Officer Biographies

CDR Catherine M. Beer, MS (updated bio 04/2017)

LT Tara K. Carmody, MPH (new bio 04/2017)

CAPT Andrew J. Chen, MPH, MBA (updated 07/2017)

CAPT Chae Un Chong, PharmD, MS, BCACP (updated 04/2017)

LCDR Adriana Restrepo, PsyD (new bio 04/2017)

Romerl Elizes, DPS, MBA

CDR Nazmul Hassan, MSBME, MSHS (new bio 04/2017)

CAPT Chandak Ghosh, MD, MPH (updated 09/2014)

LCDR Kimberley Gordon-Ricketts, MPH

LCDR Doreen P. Gubbay, RD (updated 04/2017)

CDR Harlem J. Gunness, MPH, PhDc (updated 04/2017)

CDR Liatte Krueger, PharmD, MPHc (updated 04/2017)

LCDR Sarah A. Meehan, MS, REHS (updated 07/2017)

LCDR Stephen Mottola, PharmD, MBA (updated 09/2014)

CAPT Farah Parvez, MD, MPH

LCDR George A. Pourakis, MD, MPH

LT Mariela Rivera, BSN, RN (updated 08/2017)

LCDR Michael Serrano, BS, PA-C (updated 09/2014)

LCDR Erica J. Sison, MPH (updated 09/2014)

CDR Samuel J. Schaffzin, MPA (new bio 02/2017)

CDR Elena Vaouli, BS, MPH, REHS/RS

CDR Frank Verni, RPh

CDR Neil M. Vora, MD (new bio 07/2017)

CDR William Waldron, MBA, MHA

LCDR Jay Wong, PharmD, MPH (new bio 08/2017)

CDR Jerry Zee, PharmD, MPH, CPH (updated 04/2017)

CDR Catherine Beer, MS

Commander Catherine Beer has served in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) since 2009.  She currently works for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where she has held the position of Investigator (with a focus on Medical Devices, Biologics and Foods) for 5 years and is currently serving in the office of Compliance for the New York District.  CDR Beer also serves on the RIST Region 2 Deployment Team. 

She is Co-Chair of the HSPAC Career Development Subcommittee and also an active member of the newly formed HSPAC Health and Wellness Group.  CDR Beer’s educational background includes a BS in Biology and a MS in Organic Chemistry from Illinois State University. Prior to joining the Commissioned Corps, CDR Beer worked for 5 years in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medicinal Chemist working on novel drug design. 



LT Tara K. Carmody, MPH

Lieutenant (LT) Tara Carmody is a Health Services Officer in the United States Public Health Service. She was called to active duty in February of 2013, and is currently an Investigator (Bioresearch Monitoring Specialist) for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in the New York District Office, Jamaica, NY.  She began her career as a federal civilian employee in FDA’s NY District Imports Branch, in August of 2008.  LT Carmody presently serves on the RIST Region 2 Deployment Team.

LT Carmody earned a BS in Biology from St. John's University in 2008.  She then went on to earn a Master in Public Health (MPH) from Nova Southeastern University in 2012.   

CAPT Andrew J. Chen, MPH, MBA

Captain (CAPT) Andrew J. Chen is a Regional Emergency Coordinator for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services. CAPT Chen is a Health Services Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and has been on continuous active duty since October 2005.  Serving as a Regional Emergency Coordinator for Region 2 since August 2007, CAPT Chen provides Federal support and oversight to all activities related to public health and medical preparedness, response, and recovery for New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CAPT Chen has been on multiple deployments, including to McGuire AFB, NJ, in support of the evacuation of American citizens from Lebanon (July 2006); Chicago, IL, and Indianapolis, IN, in support of the Midwest floods and the recovery of Columbus (IN) Regional Hospital (June-July 2008); Baton Rouge, LA, San Juan, PR, Tallahassee, FL, and Denton, TX, in support of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike (August-September 2008); Buffalo, NY, in support of victim recovery and identification operations for the Continental Connection 3407 plane crash (February 2009); Jefferson City, MO, in support of the tornado response for Joplin, MO (May 2011); San Juan, PR, and Albany, NY, in support of the response for Hurricane Irene and the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee (August-September 2011); Boston, MA, in support of the mental health response to the Boston Marathon Bombings (April 2013), and Flint, MI in support of the response to the public water supply crisis there (February-March 2016). He also served as the federal healthcare coordinating official/ESF #8 lead in New Jersey during the Super Storm Sandy response (October-November 2012), and as the Deputy Officer-in-Charge of U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Team #4 at the Monrovia Medical Unit in Liberia as part of the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa (March-May 2015).

CAPT Chen’s prior experience includes serving as Assistant Vice President at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute (now known as NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases) from 1999-2005, where in addition to overseeing ten areas of operations and departments, he served as the hospital’s emergency management coordinator and oversaw the hospital’s response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the power outage on August 14, 2003.  CAPT Chen’s first tour of duty in the USPHS was as a Watch Officer in the Secretary’s Operations Center in Washington, DC, from October 2005 to August 2007.  CAPT Chen holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Certificate in Community Health from Tufts University (1995); a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (1998); and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School (2002). He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Emergency Manager, and resides in PA with his wife, Dr. Jessica E. Stehr.

CAPT Chae Un Chong, PharmD, MS, BCACP

CAPT Chae Un Chong is currently the Chief Pharmacist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York.  She was the Regional Pharmacy Consultant with ICE Health Services Corps under the Department of Homeland Security.  As the Pharmacy Consultant, she is responsible for the provision of a full range of pharmacy services within her region as well as having managerial responsibilities related to the operation of IHSC pharmacies. CAPT Chong began her career as the Chief Pharmacist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. After 7 years of distinctive service with the BOP, she joined the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in May 2000.  Her first duty station was with the Division of Immigration Health Service as a Tele-Pharmacist to manage the pharmacy service in Eastern Facilities in New York and New Jersey.  The agency recognized her natural leadership skills and appointed her to lead the Pharmacy Program as a Pharmacy Consultant and a Pharmacy Program Manager.

CAPT Chong received degrees in Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Rutgers College of Pharmacy (now known as the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy) and her degrees in Master of Science in Pharmacotherapy from the Long Island University.  She also has earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree recently from the University of Florida where she was awarded “Professional Leadership Award” upon her graduation in 2013. Her deployment role for ReDDOG is SAT-2 and she is a point of contact for the Ernesto Mario School of Pharmacy.

LCDR Adriana Restrepo, PsyD

LCDR Adriana Restrepo is a licensed clinical psychologist and is currently the Chief Psychologist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and French at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Montclair State University. She then pursued her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Forensic Psychology, from Carlos Albizu University. LCDR Restrepo has been employed with the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 2006 and has worked in many areas including providing individual and group counseling, crisis intervention, suicide prevention, treatment of severe mental illness, psychological testing, and worked with both English and Spanish speaking populations to address mental health needs. In 2013, LCDR Restrepo became a Commissioned Corps Officer with the United States Public Health Service. She also currently serves as a member of the Hispanic Officer Advisory Committee, Minority Officers Liaison Council, Psychology Professional Advisory Group, and a member of the Mental Health Team 2 deployment team.

Romerl Elizes, DPS, MBA

Romerl Elizes is an Information Technology Specialist with 17 years of software/web development experience servicing Federal, state, academic, and corporate stakeholders. Romerl was an Inactive Reserve Corps Officer (IRC) until the passing of the PPACA on March 2010. During his service to IRC, Romerl participated in short tours that included developing an application to handle and report H1N1 nationwide data for ASPR at HHS HQ (January 2010), developing algorithms to clean hospital data for CDC EIS officers (December 2009), and developing a training database for the Office of Reserve Affairs (September 2009) of the Office of the Surgeon General.
While he is trying to regain a commission with the US Public Health Service, Romerl has remained active as the Co-Webmaster for the NYCOA. Romerl was responsible for uploading most of the current website content for the JOAG, Atlanta COA, and New York COA websites. Romerl was also the former Career Opportunities chair for the HSPAC Information Technology Professional Advisory Group (ITPAG), Online Career Opportunities co-chair of the JOAG Recruitment and Retention Committee, Website chair for the HSPAC Communications and Publications Committee, Website chair of the JOAG Communications and Publications Committee, and Co-Webmaster for the Atlanta Chapter of COA. Romerl is a Senior Developer Manager for the Research Foundation of the City University of New York. He is also a First Lieutenant in the New York Guard serving as the Station Administrative Officer of the 244th Medical Clinic at Camp Smith Training Station, Cortlandt Manor, New York. Romerl is the recipient of the PHS Citation Medal, PHS Unit Commendation Medal, PHS CCRF Ribbon, NY Guard Achievement Medal, SGAUS MEMS Badge, and SGAUS Membership Ribbon.

Romerl was raised in New York City. In addition to his work experience, he has a Doctor of Professional Studies in Computing from Pace University, a Master of Business of Administration in Computer Information Systems from Baruch College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science from Hunter College. He maintains his physical fitness through weight training, running, martial arts, and pick-up football. He currently holds a 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwon-Do. Romerl currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and 2 children.

CDR Nazmul Hassan, MSBME, MSHS

Commander (CDR) Nazmul Hassan is a Commissioned Corps Officer with the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS). He currently serves as the Director of Northeast Regional Laboratory’s Chemistry Branch II with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) in Jamaica, NY.  In this capacity, he is responsible for three laboratories (B, D and G), each headed by a supervisor responsible for several compliance programs and special assignments. Lab B performs micro-analytical analyses for the presence of contaminants such as insect, rodent, and bird filth. Seafood products are also examined to detect decomposition. Lab D performs analyses of Domestic and imported foods and feeds for the presence of pesticide and industrial chemical residues. Pesticide residue analysis is extremely important, particularly with respect to foods grown in countries that do not have effective regulation of pesticides. Lab G is responsible for chemistry of pharmaceuticals. Analytical capability includes NDAs and ANDAs validation and ascertaining whether or not a particular product is authentic or is a disguised innovator product. Examinations have included dietary supplements, anabolic steroid, compounded products, APIs (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients), and drug survey samples. CDR Hassan is a recipient of US PHS Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal and Outstanding Unit Citation for his work with the FDA and USPHS.  He also received the Global Health Campaign Medal, and the Foreign Duty Service Award for his public health work with the Department of Defense and USPHS.  CDR Hassan has worked for the FDA since 2002, and previously worked in the pharmaceutical industry, and biotech field.  He graduated from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University with a Master’s degree in Bio-medical Engineering and also graduated from Touro University with a Master’s degree in Health Science.   

CAPT Chandak Ghosh, MD, MPH
A Board-Certified ophthalmologist, Captain Ghosh is a Senior Medical Advisor for Federal Policy at Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  His work led to the development of HRSA’s National Performance Review Protocol, utilized to improve all Federal health grantees, including hospitals, universities, and community health centers. 

 CAPT Ghosh, a nationally-recognized expert in minority health equity, stands committed to the health needs of underserved populations and keeps focus on the impact of economic downsizing on quality of care.  His research and published articles have been presented before Congress and the White House and have energized collaborations among foundations, community-based groups, government, and academia.  The U.S. Public Health Service has awarded CAPT Ghosh a rare three Outstanding Service Medals, among its highest honors, for “influencing progress towards health equity on a national scale.”

After his undergraduate studies at Yale, CAPT Ghosh received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia and completed a chief residency in ophthalmology at Long Island Jewish Hospital/Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  He served as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow in Minority Health Policy and received a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University, School of Public Health.  CAPT  Ghosh has been on Active Duty since 2002.

LCDR Kimberley Gordon-Ricketts, BS, MPH
Lieutenant Commander Kimberley Gordon currently works at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Public Health Advisor detailed to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  She previously served as a Consumer Safety Office with the Food and Drug Administration in the New York District Office.  She earned a BS in Biology & Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2005.  She then went on to earn a Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the University at Albany in 2007.  LCDR Ricketts was hired by FDA in September 2008 and called to active duty in July 2011.  Her current deployment team is Tier III, Roster A and she hopes to join a NIST team in the future.

LCDR Doreen P. Gubbay, RD

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Doreen Gubbay is a Program Officer with Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Partnerships, Contracts and Grants Staff since April 2016. Prior to that she worked as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) with FDA at the Resident Post in North Brunswick, NJ.  LCDR Gubbay has served on RDF3 deployment team from April 2013 to April 2016.  She is currently a member of RIST-2 deployment team.  LCDR Gubbay was deployed to Nogales, AZ in Jul 2014 for Unaccompanied Children’s Mission.  In 2006, she earned her BS in Dietetics from Rutgers University.  


CDR Harlem J. Gunness, MPH,

Commander Harlem J. Gunness serves as a Public Health Officer at the CDC New York Quarantine Station working to prevent the introduction of diseases in the US.  He was instrumental in the operations of the unprecedented Ebola Entry Screening Program at JFK as well as many other initiatives throughout the years.  Prior to this experience, he worked at NY State DOH with Bioterrorism initiatives, CDC with SARS project management, and HIV/AIDS project management and research. He holds a Bachelors and Masters degree at Hunter College, City University of New York in Urban Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education.  Currently, he is a doctoral candidate in Urban Health Systems at Rutgers University, New Jersey.  CDR Gunness has been in the Commissioned Corps for over 10 years, and enjoys serving in many different roles whether that be a mentor, discipline liaison, or associate recruiter for the HSO category.

CDR Liatte Kreuger,  PharmD,  MPH
Commander Liatte Krueger is currently serving as a Compliance Officer for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), New Jersey District Office in Parsippany, NJ.  In her prior FDA role, she conducted domestic and international drug and dietary supplement inspections.  LCDR Krueger is a Pharmacy Officer and was called to active duty in 2005.  Commander Liatte Krueger graduated from the University of Rhode Island - School of Pharmacy in 2006 with a Doctorate in Pharmacy degree, and is currently pursuing her MPH with a concentration in Nutrition from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst.  Prior to joining the FDA as a Consumer Safety Officer, CDR Krueger served as a Senior Pharmacist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota for 3.5 years. Her current OFRD deployment role is accountability officer for RIST-2, a Tier I deployment team. Her most recent deployment was for Super Bowl 48.

LCDR Sarah Meehan, MS, REHS

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Sarah Meehan, Environmental Health Officer, is a Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer stationed at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Jamaica, NY.  She earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Montana in 2006.  In 2007, she started her career in public health working as an Environmental Health Specialist for the Allegheny County Health Department Food Safety Division in Pittsburgh, PA.  In 2008, LCDR Meehan began her career with the FDA in as a Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) in Jamaica, NY.  She earned a M.S. in Environmental & Occupational Health Science at Hunter College School of Public Health in 2013 and commissioned as an Officer after graduation.  LCDR Meehan is active in the Marketing & Recruitment subcommittee of Environmental Health Officers PAC and serves as an Environmental Health Officer on RDF-3.

LCDR Stephen Mottola, PharmD, MBA
Lieutenant Commander Stephen Mottola graduated from the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University in 2009 with a Doctorate in Pharmacy degree, and a Masters in Business Administration degree from The Rutgers Business School in 2014.  He was commissioned in the summer of 2011 and works as a supervisory consumer safety officer for the FDA, Office of Regulatory Affairs, New Jersey District Office (Parsippany) where he oversees investigators who conduct domestic and international food and drug inspections.  He is a member of the RIST 2 deployment team and was deployed during Super Bowl 48. LCDR Mottola’s prior experience includes functioning as a senior medical writer in oncology for Ogilvy CommonHealth from 2009 to 2010.

CAPT Farah Parvez, MD, MPH
Captain Farah Parvez serves as Director of the Office of Correctional Public Health for the CDC’s New York City Department of Health.  As Director, Dr. Parvez develops public health programs and policy for the New York City jail system.

LCDR George A. Pourakis, MD, MPH

Lieutenant Commander George Pourakis is currently serving in the Health Resources & Services Administration as a Senior Public Health Analyst.  Prior to this, he served as the Senior Medical Officer at U.S. Coast Guard New York, where he was assigned since March 2010.  Prior experience include serving on the H1N1 Community Mitigation Task Force in the H1N1 Policy Unit at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta from September 2009 to February 2010, as well as serving as the Physician Intern for Healthcare Issues onh the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the US House of Representatives from June 2009 to August 2009.

LCDR Pourakis attended medical school at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he also completed his residency and attained board certification in Preventive Medicine. He also earned his Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

LT Mariela Rivera, BSN, RN

LT Mariela Rivera of Brigantine, NJ is registered nurse assigned to DHS/IHSC in NJ. She is a talented runner, health advocate and proud USPHS officer. LT Rivera is thankful and grateful for COA’s Junior Scholarship, as it afforded for her to attend for the symposium for the last 3 years. All while under scholarship, she has placed in outstanding ranks at the Surgeon General 5ks. At USPHS symposium 2015, she was 3rd Place Overall Female in the Surgeon General’s 5k in Raleigh, NC. In 2016, she was 1st place Overall Female at the Oklahoma City symposium. In 2017, she was 1st Place Overall Female and the 3rd Place Overall including males at the Chattanooga, TN symposium. LT Rivera attributes the importance of U.S. Public Health officers appearing fit in uniform, as one of her motivations for running and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. LT Rivera is currently enrolled in her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) and is expected to graduate in 2017. She also owns a small organic smoothie business called “Aloha Bowls” at the Brigantine Farmers Market.

LCDR Michael Serrano, BS, PA-C
Prior to becoming a PHS officer, LCDR Michael Serrano received degrees in Bachelor of Science in Biology and Physician Assistant, worked in a major pharmaceutical company, as a Drug Safety Associate, then commissioned on 2006. His first assignment was working in the Department of Immigration and Health Services in San Diego. When returning to New Jersey, he worked as a civilian PA at Mount Sinai Hospital in the Thoracic Surgery Unit, worked 50% in surgery and 50% in post surgical/ICU. In 2008, he was recommissioned to the FDA at the New Jersey District Office (Parsippany, NJ) as an Investigator. LCDR Serrano also currently practices as a PA in an Urgent Care center in New Jersey. He has been deployed once and has participated on multiple OFRD trainings. His current deployment team is SAT II.

LCDR Erica J. Sison, MPH
Lieutenant Commander Erica J. Sison is serving as the Officer in Charge for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, Newark Quarantine Station at the Newark Airport, since 2013. LCDR Sison is a Health Services Officer called to active duty in 2010. LCDR Sison’s background is in infectious disease epidemiology and emergency preparedness. Prior to joining the CDC Newark Quarantine Station as a Public Health Officer in 2009, LCDR Sison served as the Infectious Disease Epidemiologist and Surveillance/Epidemiology Coordinator for the Newark Department of Health for 4 years.
LCDR Sison earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry with a Minor in Neuroscience from Miami University of Ohio and a MPH with a dual concentration in Epidemiology and Health Policy & Health Administration from Rutgers University - School of Public Health. Currently, she is working on her PhD in Epidemiology. Her OFRD deployment role is RIST-2, Tier I.

CDR Samuel J. Schaffzin, MPA

Commander Samuel Schaffzin is currently assigned to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where he serves as a Technical Director for Health IT and as national program lead for the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program. In this role he helps develop, implement and evaluate the Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program and provides technical assistance to states on developing, upgrading and streamlining Medicaid Enrollment and Eligibility Systems in order to be compliant with the Affordable Care Act. Previously, CDR Schaffzin was with the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, where he served as a Senior Program Officer for the Division of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps (DCVMRC) and coordinated programmatic activities and conducted national outreach on behalf of the Post 9/11 Public Health Preparedness program. CDR Schaffzin holds a Bachelors degree from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, and an M.P.A. in Health Policy and Management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

CDR Elena Vaouli, BS, MPH, REHS/RS
Commander Elena Vaouli, Environmental Health Officer, is a Regional Representative for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry's (ATSDR) Region 2 Office. Before moving to the area, CDR Vaouli spent 10 years doing water quality work in the U.S. Territory of American Samoa at the local Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 2007, she received her commissioning to the USPHS. Her first assignment was with USEPA Region 9 in San Francisco, where she was detailed back out to America Samoa to serve as the local EPA's Water Program Manager. In addition to the NYCOA, CDR Vaouli actively participates in subcommittees of the Junior Officer's Advisory Group (JOAG) and Asian Pacific American Officer's Committee (APAOC). She holds a BS degree in Biology from The Catholic University of America, and an MPH in Environmental Health Science from Johns Hopkins University.

CDR Frank Verni, RPh
Commander Frank Verni earned his Pharmacy degree in 2002 from St. John’s University.  CDR Verni worked as a retail & compounding pharmacist in the NYC area for six years before being commissioned in the US Public Health Service in 2007.  CDR Verni currently works for the Food and Drug Administration - Office of Regulatory Affairs in the New York District office. Here he is a Consumer Safety Officer with a focus on Pharmaceutical & Medical Device inspections.  CDR Verni is the UPOC for both St. John’s University and Long Island University College’s of pharmacy in the NYC area.  CDR Verni is an active member in both JOAG and the Pharmacy PAC. CDR Verni’s OFRD deployment role is Tier 3, Roster C; and he was deployed to Texas in response to Hurricane Ike in 2008.

CDR Neil M. Vora, MD

CDR Neil M. Vora is a physician and an epidemiologist with the CDC and is stationed at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as a Career Epidemiology Field Officer.  He joined the CDC in 2012 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer, during which he led several high-profile outbreak investigations for the agency.  Investigations involved a newly discovered virus related to the smallpox virus in the country of Georgia, and a human rabies case associated with organ transplantation.  CDR Vora was very involved with the CDC response to the West African Ebola pandemic, and was deployed to Liberia during the height of the pandemic. At the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, he oversees a variety of cross-cutting special infectious disease projects.  His research interests are in emerging infectious diseases with animal origins (zoonoses).  CDR Vora’s work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and The Lancet.  He has also appeared in media outlets including National Public Radio (NPR), C-SPAN and the Wall Street Journal.  He completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2009 and his Internal Medicine residency at Columbia University in 2012.

CDR William Waldron, MBA, MHA
Commander “Rusty” Waldron has served in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) since 2003. He has held positions in budget, finance, operations and administration at various duty stations while working for the Medical Affairs Branch and ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). CDR Waldron has also served as Aide de Camp to Surgeon General Richard Carmona from June 2004 – July 2004. Currently, he is the Health Services Administrator for ICE Health Service Corps and covers two clinics in the New York/New Jersey region as well as the RIST Region 2 Team lead.

CDR Waldron’s educational background includes a BS in Business Management and a dual Masters in Business Administration and Health Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to USPHS, CDR Waldron served as a Medical Service Corps officer in the United States Navy.

CDR Jerry Zee, PharmD, MPH, CPH
Commander Jerry Zee is the Regional Pharmacist for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Region II which encompasses NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands since 2012.   

CDR Zee obtained a dual degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Marketing & Management, and Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He also obtained a Masters in Public Health (MPH) degree at Hunter College, CUNY School of Public Health, with a focus in Health Policy & Management.  

Commander Zee was commissioned into the US Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps in 2005.  He was initially stationed in the west coast with the Indian Health Services (IHS) under the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a staff pharmacist, then satellite pharmacy chief, then satellite clinic manager.  From 2009 to 2012, CDR Zee was a senior pharmacist for the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) under the Department of Justice (DOJ).