President: Lisa A. Harrison-Gulla MPH, MAE, HO, REHS
Lisa is a licensed Health Officer and has worked in public health and community-based prevention for almost 30 years. She has two Master's Degrees (Public Health and Counseling Psychology) and is also licensed as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Lisa has actively been involved in various State level programs over the past ten years through her participation in the New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials where she currently serves as their Past President. Other volunteer activities include being a member of the Hillsborough Board of Health and a Public Health Accreditation Board Site Visitor. Now retired from governmental public health, Lisa is a Doctoral Candidate at the Rutgers School of Public Health, has her own consulting firm; is a Community Coach for the New Jersey Healthy Communities Network, and is an adjunct professor for Rutgers The State University, The College of New Jersey, and Montclair State University.
President-Elect: Sreelekha Prakash, MD, MPH
Dr. Sreelekha Prakash is a clinical epidemiologist currently working as Assistant professor in Stockton University, Galloway, NJ. Before joining Stockton, Dr. Prakash completed her MPH from Mount Sinai, NY with focus in Epidemiology and has clinical experience as Emergency & Intensive Care Unit Physician along with academic and research experience. She is also engaged with public health organizations at the National and State levels on collaborative public health initiatives to create awareness about improving healthy living and promoting health policies based on epidemiological data.
Dr. Prakash is on the advisory panel for Nations Health, monthly newsletter of APHA (American Public Health Association), policy committee of ATOD committee (Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs) and part of the Epidemiology caucus of APHA.
Immediate Past President: Donald Weinbaum
Donald Weinbaum is a consultant to the non-profit, health, corrections and housing sectors, who specializes in areas related to social determinants of health. His 45+ years of experience spans the fields of Public Health, Behavioral Health Care, and Criminal Justice. Mr. Weinbaum began his career in health care and later transitioned into public health. His professional experience includes 24 years with the NJ Department of Health, in roles that included Acting Director of Drug/Alcohol Treatment & Rehabilitation; Asst. Director of Planning; Coordinator of Criminal Justice & Block Grant Planning; Manager-IT Development; Manager, Data Collection & Analysis; and Executive Director of a Residential Treatment Center. Previously, he held positions with Camden County and the Veterans Administration. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Weinbaum served as Chief Fiscal & Administrative Officer for the NJ State Parole Board. Following retirement from government service, Mr. Weinbaum served as Executive Director for The Council on Compulsive Gambling of NJ, Inc. and continues to advocate for prevention and community health education.
Mr. Weinbaum holds an MBA in Health Care Administration from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and is a NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor. He currently serves on numerous boards and professional committees, including the NJ Chapter-American Correctional Association, NJ Public Health Association, DMHAS Professional Advisory Committee, Trenton Health Team/Community Advisory Board, and Burlington Co. Local Advisory Committee on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse, and volunteers with several local prevention groups.
First Vice President: Antonia Lewis, MPH
Antonia (Toni) Lewis is a Community Health Strategist providing strategic guidance to grantees of New Jersey Health Initiatives, the statewide grantmaking program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As a mentor, coach and friend, she empowers people working collectively across diverse sectors to achieve long-term equitable opportunities to be healthy. This requires is removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.
While public health is global, Toni is honored to focus her strategic guidance to affect communities in the Garden State. Her interest in working with communities began in Mercer County, New Jersey where she worked as a Project Director, achieving the first county-wide community participatory health assessment and plan. Following that, she worked in development at various non-profit organizations primarily in health care quality and access, education, and maternal and child health. An entrepreneur at heart, Toni brings a unique fiscal administrative view to public health policy work from earlier work experience primarily as a small business owner.
Toni holds licenses with the NJ Department of Health as a Health Officer and Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Toni received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Ramapo College and a Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Second Vice President: Marci Berger
Secretary: Derna Jean-Jacques
Derna Jean-Jacques is a junior expected to graduate in May 2023 with a dual-major in Public Health and Psychology and a minor in Africana Studies at Rutgers University - New Brunswick. Derna was a New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA) intern and was able to work on reviving, updating, and maintaining the organization’s website. She is also a member of NJPHA's Rutgers Student Chapter.
Treasurer: Dr. Oliver Lontok
Board Chair: Kevin McNally, MBA
Kevin McNally is an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, community health improvement planning and public health accreditation. His professional experience includes more than 40 years working in healthcare and public health, including 31 years with the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH). At the time of his retirement from the Department, he was the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner in charge of the Division of Public Health Infrastructure, Laboratories and Emergency Preparedness. Other positions at the NJDOH included Assistant to the Director of the Office of Public Health Infrastructure, Program Manager of the Child and Adolescent Health Program, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Perinatal AIDS Prevention Demonstration Project. In addition to being an officer of the New Jersey Public Health Association, his current volunteer activities include being a member of the Health Improvement Coalition of Monmouth County, Site Visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), and Chair of the Planning Board of the Borough of Roosevelt. Mr. McNally has an MBA in Health Care Administration from the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.
Member-at-Large: Karla Bagley
Member-at-Large: Sarah Jacob, MPH, CHES
Sarah began her public health career as an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigator in 2016. Since then, her work has evolved into developing and implementing strategies to improve population health outcomes. She earned her Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) license in 2019 and now serves as a Health Educator and PHAB Accreditation Coordinator at Bloomfield Department of Health and Human Services. Sarah received her B.S. in Public Health and M.P.H. in Community Health Education from Montclair State University. Currently, she is pursuing an M.B.A. in Health Economics, Policy, and Administration at Ball State University’s Miller College of Business.
Member-at-Large: Monica Lallo, Ed.D., MPM, MPA
Dr. Monica Lallo is an educator, team strategist and advocate for improving government and nonprofit services to underserved youth and families. Throughout her professional career, she has been committed to bridging the socioeconomic divide that exists in disadvantaged communities. She has been actively involved in government-funded youth improvement initiatives and her work has heightened capacity building efforts for nonprofit organizations, both domestically and internationally.
Dr. Lallo received her Doctorate in Education from Immaculata University, her Master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University. and Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. She taught several courses at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) in the Human Services Program as a Senior Adjunct Professor. She has been a training consultant for America Service Commission and Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), keynote speaker at East Stroudsburg University, Sociology and Criminal Justice Departments and recently presented at the 2021 New Jersey Public Health Association (NJPHA) Conference.
Dr. Lallo has extensive experience specializing in contract management, program development and evaluation over the eleven years in county government. She produced several accomplishments with the creation of numerous initiatives that helped improve service delivery outcomes, increase stakeholder involvement and promote networking among nonprofit organizations serving youth and families in the County of Union. Dr. Lallo also served as a resource to local agency providers seeking state and national research information about services rated effective by the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and other national foundations that support youth initiatives. Her philanthropic endeavors and longstanding commitment in the area of youth development is consistent with her belief: “To whom much is given, much is required. Therefore, as a professional, I am dedicated to serving communities, while working with others to find ongoing solutions to socioeconomic problems affecting today’s youth and families.”
Dr. Lallo plans to utilize her skills and professional experience to assist organizations in their continued efforts to serve children and families, globally through Global Highpoint Management and Training Consulting Service, LLC and within the United States as a Senior Vice President at Acenda Integrated Health in Glassboro, New Jersey.
Member-at-Large: Denise Rizzolo, PhD, MPH, PA-C
Denise Rizzolo is an Associate Professor and Field Placement Coordinator at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, Master of Public Health Program in Florham Park NJ. She received her Master degree in Science – Physician Assistant from Rutgers University and her PhD in Health Science from Seton Hall University. This December she completed her MPH at the University of Missouri. Dr. Rizzolo has a 17 year history in higher education working with Seton Hall University Physician Assistant program for 16 years. Her interests are in assessment in high stakes exams and she consults for the Physician Assistant Education Association, assisting with their assessment tools. Through her interest in assessment she has focused on Cultural Humility in Assessment and lectures and publishes on the topic with her colleagues at FDU. She recently presented her work on cultural humility in item-writing at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Board of Medical Examiners (ABME). Given Dr. Rizzolo’s passion for public health, she has been a volunteer at the Westfield Regional Health Department where she first served as the Communicable Disease Outreach Coordinator and now she is a Covid advisor. She helps reach vulnerable populations by making house visits to administer the Covid-19 vaccine. At the 2021 NJPHA conference this year she presented her work on decreasing Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy. For the past 21 years, she has worked in Urgent Care/Family practice, where she precepts PA and MPH students.
Member-at-Large: Kyle Shupp
Member-at-Large: Kevin Sumner
Member-at-Large: Dennis Zanella, MD, MPH
Dr. Dennis Zanella was a founding partner and chief medical/scientific officer of the medical education firm, SciMedica Group, LLC. Previously, he was vice president of medical afairs and managing partner of a global healthcare communications firm for sixteen years. In addition to his role as scientific advisor, Dr. Zanella was actively involved in business development, sales training, outcomes directed medical education, content development and consultation, thought leader development, forging relationships between academia and industry, and directing hospital based education programs. Over the course of his career, he has consulted with most of the world’s major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Currently, he is a medical education and health policy consultant for the pharmaceutical and biotech sector, and recently served as lead faculty on two published online series of CME COVID-19 lectures.
A frequent national speaker, Dr. Zanella has conducted live educational programs at over 200 medical centers throughout North America , and has moderated several hundred panel discussions and advisory boards in the following areas: anesthesiology, cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, health policy, health outcomes, health care reform, immunology, managed care, neurology, obesity, oncology, pain management, patient safety, population health, risk evaluation, transplantation and women’s health.
His academic, research and laboratory experience includes teaching courses in anatomy, physiology, and laboratory science. He has additional training in transplant immunology, public health, epidemiology, and has served as deputy health commissioner of a county health department in Ohio. He is a past president of the New Jersey Public Health Association, and currently serves on their Executive Board.
Dr. Zanella is a member of the President’s Society of the American College of Preventive Medicine. Active in numerous international scientific societies, he serves on the epidemiology and prevention council of the American Heart Association. Additionally, he is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, The Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Academy of Medicine, Ireland, and the New Jersey Academy of Medicine. Dr. Zanella is a former member of the Dean’s Development Council at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and was a recipient of the Dean’s council award. Dr. Zanella is also a former Senior Fellow of the Thomas Jeferson University, School of Population Health.