July 14, 2015 - I walked into Rx Response 5 years ago with a background in business continuity, a passion for emergency response, and little to no knowledge of healthcare preparedness. Over the years I’ve grown my knowledge and developed an excitement for healthcare and that is due in large part to Erin Mullen, our former Executive Director and current Director of Programming.
I’m sad to say that Erin will be leaving her full time position with us in the middle of August and will be moving back to Florida, her home state, this fall to spend more time with family. Luckily for us Erin has agreed to continue to work with us on a number of current and future projects part time, so we’ll still be able to benefit from her expertise and insights even if we can’t drop by her office every day.
Erin has taught me many things during our time working together, but more than anything she’s shown me that a sense of passion and mission for your work are two of the most important things to bring with you every day. Her passion for pharmacy and preparedness have been apparent from the very beginning and her love of emergency response has been at the heart of everything we do here at Rx Response. It’s made us who we are today.
She has spent more than seven years developing this program from an idea to an independent nonprofit that has a large voice in pharmaceutical supply chain preparedness and response. She has been a constant champion for the efforts of the pharmaceutical supply chain and has been able to directly impact how pharmacy is viewed in disaster response. Her efforts during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak helped to make sure that pharmacists could vaccinate the public and directly helped make sure that more Americans were protected.
It’s been my honor to work with Erin every day for 5 years. I consider her a friend and family, and I’m going to miss her when she no longer lives in DC. Fortunately, we have her phone number and she’ll never be more than a plane ride away