The EPREP Program staff have served as first responders, first receivers, volunteer managers, emergency planners, emergency operations center liaisons, emergency managers, epidemiologists, and researchers who have played other roles in emergency response and public health. We have worked in Massachusetts, across the United States, and internationally preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies.
View staff biographies by clicking on their names below:
- Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP. EPREP Director
- Leighton Jones. Senior Program Manager
- Foluso Agboola, MD, MPH. Research Fellow
- Jendy Dunlop, MPH, CHEP. Project Manager
- Brenna Kleiman. Program Assistant
Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP: Program Director
Paul Biddinger serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Biddinger is the Vice Chairman for Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at MGH and at Partners Healthcare. Dr. Biddinger chairs the Massachusetts Medical Society’s Committee on Preparedness and serves as a medical officer for the MA-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) in the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Dr. Biddinger is an active researcher in the field of emergency preparedness and has lectured nationally and internationally on topics of preparedness and disaster medicine. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on multiple topics related to emergency medical services and disaster medicine. He completed his undergraduate study in international relations at Princeton University, attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, and completed residency training in emergency medicine at Harvard.
Leighton Jones: Senior Program Manager
Leighton Jones serves as the Senior Program Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Leighton’s background is in emergency management and non-profit administration having previously worked as the Chief Disaster & Program Officer for the American Red Cross of Massachusetts and in various leaderships positions for The Salvation Army in New York. He has deployed in response to numerous disasters across the United States including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and aviation disasters. Leighton also served at Ground Zero in Manhattan following the September 11th attacks and led the Red Cross response to the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. He specializes in government and NGO partnerships, volunteer administration and emergency response management. Leighton has a passion for collaboration having been the founding chair of the Rochester Regional VOAD network (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and serving as the chair of the New York VOAD network for many years. He is a graduate of the University of Plymouth in England.
Foluso Agboola, MD, MPH: Research Fellow
Dr. Foluso Agboola is a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her background training is in medicine, quality improvement research, and public health. Dr. Agboola has 5 years of experience in emergency preparedness research, and her work has focused on designing and implementing methodologies needed for data analysis on public health emergency preparedness exercises and drills. She is involved in developing and validating assessment tools used to evaluate performance of the public health workforce during simulated public health emergencies.
Jendy Dunlop, MPH: Project Manager
Jendy Dunlop is the Project Manager at the Emergency Preparedness Research, Evaluation & Practice (EPREP) Program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health . She manages the design and implementation of multiple statewide healthcare preparedness initiatives, sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management. Ms. Dunlop has five years of experience in hospital and public health all-hazards planning and response and has collaborated with emergency management partners at the local, regional, and state level. Prior to joining EPREP, Ms. Dunlop managed regional preparedness initiatives for a consortium of trauma and acute care hospitals in Central Ohio, and was activated to provide coordination of response during the H1N1 influenza outbreak and other regional incidents. Her work has focused primarily on hospital safety and security, inter-operable communications/mass notification, and medical countermeasure management. Ms. Dunlop holds a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Management and Policy, and is credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP).