Leadership

Director (Acting): Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)
Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)

Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH, is Acting Director of the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR). In this role, he supports CPR’s 3 Divisions and the Office of the Director to prepare for, respond to, and improve performance in domestic and global public health emergencies. CPR enhances CDC, state, and local health department preparedness and response capacity; ensures lifesaving research with select agents and toxins including poliovirus is conducted safely and securely; and develops scientific principles, tools, and the next generation of public health preparedness professionals and leaders. Dr. Mermin is a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.

CPR Organization

Feb 2021 CPR org chart

CPR Leadership Team

Office of the Director

Director (Acting): Jonathan Mermin, MD, MPH (RADM, USPHS)


Division of Emergency Operations

  • Director: Chris Brown, PhD, MPH, CPH
    • Operations Branch, Branch Chief: Luis C. Poblano
    • Plans, Training, Exercise and Evaluation Branch, Branch Chief: David Kennedy, MBA
    • Resource Support Branch, Branch Chief: Bryan Taylor, MSS
    • Emergency Risk Communication Branch, Branch Chief: Dagny E.P. Olivares, MPA

Division of Select Agents and Toxins

  • Director: Samuel Edwin, PhD
    • Program Management and Operations Branch, Branch Chief: Tammy Gorny, MPA
    • Operations Branch, Branch Chief: Von McClee, MS

Division of State and Local Readiness

  • Director: Christine Kosmos, RN, BSN, MS
    • Applied Science and Evaluation Branch, Branch Chief: Rachel Avchen, PhD
    • Field Assignee Services Branch, Branch Chief: Randolph Daley, DVM, MPH
    • Program Implementation, Branch Chief: David Hunter, MPH, MSW, BA
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