For most of my 15 years in emergency management, I’ve served at the city and county level. I have also worked as a consultant and in higher education and healthcare settings.
Since 1998, I have guided organizations through all of the major federal initiatives, included the Nunn-Lugar-Domenici Domestic Preparedness Program, the Metropolitan Medical Response System Program, the introduction of HSPD-6 and HSPD-8, NIMS, HSEEP, NIMSCAST, and Whole Community. I also led planning or response efforts related to Y2K, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the national response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
In addition to being a certified trainer for the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) and for the Incident Command System through the ICS-400 level, I have been the lead instructor and have co-instructed many NIMS and ICS courses and have provided custom instruction for senior leaders.
For three very large (300+ participants) Full-Scale Exercises , I have been the jurisdiction point of contact, lead designer, or on the design team. I have held every position in the HSEEP catalog at least once and have participated in every type of HSEEP exercise at least once.
As a designated emergency manager, I guided my jurisdiction through three Presidentially-Declared Disasters and handled the paperwork (post-response through reimbursement) on a fourth.
From 1990-1996, I served in the Ohio Army National Guard.
When not keeping small parts of America safe, I am a competitive cyclist specializing in extreme distance gravel road racing and mountain biking. I have a beautiful wife Ellee and a daughter Ruby. We live in Southeast Portland, OR.