FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Odell, Mercy College Dean Partner Form Leadership Alliance


MaryEllen Odell
Putnam County Executive
(845) 808-1001 

August 19, 2013

Odell, Mercy College Dean Partner Form Leadership Alliance

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and Dr. Ed Weis, Dean of the Mercy College School of Business have invited key stakeholders from government and municipal departments, school districts and private businesses to participate in a Leadership Alliance, a partnership between Putnam County and Mercy College designed to improve the area’s collective ability to prepare for and respond to significant hazardous events.

Odell and Weis will host a kick-off reception and press conference on Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course, 187 Hill Street, Mahopac, NY where they will announce their collaborative measure and offer a high level overview of the innovative program.

The Leadership Alliance is a pilot program where a representative from each of the 20 key stakeholders will participate. The end result of this 12-month program will be that each representative will earn a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership focused on Emergency Management and Security.

“The County’s purpose in partnering with Mercy College in this manner is to provide the region with a critically trained team of first responders who already know each other and each other’s organizations and can design and facilitate a smooth and well-defined approach to responding to an event, be it man-made or one dealt by Mother Nature such as last year’s Hurricane Sandy,” said Odell.

The objective and work product of this endeavor will assist in the development of Putnam County’s Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (MJHMP).

Odell said the MJHMP process will include identifying risk, developing mitigation plans and establishing preparedness and response plans. She said having this sort of plan in place in the near future can open the way for grant funding opportunities later. 

“The development and filing of this plan with the state and federal government is a requirement for certain grant funding opportunities for organizations within the region,” Odell said.  

Courses will begin on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the Putnam County Emergency Services Training and Operations Center in Carmel.

Now, as Dean of the Business Program at Mercy’s School of Business, Dr. Weis enjoys having a blank canvas upon which he can “try to create an optimal business education for students” where they can learn business from leaders in their field by doing business with other leaders in the profession. 

The course will be managed by Dr. Matthew Miraglia, a highly decorated former police detective and member of New York State Zone 3 Counter Terrorism Intelligence Task Force where he served as a Field Intelligence Officer. Dr. Miraglia is presently the Director of the Corporate and Homeland Security Program at Mercy College’s School of Business.  He and his team of subject matter experts from Mercy College and industry will be participating in teaching the class and guiding the development of the MJHMP.

Dr. Weis also announced that Mercy College and Putnam County will offer a new Certificate Program.

“Beginning in January 2014, Mercy College and Putnam County will be offering a Certificate Program in Corporate and Homeland Security,” he said. “This program will provide 15 undergraduate credits toward a Bachelor’s degree.”

By design, the Certificate Program will run concurrently with the Master’s degree program and interact with that offering accordingly in order to develop the MJHMP. It is anticipated that the Certificate Program will include approximately 20 participants and involve additional key stakeholders.