Karen Armes, Acting Regional Administrator - Region IX
Karen E. Armes serves as Acting Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Region IX. Appointed to this position in March 2014, she is responsible for operational aspects for all disaster response and recovery, mitigation and preparedness activities throughout the region that has offices in Oakland, Calif., and Honolulu, Hawaii. She oversees federal emergency management policies and programs in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
Ms. Armes has served as Acting Regional Administrator for significant periods of time, covering January 2000 to December 2002, from March 2004 until October 2006, and again from October 2008 through May, 2009. Previously Ms. Armes held the post of director of the Administration and Resources Planning Division. She joined FEMA in 1995 as branch chief of Administrative Program Services.
Before joining FEMA, Ms. Armes completed a 12-year assignment in the civilian sector of the U.S. Department of the Navy in the San Francisco Bay Area and other locations. In 1994, she was appointed as the director of the Business Management Office for the Defense Information System Agency. Prior to this position, she served with the Navy Finance Center where she began as a financial management trainee, continued as a budget analyst with the Navy Regional Data Automation Center, and completed her tenure there as director of the Management Support Division.
Ms. Armes graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation administration from Radford University, Virginia. She went on to complete post-graduate courses in business administration at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Farley Jay Howell, Acting Deputy Regional Administrator - Region IX
Farley Jay Howell joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region IX office in December 2003, following service as an officer in the United States Air Force.
As the Acting Deputy Regional Administrator, Farley is responsible for the operational aspects of all disaster response and recovery, mitigation and preparedness activities originating from regional offices in Oakland, Calif., and Honolulu. Additionally, he oversees federal emergency management policies and programs in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada, as well as the territories of American Samoa and Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
As the Federal Preparedness Coordinator and Director of the National Preparedness Division, Farley led FEMA’s most ethnically and geographically diverse Region’s preparedness efforts, including a robust threat assessment and response capabilities process, and represents the Regional Administrator as the principal advocate for preparedness activities within the private and public sectors in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa and Guam.
Mr. Howell managed an experienced staff responsible for administering a wide-ranging series of preparedness programs including Hazardous Materials, Continuity of Operations, Tribal Engagement, Individual and Community Preparedness, and Training and Exercise.
In addition, he oversaw promotion of Presidential Policy Directive – 8 (National Preparedness), and served as the regional focal point for the National Preparedness Goal, National Preparedness System, National Planning Frameworks, National Incident Management System, Threat and Hazardous Identification and Risk Assessment, State Preparedness Reports, and National Preparedness Reports.
Mr. Howell is recognized as a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers and is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leadership Program.
Mr. Howell attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University, Ft. Leslie J. McNair in Washington, D.C., where he earned a Master of Arts Degree in National Resource Strategy. Additionally, he has a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University. He holds the credential of Nurse Executive Advanced - Board Certified through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.