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PRESS RELEASE: Tamika Smith Promoted; Staff Grows in Size

Friday, February 8, 2019  

Tamika Smith Promoted to Director of Membership and Project Management;
NACDD Staff Continues to Grow in Size and Capability 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Paige Rohe, prohe@chronicdisease.org, 404-924-8295

ATLANTA (Feb. 8, 2019) National Association of Chronic Disease Directors CEO John W. Robitscher, MPH, announced the addition of several new staff today as well as internal promotions including that of Tamika Smith, MSML, to Director of Membership and Project Management.

"I'm delighted to acknowledge the significant contributions Tamika has made to our organization to help us keep our Members' needs front and center to our work," Robitscher said. "Tamika has personally led several enterprise projects that facilitate enhanced management of our data and position NACDD as a leader in Member engagement practices among our peer organizations." 
 
For the past several years, Smith has pioneered NACDD's data-driven efforts to collect, analyze, and facilitate a Member-focused engagement strategy. During her tenure, she also has led and informed NACDD's brand and style through her significant contributions to the layout and design of the Association's publications, special events, and the website. 

In 2018, Smith was selected as a course instructor to teach other member engagement professionals best practices for tracking and measuring engagement at the Community Brands National Conference, Xperience '18.

As part of her commitment and dedication to innovation, and to bringing best practices in Member Engagement to bear at NACDD, Smith is dedicated to learning. In 2018, she obtained a Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governors University. She will complete a Master of Business Administration with a focus on IT Management from Western Governors University in the spring of 2019. 

Smith brings more than 20 years of customer interface and project management experience to her new role, where she will focus more exclusively on bringing NACDD's larger strategic goals to bear with Member services as well as on establishing the Association's project management office. 

"I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to leverage my skills and years of experience to establish innovative approaches to understanding who our Members are," Smith said. "We learn who they are by connecting the dots on identifying how Members engage with NACDD, determining what their interests are, and helping to reinforce the importance of the Member experience. I look forward to continuing to provide leadership and innovation in this new role, while supporting the mission and work of NACDD and its Members."

NACDD Celebrates Continued Growth in Size and Capability

As a result of tremendous growth in program and project work during the past year, NACDD has hired five new positions to its permanent staff and also recently promoted three staff members.

In addition to Tamika Smith's promotion, staff advancements include:

  • Anissa Hackett has been promoted to Manager of Accounting and Finance. Anissa has been with the Association for four years. 
  • Charles Williams, MBA, CPA, has been promoted to Accounting Supervisor, Grants and Contracts. Charles has been with NACDD for five years and previously served as the Senior Accountant for the organization. 
The new hires include:  
  • Crystal E. Doxie, MBA, Grants Management Specialist. Crystal brings to NACDD expertise in Grants Management with pre and post-award activities. Crystal joins NACDD from the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Grants Manager for the School of Computer Science. Previously, she served the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, where she completed 20 years working in Grants and Contracts Accounting. Her role and responsibilities at NACDD will include: providing grant management support and coordination for the submission of grant proposal information as well as compliance of operational and grant policies and procedures. 
  • Lindsay Drewry, Meeting Coordinator. Lindsay joins NACDD from the Boys and Girls Club of America, where she served as the Conference and Learning Events Specialist. Her roles and responsibilities at NACDD will include helping to plan and execute trainings and events for NACDD's Diabetes program. 
  • Stacey L. Evans, Communications Specialist. Stacey joins NACDD from a previous role as Assistant Director of Communications for Georgia State University College of Law. Stacey manages NACDD's publications and email marketing activities.
  • Samaha Hodges, MPH, Associate Director, Programs. Samaha joins NACDD from a previous role as Program Manager at the Center for Tobacco Control at the American Cancer Society. Samaha will be responsible for overseeing the coordination and administration of all aspects of ongoing NACDD programs including planning, organizing, implementing, leading, and controlling of all program activities of staff and consultants, and overall management of the NACDD Project Portfolio.
  • Kimberly Miller, MPH, Data Manager. Kimberly previously worked as a Data Analyst at SPH Analytics. Prior to that, she was a Research and Statistical Analyst II for the Georgia Administrative Office of Courts from 2011-2015. She will be responsible for managing NACDD's data collection and data analysis, among other duties.
  • Scott Reid, Web Managing Editor. Scott joins NACDD after a career in journalism and PR for several local companies. He manages NACDD's digital properties, including its website, chronicdisease.org, and its social media presence.
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"We are delighted to promote from within to expand our capabilities and to continue to bring aboard highly skilled and dedicated professionals onto our team," said Robitscher. "We are confident that our expert and committed staff will help the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors to grow and innovate well into the future," he said. 

NACDD's Headquarters in Atlanta now has 23 employees, with plans to hire other select roles, including consultant positions. Learn more about NACDD and other State, Tribal, and Territorial Health Department job listings at chronicdisease.org.

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The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and its more than 7,000 members seek to strengthen state-based leadership and expertise for chronic disease prevention and control in states and nationally. Established in 1988, in partnership with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NACDD is the only membership association of its kind to serve and represent every chronic disease division in all states and U.S. territories. For more information, visit chronicdisease.org.


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