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David (Randy) Padfield
Randy 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.
Prior to his tenure at PEMA, he was director of the Senator John J. Shumaker Public Safety Training Center at Harrisburg Area Community College, where he oversaw the development and delivery of training programs for fire, EMS, law enforcement and industry personnel.
He previously worked as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic, has served on a regional Incident Management Team and the state's All-Hazards Incident Management Team, and is a contract instructor for the Emergency Management Institute and the National Fire Academy at the National Emergency Training Center, where he teaches courses in special operations management and incident command/management.
Padfield is an original member of Pennsylvania Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, where he serves as a Task Force Leader and member of the National Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support Team that responds to large, complex disasters.
He has responded to multiple local, regional, state, and national disasters and emergencies in various capacities throughout his career, including the scene of the World Trade Center attack on September 11, 2001, hurricanes and floods, and most recently the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, in 2021, and Hurricane Ian in 2022.
He is a native of Saint Clair, Schuylkill County, and lives in Cumberland County with his wife and their two children.
Deputy Director for Recovery
Stephen 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.
During his time with Luzerne County, Bekanich served in a variety of positions, including EMA Coordinator and Operations and Training Officer — gaining valuable experience coordinating and responding to a multitude of natural and human-caused emergencies.
He received professional certification from the International Association of Emergency Managers as a Certified Emergency Manager, and was previously certified by the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management as a Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner.
As deputy director, Bekanich has the responsibility for the overall operation of the Recovery Deputate and the Office of Public and Individual Recovery Assistance; Office of Mitigation, Insurance and Resilient Communities, and the Office of Disaster Recovery Support Services and the management of its staff and statewide activities related to disaster recovery operations.
Bekanich acts as a designated Governor's Authorized Representative, with full authority to conduct all functions of the federal/state disaster recovery and mitigation programs on behalf of the governor.
Bekanich is also employed as a police officer in Courtdale Borough, Luzerne County, and has been a certified police officer for the past 30 years. He has been a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Certified Emergency Medical Technician for the last 36 years and a bomb detection dog (K9) handler for the past 15 years.
Deputy Director for 911
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.
Under Boyle's leadership, the 911 office has distributed more than $1 billion in support of county 911 operations. Many needed reforms have been implemented in the 911 program to streamline business processes and improve oversight of 911 funding.
A new grant program has been implemented to incentivize consolidation/regionalization of 911 systems, address aging infrastructure within county 911 centers, and enhance GIS data across Pennsylvania. New requirements for Pennsylvania 911 systems related to training, certification, quality assurance, administration, and GIS have been adopted. The 911 office is coordinating Pennsylvania's transition from a county-based legacy 911 system to a statewide Next Generation 911 system.
Boyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the California University of Pennsylvania. He has 17 years of experience in progressively responsible accounting, audit, and information technology management positions with the commonwealth.
Deputy Director for Response
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.
From 2007-11, Sevison served as a deputy director with PEMA. Prior to that, was the Senior Deputy Fire Chief and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Sevison has been involved with emergency and disaster activities at the local, state, and federal levels for more than 35 years, including response to numerous state and federally declared disasters.
He was active with the DHS/FEMA's National Urban Search and Rescue Response System since its inception, serving as a Task Force Leader for Pennsylvania, as well as a member of the DHS/FEMA's Urban Search & Rescue Command and General Staff working group.
He served on various committees in Pennsylvania post 9/11, and was actively involved in the development of the in-state search and rescue system, the regional task force model for Pennsylvania, as well as development of enabling policies and legislation.
Sevison has been in the U.S. military for nearly 40 years, with primary responsibilities in Fire and Emergency Services and Domestic Operations, and continues to serve with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.
Sevison earned a Doctor of Science degree in disaster science and emergency management from Jacksonville State University, a Master of Professional Studies degree in homeland security/public health preparedness from Pennsylvania State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern University.
Tim and his wife, Joey, live in the greater Harrisburg area.
Deputy Director for Administration
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.
Wilcox attended Williamsport Area Community College for business accounting. and brings many years of fiscal, accounting, and human resources experience from the private sector with her.
She and her husband, Alan, relocated from Bradford to Dauphin County in 2006.