Staff

Michael Groover


Deputy Director for Emergency Management


610-344-5027
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Mike serves as the Deputy Director for the Emergency Management Division. His responsibilities include overseeing the daily operations of the division. He is the primary contact point for the other regional emergency managers and actively works with other divisions and departments to ensure coordination and continuity on larger-scale events and plans. Mike is also a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force’s Emergency Managers Workgroup. 

Before joining the Emergency Management Division, Mike worked in the Quality Assurance division for 20 years, serving as the Assistant Director for Quality for 12 years. Mike also worked in the 9-1-1 Communications Center and keeps current with his skills by assisting with fire dispatching.   

Mike is a part-time Firefighter/ Paramedic. He also enjoys traveling with his family.

 

Stanley A. (Tony) Przychodzien
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Coordinator


610-344-4555
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Tony is the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division. He is responsible for coordinating  all planning efforts related to the two nuclear power plants that affect Chester County.  In this role he interfaces with a  number of local, county, state, federal, voluntary, and private-sector organizations. 

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.
Andrew Henry
Operations Coordinator
610-344-4595
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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.


Nicholas Melchiorre
Safe Schools Planning Coordinator

610-344-5227
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Nick serves as the Safe Schools Planning Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. His responsibilities include acting as the central point of information for all school sectors in response to safety regulatory and compliances issues, planning concerns, assessments and daily emergencies; assists in the development, review and coordination of safety plans for both regulatory compliance and ability to meet real world needs; participates in the selection of schools for risk and vulnerability assessments and prepares designated school staff. Nick is also a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force’s School workgroup. 

Prior to joining the Emergency Management Division, Nick was an Operations Communications Specialist within the 9-1-1 Division. The Operations Communications Specialist collects, coordinates and prioritizes time-sensitive data to provide effective situational awareness and timely, accurate notification of emergency and non-emergency threats and events that impact the citizens, visitors, and employees of Chester County. Nick is an active responder in the county with various Fire and EMS agencies. 

Nick graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Science in Health Behavior Science degree. During his time at UD, Nick was an active member of the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit and served various roles including the Operations Coordinator. He is still an active alumni member.

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Health and Human Services Coordinator


610-344-5014

Carrie Bamper
Community Resiliency Coordinator


610-344-5042
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Carrie serves as the Community Resilience Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division.  In this position, one of her main responsibilities is being the main point of contact for the public, private companies, and the voluntary organizations within Chester County and the Department of Emergency Services. She is also responsible for developing and maintaining Chester County’s Recovery Annex, providing leadership to the Chester County Long Term Recovery Committee, guiding the County Animal Response Team, developing and managing a county-wide volunteer and donation program, and leveraging resources to assist various community groups in preparing for disasters.

Prior to joining the Emergency Management Division, Carrie earned her Master’s degree from Millersville University. For her degree’s practicum, she interned for Benton County, Oregon where she developed their Emergency Fuel Allocation Plan. After moving back to Pennsylvania, she then went on to earn her Associate of Emergency Management certification from the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Chris Christensen
Emergency Planning Coordinator

610-344-5029

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Chris serves as an Emergency Planning Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. His 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. He also is involved with the Hazard Mitigation Plan and focusing on re-approval, changes, additions or deletions of the plan vision and goals. Lastly, Chris 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 Chris served in the Marines for 8 years as Reconnaissance Marine and Scout Sniper. He has also worked as a government contractor, Security and Safety Manager, and District Manager for a private insurance company. His volunteer work includes working with multiple veteran non-profits, CERT, and as an assistant scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. Chris graduated with his bachelor’s degree from Fox School of Business at Temple University in 2020. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors with his family and teaches wilderness survival and personal preparedness.

 

Jason Sheffield

Emergency Planning Coordinator

610-344-5673

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Jason serves as an Emergency Planning Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. His 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. He also is involved with the Hazard Mitigation Plan and focusing on re-approval, changes, additions or deletions of the plan vision and goals. Lastly, Jason 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, Jason worked as a Surgical Medical Device Specialist at Pennsylvania Hospital. Jason additionally works as an Emergency Medical Technician for various departments in Delaware where he continues part-time today.

 Jason graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. During his time at the University of Delaware, Jason was a member of the University of Delaware Emergency Care Unit where he held various positions. He remains an active alumni member.