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NAQC Welcomes New Directors and Officers to the Board!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
Dear Colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming NAQC’s newly elected directors, Paula Celestino (Roswell Park Cancer Institute), Rosie Henson (American Cancer Society), and  Steven Schroeder (Smoking Cessation Leadership Center). As described below, each new director brings a special expertise to the Board which will help guide NAQC into the future.

Paula Celestino, MPH, has a career in tobacco control spanning 25 years with the last 16 years as Project Director for quitlines operated by Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). RPCI currently services New York State, New Jersey, and various health plans and employers in the area. She oversees the provision of counseling, web-based and cessation medication services and manages an annual multimillion dollar budget. Her work also includes facilitating outreach and quitline support for health care providers and working on cessation initiatives with a variety of partners including state and local health departments, not-for-profit volunteer organizations and universities. Paula coordinates quitline-related research with RPCI and external scientists and she has been co-investigator or co-author for multiple studies used to inform the quitline community and contribute to changing quitline practices. Other work in tobacco control has included policy advocacy, funding sustainability and media and health communications campaigns. Paula serves as a key leadership member to the RPCI Department of Health Behavior and is involved with strategic planning for cessation programing, services and research. She has served as a member of the NAQC Advisory Council, and also serves on the CDC-sponsored Asian Smokers’ Quitline Advisory Board.
Rosie Henson, MSSW, MPH, currently serves as a Senior Vice President for Prevention and Early Detection at the American Cancer Society. In this role, she oversees the ACS Center for Tobacco Control along with many other prevention efforts.  Rosie has over 15 years of leadership experience in tobacco control and her accomplishments include:   serving as the former Senior Advisor to the former Assistant Secretary for Health, Dr. Howard Koh;  leading the HHS team that published and released the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s report: The Health Consequences of Smoking-50 Years of Progress in 2014; leading HHS’s partnership with the Office of Personnel Management to establish a comprehensive tobacco cessation benefit in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program in 2011; leading the development of the HHS/Labor/Treasury FAQ guidance document on tobacco cessation released in May 2014; and serving as the former Director of CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health where she led the CDC’s efforts to establish the National Quitline Program working in collaboration with HHS and tobacco control partners in 2004.

Steven Schroeder, MD, is Distinguished Professor of Health and Healthcare at the University of California San Francisco, where he directs the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center (SCLC). A graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Medical School, he trained in internal medicine at Harvard and in epidemiology at the CDC. He held faculty positions at Harvard and George Washington University. Between 1990 and 2002 he was President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, where he initiated programs in tobacco control that resulted in $500 million in grant expenditures during his tenure. The SCLC, which he founded in 2003, works with professional societies, federal and state organizations, and advocacy groups to both increase the number of smokers who attempt to quit and increase the probability of a successful quit.  It has partnered with over 80 organizations, launched the “Ask, Advise, Refer (to a quitline)” alternative for busy clinicians, developed the blue card for 1-800-QUIT NOW (over 5 million now in circulation), broadened the range of clinicians involved in smoking cessation, and helped to focus more attention on the lethal combination of smoking and behavioral health conditions. A member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM), he chaired the American Legacy Foundation Board of Directors, and served on the editorial board of the New England Journal of Medicine for 19 years.  
I’m very excited about these newly elected board members, and have every confidence that they will make important contributions to the strategic direction of NAQC, and it’s successful future.

For a complete list of all NAQC directors and to learn more about the election process and the Board member qualifications, please visit the Board of Directors page on the NAQC Web site.
New Board Officers!
On August 1, 2016, the NAQC Board of Directors convened a special meeting to elect officers for FY2017. We congratulate our newly appointed Officers!
Chair:  Chad Morris     
Vice-chair: Barbara Schillo
Secretary:  Amy Lukowski
Treasurer:  Wayne Tormala
Executive Committee Member-at-Large:  Diane Canova
Directors Leaving the Board!
I would like to express great appreciation to outgoing Board members:  Christopher M. Anderson (California Smokers' Helpline and Center for Tobacco Cessation) and Dr. Jeannette Noltenius (National Latino Alliance for Health Equity) for their passionate and professional service on the Board and their many contributions to NAQC.
My term on the Board also ends this year, and I have greatly enjoyed the opportunity to support and contribute to NAQC.  Throughout my years on the Advisory Council, and six years on the Board of Directors, I have had the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the field of tobacco prevention and cessation, and experience a number of advances including the expansion of quitlines to every state and territory, the MDS, quality standards, Canadian graphic warning labels, the CDC TIPS campaign, and a vision for the future of quitlines that will move us closer to our goals of saving lives and promoting health.
NAQC is an exceptional organization and we are lucky to be a part of it! I hope all of you will consider becoming more involved through workgroups, committees, the Advisory Council and the Board.

I would like to thank the members of the Nominating committee for their work: committee chair, Barbara Schillo; directors Rob Adsit and Jeannette Noltenius; two NAQC members, John Atkinson and Miranda Spitznagle; and NAQC President and CEO Linda Bailey. I would also like to thank those who nominated potential candidates, and each of the nominees who were willing to serve if elected.
And finally, I want to thank Linda Bailey and NAQC staff for their leadership and service to the board, the Advisory Council and NAQC members. They are hard-working and remain ever mindful that NAQC is, above all, a member-serving organization.

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

Submitted on behalf of the Board,

Tracey Strader
Board Chair

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