About Our Chapter

Mizzou Public Health Alumni Society (MPHAS) was established in November 2015 and is affiliated with the Mizzou Alumni Association (MAA), an independent not-for-profit organization established in 1936. The University of Missouri- Master of Public Health (MU MPH) Program was founded in 2007 and has more than 480 graduates, making MPHAS a growing and active organization. MPHAS is led by a board of directors, which consists of 9 elected alumni members, four of which are Officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and the remaining five are board members. The first elections for all nine positions was held in February 2016.

Through the work of the board of directors, MPHAS sponsors events, activities or services that are educational, developmental, and social. These activities benefit students and alumni and promote mutual help and communication leading to improvement in professional work among public health alumni and students of the University of Missouri. One of the goals of the Alumni Association is to improve public health outreach in the community by cultivating a mutually beneficial relationship between the MU Master of Public Health Program, its growing alumni and the community.

To foster a community of University of Missouri public health alumni in professional and personal development, scholarship, and service.


  • Connect alumni and increase opportunities for social interaction.
  • Increase alumni involvement in MU MPH program activities.
  • Improve professional development of alumni.
  • Provide financial support to current students and other public health entities.
  • Improve public health outreach in the community.

Click here to view our bylaws: MPHAS Bylaws


Chuka Nestor Emezue

Vice President

Chuka Nestor Emezue, MPH, MPA, is a PhD Student and Sinclair Fellow at the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing. He is currently involved in research focused on developing, adapting, and disseminating mobile health (or mHealth) interventions targeting intimate partner/ dating violence among rural adolescent males to inform sexual, emotional, and reproductive health decisions among vulnerable or difficult-to-reach youth at the margins of traditional care. He is a member of a CDC-funded MU and John Hopkins adapting the myPlan app for urban and rural adolescents who are victims (or friends of victims) of teen dating violence. In 2016, Chuka graduated from the Mizzou MPH and MPA programs. Prior to that, he graduated with a bachelor’s in Biochemistry from the Niger Delta University, Nigeria.

Biochemistry '10
MPH & MA '16

Nasser Yazdani

Board Member

Nasser Yazdani is an assistant teaching professor for the Bachelors and Masters of Public Health Programs. He completed his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Shahrekord University in 2011. He has previously worked as a veterinary medical officer and as an assistant surgeon in a small animal clinic. He completed a Masters of Public Health at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he concentrated his studies on veterinary public health and zoonotic diseases.

DVM '11
Master of Public Health '17

Dina Van Der Zalm


Dina van der Zalm, originally from South Carolina, came to Missouri for a fellowship after serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in northwest China. Columbia grew on her during graduate school, and she stayed, working as the health care organizer for the Missouri Rural Crisis Center since graduation. In this role, she focuses on policy and practical solutions to improve access to and affordability of healthcare for rural Missourians. In her free time, she fosters rescue dogs and plots to take over the world.

Psychology '09
MPH & MSW '16

Malaika Gallimore

Board Member

Malaika Gallimore is a registered nurse and is currently pursuing a doctorate in nursing at the MU Sinclair School of Nursing.  She previously worked as a public health nurse for the Columbia/Boone County Health Department.  Her focus was on communicable disease surveillance and investigations as well as tuberculosis control and education.  Prior to that she worked on a cardiac surgery unit at Boone Hospital Center. Malaika graduated with her MPH in 2009 in the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

B.S. in Nursing '14
Master of Public Health '09

Past Leadership

Michelle Shikles

Board Member

Health Science '11
Master of Public Health '13

Kimi Nolte

Board Member

B.S. in Biological Sciences & B.A. in Sociology '11
MPH & MSW '13

Jenna Wintemberg


MPH in Health Promotion & Policy '12
PhD in Health Education & Promotion '17

Sabrina Abramovitz


B.A. in Psychology & Chemistry '11
MPH in Health Promotion & Policy '13

Cody Minks


MPH in Veterinary Public Health '14
Master of Arts in Security Studies '18

Gvantsa Khizanishvili

Vice President

Medical Doctor (M.D.) '07
MPH in Public Health Promotion & Policy '11

Michelle Long

Board Member

BA in Social Welfare & Justice '07
MPH in Health Promotion & Policy '14

Hayley Belisle-Yaglom

Board Member

B.S. in Veterinary Sciences '10
MPH in Veterinary Public Health '13

Tarunjot Sethi

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery '13
MPH in Health Promotion & Policy '15
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