Global Health Center (GHC) Leadership

Office of the Director

Acting Center Director
Denise Cardo, MD

Denise Cardo, MD, is the Acting Director for the Global Health Center (GHC) where she leads CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action. Dr. Cardo’s permanent role is as the director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) in CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID). Dr. Cardo joined CDC in 1993 as a medical epidemiologist in the Hospital Infections Program (later named Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion). After holding several leadership positions in DHQP, she was selected as Division Director in 2003. 

Prior to joining CDC, she had a distinguished career in the division of infectious diseases at one of Brazil’s prestigious medical institutions, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she received her medical degree, completed her residency and fellowship, and joined the faculty as associate professor of infectious diseases. During 1990-1991, she did a sabbatical at the Hospital Epidemiology Program, University of Tennessee, Memphis. 

Dr. Cardo has been involved in healthcare epidemiology and hospital infections since 1984 and is internationally recognized as an expert and leader in the area. Her interests include patient safety, occupational health, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, and antimicrobial resistance. She is the author of numerous papers and various book chapters and has received several awards for her work. 

Principal Deputy Director

Kevin Cain, MD, is the Acting Principal Deputy Director for GHC. In this position, which he has held since 2020, he leads CDC’s efforts to protect and improve health globally through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action.  

Over the course of Dr. Cain’s 16 years at CDC, he has led a wide range of public health and scientific activities including initiating, evaluating, and improving programs, promoting evidence-based policies, enhancing laboratory science and quality, and conducting clinical trials. 

Dr. Cain began his career at CDC in 2004 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer in the Division of Tuberculosis (TB) Elimination (DTBE), where he received the Paul C. Schnitker Award for Global Health. After EIS, he remained with DTBE, working mostly on TB/HIV and reducing TB among non-U.S. born persons. In 2011, Kevin became the first TB Director for CDC Kenya and later served as Director of the CDC Western Kenya office. He then served as Country Director for CDC Tanzania from 2017 to 2020. As a member of the Embassy’s senior staff, Dr. Cain also acted as the Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania. During the past year, Dr. Cain has served CDC in several temporary leadership roles, including as a Deputy Incident Manager for CDC’s COVID-19 response, acting Director of CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response, and acting Director of CDC’s Global Immunization Division. 

Dr. Cain has over 80 peer-reviewed publications and has led research activities throughout his career. He was site lead for the CDC Kisumu Clinical Research Site for the National Institute of Heath network studies and engaged in developing and leading Kisumu’s Child Health and Mortality Prevention and Surveillance (CHAMPS) site and designing and leading program-focused research. He has also served as a technical advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) at the regional and global levels, translating research into public health policy. 

Dr. Cain earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2001 and completed Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Michigan in 2004. 

Associate Director for Science/Chief Medical Officer
Vikas (Vik) Kapil, DO, MPH

Vikas (Vik) Kapil, DO, MPH is Chief Medical Officer and Associate Director for Science in GHC.  In this role he oversees science quality, integrity and ethics, extramural research programs, health equity efforts and monitoring and evaluation for GHC Divisions and CDC country offices.  He also serves as the primary focal point on global climate and health issues and as co-chair of the CDC Title-38 Compensation Committee for physicians and dentists. 

Dr. Kapil attended medical school and received his DO  degree from Michigan State University and Masters in Public Health from the University of Michigan.  He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at POH Medical Center in Pontiac, Michigan and in Preventive Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and in Occupational Medicine and is licensed to practice medicine in Georgia and Ohio.   He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Emory University School of Medicine.   

Dr. Kapil’s primary areas of research and clinical interest include environmental and occupational lung disease, environmental emergencies, climate change and health, preparedness and response for mass-casualty events, and health systems in low and middle-income countries. 

Associate Director for Laboratory Science

CAPT Anne Purfield, PhD is the Associate Director for Laboratory Science in GHC, where she advises senior leadership on global laboratory activities for CDC.  She recently served as Associate Director for Laboratory Science in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she worked to build laboratory capacity, surveillance, and emergency response activities across DGHP and DGHT programs.  Prior to joining GHC, she directed laboratory operations for the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC) in the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at CDC where she led efforts to harmonize Mycobacteriologic methods for TB clinical trials across multiple TB trial networks, developed clinical trial protocols, and directed implementation and laboratory data collection to achieve high quality trial results, including Study 31, a recent phase 3 clinical trial showing that the drug-susceptible pulmonary TB treatment regimen can be shortened to four months.   

In 2012, she entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service and was assigned to the CDC’s Mycotic Diseases Branch and previously served as a Primary Reviewer for new anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal drugs as well as drug products for anthrax and tuberculosis at FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.   

She received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and studied mechanisms of resistance and modes of action for drugs against Plasmodium falciparum, a parasite that causes malaria.   

In her free time, CAPT Purfield enjoys cooking and baking for others and dogs, including her three Ethiopian street dogs, Dolly Parton, Getachew, and Sasso.

Associate Director for Global Emergency and Preparedness and Response

Athalia Christie, DrPH, MIA is the Associate Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response in GHC.  

Dr. Christie began her CDC career in 1997 as a Public Health Prevention Service Fellow focusing on lymphatic filariasis within what was then the National Center for Infectious Diseases. She served her two-year state assignment for her fellowship as the Coordinator of the Expanded Contact Investigation Unit at the New York City Tuberculosis Control Program, where she oversaw more than 30 outbreak investigations. After her fellowship ended, Dr. Christie embarked on a series of international assignments, beginning with her role in establishing acute flaccid paralysis surveillance in  Pakistan for the GHC Global Immunization Division. From 2001-2005 she was seconded to the WHO to lead the polio eradication programs in Somalia and South Sudan. In 2006, Dr. Christie was detailed to the American Red Cross to lead the Measles & Rubella Initiative, a partnership providing technical and financial support to more than 75 countries to reduce measles mortality. She joined the GHC Office of the Director in 2012 eventually serving as the Deputy Director overseeing policy, strategy, and communication for CDC’s portfolio of global health programs in more than 60 countries. Dr. Christie has deployed repeatedly to lead CDC emergency response teams since 2014, including as the CDC Ebola Response Lead in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Democratic Republic of Congo and as the Principal Deputy Incident Manager for COVID-19 and Mpox in the United States.  

Dr. Christie received her doctorate in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and her master’s degree from Columbia University. She has received dozens of awards for her service, including the Watsonian Public Health Advisor of the Year, the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, and the American Red Cross’ Spirit of Excellence.   

Senior Advisor/Chief of Staff

Pamela Dougherty, MA, is a recognized expert in strategic planning, cross functional analysis, intra and inter-agency collaboration and delivery of  CDC’s public health capabilities.  She currently serves as a Senior Advisor/Chief of Staff for GHC where she provides strategic guidance on global health programs for the Agency.  For the past 20 years, Ms. Dougherty has worked for international and national programs, applying her expertise in strategy, policy, management, across a wide array of public health activities. She has worked in multiple CDC country offices in Africa (Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Liberia) and Asia (Thailand and Southeast Asia Regional Office) where she developed health initiatives and scaled up country offices capabilities.  

Before beginning her work overseas, Ms. Dougherty served as a Public Health Advisor and Policy Analyst for the CDC Washington office, where she contributed to several important public health efforts including efforts to advance the establishment of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other global initiatives, campaigns to advance HIV testing, as well as public health emergency responses to Anthrax and the September 11th attacks. Prior to her career with HHS/CDC, Ms. Dougherty was employed by the American Cancer Society (ACS) as Manager of Government Relations, where she led successful campaigns to increase funding for cancer detection and research and advanced efforts to help low-income women gain access to cancer screenings and treatments. Before joining the ACS, Ms. Dougherty was a Legislative Aide for the United States Senate where she provided research and tracking assistance for a U.S. Senator who was also a senior member of the transportation, budget, and appropriations committees.

Deputy Director of Management and Overseas Operations

Ted Pestorius, MPA is the Deputy Director of Management and Overseas Operations. Ted has been with CDC since 1990, and currently serves as the DDMOO for the Global Health Center. He previously served as the Management Officer of the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) and its precursors from December 2006 – January 2017. Ted also served as Deputy Director for Management and Operations for CDC’s Division of Viral and Rickettsial Diseases (DVRD) and as Acting Associate Director for Management and Operations at CDC’s National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). He also has served as Deputy Associate Director for Management and Operations/Chief, Financial and Administrative Services Office at NCHHSTP; Deputy Chief, Prevention Support Office at NCHHSTP/OD; Project Officer for the Program Development and Support Branch (PDSB), Division of STD Prevention/NCHHSTP; and Project Officer, Community Assistance, Planning, and National Partners Branch (CAPNPB), Division of HIV Prevention/ NCHHSTP.  

Early in his public health career, Ted served as the Director of the Connecticut STD Control Program and as Supervisor, Riverside STD Clinic in Houston, Texas. Prior to that he was a Disease Intervention Specialist in Maryland and Illinois where he educated persons infected with syphilis and HIV about their disease and performed partner notification and referral services.  

Ted served a 3-month detail in 2002 for the Global AIDS Program in Ethiopia, where he served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Party. In 2010, he served a 3-month detail in Ghana addressing polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases. In 2014 he deployed to West Africa as a component of CDC’s Ebola Response. In 2016 he served for 60 days as the Management Officer for the Zika Response in CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, and in 2019 he deployed to Central Africa for another CDC Ebola Response. Ted has been detailed to the CDC COVID-19 response twice. In the spring of 2021, he served for 60 days as the Management Officer for the STLT Task Force and later deployed to California (Sept/Oct) and Texas (Nov/Dec) for 120 days to serve with HHS’ Office of Refugee Resettlement as the Federal Site Administrator for Emergency Intake Sites for Unaccompanied Children.  

Ted is a graduate of the University of Texas (BA, History) and earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. He has served as a CDC management representative to the Atlanta Labor Management Cooperation Council; Chair of the CDC Performance Management Improvement Workgroup (2011); and Chair of the CDC Healthy Organization Works (2013-14). He currently sits on the CDC Management Board and is the HHS Representative to the ICASS Executive Board. He has received numerous NCHHSTP, NCIRD, NCPDCID, NCEZID, and GHC Honor Awards, multiple CDC Honor Awards, and two Secretary’s Awards for Distinguished Service. 

Assistant Deputy Director of Management and Overseas Operations
Viviane W. Chao, MALD

Viviane W. Chao, MALD serves as GHC’s Assistant Deputy for Management and Overseas Operations, where she also leads the Center’s Country Support Hub. As a member of the senior management team, Viviane engages on all aspects of support across CDC’s 50+ country and regional offices.   

Viviane has served in leadership positions at CDC and the Department of State since 2010. Prior to her current role, she led the CDC Kenya team as their Deputy Country Director. In addition, she has held a leadership role as Deputy Director for Finance and Management with CDC Kenya’s Division of Global HIV & Tuberculosis. Prior to joining CDC, she was the Country Coordinator for PEPFAR in Vietnam, where she was recognized for leadership in health diplomacy towards improving the U.S.’s bilateral engagement on the HIV response. Viviane has held senior positions with PEPFAR Kenya and worked with Kenyan microfinance organizations to design metrics for financial sustainability of entrepreneurs affected by HIV.  

Viviane earned her master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and East Asian Studies at Oberlin College. 

Management Officer

Melanie Moser, MPH has over 15 years of experience within CDC, twelve of which have been in GHC. She has served as the GHC Management Officer since 2020. 

Melanie joined the Management Office in 2011 as the USAID-CDC Interagency Agreement (IAA) Manager for the $269 million nine-year agreement, improving relations with the USAID IAA manager, establishing internal governance for programs receiving IAA funds, and evaluating the IAA management to analyze challenges and opportunities. In 2014, Melanie was promoted to GHC Deputy Management Officer. As Deputy, she served on the CDC Labor Management Partnership Council and built strong relationships with the Office of Fiscal Resources by serving on the GrantSolutions Process and Policy Workgroup, the Value Added Tax Country Workgroup, and the Office of Grant Services-GHC Foreign Audit workgroup. She also provided supervision and guidance to the OD Extramural Team and the Global Travel Office. She deployed to Freetown, Sierra Leone for the CDC Ebola Response in 2015 and collaborated with the Office of Financial Resources to conduct an internal controls course at the 2016 Tanzania regional training. In 2018 Melanie moved to the Office of Budget Services where she led the IAA Process Council and the development of the Interagency Agreement Navigator. In addition, she conducted agency-wide training on IAAs, and collaborated with the CDC Foundation on gift project clean up.  

Melanie began her career at CDC in 2001 as a Guest Researcher in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria. She served as a health communication specialist and web developer for DPDx: Laboratory Identification of Parasites of Public Health Concern, collaborating with parasitology subject-matter-experts to maintain web site information, produce parasite life cycles graphics, establish online continuing education for laboratorians, and presenting on telediagnosis at hands-on workshops and scientific conferences. 

Melanie received a Master of Public Health from Georgia State University, focusing her thesis work on free-living amebic infections caused by Balamuthia and Acanthamoeba, and a Bachelor of Science from Frostburg State University.  

Associate Director for Overseas Operations

Patrick Chong, MPH currently serves as GHC’s Associate Director of the Office of Overseas Operations (OOO).  Prior to joining OOO, Patrick served as the Acting Program Director for CDC’s China office from September 2018 to July 2019, in addition to his roles as the DGHP Program Deputy Director and Country Deputy Director for Management and Operations from September 2014 to July 2019.  Patrick has 18 years of experience managing multiple CDC overseas offices.  

Patrick joined CDC in August 1999 and served as the Deputy Director for the Global AIDS Program in Vietnam from November 2001 to August 2006.  During his tenure in Vietnam, Patrick also played a key role in coordinating CDC’s technical assistance during the outbreaks of SARS and avian influenza.  In September 2006, Patrick transferred to the CDC Thailand and served as Deputy Director for GAP/Thailand until July 2009. 

From August 2011 until September 2012, Patrick served on the Division of Global HIV/AIDS International Operations Team, with assignments in Tanzania, Malawi, Kazakhstan, Zimbabwe, Papua New Guinea, and Thailand before joining the South Africa Regional Global Disease Detection Center.  Patrick was also deployed to Guinea in 2015 for three months to assist with the Ebola response.  Prior to joining CDC, Patrick worked at the Michigan Department of Community Health in the Division of Chronic Diseases and helped establish and direct the Lansing Area AIDS Network’s HIV Prevention Program. 

Patrick holds a Master of Public Health and a Bachelor in French Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and is currently a Doctor of Public Health candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Georgia. 

Associate Director for Informatics and Information Resources

Xenophon Santas, BA has over 35 years’ experience overseeing, managing, and implementing health-related information systems. He is currently GHC’s Associate Director for Informatics and Information Resources, leading efforts to implement the America Rescue Plan-funded Global Public Health Digital Innovation – a three-year $140M investment to strengthen global outbreak response, pandemic preparedness, and routine surveillance through improved data availability and use – by modernizing data systems and processes at all levels. He also oversaw development of  CDC’s Global Digital Health Strategy, to assist in modernizing data infrastructure globally, improve the state of global digital health, and accelerate the achievement of country-level digital enablement of health systems. 

Previously, he co-chaired PEPFAR Health Information System technical working group, where he has assisted foreign governments and U.S. government grantees and field offices to plan, design, implement, secure, and evaluate health information systems to accurately measure health services and improve health outcomes. This working group also helped in automate the flow of data from patient-level to summary indicator systems; build the evidence base that implementation of health information systems improves program operations and health outcomes; and strengthen human capacity for designing, implementing, securing, evaluating, and using these systems.  

Xenophon also worked in the U.S. domestic HIV surveillance program, where he systematically reviewed and improved the ability of state and local health departments to effectively protect the electronic security and confidentiality of HIV and AIDS-related data. He oversaw the modernization of CDC’s HIV/AIDS Reporting System to then-current industry and public health standards for architecture, system and database design, interconnectivity, data content, and security and confidentiality.  

He has extensive experience establishing and monitoring contract vehicles for designing, implementing, securing, managing, using, and evaluating information systems.  

His publications include evaluation of health information systems; data confidentiality and information system security; implementation of national health identifiers; providing guidance to national governments and international organization on use of electronic information systems to support implementation of international clinical care guidelines; and use of health information systems such as electronic medical records to improve health outcomes or program efficiency. 

Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy and Communication (Acting)

Ellen Wan, MPH, has served as GHC’s Acting Deputy Director for Strategy, Policy, and Communication since October 2022. Ellen brings with her a mix of technical, operational, and leadership skills with strong strategic planning, policy, partnerships, communication, organizational improvement, and employee engagement experience. Ellen’s experience ranges across public health portfolios, including global health, data modernization, health equity, mental health and well-being, non-infectious diseases, healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, pandemic influenza, and public health preparedness and response. As a 2022-2023 CDC International Experience and Technical Assistance (IETA) Fellow, Ellen will soon deploy to CDC-Malawi to design and support implementation of a PEPFAR Human Resources for Health sustainability plan for Malawi. Over the past 15 years, Ellen has cultivated her CDC professional and leadership experience through progressively complex roles spanning HHS and CDC programs in Atlanta, GA, Washington, DC, and Lao PDR, in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, colleagues, and mentors. Prior to joining CDC in 2007, Ellen conducted maternal health research in urban China and taught English in rural Japan. She earned her MPH in International Health Epidemiology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and BA in Biology from Rice University. 

Associate Director for Policy

Marita Eibl, PhD, is GHC’s Associate Director for Policy. She came to CDC from USAID, where she most recently served as Director of the Office of Policy, Programs, and Planning (P3) in the Bureau for Global Health. Marita has worked in Global Health for some time and has experience in global health programming, policy and budget, and diplomatic engagement and collaboration with multilateral organizations and other U.S. government agencies. She has served as Chief of the Strategy, Analysis, Evaluation and Outreach Division within P3 and the budget analyst for the Global Health Programs account and gender within the USAID Office of Budget and Resource Management. She also served as the acting Agency Senior Coordinator for Gender in 2017. Prior to joining USAID, Marita worked at the Department of State, where she was a country lead in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator and worked on the Global Health Initiative. Marita also worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services. Marita has a PhD in Anthropology, studying women’s access to antiretrovirals in Tanzania during the first authorization of PEPFAR. 

Associate Director for Communications
Jackie Rosenthal

Jacqueline Rosenthal, MPA, is GHC’s Associate Director for Communications.  With over 25 years’ experience in strategic communications, social marketing, muti-cultural communications, media outreach efforts, and partnership development, she directs comprehensive communication efforts for the Center and leads communication support for CDC country offices.  

Before joining the GHC, Ms. Rosenthal served as Communications Team Lead for the Division of Reproductive Health (DRH) at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. There she directed all communication activities and oversaw several important public health efforts, including the development and implementation of DRH’s first social marketing campaign titled Hear Her to increase awareness of urgent maternal warning signs that contribute to maternal deaths.  She also participated in the public health emergency response to Zika where she led communication efforts that supported the launch of the Zika Contraceptive Access Network (ZCAN), a collaboration with the CDC Foundation, and oversaw the development and implementation of a full-scale social marketing campaign (Ante la duda, pregunta) to increase awareness of contraception as an option to prevent or delay a pregnancy during the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico. 

Prior to her time in DRH, Jackie had a 17-year tenure at NCHHSTP where she oversaw and managed the development and implementation of many successful campaigns under one of CDC’s flagship social marketing initiatives titled Act Against AIDS. She also handled Hispanic/Latino focused partnerships and initiatives, coordinated awareness days and was key in preparing speeches, talking points, and presentations for various Directors and Deputy Directors of the Center.  

Ms. Rosenthal has a BA from Rice University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.   

Associate Director for Global Health Security (Acting)
Michael Mahar, PhD

Michael Mahar, PhD is GHC’s Associate Director for Global Health Security. In this role, he is responsible for guiding CDC’s global health security work and articulating CDC’s impact to U.S. Government and external partners. He leads CDC efforts to support the global health security architecture – the tools, resources, and processes that help countries manage infectious disease outbreaks – and oversees CDC’s relationship with the WHO. Prior to this role Michael was the Lead for the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and WHO International Health Regulations collaborating center in the Division of Global Health Protection. In this role, Michael was responsible for CDC’s implementation of the GHSA and directed collaboration with  WHO on the International Health Regulations. Prior to joining the CDC, Michael worked at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) where he provided program management and oversight to the Biological Threat Reduction Program and helped develop the DoD’s objectives for the GHSA.  

Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from Rutgers University, followed by a PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University in 2010. As a graduate student, he studied the bacterial cytoskeleton, a diverse class of proteins that organize the intracellular components of bacteria. Michael’s work led to the discovery of a new cytoskeletal element that is conserved from bacteria to humans. Michael has also worked at the National Academies and the American Society for Microbiology where he collaborated with experts to develop recommendation reports covering topics ranging from the microbial ecology of water distribution systems to the microbiology of brewing beer. 

Senior Policy Advisor, GHC Washington
Kristie Mikus, DrPH, MPA

Kristie Mikus, DrPH, MPA, is a Senior Policy Advisor for GHC. Dr. Mikus leads the GHC Washington team to advance CDC’s global health priorities through direct engagement with stakeholders across the U.S. government, external partners, and multi-sectoral partners. Prior to her current role, Dr. Mikus served as the CDC Deputy Country Director in Lusaka, Zambia (2016-2019) and as the PEPFAR Zambia Country Coordinator (2008-2015).  Dr. Mikus represented the United States Government on the Global Fund Country Coordinating Mechanism and represented all bilateral and multilateral partners in Zambia for five years to the Government of the Republic of Zambia.   
Before moving to Zambia in 2009, Dr. Mikus led foreign assistance strategic planning and reform at the State Department’s Bureau of Foreign Assistance, which is charged with coordinating U.S. Government foreign assistance.  Dr. Mikus also supported the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, first as a PEPFAR Congressional Liaison and later as PEPFAR Country Lead for South Africa, Tanzania, Haiti, Guyana, Mozambique, and Zambia.  Dr. Mikus began working in the U.S. government as a Presidential Management Fellow.  
Dr. Mikus received her Doctor of Public Health degree from UNC Chapel Hill, her Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Delaware, and her Bachelor’s degree from Washington College. She is married and the mother of three wonderful children (ages 13, 10, and 8).  She enjoys spending time outdoors, especially hiking and visiting national parks, and enjoys all things involving the ocean. 

​Division Leadership

Division of Global Health Protection Director (Acting)
CAPT Simon Agolory, MD

CAPT Simon Agolory, MD is the Acting Director of GHC’s Division of Global Health Protection. In this role, CAPT Agolory leads a team of CDC experts  focused on building critical health security systems, protecting Americans and people across the globe from outbreaks and other public health threats. 

CAPT Agolory began his career at CDC as an EIS Officer in 2009 in the Division of Global HIV and TB where he supported program implementation and implementation science activities in Kenya, Nigeria, Swaziland, South Sudan, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Zambia, and the Central Asia Region. He is a Medical Epidemiologist and public health expert with over 15 years experience in infectious diseases and public health program development, implementation, evaluation and monitoring, and program management in low-resource settings. In 2014, he joined CDC Namibia as the Country Director and played a key role in the development and implementation of the Namibia Acceleration Plan which resulted in rapid scale-up of HIV treatment services to achieve the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets for HIV epidemic control. He was also instrumental in the development of Namibia National Public Health Institute.   

Division of Global HIV and TB Director
CAPT Simon Agolory, MD

Hank Tomlinson, Ph.D., has served as the Director of the Division of Global HIV & TB (DGHT) since November 2017. In this role, he oversees all aspects of CDC’s global HIV and TB activities and programs and the division’s 1,800 staff in 45 country offices and at headquarters. Dr. Tomlinson leads CDC’s engagement with the PEPFAR and works closely with leaders at the Department of State’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator to end the global HIV pandemic as a public health threat by 2030.  Prior to becoming the Director of DGHT, Dr. Tomlinson served as the Division’s Principal Deputy Director.  Before that he served as CDC Country Director and as DGHT Program Director for the CDC country office in Nigeria. He was also the Department of Health and Human Service’s Country Representative to Nigeria, representing its 12 operating divisions and 9 agencies in bilateral engagements with the Government of Nigeria. Dr. Tomlinson also co-led the United States Government’s interagency global mpox work during the global 2022 mpox outbreak, working closely with the National Security Council and the White House domestic mpox Response Team. 

Dr. Tomlinson began his tenure at CDC in 2008 in its Division of HIV Prevention, where his work focused on strengthening the capacity of the domestic HIV workforce to implement science- and evidence-based interventions for HIV prevention and treatment. Dr. Tomlinson earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University and his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Duke University. He completed his residency in clinical psychology at the University of Maryland Medical Center and Baltimore VA Hospital. His published work addresses the epidemiology of HIV among men who have sex with men; the development, evaluation, and dissemination of interventions to reduce sexual risk behavior for acquisition and transmission of HIV; and the diffusion of innovations. 

Global Immunization Division Director

John F. Vertefeuille, PhD, MHS., is the Global Immunization Division (GID) Director and is based in Atlanta. In this capacity Dr. Vertefeuille is responsible for overall leadership and programmatic direction of CDC’s global immunization portfolio and is the CDC representative on the Strategy Committee within the interagency Global Polio Eradication Initiative. 

Between 2015-2022 he served as GID’s Polio Eradication Branch Chief and the Incident Manager in the CDC Polio Emergency Response where he led the agency’s eradication efforts. From 2011 to 2013, Dr. Vertefeuille was the CDC Country Director for Haiti where he focused on expanding access to HIV services and rebuilding the public health infrastructure following the devastating earthquake and subsequent cholera outbreak in 2010. From 2004-2011 he served as the CDC Country Director in Nigeria and Tanzania, successively. In those roles. Dr. Vertefeuille managed portfolios which included HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria. He oversaw the establishment of Field Epidemiology Training Programs and expanded national public health laboratory capacity in the countries as well. During his CDC tenure, he led and participated in many outbreak responses including Ebola, cholera, H5N1 and H1N1 influenza, and polio amongst others.  Between 2002 and 2005, Dr. Vertefeuille was a Research Assistant Professor of epidemiology with the Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute and was an adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland medical school where he focused on HIV in low-resource environments. 

Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria Director
Monica Parise, Dr

Monica Parise, Dr. serves as Director of the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria.  The Division’s work focuses on ensuring the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of parasitic diseases in the United States and reducing the global burden of malaria and priority Neglected Tropical Diseases. She has previously served as Chair of FDA’s Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee as well as Chair of CDC’s USPHS Honor Awards Board for several years.   

From 2005-2014 she served as Chief of the Parasitic Diseases Branch where she supervised CDC non-malaria parasitic diseases activities including: epidemiology; surveillance; prevention and control; reference and developmental diagnostics testing; pathogen discovery; studies of disease pathogenesis; and treatment.  

After serving as an EIS Officer from 1993-1995 in the Malaria Branch and then a year in Puerto Rico (1995-1996) working on dengue, she served as a Medical Officer in the Malaria Branch from 1996-2005, where she directed activities related to surveillance, prevention, and treatment of malaria in the United States as well as among pregnant women in malaria-endemic areas.   

Dr. Parise graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1986. She completed training in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and an Infectious Disease fellowship in the Harvard Combined Infectious Disease Program. As part of her Infectious Disease fellowship and later for Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Parise lived in northeastern Brazil for 3 years, working on clinical and epidemiological studies of cutaneous leishmaniasis.