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Public Health Foundation Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Directors

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Topic: Infrastructure, PHF News

Date: 7/1/2013

For Immediate Release:
Monday, July 1, 2013


Washington, DC – Today, the Public Health Foundation (PHF) welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors: Steven Scanlin, MSW, JD, Hans Schmalzried, PhD, and Matthew Stefanak, MPH. PHF’s Board of Directors is responsible for strategic planning, fiscal oversight, and advising on the direction of the organization. At its June 10-11, 2013 meeting at the American Institute of Architects building in Washington, DC, the Board of Directors also elected Rachel Stevens, EDd, RN, as Chair of the Board, Claude Jacob, MPH, as Vice-Chair, and Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, CNAA, FAAN, as Secretary/Treasurer. Former Chair of the Board of Directors Harvey Wallace, PhD, and Thomas Mosgaller, MSA, were honored during the meeting for their leadership and service on the Board of Directors as their terms expired on June 30, 2013.

Steven Scanlin, MSW, JD, is currently the Chair of the Board of Health in the Central District (Idaho) Health Department and in the private practice of law in Boise, Idaho. Prior to entering private practice, he was a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho, representing 14 state agencies. Mr. Scanlin was a Navy Hospital Corpsman and is a Vietnam era veteran of the U.S. Naval Reserve and Marine Corps. He received his Juris Doctor from the University of Idaho, a Master of Social Work from Portland State University in 1971, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Montana State University, Billings. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Scanlin also served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives.
Hans Schmalzried, PhD, is currently a Professor of Public Health at Bowling Green State University, teaching Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program courses for the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health. He earned a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toledo in 1978, a Master’s Degree of Science and Education in Public Health in 1982, a Doctoral Degree in Public Health Administration from the University of Toledo in 1990, and graduated from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/University of California Public Health Leadership Institute in 1996-1997. After serving the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for seven years, Dr. Schmalzried served concurrently as Health Officer for two county health districts (Fulton County and Henry County, Ohio). Dr. Schmalzried previously served on PHF’s Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011.
Matthew Stefanak, MPH, served as Health Commissioner of the General Health District in Mahoning County, Ohio and recently retired in May 2012. Mr. Stefanak received his public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and is an alumnus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/University of California Public Health Leadership Institute and the Ohio Public Health Leadership Institute. He is a faculty member in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy and is active in professional and civic associations including recent service as President of the Association of Ohio Health Commissioners.
“We are honored and excited to add three strategic thinking public health leaders to our Board,” said Ron Bialek, President and CEO of the Public Health Foundation. “Their perspectives on the current and future needs of public health professionals will help to guide our organization to better strengthen the quality and performance of public health practice.”
The Public Health Foundation’s eleven-member Board of Directors is composed of two state health officials, two local public health officers, one local board of health member, and six individuals from academic, private sector, and other public health agency settings.
In addition to the three new members, Bobbie Berkowitz, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Kathy Vincent, LCSW, will also began their second full terms on the Board of Directors on July 1.
Outgoing Board Chair, Dr. Wallace served since 2006. Mr. Mosgaller served on the Board since 2008.
About the Public Health Foundation
The Public Health Foundation (PHF), a private, non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization based in Washington, DC, improves the public’s health by strengthening the quality and performance of public health practice.  Since 1970, PHF has developed effective resources, tools, information, and training for health agencies, organizations, and individuals to help improve performance and community health outcomes. For more information about PHF, please visit
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Public Health Foundation Welcomes Three New Members to its Board of Directors