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Alumni Board Executive Committee

Stephanie DopsonStephanie Dopson, ScD, MPH, MSW, President

Stephanie is a Public health scientist experienced in biopreparedness and bioterrorism, and skilled in translating research into implementation in emerging and infectious diseases. She has applied scientific and technical leadership in a 17-year career at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including on public health emergency responses for Ebola, H1N1, H7N9,  polio eradication, Hurricane Katrina, and the anthrax attacks. She has also provided scientific and technical expertise on and lead qualitative and quantitative program evaluations, most recently on pandemic influenza and preparedness. She is the associate editor for the Health Promotion Practice journal and an adjunct professor at the Georgia State University School of Public Health.

Sue Griffey, DrPH, President-Elect

Dr. Sue Griffey has had a 30-year career of increasingly complex and challenging management and leadership roles in international development and domestic (US) public health. She is an experienced evaluator and international development professional, focused on program and performance evaluation, monitoring, informatics, applied research, training, and program development. Her research has focused on evaluating individual, organizational, and system performance. Known as SueMentors in the e-world, she now focuses on mentoring public health and other professionals through schools of public health (SPHTM and Emory's Rollins School of Public Health), the American Public Health Association (National Public Health Mentoring Program), and foundations including the Cherie Blair Foundation and the Aspire Foundation. She served as vice president and director of the evaluation center at Social & Scientific Systems until taking early retirement in mid-2014. Sue previously spent 9 years at JHPIEGO, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, where she was vice president for technical operations. Prior to that, she had a 20-year career in various overseas settings. She graduated from the SPHTM with her MPH in 1983 and her DrPH in 1993.

NancyKay Sullivan Wessman, MPH, Secretary

NancyKay, a 1989 graduate in health communications and education and a charter member of the SPHTM Alumni Association Board of Directors, has authored two books since early retirement from public service. In 2015, she launched Katrina, Mississippi: Voices from Ground Zero to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Her first book, You Can Fix the Fat from Childhood & Other Heart Disease Risks, Too, details lessons learned in the Bogalusa Heart Study. Both books draw on her experience over 25 years as communications and public relations director for the Mississippi State Department of Health.


Elaine Ricketts HicksElain Ricketts Hicks, MS/LIS, MPH, CHES, Past-President

Elaine graduated SPHTM in 1994 with a degree in health communications/education. Following her health education career at the Cook County (Illinois) Department of Public Health in suburban Chicago, she attended library school and she is now a health sciences librarian at the Rudolph Matas Library at Tulane's School of Medicine serving the SPHTM.