Meet the Alumni Board

The New York University School of Global Public Health Alumni Association serves to support NYU and GPH through the creation and engagement of an involved, passionate, international alumni community. The mission of the GPH Alumni Association is to support the vision and legacy of the school by creating opportunities to foster the academic and professional development of current students and alumni, as well as strengthen the relationship between alumni and their alma mater.

We invite you to meet the Alumni Board members working to lead this charge. Like the entire GPH Alumni Association, they strive for unity among a highly diverse and growing alumni community, providing a strong foundation upon which the school can grow.

2020-2021 Alumni Board

Samara Mbugua, MPH '14

President

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Vivienne La, MPH '18

Vice President

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Victoria Good, MPH '18

Secretary

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Nandini Govil, MD, MPH '13

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Cori Hammond, MPH '17

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Johanna Miele, MPH '14

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Elena Muller, MPH '18

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Mulanga Muofhe, MPH '09

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Manpreet Sachdev, MPH '19

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Victoria Good, MPH '13

Victoria Good graduated with her Master’s in Public Health Nutrition in 2018. She is the Special Assistant to the Director of WorkWell NYC at the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations for the City of New York. WorkWell NYC is an initiative that focuses on improving the health and wellness of the City’s workforce of over 370,000 employees. In her role as Special Assistant, she coordinates contracting between various entities and WorkWell NYC to ensure successful program implementation, develops and maintains procedures for systematic improvements and efficiency, manages scheduling wellness seminars and develops reports for interagency meetings. While studying for her undergraduate degree, Victoria’s focus in nutrition and psychology created a desire to learn more about the systems of inequity as they are affected by nutrition. Her interest in public health was fully realized when she volunteered as an emergency medical technician and worked as a clinic manager in a small Appalachian town in Virginia. She continued to follow her passion by joining the founding executive board of the Nutrition without Borders club while a student at GPH.

Victoria participated in the Alumni Taskforce, working with a group of alumni to develop the GPH Alumni Association by-laws. As an inaugural member of the Alumni board, she is excited to extend opportunities for involvement to all alumni, as well as create meaningful connections and community around the globe.

Personal Note:

In her free time, Victoria enjoys playing with her dog, going on hikes, and knitting. When she is not visiting a local yarn shop or enjoying the outdoors, she can be found reading all manner of books with a cup of tea by her side. She is also a Les Mills group fitness instructor.

 


 

Nandini Govil, MD, MPH '13

Nandini Govil, MD, MPH graduated with her combined MD and Masters in Public Health degree in Global Health in 2013. She completed her post graduate medical training at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Emory University & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. In her current position, she has a busy clinical practice taking care of children with a wide variety of head and neck complaints, with a focus on pediatric hearing loss. She is currently serving at the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Physician Champion. She also organized a free clinic for the underinsured and uninsured population of Pittsburgh, PA during her time as a resident physician.

Dr. Govil has participated in global health efforts in Cambodia, Ghana, Bolivia and Ethiopia. She has a particular passion for improving methods of global surgical care, and bolstering local health departments and hospitals. Her focus is on providing educational opportunities for local doctors. During her time in Ethiopia, she taught a temporal bone lab course to resident physicians in Addis Ababa to improve their knowledge of ear surgery. She has also co-authored several research papers and presented her work at international and national conferences. Dr. Govil is honored and excited to be part of the GPH Alumni Board, and hopes to particularly help current dual degree students navigate the demands of two degrees and provide guidance on how to integrate an interest in global health into a future career.

Personal Note:

Dr. Govil lives in Atlanta, GA. During her free time you will find her doing yoga, hiking & exploring the hidden waterfalls of Georgia, singing along to records, perfecting lattes on her espresso machine, reading mystery and historical fiction novels, and cooking meals for friends and family.

 


 

Cori Hammond, MPH '17

Cori Hammond graduated with her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Community & International Health in 2017.  She is currently a Research Associate and Project Coordinator at Partnership to End Addiction in New York City. As a part of the Partnership’s Science & Technology of Early Prevention (STEP) team, Cori’s research focuses on the development of innovative messaging techniques that aim to prevent substance misuse.  Her current project is a NIDA-funded randomized controlled trial that is creating an electronic screening and brief intervention tool to reduce substance use among pregnant and postpartum women enrolled in home visiting programs. In the past, she has worked on grant-funded projects focused on a variety of topics including school-based risk behavior prevention programs, family therapy as treatment for substance use, and incarceration health. She also works on Partnership to End Addiction’s Helpline, providing real-time support and resources to individuals concerned about a loved one’s substance use.

Cori has presented research at the annual conferences for the American Public Health Association, AMERSA (The Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction), and The Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit.

As part of the Alumni Taskforce, Cori assisted with the creation of the by-laws for the GPH Alumni Board and is honored to be an inaugural member. She is excited to represent recent alumni and create meaningful engagement opportunities between students and their alma mater. She is especially looking forward to reconnecting with the Global Public Health community and being a part of the school’s sure-to-be inspiring future.

Personal note:

Originally from North Carolina, Cori has also lived in New Orleans, Copenhagen, and now finally Brooklyn, New York.  Her hobbies include golf, yoga, heavy metal shows, ballet, and contemporary dance. She is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and spends most of her free time exploring the craft beer scene around Bushwick.

 


 

Vivienne La, MPH '18

Vivienne La graduated with her Master’s in Public Health in Policy & Management in 2018. She is currently a Project Manager within the Crossix Analytics Product Strategy team at Veeva Systems in New York City. In her current position, she is responsible for overseeing Crossix’s analytics platform product production and operations as well as spearheading process optimization and scalability initiatives. These products service clients with broad health initiatives from pharmaceuticals, telemedicine, and health focused consumer goods, helping them more effectively reach target audiences and improve their marketing campaigns through real time exposure analytics and tracking patient behavior over time. Her past experience is varied, as she spent time as a patient coordinator at a major cancer hospital and most recently worked as a consultant helping clients build out their health benefit programs and working with consumer-health directed startups to implement their solutions across the country.

Throughout her career, Vivienne has always been focused on patient behavior and the emergence of consumer-directed healthcare. She is always looking for new ways to approach large and entrenched problems and foster collaboration and a sense of community, which led her to found GPH’s own Healthcare Consulting Organization (HCO) with her fellow classmates. She is a member of the Delta Omega Honorary Society of Public Health Delta Beta Chapter, and is also actively involved in SyncOpp, a startup dedicated to building out networks and providing mentorship for up and coming healthcare professionals. She is honored to be a part of the inaugural board and is looking forward to strengthening the GPH alumni network to create meaningful opportunities for students and graduates alike.

Personal Note:

Vivienne lives in Manhattan, but currently splits her time with the San Francisco Bay Area where she is from. In her spare time, she likes to cook and bake for her roommate, and stays active by boxing.

 


 

Samara Mbugua, MPH '14

Samara Mbugua graduated with a Masters of Public Health in Community & International Health in 2014. She currently serves as a Global Health Analyst at Becton, Dickinson & Company (BD), a global medical technology company. In this role, Samara works to increase access to BD’s products, resources and clinical consultants in low- and middle-income countries. She is responsible for strengthening public-private partnerships by supporting the planning, implementation and monitoring of various programs on tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, infusion safety and laboratory quality among other topics. These cross-sector partnerships have resulted in global advocacy campaigns, capacity building for healthcare workers, laboratory systems strengthening and other milestones.

Prior to joining BD’s Global Health team, Samara worked as a consultant to hospital clinicians to ensure their adoption, optimization, and overall success utilizing BD’s disease surveillance software. She also gained experience at the United Nations where she focused on peace and security activities in Africa, and has expertise in emergency management at the federal level and in the field as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Samara holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Boston University. She is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Vice President of Education for BD’s chapter of Toastmasters International. She received the Wasserman Center Internship Grant while at NYU and the Office of the Commissioner Honor Award from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Samara is honored to serve as inaugural President for the GPH Alumni Board. As President, she intends to strengthen the engagement of GPH’s global alumni network while demonstrating to current and prospective students the diversity of career trajectories and opportunities within public health. Samara is excited to collaborate with GPH’s talented board members to build a stronger sense of community among alumni.

Personal Note:

Samara hails from Lawrence, Massachusetts, and is a first-generation American born to Kenyan and Zimbabwean parents. She resides in New Jersey and enjoys traveling, fitness, supporting social justice initiatives and advocating for disenfranchised communities.

 


 

Johanna Miele, MPH '14

Johanna Miele received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community & International Health in 2014. She currently works as a Manager in the Emergency Management + Enterprise Resilience team at NYU Langone Health, working closely with infectious disease response, mass fatality operations and multi-casualty incident readiness across the NYU Langone Health enterprise comprising several acute care and faculty practice facilities in NYC and Nassau County. Prior to her role at NYU Langone Health, she worked at NYC Emergency Management coordinating with city, state and federal health officials in their planning and response activities. During citywide emergencies, she worked with multiple public health and medical partners on a variety of natural and man-made hazards including Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) incidents, in addition to emerging infectious disease planning.

While pursuing her MPH at NYU, Johanna tailored the program to fit her interest in emergency management, which was first piqued by an internship at NYCEM during final year in undergrad. It has been wonderful to watch the program grow and have courses tailored to the nexus of public health and emergency management. Johanna has been a New York State certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for over six years, volunteering in college and in her neighborhood ambulance corps. She has presented at the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine as well as at NACCHO’s Preparedness Summit. This year, she’s hoping to publish her team’s research on transportation justice during COVID-19.

Personal Note:

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Johanna has always felt committed to making the city better through her professional and volunteer work. Johanna is proud to be a GPH alumnae and looks forward to formally working with the Alumni Board and Alumni Relations so that our network can benefit from our collective resources. More specifically, she hopes to support students and alumni who might have “non-traditional” paths in public health and have their interests reflected in Alumni activities as well as student engagement.  As a member of the Alumni Board, she will work to cultivate and strengthen our community.

 


 

Elena Muller, MPH '18

Elena Muller graduated with her Master’s in Public Health in Community and International Health in 2018. Her focus professionally and educationally is on the intersection of education, technology and public health. Currently, Elena is the Senior Marketing Manager at Health Recovery Solutions, a telehealth and remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology company headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey. Elena is responsible for the company’s marketing strategy, including initiatives focused on brand management, content creation, public relations, communications, and client retention and acquisition. A central focus of her role is educating providers across the country on how, and why telehealth and RPM are beneficial options for care delivery.

Elena’s previous positions were in a range of education, clinical, and nonprofit settings, with a direct service and policy focus. While pursuing her MPH, she was an early childhood teacher at Madison Playgroup in NYC and an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist for children with autism. Elena volunteers today with Culikid, a NYC nonprofit that provides cooking classes to individuals with special needs to help them develop healthy habits, foster their independence, and build their social and fine motor skills.

Elena is honored and excited to support NYU GPH alumni and students, and specifically those working to pursue -  or who are curious about -- non-traditional public health paths, specifically in healthcare technology (especially start-up or growth stage organizations), marketing, or education.

Personal Note:

Elena lives in Brooklyn, New York. She spends her free time playing and cuddling with her golden retriever, Waffles, throwing pots at the pottery studio, cooking with friends, playing the NYTimes crossword and spelling bee, and exploring new hikes in the NY metro area.

 


 

Mulanga Muofhe, MPH '09

Mulanga Muofhe is an NYU Steinhardt alumnus, MPH (with a concentration in international community health) class of 2009.  She is the founder of Mulanga Muofhe Natural Beauty, a premium natural and organic skincare brand targeting specific black skin concerns. On the side, she is also an independent transcriptionist with 3PlayMedia.

Before this, Mulanga worked as the Project Manager on Inclusive Health Innovation at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a specialized unit at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. In this role, she worked as the co-secretariat for the Social Innovation in Health Initiative, which is a partnership comprised of the Bertha Centre, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and the TDR, the Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, hosted at the World Health Organization—who’s united effort provides leadership to advance social innovation in health in developing countries, with the ultimate goals to achieve the SDGs and improve the lives of communities in the south. She also served as the project manager overseeing the Health Systems Entrepreneurship operational grant--a joint partnership with Johnson & Johnson to advance Maternal Child Health (MCH) by supporting mHealth organizations scale through engagement with the public sector, all while moving towards health systems integration.

Being a part of the Alumni Board will allow Mulanga to serve as a conduit between past graduates from Steinhardt and the new Global Public Health community as well as creating an avenue for students to engage with organizations in the global south. She is also excited to be part of a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about public health and are eager to support alumni-related issues and events.

Personal note:

Originally from South Africa, Mulanga spent over 20 years in the United States, making both East Lansing, MI and New Hyde Park, NY home. She currently lives in Cape Town, South Africa. She enjoys traveling, exploring wine farms, the magnificent beaches and scenery, new eateries as well as taking in an evening of the arts.

 


 

Manpreet Sachdev, MPH '19

Manpreet Sachdev graduated with her Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Management in 2019 after completing her undergraduate coursework at NYU’s College of Arts and Science. She is currently the Senior Associate of People Analytics at The Center for Employment Opportunities in New York City. In her current position, she analyzes the organization’s people and participant data to deliver compelling stories that lead to smarter, data-informed decisions, with a specialized focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Previously, she had the opportunity to work directly with patients and manage various social determinants of health programs in the NYC Health and Hospitals system, where she worked to empower patients with the tools to create change for themselves. Her diverse background lends to her participation in public health career panels to demonstrate the various career pathways available to a public health graduate.

Manpreet is able to utilize her dual background in engagement and program development in her volunteer work as the Operations Lead at Posana, a NJ-based nonprofit with a mission to create a supportive network for caregivers. She hopes to utilize her volunteer experience in content, community engagement, and event creation in her role on the GPH Alumni Board. She is excited to be part of an innovative group and create meaningful opportunities for other GPH alumni, while cultivating an engaged and driven community of public health professionals.

Personal note:

Manpreet lives in her hometown of Queens, New York. She spends her free time reading fiction novels, going on scenic drives and hikes in the Northeast with family, exploring the coolest new food trends with friends, and chasing after her new labrador puppy, Bronco.