Meet our Current Fellows
Administrative Fellows (2020 - 2021)
Lina Maria Alfonso, MHA
Lina Maria Alfonso, who was born in Bogotá, Colombia, immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old and has lived in New Jersey ever since. She earned her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences and Minor in Public Health from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Upon graduating, Lina Maria began working at Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC)’s Emergency Department as a Clinical Information Manager (CIM) in Livingston, New Jersey, which sparked her interest in health administration. While working full-time, she obtained her Master’s in Health Administration at the Rutgers Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Lina Maria stepped into various graduate student leadership and mentorship roles during her time at Rutgers, serving as the Vice President of MHA with the Bloustein Graduate Student Association (BGSA), the President of the Graduate Society of Healthcare Leaders (GSHL) and the Public Relations/Outreach Chair for the Women’s Leadership Coalition (WLC). She had the opportunity to do her Administrative Residency while working alongside the Vice President of Ambulatory Services and Performance Excellence at SBMC, where she completed a comprehensive assessment of a pilot patient navigation referral program and gained a better understanding of the operations of the medical center. Prior to graduating with her MHA, she received her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification. Lina Maria is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives of New Jersey (ACHENJ) where she assists in planning and running diverse events as part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Currently, she is serving as the Administrative Fellow in the Department of Medicine and is looking forward to learning and growing professionally during her time at Columbia as she rotates throughout different divisions within the department. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, volunteering, reading, walking her dog, hiking, doing Zumba, and exercising.
Victoria Bourgeois-Osborne, MPH
Victoria Bourgeois-Osborne is originally from Virginia, but lived in Narvik, Norway, New Orleans, LA, and Lafayette, LA before returning to Culpeper, VA at age 10. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia, with majors in psychology and sociology and a minor in bioethics. She went on to earn a Master’s in Public Health degree, also from the University of Virginia, with a concentration in policy, ethics, and law. While at UVA, Victoria had the opportunity to work in the Center for Health Humanities and Ethics and intern at the Charlottesville Free Clinic, at the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, and with the office of the Chief of Quality and Performance Improvement at UVA Health. She spent her summers in Madagascar studying traditional medicine and healthcare systems and in Washington, DC, interning for careMESH, inc.- an organization focused on improving interoperability among electronic health records. She is so excited to join the Faculty Practice Organization Operations team as the current administrative fellow and to get first-hand exposure to daily operations and quality improvement at a world-class organization. In her free time, Victoria enjoys crossing new restaurants off her list, traveling (she has currently been to 22 foreign countries), and as a southerner in New York City- exploring all the city has to offer.
Harry Hom, MHA
Harry Hom was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended Saint Louis University in Missouri where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Health Management and his Master’s in Health Administration. While pursuing his graduate degree, Harry worked at Mercy Hospital South as a Graduate Administrative Intern. His work as an intern was focused in operations, business development and strategy, and project work in multiple clinical departments. Harry is the Administrative Fellow with the Vice Dean’s Office within the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He is excited to assist operations within the Vice Dean’s Office while continuing to work in clinical departments for an organization committed to high-quality patient care in his home of New York. In his free time, you’ll find Harry cheering on the New York Rangers and eating his way through his favorite parts of the city.
Maliha Hossain, MHA
Maliha Hossain was born in Bangladesh, immigrating to New York at the age of 8. She was raised in Queens, New York and firmly believes it is the best borough in NYC. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Queens College and a Master’s in Health Administration from Cornell University. While at Cornell, Maliha completed the Summer Enrichment Program with the Greater New York Hospital Association, serving as the Quality Management intern at Lenox Hill Hospital. Prior to graduate school, Maliha worked as a Medical Scribe at CityMD. She also has several years of clinical research experience, working as a Research Assistant at Columbia University Medical Center and Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Maliha is currently the Administrative Fellow for the office of the Chief Medical Information Officer. She enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with her three adorable nieces.
Natalie Ritter, MHA
Natalie is from Columbus, OH and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. After graduating with a degree in psychology, Natalie moved back to Columbus where she began working as a psychometrist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH). At NCH, Natalie was a member of interdisciplinary diagnostic teams who worked together to diagnose children with developmental differences. Additionally, Natalie worked as a research coordinator in the Autism Spectrum Disorder research lab at NCH. She facilitated various projects aimed at improving the scientific communities’ diagnostic and treatment knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2018 Natalie began a Master of Health Administration program at The Ohio State University as well as a Fellowship at the Wexner Center’s Nisonger Center. During her time as a LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders) fellow, Natalie completed additional coursework, attended conferences, participated in community outreach, and completed multiple research projects with the goal of becoming a disability advocate in her field. Being a former college athlete, Natalie loves staying active. While she primarily runs and hopes to sign up for her third marathon soon, Natalie is happy doing anything that allows her to be outside. When she is not running around the city, you can find Natalie sitting in the sun with a good book.
Mariah Salerno, MPH
Mariah Salerno is from Mendham, New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Villanova University. She went on to earn her Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Systems Management and Policy from the University of Colorado, Colorado School of Public Health. While pursuing her graduate degree, Mariah worked as a student professional research assistant at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. Mariah also had the opportunity to spend a summer in Liverpool, England, working as an honorary research assistant at the Liverpool Department of Public Health and Policy. Currently, Mariah is the Administrative Fellow with the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Vice Dean’s Office within the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Motivated by Columbia’s commitment to the provision of innovative patient-centered care, Mariah is eager to begin this new chapter of her professional career and to officially make NYC her home.