2021 – 2022 Executive Committee
Gus Birkhead, MD, MPH — EIS ‘85 (2019-2022)
Gus is currently a professor of epidemiology at the University at Albany School of Public Health. He spent most of his public health career since EIS at the New York State Department of Health, from which he retired in 2015 as deputy commissioner for public health. He has been active in CSTE and ASTHO, and co-lead the development of the CDC/CSTE Applied Epidemiology Competencies. He is honored to be serving on the EISAA Executive Committee, and hopes he can ‘pay back’ to EIS by bringing to the table his experience in public health education and in epidemiology practice at the state health department level.
Evelyn Twentyman, MD, MPH – EIS ‘14 (2020-2023)
Evelyn serves as Medical Epidemiologist with the CDC Division of Reproductive Health Global Reproductive Health Evidence for Action Team, partnering with country governments to enhance surveillance, response, prevention and intervention for maternal and perinatal deaths. As an EIS officer on this same team, she loved building stakeholder collaborations to improve public health programming and outcomes, and stayed on to advance these efforts. She is passionate about connecting people, and is looking forward to supporting EIS alumni and current officers by building up mechanisms and infrastructure for connection and mentorship.
Hammad Ali, MBBS, MPH, PhD — EIS ‘15 (2019-2022)
Hammad joined the CDC as an EIS officer in 2015 in the Division of Global HIV and TB. During EIS he had the opportunity to work on a number of infectious diseases including HIV, Ebola, Typhoid and TB. Hammad stayed with the division after completing EIS and is currently working as a medical epidemiologist in the Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch – working with various CDC country offices across the globe. Hammad thrives in bringing people together and wants to utilize the diversity of our alumni to improve EISAA through more collaboration.
Linda Bartlett, MD, MHSc — EIS ‘98 (2021-2024)
Linda is on faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where, since 2007, she has implemented research, taught and provided guidance to local governments and other stakeholders on maternal and perinatal health issues, and health system solutions in low resource settings. In different capacities, she has served several UN agencies, including WHO and UNICEF and other academic institutions domestically and internationally. She also is actively engaged in consulting, most recently on a large Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded project in India. She completed EIS, class of 1998, at the Maternal and Infant Health Branch of the Division of Reproductive Health in Atlanta and stayed for 7 years before leaving to join the UN in Afghanistan to lead their maternal health program. Linda considers EIS to be pivotal opportunity in both her career and life path and is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back in service in the EISAA.
Kathleen F. Gensheimer, MD, MPH — EIS ‘81 (2020-2023)
Kathleen currently serves as Medical Officer in the Office of Analytics and Outreach, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA. She completed EIS as a Field Officer, assigned to the Maine Bureau of Health, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, where she was designated as State Epidemiologist on her first day on the job. She remained as Maine’s State Epidemiologist for 28 years, active in CSTE, serving as the lead for influenza pandemic planning efforts. She was recruited to FDA to lead a newly designated entity, the Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network, overseeing FDA’s response to foodborne disease investigations. She looks forward to serving on the Executive Committee, supporting EIS as a critical training program in an ever-changing world, where public health resources are continually eroded and where the breakdown of public trust remains as one of our biggest challenges.
Lisa Oakley, PhD, MPH — EIS ‘18 (2021-2024)
Lisa is a Behavioral Epidemiologist in the International Infection Control Program in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP) where she supports implementation of infection prevention and programs to reduce antimicrobial resistance in healthcare settings in the Middle East and North Africa. During her doctoral training she worked at CDC as an ORISE Fellow in the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology. After completing a postdoc in health policy, Lisa returned to the CDC as an EIS officer at Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Department of Research and Evaluation before moving back to Atlanta to join DHQP. She joined the EISAA Executive Committee to help current officers integrate into the social network of EISAA, help alumni connect or reconnect with each other, and to engage with potential officers to help bring in new, diverse cohorts of motivated public health professionals into EIS.
Lindsey Shields, DVM, DACVPM – EIS ‘15 (2021-2024)
Lindsey is the Deputy Director of the Global Health Security Initiative at PATH, where she supports a portfolio of international public health projects partnering with national and international stakeholders. Lindsey served as an EIS officer in the Division of Foodborne, Waterborne, and Environmental Diseases where she had the opportunity to respond to outbreaks of typhoid, cholera, Ebola, and botulism. During her career Lindsey has worked for the UN and other US government agencies and credits her time at EIS as being a defining period in her career. She is looking forward to supporting the EISAA especially in the areas of recruitment and alumni engagement.
Class of 2019 Representative
Rachael Zacks, MD – EIS ‘19
Rachael is finishing her EIS fellowship as a medical officer in the Emergency Response and Recovery Branch in the Center for Global Health. She is grateful for the diverse array of domestic and international public health training she has received during EIS, with emphasis on outbreak response in resource poor settings, humanitarian emergencies and COVID-19 mitigation strategies. She will be transitioning to occupational medicine residency at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health starting in July 2021 to further her goal of improving the health of humanity across the globe. Getting to serve as the outgoing class representative is an exciting opportunity to give back to the EIS program, it’s members both current and future, and contribute to the overall EISAA mission.
Immediate Past President
Isaac Benowitz, MD — EIS ‘14 (2018-2021)
Isaac serves as a Medical Officer in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion where he investigates outbreaks of infectious diseases in healthcare settings. He joined CDC in 2014 as an EIS officer at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene where he investigated Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks and responded to Ebola in NYC and West Africa. He credits EIS with giving him incredible opportunities to learn on the front lines of public health and to impact people’s lives. He is excited to work with the EISAA to help support the EIS program and recent EIS graduates.
EIS Program Representative
Eric Pevzner, PhD, MPH — EIS ‘05
Eric currently serves as Chief of the EIS Program and Epidemiology Workforce Branch. Eric began working with CDC in 1996 while earning his MPH at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He has had several landmark opportunities including the opportunity to contribute to establishing a youth tobacco surveillance system to provide national and state level data to support youth tobacco prevention and control activities. He also contributed to CDC’s emergency response to H1N1 in Mexico and Ebola in West Africa. Since 2005, he has worked to conduct research and provide technical assistance to implement and evaluate policies and interventions in Africa and Asia to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of TB, HIV, and TB/HIV. He enjoys working with the EIS Alumni Association to identify new ways to link alumni with prospective applicants who want to know more about what EIS Officers actually do and what roles they play in public health upon completion of the fellowship.
CDC Foundation Representative
Diana Robelotto Scalera
Diana serves as the CDC Foundation’s Director of Alumni Affairs and operates as the EIS Alumni Association’s primary liaison with the Foundation. She graduated from the University of Georgia and has a background in marketing/communications. She joined the CDC Foundation in 2014, bringing with her 11 years of experience at the American Cancer Society. She played a large role in helping the EISAA secure grant funding from the de Beaumont Foundation, which has enabled the Association to expand its roles in EIS Program recruitment and alumni networking. She helps maintain a database of EIS Alumni and is always ready to help put Alumni in touch with recruitment or meet-and-greet opportunities in their geographic areas.
Past EISAA Executive Committee roster archive:
2020-2021 EISAA Executive Committee
2019-2020 EISAA Executive Committee
2018-2019 EISAA Executive Committee
2017-2018 EISAA Executive Committee
2016-2017 EISAA Executive Committee
2015-2016 EISAA Executive Committee