Meet the Interns

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Spring 2021

Portrait of Julie Barksdale

Juli Barksdale
UTHealth Austin
Masters of Public Health

Region 8 Epidemiology

Portrait of Christa Barrera

Christa Barrera
UT San Antonio
Masters of Health Education

Region 8 Worksite Wellness

Portrait of Thais Barron

Thais Barron
University of
Incarnate Word
Bachelors of Science
Public Health

Region 8
Communicable Diseases

Portrait of Grace Chialiva

Grace Chialiva
Rice University
Bachelors of Arts
Health Sciences

Office of Practice and Learning

Portrait of Steven Davis

Steven Davis
Baylor University
Bachelors of Science
Public Health

Region 6/5S Immunizations

Portrait of Manali Desai

Manali Desai
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

LIDS: HIV - Systematic Change

Portrait of Melissa Flores

Melissa Flores
Baylor University
Masters of Public Health

Oral Health Improvement

Portrait of Giovanni Gama

Giovanni Gama
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

Region 8
Communicable Diseases

Portrait of Miles Greenfield

Miles Greenfield
UT Austin
Bachelors of Arts
Health and Society

Digital Communications

Portrait of Ada Hseih

Ada Hseih
Harvard University
Masters of Public Health

Maternal and Child Health

Portrait of Barbara Jardine

Barbara Jardine
Texas A&M
Masters of Public Health

RLHO: Vulnerable Populations

Portrait of Jenny Jie

Jenny Jie
UT Austin
Bachelors of Arts

Fiscal Monitoring Unit

Portrait of Paloma June

Paloma June
UT Austin
Bachelors of Science
Public Health

Region 6/5S Immunizations

Portrait of Brittny Kimball

Brittny Kimball
BYU-Idaho University
Bachelors of Science
Public Health

Region 8 Worksite Wellness

Portrait of Jose Martinez

Jose Martinez
Texas State University
Bachelors of Science
Public Health

Region 8 Communicable Diseases

Portrait of Alyssa McNulty

Alyssa McNulty
Texas A&M University
Doctor of Public Health

RLHO Syndromic Surveillance

Portrait of Sara Mendez

Sara Mendez
Texas A&M University
Doctor of Public Health

Office of Practice and Learning

Portrait of Usman Mir

Usman Mir
UTHealth Houston
Masters of Public Health

LIDS HIV Care Services

Portrait of McKenzi Murden

McKenzi Murden
Texas A&M University
Bachelors of Science

Environmental Epidemiology

Portrait of Diane Nguyen

Diane Nguyen
UTHealth Houston
Masters of Public Health

Region 6/5S Immunizations

Portrait of Sieda Omar

Sieda Omar
UTHealth Houston
Masters of Public Health

RLHO Syndromic Surveillance

Portrait of Taylor Polk

Taylor Polk
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

Help Me Grow

Portrait of Mereya Quintana

Mereya Quintana
Florida A&M University
Masters of Public Health

RLHO Public Health Finance

Portrait of Shangeetha Rajagopal

Shangeetha Rajagopal
UTHealth Tyler
Masters of Public Health

Occupational Health Surveillance

Portrait of Harinee Shanmugasundararaj

Harinee Shanmugasundararaj
UT Dallas
Bachelors of Science
Finance

Fiscal Monitoring Unit

Portrait of Edu Swarts

Edu Swarts
Southwestern University
Bachelors of Arts
Business

RLHO Public Health Finance

Portrait of Alicia Williams

Alicia Williams
Liberty University
Masters of Public Health

Region 6/5S Immunizations

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Summer 2020

Portrait of Emilie Cassar

Emilie Cassar
Hendrix University
Bachelors of Science

Texas Cancer Registry

Portrait of Mari Yukawa

Mari Yukawa
University of Alabama
at Birmingham
Masters of Public Health

Oral Health Improvement

Portrait of Amina Karage

Amina Karage
The University of Texas
at Austin
Bachelors of Arts
College of Liberal Arts

EMS Travel Systems

Portrait of Vanora Davila

Vanora Davila
The Ohio State University
Masters of Public Health

Center for Health Statistics

Portrait of Barbara Jardine

Barbara Jardine
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

Region and Local Health Operations: Region 8

Portrait of Morgan Brown

Morgan Brown
Texas A&M University
Bachelors of Science
Public Health

Region and Local Health Operations: Region 8

Portrait of Madeleine Tran

Madeleine Tran
The University of Texas
at San Antonio
Bachelors of Science

Region and Local Health Operations: Region 8

Portrait of Shiva Dhiman

Shiva Dhiman
Baylor University
Bachelors of Science
Public Health

Region and Local Health Operations: Region 8

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Fall 2020

Portrait of Brooklyn Adams

Brooklyn Adams
Baylor University
Masters of Public Health

Region 6/5S Immunizations

Natalie Bird

Natalie Bird
Lamar University
Masters of Nursing

Region 8
Public Health Nursing

Lori Boies

Lori Boies
UT Health San Antonio
Masters of Public Health

Syndromic Surveillance

Susmita Chakraborty

Susmita Chakraborty
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

HIV Fiscal Monitoring

Alex Donihoo
UT at Austin
Bachelor of Science - Communications

Digital Communications

Thomas Evans

Thomas Evans
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

RLHO Vulnerable Populations

Romyssa Hashim

Romyssa Hashim
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

HIV Fiscal Monitoring

Barbara Jardine

Barbara Jardine
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

RLHO Vulnerable Populations

Jenny Jie

Jenny Jie
UT at Austin
Bachelor of Arts

Data Analyst

Brittny Kimball

Brittny Kimball
BYU - Idaho University
Bachelor of Science

Region 8
Worksite Wellness

Sasha Maclennan
UT Health Austin
Masters of Public Health

Region 6/5S Immunizations

Alex Mancevski

Alex Mancevski
Harvard University
Bachelor of Science

Office of Science & Population Health

Sara Mendez

Sara Mendez
Texas A&M University
Doctor of Public Health

Office of Academic Affairs

Usman Mir

Usman Mir
UT Health Houston
Masters of Public Health

HIV Clinical Quality Management

Sophia Ngenge

Sophia Ngenge
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

Region 6/5S Immunizations

Keka Nwanwene

Keka Nwanwene
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

HIV Care Services Group Capacity Building

Shivani Patel

Shivani Patel
Texas Women's University
Bachelor of Science

Region 6/5S Immunizations

Audrey Payton

Audrey Payton
Southwestern University
Bachelor of Arts

Financial Analyst

Taylor Polk

Taylor Polk
Texas A&M University
Masters of Publich Health

Help Me Grow Texas

Noel Pratts

Noel Pratts
Southwestern University
Bachelor of Arts

Data Analyst

Barnabas Odeyomi
UT Health Austin
Masters of Public Health

Financial Analyst

Janine Reasonda

Janine Reasonda
UT at Austin
Bachelor of Science

Medical Monitoring Project

Ashlin Samuel

Ashlin Samuel
UT at Arlington
Masters of Healthcare Administration

Data Visualization

Dana Tedosco

Dana Tedosco
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

Region 8
Communicable Diseases

Rejane Teixiera

Rejane Teixiera
UT Health San Antonio
Masters of Public Health

Oral Health Improvement

Tonaya Tonpay

Tonaya Tonpay
Texas A&M University
Masters of Public Health

Health Assessment
and Toxicology

Isabel Vinson

Isabel Vinson
Texas State University
Bachelor of Science

Region 8
Communicable Diseases

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Fall 2019

Blue Ribbon Interns

Fall 2019 Blue Ribbon Presentation Agenda (PDF)

Blue Ribbon Interns Fall 2019

Front Row

  1. Akta Patel
    Regional and Local Health Operations
    Region 2/3

    University of Texas at Arlington
    Masters of Business Administration
  2. Amber Portis
    Regional and Local Health Operations
    Region 2/3

    Texas State University
    Bachelor of Science in Public Health
  3. Breisha Daugherty
    Regional and Local Health Operations
    Region 2/3

    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    Master of Public Health
  4. Ali Bridendolph
    Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services Division
    UT Health Science Center at Houston
    Master of Public Health

Back Row

  1. Je'Terius Duirden
    Regional and Local Health Operations
    Region 2/3

    University of North Texas
    Master of Science in Information Science
  2. Ryan Ward
    Assistant Deputy Commissioner Division
    University of Texas at Austin
    Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
  3. Vanessa Meza
    Community Health Improvement Division
    University of North Texas Health Science Center
    Master of Public Health

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Last updated February 4, 2021