Christina has been a resident of Medina County since 1997 and began employment with the agency in 2000 as the Administrative Assistant. She was promoted to the Emergency Management Technician in 2001 and Deputy Director in 2004. She took over as Director on September 1, 2011. Christina specializes in grant writing, bringing training opportunities and much needed equipment into the County for our public safety partners. As the lead grants administrator she has successfully applied for and managed over 6 million dollars in grants since 2004. The largest project to date covered a 9 year period and was for the acquisition and demolition of 25 repetitive flood loss structures in Gloria Glens and Chippewa Lake-this 9 year project totaled over 2.1 million. Christina holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Emergency Management Planning and Administration, an Associate in Commercial Art and Advertising as well as many other EM certifications. She is also an Ohio Certified Emergency Manager and a certified instructor for the National Incident Management System.
LEPC Emergency & Information Coordinator
Ben began employment with the agency in June of 2014. He graduated from the University of Akron with an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. He was an intern for the agency in 2013. Ben is also the Assistant Chief on Valley City Fire Department and is a member of the Medina County Technical Rescue Team, Medina County Fire Investigation Task Force, and Medina County Incident Management Team. He holds several certifications to include Firefighter II, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, Swift Water Operations, Trench Rescue Technician, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Investigator, and Fire Instructor. Ben has completed a variety of ICS & NIMS courses and has participated in many FEMA and TEEX trainings. Ben was promoted to Deputy Director in 2019. Ben also serves as the Emergency & Information Coordinator for the Medina County Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Emergency Management Specialist 1
Matt Sturgeon holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology from the University of Akron. He served as an intern at Medina County EMA in 2007. Matt began his public safety career with the Sharon Township Fire Department in Sharon Center, OH, serving a paramedic and firefighter. He completed his Paramedic training at Akron General Medical Center, and he was awarded the 2006 Class Leader Award. Matt previously served as Deputy Director of Knox County Emergency Management Agency in Mount Vernon, OH, and he has conducted emergency planning work as an independent consultant. Prior to coming to Medina County, Matt worked as a logistics analyst in private industry where he gained operations experience in logistics and in heavy industry.
All Hazards Team Liaison
Wally resides in Brunswick City has been a Firefighter/Paramedic on the Brunswick City Fire Department for 21 years. He is also a member of the Medina County All Hazards Team and is the Medina County Trench Rescue Team Leader. Wally was appointed the All Hazards Team Liaison in 2014. Wally handles the day to day needs of the team, maintaining all equipment and personnel files. Wally is also a member of SERT, & Ohio and Regions 2 & 5 USAR.
Claudia began employment with the agency as an intern in December 2017. Claudia graduated in 2019 with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from the University of Akron. Claudia is now a part time Emergency Planner for the agency. She is also a member of the Medina County EMA Community Emergency Response Team. Claudia has completed a variety of FEMA courses including the FEMA Professional Development Series.