Meet the Faculty of Benedictine's Master of Public Health Program

Taniya Henry
Taniya Henry is an alumna of Benedictine University's MPH and MBA programs and currently is an adjunct faculty member for both. Henry earned a bachelor's degree in Dental Surgery (BDS) from the University of Karachi in Pakistan. She completed her residency in general dentistry and briefly practiced in Pakistan prior to coming to the U.S. in 2000.

Henry has worked in various health care and business organizations, from the Cook County Public Health department to a company specializing in corporate health and wellness programs. More recently, she worked with the Pharmacy Benefits Management (PBM) industry of health care. She has worked as an Implementation specialist with Walgreens Health Initiatives, a division of the Walgreens Co., for Medicare Part D benefits, and as an Account Manager for significant accounts with SXC Health Solutions, Inc. (also a PBM).

Carmen Price
Carmen Price is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Communications. Her graduate degree is in business communication from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Price began her teaching career in the Allied Health Program at Rasmussen College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she taught pathology courses and medical terminology courses. She also teaches allied health courses online for the University of Louisville Adult Learning Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Price spent most of the past 30 years working in an acute care hospital setting in health information management. She was a supervisor in Health Information Management (HIM) at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where she supervised medical records personnel and coders. She moved into a manager position at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where she did physician training in HIM procedures and software applications, and also was part of an initiative to implement an electronic health records (EHR) system. Her interest in the impact of EHR in health care delivery led her to research the topic of provider acceptance of the EHR for her thesis. Price is also an active participant in the Upper Midwest National Institute of Health Policy.

Mark Robinson
Mark Robinson is a doctoral student at Princeton University. His current research interests are in the areas of Neuroscience and Medical Anthropology. Prior to his doctoral studies, Robinson earned master's degrees in Social Sciences and Religion at the University of Chicago, where he studied global political and developmental responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Uganda. He earned his undergraduate degree in linguistics at Northwestern University.

Robinson's clinical and professional experience includes work with the Black Coalition on AIDS, the Public Health Foundation Enterprise, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Heartland Alliance for Health and Human Rights, the HIV Center for Clinical Behavioral Studies at Columbia University's New York Psychiatric Institute and Mailman School of Public Health, the Department of Behavioral and Social Science at the University of California San Francisco and Northwestern University's Weinberg School of Medicine. He is a member of the Society for Medical Anthropology, the New York Academy of Science, and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities.

Beth Bormann
Elizabeth "Beth" Bormann earned her undergraduate degree in community health/health administration in 1994 and her Master of Public Health degree in 2003 from Northern Illinois University. She has worked in a hospital as an office coordinator in a social services agency assisting developmentally disabled adults and in a public health department assisting with surveillance, program evaluation, and report writing.

Bormann currently advises more than 300 undergraduate students majoring in public health at Northern Illinois University and oversees approximately 30 interns each semester as they obtain professional experience before their graduation. She also teaches a course that prepares students for their internship and has taught a variety of undergraduate public health courses for the program.

Thomas Keith Mirabile
Thomas Keith Mirabile has been practicing law for 32 years. Besides teaching in Benedictine's MPH program, he is also a faculty member at the University of St. Francis, where has developed and taught classroom and online courses in the graduate programs in Business and Health Administration, and serves as an adjunct professor at the College of Law at DePaul University in Chicago.

Mirabile has taught in China and Singapore and has been recently approved as a candidate Fulbright scholar. He was named a Senior Fellow of the Western Pacific Institute in 1993 as a result of his work and publications on Asian affairs.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Illinois University, an Master of Arts from Northeastern Illinois University, a Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University, and an LL.M in Health Law from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. He is a candidate for a master's Certificate of Advanced Study in Higher Education Technology from the University of St. Francis.

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Jeannette May
Jeanette May, MPH, PhD, is an accomplished health care researcher who has spent the last 25 years working in the health care arena with a focus on chronic disease, wellness and population health. Currently Jeanette is a research team member at George Washington University and is part of a large multi site primary care pilot focused on the development and testing of a decision aid tool for providers and patients addressing patient weight loss and obesity. Prior to her work with GWU, Jeanette held the position of Vice President of Research and Quality for the Care Continuum Alliance (CCA). CCA is a Washington D.C based advocacy organization. Jeanette led all research activities related to wellness and population health for the Alliance and worked to develop frameworks and measures for the delivery and evaluation of comprehensive programs in employer and other health care related settings. Before joining the Care Continuum Alliance, Jeanette served as a faculty member and senior researcher at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine. There, she directed a $3.2 million, four-year Chronic Disease Management federal grant and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Arthritis Comparison Grant with an $800,000 budget, among other projects. Her other positions have included lecturer and curriculum developer at Benedictine University for the Master’s in Public Health Program and senior researcher and project manager for Rockford Health System, a regional integrated delivery system in Northern Illinois.

Jeanette holds a doctorate in organization and management from Capella University. She also has a bachelor's degree in communications from Benedictine University, a master's in public health from Northern Illinois University, and a master’s certificate in public health informatics from the University of Illinois. Ms. May serves on several committees including the CDC NDEP Advisory Board and is an AHRQ expert reviewer. Jeanette draws on her health services research experience, both past and present, to offer students real world examples of statistics and epidemiology.

Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec
Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec holds a Doctorate in Public Health (with minors in Health Communication and Nutrition) from Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine. Her 20+ year experience includes work with Cornell, Benedictine, and Walden Universities, the University of the West Indies, Program for Appropriate Technology in Health, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID, and l’agence Francophonie. Her international experience spanning several countries on various continents, has focused on a multitude of public health subjects including behavior change communication, health promotion, health and culture, health disparities, adolescent health and development, nutrition, intergenerational communication, HIV and AIDS, substance abuse, sexuality, gender issues and reproductive health.

In her interaction with students, Dr. Alexis Smalec draws from her international public health experience to provide real world application of principles and concepts. At Benedictine University, she teaches three online courses: Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health, Media Technology and Health, and Cultural Context of Health Care, to students in the Master of Public Health program. She also mentors new faculty members and presents professional development webinars for staff. Dr. Alexis Smalec is an APA Style enthusiast. She completed and passed the very thorough course by the American Psychological Association, “APA Style: Mastering the Sixth Edition – An Online Course.” She is very comfortable with online teaching technology, having taken time to study HTML and interactive educational software and media, at George Washington University. A Benedictine University nominee for the BestCollegesOnline.com 2013 Online College Professor of the Year contest, Dr. Alexis Smalec placed in the top 10 finalists in the competition.

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