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Topic Committees

2018 National Hurricane Conference Topic Committees



Elizabeth A. Davis, CO‐CHAIR, EADS & Associates, LLC, Brooklyn, NY
Michael Weston, CO‐CHAIR, SerVision, Inc., Miami Shores, FL
Georgianne Cherry, Florida Department of Health, Kissimmee, FL
Steve Detwiler, Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management, Miami, FL
Kathryn Gerk, CEM, Richmond Fire Department, Richmond, CA
Kelly R. McKinney, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
Jenny Mincin, SUNY Empire College, Staten Island, NY
George Tokesky, Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care, Dania Beach, FL


John McHugh, CO‐CHAIR, National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL
Robert Macedo, CO‐CHAIR, VoIP Hurricane Net, New Bedford, MA
Julio Ripoll, CO‐CHAIR, National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL
Dennis Dura, VoIP Hurricane Net, Ewing, NJ
Bobby Graves, Hurricane Watch Net, Brandon, MS
Bob Robichaud, Canadian Hurricane Centre, Falls River, Nova Scotia, Canada


Mickie Valente, CO-CHAIR, Valente Strategic Advisers, LLC, St. Petersburg, FL
Justen Noakes, CO-CHAIR, HEB Corporation, San Antonio, TX
M. Lewis (Lew) Fincher, CHAIR EMERITUS, Hurricane Consulting, Inc., Friendswood, TX
Tom Janise, Invista Sabine River Site, Orange, TX
Chris Maltese, CBCP, AT&T, Boca Raton, FL
Lucas McDonald, Wal‐Mart, Bentonville, AR
Bowman M. Olds, Science Applications International Corporation, McLean, VA
Brick Rule, Florida Power and Light, North Port, FL
Tom Serio, Verizon Wireless, Boca Raton, FL
George Sambataro, PC Weather Products, Marietta, GA
Tim Shipman, Delhaize America/Food Lion, Salisbury, NC


Laura E. Ghorbi, EIT, CFM, CHAIR, AECOM, Germantown, MD
Tony Gibbs, CEP Limited, Bridgetown, Barbados
Marc L. Levitan, Ph.D., National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD
Hamid Naderi, PE, CBO, ICBO Southern Resource Center, Austin TX


Jay Baker, CHAIR, Hazard Management Group, Tallahassee, FL
Stewart Baker, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond, VA
Don Lewis, Atkins Global, Tallahassee, FL
Christopher Penney, FEMA HQ, Washington, DC
Mike Schuster, USACE Baltimore District, Baltimore, MD
John D. Wilson, Consultant, Ft. Myers, FL
Brian Wolshon, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA


William Wagner, III, CHAIR, Fire Chief Islamorada, FL (ret), Founder/COO, Early Alert, Inc, Rome, GA
Lisa Watson, Co-CHAIR, Fire Captain, Marathon, FL (ret), EM Director, Early Alert, Inc, Crawfordville, FL
John Baroni, Chief, Nassau County Fire Commission BEOCC, Long Island, NY
Brian Head, Buffalo Computer Graphics, Buffalo, Ret. NY OEM Coordinator
Steve Hudson, Deputy COO, Monroe County Fire Rescue, Marathon, FL
Bob Koenig, Ret, State of Texas, Longview, TX
Victoria Koenig, Ret. City Manager, Longview, TX
Chuck Lanza, Ret., Broward County Emergency Management, FL
Rob McDaniel, Senior Fellow, Center for Disaster Risk Policy, EM & HS Academic Program, FSU, Tallahassee, FL
Michael Mire, Assistant Chief, Houston Fire Department, Houston, TX
Penny Phelps, Captain, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Key West, FL


Richard Smith, CHAIR, Veoci, New Haven, CT
Larry Green, All Children’s Hospital/John Hopkins Medicine, St. Petersburg, FL
Edmund Smolik, Morton Plant Mease Hospital/Bay Care Health System, Clearwater, FL
John Wilgis, M.B.A., RRT, Florida Hospital Association, Orlando, FL


M. Lewis (Lew) Fincher, CO‐CHAIR, Hurricane Consulting Inc., Friendswood, TX
Chris Landsea, Ph. D., CO‐CHAIR, NOAA TPC – NHC Technical Support Branch, Miami, FL
Stan Blazyk, Hurricane Consulting, Inc., Galveston, TX
Pat Fitzpatrick, Ph. D., Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
Ethan J. Gibney, National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC
Cary Mock, Ph. D., University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
David Roth, NWS Hurricane Prediction Center, Camp Springs, MD
George Sambataro, PC Weather Products, Marietta, GA
Al Sandrick, NWS WFO Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Gabriel A. Vecchi, NOAA/Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ
William “Billy” Wagner, Jr., Early Alert, Duck Key, FL


Lynne McChristian, CHAIR, Insurance Information Institute, Tampa, FL
Robert Detlefsen, National Assn of Mutual Insurance Companies, Indianapolis, IN
Brooke Kelley-Hunt, Property Casualty Insurers Assn of America, Chicago, IL
Brenda O’Connor, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Tampa, FL
Willem Rijksen American Insurance Association, Washington, DC


Katherine Galifianakis, CHAIR, American Red Cross, Washington, DC
Carlos Castillo, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Washington, DC
Mark Cooper, Wal‐Mart, Little, Rock, AR
Jeff Jellets, The Salvation Army, Atlanta, GA
Michael Russell, South Carolina Emergency Management Division, West Columbia, SC
Rick Schofield, American Red Cross, Houston, TX
Michael Whitehead, CEM, COL (USA Ret) Florida Division of Business and Professional Regulation, Tallahassee, FL


Dan Brown, CHAIR, National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL
Brandon Bolinski, FEMA Region IV, Atlanta, GA
Rick Knabb, Ph.D., Hurricane Expert, The Weather Channel, Atlanta, GA
Chris Landsea, National Weather Service, Miami, FL
Jamie Rhome, National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL


Leroy Thompson, CHAIR, Effective Mitigation Management, LLC, Tallahassee, FL
R. Kent Baxter, FEMA Region VI, Denton, TX
Leslie Chapman‐Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), Tallahassee, FL
Ken Deutsch, American Red Cross, Falls Church, VA
Gavin Smith, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters, UNC – Chapel Hill, NC


Greg Padgett, CHAIR, ICF-FEMA Individual & Community Preparedness, Region IV, Atlanta, GA
Derrec Becker, Chief of Public Information and External Affairs, SC Emergency Management Division, West Columbia, SC
David Bernard, Chief Meteorologist, WVUE TV, New Orleans, LA
Leslie Chapman‐Henderson, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH), Tallahassee, FL
Margaret Cottrill, External Affairs, FEMA Region IV, Atlanta, GA
Greg Flynn, Public Affairs Director, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Pearl, MS
Neil Frank, Retired, KHOU TV, Houston, TX
J.P. Hervis, Owner/Senior Brand Journalist, Insider Media Management, Boca Raton, FL
Mary Hudak, External Affairs Director, FEMA Region IV, Atlanta, GA
Tom Iovino, Communications Director, Florida Department of Public Health, Bradenton, FL
Rafael LaMaitre, Chief Communications Officer, IEM, Morrisville, NC
Rebeca Mueller, APR, Voce Communications, Brandon, FL
Bryan Norcross, The Weather Channel, Miami Beach, FL
Greg Robinson, Public Affairs Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency, Clanton, AL
Nancy Silvestri, Press Secretary, NYC Office of Emergency Management, New York, NY
Mike Steele, Communications Director, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, Baton Rouge, LA
Chris Tarantino, CEO, Epicenter Media & Training, Rochester, NY
Bruce Thomas, National Spokesperson, Midland Radio, Kansas City, MO
Michael Walter, Public Information, City of Houston Office of Emergency Management, Houston, TX


Teresa Carter, CHAIR, Consultant, Raleigh, NC
David K. Brauner, CDM, New Orleans, LA
Daniel A. Craig, Tidal Basin Governmental Consulting, Washington, DC
Ted Litty, FEMA Office of Response and Recovery, Washington, DC


Rupert H. Lacy, CHAIR, Harrison County Emergency Management, Gulfport, MS
Dexter Accardo, St Tammany Parish, Covington, LA
Robert (Bob) Boyd, NC Department of Public Safety, Raleigh, NC
Michael Lowder, US DOT, Washington, DC
Clark R. Lystra, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Santa Rosa, CA
Chip Patterson, Coxwell Disaster Services, Jacksonville, FL
Mike Patterson, The Salvation Army, Charlotte, NC
Randall (Randy) Webster, Horry County Emergency Management, Conway, SC


Paul Martens, CO‐CHAIR, Fire Department and Disaster Management, Phillipsburg, Sint Maarten, Dutch Caribbean
John Kimbrough, CO‐CHAIR, OFDA/USAID, Aruba, Dutch Caribbean
Edris Bennett-Merkman, Office of Disaster Management, St. Eustatius, Dutch Caribbean
Audrey Mullings, USAID/OFDA/ LAC/ENGILITY, Kingston, Jamaica
Cecil Shillingford, USAID/OFDA, Roseau, Dominica


Anthony L. Hurley, CHAIR, Witt|O’Brien’s, Georgetown, TX
Tony Puzzilla, CO‐CHAIR EMERITUS, Retired DHS, La Plata, MD
George R. Gacser, PEPCO, W. Bethesda, MD
Bill Howell, Jr., Entergy, Jackson, MS
Jane Pritchard, APR, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Raleigh, NC