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Joan Stine Award

Past Recipients

2022 Joan Stine Award Recipient

John O’Hara

John was a longtime leader in the fight for smokefree indoor air. In 1975, John started his passionate mission to take down Big Tobacco and fight for non-smokers’ rights. He started and served as president for the Bowie Group Against Smokers’ Pollution (Bowie GASP) which later became Maryland GASP. He fought tirelessly to pass laws to outlaw smoking indoors at all workplaces including stores, hospitals, restaurants, bars, casinos, and sporting venues. John was responsible for getting NSA to go smoke-free. He was an expert on the harmful ingredients found in tobacco smoke with many articles published in National Health Journals and many speaking credits at local, national, and international tobacco control conferences. He has received the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) National Lifesaver Award and the ACS Ted Marrs award; the latter is the highest national award given by the ACS for advocacy. He earned master’s degrees from University of Pennsylvania and the National War College and his PhD from the Catholic University of America, becoming a professor at George Washington University. He passed away on Monday, October 11, 2021 from prostate cancer but his many contributions to the field of tobacco control will persist.

Deepak Janaki

2021 Joan Stine Award Recipient

Dr. Janaki Deepak
Director, University of Maryland Tobacco Health Practice

Dr. Deepak is director of Lung Cancer Screening and Tobacco Health & Treatment at the School of Medicine. She is also director of the University of Maryland Tobacco Health Practice and lung screening program at the University of Maryland Medical Center. She is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. In her role as a clinician educator, she serves as career mentor and delivers numerous lectures, and serves a co-investigator on several funded research projects. Her articles have been cited in several journals and publications. Dr. Deepak graduated with honors from Seth Gordhandas Sunderdas Medical College, Mumbai, India, completed her radiology residency from King Edward Memorial Hospital also in Mumbai, and practiced as a radiologist. Upon her arrival to the U.S., she completed an internal medicine residency at Medstar Harbor Hospital and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Wayne Farrare

2020 Joan Stine Award Recipient

Wayne Farrare

Tobacco Enforcement Coordinator
Caroline County Health Department

2019 Joan Stine Award Recipient

Bill Wiseman, MAHE

Former Director, Public Health Education
Harford County Health Department

Michaeline Fedder

2018 Joan Stine Award Recipient

Michaeline Fedder

Former Government Relations Director
American Heart Association

Michaeline chaired the Smoke-Free Maryland Coalition from 1999-2005, which played a major role in the passage of the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007 and three tobacco tax increases between 1999-2008. She served on the committee that produced the Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan 2004-2008; Our Call to Action. The coalition helped to ensure that the historic Master Settlement Agreement dollars coming into Maryland, established into the Cigarette Restitution Fund are allocated, at least in part, toward the prevention of tobacco-caused disease. Michaeline is a long-time leader of the Maryland Public Health Association (MdPHA): she served as President in 1992, and as the Affiliate Representative to the APHA Governing Council for many years.

2017 Joan Stine Award Recipient

Joan Stine

Former Director of the Center for Health Promotion, Education, and Tobacco Use Prevention
Maryland Department of Health

This award was created in Joan’s honor as recognition and appreciation for her service to the people of Maryland. Joan is the former Director of the Center for Health Promotion, Education, and Tobacco Use Prevention at the Maryland Department of Health (MDH). Starting at MDH when smoking was still permissible inside state office buildings, Ms. Stine championed and advocated for stronger tobacco prevention and control regulation across Maryland with great success. During her time as Center Director, virtually all indoor workplaces in Maryland, including bars and restaurants, became smoke-free; the framework for the historic Master Settlement Agreement dollars coming into Maryland was established into the Cigarette Restitution Fund, as she led staff support to the Governor’s Task Force to End Smoking in Maryland; the Maryland Tobacco Quitline was launched; and she established Maryland’s two long-standing tobacco resource centers that have aided countless Marylanders: the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and the Maryland Resource Center for Quitting Use and Initiation of Tobacco (MDQuit) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Upon her retirement from MDH, Ms. Stine has advocated for healthy parents, families, and communities through the creation of nurturing relationships during early child development. She has served as the Chair of Maryland Essentials for Childhood; a member of the State Council on Child Abuse and Neglect; a member of the Children’s Justice Act Committee; a board member of the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence; a board member of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women; and a Circle of Security Parenting trainer.