Executive Committee

Marc Watterson

Chair of UTFA

Marc WattersonMarc Watterson is the Utah Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He is the proud father of two beautiful girls and husband to an amazing wife. He enjoys nothing more in life than spending time with them. Marc graduated from BYU with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Communications. He has been heavily involved in Utah politics for the past decade in a variety of roles including: legislative intern, campaign manager, contract lobbyist, and in his current role with the AHA/ASA. The AHA/ASA is dedicated to helping individuals and communities build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Garrett Harding

UTFA Vice Chair

Garrett HardingGarrett Harding, BS is the Outreach Coordinator of the Community Outreach and Prevention Education program at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI). His program assesses need for, implements, and evaluates cancer prevention education efforts using evidence-based practices. Mr. Harding works in collaboration with internal clinical and research programs and external community partners to address health equity in targeted populations and reduce the burden of cancer in Utah. His program educates approximately 85,000 individuals per year in English and Spanish across HCI’s patient catchment area, with projects ranging from radon awareness and tobacco cessation interventions to cancer screening, sun safety, and lifestyle factors related to primary prevention and cancer risk.

Mr. Harding is a trained patient navigator, certified tobacco cessation facilitator, and is fluent in Spanish. In addition to his role at HCI and as UTFA Vice-Chair, he serves on the Utah Cancer Action Network executive committee and is an active member of the Utah Public Health Association, Utah Worksite Wellness Council, the Society for Public Health Education, and the Cancer Patient Education Network. Mr. Harding is passionate about community-based education, social marketing, and policy interventions that promote behavior change. Outside of work, he reads, writes, travels, and plays golf and tennis.

Ronald 'Steve' Hanson

UTFA Membership Coordinator

Ronald Steve HansonRonald 'Steve' Hanson is the manager for the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program at the Salt Lake County Health Department. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master of public health degree, both from the University of Utah. After years of working with patients as a respiratory equipment technician to treat conditions such as asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema—and seeing firsthand the devastating effects of smoking—Steve decided to shift career paths to work with the public to prevent these conditions. He could not be happier with his current role in preventing tobacco use, in all its forms, and helping current users quit. When he is not fighting Big Tobacco, Steve enjoys spending time with his wife and two small children at their home in Kearns, Utah . . . and playing his guitar and mandolin in those very rare moments of free time.

Linnea L. Fletcher, MPH, MPA, CHES

UTFA Treasurer

Linnea FletcherLinnea Fletcher received a bachelor’s degree in public health from BYU-Idaho in 2010 and began her career working at the American Red Cross as an instructor and coordinator of emergency preparedness and disaster recovery. At the same time, she pursued her graduate work at the University of Utah, working on dual degrees in the Master of Public Health and Master of Public Administration programs.

Upon completing her graduate studies, she worked as an Environmental Health Scientist with the Utah Department of Agriculture. In 2013 she was hired by the Bureau of Health Promotion at the Utah Department of Health to coordinate OUTRAGE!, the statewide anti-tobacco youth coalitions. She also led the effort to revise the youth cessation curriculum for the Ending Nicotine Dependence program for the state of Utah. In 2014, Linnea was hired by the Utah County Division of Health Promotion to serve as the Tobacco Program Manager where she now supervises all tobacco prevention and control efforts. In this role, she has enjoyed the challenge of leading policy development and implementation efforts for a new regulation that focuses on the prevention of youth access to electronic cigarettes and the safe manufacturing of e-liquid on a county and state level. Linnea was the proud recipient of the “Excellence in Innovation” award in 2014 and the “Excellence in Policy Efforts” award from the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program in 2015. While not working on public health endeavors, Linnea enjoys traveling the globe, spending time with her family, and spoiling her nieces and nephews!

Hilary Makris

UTFA Secretary

Hilary MakrisHilary Makris works for the Tooele County Health Department in Tobacco Prevention and Control. She graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Utah in Behavioral Science and Health and a master's in Public Health from Westminster College. Hilary grew up in Salt Lake but currently resides in Tooele.

Jordan Merrill

Co-Chair of the Business Workgroup

Jordan MerrillJordan Merrill currently works for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department as a Health Educator. His role at Southwest is to educate and implement policy change aimed at unhealthy behaviors targeting tobacco use as well as nutritional/physical activity policies. Jordan's efforts focus on business's and worksite policies to ensure optimal tobacco policies are in place. His educational background from Southern Utah University and fun loving personality allow for a fresh take on the ever evolving fight against tobacco. He enjoys seeing the immediate changes in the lives of those affected by healthy policy changes, but can't wait to see the far reaching affect that the one pebble of policy change will create long term.

Jesse Joseph

Co-Chair of the Business Workgroup

Jesse JosephJesse Joseph currently works as a Health Program Specialist with the Utah Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program and oversees local partner contracts, statewide trainings, and the Ending Nicotine Dependence (END) youth program. Previously, Mr. Joseph served as the Tobacco Program Manager at a local health department where he trained and educated business owners, city and county officials, and other community members on Utah tobacco laws and preventing underage youth tobacco sales. He is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and earned his Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from Utah State University.

Dr. Sarah Woolsey

Co-Chair of the Clinical Workgroup

Dr. Sarah WoolseyDr. Sarah Woolsey is a board-certified in Family Medicine and a current Medical Director with HealthInsight, Utah’s Quality Improvement Network, and Regional Health Collaborative. She is actively engaged in the advancement of quality and value initiatives in Utah through quality improvement, advancing transparency, and community convening. She is committed to success for primary care and community groups to bend the curve on chronic disease cost and morbidity. She is passionate that patient engagement and community involvement are critical for success and is current a coach with the SCALE pilot of the 100 Million Healthier lives campaign. She has worked in primary care for 14 years with underserved populations in Salt Lake City as a full-spectrum family doctor. Dr. Woolsey currently maintains an active in/outpatient practice with the Community Health Centers of Salt Lake City. She was chosen as Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Advisor in January 2012 and is the current Chair of the Board of the Utah Academy of Family Physicians.

Michael Measom, MD

Co-Chair of the Clinical Workgroup

Michael Measom MDDr. Measom attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Doctorate in Medicine. He also took a year off from medical school to do research at the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholar.

He did his Residency in Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and then did a Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at The Medical University of South Carolina. After the fellowship, he spent the next 8 years as an academic faculty member in the department of psychiatry before moving to Salt Lake City. He left academics having been an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah.

He currently works in Salt Lake City as the Medical Director of an ACT (assertive community treatment) program, a residential program for young adults, and a private practice with a focus on Addiction Psychiatry.
He is board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry and addiction medicine.

Brook Carlisle

Chair of the Community Education and Advocacy Workgroup

Brook CarlisleBrook Carlisle is the Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).  In that role, she advocates for laws and policies that help people fight cancer and save lives.  In her four years at ACS CAN, Brook has worked on federal and state laws aimed at ensuring access to cancer prevention and treatment, reducing exposure to secondhand smoke, and reducing the price that a cancer patient pays for certain chemotherapy drugs.  

Prior to joining ACS CAN, Brook spent five years at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.  She received her Bachelor of Political Science from Rhodes College and Master of Public Administration from American University.

Julie Christie, MPH, MCHES

Tobacco Prevention and Control Program
Chair of the Health Systems Policy Workgroup

Julie ChristieJulie Christie is the Health Plan Liaison for the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program with the Utah Department of Health. She works with health plans, encouraging them to provide tobacco cessation to their members, without cost-sharing, as recommended by the Affordable Care Act. She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Utah and is also a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.