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NAQC Staff
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.
Natalia Gromov
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.

Karen Rezai, MPH
Program Manager
Ms. Rezai is supporting a number of new training and technical assistance projects, including quitlines’ adoption of best practices and developing vaping and youth cessation protocols. She also manages a 3-year PCORI-funded collaborative project seeking to connect quitline clients with lung cancer screening services. Ms. Rezai is a seasoned health professional with 20 years of managerial experience in both non-profit and for-profit arenas, including 10 years dedicated to tobacco control, cancer screening, and technical assistance and training in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. She has expertise in community leadership as well as matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior positions have included Program Director at Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL) and Program Coordinator at the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO). She has also served as a past Chair and Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Ms. Rezai holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Psychology from Yale University and a Master of Public Health in Behavioral Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley.

Christine Clements Stein, PhD, MPH
Research and Evaluation Manager
Dr. Stein oversees and manages evaluation and research program efforts, including the annual survey of quitlines and Minimal Data Set. Christine has over 20 years’ experience using participatory approaches to planning, managing, and evaluating public health and social programs that aim to improve the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. She has worked with diverse stakeholders at a variety of organizations, including federal, state and county governments; indigenous communities; foundations; schools; and non-profit community-based organizations. Christine recently completed a four-year project as a senior evaluation consultant to an adolescent health project in Nebraska funded by a major foundation, and prior to that worked as a research and evaluation project director at government agencies in Massachusetts and then Arizona. Christine holds a bachelor's degree in health sciences from Northeastern University, a master's in public health from Boston University, and a doctorate in social policy from Brandeis University.

Tracey Strader, MSW
Senior Program Manager, Public-Private Partnerships Initiative
Ms. Strader has previously served as a NAQC advisory council member, board member and officer, and has helped to advance the field of quitlines, health systems change, and public-private partnerships during her career in Oklahoma. 
Tracey retired from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) in 2017 after serving as the founding executive director for fourteen years. Under her leadership, program investments were strategically focused on tobacco control and prevention, promotion of healthy lifestyles, increasing physician practices in rural Oklahoma, and research to reduce the preventable health behaviors that lead to cancer and cardiovascular disease. She also served as a member of the national Tobacco Control Network Executive Committee representing the Funder’s Alliance and was employed as the first cessation systems coordinator and director of planning and administration for the Oklahoma State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention Service prior to the national Master Tobacco Settlement Agreement.  Throughout her career, Tracey has fostered collaboration, multi-sector partnerships, and systems practice, to leverage resources and achieve outcomes in areas such as public health, tobacco control, maternal and child health, services for senior adults, and mental health and substance abuse services.

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