Black Public Health Student Network
2009-2010 Executive Board
Omotunde Sowole, President
My name is Omotunde and I am a 2006 graduate from Howard University where I received my Bachelors of Science in Biology. Presently, I am a proud graduate student in the Maternal and Child Health track at the GW School of Public Health and Health Services. Upon completion of the program, I plan to continue my education in medical school. An interesting fact about me is I love African dance! In addition, people say I have a twin at GW, but I have yet to find her ;-). I look forward to the upcoming year. BPHSN has many exciting things in store! Come out and join the fun!
Katrina Byrd, Vice-President
I am a recent graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelors of Science degree in Microbiology and I am currently working on a Masters of Science degree in Public Health Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases. In the future, I plan to be an Internist with a specialty in infectious diseases and work at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as an Infectious Disease Epidemiologist. These goals and achievements will mean nothing to me if I don’t give back to my community by educating others about their health, education, and how to succeed in life. I hope through giving my time, talent, and resources that I can not only help make the Black Public Health Student Network the best organization it can be, but also improve the community we serve.
Edelmira Moore, Treasurer
Hi All ,
My name is Edelmira and I graduated from Howard University (whoop whoop) in 2006 with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. I am currently enrolled as a graduate student in the Community Oriented Primary Care track at GW. This is my final year in the program, and I look forward to beginning my career in the health field very soon. One interesting fact about me is that although we look nothing alike, and are complete different ages, the president is actually my twin sister! :) This is going to be an awesome year for BPHSN. I look forward to meeting lots of new people at our upcoming meetings. Hope to see you there!
Jenn Barone, Academics Chair
Hi! I'm Jenn Barone, the academic committee chair for BPHSN! Currently I'm in my 2nd year at GW, in the Maternal and Child Health Track (part of the Prevention and Community Health Department). If you ever see me around I might look a little frazzled as I'm in the process of applying for Clinical Psychology PhD program (eep!). The goal is to (hopefully) get into a program so I can begin in the fall of 2010, as I'd like to obtain my degree before I'm 30 so I can have enough time to actually do something with it! I want to eventually have my own practice or work with other health professionals to serve women populations, combating violence against women and focussing on women's mental health issues. I know my MPH degree will help me view the world and any problems I hope to make a dent in with a wider and more knowledgeable viewpoint. When I'm older I might return to my alma mater, Smith College (BA in psychology) to teach, as the institution was an invaluable experience that has enriched my life and I'd like to give back in some way. On the non-academic end, I'm a self proclaimed artist and I hope to soon sell my artwork- so if you know anyone who owns an art gallery who is looking for a new artist then come find me ;-) If you're passionate about serving your community and learning more about public health then come by one of the meetings and meet myself and the rest of the eboard- we welcome everyone! See you there!
Akintunde Akinseye, Community Liaison
I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Babcock University, Nigeria in 2004. Since then I had been involved in several community outreach programs and non-profit organizations in my country. The impact of the experience geared me to pursue a Master of Science degree in Public Health Microbiology & Emerging Infectious Disease. As they say, once a Science student, always a Science student. There's lots in store for you through the BPHSN, come join the fun!! With your help, we can truly impact the Washington DC community.
Kevon Harris, Fundraising Chair
Many Blessings to All,
My name is Kevon Harris and I am a graduate of that lovely BIG BLUE COUNTRY, Tennessee State University (The REAL TSU). I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration and Planning with a minor in Business Administration. Currently I am a Master of Public Health Candidate in Health Promotion at GWU. God has blessed me to enter into my second year of my program and I am extremely excited about the possibilities! One of my ultimate goals is to receive my DrPH in Health Behavior and use my research to develop sucessful faith-based health promotion and prevention programs nationally! The Sky is LImit! Something that you might find interesting about me is that I love make up and would absolutely LOVE to Rip the Runway as a Plus-Model! Welcome to BPHSN and please believe you are in the right place at the right time so get excited...because I am!
Erika Purcell-Williams, Publicity Chair
Hey folks ;-)
I'm Erika and I am serving as the Publicity Chair this year. What does that mean? You'll be getting all that great BPHSN info from me. I am a Wolverine for life (a 2007 graduate of the University of Michigan, B.A. in African and AfroAmerican Studies) and a die-hard college football fan. Currently, I am pursuing my MPH in Public Health Marketing and Communications in hopes of someday following in the footsteps of Dr. Sanjay Gupta (also a great UM alum), bringing public health issues to the world through mass media. One interesting fact about me is that I am a musician and am very involved in the performing arts (I LOVE to dance!)Glad you're interested in BPHSN and hope you jump on board....
Karyn Pomerantz, Faculty Sponsor
Kafui Doe, Co-Founder
Corstella Henley, Co-Founder