Peggy Keller, MPH, CPM, is an accomplished leader and manager with over twenty years of operational experience in disaster preparedness, response and recovery in public health and heathcare sectors, with a focus on those with access and functional needs and companion animals.
Previously served as Director for Emergency Preparedness and Community Resilience, a senior manager in the Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Administration in the District of Columbia Department of Health. Oversaw Health and Medical Planning for high profile special events, such as the Presidential Inauguration, Nuclear Summit and other National Special Security Events. Oversaw Medical Counter Measures, Strategic National Stockpile, Medical Reserve Corps and Vulnerable Populations Community and Health Care Coalition. Keller has a background in budget, grants management and environmental public health and previously managed food safety and security, animal disease prevention, pharmacy and vector control programs in the District of Columbia. Served as Director, Environmental Public Health and State Vet.
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.