The Bio-Defense Network Core Team
Bio-Defense Network has been successful primarily due to the work of two individuals – Harlan Dolgin and David Reddick. They have worked together since 2006 to enhance local preparedness for pandemic and bio-terrorism incidents, first through PandemicPrep.Org, and now through Bio-Defense Network.
About our Team
Harlan Dolgin – President and Co-Founder
Harlan Dolgin, JD, CBCP has experience in the areas of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Emergency Management, Pandemic and Bioterrorism Preparedness. Harlan co-founded Bio-Defense Network in 2011 and has worked full time for the firm since 2011, specializing in all aspects of Closed PODs and volunteer recruitment for city and county public health departments.
Since co-founding Bio-Defense Network, Dolgin has worked on all aspects of Closed POD planning within large, medium and small communities, including recruiting Closed POD hosts, creating a Closed POD plan, training POD managers and dispensers. He has also assisted several communities with MRC volunteer recruitment and radiological incident response.
He has been an independent consultant since 2009, and has also worked in Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery at Thomson Reuters, US Bank, and WellPoint. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Community Health at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, teaching Business Continuity Management and Pandemic Planning since 2009.
In 2006, Dolgin was Founder and Co-Chair of PandemicPrep.Org, a not-for-profit organization working to prepare the St. Louis region for the next pandemic. PandemicPrep.Org is the nation’s leading grassroots pandemic planning organization and a trusted partner with FEMA, HHS, DHS, and OSHA. He was also a member of the Community Pandemic Planning Readiness Sub-Committee formed by the State of Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services from 2006 – 2009.
Prior to his business continuity and disaster recovery career, Dolgin practiced civil and trial law for eight years. He has maintained his law license with the State of Missouri since 1986.
David Reddick – Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder
David Reddick, CBCP, was among the small group of innovators who co-founded PandemicPrep.Org in 2006. He served in various roles with the organization since its creation, including Executive Director from 2009 until 2012. Reddick then Co-founded Bio-Defense Network in 2011, is a co-owner and has worked part time for the organization since then. He also is a Certified Business Continuity Professional.
Reddick has more than four decades of communications experience, including work as a daily newspaper journalist, media and community relations executive and crisis communicator. He also was the co-founder in 2000 of the St. Louis, Mo.-based information technology security firm Global Velocity.
In the St. Louis area for the past 20 years, Reddick has handled internal and crisis communications for several corporations, and currently is a quality assurance specialist for Saint Louis University’s Information Technology Services division, where he coordinates the organization’s Business Continuity – Disaster Recovery Planning process. He is a recent graduate of the Saint Louis University College for Public Health and Social Justice’s Emergency Management and Crisis Leadership certificate program.
Before moving to St. Louis, Reddick was active in the South Florida community, having been the local coordinator for the annual meeting of the Southern Governor’s Association and the Florida Congressional Partnership program. He also managed the international media center for the Summit of the Americas in Miami, the historic gathering of elected leaders from the western hemisphere hosted by President Clinton.
David Kershman – Senior Consultant
David Kershman serves as a consultant to the Bio-Defense Network team in its work with Medical Reserve Corps units that specialize in radiological response planning. In addition to consulting, Kershman is a Senior Instructor and currently provides training to nuclear power plant technicians. He is responsible for providing training on all nuclear and job related topics.
Kershman’s career started as a Nuclear Power Plant Operator in the United States Navy. He went on to utilize this experience managing the radiation safety program for a Level 1 Trauma hospital in a major metropolitan area, managing multiple radiation safety programs for Washington University in St. Louis, ranked #2 in Medical Colleges in the U.S., performed remediation oversight as a subcontractor for the Army Corps of Engineers at a Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP) site in downtown St. Louis and was the sole Health Physics representative on second shift at Mallinckrodt Nuclear Medicine, a major radiopharmaceutical manufacturing plant.
Kershman graduated Cum Laude from Excelsior College with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering Technology and maintains certification as Nationally Registered Radiation Technologist, Certified Emergency Manager, attended multiple classes at the Counter Terrorism Operational Support Training Center in Nevada and is a qualified FEMA Instructor for the AWR-140 WMD Rad/Nuc Awareness Course. He is currently working towards obtaining his Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Instructor Certification
Kershman’s volunteer efforts include: Radiation Specialist at a Community Reception Center near a nuclear power plant, Treasurer for a local Chapter of the Health Physics Society, Radiological Subject Matter Expert for the St. Louis City Fire Department, Radiological advisor on the Community Action Group for the West Lake Landfill and currently sits on the Board and Steering Committee for the St. Louis Regional Radiological Response MRC.
During his career, Kershman has been responsible for many aspects of radiation safety and radiological response and as a result has assisted in decontamination studies and developed Response Plans and just In Time Training Documents for Mass Radiological Contamination Events and personally decontaminated hundreds of contaminated individuals. He also is a member of the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors.
Karen Watts – Sales Manager
Karen Watts was added to the staff of Bio-Defense Network in 2015 as the first Sales Manager for the firm. Watts has 25 years of experience in working with business to business sales. Most of her time has been spent in the wholesale mortgage industry, while she also has experience in selling PBX and VOIP phone systems. A graduate of the University of Missouri, she brings a wealth of sales and business management experience to the team.
Watts is quickly learning about the issues that surround public health, and is anxious to contribute to make the nation safer through her work with Bio-Defense Network. She looks forward to reaching out to jurisdictions around the country, meeting lots of interesting people, and engaging public health officials to see how Bio-Defense Network can help them meet their goals.
Robin Dolgin – Administrative Assistant
Robin Dolgin has 15 years’ experience in customer service and sales support in service critical industries such as sales of seed and chemicals, as well as surgical equipment, including emergency orders for trauma patients. She has worked on SAP inventory management systems for several Fortune 500 companies, interacted routinely with customers, and facilitated end to end processing of orders.
She received a certification with the State of Missouri in POD Dispensing in 2013. She joined the St. Louis County Medical Reserve Corps in 2014.
Other Team Members
Kaitlin Henslee Walker
Kaitlin Henslee Walker is the former Deputy Program Manager/Planning Supervisor for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health: Office of Preparedness & Response, where she headed overall planning, supervising, evaluating and oversight a team of program coordinators for the nation’s third largest public health department. She joined the Bio-Defense Network team in Spring of 2013, bringing a strong background in public health-centric emergency management.
A strategic thinker and tactical planner, she has experience in both county and state level emergency planning. Before joining Maricopa County, she served as Strategic National Stockpile Program Coordinator for the state of Arizona, where she was responsible for coordinating, acquiring and distributing federal public health emergency relief aid for the state.
She is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, when she served as team leader in 2004 and 2005.
She holds a Masters degree in Public Health; Community Health Education from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology from the University of Texas.
Shawn Steadman is a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and a Program and Project Manager in Homeland Security / Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations, with an emphasis on Planning, Operations, Exercise Design and Incident Deployment Team Design.
He also is a subject matter expert in disaster response, recovery, and has extensive experience in the incorporation of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), National Response Framework (NRF), National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command Structure (ICS).
Steadman is a full-time instructor in emergency management and crisis leadership at Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice.