Operational Senior Leadership
MSM PRC is headed by the Principal Investigator and the Center Director with the Associate Center Director, Core Research Principal Investigator, four Assistant Directors in the areas of Community Development, Research, Evaluation and Cancer Prevention and a Research Administrator. Community Coalition Board (CCB) Chair: LaShawn Hoffman leads the CCB, who primarily sets policy, oversees operations, identifies research priorities and sets the strategic direction for achieving the Center’s long-term objectives. Mr. Hoffman represents the CCB on The CDC PRC National Community Committee.
Principal Investigator: Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH leads the entire Center, works with the Center Director and collaborates with MSM PRC Community Coalition Board to ensure the achievement of the Center's goals and objectives. He is the Associate Dean for Community Health, Professor and Chair Emeritus in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics.
Center Director: Tabia Henry Akintobi, PhD, MPH provides leadership and oversight for the daily operations of the Center including community-based evaluation and research projects, development of community partnerships, and implementation of health promotion and disease prevention initiatives. Dr. Henry Akintobi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine. She represents the Center in collaboration with institutional, local and national leaders seeking to foster effective translational research and evaluation between researchers and communities.
Center Core Research - Prevention Intervention: Meeting them at the Gate (PIMTAG)
Principal Investigator (PI): Ronald L. Braithwaite, PhD is the PI for the MSM PRC core research project (PIMTAG) funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National PRC Office. He is a Professor in the Departments of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Associate Center Director for Operations, Communications, Dissemination and Training: Lisa M. Goodin, MBA is responsible for operational leadership under the direction of CCB, PI and Center Director. She provides oversight in the communication and dissemination of effective culturally appropriate health information and research. She is the producer and co-host of the MSM PRC Community Health Connections radio broadcast, and represents MSM PRC on the CDC PRC National Communications Committee.
Lee S. Caplan, MD, PhD, MPH, Assistant Director, Research, is responsible for the development of quality research programs and the mentorship of new researchers. He is a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Clinician and Scientist and is a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
David Collins, Assistant Director, Community Development, is responsible for community liaison and development. He is the co-host of the MSM PRC Community Health Connections radio broadcast. Mr. Collins is the MSM PRC staff representative on the CDC PRC National Community Committee and the Chair of its Funding Committee.
Donoria Evans, MPH, Doctoral Candidate, Assistant Director, Evaluation Unit, is responsible for the oversight and execution of evaluation programs. She is the Center representative on the CDC PRC National Evaluation Committee.
Le’Roy E. Reese, PhD, Assistant Director, Cancer Prevention Research Unit, is responsible for the oversight of community-based cancer prevention research. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine.
Imani Lewis, MBA, Research Administrator, is responsible for the overall budgetary oversight and administrative functions of the Center’s core infrastructure.