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Mark Your Calendar for the Careers in Public Health Panel Event

Attention Public Health students! Do not miss the Careers in Public Health Panel Event and Reception next Friday (February 22) at 3 p.m. Our panelists have made names for themselves in public health and are taking the time to give YOU some tips on your path to professionalism in public health. We really hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn from and network with some of the best in the business! Take some time to meet our guests below.

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Keynote Address

Joyce Irwin, President & CEO of Community Health Network Foundation

Joyce Irwin became Community Health Network Foundation’s new President and CEO on October 22, 2012.

Joyce was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana, where most or her family still lives.   At the age of eight, she contracted meningitis and was hospitalized at Riley Children’s Hospital and not expected to live.  From that experience, one of her brother’s became a minister and the other, a physician.  Joyce has always had a love of healthcare and a purpose of giving back; her role with Community Health Network Foundation is the fulfillment of two passions.

She declares herself a diehard Hoosier after being raised in Indiana and graduating from IU for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

With over 20 years of experience in healthcare ranging from managing physician practices owned by hospital systems to managed care management and regulatory experience in both pharmaceutical and diagnostics, Joyce has a wide range of experience.  Joyce enjoys the healthcare profession because of the compassionate, caring people with high integrity.  She is excited about the many challenges in the near future on how healthcare is financed and delivered.

Joyce’s husband, Marty, is the Director of the Purdue Center for Coal Technology Research and Energy Advisor to Governor Pence.  They have two shelties and two cats which are like their children. Joyce is very involved in the community on the Executive Leadership Team for the Go Red for Women, Board of Directors for Women in Government, and President of the Lugar Series for Public Service Series.  Having grown up in a very musical family and having studied voice at IU, she has had the opportunity to sing for several U.S. Presidents and at Governor inaugural ceremonies.  President George W. Bush presented her with the honor of “Outstanding Community Volunteer” and she is also a “Sagamore of the Wabash” recipient.  She has even experienced the excitement of landing on a carrier at sea.


Kyle DeFur, President of St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital

In his role as president since 2007, Kyle DeFur is responsible for oversight of St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital consisting of four inpatient facilities, comprising approximately 850 beds, and numerous outpatient facilities. The inpatient facilities include St.Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, St.Vincent Women’s Hospital, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent, Seton Specialty Hospital and St.Vincent Stress Center.  Kyle holds both a master’s degree in Hospital Administration and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, and a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University. He is board certified in Healthcare Management and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Kyle serves on the boards of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Indiana Youth Institute, Greater Indianapolis YMCA and Anderson University. Additionally, he was the Chair of the 2011 Heart of Gold Ball for the American Heart Association.

Kyle is married to Dana and has two children, Cameron and Clayton.

Joe Gibson, Director of Epidemiology, Marion County Public Health Department

Joe Gibson is the Director of Epidemiology at the Marion County Public Health Department, serving Indianapolis.  He chairs NACCHO’s informatics workgroups and represents ISDS on the BioSense 2.0 governance group.  He also works with the Regenstrief Institute to create public health informatics tools that leverage the Indiana Health Information Exchange.

Miranda Spitznagle, Director, Indiana Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Commission

Miranda H. Spitznagle, M.P.H. is the Director for the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health.  She previously served as the Director of Program Evaluation for the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission, formerly the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency.   She has over 10 years of experience in tobacco control program evaluation, public health policy, strategic planning, grant writing and program monitoring and evaluation. She is responsible for providing overall program management of the Indiana’s statewide comprehensive tobacco control program.  Prior to working in tobacco control, Miranda worked as a health policy analyst for Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning, focusing on data management and analysis, and previously worked in as a neuroscience research technician at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Mrs. Spitznagle holds a Master of Public Health from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Purdue University. She and her husband live in Indianapolis with their two sons.

Cameron Troxell, Vice President of Operations at Wellfit, Inc.

Cameron Troxell is a native Hoosier. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate work at Indiana University – Bloomington. He began his career in corporate health and wellness working for Corporate Fitness Works on a contract for Humana. Following his time with Corporate Fitness Works, Cameron began work as a Contract Manager for WellFit, Inc. WellFit is a small, Indiana-based wellness company that provides strategic wellness programming solutions to organizations spanning several different industries. More recently, Cameron has assumed the role of Vice President of Operations for WellFit. In this role, he is responsible for a multitude of facets of the company including business growth/development, maintaining strong client relationships, operational efficiency and program enhancement for each of WellFit’s corporate partners.

Emily Brinegar, Prevention Coordinator, Community Health Positive Link, IU Health

Emily Brinegar is the Prevention Coordinator at Positive Link, a program of IU Health Bloomington Community Health.  She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2003 and joined the hospital in 2005 as an HIV care coordinator.  Prior to her work with the hospital she spent one year as a hospice social worker and five years as an HIV care coordinator at Indianapolis’ Damien Center.  In 2006, she assumed the Prevention Coordinator position and has overseen significant growth in prevention programming within Positive Link.  Additionally, Emily is the Special Populations Support Specialist and provides harm reduction counseling to people living with HIV who have co-occurring substance abuse issues. She represents our region on a variety of state councils, including the HIV Community Planning Group and the State Community Action Group.  Locally she is active as the President of the Community AIDS Action Group and serves as co-chair of the hospital’s Mental Health Task Force.  Emily has presented on the effectiveness of PL interventions at the US Conference on AIDS and the Rural Conference on AIDS. Emily provides field instruction for the Bachelor and Master’s level Public Health students at Positive Link.


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