Rob Crane MD, President
Rob is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio State University. He has an abiding interest in preventing nicotine addiction and is the founder and president of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. He was 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 three children.
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Eric Brodell MPH, Western Regional Director
Eric has been with the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation for 2 years. He completed his Master of Public Health in Behavioral, Community, and Social Health and a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Administration and Nonprofit Management at Indiana University Bloomington.
Throughout his time at Indiana University, Eric worked with multiple Bloomington community organizations, primarily focusing on improving youth health outcomes in low-income areas. Being an avid cyclist, Eric had the opportunity to move to Portland, OR and work with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance on public health and transportation issues such as Safe Routes to School funding and transportation equity issues of marginalized and underserved communities in East Portland.
Since joining PTAF in May of 2016, Eric has been involved in passing multiple tobacco 21 and retail licensing ordinances in Oregon, Arizona, and Colorado. Eric also worked with the Tobacco 21 for Oregon Coalition to help pass Oregon’s statewide tobacco 21 law. In addition to his political work, Eric has given several policy-oriented presentations to statewide and local public health departments, coalitions, and special interest groups.
Passionate about the interplay of healthy living and preserving the outdoors for all to enjoy, Eric hopes to continue influencing public health policy to improve health outcomes for all communities throughout the United States.
Shannon Quinby, Eastern Region Director
Shannon joined the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation in 2018 and brings her passion for advocating for youth and families to the field of tobacco control policy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in the dual fields of Psychology and Communications from Marymount University in Northern Virginia and is completing a Master’s of Education in School Mental Health Practices through the University of Missouri at Columbia.
Her previous work as an educational consultant spanned more than a decade of assisting families to locate therapeutic schools and programs for teens 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 work with teens, Shannon is particularly committed to the prevention of youth smoking and use of electronic nicotine devices through education and policy change. These strategies are meant to not only avoid gateways into later substance use, but to promote nicotine-free healthy lifestyles and positive outcomes for all emerging adults.
Shannon and her husband have raised two daughters in the Washington, D.C. suburbs where they have lived for more than 30 years.
Ginny Chadwick MPH MA, National Youth Director
Ginny began her work on Tobacco 21 as the legislative bill sponsor for the first policy to pass in the state of Missouri in the early stages of national policy adoption. Since sponsoring the bill for Columbia Missouri, Ginny has successfully worked with youth, advocates and elected officials to raise the age of sale of tobacco from 18 to 21 in communities around the country. Having Masters degrees in Public Health and Journalism, Ginny also teaches leadership theory in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Missouri and researches tobacco control policies through the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
Assistance with youth advocacy training, as well as youth and college internship opportunities with Tobacco21.org are available with the National Youth Director or one of the National Youth Co-Founders.
Email inquiries welcome.
Jordyn Beard, Co-Founder of Tobacco 21 Rangers
Jordyn Beard, co-founder of the National Tobacco 21 Rangers, is a youth advocate who shares the importance of Tobacco 21 policy with both youth and adults. Jordyn is a senior at Smithville High School in Missouri and plans to attend Oklahoma State following graduation. She has traveled the country presenting at conferences, training youth, and educating elected officials on the importance of Tobacco 21 policy.
Her work with tobacco policy change began in 2013 as a member of Youth With Vision. She was instrumental in many award-winning social marketing campaigns, including “Nicotine Is Nicotine” that educated high school students on harms of e-cigarettes and vaping. Beginning in 2014, she became the Vice-President of Tobacco Free Missouri Youth and working statewide to train youth on tobacco control issues. In 2015 she became actively involved in Tobacco 21 policy, at a local level in the state of Missouri. Based on a youth-to-youth training model, Jordyn helps youth nationally understand the importance of Tobacco 21 as a youth prevention policy.