Sonja A. Rasmussen, MD, MS
Director, Division of Public Health Information Dissemination
Editor-in-Chief, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
Office of Public Health Scientific Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Dr. Sonja Rasmussen is the Director of the Division of Public Health Information Dissemination and the Editor-in-Chief of CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).
Since joining CDC in 1998, Dr. Rasmussen has provided significant scientific expertise and leadership. She held several positions in the National Center on Birth Defects and Development Disabilities (NCBDD) including Medical Officer, Associate Director for Science, and Senior Scientist. While at NCBDD, she worked collaboratively with other experts across CDC on pandemic planning efforts for pregnant women that guided CDC recommendations for pregnant women during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. During 2011–2014, she served as Deputy Director of the Influenza Coordination Unit, which is responsible for CDC’s pandemic influenza preparedness from strategy through implementation. Most recently, Dr. Rasmussen served as the Acting Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR), the office responsible for CDC's public health preparedness and response activities, including CDC’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Dr. Rasmussen received a BS degree in biology and mathematics from the University of Minnesota from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (graduating magna cum laude), an MS degree in medical genetics from the University of Wisconsin, and an MD degree with honors from the University of Florida. She completed a pediatrics residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in clinical genetics at Johns Hopkins and the University of Florida. She is board certified in pediatrics and clinical genetics and has authored or coauthored over 190 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr. Rasmussen enjoys spending time with her husband (also a CDC employee) and their two college-aged children. The family loves to run and hike in the north Georgia mountains.
Charlotte K. Kent, PhD, MPH
Executive Editor, MMWR
Chief, Scientific Publications Branch
Charlotte Kent, PhD, has 24 years of public health experience, working internationally as the Director of the AIDS Epidemiology Unit for the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health in Bern, Switzerland, during 1990-1991; at the local level as the Chief, Epidemiology Unit, STD Prevention and Control Services at the San Francisco Department of Public Health for 15 years; and for 4 years with CDC as the Chief of the Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch in the Division of STD Prevention. During her tenure in San Francisco, Dr. Kent was the principal investigator on numerous CDC Cooperative Agreements related to surveillance and multi-site research projects. Dr. Kent received her PhD in Epidemiology and her MPH in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California Berkeley, and her BA in Anthropology from Amherst College. Her bibliography includes more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, MMWR articles, and book chapters related to Community Health, STDs, HIV, H1N1 and Correctional Settings. She has received numerous awards at CDC, including the CDC & ATSDR Honor Award for Excellence in Quantitative Sciences; the Kaafee Billah Memorial Award, Honoring Excellence in Economic Research; and the Charles C. Shepard Science Award.
Dr. Kent is married to a fellow epidemiologist, who is an outstanding methodologist and trusted advisor. Their two teenage sons enjoy building robots for competitions, and Dr. Kent serves as a mentor for their robotics team. The family also enjoys traveling together.
Jacqueline Gindler, MD
Editor, MMWR Weekly
Dr. Jacqueline Gindler joined the MMWR as the Editor for the weekly in September 2015. She began her CDC career in 1989 as an EIS Officer in the Division of Immunization and later held several positions in the National Immunization Program, working with the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians on the first harmonization of the U.S. routine childhood immunization schedule. She has had extensive international experience as a consultant to the World Health Organization on national polio vaccination days, surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis, and establishing and strengthening National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups. During 1998–2006, Dr. Gindler served as the U.S. director of the U.S.-China Collaborative Project on Birth Defects and Disabilities Prevention in Beijing, China, and during 2006–2008 as the Southeast Asia Regional Advisor for Immigrant and Refugee Health in Bangkok, Thailand. She has worked on the pandemic influenza emergency response, and for six months in 2014–15 she served as the Epidemiology Team’s Associate Director for Science for the CDC Ebola response. Most recently, she has been the Science, Policy, and Research Coordinator for the Immunization Systems Branch in the Global Immunization Division. She was selected to participate in the Advanced Course in Vaccinology, sponsored by the Fondation Mérieux, in Annecy, France in 2011.
Dr. Gindler received her bachelor of science degree (summa cum laude) in microbiology and her medical doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a pediatrics residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Dr. Gindler enjoys spending time with her three wonderful daughters. She is also an amateur metalsmith and designs and fabricates contemporary art jewelry in her home studio.
Christine G. Casey, MD
Editor, MMWR Serials
Christine Casey, MD, joined the MMWR as its inaugural Deputy Editor in May 2009. She previously served as Senior Medical Advisor to CDC’s Chief Science Officer and Associate Director for Science. She initially joined CDC in 2001 and also served as a staff medical officer in the Immunization Safety Office and Office of Public Health Research. Dr. Casey served as the U.S. Public Health Service (alternate) delegate to the American Medical Association and was a past contributor to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Red Book. Dr. Casey has been an invited peer reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Lancet, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Annals of Internal Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, and Vaccine. She is active in the Council of Science Editors by serving as the co-chair Program Committee of the 2014 Annual Meeting.
Dr. Casey received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed her residency training at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. Following a clinical billet with the U.S. Coast Guard, Dr. Casey held leadership roles during disaster responses to the World Trade Center terrorist attack and to Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Casey earned a bachelor of science degree in economics and psychology from American University, Washington, D.C., and began her scientific career at the National Institutes of Health and the California Institute of Technology by participating in laboratory research of visual pathways and neuronal growth cone differentiation.
Dr. Casey cherishes spending time with her husband and two teenagers. She loves to cook, has completed seven half-marathons and two sprint triathlons, and enjoys reading historical fiction.
Teresa F. Rutledge
Managing Editor, MMWR
Teresa Rutledge has served as managing editor of MMWR, since March 2008. She is responsible for overseeing content, format, and daily operations of the highly publicized, well-respected epidemiologic bulletin. Teresa joined CDC and MMWR in 1991 and has remained with MMWR for more than 20 years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Georgia State University.
Teresa's original major in college was accounting, but she discovered her passion for journalism and writing during her early days at MMWR as a work-study student. She quickly changed her major to journalism, and the rest is history. Teresa is the longest tenured staff member at MMWR.
Teresa enjoys reading romance and suspense novels, traveling, and spending time with friends and family, especially her son and daughter.
Barbara A. Stallworth
Barbara Stallworth serves as the Administrative Officer, Continuing Education Coordinator, and Clearance Administrator for MMWR. She has been with the MMWR Office since October 1999. Barbara came to CDC in 1991, moving to Atlanta from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Barbara earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Augusta State University. She has held various positions before joining CDC, including serving as the Assistant Personnel Director for Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia, teaching kindergarten in Vernon Hills, Illinois and working as an accountant at Brace Twine in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Barbara enjoys reading mystery novels, seeing good movies, attending plays, and traveling. She is a true Rise Up Falcons fan and her favorite activity is spending time with her four grandchildren.
Jamey S. Giddens
Health Communication Specialist
Jamey Giddens is a health communications specialist for the MMWR. He manages promotion of the publication’s content on social media; drafts summary blurbs for the MMWR website and podcast series; updates the MMWR Express mobile application; and works closely with the Division of Public Health Information Dissemination on overall communications strategy for MMWR.
Jamey joined the MMWR staff in June 2008. Before moving to Atlanta, he served as a public affairs specialist at the Corpus Christi Army Depot. He also worked for newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises and has written for various newspapers in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Iowa.
Jamey earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southern Arkansas University, where he double-majored in print and broadcast journalism. In his spare time, Jamey can likely be found blogging and/or podcasting about daytime television soap operas.
Connie Nevels recently joined MMWR as a Management Analyst. She works with the MMWR Proposals Tracking System and performs other duties in support of the MMWR. A dedicated public servant, Connie has been supporting CDC’s Mission of Healthier, Safer People in several positions at the CDC over the years. She also performs community service with her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and her church, Friendship Baptist Church.
Connie graduated from the European Division of the University of Maryland in Heidelberg, Germany, with degrees in Psychology and Business Management. She has been working, learning, and teaching in positions in Germany and the southeastern United States, thanks to permanent change-of-station moves by the U.S. Army. Connie has taught many students of various ages in subjects ranging from ESL/Adult Education at Gwinnett Technical College to Kindergarten for Department of Defense Dependents Schools in Wuerzurg, Germany.
Connie enjoys spending time with her son, daughter, and granddaughter. Traveling, sightseeing, shopping and dining are some of her favorite pastimes. She is excited about working with MMWR.
Douglas W. Weatherwax
Technical Writer-Editor (Team Lead)
As lead technical writer-editor for MMWR, Doug Weatherwax is responsible for assigning all reports to writer-editors, planning each weekly issue, editing reports each week, and responding to questions from contributors and readers regarding MMWR publication policies, procedures, and practices. Doug came to CDC in 2002, joining the MMWR team on the serial publications side, before moving to the weekly in 2003. He became team lead for the weekly in 2004.
A lifelong communications professional, Doug was formerly managing editor of a weekly newspaper in Florida. He also was a reporter, columnist, and section editor for a daily newspaper in Illinois, and served as a senior editor and advertising manager for a manufacturer in Chicago, where he designed, wrote, and desktop-published a broad range of corporate, marketing, and employee communications.
Doug has a bacherlor’s degree in Journalism with a minor in English from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He enjoys hiking and watching football games on the weekends.
Soumya Dunworth, PhD, joined MMWR as a technical writer-editor in 2015. She received her PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill and completed her postdoctoral work in the Department of Genetics at the Yale School of Medicine. Her research focused on the genetic and environmental causes for female and male infertility. She has authored multiple peer-reviewed articles highlighting advancements in reproductive biology and contraceptive development.
Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Dunworth was an adjunct professor at Albertus Magnus College and served as a medical writer and editor for a variety of academic and clinical clients. As a biomedical research scientist, educator, and medical writer, she is passionate about clear and effective communication.
Outside of science, she enjoys amateur gardening and traveling with her husband and two sons.
Teresa M. Hood
Teresa Hood is a writer-editor for the MMWR weekly publication. Before joining the MMWR in March 2015, Teresa was a writer-editor for the Air Force for 12 years, working as the editor and chief writer for the Air Force Civil Engineer magazine, a quarterly publication supporting the Air Force Civil Engineer at the Pentagon and the 60,000-person civil engineer workforce. Teresa’s position with the MMWR marks her return to CDC, where she was a writer-editor for the Emerging Infectious Diseases journal during 1997–2003, and helped take the EID journal from a quarterly to a monthly publication of more than 150 pages with colorful cover art.
After graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture from the University of Georgia, where her research was on plant elemental uptake by growth stage and temperature, Teresa began her career as an editor for two peer-reviewed journals on plant nutrition and soil science published by Marcel Dekker. Not surprisingly, two of her favorite hobbies are reading and gardening.
David C. Johnson
Technical Writer-Editor (Serial Publications Team Lead)
David Johnson is acting team lead for MMWR's serial publications (i.e., Recommendations and Reports, Surveillance Summaries, and Summary of Notifiable Diseases). In addition, he selects the content, writes the scripts, and arranges the guests for MMWR's weekly podcasts.
David has been with MMWR since January 1992 and has served as a technical writer and team lead for both the weekly and serial publications.
David earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Georgia. Before coming to CDC, he was a reporter and editor with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a public relations manager with the Atlanta Market Center.
David enjoys hiking with his son.
Catherine B. Lansdowne
Cathy Lansdowne is a technical writer-editor for MMWR. She joined CDC in 2004 as an editor for the journal Preventing Chronic Disease and moved to MMWR in 2006.
Cathy has been a science editor for more than 15 years, many of which were spent editing for publishers of medical, allied health, and psychology textbooks, including the health sciences publisher Elsevier and the American Psychological Association. She has edited books on a range of topics, including genetics, veterinary medicine, stroke, cardiology, occupational and physical therapy, emergency medicine, infectious disease, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) psychotherapy, self-injurious behavior, child neglect and abuse, and health psychology.
Cathy earned a master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Missouri–St. Louis and a bachelor's degree in English and American literature from Washington University in St. Louis.
Cathy and her husband, Rob, live in Marietta and have three children, Harrison, Griffin, and Lucy.
Marella Meadows is a technical writer-editor for MMWR serial publications. She joined MMWR as a contractor with Karna, LLC, in 2016. Marella has worked with CDC as a writer-editor and health communications specialist since 2006. Previously, she was at the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services Office of the Director, the Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development, the Global AIDS Program, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Marella has more than three decades of experience as a communicator. Before CDC, she owned MS Editorial Services, worked in book publishing, and was a newspaper reporter and copy editor. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Marella and her husband, Don, have two children, Duncan and Nicole. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, cooking, and listening to all types of music.
Jeffrey D. Sokolow
Jeffrey (Jeff) Sokolow is a technical writer-editor with the MMWR. He is currently a project editor for the MMWR serials publications. Before joining CDC in 2002, he was an editor with a human resources management company. Before coming to Georgia in 1992, he was the director of a nonprofit foundation working with college students at the University of California–Santa Cruz, a program director for a community center in San Francisco, and an instructor of English composition and English as a second language at San Francisco State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University.
In his spare time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, reading literature and history, listening to folk music, cooking, and traveling.
Denise Williams joined MMWR as a technical writer-editor in 2011. She is currently a project editor for the MMWR serial publications. She began working for CDC in 2007 as a writer-editor in the Division of Creative Services, and has worked on health communications in the areas of infectious and foodborne disease, as well as communications related to various emergency operations center events and exercises including H1N1, the cholera epidemic in Haiti, and hazardous weather exercises and events. Also, while working in the Office of the Chief of Staff in the Office of the CDC Director, Denise co-led the effort to produce the 2012 release of the CDC Correspondence Manual.
Denise has an MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Aviation/Marketing and a bachelor’s degree in Public Management from Florida A&M University. She started her career as an Administrative Officer/Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy.
Denise has two daughters and two small breed dogs. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, creative writing, reading, photography, and cooking.
Martha F. Boyd
Health Communications Specialist (Desktop Publishing Team Lead)
Martha Boyd is the lead for the MMWR desktop publishing team. Before coming to MMWR in 2008, Martha worked for the Division of Creative Services Graphic Services Branch as lead for the publications team.
Martha began working at CDC in March 1987, as a visual information specialist in the Management Analysis and Services Office (MASO). Before joining CDC, she was employed by the Department of the Army as an illustrator. Martha earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Augusta College.
Outside of CDC, Martha’s life revolves around her teenage twins.
Quang M. Doan
Web Manager (Contractor)
Quang Doan is a Web Manager working for MMWR as a contractor with Karna, LLC. He came to CDC in October 2001. His duties include web development, programming, and MMWR Continuing Education database development. Before joining MMWR, he worked with such firms as IMS Health, Security First Network Bank, Webtone Technologies, Atlanta Property and Casualty Insurance, Anthem Blue cross and Blue shield of CT and Policy Management System Corporation.
Quang earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems at Georgia State University and a master's degree in finance from Kennesaw State University.
When not working, Quang enjoys taking photographs and plays with his two dogs and three children.
Phyllis H. King
Web Developer (Contractor)
Phyllis King is a Web Developer working for MMWR as a contractor with Karna, LLC. She has worked in the IT field for 20+ years as a Programmer/Analyst and Web Developer as a contractor for various agencies within the federal government.
Phyllis earned a BBA in Business Information Systems from Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville, Georgia. She lives in Lilburn, Georgia with her husband and two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, sports, and baking.
Maureen A. Leahy
Visual Information Specialist (Contractor)
In 2011, Maureen joined CDC’s MMWR as a contractor for Karna, LLC. Before joining MMWR, she was self-employed for 20+ years. Operating her business as Leahy Design, Maureen’s partial client list included a broad spectrum of Corporate, Non-profit, and Creative entities such as: The High Museum of Art, The Atlanta Opera, The Carter Center, Emory University, Emory Healthcare, Georgia Tech, Delta, and Coca Cola. Her professional career started with Heery International Architects & Engineers in the graphics group.
Maureen is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications Design, with extensive studies in Marketing Management. She has been honored with both national and regional design awards. These awards were submitted by her clients in their own competitive arenas.
As the daughter of an Irish immigrant, she has dual citizenship. She loves music and art, and in her spare time, she has explored painterly photography, knitting, painting, and letterpress printing. Her most recent letterpress printing was done on a turn of the century letterpress. During the weather window of not too hot–not too cold, she loves to imagine her back garden reaching its potential and digging in the dirt. Above all, she is most thankful for her two amazing children and tolerant (engineer) husband.
Julia C. Martinroe
Visual Information Specialist (Contractor)
Julia Martinroe is contracted to CDC through Karna, LLC and serves the MMWR team as a visual information specialist. With more than two decades of professional experience as a graphic designer, Julia also has a technical background that includes an early career as a systems programmer in the banking industry and, more recently, as a web developer and web designer focused on content management systems.
Julia is an active member of the Atlanta Yacht Club, where she enjoys racing Thistles (a one-design sailboat). She has a lifelong love of the outdoors, having spent several years as a river guide and kayaking instructor in western North Carolina. Julia was raised in the tree-filled neighborhood of Druid Hills, right here in Atlanta, Georgia.
Stephen R. Spriggs
Visual Information Specialist
Steve Spriggs joined the MMWR staff in February 2012 as a Visual Information Specialist (desktop publisher). Before joining CDC, Steve was Director of Communications for FourSquare Research, a market research company serving non-profits. Steve spent 13 years with Unisys Corporation as Group Leader Graphics in their Presentation Services department. He has nearly 30 years of experience in graphic design and desktop publishing.
Steve has coached girls’ fast-pitch softball for 12 years. He also enjoys music, movies, and reading.
Terraye M. Starr
Information Technology Specialist
Terraye Starr joined the MMWR staff in May 2009 as an Information Technology Specialist (desktop publisher). Prior to joining CDC, she worked for First Army and Army Research Laboratory. She has over twenty years of federal government service.
Terraye earned her first bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland, where she majored in computers and information sciences. Since she always had a love for graphic design, she decided to obtain second bachelors in visual communications from American InterContinental University.
Terraye and her husband, Russell live in McDonough and have one child, Morgan. When not working, Terraye enjoys spending time with her family, reading, sports and shopping.
Desktop Publisher (Contractor)
Moua Yang joined the MMWR staff in August 2015, as a Visual Information Specialist (desktop publisher). Before joining CDC, Moua worked as a Desktop Publisher and Offshore Coordinator for RR Donnelley & Sons, Inc., where his projects included work for the New York Times, Toys R Us, TV Guide, Advanced Research, Merck, and Bank of America. He has been a freelance graphic designer since 2005.
Moua looks forward to completing his associate degree in Web Development and continuing on with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Programming starting fall 2016.
When he’s not working, Moua enjoys spending time with his family, attending events at Mountain West Church, watching sports, reading, binge watching TV shows, and drawing.
Desktop Publisher (Contractor)
Tong Yang joined the MMWR staff in November 2015 as a desktop publisher. Tong’s career as a graphic designer extends over a decade of print design and digital media. Before moving to Atlanta from Milwaukee, he worked as a senior technician for a printing and advertising agency and as a graphic designer for a weekly newspaper.
Tong continues to do freelance work to feed his creative soul and plans to complete his education in front end web development. He enjoys Mixed Martial Arts, sketching, traveling, and spending time with wife and son.
Robert P. Gaynes, MD
MMWR Podcast Host
Robert Gaynes is the MMWR podcast host. Before retiring from CDC in 2008, Dr. Gaynes was Medical Epidemiologist in the Office of the Director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion and an Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Gaynes attended the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. He was an EIS Officer in Hospital Infections Program and also received training in infectious diseases at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. He served as an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, MI. He also was the Chief of the Surveillance Activity, Hospital Infections Program and Director of the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) System.
Dr. Gaynes has recently spent time working on Clinical Decision Support and the Computerized Medical Record System at the Atlanta VA Hospital. He is Chair of the Infection Control Committee at the Atlanta VA Hospital. Currently, he works primarily on antimicrobial resistance/use, including surveillance of antimicrobial resistance connected to healthcare, identification and control of antimicrobial resistant infections, and the prevention of monitoring and preventing healthcare-associated infections at the Atlanta VA Hospital and Medical Center. Dr. Gaynes is a Fellow in the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and a Fellow in the Infectious Disease Society of America. He has authored and/or co-authored over 100 papers/book chapters on infectious disease topics related to healthcare epidemiology and infection control and antimicrobial resistance and use. In addition, he serves on the Editorial Board of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and as a reviewer for several scientific journals.
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