CSTE Foundation Board of Directors
Patrick J. McConnon, MPH
Worked with the Centers for Disease Control (1967-02). Learn More...
Marcelle Layton, M.D.
Marcelle (Marci) Layton, MD, has been the Assistant Commissioner for the Bureau of Communicable Disease at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH) since 1994.Learn More...
Dr. Layton has served on the Executive Board of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists since 2012. She was Secretary-Treasurer from 2012-2014; Cross Cutting Committee Chair from 2014-2017, and is currently once again the Secretary-Treasurer (2017-2020). She is also now the Subcommittee Chair for the Public Health Law Subcommittee.
Dr. Layton has been involved in a wide range of prominent outbreak investigations over the years. She played a key role in New York City’s public health response to the first appearance of West Nile virus in 1999, when it was first introduced to the Western Hemisphere and following the attacks on the World Trade Center and intentional anthrax release in 2001. More recently she led the surveillance response to the emergence of the 2009 pandemic influenza H1N1 outbreak, the threat of imported Ebola viral disease during the outbreaks in West Africa, the large outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the Bronx in 2015 and the impact of Zika virus in NYC, which due to the large volume of international travelers reported the most cases of any jurisdiction in the US. Dr. Layton has been recognized for her contributions to public health and has been the recipient of the 1999 Public Health Association of New York City Special Merit Award, the 2000 Sloan Public Service Award and the 2002 Pumphandle Award from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
Dr. Layton has participated as a member in the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) Forum on Emerging Infections; the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Civilian Biosecurity (now at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health); the Executive Session on Domestic Preparedness of John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the IOM Committee on Effectiveness of National Biosurveillance Systems: Biowatch and the Public Health System; the H1N1 Subcommittee to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; the CDC’s Board of Scientific Counselors and the NIH’s National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity. She is a frequent lecturer at local, national and international conferences on topics related to bioterrorism and pandemic preparedness, as well as a range of emerging infectious disease issues.
I have been honored to be on the Executive Board since 2012, and have very much enjoyed the opportunities to be involved in helping to address issues related to public health surveillance and practice from a more national perspective. I have learned so much and have a better appreciation and perspective on the breadth and depth of applied public health epidemiology in our country, than my almost 25 years now working solely in communicable diseases in NYC could ever have provided me.
In addition to the benefits of networking with colleagues in state and local health departments throughout the US, I value the platform that CSTE offers to address issues of common concern to those of us working in governmental public health especially related to ensuring the capacity of our public health workforce. I value being able to leverage the strength of CSTE 's staff and membership to assure our nation’s capacity to continue to control emerging disease threats, but also address health disparities and improve the health and well-being of the populations in our jurisdiction.
Verla S. Neslund
Verla S. Neslund is retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she Learn More...
Richard L. Vogt, M.D.
Dr. Vogt graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and was first trained in family practice. Learn More...
Dr. Vogt has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on a wide range of subjects. He is a Clinical Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, Denver, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He was president of CSTE (1985-1987), and received both the “CSTE Iron Man Award” in 1990 and the “CSTE Pump Handle Award” in 2008.He has received several other state and national awards for his work in epidemiology during his illustrious career. While he was the Executive Director of TCHD, he was a National Association of County and City Officials (NACCHO) Board Member (2008-2013) and served on the NACCHO Executive Committee (2011-2013). He also currently serves as a founding trustee for the newly created Foundation for the Public’s Health (TFPH) sponsored by NACCHO.
Dr. Vogt has studied and addressed a wide variety of infectious and non-infectious diseases and conditions during his tenure in his positions. As the State Epidemiologist in Vermont, Dr. Vogt has had the distinction of leading the investigation team that first identified the fact that Campylobacter can cause a waterborne human infection by demonstrating the transmission of the bacterium to humans during a large waterborne outbreak in the town of Bennington, Vermont in 1998. He also led the team that first proved that Legionnaire’s Disease could be transmitted to humans through exposure to whirlpool spas by demonstrating that attendees at an inn in rural Vermont contracted Legionnaire’s disease through a spa in 1986.
LaKesha M. Robinson, MPH
LaKesha M. Robinson, MPH, is an applied public health epidemiology professional with 20 years of experience Learn More...
Steven Macdonald, PhD, MPH
Steven C. Macdonald PhD, MPH, is principal consultant with William Farr Applied Epidemiology. Learn More...
Dr. Macdonald received his masters in community medicine, and doctoral degree in epidemiology, from University of Washington, and was awarded fellowships in Health Services Research, and Environmental Pathology & Toxicology. He currently holds an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor at the UW Department of Epidemiology, and has taught courses in public health practice, and public health surveillance.
Dr. Macdonald has served on the Executive Committee of the Council of State & Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE), co-chaired the Intergovernmental CDC-CSTE Data Release Guidelines Workgroup, and chaired the CSTE Surveillance Coordination Group. He is a former chair of the Injury Control & Emergency Health Services section of American Public Health Association, and former member of the board of directors for the American Trauma Society. He received the Pumphandle Award from CSTE “for outstanding achievement in the field of applied epidemiology” in 2015.