Tom Dennison headshotTom Dennison | Faculty Director

Tom Dennison is a professor of practice in the department of public administration at the Maxwell School, director of the health services management and policy certificate program, and a senior research associate with the Center for Policy Research at Maxwell. He is also Chair of the Onondaga County Health Department Advisory Board. Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree in management from Syracuse University, a Master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University and a Doctorate in health planning and administration from Penn State University. Email:



Shannon Monnat headshotShannon Monnat | Lerner Chair

Shannon Monnat received her PhD in Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany in 2008. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse University, she was a faculty member for five years at University of Nevada Las Vegas and for four years at Penn State University. As a scholar of social inequality and social demography, Dr. Monnat’s research examines the correlates and consequences of social disadvantage, particularly at the intersections of place, public policy, and health. A common theme binding much of her work is a concern for rural people and places. Her current research focuses on spatial differences in opioid misuse and mortality and other diseases and deaths of despair. In another line of research, she examines associations between various social and public health policies and health behaviors and health care access. ​ Email:



Rebecca Bostwick headshotRebecca Bostwick | Managing Director

Rebecca Bostwick leads the Center’s organizational strategy, administrative and program operations, staff, and community partnerships. She has been at the University since 2005, previously serving as deputy director for SU’s Center for Health and Behavior. She has also worked for SUNY Upstate Medical University for the Commission for a Healthy Central New York, and for the Central New York Health Systems Agency. She is an active volunteer with the United Way of Central New York as a member of the Board of Directors. She earned her Master’s degree in public administration and a certificate in health services management and policy, both from the Maxwell School and is currently earning her MBA from the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. Email:




Leah Moser headshotLeah Moser | Assistant Director

Leah Moser oversees the Healthy Monday Syracuse campaign on the Syracuse University campus and in the community. She has been with the Lerner Center since 2011 as a Lerner Fellow. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in community, public and worksite health from Truman State University, and a Master’s degree in public health through the Central New York Master of Public Health program at  Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and SUNY Upstate Medical University. She earned a certificate in health services management and policy from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Leah is also a certified facilitator for the Diabetes Prevention Program with the Downtown Syracuse YMCA. Email:


2017-2018 Lerner Fellows

Jordana Gilman headshotJordana Gilman

Jordana Gilman is an MD candidate at SUNY Upstate Medical University and an MPH candidate in the CNYMPH combined Upstate and SU program. She hails from Rochester, NY and completed her undergraduate studies at Cornell University in the College of Human Ecology. After medical school, she plans to specialize in Obstetrics and Gynecology, with a special focus in reproductive justice and LGBT health. Email:



Carolee Lantigua headshotCarolee Lantigua

Carolee Lantigua is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. A recent 2017 graduate of Syracuse University, she earned her master’s in Political Science, Policy Studies, and Citizenship and Civic Engagement. Prior to being a Lerner Fellow, she interned for the Pew Research Center, working primarily on a case study of the Flint Water Crisis. Overall, Carolee’s interest is broadly focused on Global Health, particularly for vulnerable populations. Email:



Eunice LeeEunice Lee headshot

Eunice Lee is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She is focusing on nonprofit management while also pursuing a certificate in data science at Syracuse University’s School of Information Science. Previously, she served as the director of communications at New Community, a nonprofit community development corporation in Newark, New Jersey. Prior to transitioning to the nonprofit sector, she was a journalist and wrote for the Star-Ledger, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Desert Dispatch and Oregon Business Magazine. A native of Portland, Oregon, Eunice earned her Bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science at Emory University. Email:

Ibrahim Malik headshotIbrahim Malik

Ibrahim Malik a first year Master of Public Health student in the CNYMPH program in Syracuse. Ibrahim graduated from medical school in Saudi Arabia in 2015. Ibrahim developed a keen interest in community and population health during his time as a medical student and he carried over that interest when he returned to the US to complete his American medical board examinations. He worked with Citizens Campaign for the Environment on the clean drinking water campaign, working to increase NY State funding for water and sewage infrastructure improvement. Ibrahim also volunteers at the Syracuse Rahma Free Medical Clinic, and is currently working on a quality improvement study in the Department of Neurology at Upstate Medical University. Ibrahim is very excited to be part of the team at the Lerner Center and hopes to contribute towards the improvement of the health of the Syracuse community. Email:


Lerner Fellow Alumni

2016-2017: Ahmed Malik (MPH), Mia Mazur (MPA/IR), Guillermo Perez (MPA), Katie Wood (MPH)

2015-2016: Malcolm Philogene (MPH), William Reed (MD/MPH), Katie Wood (MPH)

2014-2015: Maidel De La Cruz (MPA), Bridget Lenkiewicz (MPH), Roberto Martinez (MPH), Timothy Smilnak (MD/MPH)

2013-2014: Brianna Cameron (MPH), Sadie Conrad (MPA), Roberto Martinez (MPH), Katie Oja (MPH)

2012-2013: Mary Doohovskoy (MPA), Ian Grant (MPH), Matthew MacDougall (MPH), Leah Moser (MPH)

2011- 2012: Ian Grant (MPH), Matthew MacDougall (MPH), Gabby Mirsaidi (MPA), Leah Moser (MPH)