Meet the MCSS Team

Kate Hession - 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 and Regional Manager

Regional representative for Anne Arundel, Caroline, Kent, and Queen Anne's Counties

Ron Pierce - Training Administrator, Training-Certification and Prevention-Intervention​

Regional representative for Carroll, Howard, and Montgomery Counties 

James Hott - Training and Certification Specialist​

Regional representative for AlleganyFrederick, Garrett, and Washington Counties

Michael Rudinski - Training and Certification Specialist​

Regional representative for Calvert​, Charles, Prince George’s, and St. Mary’s Counties

Drew Turner - Prevention and Intervention Specialist​

Regional representative for Dorchester, SomersetTalbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties​

Brit Ayers - Prevention and Intervention Specialist​

Regional representative for Baltimore City and Baltimore, Cecil, and Harford Counties

Sandra Caldwell - School Safety Analyst​

Gifty Quarshie -​ Fiscal and Grants Manager

Jeyan Jebaraj - Business Solutions and Data Manager​

Aaron Chiusano - Communication and Multimedia Specialist

Alice Rhodes - Communication and Marketing Special​ist

Jesika McNeil - Executive Assistant


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