Meet our Students and Alumni
Graciela Carrasco, 2013 Master of Science Candidate (SM2 – Research track), HPM
Graciela was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has family roots in the Mexican state of Michoacán. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology, with a minor in health policy, from Harvard University. She is a former Harvard Center for Public Interest Careers Fellow, and her public health experience includes work with the AIDS Institute in New York and the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at the Cambridge Health Alliance. At HSPH she has focused her studies on quantitative methods for health sector research and program evaluation. She is currently a co-president of the HSPH Student Mental Health Consortium, which brings together public health students with an interest in mental health at the population level. Graciela spent the last winter term in Chile and is currently working on a research project on early childhood obesity in Santiago for her practicum.
Yoni Dvorkis, 2015 Master of Science (SM2 – Policy Track), HPM
Yoni is a part time student in the policy track of the SM2 program in Health Policy and Management, which he began in the Fall of 2011. In addition to completing his Masters Degree, Yoni works full time at the Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) as a Financial Data and Reporting Analyst, where he provides analytic support to HUHS in its various initiatives, such as Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Meaningful Use Certifications. Yoni developed and currently administers a comprehensive claims database which supports HUHS in key functions including financial operations, health policy planning, and clinical best-practice initiatives. Prior to attending HSPH and working at HUHS, Yoni was a Healthcare Data Analyst for a disease management consulting firm. He is interested in medical informatics and how data analytics supports various aspects of the health care delivery system, such as the implementation of ACA health reform initiatives in Massachusetts and the US. Yoni received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a Minor in Economics from Tufts University in 2005. Born in Israel, his family moved to the United States when he was five years old.
Maura Fulton, 2013 Master of Science Candidate (SM2 – Policy track), HPM
Maura Fulton is a returning two-year Master’s student in the Department of Health Policy and Management. She is focusing on domestic health policy and expects to graduate in May 2013. Prior to matriculation to HSPH, Maura did advocacy work for a women’s health care provider organization in Michigan, and was a research and program evaluation analyst for a national residency training program initiative at the University of California, San Francisco. During her first year at HSPH, Maura had the opportunity to travel to Kenya to conduct research with the Population Council. She presented the outcomes from this study at the 2012 American Public Health Association annual meeting. For her summer internship at HSPH, Maura was a Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate, working on legislative issues related to health care delivery and health system reform. At HSPH, Maura sits on the executive leadership teams of the Women in Leadership (WIL) and Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) student groups. She plans to pursue work for a public payer on the state or federal level after graduation. Maura received a B.A. in Sociology and English Literature from McGill University in 2007. In her spare time she find pleasure in culinary experimentation, hiking, and the steep student discounts that allow her to enjoy the Boston Ballet season.
Shane Kiernan, 2014 Master of Science Candidate (SM2 – Management track), HPM
Shane is a first-year student at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), where he is pursuing a MS in Health Policy & Management and a concentration in Public Health Leadership. He come to HSPH as a Fulbright student from Dublin, Ireland. Prior to HSPH he worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), where he spent two years as a pro-bono consultant to governments around the world. At CHAI, he was responsible, on behalf of indigenous governments, for securing financial resources for national health systems on three continents. Before joining CHAI and prior to a stint as an entrepreneur in Ireland, he was an investment banker in London where he worked in Debt Capital Markets for Deutsche Bank and Private Equity for BlackRock. He graduated with honors from University College Dublin and Cass Business School, London. Outside of the classroom he represents HSPH as an elected official to the Harvard Graduate Council and is also engaged with the Harvard Graduate Student Leadership Institute (HGSLI) where he is developing leadership skills through interactive and experiential learning sessions alongside students from all the Graduate schools. He also spends time mentoring students as President of the HSPH Management Consulting Club and at the Leadership Institute at Harvard College (LIHC) where he is on the Board of Advisors. He also plays, “on and off the field,” as he likes to say, for the HBS Rugby Team.
Tari Owi, 2014 Master of Science Candidate (SM2 – Management track), HPM
Prior to attending the Harvard School of Public Health, Tari Owi worked as a Research Analyst at Thomson Reuters (now Truven Health Analytics) Healthcare & Science outcomes research department. At Reuters, Tari was responsible for data analysis and coordinating project teams made up of researchers, statisticians, economists, and analysts working primarily on cost modeling and treatment pattern outcomes projections for pharmaceutical clients and Fortune 500 firms. Tari also worked for the Director of Health Information Exchange at the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology in the Office of the Secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. At ONC, Tari staffed the Information Exchange Workgroup of the Health Information Technology Policy Committee, as well as worked directly with state health departments using electronic medical records at immunization registries and critical access hospitals. Since beginning at HSPH, Tari has continued to work in the health IT space as a research assistant for Health IT expert and Associate Professor Dr. Ashish Jha. Tari holds a BA in Political Science with an Interdisciplinary Concentration in Health Politics and Policy from Yale University.
Sofiya Penek, 2013 Master of Science Candidate (SM2 – Management track), HPM
Sofiya is a second-year Health Policy & Management Master’s student at HSPH. She developed her interests in patient-centered, team-based care while interning as an HIV Case Manager at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center during college. Prior to attending HSPH, she worked as a research assistant in the Cancer Control Program at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, DC. The research focused on patient education, medical-decision making, and quality of life for patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. Since coming to HSPH, Sofiya’s interests have expanded to health care delivery redesign, change management, and quality improvement. During the summer of 2012, she gained hands-on experience as the Patient Centered Medical Home coordinator at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester, MA, with a focus on primary care delivery transformation and NCQA application submission. Sofiya is currently the Staff Assistant for the HSPH Center for Public Health Leadership and a member of the HSPH Women in Leadership executive team. Originally from Ukraine, Sofiya grew up in Massachusetts and earned a BA in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Margaret Senese, 2013 Master of Science Candidate (SM2 – Research track), HPM
Margaret is currently a second year student in the SM2 program. Prior to her graduate studies, she spent five years as a data analyst at Atrius Health, supporting quality, safety, and research initiatives in the ambulatory setting. She spent the past summer at Arcadia Solutions, a health care technology consulting firm, researching the Meaningful Use experience at a community health system. Of this experience she says, “This was incredibly eye opening for me. I strongly agree with the HITECH Act incentivizing and accelerating EHR adoption. But this was my first time in a clinic only months after go-live, and I saw firsthand how disruptive the system is to the entire staff. There is a lot of opportunity to use technology to redesign care, rather than just layering it on top of existing processes.” She is currently interning in the process improvement department at Hallmark Health. Additionally, she is working as a research assistant for Professor Nancy Kane, helping to conduct a financial analysis of the Massachusetts safety net hospital system. “The Harvard name really opens doors for you, and I have learned quite a bit in my courses. But best of all, my classmates have great professional experience and varied perspectives, and they are wicked smart, too. There is a strong sense of collegiality and collaboration within our cohort. We definitely have the best department at HSPH!” Margaret has a BS in mathematics from Tufts University. She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their Dalmatian.
Emilie Song, 2014 Master of Science Candidate (SM2 – Management track), HPM
Emilie graduated with a B.S. in Psychobiology and Minor in Public Health from UCLA. She then joined ZS Associates in San Francisco, where for about 2 years she focused on quantitative and qualitative market research in oncology to improve understanding of trends in share fluctuations, drivers of physician behavior, and product use. She also worked on restructuring the early stages of a reimbursement experience tracker for a pharmaceutical company and identifying innovative marketing strategies that would resonate in the health care space. In addition to her school work, Emilie is currently working for a local start-up that is developing an innovative education delivery platform, focusing on patient education to enhance health outcomes. Emilie describes coming to the Harvard School of Public Health as an incredible experience: “Beyond academics, HSPH brings together people who are constantly looking for ways to improve health care from every perspective. What we learn in the classroom is directly applicable to conversations and ideas about how to bring positive change to the system. The faculty and students are a wealth of information and are open to sharing their thoughts and experiences.” During her two years at HSPH and beyond, Emilie says she hopes to “take part in the health care revolution, with the intent on improving health outcomes through increasing patient engagement and improving the health delivery process.”
Brian Walker, 2014 Master of
Science Candidate (SM2 Management track), HPM
Brian Walker is a first year student in the Health Policy and Management program at HSPH. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a BS in Business Management, Brian worked for The Boston Consulting Group and Ridgemont Equity Partners. Passionate about entrepreneurial health care ventures, he left the world of financial services in 2010 to start a pediatric surgery center in Houston, Texas. After filing formation documents, Brian proceeded through the steps of surgery center development: architectural modifications, equipment and supply purchasing, CMS and state survey preparation, policy and procedure implementation, and physician recruitment. As Chairman and CEO, Brian often observed the preparation, surgery, and recovery of the young patients at his center, which led him to seek out current and evidence-based research in quality improvement and patient safety. Harvard University’s involvement in the development of the safe surgery checklist prompted him to search for an academic program that would allow him to learn directly from these experts. When visiting HSPH and speaking with the Health Policy and Management Department, Brian was impressed with the relevance and practical nature of the program. As a current student, Brian is focused on finding safer and more efficient ways to provide health services and plans to continue a career in health care entrepreneurship upon graduation in 2014.
Moliehi Weitnauer, 2006 Master of Science (SM2), HPM
Moliehi (Mo) is a manager in the Boston office of The Bridgespan Group, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping nonprofit and philanthropic leaders accelerate breakthrough impact. While at Bridgespan, Mo has helped nonprofits and foundations spanning the public health, global development, and youth development fields. Past clients have included the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, United Nations Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation, and Communities in Schools. Mo joined Bridgespan from McKinsey & Company where she was part of the pharmaceuticals and health care payor practices. In addition, she was a Social Sector Fellow, working on client engagements in global public health, agriculture and economic development in Africa. In this capacity, Mo served clients like the World Bank, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Prior to McKinsey, Mo worked at the Clinton Health Access Initiative where she helped governments roll out anti-retroviral treatment for HIV/AIDS and was an intern at the New England Healthcare Institute where she researched the adoption of vaccines in the US public health system. Earlier in her career, she was as an analyst in the Fixed Income Strategy Research Group at JP Morgan Chase Investment Bank. Currently Mo sits on the boards of the International Fellowship House. She also is actively involved in ministry at Church of the Cross, an Anglican church in Boston. Mo earned her AB from Smith College in Biochemistry and Economics, and her MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2006. At HSPH, Mo founded the student club Social Enterprise in Health and was the President of the Africa Health Forum. She was born and raised in Lesotho.
I-Fong Sun Lehman, 2005 Master of Science (SM2), HPM, DrPH Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
I-Fong currently serves as the Director of Quality Improvement at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. Before that she was at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she earned DrPH in Health Management and Leadership. While at Hopkins she worked at the Center for Innovation in Quality Patient Care where she worked with interdisciplinary teams to reduce waste and to increase efficiency. During her last year at Hopkins, she served as the Director of Clinical Communities for the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to guide interdisciplinary teams, including the Armstrong Institute Clinical Communities, to improve clinical and patient-reported outcomes and to increase value. I-Fong graduated from HSPH with an MS in Health Policy and Management in 2005. During that time I-Fong co-founded the HSPH Toastmaster Club and was a Gund Family Fund Fellow. Prior to matriculating at HSPH, I-Fong was an Implementation Specialist with American Management Systems’ Healthcare Practice where she implemented computer-driven solutions to improve services and to increase efficiency. She also holds a BA in Economics and Healthcare from Brown University.
Roxane Gardner, MD, MPH, 2007
Doctor of Science (SD), HPM
Roxane completed the doctoral program in the Department of Health Policy and Management at HSPH, where she focused on patient safety and simulation-based education, evaluation, and research in health care. She received her MPH from HSPH in 1996, and is a board-certified Obstetrician-Gynecologist and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at the Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Roxane is a faculty member of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She serves as a member of the Center for Medical Simulation, where she teaches human simulation-based team training programs for labor and delivery personnel, and assists Harvard’s Controlled Risk Insurance Company/Risk Management Foundation (CRICO/RMF) in obstetrical loss prevention and patient safety endeavors. Before coming to Harvard, Roxane served as a full time faculty member at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Reiko Akizuki, MD, 2010 Master of Science (SM2 – Policy track), HPM
Reiko earned her Master of Science degree in the Department of Health Policy and Management in 2010. Prior to that, she trained as a general surgeon in Japan, and became involved in health care policy in 2005. Through her work in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, she saw firsthand the challenges of the Japanese health care system was facing: rising health care costs, shortage of health care providers, increases in chronic diseases, hospitals operating at a loss, and aging society. She decided to study health policy and management in the US where extensive research and reform have started to address these challenges. Reiko believes that the HPM Master’s program at HSPH has four main advantages: a rich curriculum covering broad health care issues; a diverse student body with a wide array of interests; internationally recognized faculty that play a leading role in US health care policy; and exposure to the Harvard academic environment. In addition to her HSPH coursework, Reiko studied risk management at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Business School. She also worked for the Controlled Risk Insurance Company/Risk Management Foundation, a patient safety and medical malpractice company serving the Harvard medical community. She will use the comprehensive set of practical skills acquired from her studies in HPM to network with leaders in the Japanese public health arena in order to improve health care quality.
Michaela Kerrissey, 2010 Master of Science (SM2 – Policy track), HPM
“Blaring radios, baskets of mangoes, laughter, car exhaust, polio survivors crossing streets on twisted knees. The earth is red, the sky dazzles, and the buildings crumble.” This is how Michaela Kerrissey—an award-winning poet—described Kampala, Uganda, where she spent three years developing innovative, community-based public health programs. She believes her greatest accomplishment there was developing a groundbreaking prevention program that targeted couples where only one partner was HIV-infected.Michaela went to Uganda after graduating from Duke University, where she focused on community engagement projects as a Robertson scholar, a merit-based program for future leaders committed to social change. As part of this program, she traveled to countries like Cuba and South Africa to learn about community development. These experiences sparked her interest in public health and ultimately led her to HSPH. “Coming to HSPH [was] an eye-opening experience,” says Michaela. “My fieldwork was valuable, but when you’re elbow deep in your work, you concentrate on the specific project at hand rather than how the health system as a whole is organized.” Recognizing the importance of effective national health policies and evidence-based programs, Michaela focused her course work on system-level issues. Her classes broadened her perspective, she says, and will be of great benefit in her work in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she is writing a book on her Uganda experiences and is forming a social enterprise to address the unmet public health challenge of road safety there.
Sean Dunbar, 2008 Master of Science (SM2 – Policy track), HPM
Sean is currently an analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in Washington, D.C. focusing on low-income health programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). He graduated from HSPH in June 2008 with a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management. While at HSPH, Sean served as a member of the Division of Public Health Practice’s Student Advisory Committee and as president of the HSPH Student Government. Prior to attending HSPH, he worked as a consultant to state and local government agencies on mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and other behavioral health and long-term care policy issues. Sean also holds a BA in Government and International Relations from Clark University.
Philip Hails, 2008 Master of Science (SM2 – Management track), HPM
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Philip Hails studied mathematics, with an emphasis on economics and finance at Duke University. After that, he says, “I embarked on a journey to identify a career that I could feel passionate about.” In his first position, at the Ellen Riegner Cancer Foundation in Bogota, he began to understand how a health system works, or does not work, and the impact of poverty on health. By “sheer chance,” he then found a job with the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative in Rwanda. That experience, he reports, taught him about the dynamics and challenges faced by NGOs in translating donor resources into effective services. These experiences brought him to the Department of Health Policy and Management, where Philip says he enjoyed studying with outstanding professors and fellow students. During his time at HSPH, he worked with Network Health, a local health plan providing coverage for Medicaid populations. Philip reported that “it [was] inspiring to be part of such a mission-driven nonprofit organization.” Philip was also the president of LAC Health, a student organization that focused on analyzing and improving health problems in Latin America and the Caribbean. Upon graduation Philip took a position in the Strategy and Operations practice of Deloitte Consulting where he hoped to “gain firsthand experience in the problems and opportunities faced by the management of health care organizations.”
Monisha Machado, 2007 Master of Science (SM2 – Management track), HPM
Trained as a dentist, Monisha Machado always knew that she wanted to be part of the health care industry. While helping to run a clinic in the city of Mumbai, India, Monisha discovered her passion for health care management. She moved with her husband to the United States several years ago and came to HSPH for the master’s degree program in health policy and management (HPM): “I liked the fact that the program required previous work experience, and students could bring these experiences into the classroom.” The former president of the HSPH Student Government, Monisha believes that HPM has many strengths, including the international student body, the real-world orientation of the HPM faculty, and the opportunity to take business classes at the Harvard Business School and MIT. In her final year of the program, Monisha completed her practicum at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where she was a Lean Program intern in the Office of the President: “By identifying and reforming the non-value-added aspects of the patient care process, [we were] able to increase efficiency, productivity, and patient and staff satisfaction.” Since graduation Monisha has been working with McKinsey and Company.
Myra Sessions, 2008 Master of Science (SM2 – Policy track), HPM
Before entering HSPH in 2006, Myra worked in the field of International Health, getting her start spending a year in Botswana working on women’s legal rights and HIV-related health issues. She later moved to Washington DC and worked through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Center for Global Development on reproductive health and US foreign assistance. After four years of traveling to southern and eastern Africa, Myra chose graduate school so that she could live and work in the same place. She wanted a community focus to her work, and chose Harvard due to its focus on economics and the strong academic reputation of the health policy program. Currently Myra works as a senior project manager for the Department of Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She works with eight primary care practices around Boston on a variety of process improvement, quality improvement, and financial analysis projects. “For me, the real value of the HSPH program is that it allowed me to transform my interest in policy to a career in management. What I love about my job is that I actually feel I’m working at a point where ideals in primary care policy meet best practices in implementation on the ground.” Every day Myra uses skills that she learned in the Health Policy and Management Program, including cost accounting, financial management, Medicaid dental policy, strategic planning, behavioral economics, and the history and reality of health care and regulation in Massachusetts. “HSPH gave me the knowledge to understand the context of community health care challenges and the confidence to apply my knowledge in new situations.”
Luke Tharasri, 2001 Master of Science (SM2), HPM
Luke has over fifteen years of health care experience, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Communities Hospital in Orange County, California. Coastal is a 180-bed community hospital that proudly serves a diverse population consisting primarily of families of Latino and Asian descent. Prior to joining Coastal, Luke was with Kindred Healthcare, where he served as CEO for their Los Angeles and Westminster hospitals. Before that Luke spent 7 years at Kaiser Permanente, the country’s largest health maintenance organization, where he served in several roles with his most recent being the Assistant Administrator for the system’s West LA Medical Center. Luke also served for several years as the President of the Board of Directors for Asian Pacific Women’s Center, a non-profit whose mission is to provide transitional housing and social services to women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. He also represented Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for the LA Economic Development Corporation, a non-profit focused on improving the business climate of Los Angeles County. “My experience at HSPH was invaluable in preparing me for my career,” says Luke. “I knew going into HSPH’s graduate program for Health Policy and Management that I was going to receive a world-class education. What I didn’t expect was the high-level of care and commitment that the professors and advisors really had in ensuring that I was successful not only in the program, but in my career to follow.
Audrey Morse Gasteier, 2008 Master of Science (SM2 – Policy track), HPM
Audrey Morse Gasteier received her SM from the Health Policy and Management department at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2008. Since then, she has been working at the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, where she serves as the Director of Health Systems Policy and manages a variety of health research and analytic projects ranging from state health reform to health care cost trends. Prior to attending the Harvard School of Public Health, Audrey worked as a mental health policy analyst at the Association of Community Human Service Agencies in Los Angeles, California, where she worked on mental health policy and financing issues in Los Angeles County. During Audrey’s time at Harvard, she worked as a consultant for the Health Connector, a new state agency created under Massachusetts’ health reform initiative. She worked on issues related to enrollment in subsidizing a new state health insurance program, Commonwealth Care, and on market reaction to a new requirement that Massachusetts employers offer Section 125 plans to workers, allowing them to purchase health insurance using pre-tax income. Audrey received a BA from Mount Holyoke College in 2003.
Heather Bello, 2012 Master of Science (SM2 – Management track), HPM
Heather Bello is a 2012 graduate of the HPM SM2 program. After graduating from Boston College in 2005, Heather spent two years working in the MA House of Representatives in the Committee on Public Health. It was here that she participated in the passage of Health Reform in Massachusetts. Her time at the State House made her keenly aware of the need for new care delivery and payment models. Heather wanted to be a part of developing and implementing these new strategies, which led her to leave the State House in 2007 to work at the Center for Connected Health (CCH). CCH is a division of Partners Healthcare whose mission is to research and develop new and innovative ways to utilize technology in delivering care to patients outside of the hospital setting. While at CCH Heather worked on a number of programs, one of which began as a large RCT aimed at determining the clinical effectiveness and financial outcomes associated with the use of a hypertension self management and monitoring program. Over the past two years Heather worked on the scaling and operationalization of this program, which has recently spun out into a for profit entity called Healthrageous.
Uzaib Saya, 2012 Master of Science (SM2 – Policy track), HPM
Prior to attending HSPH, Uzaib Saya he worked in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, helping to investigate how prescription drug usage policies in the US could lower co-payments and promote the use of generic drugs. Uzaib grew up in Karachi, Pakistan and received his undergraduate degree from Williams College where he majored in History, and concentrated in Middle Eastern Studies. In his junior year, he participated in a program that took him to India, China, and South Africa to study the health effects of globalization. During his first year at HSPH, Uzaib worked with Naya Jeevan in Karachi on an independent study project, investigating payment capacities of primary care services beneficiaries at a social enterprise dedicated to improving access to catastrophic health insurance coverage for urban, low-income families. Uzaib spent the summer of 2011 in Malawi interning with Innovations for Poverty Action, an international development non-profit organization. While there he worked on a research project exploring the returns and risks of various informal saving options, and their impact on affordability of various expenses, including health care. Interested in innovative methods to finance health care in low-income countries, he aims to apply this experience and understand the extent to which small amounts of money can help save up for large health care expenses, in the same way that micro-finance organizations are able to provide readily available lines of credit to small business owners.
Jesse Ortendahl, 2012 Master of Science (SM2 – Research track), HPM
Jesse Ortendahl was a part-time student in the research track of the SM2 program, which he began in Fall 2008. Since 2003, Jesse has worked as a researcher with Professor Sue Goldie of HPM, using decision analytic methods and models to inform cervical cancer policy domestically and internationally. Jesse earned a BS from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Mathematics and Statistics, and has an interest in economics and using quantitative methods to improve decision-making and increase efficiency in resource allocation. He worked as a TA for several years for the Economic Analysis course. In May 2011, Jesse was honored with the Harvard School of Public Health Teaching Assistant Award.
Martyna Skowron, 2012 Master of Science (SM2), HPM
Martyna Skowron was born and raised in Czestochowa, Poland. Her family moved to the United States when she was 13 years old. Martyna graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Science and International Health. Among her activities at Georgetown, Martyna served as president on the Student Academic Council, participated in health systems research in Ghana and translational science research in Argentina, helped set up a medical/dental clinic in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico, and served as a volunteer EMT on campus. Before coming to HSPH, Martyna worked for Booz Allen Hamilton on the Civil Health team and in strategic planning and new clinical program development at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Martyna interests revolve around operational efficiency, streamlining workflows, and innovative and strategic planning at hospitals and healthcare delivery settings.