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TB Notes 2, 2004


Carrie Bridges, MPH, has joined DTBE/FSEB as a Public Health Prevention Service fellow.  Through mid-August, she will primarily be working with Maureen Wilce and Mark Lobato on efforts related to the Evaluation Work Group. Prior to coming to NCHSTP, Carrie worked in NCID’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion on the Campaign to Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance in Healthcare Settings. Atlanta is just the latest stop on Carrie’s tour of the contiguous 48. Before moving to Atlanta, Carrie worked and studied in Boston, Massachusetts, where she earned her MPH at Boston University with a concentration in International Health. Prior to her time in Boston, Carrie was teaching 5th, 7th, and 8th graders in Phoenix, Arizona, a significant environmental change from North Carolina, where she grew up and attended college.

Allan Cavazos has left DTBE for a position as an Information Technology (IT) Security Analyst with the Lockheed Martin Corporation (assigned to CDC/IRMO). His last day with the division was April 16, 2004. Allan served DTBE with 8 years of dedicated, friendly, and highly professional technical assistance to the DTBE staff. He was very instrumental in establishing a culture of user-centric technical support in the Division, a baseline that is now being used as a standard as we transition to a different model of IT support. He will be greatly missed, but we trust that he will remain close as he continues to grow in knowledge and skills.

Ann Cronin has accepted the position of Associate Director for Management and Operations (ADMO), DTBE.  Ann brings extensive grants experience from the National Insitute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and more recently, valuable policy experience from the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Prevention (DSTDP).  Her experience is a perfect match for the needs of our ADMO position. Ann reported to DTBE on May 17.

Tara Hurley, Program Operations Assistant, FSEB, transferred to DHAP in early March. Tara had been assigned to the Field Operations Team I where she handled time and attendance, and programmatic work for Field Operations Team I. Before coming to DTBE, Tara was a member of CDC/PGO's contracts unit. In her new position as the Program Operations Assistant for the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP)-SE, Behavioral and Clinical Surveillance Branch, Tara is kept busy as the primary assistant for two sections within the branch. She is considered the expert on travel for the branch, handles Small Purchases/IMPAC for the branch, and coordinates and schedules branch conferences, in addition to other administrative tasks.

Kate O'Toole, MPA, has left DTBE after having been hired as vice-president for Z-Tech in their new Atlanta-based office. Z-Tech is a Baltimore-based firm which provides personal and other contractual services to CDC and other government agencies. While this decision was extremely difficult, Kate has accepted the offer because of the opportunities and new challenges that come with it.  Her last day at CDC was March 19, 2004.

Noreen Qualls, DrPH, MSPH, was selected as the NCHSTP Scientific Review Administrator in the Office of Director, National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP). She will be working with the NCHSTP Associate Director for Science to establish processes for and to oversee external peer reviews. Noreen began serving in this position on March 22, and will be responsible for the Center’s external peer review process of new research contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants. Noreen joined DTBE in mid-July 1997 as a Health Policy Analyst on what is now known as the Health Systems Research Team in the Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch, and served as the Team Chief on a permanent basis beginning in October 2001. While in DTBE, Noreen conducted a number of decision and economic analyses related to contacts, foreign-born persons, and TB suspects and provided prevention effectiveness training courses for state and local disease control staff members in California, Maine, and South Carolina. During the past year, she was heavily involved in conceptualizing and developing an evaluation project of CDC-funded targeted testing and treatment of LTBI programs. Noreen also co-mentored a number of fellows, interns, and students while in the Division.

Lee Sallis of the Information Technology and Statistics Branch has left the division for a position outside CDC. Since April 16, 2001, when Lee joined the DTBE LAN Support Team, he provided friendly and professional technical assistance to our DTBE staff. We are most grateful for his contributions in establishing a culture of user-centric technical support in our Division. From the very outset, it was very easy for Lee to understand and apply the principle that IT serves a program purpose, that is, IT should facilitate the accomplishment of our CDC/NCHSTP/DTBE mission. As a dedicated IT professional loyal to his Program mission, Lee served as an outstanding example of polite, timely, and accountable user support. As a result of the recent changes in the IT infrastructure support at CDC and of Lee's own career development plans, he decided to move on and accepted a position as an Informatics Consultant in a Fortune 500 company located in midtown Atlanta. His last day at CDC was March 12, 2004.

Andrew Vernon, MD, is welcomed back to DTBE with his selection for the position of Chief, Clinical and Health Systems Research Branch (CHSRB), the position most recently held by Rick O’Brien, MD. As he assumes the CHSRB chief position, he will be following in the footsteps of a small but distinguished coterie of individuals who have led that branch, including Dr. Rick O’Brien, who held the position from 1982 to 1991 and again from 1996 to 2004; Larry Geiter, who served as chief from 1991 to 1996 while Rick was seconded to WHO; and Dr. Dixie Snider, who became chief of the Research Branch in 1976. For the past 18 months Andy has been serving as the Associate Director for Science for the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention. During his tenure as NCHSTP ADS, Andy was a guiding force on a wide range of scientific issues for the Center. Some of his many contributions include initiating the Center's peer review activities, coordinating ethical consultations on numerous high profile issues, strengthening the Centers human subjects protection activities, supporting NCHSTP EIS activities, advocating for scientific excellence, as well as maintaining his own scientific, teaching, and clinical portfolios.  For example, Andy continues to provide medical services for patients with TB/HIV in Atlanta at the local Ryan White clinic. Prior to his assignment as NCHSTP Associate Director for Science, he served with distinction as the team leader for the TB Trials Consortium in the CHSRB.


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