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Center Staff

David Armstrong, PhD


As director of HWTAC, Dr. Armstrong manages the day-to-day operations, disseminates information about the Center, and regularly provides technical assistance to individuals, hospitals, and various states and organizations.

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Katherine Gaul, MA

Deputy Director

As deputy director of HWTAC, Ms. Gaul assists Dr. Armstrong in the administration of and disseminating information about the Center, as well as providing technical assistance.

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Robert Martiniano, MPA, DrPH

Evaluation Officer

As evaluation officer of HWTAC, Mr. Martiniano is responsible for designing and implementing evaluations of HWTAC—including overall project goals and objectives; dissemination strategy, the website; outreach efforts; and impact of HWTAC’s technical assistance on health workforce planning—as well as for the individual technical assistance initiatives in terms of both process and outcomes for the recipients.

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Leanne Keough, BS

Communications Officer

As communications officer of HWTAC, Ms. Keough assists in the development of all written and visual collateral produced by the Center. Other responsibilities include integrated marketing, overall branding strategy, and maintenance of the HWTAC website.

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Matt Allegretti, MFA

Communications Specialist

As a Communications Specialist, Matt Allegretti maintains and updates online content and distribution lists, helps curate daily content on social media pages, provides copyediting for Center publications and websites, and performs other media-focused tasks as needed.

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Morgan Clifford, BA

Research Support Specialist

Morgan Clifford assists with ongoing projects of HWTAC. Among other activities, Ms. Clifford maintains the State Health Workforce Data Collection Inventory, provides assistance during webinars, and contributes to the content management and maintenance of the HWTAC website.

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Jean Moore, DrPH

Project Advisor

Jean Moore serves as a project advisor for HWTAC, bringing over 12 years of experience as a health workforce researcher. For the past eight years, Dr. Moore has also been the director of CHWS.

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Erin Fraher, PhD

Project Advisor

Erin Fraher is a project advisor for HWTAC, as well as the director of the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy and the North Carolina Health Professions Data System at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

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Gaetano J. Forte, BS

Technology Officer

As technology officer of HWTAC, Mr. Forte implements advances in technology for a broad range of the Center’s activities, including the provision of technical assistance and the dissemination of its work. Mr. Forte is also a veteran health services researcher having spent nearly 2 decades studying the health workforce.

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Debbie Krohl, BS

Administrative Support

As the main administrative support, Ms. Krohl is essential to the smooth operations of HWTAC. Ms. Krohl provides support for HWTAC staff by handling meeting scheduling, facilitating travel planning, helping to maintain the website, providing logistical support, and other day-to-day administrative needs.

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