NDPTC's cadre of instructors are of the highest caliber, very well-respected in their fields and disciplines. Many have advanced degrees in science, engineering, planning, and architecture, and years of practical experience as leaders within their field of expertise.
Nicolas (Nic) Arcos
Nicolas Arcos is a Tsunami Information Specialist at ITIC, Honolulu, Hawaii UNESCO/IOC – NOAA. Nicolas Arcos has been active in various tsunami training activities. Arcos assisted in the development and operation of the inaugural Certificate Program in “Tsunami Science & Preparedness” at the University of Washington, as well as the follow-up Certificate Program in “Tsunami Science & Preparedness” for the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok. Over the past few years, he also co-developed and implemented tsunami training programs for Washington State’s Emergency Management Division as well as NDPTC's Tsunami Awareness course (AWR-217). Prior to joining the International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC), he worked for the City of Bellevue, Washington, as an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator in the Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Management. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.
Don Aweau is currently employed with the State of Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which oversees a trust for Native Hawaiians, an indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands. He has worked in many different fields in the private and public sector. His former stints include time spent in the military, air cargo, airline, internet, sports entertainment, insurance, retail, government and law professions. His passions include fly-fishing, social media, politics, history, blogging, writing, sports and spending time with his family. He is well-rounded as he has also lived and traveled in several parts of the world. Thus, with his unique mixture of multiple personal and professional experiences, he appreciates, understands and values, the various world cultures when talking about natural disasters and the importance of emergency preparedness. He has encountered almost every aspect of natural disasters including hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, blizzards, tsunamis, tornadoes, floods, and more, to create a foundation for his teachings. Don Aweau is a graduate of Kalani High School and received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI.
Illya Azaroff, AIA is the founding Partner +LAB architect PLLC and is an Assoc. Professor, New York City College of Technology (CUNY). He is an expert in disaster mitigation, community resilient planning strategies and sustainable futures in the Northeast. He serves as a Technical Advisor to the Federal Government for the NDFR-National Disaster Recovery Framework, Works with other government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and RCPT- Regional catastrophic Planning Team.
Illya has worked with OEM-NY and The Department of City Planning -NYC contributing to several documents on resilient building practices such as the New York DCP Housing Retrofit Guidelines and FLASH - Federal Alliance for Safe Housing, Resilient Housing Guidelines. He is working with Enterprise Community Partners on a manual for multi-family housing. Retrofits. He is an expert with the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities and serves as the National Advocacy Director for the Young Architects Forum.
Illya Co-founded the AIA Design for Risk and Reconstruction committee, receiving the 2014 AIA National Collaborative Achievement Award. Illya was also named a 2014 AIA National Young Architect Award recipient. Founding co-chair AIA Regional Recovery Working Group, a four state compact that has worked to share knowledge and expertise. His recent lectures/articles can be found via TEDx, We are not alone, and ArchNewsNow what Does Recovery Look Like?
Illya received a BA in Geography and a BSAS in Architecture from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and a BArch and MArch from Pratt Institute. Before coming to New York, Illya worked in Berlin, Germany and Milan Italy.
Brian James Baldwin is currently working as a Crime Analyst for the Milwaukee Police Department. Brian specializes in providing data analysis, cartography, data integration, and training. Brian also works with www.Whodata.org, an organization based in New Orleans, Louisiana that provides data analysis and training to neighborhood groups and non-profits to aid in community resiliency and recovery. Brian has developed extensive work experience and knowledge of GIS, community development, and neighborhood scale planning through his work with non-profits in New Orleans, as the Division Head of the Community Development Department for the County of Hawaii, and through disaster preparedness training and course development efforts throughout the Pacific Basin with the Pacific Regional Disaster Preparedness Center.
Brian was a Course Developer for both Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers and Natural Disaster Awareness for Community Leaders.
Brian received his Bachelors in History and Geography from the University of New York at Geneseo. His Masters in Urban and Regional Planning was earned through the University of New Orleans, where he specialized in the use of GIS for neighborhood recovery.
Amanda Ball is the Social Media and Outreach Coordinator for MedFlight - A non-profit critical-care transport provider with 9 Helicopter bases and 3 Mobile ICU bases throughout Ohio. She also serves as a Public Information Officer for MedFlight, and is an Operational Control Specialist that has dispatched over 6,000 transports in her career. Amanda is an Advanced EMT and Continuing Education Instructor for the State of Ohio, and has provided lectures, on behalf of MedFlight, for Fire/EMS personnel, EMA officials, security departments, SWAT teams and FBI teams.
With 15+ years experience in EMS, Amanda focuses her social media efforts on the public service & health care arenas, and has served as a social media consultant for large non-profit hospital systems in Ohio, as well as other Helicopter EMS programs nationwide. Amanda lectures statewide on the benefits & uses of social media in the Fire, EMS, and hospital setting... topics including communications management, promotion of industry safety, brand identity, fundraising efforts, community engagement, and more. Amanda also serves as the Association Manager for the Ohio EMS Chiefs Association.
Amanda attended the undergraduate programs at The University of Toledo and The Ohio State University, and received her EMS training at Columbus State Community College. You can follow MedFlight's social media activity at @MedFlightOhio.
Tom Bedard is the Weather and Climate Program Specialist at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. At the NDPTC, he is tasked with weather and climate course development and delivery.
Familiar with both a chromakey and an AED, Tom has a blended background of meteorology, first response, and emergency management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology from Penn State and has previously worked for the State College National Weather Service WFO, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Penn State Emergency Management, and four Emergency Medical Service agencies. This diverse background allows him to pursue his interests at the intersection of science and operations.
He is a member of the American Meteorological Society Emergency Management Committee, International Association of Emergency Managers, the Hawai’i Emergency Management Professionals group, and maintains his Pennsylvania EMT-Basic/Instructor certification
Tom is an avid hockey and lacrosse fan; two sports that are unfortunately absent from his residence on O’ahu, Hawai’i. In their absence, he finds ways of watching Penn State sports despite the difference in time zones.
Dr. T. M. Bull Bennett (Mi’kmaq) studied field ecology earning a BS in Biology from Black Hills State University. He completed his MS in Zoology and Physiology at the University of Wyoming where he studied captive propagation of black-footed ferrets (Mustela nigripes) as part of the National Black-Footed Ferret Conservation Center recovery program in conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit.
Funded by a NASA Earth System Science Fellowship and the National Science Foundation, his dissertation research focused on utilizing geospatial technologies and biophysical parameter measurements to assess bison impacts on short grass/shrub steppe prairie in Wyoming. After completing his Ph.D., Dr. Bennett worked for the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, first as the Science Coordinator and then the President and CEO.
In 2008, Dr. Bennett was appointed by the Secretary of Interior as a charter member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee. In 2011 he was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the National Climate Assessment Development and Advisory Committee.
In 2010, Dr. Bennett and his colleagues successfully deployed NASA Cooperative Agreement NNX10AU65A which partnered Haskell Indian Nations University, White Earth Tribal and Community College, Tohono O’odham Community College and Blackfeet Community College to expand the science, research and technology capabilities of Tribal Colleges.
Dr. Bennett began his consulting firm (Kiksapa Consulting, LLC) in 2009 and continues to work with Tribal Colleges providing science education and research opportunities for students and faculty. His research interests include investigating climate impacts on habitats and marginal populations.
Dr. Bernard is a subject matter expert and consultant on issues dealing with tsunami warning systems, tsunami mitigation and education programs, and tsunami research. Dr. Bernard is currently an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington and Scientist Emeritus for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL). He retired from Director of PMEL in 2010, after 40 years of NOAA service. He directed a broad range of oceanographic research programs at PMEL including ocean climate dynamics, fisheries oceanography, El Nino forecasts, tsunamis, and underwater volcanoes.
As a noted oceanographer and expert on tsunamis, Dr. Bernard published over 85 scientific papers and has served as editor for three tsunami books. He served as Director of NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Honolulu for 3 years, which influenced his research toward public safety. Following the 1993 Sea of Japan tsunami, he led the U.S. team that surveyed the damage caused by the tsunami. He served as founding Chairman of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a joint Federal/State effort, and as Chairman of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics' Tsunami Commission. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the Oceanography Society.
David Blake is a former U.S. Air Force meteorologist, serving eight and a half years in the military. During his service, he gained experience forecasting severe weather in the continental United States, briefing aircrews throughout the world on in-flight weather hazards, and discussing weather impacts for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. During his deployment to Iraq, David was awarded the rank of Staff Sgt. He later became the operations superintendent and training supervisor of a weather squadron at Wheeler Army Air Field.
David separated from the Air Force in 2012 to finish his bachelor’s degree in the science of meteorology. He graduated in May of 2016 from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. While attending the university, David also spent time as a research assistant for the university’s geography department. This research included investigating the effects a strong El Niño event in the summer of 2015 had on the tree line on Haleakalā on the island of Maui. He also studied several anomalous heavy rain events on the island of Oahu.
Growing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin, David was exposed to severe storms rolling through the Midwest, which fueled his fascination with weather patterns and the atmosphere. During the summer of 2014, he spent time as an intern for the WGN Weather Center and news team in Chicago, Illinois where he assisted the chief meteorologist in preparing for the evening broadcast.
David plans to continue his career in the meteorology career field whether it’s in the technical, training, or broadcast realm.
Currently, Bobel serves as a Public Information Officer with the Division of Emergency Management in Lexington, Kentucky. He handles day-to-day public information duties for the division, including social media outreach. Bobel serves as a member of the ten-county Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) public affairs team which manages education, information and emergency response public information for the CSEPP program.
Prior to joining government service, John Bobel worked in broadcast and on-line journalism and public affairs. His career extended through every aspect of news, broadcast station operations, media relations, emergency and conventional public information and social media systems.
He was Managing Partner of MediaVentures – a national communications consulting firm. His clients included CNN, Faith and Values Media and Blue Grass Airport. He also served as the Manager of Program Operations for the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET) where he upgraded program production standards, techniques and overall operations.
Bobel was Vice-President and News Director of WKYT-TV, supervising the day-to-day newsgathering efforts and long-term planning for the news department. Prior to WKYT-TV, Bobel was an account executive for McHugh and Hoffman, Inc. As a broadcast news consultant, he has worked with television stations and other broadcasting companies to improve their editorial content, market position and image. Bobel has worked in television newsrooms in Indianapolis, Boston, Baltimore and Denver.
He is co-founder of KCOU-FM and founder and President/ CEO of Travelago, a streaming video and information provider to the Internet travel industry.
Bobel graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Thomas Bogart was the Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director of the Lynnfield, MA Fire Department. Thomas served thirty years in the fire service. Bogart graduated from the United States Fire Administration's Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and received his EFO designation in 2011. He holds the Chief Fire Officer Professional Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence's Commission on Professional Credentialing. He was chosen to be a Member of the prestigious Institute of Fire Engineers, he is allowed to use the honorific post-nominal subscript of MIFireE. Bogart was also credentialed as Fire Chief by the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission.
Thomas has the following degrees: • Master of Arts- Fire Science and Administration, Anna Maria College • Bachelor of Science- Fire Science Administration, Salem State University • Associate of Science- Fire Protection and Safety Technology, North Shore Community College
Bogart graduated from the Donohue Institute of the University of Massachusetts’ Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program.
Thomas taught and served on the Instructional Staff of the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy for over twenty years. He is an Instructor for the U. S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy. He is an Adjunct Faculty member of Bunker Hill Community College, North Shore Community College, and Anna Maria College. He is a former President of the Massachusetts Institute of Fire Department Instructors.
Chief Bogart is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs/Federal Emergency Management Incident Management Response “Go Team” representing FEMA Region I.
Dr. Phillip Bothwell is a meteorologist with over 37 years of experience in the National Weather Service. He worked at the National Severe Storms Laboratory as well as local and regional Weather Service Offices. The last 25 years of his work with the NWS was as Senior Development Meteorologist for the Storm Prediction Center. Phillip developed new computer applications used in forecasting for severe weather, winter weather and fire weather, and periodically conducted training on forecasting techniques. In addition, he worked the SPC forecasting desks. This included issuing forecasts for severe and other hazardous weather across the lower 48 states.
His degrees are from the University of Oklahoma. Before his retirement from the SPC, Phillip’s work included using and evaluating a wide variety of the computer forecast models, satellite and radar systems and numerous other observing systems used by forecasters. He also assisted in incorporating this data into the computer workstations used by the meteorologists. He has been heavily involved with the major lightning observing systems in the U.S. and has developed techniques for the prediction of lightning including authoring and lecturing on articles related to lightning.
Since retiring, Phillip has continued his interest in following daily weather events. He returned part time to the National Severe Storms Laboratory to assist in a study of lightning and satellite data related to severe weather. He also enjoys interacting with students and other instructors in a variety of FEMA classes.
Brittany Brand is an Assistant Professor at Boise State University. Dr. Brand's research interests include eruption dynamics, sediment transport in volcanic flows and volcanic hazard assessment. The foundation of Brand’s research is field-based observation and measurements, which are used for development and validation of experimental and numerical models. Establishing relationships between depositional characteristics and eruptive processes is a fundamental first step toward answering outstanding questions regarding the controls on eruption dynamics, mechanisms of sediment transport and hazards associated with sediment gravity flows, and the local and global consequences of volcanism on Earth and other planets. Dr. Brand also works to bridge science and society, and has been developing a collaborative project to understand the perception of natural hazards and risk in the Pacific Northwest (USA).
Dave Bujak is currently the Emergency Preparedness Manager for the University of Rochester (NY) and the UR Medicine system, serving in both the higher education and healthcare sectors. Prior joining UR, Dave served as a professional emergency manager for over 20 years in Florida: 10 years as the Director of Emergency Management for Florida State University; 7 years for the Florida Division of Emergency Management in both the Operations Section and Critical Infrastructure Unit.; 4 years with the American Red Cross. He also was a volunteer firefighter in Chaires-Capitola, Florida from 1999-2007.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Public Administration from Florida State University. He holds a graduate certificate in Emergency Management from FSU and is a certified Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM).
Dave has responded to dozens of presidentially-declared disasters in various capacities over his career, including the infamous Florida hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005. Dave coordinated FSU’s response to Hurricane Hermine in September 2016. Dave has also responded to numerous campus and local events and emergencies. Most notable is the November 2014 shooting at the FSU Strozier Library.
Dave is considered a leader in his field with respect to emergency notification and warning systems, use of technology and social media for public education and outreach, higher education emergency management and proactive use of weather systems. Dave is a leading contributor to the development of WeatherSTEM, a mesonet of 200+ weather systems throughout Florida and the United States. He has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education – Office of Safe and Healthy Students. He is a regular contributor to Campus Safety magazine.
Marc Burdiss CEM MEP M.Ed serves as the President of Preparedness Solutions, Inc. He specializes in helping others prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters every day through exercises and consulting. He routinely meets with local, state, federal, and tribal emergency managers to train, plan, and exercise for emergencies. Marc has earned the International Association of Emergency Manager’s designation as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). Mr. Burdiss is also recognized as a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and has experience designing and facilitating exercises ranging from county, state, and federal level, to military and Major League Baseball exercises.
Prior to starting his own consulting company, Marc worked as the Director of Emergency Management for Northern Arizona University. He has served as the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Shelby County, Ohio as well as one of eight Field Liaisons for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. In this role, he responded to disasters statewide, administered Emergency Management Grants for eleven counties and helped new EMA directors learn what was required in their positions. Mr. Burdiss has a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and Planning and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership.
Marc lives with his wife Kristie, his son Alex, and daughter Erin in Flagstaff, AZ. Mr. Burdiss enjoys exploring the US in his Toyota 4Runner and traveling with his family and seeing the world. You can follow him on Twitter at @marcburdiss
Mr. Burke is the currently a self-employed management consultant focusing on helping organizations strengthen operations through human resource development and training. He is a certified trainer for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center’s (NDPTC).
He recently served as Associate Director for Course Development & Delivery. In this position he was responsible for all aspects of course development and delivery of the NDPTC program.
He has also served as the Mass Transit Administrator in the Department of Transportation Services, City and County of Honolulu. As the Mass Transit Administrator, Mr. Burke was responsible for service and capital planning, management and oversight of the public transportation operations for the City and County of Honolulu including the fixed route TheBus system, TheHandiVan paratransit system, and park-and-ride facilities.
Mr. Burke is an active participant with the Indigenous People’s Climate Change Working Group (IPCCWG). IPCCWG was formed in response to the need for education and research programs in climate change at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and has been in existence since 2006
Mr. Burke graduated from the University of Hawai‘i in 1985, B.A., Economics. He served as Chair, Title VI and Environmental Justice Subcommittee, American Public Transit Association (APTA) 2010, and Interim Chair APTA Emergency Preparedness Technical Forum.
Bonnie Canal is a nationally recognized leader in community resilience innovations and strategies, and is the founder of The Resiliency Institute, LLC (TRI). Bonnie understands that communities are the foundation of profitable commercial enterprises, and a strong and resilient nation. Bonnie continues her resiliency consulting for communities, businesses and non-profits while traveling the U.S. engaging in the conversation at the community level. She is a proud native of New Orleans and has worked in the field of Community Resiliency for five years.
Krista Rowland's qualifications include 12 years of working in the emergency management field. She recently earned a certificate as an Oregon Certified Emergency Management Specialist working with many stakeholders throughout the county for emergency preparedness planning, continuity of operations and refining emergency operations plans. She led her county through the process of writing Continuity of Operations plans for their departments and cities. She has worked as a consultant through the Department of Homeland Security as an emergency exercise specialist. Graduated from the reserve police academy with 350 hours in Criminal Law, Field Sobriety testing, defense tactics, and firearms.
Chels Chae has served in the United States Army for nearly 30 years, culminating his career as the Chief of Staff for Joint Task Force – Homeland Defense. He is a subject matter expert in multinational operations, international negotiations and organizational design and development. Chels has over 12 years of experience working closely with 29 of the 36 countries in the U.S. Pacific Command. He has provided oversight and directed extensive Army Theater Security Cooperation Plans spanning 24 partner nations in the Asia-Pacific region.
As the Chief Executive Officer of Dynamic Planning & Response LLC, his company has provided extensive support in emergency preparedness and management as well as strategic planning to innumerous clients. His company also developed and delivers executive level seminars and workshops that incorporate strategic leadership, design and strategic planning to solve and manage complex problems.
Chels’ education includes a Master of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College and a Master of Advanced Military Studies. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the United States Military Academy and received training from the Institute of Design at Stanford University on Design Thinking.
Frank Cianfrani currently serves as the Staff Education Coordinator and a Paramedic Supervisor with Centre LifeLink EMS in State College, PA. His duties include the development and delivery of continuing education programs for EMS providers and the recruitment and mentoring of new EMTs at his agency. Frank has twice been recognized as Educator of the Year at Centre LifeLink.
Frank also serves as an adjunct faculty member for Harrisburg Area Community College’s Shumaker Public Safety Training Center, where he both coordinates and serves as a lead instructor for their State College EMT program. Additionally Frank also serves as an adjunct EMS instructor and paramedic with Penn State University EMS.
Prior to transitioning full time careers to EMS, Frank worked at AccuWeather in State College, PA for nearly a decade. Frank spent his time at AccuWeather in the Television Operations department, where he provided meteorological data and technical support to broadcast customers around the world. Some of his duties included both remote and on-site training for clients, as well as working with the software development team as a quality assurance manager on the development of a new TV weather graphics computer system.
Frank studied at Penn State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Meteorology with a minor in Media Studies. He completed meteorology internships at WMGM-TV in Atlantic City and WCAU-TV in Philadelphia while attending college and has a particular interest in how social media can be used to communicate critical information during high impact weather events. He resides near State College, PA with his wife and daughter. Originally from South Jersey, Frank is a huge Philadelphia and Penn State sports fan, and very much misses the beaches and diners of his home state.
Results-driven management professional with over 25 years of extensive leadership experience in diverse homeland security and anti-terrorism operations including service in the U.S. Army in frontline operations. Experienced in all aspects of security, anti-terrorism, and enforcement initiatives to include identifying, developing, implementing, and maintaining processes to reduce risks and limit exposure to liability in all areas of physical and personal risks for national security. Advised United States Army & Foreign Military Senior Leaders in the defense against weapons of mass destruction in areas such as (WMD) force protection programs and (WMD) elimination. Trained staff to deal with weapons of mass destruction, including the defense against WMD as well as response and decontamination procedures in the case of chemical, biological, radiological events.
As a Defense Contractor/Associate working for Booz Allen Hamilton on a military instillation Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. I am responsible for providing training to deploying U.S military & foreign military personnel on proper movement techniques, mounted and dismounted weapons employment, urban warfare tactics, techniques, procedures; and force protection.
Coordinated and directed C-IED training to over 10,000 US Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines and 5,000 Partner Nation Forces. Represented the Asia Pacific Counter IED Fusion Center at multiple overseas exercise planning conferences as a lead planner and instructor. Provided technical guidance in the planning, researching, and implementing education and training programs. Ensures Training Support Packages (TSPs) and Programs of Instruction (POIs) are in compliance with the IED Defeat integration training strategy.
Mitch Cooper is a certified Department of Homeland Security Incident Management Instructor. He is currently an adjunct all-hazards instructor for two National Domestic Preparedness Consortium members; The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii and the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center at Texas A & M University, Texas Engineering and Extension Service (TEEX).
Previously, Mitch was the Program Director for Community Emergency Planning in the Texas Department of Health’s Division of Emergency Preparedness. He developed plan templates for hospitals and special needs facilities and worked with the Texas Legislature to revise rules for disaster plans for special needs facilities in Texas. He was also the agency’s representative to the Governor’s State Emergency Response Team (SERT).
Mitch was also a Texas Division of Emergency Management State/Exercise Training Officer. He conducted classes and exercises for jurisdictions throughout the state of Texas. He completed the FEMA Professional Development Series of courses and was the first training officer to receive a FEMA Master Trainer Certificate, writing the state’s first Terrorism Awareness Course as his practicum. As part of the SERT, Mitch responded to numerous emergencies and disasters both in the Emergency Operations Center and in the field. Following the Oklahoma City bombing, he represented the State of Texas to FEMA Region VI and the Department of Justice on matters concerning statewide terrorism training.
Mitch is a retired veteran of the United States Air Force, serving for 22 years in counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism and is a certified Air Force Master Trainer.
Mitch earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Instructor/Communications Technology from the Community College of the Air Force.
Dr. Kitty Courtney is a Senior Marine Environmental Scientist with Tetra Tech, Inc. She received her PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawai'i in 1985 and opened Tetra Tech's Honolulu Office in 1990. She has over 24 years of experience as project manager and technical lead for large and small projects in marine and coastal management and coastal community resilience in the U.S. and internationally.
Dr. Courtney has worked throughout Asia and the Pacific. As Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Coastal Resource Management Project in the Philippines, she worked with national government agencies, local government, and communities to improve management of coastal resources through capacity development and training. For the U.S. Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System Program, she worked with practitioners from six tsunami-affected countries to build coastal community resilience and was lead author of the guide, "How Resilient is Your Coastal Community?". Dr. Courtney leads the climate change adaptation component of the U.S. Coral Triangle Initiative Program, working closely with NOAA to develop a regional climate information brief and assessment and planning tools for coastal adaptation for six Coral Triangle countries. Dr. Courtney led the development of the Hawai'i Ocean Resources Management Plan for the State CZM Program. She has provided technical support to coastal communities in Hawai'i to assess risk from natural hazards and identify opportunities to enhance resilience in their communities.
Dr. Courtney led the development of NDPTC's Coastal Community Resilience Course and NOAA's Climate Change Adaptation Course and now serves as lead instructor.
Carter Craft is an urban and marine resource planner working in New York City. Over his twenty years in the area he has organized and led a number of innovative projects including living shorelines and docks, biofuel demonstrations, and pioneering waterfront programs and educational facilities. For the past five years he has worked extensively with the New York Harbor School, a New York City public high school dedicated to marine careers for young people. Recently the School opened the first oyster hatchery developed in New York Harbor in almost 100 years and the first green building on Governors Island. Carter served as Project Manager for the projects.
He is an experienced educator and lecturer. He created the Waterfront and Wetlands Planning mini-course for the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute and has lectured at many other institutions including Columbia University, Fordham University and NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.
Carter is active with his local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Hoboken, New Jersey and is experienced with Shelter Operations. He is a licensed Captain for vessels up to 100 gross tons. Carter graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a B.A. degree majoring in Economics. He also holds a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He lives with his family approximately thirteen feet above sea level in Hoboken, New Jersey.
George Crawford is the former Washington State Earthquake Program Manager and has more than 20 years of multi-program design and coordination of local, state, national and international seismic and geologic programs in collaboration with the USGS, NOAA, FEMA and state, national, international and private organizations. He co-developed the All-Hazard Alert Broadcasting Radio that is deployed in US states and internationally, and advises on tsunami community communication issues globally. George has worked extensively with coastal Native American Tribes to link science to Tribal Oral History, and created the “Run to High Ground” video.
In retirement, he continues to support USAID and UNDP in Indian Ocean country tsunami missions, developed the Train-the Trainer Program and Community-based Education Program in Washington State, and assisted in the University of Washington Certificate Program in “Tsunami Science & Preparedness.” In 2008, George was appointed to the National Research Council Committee charged by Congress to review and report on the Tsunami Warning and Forecast System and Overview of the Nation’s Tsunami Preparedness. During 2009-2010, George in partnership with the UNESCO/IOC-NOAA International Tsunami Information Center, and the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory developed FEMA certified course AWR-217, Tsunami Awareness. He has written papers on tsunami communication and dissemination, preparedness and mitigation, vertical evacuation guidance (FEMA P646A on vertical evacuation structures), and continues to collaborate in tsunami research, mitigation, response and recovery.
John Cummings III
John M Cummings III is the Public Information and Education Officer for the City's Department of Emergency Management in Honolulu. In this capacity, his primary duties are to coordinate and administer disaster education training programs for the City and County of Honolulu. He also manages the Emergency Public Information program and media operations, in addition to coordinating the Emergency Operations Center Joint Information Center during response activations.
John has presented more than 350 community, organizational, and corporate programs and training sessions on disaster awareness and preparedness. In addition he manages the department's disaster awareness, education and training program reaching more than 90,000 residents annually.
Prior to joining the City in 1997, John spent three years as the American Red Cross, National Headquarters Disaster Field Specialist assigned to Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, and six years with the American Red Cross, Hawaii State Chapter Disaster Services. He also served seven years as a certified American Red Cross Disaster Services Lead Training Instructor from 1990 to 1997.
Rob Dale is a meteorologist and emergency manager. After spending over a decade as a TV meteorologist with an emphasis on severe weather coverage, he made the transition to emergency management in 2009. He spent two years in hospital emergency management, and currently works for the Ingham County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as a planner. He also runs a weather alerting system for businesses and public safety agencies called First2Warn, which is used throughout the nation for site-specific weather warnings.
He started the International Association of Emergency Managers Caucus on Climate, Water, and Weather, and chaired that group for over two years.
Rob graduated from Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor’s in Emergency Management, and has a Masters in Emergency & Disaster Management from American Military University. He holds the Michigan Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) designation.
Mark Darienzo is the former Earthquake and Tsunami Program Coordinator for Oregon Emergency Management. He was 1) the emergency management representative from Oregon to the National Tsunami Hazards Mitigation Program (NHMTP), 2) the Tsunami Committee Chair for the Western States Seismic Policy Council and 3) a board member on the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup.
He was the lead writer for the Tsunami Warning Systems and Procedures Guidance Document funded by the NHMTP and wrote a Tsunami Sign Placement Guidance brochure. Also with funds from the NHMTP, he helped create tsunami evacuation maps for coastal communities in coordination with the communities and the Oregon Department of Geology. He distributed tsunami signs and literature to coastal cities and counties. He gave several presentations on tsunamis to coastal communities and organized in-state and multi-state tsunami conferences. He also was the lead writer for the tsunami section of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Mark received his BA in Geology from the U. of Delaware, his MS in Interdisciplinary Studies (Geology, Physical Geography and Oceanography) from the U. of Oregon, and his PhD in Environmental Sciences and Resources/Geology from Portland State University.
Phil Davis is the principal in his own consulting firm, Davis Health and Safety Associates, specializing in emergency management and executive development. In late 2005, he retired as the Deputy Fire Chief of the Elk Grove Fire Department in California. He has also served as the Assistant Fire Chief for the UC Davis Fire Department. He was in the fire service for 28 years (and in emergency services for 33 years) and has worked as a firefighter/paramedic, captain, training officer, EMS coordinator and Chief Fire Officer. He has served on two Type-2 Incident Management Teams for CALFIRE in California. After retiring from the fire department, Chief Davis served as the Emergency Services Director for the American Red Cross, Capital Region Chapter.
His experience also includes part-time adjunct faculty positions at the National Fire Academy, UC Davis and Chico State University as well as numerous California community colleges. He has authored several professional articles and magazine columns. He currently blogs for the on-line version of Emergency Management Magazine and the Sacramento ABC affiliate, News10.net. Twice nominated as Fire Instructor of the Year, he has presented dozens of classes in 43 states plus Canada.
Chief Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is certified as a chief officer, master instructor, hazmat technician, hazmat incident commander, hazmat safety officer, EMT and fire officer in California.
Letha Sundquist DeCaires retired as a Captain with the Honolulu Police Department (HPD) after 27 years of service. She served in various capacities during her career including patrol, the training academy, criminal investigations and administration. She was the Coordinator for the CrimeStoppers Honolulu Inc. program and later the public information officer (PIO) representing HPD in the media for over ten years. She served as a watch commander in the Communications Division during numerous disasters and high profile crime cases. The Communications Division at HPD handles all 9-1-1 calls for service, almost a million yearly. She was involved in law enforcement and first responder legislation at the local, state and federal level throughout her career. She has been honored with numerous awards including an Integrity Award from the Department of Justice, a Lifetime Achievement in Law Enforcement, and inducted into the Hawaii Joint Police Association Hall of Fame. She has degrees in elementary education and early childhood education from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. She is the mother of seven children, six grandchildren so far, and believes in lifelong learning and public service.
Virginia Demaris was named the Lincoln County Emergency Manager in September of 2011 for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office. Demaris has a certificate of emergency management leadership through Linn Benton Community College and brings with her 20+ successful years of healthcare safety and emergency management planning. She is recognized as a national speaker for healthcare safety and emergency management, holds various and required incident command and FEMA training and instructor certificates and was recently named the 2012 State of Oregon Emergency Manager of the year.
Ty is a civil and coastal engineering consultant at Dempsey Pacific. He is a Professional Engineer licensed in Hawaii and Washington State, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern Californa and a Masters of Science in Ocean and Resources Engineering, Coastal Engineering emphasis from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. As a Certified Floodplain Manager, his work experience has involved FEMA floodplain mapping, flood proofing, drainage analysis, infrastructure development, and hazard mitigation projects in Hawai'i and throughout the Pacific.
Kathy Dollarhide has been an emergency room nurse in LA County at trauma centers for 29 years. She is currently the Director of Disaster Resource Center at St. Mary Medical Center and Trauma Surge Coordinator. This is a Homeland Security Grant funded program to prepare the Long Beach area to be disaster ready. She coordinates trainings and education in disaster management for all 8 area hospitals from Catalina Island to Downey. She runs large mass casualty multiagency drills. She is a certified HAZMAT Instructor. She lectures nationally on Trauma, Weapons of Mass Destruction, Decontamination and “How to Run a Community Disaster Drill”
She was the Emergency Preparedness Consultant at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and an Emergency Room Nurse for the past 25 years. Kathy has been a civilian training officer for the Defense Medical Readiness Training Institute for the Department of Defense at Fort Sam Houston. She was a contract civilian faculty member to teach the troops in pre deployment courses on TNCC trauma and stabilization of critically wounded victims. She was a civilian faculty at the Combat Care Casualty Training programs for the US Army.
Kathy was a training officer for the FEMA Hospital Emergency Response Training for Mass Casualty Incidents course at Noble Training Center at Fort Mc Clellan in Anniston, Alabama. She has been an instructor for local EMT and Paramedic Programs and teaches at CSULB and Long Beach City College. Kathy also lectures at the CERT Team for Long Beach Fire Department as well as the Medical Reserve Corps for the City of Long Beach.
Andrew Doyle, Sr. is a fire and emergency medical services professional with over 15 years of comprehensive emergency response experience. Currently, Andrew is a Firefighter and NREMT-I assigned to the Special Operations Command – Marine Division, in the Baltimore City Fire Department. Andrew serves on the Baltimore City Incident Management Team (Type IV) and represents the Maryland Professional Firefighters (IAFF) on the Maryland Fire Service Personnel Qualifications Board. He is a certified NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor and holds additional instructor credentials in ACLS and AHA training programs.
Andrew is blending the rapidly expanding world of social media with emergency management. His knowledge and training in fire, emergency medical service, special operations and public information training make him uniquely qualified to do so.
Andrew is also a consultant for Statter911 Communications and the Social Media Manager for the newly formed Emergency Performance Inc., LLC. Additionally, Andrew is an independent consultant of Social Media for Government Agencies & Private Industry and an active blogger. One of his more unique talents is as an obstacle builder for the Firefighter-themed obstacle race and experience, “Hero Rush.”
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys cheering for the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles. He is the proud father of three children, Emily, Andrew and Jeremy. Follow him on twitter: @doyle0213.
Dr. Don Drost recently retired as Professor of Physics at the University of the Virgin Islands. In the mid-90’s, Drost was charged with developing Science 100, a course required of all entering students at UVI. The course is called Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, and Tsunamis in the Caribbean. He is the author of the textbook and lab manual for the class, published on line for students. One of the goals of the class is to educate citizens about natural hazards common in the Caribbean. Since initiating the course, Drost and other staff at UVI have taught the course to 10,000 students at UVI St. Thomas and UVI St. Croix. Drost is involved in other activities associated with Astronomy at Etelman Observatory funded by NASA EPSCoR, Education Research in Science 100 funded by NSF and investigating the introduction of Creative Problem Solving Thinking Skills in Science 100, also supported by NSF. Dr. Drost continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at UVI while he and his wife divide their time between Florida, North Carolina and the Virgin Islands. He and his wife spend their spare time on the water and in the water often with their dog Rosie.
Jennifer Engkraf is an Emergency Management Coordinator specializing in Public Education and Social Media Outreach for Cowlitz County, WA. A graduate of Clark College, Jennifer’s background in Early Childhood and Elementary Education has served well in the transition to disaster preparedness public education.
Jennifer is adept at working with rural communities to be better prepared and enjoys teaching social media to “late adopters” and agencies hesitate to use social media as part of their outreach campaigns.
Since beginning her career in emergency management in 2006, Jennifer has taken on leadership positions in local service clubs, non-profits, school safety planning commissions, vulnerable populations planning committees and has served as the Local Emergency Planning Committee secretary since 2007. In addition to instructing NDPTC’s PER-304 Social Media Class, she is also trained to instruct Disaster Preparedness for Senior Caregivers.
Paul Epstein retired as a Major with the Honolulu Police Department after serving over 32 years, 20 years as the department’s civil defense coordinator. He commanded the department’s Homeland Security Division and Major Events Division, which are responsible for planning, response, operations, and recovery from large planned events, natural and man-made disasters. He oversaw the police department’s terrorism intelligence unit as well as the police representatives to the statewide Fusion Center. From 1994 to his retirement in January 2013, Major Epstein was the police department representative to the Honolulu Emergency Operations Center (EOC) where he coordinated the police response with all other responding and supporting agencies. EOC operations included tsunamis, tropical cyclones, floods, the Asian Development Bank Conference and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
Major Epstein developed the police department’s Civil Defense Manual which provides guidelines for a prompt and coordinated response to a threat or occurrence of catastrophic emergencies or disasters in Honolulu.
Major Epstein was awarded the 2004 City and County of Honolulu Manager of the Year for demonstrating “outstanding leadership skills in developing and implementing programs that trained police officers in homeland security. By properly training first responders, and partnering with federal, state, local and the private industry, Capt. Epstein has significantly strengthened the City and its people." The training also included police preparedness, response, and recovery to natural disasters including urgent and long distance tsunamis, tropical cyclones, and flooding conditions as well as the Incident Command System.
Major Epstein received the 2008-2009 Dr. Arthur Chui Award for Excellence in Hurricane Preparedness given by the National Weather Service Central Pacific Hurricane Center.
He is certified by FEMA as a trainer in the Incident Command System, ICS courses 100, 200, 300, 400, 191, and 402.
Ms. Evans is a nationally recognized subject matter expert in areas of law enforcement, security and emergency management disciplines working primarily as an Adjunct Instruct for several Department of Homeland Security funded programs.
Becoming a lead instructor for The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at the Louisiana State University, she delivered courses relating to prevention and deterrence of terrorist acts, NIMS/ICS, all hazards response involving CBRNE, and response to biological incidents.
Ms. Evans has had the opportunity on several occasions to be directly involved with curriculum development and course review work while working as an Adjunct Instructor.
Prior to and in conjunction with her teaching, Christine was the security manager at two colleges in the central Florida area. Her early years were spent as a Field Force Lieutenant and firearms instructor at the Nevada Test site in Mercury Nevada. She also worked as an undercover narcotics investigator for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s office in LA., and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in NJ.
Ms. Evans received her Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice, from the Pennsylvania State University, and in 2010, obtained her Master of Science in Crisis and Emergency Management on a full scholarship from the Department of Homeland Security.
Dolan Eversole serves as the NOAA Coastal Storms Program, Pacific Islands Regional Coordinator. Covering all the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Island (USAPI) territories including American Samoa, Guam, CNMI, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia, the Coastal Storms Program (CSP) provides outreach and coordination support to the region by examining the processes and conditions that create and maintain hazard risks and by identifying technological and socio-economic solutions to reduce their vulnerability through measures that improve adaptation and community resilience. The Pacific Region CSP pilot supports NOAA and partner efforts to enhance community resilience to storm-related hazards and climate change impacts (i.e., sea level rise) in the region. The goal of the Pacific Region CSP is to provide better communications, awareness, and understanding of coastal hazard risks and community resilience such as coastal land-use development and how planning decisions affect community vulnerability and resiliency to coastal hazards and climate change through education and product transition.
Dolan is a Coastal Geologist by training and graduate of the University of Hawaii, he earned his Bachelor’s (1996) and Master’s degrees in geology and geophysics (2001). Dolan is nearing completion of the University of Hawaii’s certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance. Dolan served from 2003 to 2010 as a technical and policy advisor to the Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands (OCCL), of the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources on coastal issues. As a scientific advisor to the DLNR, Dolan provided technical review and oversight for a variety of coastal land use proposals for the DLNR including applications for beach nourishment. More recently through the CSP, Dolan’s role extends into regional hazard mitigation, disaster management and recovery planning with a focus on community resilience planning and education.
Nicole Faghin is a coastal Management Specialist at Washington Sea Grant based at the University of Washington in Seattle and the Center for Urban Waters in Tacoma. Nicole is a trained land use and environmental planner and lawyer specializing in waterfront planning issues. She has 25 years experience as a project manager for a wide variety of complex land use planning and development projects for ports, industrial, commercial and municipal clients, with her primary focus on the shoreline arena. Nicole has taught courses at the UW Seattle in the Urban Planning Program and at UW Tacoma in the Urban Studies Program. She has been a guest lecturer with the UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Coastal Training Program. She also teaches courses on Coastal Resiliency and Sea Level Rise and frequently lectures on these issues, receiving training from the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii. She currently manages the Green Shores for Homes project, a grant-funded effort led by the City of Seattle and San Juan County. Nicole received her masters in Urban Planning from MIT and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, MA.
Born, bred, and raised in Hawaii, L.P. “Neenz” Faleafine is a nationally-recognized expert in the application and use of social networks to gather intelligence, build online communities, and to use those networks to achieve favorable end results. She began her career building communities as a property manager for her father’s company in some of Hawaii’s toughest neighborhoods. There she learned that the most important commodity of a neighborhood are the people. She focused on understanding and empathizing with residents to build relationships in order to partner with organizations to collaborate on solutions. It’s through the strengthening of the people that neighborhoods thrived and communities formed.
She applies these same human-centered principles to leverage technology to build engaged and sustainable communities. Her working definition of social media is that it’s the use of technology to communicate and collaborate with people across the globe to build an engaged and sustainable community rich in culture. A Visionary, Neenz has built a portfolio of companies that specializes in social technology, data mining and analysis, and leadership and entrepreneurial development.
Kesner C. Flores Jr., is of Wintun and Paiute descent and is a member of the Cortina Indian Rancheria Band of California. He has worked with and for the tribe throughout his life. After his 7 years in the military, he helped start the tribe’s health and environmental programs, while he worked as a paramedic.
He has 20 years experience as paramedic in emergency management planning and response to include recovery. He has founded one of the largest Critical Incident Stress Management teams in the mid 80’s to work with personnel on a host of issues.
Kesner was the Director the Wintun EPA, which is the tribes environmental department, Cortina Rancheria for 10 years. The tribe participated on numerous national environmental organizations where he participated on the executive committees.
He has done consultant work with tribes, state and federal agencies and private organizations on government relations, consultation, strategic planning, tribal utilities systems, housing and environmental concerns.
Kesner is trainer in traditional peace making on a collaborative basis. He has worked nationally for Federal, State and Tribal governments/ organizations. Kesner is still on the traditional practitioners role for Morris K Udahl foundation for Conflict Resolution on the Environment.
Dan Flynn is an Emergency Manager for the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management in California. He also serves as the National Disaster Response Director for Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, a national, not-for-profit disaster response organization, providing teams of current and former military and first responders to national and regional disaster responses. Dan holds the prestigious Master Exercise Practitioner designation through FEMA and is an Instructor for several member agencies of the National Disaster Preparedness Consortium. He is a Subject Matter Expert for the American Nurses’ Association for their National Healthcare Disaster Certification program. He did his Master’s level work in the Sociology of Disasters.
Dan started his Emergency Response/Management career nearly 40 years ago with the U.S. Coast Guard, working in Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement and Marine Safety. In civilian life, he has served as a Police Officer, a Sheriff’s Deputy and a firefighter. He served 5 years with FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue team, MO Task Force 1 and 10 years with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mass fatality team, DMORT VII, serving as a HAZMAT Specialist and Trainer.
Dan was the Emergency Response Team Manager for Recon Solutions. During the 2004-2005 Hurricane seasons, Dan and his team the first “boots on the ground” at nearly a dozen hurricanes, assisting with state, county and local responses along the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines. He has served on the Command and General Staff of several Type 1 disaster responses including tornados, floods, oil spills and large-scale animal disease epidemics. He is a certified Fire Service Instructor, a FEMA NIMS, CERT and HERT Instructor and has delivered over 10,000 hours of training for federal, state, NGO, Healthcare and Private Sector organizations.
Mary Jo Flynn
Mary Jo Flynn is the Emergency Operations Coordinator for Sacramento County Office of Emergency Services where she is responsible for: training, exercises, planning coordination, technology, and social media. She served as the Emergency Management Assistant Director for the Anaheim Fire & Rescue Department between 2007 and 2015. Ms. Flynn has over 8 years of emergency management experience including previous experience with: Legislative and External Affairs; Recreation and Volunteer Management; and Film and Television development. She managed multiple social media accounts for various organizations. Ms. Flynn has a MS from CSU Long Beach in Recreation Administration, a BA from CSU Fullerton in English Literature and is an Instructor Trainer with the American Red Cross in Emergency Response, Wilderness and Remote First Aid and Lifeguarding and has over 15 years of Lifeguard/First Responder experience. She currently holds a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and serves as the Chair of the Emerging Technology Caucus. Additionally, she serves as the co-chair on the Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Virtual Social Media Working Group (VSMWG) and is a consultant/instructor with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) specializing in social media education for emergency managers. When not spending her time in Emergency Management, Ms. Flynn enjoys the mountains of the high Sierra, tennis, swimming, golf and running. As a volunteer with the Red Cross for over 20 years, she is an advocate of everyone learning how to swim, and training in CPR and First Aid.
Dolores Foley is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai'i - Manoa. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Public Administration, University of Southern California in 1989. Her research and consulting areas focus on community planning, citizen participation, and governance of non-profit and community organizations. Her current research and evaluation projects include, Kauhale: Waianae Education and Entrepreneurial Initiative and the Community Resiliency project in American Samoa. She teaches courses on community planning, social policy, and collaborative problem solving. Dr. Foley is affiliate faculty for the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and Chair of the Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution.
Bob Freitag is Senior Instructor and Director of the Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research at the University of Washington, adjunct faculty for the Master of Infrastructure Planning and Management Program (MIPM) and advisor to the MIPM floodplain management program option. The University of Washington Institute for Hazards Mitigation is an interdisciplinary academic institute housed within the Department of Urban Design and Planning, College of Built Environments. The MIPM program is an online program offered through the Department. The floodplain program is a hybrid online program focusing on the coastal and riverine floodplain management. Freitag is also a Certified Floodplain Manager and past member of the Board of Directors with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM). He was also a former Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA Region 10 and past Executive Director of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup. He is also the Vice President of Risk Reduction Solutions LLC.
Suzanne Frew is a consultant with The Frew Group, with over 20 years of experience in disaster operations, planning, and capacity building. She specializes in strategic communications for building community resiliency and sustainability, particularly the integration of cultural and spiritual traditions of high-risk, vulnerable populations.
Suzanne served FEMA Regions IX and I as Mitigation Education, Outreach and Partnership Development Coordinator and Public Information Officer (PIO). On U.S. mainland and island disaster response operations, she worked as Deputy Mitigation Officer, Mitigation Education and Marketing Branch Chief, and PIO. Since leaving federal service, Suzanne has worked as team leader, project manager, SME, facilitator and author with clients throughout the U.S., Pacific, and Asia. She responded to Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami with the IBM Crisis Response Team.
Suzanne holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Public Relations/International Social Welfare from the New College, University of Alabama, and an MFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.
She is a founding member of Gender and Disaster Network (GDN).
Susan is a registered architect specializing in the design of Public Safety Facilities in the State of Florida. She also holds a general contractor's license and has been accredited as a LEED AP by the U.S. Green Building Council. During her 30-year career she has completed numerous projects for public sector clients. Her work with public clients includes Master Planning, Strategic Planning & Programming, and design of a wide variety of building types including municipal, law enforcement, public safety, emergency operations centers, communications/dispatch, traffic management and fire facilities.
For the last 7 years, Susan has shared her design knowledge and "lessons learned" related to Public Safety Facility planning and design through local seminars and national conferences as a practicing architect with Architects Design Group, an architectural firm specializing in Public Safety Architecture. She understands the importance of clearly communicating the security, survivability and sustainability objectives to all stake holders involved in utilizing, designing, constructing, and operating Public Safety Facilities. Team building and follow-up on implementation of objectives is key to her management of this project type.
Anthony Gelish, a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, has more than 40 years of experience with the Department of Defense including 26 years of active duty service and 16 years as a management consultant. He is a Certified Functional Continuity Professional (CFCP) with the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII), a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (LFACHE - recertified), and a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL) in the Society of Logistics Engineers. He is a member of Booz Allen Hamilton’s Defense Group, U.S. Army Operations, and Information Management Technology.
He has supported U.S Special Operations Command – Pacific as an Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) Analyst for the Northeast Asia Strategic Review. He also supported J34 as a Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) subject matter expert (SME) and on-site task manager for the Anti-Terrorism (AT) / Force Protection (FP) / CIP Directorate.
He is a peer reviewer for and editorial board member of Military Medicine the international journal of AMSUS (uncompensated.) He has given presentations at prestigious national and international meetings concerning business resiliency, homeland security, healthcare technology, critical infrastructure protection, and Business Continuity Management.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Management, Technology, from the University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering, Institute of Safety and Systems Management - 1982, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a Minor in Philosophy, from Loyola University of Chicago – Lewis Towers Campus - 1972. He concluded his US Air Force career as a lieutenant colonel.
Jay George serves as Director, Training and Education for Dynamic Planning and Response LLC (DP&R). Jay has over 27 years of experience in executive leadership, training, operations, human resource services, logistics, maintenance, and program management. He retired as a US Army Colonel and served as a US Army Civilian Director as well. Jay is DP&R’s Project Manager for disaster management activities, international disaster response and humanitarian assistance operations, humanitarian civil-military coordination, and military support to civilian-led international Humanitarian Assistance/Disaster Relief operations. He also serves as DP&R’s Project Manager in support to the U.S. Army’s effort to build regional and partner nation resiliency.
Jay is a combat veteran with over 11 years of experience in the Pacific Rim and Southeast Asia. He managed organizations of up to 5,000 personnel and providing services to over 22,000 customers. Additionally, he led training for Combat units, National Guard and Reserve units, as well as Partner nations. Jay also led national-level negotiations in Southeast Asia for to account for Missing in Action from our nation’s wars.
Jay served as the Defense Coordinating Officer for all DOD responses to disasters in the Pacific from 2008-2010. Jay was responsible for coordinating all military disaster response efforts, including those in American Samoa in the aftermath of the 2009 Tsunami.
Jay holds a Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University, and a B.S. from the United States Military Academy. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College.
Leon Geschwind is an Educational Technology Specialist at The Baldwin Group on contract to the NOAA Pacific Services Center. In his current role, Leon helps to support NOAA’s education and training efforts by incorporating engaging visualizations and interactive media products into various science education products. He is actively involved in tsunami education and outreach efforts in partnership with various organizations, including the ongoing tsunami exhibits and programming at the Bishop Museum. In his previous capacity as Science Education Manager at the Bishop Museum, Leon oversaw and developed science educational programming and exhibits for 300,000 visitors and 40,000 school children annually. Leon has a B.S. in Global Environmental Science, a teaching certification in Secondary Education, and is pursuing a M.Ed in Educational Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He has a personal interest in projects that that seek to bridge the gap between scientists and various formal and informal education audiences, and how e-learning can play a crucial role in this arena.
Robert Glancy was born in the territory of Hawaii, moved a lot growing up in a Navy family, and completed high school in Annapolis, Maryland. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Wyoming. In early 2017, he retired from NOAA/ National Weather Service with nearly 36 years of experience, having worked as a Satellite meteorologist in Kansas City, forecaster in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Meteorologist in Charge of a Weather Service Office in Providence, Rhode Island, lead forecaster in Denver, Colorado and 22 years as Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) in Denver/ Boulder, Colorado. The WCM position is the primary outreach position at the National Weather Service and he conducted a lot of spotter training, dispatcher training, safety training, and weather awareness training across northeast Colorado. Working as a NDTPC instructor allows him to continue to spread the weather safety message.
Mr. Goldhammer’s career in emergency operations began in 1969 when he became a volunteer member of the Ithaca, NY Fire Department while attending Cornell University to work on his degree in Meteorology. In 1974, he went to work for Hillsborough County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He worked with the department in many capacities until his retirement as Assistant Chief of Operations in March 1997.
In November 1994, Bob received his certification as an emergency manager (CEM) from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Bob received his BS degree in Business Management from the University of South Florida in 1995.
In March 1997, Bob moved to Des Moines, IA to become the emergency management coordinator for Polk County, IA. In July 1999, Bob received his Certified Business Continuity Professional certification from the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII). In July 2002, Bob received his Masters in Teachers in Geosciences from Mississippi State University.
Mr. Goldhammer left his position with Polk County in March 2003 to pursue a variety of opportunities related to emergency preparedness. He is currently a member of the instructor cadre for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.
Bob served as an IAEM regional president for approximately 10 years. He currently represents the organization on the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Ready Nation program. He is currently a member of the FEMA National Reservist Program; his primary duties are with the Hurricane Liaison Team. He was the co-chair of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Emergency Management Committee from its inception to January 2017.
Bob and his wife Nancy live in Des Moines, IA.
Bob Gough (Lenape/Irish descent) is an attorney with graduate degrees in sociology and cultural anthropology specializing in cultural ecology. He has worked with American Indian Tribes on cultural and natural resource issues over the past 40 years, particularly in the Great Lakes and Great Plains regions. He serves as Secretary of the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (Intertribal COUP) providing a forum on rights and resources on tribal lands with respect to regulatory authority, legislation, policy, and economic opportunity in telecommunications and energy development. He also maintains a private law practice on indigenous rights.
Gough co-chaired the USGCRP's "Native Peoples/Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop" held in 1998, and served on the steering committee for NPNH2 held in 2009, and is a lead and contributing author on the National Climate Assessment. He served on the Western Governors' Association's Clean and Diversified Energy Advisory Committee. Gough is one of the architects of the Rosebud/COUP Intertribal Wind Energy Plan and the SAFE Homes (Sustainable, Affordable, Future-Proof and Energy Efficient) straw bale construction initiative, that received the inaugural World Clean Energy Award in 2007. He is certified in emergency preparedness training for community resilience through FEMA’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), member of the Pacific Risk Management Ohana (PRiMO) and directed the UCAR/NOAA/NIDIS Tribal Engagement Training Program On Climate, Drought and Weather Related Issues in the Upper Great Plains. At UCAR, he co-founded the Rising Voices of Indigenous Peoples in the Global Climate Conversation gatherings.
Susan Graves has served the Lincoln County School District on the Oregon Coast as Safety Coordinator since 2001. She oversees all aspects of emergency preparedness and management for 21 public schools/facilities that serve more than 5,500 students and 500 staff. Lincoln County comprises nearly 1,000 square miles of rural area, 60 of which hug the Pacific Ocean, with several distinct regions and local cultures. As a result, Ms. Graves routinely coordinates safety services with eight government authorities, seven law-enforcement agencies, eight fire districts, six emergency service agencies, three ambulance companies and two hospital districts. Her collaborative work frequently involves multi-agency, full-scale training exercises as well as presentations for school administration, staff, students, partnering agencies, and community groups.
Ms. Graves serves on the Oregon Tsunami Advisory Council, the Lincoln County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council, the Oregon Coast Beach Safety Committee, and the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission’s Tsunami Task Group, contributing to the development of the Oregon Disaster Resiliency Plan.
Susan is a nationally recognized subject matter expert on school emergency management, Teen CERT, and earthquakes/tsunamis and serves the United States Department of Education as a trainer for schools across the country. She appears frequently on local radio shows and has been a featured speaker for several FEMA, American Red Cross, and U.S. Department of Education national webcasts. Ms. Graves recently produced a series of 24 videos on a variety of school emergency preparedness topics including earthquakes and tsunamis. She has received several awards honoring her professional achievements. She is also an accomplished grant writer, securing over $3.8 million in grants for Lincoln County School District.
A Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainer, Ms. Graves developed a nationally recognized school-based Teen CERT program. She is a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and is trained in the National Incident Management System, Post-Earthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings, Red Cross Shelter Operations and Management, and holds a national COBRA Certification in decontamination.
Ann Gravier is currently employed with the State of Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer and Logistics Section Chief of the State Emergency Operations Center. At DHS&EM since 2010, she has also worked in Preparedness and Disaster Assistance. Ann is a twenty-year veteran of the USAF, serving in logistics and weather at assignments worldwide. Ann has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Central Washington University, and a Master of Science Degree in Meteorology from Saint Louis University.
Ann is a member of the American Meteorological Society, and a member of the Alaska Seismic Hazard Safety Commission.
Allison Hardin, CFM works for the City of Myrtle Beach as a city planner. Her 25-year career includes experience with regional and urban planning, GIS mapping and coordination, floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning, business operations and emergency services. She has been a longstanding partner in, and supporter of, NOAA's Digital Coast project; served as chair of both the SC Association for Hazard Mitigation and state Arc GIS users group; and served four years as a co-chair for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)’s Coastal Issues subcommittee. In recent years, Allison has made presentations on climate change impacts and community resilience to everyone from civic groups to Congressional staff. In 2012, Allison was presented with the Award for Planning Awareness by the SC chapter of the American Planning Association for her work to promote resilient community practices. Besides her BS degree from Appalachian State University, she has received training in adult learning methods through the Emergency Management Institute and on-the-job training as a first responder and emergency medical training grant coordinator for seven counties in western NC. Allison is a certified instructor for Coastal Community Resilience, Coastal Flood Risk Reduction, Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery, and Hurricane Awareness. She currently serves as the Chair-Elect of the Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Recovery Division of the American Planning Association (APA).
Richard Harris is the owner and operator of a company which helps to keep the water supplies for many municipalities safe through careful testing of cross connection control devices. He is a certified backflow tester and surveyor working for many of the communities in the state of MA and NH.
He served on the North Reading Fire Department for 34 years starting as a fire fighter and achieving the rank of Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director. He recently served as interim Fire Chief for the Town of Northborough, Massachusetts. Richard served on the Board of Directors for the Essex County Fire Chiefs Association in the capacity of Treasurer for the past 5 years. He was also the training program coordinator for Essex County.
Richard holds the following degrees: * Master of Arts - Fire Science and Administration Degree, Anna Maria College, *Bachelor of Science - Emergency Management, Rivier College, *Associate of Science - Fire Protection and Safety Technology, North Shore Community College. He graduated from the Donohue Institute of the University of Massachusetts’ Chief Fire Officer Management Training Program. Member of International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Richard has served as an adjunct faculty member of Bunker Hill Community College and Anna Maria College teaching various Fire Science courses and is a certified trainer for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center.
Carolyn J. Harshman, CEM is President of Emergency Planning Consultants located in San Diego, California. Since 1984, Ms. Harshman has provided emergency management plans, training, and exercises to a wide range of governments, including public educational institutions. Professional services include: hazard and vulnerability assessments, recovery and reconstruction plans, hazard mitigation plans, emergency response plans, needs and capability assessments, continuity of operations plans, catastrophic plans, grant writing, trainings, and exercises. Carolyn has enjoyed two careers – one in land use planning with the City and County of San Diego and one in emergency management beginning as a hazard planner for the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services. Ms. Harshman holds a Master of Public Administration Degree and is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) as conferred by the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Rachel Heckscher is a Public Health Educator at the Hawaii Department of Health, Emergency Preparedness Branch. She works with partner organizations to promote disaster preparedness for the general public including people with disabilities, recent immigrants, and homeless people. Ms. Heckscher is also the trainer and coordinator of Maui County Health Volunteers, a Medical Reserve Corps unit with 100+ members trained in public health emergency response. Before moving to Maui in 2005, she worked as an Epidemiologist at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Ms. Heckscher received a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 2001 and is fluent in Spanish. Her accomplishments include the publication of Maui Ready: An Emergency Preparedness Workbook for Maui County Residents, which has had 5 print runs totaling over 80,000 copies.
James Henderson is a meteorologist specialist who currently works as an instructor, lecturer, and consultant in the various branches of meteorology. James retired from the National Weather Service with 41 years of service. James is an Air Force veteran. His various assignments in the National Weather Service included agriculture research at the North Florida Agriculture Research Office in Quincy Florida, research meteorologist with the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman Oklahoma, fire weather and air pollution meteorologist in Birmingham Alabama. James was the Meteorologist in Charge of the San Francisco Forecast Office and Director of the Eastern Pacific Hurricane Center where he gained experience working with the emergency management community. He was a tornado forecaster at the National Severe Storms Forecast Center (forerunner to the current Storms Prediction Center) in Kansas City Missouri and later served as Deputy Director of the Center and chief of the Operations Branch. James later served as Deputy Director of the Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City Missouri.
Since retiring James has worked as a consultant and instructor in Colombia South America, China, Taiwan, Uganda, and Ghana. The work with the Chinese included training and lecturing in the field of Aviation Meteorology to Chinese Aviation Forecasters. James also wrote a training program for the Taiwanese Aviation Administration and served as the liaison between the Aviation Weather Center and the Taiwanese forecasters.
James earned his Bachelor and Master of Science in Meteorology from Florida State University and worked on his Doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. James is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. James is happy to blend weather, public safety and preparedness in the professional classroom. James has an enthusiasm for day to day weather and its impact on communities.
Sarah Henly-Shepard is the Director of Disaster Resilience, L.L.C. and has worked in the fields of public health, disaster response, relief and community development for 15 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources & Environmental Management focusing on community disaster resilience, and has a Master of Public Health focusing on international humanitarian assistance and human rights. Her current projects focus on community-based research and planning for disaster resilience and climate change adaptation in Hawai'i and internationally.
Miguel Hidalgo is a certified professional emergency manager with the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) and has 15+ years of emergency preparedness planning experience for city/county government and private sector organizations. Miguel’s expertise includes public health preparedness, community preparedness, government continuity of operations planning, business continuity planning and social media use for emergency management enhancement. Miguel has led in the plan, design and execution of full-scale exercises to include the activation of the Federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program and its medical assets deployment and distribution methods. He has worked in several natural disaster response deployments throughout his career. He has worked for the Florida Department of Health Office of Public Health Preparedness, the NYC Department of Health Disease Control Bureau, Montefiore healthcare system and is currently an emergency management planner and consultant.
Miguel’s education includes: a Bachelor of Arts in Government with a minor in Urban Affairs, Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and is a FEMA certified Incident Command System (ICS) instructor.
J. Barry Hokanson, AICP, has more than 45 years of urban planning experience with agencies in California, Texas, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois concerning environmental and development regulations, building codes, transportation planning, strategic planning, community development, economic development, stormwater management, and post-disaster recovery planning. Prior to work as a subcontractor in FEMA’s community recovery program for Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee and New York (2005 to 2014), Mr. Hokanson held executive positions in regions such as Kansas City, Chicago and Dallas. He is active in organizations such as the American Planning Association, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. In 2013 he was appointed to a committee of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, for Post-Disaster Recovery of a Community’s Public Health, Medical and Social Services. Mr. Hokanson is one of five authors of the 2014 APA Report, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation.
He holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa.
Bruce Houghton is the Gordon MacDonald Professor in Volcanology at University of Hawaii at Manoa, the Hawaiian State Volcanologist, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is the Science Director at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center and the lead developer for AWR-233, the "Volcanic Crises" awareness course. He trained at University of Auckland, University of Otago, and Ruhr-Universitat Bochum. Bruce has published over 200 research papers in international journals and was an editor of the Encyclopaedia of Volcanoes in 2000 and 2015. His recent research has expanded to include interdisciplinary studies of tsunami and volcanic disasters funded by the Human and Social Dynamics and Hazards SEES initiatives in NSF.
Dennis Hwang is Faculty at the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program where he authored several books including the Hawai'i Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook, which is used in the land use process in Hawai'i. After Hurricane Katrina, he helped produce the Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook for the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and FEMA. He was also the lead author for the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards which was produced in Hawai'i, and has been modified or is being modified for Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and Delaware. Dennis is also counsel at the office of O'Connor Playdon and Guben where he specializes in Coastal Zone Management Law. His clients include State and local planning departments interested in incorporating hazard mitigation into the development process.
Dennis has his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Rochester, Master of Science in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Hawai'i and Jurist Doctorate from the University of Houston, where he concentrated in land use and property law. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, Hawai'i State Bar Association, State Hurricane Advisory Committee and NOAA National Focus Team for Hazard Resilient Communities.
David Imy held several different positions as a 33 year employee of the National Weather Service (NWS), before retiring at the end of 2011. His various duties through the years included forecasting, training severe weather spotters and providing safety talks for schools and other groups and teaching the Doppler radar course. His last 15 years in the NWS were spent as the Operations Supervisor for the Storm Prediction Center. Besides supervising 22 forecasters, he also issued watches, mesoscale discussions, severe convective outlooks as wells as fire weather outlooks for the contiguous states. Since retiring from the NWS, he has been teaching meteorology classes and working in scientific research projects.
Dr. Stephen Y. Itoga is Professor Emeritus and former Chairperson of the Department of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Having completed the Community Emergency Response Team Training (CERT); he is now a member of the President’s Citizen Corps. He has over ten years of experience with the aerospace industry, as well as over 36 years of experience with higher education. His education includes a BS in Engineering Physics and an MS in Aerospace Engineering, both from Cornell University; and a PhD in Systems Science from UCLA. Currently Dr. Itoga is involved with an NIH grant, NSF panels for proposal evaluations, and is a Commissioner with ABET/CAC for accrediting computer science and information technology degree programs.
Clement Jung retired from Hawaii State Civil Defense on December 2011 after twelve years of service. He began he career as the Hazmat Training & Exercise Coordinator. He later became the Assistant Operations Officer. He was the Acting Operations Branch Chief for the last three months of his career. He has been involved in five local disasters in Hawaii and worked in the Joint Field Office as the State Deputy Operations Chief. He represented Hawaii as part of an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) two-man team to assist New York City in their response to Hurricane Sandy for Human Services. He worked in the New York City Department of Emergency Management as well as in the Incident Management Team in operations.
He is active with amateur radio (Ham radio) as the Windward Oahu Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Emergency Coordinator, the State Ham Skywarn Coordinator, as a member of the City & County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management (DEM) Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) member as well as a member of State Civil Defense RACES. He has been representing the Ham community in the planning of the State of Hawaii annual hurricane exercise, Makani Pahili. He is active in Ham emergency communications and been working with others on digital messaging over the radio. He is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor with the DEM. Clem is also a member of the Kailua Disaster Preparedness Subcommittee to help his community in their disaster preparedness planning.
Earle Kealoha retired as a captain with the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) after more than 30 years of service including four years as an original member with the HFD Hazardous Materials Response Team and five years working in the HFD’s Safety and Health Office. During his career, he participated as a recruit training officer and assisted with the training of more than 150 fire recruits. Earle completed the academy’s rigorous four-year Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program and received his EFO designation in May 2010 from the NFA.
In preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC), Earle participated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s initial “All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT)” training. He also completed FEMA AHIMT training for Logistics, Public Information Officer (PIO), and Safety Officer as well. During the APEC, Earle served as a member of the HFD’s AHIMT in the capacity of Incident Safety Officer. From 2006-2010, Earle served as one of the HFD’s “Back-up PIOs”.
Earle has also attended and completed Explosive and incendiary attacks course through the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC). Earle has received EMRTC certification which allows him to teach an eight-hour awareness course on explosive and incendiary attacks.
Earle has served as a Fire and Environmental Science Program lecturer with Honolulu Community College (HCC) since 2007. He received an associate of science in Fire Science from HCC in 1985, a bachelor of science in Public Administration from UH West Oahu in 1987 and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2006.
Kepano Kekuewa is the founder of Kūlia LLC, a design-build communications firm. Kūlia develops, implements and maintains strategic marketing and awareness campaigns for organizations, leveraging new media, mobile technology, social networks and eLearning solutions to engage communities of interest and build brand affinity. Kūlia offers in-house media production and training as value-added services to clients. At NDPTC, Kepano serves as an instructor for PER-300 (Social Media) and as a contractor developing next-generation, eLearning solutions for disaster preparedness training.
Prior to Kulia, Kepano was the Account Executive leading Apple's Higher Education team in Hawaii where he was responsible for strategic relationships with college and university campuses across the state. Kepano collaborated with campus leaders on the use of technology to improve student engagement, launching a number of mobile learning initiatives. As the Business Development Manager for Oracle's Professional Services team in Hawaii, Kepano worked closely with executives of government and business organizations, interpreting business requirements into financial applications and consulting services. As a Technical Account Manager for Sun Microsystems, Kepano led the design and implementation of highly complex data center solutions for government, military and commercial clients. Kepano was an instructor for Sun Education, teaching Unix system administration and server management courses. Kepano served on the QA/CM contract for the U.S. Department of State as a contractor with the Orkand Corporation.
Kepano received his BA in Communication from the University of Hawaii and his MBA from George Washington University.
Alisha Griswold is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) who currently serves the communities around the Seattle region. As a nationally recognized trainer and disaster technologist, Ms. Griswold has spent the past 3 years educating emergency managers on information and operational security. Her past contributions include the coordination and planning for a series of regional cyber security summits, founding and chairing the IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus, and contributing to the White House Disaster Innovation initiative in Washington DC. Her innovative research on the impact of emergent social media platforms on homeland security has been subjected to double-blind peer review and published internationally. As a public servant, Alisha is a vocal proponent for inclusive preparedness strategies, evidence-based practices, and transparency in government.
Mr. Kirby is a senior public safety operations specialist, providing leadership and guidance for an array of public safety enhancements required by local, state, federal, and tribal agencies. He has been serving in the homeland security sector for more than eight years, and has 37 years of field and management experience in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services, emergency communications, and emergency management areas. His experience includes disaster response to pipeline ruptures, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Mr. Kirby is a subject matter expert assisting clients and consultants primarily on projects that support the United States Department of Homeland Security.
Jim Kohlmann, a Lead Associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, is a retired Army Colonel with over 27 years of military experience, and over 15 years of Emergency Management experience at the Federal and Department of Defense (DoD) level. His emergency management experience started with the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. He served as Current Operations Chief for the CIO/G6 in the Army Operations Center (AOC) and the Army’s Crisis Action Team (CAT); Led the Army G6 efforts to maintain communications and support the AOC during and after the attack on the Pentagon.
Jim later served as Deputy Director for Command and Control Systems (J6) at North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM), where he also served as the senior Communications Officer (J6) for Joint Task Force Katrina (JTF-Katrina).
He deployed and supported first responders in a wide range of events: multiple National Special Security Events (NSSEs), including the 2010 Vancouver Olympics; various California Wildfires; the Haiti Earthquake relief/recovery (Operation Unified Response); the Deepwater Horizion Oil Spill; and the repatriation of American citizens from Japan after the earthquake and tsunami of 2011(Operation Tomodachi).
Jim holds Master’s Degrees from the National War College, National Defense University; and the United States Army Command and General Staff College, where he was a Distinguished Graduate and DePuy Award winner. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and a Certified Knowledge Manager (CKM).
Dr. Kong has been the Director of the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC) since 2001. As Director, she oversees the Center that supports the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) in its efforts to deploy tsunami warning and mitigation systems globally, and that works directly with the 46-nation Intergovernmental Co-ordination Group for the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (ICG/PTWS) to strengthen international and national tsunami warnings and preparedness.
Since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Dr. Kong has been active in advising countries around the world on how to build robust and sustainable tsunami mitigation systems. Dr. Kong also serves as the Hawaii State Tsunami Advisor. She is the former Chair of the Hawaii State Earthquake Advisory Committee, and a member of the Hawaii State Hazard Mitigation Forum. Previously, she was with the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, the University of Hawaii's Hawaii Institute of Geophysics, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute. She was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, is a graduate of Brown University and received her doctorate in Seismology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in 1990.
Kristine Kosinski received her BS in Geology and Geophysics with an emphasis in volcanology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She currently works at the National Disaster Preparedness and Training Center assisting Dr. Bruce Houghton in research of natural disasters, particularly the 2014-2015 Puna lava flow crisis, and course development and delivery.
Patrick is an experienced leader in scientific project management of multidisciplinary teams to design, develop and deploy projects in both the commercial and academic sectors. He is an accomplished research scientist and science based program manager with detailed knowledge of geospatial and remote sensing analysis as applied to environmental issues related to natural hazards, climate change, flood plain management, hazard identification and mitigation planning, threat and hazard identification and assessment, power generation and geology.
Patrick has been an instructor teaching project based geospatial and remote sensing techniques including coursework development in weather, climate, and flood plain management.
Patrick has over 16 years’ experience using geospatial analysis in conjunction with multidisciplinary teams on projects as diverse as Multi Hazard Mitigation planning, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) and Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA) development, wildland fire protection planning, continuity of operations (COOP) planning, soil carbon analysis, fuel loading, potential fire detection system using lightning data, hazard assessment and risk mapping for natural and anthropogenic sources.
Patrick’s experience also tends toward outreach with key stakeholders in communities so that research and results become an active part in decision making.
Dave Kozuki is the founder and CEO of People Bridge, which develops internet based, social media focused software for building neighborhood communities. People Bridge moved to Hawai'i from Silicon Valley in 2005. Prior to People Bridge, Dave was the VP of Business Development and Sales at PacifiCall, a developer of telecommunications software for mobile phones and PCs based in Palo Alto. At Sylantro of Campbell, Dave developed strategic alliances with domestic and international device manufacturers to interoperate with the Sylantro VoIP application server. As a program manager for the Net Generation group at IBM in Mountain View, Dave helped start the international Application Service Provider partner program ASP Prime. He ran a 5 store retail chain as its president and held sales and marketing management positions with Sprint, IBM and Pacific LightNet in Hawai'i. Dave graduated from UH Manoa with a BBA in Management Information Systems and Marketing.
Emily Kukulies is an educator and community leader. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii – Honolulu Community College. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration, as well as an MBA from Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii.
Ms. Kukulies is very active with her local community in Disaster Preparedness. She serves as the Community Disaster Education Lead for Oahu, Hawaii with the American Red Cross. She coordinates workshops and activities that serve thousands of diverse community members every year. She is also active in the Hawaii State VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster).
Emily Kukulies is a Senior Responder with the American Red Cross and is active in responding hands-on to local and national (U.S.) disasters. From floods to fires, hurricanes to tsunamis, she has responded in the various roles of incident leader, client case work, disaster assessment, shelter management, volunteer coordination, psychological first aid, media relations and more.
Noemi LaChapelle is an Emergency Management Program Specialist with the Earthquake/Tsunami Program in Washington State’s Emergency Management Division. She is responsible for Tsunami Preparedness training and the TsunamiReady program for Washington State’s coastal communities. She provides multiple preparedness training geared to various entities such as hotels & motels, parks & recreation, local businesses, and the general public. Noemi also acts as a Public Information Officer (PIO) during activation of the Washington State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the Social Media/Status Board desk and has provided training on how to monitor various social media sites during activations. In addition to her emergency management expertise, Noemi has an extensive background in finance, has a passion for social media and excels in many computer software programs.
Noemi has an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and has plans to further her education in Communications and Emergency Management.
Jimmy Lagunero has almost 26 years of service with the U.S. military, notably with the United States Marine Corps in the Combat Arms field, Military Intelligence, and on special duty assignments with the US State Department on Embassy Duty and with Federal Law Enforcement. He’s a former US Marine Gunnery Sergeant, and served over 16 years with Force Reconnaissance. Since 1999, he’s been mobilized for active military duty five times, and has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Panama and on the U.S. Mexican border. Mr. Lagunero is currently employed by the University of Hawai‘i as the Emergency Management Coordinator, and as the UH State Civil Defense Coordinator. Jimmy is a certified instructor with the Department of Homeland Security on NIMS/ICS, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and a FEMA Campus CERT Instructor. He’s also a volunteer with the American Red Cross, the Medical Reserve Corps, and active with native community service organizations.
Penny is a Program Analyst at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Services Center. Her passion includes engaging local communities to understand their risks from natural hazards and climate change to help facilitate populations to become resilient to and prepared for natural disasters. Penny is the coordinator for the Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana (PRiMO), a coalition of federal, state, and local partners involved in disaster management and community resilience. In this role, she supports coordination and collaboration efforts throughout the Pacific. In addition, she is the Federal Program Officer for the Coastal Resilience Networks grant program, where she currently manages multiple federal grants relating to climate change, natural hazards, and regional ocean partnerships. Penny has a B.S. degree in Geology and Geophysics, a certificate in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawaii.
Michael Lingerfelt, FAIA is a high-energy executive with more than 33 years experience in design and project delivery. His resume documents a results-oriented executive with a proven ability to lead large, complex projects and multi-disciplined design teams as the Director of Project Architecture & Engineering for Walt Disney Imagineering. To date, he has built over $3.6B in hard construction. This diverse portfolio of projects range from schools, theme park attractions, merchandise, restaurants, health care and hospitality facilities.
Michael has served on the American Institute of Architects Disaster Assistance Committee (beginning in 2007 and currently as the chair), a speaker at numerous conferences and has been a California Emergency Management Agency Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Trainer since 2008. To date, he has trained over 1,240 architects, engineers, building officials and inspectors. He has completed the Emergency Management Institute's Professional Series (2009) and HURRIPLAN Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities (2013). He has provided safety assessment evaluations for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA (2004), Northridge, CA Earthquake (1994), Birmingham, AL (2011) as well as fire and flood assessments in California.
Michael was elevated into the prestigious American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2012 for his efforts advocating that architects should serve the public surrounding a disaster. The program was developed to elevate those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level. Out of a total AIA membership of over 80,000 there are over 3,000 members distinguished with this honor.
Kem Lowry is Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center. He is Professor Emeritus and former chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawai`i. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science, University of Hawai`i in 1976. He has been a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Relations and Development in Asia, Sophia University, Tokyo; visiting faculty at the Department of City and Regional Planning, University of North Carolina; and a Pew Fellow at the Marine Policy Program, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He has published articles on planning and environmental management, coastal management and evaluation in journals including American Planning Association Journal, Urban Law Annual, Publius, Environmental Impact Assessment Review, and Policy Studies Review. He is also the co-author of Choosing Change: A Self Assessment Manual for Non-Profits.
Dr. Lowry has served as a consultant to the U.N. Development Planning agency, the Asia Foundation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, UNICEF-China, the Packard Foundation, the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment, and several state agencies in Hawai`i. He designed and participated in training programs and workshops on coastal management, evaluation and environmental mediation in Indonesia, the Philippines, the US, China and Sri Lanka.
He is a mediator and a former director of the Program on Conflict Resolution, University of Hawai`i, a member of the Advisory Board of the Center on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Hawai`i State Judiciary. Lowry is recipient of both the Robert Clopton award and the Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching Foundation Award for UH Faculty Service to the Community. He served on the editorial boards of the American Planning Association Journal and the Journal of Ocean and Coastal Management.
Michael Lowry is a subject matter expert on hurricanes and tropical meteorology, with over 12 years of professional experience in research, forecasting, communications, and emergency management. He was a lead scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida. There he was responsible for leading a team of scientists in developing new tropical cyclone related products, including new watches and warnings, for the National Weather Service (NWS).
Most recently, Lowry served as on-air hurricane specialist and tropical program lead for The Weather Channel. He provided network coverage for hurricanes and nor’easters, including Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the Boston blizzard in 2013, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Lowry has filed reports for NBC Nightly News, TODAY, MSNBC, and CNBC.
Prior to joining NHC, Lowry served as Senior Scientist for the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. Before that he worked as an emergency manager and meteorologist for the Florida Division of Emergency Management in support of nine Presidentially declared natural disasters, including seven hurricane disaster declarations in 2004 and 2005.
Lowry has presented tropical related research at more than 50 scientific meetings and symposia. He is the recipient of the 2013 National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement Award in Meteorology. He holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science Degree in meteorology from Florida State University and is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), National Weather Association (NWA), and American Geophysical Union. Lowry was co-developer of NDPTC’s Hurricane Awareness (AWR-343) course.
Alan Lulloff is Flood Science Services Program Director for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) managing research and outreach projects for the association. In addition to ASFPM’s published reports, ASFPM’s Science Services program has developed training materials for one-day workshops on Flood Risk Reduction and a week long course on Using GIS for Floodplain Management Risk Assessments. Mr. Lulloff was on the team that developed the NDPTC Coastal Flood Risk Reduction Course. He is a subject matter expert on floodplain and coastal engineering modeling and mapping, dam safety and water resource management. He has authored publications including a Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook, The Floodway Encroachment Standard: Minimizing Cumulative Adverse Impacts, dam flood risk reduction, managing coastal hazard risks on the Great Lakes and numerous publications related to floodplain mapping. Mr. Lulloff serves on the National Institute for Building Safety - Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council – Board of Direction and the Federal Emergency Management Agency HAZUS Flood Committee.
Before joining ASFPM in 2005, Mr. Lulloff spent 32 years with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) in groundwater management, water supply, floodplain management, dam safety, and water resource management.
Mr. Lulloff holds an Environmental Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin and a Certified Floodplain Manager.
Burt Lum has more than 30 years in Hawaii's technology and communications sector. He is an Instructor at University of Hawaii in the Information & Computer Science Dept. and teaches a class about Social Media. He also teaches a Social Media class for Emergency Managers for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. At the City and County of Honolulu, he is a Community Manager for their Open Data and Digital Cities Initiative.
Past engagements include founding member of the Innovation Center at HMSA, Senior Product Manager at Hawaiian Telcom, CEO/President of Hawaii data center startup NetEnterprise and work at the Maui High Performance Computing Center.
His online activities include social media, community building, blogging, video and audio podcasting, content curation and citizen journalism. Burt was a technology columnist for the Honolulu Advertiser and currently produces and co-hosts a weekly science and technology show on Hawaii Public Radio called Bytemarks Cafe. For the last 5 years he as also planned and coordinated an annual grassroots technology event called the Unconferenz.
Dr. Charles L. Mader is President of Mader Consulting Co, and a Retired Fellow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemists, and recipient of the Los Alamos Distinguished Performance Award. He is listed in Who's Who in the World.
He is the author of the book "Numerical Modeling of Explosives and Propellants" published in 2007 by CRC Press. Dr. Mader was the editor of the journal of the International Tsunami Society, "Science of Tsunami Hazards" for over 20 years. He is the author of the book "Numerical Modeling of Water Waves - Second Edition" published by CRC Press in 2004.
His current tsunami research field is mega-tsunamis or waves over 100 meters high resulting from asteroids, nuclear weapons or landslide impact such as the 1958 Lituya Bay Tsunami which washed out trees to a maximum altitude of 520 meters and from 50 to 200 meters throughout Lituya Bay. The latest numerical modeling results using the NOBEL AMR Eulerian code of the landslide impact, wave generation and runup are available on the DVD for the book "Numerical Modeling of Water Waves". Also included on the DVD are computer generated animations of Dr. Mader's modeling of tsunami generation by earthquakes, landslides or asteroids, propagation across ocean basins, flooding of shore lines and hydrovolcanic explosions.
Dr. Mader does numerical modeling and consulting for government and industrial organizations on explosives, propellents, and tsunami waves and gives in-house short courses on the topics described in his books. His web site is http://www.mccohi.com and his Tsunami lectures are available at http://is.gd/4NnP1Z.
Paul Manson dissertation research is focused on the multi-year Oregon Territorial Sea Plan update – a marine spatial planning effort to resolve conflicts among many ocean users via a technologically mediate participatory GIS system. His applied work includes the development of coastal viewshed assessment protocols and tools to support communities participating in marine spatial planning. Paul started his work in emergency preparedness in the Civil Air Patrol in Alaska and carried this through to present work as a part of the Resilience Pacific Northwest Program at Portland State University.
Mark is the Kaua’i Emergency Management Officer (KEMO) from County of Kaua’i Civil Defense Agency, a position he has held since January of 2000. A current member of the Hawai'i Emergency Preparedness Executive Committee (HEPEC), a state-wide group working on anti-terrorist efforts organized by the State Civil Defense Agency. He is also a current member of the state Hawai'i Wireless Interoperability Network Executive Committee (HWIN) where he is the point of contact for Federal, State and nongovernmental stakeholders.
He was a member of the Governor's task force for beach and water safety, which resulted in warning signs at public beach parks as a part of Act 190 state law. He worked for Hawaii County for sixteen years as the Aquatics Administrator. He oversaw the Water Safety Officers at ten beach parks and Senior Lifeguards and ten County pools.
Mark is currently the President of the Kaua'i United Way, supporting thirty charitable organizations helping the people of Kaua'i. He is also the President of Kaua'i "Life's Bridges" and is on the American Red Cross Council for Kaua'i. He has been a volunteer instructor trainer with the American Red Cross.
Irvin R. Mason, Sr. is currently the Training Coordinator for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), where he was worked since 2000. Mr. Mason is responsible for coordinating and conducting exercises to test the readiness of the territories’ emergency operations centers and other government agencies territorially throughout the year. He also initiates training to increase preparedness in all aspects of emergency management and homeland security. He is a certified trainer for CERT, HAZMAT, WMD, and Tsunami Preparedness. Mr. Mason is also the sitting Chairman of the Board of Directors for St. Thomas Rescue, an all volunteer service, that consist of members that are trained as Emergency Medical Technicians, First Responders, First Aiders certified in CPR, extrication, search and rescue and all related areas of rescue to include dive rescue.
Eric Matusak began his public safety career at the age of 15 as a volunteer with the City of Long Beach Search & Rescue team, a volunteer job that he continues to this day. Eric was hired full time by the City of Long Beach’s Harbor Department where he served as a Harbor Patrol Officer for two years, focusing on homeland security and business continuity in the Port of Long Beach, the second busiest sea port in the United States. Eric then moved on to the City of Long Beach Police Department where he is currently a Police Officer. Eric worked patrol primarily in the City’s West Patrol Division. During his time on patrol he was awarded the Department’s Meritorious Award for Heroism for actions taken while responding to a man with a gun call.
Officer Matusak then transferred to the Field Support Division where he is currently a member of the Event Planning Section. Eric prepares event action plans for these events which range from small community parades to the IZOD Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. He is also responsible for much of the emergency management responsibilities of the department. Officer participates in city and county wide committees to increase the Police Department’s preparedness for a disaster.
Officer Matusak is currently the primary Incident Command System instructor for the city of Long Beach. He currently serves as a Planning Section Chief on the City of Long Beach’s All Hazard Incident Management Team and is one of the team’s project managers.
Maureen McCann knew she wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist since the age of 4 when Hurricane Gloria blew through her New England hometown. So, it's fitting that Maureen has landed in Florida, since it was a hurricane that sparked her interest in weather in the first place. Maureen is currently the weekday morning meteorologist at News 13 in Orlando, the 24-hour station serving Central Florida.
Her TV career has taken her around the country to experience a wide range of weather patterns starting in Bangor, Maine, followed by stations in Syracuse, NY, Austin TX, and Denver, CO. It was in Denver that her storm chase adventures with the late Tim Samaras and his research group TWISTEX transformed into a special which was honored with an Emmy Award and a Colorado Broadcasters Association award.
An active member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Maureen holds both the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and Certified Consulting Meteorologist seals. She serves as the AMS Commissioner on Professional Affairs, overseeing the society's certification programs. The National Weather Association has also awarded her with their Television Seal of Approval.
Originally from Arlington, Massachusetts, Maureen graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Atmospheric Science. She is currently enrolled in a Masters of Science program at University of Central Florida focusing on geographic information systems and emergency management.
Dennis McGowen began his law enforcement career in May of 1981 with the Del City Police
Department where he served as a Patrolman with two years in the K-9 Division.
In 1985, Dennis joined the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission and is currently the Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Enforcement District which encompasses 27 Oklahoma Counties. His duties have included internal affairs, organized crime, tornado and disaster response, training and public speaking appearances.
Dennis has completed over 3,500 hours of advanced law enforcement training including: Death Investigation Academy, Criminal Intelligence Officer Academy, Criminal Investigation Academy, Critical Incident Stress Management, Suicide Prevention, Anti-Terrorism, Human Trafficking, Management & Leadership, Emergency Management, Weather Pattern Identification & Hazards and the OK-First weather data interpretation certification.
Dennis earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice with a Forensic Science minor from the University of Central Oklahoma. He holds a CLEET Advanced Law Enforcement certificate and has been certified to instruct: Law Enforcement Driver Training (LEDT), FEMA Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), OSHA Blood Borne Pathogens, National Safety Council Alive@25 Teen Driving Course, Question, Prevent, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention, Below 100 (line of duty death prevention) and ICISF Critical Incident Stress Management.
Dennis has served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education & Training (CLEET), the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) National Training Academy and a Lead Instructor at the OSU-OKC Precision Driving Training Center.
Sarah Miller is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) who currently serves as the contract Emergency Management Coordinator for the 16 cities of south King County, Washington. Prior to that, she was the Emergency Manager for the City of Auburn, Washington for 9 years. Her 25 years of public service includes 12 years as a public safety dispatcher and 9 years as a search and rescue volunteer. Sarah has been an adjunct faculty member at various colleges and universities since 2002. She currently teaches undergraduate courses at Jacksonville State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and graduate courses at Georgetown University and Adler University. In addition, she works with a number of FEMA training partners to deliver courses across the country on topics including social media, whole community, situational awareness, ICS, and CERT, as well as teaching in the National Basic and Advanced Emergency Management Academies. Sarah is active in the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), currently serving as Vice-Chair of Region 10, Vice-Chair of the Emerging Technology Caucus, and as a member of both the USA Training and Education Committee and the Global Communications Work Group. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree in Emergency Management, is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, and has completed doctoral work in homeland security, terrorism, and public policy. A native of Oregon, Sarah has lived in Washington State since 1997 with her husband and a random assortment of cats. You can find her on Twitter as @scba.
At Washington Sea Grant, Jamie provides expertise on emergency preparedness, hazard mitigation, and resilience for coastal communities. With a background in coastal hazards and community resilience, Jamie is developing Washington’s Coastal Hazards Resilience Network and incorporating resilience into planning processes for the Snohomish County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. Jamie is active in helping Washington communities prepare for sea level rise. She is developing relevant curriculum for coastal managers participating in the state’s Coastal Training Program, and she also engages the public in envisioning future sea level rise through the Washington King Tides Initiative. Jamie also serves as Washington Sea Grant’s liaison to the Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, where she supports tsunami education and outreach in coordination with the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division.
Previously, Jamie was a Marc Hershman Marine Policy Fellow at Washington Sea Grant in 2010, where she focused on coastal hazards and coastal community resilience. She then worked on coastal hazard issues at the Washington Military Department’s Emergency Management Division. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Michigan State University and a Masters of Marine Affairs from the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington. In her free time, Jamie enjoys sampling hot sauce from around the world and has recently begun to start making her own. Recipes welcome!
Christina (Tina) Neal is a geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) at the Volcano Science Center in Anchorage. She began her career with the USGS in 1983 at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory working on Kilauea Volcano’s east rift eruption and mapping of Kilauea’s southwest rift zone. In 1990, Tina joined the relatively new AVO where she has conducted geologic mapping and studies of eruptions and unrest at Redoubt, Spurr, Aniakchak, Black Peak, Semisopochnoi, Augustine, and Okmok volcanoes. She is an expert on volcanic ash and aviation safety and interagency coordination during volcanic eruption response. From 1998-2000, she served as the first Geoscience Advisor to the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). In 2004, she spent 2 months as a Science Fellow at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador working on volcano hazard mitigation. Tina leads USGS/AVO’s cooperative work with Russian volcanology counterparts at observatories in the Russian Far East. In 2009 and 2010, she completed two details to the USGS Western Regional Office as Chief of Staff and Deputy Regional Director. Tina currently represents the Volcano Hazards Program on the USGS Hazards Mission Strategic Science Planning team. Originally from Connecticut, she has a Sc.B. in Geological Sciences from Brown University, an M.S. from Arizona State University. Before relocating to Alaska, she did additional graduate study at U.C. Santa Barbara.
Cheryl Nelson is an Emmy-nominated, certified broadcast meteorologist and natural disaster preparedness specialist with a true passion for weather and preparedness. Cheryl has over 15 years of professional experience including a decade as a TV meteorologist where she broadcasted nationally on Fox News Channel, CNBC and the AccuWeather Channel, and locally in markets such as Syracuse, NY and Norfolk, VA.
Currently, in addition to teaching for NDPTC, Cheryl is co-host for "Coast Live" on WTKR-TV (CBS) in Norfolk, VA and the national spokesperson for Cummins Residential Generators. Cheryl is also a freelance meteorologist/social media consultant for StormCenter Communications and the U.S. Joint Staff. A NOAA Weather Ready Nation Ambassador and FEMA-certified professional, she also speaks at various conferences and workshops around the U.S. and Canada about disaster preparedness for families and pets. In 2015, Cheryl was awarded a “FEMA Individual and Community Preparedness Award for Awareness to Action, Honorable Mention” and was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” Professional in Hampton Roads, VA in 2014.
In her spare time, Cheryl volunteers as a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) Broadcast Board and Penn State University’s College of Earth & Mineral Sciences’ Board of Directors. Cheryl received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology with a specialty in Communications from Penn State University. She currently resides in the Norfolk, VA area. Please visit Cheryl’s website, www.CherylNelson.net and follow her on Twitter and Facebook @CherylNelsonTV
Kyle Nelson is a meteorologist and emergency management professional with a specialty for blending weather, social media and public safety in the professional classroom. He is a Professional Ski Patroller at Buttermilk in Aspen, Colorado and actively serves as a member of the Colorado Virtual Operations Support Team.
Kyle received his M.S. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and B.S. in Meteorology from Central Michigan University. In addition to his academics, Kyle has complementing experience in emergency management, public safety communications, hazardous materials response and social media. He is certified as an EMT, Wilderness First Responder and Hazardous Materials Technician.
Mr. Nelson has collaborated with local emergency management and the National Weather Service to provide on-site communication and weather decision support for large-venue events, train weather spotters, and conduct storm damage surveys, event pre-planning exercises and public outreach. Kyle draws on his experience as an Education and Outreach Specialist with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies in Madison, Wisconsin to improve community agencies’ connectivity with their citizens in person and online. He actively engages with public, private and academic sectors to enhance citizen weather literacy and preparedness to build a more Weather Ready Nation.
Kyle brings enthusiasm and passion to the classroom and delivers a rich and engaging vision for communicating effectively on social media and understanding weather hazards that threaten our communities. Follow him on Twitter: @WxKyleNelson
Mallory Nicholls is currently a broadcast meteorologist for News 13 in Orlando in addition to being an instructor for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. In the past ten years, she has been able to forecast the weather for multiple climates. This includes snow, ice, heat waves, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes from the mountains of Tennessee to the coast of South Carolina and Florida. She most recently covered Hurricane Matthew, which battered the east coast of Florida before moving north and dumping several inches of rain over the Carolinas.
Mallory has a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology from North Carolina State University and is currently obtaining a Masters of Science in Emergency Management from Millersville University. She’s an active member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the Certification for Broadcast Meteorologists.
Follow her on Twitter: @MalloryNicholls
Dave Nichols, CEM
Dave has been certified as an Emergency Manager, he currently serves as the Medical Reserve Corps & Workforce Deployment Manager for Public Health Seattle-King County, WA. In his current position, he is responsible for volunteer management and deployment of employees and volunteers during disaster or a medical emergency as well as large local medical missions. Previous to this assignment he spent four years as the Assistant Director of Emergency Services for the American Red Cross in Seattle. He has served on five presidentially declared disasters as well as many smaller local disasters.
Dave is also a Response team member for ShelterBox a British Charity that provides Rapid Shelter after a natural disaster or due to conflict displacement. Since joining ShelterBox in 2014 he has been deployed to The Philippines, Serbia, Malaysia, Paraguay & Haiti.
He retired after 20 years of service in the United States Army and now lives in West Seattle with his Wife and Orange Tabby, where he is a member of the Rotary Club of West Seattle.
Steven Oglesby, M.E.P.
Steven serves as the Department of Energy Preparedness Program Manager for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency. His responsibilities include coordination with the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, five local jurisdictions, supervision of the DOE staff, program financial management, and serves as the lead negotiator for the contact between DOE and the state. In times of emergencies, Steve directs the Regional Coordination Center in support of state field staff and local jurisdictions. Previously he was with Kentucky Emergency Management as a Regional Response Manager and special projectors coordinator.
Steve’s emergency services career started in 1974 as a volunteer rescue squad member. Since 1999, when Steve became a full time emergency manager, he has been involved in hundreds of responses to include active participation in 28 Presidentially Declared Disasters. He has served in a variety of incident command positions, to include Incident Commander of a 37 agency hazardous materials response. He is a Master Exercise Practitioner, certified Emergency Management Institute instructor for multiple courses including the NIMS ICS All-Hazards Position Specific Training Program, and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP)
Steven’s emergency management career followed his 20-plus years as an award winning television journalist. During this time he served as a general assignment reporter, investigative reporter, freelance network correspondent, assignment editor, news director and promotion-marketing director.
Connie P. Ozawa is Professor of Urban Studies and Planning and Director of the Innovations in Urbanization Program at Portland State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is one of four academic appointees to the Planning Accreditation Board.. She has researched and taught negotiations and collaborative decision making for the past 25 years, and is particularly interested in negotiation dynamics with respect to developing and strengthening communities through local planning and policy making. She is author of Recasting Science: Consensus-Based Procedures in Public Policy Making (Westview, 1991), editor of The Portland Edge: Challenges and Successes in Growing Communities (Island Press, 2004), co-editor of Planning the Pacific Northwest (APA Press, 2015) and author of numerous chapters and journal articles on the role of science and uncertainty in decision making, public participation, collaborative processes and planning education. Her current research focuses on how communities can plan and invest resources in ways that aim to enhance the quality of life for residents in the face of uncertain but likely impacts of climate change on urban water resources (e.g. drinking water supplies and flooding) and natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
Carolyn Parcheta, originally from Colorado, is currently based at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her bachelors of science degree (also from UH) is in Geology and Geophysics, and her Ph.D. is in physical volcanology. During her education, she has worked on a broad range of geological projects, including Martian volcanism, giant dike swarms (Antarctica), relocating earthquakes (Hawai’i), natural rock fracturing/sheeting joints (Yosemite N.P.), infrasound and seismology deployment/retrieval (Ecuador), and the dynamics of Hawaiian-style eruptions (Kilauea). She collaborates with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and actively helps with eruption responses. Her passion is in understanding her environment, i.e., why things are the way they are, how they got there, and what they might evolve in to in the future.
Courses certified to teach: AWR- 233: Volcanic Crises Awareness
Ervin Petty is employed with the State of Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) as an Emergency Management Specialist II and is currently the Tsunami Program Manager. He serves as the State Emergency Management representative to the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) and is also a member of the NTHMP Mitigation and Education (MES) and Warning Coordination Subcommittees (WCS). At DHS&EM since 2001, he has been a shift supervisor in the State Emergency Operations Center, responded to several Alaska disasters with FEMA, and served as the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan coordinator. He has traveled Alaska’s extensive coastline from SE Alaska to the Aleutian chain presenting Tsunami Preparedness Training to local communities and works closely with the Alaska Region NWS in the TsunamiReady program. Ervin served over twenty-three years as a Pararescueman in the USAF where he was a combat aircrew Flight Instructor and Flight Evaluator on both fixed and rotor wing aircraft. Following his Air Force career, he spent over six years with an Alaska Survival and Safety company as a lead instructor teaching global survival techniques to numerous Federal, State, local agencies and private industry.
Khanh Pham is a PhD graduate researcher at Portland State University, where she studies urban planning, climate change adaptation, and equity planning. She has served as a research assistant and consultant for several climate change-related projects and co-teaches a class on Disasters and Resilience at PSU. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon.
Scott is an NDPTC subject matter expert for social media and disasters and NDPTC course instructor, and a FEMA DCSP Digital Communications Specialist reservist. He’s active in the #SMEM (Social Media in Emergency Management) and #VOST (Virtual Operations Support Team) initiatives, is on his local CERT Team and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) group, and is past president of Oregon VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). Scott also serves on the IAEM Emerging Technology Committee the Virtual Emergency Management Association board, and the DHS “Virtual Social Media Working Group”.
Dr. Althea Rizzo joined Oregon Emergency Management in 2008 as the Geologic Hazards Program
Coordinator after completing a one year National Weather Service-funded program as Tsunami
Coordinator for the City of Lincoln City. She is a member of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation
Program and serves as the co-chair of the Warning Subcommittee. She is a member of the Cascadia
Region Earthquake Workgroup and is the co-chair of the Education and Mitigation Subcommittee.
She has successfully implemented outreach programs for seismic hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Dr. Rizzo has been a frequent instructor and lecturer on hazard mitigation, risk reduction and outreach program design and implementation.
Ricky Rocquin was a District Chief with The New Orleans Fire Department. He served 32 years in the fire service. He holds a Degree in Fire Science from Delgado Community College. Ricky was a contract instructor with the University of New Orleans (Center for Social Justice) where he delivered NIMS and AWR 160 classes. He is also an authorized ICS 300&400 instructor. He was an Adjunct Instructor for Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute in Baton Rouge, LA where he taught with the Fire Rescue program and National Incident Management Classes state wide. Also, he taught for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the US Citizens Core. He taught for the Center for Domestic Preparedness for 5 years where he was recognized as a Gold Level Authorized Trainer. District Chief Rocquin is a member of the New Orleans Association of Fire Chiefs. Looking ahead, he plans to continue his teaching into retirement.
Jeff Rubin is the Emergency Manager for Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R), Oregon’s largest fire district, where he is responsible for TVF&R’s organizational preparedness, coordinating with member cities, counties, and partner agencies, and managing TVF&R’s Incident Management Teams. He has worked extensively on the Mount Hood Regional Coordination Plan since its inception. Before his time in Oregon, he was a field medic and cross-trained as a call-taker and dispatcher for Austin/Travis County Emergency Medical Services. At Austin EMS he served as a Hazardous Materials Captain and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor in the Special Operations Section, working in mass casualty planning, hazmat/WMD planning, training, and response, and hospital preparedness. He was a volunteer Fire/EMS/Rescue responder and company officer with Travis County (TX) ESD#4 for 13 years, and has consulted in safety and emergency preparedness since the 90s.
Jeff has a BS in Geology & Geophysics from Yale and an MA and PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a research scientist and later an Asst. Dean for Environmental Health & Safety. He has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and has published in various geological, medical, safety, and emergency management journals. Jeff is particularly proud that he was able to teach Incident Command for Geologists and Geology for Incident Commanders to separate audiences in the same month.
Andrew Rumbach is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planning and Design at the University of Colorado Denver. He holds a doctorate and a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. For the past 10 years his research has centered on household and community risk and resilience to natural hazards and climate change, in the United States, India, and the Pacific. His current research is focused on community recovery following the September 2013 floods in Colorado, and especially the impact of the floods on households living in affordable housing.
Dean Sakamoto is a practicing architect and educator. He holds a B.Arch. from the University of Oregon, an M.Arch. Cranbrook Academy of Art, and M.E.D. from Yale University. His New Haven and Honolulu-based firm, Dean Sakamoto Architects is responsible for the LEED Gold certified Juliet Rice Wichman Botanical Research Center at the National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kauai, Hawai´i which is designed for sustainability and hurricane resilience. As an educator, he previously taught at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and the University of Hawai´i at Manoa School of Architecture, and the Yale University School of Architecture. He is now affiliate faculty at the University of Hawai´i at Manoa, Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he leads the Urban Resilience Lab and is the course developer of HURRIPLAN: Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities, a DHS-FEMA funded professional training course for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC). In 2012, Mr. Sakamoto was appointed to serve on the AIA National 2013 Committee on Disaster Assistance.
Dr. Scala is a certified consulting meteorologist providing expert opinions in criminal and civil litigation on topics ranging from motor vehicle accidents and personal injury to illumination issues, visibility and storm-related damage. He served as The Weather Channel’s Meteorological Training Coordinator and first on-camera Storm Analyst, and more recently as a broadcast meteorologist with WGAL-TV8, the local NBC affiliate in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Scala held a tenure track appointment at Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he also served as the Associate Director of Millersville’s Center for Disaster Research and Education.
Dr. Scala holds a B.S. degree in Biology and Geology from the University of Rochester, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia. Dr. Scala began his professional career at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center where he focused on the observation, and numerical modeling of storms.
Dr. Scala serves on the Steering Committee of the Central PA Integrated Weather Impacts Team and on the Weather Advisory Council of the Event Safety Alliance. He maintains a close working relationship with the National Weather Service by collaborating on research projects to improve operational forecasting and assisting with surveys of tornado and severe storm damage.
Dr. Mary Schoenfeldt, is an Emergency Management Professional who has spent her career with people around the world. She works with schools, government, businesses, tribal leaders and communities. She responded to high profile communities such as Littleton Colorado, New Orleans, Haiti and Newtown Connecticut. She traveled to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to work with the school and community. She stayed when her assignment was over to study the impact of a community crisis on Emergency Management and the community as a whole.
She values all stakeholders.. young, old, educated, uneducated, professional, lay person. She was recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers for her emergency preparedness campaign, Who Depends On You? She developed a model of volunteer/professional integration for a large city festival and parade that resulted in a collaborative Incident Command System that acted as a recruiting event for CERT programs and added a sophisticated element of training to all… professional and non professional participants.
She has held various positions within activated EOC’s … Deputy EOC Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Public Information Officer, Section Chief, Mental Health Coordinator, and Recovery Director.
Her work has won awards from the International Association of Emergency Managers, she was inducted into the HALL OF FAME of the International Network of Women in Emergency Management, was honored by The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and is Board President of the Disaster Mental Health agency, Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Mary volunteers with humanitarian organizations and is active in her Rotary club where she earned the Service Above Self award for not only local but also international projects.
Don Shaw is a registered architect, and an ICC-certified code consultant.
He grew up in Puerto Rico, and attended Yale University, where he studied physics and architecture. He later studied airport planning at the University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As an Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture, Mr. Shaw helped provide master plans for three islands in American Samoa that were devastated by a hurricane. Plans included locations and plans for housing, schools and a new airport.
In private practice, Mr. Shaw has joint-ventured with Arthur Erickson, WATG, and others. He has been a planning consultant for several airport and hotel projects. He also has served as executive consultant to the CEO of Space Group, one of the leading firms in Asia.
Mr. Shaw received a design award from the Honolulu AIA for the reconstruction of the Water Palace at Ujung, Bali, which was destroyed by an earthquake.
Recently, Mr. Shaw was a Visiting Professor at the UMU Faculty of the Built Environment in East Africa, where he assisted the school in obtaining its international accreditation.
Mr. Shear is the CEO/Founder of ReadyZoneHQ. He is a certified emergency manager (CEM) with over 25 years of experience in the emergency management field. He began his career in the Army where he was certified as a hazmat and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician, and commanded a response team that responded to incidents throughout the world. He has had hands-on training, exercise and incident response experience with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) material, as well as response to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. He for the past 15 years he has worked with emergency responders throughout the world in twelve countries, dozens of U.S. cities in 29 states, Washington D.C, and 3 territories, as well as at Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and joint military installations. Recent projects have ranged from conducting a senior leader hurricane workshop for the Governor of Hawaii and his cabinet, as well as other senior federal, state and local officials; updating the state of Hawaii’s Catastrophic Hurricane Plan/Annex; and conducting Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) tabletop exercises (TTXs) for the state of Hawaii’s Department of Health. He is certified to teach HSEEP, ICS, Awareness, Operations, COOP, Incident Command and Hazardous Materials Technician Courses. He has an MBA from the Johns Hopkins University, and a BA from Boston University.
Dr. Henry H. Smith is a native of and has spent most of his life in the Virgin Islands where passage of tropical storms and hurricanes is a common occurrence. His formal training in marine and environmental science and hydrology has provided him with the scientific background to fully understand the theory behind the life cycle of these systems. He has been a leader on hurricane preparation and recovery teams and that has given him ample practical experience in preparing for and responding to the effects these systems. Additionally, as a lifelong sailor he has maintained a particular sensitivity to and respect for severe tropical weather. Dr. Smith has spent most of his career as a member of the research faculty and administration at the University of the Virgin Islands. He holds a doctorate degree in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a law degree, with a focus on environment a law, from the University of Dayton.
Kalani Souza is Community Outreach Coordinator for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center. He has participated with the Department of Interiors Native Network a consortium of conflict resolution specialist with the Morris Udall Peace Center in Tuscon Arizona. He is currently serving as a cultural advisor to Department of Commerce's NOAA Pacific Services Center in Honolulu Hawaii and serves on the National Park Services Ala Kahakai National and Historic Trails as a board member of the Ala Kahakai Trail Association in Hawaii County. He is also the Cultural Consultant of Olohana Inc a nonprofit that works building community capacity in Hamakua Hawaii. He most recently consulted with the Presidents Ocean Policy Task Force around the indigenous knowledge and science integration perspective in Washington DC. A Hawaiian Practicioner and Cross-Cultural Facilitator, he has experience in promoting social justice through conflict resolution. His workshops and lectures inspire, challenge and entertain the listener while calling all to be their greater self.
Michelle Sowers is a meteorologist and emergency management professional who currently works as a Preparedness and Response Planner for the Florida Department of Health. She was previously employed as a Natural Hazards Planner and a Meteorologist with the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Michelle enjoys discussing severe weather safety and preparedness and is extremely thankful that her career has allowed her to blend her love for both the weather and emergency management principles.
During an emergency or disaster situation, Michelle spends most of her time in the Florida State Emergency Operations Center working in a response planning capacity. She is also certified to respond to incidents as a Planning Section Chief and a Situation Unit Leader on Florida’s Type-III All-Hazards Incident Management Team. She enjoys teaching and is certified to instruct FEMA’s ICS level courses.
Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Penn State University and a Master’s in Public Administration with a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management from Florida State University. In her spare time she enjoys cheering for her beloved Penn State and Cleveland sports teams, hiking, gardening, and baking.
Jaime Stein is an Academic, Sustainability Consultant and Urban Researcher with more than 15 years experience in advocating for sustainable communities through community engagement, sustainability planning and policy analysis. Currently, Ms. Stein directs the Sustainable Environmental Systems program at Pratt Institute, a Master of Science in Sustainability Studies with a curriculum at the nexus of environmental design, science and policy. Her academic research focuses on systems thinking, green infrastructure and community based resilience. She is Co-Director of Pratt Institute’s Recovery, Adaptation Mitigation & Planning (RAMP) initiative, is a founding member of the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition as well as the Collective for Community, Culture & the Environment. Jaime serves on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Infrastructure Steering Committee and coordinates a professional certificate in green infrastructure within the Center for Continuing & Professional Studies at Pratt.
Doug Stolz received his PhD in atmospheric science from Colorado State University, where his studies were focused primarily on heavy rainfall, lightning, and the science of severe storms. His experience includes working with the National Weather Service’s Honolulu Forecast Office to detail historical high-impact weather events in the Hawaiian Islands and organizing local severe weather outreach efforts in Colorado’s Front Range community. Doug prides himself on effectively communicating different aspects of the science behind hazards associated weather and climate.
Kevin T. Sur serves as an Emergency Management Instructor for Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Previously, he has served as a Program Officer-4 for the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management overseeing all Training/Outreach/Education/Exercises for Public Safety & Justice Services, Deputy Fire Chief at North Randall Fire and Bazetta Fire.
Kevin was awarded the Ohio American College of Emergency Physicians' EMS Star of Life Award for his deployment with the Ohio Task Force to Louisiana's Lower 9th ward during Hurricane Katrina/Rita in St. Bernard Parish. Most recently, Kevin served in the Joint Information Center (PIO duty) and the Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Sandy and 2015 Ebola crisis.
In 2014, Kevin was invited to the White House for the Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Initiative and has been named Cleveland's Top 10 Most Interesting Tweeps on Twitter from WKYC / MetroMix (NBC affiliate). Additionally, he has received numerous awards including Fire Officer of the Year and a Unit Citation award for Excellence in EMS care.
Kevin frequent lectures include Incident Command, DHS/FEMA All-Hazards Operations/Plans/Logistics Section Chief, IMT Liaison Officer, Firefighter Rescue, Public Information (PIO)/Social Media, Disaster Response, SOCMINT, and Emergency Services Leadership.
Follow him on Twitter: @rusnivek
“Christopher Tarantino, MEP CMCP is an emergency management professional with a specialty in communications, social media, and community outreach. He is the CEO of Epicenter Media & Training and works with FEMA External Affairs as a Digital Communications Specialist.
Christopher serves on the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Emerging Technology Caucus as the Vice-Chair, has written for Emergency Management Magazine, and is a thought leader in the #SMEM and emergency management technology communities.
In addition to his work with technology, Christopher is a volunteer EMT/Firefighter, a Rescue Specialist and certified Hazardous Materials Technician, a PIO-T with the NYS Incident Management Team, and teaches/consults for a number of other agencies in the following subject areas: higher education emergency management, terrorism and CBRNE/WMD, crisis communications, and others.
Christopher is recognized as a FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), a certified Crisis Management Communications Professional (CMCP), an RIT graduate, and brings passion and energy to the classroom whenever he teaches. Follow him on Twitter: @Tarantino4me”
Ramsay RM Taum is founder and president of the Hawai’i based Life Enhancement Institute (LEI) of the Pacific LLC. His eclectic background and experience in business, government and community service make him a valuable asset in both public and private sectors as well as in for-‐profit and non-‐profit business. His work in promoting sustainable place based, and Hawaiian cultural stewardship principles and practices is acknowledged locally, nationally and internationally. Ramsay is a recognized cultural resource and sought after as a keynote speaker, lecturer, trainer and facilitator. Trained by respected Hawaiian elders, he effectively integrates place based m cultural based, indigenous and Native Hawaiian cultural values and principles into contemporary business.
Danny retired in December 2013 from State Civil Defense serving in positions as the Exercise Training Officer and the Hurricane Program Manager. Danny was involved with every local disaster in Hawaii from the Manoa flood in 2005 to the Kauai Koloko Dam Break, to the Big Island Earthquake, to tsunamis and hurricane Ana. During activations, he served as the Alpha Emergency Response Team (ERT) leader, was responsible for damage assessment of communities and responsible for establishing Disaster Assistance Recovery Centers with state and local agencies and Disaster Assistance Centers with FEMA. He also responded to Super Storm Sandy in Brooklyn, NY with the NYFD Incident Management Team.
He was a disaster volunteer with the American Red Cross and was on staff as the Oahu Disaster Services Manager responsible for the recruiting, training and exercising of disaster volunteers. He responded to 9-11 at ground zero and Hurricane Katrina in Houston, Texas and Hurricane Rita in San Antonio, Texas.
Danny retired from the Army Reserve as a LTC and was involved in operations, exercise, training, and recovery operations with many partner Eastern nations. He also was on the CINCPAC emergency response team, deployable to emergencies anywhere in the Pacific and the Army Reserve Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer (EPLO) to USARPAC.
Currently, Danny is a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor as well as a HAM operator and SKYWARN observer for the National Weather Service and is currently organizing the Aina Haina community in preparing for and responding to a disaster.
Iris Terashima is a licensed engineer, and has provided course development and training for over 20 years throughout the U.S. and the Pacific. With a proven track record of success, Ms. Terashima has trained over 2,000 managers, military leaders, agency staff, and private citizens in diverse areas such as:
• Natural Disaster Awareness and Preparedness
• Engineering and Environmental Risk Management
• Career Development and Resume Writing
• Grant and Proposal Preparation
• Caregiver Planning for Seniors and Special Needs Populaations
A native of Haleiwa on Oahu, Hawaii, Ms. Terashima is an alumnus of Waialua High School and earned her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University in Chicago, a graduate degree in Information Systems from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from Hawaii Pacific University.
Ms. Terashima led the development of the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) AWR-308: Natural Disaster Awareness for Caregivers of Senior Citizens course with drawing from her real life experience as the primary caregiver for her elderly parents and also from her volunteer work with Project Dana, a Hawaii based program that provides a wide array of services- e.g. Visits, caregiver support, and everyday assistance to the elderly and disabled.
For more information on Ms. Terashima and ITES, please visit the company website at: www.iterashima.com.
In 1994 Ron worked for Rural Community Assistance Corp (RCAC) a non-profit in West Sacramento, CA. He worked with small rural and Native American communities, helping them manage their drinking and waste water systems. In 2001, Ron organized his own consulting firm, Thomson & Associates. He began working exclusively with Native American Tribes throughout the United States. Not only did He consult with senior tribal officials and advise them about their drinking and waste water systems, but he provided students with skill sets that helped them enable much better management of their own systems, helping them to comply with the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act and U.S. Clean Water Act.
In 2002 Ron edited the curriculum developed by the National Environmental Training Center on Emergency Preparedness and taught it to small rural drinking water systems under 10,000 people across the United States focusing on Native American systems and those groups and people who worked with Native people.
For almost 15 years, Ron has worked as an instructor, business consultant, working closely with the University Of West Virginia, a field instructor for the Sacramento State University, Office of Water Program), an instructor and consultant for the “Check-Up Programs for Small Systems” (CUPSS) computer management assistance software for water & wastewater systems, with tribal communities who manage these systems. Ron has worked with Native American tribal communities in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico, and the Navajo Nation.
Mr. Kenneth Tingman assumed his current duties as the Booz Allen Hamilton Site Lead for Joint Task Force Homeland Defense, in August 2011. Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, he was a DHS/FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer for over three years. During his three years as an FCO, he deployed to fifteen disasters across the nation, his final deployment being the earthquake/tsunami in American Samoa, in September 2009. Before joining FEMA, Mr. Tingman spent 24 years in the Air Force as a communications officer. During his time in the Air Force, he served in a variety of locations and positions around the world, including serving as a military assistant to the senior U.S. Diplomat on the United Nations staff in Kosovo and was the communications squadron commander at the Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudia Arabia, on September 11th 2001.
Courses teaching: Tsunami Awareness (AWR-217)
Mr. Tab Troxler is an accomplished Homeland Security and Emergency Management professional with experience in both the public and private sector. As a former Emergency Services and Security Manager for the Dow Chemical Company, Mr. Troxler was responsible for the overall emergency management and response program for the site’s 2000 acre petrochemical manufacturing complex in Hahnville LA. In addition to his duties and responsibilities at the site, Mr. Troxler was a member of the Dow Gulf-Coast Hurricane team, as well as, the Global Exercise and Plans Team. Mr. Troxler’s international assignments included responding as the Incident Commander for the Dow Soma Site in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Previously, he served as the St. Charles Parish Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness where he lead the parish's response and recovery to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As a former Senior Instructor with Louisiana State University’s, National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, Academy of Counter-terrorist Education, he has been on several development teams for national training programs in Computer Aided Management of Emergency Operations, Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction Cargo, Readiness: Training Identification Preparedness Training, and Food Management. He’s developed and facilitated several large scale exercises internationally and domestically on behalf Louisiana State University. He currently is the elected parish Assessor in St. Charles Parish Louisiana. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University New Orleans, LA.
Christopher Varley is a new media consultant living in Brooklyn, New York. He worked as the Senior Communications and New Media Specialist for the New York City Office of Emergency Management for six years where he leveraged new technologies to reshape the way the Office of Emergency Management interacted with residents. He has experience designing and launching websites, social media sites and strategies, crowdsourcing portals, and mobile applications. He also managed the City’s public facing communications and external affairs desk during dozens of major emergencies, from crane collapses to hurricanes. He understands the power of a connected world and is excited about the opportunities it presents to improve the lives and safety of those affected by an emergency.
Daniel A. Walker earned an undergraduate degree (B.S.) in Physics from John Carroll University in 1963, and graduate degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa - an M.S. and Ph.D. in Solid Earth Geophysics, and an M.S. in Educational Administration. During his 32 years of service to the University of Hawaii, Dr. Walker's research required the installation of seismic stations on islands throughout the Pacific. Teaching experience included work for the University of Hawaii, the Community College of Micronesia, and the Pearl Harbor Apprentice School. Since his retirement in 1995 he has continued his research, publishing numerous reports on investigations related to tsunamis striking the Hawaiian Islands. In addition he has served as a tsunami advisor to the Department of Emergency Management of the City and County of Honolulu, and has designed, tested, and installed tsunami detection instruments on the Big Island to provide for more accurate and rapid warnings of locally generated tsunamis.
Tim Walsh is the chief hazards geologist for the Washington Geological Survey at the Department of Natural Resources and an adjunct professor of geology at South Puget Sound Community College. He is a licensed engineering geologist in the state of Washington. He was one of the founding members of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, a joint Federal/State effort and is also a member of the Washington Seismic Safety Committee. In collaboration with NOAA and the Oregon Health Sciences University, he has published nine Washington tsunami hazard maps and numerous other geologic and hazard maps. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union, the Geological Society of America, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. He received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in geology from UCLA.
A native of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, Roy A. Watlington is retired from the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) after 40 years in higher education as professor of physics and physical oceanography, researcher and administrator. As Principal Investigator of UVI’s Anegada Climate Tracers Study, he researched the exchange of climatic signals in seawater between the Atlantic and the Caribbean. He was a co-founder of the Caribbean Regional Association for the Caribbean Integrated Coastal Ocean Observing System and now serves an elected member of its Stakeholders’ Council, as a consultant for outreach in the US Virgin Islands, and as subject matter expert on coastal hazards. Present activities include advancing ocean observing capabilities and promoting their practical use in the Virgin Islands region, advising emergency managers about natural coastal hazards, and promoting regional awareness of such hazards. He has authored refereed papers related to these activities, such as on the charting of Kick-`em-Jenny submarine volcano and on anticipating impacts of a recurrence of an 1867-class tsunami. He is also co-author of Disaster and Disruption in 1867; Hurricane, Earthquake and Tsunami in the Danish West Indies.
Donald Watson is an architect and author, with primary focus on design for resilience and disaster risk reduction of buildings and communities. He has worked in disaster recovery and community building throughout the U.S. and in thirty countries across the world. He is former Visiting Professor and Chair of the Yale School of Architecture Master of Environmental Design program (1970-1990), and Professor and Dean Emeritus of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1990-2000). He received the 2014 Solar Pioneer Award of the American Solar Energy Society; 2008 Leadership Award U.S. Green Building Council; and 2002 Distinguished Professor Award Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has served as consultant for New York Rising, U.S. HUD Rebuild by Design, and Hudson Sustainable Living Shoreline Sites. Watson is editor of Time-Saver Standards for Urban Design, McGraw-Hill (2002), and co-author with Michele Adams, P.E. of Design for Flooding: Resilience to Climate Change (2011).
Bryan Wauke retired as an Assistant Chief of Police from the Honolulu Police Department with over 31 years of service. As Assistant Chief, he oversaw the operations of numerous elements, including the Homeland Security Division, Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Unit, Civil Defense, Patrol, Specialized Services Division, Traffic Division, and the Public Information Office. One of his duties as Assistant Chief included the coordination of police response in the Department Operations Center (DOC) for natural and man-made hazards.
The 2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in Honolulu was one of the largest events in the State’s history and only the second time to be held in the United States since the first meetings in 1993. Bryan served as co-chair, along with the U.S. Secret Service, of the Executive Steering Committee for Security. The purpose of the Executive Steering Committee was to oversee the development and execution of the security plan for this international event.
After retirement, Bryan was the Senior Manager of Corporate Security for Hawaiian Telcom. He is currently a lecturer at the Honolulu Community College teaching various criminal justice courses.
Bryan received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Management from the Wayland Baptist University. He is a graduate of the 206th Session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA).
Samantha is a PhD candidate in Geology and Geophysics at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She is working on further understanding changing eruption styles (e.g. lava eruption vs. explosions) and is currently focusing on the 1912 eruption of Novarupta, Alaska. Her undergraduate work was also in Geology and Geophysics at UH Mānoa during which she completed a research thesis on deposits from the Keanakāko’i explosive eruptions at Kilauea volcano from the late 18th century. Following her bachelors of science, Samantha assisted in the development of the Volcanic Crises Awareness Course (AWR 233) and was the main author that worked with USGS observatory experts to produce the 4 hour eruption scenarios for Mauna Loa, Hawaii, Mt. Spurr, Alaska, and Mt. Hood, Oregon. Samantha also holds a Masters of Research in the Science of Natural Hazards from the University of Bristol, England. There, she worked on the 1314 Kaharoa eruption of Tarawera volcano, New Zealand, using grain size analysis to quantify the changing eruption intensity within 7 powerful explosive phases.
Peter W. Webley is an Assistant Research Professor at Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks and earned a Ph.D. in Remote Sensing from the University of Reading in 2003. Dr. Webley had a post-doctoral position from 2003 – 2005, where he build a satellite remote sensing receiving station for Central America using infrared data for event detection. Since, late 2005, Dr. Webley has been at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, first as a post-doctoral fellow and from 2009 as an Assistant Research Professor. In 2011 – 2012, he assisted Prof. Bruce Houghton in the development of the "Volcanic Crises" awareness course. From 2005 – 2013, he was part of the remote sensing group at the Alaska Volcano Observatory, working on daily monitoring as well as eruptions at Augustine Volcano in 2006; Okmok Volcano in 2008 and Redoubt Volcano in 2009. He has 8 years experience of working in operations, and performed 24/7 duty roles within the observatory. Since 2008, Dr. Webley has held the role as the Americas and Caribbean representative and co-chair of the World Organization of Volcano Observatories, a commission of International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior.
Trinity White lives and works in East Austin. Her focus is on helping individuals and families through the process of dreaming, designing and finally creating houses and additions that are affordable, sustainable and inspiring. While she has experience working on high end residential and commercial projects, her focus is on smaller scale homes and remodels with an emphasis on affordability and sustainable design.
As a long time student of sustainable design, she finds that making beautiful and environmentally sustainable projects doesn’t require exotic or expensive components, but can be accomplished simply by paying rigorous attention to environmentally sound building principles at every stage of the design process. Aesthetically, her designs are not driven by a precommitment to one particular style; rather, she believes in designs that work well in their local surroundings, speak directly to the client’s own tastes, and have a cohesion wherein the individual gestures add up to a clear and beautiful overall statement. She prefers a collaborative approach to her clients’ projects, in which their inspirations and fantasies are teased into a cohesive design that is practical and visually compelling.
Trinity White is actively involved in her community, having served for 5 years as Vice Chair of the Chestnut Neighborhood Plan and Contact Team. She was also recently honored to be appointed to the City of Austin Planning Commission.
Nathan Wood is a research geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Western Geographic Science Center and is co-located at the USGS Oregon Water Science Center in Portland, Oregon. He has conducted research and written extensively on community vulnerability to natural hazards, such as tsunami threats in Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Alaska, American Samoa, and New Zealand; volcanic hazards in Washington, Oregon, and California; and coastal hazards in Florida and the Pacific Northwest. He is on the Board of Directors for the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup, the Coordinating Committee of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program, and editorial boards for the Natural Hazards Review, the Journal of Applied Volcanology, and the Journal of Geography and Natural Disasters. He recently completed work on a U.S. National Research Council committee to review the U.S. tsunami warning system and the nation's preparedness efforts. Nathan received his BS in Geology from Duke University, his MS in Marine Science from the University of South Florida, and his PhD in Geography from Oregon State University.
Steve Wood recently retired as an Operations Battalion Chief from the Brea and Fullerton Fire Departments located within Orange County, California after 30 years in the fire service. He has extensive experience in fire, rescue, emergency medical systems, emergency management, special operations (Urban Search & Rescue, Swift Water Rescue and Haz Mat), and selected to be a member of the California FIRESCOPE High Rise Working Committee.
Steve is a graduate of the Unites States Fire Administration’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program at the National Fire Academy and received his EFO designation in 2011. Steve has obtained the following degrees – Master’s of Science Emergency Services Administration – Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies both from California State University at Long Beach – Associates of Arts Degree Business Management from Glendale Community College
Steve was the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Program Officer for the City of Glendale, California, coordinating citywide, county, state and federal response and preplanning for chemical, radiological, nuclear or biological terrorism incidents. Steve was active with the California MMRS Cities Coalition (18 of the largest cities within California), assisted with development and authoring of the first California Professional Firefighters Joint Apprenticeship Committee (CFF-JAC) – Terrorism Consequence Management Course, in addition to planning, implementing and evaluating a variety of chemical-biological-nuclear response tabletop and functional exercises. Steve has spoken nationally on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Swiftwater Rescue, Emergency Planning and Incident Management.
Brian Yanagi has over 20 years of experience in earthquakes and tsunamis. He is currently the Manager & Disaster Management Specialist at the International Tsunami Information Centre (ITIC) in Honolulu, Hawaii since 2005. After the 26 December 2004 Great Indian Ocean Tsunami, which killed over 200,000 lives, Yanagi participated in multiple tsunami country needs assessment missions to lay the framework for the creation of an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.
For 15 years from 1990 to 2005, Yanagi served with the State of Hawaii - Office of Civil Defense as an Earthquake, Tsunami, and Volcano Specialist. He organized the Hawaii State Earthquake Advisory Committee, State of Hawaii Tsunami Technical Review Committee, and State of Hawaii Lava Flow Mitigation Committee. He represented the State of Hawaii as a charter member of the US National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program in the mid-1990's to reduce tsunami risks to coastal communities, and was instrumental in securing Federal funding for the program's growth. He was awarded the State of Hawaii - Department of Defense's Employee of the Year in 2003.
Yanagi graduated from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Oceanography in 1979. He also holds a Master's Degree in Human Resource Administration. In his spare time, he has performed as musical theatre actor and a trombone player in a rock and roll band.