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Committee Members

Emergency Preparedness Committee Membership

Adapted from Takoma Park Municipal Code 2.16.250:

The Committee will be composed of appropriate senior City staff selected by the City Manager, one member selected by the Public Safety Citizens Advisory Committee (PSCAC), one member selected by the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department, one member selected by the Washington Adventist Hospital, one member selected by the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, and seven residents (preferably at least one from each ward) appointed by the Council. Appointees should have some professional background in emergency preparedness or operations.

The Council may appoint up to five additional members. These members may represent educational institutions, faith communities, businesses or business associations, landlords or managers of multi-unit residential properties in the City, and other appropriate sectors or stakeholders in the community.


Emergency Preparedness Committee Members

First NameLast NameAffiliationTerm Expiration
JosueCanasMontgomery County HHSN/A
RebeccaChestnuttResident Member, Ward 32020
PatrickFlemingMontgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland SecurityN/A
RonHardy (City Co-Chair)Takoma Park Emergency ManagerN/A
ThomasHorneTakoma Park Volunteer Fire DepartmentN/A
AndyKelemenResident Member, Ward 12021
KathleenQuinnResident Member, Ward 22022
ClaudineSchweber (Community Co-Chair)Resident Member, Ward 32022
OpenMontgomery College
Takoma Park Campus
VACANTVACANTWashington Adventist UniversityN/A
StephenSchwartzResident Member Ward 22021
Mary JaneMuchuiResident Member Ward 22020

Table: Current Emergency Preparedness Committee members



About the Committee Members

Claudine Schweber-Chairman

  • Collaborated with online professionals just after Hurricane Katrina to provide continuity of education; special program developed within 2 weeks by linking with universities around the country!
  • Organized workshops combining FEMA, MEMA (Md) and university leadership in this area to develop connections and preparedness plans and developed a website with linkages regarding higher education preparedness.
  • Wrote articles and gave presentations in the USA and W. Europe about the need for preparedness awareness, planning and practice, especially for students& families.
  • Completed Montgomery CERT Training; Participant in annual Emergency Management Institute (June).

Ron Hardy-Co-Chair-City Emergency Preparedness Manager

  • FEMA-Certificate of Achievement for Advanced professional Series for Emergency Management
  • Member of the Maryland Emergency Management Association
  • 33 years of Law Enforcement experience, including Active Shooter training and teaching

Kathe Quinn

  •   Serves as an expert advisor dealing with the notification, communication, dissemination of information, and the mobilization / direction of emergency response resource capabilities regarding Federal response to all types of intentional and/or unintentional crises, disasters, other humanitarian emergencies, hazards, or natural and man-made/technological (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, high-yield explosives) incidents.
  • Provides technical guidance, training, and emergency preparedness planning and coordination including the use of Incident Command System (ICS) to ensure National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance by the organization.
  • Serves as a resource for all Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRNE) events.
  • Coordinates with federal, state, and local agencies to integrate preparedness efforts in an effort to achieve the desired level of readiness.

Rebecca Chestnutt

  •   Has managed preparedness programs at the community, city, county, state and national levels, both in the US and internationally
  •  Career began with the American Red Cross, and has spanned issues such as refugees, children, pandemics, interagency coordination, and neighborhood networks
  •  Since moving back to the area, she has enjoyed the opportunity to re-focus her attention on our community, especially as it is facing new challenges presented by recent growth and development trends

Andy Kelemen

  • Engineer with the Corps of Engineers for 20 years
  • In-charge of all kinds of construction issues, i.e., Power plants, water systems, buildings, specifications, etc.
  • Another 20+ years in systems engineering.

Thomas Horne-Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department

Joe Corona-Montgomery County OEMHS

  • Outreach coordinator for the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, as a contractor from the Center For Health and Homeland Security (CHHS).
  • Served as a Recovery Specialist with FEMA in New York City after Hurricane Sandy for two years.
  • Holds a Master’s in Public Administration in Emergency and Disaster Management, and is a Certified Emergency Manager with the International Association of Emergency Managers

Stephen Schwartz

  • Retired Foreign Service Officer and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer.
  •  Senior U.S. government official at several U.S. embassies responsible for protecting Embassy personnel and property as well as American citizens in the country.  Led crisis preparedness and management efforts in numerous circumstances dealing with terrorist threats, civil strife, and natural disasters.
  •  Completed Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Counter Threat program three times over a 26-year career.  Instructed on dealing with mass casualties, personal security, fire survival, and crisis driving skills.


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