Kayla Behnke is an undergraduate pursuing a double major in Community and Nonprofit Leadership and Environmental Studies with a certificate in Global Health. She is empowered by the work being done at the institute and the projects she is involved in as the education programs intern. Covering a broad range of academic interest, she is allowing her passions to collide in the nonprofit and environmental world, preparing her for whatever the future may hold.
Katie Freeman is the program manager for the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health and also serves as an advisor for students enrolled in the program. Channeling a lifelong interest in environmental conservation, Freeman earned an MPA in Nonprofit Management & Sustainable Development from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is passionate about finding solutions that create economic incentives for environmental protections and community development, especially in the field of tourism. Her work has included directing communications for environmental organizations, managing hospitality certification programs and coordinating international development projects in the areas of education, health, conservation and community enterprise in Africa, Asia and South America. She was attracted to GHI for its integrated approach to global health and its efforts to tackle the root causes of health crises and inequities. When not working, traveling, or freelancing, Freeman enjoys getting to know Madison’s vibrant community and exploring the ample natural resources of the area.
Communications Specialist Ann Grauvogl believes we are shaped by the stories we tell, and telling them well is critical to effectively engaging the world. An award-winning journalist, author and copywriter for more than 30 years, she is committed to finding new and compelling lens to share GHI’s vision of improving health for today while ensuring resources are available to provide health for all tomorrow. Her work includes managing print and electronic communications for GHI. A Wisconsin native, she has worked for several midwestern newspapers and the University of Wisconsin Foundation, as well as managing her own freelance business.
Daegan Miller is a grant writer for the Global Health Institute and focuses on development. He also is the communications coordinator for the Health and Air Quality Applied Sciences Team, led by Tracey Holloway at the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Miller holds a doctorate in American environmental history from Cornell University, and he originally came to the UW-Madison as an A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities. When he’s not writing for GHI and SAGE, he’s working on his own projects (his first book is soon to be published by the University of Chicago Press), running, or, more likely, wrangling his two perfect, wild boys.
Yusra Murad is an undergraduate pursuing a major in Psychology and certificates in Global Health and Entrepreneurship, with Honors in the Liberal Arts. She is deeply committed to health equity, and plans to use her experience with the Institute to guide her in advancing global governmental public health by means of advocacy, justice and uplifting the voices of underrepresented groups.
Erika Palmer is an undergraduate pursuing a degree in Life Sciences Communications with certificates in Global Health and Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as a member of the UW Marching Band. She is passionate about health communications and equal human rights, specifically that of women and girls. She hopes to carry forward the initiatives of the GHI in her future work with global health organizations and nonprofits, along with the nursing degree she plans to seek following graduation.
Denise Roberts has a dual role as the Accountant for the Global Health Institute as well as for the Office of Sustainability. She is responsible for budget preparation and analysis, day-to-day financial processing, disbursement of seed grants awarded by GHI and OS, as well as sponsorship of local and national global health and sustainability events. In addition, she acts as the research administrator for submission and management of extramural grants.
Kim Santiago holds a degree in international relations, and a certificate in Environmental Studies, and has completed courses in the Global Health Institute certificate program. An advancement professional with extensive international experience, she spent eight years abroad as UW’s Asia Coordinator, supporting alumni relations, development, corporate relations, research collaboration and technology transfer issues. She strongly believes in the ethic of the Global Health Institute, its commitment to advance equitable and sustainable health for people, animals, and ecosystems – and is also interested in issues of equity and justice in health care systems, particularly how these issues affect women and children. At GHI, she is responsible for alumni relations, international development and engagement strategies.
Betsy Teigland is the Programs Coordinator at the Global Health Institute. She is responsible for administering the Graduate and Capstone Certificate program, the Global Health Faculty and Staff Travel Award program, and the SMPH International Clerkships. She also oversees the planning and organizing of the Global Health Seminar Series and the Annual Global Health Symposium. Betsy participated in a Study/Service semester program in southern India while earning a BS in Nursing from St. Olaf College. She and her husband also lived in Swaziland for a year where she participated in various volunteer activities. Currently, Betsy is very active with the Bhutanese refugee community here in Madison.
An Assistant Research Scientist, Samuel Younkin is the lead programmer and analyst
for the Global Health Institute’s Health-Oriented Transportation (HOT) Initiative. His research models the health and environmental
benefits of increasing active forms of transportation – such as walking
and cycling – among populations in the U.S. and abroad. Younkin joined GHI in
2016 with a decade of experience in the analysis of complex health data,
including a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at the Johns
Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, graduate study in applied
math and statistics, and supporting genetic analyses of Alzheimer’s
Disease at the Mayo Clinic. He holds a Ph.D. in Genetic Epidemiology from
Case Western Reserve University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
from Brown University. An avid fan of chess, Younkin is the proud father of
two young children who can name all of the pieces.