Executive Board

Kevin McNallyPresident: Kevin McNally, MBA

Chair - Nominating Committee

Kevin McNally is an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, community health improvement planning and public health accreditation. His professional experience includes 40 years of working in healthcare and public health, including 31 years with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). Kevin has an MBA in Health Care Administration from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania

President-Elect: Paschal Nwako, MPH


Immediate-Past President: Oliver Lontok, MD, MPH
Oliver is the immediate past-president of the NJPHA and is currently serving as the Affiliate Representative to the Governing Council.
Additionally, Oliver is a Research Analyst at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP). His current focus is in providing project management and research support to the CSHP’s portfolios: Access and Coverage and Health Systems Performance Improvement. Prior to joining the CSHP, he worked with the Cancer Institute of NJ and the Institute of Complementary and Alternative Medicine studying the role of alternative medicine among cancer patients. Additionally, Oliver was a National Research Service Award Fellow in the Department of Family Medicine Research Division at the UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where, among other responsibilities, he worked with provider groups participating in the SCOPE project, studying colorectal cancer screening rates in New Jersey.

In December 2012, Oliver was elected to the executive board of the New Jersey Public Health Association. He is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine and the UMDNJ School of Public Health (now a school of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey).

First VP: Elizabeth Brewer, MS, MPH

Chair - Advocacy Committee

Elizabeth is currently Director, on Policy/State Legislative Affairs with Sanofi. In this role, she lobbies state legislatures and executive branches of government to assure immunizations policies, rules and regulations advance public health interests. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University, a MS in Biology from Old Dominion University and is currently working toward an Executive MBA at the University of Florida.

Second VP: Michelle Terreri


Secretary: Cornelius Mootoo

Chair - Communications Committee

Cornelius is currently a Clinical Trial Management Associate III at Sanofi working specifically in Trial Operations for the Diabetes team, while simultaneously working on his Master's of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Trial Management & Patient Recruitment from Rutgers-Newark (B.S. from Rutgers-New Brunswick in Public Health), working 3 part time jobs, volunteering at a local soup kitchen to his hometown, and making plans for pursing a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology.

 He has worked for major pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies within the Clinical Operations/Research departments in his short 3 years of exiting undergrad, such as Allergan, Bayer, Johnson&Johnson, and Amicus Therapeutics.  Cornelius has been involved with NJPHA all throughout undergrad, presenting his graduating project on Pap smear Quality Care Assessment in New Brunswick, NJ - Evaluation of Cervical Cancer Compliance & Health Professional Services at the 2013 Annual Conference at the Robert Wood Johnson Fitness Center.

Usman Khan

Chair - Finance Committee

Member at Large: James W. Brown, PhD, MS, HCLD

-Chair Awards Committee

Dr. Jim Brown is currently President of James W. Brown Associates LLC, a past president of the NJPHA and a former Assistant Comissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey. Dr. Brown currently teaches totally online for a number of colleges and universities. He is considered a pioneer in developing online courses especially in public health, health care and the life sciences. He is a former academic Dean at Ocean County College and Assistant Dean at New Jersey City University and helped to launch their online programs. The Center for Digital Education recently designated Dr. Brown as one of the Top 40 Innovators in Education. Dr. Brown has been honored for his work by both houses of the NJ Legislature and both houses of the United States Congress and has been nicknamed “Dr. James Brown: the Godfather of Online Science.”

Stan WeissMember at Large: Stanley Weiss, MD

Chair, Epidemiology Section: Stanley H. Weiss, MD

  • Chair Awards Committee

Dr. Weiss has continuously served on the NJPHA Executive Board since 1993, and is the Founding Chair of the NJPHA Epidemiology Section. Dr. Weiss is Professor of Medicine at the Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School, Department of Medicine and Professor of Epidemiology at the Rutgers School of Public Health. He works on the Newark campus. Dr. Weiss is the Director & Founder of the Essex-Passaic Wellness Coalition web.njms.rutgers.edu/EPWC , one of the NJDOH-funded regional chronic disease coalitions.   He is the Cancer Liaison Physician & Oncology Committee Vice-chair of The Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ at University Hospital (Newark), a member of the Faculty Council of the Rutgers NJ Medical School, a member of the NY & NJ Allergy, Immunology & Asthma Societies, member of the APHA, SER and a Fellow of ACE, Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a founding Member of the Infectious Disease Society of NJ. Dr. Weiss is a past chair of the International Joint Policy Committee of the Societies of Epidemiology  www.ijpc-se.org. His service to APHA included past chair of its Epidemiology Section, vice-chair of its Science Board, and over a decade as a representative on its Governing Council.

Dr. Weiss graduated from Yale (1974, BA, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Medical School (1978, MD). He did a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore in the Bronx, and fellowships at the National Cancer Institute in Medical Oncology and in Epidemiology. Dr. Weiss is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Medical Oncology.

His professional awards include the Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship award from the Epidemiology Section of the American Public Health Association (2015), the NJ Public Health Association’s (NJPHA) highest award – the Dennis J. Sullivan Award (2012), the NJPHA Dr. Ezra Mundy Hunt Award (2007), the first recipient of the American Lung Association of NJ’s “CAREforAIRnj Award for Community Outreach/Action/Advocacy, the “Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award” from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons (2010), the Prostate Net’s “In the Know” National Award (2007), the UMDNJ School of Public Health “Faculty Community Service Award”(2007), and the first of the American Society of Clinical Oncology “Travel Awards” for outstanding work (1985). At NJMS, he was elected to membership in Sigma Xi chapter (1992) and as a Faculty member to the Alpha Omega Alpha [ΑΩΑ] Honor Medical Society, Beta Chapter (inducted 2003). For the latter, he has served as an officer as the Assistant Secretary/Treasurer since 2006, and helped to develop its Research Award, the first award of its nature in the US.

His research spans many disciplines, and he has authored over 350 published, peer-reviewed medical articles, chapters and abstracts.

He can be reached at: weiss@rutgers.edu


Member at Large: Bernice George Carr, MS, MPH  

Chair - Communications Committee

Bernice George Carr currently works as an Epidemiologist at the New Jersey Department of Health. She received her Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree from the The George Washington University in Washington D.C., in January 2016. Bernice spent a considerable amount of time researching HIV/AIDS in Trenton, New Jersey during her academic career, as well as cardiovascular disease in minority groups in Union county. Bernice has public health experience at both the local and state level. She has served as a member of the Data Committee of the North Jersey Health Collaborative, where she contributed to the Health Needs Assessment of Passaic, Union, Morris and Sussex counties. Bernice also assisted the Princeton Health Department with producing required documents for Public Health accreditation.  In addition to public health, she also has a Masters degree in Food Science from Rutgers University, which produced two co-authored papers on the attachment of Listeria monocytogenes to food contact surfaces. Bernice has experience as a service provider scientist in both Food and Biotech industries in New Jersey. Overall, she is very passionate about all aspects of public health and using the principles of public health to advance the health of residents of New Jersey and beyond.

GwynethGwyneth Eliasson, JD, MPH

Chair - Newsletter Committee

Gwyneth M. Eliasson is a health law consultant for solo and small firms in New York City. She guest lectures at Rutgers School of Public Health and presents at other academic institutions as well as advocacy, community, healthcare, legal, and social service organizations. She is a member of the Policy Committee in the Law Section of the American Public Health Association and a member of the Affordable Care Act Task Force in the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Meghan Tizzano, MPH, CHES

Chair- Membership Committee

Meghan is currently the Program Coordinator at Jersey Cares for the Community Emergency Preparedness Corps, where she is engaging New Jersey residents in preparing for emergencies. She earned her BS and MPH from West Virginia University and recently became a Certified Health Education Specialist.