Eric is a dedicated Emergency Manager who is passionate about the field he works in and protecting those he serves. He began his career in Emergency Management in 2002. Eric has responded to emergencies of all different types and sizes to include; a Terrorist Attack, 5 Hurricanes, Tropical Systems, a Special Communicable Disease, Severe Weather, Wildfires, Multi-type vehicle accidents, Mass Casualty Incidents, etc. He is currently the Corporate Manager, Emergency Preparedness for Orlando Health, Inc. hospital system in Central Florida. A position he was promoted to in February of 2017 after serving as the Manager, Emergency Preparedness since February 2010. Orlando Health has a total of 2,218 licensed beds within 7 hospitals (two of which are the level 1 trauma centers for adults and pediatrics), 1 large cancer center, 3 ambulatory care centers, 1 skilled nursing facility, 1 athletic training center, 3 medical helicopters, numerous corporate ancillary and support facilities, 17,000 employees, and directly leads and manages 2 full time employees.
Eric obtained his BS degree in Criminal Justice from Fairmont State College in West Virginia. Eric is certified as: Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional (CHEP), Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM), Florida Professional Emergency Manager – Healthcare (FPEM-HC), Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP), Emergency Management Specialist (SEM), and Certified First Response Professional (CFRP). He also has achieved the Master Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS) designation.
Eric is also a member of the Department of Health & Human Services – National Disaster Medical System – FL-6 DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) as a Logistician, SMRT-5 (State Medical Response Team) as the Deputy Planning Chief, member of the RDSTF AHIMT (Regional Domestic Terrorism Task Force All-Hazards Incident Management Team), and State of Florida Division of Emergency Management AHIMT as a Qualified Liaison Officer (LOFR).
Eric is very proactive in the Emergency Management field, and continues to look for lessons learned and improvements to emergency response systems.