Get Involved

There are many ways for active duty and retired Public Health Service officers to engage with COA and our nationwide network of officers.

Join a Local Branch
COA offers dozens of Local Branches throughout the United States.  Some are even overseas.  Search here for a Local Branch in your state and contact COA staff about joining.

Run for Office
Directors serve two-year terms on the COA Board of Directors.  Self-nominations are allowed.  Please consider running for an open seat on the Board.

Volunteer for a Committee
The strategic goals of COA are achieved through working committees comprised of active duty and retired PHS officers.  Below is a list of the committees and the officers who chair them.



Executive Committee

CAPT Beth Fritsch  -

Annual Meeting and Education

CAPT Diana Elson  -


CAPT Brian Lewis  -

Communications and Public Relations

CAPT James Simpson  -


CDR Heather Bair-Brake  -

Legislation and Benefits

CAPT Michelle Colledge  -

Local Branch

CDR Karen Munoz  -


CAPT Blakeley Fitzpatrick  -


CAPT Dean Coppola  -

Resolutions and Constitution

CDR Christa Hale  -

Retiree and Alumni

RADM Richard Rubendall  -