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TB Notes 4, 2002

Personnel Notes

Tina Albrecht, MPH, a public health advisor (PHA) with the Field Services Branch, was reassigned on August 12 to Berkeley, CA, where she works at the state TB Control Branch as the Outbreak Response Coordinator. In addition to providing technical assistance for outbreaks and extended contact investigations, her current responsibilities also include implementing an exposure control plan, helping to develop a formalized mechanism for evaluation of the outbreak team, and tracking costs associated with responding to outbreaks. Prior to her assignment to California, Tina was a PHA trainee in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, where she provided case management and DOT/DOPT services, conducted contact investigations, and assisted with data collection and analysis for the production of ARPEs. Before joining CDC, she was a biological science technician with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in New Orleans, Louisiana. She earned a bachelors degree in biology from California State University, Chico, California, in 1994 and a masters degree in public health in tropical medicine from Tulane University in 1999. She served with the Peace Corps in Ghana from 1995 to 1997.

Anjabebu (Lily) Asrat, MPH, a CDC Public Health Prevention Specialist, began a 6-month assignment in September with DTBE’s Research and Evaluation Branch (REB). She received her MPH degree from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Lily will be working on TB case management issues with Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara and Maureen Wilce.

Sandra Doster Bart, policy coordinator in the Office of the Executive Secretariat and a former DTBE employee, has retired after 38 years of service. Sandy started her federal career at CDC in 1964 as a secretary. In the mid-1970s, she began attending college at night to earn her degree. After obtaining a bachelors degree, she expressed interest in becoming a public health advisor (PHA), and was assigned to the field by John Seggerson, then chief of field service activities in DTBE. She carried out her PHA responsibilities well and was respected by her colleagues and supervisors. She eventually returned to Atlanta as a PHA in the CDC immunization program. She then relocated to Washington, DC, and in 1985, joined the staff of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. In 1995, Sandy moved to the Office of the Executive Secretariat, where she served as Acting Deputy Director of the Office during the final months of HHS Secretary Donna Shalala's tenure. Her team received the Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service, the highest award the Secretary can bestow. HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson said that "Sandy Bart's time at HHS was marked by her dedication to excellence, intense professionalism, and indefatigable commitment to the American people. She was an irreplaceable member of the HHS community, and we will miss her generous spirit." Sandy plans to return to her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

Betsy Carter, MPH, has been selected as a Health Education Specialist in the DTBE Communications and Education Branch (CEB). Betsy first joined CEB as an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Fellow in September 2000, after completing an MPH in Health Promotion and Education from the University of South Carolina School of Public Health. In the 2 years that Betsy has been with DTBE, she has made major contributions on a number of projects, including the TB Information Guide CD-ROM; the TB Education and Training Network meeting and workshop; the Duty Officer survey; and the development, evaluation, and implementation of the new DTBE intranet site. Betsy made the transition to full-time DTBE employee on August 12.

Phyllis Cruise has accepted the Field Services Branch position of Chief, Field Operations Section I, and will be replacing Olga Joglar. Phyllis is currently the senior public health advisor assigned to the Texas TB Control Program. Phyllis has a wealth of experience both in the field and here in headquarters. She has recently proved invaluable in providing programmatic assistance following outbreaks in Georgia and Oklahoma. It will be a pleasure to welcome Phyllis back to headquarters as she begins a new phase in her career.

Nick DeLuca, MA, was selected as a Lead Health Education Specialist in the DTBE Communications and Education Branch (CEB). Nick began his career with CEB as an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Fellow. He came to DTBE from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health in 1997. In his time in DTBE, he has had lead responsibility for a wide variety of products and activities, including the Web-based self-study modules, self-study modules 6-9, the TB resource guide, and the District Training Modules for use in Russia. Nick will be the team leader for behavioral science, training, and education activities.

Kim Do, assigned to the Los Angeles TB Control Program, was recently selected for the public health advisor (PHA) position in Los Angeles. Currently, his duties include working with the detention program, chairing the weekly detention meeting, and acting as liaison between district health centers, the TB Control Program, and MDRTB patients. Kim is the contract monitor and technical consultant for a local community-based organization hired to do targeted testing for LTBI in the foreign-born Asian population in Los Angeles County. When he was first assigned to the Los Angles TB Control Program in 1999, he was a supervisor and a chairperson for TB Control's Health and Wellness Program. Prior to accepting the 1999 DTBE assignment, he worked for the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (DSTD). His duty locations while in DSTD included West Palm Beach Florida from 1989 to 1990; Washington, DC, from 1990 to 1992; and the Los Angles DSTD Program from 1992 to 1999. Kim attended the University of Colorado, where he received a BS in Kinesiology in 1988.

Daniel Dohony was selected as the senior public health advisor (PHA) to the Philadelphia TB Program. Dan came to us from the National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Lead Poisoning Branch. He worked in the field as a senior PHA for the Philadelphia Childhood Lead Poisoning and Prevention Program from 1993 to 2000. There he acted as the assistant to the local program director. He also served as program chief of the Allegheny county lead program in Pennsylvania from 1991 to 1993. Prior to this, Dan worked for the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention in a number of different positions, including Assistant Program Director in Los Angeles from 1989 to 1991, State Program Director in Mississippi from 1987 to 1989, Regional Supervisor in Tennessee from 1984 to 1987, and Program Representative in Maryland and Ohio from 1981 to 1984. Dan started his assignment on June 2, 2002.

Hsin-Hsin Foo, MPH, joined DTBE in September as an ASPH/CDC Fellow. Hsin-Hsin (pronounced Shing-Shing) attended Columbia University, where she completed a bachelor of arts degree in biology. Prior to receiving her masters degree in public health in Community Health Sciences from UCLA, she worked at a medical education company and a community health research group, as well as at several advertising and marketing firms. Her passion lies with communications, especially the development of new technologies. She assisted in the production of radio and TV advertisements regarding various health issues, and produced a video and Web site. In addition, she developed print materials including a manual for pro-bono attorneys and a series of brochures targeting battered Asian/Pacific Islander women. In DTBE, she will be involved with a variety of projects in the Communications and Education Branch.

Maria Fraire, MPH, was selected as a Lead Health Education Specialist in the DTBE Communications and Education Branch (CEB). She started her career in DTBE as an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Fellow. Maria came to DTBE from Emory University in 1996. In her time here, she has had lead responsibility for a wide variety of products and activities, including the implementation of the new TB Program Managers' course, update of the Core Curriculum, and content development and management of the DTBE internet and intranet. Maria will be the team leader for communication activities.

Jennifer Giroux, MD, was assigned in late July to work in the Field Services Branch with Dr. John Jereb while she completes a preventive medicine residency. Jennifer is also completing her masters degree in public health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where she was a Fellow with the Center of American Indian and Minority Health. She became interested in TB after investigating high TB mortality rates among American Indians in South Dakota in 1998. While she works at DTBE, Jennifer is interested in learning about methods of increasing TB program productivity. Jennifer received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota in 1996 and then completed her internship at the University of North Dakota in Fargo. She joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program in 1998, and served as the EIS Officer assigned to the Indian Health Service National Epidemiology Program in Albuquerque, New Mexico, until 2000. During her EIS years, Jennifer investigated a number of illnesses, including a food-borne outbreak, methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, Hanta virus, plague, fatal TB cases, hepatitis B mortality, and molar (false) pregnancies. Jennifer is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. She has worked with the Indian Health Service, where she focused on prevention of HIV/AIDS and cancer in the Great Plains states.

Teresa Goss left the DTBE Field Services Branch (FSB) in August 2002 after accepting a promotion to the position of Management and Program Analyst in the National Center for Infectious Diseases, Scientific Resource Program, at Clifton Road. She is returning to DTBE on November 18 as a Management and Program Analyst in the DTBE Communications and Education Branch. She is assuming the duties and responsibilities previously performed in CEB by Vivian Siler. Teresa was a Program Operations Assistant in FSB from May 2000 until August 2002. Prior to her assignment in FSB, Teresa worked as a Program Operations Assistant in the DTBE Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch from 1998 to 2000.

Tim Holtz, MD, MPH, has joined the International Activities office. Tim is originally from Iowa, went to medical school at the University of Iowa, has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and completed his internal medicine residency at Cambridge Hospital, Massachusetts. Tim has extensive international health experience, having spent time working in Haiti, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, and South Africa during medical school and residency. Following his residency, he completed a 1-year fellowship in human rights and health at Columbia University, and spent that entire year living with Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, India. Tim was also a founding member of Doctors for Global Health, a human rights and health nongovernmental organization (NGO) that has primary care projects in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Peru, Uganda, and Nigeria. He was an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer from 1999 to 2001 in the Malaria Branch, National Center for Infectious Diseases, and has just completed a 1-year preventive medicine residency in New York City. Tim will be working on projects in Latvia and South Africa.

Michele Huitrec, MPH, has joined DTBE in the Communications and Education Branch (CEB) as an Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) Fellow. In 2000 Michele earned an MPH from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in health behavior and health education. Most recently, she worked as a Web content producer for the Mayo clinic’s consumer health Web site, www.Mayoclinic.com. Her work there included researching and writing health articles and creating health management programs. Michele will be working on a variety of projects in CEB, one of which will include World TB Day. Michele began working in CEB on September 16.

Stormy Hulit completed a summer internship with the Field Services Branch (FSB). She came to DTBE from the Omaha Reservation, where she is pursuing a nursing degree at Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, Nebraska. In 2001 she joined the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), which offers summer internships to student members. In June 2002, Stormy accepted a position with Dr. John Jereb in FSB. While in Atlanta, she helped with office work throughout DTBE while studying the fundamentals of TB pathogenesis, epidemiology, and program operations. For one of her projects she prepared a report about the current TB control systems for Eastern Nebraska, and ultimately went on an Epi-Aid field investigation as a data-management assistant. "I want to thank all the people at CDC for the warm welcome that I received when I got here. It really meant a lot to me," she said. She is now advising her peers to get involved in career opportunities available for American Indian scholars.

Kashef Ijaz, MD, MPH, has been selected as the Chief, Outbreak Investigations Section, SEB. Kashef received his MD from King Edward Medical College, University of Punjab, Pakistan, and his MPH in epidemiology from the College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma. After completing his training, he worked as medical epidemiologist with the Division of TB at the Arkansas Department of Health and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, where he held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care. During his 7 years at the Arkansas Department of Health, he worked with TB experts like William W. Stead, Joseph H. Bates, Kathleen Eisenach, and Don Cave. He investigated numerous TB outbreaks in prisons, homeless shelters, nursing homes, and other high-risk population groups. He was also one of the principal investigators for the Arkansas sentinel surveillance site for CDC’s National Genotyping and Surveillance Network and the principal investigator for the Arkansas TB Epidemiological Studies Consortium site before joining the Outbreak Investigations Section in the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch, DTBE, in January 2002. Kashef has published in peer-reviewed journals and has presented extensively on tuberculosis both at national and international meetings.

Cristel Johnson has joined DTBE’S Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch in the Surveillance Section as a software transition specialist. She will be assisting in the transition to NEDSS and the next maintenance release of TIMS. She has a BA in Business Administration and Management of Information Systems and 17 years of project management and technology experience. Most recently she was the technology manager for a private K-12 school, where she managed all technical projects, a 3-person IT staff, all vendor relationships, and the annual IT budget. Earlier in her career (1990), she worked for CDC as part of the AIDS microcomputing team responsible for the data management and support of the AIDS surveillance system. Christel is very skilled in providing support to end-users of software systems, and will be a valuable member of our team in collaborations with our stakeholders, FSB, and CSB on the TB program area module development for NEDSS.

Olga Joglar has accepted the Field Services Branch position of senior public health advisor in Puerto Rico. Olga has been the Chief of Field Operations Section I and has done an outstanding job in that position. During her tenure, she assisted in the reorganization of the program consultant project areas and has served as a mentor to two new program consultants. She will be missed; happily, Olga will remain in the DTBE family as she begins a new phase in her career in Puerto Rico. Olga's transfer will be effective in November 2002.

Dolly Katz, Ph.D. (EIS '95), joined DTBE at the end of August as an epidemiologist in the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch, Epidemiologic Studies Section. Dolly most recently worked for the Florida Department of Health's Bureau of Epidemiology as the regional epidemiologist for the 12 counties of south Florida. She was also an adjunct assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Miami School of Medicine. She received her MPH and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Before she became an epidemiologist, Dolly was a journalist; for most of her journalism career she was the medical reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Dolly will be working with the new TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium as a senior epidemiologist.

Mark Miner was selected for the senior Public Health Advisor (PHA) position in the Baltimore TB Program. Mark previously worked as a Public Health Representative II with the New York State Department of Health TB Bureau from January 1993 to August 2002. His duties included monitoring TB cases and suspects for a 14-county region in Central New York. This involved field visits to various county health departments where he reviewed completion of morbidity reports, and consulted with county clinical and administrative staff. Prior to working with the New York State Department of Health, Mark worked as a Public Health Sanitarian for the health departments in Oneida and Madison counties in New York. Mark also taught health classes to middle school and high school students at the Canastota Central School District in New York. Mark started his assignment on August 11, 2002.

Abraham Miranda, MD, joined the staff of the International Activity office in July 2002 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer (2002-2004). Abe is board certified in internal medicine and in infectious diseases and comes to CDC from a position as Deputy Medical Director for the Division of Immigration Health Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He brings extensive experience in TB control and border health issues to his new position, having previously been a member of the TB in Immigrants Workgroup of the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis and a member of the Border Health Workgroup at HRSA. Abe is the author of several infectious disease textbook chapters and journal articles.

Patrick Nadol, MPH, a CDC Public Health Prevention Specialist, began a 6-month assignment in September with DTBE’s Research and Evaluation Branch. He received his MPH degree from Tulane University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Patrick will be working on the NAA study with Drs. Jerry Mazurek and Noreen Qualls.

Jason Nehal, MPH, previously assigned to the Chicago TB program, has been selected for the senior public health advisor (PHA) position in Honolulu, HI. He will be working closely with Dr. Jessie Wing, DTBE medical officer and state TB Program Director, and will provide management, supervision, and technical, epidemiologic, and programmatic consultation to the TB control officer and staff, among others. He began his assignment on July 28. Prior to his DTBE assignment Jason worked for the Division of Sexually Transmitted Diseases in both Ohio and Chicago, with his first assignment for CDC beginning September 22, 1991. His first position with DTBE was his assignment in 1999 to the Chicago, Illinois, TB control program. His responsibilities there included grant writing, budget preparation, and analysis of data from the TB Information Management System (TIMS) to measure program outcomes against objectives. Jason attended Ohio State University where he received his BA degree, majoring in Spanish. He recently earned his MPH degree from Tulane University where he had previously earned his Graduate Certificate in surveillance and epidemiology.

Farah Parvez, MD, a board-certified pediatrician, has joined the DTBE Field Services Branch (FSB). She entered the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) in 1998, and worked in the Hospital Infections Program. After completing her EIS training, she entered the CDC Preventive Medicine Residency program. During the first year of her residency, Farah obtained her masters degree in public health in health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the practicum year of her residency, she worked in the Bureau of Community HealthWorks, in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDOHMH). Farah is currently a CDC assignee at the NYCDOHMH working as the Medical Director of the Office of Oversight of Correctional Health. Her responsibilities include oversight of clinical and preventive services to inmates within the New York City jail system; facilitating enhancement of a public health focus into current clinical activities at Rikers Island and the Borough Houses of Detention; facilitating increased correctional health-related communication and coordination between key partners; and facilitating incorporation and coordination of city, state, and federal public health program priorities into current clinical and preventive services provided to NYC jail inmates.

Cathy Rawls, MPH, has joined DTBE as an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Behavioral Research Fellow in the Communications and Education Branch. She began her fellowship on September 12, and will be working on various behavioral science research projects in CEB. Cathy graduated in May 2002 from the Health Behavior and Health Education Program in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received a BA in sociology. Prior to entering graduate school, Cathy served 2 years in the Americorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) program as a Family Literacy project coordinator and in the Public Allies program as an HIV/AIDS health educator.

Halsey Rhodes, who was assigned as a public health advisor (PHA) trainee in Edison, NJ, has been assigned with promotion since June 2 to the state TB program in Trenton under the supervision of the senior PHA, Ken Shilkret. Halsey provides technical advice and assistance in the management of TB control activities to the county health departments. In addition, he provides TB consultation to NJ health care providers, health agencies, and community-based organizations, and is the liaison to the state Division of AIDS Prevention and Control. He also compiles and analyzes data regarding TB activities in the state. Halsey's previous training was as a Health Service Representative for the State of Florida, and as coordinator for Preventive Medicine activities with the United States Coast Guard.

Frank Romano, one of the Field Services Branch's public health advisor (PHA) trainees assigned in Chicago, was selected for the PHA position in Tallahassee, FL. Frank will be working with senior PHA Heather Duncan on a number of programmatic and operational activities. Frank began his career in public health in 1995 as a Disease Intervention Specialist for the Louisiana TB control program in New Orleans. In 1998, Frank was promoted to Regional TB Surveillance Coordinator responsible for all surveillance and reporting activities in New Orleans and the surrounding region. He started his new assignment on July 14.

Lisa Rosenblum, MD, MPH, joined the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch in the Epidemiologic Studies Section (SEB/ESS) on July 19, 2002. Lisa completed her BA degree at Brown University in 1978; her MD degree at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in 1984; an MPH degree at Johns Hopkins in 1986; and a Preventive Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins in 1987. She joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program in 1987 and worked at CDC for 13 years in the International Health Program Office (IHPO), the Hepatitis Branch in the National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), the Division of HIV/AIDS in NCID, and the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). Lisa was involved in public health volunteer work overseas as a youth, and also worked in underserved areas through CDC assignments.

Nong Shang, PhD, has joined DTBE in the Computer and Statistics Branch, where he is working on the Biostatistics team. He received his PhD degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. Nong comes to DTBE from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he taught design of experiments, statistical computing, math modeling, advanced applied regression analysis, and survey sampling methods. As a research statistician he has collaborated with biologists, physicians, and engineers in studies related to environmental, genetics, and biologic tests. He will initially be assigned to the tasks of further developing math models for TB transmission and providing support to the TB Trials Consortium studies.

Ken Shilkret, senior public health advisor (PHA) in New Jersey and a CDC employee since 1964, retired from CDC on November 2, 2002. After 2 years of active duty as a commissioned officer with the U.S. Army at Ft. Hamilton, NY, Ken started with CDC as a Program Representative with the Division of Social Hygiene, New York City Department of Health, in January 1964. Between 1964 and 1968, Ken worked as a venereal disease (VD) investigator in the reactor program, and coordinated professional and community educational activities in two districts. He was also a recruiter for the CDC VD program for one year. Ken transferred from the Division of VD to the Division of TB in 1968 where he served as a CDC field assignee in the Detroit-Wayne County Health Department (Assistant to the TB Controller) and the Michigan Department of Public Health (Chief of the TB Control Program) from 1969 until 1974, when he was transferred to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS). While there he was promoted to the Chief of the Communicable Disease Operations Program. His duties included evaluation of the TB programs and grants; all of the immunization program; and communicable disease education, including AIDS, from 1983 to 1985. In 1985 he became Chief of the Field Program (TB Program). In 1991 Ken was named manager of the TB Program, the job he holds as he retires. In this position, Ken coordinated departmental activities in TB control and prevention, covering every aspect of running a program including planning and goal development, staffing, operations, fiscal management, and preparation of federal TB cooperative agreement applications and periodic progress reports. Ken worked as the project manager for CDC/NJDHSS research projects, and he participated on several CDC planning committees and focus groups. He coordinated the expansion of TB surveillance data. Ken’s role was expanded to include serving as a mentor and site supervisor for the 2001 cohort of DTBE PHAs. Ken was also a member and recorder of the DTBE Field Staff Working Group; a member of the Public Health Task Force with the NJDHSS; a speaker or coordinator at TB conferences, meetings, and training sessions; and a faculty member for training and education courses at the New Jersey Medical School National TB Center at UMDNJ and CDC. Ken has co-authored 12 TB-related manuscripts. He has been a participating member of many organizations including the American Lung Association of New Jersey, the National Tuberculosis Controller's Association, the New Jersey Public Health Association, the New Jersey Thoracic Society, and the Watsonian Society. Ken’s awards over his career have been numerous. He received the U.S. PHS Group Special Recognition Award as part of the Combating MDR TB Team in August 1993; the New Jersey Public Health Association Presidents Award in March 1994; and a plaque from the New Jersey Corrections Health Management Team in December 1997. Ken was presented with the "National Tuberculosis Icon Award" at the National TB Controllers Workshop in Alexandria, VA, on June 19. Lee Reichman, MD, Executive Director of the New Jersey Medical School National Tuberculosis Center, made the presentation on behalf of the Center "in recognition of Ken's outstanding leadership and commitment to the elimination of tuberculosis in the State of New Jersey." In September 2002, he was given a recognition award from the New Jersey Health Officers Association. Ken plans to shift into retirement gradually by continuing to work in a health-related field for a few more years after he leaves CDC. He will be greatly missed and we wish him the best in his new career direction.

Vivian Siler joined the Field Services Branch as the Lead Program Operations Assistant on September 9, 2002. She started her career with CDC in 1993 working as a contractor with the Viral and Rickettsial Diseases Branch in the National Center for Infectious Diseases as a Call Management Operator. From 1995 to 1999, Vivian worked with Analytical Sciences Incorporated and the National Prevention Information Network as a Senior Information Specialist within the NCHSTP Office of Communications providing support to the Information Dissemination Section. In 1999, she became a full-time staff employee with the Division of TB Elimination, Communications and Education Branch, as a Program Operations Assistant.

LouElla Simonetti has been selected for the newly created Management and Program Analyst position in Field Services Branch (FSB). LouElla will play a key role in the upcoming TB cooperative agreement process by working closely with the program consultants to assist them with logistical, procedural, and administrative aspects of the review process, in particular, and other grant-related activities throughout the year. She has been given the lead on managing the administrative aspects of our field staff personnel which includes developing, tracking, updating, and implementing personnel actions and maintaining the branch’s personnel files. She is developing tracking systems to report on the status of FSB/FOS operations upon request. Before accepting this position, LouElla was assigned to NCHSTP, Prevention Support Office, Office of Director, as a Program Assistant where she assisted with extramural funding, minority health, and the Tuskegee Health Benefit Plan. Her experience here at CDC includes previous positions with the Computer and Statistics Branch (CSB), DTBE, and several detail assignments to the Procurement and Grants Office (PGO) and with the Human Resources Management Office (HRMO). LouElla reported to FSB on July 2.

Todd Wilson, MS, CHES, has joined the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch as an epidemiologist in the Surveillance Section. Todd will assume most of the duties performed by Gloria Kelly, who is retiring at the end of 2002. These responsibilities include producing our annual surveillance report and responding to data requests, and several other activities will be added in the areas of data management, data analysis and dissemination, and the TIMS to NEDSS transition. Todd just completed his fellowship in the Public Health Prevention Service, a 3-year program which included 6-month rotations at CDC in the Division of Adolescent and School Health and the Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases, and a 2-year assignment to the Las Cruces District Office of the New Mexico Department of Health. His broad-based fellowship experience included epidemiologic training and health education and promotion activities, which built on his educational background in health promotion and work experience in marketing. Todd has a BA in Journalism (1991) and an MS in Health Promotion/Health and Sport Sciences (1999) from the University of Oklahoma, and is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Kevin Winthrop, MD, has joined the division in the Field Services Branch (FSB). Kevin, a native of Oregon, attended Yale University, where he played varsity baseball and earned a BA in evolutionary biology. Following graduation, he traveled through Asia for 6 months before returning to Portland, Oregon. Kevin attended medical school at Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon, receiving his MD cum laude. He completed his internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, and then completed one year of ophthalmology residency at Stanford University before joining CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer. While in the EIS, he was stationed with the Disease Investigations Section of the California Department of Health Services, where he had the opportunity to investigate outbreaks in a diverse range of habitats — from nail salons to LASIK eye centers to the site of the Winter Olympics. After finishing EIS, he joined FSB/DTBE to assist the Tuberculosis Control Branch of the California Department of Health Services. He and his wife have a 2-year-old daughter and live in Berkeley, California. He likes to play guitar, make wine, and forage for culinary mushrooms in his spare time.

Charles Woodley, PhD, retired in May from the Tuberculosis/ Mycobacteriology Branch, National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID). His 34 years in the mycobacteriology laboratories at CDC were highlighted by studies of the genetics of mycobacteria, work on identification and drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and nontuberculous mycobacteria, and, most recently, the DNA fingerprinting of M. tuberculosis. Dr. Woodley contributed to the development and standardization of the IS6110 restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) method of fingerprinting M. tuberculosis and played a key role in the application of this method in response to the reemergence of tuberculosis and outbreaks of multidrug-resistant disease in the early 1990s. He was also an integral part of the National Tuberculosis Genotyping Surveillance Network. His accomplishments are reflected in numerous publications and in the many laboratorians who were trained over the years.

Misty Worley, MPH, who was an Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) Fellow in health education and instructional design, has completed a one-year fellowship in the Communications and Education Branch (CEB) and moved back to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. While at DTBE, Misty’s contributions included revising the print-based TB resource guide, assisting with the planning for the National TB Controller's Association Meeting, developing the TB ETN marketing brochure, and assisting in the production of the Mantoux skin test video.

Zhen Zhao, PhD, has joined the division in the Computer and Statistics Branch (CSB). Zhen holds a PhD degree in statistics from the University of Georgia (1991) and has been a senior mathematical statistician with the National Immunization Program since January 2000, where he worked on the National Immunization Survey. From 1994 through 2000 he worked as a contract biostatistician in diverse programs at CDC and has coauthored more than 20 papers or presentations. Zhen began working with DTBE on August 12 and will be initially dedicated to supporting the TB Trials Consortium studies.

IN MEMORIAM

Laurence S. Farer, MD, a past director of DTBE, died October 11 at the age of 65 as a result of a brain hemorrhage. For 24 years, he served as a U.S. Public Health Service Medical Officer, becoming internationally renowned as an expert on TB and its control. He served as Director, Division of TB Control, and Director, Division of Quarantine at CDC. During his career, Dr. Farer received numerous awards for exemplary service, including the Outstanding Service Medal, the Foreign Duty Award, and the Smallpox Eradication Campaign Service Award.

Born in The Bronx, New York, Dr. Farer graduated from Cornell University with honors. He received his medical degree from New York University and a masters degree in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Farer was a Fellow at the National Institutes of Health. He was widely published in professional journals, and was a longtime member of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease and of the American Thoracic Society. Of his many career achievements, he was most proud to have participated as a CDC medical officer in the 1977 World Health Organization campaign that successfully eradicated smallpox worldwide.

Dr. Farer is remembered by colleagues for his extraordinary ability to apply his vast knowledge of science and medicine, and for his integrity, brilliant intellect, professionalism, sense of humor, and administrative talent. He was a demanding yet inspiring and compassionate mentor. In his work, he was able to formulate logical, persuasive arguments that were always a strong force for good. After retiring in 1988, he remained active by serving as a technical consultant to CDC.

A consummate bird watcher, Dr. Farer attained a remarkable life list of sighting almost 5000 birds. His global travels to observe birds in their local habitats took him to Kenya, Bhutan, The Himalayas, Madagascar, and the Amazon rain forest. He visited every continent except Antarctica. Leading nature walks and birding trips, Dr. Farer was a compelling raconteur who brought seemingly sleepy woodlands and meadows to life. He was on the Board of Directors of the Audubon Society in Asheville, NC. As a generous, caring philanthropist, he benefitted conservation and humanitarian charities. His brother, Dr. James W. Farer, a loving extended family, and a worldwide network of friends survive him.

 


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