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2019 Entrants

Shannon FreemanShannon Freeman, M.P.A.

Shannon Freeman, MPA is a health care administrator with an acting role as the Community Health Coordinator at Hackensack Meridian Health Pascack Valley Medical Center. She is responsible for developing community –based health programs aimed at the prevention of disease and the promotion of health. Her work includes leveraging relationships with local health officers, health agencies, corporate and educational and civic leaders. Her current community health initiatives for awareness are vaping education and the opioid epidemic with a concentration in Naloxone administration. During the completion of her Master’s in Public Administration, she gained extensive experience in healthcare administration and management as an Administrative Office Coordinator at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Gastroenterology, Nutrition and Hepatology service. Shannon earned her BS in Health Service Administration in 2017 and her Masters in 2019.

Her areas of interest include improving hospital efficiency to promote an adequate health care system and the importance of educational tools to improve overall population health by using public health initiatives, higher education and health policy and management.


Marvin GunterMarvin Gunter, M.P.H., M.A.-CSBC

Marvin Gunter is a Public Health Communication Strategist with over 20 years’ experience in the provision of technical support to Caribbean government and allied civil society organizations in the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and programmes that advance universal access to integrated sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for young people and minorities. 

Before joining the Dr.P.H. program of New York Medical College, Marvin managed the portfolio of Regional Programme Specialist for the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Sub-regional Office for the Caribbean (SROC) which is based in Kingston, Jamaica and covers 22 English and Dutch speaking territories in the Caribbean. Prior to this he held responsibilities as National Director of Youth and HIV with the Jamaica Red Cross (JRC) and the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC). 

Mr. Gunter holds two Masters degrees, one in Public Health from the University of Technology (UTECH), another with distinction in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change (CSBC) from the Caribbean Institute for Media and Communications (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies (UWI). Marvin hails from Manchester, Jamaica and earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from UTECH.


Jessie MooreJessie Moore, M.P.H.

Jessie Moore is the Director of Education for Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley. In this role she oversees a team of 15 throughout a four county region. Jessie is also the Youth Education team lead for merger integration of five Planned Parenthood affiliates and a part time adjunct lecturer in Public Health for SUNY Orange.

Jessie Moore received her undergraduate degree in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services from SUNY New Paltz in 2006. In 2010, she received a Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) with a focus on Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion from New York Medical College (NYMC). In addition to her M.P.H., Jessie graduated from NYMC with a Certificate in Health Education. She is also a Nationally Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and NYS Certified HIV tester.

Currently, she is a first year Dr.P.H. student at NYMC with research interests in health disparities and social determinants of health with a focus on their impact on maternal/infant morbidity and mortality. 


Bonni ReynaBonnie Reyna, M.P.H., M.S.ED.

Bonnie Reyna M.P.H. M.S.ED is the Senior Director at WMCHealth Performing Provider System (PPS). Bonnie’s work spans health equity, cultural competency, health literacy, youth career pathways, workforce development, community engagement, technology, innovation and strategy. Prior to joining the WMCHealth PPS, Bonnie was the Regional Manager of the Training and Education Fund of 1199-SEIU for Hudson Valley and the Capital Region. She has also worked at SUNY Purchase within Admissions and at Westchester Community College in the Workforce Development & Continuing Education department and in Human Services, Social Services and Public Health as a Care Coordinator, Child Protective Service worker and Public Health Maternal and Child Health-Program Manager.

Her experiences have contributed to her vocation in Public Health and Education across the lifespan. Bonnie has a Bachelors in Sociology from SUNY Purchase College, Masters in Public Health from New York Medical College and a Master’s in Education from Long Island University. Bonnie is currently a candidate for the Dr.P.H. program at New York Medical College.


Jamil SamkariJamil Samkari, M.D., M.P.H.

Jamil Samkari, M.D. M.P.H. is a primary care physician with research experience in infection control disease and disease surveillance.  Dr. Samkari earned his medical degree from the University of Umm-Alqura, Saudi Arabia, and obtained his Master of Public Health – M.P.H. in 2016 from Tufts University, School of Public Health, Boston, MA. Before pursuing his doctorate, he was teaching assistant in medical school at King Abdelaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. His passion is to contribute to the experience that has gained in public health in the United States and apply what he learned in the program to his country to make people have a better quality of life.

Currently, he is a first year Dr.P.H. student at NYMC and a trainee in Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disability (LEND) program at Westchester Institute for Human Development, NY.


Vaughn WhittakerVaughn Whittaker, M.D., M.P.H.

Vaughn Whittaker is a transplant and general surgeon who obtained his Master of Public Health in 2017 from SUNY Upstate Medical University and Syracuse University in 2017. He is active on National and Regional Committees serving on the Living Donor Committee of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) and the American Society of Transplant Surgery. He has also held leadership positions as the Director of Living Donor Kidney at Westchester Medical Center and Division Chief in Transplantation at the Upstate Medical University. He is a past R-25 NIH sponsored scholar and participated in Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (PRIDE). He has presented widely at National and International conferences in Transplantation as it relates to minority, the elderly and children.

Vaughn completed medical school at the University of the West Indies, Faculty of Medical Sciences. He then went on to complete General Surgery Residency at Harlem Hospital Center in New York. He then completed a multi-organ transplant fellowship at New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center. He has interest in optimizing the use of scarce resources and reducing disparities in the allocation of these resources.


Whitney Wu ChuWhitney Wu-Chu, J.D., M.P.H.

Whitney Wu-Chu received her Bachelor of Science in Conservation and Resource Studies with an area of interest in Environmental Law and Policy and a minor in Music from University of California, Berkeley in 2010. She then went on to graduate from New York Medical College with a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences in 2013 and then earned her law degree from Golden Gate University School of Law in 2016. During law school, Whitney interned at Golden Gate University’s Environmental Law and Justice Clinic where she worked with disadvantaged communities engulfed in various environmental pollutants. Throughout her career, Whitney has worked and volunteered with underserved communities, observing the detrimental effects of environmental issues.

She is a member of the New York State bar and currently works for a solo practitioner in employment law. Whitney is pursuing her Doctor of Public Health in Health Policy and Management to focus on policy analysis and management for environmental and public health.