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.

Nadine Stanley

Nadine Stanley earned a Bachelor of Science in K-12 Physical Education Teaching and Athletic Training from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Public Health at Benedictine University. She has been a teacher in various schools in the Chicago suburbs. During her career, Stanley also developed and instituted a Cooperative Aquatics Training program for the Naperville (IL) Fire Department that is still used today. She has developed and overseen a variety of other programs in coordination with other health education practitioners within the school district to improve the quality of the health programs offered. She embraces a definition of 'health education' as keeping people informed with the most current statistics, research and methods to improve each individual's quality of life.

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.

Jeannee Yermakoff

Jeannee Yermakoff has spent 20 years as a corporate health scientist managing U.S. and international technical teams. Her areas of expertise include toxicology, environmental cleanups, environmental health reporting, systems management, communications and, most recently, occupational health.

Yermakoff began her career with a PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Rhode Island, where she taught both nursing and pharmacy students and conducted medical research in collagen biosynthesis and related connective tissue diseases. After post-doctoral positions at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, and Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY, she moved to the petrochemical industry, where she managed teams in various environmental health functions.

Steven M. Seweryn

Steve Seweryn has been an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University, teaching Public Health Epidemiology, since 2003. He has also taught in the undergraduate program at Northern Illinois University and for the distance learning program at the Loyola University of Chicago's Niehoff School of Nursing.

Seweryn has more than 20 years of experience in local and state public health practice and currently serves as the Director of Epidemiology for the Cook County Department of Public Health, where he is responsible for assessing the health status for more than 2.4 million residents. He has also been involved in community-based assessment and planning activities during the past 15 years and has extensive experience in communicable disease control and disease surveillance.

Seweryn earned his MPH from University of Illinois in Chicago with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biometry in 1986. He is an alumnus of Benedictine University, earning a bachelor's degree in Biology in 1982.

Heidi Roeber Rice

Heidi Roeber Rice, MD, is board-certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine through the American Board of Preventive Medicine and has a clinical practice as a staff physician with HealthPartners Clinics in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She earned her MD and BA in Biology from the University of North Dakota and earned a master's in Public Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, where she is presently an adjunct assistant professor.

Rice is the Residency Program Director for the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Training program. She has maintained an active role in education since her first assignment as a math teacher with the US Peace Corps to the present, involved in graduate and medical student education, resident physician training and community health education programs. Her professional interests include wellness promotion, injury and disability prevention, health issues unique to women in the workplace, and the cultural, physical and medical opportunities to address the disparate needs of underserved populations.

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.

John Davis

John Davis served 22 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel. In his military career he held various engineer positions as well as serving as a military controller, managing the funds for several major commands.

In civilian life he has served as an executive director of Finance, chief financial officer and controller, and has headed up financial and operational management in commercial, federal, municipal and nonprofit organizations. Davis has taught Accounting, Finance, Production and Operations, Statistics and other business and operational courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Davis earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Science in System Management from the University of Southern California. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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.

Shannon Homolka

Shannon Homolka is currently a senior marketing specialist for Advocate Health Care, based in Oak Brook, IL, where her direct responsibilities include developing marketing strategies, planning, and implementation of initiatives. Homolka has gained experience in the health insurance sector as she develops co-marketing campaigns with various Illinois insurance companies, including Humana and HealthSpring.

Prior to entering the health care field, Homolka was a marketing representative for Lewis University in Joliet, IL, where she worked closely with the Graduate and Adult Accelerated Degree Completion Programs in developing marketing materials, recruiting students and executing a yearly competitive analysis of adult education programs. She is still on staff at Lewis University as an adjunct facilitator of marketing teaching in both the undergraduate business and the MBA programs.

Homolka earned her MBA with a concentration in Marketing as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Business with a minor in Marketing from Lewis University.

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