Kathy Francis was recently named a Featured Leader by Same Shield, an organization that highlights and honors females working in public safety.

Kathy serves as the FCC Executive Director of Emergency Management Programs and directs the Mid-Atlantic Center for Emergency Management (MACEM). In this position, she leads the MACEM to provide education, training, and professional development in all phases of emergency management, including authoring and instructing U.S. Department of Homeland Security certified specialty courses in emergency management.

FCC is fortunate to benefit from Kathy’s expertise in and passion for public safety. She has extensive experience in emergency management at the local, state, and national level and has devoted her career to keeping individuals, organizations, and communities safe.

Prior to joining FCC, Kathy served with the Frederick County Government in the Division of Emergency Management. She also served as the Senior Crime Analyst with the Sanford Police Department in Sanford, Florida. Kathy has worked in all phases of emergency management, including the execution of large mitigation projects, continuity of operations planning, emergency operations planning, hospital evacuation planning, exercise design and evaluation, and response and recovery operations during four Presidentially-declared disasters.

Kathy earned a Master of Science degree in management from the Johns Hopkins University Police Executive Leadership program and is trained in higher education crisis leadership from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

To read more about Kathy on the Same Shield website, visit http://www.sameshield.com/SameShield_Leadership.asp.

In our July e-news, we will have a Q&A with Kathy on what she enjoys about working in emergency management, what it’s like to be a female in a male-dominated career field, and what advice she has to individuals interested in pursuing a career in public safety.

We thank Kathy for her commitment to public safety and educating the next generation of individuals who will keep us all safe.

From Frederick Community College Communications Central

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