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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.


2018-2019 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)

Interim Chairperson & Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health

Deborah Levy is a retired Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service and served as Chief of the Healthcare Preparedness Activity in CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. Dr. Levy’s primary interest is all-hazards healthcare preparedness and emergency response for threats including pandemic influenza and other infectious diseases, bioterrorism agents, and natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes. She focuses on working with communities to assist them with integrated planning of their public health, healthcare, emergency medical services, and emergency management sectors to safely deliver the right care at the right time and in the right place.


Dr. Levy currently serves as interim Chairperson and Professor for the Department of Epidemiology within UNMC's College of Public Health.

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

Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care,

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

A national expert in emergency preparedness and emergency medical systems, with strategic and operational experience, Dr. David Marcozzi currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Acute Care within the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.


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