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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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Steven Oglesby, M.E.P.

Steven serves as a Senior Emergency Management Specialist at a facility on the Department of Energy Oak Ridge Reservation in east Tennessee.. His responsibilities include writing and reviewing emergency plans and procedures and exercise design and conduct. Steven’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.

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Connie Ozawa

Connie P. Ozawa is Professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Co-Director of the PSU-China Innovations in Urbanization Program at Portland State University, Vice-Chair of the Planning Accreditation Board, and a consultant with the federal National Disaster Preparedness Training Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Ozawa holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from U.C. Berkeley, a M.A. in Geography from the University of Hawaii and a Ph.D. in urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 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, expected spring 2015) and author of numerous book chapters and journal articles on planning education and the role of science in public decision making involving environmental issues, mediation and collaborative processes.