Executive Leadership Team


Susan M. Franko, PhD, RRT

Director of Quality Services, Bassett Healthcare


Guthrie (Gus) Birkhead, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus, UAlbany School of Public Health

Vice President

Denise C. Tahara, PhD

Associate Professor, New York Medical College


Dawn Bleyenburg, MS, MCHES

Director, Center for Public Health Continuing Education

Board of Directors

Robert Furlani

Training Coordinator, University at Buffalo's School of Public Health and Health Professions

Brett Harris, Dr.PH

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago

Clinical Assistant Professor, UAlbany School of Public Health 

Carol Ryan, RN, MPH

President and Director, Health Promotion Strategies LLC

Andréa Sonenberg, PhD, WHNP, CNM-BC, FNAP, FNYAM

Associate Professor, Pace University

Brianna Maher, MPH

Public Health Implementation Specialist, Suicide Prevention Center of NYS

Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP

Commissioner of Health, Rockland County Department of Health

T. Michele Caliva, RN, CSPI

Administrative Director, Upstate NY Poison Center

Martha Ryan, MPS, RN

Human Service and Public Health Consultant

Katie Connors

Program Manager, Healthy Community Alliance

Senior Scientist, Mount Sinai Hospital

APHA - A.R.G.-C Rep

Susan Franko, PhD, RRT


Erin Sinisgalli, MPH, MCHES

Executive Director


Missy LaBate

Project Coordinator

Aja Kerr

Student Intern

SUNY Brockport student

Jennifer Speenburgh, MS, CWPM

Director of Member Outreach & Communications

Alejandra Puerta

Student Intern

New York Medical College MPH student 

Saba Rawjani

Student Intern

Columbia University MPH student

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 2018 Representative of the APHA Region II: Dr. Susan M. Franko, president@nyspha.org 

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