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About the AHEPP Education Committee

The AHEPP Education Committee helps determine the monthly webinar schedule for the year and leads special projects to help members become more proficient in healthcare preparedness competencies. 


Phil Chaffee

Senior Director

Emergency Management

University of Utah Health and Health Sciences

Phil Chaffee is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and has been the Senior Director of Emergency Management for the University of Utah Health Sciences, Hospitals and Clinics since May 2009.  Prior to working for the University, Phil was the Emergency Manager for Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH) for several years.  

Phil completed his Bachelor of Science from the University of Utah in Health Promotion and Education with an emphasis in Disaster Preparedness in June 2005.  He completed his Master’s of Science in Emergency Management (MSEM) from Jacksonville State University in Alabama in December 2008
.  Phil is currently working on completing his MBA through Western Governor’s University (WGU).  Phil is a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and a certified Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).

Phil is originally from Southern California where he worked in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) with Mercy Ambulance, AMR Ambulance, the San Bernardino County Sherriff’s Air Rescue and at Loma Linda University.  He was also employed for 10 years as an adjunct faculty for Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa, California where he taught in the EMT and Paramedic program.

Kevin Arthur, CHEC III

Emergency Management Program Manager

Primary Children's Hospital

Kevin has 35 years of experience in healthcare as a hospital-based Paramedic and Emergency Management Program Manager. Mr. Arthur worked for 19 years in the Emergency Department at a 685 bed Level I Trauma Center. At the moment of 9/11 Mr. Arthur’s career began to be modified to develop an Emergency Management Department and Program for the flagship hospital of WellSpan Health in South-Central Pennsylvania.


For the past 10 years he has worked as the Emergency Management Program Manager at Primary Children’s Hospital (PCH), a 289-bed hospital and level I pediatric trauma center. As the Emergency Manager, he is responsible for public health and disaster emergency preparedness and response for the hospital, its affiliated clinics and for the PCH Children’s Health Complex. Kevin is responsible for all emergency management program design and development which includes: plan and procedure development, establishing and maintaining response assets, staff training for response to disaster situations and command cadre education and support.

Steve Ikuta, BS, MEP

Emergency Management Program Manager

Intermountain Healthcare

Steve Ikuta has more than 37 years of experience in the medical field. He derives great satisfaction from helping communities prepare for an uncertain future. He currently coordinates one of Intermountain Healthcare’s emergency management programs. His scope of services includes Cedar City Hospital, Dixie Regional Medical Center, Garfield Memorial Hospital and Sevier Valley Hospital. Steve graduated from Utah Valley University, magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management Administration Services. He is a Utah Certified Emergency Manager (UCEM) and a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP). Steve serves in his community as a volunteer firefighter with Santa Clara/Ivins Fire Rescue. He is their Public Information Officer and Safety Officer. He has been a volunteer firefighter for 16 years. He also serves on Utah’s southwest regional hazmat response team, Utah’s southwest regional field medical hospital strike team and the Utah Crisis Standards of Care Committee. Steve is the current chairperson for Utah Disaster Advisory Executive Committee and Southern Utah American Red Cross Advisory Committee.   He is also the co-chair for Southwest Utah Healthcare Preparedness Coalition. Steve is the recipient of the 2014 American Red Cross Heroes Award for Emergency Preparedness and a nominee for Homeland Security’s 2014 Rick Rescorla Award for Resiliency.


Rebekah Hoffner 

Emergency Management Coordinator

Primary Children’s Hospital

Rebekah grew up in central Pennsylvania and attended The Pennsylvania State University, majoring in both Biology and Earth Science. After graduating from Penn State, Bekah received her Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management from Philadelphia University (now Jefferson University).While working on her master’s degree, Bekah taught high school math and science at a small, private school, and interned at Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency in Harrisburg, PA. Additionally, she has been a certified EMT-B for over 6 years.

After obtaining her master’s degree, Bekah worked for a private consulting firm in Pennsylvania, where she was involved in the development and implementation of large county and state public health preparedness projects and healthcare coalition building in PA, DE, WV, MD, and NJ. Moreover, she has experience with county and state-level plan development and multiagency exercise coordination. In 2017, Bekah moved to Utah to become the Emergency Management Coordinator at Intermountain Primary Children’s Hospital. Bekah is a Certified Healthcare Emergency Coordinator (CHEC-II), and has spoken at numerous conferences across the country regarding pediatric emergency preparedness and reunification.

David Marsee

Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator

Duke Healthcare Preparedness Coalition

Durham, NC 

David Marsee spent 31 years in Durham County Emergency Services before retiring as a Senior Emergency Management Coordinator. David held several different positions in Durham County, Paramedic, EMS Education Specialist, Fire Captain, Assistant Fire Marshal and Senior Emergency Management Coordinator. David is a NC Fire Instructor and Emergency Management Instructor and an Adjunct Instructor for Durham Technical Community College in the Emergency Management Curriculum. David has not only taught EM classes throughout the state but has delivered classes throughout the country with Emergency Management Institute (EMI). David has extensive practical knowledge in Emergency Management as he has deployed on many large incidents as part of the NC Incident Management Team. David currently is the Duke Healthcare Preparedness Coordinator where he works with several healthcare organizations on developing, training and exercising preparedness plans. David is also responsible for managing one of North Carolina’s State Medical Assistance Teams (SMAT) that have been deployed to various incidents.

David holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and Emergency Management from Kaplan University. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), and holds certificates in Continuity of Operations and Infrastructure Protection.

Rachel Manson

Emergency Management Specialist

Trillium Health Partners

Mississauga, ON


Tracy Miller, MSN, RN, NHDP-BC, CHEC II

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Aurora Medical Center

Oshkosh, WI

Tracy has 20 years of experience in healthcare in emergency medicine, trauma, and preparedness and currently serves as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh, WI (a Level III, 84 bed facility) and the 12 clinics in her patient service market. Her background includes emergency nursing and Trauma Coordinator roles.

 Mrs. Miller is active regionally as chair of the Fox Valley Healthcare Emergency Readiness Coalition, chair of the state Healthcare Emergency Readiness Emergency Coalition Advisory Council, and coordinates a regional approach to special pathogens- an infectious disease mobile response team comprised of staff from area healthcare and public health partners.

Mrs. Miller completed her master’s in nursing with a concentration in Population Health with a concentration in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL.

Andrew Moull

Emergency Management Specialist

Hamilton Health Sciences

Toronto, ON


Steven Rossberg

Emergency Preparation Coordinator

Intermountain Healthcare

St George, UT

Steven Rossberg has been working in preparedness for nearly nine years most recently as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator with Intermountain Healthcare supporting Dixie Regional Medical Center (T2) and Garfield Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).  Previously Steven worked as the Regional Medical Surge Coordinator for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department starting in 2011.  While working at the health department he worked as the Healthcare Coalition Chair.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Business Management.  His responsibilities include coordinating the healthcare preparedness efforts to meet The Joint Commission and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) preparedness requirements.  Other responsibilities include drafting and implementing emergency preparedness plans for five licensed facilities, namely, Garfield Memorial Hospital, Garfield County Nursing Home, Garfield Memorial Clinic, Circleville Clinic and the Bryce Valley Clinic.  He enjoys designing and conducting exercises and drills for all these facilities.  Steven has worked on the NACCHO Medical Surge Committee building educational programs.  He was recently accepted into the FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner program working towards his MEP.  He enjoys working in a collaborative environment where his work and efforts can make a difference in the healthcare community. 
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