Preparedness, Health and Safety Services

Richard N. Bradley, M.D., FACEP

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Richard Bradley
Chair, Resuscitation Subcouncil, Scientific Advisory Council

Dr. Richard N. Bradley is currently an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He serves there as the Chief of the Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine. Dr. Bradley is board-certified in emergency medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He began his American Red Cross career in 1977, serving as a volunteer at the Santa Clara Valley, Calif. Chapter. He has twenty years of experience elsewhere in the field of emergency service, as well, as both a firefighter and a paramedic.

Areas of Expertise

  • CPR, AED & Cardiac Arrest

    Steven Jensen, Ph.D.

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    Steven Jensen
    Member, Preparedness and Disaster Health Subcouncil, Scientific Advisory Council

    Steven Jensen is the program director of the Emergency Services Administration Degree Program at California State University at Long Beach. His current work focuses on preparing the next generation to recognize and understand the patterns characteristic of disasters. He is also pursuing research in the intersection of globalization, hazards and resilience.

    Jensen’s has managed refugee camps in Thailand for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and worked with the UNHCR in Malaysia helping to protect their rights. He also assisted in recovery efforts following New Zealand’s recent earthquake, and has conducted humanitarian aid efforts in Australia, China, Japan, Mexico, and El Salvador.

    Areas of Expertise

  • Emergency Management & Disaster Preparedness

    James A. Judge, II, EMT-P, CEM, BPA, FPEM

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    James Judge
    Chair, Preparedness and Disaster Health Subcouncil, Scientific Advisory Council

    James A. Judge is the emergency management director of the Department of Public Protection for Volusia County, Florida. In this position, he heads all of the county’s emergency operations. Judge has spent more than 40 years working in various forms of emergency management, including EMS, fire services and emergency management. He has garnered numerous state and national awards for administrative and operational excellence in public safety, including induction into the Florida EMS Hall of Fame for a lifetime of achievements in EMS.

    Areas of Expertise

  • Emergency Management & Disaster Preparedness

    Thomas D. Kirsch, M.D., MPH, FACEP

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    Thomas Kirsch
    Member, Preparedness and Disaster Health Subcouncil, Scientific Advisory Council

    Dr. Thomas D. Kirsch is the director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is also an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Health at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and in the Department of Civil Engineering at the Whiting School of Engineering.

    Dr. Kirsch is the national physician advisor for the American Red Cross Disaster Health Services. He has consulted on disaster-related issues for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the United States Agency for International Development and the Medical Reserve Corps. In 2013 he recived the inaugural "Disaster Science Award" from the American College of Emergency Physicians.

    Dr. Kirsch has real-life disaster experience from local incidents to hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the NYC response to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the earthquakes in Haiti, Chile and New Zealand and the 2010 floods in Pakistan.

    Dr. Kirsch serves on the Editorial Board for the American Medical Association’s journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. He is a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Health Affairs, Emergency Medicine Reports, and the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

    Areas of Expertise

  • Disaster Preparedness, Training and Response
  • Emergency Medicine

    Jeffrey L. Pellegrino, Ph.D., FF/EMT-B, W-EMT, EMS-I

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    Jeffrey Pellegrino
    Member, First Aid Subcouncil, Scientific Advisory Council; Education Committee Chair

    Jeffrey L. Pellegrino is Professor and Program Director of Health Sciences at Aultman College in Canton, OH, where he also develops and teaches emergency prevention, preparedness, and response curricula. He also serves as a firefighter/EMT and Red Cross instructor trainer in Ohio.

    Pellegrino is an ILCOR First Aid Taskforce member, co-authoring 2010 & 2015 first aid guidelines nationally and internationally. He supports numerous local and national youth development agencies, using first aid and safety programs as a means of personal and community development through service. Creating and innovating educational activities to increase helping behaviors is his current area of scholarship. Pellegrino's decades of experience in adventure learning gives focus to his work on wilderness/ disaster first aid.

    Areas of Expertise

  • First Aid Practices & Recommendations
  • Instructor Development and Community-Based Learning

    Linda Quan, M.D.

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    Linda Quan
    Vice Chair, Scientific Advisory Council

    Dr. Linda Quan is an emergency attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital, where she previously served as chief of emergency services for more than 26 years. In addition to her clinical work, she is also a professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Dr. Quan is board certified in both pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. She has served on numerous national committees for the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Heart Association, the Emergency Medical Services for Children Agency and the Centers for Disease Control Injury Prevention Center. An internationally-recognized expert on drowning prevention, especially in children, Dr. Quan has focused her own research on the study of drowning, developing better means of drowning prevention, and understanding and preventing pediatric cardiac arrest.

    Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatics Safety
  • Drowning and drowning prevention

    Tener Goodwin Veenema, Ph.D., MPH, MS, FNAP, FAAN

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    Tener Goodwin Veenema
    Member, Nursing and Caregiving Subcouncil, Preparedness and Disaster Health Subcouncil, Scientific Advisory Council

    Tener Goodwin Veenema is an associate professor in the Department of Community-Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. A nationally recognized expert in disaster preparedness and public health emergency management, she has provided assistance on several Red Cross disaster relief operations. Veenema is the founder and president of Tener Consulting Group. She is the author of two books including the award-winning ReadyRN Curriculum for Disaster Nursing and Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Red Cross ReadyRN. She is an elected Fellow in both the National Academies of Practice and the American Academy of Nursing and the recipient of the Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor from the International Red Crescent (Geneva, Switzerland), the highest international award that a nurse can receive.

    Areas of Expertise

  • Disaster Planning
  • Public Health Emergency Preparedness
  • Emergency Nursing

    Peter G. Wernicki, M.D., FAAOS

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    Peter Wernicki
    Chair, Aquatics Subcouncil, Scientific Advisory Council

    Dr. Peter G. Wernicki is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. In addition to his own private practice in general orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Wernicki is a clinical assistant professor in orthopaedic surgery at the Florida State University College of Medicine. An international expert on drowning prevention, Dr. Wernicki serves on the executive board of the United States Lifesaving Association and has been the Association’s Medical Advisor since 1987. He helped write the Manual of Open Water Lifesaving and is a frequent contributor to the American Lifeguard magazine. As the past chair and a current member of the International Life Saving Federation’s Medical Committee, Dr. Wernicki has chaired several international conferences and authored numerous important position statements on aquatics.

    Dr. Wernicki received the Chairman’s Award from the American Red Cross in 2012 for his leadership on the Scientific Advisory Council. He was the keynote speaker at the World Conference on Drowning Prevention in 2011, and was a lecturer and moderator at the World Congress on Drowning in 2003.

    Areas of Expertise

  • Aquatics safety with a focus on open water/surf
  • Sports medicine