Critical Incident Response Team Members

Critical Incident Response Team Members

Team Coordinators

The role of the team coordinator is to:

  1. Implement the College Emergency Notification System (University Relations, Police and Safety, Provost Office, Residence Life, and Personal Counseling).
  2. Inform the College community of the incident and services to be provided when appropriate via the Student ListServ, Press Releases, and Faculty/Staff ListServ.
  3. Complete the Critical Incident Screening Form, determine if CIRT needs to be activated, and appoint a team leader.

The following persons are given the responsibility to "activate" the CIRT Team at Penn State Behrend:

  • Ken Miller, Senior Director of Administration and Student Affairs, 898-6111,
  • Kris Motta Torok, Director of Student Activities, 898-6171,
  • Kelly Shrout, Associate Director of Student Affairs, 898-6111,

Team Leaders

The role of the team leader is to:

  1. Consult with the Team Coordinator regarding the incident.
  2. Complete the Critical Incident Request Form.
  3. Determine a plan of action (types of services to be rendered). These are: defusing, debriefing, pastoral/peer support, psychological services, community referral, crisis management briefing (parents), and others.
  4. Assemble, designate, and dispatch team members.
  5. Remain accessible to team throughout the process.
  6. Designate location of command center.
  7. Collect results of intervention for post-incident critique.

The following persons will take responsibility on a rotation basis for forming teams in the event of a critical incident or crisis on the campus of Penn State Behrend:

  • Sue Daley, Staff Psychologist and Clinical Director of CIRT, 898-6504,
  • Nicole Lowry, Personal Counselor, 898-6504,
  • Lee Shadeck, Personal Counselor, 898-6594,
  • Matt Szcesny, Personal Counselor, 898-6504,
  • Kris Motta Torok, Director of Student Activities, 898-6171,

The CIRT Team Leaders at Penn State Behrend all have mental health counseling degrees and have been trained in the CISM model.

Team Members

The following individuals are representative of the various areas of the college and have been trained in the CISM model. Among the departments represented are the Academic and Career Planning Center, the Academic Schools, Athletics, Chancellor's Office, Development and Alumni Relations, Financial Aid, Library, Housing and Food Services, Personal Counseling, Residence Life, Student Activities, and Student Affairs. Others have completed the training but have chosen not to be active members of the team. Those who are active members attend group meetings, committee meetings, and are participating in ongoing education in the CISM model. This group is the pool from which teams will be formed responding to crises that occur on campus.

An asterisk (*) denotes a mental health professional.

  • Breanna Abramson, Residence Life Coordinator, Student Affairs,
  • Emily Artello, Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Studies,
  • Kristy Bunce, Administrative Support Coordinator, School of Engineering,
  • *Sue Daley, Staff Psychologist, Director of Personal Counseling,
  • Jim Dowds, Case Manager, Personal Counseling,
  • Lauri Enterline, Academic Adviser, Division of Undergraduate Studies,
  • Jill Fox, Assistant Director of Residence Life, Student Affairs,
  • Tracy Halmi, Faculty/Senior Lecturer in Chemistry, School of Science,
  • Holli LeVan, Residence Life Coordinator, Student Affairs,
  • *Nicole Lowry, Assistant Director of Personal Counseling,
  • Terri Mando, Academic Adviser, Undergraduate Studies,
  • Tina Meckley, Administrative Support Assistant, Copy Center,
  • Ken Miller, Senior Director of Administration and Student Affairs,
  • Beth Nagy, Development Assistant, Development and Alumni Relations,
  • Lisa Nelson, Administrative Support Assistant, Chancellor's Office,
  • Melissa Osborn, Information Resources and Services Support Specialist, Library,
  • *Lee Shadeck, Personal Counselor, Personal Counseling,
  • Kelly Shrout, Associate Director of Student Affairs,
  • Brian Streeter, Senior Director of Athletics,
  • *Matthew Szczesny, Personal Counselor, Personal Counseling,
  • *Kris Motta Torok, Director of Student Activities,
  • Mary Trott, Staff Assistant, Student Affairs,
  • Al Vogan, Assistant Director, Housing & Food Services,
  • Linda Witchcoff, Administrative Support Assistant, Personal Counseling,

Protocol for Activation of the Penn State Behrend Critical Incident Response Team

In most serious campus incidents, the College's Emergency Notification System will be activated. In this instance, the Director of Student Affairs or another Team Coordinator designated by him will initiate the request for an intervention. The following is a sequence of steps that are followed in responding to such a request.

  1. Student Affairs is contacted with the request for intervention (898-6111).
  2. Staff member gathers information needed for the Critical Incident Screening Form.
  3. Screening Form is presented to Team Coordinator for decision to activate the CIRT.
  4. Team Coordinator makes contact with Team Leader on call to activate the CIRT.
  5. Team Leader decides on form of intervention and calls members of the team to serve on the CIRT.
  6. Team Leader assigns a team member the responsibility of arranging the details of intervention (i.e. time, place, informational materials, refreshments).
  7. CIRT meets in advance of the intervention to clarify roles, review procedures and receive a briefing from appropriate parties.
  8. Intervention occurs.
  9. CIRT meets after the intervention for review and to arrange follow-up as appropriate.
  10. CIRT team leader is responsible for completing and submitting CIRT Report to Clinical Director.