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Region III: Regional Advisory Council

The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006, which was signed into law by President Bush on October 4, 2006, called for a major transformation of FEMA. On the regional level, one of two new entities was implemented to enhance communications and preparedness for future disasters, the Regional Advisory Council.

The following are current members:

State Emergency Management

Pennsylvania – Richard Flinn
Director and Homeland Security Advisor
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

West Virginia – Jimmy Gianato
Director and Homeland Security Advisor
West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Virginia – Jeffrey Stern
State Coordinator
Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Maryland – Russell Strickland
Executive Director
Maryland Emergency Management Agency

District of Columbia – Chris Rodriguez
Director
DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Delaware – A.J. Schall
Director
Delaware Emergency Management Agency

Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI)

Connor Scott, Emergency Management Planner
Baltimore Office of Emergency Management
Maryland

Rural Area Representative

Robert Kagel, Director
Chester County Department of Emergency Services
Pennsylvania

Curt Nellis, Emergency Management Coordinator
Powhatan County Fire and Rescue
Virginia

Volunteer Groups

Cookie Ketcham, VBCERT Coordinator
Virginia Beach Office of Emergency Management
Virginia

Fire Services Representative

Robert Cumberland, Jr., Chief
Westminster Fire Engine & Hose Company
Maryland

Steven R. Cover, Chief
Virginia Beach Fire Department
Virginia

Bruce Trego, Assistant Administrator
Office of the State Fire Commissioner
PA State Fire Academy
Pennsylvania

Corey Smedley, Emergency Manager / Deputy Fire Chief
Alexandria Fire Department
Virginia

Linda Long, Chief
Philadelphia Fire Department
Pennsylvania

State Law Enforcement

Col. Nathaniel McQueen, Jr., Commander
Delaware State Police
Delaware

Cpl. Travis Nelson (RAC Vice Chair)
Maryland State Police
Maryland

Elected Official

The Honorable Craig A. Moe, Mayor
City of Laurel
Maryland

Local Government

Hui-Shan Walker, Director
Hampton Office of Emergency Management
Virginia

Barbara Miller, CEM, CFM, Director
Jefferson County Homeland Security & Emergency Management
West Virginia

Ronald E. Gill Jr., MS, CEM, Director
Prince George's County Office of Emergency Management
Maryland

Clay B. Stamp, Assistant County Manager
Director of Emergency Services, Talbot County Government
Maryland

Robert K. Braidwood, CEM, CFM, Deputy Coordinator
Chesapeake Office of Emergency Management
Virginia

Chairwoman Michelle Kichline
Chester County Board of Commissioners
Pennsylvania

Delores Scott, Disability Integration Coordinator
DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Washington, DC

Public Health

Devon Heberlig, Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer
Office of the Medical Director, Department of Public Welfare
Pennsylvania

Emergency Medical

Michael Touchstone, B.S., Paradmedic, Fire Paramedic Services Chief
Philadelphia Fire Department EMS
Regional Director
Philadelphia Regional Office of EMS
Pennsylvania

John Donohue, Deputy Director (RAC Chair)
Department of Emergency Services
Maryland

Hospitals

Col. Joseph Peal
Office of the Adjutant General, West Virginia National Guard
West Virginia

Public Works

William “Chuck” Henley, Director
Public Works Department
City of Colonial Heights
Virginia

Mitigation

Tom Hughes, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency 
Pennsylvania

Floodplain

David Guignet, NFIP State Coordinator
Maryland Department of the Environment
Maryland

George Eidel, Emergency Manager
Doddridge County
West Virginia

Paul Koll
Gloucester County Building Inspections Department
Virginia

Last Updated: 
04/03/2018 - 07:53