Meet Your Local MRC Coordinator

Each MRC unit is led by an MRC Unit Coordinator

At the local level, each MRC unit is led by an MRC Unit Coordinator, who matches community needs - for emergency medical response and public health initiatives - with volunteer capabilities. Local coordinators are also responsible for building partnerships, ensuring the sustainability of the local unit, and managing the volunteer resources.

Robin Thomas, RN, BSN
The Health Collaborative
Regional Director, Tristate Medical Reserve Corps
513.618.3656
email


Robin has been a registered nurse for over 20 years, receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Ohio State University in 1991. She has worked in a variety of settings including critical/acute care, outpatient, and public health. The majority of her experience as a RN has been as a travel nurse working in many American cities including Boston, Miami, and Los Angeles. Here in Cincinnati, Robin worked in the local chapter of the American Red Cross as Chief Nurse of Disaster Services from 2006-2009. Currently, in addition to her work with TMRC, Robin serves as the Regional Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) and Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Coordinator for southwest Ohio since January 2015. In this role, Robin’s primary responsibility is to facilitate collaboration and planning between the 13 public health jurisdictions in southwest Ohio in all areas of emergency preparedness and response.

OHIO

Adams County
Linda Steele
Emergency Response Coordinator.
Adams County Health Department
937.544.5547
email


Linda, an U.S. Air Force veteran and paramedic within her local community has been involved in Emergency Medical Services for 26 years serving in Southern Ohio and the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. In June 2017, Linda joined Adams County Health Department as their new Emergency Response Coordinator. Along with her duties as the Adams County Medical Reserve Corps Unit Leader, she will be supporting the agency in all its emergency preparedness efforts. She continues to work as a paramedic with local EMS and also serves as an EMS instructor. Linda also volunteers with the American Red Cross Disaster Services Team, is an advisor for the local 4-H Club, and also serves with the Honor Flight Network.

Brown County
Margery Paeltz
Emergency Response Coordinator
Brown County Health Department
website
937.378.6892
email


Margery Paeltz is the Emergency Response Coordinator for Brown County. She was hired through the Brown County Health Department in March of 2011. As the ERC, Margery also has the duties as the Unit Leader for the Medical Reserve Corps in Brown County. Margery’s lifelong experiences have included numerous Leadership roles throughout the state of Ohio and Brown County, such as: County Commissioner, 4-H Advisor, Eastern Area United Way, In School Program Educator, and a board member for several Volunteer organizations. Margery enjoys serving her community and she invites you to join: The Brown County MRC Unit, so you may help your fellow citizens in their time of need.

Butler County
Jake Collins
Butler County Health Department
website
513.887.5238


Jake Collins serves as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Butler County Health Department and is the MRC Coordinator for Butler County. He graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor’s in Science and in 2013 with a Master’s in Public Health at the University of Toledo. He previously worked at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department as a Health Educator. Although new to emergency preparedness, Jake is excited to begin as the MRC coordinator.

Clermont County
Maalinii Vijayan
Emergency Response Coordinator
Clermont County Public Health
website
513.732.7499
email

Maalinii Vijayan serves as the MRC Coordinator for Clermont County Public Health (CCPH). Along with her duties as MRC Coordinator, Maalinii also performs the role of Emergency Response Coordinator (ERC) and Sanitarian-in-Training (SIT) for CCPH. Maalinii possesses a Master's in Public Health (MPH) with a focus in Public Health Management. She has about 5 years of experience in public health. Maalinii is dedicated and passionate about her work. She is enthusiastic about this field and is eager to work with volunteers and community partners towards building a stronger community.

Clinton County
Brittane Dance, MBA
Clinton County Health Department
Emergency Response Coordinator
937.393.1941
email


Brittane graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Systems Management from Franklin University, and in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University. Previously she worked at Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House, Ohio as the Medical Staff Services Coordinator. Brittane took over the role as Emergency Response Coordinator with the Highland / Clinton County Health Department in January 2016, and is excited to work within public health and safety.

Hamilton County/Cincinnati
 

Todd Dudley, RS MBA
Environmental Safety Specialist
Cincinnati Health Department
website
513.357.7200
email


Todd has been with the Cincinnati Health Department in the Center for Public Health Preparedness division since 2012. He is a safety environmental specialist with duties that include preparedness planning for the Health Department. He has been in the field of preparedness in one way or the other since joining the US Marine Corps in 1987. After being Honorably discharged he obtained his B.S. from Wright State University majoring in Biology. This allowed Todd to start a career in public health with the City of Columbus Health Department (now known as Columbus Public Health) in 1996. He was the Public Information Officer for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Columbus was one of the first cities to receive Federal grant money for the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) in 1997. Even during this time they were discussing large scale vaccination of emergency personnel against inhalation anthrax exposure. Todd moved to the Cincinnati area in 2000 and continued his public health service with the Hamilton County General Health District (now known as Hamilton County Public Health). Starting out as a public health inspector for Hamilton County Public Health he ended up as the Public Health Infrastructure grant coordinator which later added the Cities Readiness Initiative. He also had the privilege to work as the Director for Environmental Health for the City of Sharonville Health Department between 2007 and 2012 where he continued to be a part of the public health emergency planning community. Although he has a public health career spanning from 1996 to present with many different areas of exposure there is one constant and that is emergency preparedness.

Highland County

Brittane Dance, MBA
Highland County Health Department
Emergency Response Coordinator
937.393.1941
email


Brittane graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Health Information Systems Management from Franklin University, and in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Franklin University. Previously she worked at Fayette County Memorial Hospital in Washington Court House, Ohio as the Medical Staff Services Coordinator. Brittane took over the role as Emergency Response Coordinator with the Highland / Clinton County Health Department in January 2016, and is excited to work within public health and safety.

Warren County
Dustin Ratliff, MPH, REHS, RS
Emergency Response Coordinator
Warren County Combined Health District
website
513.695.1228
513.695.2941 (fax)
email

Dustin received his Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences from Wright State University in 2012 and his Master of Public Health with a concentration in Emergency Preparedness from Wright State University in 2014. Dustin began his career as a sanitarian at the Clark County Combined Health District in 2013 before his current position as the Emergency Response Coordinator at the Warren County Combined Health District began in late 2014. As the Emergency Response Coordinator for the Warren County Combined Health District, Dustin is responsible for managing the Warren County Medical Reserve Corps in addition to ensuring that Warren County is prepared to respond to any emergency that impacts public health. Dustin is the current OEHA Southwest District Director-Elect and is active in the Gamma Alpha Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society at the Wright State University.

KENTUCKY

Boone/Campbell/Grant/Kenton Counties
Jessica McElroy
Disaster Preparedness Coordinator
Northern Kentucky Health Department
website
859.363.2009
email


Jessica has a Bachelor degree in Environmental Health – Biological Sciences from Wright State University. She worked as an intern for the Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County during the summer of 2012. After graduation in May 2013, she began her professional career with Butler County Health Department as a Sanitarian in June 2013.

Carroll/Gallatin/Owen/Pendleton Counties
Don Jacobs, BS RS
Preparedness Coordinator
Three Rivers District Health Department
website
859.654.6985 x 123
502.484.0864 (fax)
email


Don has 17 years experience with Public Health, and the last 10 years have been with Three Rivers District Health Department. Don’s normal worksite is the Pendleton Co. Health Center. His primary responsibility is to work with local partners, which includes local government officials, county emergency responders, local businesses, and local medical providers in the development of plans to protect the health of the citizens in our 4 counties. Don is currently coordinator of Three Rivers District-Medical Reserve Corps (TRD-MRC). TRD-MRC consists of both medical and non-medical volunteers to assist in the event of an emergency. Prior to joining Three Rivers, Don was an inspector in a single county for 7 years, and has continued doing inspections in a backup role when needed.

When not at work, Don can most often be found with his son William on their small farm where they raise pigs and lambs for both the show-ring and market.

INDIANA

Ripley County
Holley Rose
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator/MRC Unit Leader
Ripley County Health Department
812-689-5751
email


Holley has over 9 years of experience in Public Health Emergency Preparedness, Volunteer Coordination & Emergency Management on both the local & state side. Over the last 5 years she has served as the Medical Reserve Corps Unit Leader for Ripley County. Throughout her years of Public Health service, she has been involved with 3 “real world” Public Health Emergencies: The 2009 H1N1 Public Health Emergency in which she served as Volunteer Coordinator for H1N1 Clinic staffing needs, following H1N1 she led the formation of Ripley County MRC following, as an avenue to retain volunteers gained during this Public Health Emergency; March 2, 2012 Holton, Indiana Tornado in which she oversaw the activation of Ripley County MRC volunteers during a 3 week recovery period, and most recently, served as Volunteer Coordinator for the Indiana State MRC activation to assist with the Scott County Public Health Emergency. At the request of the Indiana State Dept. of Health, Holley oversaw the request, scheduling and management of MRC Volunteers from all over Indiana. These incidents have provided her with firsthand experience with real world Volunteer activation & mobilization. Holley currently also serves as the Indiana District 9 MRC Representative to the Indiana State Department of Health. The role includes representing, providing a voice and coordinating exercises for 6 MRC Units in Indiana District 9.

About us

The Southwest Ohio Public Health Region is a partnership of city and county health districts who work together to prepare for and respond to public health and healthcare emergencies.


Contact

⌂ Robin Thomas, RN, BSN

⌂ Regional Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, The Health Collaborative

⌂ 2100 Sherman Ave, Suite 100

⌂ Cincinnati, OH 45212

rthomas@healthcollab.org

⌂ 513.618.3656

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