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  • Psychology Today , 2021-09-17
    Introducing a new book by Drs. Sarah DeYoung and Ashley Farmer! Deyoung and Farmer wrote this book because, despite the passage of the 2006 PETS Act, pets are still left behind in disasters and people still engage in evacuation refusal if they cannot easily bring their pets with them. During Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, there were national news stories about dogs stranded in flood waters and [the authors] felt that it was critical to identify the key social and behavioral factors that led to these scenarios, while also recognizing the complexities that affect these decisions.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer , 2021-09-09
    Jennifer Horney, the founding director of the University of Delaware’s epidemiology program, said neither evacuations from Ida along the Gulf Coast nor from wildfires in the West led to widespread outbreaks, so she wouldn’t expect Ida-related surges here. “To move our [coronavirus] numbers, we’d need to see a much larger spatial and population displacement” from Ida, added Horney, who is also on the core faculty at the university’s Disaster Research Center.
  • The Nation’s Health, A Publication of the American Public Health Association , 2021-09-01
    Across the MMWR study, Horney said certain risk factors consistently came up, such as work hours and inability to take time off. She said many workers also mentioned the impact of seeing their work politicized and maligned. “We had a lot of people who talked about working in communities for years to generate trusting relationships, only to see it vanish in a few weeks,” said Horney, also a professor and founding director of the university’s Epidemiology Program. “It was just devastating.”
  • Delaware Public Media , 2021-08-18
    University of Delaware Professor of Epidemiology Jennifer Horney says it isn’t clear yet if the booster shots will mean full immunization, or if more doses of vaccine will be recommended in the future. “Think about more like the common cold as a coronavirus, and we’ve never had a vaccine for that. So, I think it’s probably too early to say about if whether that would end up being something like we would add to the regiment of getting a seasonal influenza shot each year,” said Horney.
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  • Greer, Alex
    Assistant Professor, University at Albany, State University of New York

    Dr. Alex Greer is an Assistant Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany. Alex earned his Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware, where he worked as a research assistant at the Disaster Research Center.

    Alex conducts interdisciplinary, mixed methods research on a number of topics related to disaster science. His research interests include hazard adjustments, relocation decision-making processes, and organizational culture. Some of his current research projects include a National Science Foundation funded study exploring earthquake adjustment in Oklahoma, a Quick Response project studying buyouts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and a study funded by the International Association of Fire Chiefs investigating organizational culture and leadership in the fire service. He has engaged in quick response fieldwork after a number of events, including the Pawnee earthquake of 2016, Moore tornado of 2013, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.

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  • Liu, Chunjing
    Chief of Staff, Department of Marine Forecast and Disaster Mitigation, State Oceanic Administration, China

    Chunjing Liu (M.S. '14) is the Chief of Staff for the Department of Marine Forecastand Disaster Mitigation in China's State Oceanic Administration. Her responsibilities include formulating effective policy, planning and maintaining technical standards for marine disaster mitigation, guiding and coordinating emergency response to coastal natural hazards at the national and local level, managing and organizing marine disaster risk assessment and investigation programs, enhancing public awareness of marine disaster mitigation and prevention, and participating in international programs for marine disaster mitigation.

    Chunjing was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Delaware. The knowledge and skills around disaster management she honed in her study in the M.S. program and working in the Disaster Research Center (DRC) have provided strong support to both her work and career development. Before she joined SOA China, she had worked as marketing and strategic product manager in Advantech and Siemens companies for six years. Her bachelor's degree in Automation was from the Wuhan University of Technology in 2010.​

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  • Chang, Hsien-Ho (Ray)
    Assistant Professor/ Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

    Dr. Chang earned his Ph.D. from University of Delaware in Disaster Science and Management and his master’s degree from Arizona State University in Fire Service Administration. His research interests are in disaster response and fire service administration-related topics. His goal is to develop the theoretical foundation and integrate his working experience in both Taiwanese and American fire departments for the Incident Command System (ICS) in order to strengthen its practical applications. By combining his educational training with his practical background, Dr. Chang hopes to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners, and believes his Asian heritage and cross-cultural training will benefit disaster management systems in the United States and around the world.

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  • Goetschius, James B.
    Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency

    Colonel Jim Goetschius (Ph.D. '14) serves as the Deputy Commander for the U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency (HFPA) in Falls Church, Virginia.  He is also the Army Surgeon General's Health Facilities Planning Consultant responsible for recruiting, training, and retaining subject matter expertise in the health facility planning career field.  Before his current assignment, Jim served as HFPA's Director, Project Execution Division where he led a global team of professionals in executing the U.S. Army's $6.6 billion medical facility capital investment program serving more than 3.9 million beneficiaries.  He was also responsible for the execution of $1.8 billion in initial outfitting and transition requirements.

    Jim is a veteran of the conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kosovo, where his responsibilities included the design-build of the theater hospital at Balad Airbase in Iraq and the construction of the multinational hospital at Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo. He is certified an urban planner by the American Institute of Certified Planners, designated a Level II Certified Acquisition Professional in Facilities Engineering by the Army Acquisition Corps, and credentialed as a Defense Support of Civil Authorities Specialist.

    Jim is an active volunteer leader with Team Rubicon and serves as their Logistics Manager for Maryland and Delaware.

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  • Adinoff, Zack
    Emergency Planner, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Emergency Services Division

    Zack Adinoff (M.S. '13) is an Emergency Planner for Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to the general responsibilities of public safety, planning, and general disaster continuity; he is the liaison for cities within the central part of the county as well as specializing in logistics and continuity of operations/government planning. He has developed a Point of Distribution Plan and collaborated on various other projects including a Catastrophic Earthquake Plan. Prior to this, he was the Emergency Management Project Coordinator for the California Resiliency Alliance, a non-profit focused on bridging the gap between Private and Public Sector emergency managers. In this role, he developed a Disaster Legislative Waiver process and Disaster Access to Travel program along with managing many others. Before this as part of his degree and for six months afterward, he worked for the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. While there, he developed a three day functional tsunami exercise, did a comparative analysis of San Francisco and nearby San Mateo mass casualty incident plans, and assisted with numerous other projects and plans.

    During his time as a student in the University of Delaware Disaster Science and Management Program, Zack specialized in High Reliability Organizations and network response theory. He has applied these concepts and others taught in the DISA program across his numerous positions. The most important lesson he learned was that disasters are less about management and more about coordination.​

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  • Gladwell, Angela R.
    Director, Hazard Mitigation Assistance, FEMA

    Angela R. Gladwell serves as the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Director for Hazard Mitigation Assistance in the Mitigation Directorate  within the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.  Throughout her more than twenty years of experience in emergency management and environmental policy and over twelve years leading federal programs, Ms. Gladwell has worked to inform public decision-making and improve inter-governmental collaboration, partnership and transparency in reducing the nation's risk to natural disasters.  Ms. Gladwell was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2016.

    Under Ms. Gladwell's leadership, the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Division reduces disaster suffering by delivering grant programs that reduce disaster losses.  She directs FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs, including the new Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communities (BRIC) Program, the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program, ensuring the Federal Government is a leader in prioritizing federal investments for mitigation and resilience and catalyzing community partnerships to promote sustained and equitable investments in risk reduction.   

    Ms. Gladwell co-chairs the inter-agency Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) that coordinates mitigation and resilience efforts across the Federal Government in consultation with state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments as well as the private sector.  Under her leadership, the MitFLG developed and has begun implementing the National Mitigation Investment Strategy to increase the effectiveness of investments in reducing disaster losses and increasing resilience, and to provide strategic planning considerations for the federal government, as well for SLTT entities and the private sector in making resource allocation decisions.  

    Before joining the Mitigation Directorate in 2020, Gladwell was the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Risk Management Directorate since 2016, and spent the previous  decade as the Director of FEMA's Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation. During this time, she significantly matured the Federal Emergency Management Agency's environmental compliance function to meet the rapidly evolving nature of emergency management programs and operations as a result of major disaster events including 9/11, and Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Sandy, and subsequent legislative change.  

    Ms. Gladwell holds a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington).

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  • Johnson, Quinten
    Aviation Security Consultant

    Quinten retired in 2006 as a Federal Security Director with the Transportation Security Administration.  His career with the US Government spanned over thirty years, nearly all involving transportation safety or security.

    During graduate studies at OSU, Quinten was the DRC's project manager of the Hazardous Materials Planning and Response Project.

    Following OSU, Quinten was selected as a Presidential Management Intern sponsored by the US Coast Guard.  During that time, he was also a staff investigator on the President's Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.  

    Following the internship, he joined the National Transportation Safety Board first as a hazardous materials accident investigator, and later as a member of the executive staff.

    Prior to joining the Transportation Security Administration, QuintenQuinten Johnon 1979.jpg held several security positions with the Federal Aviation Administration including Director of its Office of Policy and Planning, Manager of the Civil Aviation Security Division, Manager of the foreign airport assessment program, and Manager of the Research and Development requirements program.  Primarily, he was responsible for all security regulations imposed on US carriers, foreign carriers operating in the US, as well as all commercial airports in the US.

    Throughout his career in the federal government and as a consultant, Quinten has traveled to over 50 countries, been interviewed by ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, CNN and several print media including the Washington Post, and testified before Congress.  He has also been an expert witness in several cases involving aviation security.

    Quinten is married and resides near the Gulf Coast in southern Alabama.  He is an avid fisherman and boater.  He is eternally grateful to his mentors at the DRC and OSU.

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  • Worth, Marti
    Senior Planner with ERP&M


    M.A. in Sociology, 1976, The Ohio State University. Research Associate for three years with DRC.  After previously receiving a B.A. in Journalism from OSU, was a reporter for three years at the morning newspaper in Columbus prior to grad school. From 1977 to 1994 worked in the Ohio Department of Mental Health, first as a Community Evaluation Specialist/Research Administrator; a hospital Director of Community Relations, Staff Education and Program Development in Cleveland, and back in Columbus as an Assistant Area Director for 20 rural counties, as well as Disaster Services Coordinator for ODMH.  I provided technical assistance and administration of two FEMA-funded crisis counseling grants and was a reviewer for Missouri’s FEMA grant application in 1993.

    After moving to Orlando, I was a Senior Planner with ERP&M, Inc, from 1998 to 2009, consulting in seven Florida counties and Kansas to develop Local Mitigation Strategy plans for State and FEMA review and subsequent adoption.  I also assisted in developing Continuity of Operations (COOP) plans. This was the most fulfilling and relevant work of all, assisting local governments to plan and develop approaches in order to minimize the potential effects of disasters.  I returned to Columbus in 2007 and “retired” in 2009, where I now volunteer with a couple organizations.

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  • Drabek, Thomas E.
    John Evans Professor and Professor Emeritus, University of Denver

    Thomas E. Drabek (MA ’62, Ph.D. ’65) retired from the University of Denver after 39 years of service including Departmental Chair (1974-79; 1985-87).  He served as Editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters and President of the International Research Committee on Disasters (1990-1994).  He has published over 100 research articles and book chapters and 28 books including the second edition of The Human Side of Disaster (2013, Boca Raton, FL:  CRC Press).  Other book titles include Thomas E. Drabek, with the assistance of Ruth A. Drabek, The Sociology of Disaster:  Fictional Explorations of Human Experiences, New York:  Routledge, 2020

    In August 2007, Drabek was the third recipient of the E.L. Quarantelli Award for contributions to social science disaster theory by the International Research Committee on Disasters and in June 2008, he received the first Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education.  Since his retirement from the University of Denver (DU) he has continued his writing and conference addresses with the assistance of his wife and research collaborator, Ruth Ann Drabek. During his multi-decade career, he has remained dedicated to a vision of implementing disaster research for the common good.

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  • Clark, Michael B.
    Director of Data Science, Well & LIghthouse

    ​After my days at UD and the Disaster Research Center came to an end, I moved to Washington, DC to work for the American Institutes for Research then the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (within the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education). After completing my masters degree in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University in 2014 I took on the role of Director of Data Science for a digital marketing firm that specializes in major U.S. political campaigns. However, I moved to Mexico in 2015, so I perform this role remotely.​

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  • Lazo, Jennifer Deborah
    Emergency Management Coordinator 1, City of Los Angeles

    Jennifer Lazo is an Emergency Management Coordinator with the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department.  She manages the City’s emergency alert and warning program, GIS program, and is the Area H Disaster Management Area Coordinator (DMAC).  She started her time with Los Angeles facilitating neighborhood preparedness workshops as part of the "Ready Your LA Neighborhood" program. As a responder in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) she has staffed a variety of positions during disasters including the Saddleridge Fire, Getty Fire, COVID-19 pandemic, and the Protests for Racial Justice in May/June 2020. She previously spent five years as an Emergency Services Coordinator with the City of Berkeley, where she created BEACON, a network for organizations that serve people with disabilities. She also created the Community Resilience Center program and was responsible for emergency management planning and preparedness in the City, focusing on people with disabilities and seniors.

    She is a Certified Emergency Manager with IAEM, and is the vice-chair of the IAEM Emerging Technology Committee.  In 2013 she received her MS in Disaster Science and Management at the University of Delaware.  Jennifer’s Master’s thesis was titled “Framing Disaster Planning for People with Disabilities.”

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  • Nagele, Danelle
    Associate Program Officer, The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

    Danielle Nagele currently serves as an associate program officer in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She works with Resilient America Roundtable members and fellow staff to build community resilience through partnerships, research, and engagement. Before joining the National Academies, Dr. Nagele worked in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She served as a social scientist in the Program Planning and Integration (PPI) office and a risk communication specialist in the National Ocean Service (NOS). 

    Dr. Nagele received her B.S. in meteorology from Millersville University and her M.S. in atmospheric science from Texas Tech University. In May 2015 she graduated from University of Delaware with a Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management. Her research focus areas were public response to severe weather warnings and organizational culture among warning system organizations.​

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  • Kreps, Gary
    Retired Vice Provost and Professor of Sociology, College of William and Mary

    Gary Kreps is a retired Vice Provost and Professor of Sociology at the College of William and Mary. Following completion of his PhD in Sociology (1971) at the Ohio State University, he began his career as a faculty member (1972-to retirement) and administrator (1994-to retirement) at William and Mary. During his long career Kreps had long-standing research interests in organizational and role theories as both relate to structural analyses of community, regional, and societal responses to natural, technological, and willful hazards and disasters. Following work as a staff office and consultant at the National Research Council during the late 1970s, for over twenty years Kreps' archival studies of disaster events were supported by grants from the National Science Foundation. Over the course of these two decades, Kreps and his colleagues and students developed taxonomies and theories of organizing and role enactment during the emergency periods of disasters. Major findings from Kreps' research program were reported in two books and articles in Sociological Theory, Annual Review of Sociology, American Sociological Review, American Journal of Sociology, International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, and many other basic and applied publications. Kreps also collaborated with Thomas Drabek on resolving venerable issues in the definition of disasters as physical and sociological events. His 2001 entry in the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Disaster, Sociology of) emphasized the need to reconcile functionalist and constructivist conceptions of disasters as acute systemic events. In 2008, Kreps received the E.L. Quarantelli award for contributions to social science disaster theory.

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  • Webb, Gary
    Professor and Chair of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, University of North Texas

    Gary Webb is Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science at the University of North Texas.  The department houses the Emergency Administration and Planning program (EADP), which was established in 1983 as the nation's first bachelor's degree program in emergency management.   Prior to UNT, he spent the early part of his career (2000-2011) at Oklahoma State University, where he received the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award and the Arts and Sciences Junior Faculty Award for Scholarly Excellence.  While his primary appointment was in sociology, he was also a core member of the Center for the Study of Disasters and Extreme Events and an affiliate of the Fire and Emergency Management Program.  Before starting his academic career at OSU, Gary served as a graduate research assistant and later as a post-doctoral fellow at DRC (1994-2000), and during that time he also had the opportunity to work closely with DRC alumnus Gary Kreps at the College of William and Mary.

    Gary is primarily interested in studying organizational and community preparedness for and response to large-scale disasters.  His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and published in a wide variety of journals, including the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, International Journal of Emergency Management, Natural Hazards Review, Environmental Hazards, and others.  Most recently, along with fellow DRC alumni Brenda Phillips and Dave Neal, he co-authored a new edition of Introduction to Emergency Management.  He has taught and presented his research internationally in The Netherlands, Denmark, France, South Korea, and Turkey.

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  • Ruback, Jasmin R.
    CEO of Ruback Associates

    Dr. Jasmin Ruback, is the CEO of Ruback Associates, an independent consulting firm specializing in the areas of disaster research, resolution, and management. Because disaster prevention, response, and recovery are complex, fast-paced, and adaptive, she takes an evidence-based systems approach to help communities and organizations design, align, and improve their overall resilience, disaster programs, and outcomes.

    For 16+ years, Dr. Ruback has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a national program consultant on program development, evaluations, recovery operations, community preparedness, and mitigation. For FEMA, she works with complex concepts of federal doctrine, mission areas, core capabilities, and operational plans. The work she enjoys most involves interacting with communities, organizations, and government officials at the local, state, and regional levels. She often fulfills special projects and deployments planning, preparing for, mitigating, and recovering from large, complex, and often resource-intensive crisis situations.

    Dr. Ruback has worked at the DRC twice; once as a graduate student fulfilling a practicum degree requirement, and then, as the first Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware. In this role she managed the multi-year evaluation of the Disaster Resistant Community Initiative: Project Impact. Dr. Ruback has authored or co-authored 10 peer-reviewed articles, 6 book chapters, 27 technical reports, 3 recovery plans, and 11 government publications. Dr. Ruback received her Ph.D. in Social and Community Psychology from Georgia State University and focused on post-disaster trauma, evacuation, and relocation and is a Subject Matter Expert in community dynamics, planning for catastrophes, disaster stress, methodology, and metrics. 

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  • Green, Kenneth E.
    Provost, University of Fredericton

    Ken received his Ph.D. degree in Rural Sociology at Ohio State University, and served as a graduate research associate (field research supervisor) affiliated with the “Emergent Citizen Groups in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery Activities” project conducted at the OSU-DRC.  Although his resume does not reflect a specialization or expertise in the field of disasters, his experiences at DRC most certainly contributed significantly to his accomplishments.  After graduation he served jointly as the Assistant Director and Research Professor at the Agricultural Experiment Station of University of the Virgin Islands. While there he was the principal investigator for four USDA and USDI sponsored Eastern Caribbean research projects. He left the Caribbean to assume an Executive Director position within a multi-jurisdictional district of the Appalachian Regional Commission; and due to his unique residential location was able to maintain constant classroom practices as an adjunct professor of sociology at Frostburg State University, Shepherd University and Shenandoah University; as well as serve on appointments with West Virginia University and Marshall University.

    Two years after retiring in 2002 and moving to Canada; Ken came out of retirement and helped establish an accredited and government approved online university, which he now serves as its “virtual” Provost from his one of his three homes (depending on the weather) in Canada, France, and Spain.

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  • Phillips, Brenda
    Dean, Indiana University South Bend

    Brenda Phillips, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Indiana University South Bend, where she will be guest lecturing on gender and disasters in the Women and Gender Studies program, and on socio-behavioral response and recovery in our Natural Disasters course. She is an author of Disaster Recovery, Introduction to Emergency Management, Qualitative Disaster Research and Mennonite Disaster Service.   She has co-edited Social Vulnerability to Disasters and Women and Disasters.  Her published research, funded by the National Science Foundation, can be found in a variety of journals including the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, Disaster Prevention, Disasters, Humanity and Society, the Journal of Emergency Management, Natural Hazards Review, and Environmental Hazards. 

    Dr. Phillips has been invited to teach, consult, or present in New Zealand, Australia, Germany, India, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela, Canada, Sweden, and the People’s Republic of China.  Dr. Phillips earned the Blanchard Award for excellence in emergency management education and the Myers Award for work on the effects of disasters on women.  She was inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame for Emergency Management and Homeland Security in 2013.

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  • Nelan, Mary (Maggie)
    Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

    Mary Nelan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science at the University of North Texas. She earned her MA in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2011, and in May 2010 she traveled to Haiti to volunteer as a relief worker after the earthquake 4 months earlier. It was this experience that drew her to disaster research and informed her Master’s Thesis on international disaster volunteers. During her Ph.D. studies at the University of Delaware, Mary worked as a Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center where she was a member of several projects funded by the National Science Foundation. As part of her research, she conducted quick response fieldwork following Hurricane Sandy and the May 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes. Her time at the Disaster Research Center provided experiences and training that she continues to use in her current position.

    Mary’s current research focuses on convergence behavior in the response phase of disasters. Her research has addressed international disaster volunteers, and donation behaviors in the United States.

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  • Fischer, Henry (Hank)
    Professor Emeritus, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

    Thirty years conducting research into behavioral and organizational response to disaster, have resulted in the production of a body of work that includes the following: designing and teaching ten different graduate and undergraduate courses, mentoring students who are now colleagues in the discipline, presentation of more than three dozen papers at professional conferences, the publication of two dozen scholarly journal articles, three books, two monographs, consulting for Research Planning, Inc./Department of Defense, consulting for the Office of Emergency Management/Justice Department on TOPOFF2, appearances on CNN and MS-NBC to discuss high consequence event issues. Professional memberships have been held in the International Sociological Association, the International Research Committee on Disasters (IRCD), the European Sociological Association, the American Sociological Association and the International Association of Emergency Managers. Service positions include: editor of IRCD’s official newsletter, UnScheduled Events, 1998-2008, editor of IRCD’s online journal of reviews Contemporary Disaster Review 2002-2007, as well as webmaster for the internet version of International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 2004-2007). Creation of a multi-disciplinary minor in Environmental Hazards & Emergency Management, an online master’s degree in emergency management, and the founding director of the Center for Disaster Research & Education (CDRE); all of which involved 18 faculty from across the university as well as many student research assistants. Funding sources included the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, the Natural Hazards Center (University of Colorado), and the National Science Foundation. 

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  • Cario, Anthony
    Project Lead, IT Team, All Hands and Hearts

    Mr. Anthony Cario joined All Hands and Hearts in 2018 and is a member of the IT team. In his current role as a Project Lead, he is responsible for managing the redesign of the operational data system. The project will increase data quality and facilitate more effective operations when working with communities impacted by disasters.

    Since earning his degree in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware (MS '16), Anthony worked in various roles supporting disaster response and recovery missions as a technical specialist and data analyst. Anthony is an active member of the Water Youth Network's Disaster Risk Reduction working group. Anthony received a B.S. in Management and a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Delaware in 2010.  In 2016, he received an M.S. in Disaster Science and Management from the University of Delaware.  While completing his graduate degree, Anthony worked as a Research Assistant at the Disaster Research Center, assisted emergency management activities with the University of Delaware Office of Campus; Public Safety, and interned with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in Geneva, Switzerland.  Following graduation, Anthony worked as a Technical Assistance Specialist for IMPAQ International (2016-2017).  In this role, he supported the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program, a federally funded program that responds to the behavioral health needs of disaster survivors.

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  • Goodman, Anne
    Workers' Compensation Claims Representative at Sedgwick Claims Management

    Anne is a Newark, DE native currently living on a small South Jersey farmstead and working in Philadelphia, PA. She earned her undergraduate degrees in Interpersonal Communications and Sociology with an Emergency and Environmental Management concentration from the University of Delaware in 2012 (minoring in Spanish). Since graduating from the DISA program, Anne has had a rather eclectic career-path working both abroad and in the US. She first served a year as an Americorps VISTA volunteer supporting New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD) recovery efforts 2 years after Hurricane Sandy. On the side, she worked with the Hillsborough Township NJ Engineering Department to build a cohesive GIS-mapping compatible data-set for their storm water management locations. After that she spent 4 months in 2016 with Conscious Impact Nepal doing administration, outreach and sustainable earthquake-resistant construction in a rural village outside Kathmandu during the aftermath of the April 2014 earthquake. An avid cyclist, she returned to Newark in 2017 for 6 months to co-manage the Newark Bike Project's store-front before flying back to Asia to manage Global Vision International (GVI)'s Asian-elephant conservation and alternative livelihoods project in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She then returned to Conscious Impact Nepal for another month in 2018 to assist with their risk management and financial development efforts. After another 6 months working as the Business Development Coordinator for the Newark Bike Project (and guest-moderating the UD DISA Grad Sudent Forum), she entered the professional world of risk management and insurance claims at Sedgwick CMS Inc in October 2018. There, she earned her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) certification while handling "personal disasters" for injured workers in PA, NJ and VA. From there she hopes to make her way into disaster risk resilience expert consulting. She hopes to earn her doctorate and use her expertise to help others effectively handle whatever life throws their way.

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  • Deppen, Marcia
    Director of Consequence Management, Maryland Emergency Management Agency

    Ms. Deppen began working at the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) since 2013. She was hired in the Training and Exercise Branch as the State Exercise Officer and as the Branch Manager before being promoted to Director of Consequence Management in 2018. Ms. Deppen oversees the following units at MEMA: Planning, Training and Exercise, Resource Management, MD Search and Rescue Taskforce, Maryland Incident Management Team, the 24/7 Maryland Joint Operations Center and new and innovative approaches to emergency management.

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  • Penta, Samantha
    Assistant Professor, University at Albany, State University of New York

    ​Samantha Penta is an Assistant Professor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She received her B.A. in Sociology and History in 2011, her M.A. in Sociology in 2014, and her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2017, all from the University of Delaware. While at UD, Sam worked as a research assistant at the Disaster Research Center working on projects examining evacuation and preparedness challenges for long-term care facilities, disaster donations behavior, and community recovery and resilience to disasters and epidemics.  Sam's research focuses on health and medical issues in crises, decision-making in preparedness and response, and humanitarian logistics. Her most recent work examines the processes involved in planning and implementing international crisis medical relief efforts, focusing on health and medical responses to the 2015 Nepal earthquake and the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic in West Africa. She specializes in qualitative research, and has participated in multiple quick response field research deployments, including to New York City following Superstorm Sandy, the Oklahoma City area following the May 2013 tornadoes, Florida leading up to Tropical Storm Erika, and Nepal after the 2015 earthquake.

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  • Stallings, Robert A.
    Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California

    ​University of Evansville, 1971-1975 (Chair, Department of Sociology)

    University of Southern California, 1975-2004 (Professor, now named the Price School of Public Policy with joint appointment in the Department of Sociology)

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  • Wallace, Benjamin D
    International Practice Coordinator at SPIN Global

    Since graduating from UD, Benjamin has worked in several consulting positions developing disaster response plans for Ebola, nuclear terrorism, nuclear power plant emergencies, power outages, and hurricanes, as well as publishing research on climate change adaptation in urban areas, presenting on climate change as a threat multiplier at a NATO conference, and helping the City of Austin establish an alternate care site for COVID-19.

    His current role includes enhancing several of FEMA Region 3's response plans, researching climate change adaptation for the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, and coordinating the international practice area for SPIN Global. His professional interests include climate change adaptation, emergency management technology (e.g., GIS, social media), organizational management/leadership, and policy development. Find him online at

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  • Kelly, Josh
    Planning Supervisor - Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)

    Joshua L. Kelly, CEM, is a Planning Supervisor, the Long-term Recovery Program Manager, a CFR107 certified drone pilot, and an EMAC A-Team Member for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA). He currently supervises a staff of four in the Natural Hazards Section of DEMA, which is responsible for coordinating recovery planning activities, the administration of the State's Public Assistance program, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grant program, the Flood Management Assistance (FMA) grant program, and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). In addition to his role as a supervisor, he is also a Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and serves as the Planning Section Chief during State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations. Mr. Kelly has worked on six federally declared major disasters, including mutual aid deployments to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and Florida following Hurricane Irma and the State of Delaware's response to the global COVID-19 incident.

    Previously, at DEMA, he oversaw the administration of the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), Non-profit Security Grant Program (NSGP), DEMA’s Continuity of Operations Plan, the State Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), and was the State Public Assistance Officer. Prior to his time with the State of Delaware, Joshua worked as a Senior Emergency Management Specialist for the City of Garland, Texas, and a Research Assistant at both the Disaster Research Center and the University of North Texas. As a Research Assistant, he worked on four National Science Foundation funded projects and was a co-author on seven disaster-related publications - including a book chapter and several academic journal and magazine articles. He received a B.A. from the University of Delaware where he majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice and his M.P.A., with a concentration in Emergency Management, from the University of North Texas.​

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  • Reshaur, Lisa M
    Senior Director, Governance, Risk, Continuity and Compliance at Microsoft

    Lisa Reshaur, Ph.D. is the Senior Director of Microsoft’s Governance, Risk, Continuity and Compliance Program.  She coordinates the Company’s Information Risk Management Council, Microsoft’s security governance program.  Lisa leads the Company’s Enterprise Business Continuity Management program which includes continuity, recovery and resiliency.   She also runs compliance, risk management, risk remediation and privacy for Core Services Engineering.  Lisa earned a Ph.D. from the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware where she focused on studying businesses in disasters.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Lisa worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers where she spent 14 years working with companies around the world to help them build, improve and sustain risk and compliance programs.  Lisa earned a Six Sigma Black Belt, is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and a Certified Risk Manager (CRM).

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  • Fitzgerald, Paige
    Senior Administrator, Delaware Emergency Management Agency

    Paige currently serves on the executive leadership team at DEMA. She previously served as a Planning Supervisor for the Natural Hazards section in which managed state disaster recovery and mitigation planning efforts, including the state Public Assistance program, Individual Assistance program, and Long Term Recovery efforts.She has also supervised the Terrorism Preparedness section, during which time she oversaw the strategic purchases of equipment, training, exercises, and programs throughout the state to help reduce risk and increase readiness and resiliency across the state. She has also served as the Exercise Coordinator in the Training & Exercise section, in which she planned and coordinated HSEEP-compliant state-level exercises in support of Homeland Security Grant Program objectives.Finally, Paige serves as a Program Administrator for the DEMA sUAS Program and previously as the Chairwoman of the State UAS Training and Certification Steering Committee. In these roles, she sets training standards and teaches flight courses for public safety agencies throughout Delaware. She is also an instructor of Emergency Management at Delaware Technical & Community College.

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  • Han, Ziqiang
    Shandong University
  • Gil, Juan Camilo Sánchez
    Professor, Universidad de Antioquia

    Juan Sánchez is professor at the Department of Industrial Engineering at Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia. Juan obtained his Ph.D. in Disaster Science and Management at University of Delaware (2016), USA, and a M.Sc. in Logistics and transportation at Chalmers University of Technology (2005), Sweden. He is strongly interested in conducting empirical and scientific research involving cross-sector logistics partnerships to better benefit the affected by natural and manmade disasters.

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