Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, holds a Doctorate of Public Health with emphasis in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine from the University of Kentucky, a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in Bio-Systems Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Statistics from Tennessee State University. Since April 2017 he has held the position of Director of Health and Human Services for the city of Brookline, Massachusetts. Dr. Jett is a national leader in public health as Past President of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). He is a member of Leadership Seminole Class 23, American Public Health Association, and honorary member of Kentucky’s Delta Omega Public Health Society. Dr. Jett has authored numerous publications and acquired millions of dollars for local health department’s infrastructure over a 25-year career. Dr. Jett is passionate about improving communities and addressing issues involving the social determinants of health including housing, women’s health services, men’s health, tobacco, homelessness, gun violence, climate change, and health inequities.
Thomas Corbett is currently in the role of System Finance Administrative Fellow at Medical University of South Carolina Health in Charleston, South Carolina. Thomas was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and spent his undergraduate and graduate years at the University of Kentucky. As an undergraduate student, Thomas worked as an athletic trainer for UK Athletics supporting the football and soccer programs. Thomas has held positions with UK Healthcare and Norton Healthcare in Louisville. As a current Administrative Fellow, Thomas is heavily involved with Cares and FEMA funding, system-wide financial planning and analysis, and service-line business management. When he is not working, Thomas loves the opportunity to explore Charleston, remain active in sports and fitness, and spend time with friends and family.
Lucas Brooks is currently the Assistant Administrator at Appalachian Regional Healthcare in Barbourville, Kentucky. Lucas grew up in Pineville, Kentucky and attended Centre College where he received his undergraduate degree with a double major in Economics and Finance & Politics. After completing an Administrative Fellowship with UNC Health in Lenoir, North Carolina Lucas returned to eastern Kentucky to work in his current role. As Assistant Administrator, he oversees the operations of various departments throughout the hospital and is responsible for projects relating to ARH’s Medicare Value Based Care Program (BPCI-A). When he is not working, Lucas enjoys spending time outdoors, whether that be hiking or running in the mountains, being on the lake, or playing golf and tennis.
Mabruk Quabili is currently a Program Director for HNI Healthcare in Solon, Ohio. Mabruk grew up in Lexington and attended the University of Kentucky where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a Master’s degree in Public Health. Throughout his career, Mabruk has worked in various positions in healthcare, most notably as a consultant for a statewide, Medicare-funded project to reduce health-related disparities. In his current role he administers the operations of the hospitalist group for the Lake Health Medical Center System, which includes a BPCI program and a multimillion-dollar budget. When he is not working, Mabruk enjoys spending his time with his wife and children, as well as playing tennis and creating memories with family and friends.
Chioma Okafor is the Country Programs Manager at Pact, a global health non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Chioma grew up in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to the United States where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of West Georgia and Master of Public Health degree at the University of Kentucky. Prior to her role at Pact, Chioma worked at Project HOPE as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While at the CDC Chioma completed an ORISE research fellowship in climate and health and worked as a public health analyst for the Global Road Safety Program, which supports unintentional injury programs in Asia and sub-saharan Africa. Chioma has also worked professionally in her home country, having spent time as a supply chain integration and health innovations program consultant. In her free time, Chioma enjoys travelling and hosts a monthly podcast on current affairs with a focus on the immigrant experience.
As a dual citizen of both Syria and the US, Majd began his higher education journey in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Aleppo in Syria. Upon moving to Lexington, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Master of Health Administration at the University of Kentucky. Majd is passionate about improving healthcare delivery and quality in America and globally, having held pharmacy positions in Syria and healthcare positions at Baptist Health Lexington and Bluegrass Care Navigators in Kentucky. Majd is currently finishing up his studies in the Physician Assistant program at the University of Kentucky and with his spare time serves on several local and state boards dedicated to health and patient care. His focus is on healthcare management as he aspires to become a hospital administrator who can lead real change in a troubled healthcare environment. Majd enjoys jet skiing, exercising, and being around family and friends.
Gabriella Hodges grew up in London, Kentucky and is currently employed as the Senior Regional Epidemiologist for Kentucky’s Cumberland Valley region. She attended the University of the Cumberlands where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and the University of Kentucky where she earned a Master of Public Health degree. While a student in the MPH program, Gabriella served as a graduate assistant in the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Healthcare Associated Infections Prevention program. In 2016, while finishing her coursework she accepted an epidemiologist position in her hometown. When she is not working, Gabriella enjoys travel, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.
During the first half of her career, DG Gridley earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana University and taught school while raising three sons with her husband, Lawrence. Now in the second half of her career, she works to improve the lives of seniors by delivering a new way to age well at Grace Place—Your Best Life 50+ Club. In between the first and second halves of her career life, DG earned a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Kentucky and gained experience in health, life, and long term care insurance. Attaining optimum health has been a lifelong pursuit for DG. Surrounded by family members who were health care professionals, DG learned early on that her wealth was her health. She now wants to share what she learned and help others to their best health possible.