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About the AHEPP Research Committee

The AHEPP Research Committee provides guidance, expertise, and feedback regarding research activities and sets the research priorities for AHEPP with the goal of creating a strong link between research and the practice of healthcare emergency preparedness.


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

Director, Emergency Preparedness

Spectrum Health

Julie Bulson, DNP, MPA, RN, NE-BC currently serves as Spectrum Health’s Director, Emergency Preparedness.  Ms. Bulson has oversight and responsibility of all emergency preparedness for Spectrum Health (10 acute care hospitals including a children’s hospital and the Medical Group with over 3200 providers). She has been instrumental in the development of the first hospital based decontamination response team in the region.  Ms. Bulson is currently the chair for the Regional healthcare coalition; has guest lectured at multiple local nursing programs as well as several emergency preparedness conferences; and has co-authored several articles related to healthcare emergency preparedness.  Ms. Bulson’s doctoral work was completed in December, 2016 and titled “An Evaluation of the Effects of Implementing an Evidence Based Advance Care Planning Program on Patient/Family Satisfaction with End of Life Care”

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 16 years of experience in Federal Government. She has worked in the field of emergency management since early 2016 and has been a first responder during emergency crises such as Ebola and Zika virus. She has volunteered in a variety of positions at the local and state level and is currently completing training to become certified as a Georgia Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).

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.  

Greg Santa Maria

Director of Public Safety

Sanford Health



In Greg’s current role, he has facilitative oversight of projects involving Safety, Security and Emergency Management at the Sanford Enterprise level. Mr. Santa Maria has over 25 years’ experience as a paramedic, including 15 years as a paramedic in the New York City 911 system. He also has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare emergency management, 13 of which have been with Sanford Health. Mr. Santa Maria has written numerous articles on EMS and Emergency Management topics and received a Distinguished Service Award from Saint Vincents Hospital for his participation in the rescue efforts on September 11th, 2001 in New York City.

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.

Sharon Medcalf

Assistant Professor

UNMC College of Public Health

Director for the Center for Biosecurity Biopreparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases

Dr. Medcalf is an Assistant Professor in the College of Public Health and the Director for the Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness and Emerging Infectious Diseases, which houses the Center for Preparedness Education, a state and regional training center for emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Dr. Medcalf is also the program director for the Master of Science program in Emergency Preparedness at UNMC’s College of Public Health, the first academic graduate program in the region, with a focus on the public health and medical response to a disaster.

Sharon has 15 years of acute care nursing experience that includes being a member of an air and ground transport team. She has worked in the international arena holding positions in Canada and Saudi Arabia. Dr. Medcalf’s research interests are in Hospital Preparedness, Community Medical Surge, Long Term Care Preparedness, Social Media Use in Disasters and Smallpox Vaccination of Laboratory Workers at National Variola Testing Sites.

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