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About the AHEPP Board

  • The AHEPP Board meets once per year via distance technology (e.g., conference call, GoTo Meeting). A second, in-person meeting occurs at the AHEPP Annual Conference.


2018-2020 Advisory Board Members


Joseph Barbera, MD

Director of the Institute for Crisis,

Disaster and Risk Management

George Washington University



Dr. Joseph Barbera is co-Director of the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM) and Associate Professor in the Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department at the George Washington University.

Dr. Barbera, through the GWU Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management, conducts research across a wide range of topics in emergency management, risk management, and business continuity. His current and recent research focuses upon large-scale incident (disaster) management, hazard risk assessments, public health hazard risk reduction, collapsed-structure search strategies, and confined space medical interventions.

Paul Biddinger, MD

Chief, Division of Emergency Preparedness, Massachusetts General Hospital,

Department of Emergency Medicine


Dr. Paul Biddinger is the Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston.  He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare.  Dr. Biddinger additionally serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP) at the Harvard School of Public Health and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.

Denise Bulling, PhD

Senior Research Director,

University of Nebraska

Public Policy Center



Denise Bulling joined the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center in 2003 and is a Licensed Independent Professional Counselor with extensive field experience in behavioral health that she uses in her work to create bridges among practitioners, academicians and policy makers.  Dr. Bulling’s interests include behavioral health policy, disaster and homeland security issues, and threat assessment.

Angela Devlen, MBCP

Managing Partner,

Wakefield Brunswick, Inc.


International healthcare disaster management and business continuity advisor.

Jackie Gatz, MHA, CHEP

Vice President, Safety and Preparedness

Missouri Hospital Association


As vice president of safety and preparedness for the Missouri Hospital Association, Jackie Gatz is responsible for several initiatives to ensure the continuity of safe and quality health care during incidents impacting hospital operations.  This includes the oversight and strategic operations of a subcontract for the federal Hospital Preparedness Program, which focuses on increasing hospital surge capacity and maintaining continuity of health care operations.  Gatz also facilitates S.A.F.E.R., a multi-disciplinary strategy with a current focus on the reduction of workplace violence within hospitals.   Gatz serves on the executive committee for the American Hospital Association’s Emergency Readiness Group and is the staff liaison for the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineers.  Gatz earned her bachelor of arts in political science from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut, and her master of public administration from the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri – Columbia. 


Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH

Dean, College of Public Health,

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Ali S. Khan, MD, MPH is a former Assistant Surgeon General and current Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Dr. Khan’s vision is for the College to play an integral role in making Nebraska the healthiest state in the Union.


Dr. Khan's professional career has focused on emerging infectious diseases, bioterrorism and global health security. He founded the Public Health Matters blog and has been personally engaged in guinea worm and polio eradication activities. While directing global infectious disease activities, he designed the laboratory component of the CDC's field epidemiology and training program. He also helped design and implement the CDC component of the $1.2 billion, 5-year President’s Malaria Initiative. He co-founded a novel center at the CDC to champion a one health strategy and ensure health security from a myriad of zoonotic, vector-borne, and food-borne infectious diseases.


Deborah Levy, PhD, MPH (CAPT/USPHS)

Professor & Chair,

Department of Epidemiology

University of Nebraska Medical Center

Director & Tim Hawks Chair of the Center for Cancer Prevention & Population Science

In her role at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), Dr. Levy is focused on increasing the Epidemiology Department’s infectious diseases teaching and research, expanding preparedness and health security capabilities, and creating robust cancer prevention efforts.

Dr. Levy is a retired Captain with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) and was stationed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for 20 years. Dr. Levy’s career at CDC began in 1996 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Parasitic Diseases where she studied foodborne diseases such as Cyclosporiasis and oversaw the National Waterborne Diseases Outbreak Surveillance System. Leading the Healthcare Preparedness Activity in the Division of State and Local Readiness, a program she developed beginning in 2003 while in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Dr. Levy focused on all-hazards preparedness and emergency response of the healthcare system. Her primary interest was working with communities to assist them with integrating planning of the public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, and emergency management sectors to improve responses to public health emergencies. Among other roles, Dr. Levy served as Acting Director of the Division of Strategic National Stockpile for over a year. Throughout her time at CDC, Dr. Levy responded to many incidents including SARS, Hurricane Katrina, the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, MERS, Ebola, and Zika.

Dr. Levy earned a B.A. in psychology and a master's of public health in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is the recipient of over 20 USPHS awards, and earned the Distinguished Alumna Award from Johns Hopkins in 2017 for her work in epidemiology.

Bill Mangieri, CBCP, CHEP

Region VI Field Project Officer,

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response (HHS/ASPR),

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Since 1991, Bill Mangieri has designed some of the most innovative emergency preparedness and business continuity programs for the military, state and local governments and the private sector.

His holistic resilience-building approach to emergency management has sparked the interests of American corporate powerhouses and cultural icons such as Verizon Communications, Major League Baseball, The Department of Interior’s Statue of Liberty Park and dozens of other Fortune 500 Companies.

Bill Mangieri is currently the Field Project Officer for the Hospital Preparedness Program for HHS Region VI in Dallas, TX.

David Marcozzi, MD, MHS-CL, FACEP

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of Population Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care, University of Maryland Medical Center

A national expert in emergency preparedness and emergency medical systems, with strategic and operational experience, Dr. David Marcozzi is an Associate Professor and the Director of Population Health within the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He also serves as a Co-Director of the Program in Health Disparities and Population Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is the Assistant Chief Medical Officer for Acute Care at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Marcozzi formerly served as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care within the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services where he was involved with health delivery reform efforts and clinical quality standard and measure development.


Jean Randolph, MPA, RN,


Nurse Consultant


Jean has served in her current role for ten years, working with communities and healthcare systems to develop tools to enhance their preparedness efforts for an influenza pandemic. During the H1N1, MERS CoV, Ebola, ZIKA and 2017 Hurricanes responses (deployed for 30 days to medical clinic to assist with physical exams for departing personnel), she served at CDC’s Emergency Operations Center, supporting the healthcare systems response desk. She participated in over 60 hospital visits during the Ebola response to work directly with them on their becoming Ebola treatment centers or assessment hospitals.

Prior to CDC, Jean worked at a large children’s healthcare system as manager of occupational health and emergency preparedness for 15 years. Jean came to GA in 1992 and began work at a large children’s healthcare system as manager of occupational health and emergency preparedness and remained there for 15 years. In 2002-03 she participated with GHA and GA DOH on developing the regional hospital system for coordination of assistance during disasters in GA. She worked closely with the local community during the Katrina evacuation assisting with placement of hospital and nursing home patients arriving, those needing special care placement in shelters, and set up a clinic with supplies and physician staff at the International Congress Center.

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