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Posted By Jeremy Arieh, Friday, February 3, 2017
Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2017
It is hard to believe that January is already over, and we’re well on our way into 2017. In the last few months, CSTE’s national office staff has grown to accommodate new public health endeavors and support our ongoing work. Please be sure to welcome the new members of our team as we move forward and prep for the 2017 Annual Conference in Boise, Idaho!
Jeremy Arieh
Jeremy Arieh joined CSTE in January as new Director of Communications with a focus on strategic internal and external communications that will increase CSTE’s visibility and recognition as the applied epidemiology resource. With nearly a decade of experience in health care communications, marketing and media relations, Jeremy comes to CSTE from the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), where he created and implemented strategic communications and marketing plans in the Department's key programmatic areas. Prior to his role at DCH, Jeremy spent five years as Director of Marketing & Communications for the Georgia Nurses Association and Foundation. Jeremy holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from Georgia State University. When he’s not dreaming up new communications for CSTE, Jeremy enjoys reading, writing, watching English Premier League soccer, NFL football and spending time with his family and black lab Rocky.
Derwin Henderson
Last September, Derwin Henderson joined CSTE as a new member of our accounting team. He previously held an accounting role at Clark Atlanta University, where he advised students how to manage debt and stick their goal of completing college and earning a degree. Prior to this, Derwin spent time as an asset analyst for Capitol City Bank & Trust Company. In this role, he managed of all the bank’s foreclosed properties. Derwin also worked for five years in an accounting capacity with Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Derwin holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He enjoys reading books on politics and history, and in his free time, he enjoys listening to jazz artists like Shirley Horn, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Ella Fitzgerald. Derwin grew up in Los Angeles, California.
Thuy Kim
Thuy Kim is a two-time alumna of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, holding a Bachelor of Science in Biology, a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and a Certificate in Global Health through the Sparkman Center for Global Health. Thuy was an epidemiologist in the Bureau of Communicable Disease at the Alabama Department of Public Health before joining the CSTE team in October 2016. Currently, she is an Associate Research Analyst focusing on CSTE’s food safety portfolio and CIFOR projects.
Meri Phillips
Meredith (Meri) Phillips has joined CSTE as an Associate Research Analyst on the ID Team, primarily supporting our vector-borne diseases and public health preparedness portfolios. She will also support efforts of the Public Health Law and Border/International Health subcommittees.

Meri attended Georgia Southern University where she obtained her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Environmental Health Sciences. She began her career in public health as a Florida Epidemic Intelligence Service fellow where she gained hands-on experience in applied epidemiology. Here in Georgia, she has worked at both the state (Georgia Emerging Infections Program) and local levels (Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments) as an Epidemiologist. Most recently, she was the lead for Zika response activities in GNR Counties by facilitating testing through the Georgia Public Health Laboratory (GPHL), interviewing positive travel-associated Zika cases and couriering specimens to GPHL. Her experience in infectious disease epidemiology with an emphasis on vector-borne diseases and public health preparedness will be invaluable to her new role at CSTE.

Nikka Sorrells
Nikka Sorrells attended the University of Louisville where she received a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology. She has recently joined the Non-Infectious Disease team as an Associate Research Analyst at CSTE and is the staff lead for the Chronic Disease/Maternal Child Health/Oral Health track. In addition, she is also the staff lead for the Tribal Health Epidemiology, Health Disparities, WestON, and SouthON Subcommittees and/or Workgroups.

Prior to CSTE, Nikka worked at the Tennessee Department of Health as a Public Health Educator in the Health Promotion Department. During that time, she worked with community county health councils, subcommittees and workgroups on various county-wide health initiatives, projects and grants, which were primarily focused on Chronic Diseases, Maternal Child Health and Minority Health. In addition, Nikka worked with the Primary Prevention Initiative teams at the local health departments to facilitate trainings for staff and develop SMART objectives. Nikka has valuable experience in project management, meeting facilitation and budget management, and will be an asset to the CSTE team.

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