2020 HCRI Annual Conference Information

RI Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Conference

Welcoming Remarks

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Ana P. Novais, MS
Deputy Director

Ana P. Novais, MS, is the Deputy Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH).  Ms. Novais has worked in Public Health for 30 years, including five years in Cape Verde, Africa, five years in Portugal, and 20 years in the United States.

Ms. Novais joined the Rhode Island Department of Health in 1998 as an Education and Outreach Coordinator and then as the Chief for the Office of Minority Health, assuring RIDOH addresses the health needs of the racial and ethnic minority communities of Rhode Island. In 2006, she became the Executive Director of Health for the Division of Community, Family Health and Equity, leading RIDOH’s efforts to achieve health equity by focusing on the areas of health disparities and access to care, chronic care and disease management, maternal and child health, environmental health, and health promotion and wellness. In this role, Ms. Novais was instrumental in developing and implementing the Rhode Island Health Equity Framework, a plan of action for achieving health equity at the state and local levels through the Health Equity Zones initiative. In her current role as Deputy Director, she is charged with implementing the department’s strategic priorities across all divisions and assuring that the resources and operations of the department align with its strategic priorities.

Ms. Novais holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire in Belgium. She is also a graduate of the Northeastern Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of Albany in New York, and Leadership Rhode Island.

Session: Surving An Active Shooter

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Anne Balboni
RI Critical Incident Stress Management Team Inc.

Anne Balboni, Psy.D, is the state coordinator & clinical director of the state-wide Rhode Island CISM TEAM, Inc. She is an International Critical Incident Stress Management Foundation (ICISF) faculty and a Board of Directors member. Dr. Anne has over fifty years teaching experience. She served as a volunteer firefighter for seventeen years and eleven years as EMT Instructor Coordinator.

She is a member of various state-wide organizations including the RI School Safety Task Force, and the RI Association of Fire Chiefs and serves as adjunct faculty at the Community College of Rhode Island in the Emergency Management\Homeland Security Program.

Dr. Anne is an international speaker and educator assisting various emergency service\public safety\crisis response agencies in peer crisis intervention training and the development of protocol for crisis intervention and disaster response. She also serves as faculty and mentor providing training for the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) international task forces.

Private practice includes CISM crisis intervention, education & consultation with emergency service\public safety organizations, community groups, schools & industry. Dr. Anne has attained Board Certified, Diplomate, with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.

Spartan International

David Delbonis
Spartan International Consulting Group

David DelBonis has been with Spartan International since the beginning when he was contracted as Director of Training and is now a co-owner and the Chief Operating Officer for the company. Mr. DelBonis started his Military and Law Enforcement career over 40 years ago as a paratrooper with the United States Army and then joined the ranks of the Warwick Police Department in 1985 and served until 2010. During his tenure with the department, he served 22 years with the SWAT Team, 15 years with the Dive Team and was one of the police departments lead trainers. The vast amount of field experience in police and military operations that he has acquired over the years has enhanced his ability to instruct. Starting in 1988 David began teaching at the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety’s Municipal Police Academy and became the first Certified Master Law Enforcement in 2015 by the Police Officer Commission on Standards and training. Mr. DelBonis reenlisted with the United States Army in 2007 and was part of a Police Transition Team as the team’s operations NCO in Iraq where he conducted combat operations and police training.

After retiring from the second largest municipal police agency in Rhode Island, David served as a Captain at the Department of Public Safety’s Municipal Police Training Academy in the position of Basic Training Coordinator and was instrumental in revamping the basic training program on 2010. David has developed and coordinated the state’s Basic SWAT Schools, Field Training Officer Certifications, Officer Survival Schools, Patrol Operations Classes, De-escalation Classes and much more.

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David DeTora
Office of State Medical Examiner

David DeTora Sr. is currently employed as the Supervising Medical Examiner Investigator for the State of Rhode Island, Office of the State Medical Examiner.  Mr. DeTora has held this position for the past 14 years. During that time, Mr. DeTora has investigated approximately 7,500 deaths.

Mr. DeTora retired from the Johnston Police Department after 24 years of dedicated service.  During his last 18 years of service, he was assigned and became the commander of the Bureau of Criminal Identification Unit.  He has extensive crime scene investigation experience which includes crime scene photographs, trace and DNA evidence collection and fingerprint examinations.   

For the past 16 years, Mr. DeTora has been an instructor at the Rhode Island State Crime Lab teaching crime scene investigations to new detectives.


Scott Hemingway
The Hemingway Group LLC

Scott Hemingway is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hemingway Group, LLC, a security consulting service that specializes in finding solutions to the multidimensional and asymmetrical security issues that continue to plague governmental agencies, business organizations, educational institutions and healthcare systems.

Prior to venturing out on his own, Mr. Hemingway was the Director of Healthcare Security for APG Security of Rhode Island LLC overseeing the significant and complex security operations of the Lifespan Corporation such as Training of Security Personnel and Medical staff in Conflict Resolution and Personal Safety Skills, Restraint Training and reviewing CMS’s Seclusion and Restraint Standard 482.13(e), Investigating alleged wrong doing by security personnel and medical staff and preparing for Joint Commission Surveys (Oversaw 6 JC surveys). Prior to joining APG Security, Mr. Hemingway was a member of the Rhode Island State Police. He retired from the Rhode Island State Police in September 2008 as a Lieutenant with 23 years of honorable service to the citizens of the State of Rhode Island. He served at all Division patrol barracks and was the officer in charge of the Governor’s Protection Detail for 4.5 years. He was a member of the Rhode Island State Police S.W.A.T Team, Dive Team and is a certified Hostage Negotiator. He is also a certified instructor in Controlled F.O.R.C.E., Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC), Drug Recognition Detection (DRE), Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Nonviolent Physical Crisis Intervention (CPI), Advanced Applied Physical Training (CPI), Security Officers Customer Service Training (SOCS), and AVADE Active Shooter/Work Place Violence Prevention. Additionally, Mr. Hemingway is a National Rifle Association Certified Firearms Instructor. Mr. Hemingway is an Active Shooter and Work Place Violence subject matter expert and often gives seminars on this dynamic and intricate subject. He has taught at the International, Federal, State and Local level. He is a Staff Sergeant with the Rhode Island National Guard and was assigned to the 243rd Regional Training Institute where he is a certified instructor in the following areas: Military Police School (31B), Nonlethal Weapons (OC, X26 Taser, Expandable Baton, Tactical Handcuffing), and Modern Army Combatives Level I. He is a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) and ASIS International. Additionally, Mr. Hemingway is certified by the International Association for Healthcare

Security & Safety as a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA). In May of 2013, Mr. Hemingway was selected as a member of an International Training Cadre to provide Active Shooter Response training to the Bahamian National Police Force. Also, in 2013 Mr. Hemingway was nominated for the Rhode Island Army National Guard Non- Commissioned Officer of the year.

Mr. Hemingway graduated from Roger Williams University with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Justice.

The Hemingway Group, LLC (THGLLC) is a Security Consulting service that specializes in finding solutions to the multidimensional and asymmetrical security issues that continually plague government agencies, all types of businesses, educational institutions and healthcare systems. Additionally, THGLLC conduct’s Risk Assessments, Threat Assessments, & Security Evaluations using a systematic approach to the process of evaluating the potential risks or hazards that may be involved in the workplace environment. The goal of THGLLC is to assist our clients to become more informed and provide the appropriate information to help make smarter business decisions about their specific security and risk management situation and to assist our clients to reduce the cost and complexity of security. The THGLLC team of dedicated experts are committed to understanding, collaborating with and exceeding all our client’s security needs. Moreover, THGLLC provides Workplace Violence, Conflict Resolution, Active Shooter & Situational Awareness Training. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics more than 570,000 Americans are impacted by workplace violence every year. All to frequent all levels of management fail to recognize and proactively respond to critical behavior indicators often exhibited in the workplace that have been linked to workplace violence situations. THGLLC offers training for managing active shooter incidents, workplace violence identification and prevention, situational awareness, verbal de-escalation and diffusion techniques as well as personal safety training. All training components meet or exceed OSHA’S General Duty Clause and are also aligned with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid conditions of participation and the Joint Commission elements of performance.

A sample of services provided by The Hemingway Group, LLC:

➢ Active Shooter/Armed Intruder Training ➢ Table Top/Full Scale Active Shooter Training ➢ Conflict Resolution/De Escalation Training ➢ Personal Safety Skills ➢ Application of Mechanical Restraint Training ➢ Vulnerability/Risk Assessment ➢ Joint Commission/CMS Compliance Assistance ➢ Policy Review/Development ➢ OSHA General Duty clause Awareness Training ➢ Safety Training for the Real Estate Professional

Spartan International

Daniel Maggiacomo
Spartan International Consulting Group

As the Director of Security Operations in the Northeast, Danny Maggiacomo keeps the Executive Board advised of all Risk Assessment Projects and Coordinates Active Threat/Shooter Training with the Training Division of Spartan International Consulting Group.

Mr. Maggiacomo has been an enthusiastic and committed Law Enforcement Officer for the past eighteen years and is currently assigned to the Community Services Division of his police department.  While assigned to this division Danny has utilized specialized skills in handling quality of life issues by utilizing advanced problem-solving techniques. He spends much of his time working with community groups as a liaison officer who is devoted to the philosophy of Community Policing.  Danny is also the coordinator and facilitator of the police department’s prestigious Citizens Police Academy.

​In addition to his duties in the division, Danny has focused a large portion of his career in law enforcement training.  He is a long-serving Field Training Officer with his agency. He has also been teaching at the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy as a P.O.S.T. certified instructor since 2010.  Danny is the lead Patrol Operations Instructors for the state’s municipal police academy and the lead instructor for the police academy’s shotgun course. Danny has also achieved the status of Master Operator with his agencies SWAT Team. While serving on the SWAT Team Danny has focused on entry tactics and high-risk operations.  

As a certified physical security assessor, Danny leads the SICG into the future with his vision of helping the residential community and businesses in securing their facilities from natural and man-made threats.

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Jason Paskanik
Woonsocket EMS

Jason Paskanik has been a firefighter for the City of Woonsocket for 19 years.  Nine of those years have been on Rescue 4 as both a driver and an officer. In September 2018, Mr. Paskanik was named to the position of EMS coordinator for Woonsocket Fire Department.  Jason currently holds an EMT-C license (19 years) as well as PALS, PEPP, Incident Command System (ICS) Certificate for 300/400 and has been an EMT/CPR instructor for 9 years.

Session: Engaging in Emergency Preparedness in Your Community

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Patrick Fitzgerald
Providence EMA

Patrick Fitzgerald has been the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with the Providence Emergency Management Agency since January 2017.  Mr. Fitzgerald has been a Community Emergency Response Team member since 2010 and a CERT instructor since 2012. These roles have afforded him the opportunity to respond to the RI Floods of 2010, Tropical Storm Irene, and Super Storm Sandy. Mr. Fitzgerald is also a canine handler with the RI Canine Search and Rescue Team with certifications in the Wilderness Live Find and Human Remains Detection disciplines. He is also the Chairperson for the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC 2) in Providence, Rhode Island.

A lifelong resident of Rhode Island, Mr. Fitzgerald has an Associate degree in Emergency Management and is completing his Bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management.  He is an Intermediate Certified Emergency Manager through the RI Association of Emergency Managers and has an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) Certification through the International Association of Emergency Managers. Mr. Fitzgerald has also completed the National Emergency Management Basic Academy and the Master Exercise Practitioner Program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Kevin Kugel
Providence EMA

Kevin Kugel, LTC (USA Retired) is Team Rubicon’s State Planning Coordinator
for Rhode Island. Mr. Kugel is a 1994 graduate of the United States Military
Academy and served 22 years on Active Duty with the United States Army as a
Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear defense officer including three
combat tours in Iraq.

Mr. Kugel holds a Master of Science in Adult, Continuing and Occupational
Education from Kansas State University. He is an International Association of
Emergency Managers designated Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) and a
Rhode Island Association of Emergency Managers designated Rhode Island
Certified Emergency Manager (RICEM).

When not volunteering with Team Rubicon, Mr. Kugel is the Director of the
Providence Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security
(PEMA), a position he has held since November of 2016.

Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator

Erin McDonough
RI Disaster Medical Assistance Team/MRC

Erin McDonough, BA, is currently the Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator for the State of Rhode Island which is sponsored by the Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Inc.

Rhode Island Disaster Medical Assistance Team, Inc./Medical Reserve Corps is a non-profit organization whose main mission is to recruit, train, equip, and activate medical health professional volunteers and allied volunteers to prepare for and respond to public health and emergency disasters across the state, enhancing Rhode Island’s capacity to respond. Ms. McDonough has managed the program since 2008 with direct response to H1N1, Functional and Assessment Service Teams to general population shelters and most recently organizing volunteers for hepatitis A prevention vaccination clinics.  

Ms. McDonough has been an active member of National Disaster Medical System since 2003 and currently works with Department of Health and Human Services and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response on the Incident Management Team.  

Disaster Cycle Services

Philip Stocking
American Red Cross

Philip Stocking is currently as the Senior Director of Disaster Cycle Services.  Mr. Stocking has over a decade of disaster relief experience at the American Red Cross, serving as the Emergency Services Director in Worcester, Massachusetts; Manager of State Relations for Massachusetts; Emergency Services Director in Boston, and most recently as the Disaster Director for the American Red Cross of Rhode Island.  Mr. Stocking has also served as the training manager for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.

Mr. Stocking brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in planning and executing disaster response, emergency management, volunteer management, staff development, casework, and developing and implementing strategic training programs.


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Nicholas Gabriele
RPA, a Jensen Hughes Company

Nicholas Gabriele is the Vice President of RPA, A Jensen Hughes Company and has direct oversight of the Hartford, Connecticut office.  

Mr. Gabriele has over thirty years of experience with fire, emergency management, and code compliance specializing in the focus of healthcare, and also holds a Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in fire protection technology.  His past experience includes working in a state agency for over twenty years, and for the past 12 years, Mr. Gabriele has provided fire and emergency consulting services in hundreds of facilities including large academic medical institutions and healthcare systems.

Mr. Gabriele serves as a principal member of the NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code Technical Subcommittee on Emergency Management and Security and as a Principal Member on the NFPA 101 Life Safety Code  Board and Care Facilities Technical Committee.

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Amy Herman
The Art of Perception

What do the FBI, NYPD, Department of Homeland Security, Navy SEALs, the Peace Corps, Georgetown University Hospital, MetLife, Johnson & Johnson, Planned Parenthood, Seventh Day Adventist Church, and New York City doormen have in common? Amy Herman.

For 14 years, Ms. Herman has been our nation’s secret weapon–providing leadership training to top officers in the United States military, law enforcement, medicine, education, and industry. Her innovative, interactive pedagogy has been called “invaluable” by the Department of Defense, and credited with “stimulating the innovative thinking necessary to generate viable future war-fighting concepts” by The Chief of Naval Operations.

Ms. Herman is the founder and president of The Art of Perception, Inc., a New York-based organization that conducts professional development courses to leaders around the world including at the FBI, CIA, Scotland Yard, and the Peace Corps. Herman was also the Director of Educational Development at Thirteen/WNET, the educational public television station serving New York and New Jersey, and the Head of Education at The Frick Collection for over ten years, where she oversaw all of the Collection’s educational collaborations and community initiatives.  

An art historian and attorney, Ms. Herman holds a BA in International Affairs from Lafayette College, a JD from the National Law Center at George Washington University, and an MA in Art History from Hunter College. She is a member of the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. Herman channeled her dual degrees in art and law to create the successful Art of Perception program, and now trains thousands of professionals from Secret Service agents to church fundraisers. Herman is a world-renowned speaker who frequently presents at national and international conventions. She has been featured on the CBS Evening News, the BBC, and in countless print publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Times, New York Daily News, Smithsonian Magazine, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.