Q&As with PHAA Board Members
Get to know Public Health Alumni Association board members by reading these Q&As.
Adam Crawley earned his MPH degree in infectious diseases and vaccinology. He is a research associate with the Pandemics team at the Skoll Global Threats Fund, where he manages grants for several research and evaluation projects, including efforts to measure the timeliness of outbreak detection and response across a number of countries, and supporting the Flu Near You participatory surveillance project in collaboration with HealthMap of Boston Children's Hospital. In addition, he works with a number of grantees to support data analytics projects and broaden the evidence base that supports the Pandemics team's strategies for faster outbreak detection. He previously held positions as an epidemiologist with the San Mateo County Health System and as a researcher at UC Berkeley Center for Infectious Diseases and Emergency Readiness. His interests include infectious disease epidemiology, the role of technology in public health, triathlons, camping, working with dogs as a volunteer at the Berkeley Humane Society, and traveling with his fiancee Jane (also an epidemiologist and UC Berkeley School of Public Health graduate).
Sheila Baxter, MPH, is the Senior Director of Business Development at Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), A Conduent Company. She's responsible for the development and growth of partner relationships nationwide, and expanding and refining Conduent's vision and strategy around population and community health. Baxter also serves as the current Board President for UC Berkeley's School of Public Health’s Alumni Association. Prior to joining HCI, she worked for the Ministry of Health and World Health Organization in Western Samoa, where she carried out national policies and projects aimed at improving community health. Baxter completed her MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010, where she received the Henrik L. Blum Award for Distinguished Social Action. She currently is pursuing a degree in Marketing at Harvard.
Marta Cieslak received her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. She is currently an administrator at DaVita Medical Group (DMG), formerly known as HealthCare Partners. In her current role, she oversees primary care outpatient clinics in the Southern California market. Prior to this role, Marta worked in a consulting capacity at DMG to identify population health strategies and drive these strategies toward implementation. Before her work at DMG, Cieslak was part of the Performance Excellence team at Stanford HealthCare where she was responsible for implementing a Lean operational model of excellence for the organization’s ambulatory care network. Her interests include Lean methodology, operational excellence, coaching and mentoring, organizational change and change management, and population health.
Victoria Benson has worked for over a decade in nonprofit and social movement building work and is a Program Manager at Movement Strategy Center. Focusing on an intersectional, holistic approach to community-driven planning, she anchors the National Association of Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP), a multi-stakeholder, peer-learning, resource, and referral network that fosters effective, place-based climate resilience planning and implementation. Understanding climate disruption as a multiplier of health inequities, deeply influencing social determinants of health, her work identifies and lifts up equitable practices and solutions to building place-based community climate resilience. Central to these efforts is cultivating community-based participatory practices in planning and evaluation. She earned an undergraduate degree at Stanford University in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and a dual masters in Public Health and City Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
Katrin Cox is a graduate of the UC Berkeley MBA/MPH dual degree program. She is currently a Consultant with The Chartis Group and has over seven years of consulting experience, including five years in healthcare consulting. At Chartis, she has worked with children’s hospitals, academic medical centers, and community hospitals focusing on strategic planning, business development, and partnerships. Her interests include healthcare strategy, care delivery, academic medicine, population health, and leadership development. Outside of work, Katrin is an avid marathoner and enjoys discovering new places through long runs and the local food scene.
Bob Frangenberg is retired after working for more than 35 years in the fields of public health and education. He served on the School of Public Health Alumni Association Board in the mid-1980s and was board president in 1986-87. He worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services from 1987 to 2004, in several capacities. He was the Director of Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health; Director of HIV/AIDS; and Director of Children's Medical Services, which included oversight of California Children’s Services, The Child Health and Disability Prevention Program, and Foster Children Health Programs. Prior to working in Los Angeles County, he was the Assistant Director of Public Health in San Mateo County for seven years. His first public health position was as Director of Health and Social Services for the Washoe Indian Tribe of California and Nevada. He also has a professional interest in education. He founded and operated an independent school in Lincoln, Nebraska. He has served on the Los Angeles County Planned Parenthood Board of Directors and on the board of the national Children Affected by AIDS Foundation.
May Funabiki received her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. She is the director of continuous quality improvement at the East Bay Agency for Children, where she oversees program improvement, accreditation, and compliance activities. Previously she was at UCSF Children's Hospital Oakland, leading Lean management evaluation and monitoring efforts. She combines her background in operations analysis and health services management to improve processes for consumers and staff. Her interests include behavioral health integration, social determinants of health, health equity, care innovation, organizational development, and value-based health care delivery. While at Berkeley, she served as a GRADS (Graduate Advising and Diversity Services) Ambassador for the School of Public Health, doing outreach and advising for underrepresented prospective applicants.
Rita Hamad earned her MPH degree in the Interdisciplinary Program and her MS and MD through the Joint Medical Program. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of California San Francisco in the Department of Family; Community Medicine and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. Her research agenda focuses on the social determinants of health, taking advantage of natural experiments to examine the effects of social and economic policies on health disparities across the life course. She is interested in the ways in which adverse socioeconomic conditions get “under the skin” to cause disease, as well as the translational implications of her work for policymaking. Rita sees patients and precepts residents at the Family Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital. Prior to joining UCSF, Rita was a junior faculty member at Stanford University, where she also earned her PhD in Epidemiology.
Sarah received her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health from UC Berkeley. She currently works at the Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF where she evaluates sexual health education in the state of California and other projects/programs. Before that, Sarah worked as a scaling-up consultant with ExpandNet where she consulted with maternal health, girls’ education, and environmental projects on how to make their work serve more people on a lasting basis. Prior to that, Sarah was a UC Berkeley lecturer and public health consultant for the Population Council office in Egypt where she worked on a national survey for youth, and other sexual and reproductive health issues of marginalized populations especially those affected with HIV. Sarah is a Bay Area native who grew up in both the USA and Egypt and is a proud and practicing Muslim who wears hijab. She is also a raja yoga instructor, KonMari tidying consultant, loves to be in nature, participates in drop-in improv classes and has been to 25+ countries
Michelle Loya-Talamantes has many years of experience in public health program planning, health education, social justice, and advocacy, with a particular interest in issues involving public heath inequities. She has held leadership roles including director of community health programs for the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, health promotion coordinator with the Central American Resource Center, health program coordinator with Breathe California, Golden Gate Public Health Partnership, and research and policy analyst for the California Program on Access to Care at the UC Office of the President. She currently serves as a board member of the Central American Resource Center and a local running club and serves as a court-appointed special advocate to a young person in foster care.
Kristina Mody is a senior program associate at the California Health Care Safety Net Institute, where she designs and implements programs that support California's public hospitals and health systems to improve their care delivery systems. Prior to the Safety Net Institute, she worked at Kaiser Permanente's national offices in digital health and regional offices in compliance. She completed the On-Campus/Online Master of Public Health (OOMPH) program at UC Berkeley.
Juliana Oronos is a senior consultant at the Care Management Institute at Kaiser Permanente. She is supporting the national quality strategy for Medicare care delivery. She has a background in revenue cycle management, health care strategy, organizational change, operations efficiency, and quality improvement in the hospital and home health setting. She has bachelor's and master's degrees from UC Berkeley in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management and a specialty in Aging. She served on the Center for Health Leadership Association board and participated in the Leadership Fellows Program during graduate school. Her interests include care delivery, quality improvement, patient experience, and culture change in how we view aging and our elderly population.
Alberto M. Ortega Hinojosa is a Research Associate at IMPAQ International with a focus in program evaluation, quantitative analysis, and geographic information systems (GIS). He has been responsible for a wide scope of evaluation and analysis activities including project management of a CDC Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) grant evaluation, evaluation of innovation programs from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation, and international GIS work for United Nations and USAID projects. Alberto has been recognized for his leadership as one of ten Hispanic leaders nationwide for the XV Edition of the Programa Líderes Hispanos in 2014 and was one of four recipients of the 2011 UC President’s Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. While at Berkeley, Alberto served as the external affairs vice president for the Graduate Assembly and co-founded Student Advocates for Graduate Education, a national organization of graduate student governments.
Vineet Pandey, who holds a BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley, is a management consultant in Accenture Health’s Consulting practice. In this role, he enables organizations to reposition their businesses through top-line revenue and growth strategies. Previously, he worked at Triage Consulting Group, a national health care consultancy, where he led numerous hospital and health system engagements performing payment review projects and analyzing associated revenue cycle operational errors. He also serves on the leadership council for Year Up (Bay Area), a national nonprofit that provides urban young adults with the skills and experience to empower them to reach their potential through professional careers.
Renita Sinn is a health care professional with more than 10 years of commercial, strategy, and venture financing experience focused primarily in the biopharma space. She currently leads managed markets commercialization strategy for Genentech's BioOncology early- and late-stage pipeline assets. Sinn previously advised and managed venture investments for Alta Partners, a life sciences venture capital firm. She received an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business and an MPH from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Sonny earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a focus in Health Policy and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) from Berkeley. He is currently adjunct faculty at the Community College of San Francisco in the Community Health Department. Sonny is passionate about introducing underrepresented students in health professions to public health and has mentored many students at Berkeley. He is the founder of College First Gen, which is an online resource that provides academic and career counseling to low-income and first-generation college students.