2019 Nevada Preparedness Summit Speakers
List of Summit Speakers
Sheriff Mike Allen is a sixth generation Nevadan, was born and raised in Humboldt County and started his full-time law enforcement career with the Winnemucca Police Department in 1984. Sheriff Allen served as police officer with the Winnemucca Police Department for five years before transferring to Elko, NV to work as an investigator with NDI (Nevada Division of Investigations). In 1993, Sheriff Allen was promoted to Lieutenant and moved back to Winnemucca where he was commander of the Humboldt Pershing Narcotic Task Force. In 1999, Allen accepted a transfer to the state headquarters of the Nevada Division of Investigation in Carson City, Nevada. Allen led a number of large state-wide task forces and criminal investigations units. Allen’s leadership experience in law enforcement includes: narcotics, undercover operations, search warrants, criminal interdiction, major crimes, auto thefts, writing and administration of grants, personnel management, internal affairs, counter terrorism and budgeting practices. After the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedies, Allen was chosen to head up the Nevada State Special Investigations Unit which focused on organized crime and terrorism. The Special Investigations Unit evolved into what is now known as the Nevada Threat Analysis Center (NTAC). Sheriff Allen served as the director of NTAC until 2010. During his tenure in the Special Investigations Unit and the NTAC, Allen gained invaluable experience working with emergency management officials throughout the state. Sheriff Allen played an integral role in the deployment of 100 sworn Nevada law enforcement officers to Louisiana following hurricane Katrina, worked on the distribution of vaccinations during the swine flu outbreak and has participated in numerous table top and full scale emergency management exercises. After serving over 26 years in law enforcement Allen retired. In 2014, Allen returned to his hometown, Winnemucca, to run for Humboldt County Sheriff.. Sheriff Allen was re-elected in 2018.
Kelli Anderson is the Emergency Management Programs Manager for the Grants and Recovery Section at the Nevada Division of Emergency Management. Prior to this role she was the Grants Supervisor at DEM, where she oversaw Homeland Security and Emergency Management grant programs.
Roy Anderson, a Nevada native, is the Emergency Manager for the Washoe County School District (WCSD). WCSD has approximately 64,000 students and 8,000 staff members in 104 schools. Roy earned an BA 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. Mr. Anderson is currently pursuing a Doctor of Emergency Management at Capella University. Roy is also a proud member of the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association. From 2006 to 2018, Roy worked at the Clark County School District (CCSD) at the Department of Student Threat Evaluation and Crisis Response and then the CCSD Police Department Office of Emergency Management. Roy was responsible for the creation and update of CCSD’s Crisis Response Plan (CRP) template. District administrators use this template to create their school’s 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 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 served 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. Mr. Anderson has presented at campus and school safety conferences across the nation. Mr. Anderson also enjoys delivering training to the administration and staff of the Washoe County School District.
Dep. Chief Shawn Anderson
Shawn Andersen has been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department 29 years. He currently heads the Homeland Security Division and oversees the administration of Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center (SNCTC), Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Criminal Intelligence Section and Emergency Operations Bureau. His tenure with the department as a sergeant, lieutenant and captain include positions with Patrol, Narcotics, Professional Standards, Criminal Intelligence, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Gang Crimes, Intelligence Led Policing, Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing, Homicide and Sex Crimes, as well as SNCTC.
Jon Bakkedahl is the Training Officer for the State of Nevada, Department of Public Safety’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEM) and has been in this role for over two years at DEM. Jon also serves as the Operations Section Chief in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) during activations and is one of the 24 hour DEM Duty Officers. Jon serves on the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) and has been selected to serve as the new Radiation Committee Chair and as a member of the Policy and Legislative Committee. He also serves as the chair for the Nevada Emergency Manger Certification Committee for NEPA. Prior to the opportunity at DEM, Jon was a supervisor in the state Division of Public and Behavioral Health (DPBH) Radiation Control Program and oversaw the training of staff & responders, inspections of Radiative Materials Licensees and was the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) of the Beatty Low Level Radioactive Waste site (LLRW). Jon was involved in the state radiological response training for the last nine years and has worked for the US Department of Energy (DOE) Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program (TEPP) as a contract instructor for the past seven years. This training has been in Nevada as well as around the country. Jon’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s of Science in Radiologic Technology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and numerous clinical and responder training courses from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency and Federal Emergency management Agency. When Jon is not working, he enjoys mountain biking with his wife and two boys. He has also been an advocate and coach for the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) and the Nevada League, which has been coaching and racing in Northern Nevada for the past three seasons.
Kelli Baratti has been the Chief of Operations for the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEM) since June of 2009. Ms. Baratti enjoyed a 20 year career in the Nevada fire service prior to moving into the field of emergency management. Ms. Baratti served as the State of Nevada Fire Mutual Aid Coordinator for the Nevada Division of Forestry, providing mutual aid coordinator for local government fire departments. 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, the Vice Chairman of the Central Lyon County Fire Protection District Board of Directors term limiting out after 12 years in 2016. She currently serves on the Nevada Board of Fire Services. 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), Resource Management and Credentialing, and Planning. She also serves as the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Coordinator.
Elizabeth Breeden is a University of Nevada graduate and continued on to get her Master’s degree in Emergency Management. She started work in the Emergency Management field at Washoe County Emergency Management as a Program Assistant. During her time at Washoe County she was able to get the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) accredited. After spending three years at Washoe County she then transitioned into the private sector and started working at NV Energy in Emergency Management in February of 2017. She has coordinated and been involved with numerous all-hazard full-scale exercises and activations on both the private and public side of Emergency Management.
Jack Byrom is the Emergency Planning Administrator for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority. Mr. Byrom moved to Nevada in 1960, attended Douglas County High School in Gardnerville, and graduated from the University of Nevada with a BS in Civil Engineering. Mr. Byrom began his career at Sierra Pacific, now NV Energy, in 1968 as a student intern from the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Engineering. During his 35-year career at Sierra Pacific, he held a number of management positions within the company, from Design Engineer all the way to Vice President. Byrom serves on various boards and committees, including the Washoe County LEPC, Intrastate Mutual Aid Committee, Inter Hospital Coordinating Council, and sits on the Board of Trustees for the UNR College of Engineering. Mr. Byrom lives in Sparks with his wife Cheri, and enjoys running, all sports and outdoor activities.
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.
Bart J. Chambers has served as Chief of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, State Fire Marshal Division since March, 2017. Prior to coming to Nevada, Chief Chambers served as Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention/Law Enforcement for CAL FIRE at Sacramento Headquarters. While there he provided leadership, management, and coordination of the department’s Law Enforcement/Prevention Program, and working with Law Enforcement cooperators and Contract County Prevention Programs. Additionally, Chief Chambers oversaw the Department’s TLO Program and interaction with the state’s five fusion centers to ensure the over 88 TLO’s within CAL FIRE were identified and trained. Chief Chambers began his 30 year career in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter with the Ben Lomond Fire Protection District in Santa Cruz County, California where he grew up. Following that, he was hired with Lockheed Fire as a firefighter, then went on to Nevada County Consolidated Fire District, then to CAL FIRE and was assigned to numerous CAL FIRE Units spending most of his career in Riverside County area. Chief Chambers worked as a Firefighter, Engineer, Engine Captain, Truck Captain, and Battalion Chief in the contract City of Indio, then promoted to Division Chief in the San Bernardino, Inyo, Mono Counties and then to CAL FIRE’s Sacramento Headquarters as the Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement. Chief Chambers has been a sworn State Peace officer for over 13 years for CAL FIRE and is a sworn state peace officer in Nevada. Chief Chambers also served his country from 1984 to 2005 and deployed during Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in the U.S. Navy deploying with the Marine Corps and received numerous decorations during his time in the Navy.
Darrell Clifton, CPP, is Executive Director of Security at The Row in Reno, Nevada. During his years in Security Management, he has spearheaded the creation, writing, and implementation of new policies and programs on such topics as Workplace Violence Prevention, Hotel Security, Casino Security and Surveillance, Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity, Drug Recognition, and many others. Clifton chairs several community and national organizations, including the Downtown Police Tax District, Alcohol Advisory Board, Washoe County Business Preparedness Committee, and the Northern Nevada Chapter of American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS). Clifton is also a FEMA-certified Continuity of Operations Manager and participates in several state task forces to plan, write, and implement Continuity of Operations (COOP), Continuity of Government (COG), and other emergency plans. He was named by Security Magazine as one of the most influential people in the security industry.
Christina Conti is the Preparedness and Emergency Medical Services Oversight Program Manager at the Washoe County Health District. Over the past thirteen years, she has worked in Public Health Preparedness, Emergency Management and Victims Services. The most recent relevant local projects include the revision of the Family Assistance Center Plan, development of a Family Services Annex, development of a Community Reunification process, and the development of a Healthcare Alternate Care Site plan. Ms. Conti serves as a secondary emergency responder in Washoe County, filling the role of Medical Services Unit at the Regional Emergency Operation Center. Her most notable responses include the Reno Air Race Association plane crash and the January 2017 floods. Ms. Conti was also a requested resource to assist the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office during their response to 1 October. Ms. Conti has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada, Reno (1999) and also has a Master’s degree in Public Policy Public Administration, with an emphasis in Law (2001). Ms. Conti was an individual recipient of the Chief’s Certificate of Commendation from the Reno Police Department for her work operating the Family Assistance Center during the Reno Air Races disaster.
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.
Cassandra Darrough is a former Tribal Council member, Lieutenant for the Pyramid Lake Fire Rescue EMS Department, Assistant Public Information Officer and is an instructor for EMS and Community Emergency Response Teams. She is also proud to have a Governor’s appointment to the NVDEM Resilience Commission as a representative for the 27 Federally Recognized Tribes of Nevada. As an emergency responder she has served her communities for over 8 years.
Kelly Echeverria is the Program Coordinator of the Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program. She works at the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) in Reno, NV. Her responsibilities include managing the Washoe County region grants, finances, and internship program related to planning, training, responding, mitigating, and recovering from all hazards. Mrs. Echeverria previously worked for the Northern Nevada Red Cross. During her years with the organization she performed many emergency management roles. Locally and throughout the nation she responded to floods, fire, hurricanes, snow emergencies, and 9/11 activities. As Northern Nevada’s disaster program manager Kelly worked closely with the Division of Emergency Management (DEM), and was responsible for American Red Cross disaster response and volunteer mobilization for 13.5 counties in Nevada. She has also planned, coordinated, and participated in several major disaster exercises with Regional agencies and jurisdictions. Kelly earned a Masters in Crisis and Emergency Management from UNLV. She obtained her dual bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in Criminal Justice and International Relations. She has completed numerous emergency management courses taught by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Bill Elliott has over 30 years of health care and emergency management experience. He currently is the State Lead Emergency Management Planner for the Division of Emergency Management and has been leading this program for the past 8 years. Bill went into the Navy straight out of High School and became a hospital corpsman with clinical laboratory specialty. At 21 years of age he was placed in charge of a Navy installation laboratory. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Bill became the laboratory and radiology department supervisor for the Indian Hospital in Schurz, Nevada. He was the Quality Improvement Director for Schurz which became the first Indian health program in Nevada to become JCAHO accredited. For the next 15 years, Bill was the executive director of tribal health systems for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Yerington Paiute Tribe and the Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe. Bill started working for the State of Nevada as a consultant on Pandemic Influenza in 2007 and became the state pandemic influenza coordinator. In 2008 Bill transferred to the Division of Emergency Management and has leading the emergency planning effort for the state for the past 11 years. He is a State Duty Officer and serves as the Planning Section Chief in the State Emergency Operations Center during a state activation. Bill is also a trainer in ICS, Emergency Management Basic Academy, Continuity of Operations Manager and Planner, and Planning Section Chief. Bill is a graduate of Western Governors University Nevada with a Masters of Management and Leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Bill has been married for 23 years and has two children and three grandchildren.
David Fogerson is a practitioner and academic from the public safety fields of fire, emergency medical services and emergency management. He is a twenty-eight-year public safety employee, the deputy fire chief for East Fork Fire and deputy emergency manager for Douglas County. He has taught in the industrial and academic worlds including in Truckee Meadows Community College’s Emergency Management/Homeland Security bachelor program. He is an Executive Fire Officer, Certified Emergency Manager, Chief Fire Officer designee, holds a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science and a Master of Public Administration. He serves on numerous committees including the Nevada Governor’s Board of Fire Services, Quad County Healthcare Coalition and Douglas County TRIAD. He is committed to creating systems to make Nevada’s tomorrow better than today.
Lauren Ford has been in education for over 20 years, in both the classroom and administration. She began her career in Chicago as a Kindergarten teacher, and then became Assistant Principal and principal. In 2005 she moved to Washoe County as Assistant Principal at Traner Middle school, then Principal there in 2006. In 2011 she assumed the role of Principal of Hug High School and in 2017 assumed her current role of Area Superintendent in the Washoe County School District. Lauren knew from an early age she wanted to be in Education. She comes from a long line of Teachers and Administrators in her family and was encouraged early on that she had the leadership skills to do great things in education. Lauren owes much of her knowledge and passion to her mentor Loretta Gustello.
Chad L. Foster is a GIS Analyst II for NDOT’s Asset Management Division. 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 5am. 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.
Dr. Jeanne Freeman is the Manager for the Quad-County Public Health Preparedness program. In her role she serves Carson City, Douglas, Lyon, and Storey Counties. Jeanne and her staff serve as the liaisons for the Quad-County Healthcare Coalition in support of the Quad-County MAC group. Additionally, her staff completed the first Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in Nevada in September 2018. Prior to her service in the quad-counties, she was the Nevada Trauma Registry Manager for 1 ½ years at the Division of Public and Behavioral Health. Jeanne holds a Bachelor’s Degree from La Sierra University, a Master’s Degree from University of Nevada, Reno, and a Doctorate Degree from the University of Arkansas. Before moving “home” to Nevada in 2017, Jeanne was a tenured professor at Western Washington University. She served as the Community Health Program Coordinator, published several peer-reviewed articles, and delivered more than thirty research presentations at national and international conferences. Jeanne continues to teach as a DEM approved instructor for ICS courses. Jeanne is the honored spouse of a law enforcement officer and proud mom to two amazing boys! She enjoys spending her free time as a baseball mom and supporting her family in all their endeavors!
John Fudenberg is the Coroner for The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner (CCOCME) and has been with the office since 2003. Mr. Fudenberg brings twenty-five plus years of law enforcement and public service experience to the position, working in Anoka County MN and for the City of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada prior to continuing his career with Clark County. John is a Diplomat with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI).
He is the past president of the International Association of Coroner & Medical Examiners (IAC&ME) Board of Directors, and is the Secretary of the IAC&ME. John is also a past commissioner of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS). John serves on the National Institute of Standards & Technology Organization of Scientific Area Committee (NIST OSAC), as well as Chairman of the Las Vegas Trauma Intervention Program (TIP). The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner was the primary agency for the fatality management of the 1 October incident and is also the agency which has the responsibility for family assistance center operations in Clark County.
Yuri Graves has been an emergency management practitioner for over 25 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. 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. He served in this capacity for 4 1/2 years. Yuri currently serves as the Emergency Manager at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is also the current President of the Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association (NEPA) 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 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, and is qualified as an EOC Manager/Operations & Planning Section Chief.
Karen Hall is the current Management Analyst assigned to the Nevada Division of Emergency Management’s Office of Homeland Security. Karen moved to State service in 2010 overseeing the supervision of the administrative support staff and management of human resource and information technology liaison functions for the Nevada Division of Parole and Probation’s Reno office. For the past seven years, she has administered the programmatic management, analytics, legislative requirements, and logistics required by the Nevada Commission on Homeland Security and its various committees in support of the Homeland Security Grant Program for the State of Nevada. As a recent addition, she will also administer the newly created Resilience Commission as the centerpiece of the newly adopted Statewide Resilience Strategy. When activated within the State Emergency Operations Center, Karen currently holds the position of Deputy Planning Section Chief, and is tasked with overseeing the maintenance of situational awareness and creation of situation reports, incident action plans, and maintaining the activation meeting cycle. As part of the State’s Preliminary Disaster Assistance (PDA) team, she is assigned as a lead for Individual Assistance when performing damage assessments. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Nevada-Reno and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Proudly serving Washoe County since 2012, Commissioner Vaughn Hartung represents District 4, which includes Sparks, Spanish Springs, and Wadsworth. Commissioner Hartung’s roots serving the community began decades ago as a community member in the development of Spanish Springs and appointed to the Spanish Springs Citizens Advisory Board in 1993. He served the Board as secretary, vice chair and as chair for three terms. His goal was to provide citizens with a voice about the future of Spanish Springs. Since then, he has helped guide careful development in Sparks and Spanish Springs on numerous issues, including schools, housing developments, business parks, flood control facilities, sewer services, utility corridors, green energy, parks, transportation, master and area plans and annexation. His many years in citizen planning have earned him the reputation for being fair, objective and unbiased in his decisions. In addition, for 35 years Commissioner Hartung has been a small-business owner and was a partner in a successful photography studio. He is a former adjunct faculty member for the University of Nevada, Reno and Truckee Meadows Community College, where he taught all phases of photography for two decades. Hartung recognizes that the development of small and medium size businesses is an essential component of balanced regional growth and expanded job opportunities. Commissioner Hartung is passionate about key economic issues in our region and enhancing community safety through the investment of critical infrastructure for the current and future needs of Washoe County residents. As a result, Hartung is a member of Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and a key supporter of the Nevada Water Innovation Campus, a collaborative effort to research and sustainably manage our water resources. This will help ensure a stable water supply to serve the needs of the community for generations to come.
Mike Heidemann is the Emergency Manager of Churchill County after retiring as Assistant Chief and Training Chief/EMS Coordinator for the Hawthorne Army Depot Fire & Emergency Services Dept. and has 25 years of service with the Lovelock Volunteer Fire Dept. He also works as an adjunct instructor for the Nevada State Fire Marshal and serves as the lobbyist for the NSFA at the Nevada Legislature. He also serves as one of two Nevada representatives to the National Volunteer Fire Council where he holds a seat on the Health, Safety and Training Committee as well as the Legislative committee. Mike serves on the advisory board for the FireShowsWest training conference held each fall in Reno. Mike has been appointed by two different Governors and the Nevada Health Division to serve on the Nevada EMS Advisory Board, as well as being a member of the Nevada Intra-State Mutual Aid Committee. Mike holds a Master Fire Instructor certification as well as a two time recipient of the Nevada State Firefighters Association Instructor of the Year Award. Mike was recently honored with a plaque bearing his name placed on the wall for Distinguished Contributions to the Nevada Fire Service at the Nevada Firefighter Memorial in Carson City.
Dean Hill is the Director of Security at the Peppermill Reno Resort Spa Casino and Western Village Inn and Casino. He has worked in the Reno/Tahoe area Hospitality Industry for the past 35 years. During that time, he has developed and implemented a wide variety of policies and programs involving Safety, Hotel Casino Security, and Emergency Preparedness at several properties. Dean is also involved in a number of community and National organizations, including the Northern Nevada Chapter of ASIS, International (Law Enforcement liaison), Northern Nevada Security Directors Association (Chairman), and Department of Homeland Security Commercial Facilities Gaming Subsector Council (Chairman), Washoe County Citizens Homeland Security Council. He is a recent alumnus of the inaugural FBI Citizen’s Academy in Reno, NV, and was previously recognized as NNASIS Security Professional of the Year. He actively provides support for a number of local charities and emergency response operations, including Red Cross, Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Washoe County Emergency Operations Center.
Stephen Jones joined Southwest Gas Corporation as an engineer in 1999. During his 20 years of service with the company he has held a variety of positions in operations and corporate staff. In his current position, Stephen manages daily operations that include Emergency Response/Damage Prevention, Pipeline Construction/Maintenance and Pipeline Compliance. He is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Pastor Augustin Jorquez
Pastor Augustin Jorquez serves the Reno Sparks Indian Colony ministry along with his wife Cindy. He previously served leadership roles as a college campus pastor and director of Native American Urban Ministries in Hayward, California.
Captain Don Kelly retired from the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Police Department in 2018 after 32 years of service. Kelly spent the majority of his career as the agency’s Public Information Officer, serving as the department’s chief spokesman under seven different Chiefs of Police and establishing a national reputation in the field of crisis communications and media relations. He was elected President of the National Information Officers Association (NIOA) and conducted media relations and public speaking training across the country, including for every chief of police and sheriff in the state of Louisiana, as well as for foreign law enforcement executives at the U.S. State Department’s International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA). He is the recipient of the Mark of Excellence Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Public Relations Society of America. He has published several professional articles and delivered numerous speeches and presentations to a variety of audiences around the nation. During his career Kelly also held several other key leadership positions, including supervising the Professional Standards Division, the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, and serving as the District Commander of the city’s largest, busiest and most diverse precinct. Kelly is a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association's Supervisor Leadership Institute and the 250th session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He was also a member of the federal Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) for nearly 15 years, serving as the organization’s national PIO during the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since retiring, Kelly has worked part-time for the LSU Athletic Department in Event Management, responsible for overseeing and coordinating stadium security and all manner of logistics during football games regularly attended by over 100,000 people. Kelly was one of the original NCBRT instructors when the program began in 1999 and continues to play an active role in developing and teaching a wide variety of courses, as well as training and mentoring new instructors. Before becoming a police officer, Kelly attended Loyola University in New Orleans and worked for several years as an award-winning journalist in television and radio. He is married, with two children and one grandchild.
Aaron Kenneston, CEM
Aaron R. Kenneston is the Administrator of the Washoe County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program. He works at the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC) in Reno, NV. His responsibilities include leading the Washoe County region in planning, training, responding, mitigating, and recovering from all hazards. Dr. Kenneston served on active duty in the Army National Guard for almost 25 years and retired as a Colonel. As the Washoe County Emergency Manager he has served during many declared emergencies. These range from winter storms and avalanche, devastating wild land fires, criminal acts with active assailants, aircraft and rail accidents, to damaging floods. He has also planned, coordinated, and participated in several major disaster exercises with Regional agencies and jurisdictions. Aaron earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership, and two Masters Degrees. He is a graduate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Emergency Management Executive Leadership Academy, and well as numerous other emergency management courses taught by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security. He is also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, teaches college-level emergency management and strategic planning courses, has served as an assessor for the national Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP), and is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).
Annette Kerr is the Emergency Manager for Elko County. She is responsible for development, planning, training and administering the County’s emergency services programs, plans and overseeing the operations of the emergency operations center during and after major emergencies and disasters. She has 12 years of experience working in the field of emergency management, 6 of the last 12 years have been with the Elko County Sheriff’s Department. In 2008, Annette helped establish the Citizen Corp/CERT Program as the first Citizen Corps Coordinator for Northeastern Nevada and served five counties; Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander and White Pine. She serves as the LEPC Vice-Chair. She is a member of the Nevada Training Working Group and most recently asked to serve on the Nevada Intrastate Mutual Aid Committee and on the State Resilience Commission. In 1999, she was recruited to be the Co-Director of the UNR Fire Science Academy in Carlin, Nevada where she served for 2 years. Prior to Ms. Kerr’s career in emergency management, she was the Chief Executive Officer for 11 hotels, including 3 casinos and an airline for the Red Lion/McClaskey properties located in Nevada, California and Wyoming for 4 years. She also dedicated her time to include serving 12 years as an Elko County School Board Member from 2004 thru 2016. Annette received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Communications from the University of Southern Utah prior to moving to Nevada where she has raised family for the last 25 years.
Dr. Christopher Lake has been involved in healthcare and emergency management for more than 30 years. He holds certificates and degrees in prehospital care, risk management, healthcare administration and public administration. Christopher has a broad range of experience in emergency response, public health and humanitarian aid. Christopher is the Executive Director of Community Resilience with the Nevada Hospital Association (NHA) and serves as the chairperson of the Rural Healthcare Preparedness Partners Coalition and Vice Chair of the American Hospital Association’s Emergency Readiness Group.
Dan Mason is one of the premiere News/Talk programmers in America. Twice named one of the Best Programmers in Radio by Radio Ink magazine, he has led News/Talk 780 KKOH in Reno, Nevada as Program Director for over 23 years. Along the way the station has garnered two finalist nominations for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi awards. A career broadcaster, Mason has programmed in multiple formats, including rock and country. In addition to his duties as Program Director for KKOH, has served as local talk host at KKOH since 2011, dispensing common sense on politics, social issues and entertainment. He serves as a vice-chair of the Nevada Emergency Communication Committee that oversees the Emergency Alert System in the state. He is proud to say he has been married for thirty-seven years to wife Linda, and his daughter Kelsie is a 2013 graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and a 2016 Graduate of Truckee Meadows Community College.
Manuel Mederos is the current Language Access Specialist for the Language Bank at the Northern Nevada International Center (NNIC). NNIC is affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno. For the past 3 years, Manuel has been overseeing the Language Bank, which provides interpretation and translations services to clients big and small. The Language Bank provides over 20 languages in-person. Additionally, the Language Bank provides access to technology that allows any of its clients to access interpreters in 200+ languages over-the-phone and 10+ languages over video remote on demand. Manuel was a project manager for a Multi-Language Warning and Information Project for Washoe County. The focus of the project was to create emergency preparedness messaging in five languages – Spanish, American Sign Language, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog. This project focused on three disasters – Earthquakes, Wildfires and Floods. Manuel is currently the voice of the Spanish Emergency Alert System, first in the state, and works very closely with Washoe County Emergency Manager, Aaron Kenneston.
Andrew G. Mosher is a seasoned professional with more than 35 years’ experience in a variety of emergency management, crisis management and security roles that range from being a first responder to developing contingency plans for a global Fortune 50 enterprise. His greatest satisfaction has come from helping organizations become more resilient through planning, preparedness and training – whether they are a small manufacturing site with limited resources, a community emergency management office, or a global enterprise. Andrew’s professional accomplishments have included leading private sector planning and response to natural disasters - including responses to numerous hurricanes including Katrina, Rita, and Gustav and 2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear event. Leading security planning and operations for corporate special events including 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics and the design and development of corporate crisis management plans and conducted training and drills for multi-dimensional threats including natural disasters, terrorism, pandemics, kidnap and extortion, cyber-attacks, etc.Mr. Mosher has served in a variety of elected and appointed positions in emergency management organizations including leadership in Local Emergency Planning Committees, State Emergency Response Commission, and Maritime Security Committees. Mr. Mosher is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree.
Irene Navis, AICP is the Managing Partner of Navis Strategic Services, LLC. Irene retired from Clark County OEM in February 2018, having spent the last 5 1/2 years of her 30-year career with Clark County as the Assistant Emergency Manager. Irene’s consulting company; Navis Strategic Services LLC focuses on emergency preparedness, including emergency response planning and grant writing. Irene’s expertise ranges from emergency management, nuclear waste management, grant writing and coordination, strategic planning, and meeting facilitation. Irene has been a Certified Planner since 1996, and has served on many committees, boards, and tasks forces. Irene served as a council member on the Department of Homeland Security’s State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Government Coordinating Council from 2011 to 2018, focused on critical infrastructure protection and cybersecurity.
Jeff Page has an extensive history with Lyon County and local government. He is a third generation Nevadan and is a lifelong resident of Yerington and Lyon County Nevada. Mr. Page has worked most of his career in Public Safety. He served as a volunteer with the Yerington/Mason Valley Fire Protection District and held the ranks of Fire Fighter/EMT-I, Engineer Operator, Captain and Assistant Chief. He worked for the Lyon County Sheriff's Office starting as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff in 1985 and leaving as a Captain in 2006. His tenure in the Sheriff's Office he attended the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, Obtained his Executive POST certificate and held the Ranks of Deputy Sheriff, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain. He administered and managed the Jail, 9-1-1 Dispatch, Internal Affairs, Search and Rescue and Emergency Management. In 2006 Mr. Page took the position of Emergency Management Coordinator for Lyon County and served in that role until 2010 when the Board of County Commissioners appointed him as the County Manager. Mr. Page is married, has five sons and resides in Yerington. He has retired from active duty with the Yerington/Mason Valley Fire Department but is active in his community. He served on the Board of Directors for the Mason Valley Boys and Girls Club which provides services to Yerington, Dayton and Silver Springs; He served on the Board of Elders for the Copper Hills Bible Church. He is an active member of the Lyon County Museum Board of Directors and the Yerington Theater for the Arts Board of Directors.
Donald Pelt is the Emergency Response Coordinator for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. Don is a retired Police Sergeant for the Lake Wales Police Department in Central Florida and a retired Fire Chief from the Davenport Fire Rescue Department in Central Florida. Don relocated to Nevada to become the Pyramid Lake Emergency Response Coordinator 8.5 years ago and now oversees all Emergency Management, Fire Rescue, EMS and the first Nevada Tribal Paramedicine Program for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.
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.
Shaun Rahmeyer, an Intelligence Analyst–turned–cybersecurity professional, is passionate about developing innovative programs and strategies to tackle challenging problems; and his three Labrador Retrievers, Fry, Tatertot, and Cali. As the Administrator for the Nevada Office of Cyber Defense Coordination, Shaun is responsible for coordinating efforts to protect and secure information systems essential to the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Nevada. Further, as a champion of cybersecurity – and pulling fish out of the Sierra’s as often as possible – Shaun is dedicated to building sustainable programs that foster statewide collaboration, partnerships, and best practices to improve cybersecurity maturity and risk management. Prior to joining the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Shaun served 14 years as an Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Air Force. In this capacity, Shaun supported a number of unique programs throughout the world – affording him the opportunity to sample various fine lagers – and regularly advised senior-level officials, communities of interest, and intelligence community agencies. Along with a number of other hobbies, Shaun’s obsession with learning has landed him back in college, where he is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Away from the office, you will find Shaun buried in a book, out in the woods, or taking on a house project.
Lt. Andrew Rasor began his career with the Nevada Department of Public Safety in August of 1998, and prior to becoming the Director of the Nevada Threat Analysis Center; Lt. Rasor served as the Headquarters and Northern Commander for the Nevada DPS Investigation Division (NDI). As the Director of the Nevada Threat Analysis Center (NTAC), Lt. Rasor oversees the NTAC’s various programs and operations that involve homeland security and criminal intelligence and analysis, and further oversees the communication center for the SafeVoice Nevada program which works in conjunction with the NTAC. Lt. Rasor has served on a variety of commissions in the State of Nevada to include the Homeland Security Resilience Commission, the State of Nevada Child Death Review Committee, the Adolescent Task Force in Reno, the Safe Kids Coalition in Reno, and the Nevada Resort Planning Task Force. Lt. Rasor earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command.
Julia Ratti became active in local government in 2008 when she was elected to serve on the Sparks City Council representing Ward 1. There she focused on strengthening neighborhoods, environmental sustainability projects, reinventing the heart of the city and maintaining critical city services during the tough economic times. Her broad range of community involvement brings an important perspective to the City Council table. She was known as voice of reason and worked toward win-win solutions to tough challenges facing the City. During her time with the City, Julia served as Chair of the Sparks Redevelopment Agency and as Vice Chair of the Washoe County Health District. She has served on the Sparks Parks and Recreation Commission, Senior Services Advisory Committee, Washoe County Oversight Committee for School Facilities, City of Sparks Master Plan Steering Committee and the Regional Transportation Commission RTP 2040 Steering Committee. She serves as the Chair of the Senate Revenue Committee as well as Vice Chair of the Senate Health Committee and sits on both Government Affairs and Natural Resources.
Misty Richardson, a fifth generation Nevadan, began her career in public service at the age of 18 with the State of Nevada Department ofAgriculture, where she was proudly commissioned as the youngest Deputy Brand Inspector in Nevada. During her tenure with the state she served the agriculture community as the elected President of the Nevada Cattle Women Inc., on several statewide advisory boards and multiple national committees representing the beef industry, specializing in animal welfare and agro-terrorism. After leaving the state in 1999, Misty joined Clark County, first serving her community by working with the most vulnerable population, abused and neglected children. Having a strong desire after many years to return to public safety, Misty joined the Clark County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security in 2008, where she has progressed to the position of Assistant Emergency Manager. Ms. Richardson holds a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science from Regis University and is responsible for programmatic management of emergency preparedness activities including planning, training, and exercise. Misty is deeply committed to collaboration across rural and urban areas of Clark County for overall Whole Community emergency preparedness and community resilience.
Joseph Roberts is the Coordinator for the CCSD Department of Student Threat and Crisis Response as well as the Mental Health Transition Team, which are centralized departments that offer strategic services and supports to families and school-based intervention teams to help meet the mental health needs of students. This involves working with the Juvenile Assessment Center (the Harbor), participating as a member of the Child Death Review Panel, The Nevada Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force, as well as collaborating with the CCSD Emergency Management Team. Having over 20 years of experience in public education, Mr. Roberts has been a teacher, department chair, program coordinator, school psychologist and school administrator. In 2004 Mr. Roberts received his Master's in School Administration, a Master's in Educational Psychology in 2007, and an Ed. S. (Educational Psychology) in 2009, as well as having the designation of being a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP). As a volunteer for many years with the Nevada Association of School Psychologists, (NVASP) he served as the Southern Director from 2010-2012. During that time, Mr. Roberts organized the 2011-2012 state-wide annual conference for NVASP. Mr. Roberts was also acting president from 2013-2015 where he rebuilt the structure of NVASP. During his tenure in CCSD, Mr. Roberts has participated in, and presented at numerous conferences on the topics of suicide risk assessment, school safety and psychological first aid. When the city of Las Vegas was in crisis during the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on October 1, 2017, Mr. Roberts coordinated over 200 CCSD counselors, psychologists, social workers and nurses to provide psychological first-aid to the victim’s loved-ones and survivors at the Family Assistance Center, Las Vegas Metro Police Department, and multiple casino properties including a call center.
Terri Russell is unique in that she is a native Nevadan from Reno who attended schools locally through high school, ultimately graduating from Reno High School. She then attended Arizona State University, where she received a degree in broadcasting. Returning to her roots, Terri began her broadcasting career as an associate director for KTVN in Reno. Given a chance to advance by then-news director Ed Pearce, Terri steadily rose through the ranks and became a producer, general assignment reporter, medical reporter and fill-in anchor. In 1989, Terri moved to Las Vegas and produced and reported a medical segment, which aired seven days a week on KVBC. She then moved into a writing position at KPTV in Portland, Oregon in 1995 and a year later became an anchor/reporter at KTCI in Vancouver, Washington. In 1997, Terri moved back home to be closer to family. She is currently a general assignment reporter with KOLO, Monday through Friday for the 4:30/ 5:00/6:30/11:00PM newscasts.Terri has received numerous awards and accolades, including an Emmy award for a series of reports on organ transplantation called "The Silent Heroes" She's been recognized 13 times with Emmy nominations. Terri won special commendation for her work with the academy at the Emmy Awards in 2005. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the San Francisco Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences. “Extreme Mustang Makeover” was nominated for an Emmy and received an Associated Press Award, as well as recognition from the Radio & Television News Directors Association. She received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006 for an investigative series, "Are You Covered?" She received another Murrow Award in 2014 for writing; She is also in the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Charlene Sargent joined Adventist Community Services Disaster Response as a volunteer in 1999. She was named Director of the Pacific Region in 2004 and has served as Assistant Director and Interim Director for North America. She currently serves as the Secretary for the National VOAD Mass Care Committee and is the immediate past chair of the Donations Management Committee. Charlene has been a member of the National Mass Care Council, National Incident Management System National Integration Center Mass Care and Credentialing Working Groups, Multi-Agency Feeding and Distribution Plan Task Forces, and National Association of State Emergency Donations and Volunteer Coordinators.She is a contract instructor for the Emergency Management Institute and California Specialized Training Institute and has provided courses and presentations in 34 states, Guam, Saipan, Canada, Bolivia, and China. Charlene was also privileged to serve as a panelist for a United Nations ARISE Annual General Meeting. She provides an expertise in volunteer and donations management and has deployed in responses to fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoon, flooding, shooting, explosion, and volcanic eruption from New York to Saipan and Florida to Canada.
Brian Scroggins is the Deputy Director of the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority serving 38,000 children with 60 campuses statewide. His team has oversight for special education, title programs, data collection as well as school and community outreach and emergency management. He is the former Commissioner of the Nevada Employee-Management Relations Board (EMRB) and worked directly with all local government employers and unions in the state on labor relations issues. On a voluntary basis, Brian serves as the Nevada Area Welfare Specialist (Emergency Manager) for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints covering the state of Nevada, parts of Northern California and the Kingman/Lake Havasu, Arizona area. He also serves as the Chair of the Southern Nevada VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), as a member of the Southern Nevada Local Emergency Planning Committee and a member of the Urban Area Security Initiative which awarded $5,000,000.00 in Homeland Security grants to various fire, law enforcement and public safety agencies in Southern Nevada in 2018. In 2015, Brian was a finalist for the Governor's Points of Light Awards for outstanding community service regarding his work with the unemployed during the great recession and was selected by the IAEM as the “2018 National Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year” for his service following the 1 October Festival Shooting.
Ann Silver was born and raised in New York City as the oldest of five. She’s been a resident of Nevada for over 20 years, with positions in government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Since January 2017, Ann has been the CEO of the Reno Sparks Chamber of Commerce, the largest business organization in northern Nevada with 1,500 members employing over 75,000 individuals. Prior to this position, Ann was the Executive Director of J.O.I.N, the WIOA-funded career training organization that serves 13 counties in Nevada. Its mission is to link out-of-school youth, eligible adults, veterans, and underemployed individuals with the skills and education needed to meet employers’ growing needs. Ann’s professional career includes serving as the Sr. VP and General Manager of Radio City Music Hall in New York City where she produced the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” for seven (7) seasons, negotiated collective bargaining agreements with stagehands, electricians, costume makers, the orchestra, and famous Radio City Rockettes.Ann is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana and maintains Sr. Certification as a Human Resources Professional.
Chris Smallcomb is the Public Information Officer at the National Weather Service forecast office in Reno. He works with emergency management, public safety, and media partners in eastern California, the Sierra, and western Nevada to help them make good weather based decisions for the community. He's been in the NWS for 19 years and holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Outside of work, you’ll probably see Chris running along our many amazing mountain and desert trails, or perhaps run commuting into work during a snowstorm.
Dr. Malinda Southard
Dr. 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. 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 five-year old daughter, and enjoy living in the beautiful Carson Valley of Nevada.
Phillip Ulibarri is the Communications Manager for the Washoe County Health District, serving northwestern Nevada, Reno, Sparks, and Incline Village, Lake Tahoe. Mr. Ulibarri coordinates public information and education for multiple public health programs in environmental services, air quality, epidemiology, and community and clinical health. Mr. Ulibarri is also the FEMA/DHS certified Incident Command System (ICS) trainer and a CDC trained Crisis Emergency Risk Communications (CERC) expert. He is credentialed by the National Public Health Information Coalition as a Certified Communicator in Public Health (CCPH). Before his career at Washoe County, he owned and operated Silver State Publishing Company and worked as a technical writer in the International Game Technologies publications department. Mr. Ulibarri’s public relations career began at UNR as Public Relations Director for the Associated Students of University of Nevada. He is also a graduate of UNR with a degree in Public Administration.
Lt. Sean Wilkin is a native Nevadan who was raised in Reno, Nevada. He began his law enforcement career in 2002 after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps. During his career, Lt. Wilkin has served as a patrol officer, K-9 Handler, Field Training and Department Training Officer, Narcotics Task Force Detective, Deputy Coroner, and Patrol Sergeant. In March of 2018, Lt. Wilkin was promoted to his position by Sheriff Allen. Lt. Wilkin is an active member of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) and he currently oversees the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Management Division, Grants Management, Background Investigations, Internal Affairs, and Search and Rescue. Lt. Wilkin is a F.B.I. Certified Firearms Instructor, and serves as a Firearms and Use of Force instructor for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.Lt. Wilkin is a graduate from Great Basin College, and received Honors of Magna Cum Laude, Phi Theta Kappa, and the President’s Award for Academic Excellence. In addition to his Basic Post Certificate, Lt. Wilkin also holds Intermediate and Advanced POST Certificates for the state of Nevada, and he is a member of the Nevada Sherriff’s and Chief’s Association.
Danika Williams began her service at the State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health in January 2014, with the Office of Public Health Informatics and Epidemiology as Nevada’s Syndromic Surveillance Epidemiologist and member of the Outbreak Investigation Team. Prior to her appointment, she worked in partnership with the Washoe County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the University of Nevada, Reno’s School of Medicine, various University of Nevada programs, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Vector-Borne Diseases. Since 2014, she has worked as the Rural Epidemiologist and Preparedness Coordinator for 12 rural Nevada counties, then as the Nevada Surveillance and Control Manager for the HIV, STD, TB, and Viral Hepatitis programs statewide, and currently holds the position as the Healthcare Preparedness Program (HPP) Manager with the Nevada Public Health Preparedness Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology with honors, a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education with honors, and a Master’s in Public Health with a specialization in Epidemiology - all from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Michael Wilson became the Director of Clark County School District’s Office of Emergency Management in March, 2015. Clark County School District has over 320,000 students, 40, 000 employees and 357 schools. Mr. Wilson has worked for Clark County School District for 24 years. Previous to becoming the Director of Emergency Management in 2015, he was a school principal for 13 years. Michael Wilson is also the Fire Chief in Bunkerville, NV and a Reserve Firefighter/EMT with the City of Mesquite, NV. He has over 19 years of experience as a professional and volunteer firefighter.