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Please Welcome NAQC’s New Board Members and Officers

Wednesday, August 06, 2014  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
New Board Members!
Please join me in welcoming NAQC’s newly elected Board members, Barbara Schillo (new), Chad Morris (reelection to second term), and  Wayne Tormala (reelection to second term).

Barbara Schillo, PhD, is a Vice President at ClearWay Minnesota and brings over 12 years of experience in tobacco control. During that time, she has worked to develop innovative smoking cessation programs. This past year ClearWay launched an expanded suite of QUITPLAN® Services, which in addition to quitline services, offers free access for all Minnesotans to text messages, email support and NRT starter kits. A rigorous evaluation of these services is underway, reflecting a strong personal commitment to learn everything about quitlines in real-world settings and use the findings to evolve our field.  During her time at ClearWay Minnesota, Barb’s work has also helped to create a nationally recognized research program that has advanced tobacco control science. As a member of the ClearWay Minnesota executive team that guides and oversees the strategic and operational direction for the organization, she has experience with programs, finances, administration and governance.

Chad Morris, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry where he directs the Behavioral Health & Wellness Program (BHWP) and Wellness Leadership Institute. In 2006 he created BHWP which is a multidisciplinary center of excellence for research, training, public policy, and clinical care. Much of the work at BHWP focuses on smokers who are low income or have mental illnesses or other addictions. BHWP has created a strong foundation of peer-reviewed work and, at the same time, has built pragmatic evidence-based resources for healthcare clinicians, administrators, advocates, and peers. Recently, BHWP partnered with the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center and National Council for Behavioral Health to create the CDC-funded National Behavioral Health Network for Tobacco and Cancer Control. Chad brings his experience as a clinician, researcher, trainer, and leader to this board position.

Wayne Tormala is Bureau Chief, Arizona Department of Health Services, Bureau of Tobacco & Chronic Disease. He has dedicated his entire career to human service, providing leadership at the local, national and global levels in programs addressing public health, mental illness, the environment, world hunger, poverty, and economic justice.  Currently, Wayne oversees all aspects of tobacco prevention/cessation   and the prevention/management of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cancer, lung disease, stroke, asthma and diabetes. His top priority is in building a sustainable, outcomes-based, statewide network of individuals, organizations, and communities that engage in a common campaign for reducing preventable deaths. Since assuming his position in 2007, Arizona has catapulted to being a leader in reducing tobacco prevalence (21% drop) and achieving the highest percentage of households (89%) not allowing tobacco use in the home.

For a complete list of all NAQC Board members and to learn more about the election process, please visit the Board of Directors page on the NAQC Web site.
New Board Officers!
On August 4, 2014, 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.

Chair:                       Tracey Strader
Vice-chair:              Chad Morris
Secretary:               Diane Canova
Treasurer:              Amy Lukowski
ECML:                      Chris Anderson
[ECML is executive committee member-at-large]
Board Member Leaving the NAQC Board!
NAQC would like to express great appreciation to outgoing Board member Paul Lapierre for his outstanding six-years of service and commitment to NAQC and the quitline community. Paul served as a NAQC Board member and also as Secretary of the Board. Paul Lapierre was a Vice-President at the Canadian Cancer Society where he played a leading role in overseeing the portfolios for the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, public issues, cancer control policy and information, communications and international affairs. He is a creative leader who takes pride in the empowerment of clients, and in assisting volunteers and colleagues in moving toward a more client-centered approach.   Paul is passionate about health promotion, prevention and enhancing the quality of life of Canadians.

I also would like to thank the members of the Nominating committee (committee chair and board member Chad Morris; Board members Jeannette Noltenius and Sharon Campbell; NAQC memberSara 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, Tracey Strader at or NAQC President and CEO, Linda Bailey at

Submitted on behalf of the Board,

Tracey Strader

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