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Alumni Board Executive Committee

Portrait of Phil Krause Schmidt

Phil Krause Schmidt, MHA, President Connect with Phil

Philip (Phil) Saul Krause Schmidt is an alumnus of the undergraduate Bachelor of Science of Public Health (13') and Masters of Health Administration (15') programs. During his undergraduate studies he also majored in International Development and completed a Spanish minor. His undergraduate research focused on social determinants of health and the effects of societal culture on the prevention and treatment of HIV. During his graduate studies, he continued to be interested and focus on health policy and systems design and planning. He completed an administrative residency with the Tulane University Medical Group and final Public Health Assessment on quality incentive distribution models in faculty group practices. Currently, Phil has been active in a career focusing on public and non-profit health systems administration and policy. He has served in positions for Tulane University Health System, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, and Ochsner Health. Phil has also worked extensively in the federal health space, completing projects for the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services as well as for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Currently, Phil is a Manager with Blue Water Thinking - a Service-Disabled Veteran Small Business (SDVOSB) management consulting firm focused on federal health practices. Phil joined the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Alumni Board after work to establish a young alumni networking group in New Orleans following graduation. He was passionate to translate this local engagement to the wider national Tulane SPHTM national Alumni Association. Since joining, Phil has served on the Student Outreach, Communications, and Bylaws committees and has been actively engaged creating cross-school connections and integrations with the larger university-wide Alumni Association. Phil currently serves as President of the Tulane SPHTM Alumni Association Board and has been proud to be able to grow Board membership to the largest number of actively engaged Directors in its history.

Portrait of Janeen Azare

Janeen Azare, PhD, MSPH, President-Elect Connect with Janeen

Janeen Azare, PhD, MSPH is a native of Southwest Louisiana, who grew up very interested in learning more about what had become all too familiar to many -- the infamous Louisiana corridor known as "Cancer Alley.” 

Curiosity fueled her desire to contribute to the science of cancer by conducting research focused on analyzing proteins that contribute to the progression of breast and prostate cancer and studying the importance of the multi-drug resistance 1 gene in the efficiency of transcriptional targeted therapy. Dr. Azare now continues her efforts as an Oncology Senior Field Medical Director - Breast Cancer, where she leads the team’s initiatives on research, clinical trial diversity, disparities in healthcare and patient advocacy. Dr. Azare is a Chartered member of Pfizer’s Clinical Trials Diversity Center of Excellence. Additionally, Dr. Azare completed a two-year Fellowship in Pfizer’s Early Oncology Development and Clinical Research Division. Her work has been published in scientific peer-reviewed journals, she has served on several scientific committees and as a guest speaker. Dr. Azare is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, American Public Health Association, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Azare received her PhD in Environmental Medicine – Toxicology from New York University Medical Center Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, a MSPH in Environmental Health Science – Toxicology and Health Risk Assessment from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and a BS in Microbiology/Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana. She completed her postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center where she was also a Research Associate in the Department of Medicine.

Aside from her clinical/scientific interest, Dr. Azare joined the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Alumni Board in 2018. A news article entitled “Best & Brightest” published in the September 2017 issue of TULANE, The Magazine of Tulane University had piqued her curiosity. Her vision for the Alumni Association Board was very similar – to attract the best and the brightest diverse representation. Alumni outreach plays an important role in student recruitment and placement upon graduation. As incoming President, the Alumni Board and Dr. Azare will assist the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine to attract the “Best & Brightest” diverse students while engaging and fostering alumni relationships. Dr. Azare served on the By-Laws and Nomination committees and most recent as Secretary on the Alumni Board. She currently is a Healthcare Executive in Residence and Adjunct Faculty in Tulane’s School of Public Health Masters’ of Healthcare Administration Program and Parliamentarian on Xavier University of Louisiana New York Tri-State Alumni Chapter Board. Dr. Azare is a mentor to several high school and college students and within her professional network. Her favorite quote and source of challenge comes from the following words "You must be the change you wish to see in the world". – Ghandi. Dr. Azare lives in Harlem, NY.


Portrait of Lauren Bryant

Lauren Bryant, MPH, Secretary  |  Connect with Lauren

Lauren Bryant received her MPH in Health Policy from Tulane SPHTM in 2020.  She lives in New Orleans and works remotely as a Consultant at Prometheus Federal Services, mainly consulting for the VA and other federal health agencies.  SPHTM alumni and other school resources were invaluable while she was in school and while she was job-hunting. Lauren joined the PHAA Board so that she give back some of what was given to her and improve support for students.  She also wanted to stay connected to Tulane and the alumni network in New Orleans.