William Turner

Deputy Director for Emergency Management


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. 

Andrew Thurston
Emergency Planning Coordinator

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Andrew serves as the Emergency Planning Coordinator and is responsible for developing and maintaining municipal, school, dam and organizational plans. He also coordinates with the agencies in plan development and/or revision as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Prior to joining the County, Andrew was the Senior Environmental Consultant and Regulatory Manager for a pest control company in San Diego. There, he developed and implemented in-house job training programs and advised with the transition of the company to become more environmentally friendly. Andrew also has experience in hazardous waste remediation working with a hazardous waste company as a technical specialist in Baltimore.

Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Thiel College and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver. He is also a member of the Open Space Committee for East Brandywine Township. 

Stanley A. (Tony) Przychodzien
Radiological Emergency Preparedness Coordinator


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.

Dave Sekkes
GIS Data Administrator

Since 2008, Dave Sekkes has been the GIS Data Administrator for the Emergency Management Division. He is responsible for maintaining all departmental GIS utiltiies and provides analysis and  mapping suppor for the Emergency Operations Center. Dave also provides technical support for IT initiatives.

Dave has worked in GIS at Chester County since 2002 in varouis roles for the Health Department, Parks & Recreation and Computing and Information Services 

Chrissy Simpkins
Safe Schools Planning Coordinator

Chrissy serves as the Safe Schools Planning Coordinator in the Emergency Management Division.  This iposition iis 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.

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Janet Zeis
Community Resilience Coordinator

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

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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.

Veronica Protesto
Program Manager, Homeland Security Grant

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Veronica is be responsible for the development and maintenance of plans, policies and procedures for Chester County's participation within the Southeast PA Regional Task Force and for coordinating and acting as staff support for specified work groups of the Task Force.

Veronica previously worked for the Chester County Department of Open Space and the USDA ensuring projects that were funded by grants were implemented properly.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in accounting and an MBA with a concentration in Homeland Security.

Barclay Hargreaves
Project Management

Barclay is the Equipment Manager for the Emergency Management Division. He is responsible for the acquisition, distribution, and maintenance of all equipment. Most equipment is purchased under the Homeland Security Grant Program and requires strict auditing and accountability processes.  Barclay ensures our compliance with grant program requirements for equipment.

Prior to joining Emergency Management, Barclay served as the Southern Chester County Emergency Medical Services Basic Life Support Supervisor for eight years and was a staff EMT for ten years.  Barclay has received numerous awards including "EMT of the Year" by the Chester County EMS Council in 2005, "Outstanding Duty Performance Commendation" for actions at a motor vehicle accident in 2011, and a Meritorious Service Award in 2012.