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 GSGA 2021-2022 Officers 

The Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA), consisting of an Executive Council, a Senate, and CUNY University Student Senate (USS) delegates, is supported by Student Activity Fee funds to fulfill its responsibilities to serve the CUNY SPH student body. We are a voice for you, here for your needs, and here to advocate for you. With your input, we can help create opportunities and space to enrich the student community at CUNY SPH.

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Questions? Email: GSGA@sphmail.cuny.edu

President : Antonino Maltese

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Antonino Maltese comes to us from the small island of Sicily, in southern Italy. A Brooklyn kid through and through, he knows the best pizza shops in Coney Island and loves jogging through Prospect Park. His passions include weightlifting, playing with his cat Cicco, soccer, cooking, video games, and white-water rafting. Antonino is working towards his MPH and is in his last semester here at CUNY SPH. He is committed to using his experience working as a mentor and advocate to help expel the taboos about mental health and create avenues for youth to express their talents. His life goals include improving the education system through policy and starting an animal shelter. Antonino is proud to serve as your President for the 2021- 2022 school year.

Vice President: Bradley Meacham

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Bradley Meacham is a Health Policy and Management student at the School of Public Health. Bradley’s focus began in mental health, where he finished his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Columbia University, concentrating in neuroscience and behavior. While in school, Bradley decided to focus his research on psychology and communication that led to immigration-based social and cultural development and mental health in international students.  He hopes to gain the necessary experience at SPH to learn the methodology behind equitable systems science and educational dissemination.

As the Vice President of the GSGA, Brad believes his job is to make certain that everyone’s voice is heard. If you have a passion, dream, or idea, he would be honored to help bring volume to your voice and assist in making sure your messages are received and acted upon by the GSGA, SPH, and CUNY, accordingly. Equity and safety are by far the most quintessential things in life and education. As your new GSGA leaders, we are proud to stand with you to fight for every human to live and grow in a community they feel enthusiastic about calling home. Finally, to the new students, Brad would like to congratulate you on your acceptance! He cannot wait to begin learning with and from you!

Treasurer: Kevin Chin

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Kevin Chin is a born and raised New Yorker stemming from the Bronx and a huge Yankees fan. Kevin has experience in the health care industry for almost 20 years and, over that time, has developed an acute awareness of the challenges around establishing equitable care. Kevin is currently in his third semester at CUNY SPH as an MPH student focusing on Health Policy and Management. When he is not doing classwork, he enjoys traveling, photography, cooking, exploring new restaurants, and binge-watching Law and Order. As your GSGA treasurer, he’s responsible for oversight and management of our budget for the year.

Communications Officer: Shawon Shahriar

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Shawon Shahriar was born and raised in Bangladesh and had been living in NYC for almost nine years. He sees himself appropriately fitted for an administrative and policymaking position at a tertiary level hospital in NYS. Shawon’s ultimate goal is to better implement “Vaccines for all” throughout the country and improve the holistic management policy on cancer treatment. Shawon is an exceptional team player, and influential communications skills are his forté. He can work with people of any personality and can bring the best from his friends and colleagues. He loves to keep his smiling face in any sort of situation and would like to see the same from his surrounding folks.

After successfully completing his graduate studies, he plans to work as a health administrator at an NYC hospital to advocate for health equity among vulnerable populations. Being an immigrant himself, he found there are gross amounts of health disparities in our country that affect immigrant people. As someone eager to join the fight for a substantial change in health policymaking, Shawon believes the CUNY SPH GSGA will provide him with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance equitable policies and programs. In turn, this will allow him to become the community-responsive professional he aspires to be.

Masters Senator: Sherline Altidor

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Sherline Altidor is an MPH major with a concentration in health policy and management. She loves to travel, cook, and help others. She previously attended a SUNY university and is excited to bring her experiences to the GSGA community to aid in maintaining and enhancing the quality of students’ experience here at the CUNY School of Public Health. She currently works for an international organization and is passionate about health, health equity, maternal health, and sexual/reproductive health. It is her pleasure to serve the CUNY SPH community as a Masters Senator.

Masters Senator: Ansu Abraham

MPH Concentration: Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Ansu Abraham is an international student pursuing her MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is originally from India and was a dentist there. She is passionate about improving access to care and promoting public health, especially dental health. Leadership positions at her previous university enhanced her student experience and helped her engage with her classmates. This led her to learn about the GSGA. As a Masters Senator, she looks forward to representing her peers and their needs. When she isn’t in class, she spends her weekends baking, reading, and traveling.

Masters Senator: Natalia Surujnath

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Natalia Surujnath is a second-year student concentrating in Health Policy and Management. She is interested in working in low-income communities and making an impact where quality health is equal access to all. Natalia is also a student member of the Committee for Equity and Inclusion. In her free time, she enjoys writing for BrownGirl Magazine, a platform for the South Asian diaspora, as well as reading, traveling, and enjoying the company of her lovely family and friends.

Doctoral Senator: Claudia Calhoon

DPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Claudia Calhoon is a DPH candidate at the SPHHP and a Substitute Lecturer at Queens College Department of Urban Studies. She oversees the Cities and Social Medicine minor during the current academic year. Claudia worked at the New York Immigration Coalition from 2014 to 2020 with the Health Policy program. She led the development and execution of city and state campaigns to improve health access, coverage, and delivery for immigrant communities. Claudia has provided leadership to a diverse array of public health and non-profit settings, including the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, the Open Society Foundations, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cuenca, Ecuador. Claudia is excited to work with GSGA to make SPHHP as student-friendly and accessible as possible.  She can be found doomscrolling on Twitter and Citibiking around Brooklyn.

Doctoral Senator: Shari Jrdine

DPH Concentration: Maternal, Child, Reproductive, & Sexual Health

Shari is a Public Health Practitioner, innovative strategist, and leader with a myriad of public health experience in community, city, national and multinational organizations. Shari is a third-year student in the Community Health and Health Policy track, with a specialization in MCRSH. She is particularly interested in social determinants of health, cultural competency, and school-based sex education.

Shari is currently the Senior Advisor for the Center for Global Health, where she serves as the deputy director of the Center, leading all global health efforts for the health system. Prior to this, Shari served as the Program Manager of the Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM) Initiatives for two years, where she managed the Screening, Referral, and Navigation program and Medical-Legal Partnership with Hofstra University across three clinical sites.

Prior to joining Northwell Health, Shari served as an ASPPH Allan Rosenfield Program Management Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control in Haiti and an ASPPH Domestic Public Health Fellow in the Education and Training Services branch at CDC Atlanta. Shari received her bachelor’s degree as a double major in Health Science and History from Stony Brook University. She received her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community and International Health from New York University and a second master’s in Individualized Study with a concentration in Cultural Competency and Health Education from the Gallatin School at New York University.

A born and bred New Yorker, Shari is passionate about advocating for those not at the table, being a people and opportunity connector, traveling the world and bridging the gap between academia and community.

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