April 11, 1994
Media Contact: Joann Rodgers
Phone: (410) 955-8659

Joseph R. Coppola, the newly appointed chief of Corporate Security Services for The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, has selected four experienced professionals to serve as his senior staff.

The appointees are:

  • Thomas W. Davis Jr., a 23-year U.S. Secret Service veteran, who will assume the duties of director of security for The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
  • William H. McLean, director of security for the Medical Institutions for Broadway Services Inc., who will become director of security for The Johns Hopkins University's East Baltimore campus and the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
  • Harry J. Koffenberger, until recently commander of the Baltimore City Police Department's Southeast District, with more than 24 years with the department, who will be the director of External Security Services.
  • Ruth A. LaFontaine, currently security operations manager for Broadway Services and a former major during 20 years in the U.S. Army, who becomes the director of security for Support Services.

    This team represents a diverse, experienced and professional staff," Coppola notes, "who will assist me in overseeing day-to-day security operations on the Hopkins medical campus as well as charting our course for the future."

    Davis, a resident of Silver Spring, has served as deputy assistant director for the Office of Investigations at the U.S. Secret Service headquarters in Washington, D.C., since January 1993. He is described as being skilled in building productive working relationships with a wide variety of law enforcement agencies. Davis graduated from Howard University in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in political science.

    McLean, who resides in Baltimore, has been director of security at the Medical Institutions since 1991, heading a force of more than 300. Previously, he headed security at The Francis Scott Key Medical Center and Baltimore City hospitals from 1978 to 1991. McLean served in the Baltimore City Police Department from 1970 to 1978, during which he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. He graduated from the University of Baltimore in 1970, with a bachelor's degree in business management.

    Koffenberger, a resident of Bel Air, has been commander of the Southeast Police District for more than four years and has served as a security consultant to the Medical Institutions. He developed a series of crime-awareness seminars for Hopkins employees and staff, and is known for meeting with neighborhood organizations on a regular basis to gain insight into the southeast community and foster support for crime-prevention programs. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1969, with a bachelor's degree in business administration.

    LaFontaine, who resides in Pasadena, became manager of security operations at the Medical Institutions in 1993 after 20 years in law-enforcement positions in the Army. From 1985 to 1988, while serving in Berlin she was chief of Germany's only combined American-German Police Station, which conducted joint criminal, juvenile and traffic-accident investigations. LaFontaine graduated from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant in 1984 with a master's degree in management and supervision. She received a bachelor's degree in social work in 1972 from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Mich.

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