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Skip Payne, M.S.P.H., REHS/RS, CPH, CHEP

Commander, U.S. Public Health Service
Deputy Director, Medical Reserve Corps Program
Partner Readiness and Emergency Programs Division
Office of Emergency Management

Commander (CDR) Skip Payne serves as the Deputy Director for the Medical Reserve Corps Program. He serves as an advisor to the MRC Director and is responsible for developing, implementing, managing and evaluating MRC related programs, projects, and activities. He represents the MRC by serving on various committees or task forces advising internal and external stakeholders on issues related to civilian volunteers and their participation in public health, preparedness and response activities. Additionally, CDR Payne augments the Regional Incident Support Team – National Capital Region as a Liaison Officer where he deploys in support of National Special Security and National Capital Area Events.

CDR Payne has been a U.S. Public Health Service officer since 2007, and comes to the Medical Reserve Corps from the US Food and Drug Administration where he served as a Consumer Safety Officer. He was previously a member of PHS Rapid Deployment Force Team 3 (RDF-3), a team comprised of U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps Officers who are prepared to respond during a disaster or other public health emergencies. During his service on RDF-3, CDR Payne served as the Baton Rouge Federal Medical Station PHS Assistant Safety Officer, responsible for nighttime activities, during the Federal response to Hurricane Gustav. Before joining the U.S. Public Health Service, CDR Payne served as a local public health epidemiologist and bioterrorism readiness coordinator for the Seneca County General Health District in Seneca County, OH. He also served as a member of the Seneca County’s MRC planning committee and was the first MRC Coordinator for the county.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal and the USPHS Outstanding Service Medal. Additionally, he holds a Federal Acquisition Certification in Program and Project Management (Level II) and is a Contracting Officer’s Representative (Level II). CDR Payne earned his bachelor’s degree in Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor College (now Spring Arbor University), and also holds a Masters of Science in Public Health from Walden University.

CDR Payne is the father of two handsome young men and has the fortune of a beautiful wife who supports him in all his endeavors.


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