Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council plays a valuable role in connecting the University of Maryland School of Public Health to the broader community. The SPH benefits from the time and expertise provided by our well-rounded and diverse council.

CAC Members

Dianna Abney, Health Officer, Charles County Department of Health

Dr. Abney is a pediatrician with 20 years of experience working in Waldorf, Maryland. Her research’s interests include health disparities, prevention of childhood obesity and child abuse treatment. Prior to becoming a health officer in the Charles County Department of Health, Dr. Abney was the medical director of the county's Child Abuse and Neglect program. 

She received her medical degree from Tulane University in 1989.


Uma Ahluwalia, Director, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

As director of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services, Dr. Ahluwalia oversees the county’s most valuable health programs, including Aging and Disabled Services, Behavioral Health and Crisis Services, Children, Youth, and Family Services, Public Health Services and Special Needs Housing. She previously served as the principal deputy director for the Child and Family Services Agency in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ahluwalia earned her master’s in social work from the University of Delhi in India and a specialist post-master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.


Gloria A. Blackwell, Director, Office of Community Engagement, University of Maryland

Ms. Blackwell leads campus advocacy efforts and creates partnerships with the university’s surrounding communities. She has worked for the university for 15 years. Prior to becoming director of community engagement, Blackwell worked in the Division of Administration & Finance. She is a recipient of University of Maryland’s Outstanding Woman of Color Award for her distinguished role in the field of education and community engagement.

Ms. Blackwell is also in charge of overseeing the Center of Educational Partnerships in Riverdale, which is a community center that offers after-school programs to local youth.



Bill Borwegen, Principal, Prevention at Work, LLC

Borwegen served as national director of the SEIU Health and Safety Program, one of the largest union of healthcare workers in the United States, dedicated to promoting quality patient care and career advancement for healthcare workers. He was with the organization for 30 years, and his areas of expertise includes health and safety in the workplace, as well as environmental health.

Borwegen earned his master’s in public health from the University of Michigan.



Jonca Bull, Director, Office of Minority Health, Office of the Commissioner, US Food and Drug Administration


Dr. Bull oversees efforts to reduce healthcare disparities among racial and ethnic minorities. Her strategies to alleviate heath disparities include forging FDA policies, research programs and expanding outreach efforts to promote health in underserved communities. Dr. Bull also served as the Vice President for US Drug Regulatory Policy at Novartis before joining the FDA.

Dr. Bull is a graduate of Princeton University and received her medical degree from Duke University. She is currently an assistant clinical professor the George Washington University Medical Center.


Pamela Creekmur, Health Officer, Prince George's County Health Department

As health officer for Prince George’s County, Creekmur promotes public health and works to ensure access to health care services in the county. Previously, Creekmur was a nurse and administrator for Kaiser Health plan.






Charlene Dukes, President, Prince George's Community College

Ms. Dukes is the first female president of Prince George's Community College. She is the chair on the board of American Association of Community Colleges, member of the Institute for Higher Education (IHEP), the President’s Round Table and the National Council on Black American Affairs. Before becoming president of PGCC, Dukes was an adjunct professor at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, at Prince George's Community College in Learning Foundations and at Morgan State University in the Community College Leadership Doctoral Program. 

In 2014, she was awarded the Dr. Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award presented by the American Council on Education, the Living Legacy Award presented by the Association for the Study of African Life and History (ASALH), and the Golden Hammer award from the Fuller Center for Housing.

Ms. Dukes earned her master’s in administrative and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Renee E. Fox, Medical Health Policy Advisor, CAHPG Division of Quality & Health Outcomes, Center for Medicare and Medical Services


Dr. Fox is an associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she has worked for 16 years. Previously she served as Director of Clinical Affairs for the Department of Pediatrics. She was also medical director at Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

As executive director at Institute for Healthiest Maryland, Fox facilitated connection between partners from Maryland’s higher education institutions and public health practitioners.

Fox earned her M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where she also completed her residency.

James Hubbard, Former Delegate, Health and Government Operations

For 23 years, Mr. Hubbard served as a Democratic member of the Maryland House of Delegates, representing District 23A. During his government career, Hubbard served in various health-related committees, including the Committee of Health and Government Operations and the Subcommittee on Minority Health Disparities. Hubbard is also founder of the Family Crisis Center in Prince George’s County.

Hubbard earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland.



Oscar Alleyne, Senior Advisor for PH Programs, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

As senior advisor at NACCHO, Dr. Alleyne is in charge of managing programs on infectious diseases and informatics, public health preparedness, pandemic and catastrophic preparedness and environmental health.

Alleyne is an expert on bio-surveillance, informatics, epidemiology, policy and public health. In the past, he has worked with the New York State Health Department, designing software that guides responses to adverse water quality events in the area.  When he worked in the Rockland County Health Department in New York, Dr. Alleyne developed an educational and surveillance program for a West Nile Virus outbreak.

Dr. Alleyne holds a doctorate from in Public Health from the New York Medical College, School of Health Sciences and Practice

John McElligott, Deputy Executive Director, Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service and PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health

Mr. McElligott is health policy, health advocacy and lobbying specialist. He coordinates legislative initiatives with Congress and proposes strategies to achieve policy objectives, and he co-chairs the Guard/Research and the Military Committee, to which COA belongs as a member.

Mr. McElligott is also director-at-large of the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d'Ivoire and Madagascar and was a public health advisor for the Institute for Military Support to Governance.

Mr. McElligott holds an MPH from the University of Arizona.

Neil Moore, President/CEO, Dimensions Healthcare Systems

Mr. Moore has two decades of experience in leadership roles in the health care field. Before joining Dimensions, Moore worked as the chief financial officer at Harlem Hospital Center. He has also worked in other health care facilities in the New York City Area, such as Kings County Hospital, Woodhull Medical & Mental Health Center and Dr. Susan Smith McKinney Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He is member of the National Association of Health Services Executives.

Mr. Moore holds a MBA in Finance from New York Institute of Technology and an MPA in Public Administration and Finance from Long Island University.




Laurie Norris, Oral Health Initiative, Senior Policy Advisor & Coordinator, CMS Oral Health Initiative

John A. O'Brien, Community Representative

Carolyn A. Quattrocki, Interim Executive Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

Ms. Quattrocki has served as executive director for the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange since 2013.  She has also served as executive director of the Maryland Governor's Office of Health Care Reform. Prior to her career in government health policy, Quattrocki was a litigation associate in the Washington office of Arnold & Porter.

Quattrocki received her JD from Yale University.





Irwin Royster, Director, Outreach and Program Services, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington DC, Inc.

Mr. Royster specializes in community outreach and youth programs. He has extensive public health experience in working in pregnancy, STI and HIV/AIDS prevention interventions. He is co-chair of the Sexually Transmitted Disease Community Coalition for District of Columbia Center for AIDS Research (DC CFAR).

Prior to joining Planned Parenthood, Royster worked in the the financial services and sales industry with CitiBank, First Union National Bank and Bank of America.

Mr. Royster is currently earning his master’s at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Edward J. Sondik, Former Director, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC

Dr. Sondik began his career as an electrical engineer teaching courses related to systems and operations research. He later joined the Department of Health and Human Services, working for CDC-National Center for Health Statistics. In his role, Dr. Sondik worked on finding new sources of data and addressing the data needs at the state and local level in order to meet community needs.

Dr. Sondik holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University.