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Kathy Francis

Kathy L. Francis

Executive Director of Emergency Management

Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management at Frederick Community College

USA

Kathy L. Francis serves as the Frederick Community College’s Executive Director of Emergency Management Programs, adjunct faculty, and leads the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM).  Through this role, she leads the MACEM to develop and deliver specialty courseware in emergency management and serves as the Post-Secondary Affiliate for Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the Maryland State Department of Education Career and Technology Programs.  Kathy possesses a Certificate of Completion in Crisis Leadership in Higher Education from the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; a MS in Management with the Johns Hopkins University Police Executive Leadership program; and serves as a Maryland Emergency Management Association Professional Emergency Management Certification expert.

Ms. Francis served with the Frederick County Government in the Division of Emergency Management.  She has extensive experience in all phases of emergency management, including the execution of large mitigation projects, continuity of operations planning, emergency operations planning, hospital evacuation planning, exercise design and evaluation, and response and recovery operations during four Presidentially-declared disasters.  Ms. Francis is an International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and a certified Maryland Professional Emergency Manager (MDPEMP).  Kathy served as the Senior Crime Analyst with the Sanford Police Department in Sanford, Florida.  Ms. Francis attained her Florida Law Enforcement Analyst Certification from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement/DHS.