Alumni News — June 2022

From left to right: Natalie Solverson (MPA ‘05), Austin Frerick (MPA ’14), and Oindrila VanMeter (MIPA ’21)

Natalie Solverson (MPA ‘05) started a new position in March as a senior manager of measurement and analytics for CVS Kidney Care. Previously, Solverson worked as the director of institutional research, assessment, and planning for the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, where she used her analysis and storytelling skills to advance university research and analyze the effectiveness of a college readiness massive open online course. She is also a financial manager for Solverson Veterinary Services.

Nina Carlson (MPA ’07) was reappointed to the Oklahoma Renewable Energy Council (OREC) board of directors. Prior to her current elected term, Carlson served on the board from 2018-2020. She also serves as the council’s treasurer and as the OREC liaison for the Infrastructure and Jobs Act Advisory Committee. Since July 2021, Carlson has been a research practitioner and the deputy director for operations at the University of Oklahoma, where her research focuses primarily on energy assurance, energy resilience, and renewable energy from an applied policy perspective.

Megan Stritchko (MPA ‘09) started a new position as a policy advisor at the Wisconsin Technical College System office in May. She will be working with a variety of organizations and providing support for state and federal legislative, policy, and budget and grant initiatives and activities. Previously, Stritchko worked as an administrator for the La Follette School, where she led the school’s administrative team and supervised staff responsible for operations including human resources, payroll, budget, financial, and building management.

Austin Frerick (MPA ‘14) was named a “Champion of Pride” by the Advocate magazine for his work advocating for trans students. Frerick is deputy director of the Thurman Arnold Project at Yale University, where he has spoken about antitrust issues related to agriculture and co-organizes academic conferences at the Yale Law School. He recently ran for the Iowa State Senate and is writing a book on how consolidated power corrupted the food system.

Mitchell Running (MPA ’17, MPH ’18) started as a population health and performance manager at the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association (WPHCA) in April. He joins Ben Williams and Richelle Andrea, two other La Follette School alumni, and will primarily be working with WisconsinHealth+, an integrated provider network that includes several community health centers across Wisconsin, on value-based payment contracting arrangements with health insurers. Running previously worked as the La Follette School’s legislative liaison, where he led the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars and the school’s other legislative outreach efforts. Before returning to his alma mater, Running worked for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in the FoodShare and Medicaid Managed Care sections, where he was the lead policy analyst and/or project manager on various state priorities related to Medicaid.

Madeline Morgan (MPA ‘19) started in May as senior associate communications specialist at the American Hospital Association. Previously, Morgan worked as a senior associate for Grant Thornton Public Sector, and as a communications specialist for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Oindrila Chattapadhyay VanMeter (MIPA ’21) started in May as an assistant performance evaluator at the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau. While a student at La Follette, VanMeter was a project assistant for the Center for the Study of the American Constitution, where she assisted with research and increased the digital presence and social media outreach of the organization.

Nova Tebbe (MPA, MPH ’22) will begin her PhD in environment and resources at the UW–Madison Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies this fall. She will research climate policy analysis with a health and equity lens with Dr. Jonathan Patz as her advisor. Tebbe, who has a background in microbiology and philosophy, will continue work she started as a project assistant with the Global Health Institute, where she researched climate change policies that are rooted in climate and equity.