Marcie McFarland, a 10-year FEMA employee, is being awarded her master’s degree in emergency management, with honors, this May from the University of Richmond, Va.
She wrote her thesis on the benefits of emergency managers using geographic information systems during all phases of the disaster cycle.
Marcie was awarded the university’s Disaster Response Medal of Honor for 2012, and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in public safety from Capella University, Minneapolis, with a concentration in emergency management and homeland security. Marcie is expected to complete her studies in 2014.
“As a child I was always interested in the weather and the power of Mother Nature, so a career in emergency management was a natural progression,” Marcie said.
Marcie joined FEMA in 2002 and served as a Planning Section chief for Region III. She was a program analyst for Individual Assistance at FEMA Headquarters, and the Virginia National Processing Service Center from 2005 to 2009. Since 2011 she has been deputy branch chief for ESF-14 Long-Term Community Recovery. Most recently, she was deployed to DR4025 - DR4030 in Pennsylvania.
She was recognized by the federal Office of Inspector General for her work with IA during Hurricane Katrina.
“Fortunately, I have had the opportunity to work with every branch of FEMA operations during each phase of the disaster cycle – preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery,” Marcie said.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, and currently resides in Virginia.