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Alumni of the Year

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2014 Recipients

College of Health Sciences Alumna of the Year

Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H.’03, M.H.A.’03

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Jami S. Haberl, M.P.H.’03, M.H.A.’03

When the Iowa Business Council and key state agencies created the Safeguard Iowa Partnership (SIP) in 2007, its board of directors made a fortuitous choice in hiring Jami Haberl as its executive director. In addition to her diverse knowledge in public health, health care administration and emergency management, she brought to the job a keen ability to quickly mobilize aid and mass quantities of poly plastic, bottled water and other goods.

That ability has been critical in SIP’s response, as a statewide public-private organization, to such disasters as the floods of 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2013; the 2009 pandemic influenza outbreak; the 2010 ice storms; the 2011 windstorm; and the 2012 droughts.

Prior to joining Safeguard Iowa, Haberl served as a senior program manager at the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care and the executive director for the Centers for Disaster Operations and Response at the Iowa Department of Public Health. In the latter role, she provided functional oversight of the public health and health care preparedness program, served as the state of Iowa bioterrorism coordinator and was a regional representative for the State Directors of Public Health Preparedness’ executive committee. She was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Iowa public health and health care preparedness program.

Haberl is involved in the community as a member of the Drake Neighborhood Association, Iowa Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) Advisory Committee, Iowa Preparedness Advisory Committee, Iowa Contingency Planners, Iowa Emergency Management Association and Iowa Homeland Security Advisory Board. She is the secretary of the Iowa Public Health Association, junior liaison of the Wakonda Club Board of Directors and an executive committee member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Regional Consortium Coordinating Council.

A past member of the DMU College of Health Sciences Alumni Council, Haberl has served as a part-time faculty member for the college since 2006. The Lohrville, IA, native earned her bachelor’s degree in community health education at Iowa State University.

College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumnus of the Year

David A. Plundo, D.O.85, M.P.H.’11, FACOFP, FAODME

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David A. Plundo, D.O.85, M.P.H.’11, FACOFP, FAODME

In the many roles he’s served in the College of Osteopathic Medicine (COM), David A. Plundo, D.O.’85, M.P.H.’11, FACOFP, FAODME, will have a positive and lasting impact on the institution, its students and graduates. He joined the University as a faculty member in the department of family medicine, advancing to associate dean for clinical affairs and later associate dean for medical education and external affairs. He also served as COM acting dean from July 2012 until August 2013. Between his roles at DMU, Plundo served as director of a family medicine residency program in Ohio and as vice president of medical education at an osteopathic hospital in Michigan.

Plundo was instrumental in securing a grant from the Health Resources Services Administration that brought the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to Iowa in 2007. He served as the primary investigator for the grant. Working with the AHEC program in 2008, he began the Rural Medicine Educational Pathway at DMU as a mechanism to place primary care physicians critically needed in underserved rural Iowa.

Plundo started and still oversees the college’s comprehensive clinical exam, a mandatory weeklong course given to students at the completion of their third year rotations. This allows COM to evaluate students’ clinical performance and intervene with students who require additional academic support prior to beginning their fourth year.

During his tenure as acting dean, Plundo pushed for innovation that allowed for the integration the clinical medicine and anatomy courses. This created a new way for students to learn clinically oriented anatomy and physical diagnosis skills outside of their usual labs and exam rooms, reinforcing their understanding of both.

Working with student leaders, Plundo also began the Emerging Leaders elective course, teaching leadership in a health care environment and providing a pathway for students to become leaders in their profession. The course continues to have the largest enrollment among all electives within the college.

College of Podiatric Medicine & Surgery Alumnus of the Year

Sean T. Grambart, D.P.M.’01, FACFAS

Sean T. Grambart, D.P.M.’01, FACFAS

Sean T. Grambart, D.P.M.’01, FACFAS

As a student in the College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery (CPMS), Sean Grambart received the CPMS Leadership Award. That was a harbinger of the leadership, service and commitment he’s continued to demonstrate to his profession and medical alma mater: A member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) Board of Directors since 2010, in February he was installed as secretary-treasurer of the 7,000-member organization.

He has chaired the ACFAS annual scientific conference, the nation’s largest educational meeting for foot and ankle surgeons that draws attendees from around the world to discuss the most current techniques and technology for treatment of deformities, diseases and injuries of the foot and ankle. He has served on numerous committees of ACFAS as well as the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. In addition, he is an ACFAS diplomate and has been a fellow since 2006.

Grambart is a foot and ankle surgeon with Carle Physician Group, a 350-physician multispecialty group, and Carle Foundation Hospital in Champaign-Urbana, IL. Board-certified in both foot surgery and reconstructive rearfoot and ankle surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery, he is a clinical instructor in the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Medicine. He also works with the athletic departments of the University of Illinois and Eastern Illinois University.

A frequent lecturer on state and national levels, including at DMU’s annual Foot and Ankle Surgery Symposium, Grambart has authored a variety of medical papers, textbook chapters and other educational materials. He has received honors for research he’s conducted for ACFAS as well as the Carle Foundation Hospital’s Patient-Care Choice Award in 2011 and the Nurse Exemplary Friend of Nursing Award in 2010.

After completing a surgical residency with the Northwest Podiatric Surgical Program, Swedish Medical Center-Providence campus in Seattle, Grambart completed a trauma and reconstruction fellowship in Dresden, Germany.

Past Recipients

Year COM CHS CPMS
2013 James A. Grekin, D.O.’62, MACOI Traci A. Bush, P.T.’95, D.P.T., OTR/L, D.H.S Troy J. Boffeli, D.P.M.’90, FACFAS
2012 Anil K. Sahai, Ph.D., D.O.’79, FACP Marcia Grassman-Hammers, B.H.A.’88 Eric A. Barp, D.P.M.’01, FACFAS
2011 Charles A. Finch, D.O.’94, FACOEP Pam Harrison Chambers, PA-C ’92, M.P.H. ’01 William Hal Hatchett, D.P.M.’00
2010 Bernard Feldman, D.O.’80 Sarah M. Pavelka, M.H.A.’01 K. Linda Bratkiewicz, D.P.M.’91
2009 Nirmalendu K. Pandeya, D.O.’69 Kari R. Smith, D.P.T.’98, ’04 Nicki L. Nigro, D.P.M.’89
2008 Lester Goldblum, D.O.’79 Jodi L. Cahalan, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., PA-C’93 Michael S. Lee, D.P.M.’96
2007 Alison A. Clarey, D.O.’72 Louis M. Velazquesz, PA-C’02 Christopher Hendrix, D.P.M.’96
2006 Roberta Wattleworth, D.O.’86 Susan Schooler, PA-C’02
2005 Robert E. Suter, D.O.’89 Scott J. Leum, D.P.M.’95
2004 Joseph P. McNerney, D.O.’80 V. Kathleen Satterfield, D.P.M.’91
2003 Larry Baker, D.O.’77 David J. Caldarella, D.P.M.’90
2002 Stanley Gallagher, D.O.’76
2001 Teresa Hubka, D.O.’89
2000 Arnold Aaron, D.O.’61
1999 Martin Diamond, D.O.’60
1998 Gerald Cooper, D.O.’69
1997 Max T. McKinney, D.O.’69
1995 Richard Brown, D.O.’60
1994 Arthur Angove, D.O.’62
1993 Richard Kotz, D.O.’56
1992 Gilbert Bucholz, D.O.’58
1991 Rusty Wright, D.O.’29
1990 Murray Goldstein, D.O.’50
1988 Sara Sutton, D.O.’53
1987 William G. Anderson, D.O.’56
1986 Eugene Sikorski, D.O.’56
1985 Louis Eske, D.O.’54
1983 Patricia Cottrille, D.O.’51
1982 Myron Magen, D.O.’51
1981 Joseph R. McNerney, D.O.’37
1980 Harry Elmets, D.O.’46
1979 Dale Dodson, D.O.’51

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