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Public Health Alumni Association board members attend the October 15, 2019 Scholarship Tea. From left to right: Bo Chung MPH/MCP ’18, Sarah Ismail MPH ’11, Zahwa Amad PhD ’92, MA ’84, Lila Sheira MPH ’15 and 2nd year student representative, Gathenji Njoroge (not pictured, Bob Frangenberg MPH ’78).

Hue Le MPH ’12


Hue earned her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. She is currently a manager on the Business Development team at Kaiser Permanente, supporting the organization’s new growth efforts. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, she worked at Omnicell supporting strategic planning and mergers and acquisitions. She also held prior roles at Arch Health Partners, a multispecialty physician group, in strategy and business development and at Palomar Health as an Administrative Fellow. Her healthcare interests include improving health disparities and increasing access to mental health. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking, hiking and traveling.

Elizabeth Ly MPH ’19


Elizabeth Ly earned her MPH in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health in 2019. She also earned her BA in Public Health with a minor in Public Policy from UC Berkeley in 2014. She is currently the Senior Clinical Affairs Coordinator at the Society of Family Planning where she supports the Abortion Clinical Research Network, a network of abortion clinics across the US that participate in multi-center research studies. In this role she supports clinicians to implement new research findings into practical clinical care, provides research coordination support for multi-center research trials, and strategically plans to strengthen the Network’s role as a liaison between researchers and clinic staff. Prior to graduate school, Elizabeth worked at UCSF’s Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health with ob/gyns across the U.S. to support family planning training in academic medicine. Her focus area and passion in public health is in family planning and reproductive health with a special interest in access to abortion and contraception and she uses a reproductive justice framework approach to her work in the field. While earning her MPH, Ly was heavily involved in student organizing and was a board member for the Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL), DICE (Diversity, Inclusion, Community, and Equity), and Asian Pacific Islander Women’s Circle (APIWC) as well as serving as a Graduate Advising and Diversity Services (GRADS) Ambassador and a Graduate Student Instructor/Mentor for the undergraduate Health Service Internship Program (HSI). In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys finding the best bites a neighborhood has to offer, playing tennis or going for a run, cooking, and gaming with her friends.

Alice Chu PhD, MBA, MPH ’19

Vice-president/President Elect

Alice Chu is Director of Market Access and Medical Marketing, Asia Pacific, for Glaukos Corporation, a U.S. ophthalmic medical technology and pharmaceutical company focused on transforming the standards of care in the treatment of chronic eye diseases with novel therapies in glaucoma, corneal disorders, and retinal diseases. Her roles include improving patient access to the company’s innovations based on clinical and economic evidence that demonstrate value for money to governments, payers, and hospital administrators, and advancing clinical evidence in the Asia Pacific region. Prior to Glaukos, Alice was involved in health policy and market access efforts at Boston Scientific and Johnson & Johnson Medical both at the Southeast Asian and regional levels. She has worked in a variety of healthcare-related enterprises in the United States, such as medical communications and professional education. Alice received her PhD in Molecular and Biochemical Nutrition and Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Singapore Management University.

Erin Keitel MPH ’17


Erin is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s MPH program with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. After graduation, she participated in Blue Shield of California’s leadership development program before eventually joining the Payment Innovation team where she designed high-value care models throughout the state. Erin recently returned to school to embark on a new journey to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. She’s excited to combine her passion for transforming the healthcare system with her interest in physiology, mobility and helping people function at their highest level. Outside of work, Erin enjoys coaching youth lacrosse in Berkeley and spending time outdoors, especially hiking and camping.

Mary Russell MPH ’14

Communications Chair

Mary earned her MPH degree as a member of the first cohort of the Online MPH program and is a Director of Medicaid Policy and Programs at Aurrera Health Group. In this role Mary supports the California Department of Health Care Services on programs such as CalAIM, the Coordinated Care Initiative, and ACEs Aware. Previously, Mary was with Health Management Associates (HMA) where she worked with health plans, particularly Medicaid managed care and Medicare Advantage plans that support complex populations. Mary also worked at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the nation where she implemented and evaluated programs for dual eligible beneficiaries and led initiatives to integrate product and clinical operations for the Cal MediConnect (Medicare-Medicaid plan) product line. Mary is passionate about delivering high quality, integrated care to the most complex patients. Mary is based in Los Angeles where she enjoys cheering on the Dodgers and hiking in Griffith Park. She also practices yoga and recently completed a 200-hour teacher training program.

Leslie Safier MPH ’10

Membership Chair

Leslie received her MPH degree in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. She is the Director of Performance Improvement at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). In her role, she partners with hospital departments and the medical staff to develop, manage, and monitor performance improvement projects, manages external quality data reporting requirements, and provides strategic planning, coaching and practical assistance for hospital leadership in performance improvement. Prior to joining ZSFG, she was the Director of Research at Healthy Communities Institute where she partnered with public health departments, hospitals, and community groups to measure and improve community health outcomes. She is LEAN certified and a graduate of the America’s Essential Hospitals 2018 Essential Woman’s Leadership Academy. Outside of work, interests include hiking, travel, reading, and cooking.

Sofia Andrade MPH ’18, BA

Sofia is passionate about reducing health disparities and increasing access to high-quality healthcare for underserved communities. She holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and BA in International Studies from the University of San Francisco. Sofia completed an Administrative Fellowship at Dignity Health, now CommonSpirit Health, and had the opportunity to work with and learn from executive leadership in Human Resources and Community Health. Sofia serves as a Workforce Development Program Manager at CommonSpirit Health, building pipelines for underrepresented communities to enter into the healthcare workforce. Prior to graduate school, Sofia worked in the California State Legislature as a Legislative Aide. In her spare time, Sofia enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends.

John Bodtker MPH ’21, PharmD, BS

Graduating in 2021 from the Online MPH program, John also has a BS in Chemistry from UC Davis. After working as a small-drug research chemist, John earned his PharmD at the University of The Pacific’s Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy. John has designed and outfitted two pharmacies, including a start-up, served as department director and chief pharmacist, and negotiated large federal contracts for generic pharmaceuticals with an 8(a) certified disadvantaged Native enterprise.

John has worked in many of California’s remote, rural communities and Native American reservations and is a lifelong rural California resident. Aside from value and cost-based pharmaceutical pricing, John has a particular interest in addressing health inequities experienced among remote rural, Native, and migratory communities. Some of John’s current projects include launching a digital chronic care management platform at an accountable care organization (founded by a Berkeley School of Public Health Alum), cost and value-based pharmaceutical pricing research, and serves on the board of directors for a Florida-based 501(c)(3) non-profit.

John enjoys kayaking and paddle-boarding in the Sierras with his kids (and Yorkie), helping his wife with her real estate business, and playing upright and electric bass in an Americana-inspired band.

Emer Braddock MPH, BA ’05

Emer Braddock earned her BA in Public Health from UC Berkeley and her Master of Public Health in Healthcare Management from Columbia University.  Emer currently works as the Assistant Director of Revenue Cycle Optimization for the Revenue Cycle Strategy Team at UCSF Health, where she focuses on enhancing, automating, and streamlining the $4B revenue cycle, integrating her passions of healthcare operations, finance, and information technology.  In addition to her role on the board of directors of the UC Berkeley Public Health Alumni Association, Emer is a member of the special events committee for the Mailman School of Public Health’s Alumni Association, and has volunteered as a committee member planning Dining Out for Life to support the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for 12 years.  Since 2015, Emer has acted a planning committee member for the San Francisco Rose of Tralee, supporting and empowering Irish and Irish-American women in the Bay Area and across the world.

Annie Chang MS ’13, MD ’15

Annie is a graduate of the UC Berkeley – UCSF Joint Medical Program and now a family medicine physician. With experiences in HIV/AIDS research, public health, and community medicine, she works to foster community-based participatory research as well as translational research and implementation science to enhance community collaboration and health care delivery. Her career started at Kaiser Permanente National Diversity working to advance the National Standards for Culturally & Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care throughout the health system and nationally. Later in the Joint Medical Program, she completed a Master’s of Health and Medical Sciences (MS) in global health research, examining the intersection of HIV and socioeconomic determinants amongst rural Kenyan communities. Integrating both global and local experiences, she has worked with extensive multidisciplinary collaborations, including the following: UCSF multisectoral agricultural intervention Shamba Maisha, San Francisco General Hospital Newcomers Health Program/Survivors International/UCSF Trauma Recovery Center in refugee health, Santa Clara County/Veggielution Community Farm in local food systems, Ventura County Public Health in diabetes prevention, and Ventura Family Medicine Residency in addiction medicine. She is passionate about planetary health, sustainability, and interdependent syndemics that share social determinants contributing to emergence and clustering of disease processes, and how these interactions contribute to increased risk, vulnerability, and adverse health outcomes. Annie cherishes time with her family and friends, all whom strengthen her journey in life. She rejuvenates outdoors by exploring and appreciating the wonders of our marvelous world. She enjoys learning about cultural history, food heritage, culinary arts, and sharing conversation and company by breaking bread together.

Bo Chung MPH/MCP ’18

Bo is a graduate from the master of city planning and public health dual degree program. He is passionate about creating healthy and equitable urban spaces through policy and narrative change. With a diverse experience in program and project management in sustainable development and urban planning, Bo hopes to bring a big picture perspective to the alumni board. His last experience working with the Dellums Institute was focused on identifying creative solutions to the homelessness crisis happening in Oakland and expanding local organizations’ capacity to work with formerly incarcerated people. Bo’s interests include travel, photography, and capoeira.

Gene Ho MPH ’20, BA ’19

Gene Ho is a two-time graduate from UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, receiving his BA in Public Health in 2019, and MPH in 2020 from the 4+1 Epidemiology/Biostatistics program. Gene currently works as a Data Scientist at the Los Angeles County Public Health Department, working on the county’s COVID-19 response. During his time at UC Berkeley, he was heavily involved in a variety of organizations focused on health equity and community empowerment, like the Berkeley Free Clinic, Helix Medical, the Alameda County Public Health Department. As a recent alumnus, he is continuing his involvement with Berkeley Public Health as a former SPH Student Government Co-Chair, researcher, and Online MPH program course facilitator. When not working for LACDPH or Berkeley, Gene enjoys spending his time cooking, hiking, and picnicking at SF parks.

Jung G. Kim PhD ’19, MPH ’15

Jung is a public health board certified (CPH) graduate from the UC Berkeley PhD program in Health Policy (Organizations and Management) and On-campus/Online (OOMPH) Professional Master of Public Health program. He is founding faculty at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine’s Department of Health Systems Science and also a Lecturer for OOMPH and Clinical Teaching Associate at the University of the Washington School of Medicine. Jung’s research focuses on the educational design and outcomes in public health and primary care, health systems, and workforce academic-practice partnerships. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring anything related to foodstuffs across the globe and extending the life of his Mac products.

Janet Leader MPH ’83

Janet Leader has an MPH in Public Health Nutrition, and is a registered dietitian nutritionist. She is the retired Nutrition Strategy and Education Director for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Lecturer and Associate Director of Field Studies in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. In that capacity she developed and taught classes to undergraduate and nursing, medical, dental and public health students. In addition, she conducted research in public health nutrition programs and mentored future public health and dietetics practitioners.

While the Director of Services at Second Harvest Food Bank of Silicon Valley, she directed a 2-county nutrition education project to change nutrition behaviors of over 50,000 food bank clients through a USDA SNAP-Ed grant and provided consultation to the national Feeding America organization. She collaborated with the Stanford Prevention Research Program to develop a medical school course to train multi-lingual Health Ambassadors to work at the food bank. As Project Director at the Stanford School of Medicine, she directed a pilot nutrition and physical activity intervention to reduce child obesity. Ms. Leader was the Director of the six-county Bay Area Nutrition and Physical Activity Collaborative working to address health inequities and policies in the Bay Area. In Seattle, she directed the dietetics internship program at the University of Washington. Prior to that, she developed a dietetic internship program at Sea Mar Community Health Center to offer opportunities for Spanish-speaking nutrition students to serve the Latino community. She worked in cancer prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the American Cancer Society. In addition, Ms. Leader taught health and nutrition as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon.

On a personal note, she is on the board of Breathe SoCal and is a docent at the Getty Center. She is the proud mother of two and grandmother of two, and lives with her husband, Clarence Braddock, in West Los Angeles.

Stella Ling MD, MPH ‘82

Stella is a graduate of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health in maternal and child health. She is double board-certified in both pediatrics and radiation oncology. She has previously served on the teaching faculty for U Miami, Sylvester Cancer Center, the OSU James Cancer Center Dept. of Radiation Oncology, and UC Berkeley OLLI. She is interested in multi-cultural health care and worked for several years in SF Chinatown at the Min An Clinic and also in the Bahamas. She has volunteered for health care delivery on refugee flights, and in clinics in Mexico, Guatemala and Argentina. She has given lectures in Tanzania, Egypt, China, Aruba, the Bahamas, and Poland. She is a member of Raising Hope, an organization which tries to improve cancer care in developing countries. She is currently retired from active practice, but still mentors and does locum tenens from time to time to stay current.

Francesca Lomotan MPH ’17, BA

Francesca earned her MPH degree through the Online MPH program. She also has a BA in Public Health Policy and a BA in Psychology & Social Behavior from UC Irvine. She is currently the Interim Community Health Promotion Unit Manager at San Mateo County Health, a local health department. Her permanent role at San Mateo County Health is Tobacco Prevention Program Director. Francesca is the Founder of Bay Area Public Health, a blog and social media project that aims to build bridges within the San Francisco Bay Area public health community. She is also an Advisory Board Member for the Filipino Mental Health Initiative in San Mateo County.

Praneetha Mullangi BA ’14

Praneetha Mullangi holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and Economics from UC Berkeley and is an MBA Candidate with the Class of 2023 at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Her experience spans healthcare product management, solutions consulting, analytics consulting, and compliance management at premier organizations such as UCSF, Delta Dental, and Pharmacyclics (an Abbvie company). She empowers healthcare and life science executives with strategic, data driven, and innovative solutions that optimize their processes and help them function more effectively. At her most recent employment at UCSF, she managed analytics products with data from electronic medical records to support care of 1M+ annual patient visits. During initial COVID-19 response, Praneetha introduced a dashboard that facilitated transition from 2.4% remote patient visits to 50.7% remote visits in 2 months, all while exceeding patient experience goals. She has previously held executive leadership positions with the American Red Cross chapter of UC Berkeley, organizing public health programs for the Berkeley community.

Nihari Patel MPH, BA ’13

Nihari Patel earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Health and Political Science from UC Berkeley and her Master’s in Public Health in Behavioral Science and Health Education from Emory University. She has many years of experience working as a researcher and project manager at Emory University, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and SFGH. Currently, she is an Operations and Financial Manager at UCSF Cancer Center, where she works on strategic projects focused on improving patient access and experience, reducing cost, and promoting staff and provider engagement. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling, finding good eats, and working out.

Katherine Sham BA ’19

Katherine graduated with a BA in Public Health and a minor in Public Policy in 2019. She currently works as an Associate Consultant in the Mercer Health & Benefits San Francisco office, where she helps employers with the development and execution of their health care and employee benefit strategy. This role has fostered her interest in health tech innovations that aim to solve different aspects of the healthcare experience for employees, ranging from mental health to fertility support. Outside of work, Katherine volunteers as a patient profile writer for Watsi, a global health nonprofit that helps to directly fund life-changing healthcare for patients around the world. While at Berkeley, Katherine was a TA and associate coordinator for the Health Service Internship program, and supported the Berkeley Online MPH Program as a course assistant. She also served as one of the undergraduate student representatives on the Public Health Undergraduate Management Committee during her senior year. In her free time, Katherine enjoys cooking and baking and making DIY crafts.

Riya Suising MPH ’20, MS, BS

Riya received her MPH degree from the Online MPH program with a concentration in Health Policy & Management. Riya has worked in various software, technology, and business positions in Silicon Valley companies since 1988.  Since 2010, Riya shifted her career to focus on health and fitness and has become a strong advocate for LGBTQ communities, confronting social determinants of health, becoming active in political reform, and pursuing social justice through influence and education.  Prior to Berkeley, Riya received a BS in Engineering & Applied Science from Caltech and an MS in Management from MIT Sloan.  She previously served as president of the MIT Sloan Alumni Club of Northern California during its early years in 1994-1999 to grow the club’s momentum in the area.  In addition to Public Health interests, Riya spends her time training for and running marathons, teaching online Zumba classes, and helping her clients stay healthy as a nationally certified massage therapist.

Bonnie Tung MBA, MS, BA ’13

Bonnie earned her BA in Public Health at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She also holds an MBA and MS in Design Innovation (MSDI) from Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management. Bonnie started off her career volunteering at Sutter’s ER while at her fulltime role as a management consultant serving life sciences companies (pharma, biotech, and medical devices). There, she focused on brand strategy, market access, and patient engagement strategies. After graduate school, she went to Deloitte for Healthcare Consulting and focused primarily in payer and provider strategy, helping develop the firm’s perspective around virtual health and health equity strategies. In particular, she was involved in helping Chicago Public School plan for the re-opening after COVID-19, as well as the Racial Equity work for which the city convened a committee.  Her interests lie in access to care, human-centered design, the patient experience, and care delivery models.

Student Representatives

Juan Carlos Bordes

1st year DrPH student representative

Juan Carlos earned his master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2014. Since then, he has been working as a therapist in various hospitals and clinics around Northern California. Juan Carlos became interested in the field of public health when he noticed the connection between policy and disparities in access to high quality healthcare services. He is currently a first year DrPH student with an interest in healthcare policy, policy interventions, anti-racism policy in health and public policy, and improving health outcomes and quality of life in minority/minoritized populations. Juan Carlos has also served in states and local institutions supporting efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in healthcare, and is excited to be part of the PHAA.

Bria Larson

1st year MPH student representative

Bria Larson is a licensed acupuncturist in California and first year MPH student in the On-campus/Online (OOMPH) program. For the past 20 years, Bria’s career has been devoted to the health and wellbeing of women and children. Her experiences in both the corporate and non-profit sector range from direct patient care to program management and fundraising. She is currently pursuing an MPH to learn new skills and perspectives with the goal of systemic change within healthcare in the fields of maternal and child health and integrative health. Bria brings to the PHAA years of board service for organizations focused on early childhood, primary and higher education and an enthusiasm for bringing people together in meaningful ways. Outside of her professional interests, Bria loves to dance and spend time in nature.