53 Members Named to Serve on Working Group Subcommittees

07 February 2018

From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) webpage for the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group:

BenBeard PatSmith Ben Beard, PhD, Acting Deputy Dir., DVBD, CDC & Pat Smith, LDA President - Co-Chairs, HHS Working Group Disease Vectors, Surveillance, & Prevention Subcommittee The Lyme Disease Association announces that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has selected 53 individuals to serve on one of six subcommittees of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group (Working Group).  After reviewing the nominations, selections were made by the co-chairs overseeing each of the subcommittees. The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Working Group provided input and approved the final selections. All of the individuals were notified today, but they have not yet confirmed their availability to serve on the subcommittee that they were chosen to join. The final list of subcommittee members will be updated if any of them are no longer able to join a subcommittee.

These subcommittees were established by the Working Group members during the December 12, 2017 meeting to assist them in identifying and reviewing information that provides the background, context, and evidence needed to develop the report to Congress and the HHS Secretary as required by the 21st Century Cures Act. The subcommittees will be led by members of the Working Group. The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Working Group will work in collaboration with the subcommittee Co-Chairs and the Designated Federal Officer to ensure that the work of the subcommittees is consistent with the needs of the Working Group and committee management laws and regulations. The roles of the subcommittees, the work they will be doing, and the reports that they will provide to the Working Group will discussed at the February 12, 2018 meeting.

The members of the Tick-Borne Disease Working Group subcommittees are:

Disease Vectors, Surveillance, and Prevention

Co-Chairs: Pat Smith and Ben Beard, MS, PhD



Jill Auerbach

Founder, Tick Research to Eliminate Diseases

Founder, Stop Ticks On People (S.T.O.P.)

Neeta Connally, PhD, MSPH

Associate Professor, Tick-borne Disease Prevention Laboratory, Western Connecticut State

Katherine Feldman, DVM, MPH

Senior Epidemiologist, MITRE

Thomas N. Mather, PhD

Professor, Center for Vector-Borne Disease

Director, TickEncounter Resource Center

Phyllis Mervine

President, LymeDisease.org

Colonel Robin Nadolny, PhD

COL, Medical Service Team Lead, Tick-Borne Disease Laboratory, Army Public Health Center

Adalberto Perez de Leon, DVM, PhD, MS

Director, Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service

Daniel E. Sonenshine, PhD

Eminent Professor of Biological Science, Old Dominion University

Jean I. Tsao, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Fisheries and Wildlife and of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Michigan State University

Monica M. White

President and Co-founder, Colorado Tick-Borne Disease Awareness Association

LymeDisease.org, Lyme Disease Association, Inc., Public Tick IPM working group, Chaffee County Health Coalition

Stephen Wikel, PhD

Professor and Chair Emeritus of Medical Sciences, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Quinnipiac University

Pathogenesis, Transmission and Treatment

Co-Chairs: Wendy Adams, MBA and Captain Estella Jones, DVM



Nicole Baumgarth, DVM, PhD

Professor, Center for Comparative Medicine and Dept. of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology, UC Davis

Patricia K. Coyle, MD

Neurology Professor and Vice Chair, Dept. of Neurology

Director, MS Comprehensive Care Center, Stony Brook University Medical Center

Sam Donta, MD

Fellow Infectious Diseases, Infectious Disease Society of America

Consultant, Infectious Diseases

Brian Fallon, MD, MPH

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, and Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, Columbia University

Lorraine Johnson, JD, MBA

CEO, LymeDisease.org

Elizabeth Maloney, MD

President, Partnership for Tick-Borne Diseases Education

Jon Skare, PhD

Professor and Associate Head, Dept. of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology, Texas A & M University

Brian Stevenson, PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Testing and Diagnostics

Co-Chairs: Lise E. Nigrovic, MD, MPH and Co-chair to be determined



Charles Y. Chiu, MD, PhD

Director, Abbott Viral Diagnostics and Discovery Center, UCSF

Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS

Chief, CNMC Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Director, Fetal Infectious Diseases Program

Co-Director, Congenital Zika Program at Children's National

Noel Gerald, PhD

Biologist and Senior Scientific Reviewer, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health, FDA

Deborah Hoadley, MD, MPH

Director, New England Institute for Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illnesses

Maliha Ilias, PhD

Program Officer, Lyme Disease Research Bacteriology and Mycology Branch, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, NIH

Bobbi Pritt, MD, MSc

Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, and Co-Director, Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory Services,

Mayo Clinic

David Roth, JD

Retired senior managing director of a private equity firm (Blackstone)

Steven Schutzer, MD

Professor of Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Access to Care Services and Support to Patients

Co-Chairs: Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner, JD, MBA and Commander Scott Cooper, MMSc, PA-C



Ana Frost, PhD

The Institute for Functional Medicine

Holiday Goodreau

President and Executive Director, The LiveLyme Foundation

Susan Green, JD

Legislative Counsel, NatCapLyme

Enid Haller, LCSW, PhD

Executive Director, Lyme Center of Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard Lyme Support Group

Paula Jones Jackson

President & Co-Founder, Midcoast Lyme Disease Support & Education (MLDSE)

Colonel Nicole Malachowski

Retired, US Air Force

Leonard Schuchman, DO, MPH, FAAFP

Osteopathic Physician

Sheila M. Statlender, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice

Kathleen Steele, LCSW


Vaccine and Therapeutics

Co-Chairs: Robert Smith, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA and Dennis Dixon, PhD



Felipe C. Cabello, MD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, New York Medical College

Monica E. Embers, PhD

Assistant Professor, and Director, TNPRC Vector-borne Diseases Core, Division of Bacteriology and Parasitology, Tulane National Primate Research Center

Maria Gomes-Solecki, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Biochemistry, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Utpal Pal, PhD

Professor, University of Maryland

Stanley A. Plotkin, MD

Emeritus Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania

Juan Salazar, MD, MPH, FAAP

Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut Medical School, and Physician in Chief and Executive VP, Connecticut Children's Medical Center

Leigh Ann Soltysiak, MS

Self-employed, Owner, Principal Commercialization & Strategy Consultant, Silverleaf Consulting, LLC

David H. Walker, MD

The Carmage and Martha Walls Distinguished University Chair in Tropical Diseases, and Professor, Department of Pathology, and Executive Director, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas Medical Branch

Other Tick-Borne Diseases and Co-Infections

Co-Chairs: Richard Horowitz, MD and Allen Richards, PhD



Megan Dulaney, MS

Senior Interagency Liaison, DOD Center for Health Engagement, Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

Marna Ericson, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, and Director, Dermatology Imaging Center, University of Minnesota

Christine Green, MD

Physician, Green Oaks Medical Center, PC, and Director, LymeDisease.org

Charles Lubelczyk, MPH

Vector Ecologist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

Ulrike G. Munderloh, DVM, PhD

Professor, University of Minnesota, Department of Entomology

Garth Nicolson, MD, PhD

President, Chief Scientific Officer and Emeritus Professor of Molecular Pathology, The Institute for Molecular Medicine

Christopher D. Paddock, MD, MPHTM

Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, CDC

Samuel S. Perdue, PhD

Section Chief, Basic Sciences, Bacteriology and Mycology Branch, DMID/NIAID/NIH

Sam R. Telford III, ScD

Professor of Infectious Disease and Global Health

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University