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


Man­soor Shafqat

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

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


Alyssa Diehl

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


Eri­ka Pen­rod

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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