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TB Notes 1, 2001

Personnel Notes

We are pleased to announce the selection of 10 people for public health advisor training positions in the New Jersey, Florida, and Chicago TB control programs. They began their new jobs with DTBE on January 16, 2001.

Tina Albrecht was a biological science technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in New Orleans, Louisiana, from July 1999. She earned a bachelors degree in biology from California State University, Chico, California, in 1994 and a masters degree in tropical medicine from Tulane University in 1999. She served with the Peace Corps in West Africa from 1995 to 1997. Tina has been assigned to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Vincent Fears was formerly a public health advisor/disease intervention specialist with CDC's Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention (DSTDP), most recently on assignment in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He had previous DSTDP assignments in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Cleveland, Ohio. He is a 1991 graduate of Alabama State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology. Vincent was assigned to Chicago, Illinois.

Regina Gore from Lithonia, Georgia, was formerly a public health advisor with CDC's Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention (DSTDP) with assignments in Fulton County, Georgia; Tampa, Florida; and Kansas City, Missouri. Since 1994 she has worked with a community mental health center in Miami and a community-based organization in Decatur, Georgia, that provides services and support to HIV-infected persons. She earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in 1985. Regina was assigned to West Palm Beach, Florida.

Larry Johnson recently retired from the U.S. Air Force. He was stationed at various installations in the United States, Germany, and the Philippines and for most of his career worked in environmental health and public health programs, including clinics that diagnosed and treated persons with tuberculosis. He earned a degree in environmental medicine technology from the Community College of the Air Force in 1995 and has extensive computer training, knowledge, and experience. Larry was assigned to Orlando, Florida.

Theodore Misselbeck was an alcohol and drug abuse counselor with Seabrook House in Millville, New Jersey, starting in 1995. He previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry, served with New Life Ministries, and taught school. He holds a bachelors and a masters degree in health education from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Theodore (Ted) was assigned to West Palm Beach, Florida.

Juan Ortiz had employed as a health services representative with the Palm Beach County Health Department in Florida since 1991 and has extensive experience as a TB outreach worker. He is also a former school teacher. He graduated from Inter-American University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a degree in sociology. Juan was assigned to Jersey City, New Jersey.

Halsey Rhodes from Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, was a preventive medicine technician with the U.S. Coast Guard from 1993 to 1998. After that he worked with the Escambia County Department of Public Safety and as a disease intervention specialist with the Gadsden County Health Department, both in Florida. He earned a bachelors degree from Regents College in Albany, New York, in 1999. Halsey has been assigned to Edison, New Jersey.

Frank Romano was a disease intervention specialist with the New Orleans TB program, starting 1995. In 1998, he was assigned surveillance coordination responsibilities and had the lead for verifying and reporting TB cases in Orleans Parish. He holds a bachelors degree in communications from the University of New Orleans. Frank was assigned to Chicago, Illinois.

Kathryn Ruck was a TB disease intervention specialist employed by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. She started working in the TB program in New Orleans in 1997. Previously she worked as a research associate in the Department of Neuroscience at Louisiana State University Medical Center. She earned a bachelors degree in psychology from Loyola University in 1993. Kathryn has been assigned to Jersey City, New Jersey.

Michele Thomas from Chicago is a former public health advisor/disease intervention specialist with the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention (DSTDP) with assignments in Chicago, Illinois, and Memphis, Tennessee, from 1989 to 1994. After that she worked as a health program representative with the AIDS/DSTDP program of the Minnesota Department of Health and was most recently a case manager with a foster care agency in Chicago. She has a bachelors degree in psychology from Madonna College in Livonia, Minnesota. Michele was assigned to Chicago, Illinois.

Other Personnel Notes:

Mack Anders, Deputy Chief of the Field Services Branch, DTBE, retired from federal service on January 3, 2001, concluding a 39-year career with CDC. Mack joined CDC as a co-op with the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (DSTD) in Fayetteville, North Carolina, in February 1962. He had a subsequent DSTD assignment in New Orleans from 1963 to 1964. In January 1965, he was recruited to DTBE and assigned to Philadelphia. There he was responsible for managing newly funded CDC TB projects designed to develop public health clinic capacity, thus paving the way for the eventual closing of the sanatoriums in Pennsylvania. From March 1966 to June 1968, he was assigned to Houston, Texas, where he established a clinic-based TB program as a joint venture of the Houston City Health Department and the Harris County Hospital District. In July 1968, he transferred to Raleigh, North Carolina, and was Assistant Chief of the state health department's TB Control Section with responsibility for management of CDC-funded projects in 40 high-incidence counties. In May 1972, he was selected for a 1-year assignment on the Texas-Mexico border to represent the TB Division of the Texas State Department of Health in binational efforts to establish clinics and strengthen TB control in cities on both sides of the border. From May 1973 to January 1975, he was assigned to Austin and had lead responsibility for developing, initiating, and managing the TB program manager and public health investigator concepts in the state health department's regional offices. Mack transferred to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in January 1975, and a year later was named Director of the TB Control Division by the State Health Officer. Under his leadership, incentives and enablers funded by the American Lung Association were introduced to enhance patients' compliance with treatment. This strategy rapidly became a model for other state and local TB programs. Mack was selected for a program consultant position in the Program Services Branch (now Field Services Branch) of DTBE and transferred to Atlanta in May 1983. In September 1988, he was selected for the position of Chief of the new Program Operations Section and in this capacity managed consultation and technical assistance services to state and local health departments and supervised the division's field public health advisors. He played a pivotal role in the placement and training of 25 public health associates in the New York City Department of Health in 1993 and 1994. This was the first entry-level training program for PHAs to be conducted by a division other than DSTD. In September 1996, Mack was selected for the Deputy Chief position in the Field Services Branch. His responsibilities and influence touched a wide range of the branch's functions: policy development; program planning, implementation, and evaluation; resource allocation; staff training and development; field operations; and human resources management. One of his final contributions was spearheading DTBE's resumption of recruitment and training of entry-level public health advisors in order to keep pace with the demand from health departments for direct assistance with the management of TB programs in the United States.

Mack also served in several temporary duty assignments. In 1975, he managed TB screening activities in the Vietnamese Refugee Camp at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. In 1980, he was assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Field Office, in Vancouver, Washington, to assist with CDC's study of the health effects of the Mount Saint Helens eruptions. He was detailed to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Moscow three times during 1998 and 1999 to help develop and implement CDC/USAID/WHO directly observed therapy projects in Russia.

Although retired from federal service, Mack plans to continue working as a consultant and looks forward to having more time to spend with his family and pursue other interests such as hiking mountain trails, fly fishing, and restoring antique furniture.

Paul Arguin, MD, joined the International Activity of DTBE as a medical officer on November 1, 2000. He is assigned as a project officer for one of the three TB control demonstration projects in Russia, and is also very involved in TB/HIV activities coordinated with GAP. Paul was an EIS officer from 1997 to 1999, assigned to the Viral and Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch in the National Center for Infectious Diseases. Most recently, prior to returning to CDC, he was the Territorial Epidemiologist and Director of the HIV/STD/TB Program in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Paul earned his bachelor's degree in zoology from George Washington University, Washington, DC, and obtained his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He was a fellow in infectious diseases at Stanford University and his residency in internal medicine was with Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR.

Mona Bernstein, MPH, program manager for the Francis J. Curry National TB Center for the past 5 years, is leaving the San Francisco Model Center to take a position as the assistant director of the Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. Her new job, also based in San Francisco, started May 1. Mona's last day with the Model Center was April 30.

Debra Carter has been selected for a new position in the Office of the Director (OD) Resource Group. Debra began her career at CDC and DTBE in November 1997 in the worker trainee program. She has been diligently mastering her position as an Office Automation Clerk in OD. On January 28, 2001, she was promoted to the position of Administrative Operations Assistant.

Jackie Elliott has left her DTBE public health advisor position in Philadelphia for a position with the HIV program in Atlanta. She began her employment with CDC in February 1993 as a DTBE Public Health Associate I in New York City. Jackie held increasingly responsible TB program positions until April 1997, when she was transferred to Los Angeles. In LA she was assigned to a team that reviews TB cases in the city. In August 1998 Jackie was transferred to Philadelphia, where she served as the assistant to the senior public health advisor.

Barbara Ellis, PhD, joined the division on January 17. Barbara is the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch's newest senior epidemiologist. She has assumed primary responsibility for analyzing existing and future data from the National Tuberculosis Surveillance and Genotyping Network. She received her PhD in molecular microbiology and Immunology from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked at CDC since 1996, first in the Viral and Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, DVRD, NCID, conducting studies on the molecular epidemiology of Bartonella, and most recently in the Office of Health and Safety. Barbara is assigned to the Epidemiologic Studies section.

Pat Farah has been selected to a new position in the OD Resource Group. Pat began her career at CDC in August 1991 in the Division of Oral Health. She came to DTBE in July 1999 as a Staff Specialist in the Resource Group. On January 28, 2001, she was promoted to the position of Funding Resource Specialist.

Phillip Finley has been selected for the vacant TB PHA position in Frankfort, Kentucky. Phil will be assigned to the state TB program and will function as a key program advisor. Phil began his tenure with CDC in 1989 in Broward County, Florida, as a PHA in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention (DSTDP). In June 1990, Phil transferred to Philadelphia, and in March 1993 he was reassigned to Hillsborough County (Tampa), Florida. In September 1995, while in Tampa, he was assigned as the training coordinator for the state HIV/TB/STD prevention training center. From February 1996 until January 1999, he served in the New Orleans, Louisiana, DSTDP program as a special projects coordinator. Most recently, Phil was assigned to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department as a first-line supervisor overseeing the activities of four disease intervention specialists who cover 64 counties. He managed the DSTDP budget for the county and was a key technical consultant to county health officials as well as surrounding local providers, including jail and detention camp medical staff. Phil also designed and produced a 3-hour training video about treatment recommendations. He reports to Frankfort on May 6.

Alstead (Al) Forbes was appointed acting project manager of the Tuberculosis Information Management System (TIMS) project, effective February 12. In this capacity he will be coordinating the training and help desk functions of the TIMS project. He began working with CDC In February 1993 as a public health advisor assigned to the New York City TB Control Program. Al began working in the interviewing and contact investigation units in Brooklyn; upon his first promotion, he began work in the DOT unit. Upon his second promotion he began to serve as a lead public health advisor for the return-to-service unit. In April 1997, Al was transferred to the New Jersey TB program. In this assignment he worked with the field staff, compiled program management reports, and assisted the senior public health advisor. Al was then selected for the assistant TIMS project manager position in DTBE, and began his assignment on January 17, 1999, in Atlanta. He has been very ably assisting Kathryn Koski, the recent past TIMS project manager.

Michael Iademarco, MD, MPH, has been assigned Acting Associate Director for Science (ADS), DTBE, effective April 2, 2001, and will be selected for the position of ADS once the present hiring restrictions are lifted. Michael obtained his medical degree from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. In 1986, he was awarded a Reader's Digest Fellowship, Medical Assistance Program, and completed an externship with Maryknoll Missions in Bura, Kenya. He completed his internship and residency training in internal medicine at Temple University Hospital, where he also served as chief resident. Subsequently he completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at Washington University, where he also served as a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Douglas Dean, PhD, Department of Internal Medicine and Department of Cell Biology and Physiology. Having successfully competed for several awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Michael led and supervised a basic research laboratory focusing on VCAM-1 expression and its regulation by IL-4 in pulmonary endothelium during allergic inflammation. He is board certified in internal medicine and pulmonary medicine. Michael also obtained a masters degree in public health from the St. Louis University School of Public Health. While in St. Louis, he served as attending physician at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Medical Intensive Care Unit and at the Jewish Hospital Emergency Room. He also managed the Washington University Pulmonary Division's local computing area network, and served in the Clinic for Mycobacterial Diseases, where he became increasingly interested in TB as a public health problem. In August 1998, Michael was recruited to join DTBE's International Activity, where he has provided technical support for operations research projects in Vietnam, including quality control laboratory projects. He has also served as project officer for CDC / USAID-sponsored TB projects in the Philippines, and for a project to detect M. tuberculosis using an electronic sensor array and pattern analyzer. In 1999 and 2000 he served as codirector for the MPH course "TB: A Re-Emerging Health Problem" at the Emory School of Public Health. Michael holds joint appointments as Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, and Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. In addition, he has authored or coauthored several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Michael is very interested in helping CDC address the unmet and growing needs in human subjects protection during the conduct of our public health activities. As Associate Director for Science, he now serves as the chief technical reviewer on the TB Notes Editorial Review Board.

Kathryn Koski has left the division to take a new position within the Division of STD Prevention, NCHSTP. Kathryn, who was the project manager for the Tuberculosis Information Management System (TIMS), has accepted a position as Data Manager for the DSTDP. We thank Kathryn for her leadership and support of the TIMS project at a very critical time. Her last day with the division was February 9.

Bernadette Ford Lattimore, MPH, joined the Prevention Effectiveness Section of the Research and Evaluation Branch on March 5, 2001. Bernadette is a Public Health Prevention Specialist fulfilling her second CIO assignment in the 3-year fellowship known as the Public Health Prevention Service (PHPS). After graduating from Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, with a bachelors degree in natural sciences, she became an AmeriCorps member in Atlanta. Bernadette went on to work for such agencies as the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and the Kerr White Institute for Health Services Research. She later obtained her masters degree in public health in social and behavioral sciences from Morehouse School of Medicine, also in Atlanta. While pursuing her degree, she was a visiting fellow in the Division of Violence Prevention in the Injury Center at CDC. Her first assignment in the Public Health Prevention Service was in the Community-Based Participatory Action Research Activity (CB-PARA) housed in the Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods (DPRAM), EPO. During her 6 months with REB, Bernadette will be responsible for developing the protocol for a study gathering comprehensive information on cultural factors affecting TB care for foreign-born patients. At the end of her 6 months with REB, Bernadette will then be assigned to a state or local health department for 2 years.

Eugene (Gene) Tamames, DTBE public health advisor (PHA) assigned to San Antonio, Texas, has retired after 30 years of service to the U.S. government. During his tenure as a PHA with DTBE, he made substantive contributions to CDC's success in attending to the public health needs of U.S. citizens. For the past 16 years, as a DTBE field assignee in Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Florida, and Texas, Gene has provided outstanding service to these areas; he represented and promoted the needs of the programs to which he was assigned while carrying out and upholding the policies and guidelines of DTBE. For the past 6 years, since 1994, Gene served as DTBE's special projects assignee for the Texas Binational border projects. In this position he was responsible for developing and managing binational TB projects on the Texas - Mexico border. Prior to that, from 1993 to 1994, he served as the senior PHA in the Florida TB program, and from 1989 to 1993 was assigned to the Tennessee TB program. His previous assignment was with the Puerto Rico TB control program. Gene leaves behind a solid legacy of hard work and dedication to the three "sister city" border projects. He has nurtured and sustained an outstanding relationship with both the Texas and Mexico projects along the 1,000-mile border, and both U.S. and Mexican citizens will continue to benefit from his contributions and his dedication to the control of TB along our borders. Buena suerte and best of luck to you, Gene!

In Memoriam

Jayne Ash, Director of the California Tuberculosis Controllers Association, passed away as a result of a vehicle accident on March 13, 2001. Jayne was a talented, creative, and valued member of the California Department of Health Services/Tuberculosis Control Branch (TBCB) and her passing is deeply mourned by her colleagues.

 


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