Leadership



Peter R. Teahen is a Funeral Director and a Mental Health Professional. He is the President of Teahen Funeral Home, founder of the International Mass Fatalities Center and AmericaReady, and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Iowa. Peter serves in a volunteer role as National Media Spokesperson and as a Government Liaison Officer for the American Red Cross. He has been interviewed on such programs as Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Oprah, The Weather Channel, Fox News, the British Broadcasting Company and Al Jazeera.


Peter has been involved in more than forty-five major disasters throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, Sri Lanka, and the Darfur Region of Sudan; including the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sri Lanka Tsunami 2004. He is widely recognized for his work in mass fatalities management and is internationally known for his work and lectures in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Peter has authored a comprehensive Mass Fatalities Incident Response Manual that provides step-by-step procedures, job descriptions, organization design, and management of a mass fatalities incident.

Peter's work with mass fatalities includes the following:

  • Government Liaison: World Trade Center, New York City, NY. 2001
  • Memorial Coordinator: First Anniversary, Alaska Air Flt 261, Ventura, CA. 2001
  • Memorial Coordinator: Alaska Air Flight 261, San Francisco, CA. 2000
  • Memorial Coordinator: Egypt Air Flight 990, Newport, RI. 1999
  • Government Liaison: American Airlines Flight 1420, Little Rock, AR. 1999
  • Deputy Medical Examiner: Oklahoma City Bombing. 1995
  • Funeral Director: Cemetery Catastrophe, Hardin, MO. 1993
  • Funeral Director: Mortuary Affairs, Operation Desert Storm. 1990
  • Coordinator Mortuary Operations: United Airlines Flight 232, Sioux City, IA. 1989

As a result of Peter's extensive experience in critical incident stress management, he was selected in 2007 and 2008 to design and implement a comprehensive three-day psychological trauma management-training program for international and national humanitarian aid workers serving in areas of humanitarian conflict. Peter delivered the pilot program in Khartoum, Nyala/South Darfur, and El Geneina/West Darfur. Funding was from RedR of London and the European Commission (ECHO) of Sudan.

Peter Teahen is the recipient of national awards with distinction that include the National Public Spirit Award, given by the American Legion Auxiliary. Previous recipients include Ronald Reagan, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ann Landers, and Dr. Robert Schuller.