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Career Services Team

Location: 722 West 168th Street, Suite 1003
General Email: msphocs [at] cumc.columbia.edu 

Heather Krasna, MS, EdM, Assistant Dean, Career Services 

Heather has 23 years’ experience as a career coach. She is co-author of the book 101+ Careers in Public Health, (3rd Ed) and also wrote Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service. She has worked at the University of Washington and CUNY, and as an executive coach and recruiter. She holds an MS in Nonprofit Management from the New School, and EdM from Teachers College Columbia University, and is pursuing a PhD in Public Health at Maastricht University. She is a Certified MBTI Practitioner, Diversity Recruiter, and Employment Interview Professional, and serves on the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development.

Specializations: Executives, Career changers, PhD students, alumni, employment outcomes data

Phone: 212-305-1548
Email: hk2778 [at] cumc.columbia.edu

Adi Clerman, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Career ServicesAdi Clerman, M.Ed, Associate Director, Career Services 

Adi has 16+ years of professional experience in recruitment and higher ed career services. Adi's recruitment experience includes time at JPMorgan Chase, DePaul University, and Edelman Public Relations. She has worked in Career Services at DePaul University, New York University and Columbia University. Adi holds a Master of Education in Counseling/College Student Development from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Psychology from Beloit College. 

Specializations: Employer Relations, Recruitment Timelines, Interviewing Skills and Salary Negotiation. 

Phone: 212-305-3803
Email: alc2278 [at] cumc.columbia.edu

Henryne Tobias, Ed.M., Assistant Director, Career Services

Henryne Tobias has 20+ years’ experience in career development with a specialization in health-related careers. Prior to joining the Mailman School of Public Health, Henryne was a Career Counselor at Pace University and Adjunct Pre-Health Post Baccalaureate Advisor at Hunter College. For 13 years, she founded and led a project called ExploreHealthCareers.org, designed to motivate and inspire students to pursue a broad range of health care careers. She earned a Master of Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Specializations: Advising premed students

Phone: 212-342-3600
Email: hg2105 [at] cumc.columbia.edu  

GINA VILLAZHINAY, MBA, Assistant director, career services 

Gina has 4+ years of professional experience in career and professional development with specializations in student engagement, campus recruitment, and data management. Gina earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Managerial Analytics from Mercy College and a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Communication from SUNY Geneseo.

Email: gv2313 [at] cumc.columbia.edu 

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Field Practice Team 

Location: Suite B2 of Tower 1, (60 Haven Avenue), within the Department of Population and Family Health
General Email: msph-ofp [at] cumc.columbia.edu 

Dr. Linda Cushman, Associate Dean for Field Practice

Dean Cushman has been at the Mailman School for more than 30 years as a Professor and Associate Dean in the Office of Education. She has extensive experience directing community-based studies related to health outcomes and access to health services in historically marginalized communities. A sociologist by training, she has expertise in reproductive health, survey methodology, and research design. She is an advisor and mentor to students and junior faculty, and has directed numerous field placement opportunities for students in a wide array of locations including the Dominican Republic, Uganda, and Native American and Mexico-US border communities in the United States.

Specializations: Research design, data collection, health disparities, reproductive health, service-learning, student field practice in domestic and international settings

Phone: 212-304-5270
Email: lfc2 [at] cumc.columbia.edu

Cassie Landers, Ed.D., MPH, Faculty Lead, General Public Health

Cassie has over 20 years of professional experience in international Child health and development. She has worked with UNICEF and other international agencies to promote policies and program in support of young children and their families. She is an Assistant Professor in the  Department of Population; Faculty Lead, General Public Health; and Director of the DrPH Program. She teaches courses in child development and global health. Cassie holds a Doctorate in Education and a Master’s in Public Health from Harvard University. 

Specializations: IRB Pre-screening; International, School-wide, and Domestic practicum with special focus on DrPH and Accelerated students  

Phone: 212-304-7313
Email: cl689 [at] cumc.columbia.edu

Ana Jiménez-Bautista, LMSW, Director of Field Practice

Ana Jiménez-Bautista, LMSW, is the Director of Field Practice at the Office of Careers and Practice. Ana has worked for Columbia University/NYPH for over 25 years in a variety of roles, including the coordination of community education and outreach for community and school-based clinics; and international internship/exchange programs. Ana’s life-long mission is to contribute to the improvement of the human condition and the reduction of health and wellness disparities. 

Specializations: General practicum support, development and implementation of new domestic and international practicum sites, coordination of international school-wide sites; and community, faculty, and staff support regarding practicum.

Phone: 212-305-5157
Email: Aj2168 [at] cumc.columbia.edu

Nery Gonzalez, MPH, LMSW, Administrative Director for Field Practice

Nery Gonzalez, MPH, LMSW has over 20 years professional experience working in the fields of public health and social work, focusing on programs supporting children, adolescents and their families. She is the Administrative Director for Field Practice within the Office of Careers and Practice and is an alumna of the Mailman School of Public Health.  Nery coordinates the Puerto Rico Interpofessional Education Fellowship, and assists students in exploring practicum and other fellowship learning opportunities that contribute to their public health training. She provides administrative support in facilitating practicum stipends and Scope of Work related issues.  

Specializations: Puerto Rico Fellowship, Interprofessional education, practicum stipends

Phone: 646-354-3214
Email: ng85 [at] cumc.columbia.edu