He has served in senior positions within the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, the White House National Security Staff, and was the first Director for the District of Columbia’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In addition to those roles, he served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security for The George Washington University, and Vice President for Venue Security for the Madison Square Garden Company. He is a retired Master Sergeant (First Sergeant), United States Air Force.
He has served on leading government and professional advisory councils and committees such as the Department of Homeland Security National Advisory Council, FEMA National Advisory Council, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) Subcommittee, Chairperson, District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission, The Greater Washington Board of Trade Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Committee, and Executive Board Member, National Emergency Management Association. Mr. Darnell has also testified before Congressional committees on homeland security and emergency preparedness issues.
Mr. Darnell has served as an adjunct professor at Prince George’s Community College, and the University of Maryland, University College-Asian Division. He is an Affiliated Faculty Member for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), a joint program of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Center for Public Leadership. He is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Education Program, and the University of Southern Mississippi National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4).
Mr. Darnell is a published author providing commentary for the Journal of Business Continuity and Emergency Management, Inside the Minds, and other publications. He was profiled in the textbook, Contemporary Organizational Behavior: From ideas to Action, Elsbach, Kayes and Kayes, page 274-275. Pearson Education, Inc., 2016.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management Studies and a master’s degree in Applied Management, both from the University of Maryland, Global Campus. He holds a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Cyber Security from the George Washington University.
From January 2017 to April 2020, McCoy served as a Battalion Fire Chief where he provided supervision of personnel in the Special Operations Battalion. His other responsibilities included commanding response teams, engaging community partners, protecting national landmarks, and coordinating responses with multiple agencies for WMD, CBRNE, active shooter, MCI, and urban search and rescue.
Chief McCoy has been the Incident Commander on multiple National Special Security Events (NSSE’s) and currently is the NSSE Fire Life Safety Subcommittee Chair for events within the District of Columbia. He also serves as the Chair of the MWCOG Passenger Rail Safety Subcommittee (PRSS).
The Office of the Chief of Staff leads special projects that have an agency-wide impact. As part of that responsibility, Ms. Shackelford leads the agency’s initiative to rebuild its enterprise system – CORE DC. Through this project, Ms. Shackelford is spearheading strategic discussions to better integrate emergency and steady state programs.
During Ms. Shackelford’s eleven-year tenure at the agency, she served in several EOC positions managing a wide range of events and incidents. Her experience includes COVID-19, presidential inaugurations, dozens of NSSEs, first-amendment and severe weather events. Ms. Shackelford served as the EOC Manager on January 6, 2021. She received her B.A. in Communication from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate school.
Prior to joining HSEMA, Clint was a principal emergency management consultant with Tetra Tech focusing on preparedness program development for emergency management agencies and transit organizations in UASI regions. His UASI regions included Atlanta, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, and the National Capital Region, where he focused on developing custom plans, training courses, and exercises. He began his career with Orange County (NC) Emergency Services as the emergency management specialist and before that as an EMT. If you ask him about it, he’ll tell you why he’s the Harry Potter of emergency management.
Clint received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including a graduate certificate in community preparedness and disaster management. He is also a 2020 graduate of the District of Columbia’s Executive Leadership Program, hosted by George Washington University. Clint and his family live in DC and you can generally find them walking about the city, sampling the great restaurants, and enjoying the vast array of cultural opportunities within the District.
Dr. Mitchell has authored over 275 articles and 20 books in the stress and crisis intervention fields. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is also a part time faculty member at Johns Hopkins University and he teaches the on-line Psychology of Disasters and the Crisis and Conflict resolution courses for the Florida Institute of Technology. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association as well as Disaster Medicine. He received the Austrian Red Cross Bronze Medal for his work in Crisis Intervention in the aftermath of the Kaprum Train tunnel fire. The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists approved Dr. Mitchell as a Certified Trauma Specialist. The United Nations appointed him to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security Working Group on Stress.
He is an I.C.I.S.F. (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation) approved instructor and in 2019 received the ICISF Pioneering Spirit Award at their World Congress. He is a Youth & Adult Mental Health First-Aid (MHFA) instructor, as well as a Maryland MHFA co-instructor for instructor training. At the 2018 Mental Health First-Aid Summit in Washington DC he was named a “top 100” instructor in the nation. He is the Anne Arundel County Police CIT Unit Coordinator, which was named 2020 CIT International Unit of the Year.
For the past ten years, Andrea has led global, enterprise-wide crisis management departments for multi-national, Fortune 50 companies-The Walt Disney Company, and the Walmart Corporation. Currently, she is the Founder and CEO of an SBA-certified, woman-owned, crisis management consulting firm, The Resiliency Initiative.
Andrea’s passion is volunteer service which led to her selection as the Inaugural Emergency Manager of the Year by the International Association of Emergency Managers in 2018 and her induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame for Emergency Management in 2013. Andrea is currently serving as the Board Chair for the NW Arkansas American Red Cross and a founding member of the Arkansas Tiffany Circle.
Eric obtained his BS degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State College in West Virginia. Eric is certified as: Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP), Certified Emergency Disaster Professional (CEDP), Corporate Crisis Management Certified (CCMC), Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP), Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator – Level 2 (CHEC-Level 2); Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM), Florida Professional Emergency Manager – Healthcare (FPEM-HC), and Emergency Management Specialist (SEM). He also has achieved the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS), All-Hazards Liaison Officer Specialist, & Master Military Emergency Management Specialist Instructor designations from the State Guard Association – MEMS Academy.
Eric is also a Health and Medical Co-Chair of the Central Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force and Chair of the Central Florida Intelligence Exchange Executive Steering Committee.
Eric is very proactive in the Emergency Management field and continues to look for lessons learned and improvements to emergency response systems.
During her three years at MDEM, Ms. Tartaglia has achieved many accomplishments: speaking at the 2021 Amsterdam International Water Web (AIWW), the 2021 National Homeland Security Conference, and the 2019 FEMA’s National Preparedness Symposium. Ms. Tartaglia has been acknowledged by Governor Larry Hogan with a Governor’s Citation for outstanding public service to the State of Maryland for the COVID-19 Pandemic and is the first female under 30 to have followed Maryland Comptrollers and Governors to have been a recipient of the Maryland Retailers Association Louis B. Goldstein Public Service Award. Mrs. Tartaglia has been published in the Fall 2020 Journal of Critical Infrastructure: “Case Study: Public-Private Partnerships in Maryland,” and is in the process of authoring a book
on the same topic.
Prior to joining MDEM Allegra was the Disaster Specialist for The Pittsburgh Foundation where she was responsible for establishing the Emergency Action Fund for national and local crises and The Pittsburgh Foundation Emergency Preparedness Standard Operating Procedure for continuity of operations and employee safety.
Allegra also has experience with foreign governments having worked with the Ministry of the Environment of Brazil to reduce carbon footprint for the 2019 Brazil Climate Action Plan and the Italian Civil Protection Department with volunteer and donation management operations for the 2016 Central Italy Earthquakes. Ms. Tartaglia holds a Master of Arts in International Development from the University
of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Loyola University New Orleans.
Scott also serves as CEO of War Horse Cities, which he founded in 2010 to pursue his passion in exploring how built environments can magnify our lives and relationships. War Horse develops a diverse range of projects, including entertainment venues and a portfolio and pipeline of over 850 apartments, 80,000 square feet of office, 150,000 square feet of retail and philanthropic public service programs driven by this philosophy. Scott began pursuing his love and curiosity for cities by studying Urban Planning at the University of Maryland, years of world traveling, and eventually financing thousands of multi-family homes at Freddie Mac from 1995 to 2000.
As his brother, Kevin Plank, began selling Under Armour t-shirts in 1996, Scott joined in 2000, also dedicating himself to Making All Athletes Better. It was at Under Armour where Scott learned that a place is more than just a jumble of bricks. Our buildings are as important to our personal and professional mission as a computer or a sewing machine. He learned that customers and teammates need inspiring environments: playing fields, gyms, stores, and offices. By 2010, Scott’s leadership across the organization was broad and impactful; being responsible for half of the company’s then 7,000 employees, a robust retail platform of 100 stores, 2 million SF of real estate, e-commerce, expansion into China, and a third of the company’s revenue, and half of its profits.
Scott also began to diversify his portfolio by investing in his love for the entrepreneur and tech companies. In 2006, as Scott became an early start-up investor in Transplant Connect. He worked to actively support innovative technologies increasing the viability and improvement to the organ transplant supply chain. His passion for this work continues today with MissionGO.
In her previous position in contract support for the Center as the Director of Program Operations, Ms. Issvoran enhanced and streamlined program operations while working with government partners to accommodate additional programmatic goals.