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TB Notes 1, 2003

Personnel Notes

Gustavo Aquino was selected for a 2-year post as Technical Advisor for Tuberculosis Control assigned to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Health Division stationed in Moscow, Russia. Gus reported to his new assignment in November 2002. He is providing oversight for CDC program activities in the area of TB control, disease surveillance, and the transmission of infectious diseases. His primary responsibility is the management and implementation of all CDC's TB prevention and control strategies and programs in Russia. Gus has been the lead TB public health advisor for Russia since May 21, 2000, in the International Activity unit of DTBE. Gus began his public health career with CDC in 1990 while assigned to the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Program in Miami, Florida, and later transferred to the Chicago STD Program to assist with field training of newly hired outreach workers. He started his TB career in New York City in 1993, where he was involved in numerous local activities related to program implementation and evaluation, DOT, and assisting with the supervision and training of new TB reps. He was later assigned to the New Jersey State TB Control Program where he worked closely with the National TB Model Center and assisted in monitoring statewide activities. Consequently, he was assigned to the Puerto Rico Department of Health, where he served as the TB program advisor for several years. His management skills contributed toward program progress and success in updating and coordinating island-wide TB policies relating to surveillance, case reporting, case management, directly observed therapy (DOT), contact investigations, and screening.

Sharlene Broadnax came to CDC in February 1999 from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she worked for 12 years as a Legal Clerk and was later promoted to Legal Technician. At CDC Sharlene first worked as the Lead Program Operations Assistant for the Research and Evaluation Branch and the TB Trials Consortium, providing administrative support to the Therapeutics & Diagnostics and Prevention Effectiveness sections as well as other branch personnel. Sharlene was promoted in October 2002 to the position of Management and Program Analyst. She acts as the point of contact for the branch and assists the Program Information Specialist with personnel and budget activities.

Crystal Carter worked as a Data Entry Clerk with the Research and Evaluation Branch as a full-time contractor with TRW beginning in October 1998. Her initial duties involved entering data and requesting edits on several clinical trial research studies, maintaining files, and verifying data on case report forms. Crystal’s data entry duties were switched from initial data entry to verification on all TBTC active studies. Crystal works primarily with the TBTC Trials Consortium Data Coordinating Center, and works as well with the Therapeutics & Diagnostic Section. Crystal was hired as a full-time CDC employee in November 2002 in the position of Program Operations Assistant.

Vincent Fears has accepted a promotion to the TB public health advisor position in Chicago, Illinois. His effective date was December 1, 2002. In his new position, Vincent will be responsible for coordinating TB case/contact investigation activities conducted by program staff and partner agencies, and will be responsible for a number of other programmatic activities as well. Vincent joined DTBE in January 2001, and was assigned to the Chicago program as a field investigator, learning the basics of TB control and program protocols. Vincent transferred to DTBE from the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention (DSTDP) where he was last assigned to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, program. Vincent had previous DSTDP assignments in West Palm Beach, Florida, and Cleveland, Ohio. He is a 1991 graduate of Alabama State University with a bachelor of science degree in biology.

Darryl Hardge was recently selected as the senior public health advisor for Washington, DC. His official start date is February 26. Darryl has most recently been the Program Consultant responsible for providing consultation assistance to Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Darryl came to work for CDC in May 1991 as a public health associate I in the Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention assigned to the Division's Disease Intervention Specialist (DIS) training center in Decatur, Georgia. In 1992 Darryl was reassigned to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a DIS working in high-morbidity areas. From January until February 1996, he had a temporary duty assignment in Baltimore, assisting the STD program with an outbreak. In 1996 Darryl became a lead worker supervising six DIS staff. In October 1997, Darryl joined DTBE with a promotion and was assigned to the Louisiana TB program under the supervision of Scott Jones, our senior PHA and administrator of the program. In November 1998, when Scott Jones was reassigned to DTBE headquarters as a program consultant, Darryl assumed a number of Scott's duties in the interim. During that time Darryl was again promoted. In May 1999, Darryl was assigned to the Baltimore TB program as the program manager. During this assignment, Darryl lead the program through two large and difficult outbreaks. Recently, Darryl has been on a temporary duty assignment in Washington, DC, helping with CDC's effort to respond to the anthrax attacks.

Daryl Hillman joined DTBE in the Computer and Statistics Branch on October 7, 2002, as the lead Network Engineer for the division. Before coming to CDC, Daryl worked as a Network Engineer at Motorola, Inc., also here in Atlanta. As the lead Network Engineer for DTBE, Daryl has the duties of leading the other DTBE LAN administrators and is in charge of the DTBE network infrastructure. Daryl graduated from Clayton State University and Lanier Technical College, both in Georgia, and is certified in the use of Cisco, Microsoft, A+, IBM, Dell, and HP.

Heather Joseph, MPH, has been selected for the Health Scientist position in the Prevention Effectiveness Section (PES), Research and Evaluation Branch, DTBE, and officially started her new position on January 13, 2003. Heather joined PES in August 2001 as an ASPH Fellow, and has been instrumental in working on an ethnographic study of foreign-born persons' perceptions of TB and a focus group study of health care workers' adherence to TST and treatment of LTBI recommendations. She has also been involved in the development and implementation of the program evaluation training course, and has been an active member of the Division's Evaluation Unit. In her new position, Heather will be working on several new health services research and evaluation projects. Heather has a BA degree in anthropology from Eckerd College, and an MPH degree in epidemiology from Tulane University. Previously, she served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Fellow in New Delhi, India, and studied at the Center for Social Medicine and Community Health at Jawaharlal Nehru University; worked on a state-wide public health strategic plan for the Louisiana Turning Point Program; and participated in an evaluation of a community-based, access-to-care initiative in New Orleans.

Gloria Kelly retired on January 3, 2003, after 34 years of federal government service, including 32 years at CDC. Gloria began her career with CDC in 1970 in what was then the Tuberculosis Branch, Bureau of State Services. From 1973 to 1985, using her talent for assessing and ensuring data quality and a keen sense of attention to detail, Gloria played pivotal roles in historic national studies examining the limitations and interpretation of the tuberculin skin test, describing anti-TB drug resistance trends, and contrasting the efficacy of varying durations of isoniazid therapy for the treatment of latent TB infection. During the early 1980s, she played an instrumental role in the team orchestrating the transition of the national TB surveillance system from collecting aggregate-level to individual-level data for the approximately 25,000 TB cases reported annually in the United States. Subsequently, during 1985-1993, Gloria led the data management team responsible for collating, processing, and providing quality assurance for the hard copy reports submitted by the 50 states, translating the data into an electronic format for analysis, and production of timely and accurate annual surveillance reports. During this period, Gloria co-authored multiple articles published in peer-reviewed journals on major trends in TB epidemiology. During the past decade, since the national TB surveillance system transitioned to electronic reporting, Gloria was the lead for producing all official statistics from the system, including production of the annual surveillance report, development and implementation of the Public Use Data Set, and preparation of responses to data requests of the system. Her continued enthusiasm for maintaining a high quality product and incorporating enhancements led to major improvements in the annual report, including the most recent additions of detailed information by country of birth and trend tables by major demographic and clinical characteristics. Over the years, she received numerous awards for the high quality of her work. Recently, she received a Special Act Award for designing and producing a special Web-based version of the annual surveillance report in collaboration with the Division Web team, translating more than 40 tables to meet the requirements of new federal standards for accessibility for persons with disabilities. Gloria’s career is notable for remarkable career progression and critical roles in managing and analyzing data responsible for major advances in knowledge of TB epidemiology in the United States. Though these contributions to TB statistics and epidemiology are recognized as substantial, Gloria’s dedication to excellence and service and her strong work ethic win equal admiration by her colleagues. Her colleagues will sincerely miss the opportunity to clarify changes and analytic approaches used by the surveillance system over the past several decades by just stopping by her office. It is doubtful that retirement will be all rest and relaxation. Gloria has an active life that includes spending time with her daughters and granddaughters, supervising ushers for Atlanta Braves games, and playing recreational tennis. Her DTBE colleagues wish her the best for new adventures and new joys in retirement.

Stuart McMullen has accepted the position of senior public health advisor in Los Angeles, California. Stuart has been with CDC since 1989 when he began his career with the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) program in Miami, Florida. His next two assignments were with the STD program in Philadelphia (1991-92) and Los Angeles (1992-93). In June 1993, during his assignment in Los Angeles, Stuart joined DTBE. His tenure in LA found him working with high-risk populations, quality assurance reviews, reporting requirements, and the multidrug resistance (MDR) program. He managed the Satellite TB Clinic Food and Housing Homeless Incentive Program, developed database systems, developed incentive programs, and carried out numerous other activities in LA. In 1996 Stuart was promoted to senior public health advisor in the California Department of Health Services, TB Control Branch, in Berkeley, California. Stuart began an assignment at headquarters with the Field Services Branch (FSB) in November 2001, after his temporary duty assignment to the Global AIDS Program. During this assignment Stuart provided leadership in the development of an electronic Class A/B TB notification system through a collaborative effort with the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, and initiated the development of performance indicators for the evaluation of the Class A/B TB notification and follow-up evaluation process, and annual report tables. Stuart also provided leadership initiating a project to develop a core patient management system, working with the DTBE Information Technology Work Group and stakeholders from the NTCA.

Scott McNabb has stepped down as Chief of the Epidemiologic Studies Section, Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB), and as Project Officer of the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium, in order to devote more time to his own research interests. Scott joined DTBE as the Epidemiologic Studies Section Chief in January 2001, and in his almost 2 years in that post he accomplished an impressive amount. Working with others at CDC, he coordinated the completion of the National TB Genotyping and Surveillance Network (NTGSN) project and the cleaning and closing of its databases. He emphasized the importance of disseminating this scientific information, and had the vision of devoting a special issue of the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases to the scientific accomplishments of NTGSN. In the future, the NTGSN databases will provide a rich source of data about the transmission of TB, and Scott would like to devote a large part of his time to working on the data analyses. Scott has also strongly supported translating the technical knowledge gained by NTGSN into information that can be easily accessible to TB controllers, and he will continue to work for this and to support CDC’s plan to implement universal fingerprinting. He will stay on as the NTGSN Project Officer. Scott also guided the creation of the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) and has been its first Project Officer and its Co-Chair. In addition to directing these two major efforts, Scott has developed individual projects. He recently returned from a trip to Armenia and Georgia where he engaged the Ministries of Health in the conceptualization of a Biotechnology Engagement Program proposal to build sustained capacity for conducting surveillance for TB in the former Soviet Union. Several years ago Scott developed a new model for evaluating the impact of surveillance in Africa, and he has worked tirelessly for the last year to adapt his model to evaluating TB surveillance in the United States. He will continue to work on these two important projects.

Ted Misselbeck has accepted a transfer to the public health advisor position in the City of St. Louis health department; his report date was November 17, 2002. Ted joined CDC in January 2001 and was assigned to the Palm Beach, Florida, Health Department TB program. This assignment in Florida provided Ted with experience in both rural and urban areas. In February 2002, he helped investigate an outbreak in rural northern Florida. In August 2002 he assisted in the follow-up contact investigation of the southwest Oklahoma TB outbreak. Ted also assisted in the county’s transition from manual to computer documentation reporting. Prior to joining DTBE, Ted worked as a primary therapist with Seabrook House in Seabrook, New Jersey, as well as working as a pharmaceutical sales representative with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals in Middlesex County, New Jersey and Staten Island, New York.

Barbara Myers, Program Operations Assistant in Field Operations Section II of DTBE’s Field Services Branch (FSB), has left DTBE for a position in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP). In her new position as a transportation assistant in DHAP, she will review travel vouchers. Barbara joined FSB/DTBE in May 2001; prior to her position with DTBE, she had worked with the Department of Defense at Dobbins Air Reserve Base as an Accounting Technician.

Shameer Poonja, MPH, TB Program Director, Department of Public Health, Division of TB, Massachusetts, was selected for the public health advisor position in New York City. Shameer began this assignment on November 17, 2002. He is working with Ken Johnson in NYC’s TB Control Program and with the network managers in implementing a coordinated strategy for latent TB infection (LTBI) activities in Queens, NY. Shameer has spent the last 4 years with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 3 of which were with the Division of TB Prevention and Control, coordinating the Division's prevention activities. While with that Division, he was directly responsible for its four community-based targeted testing projects, and also served as the liaison between the Division and various community-based organizations and coalitions. Prior to working in TB, Shameer spent a year with the Refugee and Immigrant Health Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health on a CDC-funded research project evaluating the TB screening practices of the INS-appointed civil surgeons. In 1998, Shameer received his MPH from Boston University School of Public Health.

Tom Privett, a Field Services Branch (FSB) field staff member, has transferred to the New Jersey TB Control Program in Trenton as the senior CDC assignee. Tom started with CDC on January 3, 1989, in the Los Angeles County TB Control Program, moving from a state TB position in south Florida. He developed the first initiative to house and feed homeless TB patients as incentives to promote adherence to prescribed therapy for cases and suspects. In October 1990, he transferred to Richmond, Virginia, where he served as the state TB Control Program's Acting Director after the retirement of Dr. Charles Wingo in 1992 until his return to Los Angeles County as the senior CDC assignee in October 1998. During his time in Virginia, he established a statewide housing option for homeless TB patients, significantly improving the percentage of this population completing therapy for TB disease. In his second trip to Los Angeles, he replaced his mentor Graydon Shepard after a 15-year tenure. He was responsible for the expansion of the incentives available to TB patients and the development of protocols for judicial review of Health Officer orders for civil detention of recalcitrant infectious TB patients as required by the Health and Safety Code. In his transfer to the New Jersey TB Control Program in Trenton, he replaces Kenneth Shilkret after 28 years. He will serve as Program Manager and chief liaison with the NJ TB Model Center in Newark. His report date was December 16, 2002.

Ameisha Sampson joined the Outbreak Investigation Section in the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) as data manager. She will be working on databases related to Epi-Aids and data transfer issues between various platforms during Epi-Aids. In addition to working on these databases, she will also be working on the computerization of the data related to the rifapentine-pyrazinamide (RZ) survey. Ameisha has a bachelor of science degree in Computer and Information Science from Spelman College and is proficient in Microsoft Office, with a master user rating in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Access computer assessments. Before joining CDC, Amesiha worked as senior administrative assistant in the Corporate Benefits Department at Coca Cola enterprises where she initiated, designed, implemented, and maintained a relational database in Microsoft Access. This reduced the communication turnaround time between clients and department staff by 25%. Amesiha is also an expert in Visual Basic and SQL programming languages.

Alan Schley has joined the Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch (SEB) as its new Program Operations Assistant. Alan joined SEB on December 29, 2002, coming to CDC from a position with the Transportation Security Administration at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport. Alan also had a successful and well-decorated career as an administrative specialist in the U.S. Army. He brings a wide range of administrative skills and experience to CDC. Alan earned his bachelor of science degree in Management from Park College in Missouri in 1997.

Phil Spradling, MD, returned to DTBE on November 25, 2002. He joined the Research and Evaluation Branch to work with the TB Trials Consortium. Phil had been with the DTBE Surveillance and Epidemiology Branch for 2 years before leaving recently for a position with the CDC National Immunization Program.

Gail Starks has joined the International Activity unit where she will be working as a public health advisor involved with country support, administrative issues, and special projects. Gail comes to DTBE from the NCHSTP Global AIDS Program (GAP) where she worked as a Management and Program Analyst with the Country Support Branch. While in GAP she was involved in assisting with the country support activities for the 25 GAP countries. She was instrumental in establishing GAP's programs overseas by facilitating the assignment of over 60 staff by coordinating Department of State country clearances, security and medical clearances, personnel actions, travel, and entitlements. She also served as the GAP liaison with CDC's Office of Global Health (OGH), Human Resource Management Office (HRMO), Financial Management Office (FMO), and Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel (DCP). She brings to us a wealth of knowledge about and experience with the complexities of domestic and international entitlements for civil service and commissioned corps employees, and in dealing with the requirements and regulations of the Department of State, UNAIDS, and USAID in the assignments and details of CDC staff abroad. Gail has worked with CDC since 1987 and has held positions in NCID and NCHSTP/OD.


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