Bill has taken an active role with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) and guided the Department through the accreditation process. Chester County became the first County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to achieve EMAP accreditation in May of 2014. In addition Bill serves as an assessor, assessment team lead, and serves on the EMAP Standards Subcommittee.
Prior to joining our team, Bill worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for Main Line Health. Bill also works as a seasonal employee for the Avalon Rescue Squad in Avalon, NJ. He continues to work part-time as an EMT for both of these organizations.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies-Business Management from West Chester University and a graduate certificate from Penn State Great Valley in Business Continuity Planning. Bill is also a certified business continuity professional and is currently enrolled in the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy.
Bill resides in South Coatesville Borough and serves on the Planning Commission. He is very active in the Association of Continuity Professionals Liberty Valley, Chester County FIRST, Philadelphia Infragard Chapter, and Team Rubicon. Bill enjoys spending his free time at the Avalon, NJ beaches, traveling, reading, fishing, and various other outdoor activities.
Gabby serves as Community Resilience Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. Her responsibilities include acting as the main point of contact for community organizations, providing support for the Long Term Recovery Committee, County Animal Response Team and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) agencies. She is also involved with FEMA Public Assistance and Individual Assistance grant programs and maintains damage assessment procedures and guides. Gabby started out in the department as an Emergency Planning Coordinator. One area of focus she is passionate about is mitigation.
Prior to joining our team, Gabby worked as a planner in South Central Pennsylvania, focusing mainly on transportation planning and review of land development plans. She also has experience working in the court system as well as municipal government. Gabby holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in geography from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is involved in the Kennett community and volunteers with her church. Previously, she was a member of the Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club and a member of the Shade Tree Commission for the Borough of Greencastle.
Tony joined the Emergency Managment Division in 2003 after a long career with Chemical Leaman Tank Lines where he investigated accidents and oversaw the truck inspection program.
Tony CPA. He has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Villanova. Tony is the treasurer for the Keystone Emergency Management Association. He also provides support to the Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Task Force's finance and administration division.
Tony is a Certified Hazardous Materials Technician and an active member of the County's Hazardous Materials Response Team.
Chrissy serves as the central point of communications for local schools in response to safety, regulatory, and compliance issues, planning concerns, assessments and daily emergencies. Chrissy conducts school risk and vulnerability assessments along with aiding in coordinating of safety plans ot meet legislative requirements.
Prior to joining Emergency Management, Chrissy worked in the District Attorney's Office for a number of years and most recently served as the Department's Data Coordinator managing certification and continuing education for the county.
Cameron was hired in 2020 and serves as an Emergency Planning Coordinator, primarily focusing on the county’s Emergency Operations and Continuity of Operations Plans, pipeline preparedness, and coordinating with the County’s 73 municipal Emergency Management Coordinators.
Prior to working with DES, Cameron interned with Delta Development Group in Mechanicsburg, PA where he assisted the Disaster Preparedness Solutions consultants with a variety of projects. Cameron was a part of the planning team for multiple state-level exercises and training programs. Cameron has deep family roots in the emergency services field and serves as an EMT in various capacities, and as a volunteer firefighter.
Cameron graduated from Pennsylvania College of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management degree. He served as the secretary of the college’s Emergency Management Club in 2018.
Melissa serves as the Health and Human Services Planning Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining the Chester County Mass Care and Sheltering annex, as well as developing comprehensive operational plans for a variety of health and human services related issues, ensuring that emergency services are accessible to all individuals in the county. She works to build relationships with various departments, organizations, and groups to ensure disability integration and access and functional needs are met to serve the county constituents.
Prior to joining Chester County, Melissa has had careers in forensic science, most notably working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City on unidentified remains in the five boroughs from 1996-2006 including 9/11 remains, as well as in education where she has taught biology, forensics and anthropology to students ranging from middle school to college in Chester and Montgomery counties, as well as at the University of Delaware. She holds a Pennsylvania Coroner certification, as well as a bachelors degree in Anthropology (Temple), a masters degree in Forensic Science (Pace NYC), Pennsylvania teaching certifications in various science subjects as well as English as a Second Language and Family and Consumer Science (Ursinus), and has her PhD (December 2020) in Disaster Science and Emergency Management (University of Delaware). Her PhD focus supports the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Disaster Victim Identification subcommittee’s identified need for data surrounding mass fatality events in the United States. She has presented her emergency management work for the Homeland Security Advisory Council (2019) as well as at the Natural Hazards Workshop (2019).
Kelly serves as an Emergency Planning Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. Her responsibilities include maintaining and updating numerous plans and annexes that exist within the County, including but not limited to Emergency Action Plans for dams and weather and situational annexes. She also is involved with the Hazard Mitigation Plan and focusing on re-approval, changes, additions or deletions of the plan vision and goals. Lastly, Kelly updates and reviews the Watch Officer SOP manual while continuously coordinating with the County’s municipal Emergency Management Coordinators.
Prior to joining the Emergency Management Division, Kelly was the Department of Emergency Services Assistant Law Enforcement Data Coordinator where she processed confidential documents pertaining to 911 calls. She also assisted in MPS training for law enforcement and interacted with county wide TAC officers. Kelly is currently completing her master’s degree in Psychology from West Chester University and is following that up with a professional GIS certification. During her undergraduate time at West Chester, Kelly interned with the Department of Homeland Security while obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Spanish. She has been a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Honors Society for Criminal Justice (Nu Beta) since 2018.
Andrew serves as Operations Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. His responsibilities include maintaining the readiness of the Chester County Emergency Operations Centers and their equipment; serving as an administrator for Emergency Operations Center-related software; drafting, reviewing, and updating Emergency Operations Center-related policies and guidance, including position-specific job aids; as well as the development and delivery of regular training and exercises for staff. One area of focus Andrew is passionate about is training and exercise and he serves as a member of the Exercise Design Team.
Prior to joining our team, Andrew worked as a meteorologist in the Washington DC region providing forecasts and weather risk assessments for the Department of Homeland Security and Border Patrol. He also has experience working in nuclear energy emergency preparedness. Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a Master’s degree in emergency management from Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he served as a member of the public outreach committee. Andrew enjoys spending his free time at the beaches of the Outer Banks, hiking, fishing, and various other outdoor activities.