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2020 Nevada Preparedness Summit
Master of Ceremonies
Media Relations Manager
UNLV School of Medicine
Paul Joncich spent the first 30 years of his career as an Emmy winning television news anchor and reporter. Now he’s using his experience and knowledge of newsrooms and the 24-hour news cycle to promote the UNLV School of Medicine.
As manager of media relations, Paul’s responsibilities include providing information to members of the media and public about the people and programs that make the UNLV School of Medicine unique.
Paul feels the school, one of the newest medical schools in the country, is a “gold mine of compelling stories.” Smart, local students, many from difficult circumstances, pursuing their dream of becoming doctors so they can provide healthcare to their underserved community. Talented faculty physicians using the latest technology to perform procedures that are only available at a few places in the country. Researchers carrying out painstaking work that may someday provide answers to medicine’s biggest questions.
While helping grow the image and reputation of the school is one of his jobs, he is also responsible for keeping university leadership, supporters and stakeholders abreast of any notable developments. Less than two years after welcoming the first class, the UNLV School of Medicine has grown to more than a thousand employees, roughly one-third the size of UNLV.
Paul grew up in Southern California and received his BA in Communications from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
He joined the UNLV School of Medicine in 2017 from KLAS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, where he spent five years anchoring the 4 pm and 6 pm newscasts. Prior to that, Paul anchored and reported in Cleveland, Ohio for WOIO-TV (CBS).
Paul was also the primary anchor for CBS-13 in Sacramento, where in addition to anchoring, his reporting took him to the former Soviet Union, where he spent a week covering the collapse of communism. In March of 2000, Paul was a witness inside San Quentin’s death chamber during the execution of serial killer and rapist Darrell Keith Rich.
As a reporter, Paul was known for throwing himself into assignments. During Operation Desert Storm, he went through the rigors of qualifying for Army Ranger training. For a story that aired during halftime of a Super Bowl, Paul played semi-pro football… and still bears the scar from a violent hit to the chin.
Paul has also anchored and reported at KNXV in Phoenix and KUSA in Denver, winning two Emmy awards and receiving more than 15 Emmy nominations and Associated Press awards.
Master of Ceremonies
Rowena Marie Krifaton
TV Talk Show Host
"FYI With Rowena"
Rowena Marie Krifaton is currently the host of the television show “FYI With Rowena" on the CW Network.
At the age 17, she was discovered and recruited by a renowned fashion designer. Her career path in modeling took Rowena all over the world with long stints on the runway in Europe, the United States and Asia. She modeled for internationally celebrated fashion designers like Versace, Custo of Madrid, Calvin Klein as well as Asia’s best designers. She has been a celebrity guest on several TV shows in the Philippines and the U.S. Rowena has also been featured and has graced the covers of magazines such as WOMEN's, MOD, Island Lifestyle, Season's Magazine.
In 1995, Rowena became the first Filipina to win the Ms. Asia World competition.
She also established and founded two non-profit organizations: Shine Family Foundation and Beauty With A Mission whose main mission is to help the families of U.S. military deployed and returning vets in whatever capacity.
In 2014, for her outstanding achievements and leadership and recognition to her contribution in our state, Rowena was named as one of the “Most Distinguished Women of Nevada."
Nevada Department of Public Safety
Sheri Brueggemann has served the State of Nevada for over 15 years. Prior to being appointed Deputy Director in June of 2019, she was an integral part of the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Director’s Office management team for 14 years, and held the position of Senior Fiscal Officer since 2014.
Brueggemann is the first civilian (non-sworn personnel) to be appointed Deputy Director of the Nevada DPS.
As Deputy Director, she works together with the Director to oversee the Department’s Divisions and Offices, which include the sworn Divisions of the Nevada Highway Patrol, Parole and Probation, Investigations, Capitol Police, State Fire Marshal, Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Sheri Brueggemann began her career in the casino and resort industry, advancing to the position of Hotel Director with Harvey’s Resort and Casino in Northern Nevada.
Brueggemann has been a Nevada resident since 1980, moving from Northern California to the Northern Nevada area.
Nevada Division of Emergency Management
Justin Luna was appointed in August 2019, as Chief of the Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security, within the Department of Public Safety.
He has been with the division since November 2014, previously serving as the Chief Fiscal and Administrative Officer. During this time, the division has transitioned to focus on resilience throughout the state with a vision to continue efforts to build a more resilient Nevada.
Justin’s previous experience includes time with the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services; the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy; and the Nevada Department of Corrections. Prior to state service, he worked in Las Vegas for almost nine years in the private sector with a national homebuilder. Justin is a graduate of Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he played collegiate volleyball.
He grew up in Tennessee but ended up marrying a Nevadan over 20 years ago. Justin lives in the quaint Nevada town of Minden, about a half hour south of the state capital, Carson City, in the beautiful Reno/Tahoe area, where he spends his spare time with his family enjoying various outdoor activities.
He is currently a master’s candidate at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
FEMA Region IX
Robert J. Fenton, Jr. was appointed Regional Administrator for FEMA Region IX in July 2015.
Previously, Mr. Fenton served as the Deputy Associate Administrator in the Office of Response and Recovery at FEMA Headquarters and was responsible for coordinating the Federal response in support of States during major disasters. He coordinated and integrated Federal interagency all-hazards disaster planning and response operations; managed emergency response teams; and oversaw disaster emergency communications programs.
Mr. Fenton came to FEMA Headquarters in July 2009 to serve as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Response, where he was instrumental in crafting the reorganization of the Response Directorate and the Office of Response and Recovery, as well as leading the Response Directorate’s focused efforts on whole community catastrophic planning, doctrine development, staff training/credentialing, and exercises. Mr. Fenton previously worked at FEMA Headquarters as the Acting Deputy Operations Branch Chief in 2007, leading the development and implementation of the Incident Management Assistance Teams.
From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Fenton served in the dual roles of Director of Disaster Assistance and Acting Director of Disaster Operations in the FEMA Region IX Office. Mr. Fenton was responsible for the delivery and coordination of all hazards disaster planning, and response and recovery activities in the Region, which serves Arizona, California, Nevada, and Hawaii, as well as Guam, American Samoa, the Mariana Islands, Marshall Islands, and Micronesia. Mr. Fenton also served as Chief of the Region IX Response Branch, where he led interagency work groups in the development of the National Incident Management System and the National Response Framework. He was also responsible for conducting interagency training, coordination, and exercises with Federal Emergency Support Function agencies in preparation for disaster response.
Since joining FEMA in 1996, Mr. Fenton has played a significant role in numerous large-scale response and recovery operations in the U.S. and has responded to more than 50 Federal disasters, including Hurricane Katrina, the four Florida Hurricanes of 2004, the Southern California Wildfires of 2003 and 2007, the Super Typhoon Pongsona in Guam, and the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Fenton served as the Chief of Field Operations for Portable Water Supply System, based in Redwood City, California. In that capacity, he deployed to Central Africa as a lead member of the U.S. emergency response relief effort to bring lifesaving assistance to Rwandan refugees.
Nevada Emergency Preparedness Association
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 (USCG) 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.
During his tenure, he was a founding member of the USCG’s International Port Security program and served a liaison to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), US. Customs and Border Protection’s Container Security Initiative program, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and the Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He retired as a Commander from the USCG and joined the city of Henderson as the city’s Emergency Manager in 2013. He served in this capacity for 4 ½ 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).
John Fildes, M.D., FACS, FCCM, FPCS (Hon.)
UNLV School of Medicine
Dr. John Fildes is an internationally renowned trauma surgeon, researcher, educator and administrator in the fields of medicine and medical education.
A professor and inaugural chair of the UNLV School of Medicine Department of Surgery, Dr. Fildes was appointed UNLV School of Medicine Interim Dean by UNLV President Marta Meana.
Under Dr. Fildes’ guidance, University Medical Center, the main training hospital for the school of medicine, has become a national leader in trauma medicine. Of those who arrive alive at the trauma center where he has served as medical director -- many patients have less than a 1 percent chance to live – 96 percent survive and are discharged. Dr. Fildes established the nation’s first acute care surgery fellowship program at UMC.
An honors graduate of Union College in Schenectady, NY, Fildes graduated with high honors from the medical school at the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines. He completed a residency and fellowship in general surgery at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in New York City and a fellowship in surgical critical care, burns and trauma at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
In the early 1990s Dr. Fildes became so respected for trauma work in Chicago that he became president of the Chicago Metropolitan Trauma Society and earned leadership roles in Chicago with the American College of Surgeons. He moved to Nevada in 1996 to become head of the UMC Trauma Center.
In the wake of 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Dr. Fildes was asked to testify before the U.S. Senate on the readiness of the nation’s trauma centers. He became national chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma in 2006.
After the Oct. 1, 2017 mass shooting on the Strip that took the lives of 58 people and wounded more than 800, President Donald Trump commended Dr. Fildes and his surgical team.
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Presentation of Colors
Las Vegas Firefighters Local 1285
Honor Guard Pipes and Drums
Public Information Officer
North Las Vegas Fire Department
Deputy Director, Nevada Department of Public Safety
Chief, Nevada Division of Emergency Management
Administrator, FEMA Region IX
NEPA President's Welcome
Yuri Graves, NEPA President
Emergency Management Partner of the Year Award
Nevada Emergency Manager (NVEM & NVEM-A) Certification Recognition
John Fildes, M.D.
Dean, UNLV School of Medicine
NIMS Compliance in Nevada
Nevada Department of Transportation
Tribal Emergency Management Programs in Arizona
Emergency Manager (Ret.), Gila River Indian Community
Preventing Spectator Violence
Dr. Tamara Herold
UNLV Department of Criminal Justice
Training and Exercise for Critical Incident Preparedness in Schools
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - Southern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center
Sgt. Justin Van Nest
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - Emergency Management Section
Closed Point of Distribution (POD) Planning and Training
Misty Robinson and Dee Dee Khayat
Southern Nevada Health District
FEMA Lifelines & Exercise Integration - Binary Blackout
FEMA Region IX
Cyber Incident Response Planning
City of Henderson
Management of a Complex Incident: Explosion of a College Residence Hall
Todd Renwick & Amanda Windes
University of Nevada Reno
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and NV Energy: A Partnership
Stephanie Daus and Mark Regan
Moderator: Carolyn Levering, City of Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management
Quake Heroes and The Great Shake Out
Southern California Earthquake Center
School Emergency Operations Plans: How Do I Know What I Don't Know?
Reception and Sponsorship Recognition Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Nevada Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
Cheryl Nagy & Charlene Sargent
Southern Nevada VOAD
Unmanned Aerial Systems
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Douglas Spotted Eagle
Sundance Media Group
Earthquake Risk in Nevada
Dr. Craig dePolo
University of Nevada Reno Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering
Including the Access and Functional Needs Population in Emergency Planning, Exercising and Response
Nevada Governor's Council on Development Disabilities
The Box on the Top: Emergency Operations Center Leadership
The Response Group
The Emergency Declaration Process
Nevada Division of Emergency Management
2019 Legislative Changes to School Emergency Operations Plans
Nevada Department of Education
NDEP Geographic Response Plans: What's Your Role?
Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
FEMA Region IX
Public Health and Medical Situation Report Introduction
Dr. Malinda Southard
Nevada Department of Health & Human Services - Public Health Preparedness
Civil Support Team: An Introduction
Lt. Col. John Brownell
Commander, 92nd CST
Nevada National Guard
2019 Measles Outbreak: Washington State & Local Response
Washington Department of Health
The Camp Fire: Lessons Learned
California Office of Emergency Services
Roy Anderson, NEPA President-Elect