Director of Program Development
As the director of program development, Erin McLachlan has the overall responsibility for training and exercising the regional plans. Erin began her career in emergency management in NYC, working with victims of September 11 at Safe Horizon, helping to develop a coordinated case-management model. During Hurricane Katrina, she took this model nationwide as the national deployment manager for the Coordinated Assistance Network, where she helped facilitate regional disaster recovery partnerships. In 2007, she moved to NYC OEM where she coordinated the human service response during several large-scale incidents and developed the citywide Family Assistance Center and Disaster Assistance Center Plans. In 2009, Erin was the regional project manager for the Mass Fatality Plan. Most recently, Erin worked in South Sudan with Doctors Without Borders. She has a master's degree in international affairs from the New School University.
Executive Project Manager
As the Executive Project Manager for the RCPT, Niral Patel works with the planners at the Regional Integration Center and our planning partners to oversee all phases of the projects from initiation to close out. Niral began his career in the US Army as a Mechanical Engineer where he led product development and implementation projects using Lean Six Sigma and US Army Acquisition methodologies. He created and implemented program schedules and strategies at the Picatinny Arsenal from 2007 to 2013. He has an EMBA in Technology Management from the Stevens Institute of Technology.