Tener Goodwin Veenema, President and Executive Officer

President and Chief Executive Officer

As the Founder and President of the Tener Consulting Group, LLC, Dr. Tener Goodwin Veenema is a nationally recognized expert in disaster preparedness and emergency management. Dr. Veenema is a frequent speaker, author, and consultant to health care and human service organizations nationwide. With over twenty-eight years of experience in Emergency Health Services and Health Policy, Dr. Veenema combines razor-sharp assessment skills with innovative problem-solving to assist federal and private sector organizations with their strategic planning and disaster/emergency services needs. Specializing in workforce development Dr. Veenema provides strategic guidance, technical expertise, and an array of consulting services related to work redesign in disaster preparedness, emergency medical services, and emerging clinical decision support analyses.

Dr. Veenema served as senior consultant to the American Red Cross during Hurricane Katrina, and has served as consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Veteran’s Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, and the National Commission on Children and Disasters. As the author of two books as well as the Award-winning ReadyRN Curriculum for Disaster Nursing and Public Health Emergency Preparedness (Elsevier/ MC Strategies) and the Red Cross ReadyRN (National American Red Cross), Dr. Veenema’s work has prepared thousands of nurses for disaster response.

As part of her affiliation with the University of Rochester, Dr. Veenema designed and implemented the first US master’s degree program for nurses and allied health professionals focusing on “Leadership in Health Care Systems in Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness”. This program was recognized as a model of excellence by the Annual Review of Nursing Education (2006).

Dr. Veenema received a BSN from Columbia University in 1980; Master of Science degree in Administration in 1992, Post-Master’s degree in Pediatrics (Care of Children and Families) in 1993, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Rochester’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1999. In 2001 she earned her Ph.D. in Health Services Research and Policy from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Dr. Veenema is a nationally Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and was recognized as a distinguished practitioner by her election into the National Academies of Practice in 2004. She was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow (2004-2007) and as Senior Fellow in Nursing Policy & Philanthropy at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and at the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University (2008-2009). Dr. Veenema serves on the editorial board for the AMA sponsored Journal of Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.

In November 2009 Dr. Veenema presented her work in clinical decision analysis for public health emergencies at the APHA annual conference and was inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. In April 2010 Dr. Veenema was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Award from, Suffield Academy, her alma mater.