William Turner

Deputy Director for Emergency Management

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Since 2011, Bill has worked in different capacities for the Department of Emergency Services (DES).  He started out as an emergency planning coordinator, where his main responsibility was maintaining and helping to develop municipal, weather, dam, and organizational plans. He also led the County's Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning efforts and served as a County Watch Officer. Most recently, Bill was in the position of Program Manager of the Homeland Security Grant Program.  In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day interactions with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force administering Chester County’s participation in the Homeland Security Grant Program including the development and maintenance of strategic plans, policies and procedures, budgeting, project management and providing guidance to the SEPA RTF Workgroups.

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 Ratliff
Community Resiliency Coordinator

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2020 Ratliff, Gabrielle

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.

Stanley A. (Tony) Przychodzien
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

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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.

Chrissy Simpkins
Safe Schools Planning Coordinator

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Chrissy serves as the Safe Schools Planning Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division.  This position is made possible through a partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

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 Zettlemoyer
Emergency Planning Coordinator
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2019 Zettlemoyer, Cameron

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 Brown de Gerena
Health and Human Services Coordinator
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2019 Brown de gerena, Melissa

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).