Admiral Cullison has been actively involved in health policy and international health engagement issues since retiring in 2010 following a 38-year Navy career that culminated in service as Deputy Surgeon General.
Dr. Cullison received his doctor of medicine degree in 1979 from Indiana University School of Medicine. Following a surgical internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego he served in numerous clinical positions. His command and major staff assignments included Commanding Officer Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, Fleet Surgeon, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Command Surgeon U.S. Pacific Command, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps, Commander Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (VA) and Commander Naval Medicine East.
CAPT Diehl serves as the Director of the newly established Center for Global Health Engagement (CGHE) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU). In this role he advises on matters involving global health engagement policy, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief (HA/DR), health related stability operations, security cooperation, security assistance, health diplomacy and health threats based capacity. CAPT Diehl also coordinates with the DoD, the Services, combatant commands, the interagency, specific host and partner nations, and other organizations that facilitate mission execution on security cooperation activities as well as assessment, monitoring, and evaluation policy.
Additionally, he is the principal investigator for the Measures Of effectiveness in Defense Engagement and Learning (MODEL) Study, an Office of the Assistant Secretary for Defense for Health Affairs (OASD (HA)) funded grant previously executed through the USU's Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine. He received his PhD in Public Policy and Administration from American University with a concentration in economics. CAPT Diehl also holds a Master of Arts from the US Naval War College and a Master of Health Administration from Baylor University.
As the Acting Chief of Staff for the Center for Global Health Engagement, Kevin is responsible for the managerial oversight of Center activities, and developing health engagement efforts for a variety of projects within select regional combatant commands in the areas of disaster preparedness/response, public and environmental health, and civil-military operations. He also serves as the practicum site preceptor for select student programs that include medical student electives, master of public health (MPH) practicum programs, and resident electives in disaster preparedness and complex humanitarian emergencies.
Kevin retired from the US Air Force, Medical Service Corps, with experience in health services, humanitarian assistance and contingency operations planning. He has held leadership positions in the field, in academia, and at the strategic level culminating with an assignment as the Chief of Special Operation Forces medical education for US Special Operations Command. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and to over 45 nations worldwide. He has coordinated and executed several military humanitarian assistance missions and served in major contingency operations in Panama, Haiti, Kosovo, and Iraq.
Department of Primary Appointment: Position: USU Staff Title: Senior Interagency Liaison
Megan DuLaney serves as the Senior Interagency Liaison providing support to the CGHE Doctrine and Strategic Partnership Division and the OSD Office of Global Health Engagement. She has extensive experience operating at senior levels of the U.S. government, successfully managing relationships within the DoD and across US government agencies, international organizations, thinks tanks, and non-governmental organizations.
Her professional and academic background encompasses comprehensive subject matter expertise in civil-military relationships and the complex intersection of health, diplomacy, and security-related policy and operations.
Yara Francis serves as Senior Strategic Communications Officer, providing communications support to CGHE and the Doctrine and Strategic Partnership Division. She is a communications professional with over 15 years experience in print and audiovisual media, corporate and government consulting, international relations, and quantitative/qualitative media analysis. Ms. Francis is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. She has worked in various capacities as a communications advisor and managing editor for a diverse set of government clients, including DOD,and USAID.
Ms. Francis has a BA in Communication Arts from Lebanese American University and an MA in International Relations and Political Communication from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
Jane Greulich presently serves as the Senior Division Manager for Programs and Partnerships at CGHE, coordinating DoD Global Health Engagement efforts within CGHE, with USU and across the DoD and the wider US Government. Prior to this, Jane facilitated implementation of US Africa Command’s (USAFRICOM) Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) which focused on partnering with African nations to enhance their disaster management capabilities—particularly disease threats.
Jane received her BA in International Relations from Bucknell University and a Masters of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health from The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and has previously worked with the United Nations Foundation, United Nations World Food Programme and the Global Health Council.
CAPT Paul Reed, MD is a senior US Public Health Service officer currently assigned as the Director for Doctrine and Strategic Partnerships at the Center for Global Health Engagement. CAPT Reed holds faculty appointments in Global Health, Military and Emergency Medicine, and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), in Bethesda, MD. He is also currently holding the position of principal investigator for the Disaster Preparedness Program at CGHE.
CAPT Reed held previous positions as the Deputy Director for Operations in the Division of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC) and Director for Global Health Operations for the US Public Health Service, within the Office of the US Surgeon General. In these capacities, his responsibilities included support for readiness of volunteers as well as coordinating the readiness and deployment of Commissioned Corps officers for domestic and international operations including humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, civic assistance, emergency response and training.
CAPT Reed is a former US Navy medical officer with fourteen years in active naval service, culminating as Department Head of Pediatrics – NNMC until his separation in July 2008. CAPT Reed has extensive experience in operational medicine and applied public health, serving in numerous capacities in both domestic and international humanitarian assistance/disaster response activities.
Department of Primary Appointment: Position: USU Staff Title: Training and Professional Development Division Manager
Mrs. Claudia Creenan serves as the Division Manager for the Training and Professional Development Division at CGHE. In this role she manages the administrative and travel functions for all five divisions. Mrs. Creenan is the administrative liaison for the center to the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation. She also will continue as the Program Manager for the Center’s core grant.
Captain Reeves serves as the Director of Training and Professional Development for the CGHE where he oversees global health education efforts from medical students to training at the combatant commands. He also serves as head of Navy psychiatry and is responsible for the assignment of 130 Navy psychiatrists and advises the Navy Surgeon General on mental health issues. Prior to this he served as Director for Mental Health where he led 320 personnel across Hampton Roads to include inpatient, outpatient and substance abuse services as well as two training programs and served on the Command Executive Board.
Born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Houston, Texas, CAPT Reeves graduated from Southwestern University with a degree in Biology in 1992. He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in 1996 and his residency in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill where he was chief resident in 2000. He has deployed multiple times, served in the Pentagon in OSD-Policy overseeing global health efforts, spent two years in the US Marine Corps with the 1st Marine Division and has held multiple positions in the Navy’s largest medical centers as well as in Spain and Japan. CAPT Reeves remains an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and previously served as a board examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal.
Dr. Sayed Alam Shinwari works as an International Health Systems Advisor for the Training & Professional Development Division and the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. Dr. Shinwari specializes in the reconstruction and stabilization of healthcare systems in post-conflict environments. Dr. Shinwari is a faculty member, Assistant Professor, and Director at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU).
Dr. Shinwari is a graduate of Kabul Medical University (KMU) Kabul, Afghanistan and received a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health from The George Washington University. He started his career working as a general practitioner in Kabul, before joining various US Army-sponsored medical trainings and observation programs in hospitals located in Afghanistan, India, and the US. Since the onset of Operation Enduring Freedom, Dr. Shinwari has worked as a public health coordinator for the U.S. Army (2003-2007). He coordinated and conducted various public health projects, serving as a liaison between the Afghan National Army/National Police, the Afghan public health sector, the Afghan population, the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), NATO, International Organizations, NGOs, and U.S. Army officials. Dr. Shinwari was born in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province and was raised in Kabul. He speaks Pashto (Native), Dari (Native), Farsi, Urdu and English.
Laura is a Research and Policy Analyst for the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. As a member of this program, she collaborates with international military medical partners whom the DoD engages and supports through biosafety, biosecurity, biorisk management and biosurveillance training and capacity-building initiatives. Laura also has a role in the coordination of and curriculum development for US military medical trainings in global health engagement.
Laura received her BS in Public Health from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Boston University, where she concentrated on global health and managing disasters and complex humanitarian emergencies. Laura has experience working on public health programs at the local, state, and federal levels.
Dr. Zuerlein serves as the Deputy Director and Senior Program Manager for the Training and Professional Development Division. In this capacity he guides program activities to develop and conduct training and professional development activities to equip military health system professionals to plan and conduct global health engagement activities. Dr. Zuerlein also supports Center efforts by offering a range of expertise and experience in the areas of health services administration, health policy, public health, and global health systems engagement and development.
Dr. Zuerlein served 22 years as a Medical Service Corps Officer within the US Air Force Medical Service, his active service concluded with an assignment as the Medical Security Cooperation lead within the US Central Command’s Command Surgeons Office. Dr. Zuerlein earned his Bachelor of Science degree in General Business Management from the University of Wyoming, his Master's in Health Services Administration from the Army-Baylor University, and his Doctorate in Health Policy and Management from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health.
Doctor Charles W. Beadling, Col (ret), MC, USAF is an Associate Professor in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Previously, he was the Director, Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) which was the focal point of expertise for the Department of Defense in the evolving missions of Global Health Engagements. He serves as lead on several programs He currently serves as Principal Investigator of the African Peacekeeping Rapid Response Partnership (APRRP) program at the USUHS Center for Global Health Engagement.
Dr. Beadling was commissioned in the Air Force in 1975 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Life Sciences at the USAF Academy. He attended Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather Air Force Base, California, and served as squadron navigator until 1980. That year, he entered medical school at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. Upon graduating from medical school in 1984, Dr. Beadling began a residency in Family Practice at David Grant Medical Center, Travis Air Force Base, California. He had numerous operational, academic, leadership and command assignments until his retirement from the US Air Force, as a Colonel, effective 1 March 2009.
Dr. Beadling is a Fellow of the American Board of Family Medicine, holds the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from Fordham University, and also holds the Diploma in the Medical Care of Catastrophes from the Society of the Apothecaries of London, and has been appointed the Deputy Convener for the United States by the Society. He also serves as the Global Health Section Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Doctor Beadling is married to the former Carol Hileman of Richmond, Indiana, and they have two daughters, Sarah and Matilda.
Rebecca Chestnutt serves as CGHE's expert in humanitarian assistance, disaster response, development and resilience, currently working with PACOM’s Pacific Asia India Resilience (PAIR) program, as well as educational programs with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Previously she supported AFRICOM’s Disaster Preparedness Program.
Ms. Chestnutt has almost twenty years of experience in disaster management, planning, disaster response, disaster risk reduction and development, spanning work with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, healthcare organizations, refugee organizations and the military. Ms. Chestnutt provides subject matter expertise across the full cycle of disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance, including capacity assessment, planning, evaluation, leadership and management practices, stakeholder engagement and systems development. Additionally, she has served as an educator, speaker and consultant on a variety of disaster preparedness and response topics, including leadership in emergencies. She earned her MA from Oxford Brookes University as part of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice, and her BA from the College of William and Mary, and has lived and worked throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Caribbean.
Margot Craig-Louden is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) with over fifteen years of experience in the hospitality industry (having worked for luxury brand hoteliers; Kempinski Hotels and Resorts, The Leading Hotels of the World, and Princess Hotels) in addition to the last seven years in meeting management for the Center. Planning and executing meetings/conferences both domestically and internationally, her competency in the implementation and management of meetings, workshops, and conferences of varying levels and sizes, has been predominantly for the US government, specifically, the Department of Defense; working with US Embassy officials, foreign ministries and cabinets, high ranking military officers (domestic and foreign), local and national government officials in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and North America, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Margot has delivered responsive, efficient, cost-effective, proactive, and client-focused service during the planning phase(s) of meetings/conferences under her management through the development of timelines; preparing and managing budgets; completing expenditure reports; developing and producing/reproducing all documentation necessary to support conferences, including meeting materials and registration website content; preparing agendas and producing participant information. Additionally, she has working knowledge of the regulations and guidelines of the Federal Travel Regulation. Her support of these education and training programs, which have spanned across all six combatant commands, has allowed her to maintain and sustain successful partnerships [and friendships] with many of those whom she has worked with as a result of her engagement with them during those programs.
Ms. Ellis has 20+ years of experience as a senior-level conference manager providing conference support to the Federal Government and the private sector. She attained the status of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) in 2002 and is certified through 2017. She has an in-depth knowledge of federal meeting guidelines and standard operating procedure and is efficient in the coordination of multiple federal contracting vehicles. Ms. Ellis has demonstrated the ability to balance priorities, meet short demanding timelines and produce goal-oriented results.
Ms. Ellis has managed multiple meetings concurrently in the US and in over 37 countries. She has hired and supervised conference staff; developed policies and procedures for streamlining all phases of conference management and is effective in organizing and employing resources to achieve project objectives. She is experienced in managing multi-year federal tasks orders and contracts and developing and maintaining multi-million dollar budgets. Ms. Ellis is experienced working with senior government and military officials and senior-level corporate managers. She has served as project director and program manager on several multi-year, multi-million dollar task orders under HRSA and NIDA, and supported several grant reviews under FDA and the Department of State.
Dr. Jawad joined the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in October 2006 as a faculty member and Assistant Professor at the Military and Emergency Medicine Department. During that time, he also served as a senior technical Adviser to Project Hope. In 2007, he was extensively involved in developing the International Health Division at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs where his primary role was to develop DoD policy on Global Health Engagements through considering the host nation’s perspective. Dr. Jawad has served as senior adviser and subject matter expert in assessing training requirements and curriculum development and testing for the Defense Medical Language Initiative (DMLI) pilot program. Currently, Dr. Jawad is a senior International Health Systems Advisor, providing his subject matter expertise to the Defense Threat reduction Agency/Cooperative Biological Engagement Program. Dr. Jawad is an Affiliate Professor and distinguished senior fellow at the Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices at George Mason University and is a member of the editorial board of the World Medical and Health Policy Journal.
Prior to arriving to the United States in August 2006, Dr. Jawad, served as Director General for operations and technical affairs at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. He played a critical role in reconstructing and overseeing the medical component of the New Iraqi army. At great personal risk and sacrifice to himself and his family, Dr. Jawad proposed and led the Ministry of Health effort to rehire 18,000 health providers from the disbanded Iraqi Ministry of Defense. This was in coordination with the Coalition Provisional Authority’s Health Team. His work with the coalition forces to resuscitate and stabilize the Iraqi national health system reduced the impact and damage caused by the invasion and saved thousands of lives. Before 2003, Dr. Jawad served with distinction for 26 years as a military medical officer in different units; his last rank was MG (sel) serving as the chair of the department of Orthopedic Surgery at Hammad Shihab Military teaching Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq. Dr. Jawad was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq and graduated from Al Almustansiryah medical school in 1981; he is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and has a combined experience of 39 years serving in and outside Iraq.
Dr. Geoffrey Oravec presently serves as Chief Knowledge Officer (CKO) at CGHE, acting as direct lead for the hub of knowledge on DoD Global Health Engagement. Dr. Oravec is also a Principal Investigator on the Pacific Asia India Resilience (PAIR) Program. As CKO, Dr. Oravecincorporates the principles and practices of knowledge management and communication as key components of public health, technical cooperation and capacity building. He also oversees the equitable and efficient dissemination of health information and communications to priority stakeholders, to include partner nation countries.
Dr. Oravec began his career in global health at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, before receiving his medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine. He later earned a Master of Public Health in Global Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and went on to complete a fellowship in Disaster and Preventive Psychiatry. During his career, Dr. Oravec has worked on seven continents addressing global health issues ranging from the lack of mental health resources in Southeast Asia to whole-of-society disaster planning and preparedness in Africa.
CAPT(sel) Shiau is currently Director of the Programs and Joing Force Support Division at CGHE. He previously served as the Director of Public Health and Force Health Protection in the Surgeon’s Office of United States Pacific Command in Hawaii. CAPT(sel) Shiau is a board certified preventive medicine physician in the Medical Corps. He attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA and earned a Biological Sciences Degree in 1992. He received a direct commission and attended Uniformed Services University Health Sciences and earned his Doctorate in Medicine in 1997. He completed a pediatric internship and served as the medical officer for USS HARPERS FERRY in San Diego. He completed his preventive medicine residency at USUHS . He served as the OIC for Forward Deployed Preventive Medicine Unit in Kuwait and as a preventive medicine officer at Norfolk, Virginia – providing operational consultation and surveillance to units deploying to CENTCOM, AFRICOM, and SOUTHCOM. In his most recent position, he served as the Deputy Director for Emergency Preparedness inM3/5 Medical Operations at Navy Bureaus of Medicine and Surgery His primary focus was Pandemic Influenza policy and planning, ensuring emergency preparedness at Navy medical facilities worldwide. Additionally, he was attached to OPNAV 093, designated by the Surgeon General as the Navy’s Senior Public Health Emergency Officer (PHEO), providing public health consultation to senior commanders.
Dr. Vest is responsible for activities in support of the Defense Threat Reduction Activity Cooperative Biological Engagement Program portfolio as well as providing advice on infectious disease surveillance priorities and initiatives. He came to CGHE from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center serving as the Chief, Respiratory Infections, DoD-Global Emerging Infections System, overseeing the DoD influenza surveillance program and of other infectious diseases and ultimately served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.
Dr. Kelly G. Vest is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (DVM-1987) and Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health (MPH-1994). He completed his doctorate degree in epidemiology and public health (DrPH-2003) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and dedicated his efforts to veterinary and infectious disease epidemiology, surveillance, food safety, food defense, One Health and studies of military relevance. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (1994). He is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and was awarded the Army Surgeon General’s “A” Proficiency Designator. He served 20 years in the US Army Veterinary Corps.
Audrey Berard serves as the Research Coordinator supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) Global Health Engagement Research Program. She functions as the liaison between Principal Investigators, CGHE Research Division, USU research administration, and Henry M Jackson Foundation headquarters staff to support pre- and post-award administration of grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.
Audrey received her BA in English and Communication from University of Maryland, College Park.
Donald Whitley presently serves as the Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division Manager and the Research Division Manager for CGHE, supporting DoD global health engagement (GHE) assessment and research efforts within CGHE. Previously, Don worked as a contracted consultant supporting the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Joint Staff, Air Force Medical Service, and Navy Medicine as a GHE expert specializing in the study and improvement of military GHE capabilities.
Don received his BS in Business Administration, focusing on Management Entrepreneurship Studies, from the University of Notre Dame. He previously worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, in that firm’s Military Health group.
Sidwell Ferguson-English serves as the Senior Data Manager for The Measures Of effectiveness in Defense Engagement and Learning (MODEL) study. The MODEL study is primarily concerned with producing analytic tools for measuring the efficacy of global health engagements and security cooperation engagements. In this role, Sidwell facilitates and assists in the use of quantitative assessment tools to provide insight into issues relevant to defense stakeholders through an interactive approach with various data.
Sidwell received his MA in Political Science from the University of Louisville where his principal field of study was voter behavior with an emphasis on quantitative analysis. Sidwell Ferguson-English also holds a BA in Political Science from Berea College.
E. Anna Johnston serves as the Component Assessment Lead for the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Division at CGHE. In her current position, Ms. Johnston liaises with component partners, as well as helps them develop in-country capacity assessments andmonitoring and evaluation measurement tools to target their Global Health Engagement objectives.
Prior to her work at CGHE, Ms. Johnston worked on a variety of global health projects in the Washington, DC area and abroad, namely in sub-Saharan Africa. Ms. Johnston received her Master of Public Health in Global Health Design, Monitoring and Evaluation from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and Political Science from the University of Tennessee.
Solomon Major currently serves as a Senior Econometrician for CGHE's Assessment, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division. In this position, Dr. Major develops qualitative and quantitative methods with which CGHE and the wider defense community might assess the policy, health, and security impact of global health engagements and security cooperation engagements. Prior to this, Dr. Major served as an associate professor at the US Naval War College, where he carried out similar assessments-based research and taught in the University's National Security Affairs Department.
Dr. Major received both Doctoral and Master's degrees from Stanford University's Department of Political Science, a Master's from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service and his Bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to working at the US Naval War College, Dr. Major held teaching positions at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Clemson University. Dr. Major has published widely in leading political science and defense journals on international economic sanctions and humanitarian aid and defense-related impact assessment.
Haneefa Saleem currently serves as the senior researcher and methodology lead for the Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation Division at CGHE. In this role, Dr. Saleem leads research design and implementation of formative and impact evaluations of DoD global health engagements using quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.
Dr. Saleem received her PhD in Public Health from the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on social and behavioral interventions. She also holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Saleem has previously conducted HIV prevention, care and treatment research in sub-Saharan Africa.
G. Raymond Handel has been serving with The Uniformed University of the Health Sciences (USU) since 1999. A retired naval officer, Mr. Handel has knowledge of the regulations and doctrine required to safely move Center personnel into and out of the many countries its staff is supporting.
Mr Handel has a BS from The George Washington University with a specialty in Paramedic Medicine and has served as the Land Mine Action Officer for the Center and is an instructor in Military and Emergency Medicine for USU.
Department of Primary Appointment: Position: USU Staff Title: Program Manager
Jeff Zimmerman has been with the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for 12 years providing Information Technology support to the Center. Recently, he has transitioned into a program management role providing support for the Center's programs and operations.
Jeff received his Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Information Technology from the University of Baltimore, and is currently CCENT certified from Cisco. He is finishing up the requirements to receive CCNA designation. He is also A+ and Network+ certified, and is a Microsoft Certified Professional.