As a joint program offered by both the UIC School of Public Health and the UIC College of Business Administration, the UIC Emergency Management and Continuity distinguishes itself from graduate programs at other institutions. The multi-disciplinary curriculum is taught by a combination of public health and business school faculty members, the Argonne National Laboratory and professional business continuity planners. The knowledgeable and skilled faculty members have numerous years of experience both inside and outside the classroom, including expertise in various industries, such as IT risk and business management; public health emergency operations; and urban emergency management.

Learn more about the UIC Emergency Management and Continuity Planning online certificate program faculty:


Michael D. Cailas, Ph.D. , P.E.
Executive Director
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  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Division of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program

Program Director Dr. Michael Cailas is on the forefront of emergency management training and is committed to the advancement of public health and community health. He is the Executive Director for the Public Health Geographic Information Systems online certificate program as well as an Associate Professor for the Division of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. He received an MS in Hydraulic Engineering from National Polytechnic University of Athens, and went on to earn his PhD in Environmental Engineering from McGill University. His research interests include water quality monitoring network design, environmental data analysis, risk assessment and cost benefit analysis. His professional interests are related to environmental risk management, data mining, geostatistics, and the development of Web-based courses and programs.

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Apostolis Sambanis, PhD
Director of Curriculum
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  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • Division of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences
  • Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program

Apostolis Sambanis is currently the Director of Curriculum for the University of Illinois at Chicago Emergency Management & Continuity Planning Graduate Online Program and a HSE Generalist for Honeywell UOP. For more than ten years, his work has included risk assessments, emergency response, business continuity, risk characterization, and remediation for a variety of private sector clients. His past research includes evaluation of a geospatial health risk computer program funded by the USEPA known as Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA), implementing the CDC’s Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) framework for the State of Illinois, and further development of FEMA’s geographic information system-based natural hazard analysis


David Ibrahim, Ph.D.
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  • University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
  • UIC Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
  • Emergency Management and Continuity Planning Program

Dr. Ibrahim possess a plethora of experience within the public health policy, preparedness and strategic management framework for Emergency Operations Planning, Business Continuity Management, Continuity of Operations, Functional Restoration, Disaster Recovery, Crisis Risk Management and Pandemic Preparedness.

Dr. Ibrahim has performed technology and business continuity assessments /evaluations / designs and planning for higher education, healthcare, metropolitan health departments, pharmaceutical companies, financial services, aviation and manufacturing.. He has held leadership positions in business continuity and risk management, and has professional and specialized skills in business continuity project management and problem analysis and resolution. 


Matthew Liotine, Ph.D.
Director of Instruction
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Phone: 630-305-0842

  • University of Illinois at Chicago Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Information & Decision Sciences Department

Matthew Liotine is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Chicago Liautaud Graduate School of Business and a faculty advisor to the Wilbur Wright College Computer Security and Forensic Program. Dr. Liotine brings over 30 years of academic and industry experience to the EMCP program. He has taught courses at DePaul University, Princeton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology. Formerly the vice president of the consulting firm, BLR Research, Dr. Liotine specialized in planning, research and training in business continuity and security for private and public enterprises. He has worked as a consultant to various telecommunication, financial and entertainment firms where he developed and managed business continuity and systems integration projects. Dr. Liotine is also the author of Mission-Critical Network Planning(Artech House), a bestselling book on business continuity for information technology infrastructure.

Dr. Liotine holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from New York Polytechnic Institute and M.S., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and operations research from Princeton University. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), Homeland Security (CHS-III) professional and holds a project management certificationfrom the IBM Systems Management Institute.


Christos G. Takoudis, PhD
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  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering, 
  • University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Dentistry

Professor Takoudis has a PhD from the University of Minnesota, Department of Chemical Engineering.  He has published extensively on advanced material research topics and on nanotechnology with direct implications in health policy administration. His expertise covers several aspects of emergency management and public health.


Michael Colvard, DDS, MTS, MS, M O Med RCSEd
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  • Periodontist & Associate Professor of Oral Medicine, Department of Oral Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Director, Disaster Emergency Medicine Responder Training (DEMRT) Center

Dr. Colvard is Professor, Oral Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences and Director, Dental Medicine Responder and Technology (DMRT) Office. Dr. Colvard earned his PhD in Theology and Medical Anthropology through the Graduate Theological Foundation and its parent, Oxford Foundation House, Oxford, UK.  Dr. Colvard previously earned his DDS and Certificate in Periodontics from the Loyola University School of Dentistry, an MTS in Theology and Medical Anthrophony from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, and an MS in Oral Sciences from UIC


John A. Jackson, FBCI(hon), CORE
Executive Vice President, Fusion Risk Management

John has over 30 years of Risk Management industry leadership and is widely regarded as a visionary in Enterprise Business Continuity, Incident Response, Crisis Management and Disaster Recovery.  John was awarded the Business Continuity Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award and is an honorary FBCI (Fellow designation) with the BCI.

In John’s distinguished 35 years in the industry, he has held the following positions:

  • President, Comdisco’s Global Continuity Services Division
  • Vice President and Managing Director, IBM Business Continuity and Resilience organization
  • Managing Director, HP’s Americas Continuity Business
  • Senior Vice President of SunGard Availability services
  • Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Fusion Risk Management

Today, John is very active in the industry, serving on the Executive Advisory Board of Disaster Recovery Journal and the Editorial Advisory Boards for Continuity Insights and the Disaster Resource Guide. Currently, John serves as National Vice President for the InfraGard National Members Alliance, an FBI / Private Sector Partnership.


Le Roy Foster, MS
Director of Business Continuity
Chief Security Officer at a Health Care System in Illinois
Clinical Instructor

Le Roy Foster earned his Master's of Computer Science from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana. He currently is director of business continuity and the Chief Security Officer at a Health Care System in Illinois. He is responsible for key security program elements and serves as an advisor to senior management in the development, implementation, and maintenance of an information security infrastructure. Mr. Foster has diverse management experience and special skills in project planning and execution, team building, customer service and problem solving. He holds various certifications listed below:


  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional/Information Technology (CIPP/IT)
  • Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)
  • Member of the Business Continuity Institute (MBCI)
  • Certified HITRUST Practitioner credential from the Health Information Trust (HITRUST) Alliance
  • Certified ITILv3
  • Lean Six Sigma Green Belt