Our Executive Leadership Team

The Leadership Behind Our Sector Council

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Michael Wargo

Vice President & Chief, Enterprise Emergency Operations | HCA Healthcare

Mr. Wargo serves as the Chair of the HPH SCC since January 2021.  He served as a Co-Chair from October 2018 through 2019, and became the Acting Chair in January 2020. 

Mr. Wargo is responsible for leading the strategy for HCA's Enterprise Preparedness & Emergency Operations Program across the U.S. and metro-London area of the U.K.  He guides the development of special operations to ensure an effective state of readiness, and dynamic response capabilities to both man-made and natural threats upon the healthcare and public health systems.  As Chief of Emergency Operations he oversees the operational response and tactics to ensure mitigation of impacts to life safety, infrastructure, operations and mission.

Terry Rice

Vice President, Information Risk Management and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) | Merck

Mr. Rice has been serving the HPH SCC as Co-Chair since 2017.  He is the HPH SCC Executive with oversight of the Cyber Security Working Group. 


At Merck, Mr. Rice is responsible for Information Security, IT Regulatory Readiness, Quality/Technical Assurance, Business Continuity Planning and Policy.  Mr Rice has has served as the Executive Director, Information Risk Management & Compliance within the Enterprise Technology & Application Services organization.

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Nicollette Louissant

Executive Director and President | Healthcare Ready

Nicolette A. Louissaint, PhD, serves as Executive Director and President of Healthcare Ready, a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on strengthening the United States’ healthcare supply chain preparedness and response before, during and after natural disasters and disease pandemics. After assuming the leadership role in 2017, Nicolette ensured the organization’s ability to establish strategic public/private partnerships and serve as a critical linkage point for the end-to-end supply chain and government partners at the federal, state, and local government level.

Jim McCory

Chief Medical Officer | Riverside Medical Group & Medical Center

Dr. McCorry is the Chief Medical Officer, the Medical Director for Emergency Management, and a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician at Riverside Medical Center (Virgina).  He has served as Co-Chair of the HPH SCC since October 2018.  In this role he oversees the Direct Patient Care Sub-Committee, and is a leader focused on ensuring effective organizational leadership.  

Dr. McCorry serves as the EMS Medical Director for a Regional Division of AMR EMS.  

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Cathy Lester

5G Innovation in Healthcare | Verizon

Recognized as a subject matter expert in virtual care solutions as well as a Health IT solution innovator, Ms. Lester is a frequent innovator on the topics of telehealth and the role of technology in disaster response.  Recognized as a subject matter expert in virtual care solutions as well as a Health IT solution innovator, Ms. Lester is a frequent speaker on the topics of telehealth and the role of technology in disaster response.s-oriented collaborator, they’ve helped to make us what we are today.