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 is currently pursuing a MEd in Instructional Design from the University of Massachusetts Boston. 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.
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).
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).
Casey Kelley is the Program Manager for Response and Recovery Operations. She is the principal point of contact to receive, analyze, coordinate and disseminate information pertaining to potential and actual risks and threats that could impact City of Boston, public health and healthcare entities. She is also actively engaged in Community Health Center (CHC) emergency preparedness and response, serving as a member of the Planning Support Group for the metro-Boston CHC Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Prior to joining OPHP, Ms. Kelley worked as an Epidemiologist for the Virginia Department of Health managing a Health District’s communicable disease program and leading its public health emergency response team. In addition to routine, day-to-day program administration, she organized and managed the Health District’s Ebola Virus Disease preparedness and response program.
Ms. Kelley earned a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wake Forest University, and recently was licensed as an EMT-B in Massachusetts. Ms. Kelley’s true passion is emergency response, and she is dedicated to ensuring OPHP preparedness efforts and training facilitate efficient and effective response in support of OPHP’s response partners.
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.
Alpa Ladani is the Senior Program Manager for Emergency Planning. Ms. Ladani has been with BPHC since 2013 originally working as the Operations Manager with the Homeless Services Bureau. While with the Homeless Services Bureau, she was instrumental in identifying the logistical and resource needs to support 600 clients during emergency operations and in the development of the Continuity of Operations Plan which was applied during the closure of Boston's Long Island Bridge. Ms. Ladani was also the chair of the Staff Development and Training Advisory Committee.
Ms. Ladani received her Bachelors of Science in Marketing from the University of Connecticut. She brings a wealth of operational and planning experience with over 19 years of military service. In her current position, she is a key player in developing and updating OPHP emergency response plans, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and Standard Operating Guides (SOGs), including the BPHC Integrated Emergency Operations Plan (IEOP), BPHC Emergency Dispensing Plan (EDS), and OPHP Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan.
Kristen Lewis is the Coordinator of Volunteers and Partnerships. Ms. Lewis is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the Boston Medical Reserve Corps, including the delivery of orientation and other trainings.
Ms. Lewis previously coordinated a Medical Reserve Corps unit in West Virginia as an AmeriCorps VISTA and brings this experience to her role, as well as a passion for volunteering. Ms. Lewis received her Master of Social Work degree from Boston University, where she focused on trauma work. Additionally, Ms. Lewis has a background in cultural anthropology and nonprofit management.
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 and Technology. She is responsible for the overall management and use of the technology for education and training purposes. Prior to joining the Office of Public Health Preparedness, Ms. Mehta received her Master of Public Health degree from Boston University where she concentrated in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a focus on health communication. Ms. Mehta’s 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.
Charlene Ntahobari is the Administrative Analyst. Ms. Ntahobari serves as logistical support for all DelValle Institute trainings and meetings, ensuring efficient operation of day-to-day activities. Ms. Ntahobari graduated from Syracuse University with a major in Public Health.
Anelie Pierre is the Training and Events Coordinator. Ms. Pierre is responsible for coordinating and supporting the development of project plans and monitoring the progress of projects. Some of Anelie’s duties include managing promotional marketing and materials, managing course accreditation, reporting program metrics, and leading the development and the release of the DelValle Institute online newsletters. Ms. Pierre graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth with a major in Psychology and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.
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 manages the Boston Healthcare Preparedness Coalition which is a partnership of healthcare agencies that coordinate to develop and promote the emergency preparedness and response capabilities in the City of Boston. Ms. Randall previously worked in program management and healthcare system strengthening for an extensive healthcare network in rural Haiti. Her interest in 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.
Rachel Rifkin is the Senior Program Manager for Administration and Finance. In that role she manages the budget and oversees overall office wide administration. Prior to joining OPHP, Ms. Rifkin has worked in the field of public health since 2009. She started her career conducting research at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, before transitioning to Massachusetts General Hospital where she worked in global disaster response. Ms. Rifkin obtained her Master degree in Public Health from Boston University with a focus on global health, and received her BA in International Politics from the University of Santa Cruz, California.
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. Nancy 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. Nancy 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, Nancy worked with the Emergency Shelter Commission in the position as the Constituent Liaison for the Healthy Start in Housing Initiative.
Nancy is an active neighborhood champion and has an unwavering commitment to the neighborhood residents in the City of Boston. Nancy 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.
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.
Matthew Matosic joined OPHP in August of 2012 as a CBRNE subject matter expert. He works closely with other staff members to develop and deliver classroom courses, assists in emergency planning projects, supports local disaster response training and exercises and real-world activations of the Stephen M. Lawlor Medical Intelligence Center.
Lt. Matosic is a United States Department of Defense certified HazMat technician, formerly assigned to the 1st Ranger Battalion, and brings ten years of combined active, Reserve, and National Guard Army service with deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2008, he was named the United States Army Chemical Corps Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year. He recently completed the Army's demanding three-month Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Massachusetts Army National Guard where he leads a CBRN reconnaissance platoon with the 272ND Chemical Company, North Reading, MA. Prior to working with OPHP, Lt. Matosic worked at the Boston Office of Emergency Management. He hold's a Master's of Science degree in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy and is trained in Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation (HSEEP).
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.