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MCSS Staff List

  • Main Office
  • J. Dino Pignataro - Deputy Director
    Covers Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot counties 
    • E-mail: joseph.pignataro@maryland.gov
    • Phone: Cell: 443-604-0652
    • Assists the Executive Director with day to day operations of the MCSS
    • Supervises personnel within the Training and Prevention/Intervention Divisions
    • Liaisons with all identified school security directors and mental health coordinators
    • Assists with regional personnel on issues and training needs that arise
       
  • Sandra Caldwell - School Safety Analyst
    • E-mail: sandra.caldwell1@maryland.gov (please note the 1 after the last name)
    • Phone: Office: 410-281-2334
    • Safe Schools Maryland Tip Line Primary POC
    • Analyzes closed and open source data from national, state, and local resources
    • Formulates reports and bulletins for dissemination to MCSS partners
    • Prepares charts, tables, and other illustrative materials internally to better comprehend incidents and/or overall situational awareness of an event(s)
       
  • Emily Allen Lucht - Communications and Media Specialist
    • E-mail: emily.allen@maryland.gov
    • Phone: Office: 410-281-2337
    • Renovates and maintains the website
    • Manages social media and strategies, policies, and content
    • Creates video, photo, newsletters and other products needed to market agency and products need internally and externally to our stakeholders including media
       
  • Gifty Quarshie - Fiscal & Grants Analyst
    • E-mail: gifty.quarshie4@maryland.gov (please note the 4 after the last name)
    • Phone: Office: 410-281-2336
    • Analyzing all grants submitted to the Center
    • Verifying funding availability
    • Monitoring the Center's expenditures
    • Preparing and executing the Center's operating budget
       
  • Jesika McNeil - Executive Assistant
    • E-mail: jesika.mcneil@maryland.gov
    • Phone: Office: 410-281-2335
    • Manages the office, schedule and communications of the Executive Director
    • Oversees and manages communications with and provide support for the School Safety Subcabinet and the MCSS Advisory Board
    • Manages the day-to-day operations of the MCSS office
       
  • Andrew Turner - Prevention and Intervention Administrator
    Covers Dorchester, Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset counties
    • E-mail: andrew.turner@maryland.gov
    • Phone: Cell: 410-844-1895
    • Supervises Prevention and Intervention Specialists
    • Serves as the primary MCSS representative to four assigned school systems
    • Coordinates training pertaining to the acquiring and sustaining best/promising practices in promoting positive school environments related to prevention and intervention strategies
       
  • James Hott - Regional Training & Certification Specialist
    Covers Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties
    • E-mail: james.hott1@maryland.gov (please note the 1 after the last name)
    • Phone: 443-902-0143
    • Develops and Provides Training for School Resource Officers and School Safety Officers in the State of Maryland
    • Provides technical knowledge and assistance on evidence-based practices to reduce student violence, gang involvement and other unsafe acts.
    • Provides technical knowledge and assistance in identifying best/promising practices for school emergency preparedness, planning and critical incident response management
       
  • Michael Rudinski - Regional Training & Certification Specialist
    Covers Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert, St. Mary’s counties
    • E-mail: michael.rudinski@maryland.gov
    • Phone: 443-902-0144
    • Develops and Provides Training for School Resource Officers and School Safety Officers in the State of Maryland
    • Provides technical knowledge and assistance on evidence-based practices to reduce student violence, gang involvement and other unsafe acts
    • Provides technical knowledge and assistance in identifying best/promising practices for school emergency preparedness, planning and critical incident response management
       
  • Ron Pierce - Prevention and Intervention Specialist
    Covers Carroll, Baltimore, Harford, Cecil counties
    • E-mail: ronald.pierce@maryland.gov
    • Phone: 443-902-0164
    • Provides technical and operational assistance to school systems in the areas of violence and critical incident prevention and intervention
    • Serves as the primary MCSS representative to four assigned school systems
    • Reviews school system emergency plans, providing assistance with initiatives and programs focused on prevention and intervention strategies to prevent violence, youth suicide, substance abuse and incarceration
       
  • Tarik Harris - Prevention and Intervention Specialist
    Covers Baltimore City, Howard, Anne Arundel, Montgomery counties
    • E-mail: tarik.harris@maryland.gov
    • Phone: 443-902-0163
    • Provides technical and operational assistance to school systems in the areas of violence and critical incident prevention and intervention
    • Serves as the primary MCSS representative to four assigned school systems
    • Reviews school system emergency plans, providing assistance with initiatives and programs focused on prevention and intervention strategies to prevent violence, youth suicide, substance abuse and incarceration
       
  • Christian Cymek - Special Assistant
    • E-mail: christian.cymek1@maryland.gov (please note the 1 after the last name)
    • Phone: Office: 410-281-2333
    • Provides support to the Executive Director of the MCSS during the Legislative Session 
    • Prepares required reports
    • Tracks legislative bills that relate to school safety
       
  • Jeyan Jebaraj - Data and Policy Analyst
    • E-mail: jeyan.jebaraj1@maryland.gov (please note the 1 after the last name)
    • Phone: Office: 410-281-2335
    • Responsible for collection, analysis and reporting of legislatively required data from state and local resources
    • Leads data collection and reporting efforts on all school safety topics
    • Provides analysis, reports and evaluations on local, state and national policy and legislative trends 
    • Participates in OOCC, AAIWG, and other local and national work groups to gather and provide data related to safe schools