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Terms of Service

COA Directors serve a three-year term, with the option of being re-elected to a second three-year term.  The Retired Officer members of the COA Board of Directors also serve as appointed Trustees of the PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation (COF) for the Advancement of Public Health.


Each year, we need to fill a few vacancies on the COA Board of Directors. The call for self-nominations typically opens in January with an online vote in February/March.

The PHS Officers who serve as COA Directors have an important job.  Throughout their terms, through active participation on committees and in board meetings, they identify issues and problems for the Board’s consideration. There are many hours of hard work help to accomplish the goals and mission of the organization. Their work is uncompensated but greatly appreciated.

COA’s Board of Directors includes one member from each of these eleven categories: Dental, Dietitian, Engineer, Environmental Health, Health Services, Medical, Nurse, Pharmacist, Scientist, Therapist, and Veterinarian. The Board also includes three Retired Officers and three Field Officers.  Board terms are for three years, beginning on July 1. Vacancies currently exist in seven categories:  Dietitian Officer, Field Officer, HSO Officer, Medical Officer, Nurse Officer, Retired Officer, and Therapist Officer.

COA bylaws stipulate that only current active duty, retired, and life members of COA are permitted to vote. Please review the candidates’ profiles and make your selections using the convenient online ballot @ by May 2, 2020.

The candidates are:


CAPT Michael Johnson (bio)
CAPT Renee W. Joskow (bio)


LCDR Kristie Purdy (bio)


CAPT Julie Niven (bio)
CDR Jonathan Smith (bio)
CAPT Tim Thomas (bio)
CDR Kelly Valente (bio)


CDR Alpa Patel-Larson (bio)
CAPT Bobby Rasulnia (bio)
CDR David Schwab (bio)


LCDR Melissa Reyes (bio)


CDR Christine Merenda (bio)


CAPT Jessica Feda (bio)
CAPT Lisa Tonrey (bio)


CDR Kathryn Jacques (bio)

In many cases, contested vacancies are won by a mere handful of votes. Your vote does count – please use it! Vote today for the PHS officers who will help guide your COA for the next three years.