John Sonnega, PhD
John has broad experience with both academic and applied (practitioner) Public Health Education. He received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in the Department of Behavioral Science and Health Education.
He has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan-Flint, an instructor at both the UM School of Public Health, and an instructor for the Michigan State University Public Health Program. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Social Research in Ann Arbor for many years. John directed and implemented Mhealthy Thrive, the University of Michigans workplace wellness stress management program before moving to his current position at Eastern Michigan University.
John is presently an Assistant Professor of Public Health Education and Director of the undergraduate Public Health Major at Eastern Michigan.
Bree Bode has her Masters’ degree in Public Health from Grand Valley State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Bree works as the Director of Programs at Roosevelt Park Ministries, a trusted and diverse non-profit in Grand Rapids, MI. In her time as the Director of Programs, Bree has introduced new programs with a concentration in wellness to ensure people across the lifespan can engage in their goals. Bree developed a DEI process including measures for evaluation. Bree has been able to bring community stakeholders together through several joint health systems opportunities such as “Know your Numbers Health Fair” and “A Discussion to Explore the Role of Environment, Culture, Generations and Stigma in Access to Mental Health Provision.”
She is an active member of GLC-SOPHE, and in 2017 planned and facilitated “How a Diverse System of Experts are Working Towards the Celebration of Opioid Reduction: A Panel Discussion.” Bree’s chosen research concentration, “Food Marketing and the affects it has on food choice in a low socioeconomic neighborhood”, allowed for comprehensive input and subsequent findings from consumers, vendors and community stakeholders. Bree was also a Health & Disability Fellow with NACCHO in 2015.
Lauren Czarnowczan is a twenty-three year old enthusiastic and ambitious Public Health Educator. She currently works with McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey as a Community Health Outreach Specialist. Public Health runs through her blood and is a passion that makes her heart feel so fulfilled.
Over the years, Lauren has participated with different organizations where she was a general member and then went on to hold different E-board positions as well. During her undergrad, she was Secretary of her hall council for a year. Lauren was also a member of Eta Sigma Gamma – Eta Chapter where she held the Social Chair position and eventually was elected President her senior year. The experience of working on different E-boards with changing dynamics and a variety of team members has allowed Lauren to learn to adapt and connect with different personalities. She’s had specific involvement with taking meeting minutes, keeping records, organizing files and documents, along with fostering positive and open communication with fellow E-board and general members.
Megan Page, MPH, CHES
Megan works as a Health & Injury Prevention Advisor with HBD International. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Education from Central Michigan University (Fire Up Chips!) and a Master of Public Health from Grand Valley State University. Megan has been on the executive board for GLC SOPHE as Co-Vice President (2013-2015) and Treasurer
(2016-2018). She also serves on the Accreditation Advisory Board for the Master of Public Health program at Grand Valley State University. Megan is passionate about public health, community service, and exploring the great outdoors. She lives in Farmington, Michigan with her husband, Nick.
Member at Large
Member at Large
Erin Barrett is a Public Health Educator and Tobacco Treatment Specialist for District Health Department #10. Her role includes coordinating three county-wide chronic disease prevention coalitions. Erin also serves on the marketing team and writes press releases for DHD#10. Additionally, she is the process owner for the LiveWell website and various social media pages. Erin completed her Community Health Education degree at Central Michigan University. During her time at CMU, she served on the executive board for Eta Sigma Gamma. Currently, Erin is completing a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Indianapolis with a concentration in health disparities. In her spare time, Erin enjoys working out, cooking, and hanging out with her dog.
Katie is a Public Health Educator for District Health Department #10 in Ludington, MI. She coordinates The Leeward Initiative prevention coalition, as well as other substance abuse and chronic disease prevention programs in northwest Michigan. Katie has a Master of Public degree from Grand Valley State University ('15) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College ('10). She previously worked as a Community Planner for the WIC program in Oceana County and as an Employment Specialist for adults with developmental disabilities in Holland, MI. In her spare time, she enjoys walks and hikes in the beautiful Michigan outdoors, reading to her 1-year old daughter, and home renovation and restoration projects. She is passionate about motherhood, and started a meetup group for breastfeeding moms in her small hometown. Her previous roles with GLC SOPHE include Member-at-Large and Secretary, and she is thrilled to be serving on her second year as National Delegate.
My name is Kylie Szymanski and I am a student in the Masters of Public Health program at Grand Valley State University. Originally I am from Lockport, IL and I moved to Michigan five years ago to continue in higher education. In April 2018, I graduated with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Exercise Science from Grand Valley State University. During my undergraduate career, I was a member of the Laker Dance Team. During my time on the team, I developed my time management skills by learning how to balance my class load with the countless hours of practices each week. Also while on the team, I had the chance to travel around the United States to perform, which gave me new perspectives about the world around us. Currently I am working towards gaining my masters to create a better tomorrow for our country’s health. I was introduced to Public Health through an internship I held this past summer at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in the Healthy Weight Center. My internship introduced me to health education and my true passion in life. I worked educate children and their parents on different health choices they could make to better their well-being. After completing this internship, it reassured me that health education for children was what I wanted to do for the rest of my career.
Dr. Ranelle Brew teaches as an Associate Professor for the Public Health program at Grand Valley State University and is the Chair of the Department of Public Health and Program Director. Her Doctoral and double Master degrees are from Columbia University in New York City in Education and Health Sciences respectively. Her doctoral research included Adolescent Asthma Health Education in New York City public schools through collaboration between New York Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University. Dr. Brew's current research interests include a summer health professions camp entitled, sHaPe, for which she is a director, global healthcare, and interprofessional education, and breastfeeding.
She has worked in health care for over 20 years in various settings including clinically, within the public school system, in geriatric health, fitness and currently in higher education. She has more than 15 years of teaching experience in both New York City and the Greater Grand Rapids areas.
Dr. Brew teaches courses in the Public Health Promotion and Education emphasis at GVSU. She is the author of instructor materials for F.A. Davis Publishing for Medical Terminology, Simplified and a children’s book focused on preventative public health entitled, Healthy Days.
Dr. Brew serves in the public health community extensively. She currently serves as the Immediate Past-President for the Michigan Public Health Association, Board Chair for the Diagnostics and Therapeutics Kent Count Early College Health programs, a local and national member of the Society of Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) member and section chair for Public Health Education and Promotion, and Member Relations committee member for the Junior League of Grand Rapids with focus on women and children’s wellness programming.
Committees & Chairs
Carrie Chanter, MA, MCHES
Advocacy Committee Chair
Mary Antioch, MPH
CECH/CHES Review Committee Chair
Lauren Bizyk, MPH
Lindsey Pung-Terry, MA