New Staff Members Join Surveillance and Investigation Division

Indiana Epidemiology Newsletter
May 2008

Pam Pontones, MA
Director, Surveillance and Investigation

Kristin Ryker, MPH, joined the Division on May 5 as the Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist, the position formerly held by Karee Buffin.  Kristin previously served as the Assessment Epidemiologist in the ISDH Immunization Program and supervised the Immunization field representatives.  As the Vaccine-Preventable Disease Epidemiologist, Kristin will conduct surveillance and outbreak investigation of vaccine-preventable diseases, provide training, and continue to collaborate with the Immunization Program.  Kristin earned her MPH with concentrations in epidemiology and behavioral health science from the Indiana University (Indianapolis) Department of Public Health in 2007.

Jill Stauffer, MS, also joined the Division on May 5 as the District 8 Field Epidemiologist.  Jill previously worked as an environmental health specialist at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration and served as a public health investigator at the ISDH from November 1985-October 1987.  As the District 8 Field Epidemiologist, Jill will provide local assistance with disease surveillance, outbreak investigation, and training to local health departments, hospitals, and other partners.  Jill earned her MS in health science and natural resources from Ball State University in 1988.  Rob Allen will continue to serve as the District 7 Field Epidemiologist.