New Members for Emergency Management Advisory Council

"Making our state safer demands the expertise and independent advice of the best minds in law, industry and emergency management."-Gov. Martin O'Malley

by / March 10, 2008
Maryland's Governor Martin O'Malley today swore in 21 new members to the Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council (GEMAC), an advisory council that is charged with advising the Governor on all matters relating to emergency management.

"Maryland can be - and should be - nothing less than the best-prepared state in America," said Governor O'Malley.  "Making our state safer demands the expertise and independent advice of the best minds in law, industry and emergency management.  I am confident that the members of the Emergency Management Advisory Council will create new ideas and develop new initiatives to improve homeland security and preparedness in Maryland."

Last year, Governor O'Malley outlined a checklist of 12 core homeland security capacities -- the standards by which Maryland will be measuring the readiness of its localities and which every state in the nation can use to determine whether they are meeting their responsibilities -- including: interoperable communications; intelligence/information sharing; HAZ MAT/Explosive device response; personal protective equipment for first responders; bio-surveillance; vulnerability assessment; training and exercises; CCTV; mass casualty/hospital surge; planning; backup power and communications; and transportation security. 

The Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council was created by statute in 1981, and is required to submit a report to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31 of each year on emergency management recommendations.

Richard Muth will serve as Chair of the Council.  Mr. Muth is the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Baltimore County Government, and Chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission.  He is a Baltimore County resident. 

The other Council members include:

Timothy K. Cameron - Mr. Cameron is Sheriff for St. Mary's County and a member of the National Defense Industry Association.  He is a St. Mary's County resident.

James C. Chang - Mr. Chang is the Director of Safety and Environmental Health for the University of Maryland Medical Center and a member of the International Association of Emergency Management.  He is a Harford County resident.

John L. Chew, Jr.- Mr. Chew is the Director of Emergency Services for Queen Anne's County, an adjunct faculty member for the Emergency Medical Program for the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences for the University of Pittsburgh, and Senior Consultant to the Office of International EMS for the Center for Emergency Medicine of Western Pennsylvania.  He is an Anne Arundel County resident.

Frank J. Cruice - Mr. Cruice is the Corporate Director for Safety and Security at Perdue Farms, Inc. and President of the Delmarva Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.  He is a Worcester County resident.

Richard Lee DeVore, Jr. - Mr. DeVore is Chief of Emergency Management for Allegany County Government and is an Emergency Medical Technician and Assistant Chief of the Ellerslie Volunteer Fire Department.  He is an Allegany County resident. 

Harvey E. Eisenberg- Mr. Eisenberg is an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland and a member of the Maryland Area Maritime Security Committee.  He is a Howard County resident. 

John R. Fenwick - Mr. Fenwick is the Emergency Management Director for Calvert County, a volunteer paramedic in Calvert County, and a volunteer firefighter in St. Mary's County and Calvert County.  He is a Calvert County resident.

Michael Greenberger - Mr. Greenberger is the Founder and Director of the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland and is a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law.  He resides in Washington, D.C.

Joan Hash - Ms. Hash is a Private Information Security Consultant, and previously worked for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Social Security Administration.  She is a Howard County

resident.

William G. Herbaugh - Mr. Herbaugh is the Fire Chief for the City of Cumberland and serves on the President's Board of Advisors for the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute.  He is an Allegany County resident.

Vernon R. Herron- Mr. Herron is the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Public Safety and the Director of Homeland Security for Prince George's County.  He is a Howard County resident. 

JoAnne E. Knapp - Ms. Knapp is the Director of Emergency Preparedness Policy for the Maryland Department of Disabilities and a member of the International Association of Emergency Management.  He is a Howard County resident.

John Edward Markey - Mr. Markey is Director of the Division of Emergency Management for Frederick County Government and Vice Chair of the National Capital Region Emergency Managers Committee.  He is a Frederick County resident.

The Honorable Thomas A. Mattingly, Sr. - Mr. Mattingly currently serves as the St. Mary's County Commissioner.  Prior to that, Mr. Mattingly worked for Verizon Communications for 31 years.  He is a member of the Leonardtown Volunteer Fire Department and is a St. Mary's County resident. 

Tara J. O'Toole, M.D. - Dr. O'Toole is Director and Chief Executive Officer of the center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Baltimore and is a professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh in Baltimore.  She is an Anne Arundel County resident.

Jeanette Glose Partlow - Ms. Partlow is President of the Maryland Chemical Company, Inc., President of the National Association of Chemical Distributors - Northeast Region, and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Notre Dame Preparatory School.  She is a Baltimore City resident.

Daniel R. Sadler - Mr. Sadler is Senior Business Continuity Consultant and Lead Coordinator for Corporate Emergency Response Planning for Constellation Energy and is President of the Central Maryland Chapter of the Association of Contingency Planners.  He is a Baltimore County resident.

Edward P. Sherlock, Jr. - Mr. Sherlock currently serves as Director of Emergency Management for the City of Annapolis.  Prior to that, he served 17 years as Chief of the Annapolis Fire Department.  He is a member of the Maryland State Emergency Response Commission, and an Anne Arundel County resident.

The Honorable Frederic N. Smalkin - Judge Smalkin is currently a Judge in Residence at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  Prior to that, he served as Senior Judge in the U.S. District Court.  He is a Baltimore County resident.

Roger A. Steger, Sr. - Mr. Steger is Equipment Shop Manager for the Town of Ocean City and is the former President of the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association.  He is a Worcester County resident.

Adam Stolz - Mr. Stolz is Deputy Director for Preparedness for the Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management and a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.  He is a Baltimore City resident.

Carole Joanice Uline - Ms. Uline is the Security and Safety Manager for Clorox Products Manufacturing Company.  She is a Harford County resident.

Alan J. Williams - Mr. Williams is the Director of Emergency Response for the Maryland Department of the Environment and Chairman of the Activities Committee for the South Baltimore Industrial Mutual Aid Plan.  He is a Baltimore County resident.