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Dominick Mireles

In April of 2022, Dominick Mireles was appointed director of OEM by Mayor Jim Kenney. Mireles, who has been with OEM for over seven years, previously served as the office’s Deputy Director for Operations. In his new role as OEM Director, Mireles will oversee all aspects of the City’s planning for, response to, and recovery from emergencies, disasters, and complex planned public events, working jointly with other city, state, federal and non-governmental entities in the execution of this mission.

As the Deputy Director for Operations, Dominick provided strategic guidance and oversight to four program areas in the application of an all-hazards emergency management program. These programs included the emergency operations center, information technology, logistics, and the Regional Integration Center.

Dominick also served as OEM’s Logistics Program Manager and the Group Leader for OEM’s Regional Integration Center. In these roles he had primary responsibility for an inventory of emergency vehicles, equipment, supplies, and facilities; lead the logistics planning portion for the City’s emergency plans; coordinated internal training and communications; and served as a project manager for new and sensitive initiatives, including the roll-out of ReadyPhiladelphia.

Prior to joining OEM, Dominick was a Security Operations Supervisor for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, where he planned and executed the safety and security components of major entertainment and sporting events, as well as response to unplanned incidents. He also supervised the dispatch communications team, which functioned as the nerve center of the complex.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and is currently enrolled in a master’s program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Mireles also volunteers with Team Rubicon, which mobilizes veterans to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.



The Operations Division develops and applies technical infrastructure, systems and processes, and equipment to advance the preparedness mission of OEM. Operations contains the physical footprint of OEM and manages the City’s Emergency Operations Center, Regional Integration Center, Mobile Command Post, response vehicle fleet, and warehouse. The division also focuses heavily on incorporating and innovating technology platforms and geospatial data to provide emergency responders and officials with prompt and comprehensive information on incidents. Operations directly supports the work of the Planning and Public Affairs divisions to ensure that emergency plan needs are met with reliable systems and equipment.

Michael Giardina
Deputy Director Operations

Previously as OEM’s Regional Integration Center Program Manager, Michael was responsible for overseeing the staff and operations of the 24/7 emergency management watch center. These efforts include policy development, quality assurance of information products, and developing training and exercise programs all with the goal of strengthening situational awareness processes.

Michael also served as both Homeland Security Planning Coordinator and Regional Integration Center Coordinator with OEM for several years. In these roles, Michael coordinated special event planning efforts, worked with public safety officials on various planning projects, and maintained 24/7 situational awareness in OEM’s 24/7 watch center.

Before joining OEM, Michael worked as an emergency medical technician and EMS operations supervisor with several agencies in New Jersey. In his supervisory positions, Michael oversaw planning and operations for major incident response and special operations. Michael has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and a minor in Political Sciences from Stockton University, and has participated in the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Emergence Program.

Rick Stechman
Information Technology Coordinator

Rick Stechman has been with Emergency Management since January 2004. His position with OEM is the IT Coordinator. Rick has over fifteen years’ experience in IT and 33 years experience in electronics. He has been with the City of Philadelphia since May 1995. He started work for the city in the Dept. of Public Property working on the cities radio system. Rick was employed at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from May 1982 till it closed in 1995. At the shipyard, Rick performed repair and overhaul of complex electronic equipment for naval ships. Prior to working at PNSY Rick served in the US Navy maintaining the ships weapons systems.

Justin Friend
Emergency Management Technology Program Manager

Justin developed and enhanced his technical capabilities through years of service in OEM’s Regional Integration Center, Emergency Operations Center, and Mobile Command post in numerous incidents and special event responses. Through this, Justin learned the intricacies of interoperability, technical new user education, and support of complex incidents to forge  capabilites uniquiely suited for the tasks of the Emergency Management Technical Program Manager.

Prior to joining OEM, Justin worked in Upper Merion Township’s Public Information Office overseeing resident outreach campaigns, production of a variety of publications, and emergency notifications to community stakeholders. Justin holds a master’s in Public Administration from Villanova University, as well as a graduate certificate in City Management from the International City/County Management Association.

Brian Elliott
Logistics Planning Coordinator

As Logistics Planning Coordinator, Brian is responsible for the development of a suite of plans and guides to support city and region-wide logistics operations.

Prior to joining OEM, Brian worked seven years for the Arkansas Department of Health as an Emergency Communications Specialist, Exercise Coordinator, and the Planning Section Chief. He is currently pursuing his Master Exercise Practitioner Certification at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI).

Michael Balan
Logistics Program Coordinator

As a Logistics Program Coordinator, Michael supports emergency and special event logistics for the Office of Emergency Management. In this role, Michael assists in the inventory of emergency vehicles, equipment, supplies, and facilities. He works jointly with other city, state, federal, and non-governmental entities to support public safety operations. Prior to this role, Michael previously worked as a Regional Integration Center Coordinator in OEM’s 24/7 watch center.

Michael graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. He also holds an associate’s degree in Aviation Operations from the Community College of the Air Force.

Michael currently serves as a C-5 Loadmaster in the U.S. Air Force Reserve stationed with the 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base.

Mary Elizabeth Newsom
Operational Coordination Program Manager

Mary Elizabeth previously served residents in the Philadelphia Area with the America Red Cross for over five years. During that time, she managed teams of volunteers serving in all aspects of Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. She also served in Emergency Humanitarian Disaster Relief Deployments Nationally for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Florence. Before discovering her passion for Emergency Management, she worked as a Law Librarian here in Philadelphia.

M.E. has a master’s degree in Library Science from Drexel University and is a proud alumna of Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, where she achieved a B.A. in History with a minor in Music. Though she has lived in several states on the east coast, she considers South Philly to be her home.

Sara McDonnell
Logistics Planning Coordinator

Sara McDonnell is OEM’s Logistics Planning Coordinator, responsible for development of emergency logistics plans for the city of Philadelphia and its regional partners.

Sara is a native of Ohio with a Bachelors in World Politics, Foreign Policy, & Security from The Ohio State University. She holds masters degrees in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from American Public University.

When not in the office, Sara coaches youth football in Southwest Philadelphia.

Vanessa Lyman
Response Planning Program Manager

As Response Planning Program Manager, Vanessa ensures that OEM specific actions identified in citywide emergency operations plans are well documented, trained, and exercised in the field or from the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

Previously she served as OEM’s Emergency Management Liaison Officer Group Leader where she was responsible for coordinating the on scene operational mission, tasked with the coordination and support of emergency response resources.

Vanessa also worked with OEM as a Regional Integration Coordinator and as the Tier II Intern after years of working as an engineering assistant at a helicopter firm. Prior to joining the OEM, Vanessa volunteered in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and volunteered with the American Red Cross as a dispatch specialist and as a disaster action team member. When not responding to emergency events, Vanessa supports other OEM program areas such as community engagement and planning.

Vanessa graduated from Millersville with a Master’s degree in Emergency Management and has a Bachelor’s degree in Interior Architecture from Philadelphia University.

Pete Lewis
Emergency Management Liaison Officer

As an Emergency Management Liaison Officer, Peter is responsible for coordinating the on-scene operational mission as well as supporting emergency response resources. When not responding to emergency events, he supports other program areas in the planning & operations sections.

Outside of Philadelphia OEM, he has worked as an emergency medical technician since 2015 in a busy 911 EMS system in Camden County, NJ, working closely with other 911 public safety agencies. Peter is a proud alumnus of Rowan University and is continues his learning through ongoing state and federal professional education programs.

Daniel Stasson
Emergency Management Liaison Officer

Prior to joining OEM, Dan served in the U.S. Air Force as a Base Defense Operations Controller, Criminal Investigator and Military Liaison Officer for the San Antonio Police Department.  Dan currently serves in the Air National Guard as a RED HORSE member tasked with providing a highly mobile civil engineering response force in support of contingency and special operations worldwide.  Dan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University.

Jaclyn Hernandez
Emergency Management Liaison Officer

Prior to joining OEM, Jaclyn worked as a Public Safety Dispatcher at Dutchess County 911. Jaclyn has also worked as an emergency medical technician and EMS dispatcher. Jaclyn holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from SUNY New Paltz. While completing her studies, Jaclyn served as an emergency management intern in Orange County, New York.

Arnauld Agbanvo
Emergency Management Liaison Officer

Arnauld began his career at OEM in the Logistics section before being promoted to EMLO. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Agbanvo, who is originally from the country of Benin in West Africa, became a U.S. citizen while working at OEM in March of 2021!



OEM’s Planning Division leads citywide efforts developing strategies that address the risks posed by natural disasters, accidents, and human-caused incidents. These professionals conduct all-hazards planning and develop programs for health and human services, critical infrastructure protection and homeland security, public works and recovery, and training and exercises. As part of this process, they collaborate with departments and agencies from all levels of government and a range of non-governmental organizations.

Typical projects that OEM planners oversee include how the City handles incidents with mass casualties, mass fatalities, neighborhood and citywide evacuations, debris management, resource recovery, and evaluating public schools for use as emergency shelters.

Carolyn Caton, MS
Deputy Director for Planning

Carolyn manages the infrastructure program at OEM and conducts emergency planning for critical infrastructure systems, disaster recovery, and hazard mitigation. She is an appointed co-chair of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force Infrastructure Workgroup, where she leads the development and implementation of projects to advance the region’s homeland security priorities.

In addition to her planning work, Carolyn leads an emergency response team that responds to various incidents, emergency operation center activations, and designated special events. Before joining the City, Carolyn worked in the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service and served as a consultant for UNICEF’s child protection in emergencies unit in New York.

Carolyn is a 2018 Drexel University LeBow College of Business Leading for Change Fellow, a 2012  Monterey Institute for International Studies Frontier Market Scout Fellow, and holds a masters degree in international social welfare from Columbia University in New York.

Emma Giardina
Infrastructure Program Manager

As the Hazard Planning Coordinator, Emma is responsible for working with a variety of city, state and federal partners to develop and coordinate a comprehensive hazard mitigation program for the city.  Emma updates and maintains the city’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and other hazard based plans in the Infrastructure Program.

Emma was previously the Community Resilience Coordinator for OEM, focusing her efforts on building Philadelphia’s resilience to disasters at the neighborhood level and planning for community long term recovery. Prior to joining OEM, she was a middle school science teacher and spent a considerable amount of time working at environmental education centers in the eastern PA and southern NJ region. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Stockton University.

Zorina Morton
Infrastructure Planning Coordinator

As the Infrastructure Planning Coordinator, Zorina is responsible for a range of activities including researching and reviewing best practices related to citywide disaster planning and operations. She also develops and updates comprehensive response plans for a variety of citywide emergency plans, including, severe weather, damage assessment, debris management, and utility disruptions.

Prior to joining OEM, Zorina was employed at a pharmaceutical company as a Quality Assurance Inspector to track Covid- 19 vaccine quality assurance metrics and meet reporting requirements set by State and Government contracts.

Zorina is a Philadelphia native with a Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Administration with an emphasis in Public Health degree from Mary Baldwin University. She also has a Master of Science degree in Disaster Medicine and Management from Thomas Jefferson University.

Matthew Breidenstein
Regional Preparedness Program Manager

Before joining OEM, for 5 ½ years Matthew worked for the Southeast Region of the American Red Cross as both a Disaster Program Specialist and Manager. In these roles, Matthew managed the day-to-day preparedness, logistics and response activities of the Red Cross within Southeastern Pennsylvania and coordinated Red Cross’s disaster relief operations for small and large-scale disasters. He also acted as a liaison to local emergency managers and community partners. On behalf of the Red Cross, Matthew has deployed to several national disasters as a member of the Red Cross’s Community Engagement and Partnerships team, coordinating with private and non-profit disaster relief organizations to effectively and efficiency’s deliver disaster relief.

Matthew is a proud Alumnus of the University of North Florida where he earned a master’s in public administration with a concentration in non-profit management and bachelor’s degree in political science.

Noah Palau
Hazard Planning Coordinator

As the Hazard Planning Coordinator, Noah is responsible for working with a variety of city, state, and federal partners to develop and coordinate a comprehensive hazard mitigation program for the city. Noah updates and maintains the city’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and other hazard-based plans in the Infrastructure Program.
Previously, Noah worked on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure planning projects as a transportation planning intern at the City of Philadelphia Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS).

Before working for the city, Noah worked for the University Ambulance Service at Penn State as an EMT and completed two internships for the Federal Highway Administration- Eastern Federal Lands division focusing on construction management/inspection and highway design.
Noah currently holds a master’s degree in City Planning with a concentration in sustainable transportation and infrastructure from the University of Pennsylvania and two bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University.

David Natale
Health and Human Services Program Manager

Prior to joining OEM, David worked for over ten years with the American Red Cross here in Philadelphia.  While with the Red Cross, David served in many different capacities, including in the areas of emergency communications, preparedness, response, and recovery.  David is excited to continue his development and experience in these areas while working with Philadelphia’s OEM.  David was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bucks County.  As the mass care planning coordinator David will be responsible for writing and updating citywide response plans for a variety of mass care related issues such as sheltering, family assistance and reunification centers, emergency preparedness processes, and human services recovery planning.  David has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in business, from Skidmore College.

Sarah Bailey
Mass Care Planning Coordinator

As the Mass Care Coordinator, Sarah Bailey focuses on human services recovery, including planning for emergency sheltering and family assistance centers. Sarah also works to make sure residents with a variety of access and functional needs are included in emergency planning.

Prior to joining OEM, Sarah served as a FEMA Corps Team Leader in Denver, CO. In this role, she helped provide assistance to people affected by major disasters throughout the country. Sarah was also an OEM fellow.  Sarah has a master’s degree in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware.

Adina Karten
Disability and Access and Functional Needs Planning Coordinator

As the Disability and Access and Functional Needs Planning Coordinator, Adina ensures disaster mitigation response is inclusive, with a particular emphasis on planning for those who have access and functional needs. She is responsible for the integration of universal design and social inclusion for all aspects disaster planning.

Adina is a believer in community capacity building, having researched local innovations for inclusion in India, England, Italy and United States previously.  She has worked in inclusion, health advocacy, and development spheres for eight years. During this time, she has written policy, designed social inclusion programs, and implemented interventions to increase resources for those with disabilities. She has contributed to multiple working papers and knowledge documents for the United Nations’ Social Development Division in Asia and the Pacific. Adina currently volunteers as a mentor for GELA Youth Development Center.

Adina holds a Master of Arts in Poverty and Development and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Sociology.

Shakira Blackwell
Regional Disaster Housing Planning Coordinator

As the Regional Disaster Housing Planning Coordinator, Shakira focuses on emergency housing planning for residents who are displaced from their homes. This includes working to develop short-term housing options for these vulnerable populations.

Shakira served in different capacities before coming to OEM, including in housing coordination for those living with HIV/AIDS with non-profit agencies within this region. She was raised in Northeast Philadelphia and holds a master’s degree in public health policy and administration from Capella University.

Joshua Martenson
Training and Exercise Program Manager

Joshua Martenson is responsible for shaping OEM’s Training and Exercise Program through the development of original exercises and partnerships with other agencies to achieve their exercise objectives. As Training and Exercise Program Manager, Josh is also responsible for identifying appropriate training opportunities for OEM staff in order to enable them to better meet the agency’s mission. Josh previously served as the Human Services Planning Coordinator for OEM, where he developed plans such as the Mass Care and Shelter Plan and other initiatives for the provision of essential services to those impacted by a disaster.

Prior to his arrival at OEM, Josh was employed by the American Red Cross in Greater New York for more than eight years in the roles of training and exercise, workforce management, government operations, and emergency communications. Joshua has a bachelor’s in sociology from Colby College.


Public Engagement

The Public Engagement team focuses on increasing community engagement and public awareness of emergency planning, preparedness, response, and recovery. Additionally, the public engagement team also focuses on increasing Philadelphia’s emergency preparedness via the READYHome and READYBusiness workshops, and the READYCommunity program.

Angel Roebuck
Deputy Director for Strategy, Engagement, and Administration

Angel Roebuck is the Deputy Director for Strategy, Engagement and Administration for Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management. She provides strategic guidance and oversight to four program areas which includes Community Preparedness, Finance and Administration, Public Information, and Training and Exercise.

Angel began her emergency management career as a Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross serving Southeastern PA.  In this role, she supervised large diverse teams mixed with paid staff and volunteers. In this role, Angel not only supported local responses but she also deployed nationally for large hurricane relief efforts. As a respected, passionate, and dedicated professional, she has the ability to lead, motivate and inspired effective teams. Her ability to be flexible and adaptive has allowed her to foster relationships with key stakeholders to help build resiliency and capacity within at-risk communities.

Angel is a Philadelphia native with a bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology from Lincoln University of PA. She also has a master’s degree in Human Services with a concentration in Social and Community Services from Capella University.

Gary Spector
Homeland Security Program Manager

As the Homeland Security Program Manager, Gary is responsible for developing plans and aiding in the development of security protocols, guidelines and policies that promote interoperability, situational awareness, and common operating protocols. Gary also participates in the planning, operations and assessment of large special events or mass gatherings.

Before joining OEM, Gary served on active duty with the Israel Defense Force (IDF) in the 900th Kfir Brigade, 92nd Samson Battalion. After concluding his military service, Gary returned to the U.S. and earned a BA in Government Studies from Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster City, Pennsylvania. During his time in Lancaster, he was a Firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. After graduating, he joined New York City Emergency Management Department working as a logistics ground support planner.

Jeffrey Kolakowski
Public Information Program Manager

In his role as Public Information Program Manager, Jeffrey Kolakowski is in charge of writing and publishing content on OEM’s website and social media accounts. This position also involves media relations: writing media advisories and press releases as well as serving as a liaison between journalists and OEM. The public information program manager position also consists of crisis communication and public education to residents and businesses in the city to be prepared for emergencies. This includes promoting the ReadyPhiladelphia program which looks to educate and alert the public to take an active role in emergency preparedness.

Jeff has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in speech communications with an option in broadcast journalism from Millersville University.

Allison Miller
Communications Coordinator

As the Communications Coordinator, Allison is in charge of writing, creating, and publishing content to OEM’s social media accounts. This position also supports crisis communications and the community outreach team. Allison encourages the public to take an active role in emergency preparedness by promoting the ReadyPhiladelphia program through digital media and public outreach.

Before joining OEM, Allison worked as a Digital Communications and Outreach Specialist for Philly311. In this position, Allison produced videos and other forms of digital media regarding services and information provided by the City’s customer service center for non-emergency inquiries. Allison holds a bachelor’s degree in Film and Video from Drexel University.

Olivia Gillison
Community Preparedness Program Manager

Olivia is the Community Preparedness Program Manager for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). She focuses on the ways in which communities foster relationships with the local City government and plan for potential disasters in their homes and neighborhoods. In this position she is responsible for coordinating a variety of special events and exhibits, developing and maintaining working relationships with the media, corporate sponsors, the public, and other key stakeholders. Olivia also represents OEM at conferences, community meetings, civic associations, other public meetings, and professional associations.

Prior to joining OEM, Olivia was the Director of Constituent Services and Social Media in the City’s Office of Special Events (OSE). While in this role she facilitated the coordination and logistics for street festivals and community block parties; built and maintained the public information strategy and social media outreach program; and supported upper level supervisors with onsite event management before and during major events such as the 2015 World Meeting of Families, 2016 Democratic National Convention, 2017 NFL Draft, 2018 NFL Kickoff, and 2019 Kappa Conclave Philly Fest.

Olivia received her undergraduate degree in Geography, Environmental Studies and Urban Planning from Ohio Wesleyan University, and received the Event Leadership Executive Certificate from Temple University School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management. As a Philadelphia native, she resides in the Overbrook Hills (West Philadelphia) neighborhood.

Joshua Nussbaum
Community Resilience Coordinator

As the Community Resilience Coordinator, Joshua supports long-term community planning and increased disaster resilience throughout Philadelphia neighborhoods.

Joshua has over a decade of experience in the mental/behavioral health field, including five years as a case manager here in Philadelphia.  Most recently, Joshua was a response planner for the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral health and disability Services (DBHIdS).  Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from Messiah College and a Master’s degree in Emergency Management from the University of New Haven.

Erin Mossop
Alerts and Warning Coordinator

As the Alerts and Warning Coordinator, Erin Mossop is responsible managing the technical and strategic aspects of the public alert and warning systems to protect the public, while working in close consultation with the OEM Regional Integration Center (RIC), OEM Public information programs and other stakeholders.

Erin previously worked in international development with Save the Children where she organized international training workshops for USAID funded food aid programs. Prior to joining the OEM she volunteered with the American Red Cross on the Island of Oahu with the Disaster Response office and the local preparedness organization Ewa Beach Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Erin graduated from Georgetown University with a master’s degree in Emergency Management and has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from American University.


Regional Integration Center 

The Regional Integration Center (RIC) serves as a primary interface and point of contact for Emergency Management personnel to provide critical information, updates, and support during the monitoring, response and recovery phases of the emergency response cycle.

Derryck Cromwell
Regional Integration Center Group Leader

Prior to joining OEM, Derryck spent more than 10 years in the communications industry, working for fulfillment contractors hired by cable providers in various regions of the country. He started as a service and install technician, advanced to collections, and ultimately became a Project Manager for the largest fulfillment contractor for Comcast in Philadelphia. Derryck holds a bachelor’s in community and regional planning from Temple University.

Lyndon Thomas
Regional Integration Center Coordinator

Prior to joining the OEM, Lyndon worked as a Police Corporal with the Trinidad & Tobago Municipal Police Service. As a police officer, he responded to, recovered, and assisted in many emergency response situations. He also has many other skills which could label him as a “Jack of all Trades”. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Chester University, while he worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, in the Security Department. Soon after, he graduated with a Master’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, with a concentration in Environmental Management, Homeland Security, and Risk Assessment & Management from Saint Joseph’s University.

Nicole Stolarski
Regional Integration Center Coordinator

Prior to joining the OEM-RIC team, Nicole was an OEM fellow with the Community Preparedness Program. Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in meteorology, and is currently working on completing her master’s degree in emergency management, both from Millersville University.

Kate Hartigan
Regional Integration Center Coordinator

Prior to joining OEM, Kate worked for the Philadelphia Police Department as a Communications Dispatcher. Kate has also worked in private security offering expertise in building security architecture and design, as well as on site security and surveillance. Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism from Southern New Hampshire University and maintains an active certification as a National Registered Emergency Medical Technician. 

Camille Handy
Regional Integration Center Coordinator

Prior to joining the OEM Team, Camille worked in the legal field. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice and Legal Studies from The University of Pittsburgh. Currently, Camille serves as a commissioned officer of the Adjutant General branch in the United States Army.

Isaiah Goldwire
Regional Integration Center Coordinator

Prior to joining OEM, Isaiah worked in the consulting field for over a year. Isaiah holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in public relations from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Isaiah was a member of the Philadelphia Fire Explorers for five years, earning the title of corporal while in the program.


Homeland Security Grant Program

The City of Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth largest city in the United States.  As a result, the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding region receive UASI (Urban Area Security Initiative) and SHSGP (State Homeland Security Grant Program) funding.

Brandon Lapsley
Finance and Administration Program Manager

In his position as Finance and Administration Program Manager, Brandon Lapsley supports the coordination of projects among stakeholders, including public safety, emergency response, and City of Philadelphia agencies, as they move through Federal, State, and local grant processes.  Brandon manages tracking for project deliverables, equipment and inventory, procurements, contracts, and amendments.

Prior to joining OEM, Brandon worked as a Program Specialist with the US Agency for International Development, supporting US Government programs in transitioning communities.  He also served as a Program Manager with the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, helping low-income Veterans overcome housing crises.  Brandon holds a Master’s in International Affairs from American University and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Penn State University.