Our Team

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Sam Borchers

Life Safety Technician

sborchers@umaryland.edu

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Jonathan Bratt

Executive Director

jbratt@umaryland.edu

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.

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Laura Cathcart, PhD

Training and Exercise Program Manager

lcathcart@umaryland.edu

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.

Jim Chandler

Jim Chandler

Logistics Depot Manager

james.chandler@umaryland.edu

BA: The College of William and Mary - Government (Minor: Environmental Geology)
MPA: George Mason University - State and Local Government

Jim has a breadth of knowledge and intergovernmental relations expertise – coordinating public safety, transportation, facilities management, environmental and technology solutions. He has 26+ years of experience directing projects and coordinating activities with multiple government agencies at the local, regional and State levels, non-governmental partners, contractors, stakeholders, and numerous Federal Agencies including DOT/FHWA, DOJ, DHS, USDA/Forest Service, Interior/Park Service and FEMA’s Office of National Capital Region Coordination. Jim’s many intergovernmental roles include serving as an instructor and exercise facilitator for VDEM, FEMA, DHS-CIS and DOD at The Pentagon.

Hayley Markman

Continuity of Operations Program Manager

hmarkman@umaryland.edu

MS: 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. She is a FEMA recognized Master Continuity Professional.

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Carin Morrell

Public Information Officer

cmorrell@police.umaryland.edu

MA: University of Wisconsin, Madison – Journalism and Mass 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.

Christopher Stanton

Deputy Director

cstanton@umaryland.edu

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 Practioner.