Meet the MCSS Team

Kate Bryan Hes​sion - Executive Director​

Prior to joining MCSS in December of 2018, Kate served as the Deputy Executive Director at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) where she was responsible for the day-to-day administration of the agency. During her eight years at MEMA the agency coordinated numerous State declared emergencies, eleven federally declared disasters, many localized and regional incidents, and various special events throughout Maryland including 2010 winter storms (Snowmageddon), 2011 Tropical Storms Irene and Lee, 2012 Derecho and Hurricane Sandy, 2015 Baltimore City Riots, Gubernatorial and Presidential Inaugurations, and 2016 and 2018 Ellicott City flooding incidents. Before working as an Emergency Manager, Kate spent twenty years as a manager in the private sector. She earned her B.A. from Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts and is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and FEMA Certified Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP).​​

J. Dino Pi​gnataro - Deputy Director & Regional Manager

Regional representative for Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot counties

James Hott - Regional Training & Certification Specialist​

Regional representative for Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties

Michael Rudinski - Regional Training & Certification Specialist​

Regional representative for Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s counties

Andrew Turner - Prevention and Intervention Administrator​​

Regional representative for Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset counties

Tarik Harris - Prevention and Intervention Specialist

Regional representative for Baltimore City, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery counties​​​

Ron Pierce - Prevention and Intervention Specialist​

Regional representative for Carroll, Baltimore, Harford, Cecil counties

Jesika McNeil - Executive Assistant

Gifty Quarshie - Fiscal & Grants Analyst

Jeyan Jebaraj - Business Solutions and Data Manager​

Craig Meister - Communications and Engagement Manager​​

Emily Allen Lucht - Communications and Media Specialist​​​

​​Sandra Caldwell - School Safety Analyst​​​

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