OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR
Ronney Lindsey, MS
Mr. Lindsey is the Acting Deputy Director for the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position he assumed in July 2018. Most recently, he was the center’s Management Officer, the principal management official with responsibility for planning, organizing, and directing the day-to-day administrative operations of the NCCDPHP. He served as principal advisor to the Director on all matters related to administrative program planning and resources management. Mr. Lindsey has over 38 years of experience in public health at the local, state, and national level. His service with CDC has spanned many centers across the agency, where he has held numerous senior leadership positions in program development, implementation, and management. Mr. Lindsey received his MS in counseling and personnel services from the University of Memphis.
Ms. Wetterhall is the Acting Management Officer for the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), a position she assumed in July 2018. Most recently, she was the Deputy Director in the Division of Reproductive Health, where she has served for more than 2 decades in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Branch Chief and Public Health Analyst. Before coming to DRH, as part of an Office of Personnel Management Executive Leadership Program, Ms. Wetterhall did a rotation with the Executive Office of the President, Office of Management and Budget, where she worked with multiple federal agencies in putting together the President’s Budget. This experience enhanced her skills in fiscal management which served her well in her budget analyst positions with NCCDPHP’s Office of the Director. Additionally, Ms. Wetterhall did rotations with the Georgia State Health Department, where she saw CDC programs implemented first-hand, and with the CDC Foundation, where she worked to mobilize resources for programs across CDC. During her more than 30 years with the agency, Ms. Wetterhall has provided expertise to a number of CDC programs, particularly in the areas of fiscal and human resources.
Tonya Martin, MPH
Ms. Martin is the Acting Associate Director for Informatics for CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). She is responsible for the strategic direction of technology in the center and for oversight, operations, development, and security of information systems that support programs and grantees. In her role as the Senior Advisor for Informatics in the Office of Infectious Diseases (OID), she serves as the principal informatics advisor to OID senior staff on the development, support, application, standardization, and integration of public health information and surveillance systems as well as on the application of information technology to the collection, management, and analysis of public health data. Previously at CDC, she served as Informatics Senior Advisor in the Coordinating Center for Infectious Diseases (CCID) and as Informatics Director in the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP).
Ms. Martin has worked in public health for more than 25 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Bowling Green State University and her Master of Public Health degree from Emory University.
Sean Cucchi, MHA
Mr. Cucchi is the Associate Director for Planning, Evaluation, and Legislation for CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). He is responsible for the policy agenda for the center, which has eight divisions and offices and a budget of about $1 billion. Mr. Cucchi most recently worked as the Legislative and Partnership Team Lead in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Legislation. Before joining CDC, he was the Chief of Planning and Fiscal Policy for the Georgia Department of Community Health, managing health policy and the budget for the agency responsible for Georgia’s Medicaid, State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and state employee health benefit programs. He also served as Policy Coordinator in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, with responsibility for developing policy and budget recommendations for Medicaid, Public Health, and Mental Health programs for Georgia’s governors. Mr. Cucchi has an MHA from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Gabbi Promoff, MA
Ms. Promoff is the Associate Director for Communication Science in CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), where she oversees communication strategy, development, and implementation. She joined the center’s Office of the Director in June 2016. Since joining CDC in 2005, Ms. Promoff has provided expertise and strategic direction on tobacco control policy, led policy initiatives for tobacco control at the national and state level, and represented the Office on Smoking and Health in pivotal policy and social-environmental interventions to reduce tobacco use and eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke. Before joining CDC, Ms. Promoff worked at Golin, providing social marketing expertise for tobacco prevention and control movements to more than 10 states, as well as for the Truth Initiative’s truth® campaign, to prevent tobacco use among adolescents and young adults. Ms. Promoff led the earned media efforts around Tips From Former Smokers®, the first-ever paid national tobacco education campaign, which profiles real people who live with serious long-term health effects from smoking and secondhand smoke. Ms. Promoff received an MA from George Washington University School of Political Management.
Cathleen Walsh, DrPH, MSPH
Dr. Walsh is the Associate Director for Public Health Practice for CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). She helps develop, direct, and coordinate high-priority NCCDPHP programmatic efforts. Dr. Walsh has been with CDC since 1990, when she led teams of CDC and local public health staff in assessing STD and HIV prevention programs nationally. While with CDC’s Division of STD Prevention, she focused on using epidemiology and surveillance to guide health policy and cost-effectiveness analysis. Dr. Walsh has extensive experience in health services research. She has co-chaired the CDC Health Systems Research Workgroup and the Public Health Practice Council’s work group on Knowledge to Action. She joined the CDC Office of the Director in May 2007 to work with internal leaders and external partners in coordinating agency efforts to execute the agency’s strategic plan and later became the director of the Policy Research, Analysis and Development Office. She holds an MSPH and DrPH in health policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Peter Briss, MD, MPH
Dr. Briss is the Director of the Office of Medicine and Science of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) and the center’s Medical Director. His work focuses on enhancing the conduct, quality, communication, and impact of public health science and establishing or strengthening links between health care and public health. In 28 years at CDC, he has worked on issues ranging from health care to community prevention, including lead poisoning, vaccine-preventable disease, tobacco, cancer, heart disease, and oral health. Dr. Briss has participated in public health teaching, practice, and research at state and national levels in the United States and internationally. He completed training in epidemiology and preventive medicine at CDC, is board-certified in internal medicine and preventive medicine, and is an active clinician at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta. He has authored or coauthored nearly 100 professional publications and coedited the Guide to Community Preventive Services. Dr. Briss received his MD and training in internal medicine and pediatrics at The Ohio State University and his MPH in health management and policy from the University of Michigan.
Rachel Kaufmann, PhD, MPH
Dr. Kaufmann is the Associate Director for Science for CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). She oversees scientific quality and integrity for NCCDPHP’s programs in population health, cancer control and prevention, diabetes translation, heart disease and stroke prevention, reproductive health, physical activity and nutrition, oral health, and tobacco use. Before joining NCCDPHP in 2016, Dr. Kaufmann served in similar roles for CDC’s Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services, CDC’s Epidemiology and Analysis Program Office, and NCCDPHP’s Office on Smoking and Health. Prior to that, Dr. Kaufmann was an epidemiologist in the Division of Reproductive Health and the Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch. She has also worked at the World Bank and the Rhode Island Department of Health and in academic settings. Her research has covered a wide range of issues, including cancer, reproductive health, heart disease, tobacco use, illicit drug use, lead poisoning, arsenic poisoning, indoor air pollution, health services, waterborne disease, and Ebola virus disease. Dr. Kaufmann has an MPH and PhD in epidemiology from the University of Michigan.
Leonard Jack, Jr, PhD, MPH
Dr. Jack was appointed Editor in Chief of Preventing Chronic Disease, a journal of CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), in October 2016. Previously, he was Director of NCCDPHP’s Division of Community Health (2013-2016). Before returning to CDC, from 2009-2012, he served as Associate Dean for Research; Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education; the Endowed Chair of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research; Professor in the Division of Clinical and Administrative Sciences, College of Pharmacy; and Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Jack held the Jim Finks Endowed Chair of Health Promotion and was Professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center’s School of Public Health (2007-2009). Dr. Jack served as Lead of the Applied Behavioral Research, Epidemiology, and Systems Team and Chief of the Community Intervention Section in NCCDPHP’s Division of Diabetes Translation (2000-2006). He currently holds two adjunct appointments as Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Jack completed his MSc and PhD in Behavioral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Jack has received numerous awards and recognitions for his contributions in advancing the discipline of behavioral health, behavioral science, health education, and health promotion.
Office of the Director
Dana Shelton, MPH, Director (Acting)
Ronney Lindsey, MS, Deputy Director (Acting)
Dee Wetterhall, Management Officer (Acting)
Tonya Martin, MPH, Director of Office of Informatics and Information Resource Management (Acting)
Sean Cucchi, MHA, Associate Director for Policy
Gabbi Promoff, MA, Associate Director for Communication Science
Cathleen Walsh, DrPH, MSPH, Associate Director for Public Health Practice
Peter Briss, MD, MPH, Medical Director
Rachel Kaufmann, PhD, MPH, Associate Director for Science
Leonard Jack, Jr., PhD, MSc, Editor in Chief, Preventing Chronic Disease
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, Director
Frances Babcock, BS, MT, CTR, Deputy Director
Division of Diabetes Translation
Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director
Donald Betts, MPA, Deputy Director
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Betsy L. Thompson, MD, DrPH, CAPT USPHS, Director
Joseph Bertulfo, DNP, MPH, Deputy Director
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Ruth Petersen, MD, MPH, Director
Ann O’Connor, MPA, Deputy Director
Division of Oral Health
Casey Hannan, MPH, Director (Acting)
Lisa Petersen, MS, Deputy Director
Division of Population Health
Craig W. Thomas, PhD, Director
Nick Farrell, Deputy Director
Division of Reproductive Health
Wanda D. Barfield, MD, MPH, RADM USPHS, Director
Dee Wetterhall, Deputy Director
Office on Smoking and Health
Corinne Graffunder, DrPH, MPH, Director
Pamela Cox, PhD, MA, Deputy Director
- Page last reviewed: January 30, 2019
- Page last updated: January 30, 2019
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