2018-2020 Cohort


Masami Glines
Masami received her Master of Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. For her master’s project, she worked with the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory to analyze 9 years of data for temporal and geographical changes in Wisconsin bovine Salmonellosis. She was also involved in Girls, Inc. at Goodman Community Center for her certificate in Global Health. Masami’s interest in zoonotic diseases gained through her undergraduate study in Wildlife Ecology guided her to pursue public and global health, but she also has experiences and knowledge in geriatric health, environmental health, mental health and substance abuse, yoga, and K-12 education. Masami will complete her Fellowship at Centro Hispano and Public Health Madison and Dane County where she will work on wellness related programs. Preceptors: Justin Svingen, Janel Heinrich, and Evelyn Cruz


Lexi Handrick
Lexi received her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Science in Biology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a graduate student, Lexi worked on the Making Wisconsin the Healthiest State Project at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute supporting local efforts in health improvement. As part of her Master's Capstone project, she worked on a quality improvement project for the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation program. Prior to her graduate studies, Lexi spent time working as a Disability Specialist for the state of Wisconsin where she became interested in chronic disease prevention and the social and economic determinants of health and health inequities. Lexi is excited to complete her fellowship with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health supporting the Bureau of Community Health Promotion. Preceptor: Mary Pesik


Maddie Johnson
Maddie graduated from Concordia College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and History, then moved to New Haven, Connecticut to participate in the Episcopal Service Corps. During her time there, she served as an Outreach & Engagement case manager at a homeless shelter. This direct service experience inspired her to go into the field of public health, so she then attended the University of Minnesota School of Public Health to pursue her Master’s in Public Health with a focus in public health administration and policy. Maddie’s research interests are issues of health equity especially related to mental health. She hopes to continue to serve marginalized populations through a health policy or research position in her future career. As a student, she has worked as a teaching assistant for the course Principles of Health Policy and served as a research assistant at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, as well as worked at the Minnesota Department of Health and People's Center Health Services. Maddie will complete her Fellowship at the City of Milwaukee Health Department and the Center for Urban Population Health. Preceptors: Michael Stevenson, Sarah Zarate, and David Frazer


Rachel Kulikoff
Rachel received her BA from the University of Chicago, and will receive her Master of Public Health from the University of Washington. As an MPH student, Rachel has worked full time at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, where she coded up and ran statistical models which predicted the child mortality rate, life expectancy, stillbirth rates, and fertility rates in 195 countries. She also worked for one summer at the Maternal and Child Health Surveillance Site in Chengdu, China, estimating maternal mortality rates for China's 2700 counties, and for another summer at the CDC, producing an environmental health e-book for physicians and the public about environmental causes of infertility. She also volunteered annually as a Mandarin Chinese interpreter at the Seattle/King County Free Health Clinic. Rachel is excited to leverage her technical data analysis skills, as well as learn and grow her community health skills during her Fellowship at Public Health Madison/Dane County, where she will work on a climate and health initiative and on addressing local racial disparities in maternal and child health. Preceptor: Kat Grande


Julius Lee
Julius is a first-generation graduate of Indiana University with both a Bachelor and Master's degree in Public Health. As a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, he facilitated research on faith-based organizations and childhood development, and a feasibility study on school-based health care at a local Title-I elementary school. As a graduate student, he fostered evaluations on nutrition and physical education for Title I Elementary Students, an after-school program to reduce childhood obesity, and resolutions to reduce food insecurity and alcoholism among Indiana University Graduate students. As a recipient of the William J Bailey Fellowship, Julius served as a graduate assistant at the Indiana Prevention Resource Center in Bloomington, Indiana. His responsibilities included drafting media campaigns to support substance abuse prevention and education throughout Indiana, and supporting technical assistants and compliance officers using the Strategic Prevention Framework. Julius completed an internship at the Monroe County Health Department to study health disparities in Monroe County, and focus on housing options available to individuals who live at-or-below the Federal Poverty Level. Additionally, he collaborated with community stakeholders to apply for the Tobacco Prevention Coalition grant sponsored by the Indiana State Department of Health, which was approved for subsequent funding.  Julius will be completing his Fellowship at the Department of Public Health, Madison, WI.  Preceptor: Lola Awoyinka & Mimi Johnson 


McKenzie Liegel
McKenzie received her BS in Biology from UW-Madison and her MPH in Community Health from East Tennessee State University. As an MPH student, she focused her fieldwork research on health communication strategies among non-profit organizations in Appalachia, with a particular interest in social media. Prior to graduate school, McKenzie worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Grundy County, Tennessee. As a member of the South Cumberland Plateau VISTA Project for two years, she worked with both the Chattanooga Area Food Bank and the Grundy County Health council on a variety of projects; her time was spent coordinating mobile food pantries, school garden clubs, and after school physical activity programs. Those experiences in rural Tennessee, along with her experience as a Wisconsin AHEC Community Health Intern at Juneau/Adams County WIC, have deepened McKenzie’s interest in rural health and passion for being an advocate for rural communities.  McKenzie will be completing her Fellowship at Chippewa County Health Department and the Eau Claire City County Health Department.  Preceptors: Angela Weideman and Marisa Stanley 


Gerardo Mares
Gerardo received his Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences, and his Master’s in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Loyola University Chicago. Gerardo has worked as a Crime Analyst for a major police department where he focused on conducting strategic and spatial analysis to better understand the relationship between crime and geography. Prior to graduate school, Gerardo worked as a bilingual research assistant for a psychology study on disruptive behaviors of preschool aged children exposed to violence and trauma. Gerardo’s passion for studying human behavior continued in graduate school where he assisted in a research study on the effects of violence at the neighborhood level in Colombia. He also completed an independent course on Hate Crime victimization of LGBT communities in Chicago and Milwaukee. Throughout his career, Gerardo has worked with diverse immigrant populations which contribute to his interest in learning about cultural composition and understanding public safety from an international perspective. Gerardo has worked as an instructor on crime analysis for national police departments in El Salvador, Mexico and Panama. Gerardo’s professional and academic interests include studying crime patterns, victimology and mental health at the neighborhood level and from an international perspective, as well as studying human trafficking and human migration patterns.  Gerardo will be completing his Fellowship at Data You Can Use, a non-profit organization in Milwaukee, WI. Preceptor: Katie Pritchard


Kara Mathewson
Kara received her Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from UW-Madison and her MPH in Global Health from Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health. Her professional interests include young adult and adolescent health, preventive care initiatives including immunization programs and policies, and program evaluation. As a graduate student, Kara worked on several research projects focused on adolescent and adult vaccination as well as vaccine hesitancy. In addition to this, she supported program development and evaluation for several alcohol and substance abuse prevention programs in the state of Georgia. Most recently, Kara worked in the Global Cancer Control unit at the American Cancer Society where she provided data analysis for monitoring and evaluating organizational development efforts for cancer-focused organizations in Kenya and Uganda. Kara is excited for her Fellowship placement in the Family Health Section at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.  Preceptors: Fiona Weeks & Katie Gillespie

2017-2019 Cohort

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Whitney Ederer
Whitney received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, and her bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Winona State University. Her professional interests include obesity prevention through nutrition and physical activity policy and implementation. During graduate school, Whitney interned at Public Health Madison & Dane County where she completed an immigrant and refugee health care access project, which highlighted the barriers immigrants and refugees face and offered policy recommendations to decrease those barriers. Whitney also interned at End Domestic Abuse WI where she answered legal technical questions and completed a report on Wisconsin’s Mandatory Abuse Reporting Law and proposed policy recommendations to decrease negative impacts on domestic abuse victims. Whitney will complete her fellowship at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services where she will implement both law and public health skills. Preceptor: Stephanie Schauer.

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Niki Euhardy
Niki received her MPH in Public Health Policy & Administration from UW-Milwaukee's Zilber School of Public Health and her BS from UW-Madison. She was born and raised in Northeastern Wisconsin, which has fueled her passion for improving rural health issues in the state through a social justice lens. As an MPH student, she focused her research on the rural opioid epidemic and worked for the WI Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE), a statewide coalition focused on eliminating the stigma surrounding mental health challenges. She completed her MPH fieldwork at Outagamie County Public Health where she helped them begin the path towards public health accreditation and was involved in various organizational infrastructure pieces. Further, she partnered with the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, advocating for value-based financing in Wisconsin's Medicaid system. Niki will complete her fellowship with the Wood County Health Department in Central WI where she will focus on health equity, community health promotion and planning, community engagement, and health in all policies. Preceptor: Kristie Rauter-Egge.

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Morgan Krhin
Morgan Krhin received her MPH in Health Behavior Health Promotion from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid College of Public Health and her Bachelor's degree in Spanish with a concentration in Biology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her professional and research interests include increasing access to health care resources specifically among Latino and immigrant communities, Community Health Worker workforce development, and addressing environmental and occupational health injustices. Prior to graduate school, Morgan worked as a Mobile Clinic Outreach Coordinator for Family Health La Clinica in Wautoma, Wisconsin where she worked collaboratively to provide free health services to migrant workers across the state of Wisconsin. Additionally, Morgan participated in a longitudinal research project at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Wiston-Salem, North Carolina assessing the impact of Organophosphate pesticide exposure on cognitive development among Latino migrant farmworkers. Morgan will complete her fellowship in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she will be placed with United Voices working to strengthen community workforces and increase health care accessibility at the city and state level and also with the Milwaukee Health Department supporting infectious disease epidemiology efforts. Preceptors: Sherri Ohly & Marisa Stanley.

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Maggie Northrop
Maggie received her Master of Public Health and Public Affairs degrees and Bachelor's degrees in Political Science, International Studies and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As part of her Master's capstone project, she worked with Wisconsin AHEC to evaluate and advance the Community Health Worker model in the state. Professional and academic interests include policy, socioeconomic determinants and political economy of health, health inequities, immigrant health. Maggie has prior experience working with orphaned Roma children in Bulgaria and volunteering in various settings, from the foothills of the Himalayas to the United Nations. Most recently, Maggie worked at the state Bureau of Communicable Diseases where she collaborated with the Tuberculosis and Refugee Health teams to improve processes and build capacity for refugee and immigrant care, connecting underserved populations across Wisconsin to critical health services. Maggie will complete her fellowship at the Office of Policy and Practice Alignment, Wisconsin Division of Public Health. Preceptor: Mimi Johnson.

Cory Steinmetz
Cory received his Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the Zilber School of Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is passionate about providing evidence that promotes health in all policies, health equity, and population well-being. Prior to graduate school, Cory served as a Rostro de Cristo volunteer where he supported community-led initiatives on the outskirts of Ecuador’s largest city. As a graduate student, Cory worked on several research projects including a longitudinal data analysis of opioid prescribing practices of dentists, a case-control study on breast cancer incidence among young women, and a report on health disparities by socio-economic status in Milwaukee County. Cory is excited to complete his fellowship with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health where he will support the Office of Health Informatics. Preceptor: Milda Aksamitauskas.