Meet the Partnerships Team
Serena is the team lead for partnerships in CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR). In this role, she manages the overall partner strategy for PHPR including multiple daily activities such as partner communications, partnership engagement, policy research and analysis, proposal development, and content development while balancing a number of proactive special projects.
Serena serves as an account manager for relations with federal, nonprofit, and private sector-partners, as well as internal CDC partners. She is also the PHPR Liaison to the CDC Foundation.
Serena’s in-depth knowledge of public health preparedness policy issues was honed during her time as Senior Research Associate for Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a non-profit, non-partisan public health advocacy organization. In that role she was the lead researcher and author of two annual reports and numerous issue briefs on a variety of public health policy issues, including preparedness and response, nutrition, physical activity, obesity, climate change and food safety.
Before joining TFAH, she worked at the Center for Communication Programs at Johns Hopkins University, where she supported a UNICEF-funded effort to develop a web-based resource for strategic communications planning for a pandemic influenza outbreak, and an HHS Office of Minority Health-funded initiative to enhance collaboration and build networks among HIV/AIDS service providers in Baltimore. She also has worked as a correspondent for Voice of America and a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Serena holds a Master of Health Science from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Davidson College in North Carolina.
Diana Yassanye, Public Health Analyst, serves as a founding member of the partnerships team for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She enhances existing partner relationships both internal to the agency and with new, diverse partners to promote the achievements of public health preparedness; make the case for resource investment; and cultivate collaborations that strengthen and support national public health security. She uses creative problem solving skills and imagination to bring together partners who might otherwise not see the connection.
Diana also remains active in emergency preparedness exercises and responses for the agency. Diana serves as an account manager for partnerships with federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial governments as well as non-profits and the private sector.
Diana is approaching her 18th year in public health and health education, bringing a wealth of national and international experience to her role in policy. Prior to joining this team, she was a trainer for the PHPR Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS), travelling the country training state and local public health officials on mass dispensing and the SNS before moving to the PHPR Office of the Director. She came to CDC after being the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Coordinator for the Greater New Haven, Connecticut, region. She was responsible for the public health preparedness and response coordination of 750,000 residents in 12 Mass Dispensing Areas, 30 municipalities, and 20 full- and part-time health departments/districts. She has been involved in preparedness projects ranging from alternative countermeasure dispensing models to climate change and public health.She spent 10 years working on adolescent sexuality education and HIV prevention in Oregon, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris prior to falling in love with public health preparedness. Diana has a Bachelor of Arts in Childhood Education from Cal State Northridge and a Master of Science in Health Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
Rachel, Public Health Analyst, serves as the lead communication specialist for the team. In this role, she is building a sustainable communications strategy that provides transparency and opportunity for increased collaboration among partners. Her most notable achievements include the début of a monthly newsletter, launch of a partner website, and completion of a reference book entitled, Inventory of CDC’s Public Health Preparedness Resources.
Rachel Johnson serves as an account manager for partnerships with trade associations and state, tribal, local, territorial and federal governments.
Prior to her position on this team, Rachel served as the Communications Lead for the Public Health Associate Program (PHAP) in CDC’s Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support (OSTLTS). In this role she led the development of marketing and recruitment messages, branding, and internet/intranet sites. She also directly supervised 21 fellows serving as entry-level staff in state, local and tribal health agencies, which will always be a highlight of Rachel’s CDC career. Rachel relished the opportunity to provide mentorship and guidance to our next generation of public health professionals, and she was admired and appreciated for the care she put into these relationships.
Rachel joined CDC in July 2009 after spending 30 months as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Africa where she worked with schools and communities to promote HIV/AIDS awareness and education. Among her accomplishments, Rachel authored and designed an HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for at-risk young women which received grant funding through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and has been adopted by 14 similar programs throughout South Africa.Rachel holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Taylor University in Indiana.
Stacey is a Management and Program Analyst on the partnerships team in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since joining the team in 2013, Stacey has been responsible for providing feature stories for the partner website and other related activities.
Having evaluated and written about preparedness for many years, Stacey is an account manager for partnerships in the area of preparedness academia and research.
Stacey has worked at PHPR for 6 years. Prior to her work on the partnerships team, Stacey was the lead on the annual CDC preparedness report. In this role, she worked with the report team to direct the complex report production process, which includes data analysis, report writing, and publication roll-out. The reports required coordinating with subject matter experts from across the agency as well as partners to determine the best data available. Before her work on the preparedness reports, Stacey worked with the Division of Emergency Operations. In conjunction with the division, she developed and finalized CDC-wide policies for after action reports and preparedness exercises. In addition, she coordinated and assisted the division with the preparation of various communication and programmatic materials, as well as supported responses to information requests from Congress, the Office of Inspector General, and the General Accountability Office.
Before joining CDC, Stacey conducted program evaluations of both federal and state programs. She was a team leader for evaluations at the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Her work included reports on foster care, Medicare, and Medicaid programs. While working at Georgia State University, she evaluated a state employment program for noncustodial parents.Stacey holds a Master of Science in Educational Research from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
Seth is a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) on the partnerships team in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On the team, Seth is the account manager for partnerships with private sector organizations and trade associations that focus on health issues.Prior to joining CDC, Seth was awarded a fellowship at CARE USA where he worked with partners to coordinate grant applications for U.S. government funding for CARE’s overseas activities.
Seth also worked for eight years in a number of non-profit settings. He managed the daily operations of two different programs including the Independent Living Program at the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC and, more recently, the Refugee Resettlement Program at Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta (RRISA). It was through Seth’s work with RRISA that he experienced firsthand what is involved in post-disaster recovery as he worked to coordinate the reception and aftercare for 69 Haitian medical evacuees following the devastating 2010 earthquake. Seth partnered with multiple federal agencies, state agencies, local hospitals, and other local partners to facilitate Atlanta’s only Haitian medical evacuee program.Seth holds a Master of Public Administration from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Middlebury College in Vermont.