Stanley A. (Tony) Przychodzien
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Tony 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.
Ben Fastman, Emergency Planning Coordinator
Ben's 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 is also involved with the Hazard Mitigation Plan and focuses on re-approval, changes, additions or deletions of the plan vision and goals. Lastly, Ben updates and reviews the Watch Officer SOP manual while continuously coordinating with the County’s municipal Emergency Management Coordinators.
Outside of working with the Emergency Management Division, Ben is an active first responder as an EMT and firefighter with his local fire department. He is extremely passionate about engaging with his community and serves as the Public Education Coordinator with a focus on fire safety. Outside of Emergency Services, Ben serves as the Assistant Marching Band Director for the Marple Newtown Marching Band and has proudly worked and performed with various world-class music ensembles.
Ben is currently completing his degree in Emergency Management and Planning at Delaware County Community College and has also attended West Chester University prior to his current studies.
Nicholas Melchiorre, Safe Schools Planning Coordinator
Nick's 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.
Scott J. McLaughlin - Interim Deputy Director for EMA and Health and Human Services Coordinator
Scott serves as the Health and Human Services Coordinator with the Emergency Management Division. His responsibilities include a focus on our long-term facilities and hospitals to insure compliance with planning and safety, including annual plan reviews as well as a daily contact for any real time issues with our facility partners. Scott is a member of the SEPA Healthcare Coalition and assist with situational awareness within the region. Scott also focuses on any AFN (Access and Functional Needs) within the county including assisting with the coordination of the most vulnerable populations in the event of an emergency; including but not limited to the utilization of Smart911. Scott also is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of the Emergency Management’s role with regard to the Mass Care, Mass Fatality and Family Assistance Operations.
Prior to his position with Health and Human Services Scott worked with the Department of Services Quality Assurance Department and assisted in Open Records and 9-1-1 related evidence request. Scott spent over two decades in the private sector rising to the role of Chief Operating Officer focused on the intervention and rehabilitation of at-risk youth. He formed Family Foundations Partnerships in 2017 which provides support, counseling and mentorship for students in the public school setting. Scott’s background is in Administration Of Justice and graduated the Police Academy and later worked in law enforcement as a Police Officer.
Carrie Bamper, Community Resiliency Coordinator
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
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, Operations Coordinator
Jason serves as the Operations Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. He is responsible for ensuring the readiness of the Chester County primary and alternate emergency operations centers (EOC) which supports countywide response and recovery operations. Jason also oversees Chester County’s Mass Notification Systems as well as other information sharing/operational software’s. Additionally, he oversees the Department's Resource Management and Logistics planning, polices, and procedures.
Prior to joining the Emergency Management Division, Jason worked as a Surgical Medical Device Specialist at Pennsylvania Hospital. Jason also 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.
Kevin Beck, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kevin serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator within the Emergency Management Division. His responsibilities include the strategic branding and development of emergency preparedness campaigns, and he is one of the main points of contact for community members to the Emergency Management Division. He is also responsible for coordinating with special interest groups and community organizations to discuss and teach about the Department of Emergency Services and emergency preparedness.
Prior to joining the Emergency Management Division, Kevin was an Emergency Management Intern at the Lancaster County Emergency Management Agency (LEMA). At LEMA he primarily focused on the creation of a Community Emergency Response Team in Lancaster County, as well as participating in public outreach. Kevin was also an Emergency Management Research Intern for Juvare, the creators of WebEOC, and has worked as a private emergency management consultant.
Kevin has a Bachelor's of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.