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Diana Yassanye, MSeD

Diana Yassanye, MSeD

Diana Yassanye, Acting Team Lead, 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.

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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.

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Seth Kroop, MPA

Seth Kroop, MPA

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.


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Marian Wiley, MPH

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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