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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Amanda Swenson Turner, Executive Director
Amanda joined the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation at the end of 2019. She is a seasoned public affairs professional with experience working for national and local political campaigns, leading education and healthcare nonprofits, managing corporate community relations and philanthropic initiatives, as well as corporate political/public affairs strategies. Originally from the Carolinas by way of Washington, DC, she resides in Columbus, OH with her toddler son. In addition to leading PTAF, Amanda serves on the Board of Directors for Dress for Success Columbus and teaches a variety of group fitness classes.
Katherine Ungar JD, Policy and Legislative Director
Katherine joined the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation in 2018. She serves as the Foundation’s Policy and Legislative Director. In this role, Katherine is involved in analyzing, drafting, and advocating for tobacco control laws at the local, state, and federal levels. She is passionate about influencing public health policy to improve health outcomes. She holds a law degree from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked as an associate in the litigation department of Ice Miller LLP. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore the outdoors.
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, Western Regional 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.
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Wendy Hyde, M.Ed., CHES, OH/MI Regional Director
Ohio Regional Director of PTAF, Wendy is a Certified Health Education Specialist, who holds a Multi Age (P-12) Ohio Health Educator License. Ms. Hyde, has actively worked on many of the Tobacco 21 policies throughout Ohio providing health departments with education programs and training materials. She has also worked on smoke-free campus campaigns and youth-led advocacy initiatives. As an active participant in health promotion associations throughout the state including the Tobacco Free Ohio Alliance, Voices for Ohio’s Children and Ohio SOPHE she has been a keynote speaker and plenary presenter at professional development conferences statewide.
Eli Bohnert, Co-Founder of Tobacco 21 Rangers
Eli Bohnert, the co-founder of the National Tobacco 21 Rangers program, is a college student and advocate for Tobacco 21. Advocating for tobacco control policies since high school, Eli has worked for years alongside his peers as well as decision-makers to pass policy in communities across the nation. With experience in peer education during his time on the Tobacco Free Missouri Youth Executive Board, Eli understands the importance of youth involvement in the passage of comprehensive Tobacco 21 policies across the nation. Eli is a Senior at Southeast Missouri State University pursuing a B.A. in Communication Studies and a B.S. in Political Science with a focus on American Government. During his time at Southeast, Eli has served in many leadership positions including Vice President of Student Government, member of the Universities Budget Review Committee, and Presidential Ambassador.
His work on Tobacco 21 began in the St. Louis metro area in 2016 while the city and county worked to pass comprehensive Tobacco 21 policies. He was recognized by the American Heart Association for his work in St. Louis as the recipient of the Mission Impact Award for Advocacy. Eli has lead youth-to-youth training across the country that engages students with the tools to pass policies in their community. Eli is passionate about engaging with leaders at all levels of government about the importance of Tobacco 21 in protecting youth from the predatory tobacco and vaping industry.