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May 2018 - School of Public Health
National Alumni Society Member

MANZELLA BRYN2Name: Bryn Manzella

Degree(s) and Graduation Year(s): BS Health Administration and Health Education 1983; MPH-Health Behavior - 1985

Hometown: Asheville, North Carolina

Current town: Hoover, Alabama

Current employer and job: Jefferson County Department of Health; Director of Quality Improvement/Quality Improvement Officer

What is your favorite UAB memory? After class and work, networking at a local watering hole with faculty and staff. I learned as much public health through these gatherings as in class.

How has UAB impacted your life? My MPH has opened career opportunities that would not have been available without it. The skills I developed in programmatic evaluation and research design have been useful in every job I’ve had.

What made you choose your current profession? My love for research, quality is research without all the rigor, and evaluation to change outcomes.

What lessons has your professional life taught you? Life is about continuous learning; everything you do, whether successful or an epic fail, is educational.

If you were given the opportunity to spend 48 hours with absolutely anyone (living or dead), who would you spend it with and what would you do? My Dad. He was always my biggest fan and best advisor. I’d walk the beach with him for hours collecting shells and solving the world’s problems!

What song (if any) are you listening to? Hold On by Santana

If you could have a new talent, what would you want? To be a GIS whiz like Ariann Nassel.

Describe your favorite pair of shoes you own now. Denim flats with multi-colored flowers embroidered on them. They make so many of my casual outfits work.

I really wish email hadn’t been invented. I miss voice-to-voice communication.

Describe your day in a six word sentence. Work hard; go to sleep early.

What do you love most about what you get to do every day? Knowing that downstream what I do helps improve the lives of those who live, learn and work in Jefferson County, Alabama.

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? A large Shefflera that originally belonged to Carole Samuelson, MD, former Jefferson County Health Officer and public health hero.

Student Alumni Society Member

Bijal VashiName: Bijal Vashi

Graduation Year: August 2018

Major: Public Health

Hometown: Mobile, AL

Why did you choose to attend UAB? UAB was the only in-state school with a great public health program. I am also pre-med, which made UAB appealing since there are so many different types of opportunity with the medical district being right down the street.

Who is the best professor that you have had at UAB so far (and why)? I have two favorite professors, Dr. Redden and Dr. Watts. Both always wrote out everything on the board. There weren’t any PowerPoints, which made learning the material better since you have to pay attention. They also explain everything and stop to make sure everything is clear. Both were concerned with students understanding the material more than grades, which made for a great learning environment.

What is your favorite UAB memory? The UAB homecoming football game.

How has UAB impacted your life? I have been able to be involved in things I never thought I could do. The opportunities UAB offers have helped me become a better student and has helped me learn more outside of the classroom.

If you were on a plane beside your favorite celebrity, what would you do? I would probably sit there awkwardly and maybe try to get a picture, but knowing me I probably would be too scared to ask.

What is one of your favorite song lyrics (and who is it by?) “With shortness of breath, I’ll explain the infinite. How rare and beautiful it truly is that we exist”- Saturn by Sleeping at Last

The store I frequent the most is Target. 

Describe your day in a six word sentence. I eat, sleep, and study everyday.

What word do you overuse most? Yikes.

The best kind of cake is Cookie Cake. 

What’s the closest thing to you that is green? My birthstone is emerald, so I always have earrings since my childhood that have my birthstone.

Who are the people who make your life better? My friends, and of course my parents and sister

What is the best advice you ever received? Stop worrying about the future so much, and focus on what you have right now and make the best of it.