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Teresa Winstanley

Region IV MRC Regional Liaison

Teresa Winstanley serves as the Regional Liaison for Region IV (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN) for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program under the Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs Division within the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). Teresa provides technical assistance and support to existing MRC units and to establish new ones in communities where one does not already exist. She also works closely with individual units to support the mission of OEM and ASPR, coordinate goals with the MRC Program, and advance the U.S. Surgeon General's public health priorities.

While new to the role of Regional Liaison, Teresa is no stranger to the MRC having served as the Unit Leader for the Peninsula and Hampton Health Districts (six jurisdictions) from 2009 to 2014, and as an Emergency Preparedness Training Coordinator for the Virginia State Health Office of Risk Communication and Education. In this role, she independently developed and facilitated training deliverables agency wide with a focus on MRC unit leaders. Her hallmark event was the Zombie Apocalypse bringing together many local, regional, state, and federal partners to teach preparedness to students at Christopher Newport University, which resulted in her receiving the Virginia Department of Emergency Management’s Most Beneficial Collaborative Community Event Award.

During the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina, Teresa served with Hope Force International and Salvation Army in the Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division Incident Command Center. She was then employed by the American Red Cross (ARC) National Headquarters and volunteered with her local chapter for many years. She prides herself on collaborative partnerships.

Teresa has a long-standing personal mission “to be a light in the darkness by alleviating human suffering, and nurturing hope through compassionate action in the midst of an uncertain world.” She is a native of Massachusetts and comes from a family that shares a passion for helping others through service in some capacity on the police force or fire department. Teresa has resided in Williamsburg, VA, since 1996. Her husband, Tim, is also responsible for emergency management and safety for a local hospital. They have a rescue cat named Breezy. She spends as much time out in nature as she can and is an avid spinning athlete. She is also proud of her grown children who have families of their own.

Teresa has a certificate of Christian Studies from the Church Leadership Training Institute – City Bible Church in Portland, OR.

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