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PEMA Leadership

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is led by a director, with deputy directors overseeing program areas. Meet our leadership team:


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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. 

​Deputy Director for Recovery

Stephen Bekanich

Headshot for Stephen BekanichStephen Bekanich has been Deputy Director for Recovery since November 2020. Prior to assuming this role, he served as the Deputy Director for Preparedness. He has been in the public safety field for 36 years, and was previously employed with Luzerne County's government for 25 years.

​Deputy Director for 911

Jeffrey Boyle

Headshot for Jeffrey Boyle Jeffrey Boyle is responsible for the strategic planning, policy development, and management of a comprehensive, statewide 911 program. Partnering with the commonwealth's 911 community, Boyle has 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.

​Deputy Director for Response

Timothy W. Sevison

Headshot for Timothy W. Sevison Timothy W. Sevison has an extensive background in emergency and disaster preparedness and response. Prior to joining PEMA, Sevison was a military planner with the Pennsylvania National Guard, focusing on homeland response and domestic operations. He is currently an adjunct faculty member for Pennsylvania State University and Millersville University in homeland security and emergency management. 

​Deputy Director for Administration

Paula J. Wilcox

Headshot of Paula J. Wilcox Paula 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.