Dr. Aaron M. Rhone serves as the Bureau Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Health's Bureau of EMS. Aaron has served the Commonwealth for the last eight years within the Bureau of EMS and has a total of 12 years of Commonwealth service. Prior to his appointment as Interim Bureau Director, Aaron has served as the EMS Program Manager for System operations and as EMS Program Specialist. During his tenure with the Department of Health, Aaron has been actively engaged in both the Ebola Outbreak and COVID 19 responses having served in various roles within the Department Operations Center. Prior to joining the Department of Health, Aaron served as an Emergency Management Specialist within the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s (PEMA) Training and Exercise Division. During his tenure at PEMA Aaron served as a subject matter expert on training and exercises. In 2014 Aaron was named the lead civilian planner for the Vigilant Guard Exercise. Vigilant Guard was a combined military and civilian exercise that providing a training venue for over 3,200 military and civilian responders. For his dedication to this project Aaron was awarded the Pennsylvania National Guard Meritorious Service Medal. Outside of his roles within the Commonwealth Aaron serves as Part-time faculty for Columbia Southern University (CSU), teaching in the Emergency Medical Services Administration programs within the College of Safety and Emergency Services. Aaron in his role at CSU serves on the Faculty Advisory Council and was named the 2021 Robert G. Mayes Sr., Distinguished Faculty of the Year for the College of Safety and Emergency Services. Additionally, in his role as an academic in both the student and faculty roles Aaron has authored several articles on the topics of coaching and mentoring, leadership development, and organizational bench strength. Educationally, Aaron holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Leadership from Northcentral University, a Master of Public Administration and Master of Science in Emergency Services Management from Columbia Southern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University.
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