Dr. Donna Petersen
Dr. Donna Petersen is Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Prior to joining USF, she was a Professor in the Departments of Maternal and Child Health, and Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Public Health. From 1996 – 2003, Dr. Petersen was the senior associate dean for academic affairs at the UAB School of Public Health. From 1990-1995, Dr. Petersen served as Director of the Division of Family Health at the Minnesota Department of Health.Read More
“What do you believe should be the essential elements of a newly designed public health education system in the 21st century United States?” The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPPH) Education Committee’s recently launched a task force, chaired by Dr. Donna Peterson, to guide the Framing the Future: The Second Hundred Years of Education for Public Health initiative. The task force aims to reconsider the role of education for public health from undergraduate through doctoral levels, from interdisciplinary and interprofessional perspectives and to set a new vision for education for public health.
Dr. Petersen earned her masters and doctoral degrees from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She has also held positions with the federal government and the state of Maryland and has served on numerous community agency boards and gubernatorial commissions and task forces. She is a frequent lecturer on topics related to maternal and child health, health care reform, and systems change and leadership, and has provided extensive technical assistance and training to state health departments in the areas of needs assessment, data system development, and public health roles within evolving health care systems. She has devoted particular attention to public health responsibilities in monitoring health status, access, utilization, and quality of health care and in the areas of systems level accountability and the development of population-based indicators. She is the author of numerous publications, book chapters and a textbook on needs assessment in public health.
She has been honored for her work by the American Public Health Association, the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health, the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition and the Delta Omega National Public Health Honor Society.
Joyce Gaufin provides leadership, quality improvement, and organization consultation to state, local and non-profit organizations in Utah and Nevada as an independent consultant. Joyce has been actively involved in public health since 1973 when she began working for the Utah Department of Health (UDOH).
After providing administrative and management support to the Division of Community Health Services and the Utah Local Health Officer’s Association, she worked for the Division of Health Care Financing (DHCF/Medicaid) as the Division Training Director (500 plus employees).
She held other important positions with the DHCF including public information officer, emergency preparedness coordinator, and quality and productivity consultant. Joyce was recognized for creating and managing a model interpretive services program for Utah Medicaid clients and providers, and she co-developed an interactive web-based training program, “Adventures in Public Health,” an introduction to public health for employees and local boards of health throughout Utah. She was a member of the UDOH 2002 Olympic planning group. Joyce is a ten-year member of the National Public Health Leadership Development Network, where she served as Chairperson in 2008.
Joyce is a lifetime member of the Utah Public Health Association where she has served with distinction for over 35 years. She has held every leadership position in the organization, including a two-year term as President from 1996-98. Joyce is an active member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) where she is currently serving a four-year elected term on the Executive Board. She is a former chairperson and governing councilor for the Health Administration Section of APHA, and she served as Chair of the Intersectional Council in 2005. Joyce has been a frequent presenter and moderator for APHA meetings since 1994. She has served as a member of the APHA Education Board, The Nation’s Health Advisory Committee, the Task Force on Association Improvement and Reorganization (TFAIR), the Annual Meeting Planning Committee, and other leadership positions. Joyce has also been a member of the Nevada Public Health Association since 2002.
Joyce co-edited her first book with Dr. Barry Levy, a former President of the APHA. The book, Mastering Public Health: Essential Skills for Effective Practice,” was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. The book contains the work of 59 contributors including leaders from public health academia and practice, and experts from the fields of leadership, organizational development, journalism, and more. This book has been designed to give public health practitioners a comprehensive resource with specific tools and resources to complement their formal education.
Billy Mills is the only American to have ever won the Olympic gold medal in the 10,000-meter run. A Lakota Sioux raised in one of the poorest communities in America, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mills was orphaned as a young boy, facing prejudice and cultural discrimination most of his childhood life.It was through a running scholarship to the University of Kansas that he was able to leave the reservation. While in college, Mills accepted a commission as an officer in the US Marine Corps. Basic training and an excellent track and field program helped Mills qualify for the 1964 Olympics in the 1000-meter run and the marathon. His victory in the 10,000-meter run is often called one of greatest upsets in Olympic history.
In 1983, Mills’ quest for excellence was released on the big screen. Running Brave, starring Robby Benson as Mills, follows his life from childhood through his Olympic victory.
Mills is a national spokesperson for Christian Relief Services and has helped raise over $300 million. He is also the founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth, an organization that helps Native American youth programs. Mills has appeared in a number of television commercials and has made numerous appearances on shows such as the Discovery Channel’s Ultimate Athlete, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, and countless other athletic specials. He has also published articles in Visions Magazine, American Athletics Magazine, The College Digest Magazine, and Sports Travel Magazine.
In 1990, Mills published Wokini, Lakota for “new life, a life of peace, and happiness.” In it, Mills discusses achieving happiness and urges readers to embark on a personal journey to find satisfaction in life. Wokini blends traditional Native American beliefs with modern therapeutic principles. His latest work is Lessons of a Lakota, published in 2005.
In Mills powerful presentation on global unity, he explains a compassionate journey through time and stories, that it is the daily choices rather than the destination that shapes us as individuals and unites us as people.
Dr. Linda Chamberlain
Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized keynote speaker and champion for health issues related to domestic violence, children exposed to violence, brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain. She is known for her abilities to translate science into practical information with diverse audiences and convey a message of hope and opportunity.
Dr. Chamberlain is the Executive Director, State of Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project. She earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University. The author of numerous publications and resources including the Public Health Toolkit and the Amazing Brain booklet series, she is also co-author of Addressing Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive Health and Sexual Coercion Guidelines and a national train-the-trainer curriculum on domestic violence for home visitation programs.
Awards and recognition for her work include a National Kellogg Leadership Fellowship, an Alaska Women of Achievement Award and being the Inaugural Scattergood Foundation Scholar. Living on a rural homestead outside of Homer, Alaska with her husband and dog team, she teaches an on-line graduate course on leadership and teamwork that incorporates lessons from the trail based on her experiences as a dog musher.
Mr. Madden serves as the Director of the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for the State of Alaska since 2007. This followed a year as the Deputy Director for Homeland Security within the division. His state service follows a distinguished career in seven federal agencies and seventeen years in the army. After earning his degree in political science, he joined the Department of Energy as a program and policy analyst working on fossil fuels programs and alternative fuels. In 1982, he moved to Alaska with the National Weather Service supporting its operations throughout the region.
He next worked for the Alaskan Region of the Federal Aviation Administration as Executive Staff to the Regional Administrator. He ensured continuity of all FAA operations against all hazards. He supported FEMA in disaster field offices in Puerto Rico and Florida in response to Hurricane Georges. He served with the Transportation Security Administration as Deputy Federal Security Director for Anchorage International Airport and eight other Alaska airports.
He serves on several national and regional organizations such as President of the National Emergency Management Association, Co-Chair of National Mass Care Council, State Chair of Alaska Partnership for Infrastructure Protection, as well as regional and national boards, advisory councils and consortiums.
Mr. Madden served on the National Preparedness Task Force and helped frame its September 2010 report to Congress entitled Perspective on Preparedness: Taking Stock Since 9/11. He also served on the National Academy of Science committee that authored the September 2012 report Weather Services for the Nation: Becoming Second to None. He has testified before Congress on unmanned aerial systems, coastal erosion in Alaska, lessons learned from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, and an assessment of national preparedness.
Paul Terry, Ph.D.
As chief science officer of StayWell Health Management, Paul Terry directs client support, program evaluation, research and industry leadership and ensures the highest quality in program development and delivery. Additionally, Paul leads strategic planning and market presence, and provides consulting expertise on customer programs. Paul strives for a life of meaning to fuel both heart and soul. His “heart work” includes time for family and adventures, serving as a health coach, windsurfing, skiing and disc golfing. His “soul work” embraces volunteerism, including missions in Africa, reading and exploring nature.
Prior to StayWell, Paul was the president and CEO of the Park Nicollet Institute, the research and education division of Park Nicollet Health Services in Minnesota. He also was a member of the health education faculty at St. Cloud State University and Hamline University.
Paul, a former Senior Fulbright Scholar, has recently earned the title, “America’s Greatest Thinker“, from The Great American Think-Off. He is a past president of the Minnesota Public Health Association and serves as an editor of the American Journal of Health Promotion. Widely published in professional journals, Paul co-authored patient publications that have won awards of excellence. He co-authored four books including “Well Advised: Your Guide to Making Smart Health Decisions”. Paul holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree from Minnesota State University at Mankato, where he was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Humanitarian Award.
Beverly K Wooley has 28 years of experience in public health in Alaska. She is the Community Health Systems Performance Improvement Director with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Prior to joining ANTHC in February of 2011, she was Director of the Alaska Division of Public Health 2007 – 2009.Read More
Deborah Erickson began her public health career at the age of 5 when she flushed her parents’ carton of cigarettes down the toilet (or at least tried) following release of the Surgeon General’s 1st Report on Smoking and Health. Her passion for prevention continued in high school through roles as the teaching assistant for the school health education and the outdoor education programs.Read More
Lisa is a graduate of UCLA (BS in Anthropology) and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (MHS in International Health Disease Prevention and Control). She has over 13 years of experience as a public health practitioner, with special skills in: quality improvement, evaluation, data monitoring, program management, health promotion, and community health improvement. Read More