Career Development

The Alumni Speaker Series: Community Health and Wellness

March 3, 2020 at 4:00pm7:00pm

Grant Auditorium, Grant Auditorium

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Falk College and Syracuse University Career Services present The Alumni Speaker Series: Community Health and Wellness March 3, 2020, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Grant Auditorium followed by a networking reception from 5 to 7 p.m. The panel discussion will focus on trends in community health and wellness. The topics will be of particular interest to students seeking internships or careers in nonprofit management, mental health counseling, public health education and policy, nutrition, food systems and policy, social justice, and higher education access.

This event is the first of a series of Falk College alumni panels, which bring alumni back to campus to discuss current industry trends of interest to Falk students and share valuable career experiences and insights.

All are welcome to join the alumni and several area employers after the panel in the Wildhack Lounge (next to Grant Auditorium) for a reception. This is an opportunity for additional one on one questions and networking. Refreshments will be served during a reception to follow in Wildhack Lounge.

CART services are provided.

The 2020 Alumni Presenters:


Sam Boadu jr. ’15

Sam Boadu Portrait

Public Health & Biology (SU), MPH (Boston University)
Division Administrator, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Samuel Boadu Jr., MPH is the Division Administrator for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. His interest lies within the realms of community development, educational opportunity, cultural competency, and sensitivity, as well as local and international healthcare. He graduated from Syracuse University with a dual bachelor of science degree in biology and public health and holds a dual Master of Public Health, and Health Policy and Management and Global Health degree from Boston University.

Sam’s LinkedIn Profile


Emily Danckers ’15

Emily Danckers Portrait

Nutrition & Exercise Science (SU), MS in Allied Medicine and Sports Nutrition (Ohio State)
Team Sports Dietitian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Emily Danckers, MS graduated from Syracuse University in 2015 with a major in nutrition and a minor in exercise science. Since graduating in 2017 from Ohio State University with a master of science degree in sport nutrition, she has worked for two Chicago Cubs minor league teams as a sports nutritionist and the University of Illinois as a team sports dietitian with the men’s and women’s basketball, softball, women’s soccer, and women’s golf teams.

Emily’s LinkedIn Profile


Payal Gupta-Beam G’91

Payal Gupta-Beam Portrait

Master of Social Work (SU), LCSW
Vice President, Mental Health Systems, San Diego, CA

Currently a Vice President for Mental Health Systems, a California non-profit, Syracuse University social work alumna Payal Gupta-Beam, LCSW, has served children, adults and communities impacted by behavioral health disorders. Passionate about improving access to healthcare, Payal works across disciplines with community partners. Her career has included working with local colleges and universities, food banks, law enforcement, hospitals, animal shelters, transportation, advocacy groups and all aspects of healthcare providers in an effort to improve the community she serves.

Payal’s Linked Profile


Suzanne Kelley G’92

Suzanne Kelley Portrait

HDFS (UVM), Master of Social Work (SU)
Healthy Communities Coordinator, State of Vermont

After working as a family counselor and with homeless and runaway youth for several years, Syracuse University social work alumna Suzanne Kelley, MSW, transitioned into a 20-year, successful career in public health and chronic disease prevention. Suzanne currently manages the Healthy Community Design Program for the Vermont Department of Health and manages Vermont’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed), a USDA obesity prevention program for people who are eligible to receive SNAP benefits.

Suzanne’s LinkedIn Profile


Ahmeed Turner G’08

Ahmeed Turner Portrait

Marriage and Family Therapy (SU)
Syracuse Chapter Executive Director, Say Yes to Education

As a former counselor, violence prevention educator, career transition specialist, and therapist, Ahmeed Turner, MA has extensive experience in assessing needs and developing programming and response plans to meet those needs, along with his community outreach and background as an educator. Ahmeed currently serves as the Syracuse Chapter Executive Director of Say Yes to Education. He completed his with a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Syracuse University and holds a Master of Non-Profit Administration from Notre Dame.

Ahmeed’s LinkedIn Profile


For Syracuse University students, registration is appreciated, though not required, through Handshake below. For faculty, staff, and community attendees, please RSVP to falkcareers@syr.edu.

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This event was published on February 21, 2020.


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