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The California Emergency Services Association (CESA) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the promotion of mutual support and cooperation across disciplines in preparing for natural and human caused disasters and public emergencies.

This dynamic organization includes academic institutions, representatives from government agencies, utilities, and businesses of all types, nonprofits and faith-based organizations, as well as media and elected officials.

Together, we share common goals as the leaders and practitioners in Preparedness, Response, Recovery, Mitigation, and Protection in California. Our Association includes seasoned professionals, total novices and world class experts, as well as part-time, full-time, paid staff and volunteers.

Meet Your 2019 State Board

Ray Riordan, President 

Breanna Medina, Vice President/Secretary 

Dana Carey, Treasurer 

Janice Bell, Immediate Past President - Inland

Brentt Blaser, Member at Large- Coastal

Gerry Mailas, Board Member - Coastal

Mary Jo Flynn-Nevins, Board Member - Inland 

Donna Mayer, Board Member, Southern

Vicki Osborn, Member at Large, Southern 


The CESA Chapters

The Chapters of CESA follow the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services Administrative Regions. Each member is assigned a Chapter at the time of membership registration, typically based off their address or their area of responsibilities.

Each Chapter offers leadership development opportunities through committee and board positions.

CESA welcomes everyone who is passionate about emergency management in California. Whether someone calls it Emergency Management, Business Continuity, or Disaster Preparedness, we all are in the business of preparing for, responding to, recovering from, and mitigating
everything from planned events to disasters. CESA is a place for you to gain that knowledge and share your experience.
Coastal Chapter
Serving the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma


Coastal Chapter Board:

Ray Riordan, President

Ron Alves, Immediate Past President

Doris Barone, Treasurer

Brentt Blaser, Member at Large

David Flamm, Member at Large

Joe Guzzardi, Vice President

Emma Reed, Secretary


Inland Chapter
Serving the Counties of Alpine, Amador , Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Kern, Kings, Lassen, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba


Dana Carey, President 

Mary Jo Flynn Nevins, Vice President
Shannon Williams, Secretary 
Eric Holly, Treasurer

Southern Chapter


Serving the Counties of Imperial, Inyo, Los Angeles, Orange, Mono, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, SanLuis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura


Southern Chapter Board:
Breanna Medina, President

Michael Ripley, Immediate Past President

Donna Mayer, Vice President

Loni Eazell, Secretary

Emely Merina, Treasurer
Keith Harrison, Director
Stacy Barnes, Director
Jenny Novak, Director

Vicki Osborn, Member at Large