Tom 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 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.

Rebecca Bostwick

Program Director

Rebecca Bostwick oversees the Center’s 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 and Chair of the Community Impact Committee. She also serves on the Women's Leadership Initiative Steering Committee, an initiative of the Office of Student Activities at SU. She earned her Master's degree in public administration and a certificate in health services management and policy, both from the Maxwell School.

Leah Moser

Program Coordinator

Leah Moser manages 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.

Roberto Martinez

Healthy Neighborhood Project Coordinator

Roberto joins the Lerner Center full time as the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative Project Coordinator. Roberto earned his MPH degree from the CNYMPH program in 2015. He received his medical degree from the UNAN Medical School in Managua, Nicaragua. He most recently worked as the medical program coordinator for the AMOS Health and Hope agency in Managua, Nicaragua, leading a primary care and community health team to design, coordinate, and evaluate public health interventions in the rural areas of Nicaragua. 
He currently serves as an advocator for AMOS Health and Hope agency in the United States. Roberto also served as project coordinator for the neonatal syndrome abstinence project work taking place in Syracuse, funded by the NYS Health Foundation. Roberto can be reached at

Malcolm Philogene

Lerner Fellow

Malcolm Philogene is a second year student in the CNY MPH program. He received his bachelor's degree in Public Health and Biology from Rutgers University. He most recently interned at the Cortland County Health Department, working dental health initiative Cavity Free Cortland to reduce early childhood caries in Cortland County. In the past, he was also involved in the Hero Campaign for Designated Drivers. He enjoys playing the piano, physical fitness, and expanding his skill set. He wants to further explore the impact of policy in the practice of public health and medicine.

Billy Reed

Lerner Fellow

Billy Reed is a Central New York native, having grown up in the small town of Cazenovia just south of Syracuse. He is a medical student at SUNY Upstate Medical University and is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health through the CNYMPH program. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, Health, and Society from Cornell University in 2013. He has been involved with the Refugee Intake Clinic in Syracuse and is interested in the intersection of clinical medicine with public health policy. 

Anna Swanson

Lerner Fellow

Anna Swanson is an MPA student at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Originally from the Cleveland area, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Miami University in 2015. Recently she helped orchestrate a food insecurity action committee throughout Ohio, allowing food pantry suppliers to more closely work together with neighboring public actors. She enjoys rock climbing, ambling through farmers markets, and combing datasets. Anna hopes to eventually help bridge the socioeconomic gap in Syracuse and elsewhere by way of healthy and locally sourced food and smart food and health policy.

Katie Wood

Lerner Fellow

Katie Wood is a first 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 to be a Lerner Fellow so she can gain more knowledge and experience in the field of public health as well as help people along the way.

Former Lerner Fellows

Bridget Lenkiewicz

Timothy Smilnak

Maidel De La Cruz

Ian Grant

Matthew MacDougall

Leah Moser

Gabby Mirsaidi

Mary Doohovskoy

Brianna Cameron

Katherine Oja

Sadie Conrad