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Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group Professional Biographies

Claudia Albano

Ms. Albano is the Neighborhood Services Manager with the City of Oakland and is responsible for developing resident involvement in the city’s community-policing program. Her innovative approach combines community organizing practice with community policing philosophy resulting in an increase, over 4 years, in the number of Neighborhood Watch groups from 50 to more than 500 and in National Night Out block-parties from 35 to 400 last year. In 2007, she received the National Award for Excellence in Neighborhood Watch from the National Sheriffs’ Association and the U.S. Department of Justice.
Prior to her work in Oakland, Ms. Albano developed and managed the Office of Neighborhoods for the City of Fremont where, in 2000, her community engagement program received the Innovation in Community Policing award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Her approach to community engagement was also highlighted in the recently published books, Smart Communities (2004), and When People Care Enough to Act (2007), as one of the most innovative in the country.

Ms. Albano is an adjunct professor in the Social Welfare Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches a course in grassroots community organizing every fall semester. She has taught at UC, Berkeley, for more than 10 years. She is a sought after speaker and trainer in the field of community engagement.

Ms. Albano has more than 25 years ofexperience in social action organizing. She was originally trained in the community organizing tradition of Saul Alinsky, and studied with such organizing notables as Fred Ross, Sr. (Farm Workers) and John Baumann (PICO Network). She is well regarded for her work with city governments and school districts in developing authentic problem-solving processes that effectively engage and empower residents.

Claudia holds a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University, a master’s degree in legal studies from the University of San Francisco, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC, Berkeley.

Steven M. Becker, PhD

Dr. Becker is a leading expert on the risk communication, psychosocial, and community response issues associated with emerging health threats. He has nearly 2 decades of experience dealing with disasters, environmental emergencies, and terrorism. This includes both traditional scholarly research and extensive fieldwork at disaster sites around the world. His on-the-ground experience includes such cases as a major chemical accident in Great Britain, the 1999 nuclear criticality accident in Tokaimura, Japan, and the 2001 foot-and-mouth disease outbreak in the United Kingdom. He has also done follow-up work in Ukraine and Belarus on the continuing impacts of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Dr. Becker served as principal investigator for radiological/nuclear issues in the Pre-Event Message Development Project, a groundbreaking CDC-funded study aimed at improving risk communication and emergency messaging for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents. This multiyear, multisite effort identified key concerns, information needs, and information preferences for the general public (including vulnerable populations). Among the “firsts” resulting from the research was the only published empirical study to-date of risk communication issues in an improvised nuclear device (IND) event. In follow-up studies, Dr. Becker’s team has examined the perceptions and views of first responders, the public health workforce, and other emergency responders. The research also included the first U.S. study of the perceptions, concerns, and information needs of hospital emergency department clinicians regarding radiological terrorism threats. More recently, Dr. Becker has served as P.I. for a multiyear Department of Homeland Security study of the public information challenges associated with terrorist “dirty bombs” and other radiological threats. In addition, he has carried out work for DHS on the risk communication issues posed by the IED (improvised explosive device) threat to the U.S. homeland.

In 2005 Dr. Becker was elected by his scientific peers to the Congressionally-chartered National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP), where he also serves as a member of the Advisory Panel on Public Policy and a member of PAC 3 (Nuclear and Radiological Safety and Security). In addition, Dr. Becker has served on various national scientific panels dealing with CBRNE terrorism, and he is a coauthor of the landmark NCRP 138 report, Management of Terrorist Events Involving Radioactive Material. He was reelected to the Council in 2011.

Dr. Becker’s research on disasters, terrorism, crisis and emergency risk communication, and related topics has appeared in a range of scholarly books and journals including Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness (American Medical Association), Health Physics, the British Medical Journal, the American Journal of Public Health, Military Medicine, Safety Science, Environmental Health Perspectives, Emergency Medicine Practice, the Journal of Applied Security Research, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, and Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. In recent years he has served as a subject matter expert for a variety of preparedness agencies and organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and others.

Dr. Becker received the Ralph E. Powe Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities in 1999, was named a Visiting Scholar by the Japan Emergency Medical Foundation and National Hospital Tokyo Disaster Medical Center in 2001, and was a Dozor Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Health Sciences (Disaster and Emergency Medicine), Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, in 2008. In January 2010, Dr. Becker was named a G. William Morgan Lecturer by the Health Physics Society.

James S. Blumenstock, MA

Mr. Blumenstock is Chief Program Officer for Public Health Practice for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). His portfolio includes the state public health practice program areas of infectious and emerging diseases, immunization, environmental health, public health preparedness and security (including pandemic influenza preparedness), and public health law. He also serves as a member of the Association’s Executive Management Team responsible for enterprise-wide strategic planning, administrative services, member support, and public health advocacy.

Prior to his arrival at ASTHO on November 1, 2005, Mr. Blumenstock was Deputy Commissioner of Health for the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, where he retired after nearly 32 years of career public health service. In this capacity, he had executive oversight responsibilities for a department branch of more than 650 staff and an operating budget of approximately $125 million, which included the Division of Public Health and Environmental Laboratories; Division of Epidemiology, Occupational and Environmental Health; Division of Local Health Practice and Regional Systems Development; Division of Health Emergency Preparedness and Response; and the Office of Animal Welfare. During his tenure, Mr. Blumentstock represented the Department on a number of boards, councils and commissions including the NJ Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force. 

He is the proud recipient of the ASTHO 2004 Noble J. Swearingen Award for excellence in public health administration and the Dennis J. Sullivan award, the highest honor bestowed by the NJ Public Health Association for dedicated and outstanding service and contribution to the cause of public health. He is also a Year 14 Scholar of the Public Health Leadership Institute and held an elected office serving his community for 12 years.

Mr. Blumenstock received his bachelor of science degree in environmental science from Rutgers University in 1973 and a master of arts degree in health sciences administration from Jersey City State College in 1977.

Brooke Buddemeier, MS, CHP

Mr. Buddemeier is a Certified Health Physicist (Radiation Safety Specialist) in the Global Security directorate of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). He supports the Risk and Consequence Management Division in their efforts to evaluate the potential risk and consequence of radiological and nuclear terrorism. LLNL does this by providing expert technical information in nuclear threat assessment, nuclear incident response, and forensics and attribution.

Mr. Buddemeier is a council member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and on the scientific committees which developed Commentary No. 19 - Key Elements of Preparing Emergency Responders for Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism (2005) and NCRP Report # 165 – Responding to a Radiological or Nuclear Terrorism Incident: A Guide for Decision Makers (2010). He is an active member of the Health Physics Society (HPS) and a member of the HPS Homeland Security Committee.

From 2003 through 2007, Mr. Buddemeier was on assignment with the Department of Homeland Security as the WMD emergency response and consequence management program manager for Science and Technology’s emergency preparedness and response portfolio. He supported FEMA and the Homeland Security Operations Center as a radiological emergency response subject matter expert. He also facilitated the department’s research, development, test, and evaluation process to improve emergency response through better capabilities, protocols, and standards.

Before moving to DHS, he was part of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Nuclear Counterterrorism Program and coordinated LLNL’s involvement in the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) for California, Nevada, and Hawaii. RAP is a national emergency response resource that assists federal, state, and local authorities in the event of a radiological incident.

As part of RAP’s outreach efforts, Mr. Buddemeier has provided radiological responder training and instrumentation workshops to police, firefighters, and members of other agencies throughout the nation. He also has trained radiological emergency responders on the use of specialized radiological response equipment throughout the United States and in Kazakhstan.

Mr. Buddemeier has provided operational health physics support for various radiochemistry, plutonium handling, accelerator, and dosimetry operations at LLNL for more than 15 years, and he has worked on emergency response issues for more than 10 years. He has participated in radiological emergency responses and exercises throughout the world. 

Mr. Buddemeier received his certification as a health physicist through the American Board of Health Physics in November 2000. He has an MS in radiological health physics from San Jose State University and a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Daniel Dodgen, PhD

Dr. Dodgen is the Director for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His office focuses on ensuring that at-risk individuals, behavioral health, and community resilience are integrated into federal public health and medical preparedness and response activities. 

While at ASPR, Dr. Dodgen also served as the Executive Director of the White House-directed national advisory group on disaster mental health. His prior position was as Emergency Management Coordinator for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of HHS, where he was responsible for addressing mental health, substance abuse, and other psychosocial issues on department-wide initiatives related to disaster and terrorism response, and for coordinating the HHS mental health response during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.

Before joining SAMHSA, Dr. Dodgen spent more than 5 years at the American Psychological Association (APA), where he served as Special Assistant to the CEO and Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer, coordinating many legislative efforts and leading the association’s disaster response efforts. Prior to joining APA, Dr. Dodgen was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Congressional Fellow with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce. Before coming to Washington, DC, Dr. Dodgen practiced at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles.

Dr. Dodgen has been on the executive committee of several national organizations, served on multiple federal advisory groups, and authored numerous articles and book chapters on psychology and public policy. He was part of the disaster mental health response to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, the 1994 Los Angeles earthquakes, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings, and the September 11 Pentagon attack in 2001. He received the American Psychological Association 2005 Early Career Award for Contribution to Psychology in the Public Interest.  He has also been selected for Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Health Care Professionals, and Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. Dr. Dodgen is a licensed clinical psychologist in the District of Columbia.

Joseph Donovan

Mr. Donovan is Senior Vice President at Beacon Capital Partners, where he oversees and directs the emergency response for Beacon Capital Partners’ 30 million square-foot portfolio within the United States, in London, and in Paris. Beacon Capital Partners is a privately held real estate investment firm with assets in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, New York, Boston, and Washington, DC. The focus of the investment strategy for Beacon is to purchase large complex properties in downtown urban environments.

Mr. Donovan works with 17 real estate management companies to develop and execute emergency and crisis management programs with the goals of minimizing the impact of events and supporting the local, regional, and national public service groups’ needs to respond to events. He coordinates outside consulting groups focused on risk management, security, and crisis management public relations disciplines. In Los Angeles, the Rogers Group provides crisis communications, the Robert M. Currey group (Boston based) represents Beacon for risk matters, and the James Mintz Group provides security support (New York based). Mr. Donovan also coordinates periodic tabletop sessions that each property team, vendor, public entity, and tenant group participates in roughly every 8 months. This program/frequency has been followed since the inception of the emergency program 5 years ago. His team averages about 50 tabletop events every year. He also identifies unique training opportunities that will benefit the properties and community as a whole in emergency preparedness (eg, Project Argus: Met Police provided 2-person SO15 team to conduct counterterrorism training in U.S. cities, coordinated industry discussion with Center for Biosecurity (now the UPMC Center for Health Security) team to standardize response and create partnership with this group for fast response to the industry needs and demands, IBRD project to study effects on the business community of a bioattack, submission of the Beacon emergency response program for Safety Act designation, etc.).

Mr. Donovan strongly believes in the need to create partnerships between property owners and public agencies to maximize the effectiveness of communities’ emergency preparation and response.  He has assumed responsibility for the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) national preparedness committee, Co- chair responsibilities of the Real Estate Roundtable – Homeland Security Taskforce, and he is Co-chair of the Commercial Facilities Sector Coordinating Council. He is currently working to reorient and re-energize the Sub-Sector coordinating councils to build a better knowledge base for information sharing between public and private enterprises.

Elizabeth Dugan, MS, MPH, PhD

Dr. Dugan is a Principal Analyst at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute (HSI). She has led HSI tasks for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) to develop nuclear event crisis communications for the public and all levels of government in the event of an improvised nuclear device (IND) detonation in a major U.S. city. In addition to her work on nuclear event crisis communications, she has contributed to several projects including biological hazards planning, led the support for the Executive Order on Import Safety, and designed a task to develop a decision criteria summary system for DHS officials.

Prior to her role at HSI, Dr. Dugan served as a Program Director for General Dynamics Corporation. In this role, she provided high-level technical judgment to support to the Army Office of The Surgeon General in support of the Army Medical Department’s (AMEDD) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (CBRNE) Program. Dr. Dugan also oversaw the design, development, and execution of large-scale (national and international) CBRNE tabletop and field exercises to enhance U.S. Army and civilian emergency medical/mass casualty planning and response.

Additionally, she served as Principal Developer of the Los Angeles County Operational Area Strategic National Stockpile (LAC OA SNS) Plan that encompasses 88 counties, and she assisted in the development of LAC OA Strategic National Stockpile logistics support, including the plan for acquisition of medical countermeasures for chemical and biological weapons and assessment of local stockpiles contents.

Dr. Dugan holds a PhD in biodefense from George Mason University, a master of public health from the George Washington University, a master of science in microbiology from Texas Tech University and a bachelor of science from Texas Tech University.

Thomas C. Heneghan

Tom Heneghan has worked for the American Red Cross for the past 18 years, primarily in the implementation and delivery of national preparedness and health and safety training programs to the American Red Cross network of chapters. This training reaches approximately 14 million individuals each year.  In addition to his work on individual, community and business preparedness education, he has contributed to American Red Cross educational programming in the fields of water safety, lifeguarding, CPR and first aid.  In his role as manager in the preparedness team at national headquarters, Tom continues to pursue his passion to educate the individuals and communities that the American Red Cross serves on how to be prepared for emergencies. 

Peter Jutro, PhD

Dr. Jutro is Deputy Director for Science and Policy of EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center, the group responsible for research needed to provide the science and technology for EPA’s homeland security mandates, which fall primarily in the areas of decontamination, water protection, and risk assessment.

From 1995 to 2005, while an active research scientist, he also served as Counselor for Environment and Security to 7 EPA Administrators and Acting Administrators. He is a member of several science advisory and 
intergovernmental groups and is currently Chair of the intergovernmental Civil Applications Committee, which oversees federal policy for the civilian scientific and technical use of classified data. He was founding Director of the EPA Global Change Research Program and a founding member of the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

Dr. Jutro works on a number of international environmental issues and, from 1988 to 1992, was a U.S. negotiator for the United Nations Convention on the Conservation of Biological Diversity. Outside federal service, he served from 1996 to 2002 as a member and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Center for Native Lands, a nongovernmental 501(c)(3) organization that helped indigenous peoples in various parts of the world protect their cultural and biological heritage.

Dr. Jutro received his PhD from Cornell University, for research on the geography of infectious disease and natural pharmaceuticals, chemical ecology, and conservation, and then joined the faculty, where he taught in the areas of risk assessment and environmental security. In 1996, he was elected as a Fellow of AAAS. He was a U.S. Congressional Science and Environment Fellow and subsequently served on the professional staff of the House Committee on Public Works (now titled Transportation and Infrastructure). While there, he specialized in disaster, health, and environmental issues and was most closely involved in the writing of the Clean Water Act. He was a member of the 1980 National Flood Hazard Mitigation Committee and sits on the White House Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction. He has been involved in disaster-related science for decades.

Kathleen Kaufman

Ms. Kaufman is the Director of Los Angeles County Radiation Management, where she oversees professional staff who inspect users of x-ray machines and radioactive materials licensees for compliance with federal and California laws, investigate complaints, and respond to radiation emergencies, including a potential terrorism related incident. 

Ms. Kaufman has served on 2 FDA Advisory Committees and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors’ (CRCPD) Board of Directors, and she has been either the chairperson or a member of many CRCPD committees, including the committee that wrote the Handbook for Responding to a Radiological Dispersal Device. She also is a member of a National Council on Radiation Protection committee that wrote the report Responding to Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism: A Guide for Decision Makers.

She is a recipient of numerous national awards for outstanding achievements in radiation protection, was Los Angeles County Environmental Health’s Outstanding Employee of the Year in 2004, and received Los Angeles County Public Health’s Excellence Award for outstanding performance and achievements. Ms. Kaufman is a certified radiographer and holds a bachelor of science degree in radiologic sciences from George Washington University.

John Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH

Dr. Lanza has served since 1993 as a Senior Physician and Director of the Florida Department of Health Escambia County Health Department. He also has served as Co-chair of the Public Health and Medical Committee for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Domestic Security Task Force Northwest Florida since 2001. He is currently on the faculty of the MPH program at the University of West Florida, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine (FSUCOM).

Dr. Lanza is a fellow of the America Academy of Pediatrics, a past president of the Escambia County Medical Society, and a member of the American Medical Association and the Florida Medical Association, where he has been Chair of the Council on Public Health for the past 7 years. He is a board member of the Florida Public Health Institute, and a member of the national Health Physics Society, where he serves as Chair of the Homeland Security Committee and a member of the Medical Response subcommittee. He also is a member of the Florida Chapter of the Health Physics Society. 

In 2007, he wrote an article titled “Radiological Incidents and the Florida Physician” for The Journal of the Florida Medical Association; he also is author of the recently published “Mercury Levels and Fish Consumption Practices in Women of Child-bearing Age in the Florida Panhandle,” in the journal Environmental Research.

In 2002, he completed a master of public health degree from the University of South Florida College of Public Health. He is a board-certified pediatrician with a PhD in Nuclear and Radiological Engineering from the University of Florida and a graduate of the UTESA School of Medicine. Before medical school, Dr. Lanza was a radiation physicist in the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Weapons Radiological Controls Program. 

Robert Levin, MD

Dr. Levin is the Health Officer/Medical Director for Ventura County Public Health. He has served in that capacity for the last ten years. Most recently, Dr. Levin has been focused on the production of a Nuclear Plan which delineates Ventura County's response to a nuclear bomb.

In the past, he served as Chairman of Pediatrics at Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, California. While in Monterey County he established a pediatric sexual abuse clinic and a pediatric tuberculosis clinic. In 1987 he moved his family to Chicago, Illinois, to become Program Director for the pediatric residency training program at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and then Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago. He returned to Ventura County in 1998 to assume his current position as Ventura County’s Public Health Officer. As Health Officer, Dr. Levin has been the chief medical officer overseeing all Ventura County terrorism-related activities and threats. In October 2007, on behalf of Ventura County, he published the “Ventura County Nuclear Explosion Response Plan.”

Dr. Robert Levin received his medical degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He completed his pediatric residency at San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, and he is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.
(Biography reproduced and modified from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, National Center for Disaster Preparedness website. Online at

Carmen E. MacDougall

Ms. MacDougall is Vice President for Communications at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to strengthen global security by reducing the risk of use and preventing the spread of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. She is an award-winning communications professional with 25 years of experience in public affairs and marketing in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. 

Prior to her work with NTI, she directed communications for the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism. She led efforts to raise awareness of Commission recommendations, in particular in the biosecurity arena. She also worked as a consultant, primarily with The Harbour Group, where she helped design and implement a U.S. public diplomacy program on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. This effort included the development of the UAE’s nuclear energy program, called a “gold standard” for developing peaceful nuclear energy with the highest standards of nonproliferation and safety.

She was Vice President for Communications at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace for more than 6 years, serving as a member of the 5-person senior management team. There, she and her team won awards for the Carnegie identity program, web site, and print advertising. She also was responsible for the Carnegie Endowment’s information technology department and library.

She joined Carnegie in 1998, after serving as deputy assistant secretary for communications at the U.S. Department of Energy. There, Ms. MacDougall provided senior communications counsel to Secretary Hazel R. O’Leary and Secretary Federico Peña in the areas of energy, national security, environmental cleanup, and science and technology. 

Prior to government service, she worked in the private sector, as Vice President with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and at The Kamber Group, providing communications support primarily to labor unions and nonprofit organizations. She also has worked as a freelance writer, including for US News & World Report’s annual review of colleges and universities.

Ms. MacDougall has a BA from Amherst College. Her service activities have included serving on the board of the DC Rape Crisis Center and the advisory board of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. 

Karen Marsh, MBA

Ms. Marsh is the founding Director of Citizen Corps, FEMA’s grassroots strategy to increase community preparedness and resilience through increased civic engagement. In this role, she has worked in partnership with federal agencies, state, tribal, and local governments, emergency responders, the volunteer community, and the private sector, and she has created a research agenda to provide evidence-based policy and strategic approaches to increase personal and community preparedness.

Prior to Citizen Corps, Ms. Marsh was the Program Manager for the FEMA’s Disaster Housing Program and the Special Assistant to the Associate Director for Mitigation at FEMA. Before joining public service, Ms. Marsh worked in the private sector as a management consultant and as a product manager in the electronics industry.

Ms. Marsh holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University and a masters in business administration from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain.

David M. McKernan, MS

Mr. McKernan is Coordinator of Emergency Management for Fairfax County, Virginia. He has 35 years of experience with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, and he retired with the rank of Deputy Chief. His last assignment was as Deputy Chief of Operations, and he also served in the Office of the Fire Marshal and as Operation Chief for the Code Enforcement Strike Team.

Mr. McKernan is an original member of the National Capital Region Incident Management Team, a FEMA sanctioned Type III team. He has been deployed with team several times as the incident commander, including during the responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Gustov, wildland fires, and tornadoes.

Mr. McKernan hold memberships in several professional organizations. He has a BS from George Mason University and a Masters Certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Dennis S. Mileti, PhD

Dr. Mileti is a retired professor from the University of Colorado at Boulder where he directed the Natural Hazards Center—our nation’s clearinghouse for social science research on natural hazards and disasters. He is currently a researcher with a Department of Homeland Security’s national center of excellence for research on terrorism at the University of Maryland, and he serves on the Advisory Council for the Southern California Earthquake Center.

 Dr. Mileti is the author of more than 100 publications. Most of these are on the societal aspects of hazards and disasters. His book, Disasters by Design, summarized natural hazards knowledge in all fields of science and engineering and made recommendations for shifts in national policies and programs. It became the most cited source on natural hazards in the nation, and was required reading in more university emergency management courses in America than any other for almost a decade.

Dr. Mileti has: (1) synthesized research findings from the last half-century to bridge the gap between theory and practice about how to motivate people to prepare for and respond to disaster warnings; (2) he was part of the American Society of Civil Engineers panel overseeing the work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about why the levees failed during Hurricane Katrina—for which he was awarded the U.S. Army’s Civilian Medal of Honor; and (3) he designed the National Institute of Science and Technology’s congressional study of evacuation of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.

Dr. Mileti has served on a variety of advisory boards including as: (1) Chair of the Committee on Disasters in the National Research Council, (2) Chair of the Board of Visitors to FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, and (3) a Board Member for the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.

He was appointed by the governor as a Commissioner on the California Seismic Safety Commission. He has worked as a consultant in both the private and public sectors in matters related to emergency management including, for example, utilities with nuclear power plants, and federal and state agencies.

Charles Miller, PhD

Dr. Miller joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 1992. He is currently Chief of the Radiation Studies Branch, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health. In this position he provides leadership for the agency’s radiological emergency response and consequence management efforts.

Previously, Dr. Miller worked with the Illinois Department of Nuclear Safety, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Anderson (Indiana) University. His primary area of expertise is the transport and dose assessment of radionuclides released to the atmosphere, and other facets of environmental radiological dose assessment. He has authored or coauthored more than 100 journal articles, laboratory reports, and meeting papers. Dr. Miller is a member of both the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements and the Health Physics Society.

Dr. Miller holds a BS in physics/math from Ball State University, an MS in meteorology from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in bionucleonics (health physics) from Purdue University.
(Biography reproduced and modified from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, National Center for Disaster Preparedness website. Online at

Patrick Neville

Captain Neville is Commander of the Robbery/Homicide Bureau, and he has been a member of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1985. During his tenure, he has worked a variety of assignments managing diverse sections such as Homeland Security, Narcotics, Special Investigations, and Patrol.    

After the attack on September 11, 2001, Captain Neville recognized the need for a specialized multi-jurisdictional unit to better handle critical incidents including CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives). His forward thinking led to the creation of the ARMOR (All Hazards Regional Multi-Agency Operations and Response) Unit. In developing ARMOR, Captain Neville worked in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and Los Alamos National Laboratory. Under his direction and leadership, necessary components were assembled to make the unit fully operational including grant funding, equipment, and training. His work led to the ARMOR Unit being fully operational in less than 16 months. ARMOR continues to set the industry standard and is the premier model within the United States.

To support and mitigate large scale catastrophic events, Captain Neville fostered long-term partnerships and has worked extensively with the FBI, the Remote Sensing Lab, the Center for Radiological /Nuclear Training at the Nevada Security Site (CTOS), the United States Army 92nd CST, and University Medical Center Mass Casualty planning and response. 

Juan M. Ortiz

Mr. Ortiz is Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Fort Worth, where his primary duties include the coordination of response to major emergencies and disaster through a joint City and County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).  In 2005, he coordinated the EOC operations in response to both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2008, he coordinated all city operations in response to both Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.  In 2010, he coordinated the Fort Worth EOC operations in support of Super Bowl 45 and the record setting winter storm.

Mr. Ortiz has been a member of the United States Coast Guard Reserve for 23 years.  He is a Chief Petty Officer currently serving as the Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor for Station Port Aransas, Texas.  He has served on several committees including the National Academy of Sciences’ Earth and Life Studies Disaster Roundtable, National Research Council’s Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences, the North Central Texas Council of Government Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee, the Dallas/Fort Worth/Arlington Urban Area Security Initiative, and Texas Coastal Advisory Team.  He is the current Chair of the Tarrant County Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Mr. Ortiz his career in 1994 with the City of Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Management Officer. He served in that position until the summer of 1998, when he accepted the position of Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Corpus Christi.

He has completed the City of Fort Worth Leadership Development Program and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Executive Leadership Development Program. He is a founding member of the Fort Worth Hispanic Leadership Organization and a member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas, the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the International Hispanic Network. In 2001, the University of North Texas recognized Mr. Ortiz as a Distinguished Alumni for his contribution to the profession of emergency management.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in emergency administration and disaster planning in May 1994, and he is currently pursuing a graduate degree in management at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas.

Irwin Redlener, MD

Dr. Redlener is Professor of Clinical Public Health and Director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He speaks and writes extensively on national disaster preparedness policies, pandemic influenza, the threat of terrorism in the U.S., the impact and consequences of major natural disasters, and related issues.

He was instrumental in establishing the Task Force on Terrorism within the American Academy of Pediatrics in the immediate aftermath of the attacks of 9/11 and has co-directed 2 federally-funded national consensus conferences on children and disasters. Dr. Redlener was appointed as one of 10 members of the National Commission on Children and Disasters by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in March 2008.
Dr. Redlener is President and, with singer-songwriter Paul Simon, Co-founder of the Children’s Health Fund. Dr. Redlener has expertise in healthcare systems, crisis response, and public policy with respect to access to health care for underserved populations.

The NCDP runs one of the nation’s largest programs for training public health workers in emergency preparedness. Other major initiatives focus on public health and preparedness strategies, trauma and resiliency, school-based preparedness, and the special needs of children affected by mass casualty events. The Center also conducts extensive research in public opinion and attitudes regarding a wide range of issues pertaining to terrorism, megadisasters, personal preparedness and confidence in government to prevent or prepare for large-scale catastrophes. Center researchers have conducted ground-breaking studies on the effects of Hurricane Katrina upon children of the Gulf, the continuing long-range affects of 9/11 on children, emergency evacuation protocols, the ability and willingness of healthcare workers to report for duty in the event of terror attacks and the effectiveness of community-based preparedness programs.

Dr. Redlener has worked extensively in the Gulf region following Hurricane Katrina, where he helped establish ongoing medical and public health programs. He also organized medical response teams in the immediate aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11 and has had disaster management leadership experience internationally and nationally. He is the author of Americans At Risk: Why We Are Not Prepared for Megadisasters and What We Can Do Now, published in August 2006 by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

From 1986 to 1987, Dr. Redlener was Director of Grants and Medical Director of USA for Africa and Hands Across America. In his various professional capacities, Dr. Redlener has traveled in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Central America and has assisted relief efforts in Honduras, Guatemala, Ethiopia, and South Florida.

Dr. Redlener received his MD from the University of Miami School of Medicine and his pediatric training at Babies Hospital of the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City, the University of Colorado Medical Center, and the University of Miami-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. He holds an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York.

Jeffrey W. Runge, MD

Dr. Runge has decades of clinical, research, leadership, and administrative experience. In addition to 7 years as the head of 2 government agencies with as many as 1000 employees and contractors under his direction, he has 30 years of experience as an emergency medicine physician. Until 2001, he practiced and taught in North Carolina’s busiest emergency department and trauma center while performing research in injury prevention, trauma care, and emergency service delivery.

His leadership and innovation in road traffic safety brought him to Washington to accept the president’s nomination to head NHTSA, being confirmed by the Senate in August 2001. At NHTSA, he instituted programs that led to the first absolute declines in U.S. motor vehicle deaths in nearly a decade and the lowest highway fatality rate in history. His emphasis on safetybelt use using the innovative “Click It or Ticket” program led to national belt use of 82%, saving more than 3000 lives per year. Dr. Runge’s focus on rollover crashes using the 5-star rating program and crash avoidance technology led to an industry-wide redesign of SUVs to improve their safety as family vehicles. His expertise in road safety and emergency medical service delivery remains highly valued by government and the private sector.

With government administrative experience and rich experience in EMS and trauma management, Dr. Runge was appointed the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) first Chief Medical Officer, where he led the reorganization of biodefense operations into a new Office of Health Affairs (OHA). He was again confirmed by the Senate in December 2007 as the DHS’ first-ever Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs, where he served until his departure in August 2008. To execute the mission of DHS-OHA, Dr. Runge and his team worked across traditional boundaries in government and the private sector to bring together various stakeholders in biodefense and medical preparedness to improve the security of the homeland. Dr. Runge led the technology transfer of the nation’s BioWatch program to the Office of Health Affairs and stood up the first national center for biosurveillance. He partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to determine the nation’s investment in medical countermeasures for biodefense. He started programs to equip the nation’s highest risk cities with planning for response to nuclear, radiologic, and chemical threats.

Dr. Runge is a 1977 graduate of the University of the South, Sewanee, TN, and he received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1981. He has been honored by both institutions in recent years as a Distinguished Alumnus. Dr. Runge is board certified in emergency medicine and has published more than 60 articles in the medical literature in the fields of emergency medicine, traffic injury control, and medical preparedness. He has testified 25 times in Congress and various state legislatures on highway safety and homeland security issues. His consulting company, Biologue, Inc, assists the private sector on issues of biodefense, medical preparedness, and highway safety.

James Schwartz

Mr. Schwartz is Chief of the Arlington, VA, Fire Department and Acting Director of Arlington’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which was created to focus on the county’s strategic priorities—specifically, planning and coordination of emergency services. In addition, he is responsible for the development of Arlington County’s Metropolitan Medical Response System, a federally funded program that focuses on the integration of a community’s response capabilities for a terrorism event.

Mr. Schwartz was the first line fire fighter (non officer) to serve as an instructor at the Arlington Fire Academy, a position he held for 2 years. He rose through the ranks to Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Fire Chief. In 1998, he was named Assistant Chief of Operations, overseeing all response-related activities, including fire, EMS, hazardous materials and technical rescue response, incident management, and operational training. During this time he also served as the Program Manager for the Washington Area National Medical Response Team, which consists of area Hazmat, EMS, and law enforcement personnel who are trained to respond to acts of terrorism.

Mr. Schwartz is a member of the Interagency Board on Equipment Standardization, which is developing national standards for terrorism response equipment for the nation’s first responders. The Arlington Fire Department was the lead agency for the response to the September 11th attack at the Pentagon, where Mr. Schwartz served as Incident Commander. He has spoken to numerous local, regional, national, and international audiences and media on emergency management and emergency preparedness.

He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Fire Science Administration.
(Biography reproduced and modified from Institute of Medicine, Standing Committee on Health Threats Resilience, Meeting 3 Briefing Book, December 6-7, 2010.)

John H. Sorensen, PhD

Dr. Sorensen is a distinguished research staff member at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He has been involved with research on emergency planning and disaster response for more than 30 years. He has been the principal investigator on more than 40 major projects for federal agencies including FEMA, DOE, EPA, NRC, DOD, and CSHIB. Dr. Sorensen has participated in research including the Three Mile Island Public Health Fund Emergency Planning Project on Three Mile Island and the Second Assessment of Research on Natural Hazards, where he served as the subgroup leader for Prediction, Forecast Warning, and Emergency Planning. He has worked closely with the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness program, and he consults for the nuclear power industry.

Dr. Sorensen authored more than 140 professional publications including Impacts of Hazardous Technology: The Psycho-Social Effects of Restarting TMI-1. He has published extensively on response to emergency warnings, risk communications, organizational effectiveness in disasters, emergency evacuation, decontamination, and protective actions for chemical emergencies. He has led the development of emergency management information systems, simulation models, conventional and interactive training courses, and educational videos.

He has served on many advisory committees including the Natural Hazard Research and Applications Center at the University of Colorado, the Atomic Industrial Forum’s National Environmental Studies Task Force on Emergency Evacuation, the International City Management Association’s Emergency Management “Emergency Planning Greenbook” Project and FEMA’s Emergency Management Technology Steering Group. He was a member of the National Research Council’s Subcommittee on Earthquake Research, the Committee for Social Science Research on Disaster, and the Committee on Radiological Terrorism.

Dr. Sorensen has a PhD in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was an assistant professor at the University of Hawaii before coming to ORNL.

Page Stoutland, PhD

Dr. Stoutland is presently the Vice President for Nuclear Materials Security at the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI). In this role, he is responsible for the NTI’s programs to secure and strengthen accountability for nuclear materials around the world. Current program themes include encouraging and reinforcing international partnerships to secure materials, and identifying and supporting efforts to strengthen sustainability of security improvements.

Before joining NTI, Dr. Stoutland held a number of senior positions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), including Director of Strategy within the Global Security Principal Directorate, Program Director for Domestic Security, and Division Leader for Radiological and Nuclear Countermeasures. In these positions, he had responsibility, respectively, for the development and implementation of the Global Security Strategic Business Plan, for the overall direction of LLNL’s Domestic Security Program, and for oversight of LLNL’s nuclear emergency response and R&D programs.

Prior to joining LLNL, Dr. Stoutland was the Director of the Department of Energy’s Chemical and Biological National Security Program (CBNP). As the CBNP Director, he was responsible for the DOE’s research and development efforts in the chemical and biological national security areas, and was also active in policy issues including Biological Weapons Convention compliance. Before joining DOE, Dr. Stoutland was on the technical staff at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM.

Dr. Stoutland received a BA at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a PhD in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. He then spent 2 years as a National Institutes of Health post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University.

Tammy Taylor, PhD, PE

Dr. Taylor serves the Nonproliferation Division as Division Leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. She joined the division office in June of 2010 following three and a half years of service at the Office of Science and Technology in the Executive Office of the President, where she led the nuclear portfolio for the President’s Science Advisor.

Previously, she was Group Leader of the Safeguards Security Systems Group (N-4), in the nonproliferation Division. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Mexico. She spent 2 years as a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow at LANL. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include topics related to radiological/nuclear threat reduction and environmental restoration. She has led projects related to radiological dispersal device decontamination and emergency responder preparedness and response to radiological and nuclear terrorism.

Her technical training is in civil and environmental engineering; she received her BA in civil engineering at New Mexico State University, and her master’s degree and PhD in environmental engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Kate Uraneck, MD

Dr. Uraneck is Senior Medical Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Her responsibilities include serving as Senior Project Manager for the focus areas of radiation and nuclear response, pediatric preparedness, hospital surge capacity, and mass fatality planning. She has managed projects including: Creation of the Guidelines for Hospitals Responding to a Radiological Contaminating Incident, Pediatric Disaster Toolkit, NYC Pediatric Resource Directory, and the Pediatric Resource and Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

She has served as the primary conference planner for “Children in Disaster: NYC Pediatric Preparedness Conference” New York City, NY, Sept. 15, 2009, and “Radiological Terrorism: Are We Ready,” New York City, NY, April 28, 2009. Dr. Uraneck also oversaw and managed the Centers of Bioterrorism Preparedness Program, a pilot project involving four hospital networks and their associated clinics as they develop hospital surge capacity, enhance emergency response protocols coordinating the response between all facilities in the network, improving participation in syndromic surveillance and electronic laboratory reporting systems, and conducting four functional field hospital drills. Other radiation preparedness projects include equipping 59 hospitals with radiation detection equipment, creating hospital radiation response protocols, and DOHMH projects for mass population radiation screening.

She has participated on national workgroups involved with hospital standards for preparedness, critical care and bioterrorism, and medical management of mass populations to radiation contamination, and she coordinate with the CDC, NYC Office of Emergency Management, NYS Department of Health, and Greater New York Hospital Association on issues related to surge capacity and radiation response.

Dr. Uraneck was a freelance medical journalist and has published in Scientist, New York Times Wire Service/Columbia News Service, Emergency Medicine Today, MedScape, ACEP News, MMWR,, Praxis Post, Chattanooga Times/Free Press, Baltimore Sun, and This Side of Doctoring: Reflections from Women Physicians.

Dr. Uraneck received a BS in biomedical engineering from Cornell University, and an MD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. She conducted her residency in emergency medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Uraneck received an MS in journalism from Columbia University - Graduate School of Journalism.  
(Biography based on information obtained from LinkedIn, April 5, 2011.)

John White, CNMT

Mr. White is the Radiation Safety Officer for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, which includes Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children's Medical Center, and St. Paul, and Zale-Lipshy University Hospitals in Dallas. He has been a certified nuclear medicine technologist since 1978 and is a member of the Technologist Section of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and a member and Past President of the South Texas Chapter-Health Physics Society.

Mr. White is the Founder and current Chair of the North Texas Radiation Response Group. He has worked in the field of radiation effects for 38 years. He authored the National Association of EMS Physicians’ chapter titled “Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response” for the Special Operations Medical Support series, and he is a beta developer for the National Disaster Life Support Foundation’s Basic Disaster Life Support course. 

As Radiation Safety Officer for The University of Texas at Austin from 1991-2001, he was instrumental in developing control systems for the electronic purchase of radioactive and other hazardous materials, and he served as the liaison between The University of Texas and the City of Austin in the tense times following the 9-11 events.  His professional experience includes work in the areas of radiological emergency response, nuclear medicine, nuclear weapons effects engineering, reactor health physics, radioactive materials research, and radiation safety. 

Jessica Wieder

Ms. Wieder is a public affairs specialist with the federal government, focusing on radiological/nuclear emergency response. She has spent the last 6 years working in EPA’s Radiation Protection Division as a public information officer for EPA’s Radiological Emergency Response Team. She has spent the last 6 months on detail to FEMA’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Branch, helping establish their Improvised Nuclear Device Response and Recovery Program.

Ms. Wieder leads an interagency group developing a document called Nuclear Detonation Preparedness: Communicating in the Immediate Aftermath, which contains Q&As that can be used directly after a nuclear detonation. She also wrote the communications chapter for the second edition of the White House’s Planning Guidance for Response to a Nuclear Detonation.