Reduce Tobacco Use Conference 2018

Speakers

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Colleen Hughes
Colleen Hughes is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant and is employed by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services as a Behavioral Health Wellness Consultant in the Office of Behavioral Health Wellness.

As part of her role with the Office of Behavioral Health Wellness, Hughes has made the prevention of youth retail access to tobacco products a priority. She has renewed the state’s merchant education initiative and has launched a statewide retailer verification project that includes individual store audits that will help shape the retail environments of the communities across Virginia.
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Jeffrey Jordan, MA
Jeffrey Jordan prioritizes social change. Observing the lack of effective social marketing services, he started Rescue when he was 17 years old. Jordan studied marketing for his undergraduate degree and received a master’s degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego. Today, Jordan continues to lead Rescue, a behavior change marketing agency. As president and executive creative director, he oversees the management of dozens of behavior change programs around the country as well as a staff of 150 change agents across five offices. As the developer of Social Branding®, Jordan focuses on the relationship between identity, culture and behavior to cause behavior change across all age groups.
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Daniel Saggese, M.B.A.
Daniel Saggese has been the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth’s Director of Marketing for more than a decade and has led the establishment of one of the premier youth engagement programs in the country. He is also responsible for numerous multimedia prevention campaigns that have helped drive down the tobacco-use rate among youth in Virginia by more than half. Saggese is an M.B.A. recipient from Robert Morris University and a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University.
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Maham Akbar, M.P.P.
Maham Akbar serves as the manager for public policy at Truth Initiative. She conducts policy research and analysis, working to recommend and develop tobacco control policies. Akbar earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, and her master’s degree in public policy from American University in Washington, D.C.
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Carolyn Halbert M.A., M.P.H.
Carolyn Halbert is the epidemiologist and evaluator for the Tobacco Control Program at the Virginia Department of Health. A graduate of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Public Health Program and the University of Buffalo, she worked as an epidemiologist in the areas of cancer, emergency medical services and maternal child health before joining the Tobacco Control Program. She has a special interest in international public health, having lived and worked in the Central Plateau of Haiti. A longtime resident of Richmond, Virginia, she enjoys gardening, opera and playing with her dogs.
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Alison Breland, Ph.D.
Alison Breland, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Psychology. Her research is primarily focused on tobacco, including the evaluation of novel products (such as e-cigarettes) and tobacco use among vulnerable populations, such as adolescents, individuals with behavioral health disorders and pregnant women. Her funding has included support from NIH/FDA (as a Project Director for VCU's Center for the Study of Tobacco Products); NIDA (as a Co-Investigator) to study e-cigarette use in pregnant women; VCU (as a Principal Investigator) to study tobacco use among individuals with substance-use disorders; and the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth (as a Co-PI) to build a statewide program of research on the causes/prevention of youth tobacco use.
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Megan Flynn
Megan Flynn currently leads policy change and youth engagement strategy in six states on topics ranging from flavored tobacco to smoke-free bars. Flynn led successful efforts in Denver, Colorado, with the Licensed to Sell Tobacco Initiative, establishing the definition of tobacco products to include new forms of tobacco, such as e-cigarettes and hookah. She also leads the successful 24/7 campaign, which helps school divisions in Virginia and New Mexico adopt and implement comprehensive tobacco-free policies.
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Laura Hale
Laura Hale is a program manager for the American Lung Association. In her nationwide capacity, she provides expertise and technical assistance on tobacco cessation coverage issues to state programs and national partners. At the local level, Hale oversees a smoke-free multi-unit housing initiative in the nation’s capital, where she provides technical assistance for property managers seeking to end in-unit smoking. Hale studied sociology and women’s, gender and sexuality studies at American University in Washington, D.C.
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Karen C Joachim
Karen C. “KC” Joachim is a licensed professional counselor based in Virginia. She has a private practice and often addresses various needs and desires for behavioral changes with clients. Joachim is also a full-time lecturer in Old Dominion University’s Department of Counseling and Human Services, which is part of ODU’s Darden College of Education.
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Kathryn Whitestone Goodman
Kathryn Whitestone Goodman is the Communications and Public Relations Lead for the Virginia Department of Health’s Thomas Jefferson Health District. She manages the health district’s communications and marketing strategies, including the development of clinic, health education and promotional materials. As public information officer, she a spokesperson for the health district and coordinates all media relations, social media presence and print and digital media campaigns. Goodman also manages the district’s Title V Maternal and Child Health grant and coordinates community outreach efforts, provides support for the Improving Pregnancy Outcomes Workgroup and Tobacco Free Community Coalition and is chair of the Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia.
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Lindsay Hauser, M.S., MTTS
Lindsay Hauser is the outreach and engagement manager at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. She oversees the development and implementation of cancer-related community programs and assists population health researchers with building relationships within diverse and rural communities across Virginia. Hauser also serves on the Cancer Action Coalition of Virginia board, chairs the Tobacco Free Community Coalition of Charlottesville and is an active member of the Tobacco Free Alliance of Virginia. She holds a master’s degree in community health, a bachelor’s degree in health education and is a Master Tobacco Treatment Specialist.
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Kristen LH Minard
Kris Minard spent her early years in Nebraska and Alaska and earned a bachelor of science in education from Northern Arizona University. Her teaching career began in rural Alaska where she enjoyed teaching elementary and high school physical education and coaching volleyball and basketball. She moved with her family in 2002 to Montana, where she’s volunteered as a citizen lobbyist to reduce DUI fatalities, worked as a community organizer to reduce underage drinking and is currently employed by the Montana Office of Public Instruction as the tobacco use prevention education specialist.
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Kelli England Will, Ph.D.
Kelli England Will, Ph.D., is a professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Community Health and Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Will is also a licensed clinical psychologist and a nationally certified child passenger safety technician. She conducts research involving design and evaluation of large-scale behavior-change programs that benefit the health and safety of children, teens and young adults. Her areas of expertise are injury control, health behavior theory, substance abuse prevention and risk communication. Will received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in experimental/general psychology from Old Dominion University and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech.
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Ann L. Edwards, M.S.
Ann Lassiter Edwards, M.S., is a research assistant in the Division of Community Health and Research at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Edwards received her master’s degree from Old Dominion University in applied experimental psychology and is a doctoral candidate. Her predominant research interests are community psychology, cultural decision-making in public health and occupant protection. Her previous work includes the examination of the adoption of occupant protection in law enforcement.
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DeMarco Fomby
For the past seven years, DeMarco Fomby has been working with nonprofit organizations like the YMCA and DREAM Inc. of Jackson Mississippi coordinating statewide highway safety youth programs and conferences. With his background in music, sports and mentoring, he pushes teenagers to think for themselves and make choices based on what benefits them in the future rather than the here and now. DeMarco works for The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi as one of its youth program coordinators, helping to decrease tobacco use among students by inspiring them to make positive decisions for themselves and their communities.
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Mara Aussendorf
Maria Aussendorf is a public health researcher and evaluator committed to rigorous and effective data analysis for the continued improvement of health initiatives. She has experience interviewing, conducting focus groups, grant writing, data visualization and reporting, communication and presentation, SPSS and Stata, Microsoft Office, SurveyMonkey, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop, and online form collectors. She has a background in diverse projects, including perinatal health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control and prevention, LGBTQ health, worksite wellness and breast cancer education.
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Erica Olmstead
Erica Olmstead began her journey with youth advocacy and tobacco control began as a passionate youth advocate in New York with the Reality Check program. Over the past 15 years, she has continuously focused her efforts on empowering youth to advocate against tobacco, first as a youth advocate and later as a local program coordinator and now as the associate director for youth advocacy at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. In this role, Olmstead manages Tobacco-Free Kids’ various youth advocacy programs, including Kick Butts Day, the National Youth Ambassador Program (including the Youth Advocates of the Year Awards and Youth Advocacy Symposium), the Taking Down Tobacco training program and the Youth Engagement Alliance.
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Salvador Ramirez
Salvador “Sal” Ramirez is a college program coordinator for the California Youth Advocacy Network, focusing on smoke/tobacco-free policy compliance and enforcement. A California native, published author and youth advocate for health justice, Ramirez brings unique knowledge in the spectrum of community-based engagement. He has worked in New York City with the This Free Life campaign, which helps LGBT young adults live tobacco-free by providing outreach education on issues such as tobacco’s culture of poverty and the industry targeting of young adults.
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Sandra Shelson
Sandra Shelson has been the executive director of The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi since 2004. Prior to that, she was a special assistant attorney general for 11 years. Shelson currently serves as vice chair for the UMMC Community Advisory Board for Clinical and Population Health and Mentor Scholarship Chair for the Rotary Club of Jackson. A member of the Mississippi, Illinois and Pennsylvania bar associations, she is a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Illinois College of Law. Shelson and her husband Jim have two children, Carlisle and Tucker.
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Rhonda Shirley
Rhonda Shirley has served as the government relations director for The Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi since 1999, working to develop, promote and advance a legislative agenda on tobacco control policy, obesity prevention policy and successful positioning against emerging issues impacting the health and wellness of Mississippians. Over the years Shirley has maintained an extensive working relationship with policymakers and other officials on the local, state and national levels. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University and a master’s of liberal arts from Tulane University. Shirley was the recipient of an USDA Extension Service Fellowship in 1994 and served as a staffer in The White House advance office from 1996 to 2000.
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Katie Moose, MA
Katie Moose serves as a college program coordinator for the California Youth Advocacy Network (CYAN). She has a master’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego. Moose has a long history and deep understanding of tobacco industry presence and the tobacco control movement in California, which she gained through her work with the California Department of Public Health, a statewide evaluation program and now with CYAN. She currently coordinates tobacco policy and cessation activities with colleges and universities throughout California. Her expertise is on tobacco-policy advocacy, implementation, enforcement and evaluation. She also coordinates the statewide, student-lead movement COUGH, which seeks to eliminate tobacco industry presence from all college campuses in California.
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Ronnie Trentham
Ronnie Trentham is a six-time oral-, head- and neck-cancer survivor who has spent more than 10 years telling his survivor story to thousands of people across several states. Trentham began volunteering with the Cherokee Nation’s Tobacco Tour in October 2009. Through this program he has spoken to more than 25,000 students, educating them about the dangers of tobacco use. He encourages others to use their unique abilities and talents to make their communities better, healthier places. Trentham was named one of the American Cancer Society’s Global Heroes of Hope in 2015.
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Paul T. Harrell, Ph.D.
Eastern Virginia Medical School Assistant Professor Paul Truman Harrell, Ph.D., completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and a fellowship in behavioral oncology at Moffitt Cancer Center. He is leading two grants working to enhance understanding of beliefs (expectancies) related to the use of electronic nicotine (“e-cigarettes”). One grant is from the National Cancer Institute and focuses on young adults; the second is from the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and focuses on adolescents. He is also Co-Principal Investigator on a grant from HUD to assess smoke-free housing policies. He has published more than 35 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and serves as a board member for the America Journal of Health Behavior.
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Sunny Shin, Ph.D.
Sunny Shin is an associate professor in the VCU School of Social Work and the VCU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He is also a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies at VCU. Prior to joining VCU in 2013, Shin was a faculty member at the Boston University School of Social Work and is currently a faculty affiliate at the Boston University Center for Addictions Research and Services.

Having a broad practice and research background in substance abuse prevention and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), he has partnered with local schools, state/local departments, and community agencies to design, deliver, and test new models of drug prevention interventions within inner-city communities. Shin’s research has also tested theoretical models and theory-driven preventive interventions that include individual vulnerability characteristics, social processes and environmental variables as well as the interactions between these. Shin’s research has been funded by National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth and ABMRF/Foundation for Alcohol Research.

His work has been published in leading academic journals including the Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Drug and Alcohol Dependence, Preventive Medicine, and Psychiatric Services. Shin has received various awards including the Society for Social Work and Research Excellence in Research Award, National Institute of Mental Health Children’s Health Intervention Prevention Service Fellowship Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Fellowship Award, and the Daniel S. Sanders Fellowship, University of Illinois.
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Amanda Irizarry
As a veteran in the youth empowerment world, Amanda Irizarry has dedicated her professional and personal life to work with and mentor youth who are under-served, overlooked and marginalized. Her passion for young people and her love for her work at Health Promotion Council is unmatched, as she is able to live out one of her dreams, teaching youth about the power of their stories and the value of their voices as they serve as stewards and advocates to their community and city at large. She is grateful to work with her students as they constantly remind her of the power and light that is to be found when you share your stories of hurt, powerlessness, addiction, etc., and use those as agents of change and tools for community building and social transformation.
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Alayne MacArthur
Alayne MacArthur holds a master's degree in education, curriculum design and instructional technology from the State University of New York at Albany, Graduate School of Education. Over the past 15 years, the focus of MacArthur’s professional training and practice has been the translation of prevention research into practice. She achieves this by engaging prevention providers, researchers and funders in conversations and exercises that build capacity for adoption, implementation and sustainability of evidenced based health and prevention education programs and approaches.

Professional development with health educators, strategic planning, curriculum design and learning assessment are tools that MacArthur employs in her work. She was an early adopter of evidence based prevention education programs and came to be interested in the dialogue between research and practice as a result of her classroom experiences.

In addition to her work in health education, Alayne consults with communities using participatory planning and research methods, such as concept mapping, to develop initiatives that promote community health and development.

Organizations for whom MacArthur has consulted include: National Health Promotion Associates; Vanderbilt University Medical School; Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth; Washington, D.C., Public Schools; National Association of Chronic Disease Directors; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; United Family Services Systems; and the Winchester Coalition for a Safe Community.

MacArthur has presented at numerous professional conferences.
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Robert DuPont, M.D.
For more than 40 years, Robert L. DuPont, M.D., has been a leader in drug abuse prevention and treatment. Among his many contributions to the field is his leadership as the first Director of the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse (1973-1978) and as the second White House Drug Chief (1973-1977). From 1968 to 1970 he was Director of Community Services, for the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, heading parole and half-way house services. From 1970 to 1973, he served as Administrator of the District of Columbia Narcotics Treatment Administration (NTA), the city-wide drug abuse treatment program that was the model for the federal government's massive commitment to drug abuse treatment in the early 1970s. Following this distinguished public career, in 1978 Dr. DuPont became the founding president of the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc.

Dr. DuPont has written for publication more than 375 professional articles and 15 books and monographs on a variety of health-related subjects. His books include Getting Tough on Gateway Drugs: A Guide for the Family, A Bridge to Recovery: An Introduction to Twelve-Step Programs and The Selfish Brain: Learning from Addiction. In 2005, Hazelden, the nation's leading publisher of books on addiction and recovery, published three books on drug testing by Dr. DuPont: Drug Testing in Drug Abuse Treatment, Drug Testing in Schools, and Drug Testing in the Criminal Justice System.

A graduate of Emory University, Dr. DuPont received an M.D. degree in 1963 from the Harvard Medical School. He completed his psychiatric training at Harvard and the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. DuPont maintains maintains an active practice of psychiatry specializing in addiction and the anxiety disorders and has been Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Georgetown University School of Medicine since 1980. Dr. DuPont's signature role throughout his career has been to focus on the public health goal of reducing the use of illegal drugs.
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Mackenzie Price, Ph.D.
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Erima Fobbs, MPH, CPH
Erima Fobbs, MPH, CPH, is the principal of Collective Health Impact, a Virginia-based company that works nationally to provide strategic consulting at the intersections of multiple sectors for population health improvement. As a consultant for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, she has trained and facilitated all of the local Partnership for Success substance abuse prevention coalitions across Virginia through a participatory process to retool their strategies to improve outreach to substance abuse disparity populations. Fobbs provides focused training and planning facilitation on health disparities, health equity, social determinants of health, and inclusive approaches to community collaboration, drawing on decades of prevention experience, having worked on the ground in Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Mississippi, Texas, Ohio and Louisiana. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from McGill University and a Master of Public Health from Yale University.
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Rebecca Larson, MS, CPSII
Rebecca Larson is Senior TA Manager at OMNI Institute and has been with OMNI since summer 2006. Larson serves in a senior leadership role on the Regional Prevention Services (RPS) Project for seven counties located in the southwest corner of the state and is based out of the Four Corners area. The RPS Project, funded by the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, is a statewide system of regionally based OMNI staff that provides customized technical assistance, facilitation and training services for people working in the field of prevention. Larson has been working in the prevention field for over 20 years and has expertise in community leadership development and working with rural and frontier communities. Prior to joining OMNI, Larson worked with youth as a direct service provider and as community coalition director working on systems-level change. She graduated with a master's degree in community leadership from Duquesne University in 2014.
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Rebecca Textor, CPS
Rebecca Textor is a certified prevention specialist employed as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, Region 1. She worked in the Virginia Community Services Board system since 2010. Prior to that time, she served on the Rockbridge Area Prevention Coalition through her position as Community Health Coordinator with Carilion Health System. To enhance the suicide prevention efforts initially supported through the DBHDS suicide prevention grant funding, she helped create the Lock and Talk Virginia program in 2016. The program focuses on lethal means safety and increasing healthy conversations about suicide behavior and ideation and mental health concerns. Textor is the program coordinator for Lock and Talk Virginia activities and serves as key developer for the program’s expansion across the state which began January 2018. She has been a member of the Rockbridge Area CIT Task Force since its inception in 2008. She works closely with other CIT members throughout Region 1 on environmental strategies for suicide prevention, as well as gatekeeper trainings. Textor is a certified trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Safe Talk, and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR).
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Ian Atwood
Ian Atwood, MA, is a project director at Counter Tools. Atwood studied history at UNC-Chapel Hill and architecture at Virginia Tech. He has worked extensively in education and community development. Before joining Counter Tools, Atwood taught high school math in Durham, North Carolina Public Schools, piloting a new program for curriculum design, implementation and evaluation. This curriculum was then adopted for district-wide use. More importantly, his students exhibited growth and success in a math classroom. At Counter Tools, Atwood focuses on building strong client relationships and developing training activities and technical assistance supports.
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Katharine Hunter
Katharine Hunter is a child and adolescent program specialist in the Office of Child and Family Services at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). With more than a decade of experience in the human services field, Hunter understands that the strongest partnerships come from working together toward a common goal. Katharine is dedicated to establishing a collaborative environment, so that all Virginians will have a healthy place to live, learn, and grow in the Commonwealth. Hunter holds a Master of Social Work in Administration, Public Policy, and Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree in Family and Child Development from Virginia Tech.
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Keith Cartwright
Keith Cartwright has 25 years of experience working in the human services field. He spent 13 years in therapeutic wilderness programming with Eckerd Youth Alternatives Inc., five as the operations manager of four eastern North Carolina programs. Cartwright moved to Virginia in 2007, when he began working with Hanover Cares, a community substance abuse coalition in Hanover County. He currently works as a behavioral health wellness consultant for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services’ (DBHDS) Office of Behavioral Health Wellness. He also serves as the drug and alcohol education coordinator at Randolph-Macon College. Cartwright is a trainer of the evidence-based youth leadership development program, Lead & Seed. He also trains the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) curriculum. He has a business degree from Ohio State University.
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Michael Olsen
Michael Olsen, MA, Mental Health First Aid program coordinator for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS) Office of Behavioral Health Wellness, has 20 years of experience as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. Before joining DBHDS he worked for the City of Virginia Beach Community Services Board providing substance abuse prevention programs to adolescents and parents of students in the Virginia Beach schools, adolescents in the Juvenile Justice system, detainees at the Virginia Beach jail and other professionals from a variety of disciplines.
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Joelle Lester, J.D.
Joelle Lester directs the Public Health Law Center’s tobacco control work, including the work of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, which supports tobacco control policy change throughout the United States. Lester coordinates the tobacco control team’s provision of legal technical assistance; oversees preparation of friend-of-the court (amicus curiae) briefs in key cases; coordinates litigation support to city and county attorneys, state attorneys general and legal counsel representing advocacy organizations and individual citizens; assists with development of educational materials; and provides educational and training presentations at state, regional and national conferences. In addition, Lester oversees the Consortium’s efforts to convene national thought leaders around bold policy options to end the tobacco epidemic and organizes regional meetings to provide training and support to tobacco program managers around the country.
Prior to joining the Public Health Law Center, Lester worked as a litigation associate at the Minneapolis firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb, Chartered. Before attending law school, Lester was a grassroots organizer, organizing director and executive director of the Oregon Student Association, a non-profit higher education advocacy group. Lester also worked as a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, advocating for public K-12 education.
Education
B.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison
J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude
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