Educating Online To Impact Change Offline

Through the latest in technology, our team is passionate about bringing together brilliant minds from around the world to educate the next generation of public health leaders. Through your UC Berkeley Online MPH journey, you will receive high-touch service to help you succeed. Get to know the team behind the screens below.

Sylvia Ventura
Director of Online Education

Fun fact: Placed second in the junior district-wide Synchronized Swimming Championship

Deborah Barnett, PhD
Director of Online Pedagogy
Fun Fact: Got into online teaching to live in rural Alaska (but no longer does)

Evan vanDommelen-Gonzalez, DrPH, MPH
Online Academic Advisor and Faculty

Fun fact: Swam from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco three times

Julie C. Moss, MFA, MAEd
Instructional Designer
Fun fact: Gave a conference presentation entitled, “Love and Madness: The gothic novel from Austen to Poe.” 

Michelle Ruiz, MAEd
Instructional Designer

Judy Smithson, MEd
Program Manager
Fun fact: Had the opportunity to spin the “Big Wheel" on the Price is Right.

Stephanie Mech
Admissions Coordinator
Fun fact: Has a refrigerator shelf entirely devoted to hot sauce

Stephanie Nguyen
Enrollment Advisor
Fun fact: Secret originator and constantly living the YOLO lifestyle


We’re proud to be headquartered in Berkeley, California, a stone’s throw away from the best wine in the country and the tech innovations that are shaping our world. Our West Coast mentality shapes our approach in giving the best education to our students with the latest technology.