Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Scientist Professional Advisory Committee

SciPAC Voting Membership

The SciPAC is comprised of 20 voting members, including four members of the SciPAC Executive Board.  Voting members represent a cross-section of the disciplines, interests, concerns and responsibilities of scientific professionals in Agencies, Operating Divisions, and Programs that are staffed by U.S. Public Health Service personnel.  The term of appointment for SciPAC voting members is 3 years.  Members are expected to participate in monthly SciPAC general meetings and to serve as a chair or co-chair of one of SciPAC’s eleven subcommittees during their term.

Becoming a Member

SciPAC members provide advice and consultation to the Office of the Surgeon General and to the Scientist Chief Professional Officer on professional and personnel issues.  The SciPAC Charter requires committee representation by agency, gender, race, professional discipline, years of professional experience, geographical location (i.e., whether stationed locally in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area or from other areas), and both personnel systems (Commissioned Corps and Civil Service). Membership requires approval from the Agency, Chief Scientist Officer, and Surgeon General.

Each year nominations are sought to fill vacancies.  The SciPAC meets every month via teleconference, so travel is not required for membership.  Commissioned Corps and civil service scientists who are interested in serving on the SciPAC are encouraged to respond to the annual call for self-nomination.  New appointment terms begin on September 1 of each year.

2023-2024 SciPAC Organization Chart

2023-2024 SciPAC Voting Members
Officer Role Agency
Executive Board
CDR Zewditu Demissie
Chair CDC
CDR Colleen Scott
Chair-Elect CDC
CDR Alice Shumate* Immediate Past Chair CDC
LCDR Jonathan Leshin Executive Secretary FDA
LCDR Shayne Gallaway Executive Liaison DOD
Subcommittee Chairs and Co-chairs
CDR Cara Haldin Awards Subcommittee, Chair CDC
CDR Eric Zhou Awards Subcommittee, Co-Chair NIH
LCDR Ana Lauer* Awards Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Shannon York* Awards Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Debra Chen Behavioral Health & Wellness Subcommittee, Chair BOP
LCDR Gina Masessa* Behavioral Health & Wellness Subcommittee, Co-Chair VA
LCDR Sharoda Dasgupta* Behavioral Health & Wellness Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
CDR Adriana Restrepo Career Development Subcommittee, Chair BOP
CDR Nancy Tian* Career Development Subcommittee, Co-Chair FDA
LCDR Mary Puckett* Career Development Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Alaine Knipes Category Day, Chair CDC
LCDR Alesha Harris* Category Day, Co-Chair FDA
LCDR Folasade Kembi* Category Day, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Michelle Lin* Category Day, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Patrick Sears Deployment Readiness Subcommittee, Chair BOP
LCDR Jason Caballero Deployment Readiness Subcommittee, Co-Chair FDA
LCDR Adelaida Rosario* Deployment Readiness Subcommittee, Co-Chair HHS
LCDR Nicholas Buhr* Deployment Readiness Subcommittee, Co-Chair DOD
LCDR Jonetta Mpofu Mentoring Subcommittee, Chair CDC
LCDR Patrick High Mentoring Subcommittee, Co-Chair FDA
LCDR Michelle Hughes* Mentoring Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
CDR Matthew Steele Policy Subcommittee, Chair HHS
CDR Adam Bjork Policy Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Lauren Woodard* Policy Subcommittee, Co-Chair FDA
LCDR Julia Zucco Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, Chair CMS
CDR George Mitzner Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, Co-Chair NOAA
LCDR Jorielle Houston* Recruitment and Retention Subcommittee, Co-Chair DHS
CDR Colleen Scott Rules & Membership Subcommittee, Chair CDC
CDR Lana Rossiter* Rules & Membership Subcommittee, Co-Chair FDA
LCDR Angela Coulliette-Salmond* Rule and Membership Subcommitee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Teresa Wang Science Subcommittee, Chair CDC
LCDR Rebecca Levine Science Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
CDR Hilda Razzaghi* Science Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Angela Thompson-Paul Visibility Subcommittee, Chair CDC
LCDR Lacreisha Ejike-King Visibility Subcommittee, Co-Chair FDA
LCDR Marisa Hast* Visibility Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Elizabeth Edwards Website Subcommittee, Chair FDA
LCDR Matthew Stuckey* Website Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC
LCDR Beth Rubenstein* Website Subcommittee, Co-Chair CDC

2023-2024 SciPAC Liaisons
Officer Role Agency 
CDR Cria Perrine* CCWIAB Liaison CDC
LCDR Julia Zucco COA Liaison CMS
LCDR Kelly Shaw* ICAC Liaison CDC
LT Jazmin Reed* JOAG Liaison FDA
LCDR Lacreisha Ejike-King PACE Liaison FDA
LCDR Luis Iturriaga* SOAGDAG Liaison DHS
LCDR Gina Masessa* USPHS Mental Wellbeing & Behavioral Health Working Group VA

ASPR: Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response
BOP: Bureau of Prisons
CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CMS: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
DHS: Department of Homeland Security
DOD: Department of Defense
EPA: Environmental Protection Agency
FDA: Food and Drug Administration
HHS: Department of Health and Human Services
HRSA: Health Resources and Services Administration
NIH: National Institutes of Health
NOAA: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
VA: Department of Veterans Affairs
*not a current SciPAC voting member

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