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Tom Kane, JD MS MPH CPH - President

Tom is a former Federal civil servant and a former member of the Federal Senior Executive Service.  In addition to holding several law degrees, Tom has an epidemiology track MPH degree from the George Washington University and an MS degree in exercise science and health promotion from Pennsylvania Western University.  Tom is an active member of the American Public Health Association and holds elected positions with the APHA Physical Activity and Mental Health Sections, and is an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine and a member of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative on Youth Sports & Health.



Sabrina Epou, MPH - Vice President

Sabrina completed her Master of Public Health degree at New York University with a concentration in global health. She has nearly 5 years of professional experience in the field of public health. She currently works as a program manager at the National Institute of Health (NIH) where she helps oversee a multi-million dollar NIH-funded training grant. She also supports in the efforts of portfolio analyses and evaluation in order to make data-driven decisions in the administration of the institute’s programs. Prior to joining NIH, Sabrina worked in a variety of settings including international global organizations such as UNICEF and at the state health department level. She has led various research projects ranging from immunization to maternal health equity.  Sabrina is serving with the DCPHA in her personal capacity.

Stephanie Swanson, MPH - Secretary 

Stephanie Swanson is the Director of Education at the American Society of Addiction Medication and has expertise in substance use and overdose prevention, harm reduction, and youth mental well-being. She has directed national initiatives aimed at building the capacity of addiction treatment professionals, state and territorial health officials, primary care providers, and community-based organizations to prevent and treat substance use disorders. She currently serves as Director of the Providers Clinical Support System for Alcohol Use Disorder at the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Stephanie holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Arts in political science and communication studies from Gustavus Adolphus College. 



Erin Buchanan - Immediate Past President

Erin Buchanan works at the National Quality Forum in the Quality Measurement department. She obtained her MPH from GWU in 2014 and her BS in health science in 2012 from Towson University.  Erin has always had a passion for health and has pursued that not only in her career but in her free time as well. When she was younger, she committed time to volunteering with the health department and health related health organizations in Harford County, Maryland. 

Ayanna Woodberry - Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council (ARGC)

Ayanna N. Woodberry is a doctoral student in the Department of Biology at Howard University. Her research interests include various aspects of cancer biology, in which she hopes to use her findings to address cancer disparities using public health interventions. Ayanna holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Virginia Union University, a Master of Public Health from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Science in Biology (with a concentration in Cancer Biology Prevention and Control) from the University of the District of Columbia-Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership Program. She is recognized as a 2020-2021 Cancer Research Education Program Scholar through the Howard-Georgetown Collaborative Partnership in Cancer Research. She is a Certified Global Breast Health Educator through the Know Your Lemons Foundation, and she serves on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations. Furthermore, in 2021, Ayanna launched a new public health initiative called, “Moving from Surviving to Thriving”, which has served over 300 individuals in 12 states, Grenada, and Tanzania, though monthly educational sessions focused on a variety of health disparities, as well as through the distribution of medical equipment and supplies.

Who We Are

DCPHA is dedicated to betterment of health in Washington, DC. This organization is comprised of public health practitioners throughout the region who are passionate about improving public health. 

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