Who Will Be There – Meet the presenters

Jodie Andrew
Government Liaison Officer, American Red Cross

Shelter Training Course – full day session

Prior to becoming a Government Liaison Officer in August 2011, Jodie served as the Emergency Services Director at the Greater Idaho Chapter of American Red Cross for 5 years, and a volunteer on the Disaster Action Team before that.  As Director, she focused on developing relationships with government and non-government partners, training and working with Disaster Services volunteers to build readiness capacity throughout the state, ensuring adequate supplies for sheltering and other response in Idaho, and overseeing the Service to Armed Forces and International Services programs.  Jodie volunteers as a caseworker for a local chapter in Washington and occasionally teaches as an adjunct instructor for the Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

Danielle Bailey

City of Portland and Oregon Office on Disability & Health at OHSU       

Preparing People with Disabilities: What may you be missing?

Danielle Bailey, MPH is a Program Coordinator at the Oregon Office on Disability and Health at Oregon Health and Science University.  Her work has included the development of disability specific emergency preparedness training and has successfully conducted numerous community-based trainings for people with disabilities, service providers, and first responders around the state.

Jo Becker

Preparing for your Pooch (or Cat, or Canary, or Cow)

Jo’s introduction to emergency management came in 2005 when she graduated from a local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.  Since then she has dedicated herself to an aggressive self-education campaign during her free time.  Coursework has included intensive Incident Command System training and several animal-specific courses.  Most recently, Jo joined the Oregon Humane Society’s Technical Animal Rescue Team.  As a dedicated “pet mom” and “surrogate livestock handler” when neighbors are away, Jo is passionate about disaster planning for the entire family including our animal friends.

Julie Black, Ed.M.

Oregon Health Authority          

Media Training for Volunteers    

Ms. Black received her Master’s in Education from Oregon State University with a focus on Organizational and Human Resource Education. Her career has included both corporate and government training, specializing in employee development, program design, and process improvement. She has developed and delivered multiple internal and external training programs at the State as well as developing and maintaining the program’s emergency preparedness plans. Prior to joining the State’s Health Security, Preparedness and Response program Ms. Black was the NW Regional Training Coordinator with a nation-wide company that locates and protects underground utilities.

Cheryl Bledsoe


Social Media Trends

Cheryl Bledsoe is an emergency manager in SW Washington for the Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency (CRESA).  She is a leader in her community, who has been working in her own agency and others, to use social communications and technology to collaborate, connect and listen to her community.

Jonathan Brandt

Portland Earth Care    

Establishing Neighborhood Food Security Systems     

Jonathan Brandt weaves community and its buildings together with food production and native habitat to form holistic, regenerative designs within our means. A graduate of University of Virginia and loving his home of Portland, Oregon since 2004, Jonathan continues to immerse himself in community-led volunteer efforts. Currently he serves as Sustainability Chair of the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association and represents the Foster Green EcoDistrict in the City of Portland’s Foster Lents Integration Partnership. With his passion for systems design and community empowerment, Jonathan offers affordable integrated design services as Portland Earth Care while practicing communal living in a modest urban homestead. Jonathan believes that strong resilient communities can be created through the celebration of food.


Alice Busch

START, Oregon Certified Emergency Management Specialist, EMT Basic

Disaster Awareness, Map Your Neighborhood, Train the Trainer          

Dealing with Difficult People during Disasters

Mrs. Busch has been in the Fire Service since 1991 and has been active in Emergency Management since 2000.  She holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and is currently enrolled in Portland State University’s Executive Masters in Public Administration program.  In addition to her 20+ year career in the fire service, she teaches Emergency Management courses at Portland Community College and recently started an educational outreach business, Systems Thinking and Resiliency Training.   Alice is a CERT Trainer, Critical Incident Stress Manager, and Public Information/Crisis Communications Officer who truly believes in the pivotal importance of citizen involvement/engagement in creating disaster resiliency.

Lori Chorpenning

University of Portland

Vulnerable Populations: Working with Children, Elderly, and Disabled Individuals     

Lori Chorpenning is an instructor for the University of Portland’s School of Nursing. She has been a nurse for over 30 years. She is also the Disaster Program Manager for the UP School of Nursing. She has been teaching Disaster Preparedness to nursing students since 2009. In 2010, she coauthored a chapter entitled “Families in Disaster and War” in the “Family Health Care Nursing”. She is a CERT trainer and helped develop the University of Portland’s CCERT program which is in its 4th year of teaching students, faculty and staff 3 times a year

Jane Croft

Engaging Others

The Invisible Inclusion – The Deaf

Social Media & Technology History of the Deaf  

“Jane Croft has over 20 years of Healthcare Information Technology career after graduating from Baylor University of Waco, Texas (Sic em Bears!) and was the President of the California Chapter of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AGBell). She has personally witnessed today how technology positively and negatively impacts the deaf communities over the years.  Jane was the keynote speakers to many conferences to the deaf communities including parents of deaf children sharing her unique perspective on Information Technology, advocacy, inclusion and education. As a new resident of the “Couve” here in the Pacific Northwest area, she intends to continue raising awareness of the deaf communities’ need for inclusion to our local communities.

In her spare time, she loves being an inspirational speaker, designing web sites, listening to 80s music, “YouTubing”,  discovering new technology gadgets and being a proud mother of several cats. It is Jane’s desire to make videos/movies on her YouTube channel and become a paid inspiration speaker/Toastmaster.  Jane is proud to be a “Geek”.

Stephanie Dougherty

Disaster and DIY Herbalism – How to Manage Common Injuries with Herbs.  

Stephanie has a long history in the healing arts and has been studying herbal medicine, aromatherapy and nutrition since age 15. Her fascination began when her family opened an alternative health care store downtown Indianapolis. Learning about plants and the wisdom of the natural word has been a focus of study for her ever since.  Her background as an herbalist, a yoga instructor and holistic veterinary technician where she incorporates Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism.

Tanya Dow

Food Storage…Where do I begin?       

Tanya Dow is a wife and mother to 4 children.  She grew up in a home where food storage was important.  She spent many summers canning beside her mother.  Over the last 15 years she has been working on her own family’s food storage.  This has included learning about long term storage, shorter term storage, and how to build her storage through couponing.  She recently began teaching food storage classes to share what she has learned.  As an avid runner, eating healthy is important to Tanya.  She has found that using her food storage is a great way to feed her family basic, nutritious food.  She seeks out ways to use her food storage to make her family things they enjoy eating.

Jason Franklin  


Connecting Land Use Planning to Disaster Preparedness

Jason Franklin, AICP works for Parametrix, a multidisciplinary consulting firm, where he is the Community Building Division Manager for the Portland office. He has over 20 years of experience in consulting including managing visioning projects, transportation plans, town center planning efforts, and natural resource management plans. Jason has worked extensively throughout the Pacific Northwest and his most recent efforts are focused around developing an ecosystem planning approach to help transform the way we plan for the built and natural environment. In addition to his day job, Jason is active in the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, is an avid photographer, bicycle rider and lover of the Oregon landscape. His two boys keep him busy discovering Portland in a whole new way. Jason holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Rebecca Geisen

Regional Water Providers Consortium

Emergency Water Supplies- What You Should Know  

Rebecca Geisen has worked with the Regional Water Providers Consortium for the past 12 years – fostering communication and coordination among the region’s water providers so they are better prepared to respond to emergencies through mutual aid agreements, emergency water distribution and treatment systems and interconnections. Rebecca also works for the Portland Water Bureau and managed the Water Bureau’s groundwater protection program for last 10 years.   

Robert Grist

Portland Community College  

What Doesn’t Happen During Disasters            

Dr. Bob Grist recently concluded a four-year assignment with the Multnomah County Emergency Management Office and is now devoting his efforts to non-profit organizations, volunteer agencies, personal projects, and his teaching assignments while he awaits a new assignment or employment opportunity in the Northwest.  He has spent the last fourteen years in the Portland metropolitan area after careers with the military and law enforcement in Southern Oregon.

Kevin Halsey


Ecosystem Services: Community Resilience & Sustainability  

Kevin Halsey is the lead for ecosystem services analysis efforts at Parametrix.  In this role, Kevin works with corporate and public clients to integrate ecosystem services into decision making processes.  Kevin also oversees development of the ecosystem services decision support tools developed by Parametrix. In addition to his responsibilities at Parametrix, Kevin is currently an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Northwestern School of Law, where he teaches a course on identifying and managing environmental risk in business transactions. Kevin also teaches courses on ecosystem services and land use for the University of Oregon’s Sustainability Leadership Program.

Stella Hickey

Oregon Fire Corps        

FC-204: Funding and Support

Stella Hickey has been with Hermiston Fire and Emergency Services District since 2007 when she founded the Hermiston Fire Corps Program. Stella started out in 1998 in pursuit of her EMT-Basic the first step on her way to becoming a Paramedic/ Firefighter but a serious back injury left her unable to finish pursuing that dream. In 2009 she accepted the position of Oregon Fire Corps State Advocate and began the running of the State Fire Corps program. In 2011 she hosted the first State Fire Corps Conference in Gresham, Oregon. Along with her duties as a State Fire Corps Advocate, Stella is also a Member of National Fire Corps Speaking Bureau, where she instructs volunteers on funding, collaboration and program assessment.  She currently sits on the Oregon State Citizen Corps Advisory Council as Vice Chair.   As the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association Secretary/ Treasurer she as evaluated the organization financials and started implementing a fundraising plan to enhance the organizations impact.  Stella has been noted by FEMA as a subject matter expert on applying for 501c3 Tax Exempt.  In 2011 she was named Fire Corps State Advocate of the Year with over 900 volunteer hours.

Francisco Ianni

American Red Cross

Resolving Conflicts in order to Build Consensus in Low- and High-Stake Situations

Beyond Color: Cultural Competency in Disaster Preparedness and Response

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Francisco Ianni is Emergency Preparedness Director for the Oregon Red Cross after holding several other positions with the organization. His focus is to increase the emergency preparedness and disaster readiness of communities across Oregon by providing individuals and communities with models to improve their skills, knowledge, resources, and sustainable practices to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies ranging from single-family fires to large-scale disasters. He is a consultant for the Red Cross Diversity Task Force and has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Red Cross. Prior to joining the Red Cross, Francisco was a bilingual teacher for two years in Angleton, Texas.

Joann Jordan

PREP Steering Committee         

Engaging the Community in Preparedness

JoAnn has a bachelor’s degree in education from Central Washington University. She has been in the field of education nearly 30 years, with experience teaching all ages. JoAnn was hired by City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management in 2006 as Public Education Program Coordinator. Prior to Seattle, JoAnn was with the City of Bellevue Fire Department as the Education Coordinator for the Emergency Management Division.  JoAnn has been the Chair of King County Public Education Sub-committee since 2007.  She has been working in the field of Emergency Management, specializing in Disaster Preparedness Education for schools, businesses, and neighborhoods for over 20 years.  Her dedication to public education in both fire and life safety and disaster education has won her local and national honors. Her passions:  Make the world a better place through education and empowerment. Life happens in the kitchen, so cook and share a meal with those you love. Go sailing as often possible.                                                                                                             

Mark Knudson

Regional Water Providers Consortium

Emergency Water Supplies- What You Should Know  

Mark Knudson is the Chief Engineer at the Tualatin Valley Water District and has over 25 years of experience in water system planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance. Mark is co-chair of the work team preparing the water and wastewater chapter of the Oregon Resiliency Plan for the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission. Mark is also currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Water Works Association. Mark is a registered Professional Engineer in Oregon as well as a certified water treatment operator and water distribution operator. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering, both from OSU.

Isabel LaCourse

Independence Gardens LLC     

Prepping Your Garden & Gardening “Prepared”          

Isabel LaCourse (Owner & Project Manager) has always been aware of the importance of the connections between things—especially between food and well-being. She joined Search and Rescue at age 14, and every year since then has dedicated around 550 hours a year volunteering her time to support the community. The importance of helping others and sharing her knowledge is a priority in her life. Isabel is a Master Gardener; she believes in gardening’s ability to foster connections with people and plants, and feels that it’s the perfect medium to share her knowledge and help people help themselves.

April Lawless, MPH, CEO & Owner, Coordinated Consulting.

Business Continuity Planning:  The Show Must Go On. 

April Lawless has been a public health professional for over 15 years. She has an extensive background in health promotion, social marketing, preparedness, and continuity of government. Throughout her career, April has worked closely with local governments, state agencies, federal partners, tribes, non-profit organizations, and government operated healthcare facilities. Mrs. Lawless has experience consulting with state and local governments, conducting training, developing continuity of government plans, and teaching university level courses. As a consultant, she has guided multiple counties through the Project Public Health Ready accreditation process, which is a rigorous, all-hazards analysis of a health departments overall preparedness.

Mrs. Lawless holds a Bachelor’s degree in Health Psychology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Arizona.

Stew Martin

EVCNB, Manzanita OR

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene – Family Solutions to Survive a Quake-Tsunami            

A UCLA grad in Industrial Engineering, Stew Martin worked briefly on a large powerplant, then changed to the Law. After a 30 year legal career, mostly in business and real estate law, he retired to the Manzanita area on the North Coast of Oregon. Then he discovered its quake-tsunami risk. He has served as a Water Commissioner, studied much of the WaSH literature published by WHO, UNICEF and many other groups. And Stew has done WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) projects with Rotary since 2007. His WaSH work in Rotary has taken him to Honduras, Guatemala, Africa and Indonesia. Recruited for the Operations Team of Wasrag – the Rotarian Action Group focused on WaSH work – Stew talks to experts and Rotarians around the world, and helps organize Regional Teams to make their projects better, more sustainable, and collaborative, in developing countries around the world.  He also sings with the Cannon Beach Chorus, and appears in plays at three theatres on the North Coast.  

Peggy McCarthy

American Red Cross Oregon Trails Chapter       

Resolving Conflicts in order to Build Consensus in Low- and High-Stake Situations

Beyond Color: Cultural Competency in Disaster Preparedness and Response

Peggy McCarthy, Division One, Foundations Officer, joined the American Red Cross this year after owning a medical education company for the past 25 years during which all projects were funded through substantial grants from corporations, foundations, and the federal government. Many of the programs developed by her company focused on improving communication between healthcare professionals as well as with their patients, using emotional impact to drive home the teaching message. Prior to this, Peggy worked in the pharmaceutical industry and at UC San Diego where she held a faculty research position in immunology.

Sara McClurg

Clackamas County Sheriff        

The Prepared Home – Avoiding Crime in Aftermath of Disaster            

Officer Sara McClurg started with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 as a desk officer. She was selected as the Crime Prevention Coordinator for the Sheriff’s Office in 2007. Officer McClurg provides education on several topics to include Neighborhood Watch, Identity Theft, Internet Safety, Robbery Prevention, Office Safety, Personal Safety, and others. She serves on the board for the Crime Prevention Association of Oregon as their secretary. She also is involved with several coalitions and steering committees, including The Overland Park Coalition Against Drug Crimes, DEFY (Drug Free Estacada Families & Youth), Safe Communities, and several others. She is well versed in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design and has served as a consultant to North Clackamas Parks and Recreation. Officer McClurg also coordinates twice yearly drug turn in events for Clackamas County.

Marilee Muzatko

Medical Equipment Coordinator at Dove Lewis Animal Hospital

Pet Preparedness and More

Ms. Muzatko is veterinary technician specialist credentialed in Critical Care and has worked at DoveLewisEmergency Animal Hospital in their ICU for 9 years.  A member of the DoveLewis Community Education Team, she speaks frequently to the community on a range of animal care topics including Pet First Aid and Disaster Recovery Preparation.  During the past year, Marilee has participated in a number of Portland neighborhood events and workshops helping community members prepare recovery plans; her presentations have also been recorded by the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management for their information pages.   In all of her presentations, Marilee’s focus is the preventative actions we as individuals can take to improve the lives of our companion animals. Prior to her veterinary career, Marilee worked and lived with her animals in areas of the world where professional veterinary care was not always available.  She has successfully evacuated with her own animals from local and regional disasters and has served as an animal rescue volunteer in disaster recovery efforts in the US and overseas.  

Jeremy O’Leary            

PREP Steering Committee

Engaging the Community in Preparedness

Preparedness, Resiliency, Sustainability: Same Thing on Different Timelines.

Disaster and DIY Herbalism – How to Manage Common Injuries with Herbs. 

Jeremy is a trainer for the Campus Community Emergency Response Teams, co-chair of the Steering Committee for PREP (Planning for Resilience and Emergency Preparedness) a permaculture enthusiast and policy geek.  He helped create the City of Portland’s Peak Oil Taskforce, active with the Climate Action Plan, on the steering committee for the Multnomah Food Initiative and represented East Portland on the Local Energy Assurance Plan.  On the home front, he is able to grow all of his fruit and veggie needs for 4 months out of the year out of his backyard and his conventional 1960s house is net zero for electricity for 4 months out and rarely requires heating or cooling for five to six months out of the year.

Judy Olivier, Ph. D.

J. Olivier &Associates LLC          

Psychological First Aid

Since 2005, Judy has worked with community service agencies and hospitals to assist in disaster preparedness planning.  She has been an advocate for the critical role of behavioral health services in responding to a large scale disaster.  She has direct experience in disaster response both at the national and local levels.  Her experience has convinced her of the importance of effective disaster mental health services in fostering resiliency in affected communities and in the agencies responsible for responding to a disaster.  After returning from New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Judy focused her consulting business, J Olivier and Associates, on assisting community mental health centers to develop actionable disaster plans.  In addition, her company has developed and delivered trainings in disaster mental health intervention techniques such as Psychological First Aid to selected staff of local community agencies and hospitals as well as disaster volunteer organizations.  Currently, Judy is a volunteer for American Red Cross Disaster Services.  She is also a certified Field Traumatologist.

Dan Patchin

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response         

Donations Operations  

Dan has found the opportunity to serve folks by volunteering with both the Adventist Community Services Disaster Response and the Oregon Trail Chapter of the American Red Cross. With the Adventist Disaster Response he is an instructor in Donations Operations, Church Organization for Disaster, Personal and Family Disaster Preparation, and Disaster Mitigation. He has been deployed both locally and nationally.
Curtis Peetz
Response Specialist, American Red Cross Oregon Region

Shelter Training Course – full day session

Curtis has served with the American Red Cross in his current employed position since 2009.  As a Response Specialist, Curtis supports and provides technical guidance to Red Cross Volunteers in Oregon around Red Cross Mass Care activities.  In addition to providing support to volunteers, Curtis collaborates with local and state emergency management professionals to develop and update Mass Care emergency operations plans and strategies.

Sam Pellecer

Adventist Community Services Disaster Response         

Donations Operations  

My name is Sam Pellecer, I am medical technologist and have worked in hospitals and medical clinics for 43 years. For the last 11 years I have been a volunteer with the Portland Adventist Community Services as facilities manager. I became interested in disaster response so I joined the Adventist Community Services Disaster Response (ACS DR). I have been teaching Disaster Preparedness, Donations Operations and Chainsaw Safety around the State of Oregon and South Western Washington to those that want to be in our team. We have set up a Chainsaw team to help the helpless when disaster strikes. At the present time I am Oregon State Coordinator for ACS DR.

Scott Preston

University of Washington

Beyond Basic CERT- CAT (Cert Advanced Team)

Developing and Maintaining Volunteers FEMA IS 244  

Scott Preston is a career emergency manager with the University of Washington’s Department of Emergency Management. Scott currently serves as the Business Continuity Manager for the University, as well as an emergency management Duty Officer and one of the two planning section chiefs in the University’s emergency operations center. Scott was the University’s CERT Coordinator from 2005 until the program’s closure in 2008 due to budget cuts. Scott also volunteers his time in King County Search and Rescue as the unit leader of the Incident Support Team. Scott holds several professional accreditations, including CEM, CBCP, Certified ICS Instructor and EMT-basic. Scott has a Master’s from American Military University in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Gregg Ramirez

Clackamas Fire District #1         

Lessons Learned from Katrina and Rita

Gregg is currently the Emergency Manager for Clackamas Fire District 1 and is has returned to drilling status the Oregon Army National Guard.  He is a Captain and is assigned to the 141 BSB as the Medical Operations Officer. Gregg just completed a 4 year active duty tour with the 102 Civil Support Team (WMD).  This team is a federally funded state asset which deploys in support of the local incident commander in the event of a CBRNE incident. He is an Oregon Paramedic, Hazmat Technician and is certified as a Critical Care Paramedic.

Ameen Ramzy, MD, MBA

Telling Difficult News

Dr Ameen Ramzy earned a BA from Northwestern University, an MD from the University of Nebraska, and an MBA from the University of Oregon.  He did a Trauma Fellowship at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where he remained on staff and served as State EMS Director and Medical Director for Maryland.  His publications include “Pitfalls in Disaster Management”.  He has lectured in 26 states.  Some of his writing is at www.ameenramzymd.com. Dr. Ramzy is a trauma surgeon and intensivist at Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, where he is an Associate Medical Director for the Trauma Service.  He is chair of ATAB-1 and vice chair of the Oregon State EMS Committee.

Kimberly Repp, PhD, MPH

Washington County, Oregon  

Tracking Communicable Disease Outbreaks in Disasters           

Kimberly Repp is the epidemiologist for Washington County in Hillsboro, Oregon. She received her doctorate in Microbiology from Arizona State University and her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Oregon Health and Science University. Her recent publication, “A point-source norovirus outbreak caused by exposure to fomites” was featured on the cover of the Oregonian, on National Public Radio’s “Science Friday” program, resulting in 4 television appearances with over 300 popular press articles. Her research interests include communicable disease outbreak investigations and emergency preparedness. She is currently completing publications on norovirus transmission from diaper changing stations, evaluation of antibiotic prescription patterns for upper-respiratory tract infections and analysis of tuberculosis transmission in a local prison.

Scott Reuter

Social Media & Disaster Preparedness

Scott is a Course Instructor for “”Social Media for Disaster Response & Recovery”” at National Disaster Preparedness Training Center and specializes in comprehensive disaster planning, object and artifact safety, earthquake securing of objects and artifacts of any size, shape and material, disaster recovery, and disaster communications.

James Roddey


Quake-up Call!

The Best Prepared Town in America (Hint, it’s in Oregon!)

Social Media & Disaster Preparedness

“James Roddey is an award winning writer, director, and disaster preparedness expert, sometimes known as “The Prophet of Doom.”With a background in broadcasting, marketing and geoscience education, Roddey’s empowering message to national conference audiences and town hall gatherings is to prepare for the unexpected and create partnerships. The former Director of Communications with the American Red Cross, he has also served as the Earth Sciences Information Officer for the State of Oregon for over a decade. Roddey is a familiar face to people in Oregon and around the country when natural disasters strike, through his appearances on local radio and TV stations, and nationally on The O’Reilly Factor, CNN, The CBS Evening News, and NPR. To learn more about James or to schedule a talk to your organization, go online to: www.ReadySetPrepare.org.

Curtis Ryun

Oregon Burn Center    

Burn Disaster Care and Treatment

I have worked at Legacy Emanuel Hospital for 32 years as an Orderly, CNA and RN. I have been involved in burn care for 30 years and am the Outreach/Education Coordinator for the Oregon Burn Center. I speak to groups and industries around the region on burn/wound care and treatment.

Tim Serban

Chief Mission Integration Officer, Providence Health & Services – Oregon Region

Disaster and Complicated Grief Survival           

Tim Serban is the Chief Mission Integration Officer for Providence Health & Services in Oregon and is also a professional chaplain who serves as the Disaster Spiritual Care Volunteer Lead for the American Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Tim has been in the field of Spiritual Care, Mission and Ethics for over 22 years and with Providence since 1993.  Tim holds his MA degree in Theology & Pastoral Ministry in Healthcare from Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA.  He is a board certified chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  He serves as volunteer lead for the Spiritual Care Response Team of the National American Red Cross in Washington D.C. and liaison of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains to the Red Cross.

Tim has responded to New York following 9/11; New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in Baton Rouge following Hurricane Gustav and Ike in 2008.  Most recently in September, 2009, Tim was deployed to American Samoa with a 50 member delegation from Washington D.C. to support families and victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in the South Pacific.  Tim is co-author of two books: Disaster Spiritual Care: Practical Clergy Responses to Community, Regional and National Tragedy published March 2008, & The R.E.D. Guide to Recovery published January 2010 and Professional Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Handbook in November 2011.

Steph Sharp

Multnomah County Emergency Management

Applying wilderness survival skills to a collapsing urban environment

Steph Sharp is an emergency manager with Multnomah County and is also a Wilderness EMT and member of Portland Mountain Rescue.  Her experience includes response and command roles in several presidentially declared disasters, H1N1, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.  As an educator, she has taught courses in emergency preparedness and emergency medical services at the DelValle Institute for Emergency Preparedness, Boston University, Harvard University, and the Pennsylvania State University.   She holds a B.S. from Penn State and has been an EMT since 2002.

The Small Business Development Center

Business Continuity Planning:  The Show Must Go On.

We are a support team for your business. SBDCs use a client-centered approach to deliver counseling, training, information and technical assistance in all aspects of small business management.

SBDC services include financial, marketing, production, organization, international trade and feasibility studies. We can help you develop a business plan, assess a new market, create cash flow projections, control costs, or break into the global marketplace. We also work to strengthen the management side of your business.

Kathleen G. Vidoloff, Ph.D.

Oregon Health Authority          

Media Training for Volunteers    

Dr. Vidoloff received her doctorate in communication from the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation research examined how health department Public Information Officers used emergency risk communication during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak.  She continues to evaluate how government agencies develop and use emergency communication policies and procedures. She also conducts research on the use of social media during emergencies.   At OHA, she leads emergency risk communication activities for the Health Security, Preparedness and Response program. Prior to working for OHA, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention developing emergency risk communication strategy and evaluating CDC’s emergency risk communication system. She has also worked as a PIO for a local health department in Fargo, N.D.

Jay Wilson

Clackamas County Emergency Management  

Magnitude 9 Paradigm Shift – PNW Implications from the Tohoku Tsunami    

Jay Wilson has been a professional emergency a manager since 1997 and his career has focused on hazard mitigation. He has been the Hazard Mitigation Coordinator for Clackamas County since 2008 and he currently serves on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission. Jay has previously worked for Oregon Emergency Management as the Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcano Program Coordinator, with FEMA as a reservist for Community Outreach and Education for Mitigation and also for the Cities of Oakland and Berkeley as an Earthquake Program Coordinator. Jay holds a MA in Geography and a BA in Film.

Karen Wolfgang

Independence Gardens LLC     

Prepping Your Garden & Gardening “Prepared”          

Karen Wolfgang (Owner & Project Coordinator) attended Princeton University, where she earned her BA in Anthropology and Environmental Studies in 2006. She re-settled in Portland shortly thereafter, and in 2008 received her MA in Educational Leadership at Portland State University, with a specialization in Leadership in Ecology, Culture, and Learning. Karen is certified in Permaculture Design, and has spent the last five years working in garden-based education in Portland.