Alumni updates fall/winter 2019

News and updates from the college's alumni

Beatrice Dorestil, master’s in public health ’18, has been appointed director of operations for UF HealthStreet, a community engagement program that aims to improve the health of the community by bridging gaps in health care and health research. She previously served as UF HealthStreet’s lead community health worker.

Hannah Douglas and Andrew Fiore, both bachelor’s in public health ’19, were part of a team that recently published a pair of studies in the journal PLOS One on water insecurity among Haitian residents.

 Laitner, MelissaMelissa Laitner, master’s in public health ’16 and doctorate in clinical psychology ’17, was hired as director of science policy for the Society of Women’s Health Research in Washington, D.C. She will envision, direct and implement creative science programs and policy activities designed to improve women’s experiences in health care. This follows a year spent in the U.S. Senate as an AAAS/APA Science & Technology Fellow in the Office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO).

Omari Richins, master’s in public health ‘19, was selected as a community health fellow for a one-year fellowship with the Mat-Su Health Foundation in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough of Alaska.

Spivey, Lori

Rodney Clements and Lori Spivey meet with Dr. Sidhe Robert, CEO of the HAWI Foundation, and Kennedy Okong’o of the PharmAccess Group, during a visit to Nairobi, Kenya.

Lori Spivey, bachelor’s in speech communication ’96, and UF nursing alumnus Rodney G.B. Clements, have created the Florida Africa Foundation to improve access to health care by advising, consulting and providing financial support to small health care businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. To read more, visit


 Telg, LindseyLindsey Telg, master’s in occupational therapy ’12, recently opened a private practice in Gainesville. She previously worked at UF Health for five years and has been an adjunct faculty member in the UF occupational therapy program since 2016. She recognized a need in the Gainesville community for occupation-based mental health services and trauma-informed practices. Her practice, LCS Occupational Therapy, provides individualized services for those mental health needs, serving children and adults who have experienced trauma, clients with ADHD, children with feeding difficulties, and those with general developmental concerns.

Lisa Valentine, bachelor’s in physical therapy ’86, was named president and CEO of Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida. A longtime executive with HCA Healthcare, she served in management positions at hospitals in South Carolina and Virginia before returning to Florida.