2019 Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference
Session Presenters
EvergreenHealth Team
Training provided by EvergreenHealth under the direction of Barb Jensen.
Tristan Allen
Michael Antonucci
San Bernadino County Fire/OES
Mike Antonucci serves as the manager of the San Bernardino County Fire Department Office of Emergency Services (County OES). Antonucci has over 42 years of fire service experience and has been an indispensable member of the Urban Search and Rescue community for over 15 years. He started his career as a firefighter in Northern California and has occupied every fire service-related position at least once since then. Prior to joining County OES in 2012, Antonucci served as Fire Chief for the Upland Fire Department, retiring in 2012. He also served in the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services as Assistant Chief for Emergency Management & Disaster Services prior to becoming the Fire Chief for the California City Fire Department where he served for 8 years. Antonucci holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science in Public Administration, is actively involved with the California Fire Chiefs' Association, and founded the CFED WEST (California Fire, EMS and Disaster Educational Foundation) annual conference in Palm Springs, California over 10 years ago.
Elya Baltazar
Northwest Healthcare Response Network
Cindi Barker
Community Volunteer
Cindi Barker is a community activist and organizer. She first became interested in emergency response as a member of King County Search and Rescue in the mid 1990’s. In West Seattle, she has worked on community preparedness after the Nisqually earthquake in 2001 and was a founding member of West Seattle Be Prepared, which established 7 Emergency Communication Hub locations in West Seattle. In 2008, she banded with other like minded community organizers to support each other in preparedness efforts across Seattle, and there are now over 150 Hubs in multiple neighborhoods with other community organizers helping to get their neighborhoods prepared. . She is retired from the Boeing Company, after 34 years, and now gets to volunteer full time instead. And maybe travel.
Zane Beall
Ecology and Environment, Inc.
Zane Beall and Ecology & Environment, Inc. support communities in holistic emergency planning across the emergency management cycle. From hazard mitigation planning on the Olympic Peninsula, operational planning throughout the region, Zane helps identify local resources that can improve emergency capacities. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Zane has seen firsthand that the impacts of hazards rarely align perfectly with models and maps. He works with local communities to understand how historic observations can support existing models to better inform our decision-making.
Jo Becker
Animal Prep. Pro.
Jo Becker calls on a broad range of experience to offer insight, information, & resources with a humble, entertaining approach on a number of animal-related topics. Jo’s introduction to preparedness came in 2005 with a local CERT program. She went on to complete 180+ courses including intensive ICS training & several animal-specific classes, as well as animal law & search & rescue conferences. Jo participated in & helped plan full-scale disaster exercises. In 2014 she revived her town’s CERT program. Jo has also trained with two technical animal response teams that utilize rope systems & specialized equipment to rescue pets & livestock from peril. Jo has been giving animal-specific presentations since 2012. She has also presented on ‘dry legal subjects’ to rave reviews since 2002. Regardless of topic, Jo delivers historical & relatable context, understandable concepts, & bottom line considerations. Her methods are down-to-earth yet far from doom & gloom.
Jason Biermann
Snohomish County
Jason M Biermann is the Director of the Snohomish County, Washington, Department of Emergency Management. He and his staff deliver comprehensive emergency management services that support the 800,000 residents of Snohomish County, working with multiple cities and towns, two Tribal Nations, and unincorporated Snohomish County. These services include educating diverse populations on the County’s many hazards, which include volcanoes, earthquakes, flooding, landslides, and severe weather. Jason’s background includes working in disaster risk reduction, as a public health response planner, as a wildland and urban firefighter, and service in the military. His experiences responding to multiple disasters led to an intense appreciation for regional collaboration that spans the public and private sectors, and includes representatives from the entire community. Jason serves as a member of the Governor’s Emergency Management Council and the Emergency Management Advisory Group, which advises the State Emergency Management Division’s Director. He also represents the department on a wide variety of policy and programmatic initiatives focused on a range of topics including statewide catastrophic planning and climate adaptation. He holds a M.A. in Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and is an IAEM Certified Emergency Manager.
Erik Bishop
Reid Middleton Inc.
Erik Bishop works as a structural project engineer at Reid Middleton. His experience includes new design, seismic evaluation and rehabilitation design, seismic resiliency studies, and the implementation of seismic instrumentation and earthquake response technologies. Erik has also had opportunities to participate in reconnaissance efforts after several of the large earthquakes and tsunamis that have occurred around the world and observe their devastating effects first-hand. As a result of these experiences, he is passionate about seismic safety. He has worked in several capacities in order to improve the seismic safety and resiliency of our communities, including providing post-earthquake safety evaluation trainings, working on the development of innovative earthquake response tools for emergency managers, and participating in various earthquake preparedness advocacy efforts. He is an EERI Housner Fellow and enjoys opportunities to “move the needle” forward in supporting public policies and solutions that will further seismic risk reduction efforts domestically and abroad.
Debbie Bostwick
Military Department, EMD
Debbie Bostwick is the Emergency Management Division’s WebEOC Administrator, providing professional incident management technical support for the past twelve years. Prior that, for 26 years, Debbie was an Account Executive for AT&T, managing Fortune 500 Companies. Debbie has degrees in Applied and Graphic Technologies, Sales Excellence, and has a Master of Business Applications Awareness. Debbie resides with her husband, Tony in McKenna Washington on the Nisqually River, and she often spends time at her Cowlitz River Property in Packwood.
Darren Branum
Minden Buswell
Washington State Dept of Agriculture
I am currently the Washington State Department of Agriculture – Animal Service Division – Reserve Veterinary Corps Coordinator/Epidemiologist II. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an Animal Science degree and then pursued my veterinary doctorate at Western University of Health Sciences in California. I then practiced equine and mixed animal medicine before going back to school to complete a Masters in Public Health, a residency in Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and a board-certification within the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine.
Jacqueline Celin
Michelle Chatterton
Vincent Davis
Preparedness Matters Disaster Consulting
Vince Davis-CEM, is corporate workplace resilience manager for Amazon in Seattle, and former senior preparedness manager for Sony PlayStation. Before joining Sony, he was program manager of emergency preparedness and response for Walgreens Co. Following a 23-year career in the U.S. Air Force and Illinois National Guard, he served in various roles at FEMA, the American Red Cross and the Illinois-Indiana-Wisconsin Regional Catastrophic Planning Team. In addition to being a Certified Emergency Manager, he is also a FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner. Vince is past chairperson of the IAEM Children’s Caucus, Advisory Board Member for Domestic Preparedness Journal, and member of the Black Emergency Managers Association. He authored, “Lost and Turned Out, A Guide to Preparing Underserved Communities for Disasters, The Native Family Disaster Preparedness Handbook, and The Emergency Guide Book for Broadcasters for Native Public Media. He is also founder and president of Preparedness Matters Disaster Consulting.
Maximilian Dixon
WA Emergency Management Division
Maximilian Dixon is the Earthquake Program Manager for the Washington State Military Department’s Emergency Management Division (WA EMD). He manages the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Programs and is responsible for coordinating the seismic and associated hazard risk reduction efforts between federal, state, tribal, and local partners. He Chairs the Washington ShakeAlert Communications, Education and Outreach Committee, Chairs the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC) Tsunami Committee, is Vice President of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW), is the National Earthquake Program Managers (NEPM) President-Elect, is on the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program (NTHMP) Coordinating Committee, and is on the Advanced National Seismic System (ANSS) Steering Committee. Maximilian received his bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees from the University of Washington.
Stephanie Dunkel
Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Stephanie Dunkel is the Assistant Division Director, Communicable Disease Control Division with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department. She received her BS in 2012 from the University of Iowa, and an MBA in 2017, with a focus in Healthcare Administration. Stephanie was the Incident Commander for TPCHD during the train derailment response.
Sgt. James Dyment
Seattle Police Department
Sgt. James Dyment – Seattle Police Department Sgt. Dyment is a 26 year veteran of the Seattle Police Department. He has held positions in the Gang Unit, Anti – Crime Team, Patrol, as well as the Mountain Bike Unit. Sgt. Dyment is an IPMBA Certified Bicycle Instructor and Bicycle Response Team Instructor as well as an IMBA Level 2 Mountain Bike Instructor. Sgt. Dyment is also a Riot and Disturbance Control Instructor and has experience in supervising officers in hundreds of crowd management and control incidents to include Asian Pacific Economic Conference, World Trade Ministerial Conference, Mardis Gras, May Day, as well as many other high profile events. Sgt. Dyment developed the first bicycle crowd management program for the Seattle Police Department stemming from the experiences at the 1999 WTO events and assisted in the further developing the current crowd management training program for the Seattle Police Department. Sgt. Dyment has provided training to numerous departments on Bicycle Crowd Management across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East.
Heather Erb
Erb Law Firm
Heather Erb proudly serves nonprofit organizations, tribal governments and other organizations in the areas of health care, government relations, corporate governance, 501(c)(3) formation and maintenance, contract negotiation, and code/ordinance development. She has been practicing law since 2004 with a special emphasis in Indian law for the last eight years.
Lauren Finklea
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Lauren Finklea, MS Ms. Finklea is the Associate Service Fellow in the Radiation and Chemical Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Ms. Finklea has led and collaborated on many population monitoring efforts and community reception center exercises for a radiation emergency. She is the subject matter expert for community reception center exercise timing data collection and tool development. Ms. Finklea has worked with several jurisdictions on outreach and preparedness building efforts.
Charles Fisher
Witt O'Brien's
Charlie Fisher is Senior Managing Director for Witt O'Brien's and led the Santa Rosa after-action report. He has led others as well including the Indiana State Fair Structure Collapse. Doug Mayne is currently a Disaster Management Subject Matter Expert with Witt O’Brien’s and the Disaster Management Advisor to the Pacific Disaster Center. He was the State of Hawaii’s Emergency Management Administrator from 2012-2015 and a FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer from 2008-2012.
Julie Fry
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Zane Gibson
Orting Valley Fire and Rescue
Fire Chief Zane Gibson has been the Fire Chief for Orting Valley Fire and Rescue for over 5 years and been in the fire service for over 35 years. Previous to that Chief Zane has been a Battalion Chief and Medical Services Officer for East Pierce Fire and Rescue. Chief Zane started college with the intent of being a geologist, but soon found himself in paramedic school. Chief Zane has AA degrees in EMS systems, Fire Command and a BA from the University of Washington Tacoma. Chief Zane is a member of the Pierce County Type 3 AH IMT (All Hazards Incident Management Team) where he serves as the Safety Officer. He has served many positions in regional EOC’s to include command, safety, Operations, and forward observer. His most recent deployment was to the December 2017 Amtrak derailment in Dupont, Washington.
Coral Gottlieb
Coral Gottlieb is a Senior Project Manager and member of the Starbucks Crisis Management Team. She joined Starbucks after 7 years with Boeing as a Program Manager supporting Business Continuity and Business Integration within Boeing’s International Security department. Coral has been the driving force behind the development and implementation of the Enterprise Security Risk Management program, common response protocols and the transformation of the Corporate Crisis Management Team. Chris Hartinger is a Senior Project Manager and member of the Starbucks Crisis Management Team. He started his preparedness and response career with the American Red Cross as a Readiness Manager. After 4 years with the American Red Cross, he moved into his role at Starbucks. Chris has been with Starbucks for over 12 years and has played an instrumental role in the development of a world class crisis management and preparedness program.
Dick Green
Dick is currently the Senior Director of Disaster Response for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Prior to coming to the ASPCA, Dick was the Emergency Relief Manager for Disasters at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). He has responded to scores of international and national disasters including typhoons in Taiwan, Philippines, and Australia, volcano eruptions in Philippines and Iceland, and earthquakes in China, Haiti, and Japan. Dick has trained hundreds of responders in disaster prevention and response and has developed training curricula and texts for Slackwater Rescue, Water Rescue for Companion Animals and Rope Rescue for Companion Animals. Since 2000, Dick has delivered over 100 domestic and international presentations and/or trainings on animal rescue. He is the Treasurer for the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition, on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs, and co-chairs the Animal Search and Rescue Best Practice Working Group. Over the last several years, he has presented his work in disaster preparedness and response to professional groups in China, Costa Rica, Australia, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Philippines, and the United States.
Kelli Gustaf
Pam Hanson
City of Bellevue
Pam Hanson graduated from Western Washington University in 2013 earning a degree in Environmental Planning and Policy with an emphasis in Disaster Reduction and Emergency Planning. Pam currently works as an Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Bellevue Office of Emergency Management and specializes in Training and Exercise. She works with emergency management partners in local, county, state, tribal and federal governments and finds joy in collaborating with others to build more resilient communities. Outside of work, Pam loves to spend time outside with her husband and their rescue dog, Goose.
Ty Harris
Boston Scientific
Ty Harris Senior Manager, Global Business Resiliency at Boston Scientific Leads the Business Continuity & Crisis Management Teams, the Global Traveler Security program for over 250k travel events per year, and physical security for North America operations. Previously led Corporate Crisis Management and Employee Preparedness for Starbucks Coffee Company after serving as a US Air Force Officer for 21 years.
Kirstin Hoffman
City of Puyallup
Kirstin Hofmann lives in Puyallup with her husband, three children and two rabbits. Kirstin was born and raised in Seattle and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Washington and her graduate studies at Seattle University. Kirstin is the Emergency Manager for the City of Puyallup. Kirstin works with City staff, residents and numerous partners to become better prepared to respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. Prior to joining the City of Puyallup Kirstin served as the Office of Emergency Services Director for the County of Santa Clara (Silicon Valley). Kirstin has also worked for the American Red Cross, the United Way of King County, the United Way Silicon Valley as the 2-1-1 Santa Clara County Director and the Emergency Preparedness Manager for a consortium of federally qualified health care clinics in San Jose, California. Kirstin has responded to many natural disasters (hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, storms) and public health, domestic terrorism and civil disobedience emergencies. Kirstin’s experiences highlight the importance of Whole Community participation. Kirstin is currently engaged in multiple preparedness efforts with the Puyallup School District and other local community partners. These partnerships will enable the City of Puyallup to be more resilient when faced with emergencies and disasters.
John Holdsworth
Snohomish County DEM
John Holdsworth is the planning program manager for Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management. He previously worked in various emergency management positions in Southern California. He holds a Master’s in Emergency Services Administration.
Jim House
WA State Independent Living Council
Jim House is the Disability Integration Manager for the Coalition on Inclusive Emergency Preparedness (CIEP) at the Washington State Independent Living Council. CIEP focuses on effective communications, programmatic access, physical access, and other functional access needs and issues impacting people with disabilities to preserve or improve the quality of life. As a subject matter expert on effective communications for people with disabilities and other functional needs, Jim participates in several consumer/civic/industry forums and coalitions covering access issues with emergency communications, captioning, and mobile, text and video telecommunications. In 2015, Jim led a grassroots campaign in Portland, Oregon to pass an ordinance requiring all television sets in public places to display captions during business hours to ensure full access to emergency news while away from home. In 2005, Jim developed a FEMA funded emergency preparedness training program for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, deafblind, and emergency management professionals.
Anthony Hurley
Witt O'Brien's
Prior to joining Witt O'Brien's, Hurley celebrated 37 years with an IOU, retiring as VP of Operations. He is board certified as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP®) and is an Adjunct Instructor at both the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYC) and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI). He is a member and Past Chair of the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) Utilities Security Council. He has received specialized security and terrorism training from the FBI, USDHS, and FEMA. A graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy (Cleveland FBI), and a member of Infragard (FBI Alliance). Prior to leaving New Jersey, he served as Vice Chair of the Infrastructure Advisory Committee (IAC) and Energy Sector Chair of the NJ Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness, and was a member of the NJ Board of Public Utilities Electric & Gas Security Working Group.
Barb Jensen
Ron Kamps
Mutual of Enumclaw
Ron began his Business Continuity career following Y2K and received his CBCP in 2002. Ron has developed, redesigned, implemented, managed and matured business continuity programs within telecommunications, airlines, banking, and insurance industries, including three Fortune 500. Ron is currently the Business Resilience Manager at Mutual of Enumclaw, a mid-size insurance company, which affords him the opportunity to develop a program that integrates Crisis Management, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity and Emergency Response into a single measured program. Ron is a frequent speaker at the Partners in Emergency Preparedness and Continuity Insights conferences. He was selected by Peace Winds America for the US - Vietnam Disaster Preparedness Initiative where he worked in Hai Phong, Seattle’s sister city, on business resilience training.
Lt. Todd Kibbee
Seattle Police Department
Lt. Todd Kibbee-Seattle Police Department Lieutenant Kibbee has been a Seattle Police Officer for 26 years and has held numerous positions within the department, to include: patrol officer, patrol sergeant and Watch Commander. Lieutenant Kibbee is currently assigned as the Mountain Bike Unit Commander at SPD’s West Precinct, where he is responsible for the day to day operations of forty bike officers and sergeants. Since 2016, Lieutenant Kibbee has held command positions during numerous demonstrations and protests in the City of Seattle. He is a nationally certified less lethal munitions instructor and serves as the SPD Blast Ball Coordinator, where he is responsible for all phases of training, equipment and deployment. Lt. Kibbee is a long-time youth sports coach in the North King County area and currently serves on the board of the Northshore Athletic Fields, located in Woodinville Washington.
Ann Lesperance
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory/Northeastern University - Seattle
Ann Lesperance is the Director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where she is developing regional programs to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of new Homeland Security technologies. Ms. Lesperance works with state and local emergency responders and public safety officials, and the private sector, to understand and help prioritize their operational needs and requirements. Ms. Lesperance is also the Director of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University Seattle campus where she is building programs on security and resilience studies and urban informatics. She brings to both roles a specialty in evaluating issues from a technical, public policy, and national security perspective. Her main area of interest is emergency management and technology development and deployment for innovative homeland security technologies. Her interest in the response enterprise spans domestic and international response to disasters of all types in light of today’s and future disruptive technologies. In her nearly 30 years of service to the national security and environmental enterprise, Ms. Lesperance has collaborated with key regional partners in building productive partnerships to advance technology development and deployment for innovative homeland security, emergency preparedness, and environmental technologies. Ms. Lesperance is a recognized leader in response, recovery, and resiliency issues, having been selected to serve on a National Academy of Science Steering Committee exploring a "whole of government" approach to international CBRNE events. Additionally, Ms. Lesperance has played key leadership roles in engaging the public and private sector energy and public safety sectors on issues related to cybersecurity and resiliency. Ms. Lesperance holds an M.S.in Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health, Environmental Science and Engineering Program and a B.A. in Environmental Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Hilarie Letson
Robin Lindsay
Robin Lindsay LLC
Robin Lindsay is a former Firefighter/EMT and served 10 years as an Emergency Services Officer with San Bernardino County Fire/Office of Emergency Services. While employed at San Bernardino County Fire, Robin was the WebEOC disaster communications Administrator, the Training and Exercise Coordinator and served in the capacity of Planning & Intelligence Chief during 60 Emergency Operations Center activations for a variety of disaster incidents. Since 2017, Robin has provided Emergency Management consulting and training services through her company, Robin Lindsay LLC. Robin is also a credentialed Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP), a CalOES certified Emergency Management Specialist and is a credentialed CalOES EOC Planning and Intelligence Chief. A graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA), Robin is now on the NEMAA Instructor Cadre serving FEMA Region X. During the Waterman Terrorism Incident, Robin was deployed to the Incident Command Post as the ICP/EOC Liaison, providing support and resources for the West Coast’s first ever domestic terrorism incident that claimed 14 lives and injured 22 others.
Rebecca Lis
Northwest Healthcare Response Network
Rebecca Lis MPH, is the District Manager for the Northwest Healthcare Response Network. Ms. Lis has a bachelor’s of arts from Cornell University in Biology and Society, Health and Society and a Masters of Public Health from the University Of Washington School Of Public Health, in Epidemiology. Ms. Lis has worked in regional healthcare and public health emergency preparedness for over seven years and works on topics such as healthcare situational awareness, regional patient movement and patient tracking, and Healthcare Coalition response coordination.
Jennifer Lord
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Jennifer Lord, MS, CEM, MEP is the Emergency Management Program Manager for Virginia Mason Medical Center, working on a comprehensive healthcare emergency management program. Prior to that she worked as the Training and Exercise Manager for the Northwest Healthcare Response Network where she directed the healthcare participation in several NDMS exercises, the Cascadia Rising 2016 exercise as well as developing many training programs and a Clinician Toolkit for Evaluating Patients for Aeromedical Evacuation. As an EMT and Hospital Emergency Manager in CT, Jennifer responded to 9/11, H1N1, Hurricane Irene and Sandy. She has presented at IAEM conferences, the National Healthcare Coalition Conference, the Joint Commission Emergency Management Conference and the California and Washington Hospital Association Disaster Conferences. She holds an MS in Disaster Medicine and Management from Philadelphia University, is a Certified Emergency Manager with IAEM and is a Master Exercise Practitioner.
Douglas Mayne
Witt O'Brien's
Siri McLean
Serina McWha
Pierce County Emergency Management
Serina McWha has worked for Pierce County Emergency Management as the Access and Functional Needs Coordinator since March 2018. She is the Functional Assessment Service Team (FAST) Program Coordinator and was part of the first cohort of social service professionals trained as a FAST member for Pierce County in 2012. Serina is from the island of Guam, having moved to Washington State in June 2009. Her background is in teaching and social services, emphasizing the role of advocacy for people with access and functional needs in all phases of emergency management. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Guam. Serina lives in Auburn with her husband David and Pekingese pup, Ringo Starr.
Sarah Miller
IAEM Region 10
Sarah Miller is both a Certified Emergency Manager and a certified Cybersecurity Manager. A long-time tech nerd, she is currently the EM Coordinator for South King County, as well as being an adjunct professor at Pierce College and Georgetown University.
Ed Mund
Lewis County Public Health & Social Services
As a Director-at-Large of the NVFC’s EMS/Rescue Section, I was a Steering Committee member contributing to and guiding the Promoting Innovations in EMS project referenced in this presentation. I also represent the NVFC on the EMS Agenda 2050 project and NFPA 451: Guide to Community Healthcare Programs. I have been the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for Lewis County Public Health and Social Services in Chehalis, Washington since 2012. I am primary author of two Bachelors in EMS Management Degree core curriculum textbooks: “EMS Public Information and Community Relations,” 2014, ISBN: 978-0135074633; and “Foundations of EMS Systems,” 2014, ISBN: 978-0136100034 I began my fire and EMS career in 1989 at East Olympia Fire District 6 in Thurston County, Washington where I attained the rank of Captain and served as EMS Officer for 11 years. I currently serve Riverside Fire Authority in Centralia, Washington as a volunteer firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician.
Teresa Platin
Scott Preston
Raymond Puerini
Raymond Puerini, MPH Raymond is a Senior Program Analyst on NACCHO’s Preparedness Team and currently leads NACCHO's Radiation Preparedness Project which focuses on building radiation preparedness capacity at local health departments across the country and conducting community reception center exercises to help CDC build a throughput estimation model. He has over 10 years of experience working in various sectors in including public health, laboratory science, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Aaron Resnick
Northwest Healthcare Response Network
Aaron Resnick, MA, is the Planning & Preparedness Manager for the Northwest Healthcare Response Network, the healthcare preparedness coalition in Western Washington State. His main responsibilities include managing regional and state-wide projects such as healthcare acute infectious disease sustainment and hospital surge capacity, as well as Coalition-wide preparedness exercises. Aaron has presented at state, regional and national conferences on topics ranging from acute infectious disease preparedness to hospital capacity issues. He was a 2018 Fellow of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative, a program of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, where he recently attended the annual meeting of state parties to the Biological Weapons Convention. Previously, he served as the emergency preparedness coordinator at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Falls Church, VA, Northern Virginia’s largest hospital and Level I Trauma and Pediatric Center. Aaron’s prior work includes foreign and security policy analysis in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. in Diplomacy & World Affairs from Occidental College in Los Angeles, and an M.A. in War Studies from King’s College London.
Catherine Robinson
Redmond High School
Catherine Robinson is a teacher at Redmond High School. She adapted, implemented, and teaches the Community Emergency Response Team class for high school students. She also teaches biology and other sciences. Before she became a teacher Catherine worked as a biologist in environmental consulting firms in California and Washington where she wrote Environmental Impact Statements, Biological Assessments, and conducted fieldwork all over the West Coast. Catherine enjoys hiking and travelling and loves science fiction! She is happy to discuss disaster preparedness, response, and recovery with anyone who’s interested. Catherine can be reached at carobinson@lwsd.org
James Rollins
James Rollins, COL(R), MSS, MEd James is the Managing Partner of Takouba, which develops cutting-edge decision spaces and staff training programs for government and Fortune 500 businesses. Takouba is a value-added reseller and integrator of the Forio Epicenter simulations platform that provides fail-safe decision spaces for leaders to deal with complex problems. James has 31 years of experience in the military and in industry. As a traditional member of the Army National Guard, he has responded to several domestic complex disasters and has direct experience commanding domestic response units in the field. James has a Master of Sciences degree in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College and a Master of Education in Adult Education Administration from Western Washington University.
Courtney Rose
Washington State Emergency Management Division
Courtney Rose currently lives in Lacy with her husband Andy and dog Koa. Courtney was born and raised in Auburn and completed her undergraduate studies at Troy University with a major in psychology and a minor in criminal justice. Courtney has been with the Washington State Emergency Management Division since April of 2017 as the State Exercise Officer where she works with Federal, State, Tribal and Local partners on a daily basis to plan, execute and evaluate emergency management level exercises as well as providing exercise training through the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program or HSEEP. Prior to coming back to Washington State, she worked for Tennessee Emergency Management Agency as the State Exercise Officer, Planning Section Chief, and the state Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Coordinator. Courtney also worked as the Deputy Director in Grayson County, Kentucky. Courtney has responded to and coordinated natural and human-caused disasters and planned events ranging from search and rescues, civil disobedience, tornados, gubernatorial inaugurations and the largest firestorm in Tennessee’s (and East Coast) history (2016 Sevier County, Gatlinburg fire).
Erik Saganic
Puget Sound Clean Air Agency
Erik Saganić has worked as a scientist and forecaster for the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency for over 12 years. He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Brown University and a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Washington. Erik has 18 years of environmental experience from the private and public sector studying air, water, and sediment. His expertise is in air quality planning, forecasting, and analysis. Erik develops methods to help us better understand our air pollution from cars, trucks, wildfire smoke, and wood smoke from home heating.
Lou Schmitz
American Indian Health Commission for Washington State
Ms. Lou Schmitz has over 28 years of service in public health and healthcare. Her areas of experience include public health emergency preparedness and response, health department management, electronic health record implementation, patient-centered care delivery, health programs planning and design, community based participatory research, healthcare reform, and intergovernmental collaboration. Lou is the lead consultant for the American Indian Health Commission’s public health emergency preparedness projects. In this capacity, Ms. Schmitz provides technical assistance and support to tribes, contributes to regional efforts that strengthen tribal communities’ response capabilities, and promotes effective partnerships and mutual aid with local health jurisdictions and others.
Mary Schoenfeldt
Schoenfeldt and associates
Dr. Mary Schoenfeldt is an Emergency Management Professional with a specialty in community and school crisis. Her work is known around the world as she responds to events such as Katrina, Columbine HS, Sandy Hook Elementary, Oso Mudslide, Haitian Earthquake and Hurricane Harvey. She has the ability to recognize lessons learned, translate them to strategic change and share her knowledge with others. She is Adjunct Faculty in the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy with FEMA, subject matter expert for US Department of Education, Adjunct Faculty for Pierce College Homeland Security Center for Excellence and Board President of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. Her experience has taken her into communities devastated by natural disasters and torn apart by acts of violence. She has a keen interest in community development and the daunting task of recovering from a crisis to come back stronger
Kurt Schwartz
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Kurt Schwartz has served since 2010 as the Director of the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, which is state agency that operates the State Emergency Operations Center, coordinates the state’s response to disasters, and is responsible for ensuring the state’s preparedness to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters. Mr. Schwartz has managed the state’s response to, and recovery from presidentially declared disasters resulting from floods, tornadoes, blizzards and severe winter storms, hurricanes, a massive water system failure that disrupted potable water supplies to three million people, the 2013 terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon, and the 2015 record-breaking winter storms that dropped 9’ of snow in central and eastern Massachusetts in three weeks. Mr. Schwartz served in the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security as the state’s Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor from 2010 to 2015, and as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Schwartz also worked for 19 years as a state criminal prosecutor, including 5 years as Chief of the Criminal Bureau in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and 8 years as Chief of the Special Investigations Unit in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office. Before that, Mr. Schwartz served as a police officer and an emergency medical technician.
Britain Scott
Northeastern University
Frank Sebatian
Frank Sebastian is the Emergency Manager for Seafair in Seattle. Seafair produces many annual special events, including Summer 4th, Torchlight Parade, Seafair Airshow and Hydroplane Boat Races. Frank has been the Emergency Manager and Incident Commander for many Seafair events, with attendance ranging from 5,000 to over 150,000 participants. Frank was the Emergency Manager for Seafair at the Seahawks Super Bowl Victory Parade, which attracted 750,000 participants in downtown Seattle. As Emergency Manager, he is responsible for pre-event public safety and emergency response planning, as well as inter-agency interoperability. Frank accepted the additional role of Emergency Manager for the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Frank previously served many years with the federal government, both at FEMA and HHS Office of Emergency Management. He deployed to many large-scale disasters and fatality incidents, including Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Haiti earthquake, and the SR 530 (Oso) slide.
Nick Solari
Public Health - Seattle & King County
Nick Solari is the Response Planning and Partnerships Manager for Public Health – Seattle & King County. In this position, Nick directs a team focused on building relationships, conducting community outreach, and developing emergency response plans. Nick is the primary author for many of Public Health’s whole community response plans, annexes, and procedures. One of Nick’s recent planning projects has been to lead a multi-disciplinary working group in the development of model procedures for managing the family reunification process in a multi-county mass fatality or mass casualty incident. Prior to joining Public Health, Nick served as Senior Program Manager for the Office of Public Health Preparedness at the Boston Public Health Commission. During his time in Boston, he staffed city emergency operations centers and multi-agency coordination centers during a number of emergency response activations, including Superstorm Sandy, a record-breaking series of winter storms, and the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings.
Kurt Stiles
Kurt Stiles built and leads the WSDOT Visual Engineering Resource Group (VERG). With close to thirty years’ experience in civil/structural engineering combined with a proven tool-set of visual communication skills, Kurt can build unique, strategic stories for civil infrastructure change and gets those projects built!
Christopher Tarantino
Epicenter Media & Training
Christopher Tarantino, MEP CMCP CHEC-III has almost fifteen years’ experience in emergency management and has held positions across the public- and private-sector, including roles at the local, county, state, and federal levels. Mr. Tarantino is the Founder/CEO of Epicenter Media & Training, a certified Crisis Management Communications Professional, a recognized Master Exercise Practitioner, and a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator. His team specializes in training, exercises, and support services for the integration of technology in emergency management. In addition to his role with Epicenter, Mr. Tarantino is an Instructor for FEMA's Master Exercise Practitioner Program (MEPP) and previously served as a Digital Communications Specialist within FEMA External Affairs, an Instructor/SME for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, and Chair of the IAEM Emerging Technology Caucus. Mr. Tarantino trains thousands of public safety professionals each year and frequently speaks across North America on disaster response, emerging technology, and crisis communications.
Brian Terbush
Washington Military Department
Brian Terbush is the Earthquake and Volcano Program Coordinator for Washington State Emergency Management Division. In this position, he works to help support local efforts in public education about Geohazards, especially through the Great ShakeOut campaign, and assisting in facilitation of the Volcano Workgroups and coordination plans. Before entering the Emergency Management field, Brian earned his Bachelors degree in Geology from Hartwick College, and Master's Degree in Geophysics from Boise State University, with a focus on Volcano Infrasound.
Karen Terrill
Media Survival Group
Karen Terrill teaches crisis communications as a contractor with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...She is the President of Media Survival Group and a former television news anchor, producer, reporter, and talk show host for ABC and NBC affiliates. As a broadcast journalist, she covered national political conventions as well as many natural disasters...Karen served as the Lead PIO for CAL FIRE, and the Communications Officer for the State Fire Marshal. As a PIO, she responded to fires, floods, earthquakes, and more...In other words, she has been on both sides of the microphone under the most challenging situations. Today, she shares her "survival tips" with a variety of clients, especially other PIOs.
Grant Tietje
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Grant Tietje is a Senior Program Manager at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory focused on public safety research and development. He manages a series of Department of Homeland Security projects finding technology solutions for first responders. Grant has more than 30 years of experience as a paramedic, police officer, and emergency manager. Ann M. Lesperance is the Director of the Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Director of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Northeastern University- Seattle. She develops regional programs to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of new Homeland Security technologies. Ann works with state and local emergency responders and the private sector to understand their operational needs and requirements. She builds regional coalitions of emergency management professionals to partner with Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies.
Mark Van Dyke
Spectrum Health
Mark Van Dyke, M.Ed is the Manager of Emergency Preparedness for Spectrum Health. Along with overseeing the Emergency Preparedness team for twelve hospitals, which include West Michigan’s largest hospital and its only dedicated Children’s Hospital, Mark develops and coordinates all education for disaster response for Spectrum Health, a 15 hospital 30,000 employee health system. Mark is an avid sports fan and has coached high school sports for 20 years. Mark has severed on the board of non-profits and is currently the CFO of The Van Dyke foundation, which he co-founded. Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and a master’s degree in education. Mark and his wife Kelly live in Caledonia, MI and love spending time with their two children, Jonah & Elliana.
James Vasileff
20 year veteran of United States Navy - Safety Manger of industrial facility at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island - Received Chief of Naval Operations Individual Safety Award - Department of Defense fire inspector, certified 15 year veteran of Fire and Rescue Services (Island and Skagit Counties) - State certified fire inspector - Firefighter and emergency medical technician - Incident commander certified Master’s degree in Safety and Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University PACCAR Technical Center Safety Manager - Incident commander - Fall protection and confined space rescue program manager and trainer - Basic Life Support and CPR/First Aid Instructor
Deborah Witmer
City of Seattle
Presenter: Deborah Witmer Deborah’s career has spanned several fields, including executive roles in three nonprofit organizations; she is an experienced public speaker, trainer, and project manager. As a founding member of the Seattle Commission for People with disAbilities, she chaired the Public Safety Committee, and in that capacity, led a team of Commissioners and community members into a significant and productive relationship with the City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM), improving Seattle’s ability to meet the needs of people with disabilities in times of disaster. She also served as the Disability Representative on the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team, working on regional catastrophic disaster planning. Currently, Deborah is the Vulnerable Populations Planning Coordinator on the Seattle Human Services Emergency Management Team. Deborah recently earned her Master’s Degree in Security Studies, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, at the Naval Postgraduate School.