TB Notes Newsletter
No. 1, 2007
Adeyelu Asekun, MHCAD, has joined the division for a 3-month
detail. She was born in Washington, DC; soon after her birth, her
family relocated to Nigeria, where Adeyelu spent most of her childhood
and adolescence. In 1995, she returned to the United States to further
her education. She enrolled in the University of Maryland, College
Park, and received a bachelor’s degree in physiology and neurobiology.
After graduation, she worked as a research associate for a biotechnology
company in Rockville, Maryland. While working there, she decided
to pursue a masters degree in health care administration, subsequently
receiving that degree in May 2005 from the University of Maryland,
University College. Wanting to combine her educational experience
and her work experience, she entered the field of public health.
In July 2006, Adeyelu joined the Emerging Leaders Program as a Public
Health Advisor and is currently completing a rotation in DTBE, where
she will be working with the Program Assessment Rating Tool, part
of an OMB evaluation process. Adeyelu enjoys reading, dancing, singing
(though she has been told not to quit her day job), and traveling.
Choicey Allen, an Office Automation clerk, recently began
working in the DTBE Office of the Director. She is organizationally
a part of CDC’s Management Analysis and Services Office (MASO),
and is currently assigned to provide a variety of administrative
support services to DTBE staff. One of the critical duties she is
assuming is that of official timekeeper for NCHHSTP field staff.
A native of Conyers, Georgia, she joined CDC in November 2006 from
private industry. She served most recently as President and CEO
of ALLENMAXI Investments, Inc., and prior to that was owner/manager
of another retail business. She looks forward to a successful partnership
with DTBE. We welcome Choicey and are happy to have her in the division!
Shannon Horn recently joined DTBE as a Surveillance Research
Fellow in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations
Branch (SEOIB). She is a first-year graduate student in the Rollins
School of Public Health at Emory University with a concentration
in epidemiology. Shannon recently moved to Atlanta from her home
state of Colorado, where she completed her bachelor’s degree
in Applied Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
She is excited about the opportunity to learn about TB and epidemiology
through her work with the Surveillance Team.
Catheryn Jumao-as Salibay, MPH, has joined DTBE in the Surveillance,
Epidemiology, and Outbreak Investigations Branch (SEOIB). Catheryn
is currently an Emory work study student on the Surveillance
Team working on her thesis project of TB among Filipinos
living in the United States. Catheryn was born in Cebu, Philippines,
but has spent the majority of her life in Arizona. She attended
the University of Arizona and graduated in 2001 with a B.S. in Biochemistry.
She is currently a second year MPH epidemiology student at
the Rollins School of Public Health. This past summer,
she was an intern for the tuberculosis branch of Tropical Disease
Foundation, Inc., an organization established in the Philippines
to control and prevent the spread of infectious disease. With
her continual interest and growing experience in minority issues
and infectious disease, Catheryn plans to embark on a career in
infectious disease prevention and research in minority populations
on a national and hopefully, international level.
Lisa Nelson, MD, MPH, MSc, left DTBE in September 2006 to
become director of CDC’s Global AIDS Program in Mozambique.
Lisa joined DTBE in 2001 as a first-year EIS Officer in the International
Research and Programs Branch (then the International Activity Branch).
Lisa completed her undergraduate studies at Yale University, and
received her MD degree from the University of California at San
Francisco. During medical school, she completed a master’s
degree in public health and a master’s degree in health sciences
at the University of California at Berkeley. She also worked on
a CDC-sponsored study of smear-negative TB in Botswana during medical
school. She began her EIS activities in IRPB working on TB/HIV-related
projects with Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, who was DTBE’s field assignee
in Botswana. During her tenure in DTBE, which included serving as
the chief of the TB/HIV Team in IRPB, she made significant contributions
to a variety of initiatives, including childhood TB studies, TB/HIV
surveillance projects, and PEPFAR activities. In addition, she has
published a number of important papers and presented at many international,
national, and local conferences and meetings on TB prevention and
Imani Smith recently joined DTBE as an Office Automation
Clerk. She is organizationally a part of CDC’s Management
Analysis and Services Office (MASO), and is currently assigned to
provide a variety of administrative support services to DTBE staff.
Imani was born and raised in Topeka, Kansas. For 2 years she was
employed at the VA Medical Center in Topeka, where she worked in
service/support positions. She resigned from the VA Medical Center
and in 1998 moved to Atlanta, Georgia. In Atlanta she attended Griffin
Technical College, obtaining a degree in Office Administration in
October 2004. While attending Griffin Technical College, she was
employed with UPS Supply Chain Solution, where she served in a variety
of administrative positions and provided auditing services. She
joined CDC in December 2006. Imani looks forward to having a successful
year with DTBE, and we welcome her to the division!
Kelly Stinson, MPH, has joined DTBE's International Research
and Programs Branch (IRPB) as a Senior Service Fellow. Kelly had
been in DTBE as an ORISE fellow since 2004. During the past 3 years
in DTBE, she has been involved in a variety of projects. She is
the current TB/HIV technical lead for South Africa, where she supervises
all DTBE TB/HIV projects occurring in-country as well as TB/HIV
project staff. She is the project officer for the development of
TB/HIV surveillance training materials for use in countries with
high TB and HIV burdens. She has also served as an instructor for
TB/HIV operations research courses in Latvia, Malawi, El Salvador,
and Argentina. She has provided technical assistance on TB/HIV
integration to CDC’s Global AIDS Program offices in Botswana,
Mozambique, South Africa, and Central America. Kelly is also the
CDC principal investigator for several projects related to TB/HIV
surveillance, and is a member of the WHO Electronic Recording and
Reporting Workgroup and the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator
TB/HIV Working Group.
Erika Vitek, MD, left DTBE’s International Research
and Programs Branch (IRPB) and relocated to Russia with her family
at the end of 2006. She received her MD degree from the First Moscow
Medical Academy in 1989 and worked as an epidemiologist in the Russian
Diphtheria Unit in Moscow. She also worked as a trainer for CDC
epidemiology courses for visiting epidemiologists from the former
Soviet Union. In 2000 she joined the Communications and Education
Branch of DTBE, where she assisted in the development of training
materials for field activities in Russia. She then joined IRPB in
November 2001 as a Senior Service Fellow. In IRPB, Erika worked
on TB prevention and control efforts in Russia and countries of
Eastern Europe, with a focus on multidrug-resistant TB. She was
involved in diverse activities such as developing protocols, technical
papers, and scientific manuscripts; translating technical materials
between Russian and English; and conducting monitoring missions
to field sites to evaluate progress in programmatic activities.
Ryan Wallace, MPH, an ORISE Fellow, recently began working
with the DTBE Surveillance Team. Ryan grew up in Oshkosh, Wisconsin,
and received his B.S. degree from the University of Madison at Wisconsin
in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. While studying at
the University of Wisconsin, Ryan was employed as the Refugee Health
Database Manager at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family
Services, where he was first introduced to epidemiology through
the Wisconsin Tuberculosis Control Program. After receiving
his B.S. degree, Ryan went on to get his master’s degree in
public health from Emory University, with a focus on epidemiology.
Ryan had previously served as a fellow with the International Research
and Programs Branch beginning in August 2005, which led to his master’s
thesis, “Trends in Appalachian Tuberculosis - United States,