Mea Allen is the Associate Director of Education and Training. This role focuses on the Delvalle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, where she has been working as an educator since 2008. She developed and promoted a long-term strategic vision for the DelValle Institute Learning Center, and currently manages the development and implementation of quality classroom, online, and blended trainings as well as other innovative uses of educational technologies to support emergency preparedness and response.
Her time with OPHP has included providing innovative educational programs to build the resilience of the Boston community during H1N1, designing workshops and other training for Ebola, and supporting the Boston Public Health Commission’s Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center operations during numerous emergencies, such as the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the blizzards of 2013 and 2015.
Ms. Allen received her M.Ed. in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston, with her capstone research focusing on performance support for public health response operations. She also has a BSEE in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Tufts University and a master's degree in Intercultural Communications from the School for International Training. Former positions include six years working as a software engineer and interface designer, and four years as a non-profit program manager managing technology education programs in Cameroon and conducting interactive training programs in the US and El Salvador.
Laura Baker is the Administrative Analyst, responsible for providing logistical support and coordination for the Office of Public Health Preparedness including the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. She fields general inquiries about the website and trainings, coordinates supplies, and supports data tracking and reporting within the office. Prior to joining the Office of Public Health Preparedness, Ms. Baker co-oped and interned with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, the Millennium Campus Network, and Boston Medical Center. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Science from Northeastern University.
Mike Colanti is the Associate Director for Planning and Operations, and is responsible for overseeing the development of integrated emergency response plans. This includes public health and healthcare partners, community groups, businesses, universities, and volunteers through the Boston Medical Reserve Corps.
He was responsible for leading the collaborative development of a redesigned emergency operations plan (EOP) for the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and led the formulation of the City of Boston’s incident action plan for operational response to H1N1 in 2009. More recently, Mr. Colanti was the lead author for the City of Boston’s health and medical After Action Report for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, and coordinated the plan to manage the sheltering and support of 700 individuals following the closure of Boston’s Long Island Bridge in 2014. Previously, Mr. Colanti served in the Boston Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management working with partners throughout the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region, and managed project initiatives across public safety and healthcare disciplines.
Mr. Colanti has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stonehill College, and an MBA from the Boston University School of Management. He holds professional certifications in project management (PMP), business continuity (CBCP), and emergency management (CEM), and is an active member of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Incident Response Coordination Team (IRCT).
Taylor Frizzell is the Coordinator for Volunteers and Partnerships. In this position, she is responsible for managing members of the Boston MRC as well as volunteer opportunities, exercises, and trainings in regards to the program. She has also been tasked with further developing the already existing partnerships that OPHP has as well as working to develop a larger network of these valuable partnerships for preparedness and response in public health emergencies.
Ms. Frizzell has a BS in Homeland Security and Psychology from Daniel Webster College. She has previously worked for the City of Nashua’s Office of Emergency Management where she gained practice and knowledge in emergency operations planning and recovery. Ms. Frizzell is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as well as various other disaster response organizations.
Courtney Grey is the Director of Disaster Behavioral Health (DBH) in the Office of Public Health Preparedness, and is responsible for designing trainings, workshops, seminars, tabletops and live exercises that instill the field-tested skills necessary to address the biological, psychological, and social impacts of large-scale, potentially traumatic events. This includes workforce protection and self-care measures for deployed resources.
Mr. Grey has coordinated countless local and national DBH deployments for singleton incidents of homicide, suicide, fires, etc., as well as natural and man-made disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. His training content includes best practices and lessons learned from deployments in school, community, and institutional settings. He has been with BPHC for over 10 years.
Mr. Grey is a Trainer of Trainers for Psychological First Aid (PFA), developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
Stacey Kokaram is the Director, and in this role she sets the strategic direction of OPHP, which includes the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC), the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, and the Boston Medical Reserve Corps. She has spent the entirety of her professional career advancing public health and healthcare system preparedness in the City of Boston. She has extensive experience supporting preparedness, response, and recovery activities for incidents such as 2009-2010 H1N1 Pandemic, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and the 2015 Boston blizzards.
Ms. Kokaram has led the development of policies and procedures that have strengthened public health and healthcare system coordination in Boston through the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (HPC). She served as the Boston HPC co-chair and chair from July 2013 through December 2015. In addition, Ms. Kokaram has had the opportunity to share experiences from Boston at several national conferences on topics such as family reunification and the public health response to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Ms. Kokaram has a Master of Public Health with a concentration in epidemiology from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University.
Ben McNeil is the Associate Director for Healthcare System Preparedness, Response and Recovery. He is responsible for overseeing the program management of the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition and leading the public health initiatives of the coalition. He also ensures the operational readiness of the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC) as the Department Operations Center for BPHC and the Multi-Agency Coordinating Center for ESF-8 healthcare partners.
Prior to joining OPHP, Mr. McNeil worked for Partners in Health on their Ebola Response efforts, and received his MS in Disaster Resilience from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. He is currently enrolled in the Boston University Professional Evening MBA program, and is active in the Boston civic community.
Hasti Mehta is the Coordinator of Media & Technology. In this role, she manages the online learning center for the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness through digital media development, online learning development and maintenance of online trainings and knowledge base topics. Ms. Mehta also helps to manage the technology that is utilized in emergency response and assists in field operations during emergency incidents and large-scale planned events.
Prior to joining the OPHP, Hasti received her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University where she concentrated in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a focus on health communication. Her passion lies in integrating technology and health education to create interactive public health solutions.
Ashley Miller is the Senior Program Manager for Instructional Design. She is responsible for the development and delivery of classroom courses, webinars, and online learning modules in service of building healthcare system and community preparedness locally and statewide. Ms. Miller has contributed to training projects in the topics of risk communication, emergency management for emerging infectious diseases, functional needs and support services for shelter operations, and response technology to support the healthcare system response for the Boston Marathon.
Prior to joining OPHP, Ashley received a Master of Public Health from Boston University. She has a background in biology, as well as extensive health research experience from Northeastern University and Boston University. Her passion for teaching took her to Thailand, where she spent two years serving as a science teacher for high school students. Ashley's favorite part about her work is speaking with the many public health and healthcare professionals throughout the state who contribute as subject matter experts for her trainings.
Ella Noor is the Program Manager for Response and Recovery Operations. She serves as the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center (MIC) Duty Officer and is responsible for receiving, analyzing, coordinating and disseminating information in a timely fashion as they relate to a developing or present incident. Some of Ms. Noor’s duties involve staffing the MIC during planned and unplanned activations, assisting with preparation of MIC Operations Plans, Situation Briefings, and sending alert notifications to OPHP/BPHC staff, public health, healthcare, and emergency management partners as appropriate.
Ms. Noor graduated from Purdue University with a major in Environmental Geosciences and a minor in Political Science. Her interests in public health preparedness began during an interdisciplinary undergraduate research project where she sought to understand evacuation behavior due to the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami and Earthquake in Japan.
Anelie Pierre is the Program Manager for Administration and Finance. Ms. Pierre supports the ongoing administrative policies and procedures for daily administrative and emergency operations. Ms. Pierre also assists with oversight of procurement, billing, funding proposals and grant management. Ms. Pierre’s other duties include managing office-wide process for promotional and marketing materials, managing course accreditation and coordinating and supporting the development of project plans and monitoring the progress of projects.
Ms. Pierre graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a major in Psychology and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Ms. Pierre is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management, with a focus in Project Management from Northeastern University.
Erin Polich is the Senior Program Manager for Emergency Planning at OPHP, and is responsible for overseeing emergency planning within BPHC and partners, and ensuring continuity amongst emergency plans and operational protocols.
Ms. Polich has a Master of Public Health with a concentration in international health from Boston University School of Public Health, and has extensive experience working in emergency public health response overseas in resource limited settings. Prior to joining OPHP, Ms. Polich worked on Ebola response and recovery activities in Sierra Leone, where she coordinated response activities in disease surveillance, infection prevention and control, water and sanitation, and emergency planning. She also coordinated the DFID Ebola Emergency Response Fund, a £12m rapid response fund which awarded more than 60 grants to organizations for Ebola response activities. Prior to this she spent several years working in health coordination at a national level in South Sudan, with a particular focus on maternal and child health and primary healthcare.
Ms. Polich has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Fordham University. Other work experience include several years working in domestic violence and women’s empowerment, as well as environmental consulting.
Brian Pomodoro has been a member of Boston EMS since 1983. He is a certified WMD Instructor with the Department of Homeland Security. He also holds credentials as a Massachusetts EMT Instructor-Coordinator, FEMA ICS-Instructor, and is an Instructor-Trainer in Radiation Response from both the EPA and the DOT. Lieutenant Pomodoro joined the DelValle Institute in 2002 as an Emergency Response Educator and is presently the Senior Program Manager for Response Training. He also instructs at the Boston EMS Research, Training, and Quality Improvement Academy. Besides his teaching duties, Lieutenant Pomodoro remains active as a field and communications supervisor.
Lieutenant Pomodoro is a two-time winner of the Pozen Award as Boston EMS/ EMT of the Year and in 2002 was awarded the Carter Award as the Lieutenant of the year. In 2009 he received a Special Citation from the Boston Police Department for assisting in the training of over 1,700 police officers in WMD response.
Alison Randall is the Senior Program Manager for Healthcare Systems Preparedness in the Office of Public Health Preparedness. She serves as the Manager for the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition (HPC), which is a partnership of healthcare agencies that coordinate to develop and promote the emergency preparedness and response capabilities in the City of Boston. In this capacity, Ms. Randall leads the planning and execution of the Coalition’s priority projects for healthcare preparedness, directs the Boston HPC’s Executive Committee, and engages stakeholders from across the five core healthcare disciplines.
Ms. Randall has a wide array of program management experience, including working at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the global health organization, Partners In Health. There, Ms. Randall was the principal liaison for the Haiti health program, providing programmatic, administrative, and financial management for an extensive healthcare network in rural Haiti. Ms. Randall’s concentration in healthcare systems strengthening and emergency response started with her time working as an EMT after graduating from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a major in Global Health and Biotechnology.
Nancy Smith is the Program Manager for Community Outreach. She responsible for developing community relationships in support of emergency preparedness and community resilience in close coordination with other PHP sections. Ms. Smith earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Northeastern University and has a Certificate in Maternal Child Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. Ms. Smith joined BPHC in 2002 as a member of the Father Friendly Initiative, Substance Abuse Bureau. In 2008 she transitioned to Boston Healthy Start Initiative and the Child Adolescence Health Bureau. In 2011, Ms. Smith worked with the Emergency Shelter Commission in the position as the Constituent Liaison for the Healthy Start in Housing Initiative.
Ms. Smith is an active neighborhood champion and has an unwavering commitment to the neighborhood residents in the City of Boston. Ms. Smith has strengthened and expanded community relationships for emergency preparedness, and community outreach and engagement; and provides direct access for the community to the programming being delivered from the Office of Public Health Preparedness.
Amanda Wolfe is the Emergency Preparedness Educator. In this role, Amanda supports the education and training programs offered by the Office of Public Health Preparedness including the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness. Ms. Wolfe contributes to the research, implementation and delivery of classroom and online trainings for public health and healthcare audiences in Boston and statewide.
Ms. Wolfe received a BA in English and Psychology from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health from Boston University with a concentration in health law and human rights. She has previously worked as a public health trainer in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and domestic violence prevention education. As a trainer and a public health advocate, she has collaborated with many nonprofit organizations in Boston as well as Boston Public Schools.
Dr. Sophia Dyer, has been with Boston EMS since 1999. She served as an Assistant Medical Director and Associate Medical Director before being named the City's first female Medical Director in March 2009. In this role, Dr. Dyer is charged with providing medical oversight to Boston EMS, the Boston Police Department, and the Boston Fire Department. As Medical Director, she is also the supervising physician of Boston EMS' Research, Training, and Quality Improvement (RTQI) team. Dr. Dyer is an active Emergency Medicine physician at Boston Medical Center with a specialty in toxicology and Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Medicine. She served as Co-Medical Director for the 2009 Boston Marathon.
Dr. Dyer is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, MD, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences, BS, and received a Certificate in Environmental Management from the Tufts University School of Engineering.
Dr. Dyer has been the recipient of many awards, including the EMS Physician of the Year Award, Metropolitan Boston Emergency Medical Service Council, 2003; the Frommer Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine, Boston City Hospital, June 1997; and the Award for Excellence in Academic Emergency Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, May 1993. Additionally, Dr. Dyer has authored more than 30 medical publications.
Dr. Ricky C. Kue joined Boston EMS as an Associate Medical Director in December 2009. Prior to this role, he served as the Medical Director of the Johns Hopkins Lifeline Ground & Air Critical Care Transport in Baltimore, MD. At Hopkins, he was also an Attending Emergency Physician and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Kue began his career in emergency medicine as a volunteer EMT in Ridgewood, Queens prior to medical school. Originally a New York City native, Dr. Kue attended medical school at The State University of New York in Syracuse and worked as a Paramedic at Rural/Metro Medical Services providing EMS for the City of Syracuse. He completed his residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in EMS and Disaster Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Kue is also a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Worcester, MPH and of The John Hopkins University, BS.
As a Major in the Unites States Army Reserve, Dr. Kue deployed to Tikrit, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008 and spent time teaching trauma care and tactical combat casualty care to military residents. He remains a member of DMAT MA-2 in Worcester and has had other formal training in disaster management.
Dr. Kue is currently an Attending Emergency Physician at Boston Medical Center, as well as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Boston University School of Medicine.
Gina Smith joined the DelValle Institute as a subject matter expert and adjunct instructor in 2015. She brings her extensive experience in healthcare emergency management and disaster response to support design of new courses and delivery to healthcare audiences.
Ms. Smith has been a registered Nurse for over 35 years, and currently serves as the Director of the Emergency Management, EMS, and Injury Prevention programs for UMass Memorial Medical Center as well as the Team Commander for the Massachusetts-2 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT). As a DMAT Commander, she serves as the leader for a 120 member Disaster Medical Response Team, within the National Disaster Medical System, under the auspices of US Health and Human Services. Through DMAT, Ms. Smith and her fellow team members from across central Massachusetts have provided medical services following numerous disasters and special security events throughout the US, such as Hurricane Katrina and Rita (2005), Super Storm Sandy (2012), and the Louisiana Floods (2016). As the UMass Memorial Medical Center Emergency Director of Emergency Management, she is responsible for developing, planning, and coordinating the UMass Memorial Medical Center Emergency Preparedness, Disaster Management and response element.