Georges Merceron, MPH

Principal of Public Health Programs

Mr. Merceron is Public Health professional with significant experience specializing in operations, planning, training, and exercises as well as identifying and delivering solutions to issues in areas of project management and emergency response. His expertise in public health and healthcare operations includes bioterrorism, Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) as well as Point of Dispensing operations in response to incidents. Georges has been responsible for the design of plans, procedures, training, and “real world” response operations for over ten years.  

Mr. Merceron holds his Bachelor's Degree from University of South Florida in Applied Anthropology and his Masters Degree in Public Health  specializing in Global Health: Global Communicable Disease from the University of South Florida.  He is also a member of International Honor Society, Phi Sigma Theta, and the National Honor Society

Allen W. Kniphfer
Emergency Management Subject Matter Expert

Mr. Allen Kniphfer is the retired Director for the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency.  In this capacity, Mr. Kniphfer was responsible for overseeing the Emergency Management Organization for Jefferson County, Alabama and its municipalities.

Mr. Kniphfer possesses a well-rounded emergency management background having served 49 years in various positions at local and state levels of government as well as private industry; included is more than 30 years of Fire Fighting experience and 26 years of Emergency Management experience.

Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Kniphfer was Jefferson County EMA’s Deputy Director.  He also served as the Plans and Preparedness Officer as well as Training and Exercise Officer for the agency, where he was responsible for developing, conducting, and evaluating plans and training programs for the agency.

Mr. Kniphfer plays an active role with numerous professional organizations and planning committees. He also holds memberships in several emergency management professional organizations.  Mr. Kniphfer is frequently invited to be the guest speaker at civic and corporate meetings.

Mr. Kniphfer holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Alabama, Birmingham - Birmingham, Alabama; an A.A. in Fire Service Technology from the Community College of the Air Force – Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, Alabama and an A.A. in Fire Science, John C. Calhoun Community College - Decatur, Alabama.

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Matt Partridge
Director of Information Technology

Matt has over 20 years of experience in information technology and software development.  He also has over twelve years of IT leadership experience, most of which has been leading a team of highly skilled software developers designing and creating software to efficiently geo-target and alert the public with emergency messages.  He also has the experience designing and delivering scalable and geographically diverse systems for providing uninterrupted delivery of emergency notifications, following industry best practices for disaster recovery and system availability.  Matt has attended several NEMA, IAEM, and TCIP conferences both as an exhibitor and joint presenter.  He also has extensive knowledge in supporting and developing systems on Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android.

Matt holds a Master's degree in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Robert "Bob" Ridgeway
Senior Associate/Incident Command System Subject Matter Expert

Robert L. Ridgeway began his career in emergency services as a 16 year-old volunteer firefighter with the Beltsville Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  In 1967, he joined Prince George’s County as a career firefighter. He advanced through the ranks in this department and ultimately retired in 1986 as a Division Commander. After a stint as Program Head of Fire Science at Northern Virginia Community College, he took his first job as Fire Chief in Mashpee, Cape Cod, MA.. This job was followed by service as Fire Chief in Cape Girardeau, MO., Gastonia, NC. and West Palm Beach, FL., retiring in August 2008.

In August of 2008, he accepted a job with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD. In this position, he oversaw the development and implementation of the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific training program. This highly respected program for first responders and allied professions has been responsible for the training of over 40,000 personnel to date, with attendees from all 50 states and U.S. territories, as well as for the Federal Government. He retired from Federal service in April 2017, culminating a career of over 50 years of public service.

Academically, he holds an A.A. in Fire Science Technology, a B.S. degree in Fire Service Management from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University where he was named as the program’s Outstanding Graduate. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and holds a Chief Fire Officer Designation as presented by the Center for Public Safety Credentialing.  In 2001, he was selected as a U.S. Fire Administration ‘Harvard Fellow’, where he completed the Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government. In April 2006, he participated as a member of the national ‘Wingspread V’ conference held in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Michael Proctor, MD
Physician Advisor, Hazmat/Tactical Medicine Programs

Dr. Michael Proctor is the former Director of Training for The Texas A & M Health Science Center’s National Center for Emergency Medical Preparedness and Response.  Dr. Proctor has had a long career dealing with disaster response and preparedness for terrorism.  He was the Medical Director for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) for the State of Alabama for eighteen (18) years.  Dr. Proctor has served as The Senior Medical Advisor for Healthcare and EMS as well as the Medical Director for the COBRA Training Facility for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Domestic Preparedness as well as a consulting physician for FEMA and the US Departments of Justice and Defense on programs related to preparing the health community and first responders for terrorism and mass casualty events.   He has served as the Co-chair of the Medical Oversight workgroup representing DHS in the revision of the Target Capabilities List that addresses the National Priorities of Medical Surge Capability and Mass Prophylaxis and is still actively involved in that workgroup as well as the DHS Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Workgroup.  By request, Dr. Proctor was deployed to Louisiana where he served as a Special Advisor to the Louisiana Secretary of Health and the Department of Health and Hospitals in the response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
His professional career includes both private practice and public service.  He has served as an Alabama Department of Public Health’s Regional EMS Medical Director and has worked on the State Medical Control Committee. He is also the Medical Director for the Anniston Fire and Police Departments and a sworn Deputy Sheriff assigned to both the Calhoun County Sheriff and Anniston Police Departments Special Response Teams (SRT).  He has served on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) where he chaired the Educational and the Basic Trauma Life Support Committees.  Dr. Proctor is an International Faculty for Basic Trauma Life Support (BTLS) and served on the BTLS International Board of Directors and Editorial Board.  Dr. Proctor also is one of the founding Physicians on Alabama’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT).  He has served as faculty in Emergency Medicine and as a Flight Physician in a Level I Trauma Center as well as the Assistant Director and faculty of a Level II Trauma Center.  Dr. Proctor serves on physician advisory councils for Genentec, Eli Lilly and Aventis Pharmaceuticals.
Dr. Proctor earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee in 1975 and his Doctorate of Medicine from the University Of Alabama School Of Medicine in 1983.  He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Anniston Family Practice in Anniston, Alabama in 1986.

 Joe White  

Director of Private Sector Programs    


Mr. White spent 11 years in the Public Utilities Industry.  Joe is a Leader & Six Sigma Black Belt Consultant directing risk management, business continuity / emergency preparation, operations, and process / efficiency projects. He has diverse experience in business deployment, materials and warehouse management, data-driven business solutions and planning. Mr. White’s background in gas and electric distribution, including wind, solar, and natural gas generation strengthens the ability for EDPS to serve the private sector utilities industry and corporations to a level that guarantees positive project outcomes. He is a proven leader with extensive experience in partnering and integrating with local, state and, federal agencies. Mr. White’s role with EDPS is to be a cross-functional team leader focused on rapid and sustainable results, quality and organizational reputation.

Mr. White holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa


Dr. Brian Froelke, MD
Physician Advisor, Disaster Medicine/Tactical Medicine Programs

Dr. Froelke is a Board Certified Emergency Physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Associate Professor at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Mo.  Dr. Froelke is the Medical Director for Christian Hospital EMS as well as the Community Health Access Program.  He has served as the regional EMS Medical Director for the East Central Region since 2007 and is the President of the Interstate Disaster Medical Collaborative.  He has formally served as the State of Missouri EMS Medical Director from 2013-2016.   

Dr. Froelke graduated from University of Cincinnati School of Medicine in 2002, graduated from his Emergency Medicine Residency at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2006 as chief resident, and was the inaugural fellow in EMS at Washington University graduating in 2007.

Steve Fine, MPH
​Senior Associate/Public Health and Hospital Preparedness SME

Steve has had over 40 years of experience in the field of public health and emergency management.  He has held positions of leadership as Network Director of Emergency Management for SSM Health Care; Division Director of Public Health and Ancillary Services and Assistant Director, Division of Personal Health Care with St. Louis County Department of Health;   Director, St. Louis County Emergency Medical Services; Director, St. Charles County Ambulance District; and has been very involved in directing the development of a disaster plan for a large local public health agency.   Steve’s many community activities have included the Chair of the St. Louis Immunization Coalition, Board Chair of the Maternal Child and Family Health Coalition, and a member of the Missouri Department of Health Council for Adolescent Health; Christian Hospital Northeast/Northwest EMS Advisory Council Committee; St. Louis Medical Society Bi-State EMS Operations Planning Committee; YWCA Health Start Advisory Committee; and East Central Missouri Area Health Education Center Board.  Steve’s professional associations include being a member of the Missouri Institute for​ Community Health as an On-site-Reviewer for Local Public Health Accreditation and Missouri Department of Health Model Agency Project.   Steve is a member of the Missouri 1 Disaster Medical Team (DMAT) serving as Planning Section Chief for the DHHS NDMS Team and Missouri Disaster Response System as Liaison Officer.

Steve has a Master of Science Degree in Public Health and Hospital Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Psychology.

Kevin Holt EMT-P, MEP

Mr. Holt has been in public service for over 15 years in the Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management disciplines.  During the course of his career he has engaged in disaster response for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Mr. Holt has also been involved in large scale private sector disaster response such as debris management operations following Hurricane Ike and the British Petroleum Gulf Oil Spill.  He is currently serving as adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri, School of Medicine and the Federal Emergency Management Agencies Emergency Management Institute.  He currently holds the position of Deputy Branch Director of the State of Missouri ESF-6 and 8 Incident Management Team and is the Training Unit Leader for the Missouri Disaster Response System. Mr. Holt has taught over 300 courses in the Anti-Terrorism and Emergency Management discipline.  He has also developed custom courses to fit the needs of the individual departments or organizations. He has managed, designed, and conducted many large-scale discussion and operations based exercises. He obtained his Master Exercise Practitioner Certification in 2010.

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