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MEET THE NEWEST MEMBERS OF CSTE’S STAFF

Posted By Jeremy Arieh, Friday, May 11, 2018
Updated: Monday, May 7, 2018
Spring 2018 is in full bloom and CSTE’s National Office has added new staff members in recent months to support our ongoing work in applied epidemiology and public health. Please be sure to welcome the new members of our team when you have a chance, or stop in to meet many of them during the 2018 Annual Conference in West Palm Beach!

Michael Anderson
Michael earned a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology and a graduate certificate in Emerging Infectious Diseases from the University of Iowa College of Public Health. He has joined CSTE’s infectious disease team as a program analyst focused on the Hospital Acquired Infections portfolio. At the University of Iowa, Michael participated in research focused on parasitic infectious diseases; worked on a national vaccine trial for Leishmaniasis in canines; and wrote a manuscript about the tickborne disease anaplasmosis. He also conducted a CDC program evaluation and surveillance report surrounding an oral health pilot project for older adults in Iowa through the Iowa Department of Public Health. Apart from work, Michael enjoys community engagement through local volunteer efforts, social activities with friends, and exploring the great outdoors.

Danielle Boyd
Danielle Boyd is CSTE’s program analyst for the injury portfolio, where she oversees numerous injury workgroups and partnerships. She has helped the workgroups examine injury surveillance indicators and helped design technical assistance projects to aid states in refining their injury programs. Danielle served as a CDC Public Health Advisor from 2015-2017. She was detailed to the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department where she worked on projects related to infectious disease case management, outbreak reporting, disease surveillance, health education, and opiate-related overdose. Notably, she played an integral role on the team that designed the department’s prescription drug misuse and harm reduction program.

Danielle earned her Master’s of Public Health from Saint Louis University, and her undergraduate degree from DePauw University. In her free time, she enjoys reading and traveling.


Michelle Brown
Michelle graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2001, with concentrations in art architecture and anthropology. From 2001-2012, she lived in Oceanside, CA working in the hospitality and food industries before moving back to Atlanta in 2012. In 2015, Michelle joined Talenti Gelato as a distribution coordinator. In April 2017, she joined CSTE for the spring and summer assisting Workforce and Fellowship as staff support and in August 2017 was hired as a Program Assistant. When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys photography, building LEGO architecture models, art, spending time with her son, playing video games, and reading.

Robert Carroll
Robert Carroll is CSTE’s Web Application Developer and the newest addition to the IT/operations team. He previously worked for MDT Software and has more than six years of experience in web design and software engineering. He is a graduate of Columbus State University with a BS in Computer Science. Rob was born and raised in Atlanta, and in his free time, he and his wife enjoy reading, traveling and taking in UGA and Atlanta Falcons football games.

Matt Cone
Matt Cone joined CSTE last spring as Marketing & Communications Coordinator to help bolster the communications department. Matt’s background is primarily in graphic design and video, but he also holds an MPH from Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health with a focus on health communications. Before coming to CSTE, Matt worked as in-house creative at public relations firm Porter Novelli, and as an interactive communications developer at Emory University. He is a lifelong resident of Atlanta, and enjoys hiking, photography, and silly Photoshop requests for friends.

Mimi Huynh
Mimi Phan Huynh is a Program Assistant at CSTE. Mimi was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2015. After graduation, she focused on leading her youth group of over 1,000 students between the ages of 5 and 18, involving them in various community service projects around metro Atlanta. A year later, she began her pursuit of a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Mimi joined CSTE in 2017 as an intern, and following her graduation this May she will join the Infectious Disease team as a Program Analyst.

Maria Israel
Mia Israel is a Program Assistant at CSTE. Mia grew up in Knoxville, TN and attended the University of Tennessee, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies with a concentration in Politics and Economics in 2013. After graduation, she accepted a position with Teach for America in rural Arkansas, where she lived and worked for three years teaching high school math and coaching new teachers. After getting married in 2016, Mia moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue a Master of Public Health degree in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Mia joined CSTE in 2016 as an intern. She is excited to graduate with her MPH this May and transition into a full-time position with CSTE as a Program Analyst on the Substance Use and Injury team.

Shaily Krishan
Shaily Krishan joined CSTE in 2017 as a Program Analyst with the Surveillance and Informatics team. She currently supports the RCKMS and NMI portfolios, and the activities of the Surveillance Practice and Implementation Subcommittee. Shaily obtained a Master’s of Public Health, majoring in Behavioral Sciences from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and is currently completing her Certificate in Public Health Informatics at Rollins. Prior to joining CSTE, Shaily worked on several research projects at Emory University, and has experience in research project management, data management, and statistical/ geospatial data analysis.

Kiara Maddox
Kiara joined CSTE in 2017 as the Workforce and Fellowship Coordinator managing much of the Applied Epidemiology Fellowship (AEF) program. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Spelman College and Master’s Degree in Public Health from Emory University. Prior to CSTE, she worked as a CDC Public Health Associate at the Tennessee Department of Health, where she focused on vector-borne disease surveillance and monitoring, as well zoonotic and foodborne diseases. She also spent much of her public health career conducting infectious disease research. For two years, she worked as a researcher on Emory University School of Medicine’s Women’s Interagency HIV Study. In her free time, Kiara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well rooting for the New Orleans Saints.

Hayleigh McCall
Hayleigh McCall is a two-time alumna of the University of Georgia – she holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Psychology and a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology. Following graduation, she worked at CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health as an ORISE fellow, where she focused on environmental health emergencies, disaster risk reduction, and drought-related health effects. Hayleigh is excited to continue her interests in environmental health epidemiology as Program Analyst for CSTE’s Environmental Health and Health Disparities portfolios. In her free time, Hayleigh enjoys playing with her Pomeranian Zambini, going to comedy shows, and spending her weekends in Athens for UGA football games.

Jackie McClain
Jackie McClain is excited to return to CSTE as Senior Grants Manager. From 2003-2006, Jackie was a Senior Research Analyst for CSTE’s Environmental and Occupational Health Program and the Fellowship Coordinator for the inaugural year of CSTE’s Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program. After leaving CSTE, Jackie worked as a contractor for CDC’s National Center for Health Marketing's Health Communication Science Office, where she was responsible for partnership development and management of cross-agency projects. Jackie then joined the federal government as a Health Communication Specialist for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, where she managed the childhood immunization communications campaign. Most recently, Jackie was a health communications consultant to CDC, first to the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases and then to the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Jackie completed her MPH at the Rollins School of Public Health and has a BS from Rutgers University.

Elandis Miller
Elandis Miller is a two-time alumna of the University of Georgia, holding a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology/Pre-Pharmacy and a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology. Elandis joined CSTE as the Senior Evaluation Program Analyst in 2017 with over seven years of experience in evaluation and 10 years of experience in public health. She previously worked at the Georgia Department of Public Health as an epidemiologist, serving as the data manager for the Ryan White Program. Prior to this, Elandis worked at an evaluation research firm where she started as a social epidemiology intern and grew to lead and work on evaluation teams for federally funded and local initiatives and programs. She also has experience in evaluation capacity building, grant writing, program development, organizational effectiveness, technical assistance provision, quality improvement, and data management.

Jordan Peart
Jordan is originally from Jamaica and attended Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Evolutionary Biology and Minor in Global Health and Health Policy. She began her public health career as a CDC Public Health Associate at the Dallas County Health and Human Services, focusing on STD/HIV and infectious disease epidemiology. Jordan also worked as a CDC Preparedness Field Assignee at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She recently completed her MPH in Global Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. In her free time, Jordan enjoys cooking, DIY projects, and spending time outdoors.

Shelia Scott
Shelia Scott has joined CSTE as the Controller on the accounting team, overseeing the general accounting operations. Shelia is a CPA with more than 20 years of public, private and non-profit accounting experience that will serve her well in her new role. Throughout her career, she has provided a wide array of accounting services for many prominent companies and non-profit organizations, including Leer Truck Accessory Centers, Elizabeth Baptist Church, American Cancer Society, Mattress Firm, BellSouth, HJ Russell & Company and United Way. Shelia holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern University at New Orleans. She enjoys reading books with her book club, attending outdoor concerts, spending time at the beach and traveling.

Sunbal Virk
Sunbal Virk joined CSTE’s Finance Team in 2017 as Grants and Contract Specialist II. She previously worked in a variety of contract and legal settings in both the public and private sectors. During her time at Ohio Northern University for her JD/LLM degree, she worked on a USAID-funded project in Iraq [Iraq Access to Justice (IA2J)] providing legal access to Iraqi minorities. She joins CSTE from Infor Global Solutions where she was responsible not only for negotiating and drafting contracts, but also successfully managing them from start to execution, and establishing procedures that streamlined the contract life cycle. In her free time, Sunbal enjoys challenging herself and discovering new interests and hobbies.

Song Xue
Song Xue joined CSTE as Program Analyst for Occupational Health and is the staff lead for WestON and SouthON. Song holds a Masters of Public Health from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and a Bachelors in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining CSTE, Song interned at CDC CSELS DHIS working on a project to standardize and streamline their reportable disease program messaging systems and to standardize state eICR on a number of reportable conditions. Song also interned at the Georgia Department of Public Health, working on Hepatitis C surveillance within the state. Prior to obtaining his MPH, Song developed valuable skills in project management, team management, and budgeting at a start-up firm in Pittsburgh.

Michael Young
Michael Young became part of the CSTE family in 2017 when he joined the IT Team. He has worked in the IT field for three years. He enjoys working with computers and other electronics. Michael graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. He has had exciting careers working in management, finance and IT. Some of his notable positions include Financial Advisor, Stock Trader and Bookstore General Manager. He currently holds two IT certifications from CompTIA and is working on a third.

 

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