About the Editors
Katelyn Leenhouts, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Katelyn Leenhouts, MPP ’14, is pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her interests include the regulation of public space and safety and criminalization. Before coming to graduate school, Katelyn worked as a writer and editor for nonprofit organizations. She is a research associate at USC’s Tomás Rivera Policy Institute.
Steven Welliver, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Steven Welliver, MPA/MPL ’14, is a dual Master of Public Administration and Master of Planning candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy where he is also a City/County Management Fellow. While in graduate school, Steven has worked for the Cities of Manhattan Beach and Santa Monica. He previously served as the purchasing and marketing manager for a San Francisco company that decorates hotels and restaurants. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.
Jacquelyn Chou, Managing Editor
Jacquelyn Chou, MPP/MPL ’13, is a dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Planning candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Prior to returning to graduate school, Jacquelyn worked at the RAND Corporation in health policy. She currently works as a Research Assistant at the CREATE Homeland Security Center and at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She is interested in issues of risk mitigation and emergency management. Jacquelyn completed her undergraduate degree at Harvard University.
Mark Domantay, Finance Chair
Mark Domantay, MHA ’14, is a Master of Health Administration candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in General Management from the University of California, Riverside. Mark is interested in health operations and management as he is also pursuing a certificate in Health Systems Operations from the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering. In addition to serving as the Finance Chair of Policy & Practice, he is the Director of Finance for the University of Southern California Student Health Council and a Graduate Student Ambassador for the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Mark currently works for Blue Shield of California, a not-for-profit health plan provider, as an intern within Network Management.
Bryan Banisaba, Senior Editor
Bryan Banisaba, MHA ’14, is a Master of Health Administration and Certificate of Ambulatory Care candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is a Senior Editor of Policy & Practice and a Graduate Student Ambassador who represents the MHA program. Prior to coming to the University of Southern California, Bryan assisted with health policy research at the Division of Adolescent Medicine of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the Department of Veterans Affairs in Systems Redesign. He also has experience in business development and strategic planning consulting. His academic interests include health information technology, healthcare finance, and healthcare operations. Bryan is currently a SCAL IT Capital Projects Analyst for Southern California Kaiser Permanente. He received his undergraduate degree in Biological Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Bri Gauger, Senior Editor
Bri Gauger, MPL ’14, is a Master of Planning candidate at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. Her academic interests include social and community planning, international development, and equitable public policy. She currently serves as a graduate research assistant at the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, and as coordinator for the USC Urban Growth Seminar series. Prior to arriving at USC, Bri worked in community organizing, environmental and social justice advocacy, campaign coordination, and non-profit and political fundraising. She holds an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Nebraska Wesleyan University.
Vinitha Gopal, Senior Editor
Vinitha Gopal, MHA ’13, is a Master of Health Administration candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and also has a degree in Dental Surgery. Prior to joining the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, Vinitha worked in the department of Hospital Operations and Support Services at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Her areas of interest include strategic planning and process improvement, quality in healthcare centers, and long-term and managed care.
Joseph Henderson, Senior Editor
Joseph B. Henderson, J.D., MHA ’13, is a healthcare attorney and an Executive Master of Health Administration candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Mr. Henderson has an interest in program development in palliative care and care transitions with a goal of increasing patient quality of life, improving quality outcomes and decreasing systematic cost.
Andrew Johnson, Senior Editor
Andrew Johnson, MPP ’13, is a second year Master’s student in the Public Policy, Planning & Development program at the University of Southern California. He currently works on campus as a research fellow at the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) where he authors internal publications on policies related to cybersecurity, malware attack vectors and methodologies, operating systems and software vulnerabilities, and risk mitigation for small enterprises. He is also a part of a student consulting team working to promote efficient use of water resources in the greater metropolitan zone of Mexico City. Before enrolling in the program, Andrew graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and has had marketing experience in the Los Angeles area and in personal wealth management with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s Chicago branch. He also speaks fluent Spanish and spent time studying at the Universidad de Nebrija in Madrid, Spain. Andrew enjoys sports, photography, and woodworking.
Dyana Mason, Senior Editor
Dyana Mason is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her research interests include nonprofit management and governance, the organization and formation of interest/advocacy organizations, political economy of the nonprofit sector, charitable giving and experimental research on collective action and fundraising activities. Prior to attending the University of Southern California, she spent fifteen years working in the nonprofit sector for national, state and regional nonprofit organizations, including the Fund for Public Interest Research Group (a national environmental and consumer organization), and the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Virginia (LGBT equality organizations). While serving Equality Virginia as its Executive Director from 2003-2008, she also served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Field Director for The Commonwealth Coalition, the campaign to defeat Virginia’s so-called “marriage amendment.”
Christie Renick, Senior Editor
Christie J. Renick, MPA ’14, holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from the University of Idaho, and is pursuing the MPA at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her focus is the creation and implementation of evidence-based child welfare policy and communications; other areas of interest include sustainable development in low-income communities and art/creative writing programs for adjudicated and foster youth. Christie earned her bachelors in writing and sociology at Northland College, an environmental liberal arts college located on the shores of Lake Superior. Currently, Christie works full-time as Director of Marketing & Product Development for a nutrition company. She is also a policy intern with Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles and a regular volunteer at the Downtown Women’s Center.