Gaylord W. Anderson Leadership Award
2013 Award Recipient: Susan Abderholden, MPH ’80
Executive director, NAMI Minnesota
For more than 30 years, Susan Abderholden has inspired and guided changes in policy, strategy and a continuum of services. These changes have resulted in significant improvements for persons with disabilities, students receiving special education, and children and adults with mental illnesses in Minnesota. The SPH Alumni Society congratulated Abderholden on receiving the 2013 Gaylord Anderson Leadership Award during the SPH Celebration of Giving on April 25.
Mr. Public Health: Contributions of Gaylord W. Anderson
Gaylord W. Anderson was the first dean of the SPH and called the University of Minnesota his home from 1937 to 1970, setting the school on the successful course it enjoys today. From his birth on campus to his status as professor emeritus until his death in 1977, he drew on his qualities to impact and make enormous contributions to the health and wellbeing of people worldwide.
Gaylord Anderson Award Criteria
The SPH Alumni Society Board annually seeks nominations for the Gaylord W. Anderson Leadership Award. Nominees embody Anderson’s qualities as a visionary leader, teacher, collaborator, and public health ambassador, and possess an abundance of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking.
Award nominees must have:
- Graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health
- Contributed substantial or enduring achievements to improve the health and well-being of people, communities, and society
- Served as an exemplary model or mentor in their role(s) as an educator, researcher, administrator, practitioner, or advocate in public health
- Demonstrated leadership and forward-thinking in advancing public health goals, initiatives, and outcomes
- Exhibited creativity and innovation in building partnerships, multidisciplinary teams, or service structures
Past Award Recipients
2013 Susan Abderholden, MPH ’80
2011 Bernard Harlow, MPH ’78
2011 Robert Hiller, MS ’58*
2002 Gordon Sprenger, MHA ’61
1999 Michael T. Osterholm, MS ’78, MPH ’80, PhD ’80
1998 Margaret M. Mackling, MPH ’69
1997 Ross P. Marine, MHA ’82
1996 Robert W. Ten Bensel, MPH ’74*
1995 Edith D. Leyasmeyer, PhD ’68
1995 Gayle S. Hallin, MPH ’77
1994 Michael H. Trujillo, MHA ’84, MPH ’84
1994 Willy De Geyndt, PhD ’70
1993 David L. Demets, PhD ’70
1992 Susan Hadley, MPH ’89
1991 Lawrence H. Meskin, MS ’66*
1990 Judith Bond Johnson, MPH ’77
1989 James A. Rice, MHA ’71, PhD ’91
1988 Sr. Mary Madonna Ashton, MHA ’58
1987 Lee D. Stauffer, MPH ’56
1986 Bailus Walker, Jr., PhD ’75
The Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health was founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University. There are now more than 70 chapters throughout the U.S. and abroad. The University of Minnesota’s Pi Chapter was founded in 1985 and has more than 700 members.
Membership in Delta Omega reflects the dedication of an individual to increasing the quality of the field, as well as to the protection and advancement of the health of all people.
Members are inducted to each chapter by a selective process that considers their outstanding performance and devotion to the field. The Pi Chapter is led by chapter president William Toscano and chapter secretary Traci Toomey.
National Induction Guidelines
Students: Chapters may induct up to 10 percent of the graduating student body. All student inductees must be in the upper 25 percent in class standing and must have demonstrated real or potential qualities of leadership in public health.
Faculty: Chapters may induct 3 percent of the full-time faculty. Adjunct faculty may not be appointed as faculty members. Faculty will be selected based on outstanding public health performance in scholarship, teaching, research, and the quality of publications.
Alumni: Chapters may induct at least five alumni, but no more than half the number of allowed student inductions. Alumni inductees’ work in the practice of public health should serve as a model for future graduates of the school.
Honorary: The first year that a chapter is active it may induct three honorary members. However, every year after the chapter may induct one honorary member or 5 percent of the allowed student membership, whichever is greater. Honorary membership should only be conferred upon persons possessing exceptional qualifications and those who have attained meritorious distinction in the field of public health.
2013 Inductees: Delta Omega Pi Chapter
- Biostatistics: Rachael L. Rivard, MPH
- Community Health Promotion: Laura A. Vergeront, MPH
- Environmental Health: Ashley E. Suchomel, MPH; Rebecca M. Burton, MPH; Roshani Dahal, MPH; Autumn M. Durfey, MPH
- Epidemiology: Erinn C. Sanstead, MPH
- Health Services Research, Policy & Administration: Rachel R. Hardeman, PhD; Anne E. Krohmer, MS
- Healthcare Administration: Kathryn L. Thesing, MHA
- Maternal & Child Health: Nicole L. Cerra, MPH
- Public Health Administration & Policy: Pari I. McGarraugh, MPH; Whitney L. Weber, MPH
- Public Health Nutrition: Victoria E. Pane, MPH
- Veterinary Public Health: Kristen K. Obbink, MPH
- Biostatistics: Wei Shen, MS ’94, PhD ‘96
- Environmental Health: Petrona A. Lee, MS ’84, PhD ‘12
- Epidemiology: Nina L. Alesci, MPH ’99, PhD ‘10
- Executive Program in Public Health Practice: Andrew McLean, MD, MPH ‘11
- Health Services Research, Policy & Administration: Rada K. Dagher, PhD ‘07
- Public Health Nutrition: Michelle S. Vaneslow, MPH ‘08
- Biostatistics: Kyle D. Rudser, PhD
- Environmental Health: Katherine C. Waters, DVM, MPH ‘07; Irina S. Stepanov, PhD
- Health Policy & Management: Katy B. Kozhimannil, PhD
- Lois Quam, Executive Director, U.S. Global Health Initiative, U.S. State Department, 2013 SPH Commencement Speaker