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TB Notes 3, 2001

Personnel Notes

Tracy Agerton, RN, MPH, has returned to DTBE in Atlanta after 2 years in Berkeley, California. She was there participating in long-term training, pursuing and completing most of the requirements for a PhD in epidemiology. Tracy has been part of DTBE since 1996, when she came to the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. She has now returned to DTBE, where she is a member of the International Activities staff and completing her postdoctoral work. One of her first projects will be focused on conducting an annual risk of infection survey in Botswana. She will also be collaborating on projects in Vietnam and serving as the DTBE liaison to CDC’s Global AIDS Program (GAP).

McKenzie Andre, MD, is the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch's new first-year Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. McKenzie received his BA from Yale, where he studied ethics, politics, and economics, and his MD from Howard University College of Medicine in 1998. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. McKenzie joins the Outbreak Investigations Section. McKenzie and the Division's other EIS Officers (Puneet Dewan, Lisa Nelson, and Lorna Thorpe) were among the first group of EIS Officers sent to New York City after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. 

Carol Berglund has joined DTBE as a new member of the Tuberculosis Information Management (TIMS) team in the Computer and Statistics Branch. She had previously served in the National Immunization Program (NIP) in the Data Management Division (DMD) over the past 5 years from May 1996, working with the Vaccines for Childrens (VFC) program and the Vaccine Management System (VACMAN). The VFC program helps children receive free immunizations within their state; the VACMAN system is implemented nationally and used by the states to order vaccines through CDC and track related data. Carol’s responsibilities included providing recommendations for system design and computer programming based on VFC policy and feedback from the Immunization Public Health Managers and VACMAN customers, and also provided user training for the VACMAN system. From 1991 to 1996 Carol worked in the Public Health Program Practice Office (PHPPO) in the Information Resource Management (IRM) Activity; prior to that she was with the Department of Defense (DOD).

Viva Combs, M.P.H., CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist), joined DTBE on September 24, 2001, as program manager / health scientist in the Epidemiologic Studies Section of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch, DTBE. She will be working to help establish and support the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies (TBES) Consortium. Viva recently graduated from the Public Health Prevention Specialist (PHPS) Service and Training Program. This is a 3-year, on-the-job national training program for masters-level public health workers, sponsored by EPO. Viva performed her CDC-based service with one year in Atlanta and her state-based practical duty in years 2 and 3 while stationed in Columbia, SC. She has a BS in Biology and a BA in Spanish, spending her last semester studying in Spain. Her MPH comes from Indiana University in Health Education and Promotion. She not only has an interest in the impact of HIV coinfection among African American communities, but also in other special populations (e.g., prison inmates and immigrants). She is interested in developing epidemiologic profiles for the United States and assessing certain sociodemographic, sociocultural, and socioeconomic factors: the contextual factors that may affect an HIV-positive person's susceptibility to TB. Finally, like all of us, she is interested in the global TB epidemic.

Melanie N. Davis, MS, has begun a 6-month appointment in the Epidemiologic Studies Section of the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch as a Public Health Prevention Specialist Fellow. Melanie received her bachelors degree in psychology and her masters degree in science in community health from the University of Arkansas. Melanie will be working on a number of activities related to the Branch's TB genotyping work, including conducting a needs assessment of TB control officials to determine the specific needs of programs in integrating genotyping information into TB control and elimination activities, and coordinating a national meeting of the TB Genotyping Working Group to develop a hands-on manual describing the practical applications of genotyping to TB control. Melanie's duties related to the manual will also include developing its outline, coordinating tasks assigned to Working Group members, and developing a time line for its completion. Prior to coming to CDC, Melanie worked in the University of Arkansas Health Promotions Office as a graduate assistant, where she facilitated a substance abuse class, planned on-campus health events (e.g., health fairs, alcohol awareness week activities, etc.), and conducted peer education.

Dave Elmore reported to the Computer and Statistics Branch on September 10. Dave previously worked as a Senior Systems Analyst in CDC’s Information Resources Management Office (IRMO), Management Information Systems Branch, for over 10 years. During his tenure in IRMO, Dave was Project Manager, Technical Lead, and Systems Analyst on numerous projects, including the Executive Controlled Correspondence (ECC) system, Enterprise Human Resource & Payroll (EHRP) initiative, and numerous CDC/Information Systems Applications. Before coming to CDC, he was a contractor for a consulting firm and also served in the US Air Force for over 22 years. Dave assumed the duties of the TIMS technical lead, the position formerly held by Ken Long, when he arrived in DTBE.

Odile Ferroussier, MPH, joined DTBE’s International Activities in September as an ASPH Fellow to conduct cost-effectiveness studies of various programs and interventions. Originally from France, Odile received a BA in public administration from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Grenoble, France, before moving to the United States to study international relations at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She has worked as a translation coordinator in the private sector as well as for the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. She has also worked as a Research Associate conducting program evaluations for The Atlanta Project of the Carter Center in Atlanta, and for the Chapin Hall Center for Children in New York. More recently, after completing a masters degree in public health at Emory University, Odile worked in DTBE’s Research and Evaluation Branch in the Prevention Effectiveness Section, conducting a cost-effectiveness study of contact investigations, and in the Epidemiology Program Office’s Division of Prevention Research and Analytic Methods, developing economic evaluation teaching materials. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program in public policy and program evaluation at Georgia State University.

Larry Johnson, a first-year Public Health Advisor assigned to the Orange County TB Control Program in Orlando, Florida, has left DTBE and accepted a position in Jacksonville with the US Department of Labor. Larry started with DTBE in January 2001 as a member of the new PHA cohort. In a farewell note to his coworkers, Larry stated that this had not been an easy decision for him, but he felt it was best for his family in Jacksonville. During his short tenure with CDC, Larry established himself as a "can-do" PHA, and we wish him well in his new position.

Olga Joglar, MHSA, has been selected for the Chief, Field Operations Section 1. Olga joined DTBE in 1989 when she was selected as the Senior Public Health Advisor for Puerto Rico's TB Program. From 1992 to 1995, Olga was assigned to the New York City Bureau of TB where she was responsible for spearheading the multidrug-resistant TB team, providing leadership to the outreach unit, and directing outreach activities in Brooklyn, the borough with the highest incidence of TB. Olga transferred to Atlanta in 1995 to work as a program consultant for several mid-west states and big cities, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Heather Joseph, MPH, has joined the Research and Evaluation Branch as an ASPH Fellow. She came to us from New Orleans, Louisiana, where she completed her masters degree in public health with a concentration in epidemiology. Between obtaining her undergraduate degree in anthropology and completing her graduate work, she was a Rotary Fellow in New Delhi, India, where she studied at the Center for Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her course work there included social sciences, the political economy of health, and the structure of the public health system within India. During her MPH work at Tulane, she participated in a project evaluation of a community‑based access‑to‑care initiative of a local nonprofit organization and also worked with the Louisiana Turning Point Program. The Turning Point Program, which is sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a state-based public health planning initiative that emphasizes collaboration, community development, and capacity building. During Heather’s fellowship, she will be working primarily on two qualitative research projects: an ethnographic survey of foreign persons to ascertain beliefs, practices, and attitudes from several distinct ethnic groups, and an assessment of the reasons behind health care workers’ adherence or nonadherence to testing guidelines and treatment for LTBI.

Steve Kammerer has joined the Division and is working in the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch as a contract database manager. In this role, Steve will receive, review, and validate incoming data for the National Tuberculosis Genotyping and Surveillance Network (NTGSN) project. He will also provide technical assistance to NTGSN site participants and provide support to senior scientists in the analysis and summary of project data. Steve received his BS in mathematics from the College of William and Mary and his MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He brings 15 years of experience in corporate data processing, marketing experience in customer data analysis in SAS, and forecast model development. In addition, Steve has 6 years’ experience running a small business including consulting and training, proposal writing, project management, and software design and development.

Bernadette Ford Lattimore, MPH, completed her Public Health Prevention Specialist assignment with the Research and Evaluation Branch (REB), Prevention Effectiveness Section (PES), on August 16. During her 6-month assignment, she completed a literature review focusing on cultural competence issues relevant to TB control and prevention. Using this information, she designed a research protocol and developed data collection instruments for an upcoming ethnographic study of TB knowledge and attitudes of foreign-born persons. Bernadette successfully presented her design to the Division on August 9. She began her next CDC assignment in Chicago in September, where she will be working to bring community groups and local health care providers together to help prevent STDs and HIV.

Tze-San Lee, PhD, joined the Computer and Statistics Branch September 4 as a biostatistician. Dr. Lee received his PhD in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1976. After that he taught at National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan for a year, and for 2 years at Michigan State University. Since 1980 he has been teaching and being promoted to the rank of a tenured full professor at Western Illinois University until coming to work at CDC. Besides teaching courses in statistics, Tze-San also conducts research through collaboration with scientists at various government laboratories including Argonne National Laboratory, the US Air Force’s Armstrong Laboratory, FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, and NASA. He has published articles on the mortality of the thorium-processing plant’s workers who were exposed to radon, the prevalence of lead poisoning in young children of the families who were living in US Air Force on-base and off-base housing, and the compliance of workers who were exposed to asbestos dust to the OSHA’s standard based on the unequally spaced time series data.

Ken Long has left the division to accept a job offer with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health. Ken came to DTBE in 1997 from CDC’s Information Resources Management Office (IRMO) to serve as the technical lead for the Tuberculosis Information Management System (TIMS). Throughout his career he has had extensive experience with client-server computer systems such as TIMS and was instrumental in launching CDC-WONDER. Ken’s last day with DTBE was August 24. 

Susan Maloney, MD, MHS, has accepted the position of Acting Associate Director for Science of the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DQ), National Center for Infectious Diseases. Susan has been with DQ since 1997 and previously served as DQ’s Acting Chief, Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch.

Stuart McMullen has left the Field Services Branch of DTBE and has joined the CDC Global AIDS Program (GAP). On August 12, 2001, Stuart accepted an assignment with GAP, and will be detailed to Malai, Africa. Stuart started his career with CDC in1989 in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) training program. He had subsequent assignments with the STD program to Philadelphia in 1990, and to the County of Los Angeles STD program in 1992. He moved to the DTBE in June 1993, with his transfer to the County of Los Angeles TB Control program and was last assigned by the DTBE in March of 1996 to the TB Control Branch, California Department of Health Services in Berkeley, CA. We’ll miss Stuart and wish him the best on his 2-year assignment.

Mary Naughton, MD, MPH, has joined DQ, National Center for Infectious Diseases, as the new TB medical officer for the Migration Health Assessment Section in the Field Operations Branch. Mary received her training in radiology from Duke University and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and her MPH from Harvard University. Prior to receiving her MPH, Mary practiced radiology in Massachusetts for 8 years. She will be dealing with the day-to-day operational issues regarding TB among immigrants, refugees, and US adjustment-of-status applicants.

Gabe Palumbo has been selected for the vacant senior public health advisor position in the Michigan TB Control Program. Gabe joined the DTBE field staff in February 1993 with an assignment to the New York City TB Program. Gabe's assignment to NYC provided him with a broad understanding of public health and knowledge about programmatic issues and clinical services. In January 1996, Gabe was reassigned to the New York State TB Control Program with responsibilities for both Nassau and Suffolk counties. In October 1997, Gabe was assigned to the Wisconsin TB Program where he provided consultation and technical advice on statewide TB program development and assistance to local jurisdictions. In January 1999, he was selected for the senior PHA position in Hawaii where he was responsible for TB program management activities. He reported to Lansing, Michigan, on August 14. Gabe will be responsible for providing technical advice and assistance to the Michigan TB Program as well as working with local health departments in TB prevention and control efforts.

Kathleen Perez-Hureaux has resigned from DTBE, Field Service Branch (FSB), effective September 6, 2001, to pursue other interests in Seattle, Washington. In 1997 Kathleen joined the New York City TB Control Program as a Senior Public Health Educator. In January 1999 she was promoted to Director, Education and Training Unit. Kathleen was then selected for a public health advisor position in the New York City TB Control Program in February 2000. During the past year and a half she has been responsible for the overall direction and development of the education and training unit for the city’s TB control program, managing and supervising all staff assigned to the unit.

Joe Posid joined DTBE in July to coordinate activities related to TB among special populations, including correctional facilities. Joe has had over 25 years with CDC, both in the field and at headquarters in Atlanta. He has had field assignments with the former National Center for Prevention Services (the forerunner of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention) in New York City, Chicago, and Puerto Rico, then with the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in Alaska. His headquarters assignments have included serving as the Emergency Response Coordinator with the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and as a staff epidemiologist with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry (ATSDR) before working for the past 9 years in various assignments in HIV/AIDS. He received his BA from City University of NY and his masters degree in public health in epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Noreen Qualls, PhD, MPH, has been selected to head up the DTBE Research and Evaluation Branch's Prevention Effectiveness Section (PES). Noreen joined PES in July 1997 as a Health Policy Analyst after completing a 2-year postdoctoral prevention effectiveness fellowship in environmental health at CDC. Her work in the section has focused on conducting decision and economic analyses related to contacts, foreign-born persons, and TB suspects and on providing prevention effectiveness training courses for state and local disease control staff members. She has served as the Acting Section Chief since September 1, 2000. Noreen received her masters and doctoral degrees in public health from the Department of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Audrey Reichard, MPH, joined the division as an ASPH fellow in the Field Services Branch in September 2001. She received her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy from Ohio State University and completed her masters degree in public health at Emory University in Atlanta. She recently completed a 2-year fellowship with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control where she worked on projects related to traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury, including central nervous system injury surveillance and a pressure sore prevention program evaluation. Audrey will be working on a project focusing on missed opportunities to prevent cases of pediatric TB and latent TB infection.

Mary Reichler, MD, is transferring from the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) to the Research and Evaluation Branch (REB) to help the division address unmet needs in new TB diagnostics research and development. Mary will continue to oversee contact investigation studies focusing on the identification of surrogate markers of TB infection and disease.

Eric Williamson has been selected for a public health advisor position in Los Angeles, California, and has transferred there from Missouri. In his most recent assignment, he served as a PHA in Jefferson City, Missouri, where he functioned as an assistant to the senior public health advisor, Vic Tomlinson, and state public health officials. Among other assignments and projects, Eric assisted with the investigation of the MDRTB outbreak in St. Louis, Missouri. Eric began working at CDC in 1991 in the STD program as an assignee to the Chicago Training Center. In December 1992, he transferred to Memphis, Tennessee. In June 1997, he accepted reassignment to the state of Wisconsin, and in August 1999 he was selected for the PHA position in Jefferson City, Missouri. Eric started his new assignment in June 2001. 

Misty D. Worley, MPH, CHES, began a 2-year fellowship sponsored by the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) with the Communications and Education Branch (CEB). Misty received her masters degree in public health in health education from the University of Oklahoma in July 2001. During the pursuit of her masters degree, Misty was actively involved in a variety of settings, such as her work as a graduate research assistant for the “Oklahoma Teen Pregnancy Prevention Evaluation Project” in the College of Public Health. While working, she had the opportunity to serve on the executive board of the Teen Pregnancy Coalition of Oklahoma County, Inc., the Oklahoma Public Health Association, the College of Public Health Student Association, and a variety of other steering committees. Misty also completed a 192-hour internship with the Oklahoma City County Health Department’s TB Control Center prior to graduating. While enrolled as a student at the University of Oklahoma, she was nominated for the “Outstanding College of Public Health Student” award and was the recipient of the annual “Joan K. Leavitt Award.” She started in CEB in September 2001.


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