The Maryland-National Capital Region Emergency Response System (MDERS) is delighted to announce that Melinda Lacek has joined our team as the new Administrative Specialist. She will work within the Finance & Administration Directorate with her efforts focused on MDERS-related grants, including assisting stakeholders with their travel coordination and reimbursements for training and conferences.
Melinda joins MDERS from Prince George’s County Government, Department of Homeland Security in their Public Safety Communications Center as a Police Dispatcher. There she managed several high-priority tasks in emergency response as well as managing between 15-50 Police Officers with a variety of active emergency 911 calls for service in real-time. In this role, Melinda also held the responsibility of being the lead point of contact between First Responders on the scene of emergency incidents and surrounding agencies, ensuring all information was accurately relayed. While actively processing emergency responses, she simultaneously helped to determine the appropriate course of action including gathering specialty units such as K9 Officers, aviation units, and detectives ranging from station-level to major crimes. Melinda possesses knowledge from the first responder level point of view and how emergency incidents are coordinated. Melinda also has a background in Business Administration, holding a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Penn Foster in Scottsdale, Arizona.
We are excited to have Melinda join the MDERS Team.