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PEMA Leadership

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is led by a director, with deputy directors overseeing program areas. Meet our executive and senior staff:


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David (Randy) Padfield​

Headshot of Director PadfieldRandy Padfield has more than 35 years of progressive leadership experience in public safety spanning various roles in the disciplines of fire/rescue services, special operations, Emergency Medical Services, and emergency management. He previously served as the deputy director for Response Operations at PEMA, before being appointed to director of the agency in 2019. 

Executive Deputy Director

Jeffrey Boyle

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Jeffrey Boyle was appointed Executive Deputy Director of PEMA after extensive experience and success leading the agency’s 911 program.
Boyle was responsible for the strategic planning, policy development, and management of a comprehensive, statewide 911 program. Partnering with the commonwealth's 911 community, Boyle made significant contributions that have allowed PEMA to meet the legislative requirements of Act 12 of 2015, and to facilitate the commonwealth's transition to Next Generation 911.

Director of External Operations

Gregory Davis

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Gregory Davis was born in Port Arthur, Texas, and spent most of his life between there and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree in Disaster Science Management from Louisiana State University in 2013 and, upon graduation, was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

​Deputy Director, Administration

Paula J. Wilcox

Headshot of Paula J. WilcoxPaula Wilcox serves the citizens of Pennsylvania with more than 30 years of business administration and human resources experience. Having served as the Director of Administrative Services within the Office of the Governor for nearly 12 years, she joined the PEMA team as the Deputy Director for Administration in January of 2018.

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​Staff Member
​Executive Secretary to the Director
Patrice Bratcher​
​Chief Counsel
Joshua Maus​
​Bureau of Budget Director
​Dennis Edwards
​Bureau of External Operations Director
​Jonathan Anschutz
​Bureau of Grants Management Director
Emina Kunovac​
​Bureau of Planning, Training, and Exercise Director
Kirsten Cohick​
Bureau of Technological Hazards Director​David Nitsch
​Communications Director
​Ruth A. Miller
Deputy Communications Director
L. Paul Vezzetti​
Digital Director
Mallory Gricoskie​
​Disaster Recovery Assistance Director
Jonathan Skripka​
​External Affairs Director
Molly Dougherty​
​Internal Operations Director
​Robert Meinert
​Legislative and Policy Director
Wes Majors​
​Strategic Operations Director
​Melissa Frey