A planned gift, or a charitable bequest through a will or retirement account, is one of the most flexible ways Gillings alumni and friends make lasting investments in the School. For former Gillings staff member Rebecca Mabe, planned giving is a way to support students across all departments in the School. She earmarked her planned gift for the Michel A. Ibrahim Fellowship, which provides $10,000 annually to support graduate students across the School and was established in 1992 in honor of the Gillings School’s former dean and professor and chair emeritus of epidemiology. Mabe’s introduction to the Gillings School came in the early 1990s during Ibrahim’s tenure when, as a systems accountant in the Provost’s Office, she was brought in to review the School’s procedures and business processes. She came back to the School as assistant dean for business in 1999 and later became associate dean for administration until she left in 2006. “Public health means so much because of the work that all the different public health fields do, and because I worked in administration, I wasn’t wed to a particular department,” says Mabe, who is now the director of business and operations for the TEACCH Autism Program in the UNC School of Medicine. “But graduate students were the ones I saw and worked with on a daily basis, and I want my gift to support students to be our future public health professionals. The fund established in Dr. Ibrahim’s honor seemed to be a good fit.”

Rebecca Mabe

Michel Ibrahim

Steve Snapinn

Steve (MS ’82, PHD ’83 Biostatistics) and Sylvia (MPH ’81 Biostatistics) Snapinn’s planned gift gives the couple an opportunity to help students in the department where they both studied. The Snapinns, who met as students at Gillings, will support, through their estate, the Innovation in Biostatistics Premier Fellowship, which will fund tuition and associated costs, as well as a stipend for living expenses, for a biostatistics student in financial need. “UNC was really important to me personally – it’s where my wife and I met – and it was important to my education and my professional career,” said Steve Snapinn, now an independent consultant at Seattle-Quilcene Biostatistics after retiring from Amgen, having worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than three decades. “There are not many kinds of careers where you can apply your skills to helping public health and develop new drugs to improve public health. We wanted to give that kind of opportunity to another student, who might not have that opportunity to afford it otherwise.” Retired public health microbiologist Sally Liska, who earned a MPH and DrPH in the former Department of Parasitology and Laboratory Practice, is using a combination of annual gifts from her retirement funds and a gift through her estate to create the Gillings Global Health scholarship, which will support international students or students who are interested in global health. One of Liska’s first jobs out of school was working in North Africa with Project HOPE, a global public health nonprofit, and throughout her career she has traveled to roughly 20 African countries both to provide training and help educate public health and clinical laboratory workers there. “I was lucky enough to have attended UNC on a financially supported program, so I’m not just paying it back by funding a scholarship,” says Liska, whose career included directing public health labs in Orlando, San Francisco and San Jose. “When you come to that age where you have money coming available that you’ve got to use, why not think about giving it to your alma mater to further education?” Whether it’s in support of a specific discipline or schoolwide, planned giving offers Gillings friends and alumni an opportunity to support the future of the School – and future generations of public health leaders.


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