Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Therapist Professional Advisory Committee

Information Management Committee

The mission of the Information Management Committee (IMC) is to maximize the Therapist Professional Advisory Categories ability to store, analyze, and deliver relevant information in a clear and usable manner to all within the Category and Corps.  Please refer to the IMC Standard Operating Procedures and Strategic Goals.

Chair: CDR Stanley Bennett

Deputy: LCDR Shawn Shermer

Representatives on this committee include:

Agency Information Subcommittee

Chair: Field Representative Coordinator, LCDR Christopher Wharton

The Agency Information Subcommittee Chair is responsible for working with the Subcommittee, the TPAC Secretary, and the Field Representatives to maintain a roster of Commissioned Officers and Civil Service Therapists.

A complete and accurate TPAC roster is essential to many of the TPAC functions and committees. All officers are strongly encouraged to review the information in the roster to verify the information is complete and correct for themselves and their civilian therapist colleagues. Questions, comments, or a request for a copy of the roster should be directed to the Field Rep Coordinator for your agency.

Technical Operations Officer: Lt James Corcoran

Field Representatives
OPDIV/Region Representative                                                  E-mail
BOP LT Kevin Healy
IHS / NorthWest LCDR Kathryn Jacques
IHS / West LCDR Jennifer O’Brien
IHS Multi-site LCDR Karina Gushue
Multi-agency LT Courtney Wood

Category Historian

LCDR Shawn Shermer shawn.shermer@fda.hhs

The Historian is responsible for obtaining interviews, photographs, and printed material that is of historical value to the therapist category, including it in the category archives, and for periodically generating reports for the TPAC summarizing noteworthy accomplishments.

Information on the history of the Therapist Category is available in the Role and Contributions of Public Health Service Therapist Officers developed in the early 1990's.  Additional information is being posted on the TPAC's APAN Workgroup.

Information on the history of the US Public Health Service is available at several external websites, including websites of the Commissioned Corps and the National Library of Medicine.

Send information, articles, and pictures of noteworthy accomplishments to LCDR Shawn Shermer by e-mail at shawn.shermer@fda.hhs, phone at 240-204-5191.

Junior Officer Advisory Group Representative

LT Mike Healey

The mission of the Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) is to provide advice and consultation to the Surgeon General, Chief Professional Officers, Professional Advisory Committees, and other Commissioned Corps groups on issues relating to professional practice and personnel activities affecting Junior Officers in the USPHS Commissioned Corps. More information about JOAG may be found in their brochure [PDF - KB] and on their website at

Corps Representatives

Commissioned Officers Association Board Representative

CAPT Jessica Feda

The mission of the Commissioned Officers Association (COA) of the U.S. Public Health Service is to improve and protect the public health of the United States by advocating for the Commissioned Corps and its officers. Additional information is available on the COA website.

Retired Therapist Representative

(This position is Vacant) seeking a volunteer

The Therapist category would like to utilize our Retirees as a resource for information. Our Retired Therapists offer a wealth of clinical/administrative information and expertise. Any Retired Therapist interested in continuing their involvement with TPAC please contact CAPT (Ret) LaBranche.

Web Page Subcommittee

Web Master: LCDR Joseph Christ

Feedback is critical to making this website a useful communication and professional development tool for the category. Visitors to the site are encouraged to send questions, comments, and feedback about the site to LCDR Joseph Christ at the e-mail address listed above.

Data Controller

Data Controller: LCDR Shawn Shermer shawn.shermer@fda.hhs

The need for efficient and effective communication cannot be understated. Challenges such as multiple emails, last minute schedule changes, personal and job demands, and distance between committee members all serve to fracture communication and keep us from maximizing group potential and completing tasks in a timely manner.

The Data Controller serves to develop our understanding and utilization of data and information management systems to improve communication within the TPAC.

Social Media Subcommittee: LCDR Clara Stevens

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