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Deanna graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse in 2001. She joined the NYS Department of Health in 2002 with the Center for Environmental Health (CEH). She spent 12 years with the Bureau of Environmental Exposure Investigation working on projects related to contaminated site evaluation and assessment, toxic substance assessment, drinking water supply protection, and recreational health. She later served as the CEH Director of Strategic Priorities and Planning providing leadership and guidance to management and staff, developing and implementing new programs to address the State’s environmental health priorities and emerging issues. This work included the development of policy, guidance, and regulation. She led Strategic Planning efforts at CEH to strengthen the environmental health programs, sustain and improve operational efficiencies, and expand promotion of public health.
Deanna also worked as a Project Manager with the Director of the Office of Health Insurance Programs, where she facilitated intra- and inter-agency collaboration for large-scale health initiatives including Medicaid Redesign activities and the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program.
Since joining the Wadsworth Center in 2020, Deanna has taken significant responsibility for a $700 million grant to the Department and a $630 million supplement from the CDC that will support NY’s response to COVID-19.