Graduate Student, Maryville University
Bio: Ahmed Alsulami is an international student from Saudi Arabia. He obtained his B.A. degree in public administration at King Abdul-Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Currently, Ahmed is a second-year Master student. He will gain his Master Degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership at the college of Art at Maryville University in St. Louis. Missouri. Ahmed specializes in strategic communication and leadership, particularly public relation, organizational behavior & development, work ethics, and crisis management. Ahmed is really interested to learn about foundations of administration and how to manage teams, communities and resources. Most recently, Ahmed had the chance to get involved in administration and management duties while collaborating with multi- disciplinary teams at the Balubaid Auto Trading Company for two years in a row. He also completed a volunteer position at King Abdul-Aziz Airport within the pilgrim hall with duties in visitor guidance and event management. After that, Ahmed worked as Personnel Manager (HR) in the Modern Arabia CO. LTD at Jeddah city. Volunteer several times with Saudi Student Clubs to organize the Cultural events in University of Oregon and Maryville University in the period between 2013 to 2016. Ahmed attended several workshops in Risk Management and Analysis Workshop, Change Management, and Lean Six Sigma at St. Louis.
Associate Professor, Texas Christian University
Bio: Dr. Amiso M. George, APR, Fellow PRSA, is an Associate Professor of Strategic Communication at Texas Christian University. (TCU), Fort Worth, Texas. She is former chair of the Strategic Communication Department and former director of the graduate program at TCU. She teaches crisis communication and strategic campaigns and coaches the award-winning TCU Bateman team. George also directed the Public Relations program at the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, where she developed and taught the first course in crisis communication. She was a visiting professor of strategic communication at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia, in 2012. Before entering academia, George worked as a journalist and freelance broadcaster in radio and television at Nigerian Television Authority, Voice of America international radio network (Africa Service) and WOUB Radio in Athens, Ohio. She is the co-editor of Culture and Crisis Communication: Transboundary Cases from Nonwestern Perspectives (Wiley, June 2017); Crisis Communication: An International Perspective on Hits and Misses. (Routledge/Taylor Francis 2012) and Race, Gender and Other Minorities: Readings for Professional Communicators (Cognella, 2012).
Arlyn Rivera Elizée
CEO , Access Consulting
Bio: Arlyn Rivera Elizée is one of a few bilingual emergency management consultants and trainers in the country. Day by day, the need to expand emergency management trainings, information and risk communications to the Latino and bilingual populations is becoming quite urgent, especially with the increasing risk of epidemic/pandemic outbreaks such as with the ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Professor, University of Development Alternative
Bio: Ashfara Haque teaches in the Department of Communication and Media Studies, at University of Development Alternative (UODA) and Department of Media Studies and Journalism, in University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Recently she has finished a research graduate program at Edith Cowan University, Western Australia. As SUSI (Study of the United States Institute) scholar on Journalism and Media, Ms Ashfara attended this year’s summer program at the E.W. Scripps College of Communication, Ohio University, USA. She worked as a Fellow Journalist with Deutsche Welle (DW), Bonn Germany during 2009 – 2010 where she contributed to the Bengali Service radio programming and web portal. Ashfara Haque is interested in issues relating to crisis communication and media, climate change and environmental communication, media advocacy, children and media. She has published articles in academic journals like The Social Science Review (Bangladesh) and Media Asia (AMIC, Singapore). Currently she is working for two book chapters on environment and media and community media. She worked as a research associate with international non-governmental organizations such as BRAC, UNICEF, UESCO. Ms Haque is a life time member of AMIC, Australian Awards, the United States International Exchange, and member of AEJMC, IAMCR etc.
Professor, University of Gothenburg
Bio: Bengt Johansson, PhD, is a professor in journalism and mass communication at the University of Gothenburg. He is also the chair of the steering group for the SOM-institute (www.som.gu.se), member of the election committee for the Faculty of Social Sciences and has extensive experience on various positions in academia such as: head of department, director of the PhD program, member of the Research grant evaluation committee at the Swedish National Research Council, Audit of education programs in journalism and media and communication studies in Norway and Denmark.
He has been a member of the staff at the Department of journalism, media and communication at University of Gothenburg since 1991 and has developed and given courses in crisis communication, political communication, strategic communication, national media systems and quantitative research methods. He teaches at both graduate and undergraduate levels and has been the main supervisor for three PhD-students and assistant supervised three more.
Public Information Director, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office
Bio: Casey Rayborn Hicks is the Public Information Director for the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Department. She serves as spokesperson for the office and oversees all community relations efforts, including the D.A.R.E. program, Crime Victims Assistance and Neighborhood Watch.
Professor, University of Central Florida
Bio: Deanna D. Sellnow is professor of communication in the Nicholson School of Communication at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Sellnow’s research focuses on strategic instructional communication in a variety of contexts including risk, crisis, health, and online settings. She has conducted funded research for the United States Geological Survey, Department of Homeland Security, and Centers for Disease Control and Protection. She has also collaborated with agencies such as the International Food Information Council about food security across the globe. She has published her work in numerous refereed articles in national and international journals, as well authored or co-authored several textbooks including Effective Speaking in a Digital Age, Communicate!, and The Rhetorical Power of Popular Culture.
Executive Director, International Public Relations Research Conference
Bio: Dr. Stacks received his Ph.D. in communication studies from the University of Florida. He has earned numerous academic and professional awards for teaching and research. At the University of Miami his awards include "Professor of the Year" and "Provost's Award for Scholarly Activity." His professional recognitions include the three highest awards an academic can get from the public relations profession: the "Pathfinder Award" for programmatic research, the "Jackson Jackson and Wagner Award" for applied research, and the Public Relations Society of America's "Educator of the Year" award. He was also named as a "Measurement Maven" by The Measurement Standard. In addition, Dr. Stacks was recently inducted into the first Research Fellows of the Institute for Public Relations, was elected an Eastern Communication Association Research Fellow in 2007 and most recently elected as an Eastern Communication Association Teaching Fellow in 2008, both awards are based on life-time accomplishments in communication.
Dr. Stacks’ background is based primarily in corporate/governmental public relations and consulting. He has authored and edited numerous books, book chapters, and articles. His most recent works are in the area of public relations measurement and evaluation and include the Primer of Public Relations Research (Guilford Press, now in its second edition) and the Dictionary of Public Relations Measurement and Research, which has been translated into several languages.
Dr. Stacks serves on a number of academic and professional review boards. He is a Trustee for the Institute for Public Relations, an elected member of the International Public Relations Association, and chairs the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication’s (AEJMC) Elected Standing Committee on Research and serves on the AEJMC Board of Directions. In addition, he is a member of the national Commission on Public Relations Measurement and Evaluation and former research chair for the Commission on Public Relations Education. He currently directs the nation's largest public relations research conference, the International Public Relations Research Conference. He serves as a senior advisor to Echo Research, an international public relations/corporate communications research company and has consulted for top Fortune companies in matters ranging from communication audits to crisis management to marketing research.
Dr. Stacks' research interests include crisis management, public relations theory and methodology, nonverbal communication, persuasion, intercultural communication, listening in the corporate environment, and biosocial/neurocommunication research.
Edward Ted Kian
Professor, Oklahoma State University
Bio: Edward (Ted) M. Kian, Ph.D. is Professor and Welch-Bridgewater Chair of Sports Media in the School of Media and Strategic Communications at Oklahoma State University, where he directs all tracks in the largest stand-alone sports media major in the world. Dr. Kian earned an undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, a master’s in Sport Management from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in Sport Administration from Florida State University. Dr. Kian’s research focuses on sport media, specifically examining portrayals of gender and LGBT in content, new media, attitudes and experiences of sport media members, and marketing of sport. He has authored more than 90 journal articles, conference papers, books, and book chapters, with his work appearing in top journals from a variety of academic disciplines, such as International Journal of Sport Communication, Journal of Applied Sport Management, Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Journal of Sports Media, Public Relations Review, and Sociology of Sport Journal. He is a co-author of the popular textbook Strategic Sport Communication (2nd ed., in press) and lead author of the skills-focused Multimedia Sports Journalism: A Practical Guide for the Digital Age (under contract, Oxford). He has reviewed more than 100 submissions for 27 different academic journals as an editorial-board member or ad-hoc reviewer. Outlets such as 60 Minutes, The New York Times, Fox Sports, and the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University have cited his research, journalism, or expertise. Dr. Kian has 15 years of professional experience in sport communications, working in newspapers, magazines, media relations, Internet sites, and radio.
Holly Anne Roberts
Program Manager, Risk Communication and Resilience, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)
Bio: Holly Roberts is a Program Manager and Researcher in the Risk Communication and Resilience Program at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). She assists with a variety of research ventures while managing START’s Training in Risk and Crisis Communication Program (TRACC).
With a B.A. from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky, Roberts specializes in public relations and risk and crisis communication. Her research interests include organizational communication, risk and crisis communication, social media, natural disasters, reputation management and health crises. She has published a number of articles related these topics and regularly presents research at national and international conferences.
In addition to research, Roberts has taught a variety of college-level courses and currently teaches Oral Communication for National Security Careers at the University of Maryland.
James S. O’Rourke
Professor, University of Notre Dame
Bio: James S. O’Rourke teaches management and corporate communication at the University of Notre Dame, where he is Professor of Management and the Arthur F. and Mary J. O’Neil Director of the Eugene D. Fanning Center for Business Communication. In a career spanning four decades, he has earned an international reputation in business and corporate communication.
His publications include Management Communication: A Case Analysis Approach (5th edition, Prentice-Hall, 2013), and The Truth about Confident Presenting (The Financial Times, 2008). Professor O’Rourke is senior editor of an eight-book series on Managerial Communication from Cengage Publishing and is principal author or directing editor of more than 350 management and corporate communication case studies.
Professor O’Rourke is a graduate of Notre Dame with advanced degrees from Temple University, the University of New Mexico, and a doctorate in Communication from the S. I. Newhouse School of Syracuse University. He has held faculty appointments in such schools as the United States Air Force Academy, the Defense Information School, the United States Air War College, and the Communications Institute of Ireland.
O’Rourke was a Gannett Foundation Teaching Fellow at Indiana University in the 1980s, and a graduate student in language and history at Christ’s College, University of Cambridge in England during the 1970s. He has delivered invited lectures at leading universities and institutes in Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Singapore, Belgium, and Spain.
He is a trustee of The Arthur W. Page Society and the Institute for Public Relations, a member of the Reputation Institute, and the Management Communication Association.
Graduate Assistant / Ph. D. Student, University of Florida
Bio: As a Ph.D. candidate, Mr. Fessmann’s research focuses on developing the theoretical foundation of the emerging field of public interest communications (PIC) - using strategic communications to advance social causes. He has published a book chapter on PIC as well as given various conference presentations including a TED-style frank talk (https://vimeo.com/156869078).
Jasper Fessmann is the frank (scholar) Research Director at the College of Journalism and Communication at the University of Florida. frank (scholar) is a novel academic conference that brings together researchers from various academic disciplines to collaboratively cultivate research that ignites lasting social change. It is part of the frank non-profit conference brand.
Prior to entering academia, he ran his own public relations and management consultancies Kennzeichen F and Fessmann Concept for 14 years in Germany working for various federal ministries and Fortune 500 companies.
Southern Regional Field Director, Human Rights Campaign
Bio: As the Southern Regional Field Director for the Human Rights Campaign, Joe directs the grassroots mobilization programs for HRC’s legislative and electoral campaigns in the Southern United States. In 2012, Joe made history when he became the first openly gay state legislator to take the oath of office in Florida.
Jung Kyu Lim
Ph.D Candidate, University of Maryland
Bio: Jung Kyu (Rhys) Lim is a Ph.D. student in Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, with a focus on public relations and strategic communication. His research investigates how organizations can improve communication regarding risks, crises, and issues management. His research utilizes mixed methods, including quantitative, qualitative, and computational methods.
Jung Kyu has extensive experience in the field of communication, encompassing advertising, public relations, social media, and communication research. At Maryland, he also joined the Risk Communication and Resilience research portfolio at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence. At START, he has helped to develop science-based answers for how effective government communication can help individuals and communities best prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
Prior to the University of Maryland, Mr. Lim had worked at the advertising agency HS Ad, the art museum, as well as the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller. His clients include: Singapore government, Qualcomm, Bayer, Accenture, Bell Helicopter, Korean Air, and LG.
Bilingual in Korean and English, Jung Kyu earned his B.A. degree in Advertising and Public Relations, with minors in Business Administration and Theatre Design, from Chung-Ang University, South Korea. He won multiple awards and fellowships, including international advertising awards Clio Awards and Korean Government Scholarship for Overseas Study.
Professor, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Bio: Laura Freberg, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, Biological Psychology, and Sensation and Perception. In addition, she teaches Social Psychology and Sensation and Perception as an Adjunct Professor for Argosy University Online. Dr. Freberg is the author of two textbooks for Wadsworth/Cengage Publishing: Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind with John Cacioppo and Discovering Biological Psychology. She serves as the Bylaws and Archives Committee Chair for the Society for Social Neuroscience and as an editorial board member for the journal Leadership Quarterly. Dr. Freberg received her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1979, having conducted her dissertation research at Yale University.
Chair Elect, Public Relations Society of America Educator's Academy
Bio: Melissa D. Dodd, Ph.D. is the (co)author of multiple refereed journal publications and book chapters and has presented award-winning research at top-tier academic conferences around the world. Her research interests include social media, corporate social responsibility, social capital theory, and measurement as it relates specifically to understanding bottom-line outcomes of public relations.
Dodd’s grant-funded research has earned her the title of Arthur W. Page Society Legacy Scholar 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, and in 2010, she received the Brigham Young University Top Ethics Paper Award. Dodd is an advisory board member and social media chair for the International Public Relations Research Conference. In the recent past, she served as social media co-chair for the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Public Relations Division. She has held consulting positions with major corporate clients, including the Corporate Communication Department of Bacardi U.S.A. and the University of Miami’s Emergency Management Department.
Dodd earned her doctorate of philosophy in communication from the University of Miami in 2012 and master of arts in public relations from Ball State University in 2009. You can connect with her via Twitter (@mellydodd) or LinkedIn (tinyurl.com/MelissaLinkedIn).
Michael A. Cacciatore
assistant professor , University of Georgia
Bio: Michael A. Cacciatore is an assistant professor in Grady College’s Department of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Georgia where he teaches research methodology and courses in public relations. Dr. Cacciatore received his B.A. (English) from the University of Manitoba in Canada in 2006. He then completed both his M.S. degree in Life Sciences Communication (2009) and his Ph.D. in Mass Communications (2013) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the faculty in the Department of Advertising & Public Relations immediately after his graduation in 2013. In addition to his faculty position, Dr. Cacciatore is a member of Grady College’s Center for Health and Risk Communication. Dr. Cacciatore’s research focuses on risk communication, with an emphasis on media coverage of risk and opinion formation for risk topics. He has worked on risk topics ranging from nanotechnology to nuclear energy to childhood vaccinations. His work has appeared in a diverse set of academic and trade journals, including Public Understanding of Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Mass Communication and Society, New Media and Society, Energy Policy, Nanotoxicology, and Public Relations Review, among others. Dr. Cacciatore has expertise in public opinion research, with an emphasis on survey methodology and the analysis of quantitative data.
Michelle Marasch Ouellette
Assistant Professor of PR and Journalism, SUNY Plattsburgh
Bio: An assistant professor of public relations at SUNY Plattsburgh, Michelle Marasch Ouellette’s work is focused on crisis communication, with an emphasis on the use of social media in public-safety emergencies.
She is the founder of the SUNY Plattsburgh Virtual Operations Support Team, designed to provide social media support to nonprofits and governmental agencies during crises. In addition, she is a member of the VOST Leadership Coalition and is on the committee helping to forge international standards.
Previously, she served as the director for public relations at SUNY Plattsburgh, where she was part of the team that established the college’s social media presence, which, for a few years, included a Facebook page with more fans than any other school in the 64 campuses of the State University of New York System.
Prior to that, Ouellette was public relations director with the second largest private employer in Essex County, New York.
As the public information officer for both the college and what was at the time called Essex County ARC, she took the communications lead on a number of crises including student deaths, fires, protests (including one by the Westboro Baptist Church), disease outbreaks, union battles and the suicide of a CEO.
Recent works include the article “Prison Break: The Truth About Crisis Communications in a Social World,” which appeared in Public Relations Society of America’s The Strategist, and “Fake News, Zika and the Power of Awe,” on “The Academic Minute,” a national production by WAMC Northeast Public Radio.
Previous presentations include ones on mediating college emergencies, the use of virtual support teams and optimizing social media efforts for public relations.
Associate Professor, Lamar University
Bio: Dr. Praphul Joshi is the Program Director of the Masters of Public Health program at Lamar University in Texas. He served as the lead evaluator for the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) funded chronic disease programs from 2004 through 2014. During the last twelve years, he has worked extensively on interventions geared to address health disparities. He serves as the methodology expert in the National Panel Survey on Water-Energy-Food Nexus and Its Health Influences study.
Q. J. Yao
Associate Professor, Lamar University
Bio: Dr. Qingjiang (Q. J.) Yao is an assistant professor at the Department of Communication at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He obtained his master's degree in philosophy from Beijing Normal University and Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of South Carolina. He worked at an educational newspaper in Beijing for six years before pursuing his doctorate in the states. He taught at Fort Hays State University in Kansas and the University of Iowa in the areas of strategic and mass communications as well as public speaking before coming to Lamar. His research interest currently lies in examining media's persuasive effects in the digital era and particularly on science and health issues. He has published in such journals as American Journal of Media Psychology, Asian Journal of Communication, China Media Research, Journal of Internet Law, Public Relations Review, Science Communication and Telematics & Informatics and other venues.
R. Tyler Spradley
Associate Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University
Bio: Tyler Spradley, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University), is an Associate Professor of Communication at Stephen F. Austin State University. Distinguished honors include the 2013-2015 Jim Towns Endowed Professor of Mentoring and serving as the Leadership Minor and Certificate Coordinator. Dr. Spradley teaches courses in leadership, organizational crisis management, group and team communication, organizational communication, and conflict management. While his primary research agenda centers on the communicative constitution of organizing, materiality and discourse in organizational research, crisis communication, and innovation in high reliability organizations, he is personally motivated to use and examine the use of outdoor education practices and service learning in leadership and team training.
The Warning Project, Director for Europe
Bio: Ben Duncan is Director for Europe of The Warning Project, an international partnership of emergency risk communication experts.
Ben is an expert in risk and emergency communication about health threats with extensive experience of international cooperation in this area. He worked for 13 years in the European Union’s public health system: first in the European Commission (2002 – 2005) and then in the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (2005 – 2015). In these roles Ben has communicated about risk ranging from “Mad Cow Disease” (BSE) and SARS through to “bird flu”, the 2009 influenza pandemic though to Ebola in 2014-2015. He has been a front line spokesperson standing in front of the TV cameras and he has also worked behind the scenes to prepare the Director of ECDC for meetings with health ministers and European Parliamentarians.
Another important focus of Ben’s work while at the EU was fostering closer links between risk communicators in Member States’ public health sector. This was often done as part of EU health sector risk communication preparedness efforts, particularly during the drive for preparedness against pandemic influenza in 2005-2008. Ben also successfully fostered risk communication cooperation against longer term threats such as antimicrobial resistance (AMR): he played a prominent role in organising the first European Antibiotic Awareness Day and its EU level launch at the European Parliament on 18 November 2008.
During the period 2008-2010 Ben was a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) working group that developed the definition of “risk communication” used for the application of the International Health Regulations (IHR). He continues to undertake risk communication consultancy for WHO, including taking part in Joint External Assessment of the IHR capacities of member countries in 2016. In September 2016 Ben became a member of the risk communication work group for WHO’s Global Influenza Programme Research Agenda project.
Ben is an accomplished public speaker with expertise in facilitating meetings, conducting simulated media interviews and preparing senior managers for questioning by Parliamentary committees. He has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Lancaster, a Master of Laws degree from the University of Edinburgh and is qualified as a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales. Ben is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is married and has three grown up (more of less….) children.
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President, Julison Communications
Bio: Veteran public relations executive Ryan Julison has spent more than two decades managing crisis communications, media, PR strategies and global communications campaigns for organizations in a variety of industries.
In 2009, Julison founded and managed Julison Communications, a full-service public relations and crisis communications firm. At Julison Communications, he specializes in handling media strategy for attorneys.
During this time, he has navigated the media process for a variety of high-profile legal cases and other crises. He also routinely works with regular people who find themselves in the media spotlight.
Of note, he managed media strategy for the family of Trayvon Martin, Tyler Clementi, the Rutgers University student who committed suicide after he was publicly outed by his roommate, Walter Scott, the South Carolina man shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer as he ran from him and Keith Lamar Scott, the Charlotte man whose shooting by police was captured on video.
Julison is a graduate of Stetson University who resides in Orlando, Fla. with his daughter and two dogs.
S M Shameem Reza
Associate Professor, University of Dhaka
Bio: S M Shameem Reza is Associate Professor in Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Dhaka. As Commonwealth Scholar, currently he is researching on role of community media in environment crisis at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was an ASIA Fellow at the Institute of Malaysian and International Studies (IKMAS), University Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). His research interests are in the arena of community broadcasting, media and environmental communication, media policy, children, young people and media, media education. He was communication advisor to a number of international organisations, such as the World Bank, UNICEF and Save the Children. Shameem Reza studied at the University of Dhaka, University of New South Wales (UNSW) and University of London.
WKMG News 6
Bio: Allison McGinley is an Emmy winning News Director for WKMG News 6, the CBS affiliate in the Orlando-Melbourne-Daytona Beach market. McGinley has been with WKMG for 22 years, beginning with the television station as an intern and working her way through the ranks as an assignment editor and producer; eventually taking over as EP of the Investigative Unit before being named News Director in the summer of 2015.
former U.S. Surgeon General
Bio: Dr. Antonia Coello Novello was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.S. degree in 1965 and an M.D. degree in 1970. She served her pediatric internship and residency in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan. She completed her subspecialty training in pediatric nephrology at University of Michigan and Georgetown University. Dr. Novello received a master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health in 1982 and a Doctor of Public health in May 2000. She holds countless awards, including the Legion of Merit, The James Smithson Bicentennial Medal, and the National Governor’s Association Distinguished Service to State Government Award, as well as a membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Society and Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences to name a few, and over 53 honoris causa. In 2011, Dr. Novello received the Don Quijote Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Novello entered the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 1978 after working in the private practice of pediatrics and nephrology. Her entire USPHS career was spent at the National Institutes of Health, rising to deputy director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. While at NICHD, she chaired HHS Task Force on Pediatric HIV/AIDS, co-chaired the NIH Advisory Committee on Women’s Health Issues, and chaired the USPHS revitalization of the Commissioned Corps.
While at NIH, Dr. Novello gained experience on Capitol Hill as she was detailed to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources. During this time, she made major contributions to the drafting and enactment of the Organ Procurement Transplantation Act of 1984 (P.L.98-507) and was successful in drafting warning labels concerning the health risks of cigarette smoking.
On March 9, 1990 Dr. Antonia Novello was sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to serve as the 14th Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her appointment marked two firsts: Dr. Novello became the first woman and the first Hispanic ever to hold this position. As Surgeon General, Dr. Novello advised the public on health matters such as smoking, AIDS, diet and nutrition, environmental health hazards, and the importance of immunization and disease prevention.
After her Surgeon General tenureship, she served as United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Special Representative for Health and Nutrition where she advised the Executive Director on issues pertaining to women, children and youth. In particular, Dr. Novello provided leadership toward the global efforts to eliminate iodine and vitamin A deficiency disorders, immunizing the world’s children, and preventing smoking and substance abuse in youth.
On June 3, 1999, Governor George E. Pataki nominated Dr. Novello to be the 13th New York State Health Commissioner. In this capacity, she headed one of the leading health agencies in the nation with a $49 Billion budget – one-third of the whole NY state budget. Some of her responsibilities included: improving Medicaid and Medicare, regulation of hospitals and nursing homes, bio-terrorism preparedness, and September 11th disaster management.
Most recently, Dr. Novello served as the Executive Director of Public Health Policy at Florida Hospital, where she was in charge of advocating, translating and implementing public health issues across the board, as well as directing and organizing a lecture series involving the top medical professionals in the nation, known as The Distinguished Lecture Series at Florida Hospital. Currently, she serves as a liaison between the U.S. Embassy and the government of Dominican Republic on raising the awareness of domestic violence and spearheading efforts for national legislation.
Bio: Glen Nowak is director of the Center for Health and Risk Communication in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. He is also a professor of advertising and public relations in the Grady College. He is also currently serving as a visiting senior communications specialist with the National Vaccine Program Office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to re-joining the University of Georgia faculty in January 2013, Dr. Nowak worked 14 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including six years as Associate Director for Communications for the National Immunization Program and six years as CDC’s director of media relations. He has authored or co-authored over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
Visiting Lecturer, Nicholson School of Communication
Social Media Manager, University of Central Florida
Graduate Student, University of Central Florida