Spring Conference

Spring Conference 2023

May 25, 2023

The Desmond Hotel

One Liberty Blvd, Malvern, PA 19355 


Spring Conference 2022 Program Video


  • Steve Allaband, President CCATO
  • Marian Moskowitz, Chair Chester County Board of Commissioners
  • Carolyn Comitta, Pennsylvania Senator
  • Jessica Sahl, Assistant Director CCIU on Broadband Project
  • Joe Gerdes, Director of Government Relations PSATS
Keynote Program:

Municipalities and the dynamically evolving EMS and Mental Health Sectors

Slides EMS     Slides 9-8-8

The delivery of Emergency Medical Services for our residents has dynamically changed due to COVID, Hospital Closures, staffing challenges and inflation.  Join this session’s first segment as we outline the performance metrics during peak demands contrasted with today reviewing the corrective measures performed and contemplated.  The White Paper prepared by the EMS Council is a significant read prior to this session (linked here).  Learn what each municipality needs to address as this sector continues to evolve in order to provide optimal, responsive services to our citizens and guests.

The hospital closures removed the behavioral health center in the Brandywine Hospital which served the county residents who benefitted from inpatient services.  Understand the role of dialing 9-8-8 (projected for full operation in July) for both urgent and responsive behavioral health support for the general population and veterans.  Understand concepts and plans in the following subject areas:

  • Services and staffing the the Valley Creek Crisis Center.
  • Waitlists with mental health professionals and curative approaches
  • The concept of Crisis Receiving and Stabilization Centers.
  • Creating and expanding the availability of inpatient psychiatric beds
  • 9-8-8 deployment in Call Centers, mobile response teams, and a Crisis Stabilization Center

Medical services both urgent and routine has undergone significant stresses in the past few years and this session is designed for you to have a framework to understand the needs and developing municipal plans.


  • Charles “Chaz” Brogan, President, Chester County EMS Council, Inc.
  • Patrick “Pat” Bokovitz, Director Chester County Department of Human Services

 Breakout Sessions:

Cybersecurity and Protecting Your Township from Intrusions

Slides Video

Due to current geopolitical tensions regarding Russia's invasion of Ukraine, every organization—small and large— must 'Shield Up'. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could lead to potential cyber-physical impacts that affect our homeland. 

Join this breakout session to gain insight into:

  1. Russia's history of malicious cyber activity, including March 15, 2022 reports of Russia bypassing multifactor authentication (MFA) protocols using a known vulnerability
  2. Why CISA, along with our partners, are concerned with cyber-physical impacts that could result in physical or environmental harm
  3. What it means to ‘Shield Up’ and no-cost, actionable guidance that your organization can take to prepare and respond to disruptive cyber attacks
  4. Ways you can stay up-to-date on the changing threat landscape and cybersecurity resources


  • Arielle Baine CISSP, CCSP, GCWN, CEH, US Dept of Homeland Security --Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • David Menichello, CISO, BTB Security
  • Moderator:  Christopher Butchkoski, Secretary CCATO


Creating Places for People and Nature

 This session will discuss the importance of conservation-minded municipal ordinances, how to craft and administer a successful subdivision ordinance through a variety of perspectives. Attendees will hear on cluster ordinances, an update on the County’s Cluster Subdivision Design Guide, featuring subdivision case studies successfully incorporating open space. and a presentation on a subdivision ordinance, called Conservation by Design, that can result in thoughtfully designed open space with interconnected greenways in addition to housing. Also hear from municipal representatives who have administered these ordinances to hear lessons learned from a practical perspective. All and all saving our land and creating healthy places to live.



  • Rachael Griffith, RLA, AICP, Trails and Open Space Planner, Chester County
  •  Richard M. Tralies, PLA, Senior Director of Landscape Planning, Natural Lands. 
  • Maggie Dobbs, Director of Planning and Zoning, Asst Twp. Manager, Westtown Township
  • Karen Nocella, Board of Supervisors, East Coventry Township,     
  • Moderator: Carol De Wolf, CCATO Education Committee

Climate Action and Municipal Sustainable Practices Being Implemented 

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The Chester County “Climate Action Plan” and the advisory committee’s focus on energy and environmental matters will be presented. Followed by a discussion on what various sustainable practices municipalities are undertaking to support and advance climate action.


  • Carol Stauffer, Assistant Director, Chester County Planning Commission
  • Paul Spiegel, Director, Energy & Sustainability Services, Spotts, Stevens and McCoy
  • Jim Wylie, Vice Chair, West Chester Borough Sustainability, Advisory Committee
  • Rutger Boerema, Tredyffrin Township Environmental Advisory Committee
  • Moderator: Isaac Thomas, Assured Partners, CCATO Education Committee