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Welcome to the Atlanta Commissioned Officers Association


About 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 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


    2014 ACOA Exec Comm

    2014 ACOA Executive Committee



    Back Row (from left to right):


    LCDR Shane Davis,  LCDR Francisca Abanyie,  LT Roberto Garza
    LCDR Erin Grasso,  LT Kimberly Brinker,  LCDR Tara Foley,  LCDR Erik Reaves

    Front Row (from left to right): 


    LCDR Zewditu Demissie,  LT Jona Ogden,
    LCDR Neelam Ghiya,  LCDR Deborah Dee,  LT Jennifer Lind

    More information about 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.

    In meeting its commitment, the organization will provide various opportunities throughout the year to participate in professional development activities, volunteer in the community, and attend social and formal events.

    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.


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    LCDR Zewditu Demissie

    This page last reviewed September 3, 2014

    Please send website comments, newsletter ideas, and other ACOA feedback to ACOA Communication Co-Chairs LCDR Neelam Ghiya and LT Roberto Garza.

    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.