Temporary Expert Professional, Health & Human Services Agency County of SD
Thérèse Rymer has held a position with the Health & Human Services Agency, County of San Diego since 2018 as a Temporary Expert Professional. She is currently leading the Event Coordination Team, providing logistic support to the Public Testing Branch for multiple COVID testing sites. Previous major projects have included development of emergency preparedness and response programs for Medical Therapy Units, California Children Services. As an expert in emergency preparedness, she has provided key support in development of training programs, command center activations, and contributed to documentation of outbreaks and unique situations in the County.
Thérèse, a Family Nurse Practitioner, retired from UC San Diego Medical Center following a 37-year career, serving in clinical practice and leadership roles in Employee Health, Occupational & Environmental Medicine, and 11 years as the Director, Emergency Preparedness & Response. She has been recognized as an expert in developing and coordinating hospital and regional disaster plans, leading preparedness efforts to position hospitals and communities to respond to natural and manmade disasters.
Deputy Commander for the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT San Diego CA-4), National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and as a Team Leader with CAL-MAT under the CA Emergency Medical Services Authority, she has responded to over 20 major disasters. She has led teams in international humanitarian responses and training programs.
Thérèse is a small business owner and consultant in preparedness. She is the first graduate of the Master of Advanced Studies in the Leadership of Healthcare Organizations. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board.