Robert Hawkins

Executive Director

rhawkins@vaems.org

c: (540) 525-8681

Robert joined the NSPA team in July of 2018. His most recent experience is as the Local Health Emergency Coordinator for the Virginia Dept. of Health, in the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts. Prior to that role, Robert worked as an Executive Leader in Asset Protection and Risk Mitigation following service in both law enforcement and military career fields. 

With a focus on a collaborative work environment, Robert has a philosophy of leadership that cultivates an agile and adaptable team which is responsive to the evolving needs of our partners in healthcare, medically vulnerable populations, and emergency management. 

Mark Cromer

RHCC Manager

mcromer@vaems.org

c: (540) 314-5745

Mark Cromer joins NSPA as the NEW, Regional Healthcare Coordination Center (RHCC) Manager. Mark joined the NSPA staff as an RHCC duty officer in January 2018. His most recent experience is with the Virginia Department of Health as the Southwest Regional Hepatitis Coordinator. Mark holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and a Masters Degree in Emergency Management. He has served as an EMS volunteer in the Roanoke area and has instructed at the college level and worked as a National Certified Paramedic.

Mark focuses on teamwork and collaboration to better the preparedness of all coalition members in the region. Mark's goal is to maintain and build on the relationships upon its members and strive to keep NSPA as a primary resource for the region.

Monica McCullough

Training and Exercise Coordinator

mmccullough@vaems.org

c: (540) 529-9649

Monica joined the staff at NSPA in November of 2014, following her service as an Emergency Coordinator for the Virginia Dept. of Health, in the Central Virginia Health District, based out of Lynchburg.  Prior to that, Monica has both a military and Law Enforcement background, to include 5 years working in the field of nuclear security.  She brings a very rich and diverse skill-set to our organization.

Monica’s primary role here at NSPA includes the development, coordination, and facilitation of training and exercises surrounding medical surge and healthcare continuity of operations within the region.  She is excited to be instrumental in increasing healthcare preparedness, strengthening resiliency, as well as fostering key partnerships throughout the region.

Mary Kathryn Alley

Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator

mkalley@vaems.org

c: (540) 541-0315

Mary Kathryn Alley joined the NSPA team in October of 2018 as the Medically Vulnerable Populations Coordinator. She joins the coalition team after her role as a Community Relations Specialist for the Landmark Group, LLC whose areas of service include long-term care, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, and short-term rehabilitation. Mary Kathryn is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Communication and a minor in Business Leadership.

Mary Kathryn's focus is on collaborating and creating communication resources that support the vision and healthcare infrastructures of the region while growing and maintaining relationships with NSPA coalition members and organizations.