Dr. Dan Hanfling - (Co-Chair)
INOVA Health System
Dan Hanfling, MD is special advisor to the Inova Health System in Falls Church, Virginia on matters related to emergency preparedness and disaster response. He is a board certified emergency physician practicing at Inova Fairfax Hospital, Northern Virginia’s Level I trauma center. He serves as an Operational Medical Director for air medical services and has responsibilities as a Medical Team Manager for Virginia Task Force One, a FEMA and USAID sanctioned international urban search and rescue team. He has been involved in the response to the Izmit, Turkey earthquake in 1999, the Pentagon in September 2001, the response to Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005, Gustav and Ike in 2008. He participated in the response to the devastating earthquake affecting Port au Prince, Haiti. Dr. Hanfling was integrally involved in the management of the response to the anthrax bioterror mailings in the fall of 2001, when two cases of inhalational anthrax were successfully diagnosed and managed at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Dr. Hanfling is a founding member of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance. He has testified before Congress on the issues of disaster preparedness, and lectures nationally and internationally on pre-hospital, hospital, and disaster related subjects. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on Establishing Standards of Care in Disaster Events. Dr. Hanfling received an AB in Political Science from Duke University, and was awarded his medical degree from Brown University. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the Miriam Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, and an Emergency Medicine Residency at George Washington/Georgetown University Hospitals. He is Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, Contributing Scholar at the UPMC Center for BioSecurity and adjunct Distinguished Senior Fellow at the George Mason University School of Public Policy.
Dr. John L. Hick - (Co-Chair)
Hennepin County Medical Center
John L. Hick, MD is a faculty emergency physician at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) and an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Minnesota. He serves as the Associate Medical Director for Hennepin County Emergency Medical Services and as Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at HCMC. He also serves the Minnesota Department of Health as the Medical Director for the Office of Emergency Preparedness. He is the founder and past chair of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Hospital Compact, a 30 hospital mutual aid and planning group active since 2002. He is involved at many levels of planning for surge capacity and crisis standards of care and traveled to Greece to assist their healthcare system preparations for the 2004 Summer Olympics as part of a 15 member CDC/HHS team. He has served as a member on IOM committees addressing crisis standards of care and is a national speaker on hospital preparedness issues. He has published numerous papers dealing with surge capacity, hospital preparedness for contaminated casualties, personal protective equipment, crisis care, and response to improvised nuclear device detonations.
Dr. Sarita A. Chung
Harvard Medical School
Sarita Chung, MD is the Director of Disaster Preparedness in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. Currently, she also serves on the Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council for the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Trained in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine, Dr. Chung is actively involved in all aspects of pediatric emergency preparedness, including research, teaching, and clinical care. In terms of her research, Dr. Chung published one of the first post-9/11 articles, examining the efficacy of web-based training in bioterrorism (at a time when such websites were proliferating, without evidence of their value) and showing that a web-based educational tool could not enhance the knowledge of emergency physicians. She has gone on to publish important concept and research papers on issues of pediatric disaster preparedness such as the role of hospital preparation for disasters involving children, school preparedness and reunification of children separated from their parents after a disaster. In terms of teaching, Dr. Chung is a nationally recognized lecturer on pediatric aspects of disaster preparedness, having presented at federal sponsored workshops and national pediatric meetings. She has also participated in national consensus conferences to discuss disaster preparedness for children. Dr. Chung is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard School of Medicine.
Dr. Carol Cunningham
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Carol Cunningham, MD was appointed State Medical Director for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Division of EMS in July 2004 and is a board certified emergency physician at Akron General Medical Center and an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University. She is the EMS Medical Director representative on the National EMS Advisory Council (NEMSAC), the immediate past chairperson of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Medical Directors Council, and serves on Ohio’s State Medical Coordination Committee. Dr. Cunningham received her medical degree and completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati. She has seven years of experience as a flight physician, eleven years of experience as a tactical EMS medical director, and is a fellow in the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Cunningham completed the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education and the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program at The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center for Homeland Defense and Security. She is the 2012 recipient of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine’s James Keaney Leadership Award. Dr. Cunningham was appointed to the EMS Examination Task Force by the American Board of Emergency Medicine as an item writer for the EMS subspecialty examination in addition to her continued duties as an oral board examiner. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of EMS (JEMS), a contributing editor for the EMS Insider, and an ad hoc member of the Department of Health and Human Services/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Health Care Technology and Decision Science panel. Dr. Cunningham is the co-principal investigator for the Model EMS Clinical Guidelines project, the NASEMSO physician representative working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the National EMS Education Standards Implementation Team, and also served as a member of the Education and Workforce Committee of the NEMSAC. She also serves on the EMS Program Steering Committee of the National Fire Academy Board of Visitors, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate’s First Responder Resource Group, and the EMS Support Team of the Department of Homeland Security/ Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) National Integration Center Strategic Resource Group.
Dr. Brian W. Flynn
Uniformed Services University of the Health
Brian Flynn, EdD is a consultant, writer, trainer, and speaker specializing in preparation for, response to, and recovery from, the psychosocial aspects of large-scale emergencies and disasters. He has served numerous national and international organizations, states, and academic institutions. In addition, he currently serves as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, in Bethesda, Maryland. On January 1, 2002, he left federal service as a Rear Admiral/Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). He has directly operated, and supervised the operation of, the Federal Government’s domestic disaster mental health program (including terrorism), programs in suicide and youth violence prevention, child trauma, refugee mental health, women’s and minority mental health concerns, and rural mental health. He has served as an advisor to many federal departments and agencies, states, and national professional organizations. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in large-scale trauma and has served as an advisor to practitioners, academicians, and government officials in many nations. He received his BA from North Carolina Wesleyan College, his MA in Clinical Psychology from East Carolina University, and his EdD in Mental Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mr. W. Nim Kidd
Texas Department of Public Safety
W. Nim Kidd, CEM was appointed to the position of Assistant Director for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) on July 1, 2010. He serves as the Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), responsible for the State’s Emergency Preparedness, Response, Recovery, and Mitigation activities. From 2004 to 2010, Chief Kidd served as the Emergency Manager and Homeland Security Coordinator for the City of San Antonio. He managed the City’s preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for all local disasters, including over a dozen state, major, and presidential disaster declarations. He has been a member of the Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team since 1997 and has responded to several state and national disasters, including the World Trade Center attack in September 2001.
Ms. Ann R. Knebel
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Ann Knebel, PhD, RN, FAAN is the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr. Knebel has been instrumental in advancing various preparedness planning and surge capacity initiatives. Highlights include: developing publications that have had a national impact on preparedness such as a handbook on medical surge capacity and capability and planning guidance on allocation of scarce resources. Dr. Knebel serves on expert panels that influence international approaches to preparedness such as a World Health Organization-sponsored virtual advisory group on mass gathering preparedness. Dr. Knebel completed a Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of California, San Francisco in 1990. Dr. Knebel’s prior experiences include serving in both the intramural and extramural programs at the National Institutes of Health, with a primary focus on advancing policy initiatives and developing research programs for symptom management, quality of life and end of life issues. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
Ms. Linda Scott
Michigan Department of Community Health
Linda Scott, RN, MA is the Manager of the Healthcare Preparedness Program in the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Michigan Department of Community Health. She is responsible for coordinating the Department of Health & Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response Hospital Preparedness Program working in collaboration with CDC PHEP activities. Ms. Scott holds a BS in Nursing and a MA in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Dr. Anthony H. Speier
State of Louisiana
Anthony H. Speier, PhD is a clinical psychologist. He was trained at the University of Texas in Austin and Louisiana State University. Dr. Speier is Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health in the State of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. Before this, Dr. Speier served as the Director of Disaster Mental Health Operations for the Louisiana Office of Mental Health, in which capacity he was the principal contact for all federally funded crisis counseling programs addressing the emotional impact of hurricanes Katrina on Louisiana residents. Dr. Speier formerly served as the Director of the Division of Program Development and Implementation for the Louisiana Office of Mental Health. Dr. Speier also led the Office of Mental Health SAMHSA COSIG project and has been the principal investigator on a number of CMHS systems change grants focusing on issues specific to adults with severe and persistent mental illness. In his capacity as the State Director for Disaster Mental Health coordination and response activities, Dr. Speier has been the project director for nine federal crisis counseling grants following Presidentially Declared Disasters in Louisiana. He has served as Chair of the Adult Services Division of The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Dr. Speier is a practicing psychologist in Louisiana and holds a clinical appointment at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Speier has authored a number of publications and training manuals for the Center for Mental Health Services.
Ms. Jolene R. Whitney
Utah Department of Health
Jolene R. Whitney, MPA is currently the Deputy Director for the Bureau of EMS and Preparedness, and has served as the state trauma system program manager for over 20 years. She supervises 22 staff performing various functions related to Trauma System Development (including Stroke and STEMI), Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness, Surge Capacity and MCI Planning, ED, Trauma and Pre-hospital databases, EMS Licensing and Operations, certification and testing processes, Critical Incident Stress Management, National Disaster Medical System, EMS medical disaster resources, and the EMS for Children program. She has worked with the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health, for over 32 years. Ms. Whitney earned her Masters in Public Administration from Brigham Young University and a Bachelors in Science in Health Sciences, with an emphasis in Community Health Education from the University of Utah. Jolene made the Dean's list in her Masters program and graduated with Cum Laude honors in the undergraduate program. She was certified as an EMT-Basic in 1979 and obtained certification as an EMT instructor and EMT III (Intermediate) in 1983. She has attended numerous conferences, courses, and workshops on EMS, Trauma, and disaster planning and response (ICS 100, 200, 300, 700, and 800). Ms. Whitney is a co-author of six publications pertaining to domestic violence, preventable trauma mortality, western states rural care challenges, and state and hospital surge capacity planning. Ms. Whitney recently served as an IOM Crisis Standards of Care Committee member in the development of the System Framework for Catastrophic Disaster Response. She also served on the Workshop Planning Committee and as Panel Chair for the IOM Preparedness and Response to a Rural Mass Casualty Incident Workshop. Ms. Whitney has served on several national committees and teams, which include state EMS system assessments for NHTSA (Michigan, Delaware, Oklahoma, Ohio and Missouri), ACS trauma system assessments (Minnesota, Alaska, Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas), HRSA rural trauma grant reviewer, and contributor to the development of the HRSA model trauma system plan, the NASEMSO trauma system planning guide, National Trauma Data Standards and the NHTSA curriculum for EMT refresher course. Jolene is the previous past Chair for the National Council of State Trauma System Managers/NASEMSO and served as Vice Chair for the previous three years. She is a member of the American Trauma Society, Utah Emergency Managers Association, and previous member of the National Association of State EMS Training Coordinators and Utah Public Health Association. Ms. Whitney spent 250 hours in the Olympic Command Center, serving as an hospital liaison for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Ms. Whitney is currently assisting with the development of UT DMAT-1 and has recently been hired as a federal intermittent employee for the team, and serves as the acting Planning Section Chief.