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Alyson Browett, MPH

Alyson Browett, MPH

Senior Editor/Writer

Ms. Browett is the Senior Editor/Writer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She serves as Editor of the Center’s weekly Health Security Decoded newsletter and provides editorial support for research reports, meeting summaries, fact sheets, and other Center-produced content. Her goal is to provide timely, concise, accessible, and accurate information on critically important health topics. 

Prior to joining the Center in February 2022, Ms. Browett worked for 10 years as the Managing Editor of the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Daily Global Health Policy Report. As an independent consultant, she focused on writing, editing, and aggregating technical content for a wide variety of clients in the health, outdoor recreation, and conservation disciplines. 

Ms. Browett received an MPH in international health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also earned a certificate in health communication. She earned a BA in international health care policy from Davidson College.

Rachael Brown

Rachael Brown

Event Planner

Ms. Brown is an Event Planner for the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She plans and manages logistics for the Center’s events both domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining the Center in 2022, Ms. Brown spent several years planning tech conferences. She holds a BS in hospitality management from James Madison University.

Julia CIzek

Julia Cizek

Website Administrator

Ms. Cizek is the Website Administrator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She develops and maintains the Center’s websites. She provides creative direction on enterprise web and graphic projects.

Prior to joining the Center in January 2018, Ms. Cizek worked as a webmaster for almost 8 years at LifeBridge Health. She maintained the system’s websites and developed digital graphics.

She has a BS in interior design with a minor in art from Radford University. She pursued a graphic/web design certificate at Anne Arundel Community College.

Sarah S. Firestone, MSW

Sarah S. Firestone, MSW

Research Program Manager

Ms. Firestone is a Research Program Manager at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She provides program management for various research and academic initiatives and supports faculty and staff across all areas of the Center.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Firestone worked at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, where she managed nursing research projects related to workforce development and emergency preparedness and response.

She earned a BS in animal science from the University of Maryland, College Park and an MSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

 

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Kathleen Fox, MSc, MA, MPH

Kathleen Fox, MSc, MA, MPH

Director of Publications
Managing Editor, Health Security

Ms. Fox is the Director of Publications at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She serves as Managing Editor of the bimonthly journal Health Security (formerly Biosecurity and Bioterrorism), the leading peer-reviewed journal in this field.

Prior to joining the Center in April 2020, Ms. Fox was a Senior Technical Writer/Editor at Palladium and a Technical Writer/Editor at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP). At CCP, she managed the knowledge management, publication development, and editorial processes for several projects, including the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative and Knowledge for Health, and acted as associate editor for the East African Health Research Journal and Global Health: Science and Practice. Before joining CCP in 2015, Ms. Fox was a consultant for the World Health Organization HIV Department in Geneva, Switzerland, where she contributed to the research and development of several guideline, framework, and policy documents.

Ms. Fox has an MPH in social, behavioral, and community health and an MA in history, with a research focus on modern British and American history of science and medicine (epidemics, tropical diseases, human experimentation, health systems, networks of knowledge, stigma and disability), gender, and war and empire, from Indiana University. She also has an MSc in the history of science, medicine, and technology from the University of Oxford and a BFA in visual communication from Northern Illinois University.

Cagla Giray, PhD

Cagla Giray, PhD

Communications Director

Dr. Giray is the Communications Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, where she oversees strategic communications, public relations, and media activities. In collaboration with the Center team, Dr. Giray helps to promote the Center’s brand voice and commitment to protecting people’s health.

Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Giray worked at the global communications agency Weber Shandwick, where she supported integrated media, high-profile events, and thought leadership for nonprofit to Fortune 500 companies in the healthcare, social impact, and sustainability sectors.

Previously, Dr. Giray served as the Director of Communications of Research-to-Policy Collaboration at Penn State University. In this capacity, she led policy communication and outreach efforts, connecting the scientific community and federal and state government stakeholders and coordinating numerous congressional briefings and roundtables.

Concurrently, Dr. Giray was a consultant with the World Bank Group, providing input for social development, health, and governance projects. Dr. Giray has authored and coauthored peer-reviewed publications, policy reports, and briefs on science communication, global health, globalization, and cross-cultural psychology.

Dr. Giray earned her PhD and MS in human development and family studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and BS in psychology from Bilkent University.

 

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Zhenya Gnezdilova

Zhenya Gnezdilova, MM

Executive Assistant

Ms. Gnezdilova, MM, is Executive Assistant to Center for Health Security Director Dr. Tom Inglesby and Deputy Director Anita Cicero. She provides high-level administrative support to the directors, faculty, and staff across the Center.

Ms. Gnezdilova holds a BM from the University of North Florida, School of Music, and an MM in voice performance from the Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute.

Andrea Lapp

Andrea Lapp

Director of Events

Ms. Lapp is Director of Events at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She manages the logistical planning for all the Center’s events both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining the Center in 2000, she planned events for multiple organizations in Washington, DC.

She has a BBA from George Washington University in international business.

Tanna Liggins

Tanna Liggins

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Liggins is a Senior Administrative Coordinator to senior faculty and analysts and the Office Manager at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Liggins worked in both the advertising and banking industries. She is a career administrative professional with more than 30 years of experience.

Tommy O'Keefe

Tommy O'Keefe

Senior Grants & Contracts Analyst

Mr. O’Keefe is the Senior Grants and Contracts Analyst at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He works on the financial and administrative aspects of proposals and management of sponsored projects, non-sponsored accounts, and projects funded by gift agreements. In addition, he works with the finance team to handle the day-to-day operations of the Center for Health Security and the Center for Outbreak Response Innovation

Mr. O’Keefe has worked with nonprofits, including federally qualified health centers and higher education organizations, performing duties such as financial analysis, medical billing, and process improvement for funds management.

Mr. O’Keefe is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Business Administration with an emphasis on economics at West Virginia University. He has a Master of Finance degree with specialization in project management from Colorado State University and a graduate degree in Brewing Science & Operations from Auburn University. He earned a BS in finance from the University of Maryland.

Hannah Feeney

Hannah Feeney

Senior Program Coordinator

Hannah Feeney is a Senior Program Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She provides administrative assistance to various staff members and supports the mission areas of the Center. She primarily handles scheduling and travel, along with other administrative duties.

Before joining the Center in December 2018, Ms. Feeney had a varied background of experience in sales, purchasing, and office management. Originally from upstate New York, she holds a BS in health and exercise science from Syracuse University.

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Field Sexton

Senior Administrative Coordinator

Mr. Sexton is a Senior Administrative Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He supports faculty and analysts in their work to further the Center’s mission. He has more than a decade of experience in the finance industry, with a particular focus on finance operations.  

Prior to joining the Center for Health Security, Mr. Sexton spent more than 6 years as a Hopkins affiliate with the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union and supporting Johns Hopkins University’s SEAM office at the Homewood Campus. He studied graphic design at Liberty University.

Kelley Taylor

Kelley Taylor

Budget Specialist

Ms. Taylor is a Budget Specialist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She works on financial and administrative sponsored and non-sponsored funds management, including day-to-day financial operations of the Center.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Taylor worked with the State of Maryland Department of Social Services, assisting with financial aid provision to individuals in Baltimore County. She also has worked in banking and has more than 9 years of experience in finance.

Price Tyson

Price Tyson

Information Technology Director

Mr. Tyson is the Information Technology Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. He manages all technology-related services at the Center and provides daily IT support for the staff. He is the Center’s contact for information systems services provided by the Johns Hopkins University enterprise information systems departments.

He has a BS in information systems from Johns Hopkins University and over 20 years of information technology experience.

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Prarthana Vasudevan, MS, MSPH, DrPH (c)

Communications Officer

Ms. Vasudevan is a Communications Officer at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. She assists with planning and implementing the Center’s communications activities and with tracking the Center’s impact.

Prior to joining the Center, she specialized in the practice of policy, advocacy, and scientific communications at the Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Access Center. Prior to public health, she conducted microbiology and immunology research.

Ms. Vasudevan is currently a DrPH candidate in global health at The George Washington University. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on the process of translating public health evidence into policy and programmatic recommendations in low- and middle-income countries. She has an MS in biological sciences from the University of Maryland and an MSPH in global disease epidemiology and control from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she also earned a certificate in vaccine science and policy. She earned a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology and an Honors College certificate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

 

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