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ASPR Leadership Biographies

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) was created under the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act in the wake of Katrina to lead the nation in preventing, preparing for, and responding to the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters. ASPR focuses on preparedness planning and response; building federal emergency medical operational capabilities; countermeasures research, advance development, and procurement; and grants to strengthen the capabilities of hospitals and health care systems in public health emergencies and medical disasters. The office provides federal support, including medical professionals through ASPR’s National Disaster Medical System, to augment state and local capabilities during an emergency or disaster. 
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Immediate Office:

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Robert Kadlec, M.D.,
Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


Ed Gabriel
Edward J. Gabriel, MPA,
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response

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Chris Meekins
Deputy Assistant Secretary and
Chief of Staff

Office of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA):

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Rick Bright, Ph.D.,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
and Director of Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

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Gary L. Disbrow, Ph.D.,
Acting Deputy Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority


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Joseph Larsen, Ph.D.,
Acting Director of the Division of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Medical Countermeasures

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Robert Johnson, Ph.D.,
Director, Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases Division

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Rodney Wallace, B.S.,
Acting Director of the Division of Diagnostics and Medical Devices

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Jonathan Seals, Ph.D.,
Acting Director for Strategic Science and Technology

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Robert Walker, M.D.,
Acting Chief Medical Officer and Acting Director of the Division of Clinical Studies


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Debra Yeskey, Pharm.D.,
Director for Regulatory and Quality Affairs


Office of Emergency Management (OEM):

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Don Boyce, J.D.,
Deputy Assistant Secretary
and Director


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Michael L. Vineyard,
Deputy Director


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Jessica Fantinato,
Deputy Director

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Nancy Nurthen,
Director for Fusion


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Joseph P. Lamana,
Director for Operations


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Victor Harper,
Director for Logistics

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Denis FitzGerald, M.D.,
Director of Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs (PREP)


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Joshua Barnes,
Acting Director of Recovery 


Thomas A. Leinberger
Thomas A. Leinberger,
Director of Planning

Melissa Harvey, R.N.
Melissa Harvey, R.N.,
Director of the Division of National Healthcare Preparedness Programs


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Steve Curren, MSFS,
Director for the Division of Resilience



Office of Acquisitions Management, Contracts & Grants (AMCG):

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Jess Scarbrough,
M.S.S., M.B.A., D.A.C.M.,



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Schuyler T. Eldridge, IV, M.B.A,
Deputy Director


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Linda Luczak,
Chief Contracting Officer
Division Chief,  BARDA Support

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Makoto P. Braxton,
Chief Contracting Officer
Division Chief, ASPR Support


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Virginia Simmons,
Chief Grants Management Officer
Office of the Assistants Secretary for Preparedness and Response

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Cassandra R. Freeman, M.S., M.S.A.,
Director, Acquisition Policy
Acting Director, Acquisition Program Support Division

Office of Policy and Planning (OPP): 

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Sally Phillips, R.N., Ph.D.,
Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Policy


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Jack Herrmann,
M.S.Ed., N.C.C., L.M.H.C.,

Deputy Director
Office of Policy and Planning

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Daniel Dodgen, Ph.D.,
Director, At-Risk, Behavorial Health and Community Resilience

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Theresa Lawrence,
Director, Division of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Countering
Biological Threats


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Maria Julia Marinissen, Ph.D.,
Director, Division of International Health Security



Office of Financial Planning and Analysis (OFPA):

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Jay Petillo, M.P.P.,


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David Dolinsky, C.P.A.,
Deputy Director for Emergency Administration & Finance Operations


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Ajay Pillai,
Deputy Director for Requisition Support Services

Javier Lopez
Javier Lopez,
Deputy Director for
Management Assurance


 Alexandra Shabelski
Alexandra Shabelski,
Deputy Director for

   Natalie Johnson
Natalie Johnson,
Deputy Director for
Budget Execution and Monitoring

Office of the Chief Operating Officer (COO):

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​Nikki Bratcher-Bowman, 
Chief Operating Officer


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Gretchen Michael, J.D.,
Director of Communications​
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Stephen Saletta, Ph.D.,
Director of Administrative

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Kimberly Newman,
Director of Workforce Development​





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  • This page last reviewed: March 16, 2018