MCH Program Alumni Profiles

Below are brief profiles that provide examples of the types of the academic programs and careers graduates pursue.


photo: Renee Bouvion MPH 2001

Renée Bouvion 2001

Renée received an MPH degree in health services with a concentration in maternal and child health in 2001. Prior to returning to graduate school, she held various positions in the recruitment division of Peace Corps in Seattle, WA and Washington, DC. Her interest in public health began while she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa from 1992 to 1994.

Renée joined the Region 10 Office on Women's Health, US Department of Health and Human Services, in 2002. She became the regional women's health coordinator in 2008. In this current position, Renée works with state and local health departments and community-based organizations in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to promote the health of women and girls. Before coming to US Department of Health and Human Services, she held a position as a research analyst with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services.


photo: Tracy Brazg, MSW, MPH 2008

Tracy Brazg 2008

Tracy Brazg holds a BA in anthropology and women's studies from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. During her time in the MCH Program, Tracy became interested in interdisciplinary approaches to health research, especially qualitative and community-based participatory research involving adolescents. While working at the Social Development Research Group at the School of Social Work, she was inspired to use a community-based participatory research method for her thesis entitled "Our Community in Focus: The Use of Photovoice for Youth-Driven Substance Abuse Assessment and Health Promotion."

Tracy's work since graduation has allowed her to strengthen her qualitative research skills and to focus on issues surrounding maternal and child health. She has worked as a research associate at a private health research consulting company that develops patient-reported outcome measures and as a qualitative research associate at Seattle Children's Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics. Currently, Tracy is a doctoral student in social welfare at the University of Washington and a clinical bioethics fellow at Seattle Children's Hospital and Medical Center.


photo: Amanda Harris

Amanda Harris 2011

Amanda Harris received an MPH degree in health services with a concentration in maternal and child health in 2011. She is interested in sexual and reproductive health, especially for adolescents and those who lack access to health care. Since graduation, she has worked as a planning analyst for the WWAMI Family Medicine Residency Network, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington. In addition, she is also the data and special projects manager for the Association of Departments of Family Medicine.


photo: Julia M. Lehnert 2010

Julia M. Lehnert 2010

Julia M. Lehnert, MPH, BSN, RN, is the nurse manager of the Maternal Infant Care Clinic, Prenatal Genetics Program, at the University of Washington Medical Center. This clinic offers specialized care for women and families with high-risk pregnancies. Well experienced in health care leadership and professional nursing practices, Julia creates innovative health system approaches to support positive health outcomes for women, families, and infants.

Previously, she was a clinical manager of primary care at Group Health's Downtown Seattle Medical Center. She attended the University of New Mexico and received a BS in nursing and a BA in sociology. Her clinical nursing background is in neonatal intensive care, acute psychiatry, primary care, and obstetrics and gynecology. She has a longstanding commitment to health delivery systems in women's mental health and maternal and infant care services.


photo: Kristi Linsenmayer 2007

Kristi Linsenmayer 2007

Kristi Linsenmayer, DDS, MPH, has been practicing in pediatric dentistry since 1993. She currently holds joint faculty positions in the Department of Pediatrics and Department of Pediatric Dentistry, UW School of Medicine. In addition to teaching, she maintains a private practice both in Seattle and Alaska and provides patient care with the Indian Health Service. She works primarily with American Indian and Alaska Native children. She is interested in how the oral health of pregnant women and their offspring are intertwined.


photo: Stephanie Orrico 2012

Stephanie Orrico 2012

Stephanie Orrico, MPH, coordinates the Help Me Grow-WA program at WithinReach, offering developmental screening and related resources to parents living in Washington State. Formally trained in early childhood education and communication disorders, she is passionate about the early detection of special needs. Her MPH degreee from the University of Washinton enables her to analyze existing early childhood systems and to use qualitative and quantitative data in promoting change and measuring progress.


photo: Diane Pilkey, RN, MPH 1997

Diane Pilkey 1997

Diane Pilkey has a BN degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA in anthropology from Duke University, Durham NC. She has ten years of clinical nursing experience in emergency nursing and has public health experience at the local, state, and federal levels. From 1997 to 2000, Diane worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a fellow in the first class of the Public Health Prevention Service fellowship, two years of which she was assigned to the Wyoming Department of Health in Cheyenne. From 2000 to 2011, Diane was an epidemiologist at the Washington State Department of Health in Maternal and Child Health Assessment. Starting April 2011, Diane will be working as a program analyst with the Department of Health and Human Services at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in Washington DC.


photo: Melissa Romaire, MPH

Melissa Romaire

Melissa Romaire received a BS degree in economics from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and a MPH degree (concentration in maternal and child health) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After graduating, Melissa worked for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the administration of the State Children's Health Insurance Program and state Medicaid family planning programs.

Melissa returned to school in 2007 to earn her PhD in health services research at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Her area of emphasis is pediatric health services research. Her dissertation examines the use of health services and the fiscal implications of the medical home model of primary care for children. Melissa has also evaluated novel programs to improve health outcomes in women and low-income children while working at Group Health Research Institute and Harborview Medical Center, Seattle.


photo: Jessica Knaster Wasse, MPH 2006

Jessica Knaster Wasse 2006

Jessica received her undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1997 and an MPH degree in health services with a concentration in maternal and child health and a certificate in global health in 2006. Jessica worked as a research coordinator on a Gates Foundation project at the Evans School of Public Affairs from 2006 to 2007 before her current position as program manager in the Community and School-Based Partnerships Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County. There she works on school-based health with a focus on mental health systems development, discipline reform, and coordinated school health. Jessica also serves on the advisory board of the CAIR Project, a local nonprofit dedicated to removing barriers to abortion access.


photo: Sarah Wilhelm 2006

Sarah Wilhelm 2006

Since graduating from the MCH Program, Sarah Wilhelm, MPH, has worked for the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health. She is currently the team leader for I-TECH's Tanzania Program. Sarah has an undergraduate degree in political science from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn. She has served on the board of the CAIR Project, a local nonprofit dedicated to removing barriers to abortion access, for several years after graduating.