Below are the University of New Haven faculty members that teach online in our Master’s of Science in Emergency Management.
M.A., Sacred Heart University, 2003
Wayne Sandford joined the University of New Haven as full-time faculty in 2010 after teaching as an Adjunct professor since 1984. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies and a BS in Fire Engineering. Mr. Sandford has robust experience in Emergency Management including serving as the Deputy Commissioner of State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, as Fire Chief of East Haven, Ct, and as the State Fire Administrator for Connecticut and the Director of Fire Training. Finally, Mr. Sandford was appointed to the Sandy Hook Commission by Governor Malloy.
Today Mr. Sandford manages the Emergency Management program at the University and teaches in the Fire Science program both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as the Emergency Management program. He teaches courses in Fire Hydraulics, Fire Management Ethics, Emergency Management Planning and Emergency Management Recovery, Business Continuity Crisis Management.
M.P.A., University of New Haven, 2007
Peter Struble was a member of the Wallingford Fire Department in CT for 35 years. He spent the last 13 years as the department’s fire chief. Upon retiring from the fire department he joined the faculty at the University of New Haven Fire Science Department. While teaching at the University of New Haven he has developed a course in Strategic Planning for the Fire Service at the graduate level and introduced the first emergency medical services courses. His current work responsibilities for the University of New Haven are coordination and management of an undergraduate college level paramedicine program. He has an expertise in Emergency Medical Services at the Paramedic transport level and organizational leadership. He is experienced in a both unionized and volunteer labor environments with the ability to create collaborative relationships.
Chief Struble holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York in Fire Service Management, a Master’s Degree from the University of New Haven in Public Administration and is a recognized national speaker in fire and emergency medical services. His credentials include designation as a Chief Fire Officer and Chief Medical Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Dr. Rachel Dowty Beech designed low-impact crude oil bioremediation methods for her master’s thesis, taught biology, chemistry, zoology, environmental science, sociology, and service-learning courses before earning her Ph.D. at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. After receiving her Ph.D., she served a post-doc with the National Science Foundation designing ways to study organizational culture in disaster response. She was the director of the Disaster Science and Management Program at Louisiana State University for six years, where she designed and taught many face-to-face and online courses in emergency and disaster management.
Katherine McCormack, RN MPH MEP
Katherine McCormack was the Director of Public Health Nursing, City of Waterbury; the Director of Health for the City of Hartford for eight years, and the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Hartford for eight years.
Ms. McCormack is an accomplished healthcare executive. Her leadership strengths include the development of multiorganization coalitions, crisis management to include bioterrorism threats and operations management, department and fiscal restructuring and oversight. Her funding applications on behalf of the City of Hartford secured awards that included the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Ms. McCormack is currently the volunteer Director of the Capitol Region Medical Reserve Corps and the CT MRC Liaison for the Department of Public Health’s statewide Medical Reserve Corps program. Ms. McCormack has been consulting with Tetra Tech as an exercise controller/evaluator for six years and is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Haven, Emergency Management Masters Program.
Ms. McCormack serves on multiple boards and committees and is active in the CT Emergency Management Association (CEMA) and the International Emergency Management Association (IAEM) serving as secretary/treasurer of Region I.
Jamie Caplan, President of Jamie Caplan Consulting LLC (JCC), which provides comprehensive emergency management planning services for all phases of disaster management, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Ms. Caplan has been working in the field of emergency management for over 20 years. Mitigation planning is at the forefront of Ms. Caplan’s expertise and focus. She has vast experience developing mitigation plans for unique jurisdictions such as the Territory of American Samoa and multiple Native American Tribes. Ms. Caplan was the Prime Contractor for Connecticut’s South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG) Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan for ten jurisdictions in South Central Connecticut. Ms. Caplan completed a multi-hazard risk assessment for the University of Massachusetts Amherst and assisted the Pioneer Valley Regional Planning Commission with the university’s mitigation plan. Finally, Ms. Caplan worked with FEMA Headquarters to develop mitigation-planning guidance documents and a mitigation-planning course.
Diane Ifkovic has been employed at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (CTDEEP) since October 1999 within the Land and Water Resources Division, Flood Management Program. As the State National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator, Ms. Ifkovic serves as the liaison between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and municipalities to reduce flood losses and mitigate natural hazards. She conducts community outreach meetings to promote wise floodplain management and ensure compliance with the minimum federal NFIP standards. Other duties include performing local ordinance and regulation reviews for compliance with minimum federal requirements, conducting training workshops for municipal officials, publishing an electronic newsletter, assisting municipalities and regional planning agencies in preparing hazard mitigation plans, and assisting community officials and residents following a disaster declaration. Ms. Ifkovic also participates on the state’s Long Term Recovery Task Force and on the Connecticut Interagency Hazard Mitigation Committee. She has also served on the state’s Drought Task Force. She is a member of the board of directors for the Connecticut Association of Flood Managers (CAFM). She is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven, teaching an on-line floodplain management class for their masters in emergency management program.