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Instructor Biographies

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.

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Robert Dale

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.

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Mark Darienzo

Mark Darienzo has been an NDPTC tsunami and flood class instructor since 2010. Previously, he was the Earthquake and Tsunami Program Coordinator for Oregon Emergency Management and the Flood Map Modernization Program Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development. After retiring he was a FEMA Floodplain Management Specialist/Disaster Reservist from 2011 to 2016 deployed to Mississippi, Missouri and New York to do flood damage assessments and Texas to answer questions about flood insurance and flood maps at a pilot call center. He was also a Certified Floodplain Manager for about 5 years. Prior to working for the state of Oregon he was an earthquake and tsunami researcher and college geology/oceanography instructor He 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.

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Phil Davis

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, 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.

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Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle, Sr. is a fire and emergency medical services professional with over 20 years of comprehensive emergency response experience. Currently, Andrew is an Emergency Boat Operator assigned to the Special Operations Command of the Baltimore City Fire Department. In plain terms, he operates the fire boats. Andrew has served on the Baltimore City Incident Management Team and represents the Maryland Professional Firefighters (IAFF) on the Maryland Fire Service Personnel Qualifications Board. He is a certified NFPA 1041 Fire Service Instructor, NFPA 1021 Fire Officer 4, NREMT-I, and NFPA 1006 Technical Rescue certifications in Swift Water, Confined Space, Collapse Rescue, Trench Rescue, and Hi-Angle Rescue as well as a US Coast Guard Licensed Boat Captain. Andrew was deployed as part of a Maryland Incident Management Team, with other emergency management professionals from Maryland, to assist Monroe County, FL following Hurricane Irma in 2017. Andrew is blending the rapidly expanding world of social media with emergency management. His knowledge and training in fire, emergency medical services, special operations and public information training make him uniquely qualified to do so. Additionally, Andrew is an independent consultant of Social Media for Government Agencies & Private Industry and an active blogger. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys cheering for Maryland Terps, Washington Caps, Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. For fun, he plays lacrosse. Last, but not least, he is the proud father of three children, Emily, Andrew, and Jeremy. Follow him on twitter: @doyle0213.

Carolyn Driedger

Carolyn's career began with research on glaciers, principally those on the Cascade Range volcanoes, and later on glacier-related floods and debris flows. Witnessing the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens and taking part in the response, set the course for several fascinating scientific projects. It also provided a front-row seat for observation and reflection regarding the role of science in society. As the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory's Outreach Coordinator, Carolyn works in partnership with public officials, emergency planners, media, park interpreters, educators, and the news media to advance the cause of volcano preparedness. Some earlier career choices have informed current work, including several years of teaching in a US public school and a private school in Kathmandu, Nepal, and working for the National Park Service. As CVO's Outreach Coordinator, daily interactions with emergency managers and news media amidst volcanic eruptions, debris flows, and periods of quiescence have given Carolyn a broad base of experience in crisis communication and the general communication needs of partners and the public.

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Donald Drost

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.