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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.
(614) 766-2211 ext. 1

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 Consultant

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 Regional 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.

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.

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