SPEAKERS

Tuesday, April 13th

Jay Pullilns

Plenary Speaker
8:10 AM- 9:00 AM

Building an Empowered Team
During times of turbulence and rapid change, a leader needs some tools to help them lead. We’ll unpack some key principles for building courageous, creative and committed teams who can produce results in any environment.
Alaska’s Pandemic Response Organization – Lessons Learned

This interactive session will discuss how local jurisdictions, healthcare providers, and others organized to respond to the emergency management challenges of responding to a global public health emergency. The State of Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command will discuss how their organization was built to support local response operations, how resource ordering procedures developed over time, and feedback received by local incident management organizations. Local participants will be asked to discuss their organizations, and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.

About
Jay Pullins has been leading and developing leaders in a variety of settings for over 30 years. He has a diverse background as a leadership coach, military officer, a state official, and Executive Pastor of Alaska’s largest church.
Read More
As a Leadership Coach for Academy Leadership, LLC, Jay has trained over 1,400 leaders in the last five years, from Alaska to Southern California, in various fields from universities to military, construction, product distribution, manufacturing, telecommunications, churches, banks, casinos, and a railroad.

A 1989 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Jay led U.S. and multi-national teams for the U.S. Air Force, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), NORAD, and the Alaska National Guard. He led combat crews as an Air Battle Manager in Operation DESERT STORM, the conflicts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, no-fly zones over Iraq, and counter-drug operations in Central and South America. Jay retired as an Air Force Lieutenant Colonel in 2011.

Jay served as Chief of Staff to the Lieutenant Governor, then Special Assistant to the Governor of Alaska. He also served as Executive Pastor of ChangePoint church for five years. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the Air Force Academy, and a Master’s Degree in Adult & Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma.

Jay and his wife, Sonia, live in Anchorage, Alaska, and have two sons and two grandchildren.

Bryan J. Fisher

Chief of Operations
Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

9:10 AM – 10:00 AM

Alaska’s Pandemic Response Organization-Lessons Learned
This interactive session will discuss how local jurisdictions, healthcare providers, and others organized to respond to the emergency management challenges of responding to a global public health emergency. The State of Alaska COVID-19 Unified Command will discuss how their organization was built to support local response operations, how resource ordering procedures developed over time, and feedback received by local incident management organizations. Local participants will be asked to discuss their organizations, and lessons learned throughout the pandemic.
About
Bryan began his career in emergency management in 1995 with the Alaska Division of Emergency Services. Since that time he has served in numerous roles, including emergency communications technician, microcomputer/network specialist, information management, alert, and warning systems coordinator, information technology manager, Chief of Preparedness, and Chief of Operations.
Read More
In his role as Chief of Operations, Bryan serves as the State Incident Commander for disaster response operations, and is responsible for overseeing the Alaska State Emergency Operations Center. He has also served as State Coordinating Officer on multiple federally declared disasters, assisting survivors and communities with recovering from disasters.
As a communications specialist he has deployed to support multiple interagency operations, including oil spill response (1996 M/V Banasea, western Aleutians, 1997 M/V Kuroshima, Dutch Harbor), wildland fires (1996 Millers Reach #2), and numerous Search and Rescue cases.

Bryan’s day-to-day responsibilities include overseeing all emergency management aspects of the Division, including Planning, Preparedness, Disaster Assistance, and Response.

Prior to his employment with the State of Alaska, Bryan served as a communications specialist and fire support specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and the Wyoming and Alaska Army National Guards. He currently resides with his wife Tracy and four children in Eagle River, Alaska.

Shannon Oelkers

Emergency Management Track
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM

The Role of the LEPC in Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Planning
Learn how the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require bulk fuel storage facilities to utilize LEPC planning documents while preparing spill response planning documents and permits.

LEPC Members will learn how the documents they prepare interact with locally based bulk fuel storage spill planning and how they can better address the emergency needs of bulk fuel spill response. Attendees will better understand the types of spill response plans required for bulk fuel storage facilities and how they interact with the community emergency response plans.

About
Shannon Oelkers founded Integrity Environmental LLC in 2010 to assist Alaskan companies with environmental regulatory compliance and best management practices. She is diligent in identifying and resolving potential problems before they become compliance issues with a regulatory agency. Her experience and network in the State of Alaska and Federal Region 10 are invaluable.
Read More
Prior to founding Integrity Environmental she worked at the State of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation in the Contaminated Sites and Terminal / Tank Farms division where she mastered the ins and outs of industrial environmental compliance. Shannon holds a bachelor’s degree in Biological Science and a master’s degree in Community Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and has more than a decade of experience inspecting and auditing bulk fuel tank farm operations. Shannon currently serves on the Alaska Fuel Storage & Handlers (AFSHA) Board of Directors, and is an instructor for the MBA program at Alaska Pacific University.

Ron Swartz

Emergency Management Track
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Creating and Maintaining Employee Volunteer Responder Teams
Description Coming soon
About
Ron Swartz serves as the Emergency Manager for the University of Alaska Anchorage. He was hired at UAA in 1997 as a police officer, and helped create the Emergency Manager position not long after the tragic mass killing at Virginia Tech in 2007. In 2015 an administrative reorganization moved the E.M. position from the police department to the safety office. Ron started and now coordinates a University Police Auxiliary and Campus CERT for the Anchorage campus, as well as CERTs on community campuses.

Louis H Friend III

Medical Countermeasures / EOC Specialist Matanuska-Susitna Borough
10:10 AM- 11:00 AM

Running a Successful COVID Drive-Up Testing Site
During the summer of 2020 Mat-Su Borough Emergency Management and Mat-Su Public Health Nursing conducted 19 mobile test sites outside the core area of Wasilla and Palmer. These sites were set up by adapting the MSB POD plan on the fly.

The presentation will highlight our experiences, lessons learned, and updates to the MSB POD plan.

About
Lou began working as an EOC Specialist in the Mat-Su in 2017 overseeing the Medical Countermeasures program for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough office of Emergency Management. His role is to manage a DHSS grant to gather supplies that would be used in a POD or Point of Dispensing event, establish goals for exercises and community outreach, continue to keep the Mat-Su POD Plan current, and work with local Public Health Nurses to refine the process before a real-world event would take place.
Read More
Mr. Friend began his awareness of Emergency Management as a Public Transit Operations Manager in the Mat-Su. His first course was an in-person ICS 700 course hosted by the Mat-Su Central Fire Department. Eager to learn more, Lou began taking several Independent study courses online through the Emergency Management Institute to expand his knowledge and complete prerequisite courses. During this time an additional course through the Transportation Safety Institute raised the awareness of Emergency Management for Public Transit.

In 2011, Mr. Friend began working for a Tribal Transit program in the Mat-Su, when he was encouraged to attend the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD to take Emergency Management courses for Tribal Nations. Upon completing the three required courses, Lou went on the complete ICS 300 and 400, CERT Program Manager and Train the Trainer, COOP courses, ICS 449 ICS Train the Trainer and the Basic Academy program. Working with the Mat-Su Borough Emergency Manager, Lou has team taught ICS 300 and ICS 400 courses.

After taking the position as the Medical Countermeasures EOC Specialist for the Matsu Borough Emergency Management additional courses were taken at the Center for Domestic Preparedness related to the Strategic National Stockpile and Point of Dispensing Train the Trainer. These were followed by several Independent courses on POD setup, operations, and logistics. Leading up to Alaska Shield 2019, Lou was invited to team teach the CDC POD course in the Mat-Su.

As of the summer of 2020, Lou led the Points of Testing for COVID-19 with the Matsu Public Health nurses, co-workers, and volunteers and now in 2021 in a real-world event to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations.

Talon Westhouse Boeve

EOC Specialist Matanuska-Susitna Borough
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Running a Successful COVID Drive-Up Testing Site
During the summer of 2020 Mat-Su Borough Emergency Management and Mat-Su Public Health Nursing conducted 19 mobile test sites outside the core area of Wasilla and Palmer. These sites were set up by adapting the MSB POD plan on the fly.

The presentation will highlight our experiences, lessons learned, and updates to the MSB POD plan.

11:10AM – 12:00PM
Alaska CERT Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Join us for a panel discussion with Alaska CERT teams talking about how they were utilized during recent disasters.
About
Talon began working as an EOC Specialist for the Mat-Su Borough Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in February 2018. Her interest in emergency services and community preparedness began in 2015 when the Sockeye Wildfire affected her family’s property and her community of Willow. In November of that year she completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Course and joined the Willow CERT.
Read More
Upon joining the Mat-Su Borough OEM she worked to deliver basic CERT classes throughout the Mat-Su and support the formation of more CERTs in communities as well. Her work with community emergency preparedness outreach has also included planning Mat-Su Emergency Preparedness Expos and becoming an instructor for My PI AK.

Her role as an EOC specialist has allowed her to complete the CERT Train-the-Trainer and Program Manager courses as well ICS 300 and 400, L0489 Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disasters, L0288 Local Volunteer and Donations Management, MGT-319 Medical Countermeasures: POD planning and Response, M191 EOC/ICS Interface, L0954 NIMS ICS All-Hazards Safety Officer, and L0965 NIMS All-Hazards Resources Unit Leader. Last March she was able to realize an early goal she set of graduating from the National Emergency Management Basic Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD.

Over the course of the last year she has been proud to be a part of the Mat-Su COVID-19 testing sites and vaccine PODs, supporting the MSB Medical Countermeasures program and working with all 5 Mat-Su CERTs.

When not immersed in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery she enjoys competitive gardening, and collecting historical costumes and books.

Brandon Davis

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Running a Successful COVID Drive-Up Testing Site
During the summer of 2020 Mat-Su Borough Emergency Management and Mat-Su Public Health Nursing conducted 19 mobile test sites outside the core area of Wasilla and Palmer. These sites were set up by adapting the MSB POD plan on the fly.

The presentation will highlight our experiences, lessons learned, and updates to the MSB POD plan.

About
Brandon began working as an EOC Specialist Intern for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough office of Emergency Management during the summer months in 2020. His interest in Emergency Management began while taking courses in his hometown at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is a student majoring in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
Read More
Upon joining the Mat-Su Borough Office of Emergency Management he began by taking several FEMA courses and other online independent study courses. Throughout the summer, he was able to get an up-close look at how each phase of emergency management (preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation) is implemented at the local level. One of his main responsibilities was assisting in the operation of the Mat-Su Borough’s mobile COVID-19 POD testing sites, supporting the Borough’s Medical Countermeasures program. On top of this, he was able to gain experience in cooperating with local CERT teams along with the American Red Cross.

After completing his internship, Brandon has continued his studies at UAF, keeping on his path to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree by 2023. He has taken multiple courses on emergency management, Homeland Security, and finances for emergency management. On top of being a full-time student, he also works a part-time job at AT&T.

Michelle Torres

11:10AM – 12:00PM

Alaska CERT Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Join us for a panel discussion with Alaska CERT teams talking about how they were utilized during recent disasters.
About
Michelle Torres is the Outreach Branch Chief for the State of Alaska, Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHS&EM). Michelle and her team are responsible for enhancing disaster preparedness and community resilience through public outreach and information.
Read More
Michelle began her career in wildfire mitigation in 2009 with the Matanuska Susitna Borough where she taught and worked with homeowners through the FireWise program. During her time with the Matanuska Susitna Borough, Michelle began to take an active role in the emergency management and response in the Borough. In 2013, Michelle joined the Municipality of Anchorage as their Emergency Programs Manager where she was responsible for outreach and public information for the city. In 2014, Michelle began working in mitigation with DHS&EM. During her time in mitigation Michelle was a project manager for multiple pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) and hazard mitigation grant (HMGP) projects. Michelle also spent time as the mitigation planner for the division as well as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer. In 2016, Michelle became the Outreach Branch Chief for DHS&EM. During a state disaster, Michelle takes on the role as a Public Information Officer in the State Emergency Operations Center. Michelle also teaches at the University of Alaska, Anchorage for the Fire Science Program. Michelle graduated from the University of Alaska with degrees in A.A.S. Fire Science, B.S. Science Technology with a minor in Psychology and M.S. Career and Technical Education.

Michelle began her career in wildfire mitigation in 2009 with the Matanuska Susitna Borough where she taught and worked with homeowners through the FireWise program. During her time with the Matanuska Susitna Borough, Michelle began to take an active role in the emergency management and response in the Borough. In 2013, Michelle joined the Municipality of Anchorage as their Emergency Programs Manager where she was responsible for outreach and public information for the city. In 2014, Michelle began working in mitigation with DHS&EM. During her time in mitigation Michelle was a project manager for multiple pre-disaster mitigation (PDM) and hazard mitigation grant (HMGP) projects. Michelle also spent time as the mitigation planner for the division as well as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer. In 2016, Michelle became the Outreach Branch Chief for DHS&EM. During a state disaster, Michelle takes on the role as a Public Information Officer in the State Emergency Operations Center. Michelle also teaches at the University of Alaska, Anchorage for the Fire Science Program. Michelle graduated from the University of Alaska with degrees in A.A.S. Fire Science, B.S. Science Technology with a minor in Psychology and M.S. Career and Technical Education.

In her free time, Michelle and her husband spend time with their family. Michelle loves to spoil her grandkids. They also spend time hunting, fishing and enjoying the great Alaska outdoors with their two dogs, Gauge and Milo.

George Keeney

11:10AM – 12:00PM

Alaska CERT Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Join us for a panel discussion with Alaska CERT teams talking about how they were utilized during recent disasters.
About
George Keeney retired in 2015 as the Valdez Fire Chief and Emergency Manager. George served as the chief for 10 years. Prior to that George was the Director of Public Works for the communities of Valdez and Cordova. Currently George is faculty instructor at the Prince William Sound College where he teaches ETT, EMT-1 and CERT. George serves on the Local Emergency Planning Committee for Valdez and in his spare time George likes to hunt and fish.

Brenda McCain

Willow CERT Team/Program Manager
11:10AM – 12:00PM

Alaska CERT Teams
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during a disaster situation. Join us for a panel discussion with Alaska CERT teams talking about how they were utilized during recent disasters.
About
Brenda McCain, Willow CERT Team/Program Manager, has been an RN and Family Nurse Practitioner for a total of 44 years. She serves as a Red Cross Disaster Health Services Nurse and a Covid-19 Case Contact Tracer for State of Alaska Public Health.
Read More
Because of a strong interest in emergency preparedness, in 2014 Brenda began the process of building a CERT in the community of Willow. Since then, Willow CERT has grown to more than 30 active members. The team responds when activated by the Mat-Su Borough Dept of Emergency Services, trains regularly, promotes safety at community events, and hosts a biennial Emergency Preparedness Fair in Willow.

When Brenda is not busy preparing for or responding to disasters, emergencies, or pandemics, she enjoys cycle touring and horseback riding.

David Newman

State ADA Coordinator and Access and Functional Needs Liaison for the State Emergency Operations Center
11:10AM – 12:00PM

Access and Functional Needs and Lessons Learned
This session will cover recent disasters in Alaska and their impact on individuals with disabilities.
About
David Newman is the State ADA Coordinator and Access and Functional Needs Liaison for the State Emergency Operations Center. David worked for a large law firm in Chicago before moving to Alaska in 2001. Since that time, he has worked in private practice and for the State of Alaska for 14 years. David received his law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Alaska and Illinois.

Katey Redmond

Disability and Prevention Specialist Center
11:10AM – 12:00PM

Access and Functional Needs and Lessons Learned
This session will cover recent disasters in Alaska and their impact on individuals with disabilities.
About
Katey Redmond is the Disability and Prevention Specialist serving the State of Alaska. She has worked 9 years on communicable disease prevention and care in the Southwestern US and abroad. Katey has also supported disability advocacy for over 14 years, facilitating anti-bias workshops about ableism and stigma for diverse audiences. She earned a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Fort Lewis College.
Wednesday, April 14

Anne Zink

Plenary Speaker
8:10 AM- 9:00 AM

About
Anne grew up in Colorado and moved through her training from College in Philadelphia to Medical School at Stanford and then Residency at University at Utah. As a mountaineering guide she had fallen in love with Alaska and after residency in Emergency Medicine became lucky enough to call Alaska home.
Read More
Not only does she love people and the place, but also the medicine. Alaska is a small isolated microcosm on the US health care where certain forces like the distance, lack of referral centers, and community involvement help create better systems of care that are directly related to bedside care. She quickly became involved in helping improve systems of care as the medical director of her group, then in her hospital and with state and federal legislation, including state legislation to improve care coordination, opioid addiction treatment option, integration between private systems and the VA, DOD, and IHS facilities and more.

Dr. Zink had the honor of becoming the State of Alaska Chief Medical Officer in July 2019. In all the work she does, she strives to create work environments, policies, and practices that are data-driven, foster collaboration and build system efficiencies that put patients first.

Rick Murrell

CEO and President Saltchuk Logistics and Board member of Tropical Shipping
9:10 AM – 10:00AM

Community Resilience Capacity Metrics for Critical Infrastructure
Resilience is the speed at which a community can return to a life of normalcy. If you are not measuring your community critical infrastructure for disaster resilience then you have no meaningful degree of resilience. This session will explain how to establish metrics for the resilience of a community’s critical infrastructure for both the public, and private sectors.
About
Rick was born in and grew up in Kenya, East Africa. Rick started his career with Tropical in 1969 in the Bahamas. From 1987 through to December 31st 2017, Rick served as the CEO, President and Chairman of Tropical Shipping, leading Tropical to become a large American owned seventeen ship container operation focused on supporting the $52 billion of U.S. manufactured exports to the Bahamas and Caribbean.
Read More

While continuing to serve as Chair of the Board of Tropical Shipping, Rick has moved to a new logistics role in Saltchuk, the holding company of Tropical Shipping. Rick is CEO and President of Saltchuk Logistics, a Saltchuk company providing a critical role in the supply chain to and within Alaska and also to the Caribbean, operating about four hundred trucks, and four warehouses in Tacoma, Alaska, and SE Florida.
Since 1989 Rick’s focus for corporate social responsibility has been building improved disaster resiliency and recovery processes for the Bahamas, Caribbean and Florida communities. In recognition of his efforts he has received the “Golden Star of the Caribbean Award”, and the “Caribbean Hotel Association Award” and was recipient of the Florida Governors 2011 Corporate Award for Tropical’s work in disaster recovery and resiliency preparedness. Rick sponsored and passed legislation in 2007 to ensure more Florida fuel stations have generator power.
Saltchuk Resources is a privately held, female owned, family of companies headquartered in Seattle, Washington. Since 1982, we have grown into a large family of diversified transportation and distribution companies. Saltchuk companies employ more than 5,500 employees, located throughout North America, Hawaii, Bahamas, and the Caribbean. Our companies serve the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and conduct international operations on behalf of U.S. exporters. Saltchuk companies represent six lines of business:

 

 

Desiree Chambers

Mass Care Coordinator for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
9:10 AM – 10:00 AM

Planning for Families with Children in a COVID-19 Environment: Alaska’s Unique Approach
Disaster planning for families is always a challenge, but in a COVID-19 environment it is especially difficult. We will discuss Alaska’s unique approach to this topic and the Circle of Support fillable document that was developed. This planning for families with children document has been translated in seven languages and has been used by other states as a resource for families. We will also discuss planning for families with disabilities and how you can utilize these resources to help families in your communities prepare for disasters.
About
Desiree Chambers, an Army veteran, is the Mass Care Coordinator for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. She joined the division just before the 2018 Cook Inlet Earthquake- Alaska’s largest disaster since the 1964 earthquake. Currently Desiree is serving as liaison on the COVID Vaccine Task Force.

Crane Johnson

10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

River Watch and APRFC’s River Observer Program
This will provide an overview of the River Watch program and the APRFC River Observer program. The presentation will also cover the 2020 breakup outlook for Alaska. Learn about collaboration with the NWS for breakup monitoring and river observations in Alaska.
About
Crane Johnson has been a hydrologist with the Alaska Pacific River Forecast Center since 2014 and has been living and working in Alaska since 1995. Prior to working for the National Weather Service he worked as a hydraulic engineer for eight years with the US Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District. As a registered Civil Engineer he has spent most of his career working on water resource projects throughout the State of Alaska with over fifteen years of river engineering and flood forecasting experience.”

Jeremy Zidek

Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Public Information During a Pandemic
The story of COVID-19 has not been completely written, but there have been many lessons learned. Battling misinformation, dealing with emerging and changing guidance, implementing never before seen travel restrictions, and educating the public about way to keep themselves safe fall squarely with the public information realm. Join Public Information Officers as they review actions taken, why decisions were made, and recommend ways to make the system better
About
As the Public Information Officer (PIO) for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Jeremy Zidek provides timely and critical information to local, state and national audiences while helping Alaskans prepare for and recover from natural and manmade disasters.
Read More
With more than a decade of crisis communication experience, Zidek views each disaster/emergency as a unique communications challenge that requires creative problem-solving and outreach to meet the information needs of survivors, the media, and the general public.

Zidek’s outreach and preparedness activities have included the development of multiple statewide campaigns, such as the 1964 Good Friday Earthquake media campaign, commemorative events, national training exercise, media tours, and multiple Great Alaska Shakeout earthquake drill with more than 100,000 Alaskan participating each year.

While DHS&EM offices are based in Anchorage, Zidek is a familiar face throughout Alaska where he conducts basic PIO training courses that prepare community members to act as PIOs during disasters, or participates in outreach activities such as earthquake simulator or preparedness fairs.

Elizabeth Manning

Communications Manager at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
10:10 AM – 11:00 AM

Public Information During a Pandemic
The story of COVID-19 has not been completely written, but there have been many lessons learned. Battling misinformation, dealing with emerging and changing guidance, implementing never before seen travel restrictions, and educating the public about way to keep themselves safe fall squarely with the public information realm. Join Public Information Officers as they review actions taken, why decisions were made, and recommend ways to make the system better
About
Elizabeth Manning is the Communications Manager at the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and has served as the Joint Information Center Coordinator for Unified Command during the COVID-19 response. She was previously a public information officer assigned to the Division of Public Health. Prior to joining DHSS in January 2018, she worked as an education specialist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for 11 years, serving Southcentral Alaska and also coordinating wildlife safety programs statewide.
Read More
She worked for many years as a print journalist covering government, public lands, wildlife issues, health and the environment. She has a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley in Anthropology with a minor in Rhetoric and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Ilyssa Plumer

11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council
Synopsis: The Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) came into fruition in 2018, with the goal of bringing young leaders to the table and sharing their perspective(s) and innovative ideas on emergency management. This program was built off of the National YPC, which was created in 2012; YPCs operate at local, state, tribal, regional, and national levels. The FEMA Region 10 team is excited to co-present with several of their YPC members for this session- to highlight the benefits and impacts of the YPC and youth preparedness programs at large. The team is here to support jurisdictions and organizations interested in starting their own YPC or other youth preparedness program. Attend this session if you want to hear from young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities.
About
Ilyssa Plumer is the Community Preparedness Officer for FEMA Region 10, supporting individual and community preparedness efforts across Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Ilyssa co-founded the Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) in 2018, after hearing the request from youth-serving organizations to bring more youth to the table and to share their perspectives on emergency management. Since then, her team has hosted a youth preparedness camp that brought together 40 teens across all four states as well as a virtual youth preparedness workshop, while continuing to grow and support the Region 10 YPC.
Read More
Her team also supports the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program and other community-based initiatives that help build a culture of preparedness. Ilyssa has worked in a variety of preparedness jobs at FEMA since 2011, and has also deployed to support disaster response and recovery efforts in New York, New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington. Prior to joining FEMA, she did two years of AmeriCorps, serving communities with unmet needs. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2009 with an undergraduate degree in environmental planning and policy, focused on disaster risk reduction, and a minor in sociology. Getting to work with and support these young leaders on the R10 YPC has been one of the most rewarding experiences thus far!

Sam Robinson

Community Preparedness Specialist for FEMA Region 10
11:10 AM – 12:00 AM

FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council
Synopsis: The Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) came into fruition in 2018, with the goal of bringing young leaders to the table and sharing their perspective(s) and innovative ideas on emergency management. This program was built off of the National YPC, which was created in 2012; YPCs operate at local, state, tribal, regional, and national levels. The FEMA Region 10 team is excited to co-present with several of their YPC members for this session- to highlight the benefits and impacts of the YPC and youth preparedness programs at large. The team is here to support jurisdictions and organizations interested in starting their own YPC or other youth preparedness program. Attend this session if you want to hear from young leaders who are interested in supporting disaster preparedness and making a difference in their communities.
About
Sam Robinson is a Community Preparedness Specialist for FEMA Region 10. In this role, Sam facilitates the FEMA Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council (YPC), which includes 16 teenagers from Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Sam assisted in the delivery of the 2019 Youth Preparedness Camp in Stanwood, Washington, and the 2020 Virtual Youth Preparedness Workshop, to foster a culture of preparedness throughout the region.
Read More
Sam graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with her undergraduate degree in 2017 and joined FEMA Corps soon thereafter. Since then, she has deployed to assist with community outreach and disaster response and recovery after incidents in Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Oregon, and Puerto Rico. She is a big believer in the “by youth, for youth” concept and is excited to co-present with the R10 YPC!

Ashley Lally

Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness for the Anchorage School District
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

Anchorage School District COVID Response
Anchorage School District response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jennifer Patronas, Director of Health Services and Ashley Lally, Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness, will discuss the ASD response to the COVID-19 pandemic, topics include:

  • Decision to cancel school-sponsored travel in early March
  • Decision to cancel school after Spring Break
  • PPE distribution to the community
  • Logistics of food and tech distribution
  • Utilizing ASD nurses as Muni Contact Tracers
  • Return to school & COVID Case Tracking
  • Vaccination Clinics
About
Ashley Lally is the Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness for the Anchorage School District. Ashley joined ASD in September 2018 and set up the Recovery Operations Center following the November earthquake. Prior to joining ASD, Ashley worked on a federal grant program for the Department of Corrections where she implemented a probation and parole program in 7 regions throughout the State. Ashley served in the Army as a Military Police Officer and served in the 4th Battalion, 3rd US Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Ft. Myer, VA and on Combined Joint Interagency Task Force-435 at Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Jen Patronas

Director of Health Services for the Anchorage School District
11:10 AM – 12:00 PM

Anchorage School District COVID Response
Anchorage School District response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Jennifer Patronas, Director of Health Services and Ashley Lally, Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness, will discuss the ASD response to the COVID-19 pandemic, topics include:

  • Decision to cancel school-sponsored travel in early March
  • Decision to cancel school after Spring Break
  • PPE distribution to the community
  • Logistics of food and tech distribution
  • Utilizing ASD nurses as Muni Contact Tracers
  • Return to school & COVID Case Tracking
  • Vaccination Clinics
About
Jen Patronas, MBA, ACHE is the Director of Health Services for the Anchorage School District (ASD). Jen retired from the United States Air Force (USAF) in 2019 after serving 20 years as a medic. She worked in various departments to include the Emergency Room, OB/GYN, Wound Care, and Pediatrics. She was a Master Instructor of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NRMET), Anatomy & Physiology I, as well as an Instructor Trainer for Basic Life Support (BLS) and Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS). While serving, Jen deployed to Papua New Guinea and Micronesia where she helped strengthen international relations by teaching modern medical practices to medical personnel. Her passions includes process improvement and teaching adult learners.
Thursday, April 15

Jared Woody

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop

The Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is a meeting that establishes the strategy
and structure for an exercise program, in addition to broader preparedness efforts, while setting
the foundation for the planning, conduct, and evaluation of individual exercises.

Purpose
The purpose of the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is to use the guidance
provided by senior leaders to identify and set preparedness priorities and develop a multi-year
schedule of preparedness activities. During the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW), participation from the whole community ensures preparedness activities are included in the program’s priorities.

About
Jared Woody is a 24-year Alaskan. He served 10 years in emergency services before joining the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management where he is currently the State Exercise Officer. Woody holds a Bachelors in Emergency & Disaster Management from American Military University.

Jeff McKenzie

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop

The Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is a meeting that establishes the strategy
and structure for an exercise program, in addition to broader preparedness efforts, while setting
the foundation for the planning, conduct, and evaluation of individual exercises.

Purpose
The purpose of the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is to use the guidance
provided by senior leaders to identify and set preparedness priorities and develop a multi-year
schedule of preparedness activities. During the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW), participation from the whole community ensures preparedness activities are included in the program’s priorities.

About
Jeff McKenzie is a 24-year Alaskan. He served 22.5 years on active duty with the U. S. Marine Corps before retiring and joining the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management where he is currently the State Training Officer.

Tiffany Peltier

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop

The Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is a meeting that establishes the strategy
and structure for an exercise program, in addition to broader preparedness efforts, while setting
the foundation for the planning, conduct, and evaluation of individual exercises.

Purpose
The purpose of the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is to use the guidance
provided by senior leaders to identify and set preparedness priorities and develop a multi-year
schedule of preparedness activities. During the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW), participation from the whole community ensures preparedness activities are included in the program’s priorities.

About
Tiffany Peltier is a 25-year Alaskan who has worked for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management for 16 years and is currently the State Preparedness & Disaster Grants Officer. Tiffany holds a Master’s in Public History from Southern New Hampshire University.

Richard Hildreth

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop

The Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is a meeting that establishes the strategy
and structure for an exercise program, in addition to broader preparedness efforts, while setting
the foundation for the planning, conduct, and evaluation of individual exercises.

Purpose
The purpose of the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW) is to use the guidance
provided by senior leaders to identify and set preparedness priorities and develop a multi-year
schedule of preparedness activities. During the Integrated Preparedness Planning Workshop (IPPW), participation from the whole community ensures preparedness activities are included in the program’s priorities.

About
Richard Hildreth is a 52-year Alaskan having lived in Anchorage, Bethel, and now residing in Wasilla. He retired from the Alaska Army National Guard after 31 years of service. Richard now serves the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management as the Plans Section Program Manager.
0
Your Cart