Being Prepared for the Unexpected: Building Resilient Communities - Speaker Bios

May 18, 2016

James Broadhurst, MDJames Broadhurst, MD

Chair, MMS Committee on Preparedness
Dr. Broadhurst is a practicing family medicine physician in Worcester, Massachusetts and an assistant professor in the Department Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Broadhurst is a Medical Reserve Corps volunteer who has over 10 years of experience providing care to runners in the medical tents at the Boston Marathon and was part of a team caring for traumatically injured runners and spectators in the aftermath of the April 15, 2013 bombings. Dr. Broadhurst is also a sports medicine physician and serves as a team physician in the Department of Athletics at the College of the Holy Cross.  He received his medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.


Mary Clark, JD, MPHMary Clark, JD, MPH

Ms. Clark directs the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management within the Office of the Commissioner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The office provides essential support for public health and health care system preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery activities, and it works closely with public and private partners at the local, regional, tribal, state, and federal levels. Ms. Clark is principal investigator for federal cooperative agreements that fund the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Healthcare Preparedness Programs. She also serves on the Directors of Public Health Preparedness Executive Committee for the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers. Mary received her MPH from Harvard School of Public Health, and her law degree from New York University.


Commissioner William B. EvansCommissioner William B. Evans 

Police Commissioner Evans is the 41st Police Commissioner of the City of Boston.  A member of the Boston Police Department for 35 years, Commissioner Evans rose through the ranks culminating in his promotion to Civil Service Captain. Commissioner Evans has had major roles in some of Boston’s most notable situations, such as the peaceful decampment of the 70-day occupation of Dewey Square by Occupy Boston, the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect, as well as oversight of the planning and security of all major events including parades, sporting events and demonstrations.  Under Commissioner Evans leadership, open dialogue, transparency and thousands of community interactions, has helped to increase trust and community engagement between the BPD and the community.

Commissioner Evans has received numerous professional commendations.  He holds a Bachelor of Science in Government from Suffolk University and Masters of Public Administration in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College.  He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy,  the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police, the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Naval Postgraduate School and has completed executive education programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


John J. Burke, MSJohn J. Burke, MS

Mr. Burke is a 22-year member of the Sandwich Fire  Rescue Department.  He has served as Firefighter, Fire Prevention Officer and currently is Deputy Fire Chief Operations.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire Science Administration from Columbia Southern University and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Emergency Management from Boston University School of Medicine where he also serves as the Associate Director and Professor in the Healthcare Emergency Management Program.  Mr. Burke is also a Guest Lecturer at the Uniformed Health Services University in Bethesda, MD and a Guest Lecturer in the University of Penn Medical Schools Occupational Medicine program.   He has served on the review panel for the 2015 Hospital Incident Command System program and conducted numerous field based exercises.  


Eric Goralnick, MD, MSEric Goralnick, MD, MS

Dr. Goralnick serves as Medical Director of Emergency Preparedness at Brigham and Women’s Healthcare where he is responsible for system wide efforts to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters. He is also  an instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and a Senior Associate at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative -  a joint venture of the Harvard School of Public Health’s Division of Policy Translation and Leadership Development and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership focused on the study and development of crisis leadership for federal, state and local officials across public, private and non profit sectors.

Goralnick is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.  He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and then graduated with a Master of Science in Health Care Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.


Lisa CrownerLisa Crowner

Ms. Crowner is the Region 5 (Southeastern MA, the Cape and Islands) Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management (OPEM).  Her  background consists of over 25 years of  health education and prevention efforts  for diverse populations including  pregnant and parenting teens, inmates, ex-offenders, law enforcement personnel, emergency medical service providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, local boards of health, volunteers and the general public.  She has been a Certified Behavioral Health Disaster Responder through MDPH since 2005 and has been leading Psychological First Aid courses across the Commonwealth for a variety of audiences for the past 3 years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Massachusetts at  Amherst.


Ritu Sarin, MDRitu Sarin, MD

Dr. Sarin is an instructor in Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Education for the Disaster Medicine Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She is also the Medical Director for Emergency Preparedness at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Plymouth.  She completed the BIDMC Fellowship in Disaster Medicine in 2014 and the European Masters in Disaster Medicine at the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium in 2015.

Dr. Sarin is the co-Chair of the SAEM Disaster Medicine Interest group, serves on the American College of Emergency Physicians Disaster Medicine Education subcommittee, and the Vice-Chair of the MMS Committee on Preparedness.  As a disaster medicine fellow, she was involved in evaluating the medical response in the Federal Capstone Exercise 2014: Alaska Shield, a federal disaster drill, and worked as a section editor and author on the new edition of Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine.  Dr. Sarin completed her undergraduate study at Stanford University, attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University’s Chicago Medical School, and completed Emergency Medicine residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.

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