In addition to direction from its Board of Directors, Powered for Patients is guided by a team of National Advisors who bring a range of expertise that spans public health preparedness, emergency management, cyber security and critical infrastructure protection.
Powered for Patients is proud to have the support of two National Advisors who are highly respected former senior federal officials with tremendous experience in preparing for and responding to major natural disasters.
As Powered for Patients’ National Advisor for Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Resilience, Dr. Paul Stockton will help lead Powered for Patients activities in the area of infrastructure vulnerability assessment and development of action plans to strengthen critical infrastructure. Dr. Stockton will also support Powered for Patients as the organization expands its focus to address vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure sectors upon which healthcare facilities are heavily dependent. While safeguarding backup power and expediting power restoration for critical healthcare facilities is the core focus for Powered for Patients, the initiative also intends to address backup power reliability and prioritized restoration for water systems and wastewater treatment plants. A hospital or other critical healthcare facility with a properly functioning backup power system could still be rendered inoperable if access to water and wastewater treatment is lost.
In addition to his role with Powered for Patients, Dr. Stockton is also the Managing Director of Sonecon LLC, a firm that provides economic advisory, security and risk-management services to international and national clients. Before joining Sonecon, Dr. Stockton served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs from May 2009 until January 2013. In that position, Dr. Stockton was responsible for the Defense Critical Infrastructure Program to strengthen resilience of DOD facilities and functions against all hazards. Dr. Stockton created the Department’s first-ever Mission Assurance Strategy to help guide and prioritize DOD resilience initiatives. He led the Defense Department’s continuity of operations policies, planning and exercises, and launched initiatives with the private sector, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Homeland Security to help ensure the availability of energy to DOD installations.
Dr. Stockton was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, DOD’s highest civilian award. The Department of Homeland Security awarded Dr. Stockton its Distinguished Public Service Medal. Dr. Stockton holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Dr. Kevin Yeskey serves as Powered for Patients’ National Advisor for Public Health Preparedness. In this capacity, he will help lead engagement with federal, state and local public health officials. He will also help lead development and implementation of the organization’s public health preparedness strategies. In addition to his role with Powered for Patients, Dr. Yeskey leads the Emergency Public Health portfolio at MDB, Inc., a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that focuses on environmental health, environmental justice, worker health and safety, and public health issues of national importance.
Dr. Yeskey is the former Director of the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the US Department of Health and Human Services. In that capacity he oversaw the National Disaster Medical System, the Hospital Preparedness Program, and response operations. Dr. Yeskey also worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the Director of the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program and in the National Center for Environmental Health. He retired from the US Public Health Service with over 24 years of service.
He is an adjunct Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine and an adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Health at St. Francis University. Dr. Yeskey received an A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, and is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.