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.
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.
Jessie Saul, PhD
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
Tamatha Thomas-Haase, MPA
Manager, Training & Program Services
Ms. Thomas-Haase has served with NAQC since 2004, developing training programs for advancing the operations and services of quitlines. She has over 15 years’ experience in public health and social/community services. Prior positions include, manager, Medical Support Services, Group Health Cooperative (WA); tobacco cessation specialist for the State of Washington, Department of Health; criminal justice instructor at Pierce College (WA); and a variety of positions in sexual assault services. Ms. Thomas-Haase holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College. Deb
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.