New members elected to SOPHE’s 2022-2023 Board of Trustees

Their terms begin on March 14, 2022

Washington, DC – December 21, 2021 – The Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) congratulates eight members elected to the SOPHE 2022-2023 Board of Trustees.

The new board members will be inducted and begin their terms of office on March 14, 2022 during the all-member business meeting (6:30-7:30 p.m. ET) in conjunction with the SOPHE 2022 Digital Conference. They will join 12 other board members, including four members elected by the House of Delegates, who in total comprise SOPHE’s governing body.

“I look forward to supporting these outstanding new board members as SOPHE moves through its transition phase with a new brand and CEO,” says SOPHE President Deborah Fortune, PhD, FAAHE. “These new voices will strengthen SOPHE’s service to its members and support health education and promotion leaders to achieve healthy and equitable communities throughout the world.”

Raffy R. Luquis, PhD, CHES®, associate professor of Health Education & Biobehavioral Health and program coordinator of the Biobehavioral Health Program at Penn State Harrisburg, will serve a three-year term as president-elect, president and immediate past president from March 2022 through spring 2025.

Two-year term positions:

Secretary: Cynthia Karlsson, MPH, MS, CHES®, program manager, Rapid Health Information NetwOrk (RHINO), Washington State Department of Health’s Office of Public Health Outbreak Coordination, Informatics, and Surveillance.

Trustee, 2023 Annual Conference: Tamara (Stewart) Mason, MPH, CHES®, project manager, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Trustee, Communications: Ashley S. Love, DrPH, DHSc, MPH, MS, CPH, associate professor, Dreeben School of Education, University of the Incarnate Word

Trustee, Membership & Leadership: Antonio J. Gardner, PhD, MS, CHES®, assistant professor, Food Science, Nutrition, & Health Promotion, Mississippi State University

Trustee, Professional Preparation: Ashley V. Parks, DrPH, MBA, MPH, MCHES®, CPH, associate professor and MPH Program Director, California Baptist University

Trustee, Research & Ethics: Rhonda Rahn, PhD, MS, CHES®, clinical associate professor, Health & Kinesiology, Texas A&M University

One-year term position:

Trustee, Student: Sally Klimek, MPH, CHES®, doctoral student, Behavioral, Social, and Community Health, Indiana University Bloomington

The following trustees also have been elected by SOPHE’s House of Delegates to serve on the SOPHE board:

Tara Lutz, PhD, MPH, MCHES®, assistant professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Connecticut; Speaker of the House
Michele Bildner, MPH, MCHES®, project manager, Noninfectious Disease Programs, CDC Foundation and DrPH student, University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health; Speaker of the House-Elect
Josephine Lara, MPH, mental health education assistant, California State University Dominguez Hills
Tina Jacob Mooney, MPH, CHES®, program manager, Ohio Children’s Alliance

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The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1950 to support leaders in health education and promotion to advance healthy and equitable communities across the globe. SOPHE represents a diverse membership of 4,000 professionals and students who work and learn in various public and private organizations and universities to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information visit