Keynote Speakers

Stories from the Front Line: International Isolation and Quarantine

Ted Cieslak, MD, MPH 

Executive Director of Health Security

University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) 

A Pediatrician and Infectious Disease Physician, Dr. Ted Cieslak currently serves as Associate Director of UNMC’s Center for Biosecurity, Biopreparedness, and Emerging Infectious Diseases. He holds the rank of Associate Professor of Epidemiology within the University’s College of Public Health and also serves as Co-Director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.

Dr. Cieslak is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He is board-certified in Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, and Tropical Medicine. He is past president of the Armed Forces Infectious Disease Society (the military chapter of the IDSA), former Consultant to the Army Surgeon General on Biodefense, and former head of the US delegation to NATO’s Biomedical Advisory Council.


He recently retired from active duty after 30 years with the US Army, where his prominent assignments included: Chief of Operational Medicine at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID; 1996-2001); Chairman of the San Antonio Military Pediatric Center (2001-2006); Defense Department Liaison to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC; 2006-2010) and Chief Consultant to the Surgeon General (2010-2013).

He has deployed three times: In 1994, he was the senior physician in the Cuban refugee camps established in Panama; in 2004, he served a tour in Iraq, where he provided medical care to the soldiers of the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division; in 2014, he served as the medical advisor to Central Command’s forward element in Jordan. Additionally, COL Cieslak has worked on Pediatric nutrition projects in Honduras and on the Hepatitis A vaccine trial in Thailand. He has published approximately 90 papers and book chapters, principally in the field of Biodefense. His other areas of interest include Public Health, Immunization, Travel Medicine, Humanitarian Pediatrics, Animal Bites, and Adoption Medicine.

Crisis Standards of Care and COVID-19 - What Have We Learned? 

Emergency Physician

Hennepin Healthcare, Minneapolis

John Hick, MD

Dr. Hick is an emergency physician at Hennepin Healthcare in Minneapolis, a Deputy EMS Medical Director and Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness with Hennepin, he also has served IOM/NAM on their Crisis Standards of Care committees and on their Forum for Medical and Public Health Preparedness for Disasters and Emergencies and is the lead editor for ASPR TRACIE

Holy Communion, Beer Pong, and Sex: My Experiences Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Terri Rebmann, PhD, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Special Assistant to the President

Director, Institute for Biosecurity

Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

College for Public Health & Social Justice

Saint Louis University

Dr. Terri Rebmann is the Special Assistant to the President at Saint Louis University. She is also Director of the Institute for Biosecurity, and a Professor of Epidemiology in the Saint Louis University College for Public Health & Social Justice. She is a PhD Nurse researcher with an emphasis in infectious disease emergency preparedness. In addition, she is board certified in Infection Prevention and Epidemiology and an APIC Fellow. In her current position as Special Assistant to the President, she is responsible for managing Saint Louis University’s COVID-19 response. As Director of the Institute for Biosecurity, she is responsible for managing all aspects of the Institute’s Certificate, MPH, and PhD academic programs, as well as teaching classes in the programs and conducting research. Her research areas of focus include healthcare and public health professional disaster preparedness, long-term use of respiratory protection, and addressing barriers to vaccine uptake. She publishes and lectures on bioterrorism, pandemic planning, emerging infectious diseases, and infection prevention practices on a national basis.


Dr. Rebmann has served on several national and international task forces and committees aimed at minimizing morbidity and mortality related to emerging infectious diseases and bioterrorism threats. Examples include being a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and

Epidemiology (APIC) Ebola Task Force, a member of the APIC COVID-19 Task Force, and being a former member and Chair of the APIC Emergency Preparedness Committee. She has also assisted with COVID-19 response plans with the Chicago Department of Aviation, National Academy of Sciences, the City of Austin, and the City of Chelsea Public Schools (Chelsea, Massachusetts).

Rethinking Preparedness- How the Need for Resiliency is Redefining our Profession

Angela Devlen

Founder + CEO

Wakefield Brunswick

Angela has spent the past 25 years launching businesses and non-profits, building social enterprises in developing countries and responding to disasters. She currently operates Wakefield Brunswick, a healthcare consulting firm she founded in 2009. Angela has responded to nearly every major US disaster since 9/11 and currently advises the nation’s top healthcare organizations on risk and resiliency.

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