The members of The Sergeant Sullivan Center Advisory Panel have distinguished themselves in their respective professions in medicine, health care, science, education, technology, law, business, national security, civilian government and military service.  The Center is grateful that they have volunteered their expertise to help improve health outcomes of our Nation’s warriors who are suffering from complex post-deployment illnesses. Each member of the Advisory Panel serves in his or her personal capacity and not as a representative of any organization with which he or she is associated. To read the full bios, click here.

Advisory Panel Members

Robert L. Bumgarner is a Medical Doctor and pathologist and currently a Senior Program Manager for Science Applications International Corporation where he supports the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) efforts to counter weapons of mass destruction.  He is also a member of the Intelligence Community Biological Science Working Group.Christine Brim is the Chief Operations Officer for the Center for Security Policy, a non-profit organization involved in national security policy analysis and advocacy.  She has over two decades experience in Internet Technology, telecommunications, business and defense analysis, marketing and management.

Kevin Crisp is an Associate Professor of Biology at St. Olaf College. His research interests include computer modeling and neural regeneration after injury.  He has been widely published including a recent article on teaching neurophysiology using computer simulation.

Teresa English is a Quality Improvement Specialist at Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham Maryland. She also member of the Navy Reserve Nurse Corps for 11 years, which included active duty during Operation Iraq Freedom at Bethesda Naval Hospital and a tour at a NATO Base in Italy.
D. Gray Heppner, Jr. is a Medical Doctor and a specialist in infectious diseases.  He is a Senior Scientist at TASC, Inc. supporting Department of Defense vaccine programs, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  In 2011, he retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel and as the Deputy Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute Research in Silver Spring, MD, the Department of Defense’s largest biomedical research institute.   He is a recognized authority on military medicine with 102 publications listed in the National Library of Medicine.  Throughout his career, he has remained an effective advocate for the development of new preventive, diagnostic and treatment measures to safeguard the health of Military Service Members against threats to their health.

John P. (Nick) Johnson is a Medical Doctor and specialist in nephrology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he is a Professor of Medicine and Cell Biology and Physiology engaged in clinical and research work.  He has served at the University for over 11 years since retiring from the U.S. Army at the rank of Colonel.  During his Army career, he conducted extensive research and held several teaching and clinical positions, including as head of the nephrology department at Walter Reed Hospital for nine years.

Lewis Leibowitz is a lawyer and partner in the firm of Hogan Lovells US LLP.  He practices in the areas of international trade law, customs law, and international commercial transactions and represents clients before all federal courts and agencies.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Law School and at Georgetown University Law School and is a frequent speaker and panelist on international trade subjects.  He also has an avid interest in defense and foreign policy matters.
Mark Lyles is a Captain in the U.S. Navy in which he has served since 1983.  Since 2010, he has been the Chair, Medical Sciences and Biotechnology at the Naval War College and the VADM Joel T. Boone Chair of Health and Security Studies at the War College’s Center of Naval Warfare Studies. Since 2004, he has conducted significant research and published and lectured extensively on the health risks to U.S. military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan associated with exposure to dust and other environmental hazards.   He has been a leader in this field and instrumental in establishing a network of public and private medical doctors and scientists who collaborate in much needed research.  On November 11, 2011, he received The Sergeant Sullivan Center Award for Excellence in Deployment Health Science.

Richard Meehan is a Medical Doctor and the Chief of Rheumatology and Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Health, a leading respiratory health center.  He is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University Colorado School of Medicine.  He is a retired Navy Captain having served as an ICU physician during the Gulf War and as a Battalion Surgeon for a reserve Seabee Construction Battalion in Iraq.  While in Iraq, he also conducted a spirometry study and measured airborne particulates.  Since joining NJH in 2000 he has helped to develop the Autoimmune Lung Center.  He is currently engaged in a DOD-supported research project to identify mechanisms of airway and lung injury among military personnel deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  He is also a co-director of a newly established NJH Center of Excellence in Post Deployment Lung Health.   

Rodman Sansone retired at the rank of Colonel from the Marine Corps in 2010, after 28 years of service.  Since then he has been associated with Catapult Consultants LLC that specializes in acquisitions and financial management, health care solutions, intelligence/cyber and technology matters.  He graduated from the Naval Academy and earned a Masters in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins Univ.  In the Marine Corps, he served in various positions, including as a combat engineer commander during Desert Shield and Desert Storm and later in a post-war Coalition staff position in Kuwait; commander of a sea-based Marine unit that supported post-9/11 military operations; and senior management positions responsible for mine warfare, logistics and recruitment.  He has received several decorations, including the Legion of Merit with Gold Star and Meritorious Service Medal with 3 Gold Stars.

Abram Shulsky is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute.  He previously served as an advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy 2001-2009 on matters relating to Iraq and the Global War on Terrorism.  Earlier positions included consultant on national security affairs at RAND Corporation and the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD); Director of Strategic Arms Control Policy at OSD, Defense Representative to Nuclear and Space Talks; Minority Staff Director of the Senate Intelligence Committee under Vice Chair Sen. Moynihan.  He served as a teacher of political science at several universities and authored books and articles on intelligence and arms control matters.