MPH Student Advisory Council Members

Below are the current SAC members.

Joy Britt

Joy Britt, Portland, OR email

Joy Britt is a Tobacco Program Associate at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She was trained as a TTS in September 2010 and is a certified tobacco cessation counselor. She further offers support to the ANMC Tobacco Cessation Clinical program in developing and implementing tobacco policies and offering Technical Assistance to other tobacco programs. Joy graduated in 2008 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She has completed all of her coursework in the MPH program and is currently working on her thesis. Joy plans to continue working with rural populations in public health. She enjoys staying active, exploring new activities, and experimenting with new foods.

Tammy Choromanski - SAC

Tammy Choromanski, Peters Creek, AK email

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.

Christie Flanagan

Christie Flanagan, Anchorage, AK email

Christie Flanagan graduated from UAA in 2010 with university and departmental honors in psychology and a minor in history. Now in her third year of the MPH program, she has completed all coursework and is focusing on completing her practicum thesis. She is also taking undergraduate science classes at UAA that are prerequisites for medical school. Christie works at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium as a Field Research Coordinator and is currently examining biomarkers of tobacco exposure in maternal-infant paired samples obtained from pregnant women who use tobacco during pregnancy. She is also an active member of the Study Advocacy Group in support of the Smoke-Free UAA Campus Campaign and volunteers at the Alaska Native Medical Center. In her free time, Christie enjoys sleeping!

Audra Henderson

Audra Henderson, Tri-Cities, WA email

Audra Henderson is a second year student in the MPH program. She currently lives and works as a Health Coach/Outreach Coordinator in central Washington. Audra is a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer. She has a BA in Communications from the Pennsylvania State University, and has additional training from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health, and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. In her free time, Audra enjoys traveling, theatre, running, and spending time with friends.

SAC member - Chris Nelson

Chris Nelson, Denmark email

Chris Nelson is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington. He is currently living in Odense, Denmark on a Fulbright Student Scholarship for the 2013-2014 academic year. Chris is beginning this fall as a student in both the UAA Masters of Public Health and the University of Oulu’s Masters of Circumpolar Health and Wellbeing. His research emphasis is on rural and remote health with a circumpolar specialty, and his current study involves Registered Nurses at health stations in the North, specifically the expanded nursing scope of practice necessary in isolated arctic settlements. Chris is from the Florida Keys, and keeps moving further north to avoid the heat!

SAC Member - Natasha Pineda

Natasha Pineda, Anchorage, AK email

Natasha Pineda began working on her MPH in spring of 2012. She is the mother of two children and wife to a commercial fisherman. Natasha is a Certified Prevention Professional through the state of Washington. She received a BA from Alaska Pacific University in Business Administration Management and, in May 2012, completed the School for Prevention Leadership, sponsored by Partners in Recovery. Natasha is a member of the Mat-Su Borough Health and Social Services Board, supporting the Title VI working group as a member of the Internet Sales Subcommittee. She is passionate about supporting a comprehensive prevention system in the state of Alaska. Natasha recently worked with the Problem Gambling Prevention efforts in Oregon, as well as served the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Behavioral Health, Section of Prevention & Early Intervention for three and a half years. Natasha provided leadership for the Alaska Interagency Coordinating Committee on the Prevention of Underage Drinking, and participated on many projects ranging from domestic violence prevention to Healthy Alaskans 2020.

Melissa Viator

Melissa Viator, Wasilla, AK email

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:

  • Lynda Hernandez
  • Jennifer Jones
  • Graham Knapp
  • Emily Donna Ravelle
  • Shannon Deike
  • Doreen Leavitt
  • Shawne Johnson, MPH
  • Litia Garrison