ASTHO Board of Directors


Rachel LevinePresident
Rachel Levine, MD [Bio]
Secretary of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health

Rachel Levine is currently the Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.

As physician general, Levine made significant strides combating the opioid epidemic and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ population. She spearheaded the efforts to establish opioid prescribing guidelines and establish opioid prescribing education for medical students. She also led an LGBTQ workgroup for the governor's office which has worked to create programs and processes that are fair and inclusive in healthcare, insurance, and many other areas. Recently, Levine was recognized as one of NBC's Pride 30, a national list of 30 people who are both members of and making a difference in the lives of the LGBTQ community.

Her previous posts included: vice chair for clinical affairs for the Department of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine and Eating Disorders at the Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital-Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Levine graduated from Harvard College and the Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed her training in pediatrics at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City and then did a fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at Mt. Sinai. She then practiced pediatrics and adolescent medicine in New York City and was on the faculty of the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She came to Central Pennsylvania in 1993 as the director of Ambulatory Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Polyclinic Medical Center. She joined the staff at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in 1996 as the director of Pediatric Ambulatory Services and Adolescent Medicine.

Her accomplishments at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center include the initiation of a Division of Adolescent Medicine for the care of complex teens with medical and psychological problems. In addition, she started the Penn State Hershey Eating Disorders Program which offers multidisciplinary treatment for children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. She was the Liaison for the LGBT community for the Office of Diversity at the Penn State College of Medicine. In that role, she established a LGBT faculty and staff affinity group and was the facilitator for the LGBT student group.

Levine teaches at the Penn State College of Medicine on topics in adolescent medicine, eating disorders and transgender medicine. In addition, she has lectured nationally and internationally and has published articles and chapters on these topics.




Nicole Alexander-ScottImmediate Past President
Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH [Bio]
Director, Rhode Island Department of Health

Nicole Alexander-Scott has been the director of the Rhode Island Department of Health since May 2015. She brings to this position tremendous experience from her work as a specialist in infectious diseases for children and adults at hospitals in Rhode Island affiliated with Brown University and at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Her clinical and academic responsibilities were balanced with serving as a consultant medical director for the Office of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STDs, and TB in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the Rhode Island Department of Health. Alexander-Scott is board certified in pediatrics, internal medicine, pediatric infectious diseases, and adult infectious diseases. She obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Brown University in 2011. She is also an assistant professor of pediatrics and medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Alexander-Scott attended Cornell University, majoring in human development and family studies, and subsequently graduated from medical school in 2001 from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse. After completing a combined internal medicine-pediatrics residency at SUNY Stony Brook University Hospital in 2005, Alexander-Scott finished a four-year combined fellowship in adult and pediatric infectious diseases at Brown in 2009.


John WiesmanPast President
John M. Wiesman, DrPH, MPH [Bio]
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 Doctorate of Public Health in public health executive leadership from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2012. He received a Master of Public Health in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University in 1987 and his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Lawrence University in Wisconsin in 1983.


Nirav ShahSecretary-Treasurer
Nirav Shah, MD, JD
Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Bio coming soon.


Regional and Territorial Directors

Mark LevineRegion I Director [Map]
Mark Levine, MD [Bio]
Commissioner, Vermont Department of Health

Mark A. Levine, MD, a professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, is currently the associate dean for graduate medical education and designated institutional official at the College of Medicine and the UVM Medical Center. He also serves as the vice chair for education in the department of medicine. Levine obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from the University of Connecticut and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester. He completed his internal medicine residency and a chief resident year at the University of Vermont and a fellowship in general internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, which emphasized clinical epidemiology, research training, teaching, and administration of educational programs.

Levine has gained a reputation as an outstanding teacher and educational program innovator, receiving teaching awards from the medical school and the department of medicine. He has successfully directed large NIH and HRSA educational grants addressing the generalist physician and nutrition-preventive medicine competencies he cares deeply about from a population health perspective.

Levine actively practices general internal medicine with special interests in solving complex diagnostic dilemmas, health promotion/disease prevention, screening, and clinical nutrition. This provides him with personal perspective on the challenges our healthcare system holds for physicians as well as patients. Further insights have come through leadership and advocacy roles he has assumed locally and nationally with the American College of Physicians (the largest physician specialty organization in the United States), where he is on the board of regents and was formerly governor of the Vermont chapter, and the Vermont Medical Society, where he has been vice-president and president-elect. He has also been a longstanding member of the Vermont Department of Health primary care-public health integration workgroup. At the nexus of Levine’s clinical, education, public health, and advocacy efforts is his heightened interest in improving health at the population level through health policy directed at fostering a culture of health.


Howard ZuckerRegion II Director [Map]
Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD [Bio]
Commissioner of Health, New York Department of Public Health

As the state's chief physician, Howard A. Zucker, MD, JD leads initiatives to combat the opioids crisis, strengthen environmental health and end the AIDS epidemic in New York. Since his arrival at the helm of the NYS Department of Health, he has established a network of hospitals equipped to treat Ebola, implemented programs to address the threat of Zika and spearheaded efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance.

Zucker oversaw the launch of the state's medical marijuana program and continues to update the program to accommodate evolving needs. He also developed numerous campaigns to address major public health issues, including lead contamination, legionella and breast cancer screenings. His extensive review of scientific literature led the state to reject hydrofracking in its borders.

As Commissioner, Zucker presides over the state's Medicaid program, the New York State Public Health and Health Planning Council, and the Wadsworth Center, New York's premier public health lab. He also oversees the entire health care workforce, as well as health care facilities, including hospitals, long-term care and nursing homes.

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 M.D. from George Washington University School of Medicine at age 22, becoming one of America's youngest doctors. He is board-certified in six specialties/subspecialties and 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.


M. Norman Oliver, MD, MARegion III Director [Map]
M. Norman Oliver, MD, MA [Bio]
State Health Commissioner, Virginia Department of Health

Dr. Norman Oliver was appointed Virginia State Health Commissioner by Governor Ralph Northam effective May 30, 2018. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Oliver served as the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health for the Virginia Department of Health. Before accepting the Deputy Commissioner position, Dr. Oliver was the Walter M. Seward Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. As Chair, Dr. Oliver helped lead the transformation of the Department’s clinic sites into patient-centered practices focused on population health. In his role as the Deputy Commissioner for Population Health, Dr. Oliver worked with others in the health department, other state agencies, and healthcare systems across the state to improve the health and well-being of all citizens of the Commonwealth. He remains committed to a cross-agency and multi-sector approach to implementing population health initiatives.

Improving population health requires addressing the health-related social needs of all Virginians, including the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable communities. Dr. Oliver has a long record of accomplishments studying health inequities, particularly as they affect racial and ethnic minorities. Most recently, his research interests have focused on the area of improving our understanding of the role of racial discrimination, bias, and prejudice in establishing and maintaining these health inequities and the understanding of the interplay between race and socioeconomic position in these disparities. Improving our understanding of racial and ethnic health disparities and developing effective interventions to reduce or eliminate them are major goals of the health department.

Dr. Oliver attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University, where he also obtained his Masters degree in medical anthropology. He trained in family medicine at Case, and he then practiced broad-spectrum family medicine in rural Alaska for two years before joining the UVA Department of Family Medicine in 1998.


Scott HarrisRegion IV Director [Map]
Scott Harris, MD, MPH [Bio]
State Health Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health

A graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, Dr. Harris attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and served his residency and internship at Carraway Methodist Medical Center before returning to UAB for an infectious disease fellowship. HIV was a part of his practice when he worked at the 1917 Clinic and VA Hospital HIV Clinic.

In 1996, he moved to Decatur where he practiced infectious disease medicine, including working with tuberculosis patients. In 2005, he became medical director at the Decatur-Morgan Community Free Clinic. The non-profit clinic offers health care and dental care at no charge to low income, medically uninsured local residents. The clinic relies heavily on volunteers, including community members.

A volunteer physician himself, Dr. Harris has served on many international medical missions to Central America, South America, and Africa. He joined the Alabama Department of Public Health in 2015 as Area Health Officer for seven North Alabama counties, where he gained experience in working with other areas of public health including environmental services, rabies control, and emergency preparedness.

Dr. Harris was appointed State Health Officer in February 2018.


Region V Director [Map]


John W. HellerstedtRegion VI Director [Map]
John W. Hellerstedt, MD
Commissioner, Texas Department of State Health Service

John W. Hellerstedt earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his General Pediatrics Residency at the University of Texas-San Antonio Health Science Center. He moved to Austin in 1981 and spent 18 years working as a pediatrician and departmental chair at Austin Regional Clinic.

Hellerstedt first entered public service as the Medical Director of the Bureau of Medicaid Managed Care and CHIP at the Texas Department of Health in 2000 and became the Medical Director for the Medicaid CHIP Division of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in 2001.

After seven years with the state government, he accepted a position as Vice President of Medical Affairs and Associate Chief Medical Officer at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. He became the Associate Chief Medical Officer at Seton Family of Hospitals in 2009 and the Chief Medical Officer in 2013.

Hellerstedt is a member of the Texas Medical Association, Travis County Medical Society, and Texas Pediatric Society. His honors and awards include the 2007 Texas Pediatric Society Child Advocate of the Year. He has served the Central Texas community through his membership in and leadership of numerous committees at the Children’s Hospital of Austin, Brackenridge Hospital, the Seton Network, and Austin Independent School District.

In January 2016, Hellerstedt took on the role of Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services. With his leadership, the agency strives to achieve the vision of "A Healthy Texas" and fulfill the mission of improving the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.


Randall W. Williams, MD, FACOG Region VII Director [Map]
Randall W. Williams, MD, FACOG
Director, Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services

Randall W. Williams, MD, FACOG, is an obstetrician and gynecologist who graduated from the University of North Carolina with Honors in History and Zoology and received his medical training at the University of North Carolina where he was a Holderness Fellow.

Williams was appointed by Governor Eric Greitens to serve in his Cabinet as Director of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) and was subsequently unanimously confirmed by the Missouri Senate on March 9, 2017. He believes a fundamental tenet of effective leadership is to be readily available and accessible and he has visited all of Missouri’s 115 counties to listen and learn from all of Missouri’s citizens.

DHSS accomplishments to date with Williams include passage of Missouri’s Good Samaritan Law and Universal Narcan Availability Law; working with Governor Grietens on the Executive Order establishing a statewide PDMP; holding opioid summits throughout the state; and bringing together and meeting with all 115 local health departments for the first time in more than a decade. The department is also working to increase the number of providers in rural and underserved areas; improve behavioral health services for veterans and their families; promote physical fitness and community engagement through the My Missouri Steps Up initiative; enhance interagency coordination and collaboration with the state Departments of Social Services and Mental Health; and improve all aspects of women’s health, especially to reduce infant and maternal mortality.

Williams previously served as both the Deputy Secretary for Health and State Health Director in the Department of Health and Human Services in North Carolina. His responsibilities there included developing, integrating and communicating state health policy and helping lead a 17,000 member agency with a 20 billion dollar budget that combined Medicaid, social services, public health and mental health services.

To help patients and families affected by the opioid crisis, Williams led efforts in North Carolina that resulted in the legislature voting unanimously to implement a statewide standing order to treat narcotic overdoses by making naloxone available to everyone in North Carolina under his authority. He also visited stakeholders and citizens in all 100 counties in the state during his time with the department.

Williams has also previously served on local and state boards of health, in addition to delivering 2000 babies as a practicing obstetrician. He also helped serve the medical needs of people in overseas conflict zones. His ongoing work has taken him to Iraq 12 times, and he has also worked in Afghanistan, Libya and Haiti. Recognition of these efforts was reflected in his selection as Triangle Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year and the Raleigh News & Observer’s Tar Heel of the Week.

He is also an avid runner. Williams believes physical exercise contributes greatly to a sense of wellness and led a campaign to encourage families to run 5Ks for charity. He enjoys training for and running marathons and has run marathons in Boston, New York, Paris, Athens, Florence and Jerusalem.


Gregory Holzman, MD, MPH (Montana) Region VIII Director [Map]
Gregory Holzman, MD, MPH [Bio]
Chief Medical Officer, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Gregory Holzman is the State Medical Officer within the Department of Public Health and Human Services in Helena, Montana. Some of Dr. Holzman’s previous positions have included Director of the Healthy Campus Initiative at Michigan State (MSU) University; Associate Chair of Preventive Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine at MSU; Chief Medical Executive for the Michigan Department of Community Health for the State of Michigan; and Deputy Director for the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Throughout his career, Dr. Holzman has worked on several public health policy issues, ranging from smoke-free legislation to funding for a state-wide trauma system. He has special interests in social determinants of health, health promotion and disease prevention, elimination of health disparities and building better integration between clinical medicine, public health, and community-based organizations.

Dr. Holzman is board certified in both family medicine and preventive medicine. A graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, he completed his family medicine residency at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, and his preventive medicine residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. Before completing his second residency in preventive medicine, he worked on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana.



Region IX Director [Map]


Elke Shaw-Tulloch Region X Director [Map]
Elke Shaw-Tulloch, MHS [Bio]
Public Health Administrator, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

Elke Shaw-Tulloch began her current position as administrator of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Sept. 2, 2012. The division of health provides services ranging from immunizations, testing for communicable diseases, regulating food safety, certifying emergency medical personnel, vital record administration, and compilation of health statistics to bioterrorism preparedness. The division’s programs and services actively promote healthy lifestyles and prevention activities, while monitoring and intervening in disease transmission and health risks as a safeguard for Idaho citizens.

Shaw-Tulloch began working for the division of health as a health education specialist in 1996. She was promoted to manager of the Radiation Health Effects Program (1998) and then became manager of the Environmental Health Education and Assessment Program (1998-2001). In 2001, Shaw-Tulloch was hired as bureau chief for environmental health and safety, which evolved under her leadership to become the Bureau of Community and Environmental Health in 2003.

Shaw-Tulloch has an undergraduate degree in environmental health with a biology minor and a Master of Health Science degree with an environmental health emphasis from Boise State University.


Esther L. Muña, MHA, CPC, CEOUSAPI Director
Esther L. Muña, MHA, CPC, CEO [Bio]
Chief Executive Officer and Financial Services Administrator, Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation

Esther Muña was appointed chief executive officer for the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation (CHCC), the health agency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in April 2014. As CEO, Muña oversees strategic direction and all operations of the Commonwealth Health Center Hospital, Rota Health Center, Tinian Health Center, Public Health Services, and Behavioral Health Services and provides leadership and direction of Kagman Community Health Center.

Past experiences include: 

  • April 2013-April 2014: interim CEO for CHCC
  • October 2012-April 2013: chief operations officer for CHCC; instrumental in the abatement of immediate jeopardies issued in September 2012 CMS survey
  • January 2012-September 2012: Medicaid advisor and Medicaid HIT coordinator under the governor’s office; instrumental in the amendment of the Medicaid State Plan to change the payment methodology for the only hospital in the CNMI (CHC)

Muña also worked for the Commonwealth Health Center Hospital under the Department of Public Health for several years. She was a hospital administrator for one and a half years and hospital CFO for four years. She held other healthcare management positions including business office manager, privacy officer, and medical records manager.

She received a Master of Health Administration degree from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine and is an alumna of Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana (social and behavioral science major) and Northern Marianas College (accounting major).

She is active in several membership organizations, including the Pacific Island Health Officers Association – Board of Directors secretary, 2013 to current, the American Public Health Association, the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the American Hospital Association, and the American Association of Professional Coders – president (Guam-CNMI Chapter), 2010.

Other recognitions of note include being featured in the February 2010 issue of AAPC Coding Edge Magazine: “Minute with a Member”, the winner of CDC Sustainable Management Project and presented winning project in CDC Sustainable Management Conference in Cape Town, South Africa (2006): “Improving Revenue Collections with Total Quality Management”. She is also a certified professional coder since 2004 and AHIMA-Approved ICD-10 coding instructor since 2012.


Territory Director


Ex Officio Members

Michael Fraser Michael Fraser, PhD, CAE, FCPP [Bio]
Chief Executive Officer, ASTHO

Michael Fraser has served as ASTHO's chief executive officer since August 2016. Most recently, he served as the executive vice president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Medical Society in Harrisburg, Pa. During his tenure there, he worked with physician leaders to transform the organization into a dynamic, relevant, and effective membership organization representing all of the state’s physicians, and tackling critical issues such as the opioid misuse and drug abuse crisis.

Fraser served as CEO of the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) from 2007 to 2013, where his leadership was recognized nationally by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s Director’s Award in 2014. In addition, the American Public Health Association’s MCH Section awarded AMCHP the Outstanding Leadership and Advocacy Award. Prior to joining AMCHP, Fraser was the deputy executive director of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) from 2002 to 2007, and served in several capacities at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including positions at the Health Resources and Services Administration and CDC.

Fraser received his doctorate and masters degrees in sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a masters of science in management with a concentration on management, strategy and leadership from the Eli Broad School of Management at Michigan State University. He received a B.A. in sociology from Oberlin College in 1991. Fraser is an Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Global and Community Health at the George Mason University College of Health and Human Services and a Professional Lecturer in Health Policy & Management at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University.


Tracy Dolan, MS Tracy Dolan, MS [Bio]
Chair, Senior Deputies Committee

Deputy Commissioner of Public Health
Vermont Department of Health

Tracy Dolan, MS is Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner of Public Health. She has been working in public health for 20 years, getting her start in northern Canada working with vulnerable populations in reducing the risk of HIV infection. She spent 10 years working in international health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on HIV/AIDS care and prevention, maternal child health, and youth reproductive health.

At the Department of Health, Tracy provides leadership and strategic thinking to public health programs and investments. She builds partnerships across state government and is the project sponsor for several major state initiatives with public health. Tracy has led the development of a strong public health performance management system and champions upstream investments in public health. She holds a Master of Science in Community Health.


Claire Hannan, MPHClaire Hannan, MPH [Bio]
Chair, Affiliate Council

Executive Director, Association of Immunization Managers (AIM)

Claire Hannan has served as Executive Director of the Association of Immunization Managers (AIM) since February, 2004. AIM is a nonprofit, membership association representing the 64 federally-funded state, territorial, and local immunization programs (50 states, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, Palau, Guam, American Samoa, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago, New York City, Houston and San Antonio.)

Prior to joining AIM, Hannan directed an immunization policy project for seven years at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, served as an advocate for children’s health issues at Capitol Associates, Inc., and worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD). Hannan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York and a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH Edward P. Ehlinger, MD, MSPH 
Alumni Society Representative

Dr. Edward Ehlinger is a public health metaphysician who has spent his professional career working in various settings to advance health equity and optimal health for all. He has Integrated the values, practices, and approaches of medical care, public health, community building, and social justice in his work as a Senior Assistant Surgeon with the National Health Service Corps, Director of Maternal and Child Health at the Minneapolis Health Department, Director and Chief Health Officer at Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, and Commissioner of Health at the Minnesota Department of Health. He currently chairs the federal HHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality, serves on several boards, provides coaching for the National Leadership Academy for Public Health, and consults and speaks on public health and community-building issues locally and nationally.

Dr. Ehlinger received his BA degree in English and his MD degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Master of Science in Public Health degree from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is a Fellow of the American College Health Association, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, and a Bush Fellow. He is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. He is a past president of the Minnesota Public Health Association, the North Central College Health Association, the Twin Cities Medical Society, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the first board chair of CityMatCH.