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Staff List

Ron Bialek, M.P.P. (President), 202-218-4420

Sue Madden (Chief Operating Officer / Chief Financial Officer), 202-218-4405

Lois Banks, D.Min. (TRAIN Director), 202-218-4427

Jacalyn Carden (Associate Director for Performance Improvement), 202-218-4415

John Foster (Business Manager), 202-218-4403

Julia Gray, M.P.H. (Program Administrator), 202-218-4410

Bev Minnick (Project Assistant), 202-218-4408

John W. Moran Jr., Ph.D., CQM, CMC (Senior Quality Advisor), 202-218-4423

Ilya Plotkin (TRAIN Program Assistant), 202-218-4426

Donald Salley (Executive Assistant), 202-218-4417

Jennifer Stanley, M.A. (Director, Public Health Systems Research), 202-218-4421

Dwain Starks (National TRAIN Program Administrator), 202-218-4425

Antoinette V. Williams (Director, Learning Resource Center), 202-218-4406

Ron Bialek took over as Executive Director of the Public Health Foundation in 1996, with 15 years experience in public health practice and in academia.  He brings to PHF a wealth of experience in state- and local-level public health practice and in linking public health practitioners with academic institutions.  Mr. Bialek manages all aspects of the organization and is responsible for the quality of its products.  He directed PHF activities over the past three years that have led to the training of over 10,000 public health professionals annually using distance learning techniques.  Mr. Bialek serves on a variety of government advisory groups and co-chaired the Managed Care and Public Health sub-committee of the Public Health Functions Working Group.  He works closely with the PHF Board of Directors and public health professionals to develop and implement research, training, and technical assistance activities to benefit public health agencies in their performance of public health services.

Before joining PHF, Mr. Bialek was on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health for nine years and served as Director of the Johns Hopkins Health Program Alliance.  In his faculty role and as Director of the Health Program Alliance, Mr. Bialek took the theory of public health practice out into the field and developed an outstanding reputation locally and nationally for his efforts in facilitating linkages between academic institutions and public health agencies.  At the national level, he has directed such projects as the Public Health Faculty/Agency Forum and the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practice.  The Forum project resulted in the development of recommendations for improving the relevance of public health education to practice and spelled out the various competencies that are desirable for practicing public health.  Still serving as Director of the Council on Linkages, Mr. Bialek continues to play a key role in developing strategies and programs to implement Forum recommendations throughout the country.  In addition, Mr. Bialek is Co-directing a national effort to develop public health practice guidelines for use by public and private organizations with population-based responsibilities.

At the State and local levels, Mr. Bialek has done much to improve collaboration between public health agencies and Johns Hopkins.   He has developed and directed projects such as: assessing community public health needs and resources, developing evaluation protocols for local health department services, providing technical support to and staffing of the Maryland Association of County Health Officers, and establishing a public health grand rounds series for State and local health department employees.  Mr. Bialek Co-chaired the Coalition for Local Public Health in Maryland, which was successful in getting signed into law funding mandates to support essential local public health services.  Mr. Bialek also has served on several State committees and is currently a member of the Prevention Block Grant Advisory Committee for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Mr. Bialek also has extensive teaching experience in the areas of public health practice, AIDS health policy and management, and community health assessment.  He has provided community health assessment training to over 200 health departments and community-based organizations, and currently is developing for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention a distance learning course in this topic area.

Mr. Bialek began serving as President of PHF in June 1999.

Mr. Bialek received his B.A. in Political Science and his M.P.P. in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University.


Sue Madden currently (beginning June 2, 2008) has the full-time responsibilities of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She is responsible for overseeing PHF's daily operations. She also will assume supervisory responsibilities for Operational Unit Directors. Prior to this, Sue served as Deputy Executive Director for the Public Health Foundation. In that capacity, she served as chief operating officer, directing, administering, and coordinating all PHF activities in support of policies, goals, and objectives established by the President and the Board of Directors. Ms. Madden also served as the chief financial officer with oversight responsibility for all financial matters. She directed the preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets based on broad organizational goals and growth objectives. Ms. Madden has served as Deputy Executive Director since February 1996.

Ms. Madden directed PHF's Learning Resource Center, which provides high-quality, affordable distance learning materials to public health professionals.

Ms. Madden's areas of expertise include administration; program development and management; survey and outputs design; data collection and analysis; data quality assurance; research and analysis; technical and special reports design and production; planning and convening advisory work groups; and liaison activity with state and local health departments.

Ms. Madden received her B.A. degree in Secondary Education (Social Studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1971.


Lois D. Banks is the TRAIN Director at the Public Health Foundation. In this position, she is responsible for managing the daily operations and growth of the TrainingFinder Real-time Affiliate Integrated Network (TRAIN).

Prior to coming to the PHF, Dr. Banks established and directed ALTARATIONS, Inc., a non-profit organization helping communities and organizations build capacity to take action by identifying and meeting their needs.  Lois also served as the Director of State and Community Relations at Trust for America’s Health, where she was responsible for managing and directing activities related to state and community outreach, involvement and support.  During her twelve year tenure at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lois was instrumental in developing, coordinating and implementing various training curricula aimed at improving the health of communities through effective leadership.

Dr. Banks is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctorate of Ministry degree from Family Bible Seminary Worldwide.


Jacalyn Carden joined the PHF staff as the Associate Director for Performance Improvement in January 2008.  In this role she oversees the Performance Management (PM) and Quality Improvement (QI) Operational Unit managing several projects including the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) Reporting System, Public Health Infrastructure Resource Center, and NPHPSP On-line Resource Center. Other QI projects include creating the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) On-line Resource Center; developing, coordinating, and marketing QI Consultant Services to governmental public health partners (e.g., NACCHO Demonstration Site Technical Assistance project); and participating in a number of forums to promote QI and innovation in public health practice.  Past experiences with PM and QI include working on the development of quality improvement standards for the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO), public health HEDIS measures with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), and the unprecedented activity with the Maryland Hospital Association to share sensitive outcomes data that lead to the formation of the Quality Indicator Project.  

Before joining PHF, Ms. Carden served as the Associate Executive Director for Policy and Programs with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) for 12 years functioning as a senior administrative liaison with senior officials of the Department of Health and Human Services agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); national organizations; and affiliates to maintain communication relating to current and future public health policy priorities, as well as, monitoring and improving ASTHO's performance with the requirements of all federal cooperative agreements, grants, and contracts.  She facilitated the development and implementation of ASTHO Policy through ASTHO Policy Committees and Workgroups; the Executive, Management, and Program Committees; affiliates and other national organizations.  She was responsible for staffing the Exploring Accreditation project, ASTHO/NACCHO Joint Council, ASTHO Alumni Society, and the ASTHO Management Committee.  She served as a point of contact for ASTHO senior deputies and was involved in planning ten Senior Deputies Annual Meeting programs.  Ms. Carden has served on national committees and task forces and volunteers with the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). 

Prior to ASTHO, Ms. Carden did development and grants management work for the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Research Foundation raising nearly a half a million dollars in the first year.  She also spent over 15 years in the U.S. Air Force with responsibilities for infection control and epidemiology, quality assurance and improvement, and strategic planning. She holds a Masters of Science degree from Georgetown University and is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) with ASAE.  Ms. Carden completed the National Public Health Leadership Institute in 2005.


John Foster currently serves as the Public Health Foundation’s Business Manager. In that capacity, Mr. Foster handles the day to day accounting and business needs of the organization, providing accounting controls and maintenance of PHF’s accounting systems, as well as advising and assisting PHF’s president and program managers with technical and strategic issues. Mr. Foster has served as Business Manager since November 2004. For the preceding year, Mr. Foster provided accounting and consulting services to PHF as a member of an independent professional services firm.

Mr. Foster has over 10 years accounting and business experience in various industries, both for-profit and not-for-profit, primarily as a professional services consultant, focusing on accounting, compliance, and payroll services.


Julia Gray joined PHF staff in December 2007 as the Program Administrator for the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP).  She is responsible for conducting day-to-day operations for the NPHPSP reporting system, administering and updating content on two web resource portals, and assisting with other performance management and quality improvement projects. 

Prior to coming to PHF, Ms. Gray worked at the Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Radiation and Indoor Air as an Association of Schools of Public Health Fellow from July 2006 to August 2007.  She assisted with the coordination of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air, an international public-private partnership, and provided assistance with other national indoor environment initiatives on asthma and school health.  Julia also spent a summer working at the National Cancer Institute in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics in Rockville, MD, where she completed a retrospective data assessment of an environmental exposure to DDT to a rural population in Alabama in the 1950s.   

Ms. Gray earned a M.P.H. in occupational environmental epidemiology from the University of Michigan in 2006 and received a B.S. in biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004.


John W. Moran is a Senior Quality Advisor to the Public Health Foundation. He brings to PHF over 30 years of quality improvement expertise in developing quality improvement tools and training programs, implementing and evaluating quality improvement programs, and writing articles and books on quality improvement methods. Dr. Moran is a retired Senior Vice-President of Information Systems, Administrative and Diagnostic Services at New England Baptist Hospital. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Changing Healthcare, Inc., specializing in management consulting and educational support to Health Care Organizations. For 21 years, Dr. Moran was employed at Polaroid Corporation where he worked in various senior management capacities in Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality. His last position was as the Director of Worldwide Quality and Systems. 

Dr. Moran has authored numerous articles, case studies, and textbooks in Health Care, Quality Function Deployment, and Process Redesign. His most recent books are:

The Executive Guide To Improvement and Change, ASQ Quality Press, 2003
Action Strategies For Healthcare Leaders, American Hospital Association, 1998
The Quality Function Deployment Handbook, John Wiley and Sons, January 1998
Management Development and Training, Dryden Press, 1996
The Future Focused Organization, Prentice Hall, 1995
Breakthrough Thinking, Prentice Hall, September 1993
Growing Teams, GOAL/QPC Press, October 1993 

For 20 years Dr. Moran was an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate and Under Graduate School of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. 

Dr. Moran has been active in the American Society of Quality (ASQ) as a Fellow of the society and serving as Division Chair, Vice-Chair of Technology, and Publications Chair of the Quality Management Division, Chair of the ASQ Certification Committee, Past Exam Chair of the Certified Quality Manager’s Exam, and a member of the Standing Review Board of Quality Press. Dr. Moran is an ASQ Certified Quality Manager (CQM). He is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) by the Institute of Management Consultants. He is also a past member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Total Quality Review Journal. In addition, Dr. Moran is a 1993 - 2001 RIT/USA Today Quality Cup Judge in Healthcare and a member of the Malcolm Baldrige Board of Examiners. He was a founder and past member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Quality Award. 

Dr. Moran has a BS, MBA, MS, and Ph.D. in Education from Walden University in 1977.


Ilya Plotkin joined PHF in December 2007 as the TRAIN Program Assistant. In this position, he helps manage the TRAIN databases and maintain quality assurance of the TRAIN workforce development system. Additionally, Mr. Plotkin supports the Medical Reserve Corp (MRC) users and the further improvement of the TRAIN system and website.

Prior to joining PHF, Mr. Plotkin interned at Congressional Quarterly Press, focusing on reference publications in international relations and domestic politics.

Mr. Plotkin graduated from The George Washington University in May 2007 with a B.A. in International Affairs and Psychology.


Donald Salley serves as an Executive Assistant with the Public Health Foundation.  He has been employed with PHF since March 1999.  Projects that Mr. Salley works on include the Healthy People 2010 Toolkit,, CDC E-Learning Institute in Public Health, Regional Healthy People 2010 Technical Assistance, and The Turning Point Performance Management Collaborative Survey on Performance Management Practices in States.

Prior to coming to PHF, Mr. Salley was employed by the Potomac Electric Power Company.  As an analyst, he was responsible for input of all Corporate Weld Data into Access RBase and Focus databases; charged with troubleshooting new departmental applications, i.e., PowerBuilder 5.0, InfoMaker 5.0; and functioned as departmental budget administrator inputting budget data retrieved from the main departmental system.

Mr. Salley graduated 1997 from the University of the District of Columbia with a B.B.A. in Computer Information & System Science.


Jennifer Stanley joined PHF in March 2002.  As the Director of Public Health Systems Research, she is responsible for the National Public Health Performance Standards Program, the Radiation and Chemical Information Needs for Health Agencies Project, Renewal Communities/Empowerment Zones/Enterprise Communities Health Planning Technical Assistance Project, and the Community Health Indicators (CHSI) Project.

She worked on health care issues for over ten years at Michigan State University and the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI).  At Michigan State University, she worked as a researcher at the College of Human Medicine and the College of Nursing.  During her tenure at MPHI, she was responsible for implementing the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program for Michigan’s 45 local health departments by managing the efforts of 50 accreditation reviewers and the 14 member Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Commission.

While at MPHI, Ms. Stanley also served as the policy analyst and evaluation coordinator for a statewide substance abuse prevention coalition.  She helped members organize a fetal alcohol prevention campaign and educate legislators about numerous substance abuse prevention issues.

She completed her Bachelor’s degree in psychology and public and environmental affairs at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree from Michigan State University in ecological/community psychology.


Dwain Starks is the National TRAIN Program Administrator at the Public Health Foundation.  Prior to coming to PHF, Mr. Starks served as the Learning Management Systems Administrator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  His background includes 11 years of professional media experience, specializing in creating and implementing successful communication strategies.  Through outreach and expert customer service, Mr. Starks successfully promoted OK-TRAIN throughout the state of Oklahoma - taking it from its previous state as a dormant program to now hosting over 2,500 users in less than a year.  Mr. Starks's professional experience began in film and video production.  Since 1995, he has gained expert knowledge and experience holding various key positions in broadcast television, documentary, legal, industrial, medical, and governmental media production and training.

Mr. Starks is a Film and Video Studies graduate from the University of Oklahoma.


Antoinette Williams joined the Public Health Foundation (PHF) in April 2002. Beginning June 2, 2008, she assumed the role of Director of PHF’s Learning Resource Center (LRC), which provides high-quality, affordable distance learning materials to public health professionals. Prior to this promotion, she was the Assistant Director of LRC, where she worked with clients to develop marketing and work plans for many of LRC's publications. She also coordinated the design of Resources for Learning, PHF’s catalog of distance learning courses and other training materials. In addition, she promoted these resources and PHF projects at various health conferences throughout the year.

Prior to coming to PHF, Ms. Williams worked at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). As a Marketing Specialist, she marketed the Association’s publications, resources, and conferences and served as the Exhibits Manager. She also developed web content, brochures, catalogs, and other information for the improved health of families and communities. In addition, Ms. Williams wrote articles and advertisements for the AAMFT periodicals Family Therapy Magazine and Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT).

Her professional background includes promotion and marketing, conference organization, exhibit management, client services, and proposal writing. She graduated in 1996 from Bowie State University with a B.A. in English.


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