During my career, I have worked across the emergency management cycle, from preparedness and mitigation to response and recovery. Currently, I serve as Disaster Management Advisor with the US Forest Service, on assignment to the Government of Ethiopia, developing and implementing a national-level emergency management system to improve response coordination to natural and man-made hazards.
I am a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). I have a Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Global Health, and a post-baccalaureate in Emergency Preparedness and Response from Loma Linda University.
In addition to my current work in Ethiopia, I have experience in preparedness and response at the local, state, and national levels in the US. With the Department of Homeland Security, I collaborated with FEMA Region IX state and local government partners, and the private-sector, to develop terrorism response plans. As a regional emergency manager for California Mutual-Aid Region VI, I supported responses to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and wildfires, as well as various HazMat and CBRN incidents. I have also managed a successful CERT program for Loma Linda University, as well as established the first ever CERT program in the Philippines. Lastly, I have been involved in securing, administering, and overseeing federal government grants.
I also have the opportunity to work as an Adjunct Faculty at Loma Linda University, teaching classes in Emergency Preparedness and Response, including “Violence and Terrorism Issues”, “Technology in Emergency Management”, and “Public Health Issues in Emergency Preparedness”.