Staff

William Turner


Deputy Director for Emergency Management


610-344-5011
wturner@chesco.org

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Since 2011, Bill has worked in different capacities for the Department of Emergency Services (DES).  He started out as an emergency planning coordinator, where his main responsibility was maintaining and helping to develop municipal, weather, dam, and organizational plans. He also led the County's Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning efforts and served as a County Watch Officer. Most recently, Bill was in the position of Program Manager of the Homeland Security Grant Program.  In this position, he was responsible for the day-to-day interactions with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force administering Chester County’s participation in the Homeland Security Grant Program including the development and maintenance of strategic plans, policies and procedures, budgeting, project management and providing guidance to the SEPA RTF Workgroups.

Bill has taken an active role with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) and guided the Department through the accreditation process. Chester County became the first County in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to achieve EMAP accreditation in May of 2014. In addition Bill serves as an assessor, assessment team lead, and serves on the EMAP Standards Subcommittee.

Prior to joining our team, Bill worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for Main Line Health. Bill also works as a seasonal employee for the Avalon Rescue Squad in Avalon, NJ. He continues to work part-time as an EMT for both of these organizations.

Bill holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Studies-Business Management from West Chester University and a graduate certificate from Penn State Great Valley in Business Continuity Planning. Bill is also a certified business continuity professional and is currently enrolled in the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy.

Bill resides in South Coatesville Borough and serves on the Planning Commission. He is very active in the Association of Continuity Professionals Liberty Valley, Chester County FIRST, Philadelphia Infragard Chapter, and Team Rubicon. Bill enjoys spending his free time at the Avalon, NJ beaches, traveling, reading, fishing, and various other outdoor activities. 

Gabby Ratliff
Emergency Planning Coordinator


610-344-5042
gratliff@chesco.org
2020 Ratliff, Gabrielle

Gabby serves as an Emergency Planning Coordinator focusing on maintaining municipal, dam and organizational plans. She also coordinates with the agencies in plan development and/or revision as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. One area of focus she is passionate about is mitigation.

Prior to joining our team, Gabby worked as a planner in South Central Pennsylvania, focusing mainly on transportation planning and review of land development plans. She also has experience working in the court system as well as municipal government.

Gabby holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in geography from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is involved in the Kennett community and volunteers with her church. Previously, she was a member of the Greencastle-Antrim Lioness Club and a member of the Shade Tree Commission for the Borough of Greencastle.




Stanley A. (Tony) Przychodzien
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Coordinator


610-344-4555
tprzychodzien@chesco.org

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Tony is the Radiological Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division. He is responsible for coordinating  all planning efforts related to the two nuclear power plants that affect Chester County.  In this role he interfaces with a  number of local, county, state, federal, voluntary, and private-sector organizations. 

Tony joined the Emergency Managment Division in 2003 after a long career with Chemical Leaman Tank Lines where he investigated accidents and oversaw the truck inspection program.

Tony CPA. He has a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Villanova.  Tony is the treasurer for the Keystone Emergency Management Association. He also provides support to the Southeast Pennsylvania Regional Task Force's finance and administration division.

Tony is a Certified Hazardous Materials Technician and an active member of the County's Hazardous Materials Response Team.

Chrissy Simpkins
Safe Schools Planning Coordinator

610-344-5227
csimpkins@chesco.org
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Chrissy serves as the Safe Schools Planning Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division.  This position is made possible through a partnership with the Chester County Intermediate Unit.

Chrissy serves as the central point of communications for local schools in response to safety, regulatory, and compliance issues, planning concerns, assessments and daily emergencies.  Chrissy conducts school risk and vulnerability assessments along with aiding in coordinating of safety plans ot meet legislative requirements.

Prior to joining Emergency Management, Chrissy worked in the District Attorney's Office for a number of years and most recently served as the Department's Data Coordinator managing certification and continuing education for the county.

Janet Zeis
Community Resilience Coordinator

610-344-5014
jzeis@chesco.org
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As the Volunteer Management Coordinator, Janet Zeis   is responsible for supporting the emergency management division by implementing and managing a comprehensive volunteer program. This includes enhancing the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), re-establishing the County Animal Response Team, and developing partnerships and training opportunities based on County emergency plans. Janet collaborates with the Southeast PA Regional Task Force, Southeastern PA Volunteers Active in Disaster, Citizen Corps and other regional volunteer management coordinators.

Janet started at the County in 2003 as a part-time EMT Instructor. She worked in the non-profit sector where she wrote grants, designed curriculums, and developed community partnerships throughout Southeastern PA. Janet has a Bachelor's degree in Botany from Miami University of Ohio, and a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University.

Lee Zelewicz
Operations Coordinator


610-344-4595
lzelewicz@chesco.org
2018 Emerg Mgmt division - Zelewicz, Lee

Lee is the Operations Coordinator for the Emergency Management Division. His primary duties focus on ensuring the readiness of Chester County's primary and alternate emergency operations centers (EOC) to support countywide response and recovery operations. Other responsibilities include development of EOC-related policies and procedures, training of EOC personnel, maintenance of EOC equipment and technology, and oversight of EOC-specific software systems.

Prior to working for the County, Lee was an emergency management specialist for IEM, a global emergency management consulting firm. His work focused on supporting local, state, federal, and international clients to improve emergency management preparedness, prevention/protection, response, recovery, and mitigation planning and activities. Lee served as project manager, deputy project manager, watch desk/operations subject matter expert, planner, social science researcher, and public outreach specialist on a variety of projects. His work at IEM included development and project management of the National Capital Region’s Information Collection and Coordination Center, support of multiple projects for the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and support of the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives’ public affairs office.

Lee earned a bachelor's degree in sociology/anthropology and music with a minor in archaeology from Lycoming College and a master’s degree in socio-cultural anthropology from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. Additionally, he completed graduate course work in the sociology of disasters at the University of Delaware while serving as a teaching assistant for the sociology department and research assistance at the Disaster Research Center. Lee’s research and publications focus on evacuation and sheltering behaviors and the need to balance innovation and maintenance in emergency management practices.

Cameron Zettlemoyer
Emergency Planning Coordinator
610-344-5021
czettlemoyer@chesco.org
2019 Zettlemoyer, Cameron

Cameron was hired in 2020 and serves as an Emergency Planning Coordinator, primarily focusing on the county’s Emergency Operations and Continuity of Operations Plans, pipeline preparedness, and coordinating with the County’s 73 municipal Emergency Management Coordinators.

Prior to working with DES, Cameron interned with Delta Development Group in Mechanicsburg, PA where he assisted the Disaster Preparedness Solutions consultants with a variety of projects. Cameron was a part of the planning team for multiple state-level exercises and training programs. Cameron has deep family roots in the emergency services field and serves as an EMT in various capacities, and as a volunteer firefighter.

Cameron is attending the Pennsylvania College of Technology where he is seeking his Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management Technology. He served as the secretary of the college’s Emergency Management Club in 2018.


Melissa Brown de Gerena
Health and Human Services Coordinator
610-344-5673
mbrowndegerena@chesco.org
2019 Brown de gerena, Melissa

Melissa serves as the Health and Human Services Planning Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division. In this position, she is responsible for maintaining the Chester County Mass Care and Sheltering annex, as well as developing comprehensive operational plans for a variety of health and human services related issues, ensuring that emergency services are accessible to all individuals in the county. She works to build relationships with various departments, organizations, and groups to ensure disability integration and access and functional needs are met to serve the county constituents.


Prior to joining Chester County, Melissa has had careers in forensic science, most notably working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City on unidentified remains in the five boroughs from 1996-2006 including 9/11 remains, as well as in education where she has taught biology, forensics and anthropology to students ranging from middle school to college in Chester and Montgomery counties, as well as at the University of Delaware. She holds a Pennsylvania Coroner certification, as well as a bachelors degree in Anthropology (Temple), a masters degree in Forensic Science (Pace NYC), Pennsylvania teaching certifications in various science subjects as well as English as a Second Language and Family and Consumer Science (Ursinus), and is currently finishing her PhD dissertation in Disaster Science and Emergency Management (University of Delaware). Her PhD focus supports the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Disaster Victim Identification subcommittee’s identified need for data surrounding mass fatality events in the United States. She has presented her emergency management work for the Homeland Security Advisory Council (2019) as well as at the Natural Hazards Workshop (2019).