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QuakeSmart Toolkit: Reviewers & Contributors

FEMA Contributors

  • Ed Laatsch, Building Science Branch/NEHRP Chief
  • Mike Mahoney, NEHRP, Geophysicist
  • Claudette Fetterman, NEHRP, Senior Program Specialist
  • Wendy Phillips, NEHRP, Senior Program Specialist
  • Sue Evers, NEHRP, Region VII
  • Jennifer Lynette, NEHRP, Region IX
  • Tamra Biasco, NEHRP, Region X
  • David Javier, Mitigation Outreach & Communication Section, Program Specialist
  • Ebony Turner, Private Sector Office, Program Specialist
  • John Mohan, FIMA External Affairs Liaison

FEMA Contract Support

  • Tom McLane, Applied Technology Council, Director of Business Development
  • Lindsey Athanitis, Outreach Process Partners, Vice President
  • Darin Tambascio, Outreach Process Partners, Outreach Manager

Non-Profit and Private Sector Organizations

  • Ed Fratto, Northeast States Emergency Consortium (NSEC), Executive Director
    NESEC is a 501(c) (3) not for profit all-hazards emergency management organization, located in Wakefield, Massachusetts. Established in 1991, NESEC is the only all-hazard state consortium in the nation lead exclusively by State Directors of Emergency Management and is supported and funded by DHS/FEMA. The organization develops, promotes, and coordinates comprehensive “all-hazards” emergency management activities throughout the Northeast and partners with federal, state and local governments, and private organizations to reduce losses of life and property when the next disaster strikes the Northeast.
  • Jim Wilkinson, Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), Executive Director
    CUSEC’s mission is to reduce deaths, injuries, property damage and economic losses resulting from earthquakes in the Central U.S. The organization’s primary objective is to serve as the “coordinating hub” for the region and provide dynamic support to multi-state response and recovery planning, resource acquisition; public education and awareness; promotion; mitigation, and research associated with earthquake preparedness. CUSEC Member States are those most vulnerable to the effects of earthquakes in the region and include Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
  • Cale Ash, Vice President, Tim Walsh, Treasurer, Cascadia Regional Earthquake Work Group
    CREW is a coalition of private and public representatives working together to improve the ability of communities throughout the Cascadia Region to reduce the effects of earthquakes and related hazards, such as tsunami.
  • Zoe Boyer, Project Manager, Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President/CEO, Trenise Lyons, Project Manager, Bruce McCullen, Small Business Owner, Aveda Salons and FLASH Partner, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
    FLASH is a non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation. They represent and partner with like-minded organizations from the public, private and non-profit sector; to demonstrate leadership through creation of useful and reliable disaster safety education programs; and to sponsor ongoing outreach initiatives to encourage citizens to build, buy and use buildings that are constructed or retrofitted with disaster safety in mind.
  • Debra Ballen, General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Candace Iskowitz, Director of Public Affairs, Diana McClure, Business Resiliency Manager, Brenda O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS)
    IBHS’ mission to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss. Its members are insurers and reinsurers that conduct business in the United States or reinsure risks located in the United States. Affiliate membership is open to brokers, managing general agents and independent agents. Associate membership is open to all others who support our mission.
  • Patti Sutch, Western Seismic State Policy Council (WSSPC), Executive Director
    WSSPC is a regional earthquake consortium in the western states organized as a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization and is funded by DHS/FEMA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Headquartered in Sacramento, California, members are the State Geological Survey and Emergency Management Directors of 13 western states, 3 U.S. territories, a Canadian territory and a Canadian province, and liaisons to 7 western state seismic safety councils and commissions.
  • Doug Selby, Big Lots, CFI, Store Safety and District Loss Prevention Manager
    From everyday consumables and housewares to toys and seasonal goods, Big Lots offers amazing values that other stores just can’t match. As the nation’s largest broadline closeout retailer, we have the buying power to find and negotiate the best deals in the business.
  • Ines Pearce, Pearce Global Partners Inc. (PGP), Chief Executive*
    PGP is a premier firm providing government, businesses, and communities with comprehensive planning, training, and education to help reduce the potential for devastating loss of life and property resulting from natural and human-caused disasters. PGP specializes in public-private partnerships (PPP) and our approach is all-hazards.
  • Kate Long, California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), Earthquake and Tsunami Program Deputy*
    Cal EMA is responsible for the coordination of overall state agency response to major disasters in support of local government. The Agency is responsible for assuring the state’s readiness to respond to and recover from all hazards—natural, manmade, war-caused emergencies and disasters—and for assisting local governments in their emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and hazard mitigation efforts.
  • Chris Wright, Amgen Inc., Senior Manager of Worldwide Crisis Management*
    Amgen is a leading human therapeutics company in the biotechnology industry. For more than 25 years, the company has tapped the power of scientific discovery and innovation to advance the practice of medicine. Amgen pioneered the development of novel products based on advances in recombinant DNA and molecular biology and launched the biotechnology industry’s first blockbuster medicines. Today, as a Fortune 500 company serving millions of patients, Amgen continues to be an entrepreneurial, science driven enterprise dedicated to helping people fight serious illness.
  • Julie H. Davenport II, Wells Fargo Enterprise Incident Management, CHS III, AVP, Regional Emergency Manager,
    Southern California*

    Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores and 12,000 ATMs and the Internet ( and across North America and internationally.
  • Gerald Shamburg, The Walt Disney Company Manager, West Coast Operations, Global Crisis Management*
    Since its founding in 1923, The Walt Disney Company and its affiliated companies have remained faithful to their commitment to produce unparalleled entertainment experiences based on the rich legacy of quality creative content and exceptional storytelling. The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with four business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment and consumer products.
  • Ryan Walker, Disaster Resistant Business Toolkit Workgroup (DRB Toolkit), Vice President*
    The Disaster Resistant Business Toolkit Workgroup (DRBTW) has been a 501(c)(3) non-profit since 2007, although we began as a public-private partnership in 2002. The DRBTW consists of Business Continuity, Emergency Management, planning and training experts from government and all-sized companies who collaborated to develop this software tool thatwould assist small to midsize businesses build their own disaster plans.
  • Margaret Vinci, Caltech, Manager, Office of Earthquake Programs*
    The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society.
  • Victoria Craig, Consortium of Business Continuity Professionals, Inc., Executive Vice President*
    The foundation of the Consortium of Business Continuity Professionals, Inc. is based on the needs of organizations that have put business continuity plans into place but are grappling with how to best integrate the management of those plans with the ongoing objectives of their businesses.
  • Phyllis Walker, ARM, AInstIB, Risk Management Consultant*
  • Monica Buchanan, State Farm Insurance, Claims Section Manager*

*All contacts with an asterisk (*) are members of the ECA Business Committee:
ECA is a California statewide “alliance of alliances” linking the public information efforts of organizations and individuals that provide earthquake information and services. Participants include the Redwood Coast Tsunami Workgroup, the Bay Area Earthquake Alliance, the Central Coast Earthquake Alliance, and the Southern California Earthquake Alliance (new name of the original “ECA”). Other regional alliances may join the ECA in the future representing other parts of the state. ECA members include: scientists and engineers; non-profit organization and business leaders; community groups and activists; federal, state, and local government leaders and agencies; tribes; and others who share a passion for making a difference towards reducing California’s earthquake risk.

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03/20/2015 - 15:48