Meet Our Team

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MARK MARTZ, PhD, MPA

Dr. Martz serves as Director of the Arizona Center for Tobacco Cessation and Assistant Professor of Practice in the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health since 2018. Mark brings over 20 years of experience managing and supporting systems-level initiatives within the nonprofit and public health care services delivery, policy, and administration sectors.

markmartz@arizona.edu 

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MARY E. GILLES, MD

Dr. Gilles has served as the Medical Director of the Arizona Center for Tobacco Cessation since 2019. Mary has worked as an Internist at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System for 25 years. For the past two decades she has educated health professionals across the U.S. on the health impact of tobacco use and evidence-based nicotine dependence treatment.

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ED DURKIN, BS

A graduate of the Eller School of Management, Ed has served as the Public Private Partnership Consultant for the Arizona Center for Tobacco Cessation since 2020. Ed brings over 15 years’ experience forging and cultivating business to business and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining the Center, Ed was employed as a member of the Phoenix Suns Partnership Sales Team.

edurkin@arizona.edu

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MARK BOLDT, MS, TTS

Mark serves as the Director of the Tobacco Cessation Training Institute since 2019. Mark brings 15 years of experience in training and managing community based programs. Prior to joining the Center, Mark was employed as a Cessation Coordinator for the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin, TX and as a Regional Coordinator for the Tobacco Control Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in Boston, MA.

boldt1@email.arizona.edu

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Krista

KRISTA WALKER, MSW, TTS

Krista serves as a Tobacco Treatment Specialist for the Tobacco Cessation Training Institute since 2019. Krista brings over 9 years of experience in Tobacco cessation, working at ASHLine since 2012. Prior to joining the Training Institute and ASHLine Krista was employed as a family and child social worker for the Holland Center in Cave Creek, AZ.

kjwalker1@email.arizona.edu

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Jazmin

JAZMIN VILLAVICENCIO, BS, TTS

Jazmin has served as a Tobacco Treatment Training Specialist since 2020. Prior to joining the Training Institute, Jazmin was employed as an Arizona Tribal Liaison for First Thing First and as Senior Research Program Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Jazmin is currently enrolled in the University of Arizona Master of Public Health Program.

jazminv@email.arizona.edu

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Alma Anderson

ALMA E. ANDERSON, MA, NCTTP, TTS

Alma serves as the Assistant Director of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) since 2021. Alma brings over 10 years of experience developing and delivering tobacco treatment services working as a Behavioral Counselor and Clinical Supervisor since 2014. Prior to joining ASHLine, Alma was employed as a Spanish Language Tobacco Treatment Specialist for the Truth Initiative in Washington D.C.

almaa@arizona.edu

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LORI CHANG, LMSW, TTS

Lori serves as the Clinical Lead Supervisor for the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine). She accepted this position in September, 2021. Prior to working at ASHLine, Lori was employed as a Clinical Supervisor for Intermountain Centers in Tucson, AZ.

ljlc2@arizona.edu

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Monica

MONICA A. MARTINEZ, BS, TTS

Monica serves as the Client Support Supervisor for the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) and has worked at ASHLine since 2018. Prior to joining ASHLine, Monica volunteered at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the Pro Peru Services Corp in Cusco, Peru.

monicamartinez1@arizona.edu 

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Nancy

NANCY C. O. HART, BS, BA, TTS

Nancy serves as the Referral Coordinator of the Arizona Smokers’ Helpline (ASHLine) since 2018. Prior to joining ASHLine, Nancy was employed as the Coordinator Specialist at Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health in Tucson, AZ.

nco@arizona.edu

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Yolanda

YOLANDA PEREZ, MPH

Yolanda serves as the Center’s Data and Evaluation Manager and has been a part of the College of Public Health for six years while completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees in public health. Prior to joining the Center, Yolanda was employed as the Accounting Manager and Administrative Officer at Micromex in Tucson, AZ.

yolandaperez@arizona.edu

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Dirk

DIRK TIMMERMANN, BA

Dirk serves as the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Director of Information technology since January 2021. Dirk has more than 20 years of experience within the IT field. Prior to his current role, Dirk was employed as Vice President of IT for Sinfonia RX, Vice President of Infrastructure for Tabula Rasa Health Care, and as Director of IT for the UA College of Pharmacy.

dtimmerm@arizona.edu 

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Michael

MICHAEL BEILEY, BS, BA

Michael serves as the lead software application developer for the Center. He graduated from the University of Arizona Honors College in May 2019 with degrees in Computer Science (B.S., Honors) and Psychology (B.A.).

mrbeiley@arizona.edu 

 

PATRICK O’CONNOR, PhD

Patrick serves as the Data Scientist for the Center and has worked as a Senior Research Specialist for ASHLine since 2016. Prior to joining the Center and ASHLine, Pat was employed as a Senior Biostatistician at Avania Clinical in Marlborough, MA.

Patrickaoconnor@arizona.edu

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Julie

JULIE NGUYEN, BS

Julie has served as the Administrative Associate for the Arizona Center for Tobacco Cessation since 2010. She has 12 years of experience in organizational administration.

Julier1@arizona.edu