About

ASTHO Board of Directors

Officers

Edward P. Ehlinger President
Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH
Commissioner of Health, Minnesota Department of Health

Prior to being appointed commissioner in January of 2011, Edward Ehlinger served as director and chief health officer for Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, from 1995 to 2011. He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health. From 1980 to 1995, Ehlinger served as director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Departent.

Ehlinger holds a MD from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a MSPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has been honored with the Albert Justus Chesely Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association, the Advancement of Justice Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association, the first Ed Ehlinger Award from CityMatCH (urban maternal and child health directors), and the Physician Communicator Award from the Minnesota Medical Association.

 

Jay Butler President-Elect
Jay Butler, MD
Director of Public Health, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Jay Butler was appointed chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and director of the Division of Public Health by Governor Bill Walker in December 2014. From 2010 to 2014, Butler served as senior director for community health services at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, where he was also a clinical infectious diseases consultant and medical director for infection control and employee health. His earlier work includes serving as chief medical officer of the Alaska Department of Health Social Services from 2007 to 2009, Alaska state epidemiologist, 2005-07, director of CDC's Arctic Investigations Program, 1998-2005, and medical epidemiologist in CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, 1991-98.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, has completed clinical training at Vanderbilt and Emory universities, and maintains clinical board certifications in infectious diseases, internal medical, and pediatrics. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers and medical textbook chapters on infectious diseases and emergency preparedness, and he is an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage. In 2010, he received ASTHO’s National Excellence in Public Health Award.

 

Brenda Fitzgerald Secretary-Treasurer
Brenda Fitzgerald, MD

Commissioner, Georgia Department of Public Health

Brenda Fitzgerald, a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist and a fellow in anti-aging medicine, has practiced medicine for three decades.

Prior to serving in her current role as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Fitzgerald served on the board and as president of the Georgia OB-GYN Society and she also worked as a health care policy adviser with House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Senator Paul Coverdell. She has served as chairman of the board for the Georgia Public Policy Foundation and remains a senior fellow. Additionally, she served on the Military Academy Selection Boards for Senators Paul Coverdell and Saxby Chambliss, as well as numerous other leadership roles.

Fitzgerald holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from Georgia State University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Emory University School of Medicine. She completed post-graduate training at the Emory-Grady Hospitals in Atlanta and held an assistant clinical professorship at Emory Medical Center. As a Major in the U.S. Air Force, Fitzgerald served at the Wurtsmith Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) Base in Michigan and at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

 

Marissa Levine Immediate Past President
Marissa Levine, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Health, Virginia Department of Health

Marissa Levine was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as the State Health Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Health effective March 14, 2014. She previously served as the Interim State Health Commissioner, Chief Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness and, prior to that, held the position of Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness beginning February 2009.

Levine directed local health departments in two districts within Virginia from 2002 until 2009. Levine is a board-certified family physician who also completed a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and completed family practice residency training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Levine started her career in private medical practice in Pennsylvania. She subsequently joined the staff of an academic medical center and became the director of a family practice residency training program in northwestern Pennsylvania. While in Pennsylvania, Levine was also very involved in community health improvement efforts and was a member of the local board of health.

 

Terry L. Cline Past President
Terry L. Cline, Ph.D.

Commissioner, Oklahoma State Department of Health

Terry Cline previously completed a post as Health Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, where he advised the U.S. Ambassador, the Iraqi Minister of Health, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health-related challenges in Iraq. Dr. Cline served in this capacity under the Administrations of both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama.

Cline has extensive experience in overseeing health and human services at the state level as well. In 2004, he was appointed by Gov. Brad Henry as Oklahoma’s Secretary of Health. At the same time, he served as Oklahoma’s Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, a position he held since January 2001.

A native of Ardmore, OK, Cline attended the University of Oklahoma where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1980. He then received both a master’s degree and a doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University.

 

Regional Representatives

Harry L. ChenRepresentative, Region I [Map]
Harry L. Chen, MD
Commissioner of Health, Vermont Department of Health

Harry Chen earned his medical degree and completed his residency in emergency medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident. From 1983-1988, he was a faculty member at George Washington University Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine.

In Vermont, Chen has been an emergency physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center for over 20 years, and medical director from 1998-2004. He is also on the clinical faculty at the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. From 2004-2008, he served in the Vermont House of Representatives, and during his final term he was vice chair of the Health Care Committee.

In 2008, Chen received the Vermont State Medical Society's Physician Award for Community Service. He has served on numerous statewide boards addressing healthcare and medical issues, including vice chair of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. From June to September 2010, he served as Interim executive director of the Vermont Program on Quality in Health Care, and has been a board member since 2006.

 

Howard A. Zucker Representative, Region II [Map]
Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD
Commissioner of Health, New York Department of Health

Howard Zucker is commissioner of health for New York State. In his previous role as first deputy commissioner, Zucker led the state department of health's preparedness and response initiatives in natural disasters and emergencies. He worked closely with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other health-related entities in New York City.

A native of the Bronx, Zucker earned his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine at age 22, becoming one of America's youngest doctors. He trained in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Hospital, anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, pediatric critical care medicine/pediatric anesthesiology at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and pediatric cardiology at Children's Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School.

Before joining the state department of health in September 2013, Zucker was a professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He was also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law School, where he taught biosecurity law.

 

Marissa Levine Representative, Region III [Map]
Marissa Levine, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Health, Virginia Department of Health

Marissa Levine was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as the State Health Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) effective March 14, 2014. She previously served as the Interim State Health Commissioner, Chief Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness and, prior to that, held the position of Deputy Commissioner for Public Health and Preparedness beginning February 2009.

Levine directed local health departments in two districts within Virginia from 2002 until 2009. Levine is a board-certified family physician who also completed a Masters of Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, NY and completed family practice residency training at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Levine started her career in private medical practice in Pennsylvania. She subsequently joined the staff of an academic medical center and became the director of a family practice residency training program in northwestern Pennsylvania. While in Pennsylvania, Levine was also very involved in community health improvement efforts and was a member of the local board of health.

 

Mary Currier Representative, Region IV [Map]
Mary Currier, MD, MPH
State Health Officer, Mississippi State Department of Public Health

Mary Currier became Mississippi's State Health Officer in 2010 after serving as State Epidemiologist from 1993 to 2003, and again from 2007 to 2009. Prior to serving as State Epidemiologist, she was a medical consultant with the agency.

Currier began her public health career with the Mississippi State Department of Health as a staff physician for the prenatal care, family planning, STD, and pediatrics programs.

 

Karen McKeownRepresentative, Region V [Map]
Karen McKeown, MSN, RN
Administrator and State Health Official, Wisconsin Department of Health

Karen McKeown has served as the Administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Public Health since January 2012. Previously, she worked as an oncology staff nurse and leader for eleven years overseeing the clinical operations of inpatient and outpatient oncology departments.

McKeown’s health policy experience includes a student fellowship with the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and a graduate fellowship with the Heritage Foundation. She has also worked with the Oncology Nursing Society on policy-related projects, including work to engage oncology nurses in the policy process. McKeown holds a BSN from the University of Texas in Tyler and a MSN in Nursing Management, Policy and Leadership from Yale University.

 

Nate SmithRepresentative, Region VI [Map]
Nathaniel Smith, MD, MPH
 
Director and State Health Officer, Arkansas Department of Health

As a member of the governor’s cabinet, Nate Smith serves as director and state health officer of the Arkansas Department of Health. In this position, he provides senior scientific and executive leadership for the agency with over 5,000 personnel and a budget of over $400 million delivering services throughout the state in more than 94 locations. He was selected as interim director in May 2013 by Gov. Mike Beebe and then appointed director in August 2013.

Smith has a strong commitment to the mission of ADH: “To protect and improve the health and well-being of all Arkansans.” In his role as director, he strives to help colleagues achieve their full potential using public health best practices supported by science-based decisions.

Smith previously served the Arkansas Department of Health as branch chief for infectious diseases, state epidemiologist, and deputy director for public health programs. He is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases and holds voluntary faculty positions in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the UAMS College of Medicine and in the Epidemiology Department at the College of Public Health. From July 2006 until he returned to Arkansas in August 2009, Smith served as infectious diseases consultant at Kijabe Hospital, country medical director for the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Kenya, and senior medical technical advisor for the AIDSRelief program in East Africa.

 

Gerd W. Clabaugh Representative, Region VII [Map]
Gerd W. Clabaugh, MPA

Assistant Secretary for Public Health, Iowa Department of Health

Gerd Clabaugh was appointed by Governor Branstad in May 2014 as the Director of the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Clabaugh has served in many capacities within IDPH, including Deputy Director, Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Director of Acute Disease Epidemiology and Emergency Response. During the early 1990s, he was appointed Director of the Center for Health Policy.

Clabaugh has experience in both state government operations and nonprofit organizations. He is the former director of operations at the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) where he worked with Iowa hospitals in promoting infection reduction strategies. As a private consultant, he supported public health agencies in assessing community health needs, program development, planning for public health improvement, and grant writing.

He is past-president and past-legislative chair of the Iowa Public Health Association, and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa, Montana State University-Billings, Des Moines University, and Iowa State University. He has authored or contributed to academic publications in the journals Value in Health, American Journal of Medical Quality, and Vaccine.

Clabaugh has pursued doctoral studies at the University of Iowa, holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from Iowa State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Drake University. He is married with four children.

 

Wendy E. BraundRepresentative, Region VIII [Map]
Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM
State Health Officer, Wyoming Department of Health

Wendy Braund became the Senior Administrator of the Public Health Division and the Wyoming State Health Officer in the Wyoming Department of Health in 2011. Previously, Braund was employed by the US Department of Health and Human Services for four years, most recently as Public Health Branch Chief in the Division of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Education, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration.

Braund is a 2007 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Preventive Medicine Residency Program and is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Her degrees include a BA from Duke University, MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education, MD from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, and MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she is an Honorary Associate in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

 

James W. Gillan Representative, Region IX [Map]
James W. Gillan, MS, HSA 
Director, Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services

In 2011, James Gillan was appointed by the Governor of Guam and confirmed by the Guam Legislature to direct the activities of a multi-million dollar Health, Welfare, Environmental Health, and Aging Services Agency, the Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services.

Prior to his appointment as the Director of the Guam DPHSS, Gillan worked as a consultant for PMC Isla Health System, and was responsible for reviewing the overall operations of a multi-specialty Medical Group Practice with approximately 20,000 patients.

Prior to that position, as COO for the GMHP Health Insurance, Ltd, Gillan was in charge of the daily operations of this 45,000-member indemnity health insurance company. The company provided Medical and Supplemental Dental plans to Commercial/Private, Government of Guam, and Federal Government Accounts.

 

John M. Wiesman Representative, Region X [Map]
John M. Wiesman, DrPH, MPH
Secretary of Health, Washington State Department of Health

John Wiesman was appointed secretary of health for the Washington State Department of Health in April 2013.

He has worked in four local public health departments in Washington and Connecticut. He started his public health career in Connecticut in 1986 and was in its first group trained to provide HIV counseling and testing.

During his career, Wiesman has transformed health departments from providing individual clinical services to implementing policies, systems and environmental changes that make healthy choices easier and less expensive. He also partnered with a community clinic to provide integrated primary care and behavioral health. Wiesman also worked at the University of Washington, School of Public Health as a project director on a back pain outcome assessment team grant.

A native of Wisconsin, Wiesman earned his doctor of public health in public health executive leadership from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2012. He received his master of public health in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University in 1987 and his bachelor of arts in biology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1983.

 

Ex Officio Members

Sharon Moffatt Sharon Moffatt, RN
Interim Executive Director, ASTHO
 

The ASTHO Board of Directors has selected Sharon Moffatt as ASTHO's interim executive director until it hires a permanent replacement for Executive Director Paul Jarris, who will be taking a leadership position at the March of Dimes Foundation. Moffatt has served as ASTHO's chief of health promotion for more than seven years, and she has distinguished herself as a national leader in health promotion and prevention, including serving as the chair of the National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke. Prior to working at ASTHO, she served as the commissioner of health for the Vermont Department of Health in a variety of capacities, from public health nursing to serving as Vermont's deputy commissioner of health. In Vermont, she was instrumental in the development and implementation of Vermont's health reform, called the Blueprint for Health.

 

Arturo Brito Arturo Brito, MD, MPH
Chair, Senior Deputies Committee

Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services, New Jersey Department of Health

Arturo Brito serves as deputy commissioner for the public health services branch at the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH), where he has oversight of approximately 900 employees and an annual budget of $600 million, playing a key leadership role and providing guidance for policy implementation for four divisions and a special program.

Prior to joining NJDOH, Brito served as the chief medical officer and executive vice president of the Children’s Health Fund in New York City, a national nonprofit organization serving and advocating for medically underserved children.

Previously, he was attending physician of pediatrics at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, the medical director of the South Florida Children’s Health Project, and attending physician of pediatrics with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Hospital in Bethel, Alaska.

 

John W. Robitscher John W. Robitscher, MPH
Chair, Affiliate Council

CEO, National Association of Chronic Disease Directors

John Robitscher has served as the chief executive officer for the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors for the last ten years. During his tenure, he has architected a lean management model for the organization, linking project leadership to program funding. Today, he oversees more than 100 public health projects annually along with chronic disease interventions, promotions, and campaigns such as the Health and Lifestyle Training (HALT) brand, designed for diabetes, obesity, asthma, and arthritis among other chronic diseases.

His experience and zeal for public policy began with his work aiding the Georgia General Assembly and continued with his service to Georgia’s representative in the U.S. Congress. In both places, his work was focused on healthcare issues and policy advancement.

His personal passion lies in the areas of disease prevention, community development and improving health equity among those economically underserved and disproportionately affected by chronic disease. In additional to his public health interest he is also a skilled fundraiser and networker for the academic and charitable organizational boards on which he serves as member and senior advisor.

 

David L. Lakey David L. Lakey, MD
Alumni Board Member

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, University of Texas System
Senior Vice President for Population Health and Isadore Roosth Distinguished Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center Tyler

David Lakey serves as the vice chancellor for health affairs for the University of Texas System, and the senior vice president for population health and Isadore Roosth Distinguished Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler (UTHCT). He is the dean of the School of Community and Rural Health at UTHCT. He currently serves on a federal public health advisory committee for CDC and the Defense Health Board.

Lakey served as commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services from January 2007 to February 2015, leading the Texas public health response to multiple high profile events including hurricanes Ike, Gustov, and Dolly, the H1N1 influenza pandemic, and the Ebola outbreak in Dallas.

During his tenure as commissioner, Lakey served as president of ASTHO in 2011-2012, and received several national awards including the AMCHP President’s Award, the March of Dimes President’s Public Health Leadership Award, the Arthur T. McCormack Award, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Distinguished Service Award. As ASTHO president, he issued ASTHO's 2012 Healthy Babies President's Challenge focused on reducing infant mortality and prematurity in the United States. In 2015, Lakey was elected by the March of Dimes to a five-year term on its board of trustees.