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The Communications Opportunity Leadership Team (COLT) - Membership and Charter

The Communications Opportunity Leadership Team (COLT), has primary responsibility for making the communications opportunity a reality.

The COLT includes both internal NCI staff, as well as representatives from the NIH, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

COLT members also include extramural researchers, consumer liaisons, cancer advocates, and industry representatives.


Name Affiliation
David Abrams, PhD Professor & Director Behavioral Medicine, Brown University School of Medicine/The Miriam Hospital, Providence, RI
Leslie Alexandre, DrPH Assistant Director, Office of Technology and Industrial Relations, NCI
Cynthia Baur, PhD Policy Advisor, Interactive Health Communication, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Department of Health and Human Services
Steve Booth-Butterfield, EDD Chief, Health Communication Research Branch, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Nelvis Castro Acting Associate Director, Office of Communications, NCI
Robert T. Croyle, PhD Associate Director, Behavioral Research Program, DCCPS, NCI
Connie Dresser, RDPH, LN Program Director, Multimedia Technology/Health Communication SBIR/STTR Grants, DCCPS, NCI
Linda Fleisher, MPH Program Manger, Cancer Information Service, Population Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA
Vicki Freimuth, PhD Associate Director for Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gilles Frydman Founder and President of Association of Cancer Online Resources
Bernard Glassman, MA Special Expert in Informatics, NCI
Paulette Gray, PhD Deputy Director, DEA, NCI
Susan Hubbard, RN, MPA Special Assistant for Communications, NCI
Elmer E. Huerta, MD, MPH Director, Cancer Preventorium, Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center
Mike S. Katz Senior Vice President, Booz Allen and Hamilton, and Chair, Director's Consumer Liaison Group, NCI
Jon Kerner, PhD Assistant Deputy Director for Research Dissemination and Diffusion, DCCPS, NCI
Gary L. Kreps, PhD Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Behavioral Research Program, DCCPS, NCI
Anne Lubenow Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Communications
Ed Maibach, PhD Senior Vice President of Social Marketing II, Porter Novelli, Washington, DC
Al Marcus, PhD Director, Behavioral Science, AMC Cancer Center, Denver, CO
Mary McCabe, RN, MA Director, Office of Education and Special Initiatives, NCI
Mike McDonald, PhD Chief Executive Officer, Global Health Initiatives, Potomac, MD
Sherry Mills, MD Director, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, Abt Associates
Janice Nall Director, Communication Technologies Branch, Office of Communications
Barry Portnoy, PhD Planning Officer, Division of Cancer Prevention
Scott Ratzan, MD, MPA Executive Director, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC
Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH Director, DCCPS, NCI
Everett Rogers, PhD Distinguished Professor of Communication, University of New Mexico
Nancy Seybold, MA Bending Line, LLC
Susan Sieber, PhD Associate Director, Special Projects, NCI and Director, Office of Communications, NCI
Vic Strecher, PhD Professor/Director, Cancer Prevention and Control, University of Michigan; Director, Health Media Research Laboratory, University of Michigan School of Medicine
Chris Thomsen Chief, Cancer Information Service, Office of Cancer Information, Communication, and Education, NCI
Anne Thurn, MD Acting Director, Office of Cancer Information, Communication, and Education and Acting Director, International Cancer Information Service, NCI
Susan J. Waldrop Assistant Director for Program Coordination, NCI
Jean Wooldridge Director, Cancer Information Service, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA


  1. Dianne Needham, MPA, PE, Program Analyst, DCCPS, NCI
  2. Kathie Reed, Science Writer, OSP, NCI
  3. Stacey Vandor, MPA, Planning Officer, DCCPS, NCI
  4. Paula Zeller, MA, Medical Writer, DCCPS, NCI


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