Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Nurse Professional Advisory Committee

N-PAC Leadership

N-PAC Chair

LCDR Anna Zimmerman

Healthcare Compliance Consult

ICE Health Service Corps

LCDR Anna Zimmerman has been active with N-PAC since 2018 but began her N-PAC career prior to then by listening to the general body meetings and reviewing messages sent through the listserv. In 2018, she was briefly acting secretary for the Awards Subcommittee, and became the MANE Awards Co-Team Lead. In 2019, she accepted the opportunity to serve as a Non-Voting Member Co-Chair of the Community Wellness Subcommittee. Throughout her career, LCDR Zimmerman has been involved in multiple Public Health Service (PHS) activities, including PHS chartered groups, planning committees, and deployment teams.

LCDR Zimmerman’s first assignment in PHS was as a nurse practitioner with the Bureau of Prisons where she provided direct care to male inmates of various security levels. She transferred to ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) as a Managed Care Coordinator involved in case management of detainees, and most recently is a Supervisory Healthcare Compliance Consultant for the agency where she acts as a medical liaison and consultant for detainees with disabilities, reviews medical complaints routed through IHSC headquarters, and reviews availability of health care and administrative stay of removal detainee requests.

LCDR Zimmerman received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and was a Hillman Scholar. She completed a Master of Science in Nursing from Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and most recently received a Graduate Certificate in Global Health at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

N-PAC Secretary

CDR Carrie Schuler

Chief of Population and Correctional Health

Bureau of Prisons

CDR Carrie Schuler commissioned with the Public Health Service in 2008 as a new nurse graduate from the University of Cincinnati.  During the first four years of her career, she was assigned to the Indian Health Service where she worked in med/surg and nurse educator until transferring to the BOP in February 2012 as a staff nurse at FMC Lexington.  In the summer of 2013, she returned to school to pursue her Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Troy University, and in 2014 she earned certifications as both a Certified Foot Care Nurse (CFCN) and a Wound Care Certification (WCC).  CDR Schuler transitioned to a dedicated wound care position at FMC Lexington in the latter half of 2014, and completed her MSN program the following Spring. 

In December 2015, CDR Schuler was selected as the BOP Nursing Program Manager under the direction of the BOP Chief Nurse.  In 2016, she completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Chatham University, and in 2018 she returned to FMC Lexington as a Nurse Practitioner, maintaining a collateral role as a National Wound Care Tele-Consultant in the BOP.   CDR Schuler promoted to Quality Manager at Lexington in 2019, overseeing performance improvement, risk management, infectious disease, and utilization review processes.  In March 2020 at the onset of the COVID pandemic, CDR Schuler was selected as the BOP Chief Nurse, where she presented nearly 1,800 nurses and advanced level providers (NPs and PAs) throughout the agency.  She was subsequently selected as the Chief of Population and Correctional Health in October 2021, leading a new branch in the BOP’s Health Services Division focused on quality assurance, infectious disease, and population health trends that will shape future processes for how the BOP provides correctional medicine to its inmate population.

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