ASTHO Leaders Selected for de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health

September 07, 2023

ARLINGTON, VA—Today, the de Beaumont Foundation announced its 40 Under 40 in Public Health class of 2023, a national recognition for leaders changing the field of public health. One state health official, an ASTHO staff member, and three Diverse Executive Leading in Public Health (DELPH) scholars were selected for the list.

The recognition acknowledges the achievements of exceptional public health professionals and highlights ASTHO's role in cultivating visionary leaders.

ASTHO-affiliated selections include:

  • Paula Tran, state health officer and administrator, Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Service.
  • ASTHO staff member Alicia Justice, senior director, Programmatic Health Equity Initiatives and Strategy
  • DELPH scholar Dr. James Bell III, state assistant administrator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • DELPH scholar Heather Pangelinan, director, Public Health Services, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation
  • DELPH scholar Dr. Eric Tang, public health medical officer, STD Control Branch, California Department of Public Health

“I’m thrilled to see ASTHO leaders once again represented on the de Beaumont Foundation’s 40 Under 40 in Public Health list," says ASTHO CEO Michael Fraser, PhD. "This honor showcases their commitment to fostering healthier communities and driving positive change on a national scale."

“The professionals chosen for the 40 Under 40 in Public Health Class of 2023 demonstrate the determination, commitment, innovation, and resilience of the public health field,” said Brian C. Castrucci, DrPH, president and CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation, which launched the program in 2019. “Their work is strengthening communities and improving lives, and I look forward to following their careers and learning from them.”

The nominees represent 21 states and one territory and were selected by a distinguished panel of public health leaders and de Beaumont Foundation staff. It is the third installment of the list, which launched in 2019. The nominees come from a diverse range of backgrounds and professional roles.

The 40 Under 40 list also honors nine other state health department staff members, including:

  • Kara Buru, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Shelly Choo, Maryland Department of Health
  • Shamaree Cromartie Jones, Virginia Department of Health
  • Mallory Cyr, Association of Maternal Child Health Programs
  • Jervelle Fort, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
  • Stacey Kallem, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
  • Carolyn Rhodebeck, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Katrina Saphrey, Virginia Department of Health, Crater Health District
  • Julian Watkins, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Learn more about the 40 Under 40 in Public Health honorees.


ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing the public health agencies of the United States, the U.S. territories and freely associated states, and Washington, D.C., as well as the more than 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy and to ensuring excellence in public health practice.