Thede Beaumont Foundation today announced its third class of 40 Under 40 in Public Health honorees, recognizing rising leaders who are working to improve the health of communities across the nation. These honorees include epidemiologists, program managers, researchers, and policy analysts in state, local, and territorial health departments; colleges and universities; nonprofit organizations; and the private sector

“The professionals chosen for the 40 Under 40 in Public Health Class of 2023 demonstrate the determination, commitment, innovation, and resilience of the public health field,” said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, which launched the program in 2019. “Their work is strengthening communities and improving lives, and I look forward to following their careers and learning from them.” 

The 2023 40 Under 40 in Public Health are:

  • Beatrice Abiero, Instacart 
  • James Bell III, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 
  • Jana Blomberg, St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services 
  • Karla Buru, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control 
  • Charles Chima, City of Sioux Falls 
  • Shelly Choo, Maryland Department of Health 
  • Shamaree Cromartie Jones, Virginia Department of Health 
  • Mallory Cyr, Association of Maternal Child Health Programs 
  • Deanna D’Amore, Norwalk Health Department 
  • Nelson Dunlap, Meharry Medical College 
  • Omar Estrada, Colorado Department of Education 
  • Jervelle Fort, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control 
  • Katarina Grande, Public Health Madison & Dane County 
  • Erika Gutierrez Martinez, City of Laredo Health Department 
  • Hana Hinkle, University of Illinois College of Medicine 
  • Alicia Justice, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials 
  • Stacey Kallem, Philadelphia Department of Public Health 
  • Nebu Kolenchery, St. Louis County Department of Public Health 
  • Jessica Kristy, Naugatuck Valley Health District
  • David Lee, Public Health Accreditation Board
  • Brittany Lobo, Sonoma County Department of Health Services 
  • Erin Mann, University of Minnesota 
  • Keila Marlin, Mecklenburg County Health Department 
  • Lucas McKinnon, City and County of Honolulu 
  • Amanda Monroy, Pima County Health Department 
  • Heather Pangelinan, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation 
  • Rebecca Rehr, Maryland League of Conservation Voters 
  • Carolyn Rhodebeck, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
  • Sadé Richardson, University of Michigan School of Public Health 
  • Katrina Saphrey, Virginia Department of Health – Crater Health District 
  • Trinidad Solis, Fresno County Department of Public Health 
  • Dwayne Steward, Equitas Health 
  • Treemanisha Stewart, Sauk County Public Health 
  • Eric Tang, California Department of Public Health 
  • Kayla Tilton, Fraser Communications 
  • Paula Tran, Wisconsin Department of Health Services 
  • Salomeh Wagaw, Riverside University Health System – Public Health 
  • Julian Watkins, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 
  • Keeley White, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma 
  • Tooka Zokaie, California Dental Association 

*Affiliations are current as of the time of nomination. 

A panel of public health leaders evaluated nominees for their leadership and contributions to their community’s health. Previous honorees have gone on to strengthen their professional networks, hone and expand their skills, and advance into senior roles in state and local health departments, nonprofits, and other organizations.  

“I’m thrilled to see ASTHO members, staff, and affiliates again have been honored with de Beaumont’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health award,” said Michael Fraser, PhD, CEO at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). “Each honoree is working hard to make our country healthier and create a more equitable future. I’m proud of the winners and can’t wait to see what they accomplish next.”  

Lori Tremmel Freeman, MBA, CEO of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), said, “Strengthening our public health workforce is one of NACCHO’s top priorities, and the work of local health departments is vital to the health and economic strength of our country. I want to congratulate the new class of 40 Under 40 in Public Health, and particularly the 16 honorees who are doing such great work in local health departments to help ensure the safety of the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. They are on the front lines of addressing complex and emerging issues, like the opioid crisis and the re-emergence of vaccine-preventable diseases.” 

Laura Magaña, PhD, MS, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), said the new 40 Under 40 in Public Health leaders will inspire future professionals. “As an association dedicated to strengthening the public health workforce by working with our member schools and programs to educate the next generation of leaders, we could not be prouder to be able to recognize all of the honorees of this prestigious program,” she said. “These dedicated professionals truly epitomize the value of a public health education with their various career paths enabling them to play a vital role in advancing health in their communities.”  

For more information about the honorees and their accomplishments, visit  

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