Student Association for Public Health Officers

Your SAPH representation

Elections for President, Vice President, Councilor, and Treasurer/Secretary will be held in the Fall Term of each year. Officers serve for one year.

The 2016-2017 SAPH Officers are:

Monsoor Shafqat

President

Mansoor Shafqat
mshafqat@une.edu

My name is Mansoor Shafqat and I live in Northern California in the city of Woodland. I was born and raised until the age of thirteen in United Arab Emirates and moved with my family to the United States in 1999. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior Health (NPB) from University of California, Davis and currently work at their Student Health and Wellness Center as a registered licensed optician.

Besides school and work, I love sports and enjoy playing cricket, watching football, basketball, and baseball. My wife and I enjoy cooking, watching Bollywood movies, and going to the coast. I have served as a medical interpreter in the past and have the ability to speak six languages including: English, Urdu, Arabic, Hindi, Punjabi, and Spanish.

I am in my first year at UNE and I am honored to be serving as the President of the Student Association for Public Health Officers. I look forward to working my fellow officers and representing and addressing any issues for my peers in the MPH program.

Shannon Regan

Vice President

Shannon Regan
sregan@une.edu

My name is Shannon Regan and I live in Springfield, Vermont. I graduated from James Madison University (go dukes!) with a Bachelor of Science in Health Science/Public Health. I currently work at Dartmouth College as a Clinical Improvement Coordinator for the High Value Healthcare Collaborative. 

When I am not working, I love to spend time outside and be active. One of my favorite things to do in New England is to explore different hiking trails. I also enjoy going to the beach any chance I get.   

I am finishing my first year of the MPH program. My specific interests are in community health, epidemiology and health policy. Upon completing the program, I am hoping to work as a community health educator and advocate for women’s health. 

I look forward to working with the SAPH leadership and serving as the Vice President. I am committed to helping the public health field and embrace this opportunity to work with my fellow peers to enhance their career development.

Alyssa Diehl

Councilor

Alyssa Diehl
adiehl@une.edu

My name is Alyssa Diehl and I currently reside in Meridian, Idaho. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and then moved to Germany for three years with my husband and daughter. After our tour of Germany with the U.S Air Force in Germany, we moved to Mountain Home, Idaho where we have lived for the past five years before buying our first home in Meridian. We have been married for nine years and have two beautiful daughters whom are eight and three years of age.

I received my Bachelors in Health Science from Kaplan University. After graduation I immediately started applying for graduate programs and have been working on my Masters of Public Health through UNE since February 2014. Not long after starting my MPH journey, I enlisted into the Idaho Air National Guard and have now been serving for two years in Aircraft Armament Systems of Weapons Systems for the A-10C Warthog.  Once I meet the regulatory requirements in my contract I will be transitioning into Public Health for the unit.

Currently I am serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Idaho Foodbank overseeing their Healthcare Partnerships Program. My main job is to research healthcare partnership programs and implementation in Idaho and surrounding states, research how food impacts health and why we should pursue a colocation of healthcare services and food pantries for low income families, as well as coordinate healthcare mobile food distributions across the state. We partner with Feeding America to address food insecurity in the United States. Food insecurity plays a major role in the health outcomes in our communities and here at the Idaho Foodbank we diligently work to end hunger and improve health outcomes for Idahoans. I’m very proud and passionate of the work I do in community health.

I am delighted and honored to be serving as SAPH’s 2016-2017 Councilor and hope my experiences and background serve as a valuable resource to SAPH members.

Erika Penrod

Treasurer/Secretary

Erika Penrod
epenrod@une.edu

Born and raised in Southern Maine, I graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of New England. Currently, I am the Administrative Coordinator at Thatcher Brook Center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and thoroughly enjoy it. I also co-founded and volunteer for a UNE-based, interprofessional collaboration called Pain Education and Advocacy Collaborative. My experiences have empowered me to pursue a degree in public health. 

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and black shepherd, Bear. I can typically be found trail running, practicing the fiddle or creating natural health and beauty products. Overall, I hope to apply my financial, motivational and diverse skills towards serving my fellow public health students.

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