alumni association

2016 Alumni Board
2015-16 TUSPHTM Alumni Board

The school's alumni association was organized in 1997 and consists of an executive committee, a board, and alumni members. The full board meets at least twice a year, staying in touch during the year through conference calls and emails. Both the board and the executive committee are eager to have the association play a more vital and active role in the lives of school alumni.  The association has also launched efforts to develop, fully fund, and maintain an endowed alumni-sponsored scholarship for public health and tropical medicine students. Officers would love to hear more ideas from alumni about how they would like to see the alumni association continue the connection with the school after each student graduates.

Association News

We have a number of initiatives to look forward in 2016, including:

  • SGA-sponsored networking events and another Speaker’s Bureau
  • Tulane’s Women Making Waves conference, a women’s leadership conference
  • Presentation of the Alumni Association Student Recognition awards for both graduate and undergraduate students

Margie Cartwright, director of Career Services, has planned Career Conversations on the uptown campus with the participation of several Tulane schools. This “speed dating”-style event provides career information to undergraduate students.  If would like to participate, contact Margie at Additionally, she is finding ways to include alumni in local events at Propeller, a social innovation incubator, and the on-air program “So What Do You Do?” on WHIV, a community radio station founded by Tulane infectious disease specialist Dr. MarkAlain Dery.

Make alumni connections wherever you are! We have launched TUSPHTM Alumni Chapters in Atlanta and the Washington/Baltimore areas, and Jack Millaway (BSPH ’09, EPI MS ’11) is starting one in New Orleans. (Makes sense, right?) We would love to see chapters across the country and internationally. Contact Alumni Coordinator Marla Santiago de Jesus at if you would like to learn more.

Please join our LinkedIn group, listed on that site as Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Alumni Association to post jobs or share information of interest. Thank you for your continued support of the school. Students highly value being connected with our alumni.

TUSPHTM Alumni Fund

The Tulane Alumni Fund is one of the best ways to support the school and future public health scholars. Please visit the school's development page to learn more.


Alumni Association Board

Stephanie A. Dopson, ScD, MPH, MSW
Elisabeth A. Gleckler, DrPH
Sue Griffey, DrPH
Elaine Ricketts Hicks, MPH
Lori A. Hoepner, MPH
Leah Berger Jensen, MPH
August S. Martin, Jr., MSPH
Ann B. Metzinger, DrPH
Martina Musmeci Salles, MPH
Dana Sarah Schmucker, MSPH
Erica J. Washington, MPH
NancyKay S. Wessman, MPH


Verna Aucoin, ex officio
Pierre Buekens, MD, PhD, ex-officio
Marla Santiago de Jesus, ex-officio

Emeritus Alumni Board

Nicole A. Boyer, JD, MSPH
Apryl R. Brown, MD, MPH
Lisanne F. Brown, PhD
Ann H. Byerly, MPH
Bernard H. Eichold II, MD, DrPH
Janet Guptill, MPH
Penny Jessop, MPH
Sally T. Knight, DrPH
Tonette Krousel-Wood, MD, MSPH
F. Brobson Lutz, MD, MPH
David J. Nimke, MPH
Madeline R. Vann, MPH
C. Alison Walker, MPH


Meet Your Alumni Board Executive Committee


Elaine Hicks, TUSPHTM Alumni President  

Elaine Ricketts Hicks, President

Elaine graduated in 1994 with a degree in health communications and education. Subsequent to her health education career at the Cook County (Illinois) Department of Public Health in suburban Chicago, she went to library school.  Now, she is a health sciences librarian at the Rudolph Matas Library at Tulane's School of Medicine.


Stephanie Dopson, Vice President

Public health scientist experienced in biopreparedness and bioterrorism, skilled in translating research into implementation in emerging and infectious diseases. Has applied scientific and technical leadership in a 17-year career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most recently on public health emergency responses for Ebola, H1N1, H7N9, and polio eradication, Hurricane Katrina, and the anthrax attacks. Provide scientific and technical expertise on and lead qualitative and quantitative program evaluations, most recently on pandemic influenza and preparedness. Associate editor for the Health Promotion Practice journal and adjunct professor at the Georgia State University School of Public Health.

NancyKay Wessman  

NancyKay Wessman, Secretary

NancyKay, a 1989 graduate in health communications and education and a charter member of the SPHTM Alumni Association Board of Directors, has authored two books since early retirement from public service. In 2015, she launched Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Her first book, You Can Fix The Fat From Childhood & Other Heart Disease Risks, Too, details lessons learned in the Bogalusa Heart Study. Both books draw on her experience as 25-year communications and public relations director, Mississippi State Department of Health.

Lori Hoepner  

Lori A. Hoepner, Immediate Past President

Dr. Hoepner is a 1995 Maternal and Child Health MPH graduate who went on to receive her DrPH in Environmental Health Sciences from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2015. She is an Assistant Professor in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Department at SUNY Downstate School of Public Health and is affiliated with the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Although a native New Yorker, Lori left her heart in New Orleans and visits as often as possible.


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