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Center for Threat Preparedness
Bureau for Public Health
West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources

505 Capitol Street, Suite 200
Charleston, West Virginia  25301
Phone: (304) 558-6900
FAX: (304) 558-0464 
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Jerry Rhodes, Director  

Deputy Director 

Exercise Coordinator

Carolyn Elswick, Director for Grants Management & Administration  

Dianna Gertz, Information Systems Specialist  

Donnie Haynes, Emergency Planner

Matilyn James, Office Assistant III  

Arielle Lippman, CDC Preparedness Field Assignee 
Luke Mitchell, Public Information Officer III

Nurse Responder Health and Safety/Volunteer Management Coordinator

Yolanda Sowards, Healthcare System Preparedness Director  

Rebecca Schmidt, CDC PHPS Fellow  

Jim Sowards, SNS Coordinator  

Teri Surface, Office Manager  

Humbert Zappia, CDC Public Health Advisor - SNS  

After Hours Public Health Emergency Contact Information
For Disease Reporting or Epi Consultation Call (800) 423-1271 or (304) 558-5358.
For all other Public Health Emergencies Call (304) 925-9907.

Media inquiries & Request for Interviews
All media inquiries for the Center for Threat Preparedness should be directed to Luke Mitchell at or (304) 558-6900. You may also contact Allison Adler in the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Communications and Legislative Affairs at or (304) 558-7899.

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