ISID TEAM

ISID Team

Martine Coutu
Martine Coutu

Martine Coutu

Interim Executive Director

Upon graduating from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 1989, Martine did not suspect that some people willingly organized conferences for a living. And enjoyed it. In 1993, she was recruited by what was then one of Montreal’s premier PCOs, Events International Meeting Planners, as Director of Exhibits and Social Events. Over the following eight years she amassed a vast store of experience culminating in the millennium, planning ten large international congresses in Montreal, the US and abroad. By 2001 she was ready for a change, and began operating her own company, Meeting Consultant. Over the next five years she shifted gears and explored smaller promotional and marketing projects, as well as collaboration on six major international congresses. Martine went on to work for the Société Internationale d’Urologie as the Director of Meeting Organization and Office Operations, and later became Executive Director before joining ISID in 2020.

Looking ahead into the future, Martine envisions herself contributing to the steadiness and development of ISID, with an extraordinary and creative team of colleagues, and actively encouraging the initiatives that the Society chooses to pursue. For her, there are few things more satisfying than to empower the group to get inspired and reach the goals they set out. Except maybe hugging her granddaughter.

Catherine Crowley
Catherine Crowley

Catherine C. Crowley

Director of Business Development

Catherine has worked in healthcare for over 20 years. She began her career as a pharmaceutical sales representative working for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in the field calling on physicians and hospitalists in the Chicago area. Her passion for improving the lives of patients around the world led her to the American College of CHEST Physicians as the Senior Manager for Exhibits and Sponsorship Sales. There she worked with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to include disease states such as COPD, IPF, PAH and Lung Cancer as well as critical care medicine. In 2019 Catherine started in her current role as the current Director of Business Development at ISID. Her hope is to learn more about international and global health as well as expand her role in the public health arena.

Britta Lassmann
Britta Lassmann

Britta Lassmann, MD

Program Director

Dr. Lassmann is an infectious diseases physician with a longstanding interest in global health. Since graduating from Medical School in Vienna, Austria she has trained and worked at Mayo Clinic, Yale University and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Her international work and drive to provide care to medically underserved patients brought her to Africa, Southeast Asia and South America.

Much of Britta’s interest focuses on international knowledge transfer and the global exchange and sharing of best medical practices through digital technology. She is drawn to data driven insights and the use of analytical methods to optimize population-based health outcomes. As the Program Director of the International Society for Infectious Diseases she is responsible for developing and overseeing the Society’s educational, scientific, and professional programs. She has received project development support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Elsevier Foundation, IBM, the US Agency for International Development and many others.

Taryn Silver Lorthe
Taryn Silver Lorthe

Taryn Silver Lorthe, MPH

Director of Marketing & Communications

Taryn Silver Lorthe is the Director of Marketing and Communications for ISID. She joined the ISID team in 2017. Before joining ISID Taryn spent over five years living and working in Haiti managing and directing small organizations focused on community health and nutrition. She also worked and lived in Israel and Kenya. Taryn has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Sciences from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on International Health from Boston University. In her spare time Taryn enjoys practicing yoga and hiking with her husband, son, and two dogs.

Linda C. MacKinnon
Linda C. MacKinnon

Linda C. MacKinnon, MPH, PMP

Deputy Executive Director
Director of Emerging Disease Surveillance

Linda is the Director of Emerging Disease Surveillance and champion of ISID’s Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED).  As a global health informatics professional with extensive leadership in programmatic development and infectious disease epidemiology, Linda is responsible for the day-to-day operations of ProMED and other innovative surveillance projects at ISID.  Prior to joining ISID, she was as a subject matter expert working to advance domestic and international electronic public health surveillance initiatives, including the H1N1 influenza pandemic of 2009.  Linda has worked in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on broad initiatives to strengthen health information systems in LMICs including Swaziland, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Vietnam, and Ukraine.  She also served as epidemiologist at CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID) here she led efforts to bolster active and passive surveillance systems, monitored outbreak detection algorithms, and supported numerous Department of Defense (DoD) laboratory information management systems.  She is a connector and advocate for infectious disease epidemiologists in the field and around the globe.

Linda is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer serving in Niger, West Africa and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).  She’s completing her PhD in Epidemiology and holds a Master of Public Health in International Health from Emory University, and undergraduate degree from Providence College.

Larry Madoff
Larry Madoff

Larry Madoff, MD

ProMED Editor

Dr. Larry Madoff is an infectious disease physician specializing in the epidemiology of emerging pathogens, bacterial pathogenesis, and international health.  He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Madoff serves as Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Dr. Madoff has served as the Editor of the International Society for Infectious Diseases’ Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) since 2002. He is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, Massachusetts Medical Society, past President of the U.S. Lancefield Streptococcal Research Society, a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. A graduate of Yale College and Tufts Medical School, he performed his Internal Medicine Residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and his Infectious Disease Fellowship at the Harvard Medical School-Longwood program.

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Laurence Mialot

Marketing and Program Manager

Laurence is a marketing and program manager for ISID and a ProMED copy-editor. She has been working for ISID for 20 years. Laurence has had the opportunity to travel to many interesting places for the ICID's. She also manages ISID's Guide to Infection Control and research grant program, organizes governance meetings, and coordinates the scientific program for ISID's meetings, amongst other tasks. She is an avid photographer and tutors French in her spare time.

Marjorie Pollack
Marjorie Pollack

Marjorie Pollack, MD

ProMED Deputy Editor

Dr. Marjorie Pollack is the Deputy Editor of ProMED-mail, and resident Epidemiology and Surveillance ProMED Moderator.  As a Consultant Medical Epidemiologist and long-standing leader within ProMED’s community of practice, Dr. Pollack is responsible for onboarding and mentoring new ProMED moderators around the globe as well as identifying new partners to help further ProMED-mail Regional network coverage. After completing an Internal Medicine Residency, Dr. Pollack trained at the United States (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and Preventive Medicine Residency.

Along with day-to-day ProMED projects and responsibilities, Dr. Pollack is often called upon to speak about innovative surveillance techniques and has supported various worldwide agencies such as: The CDC, Global 2000, US Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organization (WHO), Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the European Economic Community (EEC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the World Bank.  Dr. Pollack has worked extensively in over 50 lower and middle-income countries (LMICs) in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Western Pacific region.  Dr. Pollack is credited with sending out the first Request for Information (RFI) identifying the COVID-19 cluster of undiagnosed pneumonia cases on 30 Dec 2019 and many other sentinel reports to thousands of ProMED readers.

John W. Ramatowski
John W. Ramatowski

John Ramatowski, MSc, MMSc

Assistant Program Director

John Ramatowski has served with ISID for five years and currently works as the Assistant Program Director. He obtained his Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Public Health from Tufts University in 2016 and a dual degree Master’s of Science in One Health and Infectious Diseases from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College in 2018. He has a second Master’s of Medical Sciences from Boston University School of Medicine. He has conducted research on antimicrobial resistance and treatment failure experiences within human and veterinary sectors in Uganda, infectious disease outbreaks related to the movement of displaced populations, and assessed HIV treatment and prevention programs in South Africa. Additionally, he has served as an emergency medical professional working with multiple agencies in the United States.

Doris Steinbach
Doris Steinbach

Doris Steinbach

Conference Manager

Doris Steinbach is the Conference Manager for the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID). She handles the operation and logistics for the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) and International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (IMED). Doris has been involved with ISID for over 28 years.

Angela Tsopelas
Angela Tsopelas

Angela Tsopelas

Director of Finance

Angela is the Director of Finance and Operations and has been with ISID for 13 years.  Angela supports many ongoing projects and is the lead for contract and financial management, federal compliance, and all aspects of ISID’s financial reporting.  In her role, Angela also supports ISID headquarters staff, consultants, and partners around the globe, allowing ISID to respond to proposals and funding opportunities on a continual basis.  Her busy season is around the times of International Congresses and large-scale meetings as ISID brings thousands of practitioners together.

For over 20 years, in addition to supporting ISID’s programs and projects, Angela provides accounting, taxation, and financial management consulting services to a diverse business and individual client base in the New England area.  She is a member of a variety of Certified Public Accounting (CPA) organizations and is an authorized tax practitioner with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Despite living in Boston for many years, Angela is an enthusiast of the Green Bay Packers!