The EPREP staff have served as first responders, first receivers, volunteer managers, emergency planners, emergency operations center liaisons, 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:

Foluso Agboola, MD, MPH: Research Fellow
Dr. Foluso Agboola is a research fellow at the Harvard 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.

Paul Biddinger, MD, FACEP: Program Director
Paul Biddinger serves as the Director of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Exercise Program (EPREP) at the Harvard School of Public Health and holds appointments at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard 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.

Ben Dauksewicz, MA: Program Manager
Ben Dauksewicz is the Program Manager of HSPH- EPREP. He manages the design, execution, and evaluation of exercises for public health partners including hospitals, public health departments, and first-responders. Additionally, he supports the development of both specific and all-hazard tools and resources to assist planners and responders before, during, and after incidents.

Mr. Dauksewicz has over five years of experience in emergency planning, response, and recovery. His background includes working with Local, State, and Federal partners on issues including evacuation planning, mass care, and public health. He holds a Master’s Degree in Energy and Environmental Policy and maintains certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Jendy Dunlop, MPH: Project Coordinator
Jendy Dunlop is the Project Coordinator at HSPH-EPREP. 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, interoperable 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).

Tara McCarthy, MD, MPH: Research Associate
Dr. Tara McCarthy is a regional leader in emergency preparedness planning, implementation, and training with particular expertise in pediatric issues. Dr. McCarthy is a visiting scientist within the Harvard School of Public Health, engaged in developing evaluation tools, providing subject matter expertise, and conducting research associated with various emergency preparedness topics. She developed and led the pediatric preparedness conference in Maine in 2009. She also developed and co-chaired the first pediatric pandemic influenza work-group in Massachusetts and has been an integral member of many of the state committees on smallpox, pandemic influenza, and emergency preparedness. She was a leader in the smallpox vaccination campaign in Massachusetts and was one of the two smallpox-adverse event coordinators in the state.

Dr. McCarthy has lectured extensively on a variety of topics in public health, public health emergency preparedness, infectious disease, and risk communication. She has been involved in over 20 exercises in emergency preparedness including discussion-based exercises, functional exercises, and drills. Dr. McCarthy has authored numerous articles on multiple topics related to public health, various infectious diseases, and emergency preparedness.

Eileen Searle, MPH, MS, RN/NP
Eileen Searle is a doctoral student and University fellow at Boston College in the William F. Connell School of Nursing. She was recently named a 2014-2016 JONAS Scholar. Eileen is a visiting scholar at HSPH and is working with EPREP staff on publications, updating toolkits and resources, and evaluation of exercises.

Ms. Searle currently works as a nurse practitioner at Boston Healthcare for the Homeless and as a critical care nurse at Mt. Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing from Boston College. She also graduated from Boston University’s School of Public Health with a master of public health degree. Her research interests are in critical care surge capacity and providing comprehensive nursing care in austere conditions.

Anna Chang, MS: Program Assistant
Anna Chang is the Program Assistant at HSPH-EPREP, maintaining all of the logistical aspects of the program. This includes event planning, coordinating travel, managing the program website, and tending to program finances and budgeting. Ms. Chang acts as the primary liaison between EPREP staff and exercise participants. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master of Science from Northeastern University.