"Right from the Start" provides curated materials and insights from experienced current and former State and Territorial Health Officials (STHOs) in an effort to help newly appointed STHOs begin their positions successfully.
Chief Executive Officer of ASTHO
Michael Fraser, PhD MS CAE, is Chief Executive Officer of ASTHO, located in Arlington, VA.
Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD MPH, is ASTHO’s President and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health in Providence, RI.
Paul Halverson, DrPH, is Founding Dean of the Fairbanks School of Public Health and Indiana University Perdue University Indianapolis and former State Health Official in Arkansas.
Karen Remley, MD MBA, is Senior Fellow at the de Beaumont Foundation, former CEO of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and former Commissioner of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Secretary of Health, PA
Rachel Levine, MD, is the Secretary of Health in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Prior to being appointed Secretary, she served as the state’s Physician General.
Janet Olszewski, MSW, is a Fellow at the Michigan Health Endowment Fund. Prior to joining the Fund she served in various capacities as a health care executive and is a former state health official for Michigan.
Chief, Caribbean Operations, ASTHO
Danny Staley, MPH, is the Chief of Caribbean Operations for ASTHO. Prior to joining ASTHO he was the state health officer for North Carolina.
Division Director, Health
Hemi Tewarson, JD MPH, is the Director of the Health Division of the Center for Best Practices at the National Governors Association.
US Senator & Former Governor
Tim Kaine is the former governor of Virginia and currently serves as a Senator from Virginia in the US Congress.
Director, Health Program
Kate Blackman, MSW MPH, is Director of the Health Program at the National Conference of State Legislatures.
ASTHO Alumni (MN)
Ed Ehlinger, MD MSPH, is a member of the ASTHO Alumni Society and former Commissioner of Health in the state of Minnesota.
Julia Caplan, MPP MPH, is Program Director for the Health in All Policies Task Force in Sacramento, CA.
Deb Fournier, JD, is Senior Director for Clinic to Community Connections at ASTHO and is the former Medicaid Director for the state of New Hampshire.
Sheila Hogan is the Director of the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, a “super-agency” that includes public health, Medicaid, behavioral health, and social services agencies.
Lynn Fick-Cooper is the Managing Director for Societal Advancement at the Center for Creative Leadership.
Deputy Commissioner of Health
Tracy Dolan, MS, is Deputy Commissioner of Health in the state of Vermont. She has worked in public health for almost 20 years, starting her career in northern Canada.
Chief of Staff
Dr. Jacqueline Watson, DO, MBA, is Chief of Staff to the Director of Health at the District of Columbia Department of Health. She has worked in various capacities as a health care executive including Executive Director of the Board of Medicine and Board of Chiropractic in the District of Columbia.
Chief, Bureau of PH Operations
Traci Berreth, PhD MPH, leads the Idaho Public Health Division’s accreditation efforts, strategic planning, workforce development, and policy development and its federal compliance, communication, and general business operations, including budget oversight.
Assistant US Surgeon General (ret.)
Ed Baker, Jr., MD MPH, is a former Assistant Surgeon General and adjunct faculty at Harvard University, Indiana University, and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He previously directed the CDC’s Public Health Practice Program Office.
State Health Officer, Colorado
Tista Ghosh, MD MPH, is Acting Health Officer and Chief Medical Officer for the state of Colorado. She is a physician trained in both internal and preventive medicine.
Senior Director, Leadership & Meetings
Avia Mason, MPH, is Senior Director of Leadership & Meetings at ASTHO. Prior to joining the ASTHO staff she was with the Public Health Institute at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health.
Jose Montero, MD MHCDS, is Director of the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support at the CDC. He is also former state health officer for New Hampshire where he also served as State Epidemiologist.
Secretary of Health, Washington State
John Wiesman, DrPH MPH, is the Secretary of Health in Washington State. Prior to serving as Secretary, John worked at the local level serving as Health Director for local health departments in Washington and Connecticut.
Chief Mission Driver
John Davidoff is Founder and Chief Mission Driver of Davidoff Strategies. He has over 35 years working in the field of corporate strategy and planning. He founded Davidoff Strategies in 2005.
Professor, Univ. of South Florida
Marissa Levine, MD MPH FAACP, is a Professor at the University of South Florida College of Public Health and former Commissioner of Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Commissioner of Health
Norman Oliver, MD MA, is the Commissioner of Health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Prior to being appointed Commissioner he served as Deputy Commissioner for Population Health in Virginia's Department of Health.