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NAQC Staff
The NAQC team brings expertise, dedication and commitment to the work of advancing the quitline community. Feel free to contact us with questions or comments. Staff may be contacted via email or telephone (1-800-398-5489).
Linda Bailey, JD, MHS
President & CEO
Ms. Bailey is the founder of NAQC and provides leadership and strategic vision for the organization. She has a notable career in public health as an attorney, educator and epidemiologist. Prior positions have included director, Center for Tobacco Cessation (American Cancer Society); associate director, Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health in Washington, D.C. (US DHHS); senior advisor on health promotion and disease prevention, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health (US DHHS); study director, Institute of Medicine; and epidemiologist, Houston Health Department. She has served on faculty at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Maryland School of Law. Ms. Bailey holds a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, a master’s in health sciences from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Emma Goforth, MPH
Manager of Training and Technical Assistance
Ms. Goforth will be responsible for NAQC’s training and technical assistance activities, leading the quality improvement initiative, webinar series, Medicaid activities and liaison with national networks. Ms. Goforth is a public health professional with over 5 years of experience in tobacco control and cessation.
Natalia Gromov
Ms. Gromov manages many business operations for NAQC, including bookkeeping, membership inquiries and data, meeting planning, vendor relations and support to NAQC’s President & CEO. She has five years experience in database development and management, business operations, bookkeeping, human resources, and liaising with vendors and clients.

Deb Osborne, MPH
Manager, Public-Private Partnerships
Ms. Osborne has over 20 years of public health experience with 10 years dedicated to tobacco control and prevention. In her role with NAQC, she works to help state’s enhance their capacity to meet the demand for quitline services and sustainability through the development of public-private partnerships. In her most recent position as Director of Cessation Initiatives with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, she spearheaded the development of a very successful statewide quitline cost-sharing partnership with private health plans. In her previous position, as the Director of Secondhand Smoke Initiatives, Ms. Osborne developed the statewide infrastructure for the passage of local clean indoor air policies. Ms. Osborne holds a bachelor’s degree from ColoradoStateUniversity and a master’s degree in public health from University of Minnesota. 

Maria Rudie, MPH
Research Manager
Ms. Rudie serves as the lead research and evaluation staff within NAQC. She is responsible for overseeing NAQC’s research and evaluation portfolio (including the annual survey of quitlines, minimal data set, evaluation of our CDC cooperative agreement and literature reviews on best practices)and enhancing activities in this area. Ms. Rudie is a public health professional with over 12 years of experience in tobacco control and cessation.

Jessie Saul, PhD
Research Consultant
Dr. Saul is engaged in several research-related activities for NAQC including a collaboration with the University of South Carolina to develop a quitline registry for reengaging quitline clients in quit attempts and the Knowledge Integration in Quitlines: Networks that Improve Cessation (KIQNIC) project to better understand the communication mechanisms by which quitlines interact, share new evidence, and make decisions about the adoption and implementation of quitline. Prior experience includes senior research program manager, ClearWay Minnesota, where she conducted research and evaluationand oversaw evaluation of the QUITPLAN cessation programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a doctoral degree in Science & Technology Studies from Cornell University.

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