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Rad Resilient City Initiative

Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group

The Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group (NREAG), is a panel led by the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC (now UPMC Center for Health Security) that comprises government decision makers, scientific experts, emergency responders, and leaders from business, volunteer, and community sectors. The panel was integral to the development of the Rad Resilient City Checklist


Claudia Albano, Neighborhood Services Manager, City of Oakland, California

Steven M. Becker, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences; Director, Disaster and Emergency Communication Research Unit, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health

James S. Blumenstock, MA, Chief Program Officer, Public Health Practice, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials; Project Liaison to the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness

Brooke Buddemeier, MS, CHP, Certified Health Physicist, Risk and Consequence Management, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Anita Cicero, JD, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Director, UPMC Center for Health Security

Daniel Dodgen, PhD, Director, Division for At Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience; Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Joseph B. Donovan, Senior Vice President, Beacon Capital Partners

Elizabeth Dugan, MS, MPH, PhD, Principal Analyst, Homeland Security Studies & Analysis Institute

Joseph E. Fitzgerald, Jr., MS, Saliant, Inc.; Contributing Scholar, UPMC Center for Health Security

Thomas C. Heneghan, Manager—Preparedness; Preparedness and Health & Safety Services, American Red Cross, National Headquarters

Thomas V. Inglesby, MD, Chief Executive Officer and Director, UPMC Center for Health Security

Peter Jutro, PhD, Deputy Director for Science and Policy, National Homeland Security Research Center, Environmental Protection Agency

Kathleen Kaufman, Former Director of Radiation Management, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, California

John J. Lanza, MD, PhD, MPH, FAAP, Director, Florida Department of Health—Escambia County Health Department

Robert M. Levin, MD, Health Officer/Medical Director, Ventura County Public Health, California

Carmen E. MacDougall, Vice President, Communications, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Karen Marsh, MBA, Director, Community Preparedness Division, National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

David M. McKernan, MS, Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, Fairfax County, Virginia

Dennis Mileti, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder

Charles W. Miller, PhD, Chief, Radiation Studies Branch, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Ryan Morhard, JD, Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security

Patrick D. Neville, Captain, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department—Homicide Bureau

Ann Norwood, MD, Contributing Scholar, UPMC Center for Health Security

Juan M. Ortiz, Emergency Management Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management, City of Fort Worth, Texas

Irwin Redlener, MD, Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University; President, Children’s Health Fund

Jeffrey W. Runge, MD, Principal, Chertoff Group, LLC; former Assistant Secretary for Health Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD, Senior Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security; Chairperson, Nuclear Resilience Expert Advisory Group

James Schwartz, Chief, Arlington County Fire Department, Arlington, Virginia

Tara Kirk Sell, MA, Associate, UPMC Center for Health Security

John H. Sorensen, PhD, Environmental Sciences Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Page O. Stoutland, PhD, Vice President, Nuclear Materials Security, Nuclear Threat Initiative

Tammy P. Taylor, PhD, PE, Nuclear Nonproliferation Division Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Katherine Uraneck, MD, Senior Medical Coordinator, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

John C. White, CNMT, Radiation Safety Officer, VA North Texas Health Care System; Vice Chair, Texas-Vermont Low Level Radioactive Waste Compact Commission; Chair, North Texas Radiation Response Group

Jessica Wieder, Public Affairs Specialist, Radiation Protection Division, Environmental Protection Agency



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