EMAO strives to advance public safety for Ohioans through effective collaborations with local, state and federal partners.


To build effective emergency management leaders in Ohio by offering education, training and leveraging the professional experience of our membership.

Executive Director

  • Michelle Fitzgibbon


  • Jon Kochis – President (Fairfield County)
  • Tim Jonovich – President-Elect (Erie County)
  • Mark Christie – Vice President (Cuyahoga County)
  • Christina Fozio– Treasurer (Medina County)
  • Julie Rittenhouse – Secretary (Defiance County)
  • Sean Miller – Past President (Delaware County)

Sector Representatives

  • Joe Villegas – Northeast Sector (Wayne County)
  • Ed Bohn – Northwest Sector (Paulding County)
  • Rita Spicer – Southeast Sector (Perry County)
  • Pam Haverkos – Southwest Sector (Clermont County)
  • Lisa Kuelling – North Central Sector (Sandusky County)
  • Mike Bailey – Central Sector (Richland County)
  • David Anderson – Western Sector (Preble County)

College/University Representatives

  • Thad Hicks – Ohio Christian University