Connect With A Current Grad Student

Do you have questions about what it's like being a student in our school? Connect with one of our student ambassadors! They are chosen as representatives for our school and academic programs in the community, and at student and professional events locally and nationally.   

Kelly Gleason, RN

Health Services Administration MPH

I am enrolled in the MPH program with a concentration in health services administration. Prior to attending UB, I earned a BSN from SUNY Binghamton. I realized my passion for public health after providing nursing care in a third-world country, as well as working with vulnerable populations in the hospital setting here in New York. For my MPH field training, I am collaborating with a local accountable care organization to plan and evaluate agrant-funded community health program. In addition to graduate school, I work as a registered nurse at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital and volunteer on the Erie County Specialized Medical Assistance Response Team. My career goal is to work as a public health nurse and program coordinator, designing and managing initiatives aimed at achieving optimal health outcomes from the individual to the regional level.

Marissa Kawyn

Epidemiology MS

I am currently pursuing my Master of Science degree in epidemiology. Prior to being enrolled in my current program, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree from UB in Biological Sciences with a minor in sociology. I became interested in the field of epidemiology since it’s a marriage of biology and public health. Starting as an undergraduate student, I have been researching within the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health under the guidance of Dr. Katarzyna Kordas. Currently, my primary interest is with pesticide exposure and cognitive outcomes in children in Montevideo, Uruguay. In the future, I plan to further strengthen my knowledge of epidemiologic methods through pursuit of a PhD.

Paige Iovine-Wong

Community Health and Health Behavior MPH/Social Work MSW

I am currently enrolled in the MPH / MSW dual degree program with an MPH concentration in community health and health behavior. Prior to my enrollment in this program, I completed a BS in brain and cognitive sciences and a BA in vocal performance at the University of Rochester. Following undergrad, I took three years off to gain experience in the workforce and decide on my career goals, culminating in my coming to UB. My primary interest is in work with the Veteran population, and I will be completing a field training at the Buffalo VA Medical Center this summer. My ultimate goal is work in clinical mental health care, as well as translational research and/or program development, for the Veteran population.

Halle Sauer

Doctor of Physical Therapy/MPH Community Health and Health Behavior

I am currently enrolled in the DPT/MPH dual degree program with an MPH concentration in community health and health behavior. I pursued an undergraduate degree in exercise science through the UB Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences. I decided on the 3+3 path to earn my physical therapy degree. I have completed 2 of my 3 years of my physical therapy graduate program. This year, I am studying public health. I will go back for my final year of physical therapy and graduate with my dual degree in 2021. I became interested in public health through volunteering with UB ISEP, Big Brothers Big Sisters, University Heights Tool Library, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission, teaching through the UB Honors College, independent study through the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions (SPHHP) Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, and research through SPHHP. Post-graduation, I am hoping to study and advocate for improved access to and knowledge of health care for those in urban communities.

Interested in Becoming a Student Ambassador?

Student Ambassador Eligibility Information for Current Students

Are you a current student interested in being a SPHHP ambassador for the next academic year? Take a look at the information below to find out if you qualify.

Ambassador Criteria

  • Enrollment in a graduate program within the school, maintaining good academic standing
  • Knowledge of our school's programs
  • Availability to attend the American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting
  • Approval by the student's program director and department chair

Role and Responsibilities

  • Represent your school at the annual APHA meeting at our booth and evening reception
  • Attend our fall open house, additional in-person recruitment events and virtual fairs/online information sessions


  • Gain leadership, presentation and networking experience – skills sought by employers
  • Membership to the American Public Health Association (APHA) for one year
  • Attendance to the annual APHA meeting, the largest gathering of public health professionals nationally 
  • Expand your network of public health professionals nationally and locally for future educational and career opportunities


  • If you are a current student and have questions about becoming a student ambassador, contact for more information.