APHA has announced the 2010 candidates for its top elected membership positions, as selected by the Association's Nominating Committee. Two members are vying for the position of Association president-elect, while six candidates are up for slots on the APHA Executive Board. In addition, the APHA treasurer and speaker of the Governing Council are up for election.
In the presidential race, Jose Cordero, MD, MPH, dean of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico, is facing off against Mel Shipp, OD, DrPH, MPH, dean of the Ohio State University College of Optometry.
Cordero is a former employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he served as founding director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and as assistant U.S. surgeon general. Within APHA, Cordero has served as a member of the Executive Board, Governing Council and as chair of the Epidemiology Section, among other positions.
Shipp previously was a member of the faculty and administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry and has served as a consultant, panelist and grant reviewer for the Food and Drug Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration and National Institutes of Health. Within APHA, Shipp has served as APHA treasurer, as a Governing Council member and as a Vision Care Section councilor, among other positions.
The candidate elected as APHA president will become president-elect at the close of the 2010 APHA Annual Meeting and assume the presidency at the close of the 2011 Annual Meeting.
In the Executive Board race, six candidates are running for three positions:
* Diane Downing, PhD, RN, public health program specialist and nurse manager with the Arlington Department of Human Services in Virginia and an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University;
* Joyce Gaufin, executive director of the Great Basin Public Health Leadership Institute in …