Tener Goodwin Veenema is an internationally recognized expert in disaster nursing and public health emergency preparedness. As president and chief executive officer of the
Tener Consulting Group, LLC, Dr. Veenema served as senior consultant to the United States Government, including the Departments of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs, the Administration for Children and Families, and most recently the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Her decision-support software and information technology applications for disaster response have been presented at conferences around the globe. Her scholarship includes the leading international text in the field, Disaster Nursing: Disaster Nursing and Emergency Preparedness for Chemical, Biological and Radiological Terrorism and Other Hazards
Edition, 2013), and two nationally award-winning Disaster e-Learning Courses, Red Cross ReadyRN Disaster and Emergency Preparedness for Health Services
(American Red Cross, 2007) and ReadyRN (Elsevier, MC Strategies, 2008). Dr. Veenema received master’s degrees in nursing administration (1992), pediatrics (1993), and public health (1999) and a PhD in health services research and policy (2001) from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. She is a member of the American Red Cross National Scientific Advisory Board and is an elected Fellow in both the National Academies of Practice and the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Veenema was recently awarded the Florence Nightingale Medal of Honor from the International Red Crescent (Geneva, Switzerland), the highest international award that a nurse can receive.