Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine)
A specialist in hypertension, Dr. Michael Alderman is widely recognized for having questioned public health initiatives to lower the recommended level of dietary salt. His research has focused on understanding the wide variety of cardiovascular outcomes among patients with high blood pressure. He has been featured by The New York Times, the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.
Dr. Alderman has led pioneering studies on the role of the renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (a hormonal system that regulates blood pressure and fluid electrolyte balance) in cardiovascular disease. In 1973, he established the Worksite program for hypertensive care, a model for effective care and the largest ongoing treatment program of its kind.
Dr. Alderman has authored more than 270 scientific papers, book chapters and textbooks. He is editor of the American Journal of Hypertension, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the Association of American Physicians, and a past president of both the American Society of Hypertension and the International Society of Hypertension.
Dr. Alderman, who received his B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1958 and an M.D. from the Yale Medical School in 1962, did postgraduate training at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health while serving in the United States Public Health Service from 1964 to 1966. He was the Glorney Raisbeck Research Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine from 1967 to 1968, and in 1973 and 1977 received Travelling Fellowships from the World Health Organization.
Dr. Mente is a Principal Investigator for the Epidemiology program at the Population Health Research Institute. He received his doctoral degree in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto. He completed post-doctoral training in cardiovascular epidemiology at McMaster University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University. Dr. Mente has received a Research Fellowship from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and a Research Early Career Award from Hamilton Health Sciences.
Dr. Mente has studied the role of dietary sodium and cardiovascular diseases. His team conducted the largest ever epidemiologic study of the impact of sodium intake on blood pressure, cardiovascular disease risk, and mortality in the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study, a study of over 100,000 individuals from 18 low-, middle- and high-income countries on five continents. Recently, Dr. Mente has co-led work on the role of fats and carbohydrates in cardiovascular disease in the PURE cohort. He also has conducted numerous large systematic reviews of diet and cardiovascular disease including the impact of saturated fat.
Dr. McCarron is an Adjunct Professor/Research Associate in the Department of Nutrition, University of California-Davis and former Head of the Nephrology Division at Oregon Health & Science University. He has directed the public/private initiative, Shaping America’s Youth, addressing childhood inactivity and excess weight in partnership with the Office of the US Surgeon General and the American Academy of Pediatrics. An internationally recognized authority on the role of dietary nutrients in cardiovascular disease, his research originally identified the effect of the of the dietary pattern, now called the DASH diet, on high blood pressure, documented the amelioration of salt sensitivity when mineral intake was increased, reported the first observation that increasing dairy calcium intake was associated with lower BMI and defined the normal range of human sodium intake.
Dr. McCarron received the International Award for Modern Nutrition 2004. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the AHA Council for High Blood Pressure Research and is a founding member of the Board of the American Society of Hypertension. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Physiological Society. Dr. McCarron is the Chair of the Medical Nutrition Council of the American Society of Nutrition and a member of its Board of Directors. He has been featured in and contributed to national media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, CBS, BBC, PBS and NPR.
Dr. McCarron received his undergraduate degree cum laude in chemistry with highest honors from Williams College and medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his Internal Medicine training at Case Western Reserve-University Hospitals and Nephrology at Tufts-New England Medical Center where he also served as Chief-Resident in Medicine.
Dr. Staessen is Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the University of Leuven and former Head of the Clinic at the University Hospitals Leuven. He leads the Research Unit Hypertension and Cardiovascular Epidemiology, KU Leuven Department of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of Leuven, Belgium. In addition, Dr Staessen is Emeritus Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at the Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands and Scientific Officer of the R&D Group VitaK at Maastricht University.
Dr Staessen serves on the editorial board of several top-ranking medical journals. He is an Associate Editor of Hypertension, Hypertension Research, and Blood Pressure Monitoring. He serves on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Hypertension, the Journal of Clinical Hypertension, the official journal of the American Society of Hypertension, the Journal of Cardiology, the official journal of the Japanese College of Cardiology, and Arterial Hypertension, the journal of the Polish Society of Hypertension. He is advisor to The Lancet.
Stan D. Soderstrom is the executive director for Kiwanis International, a worldwide service organization in more than 80 nations, and the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. His background includes global and community-based work in the public and private sectors. Stan joined the staff of Kiwanis International in 1997. He has held several positions within the organization and is also an active club member, giving him a unique, guiding perspective. He operates with a belief: “True leaders don’t create followers…they create more leaders…no matter the age.”
One of Stan’s priorities is to develop fresher, more personalized models to attract and shape the next generation of Kiwanians. Stan served as chief impact officer, which focused on the worldwide growth and development of the Kiwanis’ youth and adult leadership programs. He led development of new membership-based service clubs for people who live with disabilities and has been responsible for strategic planning and board governance for Kiwanis International and its two youth organizations, Key Club International and Circle K International. Stan also serves as board member for the Iodine Global Network.
Bret Hodne manages the Public Services Department including coordinating overall work effort, supervising subordinates, evaluating personnel needs such as training, recruitment, etc.; develops, recommends and continually analyzes the yearly departmental budget; manages and recommends Public Services programs, including establishing priorities, reviewing efficiency, analyzing new equipment and technology; prepares agenda items for City Council meetings; makes recommendations to Council and attends all Council meetings as required; coordinates problem-solving and goal achievement with other departments, outside jurisdictions and agencies; interprets codes, ordinances, specifications, policies and professional engineering services for citizens, contractors, other departments, boards and commissions; negotiates contracts and agreements for Public Services Department; supervises the department’s writing of ordinances, contracts, resolutions, and agreements.
Max Perchanok leads Ontario’s Maintenance Technology Project. Mr. Perchanok developed and led research partnerships for continuous improvement of performance-based contract specifications that support a sustainable, privately delivered winter maintenance program on provincial highways. The scope included innovative policies, processes, technologies, materials and information products used in highway maintenance.
Tina Greenfield oversees the installation and maintenance of the Iowa DOT’s RWIS weather stations, conducts road weather training for the DOT’s winter maintenance personnel, and analyzes the Department’s salt use and winter operations performance and processes. Tina is the current chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Winter Maintenance Committee and represents her agency for the Aurora pooled fund research consortium. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Master’s Degree in meteorology before joining the Iowa DOT in 2004.
Pauli Undesser brings a vast knowledge of water treatment technologies, standards, codes and regulations, along with high-level project management skills, to her role at WQA. Prior to accepting the role of WQA Executive Director, she served as WQA’s Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs and Water Quality Research Foundation Executive Director. Under Pauli’s leadership, WQA successfully coordinated a coalition to re-write and simplify industry product certification laws in California, launched an unprecedented capital campaign for its foundation and developed an internal toxicology program. Pauli holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s degree in Biochemistry from Northern Illinois University, and is also a Certified Association Executive (CAE).