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


  • Jeff Klein – President (Wood County)
  • Thomas Smoot – President-Elect (Summit County)
  • Sarah McNamee – Vice President (Marion County)
  • Christina Fozio – Treasurer (Medina County)
  • Alex McCarthy – Secretary (Defiance County)
  • Mark Christie – Past President (Cuyahoga County)

Sector Representatives

  • Tim Warstler – Northeast Sector (Stark)
  • Ed Bohn – Northwest Sector (Paulding County)
  • Jeff Jadwin – Southeast Sector (Muskingum County)
  • Morgan Peterson – Southwest Sector (Hamilton County)
  • Lisa Kuelling – North Central Sector (Sandusky County)
  • Kathy Brown – Central Sector (Union County)
  • Michelle Clements-Pitstick – Western Sector (Clark County)

College/University Representatives

  • Matthew Keefe – Bowling Green State University
  • Bob Armstrong – The Ohio State University