Alumni updates

News and updates from the college's alumni

Paul ArthurPaul Arthur, doctorate in rehabilitation science ’16, has been elected to the board of directors of the American Occupational Therapy Association. He begins his three-year term on July 1. He is an assistant professor at St. Catherine University.

Ashley-Marie Bodor, bachelor’s in health science ’13, went on to earn a nursing degree at the UF College of Nursing. She was recently named a lung transplant coordinator for the UF Health Shands Hospital Transplant Center.

Ryan Branski, Ph.D., bachelor’s ’96 and master’s ’99 in communication sciences and disorders, was named a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. He is an associate professor at the New York University department of otolaryngology—head and neck surgery and the assistant director of NYU Langone’s Voice Center.

Helena ChapmanHelena Chapman, master’s in public health ’05 and doctorate in environmental health/One Health ’16, was selected as the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Science & Technology Policy Fellow (2017-2019) for the NASA Applied Sciences Program in Washington, D.C. Her work focuses on health and air quality applications, promoting the use of Earth observations in public health and One Health applications, such as air quality management and control of infectious diseases.

Norman H. Cuadra, bachelor’s in health science ’89, is the chief judge of the City of Suwanee Municipal Court in Suwanee, Ga. He recently received an award for implementing the HOPE Program in his court, a diversion program for offenders under 21 years of age. The HOPE Program provides educational instruction and drug/alcohol counseling to juvenile offenders.

Jenn Hicks Davia, bachelor’s in physical therapy ’94, has been elected director of education for the American Physical Therapy Association’s Section on Women’s Health for 2018-2021. She is a board-certified women’s health clinical specialist who works in private practice in Colorado.

Christina (Tina) Dillahunt-Aspillaga, master’s in rehabilitation counseling ’00 and doctorate in rehabilitation science ’05, gave birth to a son in early 2017. She is on the faculty of the department of child and family studies, rehabilitation and mental health counseling program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She was promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure in 2017.

Jennifer Reingle Gonzalez, doctorate in epidemiology ’11, received a $3.3 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to study a smartphone app designed to assess and modify health behaviors among adults who are homeless and have previously been incarcerated. She is an associate professor in the department of epidemiology, human genetics and environmental sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health in Dallas.

Ian Kracalik, master’s in public health ’12, was awarded one of 70 spots in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service Program, or EIS. As an EIS officer embedded in the Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion, he has co-led several high profile outbreak investigations at health care facilities in the United States.

Trevor Lentz, master’s in physical therapy ’06 and doctorate in rehabilitation science ’17, has been named co-chief fellow of the Duke Clinical Research Institute’s Research Fellowship Training Program for the 2018-19 academic year.

Heather (Howell) Pawelkiewicz, master’s in communication sciences and disorders ’04, is a speech-language pathologist for a school district in the Atlanta area. She has recently partnered with a doctor of occupational therapy and a doctor of physical therapy to form the company, Our First Year.

Kristen Kearn Polidan, bachelor’s in health science ’14 and master’s in occupational therapy ’15, was married in June 2017. She works as an acute care occupational therapist at UF Health Jacksonville.

Cori Bolier Reynolds, bachelor’s in physical therapy ’94, recently completed the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School Schroth Method certification and opened a private practice, Scoliosis Therapy of San Antonio, LLC.

Brian Unell and Hilary (Lawn) Unell, both master’s in business administration/master’s in health administration ’00, welcomed their second child, Sara, in September 2017. She joins big brother, Harris.

Martin WegmanMartin Wegman, doctorate in epidemiology ’17, graduated from UF’s College of Medicine in May and began residency training in emergency medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital. He was named to the UF Hall of Fame, an honor bestowed to those who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to improving the university through campus and community involvement, participation in organized campus activities and scholastic achievement.

Sarah Westen, doctorate in clinical psychology ’17, has been selected as one of five national fellows for the 2018-2019 JDRF National Fellowship in Psychology. She will conduct her fellowship at UF Health. She was also selected as a 2018 Children with Diabetes Friends for Life® Fellow. She was elected co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Division 54 Special Interest Group in Diabetes for 2018-2020 and received the division’s Drotar-Crawford Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Research Grant.

Thomas G. Wilson, master’s in health administration ’06, was recently promoted to vice president and compliance officer for HealthTeam Advantage. HealthTeam Advantage is a Medicare Advantage Plan with approximately 13,000 members that is part of the Cone Health system in central North Carolina.