Meet the Team!
Sharon Danoff-Burg, PhD, Program Director, provides ongoing oversight and coordination for all project activities at the SDSU and UCSD sites. Dr. Danoff-Burg is a clinical health psychologist with a strong background in chronic disease research, including cancer research. She received her doctorate in 1997 from the University of Kansas, completed clinical internship at Dartmouth Medical School, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at the City University of New York Graduate Center. In 1999 she joined the faculty at University at Albany-State University of New York. In 2005 she earned tenure and was promoted to Associate Professor, and in 2007 she was appointed Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology. Dr. Danoff-Burg has published 47 refereed journal articles and 13 book chapters. These include articles about cancer in Journal of Clinical Oncology, Oncology Nursing Forum, Cancer Nursing, Psycho-Oncology, Clinical Psychology Review, and Health Psychology, among others. In 2011 Dr. Danoff-Burg joined the SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership as Program Director. She oversees all aspects of U54-related research and other programmatic activities; organizes meetings of the Executive Committee, Internal Advisory Committee, and Program Steering Committee; and functions as a day-to-day supervisor of Partnership staff at SDSU. firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth Santillanez, MPA, Program Manager and Community Health Program Supervisor, has served in this capacity since the first year of the Comprehensive Partnership. Ms. Santillanez has a Master in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Her background includes over 15 years of experience working in public health and education at UCSD, focusing on international/border health issues including chronic diseases, infectious disease, and emergency response. She served as Director of the US-Mexico Border Health Commission, California Outreach Office, and also as the Executive Manager of the Border Health Education Network (BHEN), which she developed. The BHEN provided binational education services for health professionals in the California/Baja California region serving over 2,000 participants. Prior to her work with UCSD, she served as a policy analyst with the Western Governors’ Association based in Denver, Colorado. In the position of Program Manager, which involves overseeing and managing fiscal and budgetary administration tasks and related service agreements at the SDSU and UCSD sites, she works closely with the Program Director, EC, advisory committee members, and research co-leaders. She also functions as a day-to-day supervisor of Partnership staff at UCSD. email@example.com
Ebere Iweriebor, M.A., BMaP Program Coordinator, has served in this position for three years overseeing the coordination, planning, and preparation of the needs assessment and implementation plan for the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), ARRA-funded Biospecimen/Biobanking – Geographic Management Program (BMaP). Ms. Iweriebor earned her BA in Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine in 2004 and her MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Applied Developmental Psychology and Evaluation at Claremont Graduate University in 2009. She has been involved in various research projects addressing drug, health, and community concerns for underserved ethnic minorities. In addition to her work on the BMaP, Ms. Iweriebor also provides project and coordination support for the Program Director, Program Manager, advisory committees, and CDCPAR Resource staff. Because of her contributions not only to BMaP but to the Partnership as a whole, her effort is split between the U54 and the BMaP administrative supplement. She coordinates our U54’s efforts with the other participants in our Region. firstname.lastname@example.org
Leanne Thiltgen, Program Assistant (SDSU), provides administrative and fiscal management support (e.g., assistance with scheduling, travel, purchasing, and payments) for the partnership. Ms. Thiltgen joined the Partnership in April of 2011. Prior to joining the SDSU Partnership staff, she worked for the Sweetwater Union High School District. She provides administrative and fiscal management support as mentioned above, as well as other important support for the Partnership such as assistance with event planning, social media, and publicity. email@example.com
Malaika Tobias, M.P.H. Program Assistant (UCSD), provides administrative and fiscal management support (e.g., assistance with scheduling, travel, purchasing, and payments) for the partnerhsip. Ms. Tobias has experience providing research and program support to various grant-funded, public health-related projects. She received her MPH from Claremont Graduate University (CGU) in 2011 with a concentration in Health Education, Promotion and Evaluation. Prior to joining the UCSD Partnership staff, she was a Research Assistant at CGU for a NIH-funded UO1 project where she provided administrative and writing support to the Project Manager and Principal Investigator. firstname.lastname@example.org