Rob Crane MD, President
Rob is a retired Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio State University. He has worked as a tobacco control advocate for over 25 years and is the founder and president of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation and Tobacco 21. He was also co-chair for SmokeFree Columbus, the coalition that helped pass smoke-free legislation in a dozen Central Ohio communities and led to statewide legislation. He is also the recipient of the 2011 Public Health Award from the American Academy of Family Physicians and the 2014 C. Everett Koop Award from the American Lung Association. He lives in the Columbus suburb of Dublin with his wife and two teenage boys, while his adult daughter, her husband, and his grandchild live nearby.
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Josephine M. Colacci, Esq., Acting Executive Director
Josephine has over 15 years of non-profit association government affairs experience representing a variety of health care professions and financial planners. She has demonstrated success in drafting legislation and developing proactive lobbying strategies which has resulted in the passage of 9 different state statutes.
As a former lobbyist in Colorado, she brings a unique perspective to hiring contract lobbyists and maneuvering legislation through the process. She has created and revamped government affairs departments for national and international non-profits.
Since 2005, Josephine has served as a volunteer tracking legislation in the Colorado General Assembly for Colorado Legal Services. She spent 10 years serving on the City of Golden’s Economic Development Commission and the Golden Urban Renewal Authority where she served as Chair of both.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Colorado State University and a law degree from the University of Denver. She is a licensed attorney in Colorado, Washington, D.C. and Wyoming. Josephine lives with her husband in Golden, Colorado. She is a proud season ticket holder of the Buffalo Bills.
Shannon Quinby, Eastern Regional Director
Shannon joined the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation in January of 2018 and brings her passion for advocating for youth and families to the field of tobacco control policy. Her previous work includes more than 15 years of assisting families locate schools and programs for at-risk teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health disorders. With a focus on the relationship between drug and alcohol addiction and use of tobacco products seen consistently in her prior work, Shannon is particularly committed to reducing youth smoking and use of e-cigarettes through policy change, and believes that prevention strategies through public health policy promote nicotine-free, healthy lifestyles, and positive outcomes for all emerging adults.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in the dual fields of Psychology and Communications from Marymount University in Northern Virginia. Shannon is an avid lover of the performing arts and has studied classical ballet for most of her life. She and her husband raised two daughters in the Washington, D.C. suburbs where they have lived for more than 30 years.
Wendy Hyde, M.Ed., CHES, OH/MI Regional Director
Wendy Hyde, M.Ed, CHES, CWP is an assistant professor at Baldwin Wallace University. In addition to her roles of teaching and advising students in the family studies minor and community health promotion major, her areas of specialization include adolescent and young adult health matters, consumer issues, and family life studies.
Hyde is a certified wellness practitioner and a certified health education specialist. Her tobacco control expertise includes organizing public health policy campaigns around nicotine addiction/prevention and providing advocacy training on tobacco policy to universities and public health agencies. Furthermore, she is an active participant in health promotion associations including the National Wellness Institute, Society of Public Health Education, Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance, and the Ohio Adolescent Health Partnership. Hyde also has several years of experience working as a K-12 teacher specializing in health education, curriculum development and instruction.
Megan A. Boelter, JD, MPH, Western Regional Director
Megan is a public health attorney and global health policy advisor with over eighteen years of experience in tobacco control, health education, and global health policy.
Megan’s global work began with a Rotary Fellowship in public health policy based in Kampala, Uganda. She has also maintained roles in immigrant health education and health care access in both Thailand and Australia. Megan most recently returned to the United States after nine years serving as a health care advocate and tobacco control educator in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
Domestically, Megan served as the Youth Cancer Initiative Director with the California Division of the American Cancer Society – charged with driving statewide comprehensive school health education platforms, creating coalitions supporting youth tobacco cessation, and lobbying for greater funding for tobacco education programs. Megan has also worked in public health law at the CDC’s Public Health Program Office, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Leventhal, Brown, and Puga law firm in Denver, Colorado.
Megan holds a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of the Pacific; a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University’s School of Law; and a Master’s of Public Health from Saint Louis University’s School of Public Health. She currently resides in Las Cruces, New Mexico with her family. She is an avid hiker and true crime enthusiast – although the latter makes the former more of a challenge.
The Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation is always seeking new talent! If you have a passion for advocacy and public health, we would love to hear from you. PTAF works to protect youth from tobacco and nicotine addiction by advocating for strong tobacco control policies in every state.
We are looking for experienced and energetic professionals versed in public health advocacy and public policy at the local and state levels to handle multiple aspects of a campaign — from educating and lobbying legislators to supporting coalition partners and evaluating code and policy. Strong writing skills are essential and a background in law, advocacy, politics, or communications is helpful. Our team works remotely from home with flexible hours and some travel, as appropriate and when safe. We are a small group of dedicated tobacco prevention advocates with a strong work ethic and a shared goal of protecting youth through policy. We work collaboratively with major health organizations across the country and value these partnerships as a vital part of our work.
Please send your resume and your career goals in a cover letter to Amanda.Turner@PTAF.org. We look forward to hearing from you!