DEMHS Organizational Chart 

Erica Bornemann, Director 

Erica Bornemann is the Director of the Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. She has worked for VT DEMHS (formerly Vermont Emergency Management) since 2007.  Erica previously served as Chief of Staff, and as Planning Chief for the Division, during which time she oversaw the Radiological Emergency Response Program as well as the State Emergency Operations Plan.  Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western New England College and a Master of Public Administration from Norwich University. She lives in Morrisville, Vermont with her husband and two sons.

Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer

Mark manages all external communications for DEMHS before, during, and after an emergency event.  Mark is the SSF-14 lead during EOC activations and is responsible for crisis communications during all events.  He is the editor and content creator for all DEMHS social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and more) and produces all preparedness materials like the Family Workbook and monthly newsletter.  He also fields information requests from the public and municipal officials, and manages all media relations. Mark came to DEMHS in 2006 after serving as PIO for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. He previously worked as a reporter at WCAX-TV for more than 10 years and is a University of Vermont graduate.

Mary Andes, Special Project Analyst

Mary Andes focuses on finance & administration, GIS, and other special projects for the Director.  She has long experience with planning, finance & administration, data management, GIS, and other areas that bridge several disciplines. With a B.S. from Oberlin College and a M.B.A. from Babson College, Mary brings a strong foundation to DEMHS.  Prior to joining the division, she worked in other departments in state government, including the Department of Health Access and the Agency of Administration.

Ron Pentkowski, Public Assistance Administrator

Ron joined DEMHS in 2013. He currently administers FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program for the State and municipal applicants for response to, and recovery from, major federally declared disasters.  He works closely with the Applicants and State/local engineers on the construction phases of the recovery process for roads, bridges, and culverts.  Before joining DEMHS, he worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a project specialist, and as a project manager for premier analytical laboratories.  Ron holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Paul Smith's College.

Homeland Security Section

Jessica Stolz, Section Chief

Jessica has been with the Department of Public Safety since 2004 and became Homeland Security Section Chief in 2015.  She was previously assigned to the Division as the Homeland Security Federal Programs Administrator with responsibility for the State Homeland Security Grant Program.

Brittany Marquette, Northern Exercise Planner

Brittany started with DEMHS 2014. Her role as Northern Exercise Planner for the Homeland Security Section of DEMHS includes planning, training and exercising with local communities in the Northern portion of the state as well as all State of Vermont Agencies and Departments. Her background includes hospital emergency preparedness, training and education. Brittany has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Certification in Human Resource Management.

Operations and Logistics Section

Jason Gosselin, Operations and Logistics Chief

Jason has been with the Department of Public Safety in a number or roles since 2005.  Jason oversees the Operations and Logistics section at DEMHS and coordinates all logistical elements of the primary and alternate State Emergency Operations Center. Jason works closely with the Mobile Support Unit team leaders and is the liaison to the VT Department of Health with regards to the state of Vermont’s SNS plan.  Jason represents DEMHS with several work groups and is responsible for the state’s Commodity Points of Distribution plan.

Brett LaRose, Emergency Management Support Specialist

Brett started with the Department of Public Safety in January 2016. Previous to DEMHS, Brett worked for the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response and Injury Prevention for 10+ years.  Brett provides logistical and support services for the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and when the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is activated. This involves coordinating the use and acquisition of technology to support ongoing and disaster operations for the Division as well as ensuring the continual operational readiness of the facility. Brett has extensive experience and training in emergency response from both his time working at the health department and his 20+ years experience in the fire service, where he currently serves as Chief of the Bristol Fire Department. 

Brett Pierce, Emergency Management Support Specialist

Robert Weinert, Emergency Management Coordinator

Robert works extensively with the local municipalities in Vermont.  He is the State Rapid Assessment and Assistance Team Leader and teaches emergency management. Robert has a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management and has a long background in EMS operations, search and rescue operations and management, dispatching and incident management training.

Planning Section

Scott Carpenter, Planning Section Chief

Scott started with DEMHS in September 2015. His responsibilities include oversight of the Planning Section, both day-to-day and within the State Emergency Operations Center; Critical Infrastructure Planning; State and Local Emergency Operations Planning; and  State and Local  emergency planning concerning the decommissioning Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant.  Prior to becoming the Planning Section Chief, he worked in the Recovery Section of New York State DHSES from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2011 to 2015, and served as the Homeland Security Training Coordinator for the Vermont Police Academy from 2010 to 2011.  Scott holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont.

Richard Cogliano, Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator - South

Richard is Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator for the Planning Section of DEMHS, where he works with towns, agencies, and organizations throughout the southern half of Vermont on planning, training, exercising, and general disaster preparedness. Prior to this he has held several positions within the Division over the last 10 years. Richard has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 14 years and is currently the Assistant Fire Chief of the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Vermont Hazmat Response Team for 9 years.  Richard has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Michael’s College and a Master’s in Business Administration from American Public University.

Josh Cox, Critical Infrastructure Planner

Josh joined DEMHS in April of 2014.  His previous experience includes serving as a firefighter/EMT and later being appointed the first Fire Marshal for the City of St. Albans Fire Department, serving as an elected Planning Commissioner for the Town of St. Albans, and serving as Health Officer for the City of St. Albans.  Prior to relocating to Vermont he worked for American Medical Response, Siebel Systems Inc., and Oracle Inc. all located in the San Francisco Bay Area in Northern California.

Emily Harris, Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator - Northeast

Emily serves as Vice Chair of the Vermont School Crisis Planning Team and works with local officials throughout Northeastern Vermont (LEPC 5, 9, 10, 11)  to increase their emergency management capabilities by delivering planning, training and exercise services.  Emily received a B.A. in Political Science from Johnson State College,  a M.A. in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and is a FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner.

Glenn Herrin, Emergency Management Specialist

Glenn is an Emergency Management Specialist.  He previously worked on the Radiological Emergency Response Program (RERP) and as the Marlboro town Emergency Management Director (EMD).  He is a lifelong Vermont resident and retired Army officer with extensive operational and computer network experience.  Glenn has a BS in Computer Science and the Humanities from Clarkson University and an MS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.

Todd Sears, Critical Infrastructure Planner

Todd is a Program Planner for the Homeland Security Section of DEMHS.  His areas of responsibility are Critical Infrastructure Protection Management and Programmatic Monitoring.  He was previously the Homeland Security Training Coordinator for the Vermont Fire Academy.  A retired Commander in the US Navy, Todd has a BA in Philosophy and International Studies from the University of South Carolina, and an MA in Strategic Planning from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Recovery and Mitigtion Section

Ben Rose, Recovery and Mitigation Section Chief

Ben Rose joined the Irene Recovery Office in February 2012, and moved to DEMHS in May. His previous experience includes twelve years as Executive Director of The Green Mountain Club, four years as a state legislator and clerk of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and six years as Executive Director of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. He received a B.A. from Yale University and a M.S. from the University of Vermont in Natural Resource Planning. A former Chair of the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council, Rose co-founded the Catamount Trail Association in 1984.

Kimberly Canarecci, Public Assistance Officer

Kimberly joined the Recovery and Mitigation division of DEMHS in the fall of 2013 after moving to Vermont from Colorado. She is the primary state liaison between FEMA and Vermont municipalities and other eligible sub-grantees.  She also oversees all appeals, time extensions, and project scope change requests.  Kimberly’s background includes over 8 years of experience in Public Assistance with FEMA, 5 years as a newspaper reporter, and 6 years as a firefighter.  She holds a B.S. in Communications and Journalism from the University of Wyoming, and also has a graduate certificate in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Technician from Red Rocks Community College.

Lauren Oates, Hazard Mitigation Officer

After assisting the Town of Waterbury with its flood recovery efforts following Tropical Storm Irene, Lauren joined the Hazard Mitigation division of DEMHS in the summer of 2014.  Her work focuses primarily on implementing all Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects across the state.  She became the State Hazard Mitigation Officer in March of 2016.  Before moving to Vermont, Lauren received an M.S. in Biology from University of Maryland, where she studied climate change at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore.  She also holds a B.S. in Biology from Clemson University.

Stephanie SmithHazard Mitigation Planner

Stephanie joined the Recovery and Mitigation Section of DEMHS as the Hazard Mitigation Planner in June of 2016. Her work focuses primarily on reviewing Local Hazard Mitigation Plans and assisting in the implementation of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects. She holds a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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