M.S. in Disaster Medicine and Management


The faculty includes physicians, advanced-practice nurses, paramedics and physician assistants with vast expertise in the field of disaster medicine. The faculty has substantial clinical and educational experience, and have written chapters in major textbooks in disaster medicine.

The faculty teaching in the program include:

Jean B. Bail, Ed.D, RN, MSN, CEN, EMT-P (Program Director)
Dr. Bail is a nurse and paramedic with more than 35 years of experience in emergency medical services and education. She is a regional leader in emergency management education. Dr. Bail is certified by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security at the CHS Level III. She is also active with the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council, the Emergency Nurses Association, and the Delaware County Critical Incident Stress Management team. She volunteers with the Southeastern PA Surge Medical Assistance Response Team and is the training officer for PA 4 DMAT.

Steven J. Parrillo, DO, FACOEP, FACEP (Medical Director)
Dr. Parrillo has been certified in Emergency Medicine since 1984 and involved with disaster planning (now emergency preparedness) since 1981.  He chairs the Einstein Healthcare Network’s Emergency Management Committee and has done so since 1989.  He is a member of Pa ACEP’s Terrorism and Disaster Task Force and founded the AEHN Center for Special Operations and Training and helped write and edit the BDLS chapter on mass mortality management.  Dr. Parrillo is the Medical Director for the Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park Department of Emergency Medicine.  His publications include articles in emergency medicine journals, disaster journals and textbooks.  He serves as Medical Director and Faculty for the Philadelphia University Disaster Medicine and Management Master’s Program.  Dr. Parrillo is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at both Jefferson Medical College and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Adjunct Professor, College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts, Philadelphia University.  He is also very much involved in emergency medical services, serving as Medical Director for two ALS services and as a member of the Chester County Medical Advisory Committee.

Charles D. Bortle, Ed.D, MEd, RRT-NPS, NREMT-P (Coordinator)
Dr. Bortle has been an EMS educator, paramedic, and respiratory therapist for more than 26 years. He is currently the Director of Logistics and Field Operations at the Albert Einstein Health System, the Assistant Chief of the Einstein Physician Response Team, and an active flight paramedic and respiratory therapist. He has more than 22 years of experience in EMS education and expertise in distance learning. He received his Ed.D. from the University of Phoenix. He volunteers with the Southeastern PA Surge Medical Assistance  Response Team.

Kimberly B. Gill, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Gill is an Assistant Professor in the Disaster Medicine and Management Program at Philadelphia University.  She is a sociologist with specialization in disaster management and public health preparedness and response.  Her research and professional experiences over the last decade include: community preparedness and recovery, community resilience, hazard and risk communication, community-based participatory research, program evaluation and qualitative methodology.  Dr. Gill served as the Program Manager for the Center for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, National Center for Disaster Preparedness and as the Assistant Director of the Office of Mental Health Disaster Preparedness and Response at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  She received her Ph.D. in sociology from the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware.

Barry J. Burton, DO
Dr. Burton is a residency trained (Albert Einstein Medical Center/Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine), Board Certified Emergency Physician with sub-specialty Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Emergency Medical Services, and co-founder of the EMS Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. He has over 35 years of Allied Health Care Experience in EMS, Emergency and Critical Care medicine and education, including a stint with the EMS oversight authority for the Philadelphia Fire Department in the 80's. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity to the Bucks County Rescue Squad (Bristol ALS EMS), and the County EHSC and MAC. Additional experiences include Occupational and Environmental Medicine, providing Medical Surveillance, medical investigations, treatment, and rehabilitation for several industrial facilities in the Lower Bucks County area of Pennsylvania. Dr. Burton is currently adjunct faculty at Philadelphia University, and previously an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Temple University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Matthew G. Butler, MS, EMT-P, MEP
Mr. Butler combines both an academic and operational background with more than 19 years in emergency medical services and management.  As an educator, Mr. Butler has provided instruction and training to a myriad of students including first responders, healthcare and government personnel in emergency medicine and emergency management.  Mr. Butler is also on the faculty of Philadelphia University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies.  Currently, Mr. Butler is the Manager of Emergency Preparedness for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), a global leader  in pediatric healthcare.  He earned his BS in Health Services Management and an MS in Disaster Medicine and Management both from Philadelphia University.  Mr. Butler holds specialized certifications in emergency preparedness and disaster response and is also a certified paramedic and firefighter.  

Len Elisha Clark, DPA, CEM
Dr. Clark has over 25 years of operational experience in various emergency services with the last 13 years as the Deputy County Emergency Manager in Gloucester County, NJ. His background includes a M.S. in Environmental Protection and Safety Management and a doctorate in Public Administration.   He has taught in several emergency management programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He brings experience from seven years in the Coast Guard as well as various emergency management positions and organizations.

Richard G. Fuller, D.Ed., EMT-P
Dr. Fuller is an educator and administrator currently serving as Assistant Professor of Education at Robert Morris University. Dr. Fuller has served as the Dean of Education for a local college and is the former Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor for graduate and undergraduate Emergency Management and EMS studies at Drexel University. He earned his Doctorate degree in Education from Penn State University and has served on a number of state, local and regional Emergency Management committees. During his 30 years in EMS, Dr. Fuller has served as educator, paramedic and administrator.

Anne Klimke, MD, MS
Dr. Klimke started her career in pre-hospital medicine as an EMT in 1998.  She received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis in 2000, and  graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 2005.  She completed the five-year combined emergency medicine residency and fellowship in Disaster Medicine and EMS Special Operations in 2010. She also holds a Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management from Philadelphia University.  She is a board-certified emergency physician at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. Her other professional roles include medical team manager for FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue team in Harrisburg, PA, Pennsylvania Task Force 1; medical director at Bucks County Rescue Squad in Bristol, PA; member of the Bucks County Technical Rescue Task Force. Her interests include technical rescue, water rescue, and paramedic and resident education.

Harvey B. Lermack, MBA
Mr. Lermack is Assistant Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University. His consulting work, teaching, and research focus on Enterprise Risk Management, Strategic Planning and Leadership, and their successful integration and implementation in for-profit and not for profit organizations. As an independent consultant, Mr. Lermack provides guidance to organizations to improve their enterprise risk management, strategic management, and leadership development processes. His clients have included domestic and global organizations, including railroads, manufacturing and food processing companies, non-profit organizations, universities, a large service provider, and an insurance company. Mr. Lermack developed and teaches the Enterprise Risk Management course for the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS). At Philadelphia University, he teaches Strategic Planning in a Global Environment at the graduate level, and Organizational Behavior, Business Policy, International Management, and Principles of Management at the undergraduate level. His academic and practical research analyzes integration of strategic and risk management processes at the enterprise level; and approaches to utilizing leadership development, organizational behavior and risk management techniques to accomplish cultural change in organizations. Until 1999, Mr. Lermack was Risk Management Director and Training Director at Conrail, a freight railroad in Philadelphia. Mr. Lermack earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pennsylvania State University, and an MBA from Widener University. He is an honorary member of Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration, and is a member of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS).

John C. Lewis, EdD.
Dr. Lewis has over forty years in public service provision and management. His positions have included fire chief, EMS Director for the City of Philadelphia, Department Chair in EMS at the University of Maryland Baltimore County where he founded the first Master's degree in EMS, CBRNE educator for Thomas Jefferson University and several other locations. In his higher education career he has been a Dean, Department Chair and Division Director at several institutions. He also teaches course work in Business Administration and Management on an adjunct basis, where his specialties lie in Risk Management, Continuity of Operations and related topics. He is currently serving as Department Chair of General Studies and Director of the Center for Faculty Development at Thomas Jefferson University.

Susan MacKintosh, DO, MPH
Dr. MacKintosh brings a depth in medicine and public health experiences to the program.  Coming with experience in family medicine, employee health and college health she developed in interest in public health and was a public health officer in California.  She began teaching and presently teaches at Western University of Health Sciences. With an interest in disaster and emergency management she has served in various roles around bioterrorism and disaster preparedness and response.

Thomas R. Mueller, PhD., GISP
Dr. Mueller is an educator currently serving as Associate Professor to California University of Pennsylvania, Earth Sciences Department. He earned his Doctorate degree in Geography from the University of Illinois, his M.A. in Geography from the University of Connecticut and B.S. in Geography from Towson State University. He is certified in CAMEO and Geographic Information Sciences Professional (GISP).

Aaron Richman, EMT-P, MS
Mr. Richman is the co-director for the Institute of Terrorism Research and Response in Philadelphia and Israel, where he is responsible for the global Targeted Actionable Monitoring Center's intelligence and research projects.  Mr. Richman has a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Temple University, as well as various specialized counter terror training in the U.S. and Israel.  Currently, he is a Doctoral candidate in Public Policy and Homeland Security.  Mr. Richman, formerly a captain in the Jerusalem Police, is a paramedic with vast experience in emergency management, law enforcement and counterterrorism in the U.S. and Israel.

Wendy Wachter-Schutz, MS, OTR/L
Ms. Wachter-Schutz is a certified Occupational Therapist and has been practicing for 21 years.  Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, PA.  She teaches in the graduate programs in the Departments of Occupational Therapy and in the Disaster Medicine and Management.  Areas of practice include Adult Physical Rehabilitation primarily in Acute Care settings with neurological and traumatic brain injury diagnoses.  Her area of interest is in educating students on how to plan for, treat and manage special needs populations in the event of a disaster.