Center Staff

Jean Moore, DrPH, FAAN


Bringing over a decade of experience as a health workforce researcher, Dr. Moore serves as the director for both OHWRC and the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) . As director, Dr. Moore is responsible for administrative aspects and participates in the preparation and review of all OHWRC research projects and reports, ensuring their policy relevance. She also plays a key advisory role for OHWRC, its activities, and the outcomes of its work. Dr. Moore has served as principal investigator for more than 35 health workforce research studies and authored nearly 70 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles and reports.

Margaret Langelier,MSHSA

Co-Deputy Director

Ms. Langelier serves as the deputy director for OHWRC. Ms. Langelier has also served as a program research specialist at the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) for nearly two decades, where she has been responsible for supervising staff and coordinating of all aspects of project workflow. During her tenure, Ms. Langelier has been lead staff or the principal investigator on numerous research projects about the allied health and oral health workforce. She has completed studies examining professional scope of practice for various professions as well as comprehensive studies of multiple health workforces. In recent years, Ms. Langelier has coordinated several state level oral health studies that included extensive literature reviews. She brings strong skills of organizing and conducting face-to-face or telephone interviews, focus groups, and other fieldwork related to project work. Ms. Langelier has considerable knowledge of survey design, sampling techniques, survey administration, data compilation, and report writing.

Simona Surdu, MD, PhD

Co-Deputy Director

Ms. Surdu currently serves as a project director at the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS). She has been involved in comprehensive studies of oral health in various states and nationwide, including the evaluation of oral health needs, delivery of oral health services, and access and utilization of oral health services. With a background as a medical doctor and 15 years of experience in environmental health sciences in the U.S. and internationally, Dr. Surdu has gained advanced knowledge and research expertise in the field of public health and research methodologies. She has contributed to the development and implementation of epidemiologic studies, as an investigator and in leadership positions, to a variety of local and regional programs supported by the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the European Union (EU), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other organizations. Dr. Surdu has been responsible for designing, planning and overseeing collaborative research and training activities and fostering multidisciplinary networking among researchers and health and environmental professionals from various organizations worldwide. In addition, she has successfully collaborated with other scientists on the writing of scientific documents, reports, and manuscripts, and given presentations to disseminate scientific information, methodologies, and research findings.

Robert Martiniano, MPA, DrPH

Evaluation Officer

As Evaluation Officer of OHWRC, Mr. Martiniano is responsible for designing and implementing evaluation strategies—including overall project goals and objectives, dissemination strategy, the website, outreach efforts, and the impact of OHWRC’s research on health workforce planning—as well as for the individual research projects in terms of both process and outcomes. Working closely with the Director and Deputy Directors, Mr. Martiniano oversees the development of feedback instruments used in the evaluation of the website and other materials developed and disseminated by OHWRC.Mr. Martiniano has extensive experience in survey design, data collection, and analyzing large data sets, including all of the elements of the NYHWDS, the American Community Survey and other U.S. Census Bureau data sets, and various U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data sets. As senior program manager at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), Mr. Martiniano has been project director on a number of evaluation projects, including evaluations of staff training in nursing homes and home health agencies; regional implementation of HIT solutions; efficacy of statewide programs, specifically the distribution of H1N1 vaccine by the New York State Department of Health; and implementation of a regional health information organization (RHIO).

Leanne Keough

Communications Director

As communications officer of OHWRC, Ms. Keough assists in the development of all written and visual collateral produced by OHWRC to ensure a high level of quality and alignment with brand standards. Other responsibilities include integrated marketing, overall branding strategy, and maintenance of the OHWRC website. Ms. Keough also serves as the communications director for the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), where she oversees the development of all print and digital materials, establishes branding guidelines, maintains multiple websites, and manages public relations and promotion. Prior to her work with CHWS, she was a copywriter for various pharmaceutical advertising agencies in Upstate New York and Manhattan. Ms. Keough has also held positions for both marketing and communications firms. Her specialties include promotional and educational writing, editing, conceptual development and execution, creative direction, global branding, project management, public relations, and event planning.

Matt Allegretti

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. Mr. Allegretti utilizes his skills in writing, content creation, editing, design layout, and public relations. Prior to working at CHWS, he worked as a marketing associate at a successful tech startup. He holds a BA in Classics and a MFA in Writing from The College of Saint Rose.

Theekshana Fernando, MBBS, MPH

Project Assistant

Theekshana Fernando began as a project assistant for CHWS in 2020. He primarily works as a researcher for OHWRC projects. Theekshana specializes in research that includes legislative research and advocacy, program development and evaluation, and health education. Prior to accepting his current position, he worked as a medical doctor at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal for a year before deciding to shift focus from clinical medicine to public health. Theekshana worked as a research assistant at the Department of Health Policy and Management at the School of Public Health at the University at Albany and as a Student Assistant working for the Maternal Mortality Review Program at the New York State Department of Health. In addition, he also completed two professional internships at the New York State Association of County Health Officials and the Community Health Care Association of New York State working on several policy projects.

Shen Wang

Research Associate

Shen Wang started at CHWS as a graduate research assistant in 2015 and accepted his position as a research associate in 2016. He performs survey analysis and database management on several New York State projects, including Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) initiatives and the New York State health workforce registration surveys. Mr. Wang specializes in data and model analysis, database management, and GIS, network, and system dynamic analysis. Before joining CHWS, he worked as a research assistant at the New York State Office of Mental Health in the Office of Performance Measurement and Evaluation. He holds an MPA with a concentration in Policy Analysis from the Rockefeller College at the University at Albany, SUNY, and a Master’s of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the School of Public Health at the University at Albany, SUNY.

Debra Krohl

Administrative Support

As the main administrative support, Debra Krohl is essential to the smooth operation of OHWRC. Ms. Krohl provides support for OHWRC staff by handling meeting scheduling, facilitating travel planning, helping to maintain the website, providing logistical support, and other day-to-day administrative needs. Ms. Krohl has served as program assistant for the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) for more than a decade. Her skill set and organizational upkeep span across mainstream office skills. Her specialized skills include manipulating documents in MS Office applications, website maintenance through content management systems, Photoshop design, and large-scale meeting planning. Ms. Krohl played an instrumental role in the planning of the U.S.-hosted International Medical Workforce Collaborative Conference in New York City in 2010.