Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Building AFRRI, Room 3176B Phone: (301) 295-6981
CDR Gelker graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Toxicology in 1991. Following two years working for a safety and environmental remediation consulting firm, she accepted a direct appointment to the Navy as an Industrial Hygiene Officer (IHO) in the Medical Service Corps in February 1993. Her initial tour was Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida where she was assigned to Branch Medical Clinic Mayport as a staff IHO. While stationed at Mayport, she was sent temporary additional duty to USS CANOPUS (AS 34) as the Safety Officer. During her time aboard, she also qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer, Medical Service Corps.
In 1996, she reported to USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72) as the Assistant Safety Officer/IHO. In November 1997, she assumed additional responsibilities by stepping up to also fill the Safety Officer billet responsible for flight deck safety. CDR Gelker's follow-on tour was Naval Hospital Beaufort South Carolina as the Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Medicine Department Head. In May 1999, she accomplished a major career milestone by successfully completing the process to become a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
In July 2001, CDR Gelker was accepted for full-time out-service Duty under Instruction (DUINS) at Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she obtained a Masters of Health Science (MHS) in Environmental Engineering/Industrial Hygiene. Upon graduation, CDR Gelker reported to Commander Naval Submarine Forces, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as the Occupational Safety and Health and Afloat Environmental Program Manager. CDR Gelker's next tour was the Naval Safety Center, where she served as the Safety and Occupational Health Division Head in the Surface Ship Division and as a Senior Team Leader for Surface Ship Safety Surveys. In 2007, LCDR Gelker transferred to Naval Sea Systems Command where she served as the Technical Authority Warrant for Occupational Safety and Health Requirements and Regulations.
CDR Gelker's personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Meritorious Service Medal, (2) Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4), and various unit and campaign awards.
Interest areas are occupational exposures of nanomaterials in end use products and noise and vibration occupational exposures.