Faculty Teaching Twinsburg, Trumbull MPH Cohort Bring Tremendous Talent

The faculty members teaching in the MPH degree in Health Policy & Management, leadership and organizational change concentration, bring vast real-world public health experience to their teaching.  They work directly and closely with the students enrolled in the program, who come to Kent State’s Twinsburg orTrumbull campuses one night a week for two years to participate as cohorts of experienced full-time working adults.
Philip Weintraub  Joining the cohort faculty in 2014 after teaching several undergraduate courses since 2011, Weintraub is developing and teaching Financial Management for Public Health Organizations.  He brings more than 30 years of senior management, financial management and public health experience to the MPH program.  He was an audit partner with the international public accounting firm Deloitte LLP, and he served as special assistant to the vice chairman of the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System.  Weintraub has also served as president and CEO of information services, financial services and investment banking companies.  In pro bono capacities, he was trustee and treasurer of Jupiter Medical Center in Florida, a nonprofit 283-bed medical center, where he led expansion of its emergency medicine services.  Weintraub subsequently served as a member of the finance committee of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, caring for the poor and indigent of the county.  These experiences led him, mid-career, to pursue an MSc in public health from the University of London and a post-graduate diploma from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He looks forward to connecting his academic credentials and experience in healthcare to his background in management and finance for the benefit of Kent State students.

Kenneth L. Zakariasen, Ph.D.  Professor Zakariasen has a lifelong love of learning.  He holds a dentistry degree; a master’s degree in endodontics; a doctorate in epidemiology; and a master’s degree in organizational development, his most recent educational endeavor.  Along the way, he’s also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business and picked up a number of certificate programs in science and management.  Zakariasen has served as educator, researcher and academic administrator at six universities, including four dean roles at three of the universities.  He’s also been a consultant, editor and professional association executive in his 42-year career.  Since 2006, he’s been developing and teaching programs in leadership and whole-systems organizational change.  His most recent research is on emotional intelligence and leadership.  Zakariasen put it all together and brought it to Kent State in 2012, to head the MPH in Health Policy & Management, leadership and organizational change cohort program.  He teaches Leadership I: Foundations of Effective Leadership and Leadership II: Whole Systems Approaches to Leading Organizational Change; team-teaches Public Health Administration and Emerging Issues in Public Health Policy & Management; and directs the cohort program’s practicum experiences.
Sonia Alemagno, Ph.D.  Professor Alemagno, dean of the College of Public Health, has a 28-year career in public health teaching, leadership, research and service.  She joined the Kent State Health Policy & Management faculty in 2009, during the college’s founding era and served Kent State in two senior interim administrative roles prior to being name dean in 2011.  Previously, she spent a decade at The University of Akron, most recently as director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy and as chair of the Department of Public Administration and Urban Studies.  Alemagno has focused her research on substance abuse and HIV/STI prevention, particularly examining public health services delivered to adolescents and young adults who are homeless or within criminal justice settings.  As principal investigator, she has been awarded more than $5 million in funded research from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, among other agencies.  In the leadership and organizational change cohort, she teaches Public Health Administration and Special Topics.
Jonathan VanGeest, Ph.D.  Associate Professor VanGeest is chair of the Department of Health Policy & Management.  Prior to his arrival at Kent State in 2011, VanGeest was a department chair in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, where he also directed its Center for Health Informatics, Planning and Policy.  VanGeest has served as a senior scientist in medicine and public health at the American Medical Association (AMA), directing the association’s Health Disparities Program.  At the AMA, he also worked in the Institute for Ethics, an academic research and training center.  VanGeest’s research concentrates upon racial and ethnic disparities in health care, limited health literacy and care outcomes associated with structural changes in medicine.  He also has extensive experience in survey research methodology and program evaluation.  VanGeest teaches Public Health Administration, Cost-Benefit Analysis of Public Health Programs and Public Health Programs:  Planning, Implementation and Evaluation.
Heather Beaird, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor Beaird, BS ’98, teaches Fundamentals of Public Health Epidemiology, joining the Kent State faculty in 2012 after serving as an adjunct for several semesters.  She concurrently serves as epidemiology chief in the Community Health Division of Summit County Public Health.  Her research interests include methodologies for efficient public health surveillance; the use of large administrative databases for health services research; disparities in population health, access to care and health services utilization; and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in identification of health disparities.
Abbey L. Eng, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor Eng came home to Kent State in 2012 after a spending just over a year at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).  Eng teaches Biostatistics in Public Health and provides tutoring in biostats.  Her previous Kent State role was as a research associate in the Institute for the Study and Prevention of Violence, where she was the data analyst for a variety of grants involving the evaluation of mental health, substance abuse and violence prevention programs.  She performed similar work at the Semi J. and Ruth W. Begun Center for Violence Prevention Education and Research in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at CWRU.  Eng is strongly interested in mental health issues involving adolescents and their families and has worked on a number of research projects involving school-based prevention programs, as well as community-based prevention and treatment programs for both adolescents and adults.
Charles “Chuck” Hart, Ph.D.  In the course of his 37-year career in environmental and occupational health and safety, Associate Professor Hart, MA ’80, has done and seen it all.  He shares his wealth of real-world experience with MPH students, teaching Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health.  Hart specializes environmental and occupational health and safety (EOHS) practice and institutional and research EOHS.  He was previously the executive director of environmental health and safety at Case Western Reserve University and director of environmental health and safety at Ohio University.  He has worked as an industrial hygienist, chemical hygiene officer and biosafety officer and served as a county health commissioner, county director of environmental health, epidemiologist with the state health department and county environmental sanitarian.  Hart is a board-certified industrial hygienist, board-certified safety professional and a state and nationally registered sanitarian.
John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.  Associate Professor Hoornbeek joined the college in 2011 and is director of its Center for Public Policy and Health (CPPH).  Hoornbeek was affiliated with Kent State’s Political Science Department for the prior five years, where he was a faculty member and director of its Center for Public Administration and Public Policy, a predecessor entity of the CPPH.  Its mission is to conduct research to develop and improve public policies aimed at enhancing the public’s health and to provide targeted assistance to public, nonprofit and private-sector organizations.  Hoornbeek has worked on environmental, water and public health issues at the federal, state and local government levels for more than a quarter century.  His most recent research has focused on water pollution policy, collaborative intergovernmental relations and alternative management strategies for health services administration.  In the cohort program, he teaches Public Health Policy, Law and Ethics.
Willie H. “Billy” Oglesby, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor Oglesby came to Kent State in 2009 from the University of South Carolina, where he served in several research and administrative roles in the School of Public Health and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Health Sciences.  Oglesby is assistant director of the college’s Office of Public Health Practice and Partnerships, which provides workforce development programs for public health professionals to meet continuing education requirements.  Oglesby’s research and practice expertise includes lifestyle medicine, the integration of public health and health care, sexuality and reproductive health, economic evaluation of health interventions and community health policy.  Current funded projects include conducting a comprehensive community health needs assessment for the three Summit County hospital systems and advising on development of implementation plans.  In addition, Oglesby is creating a graduate professional education program in interprofessional lifestyle medicine involving Kent State’s colleges of public health, nursing and podiatric medicine and the Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Pharmacy.  He teaches Health Care Systems and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Public Health Programs.
Jingzhen “Ginger” Yang, Ph.D.  Behavioral scientist and injury prevention scholar Ginger Yang, associate professor of Social & Behavioral Sciences, came to Kent State from the University of Iowa.  Yang served on the executive committee and management team, was the associate director for education and served as an interdisciplinary expert team leader at the University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center, one of 11 injury centers of excellence funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Yang is an expert in sports injury prevention and control and has spent 12 years studying sports injuries and their ramifications on athletes’ mental health.  Some of her most recent research has focused on National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I athletes and on Major League Baseball pitchers.  In 2013, she received the prestigious Excellence in Science Award from the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services section of the American Public Health Association.  Yang teaches Social and Behavioral Science Theories.

Christopher J. Woolverton, Ph.D.  Professor Woolverton is an infectious disease microbiologist and an expert on the detection and control of bacterial pathogens.  He has been at Kent State since 1995 and is on the faculty of the College of Public Health, School of Biomedical Sciences and Department of Biological Sciences.  In addition, he is on the hospital faculty of the Cooperative Medical Technology Program of Akron, a joint educational program of the three Summit County hospital systems.  Woolverton serves as director of the Kent State Center for Public Health Preparedness, which unites academic, public health, business and community groups to address health, safety and disaster readiness issues through education, research and workforce development.  He is the author of numerous scientific articles and a microbiology textbook and holds eight biotechnology patents.  He has served on the City of Kent Board of Health since 2005.  Woolverton spearheaded creation of Kent State’s biosafety training laboratory, which is now a designated training facility of the National Biosafety and Biocontainment Training Program of the National Institutes of Health.  It is one of only three such facilities in the United States and regularly offers biosafety/biocontainment training courses.  In the leadership and organizational change cohort, he teaches Environmental Health Concepts in Public Health.