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Board Election Results – Board Communique (Summer 2013)

Tuesday, August 06, 2013  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

Highlights from the Board's July Meeting!

At its July 25thmeeting, the Board discussed and took action on a host of important topics, including financial and fundraising reports, the budget for fiscal year 2014, an update on the Future of Quitlines, and progress toward NAQC's strategic goals. We also had the great pleasure of reviewing the Board election results.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate the newly elected NAQC Board members and to thank NAQC members who participated in this year's election by putting forward names of stellar candidates and by casting your votes and those of you who provided feedback on ways to improve the voting process in the future!

In early August the Board also held a special meeting to elect the Officers for the Board. We congratulate the new officers and look forward to working together in the coming year!

New Board Members!

We welcome our newly elected Board members, Christopher Anderson (new), J eannette Noltenius (reelection to second term), and Tracey Strader (reelection to second term).

Chris Anderson is Program Director at the California Smokers? Helpline. He has worked on the California Smokers? Helpline since 1992, when it became the first statewide quitline in the US. The Helpline has become an essential component of the California Tobacco Control Program, serving 40,000 clients annually, and through their research, publishing and advocacy, the Helpline has helped break ground for quitlines elsewhere. Chris has consulted with state and provincial health departments, tobacco control foundations, World Bank, NCI, CDC (serving as lead writer for the guidebook, Telephone Quitlines: A Resource for Development, Implementation, and Evaluation) and NAQC itself.

Jeannette Noltenius, MA, PhD is Project Director at National Latino Health Equity Action Network. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and provided mental health and substance abuse services at the NH State Hospital and at a Community Mental Health Center. In addition to practical experience in addictions, Jeannette has a Masters in Economics and a Doctorate in Social Sciences which gave her the knowledge to understand marketing of tobacco products, counter-marketing and policy development and implementation. She has more than 25 years experience working on health policies at the national and international levels, working for PAHO/WHO in Latin America and the Caribbean. Jeannette was the Executive Director of the Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco (LCAT) for 6 years and has been the Director of the National Latino Tobacco Control Network (now the National Latino Health Equity Action Network) since 2008.

Tracey Strader, MSW is Executive Director at the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust . She has been involved in tobacco control since 1998 and is a founding member of NAQC. As part of a comprehensive program, the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline serves nearly 40,000 Oklahomans each year, and statewide grant programs have been established to address tobacco dependence treatment within health systems and hospitals, mental health and substance abuse services, and services for the Medicaid population. Prior to her employment with TSET, Tracey worked seven years for the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Tracey received her bachelor's degree in social work from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas, her master's degree in social work administration from the University of Oklahoma. Over the past twenty-five years, she has been extensively involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs related to public health, tobacco control, maternal and child health, services for senior adults, and mental health and substance abuse services.

For a complete list of all NAQC Board members and to learn more about the election process, please visit theBoard of Directorspage on the NAQC Web site.

New Board Officers!

On August 5, 2013, the NAQC Board of Directors convened a special meeting to elect officers for FY 2014. We congratulate our newly appointed Officers and look forward to working with them in the coming year.

Tracey Strader Chair-Elect
Paul Lapierre Secretary
Chad Morris Treasurer
Diane Canova Executive Committee Member-at-Large

Board Member Leaving the NAQC Board!

NAQC would like to express heartfelt appreciation to outgoing Board member Penny Thomsen for her outstanding six-years of service and commitment to NAQC and the quitline community as a NAQC Board members and Chair .

I also would like to thank the members of the Nominating committee (committee chair and board member Penny Thomsen; Board members Jeannette Nolteniusand Chad Morris; NAQC members David Willoughby, ClearWayMN, Ann Marie Rakovic, JSI, Sara Wolf, Maryland Department of Health and Mental; and NAQC President and CEO Linda Bailey) for their work.

If you have questions about the responsibilities of the Board or suggested nominees for next year's election, please contact Board Chair, Wayne Tormala at or NAQC President and CEO, Linda Bailey at

Submitted on behalf of the Board,

Wayne Tormala

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