CSTE Foundation Board of Directors

Patrick J. McConnon, MPH

Patrick J. McConnon, MPH

President

Worked with the Centers for Disease Control (1967-02). Learn More...

Worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1967-2002. He undertook challenging international assignments in refugee health, smallpox eradication, Guinea worm eradication, and domestic and international outbreak coordination. His work included long term domestic assignments in 3 states, and assignments in Thailand, Nigeria, and CDC Headquarters. He completed his career as the CDC Senior Management Official responsible for the Emerging and Reemerging Infectious Disease Program from 1994-02. This effort targeted core infrastructure needs and use of new technologies to support programs at the Federal, state and local level. Mr. McConnon was the recipient of many awards with CDC including the William C. Watson Medal of Excellence, the Order of the Bifurcated Needle (Smallpox Eradication), and a Chieftaincy in Nigeria for his work in Guinea worm eradication. From 2002-12, he served as the Executive Director for the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, promoting the use of epidemiology to guide public practice at the state and local level. His work included supporting public health surveillance and epidemiologic practice through training, fellowships, capacity development, developing standards of practice, and advocating for scientifically based policy. From 2013-15, he worked with the CDC Foundation where he developed a public health management training program for less developed public health agencies in Africa and Asia. Mr. McConnon is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (BS-1967) and Emory University (MPH-1988).

Marcelle Layton, M.D.

Marcelle Layton, M.D.

Secretary/Treasurer

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...

She received her medical degree at Duke University and completed residency training in internal medicine at State University of New York Health Sciences Center in Syracuse, NY. She has also completed fellowship training in infectious disease at Yale University School of Medicine and was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she was stationed at the NYC DOHMH.

 

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

Director-at-Large

Verla S. Neslund is retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she Learn More...

Verla S. Neslund is retired from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she spent the majority of her career in CDC’s Office of the General Counsel and Office of the Director. She spent several years assigned by CDC to the CDC Foundation, a non-profit organization created by Congress to support the life-saving work of CDC through public-private partnerships with individual donors and philanthropic organizations. Ms. Neslund is an attorney. She received her BA Degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota and her JD Degree from Emory University.  She has published in peer reviewed legal, medical and public health journals.

Richard L. Vogt, M.D.

Richard L. Vogt, M.D.

Director-at-Large

Dr. Vogt graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and was first trained in family practice. Learn More...

Dr. Vogt graduated from the University of Colorado, School of Medicine, and was first trained in family practice. He joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program assigned to Vermont. He was the State Epidemiologist for Vermont (1979-1991) and later in Hawaii (1992-1997). He joined the polio eradication effort in Cairo, Egypt, for two years (1998-2000). Dr. Vogt became the Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department , the largest local health department in Colorado serving Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties (2001-2013) and retired after that assignment.

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

Director-at-Large

LaKesha M. Robinson, MPH, is an applied public health epidemiology professional with 20 years of experience Learn More...

LaKesha M. Robinson, MPH, is an applied public health epidemiology professional with 20 years of experience in technical grant writing and development, special projects, recruiting and management. She is former Senior Deputy of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists (CSTE) and served in several roles for the organization since 2000, including Acting Executive Director, Senior Deputy Director, Chief of Grants Management and Development, and Epidemiology Program Director. In her 20 years with CSTE, the organization experienced rapid growth and success in membership, national office staff, projects, and the size of its annual budget. LaKesha has also served on several professional boards and projects in her career, including the Rollins School of Public Health Mentorship Program, University of North Carolina Management Academy for Public Health, Council to Improve Foodborne Illness and Response (CIFOR), Clark Atlanta University National Alumni Fundraising Co-Chair, and the Woodward Academy Parent Community Executive Board. Her hobbies include volunteer service, helping others achieve healthy lifestyles, and running. LaKesha and her husband live in the Metro Atlanta area and they have two children.

Steven Macdonald, PhD, MPH

Steven Macdonald, PhD, MPH

Past President

Steven C. Macdonald PhD, MPH, is principal consultant with William Farr Applied Epidemiology. Learn More...

He has previously worked as a health policy analyst at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health, as a research scientist in preventive medicine at the UW School of Medicine, as an epidemiologist in the Surveillance Branch at the CDC National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, and as a surveillance epidemiologist at the Washington State Department of Health.

 

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.