Ms. Katherine Deffer

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)

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National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)


Kathy Deffer joined the staff of NACCHO in 2016 as a Senior Program Analyst for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program. The MRC Program team has a goal of raising the national visibility of the MRC program and enhance the capacity of local MRC units to support their communities’ disaster preparedness, response, and public health initiatives. Kathy supports several MRC Workgroups to develop tools to assist new MRC Unit Leaders, promote the MRC through marketing and outreach, and advocate for the MRC through policy and position statements.

Prior to joining NACCHO Kathy worked as a local MRC unit coordinator for the City of Alexandria and is a member of the Loudoun County MRC. Kathy has volunteer and membership experience through her 8 years of work with the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital and 10 years as a volunteer.

Kathy is a retired Colonel with the US Army Reserves Medical Service Corps. Her last position was at the Army Medical Command as the Army Program Director for the National Disaster Medical System, where she provided resources, guidance, and support for six Army Federal Coordinating Centers to support medical surge capacity during large scale national disasters.