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Kathie S. McCracken

Ms. Kathie McCracken has more than 30 years of organizational leadership and project management experience in a wide array of health care settings. Her professional experiences included increasing positions of responsibility in the U. S. Army’s Medical Command (MEDCOM), the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Defense, Health Affairs (DoD,HA), and the private sector. Ms. McCracken has a proven track record of building successful collaborative teams, comprised of Federal, State, Local, Tribal and private sector stakeholders, to tackle challenges of national interest.

Prior to retirement from the U.S. Department of Defense, Ms. McCracken was the DoD(HA) Program Director for Patient Advocacy, Medical Ethics, Women’s Health, and the Integrated Disability Evaluation System. This included responsibilities for the development and modification of directives, instructions and memoranda in all aspects of: patient advocacy, medical ethics, women’s health, and the Department’s disability evaluation system for all service members. During her tenure with the Department of Homeland Security, Ms. McCracken led multiple initiatives designed to facilitate emergency and disaster preparedness optimizing the required collaboration between Federal, State, Local, and Tribal entities.

Ms. McCracken holds a Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from the University of North Carolina. She is also a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives (ACHE). Her honors include the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Department of Army Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Order of Military Medical Merit (O2M3). In 2002, she was presented the Joint Federal Sector- Excellence in Healthcare Management Award at the ACHE Congress.

She and her husband, David, live in Waynesville, North Carolina and have two adult daughters.