About Us

Reinforcing Our Community

MRC GEM is the Georgia East Metro Health District Medical Reserve Corps, Inc. We are a non-profit organization serving the health and emergency preparedness needs of Georgia’s Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale Counties. We work closely with local health departments, emergency managers, and homeland security to augment and scale up their responses.

We are not a military organization, though our name might sound like one. We are a top-to-bottom volunteer organization. MRC GEM provides free monthly programs of interest to our volunteers, helping them learn to prevent and deal with emergencies affecting themselves, their families, and their communities. We have no ranks per se and are happy for any member to step up and help manage MRC GEM – just ask how you can help!

Our Origin

A part of the USA Freedom Corps, created by the President in response to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the MRC program is guided by the HHS Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR).

Our Mission

Our stated mission is to augment existing community health operations during large-scale emergencies, aid in response to pressing health care needs, and improve community emergency preparedness.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Our Board of Directors provide strategic guidance, as well as helping to manage our key functions. Our Directors help assure our continued viability, both financially and through leadership succession planning and many other areas.

Shameka Allen
Audrey Arona, MD
Judith Levinson
Sherwin Levinson
James Newell
Mark Reiswig
Gerard Roets
Suleima Salgado
Patty Thumann
Anthony Varamo
Arnold Zwickel

Award Winning Work

MRC GEM is honored and grateful that the efforts of our leaders and volunteers are recognized nationwide.

MRC GEM Honored by the Georgia House

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Winner of the Surgeon General’s Community Resiliency Award
Sherwin Levinson Awarded Mentor Award from Medical Reserve Corps Program Awards 

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Sherwin Levinson Awarded 2018 Gwinnett Chamber Healthcare Awards Volunteer Service Recipient

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Medical Reserve Corps GEM awarded the 2021 Good Neighbor Award

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Sherwin Levinson Awarded 2021 Good Neighbor Award

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Gwinnett County Issues Proclamation Recognizing MRC GEM Volunteers

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