Currently serving as the Director of Operations for EMSI, Billy joined our company in 2015, following a successful career with government and industry. In this role, he manages a myriad of business aspects to include product development, training and services delivery, marketing and sales, and oversight of the subject matter expert cadre.
Prior to joining EMSI, Billy spent almost a decade with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)/Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) as a Senior Operations Planner. ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy institute focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. In this capacity, Billy managed the preparedness and incident management projects for the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration’s (DOE/NNSA) Office of Emergency Response, including training development and delivery, exercise support, policy and procedures development, and response issues. As the subject matter expert on all issues related to incident management, Billy coordinated ICS and incident management training, as well as providing key oversight of response curriculum and job aid development. Well versed in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), he designed realistic exercises that evaluated NIMS principles, such as command and management (ICS and MACS), to improve DOE/NNSA responses.
Prior to his work with DOE/NNSA, Billy worked at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center during the initial roll of out NIMS. An integral part of the NIMS Integration Center, Billy assisted in the national implementation of NIMS, advising local, state, federal, tribal, private sector, and non-governmental stakeholders on NIMS adoption and implementation.
A field operator at heart, Billy started his career in emergency management as a fire fighter and emergency medical technician in New York and Virginia. Since then, he has responded to incidents of every level around the world. Significant incidents include the Northeast Power Outage in 2003 (New York), Station Fire in 2009 (California), Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 (Gulf Coast, USA) and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident in 2012 (Japan). As part of the U.S Government response to the Fukushima Daiichi incident in Japan, Billy earned awards including the Department of Energy Secretarial Honor Award and the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development Meritorious Award. Following his experience at the Deepwater Horizon and Fukushima Daiichi incidents, Billy authored a paper on the complexities of both incidents, compared to domestic nuclear or radiological incidents. He has also lectured on the topic to a wide range of audiences including the National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference (NREP) and the Health Physics Society (HPS).
Billy holds a Masters of Public Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelors of Arts (dual majors of Public Policy and Economics) from Hamilton College. He is a certified NFPA Fire Instructor II, NIMS/ICS instructor for ICS-100-400, and a HSEEP instructor. He also holds ICS qualifications as a Resources Unit Leader and Situation Unit Leader. Recognized as a subject matter expert on radiological incidents and complex incident management, Billy is a frequent presenter on incident management topics.