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NAQC Announces New Board Members

Monday, June 28, 2010  
Thank you to all NAQC members who participated in this year’s election by nominating stellar candidates and casting decisive votes. We welcome our newly elected board members Kenneth Lewis, Jeannette Noltenius, MA, PhD and Tracey Strader, MSW, along with re-elected board members Matthew Madonna, MPA and Penny Thomsen. Newly elected directors will begin their terms in August.

Board Members for 2010-2011

Kenneth Lewis is the executive director at MaineHealth Center for Tobacco Independence (CTI) and has over 25 years of executive leadership experience with the following firms: Fidelity Investments; Prudential Insurance; Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Health New England; and currently MaineHealth. He maintains overall operational responsibility for all CTI programs and services. CTI is the statewide leader in tobacco treatment services and education, having the distinction of being selected as the primary contractor for the Statewide Tobacco Dependence Treatment Initiative—this includes the coordination of the Statewide System of Tobacco Dependence Treatment Services, Statewide Toll-Free Maine Tobacco HelpLine, Statewide Tobacco Dependence Treatment Training, and Maine Tobacco Treatment Medication Voucher Program. In addition to managing MSA-funded tobacco treatment programming on behalf of the State of Maine, Lewis has corporate responsibility for implementing a standard of care for inpatient, outpatient, and employee tobacco treatment services offered throughout the MaineHealth system.

Jeannette Noltenius is the national director at National Latino Tobacco Control Network (NLTCN). She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and has provided mental health and substance abuse services to the New Hampshire State Hospital and a community mental health center. In addition to practical experience in addictions, Dr. Noltenius has a masters in economics and a doctorate in social sciences, giving her the knowledge to understand the marketing of tobacco products, counter-marketing, and policy development and implementation. She has more than 25 years experience working on health policies at national/international levels and working for PAHO/WHO in Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Noltenius has been working on the issues of cultural and linguistically appropriate programs and services for Hispano/Latino communities. She maintains an overview of local, state, and national efforts and is knowledgeable on how to best serve this population and engage them in programs and policy change.

Tracey Strader serves as the executive director at Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, a state agency which currently invests approximately $18 million each year to tobacco prevention and control. She received a bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, Kansas, a master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Oklahoma, and has been a licensed social worker in the State of Oklahoma since 1982. Strader has broad experience in providing direct services, coordinating and staffing task forces and coalitions, and managing community-based and statewide programs. Over the past 25 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.

Matthew Madonna retired as president and chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society (Southwest Division). Madonna logged 32 years of progressively responsible service with the ACS and held positions all over the country. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Thomas More College in Kentucky and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri. In Arizona, Madonna remains politically active and was instrumental in the passage of three statewide initiatives: raising the tobacco tax by $1.00; dedicating a portion of the tax to the state’s tobacco control program; and creating smoke-free public buildings. He currently serves as a member of the Arizona TRUST Commission, providing oversight and advice to the Arizona Department of Health Services on the expenditure of tobacco tax revenue including the state’s quitline. For the last 17 years, Madonna has been an instructor for the Nonprofit Management Institute at Arizona State University; instructional topics include: financial management; volunteer involvement; internal controls; fraud; and budgeting. He is also a founding member of the NAQC Board of Directors and currently serves as its treasurer.

Penny Thomsen retired as chief executive officer of the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division) after 18 years of service at both the provincial and national level. During her 11-year tenure as CEO, Thomsen led the organization through strategic planning processes and an ambitious growth plan that helped it become more flexible, responsive, and market-influenced. She is a passionate tobacco control advocate and was instrumental in the creation of the Ontario-based Smokers’ Helpline; the helpline has since been extended to provide service to seven of Canada’s 10 provinces. Thomsen chaired the advisory committee for the helpline, setting strategic direction and ensuring research would be an integral part of the program. She has also sat on the Canadian Tobacco Control Research Initiative and on many provincial tobacco control committees. Over the years Thomsen has been a member of or chaired many boards and committees related to health care system improvement, including a major teaching hospital, an institute focused on health care communication, and an organization dedicated to primary care reform.

Visit the NAQC Board of Directors page to view a complete list of board members.

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