Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Scientist Professional Advisory Committee

Executive Board 2021–2022

Chair: CDR Deborah Dee

CDR Deborah Dee

CDR Dee is the PHS Commissioned Corps Agency Liaison for CDC and ATSDR and Director of CDC’s liaison office (CDC/ATSDR Commissioned Corps Activity). She oversees  several programs and services developed to assist and support the agency’s more than 830 PHS officers in their careers, such as readiness and deployment, career development and promotion counseling, PHS awards, retirement planning, and PHS recruitment. She was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service as a Scientist Officer in 2007, where she began her career as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at CDC.

CDR Dee has a strong history of service and commitment to PHS and its officers. In addition to her role as CDC PHS Liaison, she has been an active member of the national-level and local Atlanta branch of the Commissioned Officers Association (ACOA) since she became a PHS officer. She has served as Co-Chair of the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium annually since 2018 and was on the Executive Committee of ACOA for several years, including a term as ACOA president. CDR Dee served on Applied Public Health Team 5 since 2009.CDR Dee has contributed to Scientists’ notable per capita deployment statistics, having deployed 9 times to date for the COVID-19 response, and counts those deployments as well as those to the 2018 Unaccompanied Children’s Mission, the Monrovia Medical Unit, and Ebola-related work in Sierra Leone as particularly rewarding experiences.

CDR Dee is active in the Scientist Category and has served on several subcommittees since 2008, including Category Day, Mentoring, Policy, Rules & Membership, Science, Visibility, and Website Subcommittees. As SciPAC Chair, CDR Dee will continue to spread awareness of Scientist officers’ many contributions to supporting the PHS mission, and counts as a top priority the aim to optimize support for the mental health and well-being of Scientists and other PHS Officers.


Vice Chair: CDR Alice Shumate

Executive Secretary: LCDR Ginny Bowen

Bowen_photo.jpgLCDR Ginny Bowen commissioned as a Scientist Officer in 2013 when she began working at CDC in the Division of STD Prevention. She currently serves as an Epidemiologist and national subject matter expert in the surveillance and prevention of congenital syphilis. During her time as an Officer, she has responded to outbreaks of syphilis, meningitis, gonorrhea, Ebola, and COVID. She has also deployed to support the reunification of unaccompanied children and the Afghan refugee resettlement efforts. LCDR Bowen holds a BS in Cellular Biology from the University of Georgia and MHS and PhD degrees in Population, Family, and Reproductive Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She completed fellowship training with CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). LCDR Bowen has previously served as Chair and Co-Chair of SciPAC’s Mentoring Subcommittee as well as Co-Chair of the Science Committee. She has been active with the Atlanta Branch of COA, serving as a newsletter editor, Executive Board member-at-large, and secretary of the Anchor & Caduceus Dinner. She has a supportive partner who makes this career possible; together with their two kids, they enjoy road trips, watching Premiere League soccer, and cheering on the Georgia Bulldogs!


Executive Liaison: CDR Lana Rossiter 

CDR Rossiter

CDR Lana Rossiter commissioned into the Corps in 2011 after a twelve-year career in private industry conducting pharmaceutical and green chemistry research. She began her Commissioned Corps career as a chemistry reviewer in the recently formed Office of Science (OS) in the Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) at the FDA, which was stood up in 2009 after the passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which conveyed the authority to FDA to regulate tobacco. As a chemistry reviewer she conducted research to address gaps in knowledge about tobacco chemistry, conducted the first chemistry reviews of products used in investigational studies of tobacco products, and reviewed marketing submissions to permit or prohibit sale of tobacco products. In 2014 she became as Chemistry Team Lead, assuming secondary review duties for a team of four while continuing to work on independent projects to further regulation of tobacco. In 2017, CDR Rossiter moved into a supervisory role in OS in CTP, assuming the position of Branch Chief in the Division of Regulatory Project Management (DRPM), where she supervised a group of twelve project managers supporting application review, knowledge management, and contracts. In January 2021, CDR Rossiter move to a new position in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at FDA. There she is supervising a group of eight project managers supporting the review of supplements for New Drug Applications and Amended New Drug Applications.

CDR Rossiter has deployed numerous times, including the UAC mission in 2014, Hurricane Florence in 2018, to support federal testing sites for COVID-19 in 2020, and most recently for Operation Allies Welcome in support of Afghan evacuees. CDR Rossiter holds a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of Oregon (Eugene), a B.S. in chemistry from Emory University (Atlanta) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Eli Lily.

This is CDR Rossiter’s second term as Executive Liaison. CDR Rossiter previously served as Chair of the Mentoring subcommittee from 2017 through 2020 and prior to that was the Co-chair of the Career Development Subcommittee.


Immediate Past Chairperson: CDR Jason Wilken 

LCDR Wilken

CDR Jason Wilken commissioned into the Corps in 2012 as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. He then joined CDC's Career Epidemiology Field Officer program in CDC's Center for Preparedness and Response, assigned to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). CDR Wilken builds capacity at CDPH for disease surveillance and epidemiology, particularly in the fields of emergency preparedness, disaster response, and environmental and occupational epidemiology. In this role, he has led coccidioidomycosis outbreak responses, community needs assessments following environmental disasters, and emergency operations center leadership during multiple activations. He deployed overseas for Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 responses.

CDR Wilken earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University, and is credentialed as an Emergency Operations Center Director by the state of California. He currently leads COVID-19 responder safety and health programs at CDPH. 

SciPAC Chairs 1984–Present

Officer Agency Term                    
RADM Barry L. Johnson CDC 1984-1986
CDR Andrea A. Wargo FDA 1986-1988
CAPT Harry Milman EPA Sep 1988-Aug 1989
CAPT Jerry Johnson USCG Sep 1989-Aug 1990
CAPT John Bartko ADAMHA Sep 1990-Aug 1991
CAPT Derek Dunn CDC Sep 1991-Aug 1992
CDR Stephen Wilson FDA Sep 1992-Aug 1993
CAPT John Pennington FDA Sep 1993-Aug 1994
CDR Roland Garcia HRSA Sep 1994-Aug 1995
CAPT Joe Sun FDA Sep 1995-Aug 1996
CAPT Michael Alavanja NIH Sep 1996-Aug 1997
CDR S. Lori Brown FDA Sep 1997-Aug 1998
CDR Francois Lalonde NIH Sep 1998-Aug 1999
CDR Rebecca Sheets FDA Sep 1999-Aug 2000
CDR Richard Troiano NIH Sep 2000-Aug 2001
CDR Angela González Williams HRSA Sep 2001-Aug 2002
CDR Joe Despins FDA Sep 2002-Aug 2003
CDR Doug Thoroughman CDC Sep 2003-Mar 2004
LCDR Daphne Moffett CDC Apr 2004-Aug 2005
LCDR Ross Spears CDC Sep 2005-Aug 2006
CDR Martin Sanders CDC Sep 2006-Aug 2007
CDR Sara Newman NPS Sep 2007-Aug 2008
CDR Rachel Avchen CDC Sep 2008-Aug 2009
CDR Diana Bensyl CDC Sep 2009-Aug 2010
CDR Matthew Newland HRSA Sep 2010-Aug 2011
CDR Karon Abe CDC Sep 2011-Aug 2012
CDR Ryan Novak CDC Sep 2012-Aug 2013
CDR Nicole Frazer DOD Sep 2013-Aug 2014
CAPT Nisha Robbins DOD Sep 2014-Aug 2015
CDR Matthew Murphy CDC Sep 2015-Aug 2016
CDR Jennifer Adjemian NIH Sep 2016-Aug 2017
CDR Robin Toblin DOD Sep 2017-Aug 2018
CAPT Jennifer Thomas CDC Sep 2018-Aug 2019
CAPT Loren Rodgers CDC Sep 2019-Aug 2020
LCDR Jason Wilken CDC Sep 2020-Aug 2021
CDR Deborah Dee CDC Sep 2021-present

ADAMHA: Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
DOD: Department of Defense
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration
NIH: National Institutes of Health
USCG: United States Coast Guard

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