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TB Notes 2, 2001

Personnel Notes

Rachel Albalak, PhD, is joining the division as an epidemiologist in the Epidemiologic Studies Section of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch. Rachel received her doctorate in Biological Anthropology from the University of Michigan. After receiving her doctorate, she worked for 3 years as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of International Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University in Atlanta. At Emory, she taught courses in epidemiologic research design and international health. Her research involved work in the areas of air pollution, respiratory health, and nutritional status among indigenous and Spanish-speaking populations in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Honduras. A year ago she came to CDC, where she has been working at the National Center for Environmental Health in the Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch, Surveillance and Epidemiology Section. Her work in that branch has involved domestic and international research on primary and secondary prevention of childhood lead poisoning. She will join the SEB staff September 24th after finishing her current projects. She will be working to establish the newly formed Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies (TBES) Consortium.

Puneet Dewan, MD, has joined DTBE's International Activities as a first-year Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. He is an internal medicine physician from the University of Washington, Seattle. He grew up in California, completing undergraduate studies in English and Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. After medical school at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Puneet completed a basic science research fellowship in microbiology, also at UCLA. During his internal medicine training in Seattle, he worked with the King County Dept. of Health characterizing the epidemiology of TB in the local immigrant population.

Alicia Fry, MD, MPH, joined DTBE in July as a medical epidemiologist in International Activities. Prior to joining DTBE, she was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, National Center for Infectious Disease (NCID). Alicia completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and her subspecialty training in infectious diseases at the University of California (UC), San Francisco. She was a molecular medicine fellow for 3 years, also at UC, San Francisco, studying T-cell signal transduction in the laboratory of Art Weiss. She also worked for one year at the School of Public Health of UC, Berkeley, studying M tuberculosis virulence factors in the laboratory of Lee Riley. She completed her masters degree in public health in epidemiology at UC, Berkeley.

Teresa Goss has accepted a new position in the Field Services Branch (FSB) with additional responsibilities. Teresa was selected as Lead Program Operations Assistant for FSB in January 2001. She serves as the key support person for FSB headquarters and will assist in the needs of the field staff and medical officers including travel, personnel, and any other operational and administrative matters. Teresa will receive assignments and work more directly with the branch chief in her new position.

Tara Hurley started working in May 2001 as a Program Operations Assistant in Field Services Branch and has been assigned to Field Operations Section 1. Tara was recently a member of CDC/PGO's contracts unit. She and Barbara Myers are assuming the former duties of Teresa Goss, and will be responsible for both field and headquarters travel order preparation and voucher processing. They will work with the section chiefs, consultants, and medical officers in preparing correspondence and other related documents.

Audreia Johnson has joined DTBE as a member of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) National Tuberculosis Genotyping and Surveillance Network (NTGSN) publications staff. Audreia was previously a temporary secretary in the branch, and started in this new role on July 9, 2001. She will provide administrative support as SEB staff work towards the publication of a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal featuring genotyping data. Many of you may have met Audreia during the NTGSN meeting last May. She will help organize and coordinate meetings and teleconferences, follow up on publications deadlines, and provide support for other publications activities.

Janet L. Larson, MD, has left the division for a position with the Hennepin County (Minnesota) Health Department. Janet served in DTBE as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer from July 1999 to June 2001, working in both International Activities and the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch. Also trained in infectious diseases, Janet will apply the experience she gained in DTBE to her new position as a Medical Epidemiologist for immunization, tuberculosis, and international health at the Minnesota Department of Health, where she hopes to establish collaborative research links with her colleagues in DTBE. She will also work as the Medical Director for Refugee Health at the Hennepin County Community Health Department in Minnesota, where she will treat patients with tuberculosis and other diseases.

Lilia Ponce Manangan, MPH, joined the division in June and is assigned to the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch as an epidemiologist. Originally from Magsingal, Ilocos Sur, the Philippines, Lilia received a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 1973 from St. Paul College of Manila, in Manila, the Philippines, and received a masters degree in public health from the University of Hawaii in 1978. Lilia's career has included clinical, home care, teaching, and research experience in various settings such as hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, and nursing schools in Hawaii, Utah, Colorado, and Georgia. She has conducted national surveys on the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections, particularly TB, in U.S. hospitals. Lilia was most recently an epidemiologist in the National Center for Infectious Disease's Hospital Infections Program. In that capacity, she designed, initiated, coordinated, conducted, and directed epidemiological research on the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections in various healthcare settings including development of research protocols and the collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of data related to such activities. She also maintained and improved an infection control information system for the prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections.

Suzanne Marks, MA, MPH, of DTBE's Research and Evaluation Branch, is on a temporary assignment in Côte d'Ivoire from July 17 to September 8 with the Global AIDS Program (GAP) as part of the International Experience and Technical Assistance group. She is conducting various activities for GAP program support. This includes assisting various sections in creating and implementing plans for monitoring and evaluation, planning and implementing community mobilization activities for GAP mother-child activities in Abengourou, developing media projects, assisting in production of training materials, working with USAID and their partners to execute interagency agreement activities, soliciting and overseeing review and selection of cooperative agreement proposals, networking with other groups to identify opportunities for collaboration, and providing logistical support for special events. She will also be conducting various communication-related activities.

Evelyn McCarley-Foxworth has joined the division and is working in the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) as a contract scientific data manager for the national surveillance system. Evelyn joined SEB in April 2001 after several years' experience as a clinical epidemiologist addressing medical surveillance objectives in an occupational setting. Evelyn also has experience as a process engineer performing investigations and coordinating data to support environmental, safety, and other health decisions in the workplace. Evelyn has a bachelor of industrial engineering degree and has completed her course work for a master of science degree in epidemiology.

Barbara Myers started working in May 2001 as a Program Operations Assistant in the Field Services Branch and has been assigned to Field Operations Section 2. Barbara comes to us from a civilian assignment at Dobbins Air Force Base here in Atlanta. She and Tara Hurley are assuming the former duties of Teresa Goss, and will be responsible for both field and headquarters travel order preparation and voucher processing. They will work with the section chiefs, consultants, and medical officers in preparing correspondence and other related documents.

Lisa Nelson, MD, MPH, has recently joined the division's International Activities as a first-year Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. Lisa attended Yale University, where she studied political science with an emphasis on international development and Latin American studies. She received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco. During medical school, she also completed a master of public health (MPH) degree and a master of science (MS) degree in health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a residency in Pediatrics in the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics as well as the first year of a Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship at Childrens Hospital of Boston. Lisa worked on a CDC-sponsored study of smear-negative TB in Botswana during medical school. She will begin her EIS activities with projects related to TB/HIV working with Dr. Elizabeth Talbot, DTBE's field assignee in Botswana.

Tammy Roman joined the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) on July 16, 2001, as SEB's new Program Operations Assistant. She is responsible for the branch's overall support functions such as travel, timekeeping, correspondence, file maintenance, and other administrative issues. She is well-qualified for this crucial role. She comes to CDC from the private sector, where she held several office-based customer service-oriented positions. Tammy is not entirely new to federal service, however. She was a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and received several medals for her performance.

Joseph Scavotto has been selected as the Deputy Chief of the Field Services Branch. He had previously served as the Chief of Field Operations Section I since January 1997. Joe joined CDC in 1974 as a public health advisor, and in 1987 he joined DTBE; his first assignment with the division was to the Georgia TB control program in the Fulton County Health Dept. Joe was subsequently assigned to the Baltimore City Health Dept. in Maryland in 1989, and was reassigned to the TB control program in the Alabama Dept. of Public Health in Montgomery in 1991. In 1993 he joined DTBE as a Program Consultant in Atlanta. Joe began his new job as Deputy Chief on June 3.

In Memoriam

Russell Hansen died August 3, 2001. He was retired from CDC, having served as a TB program consultant in Atlanta and also as the senior TB assignee in Virginia, New York State, and Chicago. He was well known in the TB world and continued to work in the field of TB control as a consultant and trainer after he retired from CDC on December 31, 1994. He was most recently employed by the American Lung Association as a health consultant.

 


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