Dr. Steven Hatfill Head Shot

Dr. Steven J. Hatfill


Dr. Steven Hatfill is a specialist physician and a virologist with a military background and separate master’s degrees in microbial genetics, radiation biochemistry, and experimental pathology. In 1986, he overwintered in Antarctica as a member of the 27th SANAE Antarctic Expedition. In 1992, he demonstrated that the drug Thalidomide exerted a major effect in Leukemia cell cultures. Analogues of this drug are now a mainstay treatment for pre-leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.

Dr Hatfill’s medical fellowships include Oxford University, the NIH in Bethesda, and the NRC where he studied the Ebola Virus at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick. His background includes training and certification as a UN Weapons Inspector. Since 2005, he has been involved in the directed training of both civilians and the military, in the medical response to mass casualties from blast and ballistic injury.

In 2015, he trained and helped to establish the Rapid Hemorrhagic Fever Response Team for the National Disaster Management Unit in Kenya, Africa. He has numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications. In 2018, he was awarded Honorary U.S. Army Parachute Wings with Bronze Star, in an exchange ceremony with the U.S. Army 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne). He is a National Fellow of the Explorers Club, a board member of several non-profit medical organizations and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in two departments at a leading US Medical School.

Robert Coullahan


Robert Coullahan is the President of Readiness Resource Group Incorporated (RRG), a veteran-owned business which he founded in 2007. He has over 40-years of technology development. In 9 years of military duty, he supported RDT&E at Redstone Arsenal and White Sands Missile Range and served in active deployments to Southeast Asia.

He holds an M.S. in Telecommunications and an M.A. in Security Management from the George Washington University and is a graduate of the University of California. He is board certified in Emergency Management (CEM) and in Security Management (CPP) with a former EMT-A Certification.

He served 20 years with SAIC where he was Senior Vice President, overseeing the Homeland Security Operation and Advanced Bioterrorism initiatives. He was the Report Manager for the Congressionally-directed National Guard Bureau CBRN Enterprise Study, and Co-Chair of the Infection Diseases Working Group with AFMIC at Fort Detrick, MD. He currently leads programs supporting FEMA, the National Guard, the DOE, National Laboratories, and critical infrastructure operators involving risk ans resilience assessment and emergency management.

John J. Walsh Jr.


Dr. Walsh is Co-Director of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Program in Disaster Research and Training. His specialty fields include disaster research in emergency management, preparedness policy formulation, and human and organizational factors influencing disaster operations. He currently serves as the International Association of Emergency Mangers’ (IAEM) representative on the EMS Agenda 2050 Project. He is a founding member of the National Emergency Services Coalition on Medical Preparedness and is the current chair of IAEM’s Nominations and Credentials Committee.

He holds a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) certification, is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP), a National Disaster Healthcare Certification in the specialty of Disaster Preparedness, Response, Mitigation and Recovery for the ANCC, and is listed on the ANCC Content Expert Registry. He is the former Assistant Director of the Academy of Counter Terrorist Education at the Louisiana State University.

Dr. Walsh is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Under Secretary’s Award for the Program Support, Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction, Science & Technology Directorate.