Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Junior Officer Advisory Group

JOAG Professional Development Committee

JOAG Professional Development Committee Informational Flyer


The Professional Development Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of every other month from 1000-1100 EST.

Zoom Meeting Link

Call in Information:
Number: 1-669-254-5252
Meeting Number: 160 042 8041

2022 Meeting Dates

  • January 13th
  • March 10th
  • May 12th
  • July 14th
  • September 8th
  • November 10th

The Professional Development Committee prides itself on the great opportunity to be identified with the transformational growth of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Don’t you want to be a part of it? You will be expected to meet as a committee once a month and bring forth creative thoughts and ideas, but most importantly, share the desire to assist junior officers in reaching a higher plane as professionals. The Professional Development Committee is responsible for identifying existing career enhancement opportunities for junior officers.

During the coming year we will review and develop general program activities such as public information, education, and research related to professional development while maintaining liaison duties that promote cooperative relations with other JOAG Committees. The Professional Development Committee is always looking for eager Officers with new ideas that will help accomplish the committee's mission and goals.

Please contact one of the Professional Development Chairs for further information.

Mission: To identify issues, provide advice and guidance, and propose solutions to foster and promote Junior Officers as professional, proud, and principled Commissioned Corps Officers.

Please contact the Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs if you would like to join/volunteer with the committee.

NEW: PHS Mentoring Opportunities Webpage

The Professional Development committee is pleased to introduce a new Mentoring Opportunities Webpage. Each category in the Commissioned Corps officers a mentoring program. In each of these programs, mentors provide mentees with one-on-one career guidance to include: career assignments and mobility, awards, deployments, curriculum vitae review, and recommendations to enhance promotion potential. This new site contains a list of all PAC and JOAG mentoring opportunities.

2022 – 2023 Professional Development Committee Leadership

Roles Name/Email Category Agency/OPDIV
Co-Chair (vm) LCDR Tabitha Dillinger PHARM IHS
Co-Chair (vm) LCDR Delice Echols HSO ICE
Secretary LCDR Lisa Nakagawa EHO FDA
Assistant Secretary LT Grace Santos EHO FDA
EC Liaison (vm) LCDR Michael Wandersee ENG FWS

2022 – 2023 Subcommittee Leadership

Roles Name/Email Category Agency/OPDIV
Health Occupation Students of America Future Health Professionals LCDR Matt Stuckey SCI CDC
Health Occupation Students of America Future Health Professionals LCDR Kari Herber NURSE ICE
JOAG Career Development Program LCDR Christopher Barnes ENG CDC
JOAG Career Development Program LCDR Kimberly Evans  HSO CDC
JOAG Peer to Peer Network LCDR Kristen Young  PHARM IHS
JOAG Peer to Peer Network LT Jazmin Reed SCI FDA
Journeyman Speaker Series LT Jonathan Correia NURSE DoD
Journeyman Speaker Series LT Marcus Harding PHARM IHS
Professional Development Assessment LT Alexandria Edwards PHARM IHS
Professional Development Assessment LT Amalia Francisco HSO BOP
Position Vacancies LT Darcy Merchant HSO IHS
Position Vacancies LT Njere English SCI FDA
Strategic Planning, Policy & Procedures LCDR Laura Reynolds NURSE CDC
Strategic Planning, Policy & Procedures Vacant
Training and Education LCDR Diane Richardson HSO FDA
Training and Education LT Ana Lauer SCI CDC
Website Coordinator LT Shauna Lee PHARM IHS
Koop Seminar Series LT Charissa Cooper EHO HRSA
Koop Seminar Series LT Shaniece Theodore SCI CDC
AMSUS Liaison LCDR Ingrid St. Amand NURSE OS

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