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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).

Charis Baz MPH ’17


Charis earned her MPH degree through the Online MPH program. She also has a certificate in Health Informatics. She works on Marin County Health and Human Service’s Whole Person Care program, a Medicaid demonstration project coordinating care and sharing data across housing, public benefits, medical, and behavioral health care with a focus on people experiencing homelessness. Previously, as a project/policy analyst at UC Berkeley’s Tang Center, she co-led the integration of Behavioral Health services into Primary Care, including strategy development, implementation team facilitation, workflow design, program evaluation planning, and a major space renovation to support the new model of care. Managing high-stakes, complex projects with multidisciplinary teams is her specialty. Other interests include using human centered design, Lean process improvement, and facilitation for collaborative decision making to improve the social determinants of health for the underserved.

Dennise Rosas MPH ’11

Past President

Dennise Rosas earned her MPH degree in Health Policy and Management. She is a director with the Sutter Health Improvement System supporting the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where she manages a group of consultants to support clinical and operational leaders in process improvement, strategic planning, goal deployment, and implementation of a Lean management and operating system. She facilitates and teaches design and improvement events, coaches and leads implementation of system strategy, and influences senior leaders. She previously served as strategic planning and kaizen promotion office manager at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, where she began as a summer graduate intern while at Berkeley. Her interests include diversity in higher education and the health professions, going on road trips, wine tasting, and traveling.

Elizabeth Ly MPH ’19

Vice President/President Elect

Elizabeth earned her MPH in Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health. She also earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with a major in Public Health and a minor in Public Policy. Prior to graduate school, she 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. Most recently, Ly was a Research Intern at Hopelab where who led the qualitative research coordination, collection, and analysis for the Goal Mama project with the National Family Partnership. 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. 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.

Sara S. Ortega BA ’18


Sara graduated with a BA in Public Health and a minor in Public Policy in 2018. She is currently the Special Assistant to the President and Policy Coordinator at Children Now, a national research and advocacy organization based in Oakland. She supports the president on administrative, communication, and project management efforts, as well as recruitment and engagement for the Children’s Movement. As a student, Ms. Ortega interned for Congresswoman Barbara Lee in her Oakland offices, where she conducted research in health and immigration policy areas, as well as provided support to the East Bay’s constituents. While in school, she also worked in the Dean’s office at the School of Public Health, where she supported major events and managed communications to the school’s alumni and student networks and volunteered with the Public Health Alumni Association. Sara is a proud alum of the Health Career Connections program, where she interned for the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Regional offices and spearheaded a regional project to improve front-office workflow and improve patient experiences.

Hue Le MPH ’12

Communications Officer

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.

Zahwa K. Amad PhD ’92, MA ’84

Zahwa Amad earned her doctorate degree in Infectious Diseases and Immunology, with a concentration on the latency of HIV. She earned her master’s degree at UC Berkeley with a focus on mosquito-borne viruses. She worked over two decades at California Department of Public Health (CDPH). In her role as the section chief of the Personnel Licensing Section, she oversaw the licensure of over 30 clinical laboratory personnel licenses, and approvals of training schools, national certifying examinations organizations, and continuing education programs. Previously, Amad held positions as an examiner, research scientist, and public health microbiologist at CDPH. Prior to joining CDPH, Amad worked for Chiron Corporation (currently Novartis) on HIV vaccine and for UCSF and Irwin Memorial Blood Centers on HIV molecular assays. Her outside work interests include documentary films, photography, travel, Latin culture, and languages.

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.

Alice Chu PhD, MBA, MPH ’19

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. She currently co-chairs the healthcare committee for the American Chamber of Commerce Singapore.

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.

Bob Frangenberg MPH ’78

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, Frangenberg 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.

Erin Keitel MPH ’17

Erin is a graduate of the UC Berkeley MPH program with a concentration in Health Policy and Management. She is currently a Program Manager at Blue Shield of California working to develop new, high-value care models throughout the state. Erin recently completed a leadership development program at Blue Shield which allowed her to rotate through different departments across the organization as well as participate in numerous professional development opportunities. She is passionate about transforming the healthcare system to create high quality, affordable care that supports healthy communities. Outside of work, Erin enjoys coaching youth lacrosse in Berkeley and spending time outdoors, especially hiking and camping.

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.

Praneetha Mullangi BA ’14

Praneetha Mullangi holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Public Health and Economics from UC Berkeley and hopes to make an impact at the intersection of these fields. She is a senior consultant for the healthcare/life sciences practice at Saama Technologies, a data analytics consulting firm. In this role, she empowers healthcare and life science executives with strategic, data driven solutions that optimize their processes and help them function more effectively. Previously she worked with UCSF’s Institute for Health Policy Studies to create an interactive online tool for global health policy makers, leveraging cost-benefit analyses on HIV/AIDS interventions. She has held executive leadership positions with the American Red Cross chapter of UC Berkeley, organizing public health programs for the Berkeley community.

Gathenji Njoroge MPH ’20

Gathenji earned his MPH degree in Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. He works as a data scientist, using data analytics and data-driven solutions to promote patient and community-level health. While a student at Berkeley, he founded the COVID-19 Journal Club and served as founding secretary of Black Advocates for Equity in Health (BAEH), board member of the Student Collaborative for Impact Leadership (SCIL), student representative of the Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA), and Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Services (GRADS) Coordinator for the DREAM Office. In his free time, Gathenji enjoys reading, gardening and watching rugby.

Mary Russell MPH ’14

Mary earned her MPH degree as a member of the first cohort of the Online MPH program. She is a Senior Consultant with Health Management Associates (HMA) in Los Angeles where she works with health plans, particularly managed Medicaid and Medicare Advantage plans that support complex populations. Mary’s focus is on the connection between product operations and clinical operations and she regularly works with clients to develop models of care for special needs plans and to assess readiness to operationalize new regulations. Prior to joining HMA, Mary was a clinical project manager at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the nation. Mary 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. A native of Los Angeles, Mary 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

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.

Lila Sheira MPH ’15

Lila Sheira earned her MPH in Maternal and Child Health. She is a data analyst at UCSF, responsible for the development of study tools, data collection, and data analysis mainly for RCTs and cohort studies among people living with HIV. Prior to her role at UCSF, Sheira worked as a global health consultant for the Population Council, Best Babies Zone, The Sea Change Program, and Venture Strategies for Health and Development, where she analyzed and supported the dissemination of data, wrote policy briefs, and supported fundraising. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador for three years as a rural community health volunteer, where she primarily focused on adolescent sexual and reproductive health education and nutritional health. Sheira likes to stay involved in her community and served on the executive board of the Empowering Women of Color Conference for three years. She also volunteers with the International Rescue Committee and reviews scholarships for the Marcus Foster Education Institute. Sheira served as a Graduate Advising and Diversity Services (GRADS) Coordinator while earning her MPH and often represented the School at outreach events.