Helen Azarian, MLIS
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library
Helen is a reference librarian (with an emphasis on community health) at the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library. She has over 11 years of public library experience, as well as 15 years in home care, plus experience in several other health-related environments. She is a strong believer in viewing personal wellness through a “social determinants of health” lens, which considers a broad view of factors that shape our physical and mental health. With this perspective in mind, she has developed collaborations with numerous community groups such as Patchwork Central, The Literacy Center, WorkOne, CareSource, Anthem, Homeless Services Council, the University of Southern Indiana, and the Evansville Promise Zone. These collaborations help to strengthen the information pathways to services that are available in our community to improve the overall quality of life of our residents. She and her husband Mohammad have two grown children, and one overgrown rescue Maine Coon cat.
Courtney Lee Horning
Director of Smoke Free Communities
Courtney facilitates the Smoke Free Evansville Coalition, which works with partners within our community to prevent and reduce the use of all tobacco products in Indiana and to protect citizens from exposure to tobacco smoke by changing the cultural perception and social acceptability of tobacco use, prevent youth in Indiana from ever starting to smoke, assist users in cessation, assist in the reduction and protection from secondhand smoke, and support the enforcement of tobacco laws concerning the sale of tobacco to youth and use of tobacco by youth.
Advisory Board Member, Institute for Public Health, University of Evansville
Sadaf Jawad is an adjunct professor of public health in the School of Health Sciences. Sadaf Jawad received her MPH degree in health policy from the University of Evansville, and her bachelor of medicine and bachelor of surgery (M.B,B.S) degree from Ziauddin Medical University in Pakistan. She has global experience in public health and has a special interest in teaching multiple subjects of public health including epidemiology, health economics and strategic management. She has worked on community health needs assessment, prioritizing health indicators and suggesting improvement guidelines for Vanderburgh County, and her work has won the first prize at the IPHAA 2018 conference at Indiana University Bloomington. Sadaf Jawad is also actively involved in projects aiming to tackle health disparities. She is currently working as an Administrative assistant at MASIHA, a free multi-specialty clinic for the uninsured population of Evansville.
Andy Lampkins, PhD, PharmD
Associate Program Chair / Associate Professor, Physician Assistant Science, University of Evansville
Dr. Andy Lampkins originally joined the faculty at the University of Evansville in 2013 as the G. Richard and Rita ’59 Eykamp Endowed Chair in Chemistry, and has been a licensed pharmacist for 17 years. Prior to coming to UE, he was the John R. Sampey, Jr. Research Professor at Samford University, where he taught in both the McWhorter School of Pharmacy and the Howard College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Lampkins’ research uses chemistry as a tool to solve problems in medicine. His group is involved in drug design/discovery, synthesis of bioactive natural products, and new reaction development. Specific research foci include the discovery of new drugs to combat Alzheimer’s disease and the development of “smart” therapeutics that can target, treat, and detect cancer simultaneously. Dr. Lampkins received his Pharm.D. from Butler University, his Ph.D. in organic and medicinal chemistry from the University of Florida, and completed a Walther Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame.
Robin is a community volunteer with Urban Seeds, a nonprofit organization active in implementing programs that increase access to fresh, nourishing foods to those who are nutrient-insecure, thereby elevating the Food Justice conversation. Robin loves preparing cooked-from-scratch meals, shared with others around her own dining table or in cooking classes! Teaching a “how to shop and cook on a budget” series, including cooked-from-scratch meals without taking hours in the kitchen is her specialty topic. As well, she is committed to supporting locally-grown, cleanly-grown food as one opportunity to create a vibrant local foods economy. Robin is also active with the Healthy Communities Partnership initiative, sponsored by Welborn Baptist Foundation and Purdue Extension which addresses all aspects of health as it relates to food access and food justice.
Dr. Mari Plikuhn
Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Evansville
Dr. Plikuhn received her PhD from Purdue University in 2010 in sociology with a graduate minor in gerontology. She also holds graduate degrees in sociology and marriage and family therapy. Her area of research specialization is in family sociology, specifically in the success of first-generation college students. Dr. Plikuhn teaches a variety of courses in sociology, including: Marriage and Family; Sex, Gender, and Sexualities; and Death and Dying. Dr. Plikuhn was named the University of Evansville Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2012, received the Sadelle and Sydney Berger Award for Service in 2016, and was elected the Treasurer/Secretary of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society for the Social Sciences in 2017. She currently serves as the Director of the Gerontology Center.
Dr. Diana Rodriquez-Quevedo
Associate Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, University of Evansville
Diana Rodríguez Quevedo received her PhD in Spanish – Latin American Literature from the University of Toronto. Prior to coming to the University of Evansville, she taught at the University of Toronto and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for one year. She has taught a wide variety of courses that include elementary to advanced Spanish, Latin American culture and civilization, Spanish conversation, business Spanish, and Latin America literature. Her research focuses on non-canonical texts of Latin America, such as testimonio narratives and songs. Her dissertation examined texts dealing with the phenomenon of forced internal displacement in the 20th and 21st centuries in Colombia.
Dr. Mark Shifflet
Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, University of Evansville
Dr. Shifflet is a professor of communication who currently serves as chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Evansville. He is in his 22nd year at UE. Among the courses he teaches are Health Communication, Intercultural Communication, Media Theory & Research, and Media Law. His research efforts have focused on communication strategies dealing with the issue of infant mortality in high-risk populations. He is a former scholar with the Journalism Resources Institute at Rutgers University where he worked with the Times-Mirror and Merck Foundations on research related to health communication. He is also a former Fulbright Scholar who studied the development of media systems in China as the country transitioned to a market economy.
Robert K. Spear, M.D.
Health Officer, Vanderburgh County Health Department
Dr. Spear is currently a Health Officer for Vanderburgh County Health Department. He's been a Sleep Medicine Physician at St. Mary’s Medical Center and Jasper Memorial Hospital, a Special Advisor to the President at St. Mary’s Medical Center and physician staffing for the Bariatric Center and Pre-Procedure Clinic. His other professional activities have included being past president of St. Marys Medical Staff, Chief of Medicine, Director of Critical Care Units, and Director of Respiratory Care Services at St. Marys Medical Center. Dr. Spear also developed and researched Endobronchial Brachytherapy and presented Original research at Conference in Washington D.C.
Dr. Bill Stroube
Professor, School of Health Sciences, University of Evansville
Bill Stroube is Professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Evansville. Before joining the UE faculty in 1998, he spent twelve years in management positions in the pharmaceutical industry, and eight years at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C. Dr. Stroube maintains an active research program and has authored and co-authored over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings. His research and teaching interests include international health care issues, medical ethics, and health care marketing and strategy. He is past president of the Division of Biology and Medicine of the American Nuclear Society, and past president of the international Business and Health Administration Association. He has extensive international experience leading student groups through several health care systems. He has taught over twenty-five summer classes in various formats in England, Hungary, Slovakia, and China. Dr. Stroube currently serves as Adjunct Professor at IMS Union University in Dehradun, India, and as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Nottingham, UK. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Murray State University, an MBA in finance from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in analytical and nuclear chemistry from the University of Kentucky.
Assistant Professor and Chair, School of Health Sciences, University of Evansville
Jeff has been the undergraduate athletic training education program director since 2003. Responsibilities include the day to day management of the undergraduate major in athletic training and maintaining standards set by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Prior to that, he served as an assistant athletic trainer for UE’s men’s and women’s soccer program as well as the men’s basketball team from 1996-2002 at UE. Jeff holds a master of exercise and sport science from the University of Florida and an undergraduate degree in kinesiology from Indiana University.
- Kathy Clodfelter, Deaconess Hospital
- Stacy Easley, Executive Director, ARG
- Jill Griffin, Vice President for Enrollment and Marketing, UE
- Andrea Hayes, Welborn Baptist Foundation
- Mary Kessler, Dean, College of Education and Health Sciences, UE
- Jerrilee LaMar, Associate Professor and Chair, School of Nursing, UE
- Constatine Scordalakes, Physician, Women’s Health Care, PC
- Jenna Zielske, Health Partner, Integrated Care