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Welcome to the PHEER Steering committee page. The Steering Committee provides support and guidance for the PHEER Network Directors including but not limited to the governance, priorities, missions, activities, and resources of the Network. 

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Michael A. Stoto, PhD (Steering Committee Chair)

Michael A. Stoto, PhD, is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Health, Georgetown University.  He is also an adjunct professor of biostatistics at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a Professorial Lecturer in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at The George Washington University.  A statistician, epidemiologist, and health services researcher, Dr. Stoto’s methodological interest includes systematic reviews and meta-analysis, community health assessment, evaluation methods, and performance measurement.  His substantive research focuses on public health systems, especially with regard to emergency preparedness, infectious disease policy, and drug and vaccine safety.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Stoto’s research has focused on surveillance and data systems to guide decision-making, interpretation of test results and policy for testing, and other aspects of public health policy and practice from the local to global level.  He is working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna on the assessment of public health emergency capabilities and capacities during the COVID-19 pandemic and the implications monitoring and evaluation methodology for public health emergency preparedness.


Mitch Stripling, MPA (Committee Co-Chair)

Mitch Stripling is the director of the Pandemic Response Institute, PRI. Stripling comes to ICAP with a long history of leadership roles in emergency management, disaster response and planning, coordination, and response to public health crises. Prior to joining PRI, Stripling served as the national director for Emergency Preparedness and Response at Planned Parenthood (PPFA). Before PPFA, Stripling served in leadership positions at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DOHMH), first as a director of the Emergency Planning Unit and later as assistant commissioner for Agency Preparedness and Response. Prior to his roles in New York City, Stripling coordinated disaster responses for the Florida Department of Health. He has helped plan and implement the responses to more than twenty federally declared disasters and public health emergencies. Stripling holds an MPA in Emergency Management from Florida State University and a BA from Williams College.

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Kristina Kintzinger, PhD

Dr. Kristina Kintziger is the Claire M. Hubbard Professor of Health and Environment and the Associate Director of the Water, Climate, and Health Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She is an environmental and disaster epidemiologist with experience in both academia and public health practice. Her general research area focuses on the application of advanced and interdisciplinary methods to improve public health practice in environmental and disaster epidemiology. More specifically, she is interested in the impacts of weather and climate change, and the interaction of these impacts with human or system-level vulnerabilities, on morbidity, mortality, and other public health outcomes.

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Clark Lee JD, MPH, CPH

Clark J. Lee joined the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine in July 2021 and currently serves as a Senior Research Associate for the National Center for Disaster Medicine and Public Health (NCDMPH) at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Md. Previously a Senior Law and Policy Analyst (Research Associate) for the Center for Health and Homeland Security and an Associate Member of the Center for Health Outcomes Research, both at the University of Maryland - Baltimore, Mr. Lee has over 15 years of experience as a researcher and scholar in the fields of public health and safety, traffic safety, and emergency preparedness. He also has over 12 years of experience as a public health emergency planner and preparedness consultant. Mr. Lee is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia and is certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

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Natasha Prudent Malmin, PhD, MPH 

Dr. Malmin is an Assistant Professor at Georgia State University School of Public Health. Her areas of interest include public health emergency response, school recovery after disasters, administrative burden and federal disaster recovery, participatory geographic information systems mapping, and maternal mortality issues. Prior to academia, she worked as a health scientist/epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where she focused on: climate and health vulnerability research, evaluating multi-million-dollar award programs, providing technical assistance to grantees, working closely with senior leadership on various projects, and authoring/co-authoring numerous peer-reviewed articles, presentations, and briefs.


Michael A. Méndez

Dr. Michael Méndez is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning and Policy at the University of California, Irvine, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, and a Visiting Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).  He most recently served as the inaugural James and Mary Pinchot Faculty Fellow in Sustainability Studies and Associate Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. Michael has more than a decade of senior-level experience in the public and private sectors, where he consulted and actively engaged in the policymaking process. This included working for the California State Legislature as a senior consultant, governmental relations advocate, a member of the California State Mining & Geology Board, and as vice-chair of the Sacramento City Planning Commission. In 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Dr. Méndez to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. The board regulates water quality in a region of 11 million people.  In 2023, he was appointed by Deanne Crisell, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to serve on their National Advisory Council.  In this capacity, council members advise the Administrator on all aspects of emergency management, including preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other manmade disasters.


Rachael Piltch-Loeb, PhD, MSPH

Dr. Piltch-Loeb is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental, Occupational, and Geospatial Health Sciences. Her work focuses on research, measurement, and evaluation of public health emergency preparedness and response and how to more effectively engage the public during public health emergencies. She has authored academic articles, many with students and practitioners, that including outlining measurement frameworks to improve public health emergency preparedness, cross-jurisdictional after-action reviews to identify lessons learned from emergency response, tools for community engagement in preparedness and response, and assessment of misinformation and communication campaigns. Dr. Piltch-Loeb is dedicated to the translation of research to practice and dissemination efforts. She has served on committees established by the National Academies of Science and Medicine as well as the World Health Organization and European Centers for Disease Control. She is a founder of the IRIS Academic Coalition, a research group dedicated to understanding infodemics and promoting healthy information ecosystems. She also maintains an appointment with the Emergency Preparedness Research Evaluation and Practice Program (EPREP) at the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health.

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Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD

Dr. Schoch-Spana, a medical anthropologist, is a Senior Scholar with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and a Research Professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Since 1998, she has focused her public health career on generating and applying evidence to advise policymakers and practitioners on how to collaborate with private citizens, businesses, and faith- and community-based groups in efforts to manage catastrophic health events, both effectively and equitably. Her areas of expertise include community resilience to disaster, public engagement in policy making, crisis and emergency risk communication, health equity, and public health emergency management (readiness/response/recovery).


Kimberley Shoaf, DrPH, MPH

Dr. Kimberley I. Shoaf is a Professor in the Division of Public Health. During her academic career, she has focused her research, teaching, and service on the field of emergency public health and health workforce development. She has particular expertise in program planning and evaluation applicable to both general public heath practice and emergency public health. She has worked with more than 50 state, local, tribal, and territorial health departments preparing them to respond to public health emergencies.

Dr. Shoaf received her Master of Public Health degree in Population and Family Health and a DrPH in Community Health Science from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Justin Snair, MPA

Mr. Snair is the founder and managing partner at SGNL Solutions. He brings eighteen years of experience working with local, state, and federal governments and homeland security, public health, military, and academic partners. He determines the overall direction and manages operations of the organization. He previously served as a senior program officer with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, where he directed efforts in the health security portfolio. He served as a senior program analyst with the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He was a public health officer with the Acton Health Department in Massachusetts and served as a combat engineer in the U.S. Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Iraq war. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, where he concentrated on critical infrastructure protection, and a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Worcester State University. Justin was also an executive fellow with Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative.

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