David Milen, Ph.D., is currently the Bioterrorism/Disaster Preparedness Coordinator for the Sisters of Saint Francis Health Services, Saint Margaret Mercy Hospitals. David is a former 10-year veteran firefighter, training officer, and emergency preparedness coordinator for the Hammond, IN Fire Department.
He has established training protocols and participated in two disaster management planning and developments for the local communities. He assisted in the evacuation of St. Margaret Mercy Hospital (Dyer, IN) in August 2007. Approximately 67 patients were evacuated and a response of 66 units came from both Indiana and Illinois during the evacuation. Since 2007, Hospital Incident Command System training (HICS), evacuation teams, formation of coalitions, disaster preparedness committees, and community preparedness have been the foci at both hospitals under his direction. David is also Interim Program Director for the School of Public Policy and Administration at Walden University, where he instructs Doctoral and Master's level students in public safety, antiterrorism, and leadership. Upon receiving his BA from Northern Illinois University, he pursued his Master's degree in occupational safety management (MS, 2002). In May 2005 he received his second Master's degree in public health (MSPH) and his Ph.D. in public and community health.
He is also bilingual in Spanish. He has been published internationally, spoken globally, and presented bilingually regarding disaster preparedness, bioterrorism, and emergency management issues.