New Staff Member Joins ERC Surveillance Team

Indiana Epidemiology Newsletter
January 2007

Pam Pontones, MA
Director, Surveillance and Investigation

Effective Monday, February 12, Karee Buffin joins the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) Epidemiology Resource Center (ERC) Surveillance and Investigation team as the new Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist. She replaces Wayne Staggs, who now serves as the Invasive Infection Epidemiologist (as of November 5, 2006).

Karee joined the ISDH in June 2004 as a Public Health Investigator with the Immunization Program. She conducted investigations of vaccine-preventable diseases, promoted immunizations, and provided education regarding immunizations and the diseases they prevent in Immunization District 5, which encompasses much of east-central Indiana. Prior to joining the ISDH, Karee worked as an Immunization Program Technician and Vaccines for Children (VFC) Field Liaison for the Delaware County Health Department. Karee also has clinical laboratory and phlebotomy experience.

The ISDH Surveillance and Investigation team has undergone many changes during the last year. To ensure that your request is routed appropriately, please refer to the table below. You may contact anyone on the team by calling 317.233.7125.

Name Title
Robert Teclaw State Epidemiologist
Jim Howell Veterinary Epidemiologist
Pam Pontones Director, Surveillance and Investigation
Tom Duszynski Director, Field Epidemiology
Donna Allen Field Epidemiologist, District 1
Robert Allen Field Epidemiologist, Districts 7 & 8
Steve Allen Field Epidemiologist, District 9
Brad Beard Field Epidemiologist, District 3
Karee Buffin Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist
Stephanie English Field Epidemiologist, District 6
Tina Feaster Tuberculosis (TB) Epidemiologist
Ryan Gentry Quality Control Epidemiologist
Karen Gordon Field Epidemiologist, District 10
Sandy Gorsuch Field Epidemiologist, District 5
Lynae Granzow Enteric Epidemiologist
Antoniette Holt Minority Health Epidemiologist
Tracy Powell Advanced Analysis Epidemiologist
Shawn Richards Respiratory Epidemiologist
Wayne Staggs Invasive Infection Epidemiologist/School Health Liaison
Jean Svendsen Chief Nurse Consultant/Bloodborne Pathogen Coordinator
Mike Wade Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist
Mona Wenger Field Epidemiologist, District 2
Mike Wilkinson Hepatitis C Epidemiologist
Jennifer Wyatt Field Epidemiologist, District 4