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Executive Leadership Team

Photo - Brett Harris


Brett Harris, Dr.PH

Senior Research Scientist, NORC at the University of Chicago
Clinical Associate Professor, UAlbany School of Public Health

Vice President


Photo - Gus Birkhead


Guthrie (Gus) Birkhead, MD, MPH

Professor Emeritus, UAlbany School of Public Health

Photo - Katie Connors


Katie Connors

Project Director, Council on Addiction Recovery Services, Inc.

      Photo - Denise C. Tahara

Immediate Past President

APHA - A.R.G.-C Rep

Denise C. Tahara, PhD

Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Health Science, College of Health Professions, Pace University

Board of Directors

Photo - Laura Agnew

Laura Agnew, MPH, CHES ®

Assistant Health Education Outreach Specialist, New York State Department of Health 

Community Educator, Bellevue Woman’s Center of Ellis Medicine 

Photo - Mary Glenn

Mary Glenn

Assistant Dean of Community Engagement

School of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Buffalo 

Photo - Brianna Maher

Brianna Maher, MPH

Senior Research Associate, NORC at the University of Chicago

Photo - Joelle Monaco

Joelle Monaco, MBA

President, Joelle Monaco Consulting

Mandy Qualls, M.S., CHES

Schuyler County Health Department

Photo - Andréa Sonenberg

Andréa Sonenberg, PhD, WHNP, CNM-BC, FNAP, FNYAM

Professor, Pace University

Photo - Naomi Harris Tolson

Naomi Harris Tolson, MPH, CHES

Director of Strategic Implementation, Housing Works

 Melissa Puicon-Healey BSN, RN, CIC

Communicable Disease Program Coordinator and Supervising Public Health Nurse,
Schenectady County Health Department

Dan Schrank, MPH

Student Representative

 Christian T. Gloria, PhD, MA, CHES

Associate Professor & Deputy Chair of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University

Director of the Region 2 Public Health Training Center

NYSPHA is a member of the APHA Region II 

Representative of the APHA Region II: Dr. Denise Tahara

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   Photo - Erin Sinisgalli

Executive Director

Erin Sinisgalli, MPH, MCHES

Project Coordinator

Dana McGuire, PT, DPT, PhD

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Project Coordinator

Missy LaBate

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Photo - Lauren Sears

Communications Specialist

Lauren Sears , BA

Student Interns

Rachel Gentles

Namita Kulkarni

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