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CSTE Welcomes New Staff

Posted By Stephen Clay, Friday, June 10, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, June 1, 2016
CSTE continues to expand its national staff to facilitate new public health projects and support existing activities. We hope you get a chance to work with our newest team members in coming months and get a chance to meet them at the upcoming Annual Conference.

Brooke Beaulieu

I joined CSTE in September 2015 as an associate research analyst for the Infectious Disease Steering Committee. I earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Georgia Tech and a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in epidemiology from Georgia State University. Before joining the CSTE team, my research focused on the relationship between traumatic events and stressors/depression, particularly after natural disasters and military deployment.

I have also contributed to projects concerning vectorborne disease and healthcare-associated infections. When I’m not acting as the CSTE staff lead for HIV, STD, and National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV), I enjoy hiking, reading, and continuing my ongoing search for the best Thai food in Atlanta.


Jessica Helms

I joined CSTE as the new program assistant in February 2016. Born and raised in Atlanta, I received my bachelor’s in biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2015. I have always been interested in disease from a population level, so I began my career working for the Georgia Department of Public Health in the Health Protection Laboratory. In the lab, I focused on receipt and reporting of infectious diseases throughout Georgia, as well as the implementation of a new electronic health record.

As the program assistant at CSTE, I will be supporting all the epidemiology program areas and I look forward to working on a breadth of projects in the different steering committees. I will also be serving as an information technology liaison for CSTE program staff and ensuring the securement of confidential documents. The diverse range of projects will allow me to experience the different facets of public health prior to pursuing my MPH. I look forward to be working with all the members of CSTE in different fashions.


Jessica Mynatt

I joined CSTE in November 2015. As the workforce and fellowship administrator, I provide logistical and programmatic support to the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Fellowship program as well as the three Project SHINE fellowship programs: the Applied Public Health Informatics Fellowship, Health Systems Integration Program, and Informatics-Training in Place Program. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in anthropology from the University of Tennessee in 2010 and am now an aspiring MPH candidate. Prior to joining CSTE, I served as a non-profit manager specializing in fund development, membership growth and retention, and program management.

Maria Patselikos

Hi, my name is Maria Patselikos and I am the evaluation coordinator for CSTE. Born and raised in New Orleans, I received my bachelor’s degree in political science from Loyola University of New Orleans followed by my master’s degree in international affairs from Florida State and a certificate in emergency preparedness. It was during my time at FSU that my interest in public health began to grow, as the combination of international affairs and emergency preparedness awakened my aspiration to improving the overall quality of life through community health education and communication. In May 2014, I graduated from the Tulane University School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health degree.

During my time at Tulane, I interned at the Center for Continuing Education, where I was exposed to evaluation work by analyzing the evaluation data of the university’s grand round program and drafting summary reports for the department chair. Upon graduation, I was hired at the Center for Continuing Education and realized I could contribute to the improvement of the quality of life by aiding in the education of medical professionals and the overall improvement in patient care. With one chapter of my career behind me, I am excited to expand my evaluation work into CSTE’s many subcommittees and projects.


Megan Toe

Before joining CSTE, I worked for the Mental Health Liberia Initiative at the Carter Center, managing activities in partnership with the Government of Liberia to strengthen the national mental health system through training, policy and advocacy. Prior to the Carter Center, I was an assistant director at a grassroots organization that supported community leaders in West Africa on activities related to health promotion and social supports for the benefit of vulnerable youth.

I received a Master of Social Work degree, community empowerment and program development track, and a certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Georgia in 2013.

I look forward to my role at CSTE as a senior research analyst focusing on behavioral health work to further my career in public mental health and workforce development via capacity building.

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