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Alumni News & Notes - Winter 2013

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Anne Cohen, MPH '02: Healthy Policy & Administration, is the founding director of Disability Health Access, LLP, a health care consulting firm advising healthcare organizations on how to improve services for seniors and people with disabilities. She has consulted for state agencies, state contractors, Medicaid health plans, law firms, health services researchers, foundations, and consumer rights organizations. In addition, she is part of a team that is advising the State of California on a three-year federally funded demonstration to promote coordinated health care delivery for seniors and people with disabilities who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. She has also served on several health care quality advisory committees that representing the concerns of people with disabilities.


Scott Bieber, '83, MPA '96 is finishing his first year as Chief of Police in the City of Walla Walla, WA.  Chief Bieber spent 27 years with the Vancouver Police Department attaining the rank of Commander before leaving in March, 2012 for his current position.  In Walla Walla, Scott has continued his volunteer work as an active member of the Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club, an ABC Lunch Buddy at a local elementary school, and a member of the Walla Walla YMCA Board. 

Greg DiLoreto, MPA '85 was recently inducted as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Founded in 1852, the association is the nation's oldest engineering society, currently claiming over 141,000 members. DiLoreto has been a member for more than 30 years. In 1995 he was honored as Oregon's Outstanding Civil Engineer. DiLoreto is currently the general manager and chief executive officer of the Tualatin Valley Water District, which serves more than 200,000 customers in west Portland.

Dennis Mulvihill, MPA '01 is a new board member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a Portland nonprofit that promotes bicycling and safe bicycling conditions. He retired in 2012 after 24 years as a government relations manager for Washington County.

Christy Ellis Wurster, MPA '03, is now Assistant to the City Manager/Franchise Administrator.

Tricia Furnari, MPA '04 is the director of development for the Roycroft Campus Corporation, an effort to restore the Roycroft arts and crafts campus founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1895 in East Aurora, N.Y. The National Historic Landmark contains nine of the original 14 buildings, which were a haven for craftsmen, artisans, and philosophers. Furnari was previously the development director for the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute, a nonprofit facility in Buffalo, New York, that focuses on disease treatment.

Heather Austin, MURP '04 is a senior planner for 3J Consulting. The Beaverton and Milwaukee-based firm focuses on civil engineering and sustainability.

Jordan David Wheeler, MPA '07 is working as the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Lake Oswego, OR.

Robyn Christie, MPA '09, is now working as City Recorder for Bend, OR.

David Snider, MPA '11, is now the Economic Development Director and Public Information Officer for Sandy, OR.

Sadie Carney, MURP '11 is the director of community relations for Salem-Keizer Transit. She is also a member of the citizen involvement advisory committee for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development, as well as a member of the Women's Transportation Seminar, an international organization that supports women in the transportation industry.

Zoe Monahan, MPA '12, is the Community Development Director for the city of Jerome, ID.

Megan Messmer, MPA '12, is now working as Executive Assistant to the City Manager for Florence, OR.

Jessica Struyk, MPA ’12, is now the Assistant to the Mayor for Gresham, OR.

Deborah Scroggin, MPA '12, is the City Elections Officer for Portland, OR.