ASTHO Board of Directors


Nirav ShahPresident
Nirav Shah, MD, JD [Bio]
Director, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

In June 2019, Nirav Shah, MD, JD, was appointed as the Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC). Dr. Shah comes to Maine CDC with broad experience in public health, most recently as Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, where he implemented key initiatives to address the State’s opioid crisis, reduce maternal and infant mortality, and reduce childhood lead poisoning.

As an attorney and public health economist, Shah previously advised professionals and governments around the nation and globe on improving the delivery of health care. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Ministry of Health in Cambodia, where his work included investigating and managing disease outbreaks as an epidemiologist.

Shah received both medical and law degrees from the University of Chicago. He also studied economics at Oxford University.


Anne Zink, MD, FACEP

Anne Zink, MD, FACEP [Bio]
Chief Medical Officer, Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health

Anne Zink, MD, FACEP was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the Alaska Department of Health & Social Services, Division of Public Health in August 2019. Dr. Zink has 13 years of experience in emergency medicine and joins DHSS from the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center, where she served as the Emergency Department medical director (2010-18) and also on the Board of Trustees (2012-18). In addition, she helped create the High-Utilizer Mat-Su (HUMS) (2017-18) program that aims to improve patient health and cost savings for some of the state's most vulnerable patients.

Dr. Zink is a practicing emergency room physician who is passionate about helping to shape and transform our current health care system. In all the work she does, she strives to create work environments, policies, and practices that are data-driven, foster collaboration and build system efficiencies that put patients first. Her priorities as CMO include building stronger partnerships between DHSS and Alaska's health care providers and providing support statewide in locally relevant ways to help establish healthier communities across Alaska.

Dr. Zink received her medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Utah.


Scott HarrisImmediate Past President
Scott Harris, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA [Bio]
State Health Officer, Alabama Department of Public Health

Scott Harris, MD, MPH, was appointed Acting State Health Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) in September 2017 and formally designated as Alabama’s 12th State Health Officer in February 2018. A graduate of Harding University in Arkansas, Harris attended medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine and served an internal medicine internship and residency at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham before returning to UAB to complete a fellowship in adult infectious diseases. He earned his MPH from the UAB School of Public Health.

In 1996, he began his practice in general infectious diseases and HIV medicine in Decatur, Alabama, and began serving as tuberculosis consultant with ADPH. In 2004, he helped to establish the Decatur-Morgan Community Free Clinic, serving thirteen years as the medical director, as well as a board member and board chair. The non-profit clinic offers health care and dental care at no charge to low income, medically uninsured residents, and relies heavily on community volunteers.

As a volunteer physician, Harris has served on many international medical missions to Central America, South America, and Africa. In addition to his board certification in internal medicine and infectious disease, he has additional certificates of qualification in tropical medicine from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and in travel medicine from the International Society of Travel Medicine.

Harris left private practice to join ADPH in 2015 as Area Health Officer for seven North Alabama counties, before assuming his current role as State Health Officer.


Nicole Alexander-ScottPast 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.


Steven J. Stack, MD, MBASecretary-Treasurer
Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA [Bio]
Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Public Health

Steven J. Stack, MD, MBA was appointed Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health by Governor Andy Beshear in February 2020. He resides in Lexington, KY and is a board-certified emergency physician.

For more than 20 years, Stack has been a leader in the medical profession. He has served on boards of directors and in senior leadership roles for numerous geographic and specialty medical societies. In 2006, he was the first emergency physician ever elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) board of trustees, subsequently serving as board chair and in 2015-2016 as the AMA’s youngest president since 1854.

Stack has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments, including St. Joseph East (Lexington), St. Joseph Mt. Sterling (rural eastern Kentucky), and Baptist Memorial Hospital (Memphis, Tenn.). He has more than 18 years of emergency medicine administrative and clinical practice experience in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

In 2018, Stack joined The University of Tennessee Haslam College of Business as adjunct professor. In this role, he lectures onhealthcare policy and the mechanics of advocacy to physicians in the Physician Executive MBA (PEMBA) program as well as to both physician and non-physician healthcare leaders enrolled in executive education programs.

Stack has focused experience in health information technology (IT). A nationally recognized advocate, he bridges bedside care with governmental policy and has served on numerous federal advisory committees for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) from 2010-2016. Additionally, he served from 2012-2016 as board member and secretary of eHealth Initiative, a Washington, DC-based non-profit association improving health care through the advancement of health IT. His other areas of expertise include emergency department and hospital management, health system reform, physician licensure and regulation, and healthcare anti-trust issues.

Stack has extensive experience in policymaking and advocacy at federal, state, and county levels before legislative bodies and executive branch regulatory agencies. He is also a skilled public spokesperson and longtime advocate for universal access to affordable and high quality healthcare.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Dr. Stack graduated magna cum laude from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., where he was a Henry Bean Scholar for classical studies. He then returned to Ohio to complete medicalschool and emergency medicine residency at Ohio State University before moving to Memphis to begin his clinical practice. In 2006, Dr. Stack and his family relocated to Lexington. And, in December 2017, he completed his MBA at UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business.

Stack is married and the proud father of one daughter. His wife, Tracie, is an MD, PhD and practicing board-certified allergy/asthma/ immunology specialist. In his leisure time, Dr. Stack enjoys the study of classical Greek and Roman history, United States presidential history, photography, and traveling with his wife and daughter.


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.


Lee Norman, MD, MHS, MBARegion VII Director [Map]
Lee Norman, MD, MHS, MBA [Bio]
Secretary, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Lee A. Norman, MD, is the Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), appointed by Governor Laura Kelly. KDHE has three divisions, including Health, Environment and Healthcare Finance, which includes the Medicaid program (KanCare) and the State Employee Health Plan.

Norman received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota, did his residency in family medicine in Texas and his aerospace medicine training in the United States Air Force at Brooks AFB in San Antonio. After serving in the USAF as a family physician, flight surgeon, and combat medicine instructor, he practiced medicine in Seattle for 20 years, also serving as clinical associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Norman has served as a chief medical office for over 26 years, most recently at the University of Kansas Health System and before that the Swedish Health System in Seattle, beginning in 1991. He currently is clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Norman is a past board member and Chair of the Puget Sound Blood Center in Seattle and has served, additionally, on the governing board of Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian organization based in Lenexa, Kansas.

In his military role, Norman is a colonel in the Kansas Army National Guard, stationed at Joint Forces Headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, reporting to the State of Kansas Adjutant General. COL Norman, as the State Surgeon of Kansas, guides medical troop sustainment and training, health services support, force health protection, biosecurity, and serves as advisor and liaison to the Kansas Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He is an advisor to the Kansas Intelligence Fusion Center. In 2018 he returned from a Middle East US Army deployment where he was the 35th Infantry Division Surgeon. In this role he was the senior medical commander over 12,000 U.S. soldiers encompassing three named operations - Freedom Sentinel, Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve. Additionally, Norman serves on the Defense Health Board as an advisor to the U.S: Secretary of Defense.

Dr. Norman has two masters degrees, one in health planning and systems analysis from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and an executive MBA degree from the University of Washington Graduate School of Business. He has two grown children, two grandsons, and an energetic Australian shepherd, Blue Dog. His interests include reading, cooking, canning and pickling, technical mountain climbing and collecting Eskimo art, including native carvings, masks, etchings and baskets.


Alexia Harrist, MD, PhDRegion VIII Director [Map]
Alexia Harrist, MD, PhD [Bio]
State Health Officer and State Epidemiologist, Wyoming Department of Health

Dr. Ali Harrist is the Wyoming State Epidemiologist and Acting Wyoming State Health Officer at the Wyoming Department of Health. Previously, Dr. Harrist was an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assigned to the Wyoming Department of Health. She subsequently was employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, serving as a Medical Officer in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination.

Dr. Harrist is a 2013 graduate of the Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics and is a board‐certified pediatrician. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her degrees include a BS from Yale University, MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.


Ihsan Azzam MD, PhD, MPHRegion IX Director [Map]
Ihsan Azzam, MD, PhD, MPH [Bio]
Chief Medical Officer, Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health

Dr. Ihsan Azzam oversees public health surveillance, epidemiology and disease control activities. He advises state and local health authorities, healthcare providers and community-based organizations, and provides professional education, guidelines, clinical updates and recommendations to prevent, control and contain disease outbreaks. Dr. Azzam represents Nevada on state and national forums, advisory bodies, and academic institutions, and he coordinates investigations and surveillance activities among state, local and federal agencies.

Dr. Azzam earned his medical degree from Cluj University of Medicine in Romania in 1982 and completed his OBGYN residency in 1986. He also holds a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Graduate Certificate in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Demography from the University of Seattle School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and a CDC Chronic Disease Epidemiology Certificate from the Penn State College of Medicine. At the University of Nevada, Reno, Dr. Azzam completed his MPH in 2002 and PhD in 2010. He has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2011 National Sheppard Award for Excellence in Epidemiology.


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.


Justa Encarnacion, RN, BSN, MBATerritory Director
Justa Encarnacion, RN, BSN, MBA
Health Commissioner & Chief Public Health Officer
U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health

Bio coming soon.


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.