Program in Public Health Leadership and Administrative Staff

​Program in Public Health Leadership

Lisa Benz Scott, PhD
Director, Program in Public Health
Professor, Schools of Health Technology and Management, Medicine, and Dental Medicine

Julie Agris, PhD, JD, LLM, FACHE 
Director, Health Policy & Management Programs
Associate Professor, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine

Olga C. Aroniadis, MD, MSc, FACG
Director, MS in Epidemiology and Clinical Research Program
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine & Director of Clinical Research, Department of Medicine, Stony Brook Medicine

Brenda MacArthur, PhD
Director, Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communication
Assistant Professor of Practice, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Stony Brook University

Jeff Ritter, DBA, MBA
Associate Director, Health Policy & Management Programs
Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine

John A. Rizzo, PhD
Director, PhD Program 
Professor, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine    

Dylan Smith, PhD
Director, MPH Program
Associate Professor, Department of Family, Population & Preventive Medicine 


Program in Public Health Administrative Staff

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Catherine Polster, MA 
Senior Staff Assistant, Assistant to the Director
Phone: 631-444-9396

Catherine joined Stony Brook Medicine in the Department of Preventive Medicine in 2010 as a Data Coordinator in the Division of Epidemiology, and in 2013 became a Project Administrator for the Program in Public Health for several multi-site research grants. During this period she co-authored several publications and presented abstracts of her research nationally. In 2018 Cathy expanded her role within the Program to assume the duties of Senior Staff Assistant and Assistant to the Director. An English major who graduated from American International College many years ago, Catherine has just earned her Masters in Higher Education Administration at Stony Brook University. She is the Co-Graduate Chair for the Stony Brook Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and a member of the Stony Brook Workforce Diversity Committee. In her free time Cathy enjoys country music, reading, kayaking, and spending time with family.


Lakshmi Ramsoondar-Ahmad, MA
Associate Director for Academic & Student Affairs
Phone: 631-444-2074


Krista Gottlieb, MBA, PMP
Assistant Director, Health Policy & Management Programs
Phone: 631-638-7762

Krista Gottlieb provides administrative support to the Program in Public Health and its health policy and management programs, the MHA Program and MPH HPM Concentration. Krista works with PPH faculty, staff, students and key stakeholders through to support program operations and management of distance learning and accreditation processes to encourage continuous quality improvement. In her previous role as the Accreditation and Assessment Specialist, she supported the PPH in its successful pursuit of national, program-level accreditation in health management by CAHME and re-accreditation in public health by CEPH. She previously served the PPH as the Staff Assistant for Student Affairs, working closely with students throughout the admissions process. Prior to her time at Stony Brook University, she served as the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the School of Arts and Science at Iona College, working with various graduate programs and their respective accrediting body requirements.
Krista holds a B.A. in Spanish Language, M.B.A. in Management, an Advanced Graduate Certificate in International Business, and Project Management Professional certification. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, Alpha Mu Gamma, Sigma Delta Pi, and Beta Gamma Sigma. She is a native Long Islander, avid concert goer, and is involved in a Brooklyn-based, grassroots fundraising organization to benefit cancer research.




Pascale Fils-Aime, MPH, MBA
Practicum Placement and Community Engagement Coordinator
Phone: 631-216-8221

Pascale Flis-Aime has earned 3 degrees at Stony Brook University (BS in Health Sciences and Sociology, MPH in Community Health and MBA in Management). Utilizing her own experiences as a graduate from the Program in Public Health, she is eager to help guide MPH and MHA candidates in her role as Practicum Placement and Community Engagement Coordinator. Prior to this, she served as the Community Health Coordinator at the Long Island Health Collaborative - a position that gave her the opportunity to foster relationships with organizations across Long Island. 

A lifelong Long Islander, Pascale lives for the summer! She also is an avid traveler and hates frogs.


Christine Ziman, MA
Assistant Director for Administration and Finance

Christine Ziman earned a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from Purchase College and two degrees from Stony Brook University (B.A. in History and an M.A. in Liberal Studies). She had spent fourteen years in the healthcare environment working as a credentialing coordinator for physician appointments and as an assistant to the directors of operations and nursing. She is currently attending Stony Brook in the Higher Education Administration Graduate Program. She joined the Program in Public Health as the Senior Staff Assistant in fall 2018.