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Jan 2006Aug 2014

Vice President of Information Technology


Managing $12M per year in information technology, public health, and health contracts for Atlanta consulting operation serving five major centers within CDC. Day to day responsibility for operations, managing client relationships and creating business development opportunities. Oversee staff of 90+ full-time professionals and 30+ part-time consultants. Serve as a key member of corporate leadership/strategy team.

Oct 2002Dec 2005

Program Manager/it Director

Program Manager/IT Director. Joined the company to build information technology service offering and acted as consultant and IT director on five major application development projects. Also, served as program manager for all technology and general consulting contracts which included management responsibility for 45 staff and consultants and daily management of 10-20 concurrent projects. Built information technology service offering and grew business to represent $5M in annual service revenue. Provided strategic counsel to client and managed five application development and technical support contracts worth approximately $5 million. Directly in charge of oversight of all recruitment, placement, and monitoring of 20 IT staff members. Utilized PMI-sanctioned project management techniques to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects enabling company to achieve 75% + of projects on budget. Successfully navigated the Federal contract procurement process; developed complex technical and cost proposals, budgets, and reports that led to a 85-90% company win rate.
Feb 2001Oct 2002

Program Manager/it Director


Chief Program Manager for all IT projects in Atlanta Office and senior staff for numerous public health, management, and organizational consultation projects. Responsible for recruitment of staff and consultants, project management, business development, and project consultation. Established IT presence Atlanta office with web development, statistical analysis, Section 508 compliance, and database development projects. Developed complex technical and cost proposals, budgets, and reports for Federal Government clients including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), SAMHSA, and HRSA within the Department of Health and Human Services. Gained expertise with Government regulations and contract procurement practices as well as the ability to successfully market and build programs.

Dec 1999Feb 2001

Project Manager


Chief liaison between development staff and clients responsible for setting project schedules and direction, managing deliverables, controlling budgets and costs, and solving technology and operational problems for global technology implementations. Managed project teams of 5-15 programmers. Managed international E-business projects in US, Japan, Hong Kong, and China in conjunction with leading portal developers such as US Interactive, iXL, and IEI. Projects include eSinoMed, a Chinese medicine and e-health portal, and Xsite, a Japanese ecommerce shopping mall. Developed operational and business practices and protocols, performance of pre-sale activities, business and partnership development to solidify and streamline operational infrastructure with established standard operating procedures. Managed the research, contract negotiation, build-out, and vendor coordination of a new 7000 s.f. office space. Performed training and consulting services as Diginexo, Inc.(A VeriSign Affiliate) for information security services including public key infrastructure(PKI), VeriSign Onsite, CheckPoint Firewall-1, and digital certificates.

Jun 1996Nov 1999

Assistant Director of Medical Informatics (IT Analyst)


Performed hands-on technology practices including planning, developing, and maintaining networks and server farms; researching, evaluating, and implementing new technologies; and establishing best-practices. Served as the Pediatrics Year 2000 Project Manager and an integral Y2K facilitator/consultant for the entire School of Medicine that resulted in successful remediation of 500+ computers and scientific equipment. Generated contingency plans to back up mission-critical research and business systems that supported the multi-million dollar healthcare operation. Maintained the information resources for 300 users by providing project implementation management, supervising other technical support professionals, and guaranteed 95% + up-time of critical services. Responsible for customer service/help desk activities including monitoring of network traffic, maintenance of mail/file/financial servers, interacting with users, and creating status reports and executive documentation for senior officers. Supported IDX Application including exposure to ICD-9 codes.





Aug 2013Dec 2014

Executive Masters of Public Health (Expected Dec. 2014)

Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

Two Dimensional (2D) Barcoding Immunization Pilot Training

Performing training for the CDC pilot across 40 sites demonstrating the proper usage of barcode scanning into Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Immunization Information Systems (IIS). Attached slides were used for this training.


Marsha Vanderford, Ph.D, Associate Director for Communications for the CDC Center for Global Health

I worked with Joe since 2006 extensively in my previous position as the Chief of the Emergency Risk Communication Branch in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, where Joe has helped to ensure that CDC’s Emergency Communication System had the staff to respond during events such as the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the 2009-10 H1N1 Influenza pandemic, several hurricane events, and food-borne outbreaks. During my tenure in that role, Joe led a team of talented professionals from McKing Consulting Corporation to provide us with excellent service that was truly essential to our organization. Although he works for a consulting company, Joe’s approach over the years has focused on making the best decision for CDC and for public health. He is a creative problem solver who was able to unravel many of my challenging contract and staffing problems that were essential to running my program. For example, I worked with him during shortly after the detection of pandemic H1N1 influenza to help design and implement staffing model to ensure we had the properly experienced staff for each of our 11 teams that supported the Joint Information Center. Those staff and their ability to work as a team was essential to CDC’s overall response to H1N1. Joe is consistent, methodical, and reliable and made the most daunting deadlines imposed by me or my senior leadership. He is an analytical thinker and was able to quickly pick up on a wide range of public health emergency topics from evaluation of pandemic influenza risk communication to the redesign of our Epi-X secure communication system. Joe is well-respected across CDC and has been involved in several other programs outside of preparedness, including the new Epi-Info and development of a budget formulation tool for the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.

Jack Jackson, Vice President, McKing Consulting

I have worked with Joe since 2001 when I recruited him to lead our information technology/informatics practice. At the time, he was new to CDC but he rapidly picked up knowledge and deep understanding and experience with CDC programs very quickly. He grew to being much more than just the IT lead for our organization. In addition to his informatics expertise, he also is a lead for health communications and marketing projects as well as preparedness-related projects. Joe was the lead in several of our infectious diseases/lab research support and he was in charge of supporting the programs at CDC. In 2006, Joe became one of our Vice Presidents because he exhibited an outstanding level of leadership and commitment to the CDC programs. He has the ability to work directly with critical players and stakeholders at CDC. Joe does not just work on short-term projects, but rather he engages with the program to help develop working programs. Since he would manage teams of up to 25 people, he had excellent leadership skills with a fair yet demanding management style. He was excellent working with individuals on the everyday details of projects as well as at the senior or executive level, making presentations, providing recommendations, and working with CDC staff to solve problems. Joe has authored many project reports, proposals, and documents. He was a top performer within our organization who was routinely relied upon to tackle complicated tasks or start-up projects. I have worked closely with a lot of talented people in public health over my career, including CDC directors and state health officials. Joe stacks up with the best of them. He cares about the CDC programs he serves and wants to do what is best for the program and ultimately what is the best solution for public health.


Program Management/Project Management
Certified PMP with extensive experience running programs for IT and Public Health projects.
Understanding of Federal Government operations, especially with contracting, financial management, and working with health agencies like CDC.
Workforce Management
Recruited, supervised, and managed a staff of up to 80 professionals and expert consultants.
Contract Management
Managed numerous contracts and subcontract agreements totaling $12M+.
Health Information Technology
Strong management level understanding, providing leadership, and ability to liaise between technical and clinical/lay users.
Experience working in Federal Public Health, Academic Medicine, and Clinical Health IT Operations.
Electronic Medical Records
Exposure to 10 EMRs used via immunizations with the two-dimensional (2D) barcoding program.


Jul 2005Jun 2015

Project Management Professional

Project Management Institute
Certified project manager.