Stuart & Karen Gansky

Stuart Gansky (BSPH 1988, MS 1992, DRPH 1996) is professor and chair of oral epidemiology and associate dean for research at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as a 1996 DrPH graduate in biostatistics. Karen Gansky, MS, is a special education teacher in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

We both are grateful for the opportunities we’ve been fortunate to have, especially to attend Carolina — where we met — and to be involved in UNC campus and community activities. We want to ensure current and future Carolina students continue to have similar opportunities.

Derrick Matthews, PhD

Assistant professor of health behavior; research focus: LGBTQ health, the racial inequity in the US HIV/AIDS epidemic among sexual minority men

The Hatch-Barnhill Scholarship is a great way to support efforts to create a more diverse student body in health behavior and a more inclusive department. In many ways, our students are already leading us; the extent to which I can support their training is one of the best ways I can advocate for health equity.

Ned Brooks, DrPH

Retired professor of health policy management; 1985 DrPH graduate in maternal and child health

One of the biggest lessons from 2020 is that high quality public health is essential to our well-being. The Gillings School is one of the very best in the country, so when I give to it, I know my gift will be well-spent on crucially important teaching, research and service.

Khadija Jahfiya, MSPH

Legislative fellow with the Senate Agriculture Committee; 1999 MSPH graduate; monthly donor to the Minority Health Conference and the Department of Health Policy Management

I am very intentional about my giving — I want to make sure my money is supporting work I feel passionate about. People my age can make a difference — having been students, we can understand that it’s nice to have that support. Even if you just give a little bit, it goes a long way.

Jason Zaks

Managing Director, Alex Brown Institutional Consulting in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Laurel E. Zaks Master of Public Health Scholarship in Global Public Health Nutrition was created by Zaks’ family in her memory.

My sister loved her time in graduate school and loved traveling and helping people. It’s been awesome to meet the scholarship recipients — they all share that same passion to help people. We are happy to be a small part of continuing the School’s great work and its impact felt around the world.


Ashton Madison, MPH ‘17

serves on the advisory board of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Alumni Association and as the Health Behavior Alumni president to stay engaged with the School and foster her sense of community in North Carolina.

I love that we are building a foundation for more equitable public health systems at the Gillings School, starting with training that centers the values of diversity, equity and inclusion. The diverse populations we serve deserve a public health workforce that better reflects them, and the Gillings School is leading in this area.

Young alums may have financial obligations that limit their giving. Giving my time is just as important to me as my monetary contributions.


Please contact us to learn more about how you can support the School’s mission to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world: (919) 966-0198 or