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 GSGA 2020-2021 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 and USS Alternate: Zoe Schacht-Levine

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Zoe Schacht-Levine is currently pursuing her MPH in community health and social sciences. Her passions include healthy and delicious cooking and eating, yoga, biking, swimming and anything that has to do with nature. She is committed to environmental justice and believes in supporting local agriculture and small farmers as a way to combat food deserts and economic health and wealth disparities. She currently works as a contact tracer to combat the COVID pubic health crisis and prevent the spread. Her life goals include improving school lunches, transforming health education, increasing environmental protections and overhauling the criminal justice system and prison industrial complex. She is so excited to serve as your President for the 2020-2021 school year.

Vice President and USS Delegate: Muhammed Tekanyi

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Muhammed hails from the West African country of The Gambia where he was trained and worked as one of the few Physicians at the busiest and only teaching hospital of his country. Prior to his immigration to the United States, he had a two years spell as a trainee Hepatologist and Research Clinician with a joint national public health laboratories and the Medical Research Council at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in his country, on a study of patients with chronic liver diseases and cancer. He’s a career youth leader with over 15 years experience; first as a youth/community leader that helped found and lead many organizations and later as a student leader of his school’s medical student association where he respectively served as health secretary, auditor, vice president and chair of the elections committee. Muhammed is currently an advisory board member of the Center for Climate, Health and Equity of the American Public Health Association as well as a task force member of the African Scientific Innovation and Research Council of the African Union tasked with getting an R&D on the COVID-19 response for the African continent. Public health policy and the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases are his areas of interest and he looks forward to working with the WHO in the future in helping address the issues confronting healthcare in sub Saharan Africa. He is a devoted social justice activist, blogger, motivational speaker and mentor to many youths from his native country.

Treasurer: Jennifer Carmona

DPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

This is Jennifer’s second year in GSGA but her first as treasurer.  She is a doctoral student in health policy and management whose research concerns the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and its relationship to hospital ownership type.  Jennifer is a lifelong New Yorker and works at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bureau of HIV.  At the NYC Department of Health, she guides technical assistance services for Ryan White Part A-funded programs.  Jennifer earned her BA and MPH from Columbia University.  In her free time, she enjoys thinking about what to have for dinner and the New York Mets.

Communications Officer: Melissa Carreño

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Melissa is in her last year of the MPH program. Currently, she works full-time as the Assistant to the Associate Vice President of Health Centers at Tres Puentes Community Health Center. Currently, the health center Melissa works in temporarily converted into a COVID-Testing Center. Melissa and her staff had to adapt to the changes that the state required ever since the COVID pandemic started. Melissa has two goals she wants to accomplish after graduating: 1) To become the director of a health center 2) give back to students by teaching at Lehman College. Melissa has experience in student government during her undergrad years at Lehman College. She also served as Vice Chair for Students with Disabilities at the University Student Senate (USS). Melissa looks forward to working with GSGA and is excited to provide her fellow classmates with engagement during their time at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. Nonetheless, she is thrilled to be your new Communications Officer! Fun Fact:  Melissa enjoys running, making candles, karaoke and reading!

GSGA College Assistant: Bridget Akasreku

Bridget oversees the GSGA awards processes and handles the financially related transactions and paperwork with the business office. She is an integral part of our operations. Bridget is also a Physician Assistant and a Public Health Practitioner with a strong interest in infectious disease, population health and implementation science. With over 7 years’ experience in clinical care and public health, her work has focused on addressing disparities in infectious disease outcomes in underserved populations. In 2018, she fulfilled the roles of a Global Health Corps Fellow and an HIV Clinical Operations and Technical Assistance Specialist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the Bureau of HIV. Prior to this, she worked extensively in Sub Saharan Africa-Ghana, leading and implementing infectious disease programs in underserved areas. As a PHD student in community health and health policy, and a Dean’s doctoral graduate fellow, her research interest straddles the fields of Population Health, HIV/AIDS, Health Disparities, and Implementation Science.

Masters Senator and FSDC Member: Abel Oni

MPH Concentration: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Abel is a professional Pianist and Organist combined. He started playing the piano at the age of 12 back in Nigeria and still plays. His music genres are classical, hymnal, gospel, and contemporary music, and can read and sight-read musical notes. He is an advocate of the eradication of structural racism, where people of color should not be judged based on the color of their skin and believes in liberty and justice for all. As a Senator, Abel’s goal is to work with the GSGA team by representing any issues relevant to the students within the school year stipulated. His primary aim will be to focus on any issues affecting all students by actively advocating for their needs. He hopes that together, the GSGA as a body will help increase student’s needs in all areas, solidifying the school’s retention and improving the students’ and faculty’s quality of life. He is passionate about voicing the students’ opinions, which will contribute to the positive change and progress of our school.

Masters Senator: Diandra Grinage

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Diandra is a first-year MPH student. Diandra earned a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University, where she studied the biological sciences. As a native New Yorker and employee at the NYC Department of Health, Diandra is passionate about improving and promoting public health throughout New York City. Diandra’s interests in public health include health equity, racial/ethnic disparities and social determinants of health. Diandra enjoys traveling, attending concerts, watching movies and volunteering in her community. Diandra is excited to serve as a senator in the 2020-2021 GSGA and hopes to support and engage with the CUNYSPH student body on a deeper level.

Masters Senator: Navkaran Singh

MPH Concentration: Health Policy & Management

Navkaran joined SPH in the Sping of 2020. He interested in improving patient care and creating a more efficient and compassionate environment in hospitals. Nabkaran previously volunteered as a ward clerk at a medical and rehabilitation center. He is excited to be part of the GSGA and hopes to keep his classmates involved and informed with current school activities. His other interests include photography, going on random adventures, and cooking!

Masters Senator: Priyanshi Patel

MPH Concentration: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

 Priyanshi is an international student from Gujarat, India. Priyanshi is currently in her fourth semester. Additionally, she is also working part-time with CUNY Census Corp for the 2020 Census Initiative. Priyanshi has a solid background in Healthcare as have served to be a dentist back in India. The reason she chose to pursue the public health sector to alleviate the current health sector in her country and make her small contribution to a brighter future.  Priyanshi is excited and eager to commence working for GSGA, as an international student representative for international students to bring their problems in focus and work on that to provide possible solutions/guidance. She enjoys traveling and dancing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Priyanshi has been trying to cultivate a hobby for reading especially learning about different cultures around the globe, as she think there’s so much more than you see and hear. She thanks you for making her a part of GSGA!

Doctoral Senator: Erinn Bacchus

DPH Concentration: Community Health and Health Policy

Bacchus is a second year doctoral student pursuing research in migrant health under her Lyndon Haviland Fellowship. She is interested in generating and analyzing policies that address racial disparities in health, criminal justice reform, and mental health. Her current research investigates policies enacted in New York City jails to combat the spread of COVID-19. At CUNY SPH, she also works with Dr. Nick Freudenberg on his research with Healthy CUNY, a university-wide initiative that seeks to ensure that all CUNY students can reach their full health and academic potential by reducing health-related barriers to educational achievement. Erinn received her BS in Psychology from Stony Brook University and her MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. In her free time, she serves as a social justice activist, writes for Brown Girl Magazine, a South Asian centered online publication, and pursues activities in dance and music. She is excited to serve as your doctoral senator and hopes to meaningfully contribute to the student experience at CUNY SPH!

Faculty Student Council

EPI/BIO Representative AND Masters Student Curriculum Committee: Huihui Li

MPH Concentration: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Huihui is a nurse and an aspiring public health researcher who is interested in infectious disease, chronic disease, access to health care, and health disparities. She is currently working as a Research Assistant at Research Foundation of CUNY and interning in the department of research at NYU Langone Health. She also works as a per diem school nurse and a visiting nurse to people with developmental disabilities. She loves learning, and in her free time, she likes to play musical instruments and to travel. She feels excited and honored to serve as the FSC Student Representative and a member in the curriculum committee. She looks forward to improving the experiences of students in these positions.

EOGHS Representative  AND Masters Student Assessment Committee: Miranda Hogan

MPH Concentration: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Miranda is in her second year at SPH. She previously served on the FSC and Assessment Committee last year and is looking forward to serving a second year advocating for the best interests of the student body.  When she isn’t studying or conducting research she enjoys running, playing soccer and volleyball, traveling and gathering with friends.

CHSS Representative: Jessica Walsh

MPH Concentration: Community Health and Social Sciences

Jessica Walsh is moving into year two as an MPH student. This is her second term serving as the CHSS FSC Student Representative, and she’s delighted to continue serving her fellow students and colleagues at the GSPHHP. She graduated with her B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University, and her primary areas of interest include food and environmental justice, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS issues.

HPAM Representative: Constantious Stavroulakis

MPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Constantious goes by the name of Gus. After serving in the United States Navy for ten years he now serves in the New York National Guard. After separating from the Navy, he began his academics at Bronx Community College then Hunter College, and now at the School of Public Health. Currently, he is working at New Settlement Apartment under their food action program which is community-based organization that addresses many factors of the social determinants of health. He truly believes that health needs to be incorporated into every policy conversation in this country. He looks forward to another great year at the school and is excited to help serve his peers.

Doctoral Student Curriculum Committee: Claudia Calhoon

DPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Claudia (she/her) is passionate about health in all policies, immigrant justice, and a winning a friendlier health care system for everyone. Claudia has more than 20 years experience in public health, having helped design and lead an advocacy fellowship at Open Society Foundations, overseen operations in a human rights clinic at Bellevue Hospital, and advocated for a more inclusive health care system for immigrants in New York State at the New York Immigration Coalition.  She teaches as an adjunct at Hunter College and is doing her dissertation on immigrant health in the time of Trump. In her spare time she enjoys extremely slow jogging, Coney Island, and fancy cocktails that aren’t on the menu.

Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee

Kimberly Ramos

MPH Concentration: Health Policy and Management

Kimberly began her MPH journey in Spring 2020 after joining the CUNY SPH community as an advanced certificate student. After realizing that she is very interested in advocating for change on a larger scale, she decided the health policy and management program would best fit her professional goals. As a first-generation American, Kimberly is passionate about immigrant rights and health and aspires to work for a non-profit organization that strives to create an inclusive and just society for immigrant communities when she graduates from CUNY SPH. Kimberly is excited to be a new member of the FSDC and is hoping to provide and maintain perspective on behalf of the students. Other interests include international music, puppies, reading about astrology, and enjoying delicious food. In her free time, she can be found on twitter catching up on current events, adding pins to her Pinterest boards, or watching Law and Order: SVU.


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