Mr. Axelrod cofounded The Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. He now brings 30 years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients such as Boeing, Coca-Cola, Harley Davidson, and Hewlett Packard, and is the author of several books and articles. Axelrod received the 2011 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Mr. Buikema is a senior consultant at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago, Illinois and a subject matter expert for the Mobile Education Team seminars conducted by the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center of Homeland Defense and Security. He was appointed Administrator of Region V of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2001-2005, and served as the Acting Director of FEMA’s Response Division in Washington, DC in 2005.
Dr. Cashy works as a statistician at the Chicago Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center (CHITREC). He also works within the Department of General Internal Medicine at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine on statistical analysis of medical data and bioinformatics projects related to using medical data to improve quality of care. He previously worked at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois from 2007-2008 in the anti-fraud division, using statistical methods to detect unusual billing patterns by physicians or clinics. He holds a PhD in mathematics and a Master of Applied Statistics from Ohio State University.
Dr. Dworkin received a medical degree from Rush Medical College, completed an infectious diseases fellowship at Tulane University Medical Center, and has a master of public health and tropical medicine degree from Tulane University. Previously the team leader for an outbreak investigation team for the Illinois Department of Public Health, he joined the faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health in 2006. He is an attending physician at the HIV outpatient CORE Center of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital.
Mr. Filer is the executive director of the Health Research Institute in Warrenville, Illinois. He is a former bioterrorism advisor for the Special Events Division of the United States Secret Service. He also previously served as a senior national health security analyst with the Homeland Security Analysis Group at Argonne National Laboratory and was a participating member of the White House Office of Homeland Security, and the Building Protection and Decontamination Mr. Filer holds a master’s degree in public health from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Foster is a long-time practitioner of public relations and is now an assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Canisius College. She holds a PhD in organization and management from Capella University; an MBA in organization and leadership from Lewis University; and both a master of science in communications and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Tennessee. Ms. Foster was manager of media relations at Argonne National Laboratory for 16 years, and also worked as a science editor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Grdina is a tenured professor in the department of radiation and cellular oncology at the University of Chicago. Mr. Grdina is the author of 145 peer-reviewed publications and five US patents and is the founding scientist of three start-up companies involved in the development of radioprotection drugs. He has a PhD in radiation biophysics from the University of Kansas and an MBA from the University of Houston.
Mr. Macal is a senior systems engineer and director of the Center for Complex Adaptive Agent Systems Simulation at Argonne National Laboratory and a senior member of the Computation Institute and the Center for Environmental Sciences at the University of Chicago. Mr. Macal is currently researching, in collaboration with social scientists from the University of Chicago, new methods for understanding long-term threats to national security. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Purdue University, trained in management science, engineering, computational modeling, and complexity science.
Dr. Miller received his academic training at the University of Iowa and post-doctoral training at Columbia University. Additional training and practical experience in managing populations exposed to weapons of mass destruction occurred while in the US Army. Mr. Miller is currently a research associate/associate professor at the University of Chicago actively engaged in basic science studies, and has an extensive teaching portfolio.
Mr. Tanzman is the emergency preparedness group leader at Argonne National Laboratory. He also manages programs for the US Army, the US Department of State, and the Chicago Department of Public Health. He is the author of a book and numerous articles, and has served as a legislative assistant in the US Senate and as counsel to the Palau National Congress in Micronesia. Mr. Tanzman holds a BA in political science from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Georgetown University. Mr Tanzman received the 2013 Graham School Excellence in Teaching Award.
Dr. Weine is professor of psychiatry and director of the International Center of Responses to Catastrophes, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Weine is the principal investigator of an NIMH-sponsored study of adolescent refugees from Liberia and Somalia in the United States. He is also the principal investigator of a US Civilian Research & Development Foundation–sponsored study of Tajik migrant workers and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Weine is author of two books and numerous articles.
Ms. Wilson is a lecturer in the MScTRM program. Formerly, she was the managing deputy commissioner for the Chicago Department of Transportation, and the former managing deputy director at Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) where she began her career in public safety in 2002, followed by her appointment as the chief administrative officer for the Chicago Fire Department (CDF) in 2004. In 2006 she served in the Mayor’s Office with the city’s chief emergency officer where she assisted in the long-range planning strategy for man-made and natural disasters, and coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery activities for the OEMC, CFD, Chicago Police Department, and Chicago Department of Public Health. Ms. Wilson holds a BA from Wesleyan University, an MBA from Harvard University, and an MPH from Yale University.
Dr. Wurtz is an infectious disease physician, epidemiologist, and health informaticist. She has worked for city, county, state, federal, and international public health programs in communicable diseases, preparedness, and management. She received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School and a MPH from the University of Illinois School of Public Health.
Mr. Zoufal is currently a Safety and Security Industry Executive with System Development Integration, LLC. He has held a series of high-level public sector safety and security posts including First Deputy for the City of Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications and Deputy Commissioner for Safety and Security for the City of Chicago’s Department of Aviation. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army Reserve. Mr. Zoufal received two graduate degrees from the University of Illinois in law and public administration, and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.