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Who is ACOA...?

The Commissioned Officers Association (COA) is a voluntary professional organization of Commissioned Officers of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). 

The Atlanta Branch of the Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) endeavors to advance the PHS Commissioned Corps by uniting and serving approximately 1,000 plus Atlanta-based Commissioned Officers and advocating for their interests through leadership and communication.  

Led by the Executive Committee, the ACOA is working to:

  • Advance public health knowledge
  • Elevate the professional standards and efficiency of public health workers
  • Promote the interests of the USPHS and its officers
  • Strengthen the relationships between Atlanta-area USPHS Commissioned Officers and other public health workers




Elected Officers


LCDR Jona Johnson


LCDR Katrina Sloan


LCDR Shayne Gallaway


LT Sandra Miller


LCDR Tara Houda

Events Planning

LCDR Jessica Tomov 

LT Gideon Esuzor

Community Service

CDR Shwana Coleman 

LCDR Rashid Njai

Professional Development

CDR Lori Hall 

LCDR Rachael Cook


LCDR Meredith Pyle

LT Angela Coulliette-Salmond


LCDR Sunshine Jones-Chaney

What we're About!




More information on Membership


The mission of the Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association of the U. S. Public Health Service is to offer opportunities to Atlanta based officers to give back locally to the community, enjoy camaraderie and esprit de corps.



The Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association of the U. S. Public Health Service is the premier, award-winning local COA branch that supports the national COA and ACOA's active, inactive and retired officers.

This page last reviewed December 13, 2019

Please send website comments, newsletter ideas, and other ACOA feedback to ACOA Communication Co-Chairs CDR Christye Brown and LCDR Sunshine Jones-Chaney.

The contents of the web site or communication of employee association information through other government resources does not constitute or imply endorsement of the operations and activities of the association by CDC or HHS.

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