plan. Melissa will complete her fellowship at the the City of Milwaukee Health Department. Preceptor: Nick Tomaro


Tseten Yangdron
Tseten received her Master of Public Health from the University of San Francisco and her B.S. in Health Science, with a concentration in Health Science Administration and Management, from California State University East Bay. For her MPH practicum, Tseten worked with Special Olympics Northern California: Healthy Athletes program to create a health and wellness program to promote year-long health among Special Olympics athletes. Tseten also served as a member of the USF's Clean Air Task Force. As a member, Tseten partnered and worked with colleagues across campus to successfully transition USF into a smoke-free campus. Tseten is also an active member of her Tibetan community.  In 2018, she collaborated with the Tibetan Association of Northern California to develop and establish the Tibetan Elders' Program in San Francisco Bay Area. This program created a gathering space for community elders to participate in activities curated to improve their quality of life physically, mentally, and socially. Tseten was a recipient of University of San Francisco's Community Activism and Social Justice Award, as well as the Graduate Student Leadership Award. Tseten will complete her fellowship at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health supporting the Bureau of Environment and Occupational Health. Preceptor: Colleen Moran 

2018-2020 Cohort


Masami Glines
Masami received her Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. For her master’s project, she worked with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to analyze 9 years of data for temporal and geographical changes in Wisconsin bovine Salmonellosis. She was also involved in Girls, Inc. at Goodman Community Center for her certificate in Global Health. Masami’s interest in zoonotic diseases gained through her undergraduate study in Wildlife Ecology guided her to pursue public and global health, but she also has experiences and knowledge in geriatric health, environmental health, mental health and substance abuse, yoga, and K-12 education. Masami will complete her Fellowship at Centro Hispano and Public Health Madison and Dane County where she will work on wellness related programs. Preceptors: Justin Svingen, Janel Heinrich, and Evelyn Cruz


Lexi Handrick
Lexi received her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science in Biology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a graduate student, Lexi worked on the Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State Project at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute supporting local efforts in health improvement. As part of her Master's Capstone project, she worked on a quality improvement project for the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation program. Prior to her graduate studies, Lexi spent time working as a Disability Specialist for the state of Wisconsin where she became interested in chronic disease prevention and the social and economic determinants of health and health inequities. Lexi is excited to complete her fellowship with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health supporting the Bureau of Community Health Promotion. Preceptor: Mary Pesik


Maddie Johnson
Maddie graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and History, then moved to New Haven, Connecticut to participate in the Episcopal Service Corps. During her time there, she served as an Outreach & Engagement case manager at a homeless shelter. This direct service experience inspired her to go into the field of public health, so she then attended the University of Minnesota School of Public Health to pursue her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in public health administration and policy. Maddie’s research interests are issues of health equity especially related to mental health. She hopes to continue to serve marginalized populations through a health policy or research position in her future career. As a student, she has worked as a teaching assistant for the course Principles of Health Policy and served as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, as well as worked at the Minnesota Department of Health and People's Center Health Services. Maddie will complete her Fellowship at the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Center for Urban Population Health. Preceptors: Michael Stevenson, Sarah Zarate, and David Frazer


Rachel Kulikoff
Rachel received her BA from the University of Chicago, and will receive her Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. As an MPH student, Rachel has worked full time at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, where she coded up and ran statistical models which predicted the child mortality rate, life expectancy, stillbirth rates, and fertility rates in 195 countries. She also worked for one summer at the Maternal and Child Health Surveillance Site in Chengdu, China, estimating maternal mortality rates for China's 2700 counties, and for another summer at the CDC, producing an environmental health e-book for physicians and the public about environmental causes of infertility. She also volunteered annually as a Mandarin Chinese interpreter at the Seattle/King County Free Health Clinic. Rachel is excited to leverage her technical data analysis skills, as well as learn and grow her community health skills during her Fellowship at Public Health Madison/Dane County, where she will work on a climate and health initiative and on addressing local racial disparities in maternal and child health. Preceptor: Kat Grande


Julius Lee
Julius is a first-generation graduate of Indiana University with both a Bachelor and Master's degree in Public Health. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, he facilitated research on faith-based organizations and childhood development, and a feasibility study on school-based health care at a local Title-I elementary school. As a graduate student, he fostered evaluations on nutrition and physical education for Title I Elementary Students, an after-school program to reduce childhood obesity, and resolutions to reduce food insecurity and alcoholism among Indiana University Graduate students. As a recipient of the William J Bailey Fellowship, Julius served as a graduate assistant at the Indiana Prevention Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana. His responsibilities included drafting media campaigns to support substance abuse prevention and education throughout Indiana, and supporting technical assistants and compliance officers using the Strategic Prevention Framework. Julius completed an internship at the Monroe County Health Department to study health disparities in Monroe County, and focus on housing options available to individuals who live at-or-below the Federal Poverty Level. Additionally, he collaborated with community stakeholders to apply for the Tobacco Prevention Coalition grant sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health, which was approved for subsequent funding.  Julius will be completing his Fellowship at the Department of Public Health, Madison, WI.  Preceptor: Lola Awoyinka & Mimi Johnson 


McKenzie Liegel
McKenzie received her BS in Biology from UW-Madison and her MPH in Community Health from East Tennessee State University. As an MPH student, she focused her fieldwork research on health communication strategies among non-profit organizations in Appalachia, with a particular interest in social media. Prior to graduate school, McKenzie worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Grundy County, Tennessee. As a member of the South Cumberland Plateau VISTA Project for two years, she worked with both the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and the Grundy County Health council on a variety of projects; her time was spent coordinating mobile food pantries, school garden clubs, and after school physical activity programs. Those experiences in rural Tennessee, along with her experience as a Wisconsin AHEC Community Health Intern at Juneau/Adams County WIC, have deepened McKenzie’s interest in rural health and passion for being an advocate for rural communities.  McKenzie will be completing her Fellowship at Chippewa County Health Department and the Eau Claire City County Health Department.  Preceptors: Angela Weideman and Marisa Stanley 


Gerardo Mares
Gerardo received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and his Master’s in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Loyola University Chicago. Gerardo has worked as a Crime Analyst for a major police department where he focused on conducting strategic and spatial analysis to better understand the relationship between crime and geography. Prior to graduate school, Gerardo worked as a bilingual research assistant for a psychology study on disruptive behaviors of preschool aged children exposed to violence and trauma. Gerardo’s passion for studying human behavior continued in graduate school where he assisted in a research study on the effects of violence at the neighborhood level in Colombia. He also completed an independent course on Hate Crime victimization of LGBT communities in Chicago and Milwaukee. Throughout his career, Gerardo has worked with diverse immigrant populations which contribute to his interest in learning about cultural composition and understanding public safety from an international perspective. Gerardo has worked as an instructor on crime analysis for national police departments in El Salvador, Mexico and Panama. Gerardo’s professional and academic interests include studying crime patterns, victimology and mental health at the neighborhood level and from an international perspective, as well as studying human trafficking and human migration patterns.  Gerardo will be completing his Fellowship at Data You Can Use, a non-profit organization in Milwaukee, WI. Preceptor: Katie Pritchard


Kara Mathewson
Kara received her Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from UW-Madison and her MPH in Global Health from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Her professional interests include young adult and adolescent health, preventive care initiatives including immunization programs and policies, and program evaluation. As a graduate student, Kara worked on several research projects focused on adolescent and adult vaccination as well as vaccine hesitancy. In addition to this, she supported program development and evaluation for several alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs in the state of Georgia. Most recently, Kara worked in the Global Cancer Control unit at the American Cancer Society where she provided data analysis for monitoring and evaluating organizational development efforts for cancer-focused organizations in Kenya and Uganda. Kara is excited for her Fellowship placement in the Family Health Section at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.  Preceptors: Fiona Weeks & Katie Gillespie