Jan Carney, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Public Health and Professor of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Clinical Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory and Radiation Sciences,UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Education: AB, Middlebury College, 1976; MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1981; residency and chief residency in internal medicine, University of Vermont/Medical Center; MPH Harvard School of Public Health,1987; board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Carney served as Vermont’s commissioner of health from 1989 to 2003, for three gubernatorial administrations. During this time, she created and led the “Healthy Vermonters” initiative, credited by the Burlington Free Press with helping “make Vermonters among the healthiest of Americans and certainly among the best educated about the condition of public health in their state.” Dr. Carney is an experienced teacher, practitioner, and leader in public health. She was Vermont’s first recipient of a Local Legend Award, a collaboration between the American Medical Women’s Association and the National Library of Medicine to highlight the contribution of women physicians around the country. Recipients are nominated by members of Congress.
William C. Bress, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, UVM College of Medicine
Education: BA, C.W. Post College, 1971; MS, St. John’s University, 1978; PhD, St. John’s University, 1984
Dr. Bress has more than 40 years of experience in clinical, forensic, and environmental toxicology.
In his 26 years as state toxicologist at the Vermont Department of Health, Dr. Bress participated in many town, state, and federal public meetings dealing with environmental health issues. He has worked in clinical laboratories, crime labs, and medical examiners’ offices, and he spent 10 years as a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Committee on Acute Exposure Guidelines. In addition to teaching, Dr. Bress is currently consulting on emergency-preparedness issues.
Heidi Gortakowski, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Education: BA in Science, Technology & Society, Vassar College; MPH in Epidemiology, Yale School of Public Health
After completing her degree in public health, Heidi Gortakowski accepted an applied epidemiology fellowship with the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to her work in HIV surveillance, Heidi focused on using GIS to map the prevalence and burden of HIV in New York. She is currently an epidemiologist at the Vermont Department of Health working in performance management. As the performance improvement manager, she oversees performance accountability and leads the department in its efforts to build infrastructure that supports the effective use of data to drive governmental decision making. Heidi sits on the advisory board for the CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship and has contributed to peer-reviewed literature in the fields of HIV, asthma, physical activity, tobacco, and workforce development.
William Wargo, Esq.
Education: AB, Columbia College; MSW, Hunter School of Social Work; JD, New York University School of Law
William Wargo served as the Vermont Health Department’s legal counsel for more than 15 years. Before that, he worked as a social worker in New York City, assisting foster children, counseling disabled veterans and initiating a creative writing group for them, providing individual and family counseling to recovering drug addicts, working with Bowery alcoholics and beginning a softball league for them, and providing emergency therapeutic services for people in crisis. As a lawyer, he has managed two legal services offices (one providing services to low-income people on New York City’s Lower East Side and the other providing services to prisoners) and served as the Winooski city attorney for 10 years. He has taught law for about 20 years at St. Michael’s College and also has taught courses on many subjects, including constitutional law, Shakespeare, sociology, and Vermont history, at Community College of Vermont.
Vicki Hart, PhD
Clinical instructor, UVM College of Medicine
Owner and Principal, Hart DataWorks LLC
Education: BS in Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University, 1999; MS in Biostatistics, University of Vermont, 2010; PhD in Epidemiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014.
Dr. Hart is an epidemiologist and biostatistician interested in using data and statistical analysis to support healthcare and other organizations in improving public health in our communities. Dr. Hart’s academic research focused on risk factors associated with breast cancer development and quality of life after treatment for non-invasive breast cancer. Prior to graduate school, Dr. Hart worked in aerospace manufacturing engineering and operations management. This applied background informs her focus on the application of epidemiologic and biostatistics methods in practice.
Susan E. Schoenfeld, MSPH
Instructor, Department of Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Education: BS Education, University of Vermont, 1975; AD Nursing, University of Vermont, 1982; Master of Science, Public Health, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, 1989.
Susan Schoenfeld worked at the Vermont Department of Health for 25 years, serving as the Epidemiology Field Unit Chief and Deputy State Epidemiologist. Her job responsibilities included managing Vermont’s TB Program (2005-2014) and working as the State’s Refugee Health Coordinator (2008-2014), bioterrorism preparedness planning, and coordinating Vermont’s participation in the US-Canada Eastern Border Health Initiative. Susan retired from the Health Department in 2014. Since then, she has worked in West Africa as a CDC contractor (Guinea and Liberia spring 2015; Guinea, Spring 2016), with work responsibilities including Ebola surveillance and response to measles and polio outbreaks. She teaches Investigating Disease Outbreaks.
Sarah Vose, Ph.D.
Instructor, University of Vermont Graduate Public Health Program
Education: B.S. in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University, 1999; PhD in Molecular Toxicology, University of California, Berkeley, 2008.
Sarah’s Ph.D. research focused on pesticide metabolism and chemistry, and potential biomarkers for neurotoxicity. She went on to complete post-doctoral training at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, in the Genetics and Complex Diseases Department. Sarah studied Cockayne Syndrome, a progeria caused by defective DNA repair. In 2012, Sarah accepted the State Toxicologist position at the Vermont Department of Health, in Burlington. Sarah oversees risk assessments, cyanobacteria monitoring, private drinking water, chemical emergency response, and the Chemical Disclosure Program for Children’s Products.
Charles Hulse, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Heidi Hales, PhD
Clinical Instructor, UVM College of Medicine
Education: BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1993; MA in Conservation Biology, University of Pennsylvania; PhD, Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont