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Joseph Theobald - President

Director Theobald was named Ocean City Emergency Services Director by the Mayor and City Council in May of 2005.  As Director, he is responsible for and has final authority for the four Divisions that make up Emergency Services within the Town: the Beach Patrol Division, Communications Division, Electronic Services Division, and the Emergency Management Division.  On December 20, 2005, Mr. Joseph J. Theobald was sworn in as the new Ocean City Emergency Management Director, by appointment of the Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich.

The Beach Patrol Division employees 200 surf rescue technicians who educate and guard the 8.5 million annual visitors who enjoy the beaches of Ocean City.  The Communications Division is a full-service public safety dispatch center and 911 public safety answering point (PSAP).  The Electronic Services Division maintains the 800 MHz EDAC radio system for the city. The Emergency Management Division coordinates public safety response for all hazards, and oversees planning, response, recovery and mitigation concerns for the Town.    

Prior to his service with the Town of Ocean City, he resided in the State of New Jersey. Director Theobald was previously employed in law enforcement, and retired with 29 years of service as a command officer with a municipal police department.  Additionally, he has 40 years in the fire service, and served for a number of years as the Chief of a municipal fire department.  Director Theobald has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, and a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice/Education.   

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Michelle Lloyd - Vice President

Michelle Lloyd is the Deputy Emergency Manager for Cecil County, Maryland, and is a Certified Emergency Manager. She has a Master of Science in Disaster Medicine and Management from Philadelphia University and a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from the University of Maryland University College. She is also a Nationally Registered Paramedic, and EMS Instructor. Michelle is a die-hard parrothead, loves trivia, and enjoys supporting her home teams of the Ravens and O’s.


Marianne Souders - Treasurer

Marianne manages the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s Planning Division. The planning division is responsible for coordinating with multiple county departments, agencies, as well as public and private partners to develop emergency plans and preparedness initiatives. Additionally, the Planning Division is responsible for community engagement and outreach activities that enhance the awareness and preparedness abilities of the citizens who live and work in Montgomery County.


Shelly Gooding - Secretary

Shelly Gooding is the Emergency Management Specialist for Calvert County Division of Emergency Management. She has a Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management, a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management, and is an alumnus of the Naval Post Graduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Emergence Program. She is a Maryland Emergency Medical Technician. Shelly’s professional background includes over a decade of adult education where she is a Certified Technical Trainer, course developer, and peer coach.