What We Do

The Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR) promotes the resilience of vulnerable individuals, children, families and communities impacted by disasters and public health emergencies, and provides expertise in human services preparedness, response and recovery through policy, planning, operations andpartnerships. Read the OHSEPR Fact Sheet to learn more about OHSEPR's work.


Mary Riley, MPH, RN, CPH is the Director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness Response (OHSEPR) in the Administration for Children & Families (ACF). The ACF OHSEPR program provides leadership in human services preparedness, response, and recovery, promoting resilience of individuals, families, and communities prior to, during, and after nationally declared disasters and public health emergencies.

CAPT Riley has been active with the U. S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps for over 26 years. She received her Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN and was awarded her Master’s in Public Health from the University of South Florida.; Her PHS career assignments include over 20 years with the Indian Health Service (IHS) working with American Indian/Alaska Native communities in the profession of Public Health Nursing, and 3 years with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Commissioned Corps and IHS experience included the development of health care facility emergency management and continuity of operation (COOP) plans; working with Tribal, County and State emergency management partners; participating in 8 PHS deployments and; Team Lead for the DHS/DHHS Region 9 National Nurse Response Team (NNRT).

Prior to her commission, CAPT Riley worked with Minnesota Migrant Health and at the American hospital in Cairo, Egypt.


View the organizational chart to learn how OHSEPR is structured.

Last Reviewed: October 16, 2015