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About the AHEPP Committee for Best Practices

The AHEPP Committee for Best Practices receives, selects and reviews emergency preparedness journal articles and documented case studies for the purpose of sharing best practices with the broader AHEPP community.  Committee members work collaboratively with AHEPP leadership to link available emergency preparedness literature and the practice of healthcare emergency preparedness.


Julie Bulson, DNP, MPA, RN, NE-BC

Director, Emergency Preparedness

Spectrum Health

Dr. Bulson currently serves as Spectrum Health's Director, Business Assurance. Dr. Bulson has program development and implementation; oversight and responsibility for the operational readiness; emergency preparedness; and, business continuity for Spectrum Health (14 acute care hospitals, a children's hospital, medical group spaces including several urgent care centers, and a health plan). She has been instrumental in the development of the first hospital-based decontamination response team in the region. She has been the hospital's representative on many federal, state, and regional emergency preparedness planning committees. Dr. Bulson has also been a guest lecturer for emergency preparedness at multiple local nursing programs as well as several emergency preparedness conferences and has co-authored several articles related to healthcare emergency preparedness. Her current research includes workplace violence barriers to reporting and nursing perceived knowledge of emergency preparedness and response.

Michael Gurnick

Chair, Medical Reserve Corps Workgroup




Michael Gurnick has over 30 years of experience in the fire service and preparedness fields. He is currently the Chair of the Ashland Branch, Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps and a retired Lieutenant of the Boston Fire Department. Michael is an active champion for emergency preparedness at the state and local level, serving on National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO’s) Incident Management Workgroup. 

Judy Kruger, CEM

Emory University

Judy Kruger is a senior researcher with over 19 years of experience in Federal government. She has been working in the field of public health emergency management since early 2016 and has been a responder during emergency crisis such as COVID-19, Zika and Ebola virus. She has volunteered in a variety of positions at the local and state level and is a certified emergency manager (CEM) from Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and a certified business continuity professional (CBCP) from Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII).

Lisette K. Osborne, RN/BC, MSN, CHEP

Manager, Preparedness Branch

Texas Department of State Health Services

Lisette is a public health and nursing executive with over 24 years public health administration / program management experience.  She currently serves as the Manager of the Preparedness Branch in the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Section of the TX Department of State Health Services in which she oversees the Public Health Emergency Preparedness program and Hospital Preparedness Program as well as the state training and exercise team and volunteer management.  Previous public health positions include those of Nursing Director for the Howard County (Maryland) Health Dept. and the Director of School Health Services for the Baltimore City Health Dept.


Ms. Osborne is active in emergency preparedness and public health nursing at the local, state and national level.  She is a Past President of the Association of Public Health Nurses (APHN), serves on the Medical Countermeasure workgroup of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and as the HHS Region IV and VI representative and Co-Chair of the Public Health Preparedness Performance Evaluation and Improvement Workgroup of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO).  She is a member of the TX Public Health Association Executive Board and Past Chair of the Public Health Nursing Section.  She also serves as a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board. 


Lisette holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio.  She is board certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner and is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional.  

Kristin Stevens


Stevens Research & Consulting, LLC

Kristin Stevens is the Principal and Founder at Stevens Research & Consulting, LLC. Her firm consults on emergency management, health security, and resilience. Prior to founding her own firm, Ms. Stevens was the Director of Emergency Management at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Ms. Stevens was integral to the Medical Center’s successful evacuation during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 in addition to the planned evacuation in advance of Hurricane Irene in 2011 and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Prior to her tenure at NYULMC, she served as an emergency manager at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Ms. Stevens holds a Master of Science in Threat and Response Management from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Colgate University.

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