List of Summit speakers
Irene Bustamante Adams
A dynamic and self-driven leader, Irene Bustamante Adams, christened the "National Trailblazer" by Emerge America, is one of Nevada’s top talents. Her humble beginning as a migrant farm worker to her newest role as Speaker Pro Tempore for the Nevada
Assembly shows the depth of her development as a leader and her commitment to community service. Irene was first elected to the Nevada Assembly representing Assembly District No. 42 in 2010. The death of her little brother inspired Irene to leave her comfortable corporate position and serve to help her community through the great recession. She is recognized for her bipartisan collaboration to pass key pieces of legislation with a focus on economic diversification. She has quickly risen to various leadership roles within the Legislature and her Caucus.After college, Irene embarked on an 18-year career with MGM Resorts International, one of the world's leading global hospitality companies. She started as a clerk and worked her way up to a corporate rank with her greatest accomplishment being positioning
the Company as a national award winner among other Fortune 500 companies committed to diversity. Her leadership skills assisted in the creation, development and implementation of nationally recognized programs and events. The second of five children, Irene was raised in the farming community of Kerman, California. Starting at a very young age, she and her siblings worked the agricultural fields alongside her parents. It was there Irene first learned the meaning of a hard day’s work and the value of perseverance. Irene excelled in school and became the first in her family to go to college. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from California State University, Fresno. In 2007, Irene became the first Latina in Nevada history to obtain an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from UNLV. Today, she is the President and CEO of a small business strategic development company.
Active in the community on a local and national level, Irene currently serves on the boards and councils of the Nevada Commission on Service and Uplift Foundation of Nevada. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the “Inside Government Badge Award” in 2013 by Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada; the “Woman of the Year” in 2012 by Emerge Nevada; the “National Trailblazer Award” in 2011 by Emerge America; the “Community Service Award” by the Latin Chamber of Commerce; and the “Rising Star Award” by the National Association of Women Business Owners, Southern Nevada. Irene has lived in Las Vegas for more than 20 years; she is married to Army Sergeant Brad Adams, who has completed three combat tours as a decorated veteran and continues to serve. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Olivia and Alaina.
Roy Anderson, a Las Vegas native, has worked at the Clark County School District (CCSD), the 5th largest district in the United
States, since 2002. Roy earned an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2006 and a Graduate Certificate in Emergency and
Disaster Management from American Military University in 2016. In 2017, Roy graduated from FEMA’s Emergency Management
Institute National Emergency Management Basic Academy. Roy is also a proud member of the Nevada Emergency Preparedness
Association. Starting in 2006, Roy has worked at the CCSD Department of Student Threat Evaluation and Crisis Response and is currently
working at the CCSD Police Department Office of Emergency Management. Roy is responsible for the creation and update of
CCSD’s Crisis Response Template. This template is used by District administrators to create their school or District offices’ Crisis Response Plan. Roy has conducted over a hundred drills at schools and non-instructional sites to test the site’s response to various crises and to ensure the site’s Crisis Response Plan is functional. Roy has also responded to hundreds of school lockdowns, evacuations, hazardous material incidents, postventions, and other emergencies at the District’s schools and administrative non-instructional sites to assist in the management and support of the crisis. For the 1 October incident in Las Vegas, Roy severed in Clark County’s Multiagency Coordination Center (MACC) both as the CCSD liaison and in the Planning Section. Roy is a State of Nevada instructor for the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Emergency Management Basic Academy. Roy has presented at campus and school safety conferences across the nation and enjoys delivering training to the administration and staff of the Clark County School District.
Kelli Baratti has been the Chief of Operations for the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEM) since June of 2009. Prior to taking this position Ms. Baratti served as the State of Nevada Fire Mutual Aid Coordinator for the Nevada Division of Forestry. In her 20 career in the fire service Ms. Baratti held the positions of Firefighter, EMT-I, Dispatcher, Operator, Captain, PIO and Administrative Division Chief. She was also the PIO on one of the national Type II Incident Management Teams for a number of years. Ms. Baratti also served on the Nevada State Firefighters Association Board of Directors for 8 years and most recently served for 12 years as the Vice Chairman of the Central Lyon County Fire Protection District Board of Directors term limiting out in 2016. In her role as the Chief of Operations, she is responsible for the 24/7 statewide duty officer program; coordinating the day to day operations of the State Emergency Operation Center; oversight of the Division of Emergency Management Coordination Center (DEMC); implementation of the State of Nevada Intrastate Mutual Aid System (NRS 414A) and serves as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Coordinator.
Rob Boehlecke is the Program Manager for the Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management (EM) Nevada Program, a role in which he provides strategic management of environmental and waste management activities, and operations support activities involving life cycle baseline schedules and funding. He also oversees the integration of all program contractors and activities with an annual budget of more than $60 million. Prior to accepting this position in August 2017, Mr. Boehlecke was the EM Nevada Deputy Program Manager for Operations and responsible for the oversight of radioactive waste management facilities, and groundwater and surface soil remediation activities at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Mr. Boehlecke possesses roughly 25 years of technical experience guiding: restoration efforts at more than 1,800 individual surface sites; development of a long-term monitoring network to protect the public from accessing groundwater impacted by 828 historic underground nuclear tests, and; the continued safety of NNSS radioactive waste management activities. Before joining DOE in 2008, Mr. Boehlecke worked for several NNSS contractors. He received a master’s degree in environmental science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He is also a certified project management professional and certified environmental manager in the state of Nevada.
Brian Bolduc has been working Clark County since 1994. Brian’s current position is GIS Administrator for Clark County GIS. The GIS Department for Clark County supports Clark County for GIS infrastucture and its major GIS applications OpenWeb and OpenDoor.
Eric started working for the Nevada Broadcasters Association in 2014 after a thirty-year Radio career. As Vice President, Eric’s responsibilities range from overseeing the Association’s Public Education Partnerships, to facilitating many of the NVBA’s statewide initiatives. One project Eric is most excited to have been instrumental in bringing to fruition is the “First Response Broadcaster” program. The First Response Broadcaster program is authorized under NRS 414.310. Working closely with The Office of Homeland Security/Division of Emergency Management, the purpose of the program is to provide broadcast station and cable company engineers and technical staff with access to facilities during an emergency or disaster when travel may be limited by law enforcement or public safety concerns. The program provides technical staff the ability to keep the broadcast facilities and cable operations on the air so that emergency officials can present warnings and information to the public while assuring the Incident Commanders and public safety officials that the Broadcaster First Responder has the training and qualifications to safely transit troubled areas to their facilities in a time of need. The legislation also guarantees radio and TV stations access to the fuel and supplies they need to remain on the air and serve their communities in a time of need. The certified Broadcast First Responder will have proper identification and credentials to present to public safety officials when requested. The Nevada Broadcasters Association administers the program while Vegas PBS provides a portal to the required training. The names of the certified Broadcast First Responders are furnished to the Nevada Division of Emergency Management (DEM). The Nevada Broadcasters Association reviews the list of certified individuals every six months and informs the DEM of any changes in employment or status.
Paul currently serves as the Manager for Technology Systems and the State Search and Rescue Coordinator for the Nevada Division of Emergency Management. Prior to this position, Paul served as the Planning, Training, and Exercise Program Manager for the Division, as well as the State THIRA, and Search and Rescue Coordinator for eight years, and one of the Duty Officers for NDEM. Before coming to Nevada, Paul served as the Chief of Police for Nome Alaska from 2007-2009, as a Search and Rescue Specialist with Team ADAM for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children from 2003-2007, the National Education Director for the National Association for Search and Rescue from 2002-2003, and as an Alaska State Trooper Search and Rescue Coordinator from 1980-2002. Paul served with the US Air Force from 1977-1980. He started in his search and rescue career as a SAR Explorer with Pima County Arizona Sheriff’s Department and has been a member of Tacoma Mountain Rescue, an MRA Team based in Tacoma Washington. Paul holds a BS in Business Management and attended the 183rd Session of the FBI National Academy. He has taught both nationally and internationally in the areas of search management and Child Abduction Search Process to 23 countries. He is the original developer of the Virtual Search Planning Process which has dramatically increased the find rates for missing persons throughout the country.
Caleb S. Cage was appointed as Chief of the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisor on July 6, 2015. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, where, upon graduation in 2002, he was commissioned as a Field Artillery officer and was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Bamberg, Germany. During this period, he served as a company executive officer and later as a motorized rifle platoon leader in the city of Baqubah, Iraq. Caleb’s military career spanned five years and various positions, including Fire Direction Officer, Executive Officer, and Battery Commander. He also served a second yearlong tour in Iraq in 2006 as a Corps Information Operations battle captain in the Corps Joint Operations Center in Baghdad. Upon separating from the Army, Cage began his civilian career as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor, where he developed and managed several successful outreach initiatives aimed at serving Nevada’s veterans. In 2010, he was appointed to serve as Executive Director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS), a cabinet-level agency responsible for serving veterans through two state veteran cemeteries, a comprehensive veterans service officer program, and 180-bed long term care skilled nursing facility. In addition to these efforts, Cage also established Nevada’s Green Zone Initiative, an effort to improve outcomes for veterans through policy development, service provider coordination, and outreach. Because of the success of his work in these areas, Cage was asked to move into the position of Director of Military and Veterans Policy, a newly-created position in the Office of Governor Brian Sandoval in August of 2013.
Arlene Chapman is the Public Warning and Resources Coordinator for the Clark County Nevada Office of Emergency Management. Arlene received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, and her Master’s in Public Administration from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. As part of her international experience, Arlene studied in France for a year, and lived for over a year in Japan teaching English and French. Following graduate school, Arlene started her public sector career with the County of Monterey in California as a public policy analyst and then as the Finance Manager of the Internal Services Department for nine years before moving to Nevada in 2005. She joined the Clark County Manager’s Office in 2006, then became part of the County’s Emergency Management team in 2009 as the Resources and Logistics Coordinator.
Arlene received her Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) credential in 2014. She is the lead for resource management, mutual aid requests, public alerting systems, mass emergency messaging, and WebEOC administration for the Clark County Office of Emergency Management. Most recently, she served as the Logistics Section Chief, as part of Command Staff, in the Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC) and the Family Assistance Center (FAC) during the 1-October mass shooting incident that occurred on the strip in Clark County Nevada.
Texas A & M’s Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Cybersecurity Instructor Devalle Clay has over 20 years of experience as a U.S. Navy Cyber Intelligence Specialist, specializing in Cyber Technologies, Digital Network Intelligence (DNI), Human Intelligence (HUMINT), Cyber Crimes Research, Information Security (INFOSEC), and Open Source Intelligence (OSINT). Clay holds Degrees in both Technical Studies and Computer Science from Excelsior College. Before joining TEEX, Clay worked as a Cyber Threat Intelligence analyst conducting Dark Web reconnaissance for Alert Logic in Houston. He spends much of his time on the road teaching cybersecurity courses for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Mr. Cook has over 36 years of experience in construction, production, management and staff support responsibilities. The last 22 years of that work has been in the natural gas industry. Mr. Cook has progressed through production-line supervision, mining construction supervision, natural gas construction field inspection, engineering supervision, operations and maintenance management, project management, policy and procedure development, field equipment and material trials, and material evaluation. His experience is strong in the design, operation, maintenance and remediation of pipeline facilities. He has a B.S. degree in Mining Engineering.
Suz began work at the Division of Emergency Management in December of 2014. She has broad administrative and management experience drawn from diverse fields of construction, non-profit management, and public safety as the State Disaster Recovery Officer at the Division of Emergency Management, she manages the Public Assistance grant program for the State Of Nevada. She has the primary responsibility for updating and maintaining the Public Assistance Administrative Plan, Nevada Disaster Recovery Framework, and the Response & Recovery Guide to Local Governments. She is primary point of contact for the State Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) team and in 2017 she collaborated with the Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) to help transform the PDA data collection process at the State level. Currently she is managing three presidentially-declared disasters worth approximately $40 million dollars.
Major Shaun G. Cruze
Major Cruze serves as the Deputy Director of Joint and Domestic Operations for the Nevada National Guard. Major Cruze develops, coordinates and implements joint contingency plans for domestic emergencies, civil disturbances, natural disasters, state and federal contingency operations. He coordinates with military component commanders, active and reserve, as well as federal, state and local officials for the purpose of coordinating resources and execution of contingency plans through personal contacts and exercises with contributing agencies. In addition Major Cruze coordinates and implements the Governor's plan on drug/law enforcement support by providing information to inform the Governor, NGB, the Adjutant General, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies on drug/law enforcement support capabilities and limitations.
Major Cruze is a 2003 University of Nevada, Reno graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. He enlisted in 1989, where he was assigned to 133rd Security Police Flight as a Security Specialist. Major Cruze joined the 152d Security Police Flight in June of 1990 and became a Combat Arms Instructor in 1999. He was promoted through the grade of Master Sergeant before being commissioned in 2004 at the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee. Upon graduation he was assigned as the Budget Officer of the 152nd Airlift Wing. In November of 2010 he was assigned to the Logistics Readiness Squadron where he served as the Deployments and Distribution Officer. In March of 2015 Major Cruze was assigned as the Deputy Director of Personnel for Nevada State Headquarters. Major Cruze was hired as the Deputy Director of Joint and Domestic Operations in June of 2016. Major Cruze has deployed in support of OPERATION NOBLE EAGLE. He served as the Budget Officer for Joint Task Force Civil Support Fort Monroe VA, where he received the Joint Service Achievement Medal. He was also called to active duty in support of Desert Storm / Desert Shield in January of 1991 as a Security Forces Member providing base security at the Nevada Air National Guard.
1989 Basic Military Training, San Antonio, TX
2003 Bachelor of Science, Marketing, University of Nevada, Reno
2004 Academy of Military Science, Knoxville, TN
2010 Squadron Officer School, Correspondence
2012 Logistics Readiness Officer School, Lackland AFB, TX
2017 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal (1)
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal (4)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (1)
Distinguished Graduate Logistics Readiness Officer Class 20120206
Distinguished Graduate Academy of Military Science Class O-2005-1
Guy DeMarco was appointed as an Emergency Management Specialist for the City of Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management by CLV Emergency Manager Carolyn Levering in October 2016. Guy’s duties include: public information; marketing and promotion; emerging technologies; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and planning. Guy’s public information duties cover the City of Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management and the southern Nevada Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. Guy also promotes emergency preparedness as the Chairman of the Public Information Subcommittee for the Clark County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC). Prior to his work with the City of Las Vegas, Guy spent 16 years working in television news in Las Vegas for KLAS-TV and the Las Vegas Sun. During his tenure with both news organizations, Guy worked as an assignment editor, web content editor, producer and video editor. He was an early adopter of and active contributor to both organizations’ social media pages. Guy was nominated for three Emmy Awards for his work as a producer for the programs “Face to Face with Jon Ralston” and “In Business Las Vegas.” Guy earned his master’s degree in Crisis and Emergency Management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in 2015. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting and Electronic Media from Northern Arizona University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1997. Guy earned his Associate Emergency Manager designation with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) in 2016 and sits on IAEM’s Emerging Technology Caucus. He is also a Federal Aviation Administration-licensed UAV pilot, and a Ham Radio Technician.
Karen Donnahie, RN
Karen has been an emergency department nurse for 25+ years and has had to opportunity to work in various environments from frontier clinics to Level 1 Trauma Centers. She began working with hospital preparedness and regional cooperative efforts 18 years ago. Karen has served on local, regional and state committees over the years as a hospital/key resource facility representative. She earned her Associates degree in Nursing, Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Medical Services and her Master’s degree in Health Care Administration. In her free time, you can find Karen enjoying life from the back of her horse, with her dog running alongside.
Chad L. Foster was hired as a GIS Analyst II for NDOT’s Asset Management Division on Jan. 1, 2018. Before that he was employed at the Nevada Division of Forestry as a Business Process Analyst III, in charge of the GIS program. He brought to the State over 10 years of GIS experience working for Douglas County, NV. One of his biggest accomplishments while in Douglas County involved pulling crime data from the 911 Dispatch center and passing this information to the Sheriff’s office every Monday morning at 5 a.m. All of this was done using Python scripting and was a fully automated process. Chad is a graduate of Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD in 2005 with a B.S. in Environmental Physical Sciences. He also graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2001 with a B.S. in Business Management.
Scott was hired in July 2017 as the Manager of Safety and Security Operations for the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and has over 13 years in public transportation. Previously, he worked in Los Angeles County from 2007 to 2017 as the Safety and Training Coordinator specializing in safety, security, emergency management which included fixed route as well as the para-transit services offered in partnership with Access Services. He was part of the Transit Instructor Network that assisted with various training programs that included emergency management, ADA and Drug & Alcohol training programs for the local/regional transit agencies. Prior to that position he was the Transportation/Safety Analyst and Lead Bus Operations Instructor for Metropolitan Transit System in San Diego, California specializing in safety, security, emergency management as well as training new employees in the areas of safe bus management which included properly accommodating the ADA community onboard the regional fixed route services. He has professional development certificates in various emergency management specializations including Access and Functional Needs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) as well as certification as a trainer through the California Specialized Training Institute
Scott is a Public Policy PhD candidate and has a Master’s in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s in Emergency Management and an Associates in Administration of Justice.
Yuri Graves was hired as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) in January 2018. He has been an emergency management practitioner for over 24 years. During his first 20 years of his professional life he served in the United States Coast Guard, leading many different missions related to disaster preparedness and response, salvage, wreck and debris removal, environmental protection, law enforcement, search and rescue, maritime safety, illegal migrant and drug interdiction, and port security. He retired as a Commander from the U.S. Coast Guard and joined the city of Henderson as the city’s Emergency Manager in 2013. Yuri earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Geology from Ohio University, and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Yuri is also a graduate of Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) executive education program. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Type III Incident Commander, an Incident Command System (ICS) Instructor, Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Assessor, EOC Manager/Planning Section Chief, and also teaches a Community Preparedness course in UNLV’s Executive Crisis and Emergency Management Master’s Degree program.
Initially trained in anthropology, a qualitative and ethnographic approach to understanding groups and organizations has influenced Bradley’s work in public service for over two decades. He holds an M.A. in Elementary Education (Multicultural), an M.S. in Educational Leadership, and a M.S. in Crisis and Emergency Management and has worked in both public education and public safety. As an educator, Bradley first served as a Spanish/English bilingual teacher in the English Language Learner program, and then as a Lead Teacher at Lincoln-Edison Elementary School, in the Clark County School District, one of our nation’s largest. His classroom experience involved him with some of the most vulnerable children and families of Southern Nevada. He worked on numerous curriculum design and professional development projects. These projects involved Bradley at the District, State and National levels. Among a variety of responsibilities as an administrator, Bradley enjoyed working with safety and risk management planning and training, facility management, and program and staff evaluation. He has been an instructor in Nevada’s System of Higher Education beginning in 2003. He has instructed at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at Nevada State College, Sierra Nevada College, and currently is an adjunct instructor at the College of Southern Nevada, Fire Technology Program. Bradley began his work in public safety as a professional firefighter, first for the North Las Vegas Fire Department. He currently works for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue as an all-hazards first responder at Fire Station 1, in Downtown Las Vegas. Additionally, Bradley serves as a Planning Section Chief with the department’s event planning group, planning for events such as Life is Beautiful, and the New Year’s Eve celebrations. He serves as a member of Nevada Task Force 1, the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), urban search and rescue team as a member of the Logistics section and as a Planning Section Chief for the Southern Nevada Incident Management Team. Bradley volunteers his time with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as the Emergency Manager for the Las Vegas Nevada Central Stake and with the disaster response organization, Team Rubicon. Bradley served as the Team Rubicon, Nevada State Administrator and is now on the Region IX, Nevada Planning Team and is a member of the National Core Operations Instructor Cadre. Most recently, Bradley was privileged to serve in multiple capacities, including the Planning Section Chief, for the Family Assistance Center following the 1 October incident Las Vegas. He also served as Incident Commander in the Wharton Division for Team Rubicon’s, Operation Hard Hustle in Texas following Hurricane Harvey. Upon completion of the Executive Crisis and Emergency Management program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Bradley and an eclectic group of his colleagues from the cohort formed the Crisis Ready Group, LLC. Their mission is to provide support to organizations and communities to engage in a continual planning process that leads quickly to recovery or beyond to organizational growth following a crisis. He is excited as he looks to the future in his transition to more involvement with the crisis and emergency management community.
Beverly is the VP, Social Portfolio Strategy at MGM Resorts International. MGM Resorts International is one of the world’s leading global hospitality and entertainment companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Aria, Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Luxor and The Mirage. As the Vice President of Social Portfolio Strategy, Beverly sets the strategic direction for social campaigns across the MGM Resorts brand portfolio. She researches, develops, establishes and amplifies the brand voice across new and emerging platforms. As a digital marketing champion for the Company, she works with the internal agency account and creative teams to develop engaging brand storytelling strategies across multiple media platforms. As an experienced digital marketing leader, Beverly has a passion for disruptive brand strategies and innovation. She speaks regularly about key learning’s for brands on leveraging content and social strategies at scale. Beverly has worked with some of the most iconic media and entertainment brands to create compelling content across platforms. This omni-channel approach has successfully delivered key insights, metrics and business winning ROI. Beverly recently served as the Head of Social Marketing for Yahoo where she provided leadership on social media integration on mobile, original content strategy and social trends to transition the brand to mobile. She previously created the award winning social media program for the GRAMMY Awards and is often honored as a Digital Innovator. Beverly has worked as a digital marketer in leadership roles at some of the largest agencies, media companies and startups including IPG, WPP and Tribune Interactive Media where she built innovative content and revenue generating programs. She has a master’s degree from Baruch College in NY and a BS from Howard University in Washington, DC.
Matthew Lieuallen, JD
Matthew Lieuallen is a project manager and emergency planner with Ecology and Environment, Inc. (E & E). Since 2010, he has managed E & E’s nationwide emergency management and community resilience practice and serves as the operations manager for the company’s Portland, Oregon office. Matthew’s background spans all phases of emergency management including emergency operations, hazard mitigation, disaster recovery, and community resilience planning. From 2008 to 2015, he led a statewide project in Oregon to develop emergency operations plans for the State’s 36 counties, 9 federally recognized tribes, and over 100 cities. The project also resulted in development of the State’s first recovery plan. Matthew has extensive planning experience across Nevada and has worked with Nevada communities since 2008 when he served as a lead planner on the Statewide Evacuation, Mass Care, and Shelter Project. Since that time he has managed statewide projects focused on public information and warning (including update of the Nevada Emergency Alert System Plan) and, most recently, the Statewide Disaster Recovery Planning Project. Matthew and the E & E team have also worked at the community level in Nevada supporting update of local emergency operations plans, hazardous materials planning, and public health preparedness. Matthew received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon in 2002 and a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2005. He is a member of the Oregon State Bar and currently serves as the private sector representative on the executive board of the Washington State Emergency Management Association.
Rachel Marchetti is the Nevada Trauma Registry/SERV-NV Manager for the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Public Health Preparedness Program. She comes to the program with 3 years State experience of contract management for Medicaid’s Care Management Organization. With a strong interest in the mental health field, she has worked in a special needs program for Washoe County School District as well as coordinated a Day Treatment Program for children of varying age groups with mental and behavioral health struggles. Rachel spends her time outside of work with her family and 8 year old daughter.
Herbert "Bud" Marshall, MEP
Mr. Marshall is the supervisor for the Training and Exercise Section of the Division of Emergency Management ensuring Nevada’s emergency management program stakeholders receive quality preparedness skills and capabilities necessary to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies. He also supervises the Division’s Liaison Program developing deployable Field Liaison Officers that provide standardized preparedness and technical assistance before, during, and after an emergency to all political subdivisions and federally recognized tribes in Nevada. As the State’s Emergency Management Accreditation Program Manager, Mr. Marshall spearheaded the efforts for Nevada becoming fully accredited in 2014. He was the Project Manager for the WebEOC Update project and led the project team that reorganized and updated the State’s Emergency Operations Plan. During his tenure with Nevada Mr. Marshall has responded to several disasters, including several floods in Southern Nevada, the 2013 Carpenter 1 Wildfire, the 2015 Beatty Industrial Fire, and the 1 October 2017 Mass Casualty Incident. Previously, Mr. Marshall was the National Exercise Program Manager with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security where he was part of the team responsible for the development of the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and the Cross-Border Exercise Program. As National Exercise Program Manager, Mr. Marshall managed the development, conduct and evaluation of exercises for 15 states and territories and 26 cities. Prior to this he was the Exercise Training Officer and Anti Terrorism Program Coordinator for the State of Ohio. Mr. Marshall has extensive emergency management, exercise, training, and response background with a combined 42 years of experience in law enforcement, counter-terrorism, hospital operations and emergency management responding to various natural disasters, air crashes, and riots. Mr. Marshall is a retired Major having served 27 years with the U.S. Army and Ohio National Guard in Military Police and Military Intelligence Operations. Mr. Marshall holds a baccalaureate degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Youngstown State University and is a graduate of the Emergency Management Institute’s Emergency Management Advanced Academy and Master Exercise Practitioner Programs. Mr. Marshall is married to his wife Mary Ann and has five children and seven grandchildren.
Irene L. Navis, AICP has 30 years of experience in county government, and has been a certified planner since 1996. Irene is the Assistant Emergency Manager/Planning Coordinator, in the Clark County Fire Department, Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security. She belongs to a number of professional associations, including the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the American Institute for Certified Planners (AICP). Irene serves on committees which cover issues such as hazardous materials, volunteer coordination, community preparedness, and disaster recovery. Irene is the lead planner and point of contact in her office for emergency operations, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, hazard mitigation, and continuity of operations. Irene represents Clark County on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council (SLTTGCC), which focuses its efforts on critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity. Irene also has served on several International Scientific Advisory Committees for the Wessex Institute of Technology since 2006.
Rick Neudorff currently serves as Emergency Command Center Manager for Lowes Companies, Inc. headquartered in Mooresville North Carolina. In that role he coordinates emergency inventory staging throughout the year and overall company execution of emergency events that involve any or all of their stores. Additionally, he maintains the company relationships with Federal, State and Local Emergency Management Agencies for Lowes Companies, Inc. Prior to his current position, Rick was General Manager for Mitsui Bussan Logistics in Dallas Texas and was responsible for the overall logistics and supply chain for 7-11 stores in the United States. This role included overseeing logistics and supply chain recovery after emergency events. Rick also has lengthy experience in the public sector. He is a former senior staffer for Congressman Sam Johnson, Republican 3rd District of Texas, and wrote the earliest Republican sponsored national healthcare reform bills during his tenure on the Hill in 1992. Locally, Rick was elected four times to the City Council in Plano, Texas (pop. 265,000) from 1996 to 2002 and is still the city’s longest serving Mayor Pro Tem. Rick Neudorff attended Austin College in Sherman, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas in Dallas with a B.A. degree in International Business. He is a sought after speaker/moderator on politics, current events and the effects on business, as well as public/private partnership initiatives.
Deanna O’Donnell is the new director of KPVM TV and Ace Country radio serving Pahrump and Nye County. She has worked for the local station since 2006. She is also an Anchor, Reporter, Writer and Camera Person.
Deanna volunteers by having quarterly food drives for veterans and children. She also co-founded the Neighborhood Clean Up Program which holds community trash collections around the town of Pahrump. She is also the emcee of the annual Pahrump Fall Festival, and serves on the entertainment board. She has owned her own Disc Jockey Service since 1988. Deanna promotes and encourages students to intern at KPVM in the news department and works with them to teach them job skills working in media.
Over the past 23 years, Sergeant Kenji Okuma has worked a variety of Law Enforcement assignments across the State of Nevada, in both rural and urban settings. Some of those assignments include Patrol Operations, Special Response Team (SRT) member, Narcotics Detection K-9, Narcotics Enforcement, Major Crimes, Homeland Security, and All Threats All Crimes. Sergeant Okuma served as the Executive Officer to the Nevada Threat Analysis Center (state fusion center). Sergeant Okuma currently serves as the Administrative Sergeant in the Department of Public Safety - Investigation Division, working in the Chief’s office and manages special projects, the Records Unit, the SafeVoice Program and still finds some time to go out and support the Major Crimes Unit with active investigations.
Sergeant Okuma is the father of 6 children, three of who are full time college students, one a senior in high school, and the others off making families and lives of their own. Sergeant Okuma and his wife enjoy an active lifestyle which includes traveling, scuba, hiking, snow sports, and everything else the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the great State of Nevada have to offer.
Assemblyman James Oscarson
Long-time Nevada resident, family man, and hospital executive, James Oscarson currently serves as Director of Community Relations at Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, Nevada. Prior to accepting his current position at Desert View Hospital, James worked for health care organizations Managed Care Consultants and Humana. He is a nurse and owned a small business. With a strong background in health care, he brings a fresh perspective to the legislature and protection of quality health care for rural residents particularly in the youth and senior communities. “Health care continues to be a major issue at the federal, state, and local levels,” James said. “One of my top priorities is ensuring that the rural residents in District 36 have access to quality health care.
-2017 Session Deputy Minority Floor Leader; Committees:
-Health and Human Services, Legislative Operations and Elections, and Ways and Means.
-Nevada Assembly, 2013-2015 (first elected November 2012 – two regular and two special sessions.
-2015 Session Committees: Health and Human Services (Chair); Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining; Ways and Means.
-2013 Session Committees: Government Affairs; Health and Human Services; Legislative Operations and Elections
-2013-14 Interim Committees: Committee on High-Level Radioactive Waste; Legislative Committee on Health Care
Honors and Awards
-Governor’s Choice Award, District 5300, Rotary 2008-2009
-Board Member, No To Abuse (NOTO), 2011
-President, Nevada State Board of Podiatry
-President, Moapa Valley Rotary Club, 2006-2007
-Rotary Club of Pahrump Valley, 2004-current
-National Eagle Scout Association, 2005
James Oscarson and his wife Rebecca, moved to Nevada with their three children in 1979 and have resided in Pahrump, Las Vegas and Logandale. Their three children and families have also made Nevada their home.
Angela Palombaro is the Crisis Management Operations Manager for MGM Resorts International. Prior to joining MGMRI, she was an Emergency Management Specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) providing emergency management and technical expertise to senior leadership within FEMA headquarters and throughout the regional structure of FEMA. Angela was an Emergency Services Specialist for the Red Cross Chapter in Alexandria, VA where she responded to local disasters and deployed to national relief operations to support recovery efforts. She recruited, trained, and managed volunteers and delivered emergency preparedness training to local businesses.
Rose Park is the Division of Public and Behavioral Health Statewide Clinical Services Policy and Mental Health Disaster Preparedness Manager. Ms. Park has served as the Governor’s Consumer Health Advocate and Project Director for the Office of Minority Health and as Health Program Manager III for the Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance. Prior to working with the State of Nevada, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Southern Nevada Area Health Education Center (AHEC). During her tenure with AHEC, Ms. Park served as the President of the National AHEC Organization and a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Federal Interdisciplinary Advisory Committee. Ms. Park was principle investigator of Nevada’s “Bio-terrorism Awareness Training” HRSA funded program. Ms. Park was the founding Chair of the American Red Cross, National Nursing Advisory Committee and the Jane Delano Society. During her work with the American Red Cross, Ms. Park worked directly with the Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross (ARC) to provide on-going oversight of National and European area nursing programs including the disaster nursing program and maintained relationships with nursing organizations external to the ARC, such as the American Nurses Association, Federal Chief Nurses Council, Black Nurses Association, and Hispanic Nurses Association.
Jean Peyton founded Blindconnect, a Nevada 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in 1998 to help those affected by severe vision loss to access information and services. Working with a strong Board of Directors, Jean has focused Blindconnect efforts on identifying and filling gaps in blindness services throughout the years. 2016 marked the opening of Angela’s House, the only blindness skills training center in Nevada. As program manager and daily living skills instructor, Jean and the four blind or legally blind staff have trained 46 youth and adults striving to increase their independence and self-sufficiency. Legally blind since 1994, Jean enjoys volunteering in the transit and rehabilitation arenas, reading Braille, traveling, and spending time with friends.
Jeff Quinn is the Public Health Preparedness Manager with Southern Nevada Health District. The Office of Public Health Preparedness is responsible for managing program and several federal grants and preparedness activities. Federal Cooperative agreements include the CDC Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP), Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Ebola and Zika Preparedness Grants. Funds from these grants support preparedness efforts to build and sustain public health capabilities in response to local emergencies and disasters. Mr. Quinn is an advocate for public health, emergency management, LEPC, Homeland Security and healthcare preparedness planning initiatives. Mr. Quinn currently serves as the Chair for the Southern Nevada Healthcare Preparedness Coalition. During a public health disaster or emergency, Jeff may serve as SNHD’s Department Operation Center Manager in support of Health District Operations, Section Chief for district’s Continuity of Operations Branch or as a liaison to the Clark County’s activated Medical Surge Area Command. He is a member of Southern Nevada’s Type 3 Incident Management Team. He received a Master’s of Public Health degree from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.
Joe Roberts Ed.S., NCSP
Mr. Roberts has served over 20 years in public education as a teacher, department chair, program coordinator, school psychologist and school administrator. Mr. Roberts holds advanced degrees in School Administration and School Psychology, as well as having the designation of being a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). Additionally, Mr. Roberts has volunteered many years with the Nevada Association of School Psychologists which included serving as the board president. Currently, Mr. Roberts is the Coordinator for the CCSD Department of Student Threat and Crisis Response, as well as The Mental Health Transition Team. These two teams are centralized departments and offer strategic services and supports to families and school-based intervention teams to help meet the mental health needs of students.
Janet Robinson, Ph.D.
The unique experience of being the Superintendent of the Newtown Schools during the Sandy Hook tragedy is the topic I will be sharing at this symposium. I will share the lessons learned for first responders from the perspective of school administrators, and time will be allotted for questions so they can better prepare for what we hope will never happen again.
Nile C. Kinnick High School, Yokohama, Japan
California State University, Long Beach: B.A. in Sociology
University of Hawaii, Teaching Certification
California State University, Long Beach: M.S. in Counseling, School Psychologist Certification
University of Connecticut: Ph.D. in Educational Leadership
Teacher – Anaheim, CA
Home Community Counselor – Anaheim, CA
School Psychologist – Los Alamitos, CA, Litchfield, CT
Educational consultant – Classroom management, Dealing with Difficult Students
Deputy Executive Director – Cooperative Educational Services, Trumbull, CT
Superintendent of Schools – Preston, CT; Derby, CT; Newtown, CT; Stratford, CT
University of Connecticut Superintendent of the Year 2013
Western CT State University President’s Award 2013
Greater Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce Award 2013
CT Association of School Superintendents Exemplary Leadership Award 2013
Peace Islands Educator of the Year Award 2013
State of Connecticut Superintendent of the Year 2014
Billy Smith, Jr.
Bill is the leader of 100-plus dedicated Amateur Radio Operators in Clark County. As the Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Clark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), he plays an important role in supporting served agencies with auxiliary radio communications. Such services are provided at no cost to the supported entities. Clark County ARES/RACES supports the emergency managers for Clark County, the cities of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City and the Las Vegas chapter of the American Red Cross and the Southern Nevada Health District, including 17 hospitals.
In 2009, Bill was asked to serve as EC, due to his proven ability both as a leader and as experienced Amateur Radio Operator. He had previously been elected by Nevada ham radio operators to serve as the American Radio Relay League’s Section Manager for the state of Nevada in the 1990s. Bill has continuously held an FCC-issued Amateur Radio License since 1959. He holds the highest class of Amateur Radio licenses, the Amateur Extra Class, with the call sign W7HMV. He is a Life Member of the ARRL, the national organization representing Radio Amateurs in the United States. The ARRL is the entity which sponsors and supports ARES nationwide.
Bill’s high school had a ham radio club and station, which provided him with all the motivation he needed to become a “ham”. Using Amateur Radio to participate in emergency communications was one of the reasons that Bill was inspired get a ham radio license. Even as a fledgling ham radio operator, Bill would go to the county courthouse basement on Friday nights to operate a radio for a weekly net for ARES members. He has participated in responses to a dam failure, a search for a missing child, during multiple tornado events while living seven years in Alabama, and incidents in Clark County.
While in college, he joined the Air Force ROTC program. After being commissioned as a 2ndLt, Bill went on to become an Air Force pilot, flying B-52 bombers and the C-7A Caribou. He flew over 60 combat missions in Vietnam. In 1971, he left active duty to attend law school. However, after graduation he returned to active duty in the Air Force as a Judge Advocate officer (JAG). Bill had a successful and productive career, including a 3-year assignment in Las Vegas. Upon completing 26 years of service, he retired as a full Colonel in 1993. In addition to accruing over 2,000 flight hours and earning Senior Pilot Wings, he was awarded three Air Medals, 6 Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, a Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He and his wife returned to Las Vegas where Bill was, and remains, a partner in the Dempsey, Roberts & Smith, Ltd. law firm in Henderson.
Bill graduated with a BA degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his JD degree from the Cumberland School of Law, Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Bill is admitted to the Florida and Nevada supreme courts, the US District Court for the Southern District of Nevada, the United States Court of Claims and United States Supreme Court.
In addition to his volunteer service as the Clark County ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator, both he and his wife, Virginia, are active volunteers at the McCarran USO Center. Bill is also the President of the Southern Nevada Repeater Council, a volunteer entity which coordinates frequency assignments for Amateur Radio repeaters in Southern Nevada.
Bill & Virginia are proud parents of two sons, Chris and Scott, who are both graduates of the University of Nevada-Reno. Scott is a detective with the Nevada Division of Investigations in Carson City and is also a 19-year member in the Nevada Army National Guard. Scott has served in 3 deployments: 24 months at Fort Irwin; in the Sinai with the multi-national peace keeping force, and recently in Kuwait. Chris is a former emergency manager for the Washoe County School District and for the State of Nevada. He now serves at FEMA HQ as the Chief of the Individual Assistance Division. He also holds an Amateur Radio license with his dad’s former call-sign: W4HMV.
Malinda Southard, DC
Malinda Southard is the Public Health Preparedness (PHP) Program Manager for the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. She has been involved as the Project Manager for the Statewide Crisis Standards of Care (CSC) Plan (a 2 ½ year planning effort), and led all planning efforts for the revision of the Statewide Medical Surge Plan in 2015-16. In the spring of 2017, Malinda began the 18-month Certified Public Manager Program through the State of Nevada in May 2017. Malinda’s education includes earning an Associate Degree (with Honors) from San Joaquin Delta Community College in Stockton, California; a Bachelor’s Degree, and a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) Degree from University of Western States (formerly Western States Chiropractic College) in Portland, Oregon. Malinda moved to Northern Nevada in 2009 and managed her own private chiropractic practice in Carson City for 4 ½ years before coming to State service in 2014. Malinda and her husband have a bright and happy four-year old daughter, and enjoy living in the beautiful Carson Valley of Nevada.
Laura Thompson, a Deaf individual, has been working as an advocate for and with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population since 2011. Prior to beginning her career, Laura obtained her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Social Work from Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. Laura is currently working on establishing Emergency Preparedness workshops at Deaf Centers of Nevada. Laura is thrilled to see the state of Nevada working to become more aware of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind (D/HH/DB) community regarding Emergency Preparedness and feels that the D/HH/DB community needs more access to information and safety. Through collaboration, access will greatly improve. Laura lives in Las Vegas with her husband and two cuddly dogs.
Paul Thornton is an Outreach and Community Engagement Specialist who works with Financial Guidance Center / Nevada 211 to promote and assist the community to become part of this extensive resource database. Paul understands the importance of building long lasting relationships that will allow him to share this valuable information with others while being able to identify other potential agencies that will add value to the Nevada 211 program. Paul has been able to consistently grow and promote the 211 database in order to ensure that this information is available to anyone who may need it. Paul is a Navy Veteran and former small business owner. Paul’s professional and personal experience along with his positive can “do” attitude contribute to his continued success.
Ryan Turner was named the Division Chief of Emergency Management and Safety for the City of Henderson, Nevada in October 2011, and also fills the key role of Emergency Management Coordinator. He administers, directs, manages and coordinates the activities and operations of the City’s Emergency Management and Safety Division and spearheads issues of homeland security. Ryan began his career with Lake Mead Fire Management, National Park Service in 2005. He performed firefighting tasks on an engine crew, logistics, fuel crew, and obtained and worked as an EMT Intermediate. After Hurricane Katrina, Ryan was inspired to enter the emergency management field and started working for the American Red Cross in October of 2006. At the American Red Cross, Ryan served as the Southern Nevada Chapter’s Emergency Services Manager and Health and Safety Manager. He was responsible for managing emergency service activities which included disaster services, services to the Armed Forces, health and safety, and international services. Ryan managed 400 volunteers throughout Clark, Nye, Lincoln and Esmeralda counties in Nevada and deployed to Washington D.C. to work in the Red Cross’ Disaster Operation Center, assisting with mass care and government liaison activities for hurricanes Gustav and Ike. Ryan next served as the first Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for University Medical Center of Southern Nevada (UMCSN) in December of 2009. The only County-operated hospital in Southern Nevada, UMCSN is also the only Level 1 Trauma Center and Burn Care Center. During his tenure, Ryan developed and oversaw the Medical Surge Area Command that coordinated hospital activity for Southern Nevada area hospitals during large-scale disasters. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Emergency Services Management, graduating Magna Cum Laude and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology – Urban Fire Fighting, graduating with High Honors. He obtained his Certified Emergency Managers designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers and graduated from Harvard University’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. Ryan currently serves as President of the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association.
After serving six years in the United States Marine Corps as a Ground Radio Technician, Mr. Walker returned to school and earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University. He began working in emergency management as a Public Assistance Inspector on the Governor’s Flood Recovery Task Force soon after the Floods of ’97. Since that time, he has continued to work in the field of emergency management and held the positions of Public Assistance Officer, Hazard Mitigation Officer and supervisor of the Planning, Training and Exercise program at the Nevada Division of Emergency Management. He has also spent time as the Energy Reliability Program Manager for the Nevada State Energy Office, and more recently as the Homeland Security and Emergency Manager for the Nevada Department of Transportation. He is currently employed as an Emergency Management Programs Manager with the Nevada Division of Emergency Management overseeing their Preparedness Section, and has earned the designations of Certified Emergency Manager and a Master Exercise Practitioner.
Brett Waters was appointed as the Fire Management Officer for the Nevada Division of Forestry, Southern Region in May 2016. His tenure in the Fire/Rescue/Emergency Management services has spanned over a 30+ year career. During Brett’s years of service, he has been allowed to expand his education, skills and experience through over 13 classes at the National Fire Academy and Emergency Management Institute which are considered the most elite educational opportunities in the emergency management response arena. Brett has also completed the top incident management level training, Complex Incident Management Course/520 as a National Incident Commander and Operation Section Chief. Brett is currently continuing his education through the American Military University. When Brett isn’t supporting and providing service to his local jurisdiction, state or on national emergencies, he enjoys skiing, auto restoration, fitness training, dancing and travel with his wife.
Eric Wilson currently serves as an Administrative Services Officer in the fiscal section and the Personnel Liaison for the Nevada Division of Emergency Management. In addition to his daily responsibilities Eric acts as the Logistics Section Chief in the State Emergency Operations Center when activated for an incident. After serving four years in the United States Air Force as Security Police, he attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. After graduation, Eric started his career with Thomson Financial Research in Rockville, Maryland where he swiftly advanced into a management position. Eric ended his six year career in the finance and marketing industry as the Data Acquisition Team Lead where he managed a team of analysts in verifying mutual fund data for Merrill Lynch and various Thomson Financial subsidiaries. In 2005, Eric and his family moved to Reno, and the following year he began his career as a public servant with the Nevada Division of Health as a Grants and Projects Analyst where he was responsible for tracking the program budget and developing new outreach strategies. In 2007, he promoted to a Management Analyst with the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy, charged with developing and implementing provider rates for Nevada Medicaid.
Dan has been an educator for 39 years. His first 24 years were spent teaching art, physical education, math and wood shop while coaching basketball, track and football. Since moving into administration, Dan has been an assistant principal/athletic director, a principal, a district director and now a superintendent.
Dan serves on the State School Emergency Management Committee, the State Grants Committee and the State Educator Ethics Committee.
He enjoys hiking, basketball and playing in a band that has been voted Tahoe’s favorite the last two years.