Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Health Services Officer Professional Advisory Committee

HSPAC Readiness Subcommittee

The HSPAC Readiness subcommittee serves as the primary resource for all things related to Basic Readiness of Health Services Officers (HSOs). The goal of the subcommittee is to proactively ensure that officers have the necessary resources and knowledge base to maintain a basic-level of readiness.

Subcommittee Charge

  • Serves as primary source of information on HSO specialties and deployment roles within theĀ  USPHS Readiness and Deployment Branch (RDB)
  • Represent HSOs, with input from discipline representatives, regarding RDB policies
  • Disseminate timeline Readiness information/updates through the HSO News You Can Use
  • Assist and encourage HSOs to meet all requirements to successfully achieve a basic-level of readiness
  • Maintain and update HSPAC Readiness Webpage
  • Initiate other projects as assigned by the HSPAC Chief Professional Officer (CPO) and/or PAC Chair

Executive Team

Committee Name Agency
Chair CAPT Darin Wiegers FDA
Co-Chair CDR Kimberley Ricketts HHS
Executive Officer CDR John Diehl FDA
Senior Advisor CAPT Jonathan Kwan FDA
Executive Secretary CDR Samantha Morgan CDC
Executive Assistant LCDR Kimberly Bissohong FDA


Education/ Lecture Series Team
Role Name Agency
Lead LCDR Valerie Favela ICE
Co-Lead LCDR Murewa Oguntimein FDA
Readiness Newsletter Team
Role Name Agency
Lead CDR David Lum HHS
Co-Lead LCDR Roberto Valverde FDA
Readiness Website Team
Role Name Agency
Lead CAPT Francis Bertulfo ICE
Co-Lead CDR David Schwab FDA
Policy and Procedures Team
Role Name Agency
Lead CDR Iris Valentin-Bon FDA
Co-Lead CDR Shwana Coleman CDC


Advanced Readiness Team
Role Name Agency
Lead LCDR Marien Wiley CDC
Co-Lead CDR Elizabeth Degrange CDC
Basic Readiness Team
Role Name Agency
Lead CDR Arthur Hurst FDA
Co-Lead LT Cindy Pallack HHS

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