MPH Student Advisory Council Members

Below are the current SAC members.

Cate Burton

Cate Burton, Anchorage, AK / email: cjburton@alaska.edu

Cate Burton was born and raised in Anchorage, AK. She received a BA in psychology from Northern Arizona University in 2011 and entered the MPH program in the fall of 2014 after becoming interested in public health while volunteering at Providence Alaska Medical Center in the NICU. She is currently an intern for the Anchorage Health Literacy Collaborative where she works as a program evaluator for the Peer Language Navigators Outreach program. When not working or studying, Cate enjoys all the outdoor activities Alaska has to offer, as well as traveling and exploring new places and spending time with friends, family, and her two cats.

MPH SAC - Samantha Case 

Samantha Case, Anchorage, AK / email: slcase@alaska.edu

Samantha Case moved to Anchorage in 2012 after receiving her BS in Microbiology from the University of Vermont. Her interest in public health grew during her time as a medical volunteer in Peru and an intern at the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory. Since then, she has trained as an Emerging Infectious Disease Training Fellow with the CDC Arctic Investigations Program and taught undergraduate microbiology labs at UAA. Currently, Samantha is a Health Program Associate for the State of Alaska Division of Public Health. Her job involves working on Healthy Alaskans 2020 and internal quality improvement projects. She entered the MPH program in the Fall of 2013. Outside of school and work, Samantha enjoys running, cycling, hiking, camping, and learning photography.

Tammy Choromanski - SAC

Tammy Choromanski, Anchorage, AK / email: tlchoromanski@anthc.org

Tammy lives in Peters Creek with her husband Nick and daughter Ashley. She has worked as a Research Associate in the Liver Disease and Hepatitis Department for two years at ANTHC focusing on Lupus and Autoimmune Hepatitis. Tammy graduated from UAA with a BS in Natural Science and a BS in Medical Technology in 2008. She began the MPH program in 2010 and hopes to start her thesis in 2013. When not working or doing homework, Tammy is chasing her daughter, hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting with her family. She also enjoys reading, and arts & crafts.

Melissa Viator

Melissa Viator, Wasilla, AK / email: mviator@alaska.edu

Melissa Viator began her MPH in Public Health Practice in Fall 2012. She has served 12 years in the military as a commissioned officer with assignments in South Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the US Military Academy. Melissa has a BA in International Relations & Latin American Studies from Syracuse University, an MA in Management & Leadership from Webster University, and a teaching certificate from the US Military Academy. She hopes to work as a public health director within the Department of Homeland Security where she can utilize her managerial skills in developing and implementing emergency operations, planning, policies, and public health service objectives. During her coursework, Melissa plans to participate in community health programs in Anchorage and the Mat-Su Valley. She enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, snowboarding, hiking, and competing in CrossFit Competitions.

Previous Student Advisory Council members include:

  • Natasha Pineda
  • Chris Nelson
  • Joy Britt
  • Christie Flanagan
  • Audra Henderson
  • Lynda Hernandez
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Graham Knapp
  • Emily Donna Ravelle
  • Shannon Deike
  • Doreen Leavitt
  • Shawne Johnson, MPH
  • Litia Garrison