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NACCHO Announces the 2014-15 Officers and Board of Directors

NACCHO Announces the 2014-15 Officers and Board of Directors

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is proud to announce the 2014-2015 election results for NACCHO officers and Board of Directors. Georgia F. Heise, DrPH, Director of the Three Rivers District Health Department in Owenton, KY will become NACCHO President. Swannie Jett, DrPH, MSc, Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County will move into the role of President-Elect. Claude-Alix Jacob, MPH, Chief Public Health Officer for the City of Cambridge, MA will become NACCHO's newly elected Vice President. Terry Allan, RS, MPH, Health Commissioner for Cuyahoga County Board of Health in Northeast Ohio will serve as Immediate-Past President. The full NACCHO Board of Directors is listed below. This esteemed group of public health leaders will commence their official responsibilities on July 1, 2014.

Dr. Heise serves a population of 50,000 in the rural Kentucky Counties of Carroll, Gallatin, Owen and Pendleton. Heise works closely with the Kentucky Department for Public Health's Center for Performance Management. She is a Kentucky and National Public Health Leadership Institute Fellow, an adjunct instructor for the University of Kentucky's College of Public Health, and a member of its Chapter of Delta Omega, the national honor society for public health. She is passionate about advancing public health in the areas of accreditation and policy development. Heise received a master's degree and a doctorate in public health from the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Jett serves as Health Officer for 450,000 residents in Seminole County Florida, leading community initiatives to strengthen the Seminole County Health Department infrastructure by improving funding streams, workforce competencies, and creating partnerships to improve population health outcomes. Dr. Jett is a Captain in the Air Force National Guard and in 2011 completed the National Public Health Leadership Institute. Dr. Jett is passionate about addressing the issues environmental justice, global warming, health equity, and air pollution. After graduating from Tennessee State University with a BS in Agricultural Statistics as well as a MS in Bio-Systems Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Jett received a doctorate in public health from the University of Kentucky.

Mr. Jacob serves as the Chief Public Health Officer for approximately 100,000 residents for the City of Cambridge, MA. In this post, he oversees operations of the Cambridge Public Health Department of the Cambridge Health Alliance which includes public health planning, regulatory activities, delivery of public health nursing, school health, community health, emergency preparedness, environmental health, and epidemiology services. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Public Health Foundation and the National Advisory Board of the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship. He is the past national chair of the Black Caucus of Health Workers of the American Public Health Association. Jacob received training in the National Public Health Leadership Institute, as well as the W.K. Kellogg Fellowship for Emerging Leadership in the Public Health. He is passionate about workforce development, accreditation, quality improvement, and health equity. 

In addition to the officers, at-large and newly-elected regional members of NACCHO's Board include:

Alina Alonso, MD, Palm Beach County Health Department, West Palm Beach, FL

Claudia Blackburn, MPH, RN, Florida Department of Health in Leon County, Tallahassee, FL

Paul Beddoe, National Association of Counties, Washington, DC (Ex Officio)

Crystal Caudill Miller, MPH, Wedco District Health Department, Lexington, KY

Pramod Dwivedi, DrPH, Linn County Public Health, Cedar Rapids, IA (PHS Region 7)

Bob England, MD, MPH, Maricopa County Department of Health, Phoenix, AZ

Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Boston Public Health Commission, Boston, MA

Rahul Gupta, MD, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, Charleston, WV (PHS Region 3)

Gibbie Harris, MSPH, BSN, RN, Buncombe County Health Department, Asheville, NC (PHS Region 4)

Melanie Hutton, RN, Cooper County Public Health Center, Boonville, MO

Winifred Holland, MPH, MA, LMHC, Bradford County Health Department, Starke, FL

Joseph Iser, MD, DrPH, MSc, Southern Nevada Health District, Las Vegas, NV (PHS Region 9)

Jennifer Kertanis, MPH, Farmington Valley Health District, Canton, CT (PHS Region 1)

Doug Linkhart, MPA, Denver Environmental Health Department, Denver, CO (PHS Region 8)

Doug Mathis, MA, Henry County Health Department, New Castle, IN

Gretchen Musicant, RN, MPH, Minneapolis Health Department, Minneapolis, MN (PHS Region 5)

George Roberts, Jr., FACHE, Northeast Texas Public Health District, Tyler, TX (PHS Region 6)

Umair Shah, MD, MPH, Harris County Public Health &Environmental Services, Houston, TX

Kevin Sherin, MD, MPH, MBA, Orange County Health Department, Orlando, FL

Lloyd Lee (Torney) Smith, MS, Spokane Regional Health District, Spokane, WA (PHS Region 10)

Scott Sjoquist, MS, Mohegan Tribal Health, Uncasville, CT (Tribal Health Department Representative)

Kevin Sumner, MPH, Middle-Brook Regional Health Commission, Green Brook, NJ (PHS Region 2)

Crystal Swann, United States Conference of Mayors, Washington, DC (Ex Officio)