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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:

Dr. George W. Korch, PhD
George W. Korch, PhD
Acting Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response


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

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

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Rick Bright, PhD
Deputy Assistant Secretary
and Director

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Joseph Larsen, PhD
Acting Deputy Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority

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Gary L. Disbrow, PhD
Director of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Countermeasures

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Ruben Donis, PhD
Director of the Division of Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases

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Rodney Wallace, BS
Acting Director of the Division of Diagnostics and Medical Devices

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Jonathan Seals, PhD
Acting Director for Strategic Science and Technology

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Robert Walker, MD
Acting Chief Medical Officer and Acting Director of the Division of Clinical Studies

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Timothy Lant, PhD
Director of the Division of Analytic Decision Support

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Debra Yeskey, PharmD
Director for Regulatory and Quality Affairs

Office of Emergency Management (OEM):

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Don Boyce, JD
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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Andrew Garrett, MD, MPH
Director for National Disaster
Medical System

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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, MD
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, RN
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,



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Schuyler T. Eldridge, IV, MBA
Deputy Director


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Linda Luczak
Chief Contracting Officer
Division Chief  BARDA 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, MS, MSA
Director, Acquisition Policy
Acting Director, Acquisition Program Support Division

Office of Policy and Planning (OPP): 

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Sally Phillips, RN, PhD
Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Policy


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Jack Herrmann,

Deputy Director
Office of Policy and Planning

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Charlotte Spires,

Executive Director,
National Advisory

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Daniel Dodgen, PhD
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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Gregg Margolis, PhD
Director, Division of Healthcare System Policy

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Maria Julia Marinissen, PhD
Director, Division of International Health Security


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Jonathan Ban
Director, Division of Policy and Strategic Planning

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Richard Ira Jaffe,

Director, Medical Countermeasures Strategy and Requirements (MCSR)

Office of Financial Planning and Analysis (OFPA):

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Jay Petillo, MPP


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David Dolinsky, CPA
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):

Gretchen Michael
Gretchen Michael, JD
Acting Chief
Operating Officer


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Andrew N. Blumenthal,

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

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Serina Vandegrift,

Director of Legislation &
Executive Secretariat

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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: May 23, 2017