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Meet the Partnerships Team

LT Samantha Morgan, MPH

Lieutenant Samantha Morgan is the Acting Partnerships Team Lead for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In May 2014, Samantha was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service while simultaneously joining PHPR’s Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation.

Over the last year, she has served as a Management and Program Analyst on the Legislative, Policy, and Budget Formulation Team. In this capacity she coordinated the OMB and President’s budget justification for the Center’s $1.2 billion budget and regularly responded to congressional inquiries and requests. In February 2015, she deployed to Senegal as part of the High Risk Unaffected Countries Team to support the international Ebola response. In collaboration with several international partners (World Health Organization, USAID, UNICEF, and International Organization of Migration) she conducted a border health assessment and made recommendations to the Minister of Health.

Before Samantha entered the commissioned corps, she served as a Senior Program Analyst at the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). Her responsibilities included the development of the Preparedness Policy Advisory group, a national vehicle to obtain input and feedback from local health departments on a variety of federal policies and initiatives impacting public health preparedness, response, and recovery. She worked with CDC, ASPR, ASTHO, and other partners, on an Administrative Preparedness project which developed recommendations for state and local health departments to expedite federal funding during a public health emergency. She was also the point of contact for the federal cooperative agreements with CDC and ASPR; this included the development of a concept of operations plan to assist federal partners and stakeholders in reaching local health departments during an emergency response.

Samantha holds a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Mason University.

Shimere Ballou, MPH

Shimere Ballou, MPH

Shimere Ballou is a Presidential Management Fellow on the Partnerships Team in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at CDC. She works primarily on the development of the Codename: Operation Dragon Fire (ODF) initiative by managing communications outreach with high level stakeholders. Codename: Operation Dragon Fire aims to create an environment where unified, timely, and reliable information is available in all phases of a disaster event. ODF will serve as a data conduit, encouraging information sharing, coordination, and collaboration across the response community.

Prior to joining PHPR, Shimere served as an intern with the Graduate Environmental Health Program at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR) in the Health Studies Branch. In that role, she partnered with the Disaster Epidemiology team where she excelled at tasks such as composing a literature review for peer-reviewed publication, co- facilitating Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CAPER) training for EIS officers, and organizing disaster epidemiology research and data. During her graduate career, Shimere also spent two semesters working in Region II with FEMA in the Preparedness department under the Continuity of Operations Manager. She completed several corrective action assignments regarding the Hurricane Sandy response, an Active Shooter Tabletop Exercise, and a Pandemic Influenza Tabletop Exercise. It was in this role that Shimere merged her interests in public health and emergency preparedness and response.

Shimere holds a Master of Public Health from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Human and Organizational Development as well as Religious Studies from Vanderbilt University.

Stacey Brawner, MS

Stacey Brawner, MS

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.

Allison Harrington, MPA

Allison Harrington, MPA

Allison is a Public Health Analyst on the Partnerships Team in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at CDC. Currently she is serving as the Project Manager for Operation Dragon Fire (codename). In this role she interacts with key internal and external stakeholders, serves as the technical monitor for cooperative agreements and manages the day-to-day progress of CDC’s role in the endeavor. Previously, in the Division of State and Local Readiness (DSLR) she led workgroups, promoted social media, ran the DSNS SharePoint site and web site, taught Public Information and Communications across the country, and directed the Operations section of the Strategic National Stockpile Emergency Operations Team Room. In 2012, Allison’s team received the Communicator of the Year award for the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The same year Allison received the Outstanding Citizen Award for PHPR. In 2013 she moved to the DSLR Office of the Director to work on the Communications and Policy Team.

Allison began her public health emergency preparedness career working at Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Counties Health Department as the Emergency Preparedness Specialist. A year later she was promoted to the Emergency Preparedness Director for the district. In August 2006, Allison joined Lockheed Martin as an Emergency Response Specialist embedded at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Strategic National Stockpile (DSNS) Response Branch working on the Current Operations Team. During her time there she was an Operations Manager for various exercises and 12 missions. In 2008, Allison was selected to develop a radiation forward deployment program (known as DTPA) based on her success as a CHEMPACK Team Lead.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Valdosta State University and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University. She also attended the University of Surrey’s Roehampton Institute at Digby Stuart College as an undergraduate, Parliament and Regent’s College as a graduate student, and the RAND Graduate School for Defense Analysis.

Seth Kroop, MPA

Seth Kroop, MPA

Seth is a Public Health Analyst on the Partnerships Team in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at 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.

Marian Wiley, MPH

Marian Wiley 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, Marian supports all partnership management and engagement including evaluation, communication and networking.

Prior to joining CDC, Marian started as a PMF at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland where she functioned as a program analyst in the Office for Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). In this role, Marian assisted in managing the health disparities and global mental health portfolios, in addition to supporting the evaluation and implementation of a new portfolio coding system. Furthermore, during her time as a graduate student, Marian interned at PedNet Coalition, Inc. where she managed various healthy community initiatives throughout Columbia, Missouri. While working at PedNet, Marian helped to increase ridership for Columbia’s transit system, reduce barriers to access to healthy food for low income families, and increase consumption of fruits and vegetables among Columbia’s youth. One of Marian’s most rewarding experiences was presenting evaluation and management strategies about the Access to Healthy Food Program to Missouri’s leading public health professionals at the Annual Missouri Public Health Conference hosted by the Missouri Public Health Association and the Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies.

Marian holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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