Our Team

Jon Bratt

Jonathan Bratt

Assistant Vice President, Office of Enterprise Resilience


MS: Rochester Institute of Technology – Emergency Management
BS: University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Emergency Health Sciences

Jon joined UMB in 2018 where he was appointed as UMB's inaugural emergency manager. Previously, he served as Director of the Regional Programs Division within the State’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) agency where he led a team responsible for overseeing the state’s 10,000 pre‐hospital emergency care providers, the state‐level acute care hospital designation and evaluation program, and the evaluation of the State’s emergency medical services system. From 2008 to 2012 Jon worked within FEMA’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) branch as Deputy Team Leader for the Domestic Emergency Support Team. Jon supported the Department of State’s Prevention of Nuclear Smuggling Program where he worked with foreign executive and cabinet‐level officials to develop plans to deal with illicit smuggling of nuclear materials and weapons. Jon is a Maryland paramedic/firefighter. His more notable responses include the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Navy Yard Shootings, and the Fukushima radiological emergencies. In 2020 Jon was appointed by Governor Hogan to serve on the Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council.

Carin Morrell

Carin Cardella (Morrell)

Public Information Officer


MA: University of Wisconsin, Madison – Journalism and Mass Communication
MS: University of Maryland Global Campus - Strategic Communication
BA: Loyola University Maryland – Communication (Specialization: Journalism); Political Science (Minor: Information Systems and Operations Management)

Prior to joining UMB, Carin served as the Public Information Officer for the Maryland Department of Health, Office of Preparedness and Response, where she managed all public communications related to public health emergencies for the State of Maryland. This role included all social media, website design, media relations, graphic design, statewide training, video production, crisis communications, and more. Carin is a former member of the Communications team at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and has produced newscasts at WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

Laura Cathcart

Laura Cathcart, PhD

Training and Exercise Program Manager


PhD: University of Maryland – Science Education
BS: University of Maryland – Cell and Molecular Biology and Genetics

Dr. Cathcart joined UMB in 2019. Previously, Laura served as Training Specialist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where she helped public health officials prepare and respond to emergencies across the globe. While at CDC, Laura developed and delivered trainings for the 2016 Zika and 2018 Ebola virus responses and supported Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Laura was an active firefighter/EMT between 2000 and 2015. She managed biosafety level 2 microbiology teaching laboratories for the University of Maryland College Park.

Haley Cifizzari

Haley Cifizzari

Emergency Management Specialist


MS: University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Emergency Health Sciences

Haley joined UMB in August 2023 as OEM’s Emergency Management Specialist. Previously, Haley served as a paramedic in Queen Anne’s County while she obtained her master’s degree from UMBC in Emergency Health Services. During this time, Haley had the opportunity to publish multiple research articles focusing on illness and health care availability in areas experiencing threatening economic and social conditions. Haley then transitioned to the field of emergency management, where she managed grant funding, led planning efforts, and served the unhoused population of Laurel, Md. through her involvement with the Laurel Multiservice Center. Haley has achieved recognition as a professional continuity practitioner and a critical infrastructure protection professional.

Marianne Cloeren

Marianne Cloeren, MD, MPH

Public Health Officer


MD: Temple University School of Medicine
MPH: Johns Hopkins University

Dr. Marianne Cloeren is an Associate Professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, since 2017. Board-certified in Occupational Medicine and Internal Medicine, Dr. Cloeren supported the UMB COVID-19 response efforts and was named the UMB Public Health Officer in 2021. A graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, she earned her Master of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, and completed her specialty residencies in the Johns Hopkins system. She oversees the UMB Occupational Health program, teaches medical students about occupational and environmental medicine, and conducts research on occupational health issues including occupational health hazards and work disability prevention.

Vivian Hill-Lawson

Vivian Hill-Lawson

Public and Occupational Health Program Specialist


BS: North Carolina Central University - Public Administration (Minor: Political Science)

Vivian is the Public and Occupational Health Program Specialist in the Office of Emergency Management, under the Public and Occupational Health Program. She has served in this role since June 2022. From January 2021–May 2022, Vivian supported UMB’s SAFE Program -serving as Program Manager. Previously, Vivian worked in the COVID-19 Response and Contact Tracing Department as a Supervisor for the Baltimore City Health Department. Vivian received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration and a minor in Political Science, from North Carolina Central University. 

Hayley Markman

Hayley Markman

Continuity of Operations Program Manager


MPA: University of Central Florida – Public Administration
BS: University of South Florida – Political Science

Hayley joined UMB in 2019 as UMB's first Continuity of Operations Program Manager. Previously, Hayley was an emergency management coordinator for the University of Central Florida overseeing the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan. She aided 34 departments create procedures for academic, research and business resumption. Hayley is a FEMA-recognized Master Continuity Practitioner and Master Exercise Practitioner and has earned certifications as a Master Business Continuity Professional and Certified Cyber Resiliency Professional. 

Christopher Stanton

Christopher Stanton

Executive Director


MS: Johns Hopkins University – Public Safety Leadership
BS: University of Maryland, Baltimore County – Emergency Health Sciences

Chris joined UMB in 2019 and is an active volunteer firefighter and EMT. Previously, Chris was Program Manager leading a team to provide emergency preparedness and continuity of operations planning, training, and exercises for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). From 2006 to 2008 he successfully worked to obtain Emergency Management Accreditation Program recognition for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. Chris has achieved professional recognition as a Certified Emergency Manager, Certified Business Continuity Professional, and Master Exercise Practitioner.