Center Staff

Jean Moore, DrPH, MSN

Director


As director of OHWRC, Dr. Moore is responsible for administrative aspects and participates in the preparation and review of all research projects and reports, ensuring their policy relevance. She also directly oversees the work of the OHWRC’s Technology and Evaluation Officers. In addition, Dr. Moore plays a key role in the dissemination of information regarding the OHWRC, its activities, and the outcomes of its work.Dr. Moore brings over 17 years of experience as a health workforce researcher. For the past 14 years, she has been the director of the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany. Dr. Moore has contributed to all of the projects CHWS has completed during her tenure as Director, including its recent work examining oral health access and the oral health workforce in New Hampshire, North Dakota, and Maine. 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


As deputy director of OHWRC, Ms. Langelier assists the Director in preparation of all research projects and reports and in the OHWRC’s dissemination activities. Ms. Langelier seeks out opportunities for and coordinates the dissemination of OHWRC’s work products. She also works with the technology and communications officers to assist in the development and maintenance of the OHWRC’s Web site and social media presence.Ms. Langelier has served as a program research specialist at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) for 17 years, 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


In addition to her role as co-deputy director of OHWRC, Ms. Surdu also 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.

Gaetano J. Forte

Technology Officer


As technology officer of OHWRC, Mr. Forte utilizes advances in technology for a broad range of the center’s activities, including the dissemination of its work. Mr. Forte plays an important role in designing the OHWRC Web site, integrating evaluation activities into research efforts, and identifying opportunities for OHWRC staff to use evolving technologies to disseminate findings.Mr. Forte is currently the director of operations for the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), and has worked as a health workforce researcher for the Center for over a decade. He manages projects assessing the supply and demand for various health professionals. His other responsibilities include the management of technological resources, including server equipment, hardware, and software platforms for CHWS websites, email list manager, and online and off-line survey operations. Mr. Forte is also responsible for the testing of new technologies and their integration into the work processes of CHWS staff.

Leanne Keough

Communications Officer


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.

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 Director, 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).

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.