IA SOPHE Board of Officers
Dr. Gayle Walter
Dr. Walter is currently a lecturer in the Health and Human Physiology Department at the University of Iowa. She received her PhD and MPH from Walden University. Prior to assuming the role of President of IASOPHE, Dr. Walter served as a Delegate Trustee on the Board of Trustees for national SOPHE, in addition to several committee appointments. She is also a member of the Iowa Public Health Association, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, and the American College of Sports Medicine. Her areas of interests include community health, global health, social determinants, and access to health care.
Advocacy Committee Chair
Jess is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology & Health from Iowa State University, and is currently employed in rural Iowa as a Community Health Specialist with a focus on public health literacy and positive environment structure. She has previous experience working in physical education, health education, employee wellness, health coaching, advocacy, and health care.
Jess is currently a member of several coalitions working together to promote healthy behaviors and address the needs of the community. Her areas of interest are health promotion, program planning and evaluation, and data analysis.
Membership Committee Co-Chair
Nikki is a senior at the University of Iowa and recently began studying Nursing. She hopes to one day work in the NICU, helping to promote health in the beginning stages of life. Nikki is currently a volunteer at the University of Iowa Hospitals where she is able to assist nurses and comfort the babies in the NICU. Her goal as the Membership Committee Chair is to bring knowledge to students and health professionals about what they can do to improve public health in our community.
Membership Committee Co-Chair
Bella is a senior at the University of Iowa studying human physiology on the Pre Medicine track. She currently works at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics as a Nursing Assistant where she observes first-hand how the hospital works all while helping her patients on various units. In her free time, Bella likes to run, hike, and learn more about the Iowa City community.
Ian is a senior, health studies major at the University of Iowa. While originally pursuing a degree in nursing, he developed a passion for many different aspects of healthcare, and now hopes to one day work in health administration. He is especially interested in how to make healthcare delivery more efficient. Ian currently works at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and is also a home healthcare CNA. In his free time, Ian enjoys exercising, reading about history, and drinking coffee and tea.
Kaci is a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying Public Health. At the University of Iowa, Kaci is involved with the Health Equity Advancement Lab as well as the Undergraduate Public Health Organization. Kaci is currently employed at the Institute for Public Health Practice as a Student Research Assistant. She has also worked as an intern for Jones County Public Health in Anamosa, IA. Additionally, Kaci spent time in Peru with the World Food Prize Foundation as a Borlaug-Ruan International Intern where she studied the native population and the health impacts of their nutritional habits. Through these experiences, she has worked with social media as a tool in public health communications, outreach in rural communities, and data collection. Kaci’s interests include improving health literacy in rural populations, nutrition, and maternal and child health.
Zoe is a senior at the University of Iowa studying Health and Human Physiology on the Health Promotion track. She will be attending the University of Iowa College of Public Health in fall 2019 to obtain her Master’s in Health Administration. She currently does research with the University of Iowa Injury Prevention and Research Center.
Continuing Education Chair
Tiffany is currently a Community Health Coordinator at the Scott County Health Department in Davenport, Iowa, where she oversees the Community Relations, Information, and Planning Services. She received her MPH in Executive Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Health Promotion: Women’s Health and Gerontology from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist and was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. Her areas of interest within community health include assessment, program planning, policy change, and health promotion.
I am a senior at Iowa and have served as the student delegate/representative for IA SOPHE for (almost) 2 years now. In Spring 2019 I will graduate from the University of Iowa majoring in Health and Human Physiology and a minor in Global Health. My course work and research has focused on health promotion, health for underserved populations, and international development.