David Buys, PhD, MSPH, CPH
State Health Specialist and Associate Professor at Mississippi State University
David R. Buys, PhD, MSPH, CPH, FGSA is State Health Specialist for Mississippi State University Extension and Associate Professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion. Dr. Buys leads research-based health-related efforts across Mississippi’s 82 Counties with a focus on preventing and managing chronic diseases; promoting mental health including opioid misuse and suicide prevention; and creating healthy home environments. He teaches on gerontology, nutritional epidemiology, social determinants of health, health professions, and other matters; he also mentors undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Buys has competed for and leads projects funded with more than $8 million in federal support from agencies including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the United States Department of Agriculture, and other partners.
He has published nearly 40 peer-reviewed articles, including in Public Health Nutrition, the American Journal of Public Health, The Gerontologist, the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, the Journal of Extension, and other leading journals.
Dr. Buys is actively involved in multiple professional associations, including the American Public Health Association and the Gerontological Society of America; he is past president of the Mississippi Public Health Association, through which he championed the Certified in Public Health exam across the state.
He completed formal training in medical sociology, health services research, and epidemiology from Mississippi College, Auburn University, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.
Jaime Corvin PhD, MSPH, CPH
Associate Professor at University of South Florida College of Public Health
Dr. Jaime Corvin joined the NBPHE as an at-large member. She is an Associate Professor at the College of Public Health where she has worked since 2006. Trained in community and family health and social and behavioral sciences, Dr. Corvin’s areas of research include global maternal and child health issues, global health disparities, disaster management, humanitarian assistance, organizational culture, and organizational collaboration. She has worked with the US military, the International Federation of the Red Cross and local non-governmental organizations working in Haiti and the Dominican Republic in issues relating to humanitarian assistance and disaster management. She has evaluated the role of organizational culture in the delivery of humanitarian assistance and organizational collaboration, focusing her work on disasters requiring humanitarian assistance on the island of Hispaniola during 2004.
Dr. Corvin has also conducted health disparities research in Latin America and the Caribbean and has implemented health education campaigns in the Dominican Republic to help combat growing rates of diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Through her work, Dr. Corvin allows students to become active in these initiatives and they work directly with community members to plan and implement culturally sensitive and language appropriate health education classes. As a Certified MammaCare specialist, Dr. Corvin has also worked to train health professionals and community members in breast health and effective methods of breast exam. In Tampa, she works with underserved Latino populations and has implemented a cardiovascular health program entitled Ama tu Corazon, an initiative which replicates an NIH program to target Latinos in an effort to spread heart healthy messages and reduce rates of cardiovascular disease in Latinos. She has also successfully implemented a program aimed at empowering female farm-workers through breast cancer education, screening, and mammography, as well as other programs focused on reducing incidence of chronic disease among underserved populations. Dr. Corvin is responsible for teaching courses in Global Health, Environmental Health, Disaster Management, and Humanitarian Assistance.
Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA
Chief Executive Officer at NACCHO
Lori Tremmel Freeman has been the Chief Executive Officer for the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) since May 2018, having returned to the organization after previously served as its Associate Executive Director from 2010-2014. In the CEO role, Ms. Freeman works to ensure our country’s nearly 3,000 local health departments have the capacity to deliver essential health services to their communities, advocates for local public health within the U.S. governmental public health system, and assures strategic alliances and partnerships with a wide variety of federal, state, local, public and private agencies and organizations to advance the health of our nation. Prior to joining NACCHO, she served as Chief Executive Officer for the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) where she provided direction and leadership to protect and promote the optimal health of women, children, and families and actively advocated for sustainable and long-term funding for maternal, child, and adolescent health through the federal Title V grant program. While at AMCHP, she received the distinguished HHS Maternal & Child Health Bureau Director’s Award for noteworthy contributions to the health of infants, mothers, children, adolescents and children with special health care needs.
Lori Tremmel Freeman is a career non-profit executive, having enjoyed three decades of working in senior association leadership and management roles. Lori Tremmel Freeman’s career includes holding additional CEO and senior leadership positions with the International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA); Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI); the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI); the American Public Health Association (APHA); and Grant Thornton LLP. She also serves on numerous national advisory groups and Boards related to public health. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science from Lock Haven University and a Masters degree in Business Administration and Marketing minor from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and currently resides in Haymarket, Virginia with her husband and twin children.
Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, CPH
Senior Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine
Laura King, MPH, MCHES
Executive Director, Council on Education for Public Health
Laura Rasar King has served as Executive Director of the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) since 2004. Her career spans nearly 20 years in public health, most of which has focused on quality assurance in higher education in public health and related professional fields. In her current role, she is responsible for managing the work of CEPH and supporting its Board of Directors. She assists universities interested in establishing a public health degree program and pursuing accreditation both nationally and internationally, and maintains relationships with governmental and private sector organizations that share common interests in higher education, accreditation, academic public health and public health workforce issues.
Her other professional positions have included: Outreach and Education Director in the Environment and Health Program at Physicians for Social Responsibility, as well as positions focusing on clinician education at The George Washington University’s Medical Faculty Associates and the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation. Early in her career, she worked at HealthReach Network, a consortium of 11 federally funded health centers in rural Maine, as a VISTA Volunteer.
Her professional activities have included a variety of appointed and elected positions in the American Public Health Association (APHA), and in APHA’s Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) section. She was the 2002 Judith R. Miller Award recipient for service to the PHEHP section and APHA in support of the practice and profession of health education. She has served on the Division Board for Professional Development of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), on the Board of Trustees of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and as a member of the Assessment Process Workgroup of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). She currently serves as Chair of Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA).
Although her primary interest lies in higher education quality, she is also interested in quality education throughout the lifespan. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, on the Elementary Curriculum Advisory Committee for Howard County, Maryland and on the School Improvement Team for Triadelphia Ridge Elementary School. She received an MPH in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention from George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and BA in Psychology from American University, both in Washington, DC. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES).
Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN
President and CEO of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
Dr. Paul Kuehnert is President and CEO of PHAB, where he oversees all aspects of PHAB’s mission and work, including accreditation-related strategies, partnerships, long-range planning, PHAB’s Board of Directors, committees/think tanks, and student opportunities. Dr. Kuehnert’s career spans nearly 30 years of providing executive leadership to private and governmental organizations to build and improve systems to address complex health and human services needs. Immediately prior to joining PHAB in January 2020, Dr. Kuehnert served for seven years at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in Princeton, NJ, most recently in the role of Associate Vice President for Program. Prior to joining RWJF in 2012, he spent five years as the County Health Officer and Executive Director for Health for Kane County, Illinois, a metro-Chicago county of 515,000 people. In that role, Dr. Kuehnert provided executive leadership and oversight to four county departments: Health, Emergency Management, Community Reinvestment and Animal Control. Earlier, he served as Deputy State Health Officer and Deputy Director of the state of Maine’s Health Department. Dr. Kuehnert is a pediatric nurse practitioner and holds the Doctor of Nursing Practice in executive leadership as well as the Master of Science in public health nursing degrees from University of Illinois at Chicago. He was named a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow in 2004, a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice in 2010, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2015.
Allison Lewis, MA
Executive Director, Association for Prevention Teaching and Research
Allison Lewis is Executive Director of the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research where she provides leadership and direction to achieve the mission of increasing the inclusion of core clinical prevention and population health in health professions education and increasing interprofessional learning. Ms. Lewis oversees implementation and evaluation of all programs and services; directs the organization’s education and advocacy efforts; oversees the planning and convening of the annual Teaching Prevention meeting; and develops and maintains relationships with many like-minded organizations that include a wide variety of medical societies, health professions, and non-governmental public health organizations.
Ms. Lewis represents the organization on groups such as the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force, the CDC Advisory Committee on Integrating Immunization into Undergraduate Nursing, and the CDC Academic Partnerships to Improve Health. Ms. Lewis serves as the Assistant Treasurer on the American Journal of Preventive Medicine governing board and is the Principal Investigator on several grants with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Ms. Lewis has over 25 years’ experience in non-profit health organizations overseeing research and education programs focused on strengthening public health and prevention services. Prior to her appointment as Executive Director, Ms. Lewis oversaw the membership and marketing initiatives of the association, directing national public health programs to support faculty carrying out research and educational projects.
Prior to coming to APTR, Ms. Lewis oversaw campaigns at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America to educate children about their disease and oversaw programs at the American Institute for Cancer Research aimed at educating the public and health professionals about the scientific link between nutrition and cancer prevention.
Laura Magaña PhD, MS
President and CEO for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)
Dr. Laura Magaña has joined the board as a representative for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) where she has been President and CEO since August 2017. Under Dr. Magaña’s leadership, ASPPH has continued to advance its mission to strengthen the capacity of members by advancing leadership, excellence, and collaboration for academic public health. During her tenure, ASPPH has strengthened academic public health research through the Data Center, launched the academic public health leadership institute, and enhanced the voice of academic public health through advocacy efforts. She expanded the association’s global reach by welcoming international members and led ASPPH to join with other regional associations that represent schools and programs of public health around the world to found the Global Network for Academic Public Health, which enhances academic public health worldwide through mutual learning and collaborations between academic public health institutions globally. Dr. Magaña has also launched five strategic initiatives to address critical issues in public health as part of ASPPH’s Vision 2030: Dismantling Racism in Academic Public Health, Climate Change and Health, Framing the Future 2030, Gun Violence Prevention and the ASPPH Workforce Development Center.
Prior to joining ASPPH, Dr. Magaña dedicated more than 35 years to successfully leading the transformation and advancements of public and private universities in Mexico; educational organizations in the United States; United Nations programs; and nongovernmental organizations in Central America and Europe. She was most recently the dean of the School of Public Health in Mexico at the ASPPH-member National Institute of Public Health (INSP). She has also been a faculty member and lecturer at universities around the world. Dr. Magaña’s diverse portfolio features 90 academic publications and educational technological developments—many of which relate to learning environments, the use of technology in education, and public health education. She frequently speaks with universities, partners, national, and international conferences on issues such as social determinants of health and health equity, the future of education for public health and the public health workforce, and critical issues in global public health.
CDR Sam Price, MBA, MPH, CPH
United States Public Health Service Public Health Analyst/Project Officer Health Resources and Services Administration
CDR Sam Price began his career in the Department of Health and Human Services as a Presidential Management Intern in May 1997 and joined the USPHS Commissioned Corps in April 2009. He began working at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Bureau of Primary Health Care in October 2013 as a Public Health Analyst for the Northeast Division and works with Health Centers in the New England Region to improve the health of the Nation’s underserved communities and vulnerable populations. He previously served at the Department of Health and Human Services in various offices within the Office of the Secretary planning and coordinating budget activities. He has earned a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio, a Master of Business Administration from Rice University, and a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University. He also passed the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam in 2013 to earn the CPH credential.
Pauline Rolle, MD, MPH, CPH
Ascension Medical Group Pediatric and Southeast Georgia Primary Care Medical Director
Dr. Pauline Rolle is the Ascension Medical Group Pediatric and Southeast Georgia Primary Care Medical Director. She is also the former Medical Executive Director and Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval). She is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Public Health. A native of Miami, she is a graduate of Fisk University and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee and she completed her Pediatric residency training at the University of Florida Health Science Center at Jacksonville in Jacksonville, Florida. She also completed her Master of Public Health at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida and she was awarded the 2019 University of South Florida Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dr. Rolle has been a pediatrician and public health professional for almost 20 years. She has appeared in multiple television and radio segments. Dr. Rolle is committed to ensuring communities have the information and access to care that they need to effectively care for themselves. She believes that comprehensive care and service provision is not a solo act, it is a partnership between the public and private healthcare systems, as well as the end user. She is married to Harold Rolle, Jr. and they have 2 wonderful children in college.
Nizar K. Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA, CPH
North Dakota State Health Officer
Dr. Nizar Wehbi was appointed by Gov. Doug Burgum to serve as North Dakota’s State Health Officer, effective May 1st, 2021. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Wehbi served as Deputy Director of the Center for Health Policy and Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. As the Center for Health Policy’s Deputy Director, Dr. Wehbi conducted research and policy analysis to inform policymaking with a focus on improving population health and the efficiency and effectiveness of the U.S. healthcare system. In that role, he led initiatives to address binge drinking and colorectal cancer and conducted analysis on the healthcare workforce shortage. As an assistant professor in the College of Public Health at UNMC, Dr. Wehbi directed the Master’s in Health Administration (MHA) program, with teaching areas of focus that include health administration, health policy, the U.S. healthcare system and human resources management. He also co-led a university-wide faculty leadership program. Prior to that, Dr. Wehbi served as Senior Planner in the Strategic Planning and Business Development Department at Nebraska Medicine. He began his career in clinical medicine, caring for patients and later, as an instructor of surgery at UNMC, joining a research team to identify biomarkers for early detection and risk assessment of bladder and prostate cancers.
In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Wehbi has a Master’s degree in public health and an MBA from the University of Nebraska. He also holds a graduate certificate in quality, patient safety and outcomes research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and currently serves a three-year term on the Board of Governors of ACHE. Wehbi has served on the National Board of Public Health Examiners since 2013 and on the Board of Directors of Clarkson College, in Omaha, since 2019.
Mohammed Akhtar, MD, MPH - Honorary Member
Mohammed Akhtar, MD, MPH - Honorary Member
Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS - Honorary Member
Alfred Sommer, MD, MHS - Honorary Member