Cheryl Starling has more than 30 years of leadership experience. As a registered nurse and director of emergency departments and trauma centers across California for many years, Cheryl has broad experience in healthcare and public health, emergency medical services, ambulatory care services, disaster preparedness, and grant management.
In 2000, Cheryl transitioned from the hospital setting to government disaster planning at the California Emergency Medical Services Authority, or EMSA. While at EMSA, her accomplishments included directing the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) Program and conducting trainings, , managed the annual statewide medical and health exercise and conferences and directed and enjoyed the role of administrator of the first Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for California to combat bioterrorism and terrorism.
Cheryl joined California Department Homeland Security to lead the Terrorism Training and Exercise Program in 2005, leading the statewide terrorism preparedness and exercise program, including development of a HICS-compliant scenario and exercise for hospitals participating in the exercise.
In 2006, Cheryl worked with the Kaiser Permanente National Office in Disaster Management. During that time, Cheryl was Co-Director of the HICS Center for Education and Training, assisting with the revision of HICS and development and update of HICS materials. Over two years, Cheryl led the HICS training program, coordinating and conducting HICS training in locations across the nation.
From 2008 to 2018, Cheryl worked for the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in the Center for Infectious Diseases as a Nurse Consultant. While at CDPH, Cheryl was active in infectious disease emergency response and recovery, including serving as the CDPH Incident Commander for the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, was the CDPH Ebola Coordinator for the State, and worked on the Zika virus response. Cheryl has developed infectious disease guidance documents, health alerts, procedures, and policies for State and local public health and healthcare entities (e.g., hospitals, LTC, clinics).
In September 2018, Cheryl transitioned to the private sector as the Chief Operating Officer at Global Vision Consortium, a consulting group that offers emergency management, continuity planning, grant management, and infectious disease planning and exercising across the nation.