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Friday, July 12, 2024

Richard Serino and Ellen Chappelka

The Honorable Richard Serino is currently a “Distinguished Visiting Fellow” at Harvard University, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Mr. Serino was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 8th Deputy Administrator in October 2009 and served until 2014. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he served as Chief of Boston EMS and Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission. As Chief of Boston EMS, Mr. Serino served as Incident Commander for over 35 mass casualty incidents and for all of Boston’s major planned events. During his time at FEMA, he oversaw 60 disasters from flooding in the Midwest, tornado devastation in Missouri, tsunami destruction, and numerous hurricanes. Mr. Serino was on scene at the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 as the highest-ranking official of DHS. Under Mr. Serino’s leadership, FEMA has started the following initiatives such as FEMA Corps, FEMA Stat, the FEMA Think Tank, a detailed budgetary process, and a Disaster Workforce and Workplace Transformation. Ellen Chappelka is an MPH student in the Healthcare Management. Her research interests include rural healthcare, health and the built environment, and transportation health. She completed her undergraduate studies at Tulane University with a BS in Public Health and a minor in urban studies. Prior to Harvard, Ellen also worked as an EMT for New Orleans EMS and as a health systems specialist for the Air Force with a focus on health optimization and military readiness.
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