Peggy Keller, President and CEO
Peggy Keller, MPH, CPM, is an accomplished leader and manager with over twenty years of operational experience in health and medical planning and disaster preparedness, response and recovery in public health and healthcare sectors, with a focus on those with disabilities and access and functional needs and companion animals.
Peggy serves as a commissioner on the Washington DC Commission on Climate Change and Resiliency as a public health SME. With a background in environmental public health and public health emergency preparedness, Peggy previously served in DC Health as the Director of Emergency Preparedness and Community Resilience, overseeing health and medical planning, medical countermeasures, zoonotic diseases and the Vulnerable Populations Community and HealthCare Coalition. Served as Director, Environmental Public Health. She frequently presents on environmental justice, disaster preparedness, climate change, health equity and DEIA principles.
Willie McElroy, Vice President
Willie McElroy, EdD is an emergency preparedness Trainer and Educator and (CERT) Specialist. Dr McElroy designs programs and trains volunteers, agencies, schools, community groups and individuals in Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Organization, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism Awareness and Active Shooter Response. Dr. McElroy also trains high school students in the Teen CERT. In the District of Columbia Office of the Mayor, Serve DC, McElroy co-directed the Summer Youth Emergency Preparedness Academy, a program that trains youth in preparedness and response and focuses on careers in preparedness fields. Partners included Department of Employment Services (DOES), DC Metropolitan Police (MPD), DC Fire Department (DCFD), DC Department of Health (DOH), George Washington University and The University of the District of Columbia. As an emergency preparedness instructor in the Office of the State Superintendent’s (OSSE) network, McElroy trained OSSE education providers in emergency preparedness and response to protect children. Through a partnership with the American Red Cross, McElroy serves as trainer for CPR/AED, First Aid, and Hands on Heart CPR training.
Dr McElroy has over twenty- five years’ experience in urban education, curriculum development and mentorship and served in the District of Columbia Public Schools as an educator and principal.
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