Meet your Instructor
Hank Christen & Paul Maniscalco
Hank is a consultant for for Department of Defense and federal agencies.
Paul is a Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator with The George Washington University and a member of the GWU Emergency/Crisis Management Senior Leadership team.
Dr. Hank Christen has been a consultant in the fields of emergency response and counter-terrorism for Department of Defense agencies, federal response agencies and local government public safety agencies since 2000. He was previously a battalion chief for the Atlanta Fire Department, Director of Emergency Services for Okaloosa County, Florida, and Director of Emergency Response Operations for Unconventional Concepts, Inc. Dr. Christen served as unit commander for the Gulf Coast Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and has responded to twelve national level disasters, including the 2001 World Trade Center attack.
Paul M. Maniscalco is a Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator with The George Washington University and a member of the GWU Emergency/Crisis Management Senior Leadership team. Paul presently serves as the president of the International Association of Emergency Medical Service Chiefs (IAEMSC) and is a former president of the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). Chief Maniscalco retired from the City of New York as a Deputy Chief/Paramedic after completing almost 23 years of service. He has over 30 years of public safety response experience including supervisory, management, and executive service, during which he has had the responsibilities of planning for, responding to, and managing a wide array of emergencies and significant events, including aviation and rapid transit emergencies, natural and technological disasters, civil disturbances, and acts of terrorism. Chief Maniscalco has been engaged in command roles for planning and managing large, high-profile special events such as dignitary visits, national political conventions, sport championships, and a wide variety of mass gatherings.