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This year, one of our plenary panels will include Mark Ghilarducci, Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and Robert J. Fenton, Jr. Regional Administrator, FEMA Region IX. In an effort to maximize the value of this plenary address to our members and to allow for the greatest opportunity to have your questions answered, CESA's Conference Committee would like to offer all CESA members the chance to submit questions in advance! Please use this form to submit your questions by 10am on Monday, September 25, 2018 for consideration.

Keynote Speaker

Ben Nemtin

Robert J. Fenton, Jr. was appointed Regional Administrator for FEMA Region IX in July 2015. Previously, Mr. Fenton served as the Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Response and Recovery at FEMA Headquarters and was responsible for coordinating the Federal response in support of States during major disasters. He coordinated and integrated Federal interagency all-hazards disaster planning and response operations; managed emergency response teams; and oversaw disaster emergency communications programs. Mr. Fenton came to FEMA Headquarters in July 2009 to serve as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Response, where he was instrumental in crafting the reorganization of the Response Directorate and the Office of Response and Recovery, as well as leading the Response Directorate’s focused efforts on whole community catastrophic planning, doctrine development, staff training/credentialing, and exercises. Mr. Fenton previously worked at FEMA Headquarters as the Acting Deputy Operations Branch Chief in 2007, leading the development and implementation of the Incident Management Assistance Teams. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Fenton served in the dual roles of Director of Disaster Assistance and Acting Director of Disaster Operations in the FEMA Region IX Office. Mr. Fenton was responsible for the delivery and coordination of all hazards disaster planning, and response and recovery activities in the Region, which serves Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii, as well as Guam, American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, and Micronesia. Mr. Fenton also served as Chief of the Region IX Response Branch, where he led interagency work groups in the development of the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework. He was also responsible for conducting interagency training, coordination, and exercises with Federal Emergency Support Function agencies in preparation for disaster response. Since joining FEMA in 1996, Mr. Fenton has played a significant role in numerous large-scale response and recovery operations in the U.S. and has responded to more than 50 Federal disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the four Florida Hurricanes of 2004, the Southern California Wildfires of 2003 and 2007, the Super Typhoon Pongsona in Guam, and the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Mark S. Ghilarducci serves as the Director of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), appointed July 1, 2013 by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Ghilarducci previously served as Secretary of the California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) appointed in February 2012 by Governor Brown. As a member of the Cabinet, Director Ghilarducci serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor (HSA) and oversees statewide public safety, emergency management, emergency communications, counter-terrorism efforts and the State Threat Assessment System (STAS). His duties include serving as chair of numerous boards and committees and he sits on several state and national commissions and work groups. In 2000, he was appointed as Deputy Director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES) by Governor Gray Davis, where he oversaw statewide emergency operations, planning and training.

Session Speakers

Anne Accurso is the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Program Coordinator with the Riverside County Emergency Management Department (EMD). She also serves as the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS)/Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI) Coordinator, enhancing and revising medical countermeasure (MCM) distribution and dispensing processes and guides. She has over 10 years of experience in emergency management, with a focus on medical health preparedness.

Gabriele serves as an advisor to Fortune 500 companies, domestic and international government agencies, and numerous humanitarian organizations. In her work, she helps executive leaders understand and prepare for disruptive trends on the horizon. Gabriele currently serves on FEMA's National Advisory Council within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a technology and foresight subject matter expert. In 2017, Gabriele launched a grass-roots movement, called Rise of the Bulls, which mobilizes organizations and creative communities to work together in solving our world's greatest challenges.

Mimi Audelo, is the City of Carpinteria’s Program Manager. She started with the City in November, 2015. In her role as Program Manager, Mimi is responsible for the development and administration of a wide variety of City programs and projects. The areas of responsibility include the implementation and coordination of programs in emergency services and preparedness, volunteer services, and neighborhood and community outreach. Over the past two and half years with the City, Mimi has completed several FEMA training courses including the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, the CERT Instructor and Program Manager Certification Program. Mimi also holds a bachelor’s of science degree in Organizational Management from the University of Laverne.

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Woody Baker-Cohn works for the Marin County Sheriff's Office in CA in both the Office of Emergency Services and the Search and Rescue Unit. Woody works both as an Emergency Services Coordinator for Marin and works the 12 counties in the Bay Area UASI region to define, develop, implement, and train people on the WebEOC and other systems providing critical information to emergency management staff at all levels. Prior to joining OES, Woody retired in 2011 from the high tech industry after over 30 years - over 27 of those working for Intel Corporation managing many large projects and ultimately running part of the enterprise systems business.

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Rick Blackburn is the Assistant Director, Emergency and Continuing Operations for the California State University Chancellors Office. Rick manages the Office of Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations for the Chancellors Office, including coordinating the Emergency Operations Center, continuity of operations program, and emergency planning, and training/exercises. He also works at a system-wide level in coordination with the 23 CSU campuses to provide support and assistance for the campus programs and during response or recovery operations. Rick has over 15 years of experience in emergency preparedness and business continuity in the public sector, including at a City, County, and now University organizational level. Rick is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, a Certified SEMS/NIMS Trainer, and a graduate of San Diego State University with a B.A. Degree in Public Administration.

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In 2010 Dick received his Certified Emergency Manager credential from the International Association of Emergency Managers followed by completing a Master’s of Science degree in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Service Leadership. In 2012 Dick received his Fire Marshal designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and he continues to maintain certifications in numerous building and fire safety code specialties, including Certified Building Official, through the International Code Council. Dick is also a credentialed CA OES SAP program coordinator/instructor and State and federally certified advanced Incident Command System instructor.

Michael Brady has worked in the field of Emergency Management/Response for over 35 years. The majority of his time has spent as the Chief of the CSTI Hazardous Materials Section, Emergency Management Instructor Coordinator II, and Chief of the Emergency Management section at CSTI. He has filled many EOC positions during disaster operations at the Region Emergency Operations Center (REOC) and State Operations Center (SOC) level. He implemented and oversaw the Emergency Management Outreach Curriculum Certification Program. He has served as the Chair of the SEMS State Emergency Mgt/Response Credentialing, Training, and Exercise Specialists Committee. He oversaw the development and implementation of both the Cal OES EOC Position Credentialing and Emergency Management Professional Career Track Credentialing Program(s). His training/exercise experience has focused on all facets of Emergency Management.

Neil Bregman has been the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the City of Santa Rosa since September 2014. Neil has been working in emergency management since 2009. He has worked for multiple government agencies as well as major New York City health care facilities. A New York City native, prior to his career in Emergency Management, Neil was a corporate litigator in New York representing clients in high profile products liability, securities fraud and white collar criminal cases. During the October 2017 Wildfires Fires, Neil activated and managed the City’s Emergency Operations Center - which coordinated the City’s response, short-term recovery efforts, as well as support of first responders and field personnel. The EOC missions included - Warning and Notification, Evacuation, Transportation, Sheltering, the Re-entry Process to the evacuation and burn areas, establishing and running a Local Assistance Center and coordinating Public Information. Neil is now also heavily involved with the City’s recovery, assisting with managing of the City’s applications for federal public assistance and hazard mitigation grants.

James Caesar has been the Emergency Manager at the University of California, Santa Barbara since 2009. He completed the Santa Barbara City College Marine Technology program in 1982 and worked for five years as a commercial oilfield diver worldwide. He served in the marine oil spill response field with Santa Barbara based "Clean Seas" for over twenty years in numerous positions, lastly as the Planning and Safety Manager. He has completed the Emergency Management Specialist program by the California Office of Emergency Services in 2014 and is a state certified instructor for Hazardous Materials, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Safety Assessment Program (Post earthquake damage assessment). He is the Chair of Aware & Prepare Initiative executive committee a public-private partnership dedicated to strengthening community disaster resiliency within the Santa Barbara County.

Dana Carey has been working in various areas of Emergency Planning for Yolo County for over ten years. While at the Yolo County Health Department Dana was tasked with overseeing planning and training for the Medical and Health responders of the County and served as the County's Medical and Health Operational Area Coordinator. In 2013 she transferred to the County Office of Emergency Services to focus on a wide variety of emergency planning and response activities. Dana has been involved in many State and Federal projects to enhance preparedness and response pertaining to Medical and Health preparedness and continues to reach out and be involved in as many OES projects as possible including: participating in the SEMS Specialist Training Committee, the SEMS Advisory Board, the CESA Inland Chapter, the CESA Training Committee, the CSTI Professional Development project, various Emergency Management GIS projects and development of Emergency Management training curricula.

Herbert Cole is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with over 21 years of experience in Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations. Herbert currently serves as the Emergency Manager for the City of Livermore where he is responsible for the city’s Emergency Management and Continuity of Government programs.

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Susan has been working in the field of emergency management for over 25 years and has been involved in responding to almost every kind of disaster there is. She also witnessed firsthand the impact of a terrorist attack when she ran the 2013 Boston Marathon. She is currently the Public Safety Manager for the City of Malibu, but has also worked for the cities of Oxnard, El Segundo and West Hollywood, as well as the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services for 15 years. One of Susan’s responsibilities at the City of Malibu is overseeing the disaster notification systems. They currently have a low-level, day-to-day system through the City’s website, the Everbridge system for disaster situations, and they recently acquired Wireless Emergency Alert capabilities. They conducted a full-scale test of their system last February and again this past September. These tests provided many lessons learned and improvements to their alert system and protocols.

Dr. Shirley Feldmann-Jensen has policy expertise at the intersection of disaster risk management and public health. Spanning a range of public health, disaster risk management, and instructional settings, she has both domestic and international experience. The emphasis of her research and didactic work is around policy influences for practice, evaluation and improvement processes. Dr. Feldmann-Jensen is currently a Lecture and Program Coordinator for the Emergency Services Administration Master of Science program at California State University Long Beach; where she is dedicated to fostering students in the process of synthesizing disaster patterns and building adaptive capacity in the communities they live and work.

Sue Fisher graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Chicago and received her Masters in Environmental Studies from Cal State Fullerton. Before coming to CSUF in 1991, she worked in Seattle for six years doing cancer research at the world-renown Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She served as the Cal State Fullerton's Radiation and Bio-Safety Officer for 18 years before assuming her current position as the Emergency Management Coordinator in the University Police Department. Sue is also an occasional lecturer in the Kinesiology and Health Science Department, is involved with several county and state-wide emergency management committees, an International Emergency Management Association Member, and a certified Red Cross First Aid and CPR trainer for professional rescuers.

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 has worked in Emergency Management and related roles since 2005 in addition to roles in: Legislative & External Affairs; Recreation and Volunteer Management; and Film and Television development. Ms. Flynn has a MS from CSU Long Beach in Recreation Administration, and a BA from CSU Fullerton in English Literature. She currently holds a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and served as the IAEM Chair of the Emerging Technology Caucus from 2013-2015. Additionally, she served as the Chair on the Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate from 2014-2016 on the Social Media Working Group (SMWG) and is a consultant/instructor with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center(NDPTC) specializing in social media education for emergency managers. Her background includes a variety of leadership level experiences coordinating planning documents; regional exercises; customized training; and since 2009, supervising a department social media program. Disaster response experience includes: major flooding, Presidential visits; civil unrest; urban interface wildfires and much more.

Bruce Gadbois is the Chief, Emergency Management Training Programs, at the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), the training branch of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. This is Bruce’s second tour at CSTI; he returned in 2014 after serving in local government. From 2008 to 2014, Bruce served as the Manager of Security and Emergency Preparedness for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). OCTA is one of the largest transit systems in the nation, providing countywide bus and paratransit service, commuter rail service, highway toll operations, freeway, street and road improvement projects, motorist aid services and regulating taxi operations. Bruce’s responsibilities there included overseeing law enforcement and security services and the organization’s emergency and continuity programs. In his prior twenty years at CSTI, Bruce managed or contributed to many of the Institute’s emergency management and criminal justice programs. He was primarily responsible for the Institute’s antiterrorism training curriculum. Bruce served as special staff to the State Strategic Committee on Terrorism and was an original member of the Terrorism Training Advisory Group for the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training. He was an adjunct faculty member at the National Interagency Civil-Military Institute and at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute.

Mr. Christopher Godley, CEM is currently serving as the interim Emergency Services Manager for Sonoma County. He is redeveloping the County’s emergency management program following last year’s devastating wildfires. Chris has served as a local government emergency manager in the San Francisco Bay Area, working for Sonoma County, Marin County and most recently as the Director of Emergency Services for the City of San Jose. Chris is a UCLA grad and holds a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration with an emphasis in Climate Change from California State University, Long Beach. As a senior consultant for Tetra Tech, Chris heads up their Cyber Incident Consequence Management team as well leading planning, training and exercise projects nationwide.

Since 1984, Ms. Harshman has provided emergency management services to a wide range of governments, educational institutions, and public utilities. 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 and public information officer for the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services. Ms. Harshman holds a Master of Public Administration degree from San Diego State University and is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) as conferred by the International Association of Emergency Managers. An active member of IAEM, she presently serves as President of IAEM-USA Region 9.

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Victoria LaMar-Haas is a Senior Emergency Services Coordinator in the Hazard Mitigation Planning Division for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Over the past 22 years, Victoria has worked in all aspects of emergency management, including in the executive office, response, recovery, preparedness and mitigation. She also served as the conference coordinator for the Disaster Resistant California (DRC) conference and the California Alliance for Response efforts. Victoria joined the Hazard Mitigation Branch in 2008 as the Earthquake Mitigation Specialist and is now the lead over the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) Program. Victoria is a long-time member of CESA and is the 2005 CESA Gold Award recipient for her contributions to the field of emergency management. Before coming to OES/Cal OES, Victoria was an Assignment Editor at FOX 40 Television in Sacramento and has an extensive background in journalism. She is a native of Sonoma County and is a graduate of CSU Sacramento.

Diana has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). With over 25 years working for the Orange County Social Services Agency (SSA), she has experience in all levels of child welfare including child abuse investigations, adoptions and family strengthening. She is skilled in the area of crisis intervention, trauma mitigation and treatment. She brought her expertise to the field of Emergency Management 4 years ago and is the current Assistant Emergency Manager for the Orange County Social Services Agency. She has attended numerous courses through the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI) where she completed the Emergency Management Specialist Training Program. Her international experience includes the development and implementation of family support centers while residing in Honduras, Central America after a devastating hurricane. Diana is passionate about raising awareness and creating collaborative partnerships to ultimately provide for the needs of the whole community in times of crisis.

Matthew Marchetti helped create CrowdSource Rescue, a small website to help organize boat rescues for his flooded Houston neighborhood. It wound up helping rescue over 37,000 people by connecting them to 12,000+ vetted professional and civilian volunteers.

For nearly 20 years, Michael Martinet has trained local government officials on how to maximize their disaster cost recovery under FEMA’s Public Assistance program. Attendees have come from cities, counties, states, special districts and private non-profit agencies across the United States. Mike has a Master’s Degree from California State University at Long Beach and is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Mike is the founder and chair of the IAEM Disaster Cost Recovery Caucus.

Donna Mayer is the Region VI Disaster Medical Health Specialist. Donna works for the County of Riverside Emergency Management Department and is responsible for mutual aid/assistance and medical and health coordination efforts. She works closely with State and Operational Area partners. Donna earned her Teaching Communications degree from California State University Long Beach, received her Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) credentials.

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Breanna has spent over 15 years in the emergency management profession and her experience includes local, county and private sector programs. She is currently the Senior Advisor for Emergency Planning with Southern California Edison and guides CESA’s professional standards efforts through the development and implementation of their Competency Framework and Emergency Manager Role Map.

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Ms. Myhre has led the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative’s (UASI) program team for over five years. She has more than 18 years’ experience in public safety and emergency management with regional and local government jurisdictions and organizations. Her expertise in emergency management, regional and local EOC coordination and response, oil spill and catastrophic planning have provided the UASI program team with the qualities necessary to effectively support the identification of and ability to build capabilities critical to Bay Area public safety leadership and response staff. Ms. Myhre has served in numerous leadership positions in the San Francisco Bay Area emergency management field, including the Director of the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services and Regional Catastrophic Plan Writer for Marin and Sonoma Counties. She currently serves on the Governor’s Technical Advisory Committee for Oil Spills and is the recipient of a regional award from State Fish and Wildlife and the US Coast Guard, a Certificate of Merit from the US Coast Guard Commandant, as well as two CESA Coastal Region and State awards.

In June of 2010, Lynne Olson joined the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Planning and Preparedness Branch, as a Senior Emergency Services Coordinator and site liaison to the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). In 2014, she was assigned to the Northern California Catastrophic Flood Response Plan development team where she continues work on California’s fourth catastrophic response plan. Lynne is also responsible for assisting schools with their emergency planning and preparedness efforts. Prior to coming to Cal OES, Lynne was the Amador County Emergency Services Coordinator for 11 years.

Vicki began her career with the Sheriff's Department over 23 years ago as a Radio Dispatcher. After many years of shift work, Vicki looked for a career change, and transitioned to Emergency Management in 2004. Her responsibilities include training, and disaster plan development. In November, 2007 she was promoted to Assistant Emergency Manager. Her focus remains on planning but she really enjoys working with the entire Orange County Operational Area. Vicki earned her BS Degree in Emergency Management from Grand Canyon University.Vicki's first participation with the CESA organization was on the CESA conference committee as the Operations Section Chief in 2008. Vicki has served as the Southern Chapter President and as the CESA State Association President. Vicki is currently on the State Association Board as the Southern Chapter Member at Large. Vicki is excited about the future for the CESA and making any contributions possible to help the entire membership.

Aaron Pfannenstiel is an urban planner and geologist with PlaceWorks, primarily helping public sector clients address their community planning, hazard mitigation, and resiliency needs. Through his work, he helps clients better understand their hazards, and integrate resiliency into plans, programs, and strategies intended to address community hazards.

Amy Ramirez is the Risk Management Project Manager for the Bay Area UASI. Her portfolio of projects include Risk Management, the THIRA, the SPR, and coordination of the Medical and Public Health Workgroup. Amy joined the UASI after 12 years at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management’s Division of Emergency Services where she served as DEM’s Lead Emergency Planner. In this capacity, Amy was responsible for managing the department’s emergency planning team to ensure that appropriate emergency plans were in place to meet San Francisco’s specific threats and hazards. In addition to her responsibilities as the Planning Section Chief for the City’s Emergency Operations Center, she was instrumental in the update to the local Hazard Mitigation Plan and development of a variety of function and hazard-specific emergency plans, such as the Tsunami Annex. Amy is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers and the recipient of the IAEM Bravo Zulu Award for her outstanding contributions to the CEM program.

Emma holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Urban Planning as well as certificates in Homeland Security & Emergency Management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She began working for FEMA about a year ago as a Hazard Mitigation Community Planner. As a Planner, Emma reviews State, Local, and Tribal mitigation plans and works with communities to increase awareness about the importance of mitigation and promote successful mitigation and resilience strategies. Prior to FEMA, Emma worked as part of the Community Engagement and Risk Communications (CERC) contract at Michael Baker International where she reviewed mitigation plans for several FEMA regions. Additionally, she authored hazard mitigation plans, emergency action plans, emergency operations plans, continuity of operations plans, and other types of emergency plans for various local jurisdictions.

Emily Rogan is the Chief Operating Officer for the non profit organization United Policyholders. UP helps disaster survivors navigate the insurance claim process from the LAC throughout the Long Term Recovery. They do not take money from insurance companies. Along with performing high-level operational management, Emily is instrumental in coordinating the post-disaster Roadmap to Recovery program. She organizes workshops and webinars to provide long term recovery help to disaster survivors and case managers across the county. Collaboration is one of the keys to her success, and Emily builds and maintains relationships with VOAD members, non profits, government, and the faith based community. She proudly represents UP at conferences, meetings and workshops.

Heidi Rosofsky is the senior emergency management consultant for inclusive planning with Global Visions Consortium. She turned her focus to improving the emergency management community's ability to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities, access & functional needs after receiving a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis in 1981. Ms Rosofsky is a member of the Global Visions Consortium team appointed by Superior Court to monitor LA County compliance to the Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, et al. v. City and County of Los Angeles settlement. She is the National Coordinator for the Abilities Expo Emergency Preparedness Initiative; Earthquake Country Alliance/ Great Shakeout Southern California co-chair and Seniors and People with Disabilities committee member; Disability Integration lead for her local American Red Cross region where she serves as a member of her County Disabilities, Access, and Functional Needs working group and Operational Area Exercise Design Committee. Ms. Rosofsky believes integrating relevant access and functional needs messages into planning and preparedness vehicles are the keys to increasing whole community resilience. Her recent inclusive planning and resiliency workshops include the 2017 IAEM Conference, 2017 FLASH Conference, 2016 Earthquake Country Alliance Regional Workshop, and 2016 Cal State University Emergency Management Conference.

Edie Schaffer, CEM, is an Emergency Planner for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. Since 2013, Edie has been responsible for developing and implementing San Francisco’s hazard mitigation, tsunami, and disaster debris management plans. Edie also serves as an emergency planning instructor for the California Specialized Training Institute. Before becoming an emergency manager in 2011, Edie worked as an attorney and as a legal writer. Arpen Amy Shadkamyan Arpen "Amy" Shadkamyan, a highly-motivated emergency manager with over ten years of experience in emergency response and management, obtained her Master's in Emergency Management from the American Military University after conferring a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Shadkamyan has implemented leading concepts in emergency management and business continuity for one of the nation's top universities. She contributed to the development of a modern approach to continuity planning for institutions of higher education, which was implemented at all ten University of California campuses. With vast knowledge in emergency management and business continuity, she serves as an adjunct instructor with California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), teaching all throughout the state of California. She also serves the co-chair of the Southern California Higher Education Emergency Managers Association, and serves on the board of Women in Homeland Security, Southern California Chapter as the Membership Director.

Arpen "Amy" Shadkamyan, a highly-motivated emergency manager with over ten years of experience in emergency response and management, obtained her Master's in Emergency Management from the American Military University after conferring a B.S. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Ms. Shadkamyan has implemented leading concepts in emergency management and business continuity for one of the nation's top universities. She contributed to the development of a modern approach to continuity planning for institutions of higher education, which was implemented at all ten University of California campuses. With vast knowledge in emergency management and business continuity, she serves as an adjunct instructor with California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI), teaching all throughout the state of California. She also serves the co-chair of the Southern California Higher Education Emergency Managers Association, and serves on the board of Women in Homeland Security, Southern California Chapter as the Membership Director.

Captain Joe Spanheimer is a former United States Marine Corps weapons and tactics instructor and has been a police officer with the City of Pacifica for over 25 years. He served numerous assignments at the Pacifica Police Department and was Pacifica’s lead Emergency Manager. Joe has been an Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Response instructor since 2001. He’s trained police officers and firefighters from numerous police departments and teaches response tactics at the Basic Police Academy. Over the last several years, Joe has also been presenting classes on Active Shooter/Violent Intruder response to the public with the goal of creating awareness and building realistic expectations for all involved.

As the Chief Building Official, City of Santa Barbara, Andrew has 28 years of Building & Safety hazard mitigation experience as well as involvement in the post-disaster safety assessment operations of more than a dozen natural earthquake, fire, flooding, landslide and debris-flow disasters in the Western US. He has worked in management for the Ventura City Fire Department, has severed in the Operations and Planning & Intelligence sections of local Emergency Operation Centers, and currently serves is a Chairperson of the California Building Officials Association, Emergency Preparedness Committee. Andrew is also the Safety Assessment Program (SAP) Coordinator for the Cal OES Southern Region area. Mr. Stuffler holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Technology from the California State Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.

Karen Terrill teaches Crisis Communications as a contractor for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Her workshop addresses real local hazards and concerns, while turning PIOs and emergency responders into a team that works together to get life-saving information to people during a crisis. She has spent many years on both sides of the microphone, as a broadcast journalist and as a Public Information Officer (PIO), covering crises of all kinds. Her driving motivation is the motto of her company…Tell the Public What They Need to Know.

Brian’s career in emergency management began while working on a Search and Rescue team in the California desert. The experience of managing an array of diverse, dynamic, and often bizarre emergencies with little to no resources was both exciting and valuable, and it grew into a desire to manage emergencies on a much larger scale. Brian later honed his emergency management skills in several emergency services organizations throughout California and the East Coast, where he worked in support of disasters ranging from hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes and oil spills. After a brief but life changing stint volunteering for the nonprofit organization Humanity Road, Brian went on to start his own nonprofit that provided free emergency planning services to organizations and facilities that house animals. Brian eventually moved on to a position with the Santa Barbara County Office of Emergency Management, where he was heavily involved in the County’s readiness, response and recovery efforts related to the recent Thomas Fire and the catastrophic Montecito Debris Flows that followed.

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