Lerner Center Group & Individual Headshots MaxwellTom 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:

Cynthia MorrowCynthia Morrow | Lerner Chair

Cynthia Morrow is Professor of Practice in the Public Administration and International Affairs department, as well as the inaugural Lerner Chair with the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. Through Upstate, Dr. Morrow is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Cynthia received her medical degree, as well as her Masters in Public Health, from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Dr. Morrow was also the former Commissioner of Health for the Onondaga County Health Department. She is currently an Editorial Board Member and peer reviewer for The Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. She is also a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Email:

Lerner Center Group & Individual Headshots MaxwellRebecca 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 as the project director 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 MoserLeah 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- a joint venture between Syracuse University 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:

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Katie Wood | 2015-2017 Lerner Fellow

Katie Wood is a second year student in the CNYMPH program. She is from Guilderland, NY and attended SUNY Oneonta where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Human Biology. She worked as an intern for SUNY Oneonta’s Health Education Office where she focused mainly on campaigns and programming for sexual violence prevention in the college environment. She enjoys physical fitness, reading, educating, learning and meeting new people. She is excited for her second year as a Fellow, so she can gain more knowledge and experience in the field of public health as well as help people along the way.


Ahmed-Malik_Picture-e1472657643645Ahmed Malik | 2016-2017 Lerner Fellow

Having completed his medical education in a developing country, Ahmed returned to the US with an interest in maximizing his potential to help improve the health of an entire community.  This led him to pursue a volunteer position at a local community clinic in Brooklyn, then a research fellowship at the University of Minnesota’s Qureshi Stroke Institute, and then, finally, to join the CNYMPH program, where he is currently a second year MPH student.  While in medical school, Ahmed was active in working with the under served communities connected to his medical school’s welfare clinic and he was involved in projects to engage the community and stakeholders in programs to improve their health. He is excited to be a first year Lerner Fellow and hopes to gain practical experience in engaging the community and in using evidenced-based programs to promote better health in a community.


MPA Maxwell Composite New Student Headshots 2016Mia Mazur | 2016-2017 Lerner Fellow

Mia Mazer is a first year MPA and MAIR student from New York City. She earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Mia worked at International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region where she communicated the urgency for policy change and service provision to ensure sexual and reproductive freedoms in Latin American and the Caribbean, and at HealthRight International where she supported maternal and neonatal health and family planning projects based in Kenya and Ukraine. Mia is thrilled to be a Lerner Fellow and eager to learn more about public health policy through community engagement and partnership building at the Lerner Center.


Guillermo-Guasp-Lerner-e1472829655145Guillermo Guasp-Pérez| 2016-2017 Lerner Fellow

Guillermo Guasp-Pérez is a first year Master’s in Public Administration student at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. A native from Puerto Rico, he recently graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics. During his undergraduate years he was deeply immersed in the UPR Academic Senate, General Student Council, and several student organizations. While pursuing his BA, Guillermo had different internship positions in the public and private sectors at the Senate of Puerto Rico, Department of State of Puerto Rico, JWT Puerto Rico, Unilever Puerto Rico, and the White House. As a Lerner Fellow, Guillermo is enthusiastic to gain experience and learn about public health and community engagement.


Former Staff

Roberto Martinez, Former Healthy Neighborhood Initiative Coordinator (2015-2017)

Former Lerner Fellows

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

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

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

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

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

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