Kelley Adley is responsible for building and maintaining key strategic public safety relationships for the AT&T FirstNet organization. He is also responsible for leading strategy/policy development and FirstNet innovation based on specific and evolving first responder needs. His special focus areas include law enforcement, intelligence, land mobile radio technologies, information sharing and technology/application/communications innovation.
Adley began his public service career in law enforcement at the City of Euless, Texas. Adley’s career path led him into criminal investigations with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office then to the Collin County District Attorney’s Office specializing in forensic and felony criminal crimes.
After 17 years in law enforcement, Adley went into sales with Harris Corporation specializing in regional business management and upgrading radio networks for public safety agencies within the mid-central U.S.
Adley holds a Master of Business degree from LeTourneau University, a Bachelor of Business Management from Northwood University and a Master Peace Officer certification from the State of Texas. Adley is still an active police officer as a reserve officer in Texas.
John Allen is an Assistant Professor of Meteorology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Central Michigan University (CMU). He completed his B.S. in Meteorology and Applied Mathematics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Allen went on to pursue an honors degree in Meteorology and a Ph.D. at the same institution exploring the influence of a warming and variable climate on severe storms in Australia. From 2013-2016, he completed a post-doctoral appointment at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University, later becoming an Associate Research Scientist, a position he would hold until he joined the faculty at CMU in the summer of 2016.
Allen's research interests span operational forecasting of severe storms to applied analysis of risk statistics, and historical climatology of hail and tornadoes to assessing the impacts of climate change and variability on the likelihood of occurrence. In particular, his research has explored the nature of hail observations in the United States and abroad, including identifying the true underlying historical risk of large hail and the application of these risks to insured losses.
Deputy Director of the Planning, Engineering and Permits Department, City of Birmingham, AL
Denise P. Bell is a recognized leader in the areas of Floodplain Management, Stormwater Management, Planning, Hazard Mitigation and Emergency Management.
Bell currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Planning, Engineering and Permits Department (PEP) with the City of Birmingham, AL where she oversees Administration and Support Services for the department. Bell served as the Natural Hazards/Floodplain Administrator for the City of Birmingham for over 6 years but has over 14 years of industry experience by serving in the City of Birmingham’s Floodplain Management and Disaster Mitigation Services Section. During her tenure with the City of Birmingham, Bell was member of the City’s Disaster Recovery Management Team where she coordinated the long term recovery efforts and managed the Public Assistance Program.
Bell currently oversees approximately $5 million in Federal Funds for the Construction of 6 Community Safe Rooms and the Post Disaster Recovery and Debris Management Planning Efforts.
Bell has assisted in not only securing over 23 million dollars in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant funding for floodplain property acquisition and demolition projects, planning grants and disaster assistance; but has also successfully ensured federal audit success on all the funded grants.
Bell is an Urban League of Cities Daniel Rose Fellow, a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), an Environmental Specialist and the past President of the Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers (AAFM).
Bell has presented and co-authored "Economic Evaluation of Floodplain Management and Flood Mitigation" at the Association of State Floodplain Managers Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bell has also served on the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program National Evaluation Committee Member and served as a presenter in FEMA’s “Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Five Video Presentations.”
Bell earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Urban Studies from Alabama A&M University and a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. <
Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Hurricane Specialist Unit, National Hurricane Center, NOAA
Daniel Brown is a senior hurricane specialist and warning coordination meteorologist at NOAA’s National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami. He’s served in various positions at NOAA since 1993, and his current role involves the issuance of track, intensity and wind radii forecasts as well as associated watches and warnings for tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific Oceans. As the warning coordination meteorologist, Brown coordinates NHC’s outreach and training activities and works with FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute to develop hurricane preparedness training courses for emergency managers. Brown has also assisted in the development of several tropical cyclone-related COMET training modules.
Brown has served on the AMS Committee on Tropical Meteorology and Tropical Cyclones. He also serves on the Meteorology Topic Committee for the National Hurricane Conference and is an officer of the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference. Brown was part of an NHC team that received a National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement Award in 2009 for the development of the NHC Graphical Tropical Weather Outlook. Brown was also part of an NHC team that received the regional NWS Isaac Cline Award in 2013 for enhancing public awareness of hurricane threats through innovative and effective use of social media. In 2016, Brown won a National Hurricane Conference Outstanding Achievement Award and a Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference Public Education Award for work related to the FEMA Hurricane Preparedness course and the NWS Effective Messaging Course. Brown received a regional and national NWS Isaac Cline Award in 2017 for his work in bringing hurricane science and preparedness webinars to elementary schools across hurricane-vulnerable areas of the United States.
Brown received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in 1993.
Vice President, Research, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Chief Forecast Operations, National Weather Service, Weather Prediction Center (College Park, MA)
Chief, Warning Research and Development Division, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
Mark Goeller’s career stretches back to 1980 when he started with the U.S. Forest Service. For the last 32 years, he’s worked for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services Division. Currently, Goeller serves as the Assistant Director/Fire Management Chief for the Agency.
Goeller gained incident management experience from wildfire and all-hazards assignments in 21 states. He served as an Incident Commander (Type 3 and Type 4) on hundreds of multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional wildfires. His career included duties as an Operations Section Chief, Type 2, on the Arkansas/Oklahoma Interagency Incident Management Team and Incident Commander Oklahoma Forestry Services’ State Incident Management Team. He also is a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group Risk Management Committee.
In addition to wildland fire experience, Goeller has a total of 18 years of structural firefighting experience for the City of Jay Fire Department and Keys Volunteer Fire Department. He is the current Chairman of Oklahoma’s All-Hazards Standards, Qualifications and Training Committee for Incident Management Teams and a member of the Oklahoma Incident Management Team Advisory Committee.
Social Media and Community Engagement Specialist, Hennepin County (MN) Emergency Management
In his role as the State of Oklahoma Broadband Coordinator, James Hock is tasked with implementing the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) throughout the state and coordinating this solution with Land Mobile Radio and NextGen 9-1-1 Initiatives.
Prior to his work with the NPSBN, Hock worked in the Interoperable Communications Division of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security and the Federal Programs Division of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. He also served as a public school teacher where he taught Spanish, Technology and Computer Media courses.
Hock is bilingual (English and Spanish) and specializes in Implementing Communications Solutions, Federal Grant Management, Technology Integration across Disciplines and Non-Governmental Organization Leadership. Hock holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Language and a Master’s Degree in Applied Sociology from Oklahoma City University.
Director Product Innovation of EagleView and Former President of the Property Drone Consortium, EagleView
Jason Jackson leads Emergency Management for Walmart, Inc. He is responsible for global crisis management for the Fortune 1 supporting more than 2 million associates, 350+ million customers a week, more than 12,000 physical locations operating in 27 countries across 60+ banners, e-commerce operations, plus supporting infrastructure.
Jackson’s role encompasses the entire spectrum of crisis management including enterprise business continuity planning, preparedness, response operations and recovery /mitigation across natural and man-made disasters, security-related events and epidemiological issues. The team is based out of the Global Emergency Operations Center located at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Jackson has been with Walmart for 16 years and has led the company through some of the largest disasters of the last decade and a half while evolving the crisis framework to support the enterprise for today and for the future.
Jackson has also had the opportunity to lead other areas of the Walmart business to include teams in global innovations, strategy, digital, and operations. Prior to Walmart, Jason worked in law enforcement and the fire service.
Lead Education and Outreach Coordinator, Consumer Liaison, Oregon Division of Financial Regulation
Kevin Jeffries joined the Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) in 2011. The Division of Financial Regulation (DFR) is Oregon’s consumer financial protection agency and financial business regulator. As the Division’s Lead Outreach and Education Coordinator and Consumer Liaison, Jeffries’s primary role is to provide education and outreach services to consumers. He also represents consumers to the Division’s Senior Policy Team and strives to keep the Insurance Commissioner up to date on consumer-specific issues. In 2017, his agency recovered more than $4,000,000 in unpaid benefits to consumers, assisted in the education of more than 30,000 Oregon students on financial literacy and trained more than 200 insurance agents on financial literacy topics.
Prior to joining DFR, he served as the communications director and legislative assistant to three state legislators. He also taught social studies at the middle school and high school levels before transitioning into state service.
What Jeffries loves most about his job, besides working with the best team in state government, is his ability to join three great passions, education, public policy, and consumer protection.
Senior Research Scientist, Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms, University of Oklahoma
Marc Levitan researches tornadoes and hurricanes, their impacts, and mitigation for the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), a multiagency program whose purpose is to achieve major measurable reductions in the losses of life and property from windstorms. Levitan served as the first Director (Acting) of NWIRP from 2015-2018. He was also the Lead Investigator for the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Technical Investigation of the 2011 Joplin Tornado and for the NIST study of the 2013 Newcastle-Moore, Oklahoma tornado. He currently leads implementation activities for many of the recommendations resulting from these tornado studies and is actively involved in a new NCST investigation of Hurricane Maria’s impacts on Puerto Rico. Before coming to NIST, Levitan was an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Louisiana State University and the founding Director of the LSU Hurricane Center. Prior to joining LSU, he spent five years as the Managing Director of the Wind Engineering Research Field Laboratory at Texas Tech University, studying wind effects on full-scale buildings.
Dr. Levitan co-chairs the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) committee currently developing a national standard for wind speed estimation in tornadoes, which will include major improvements to the EF Scale. He chairs the International Code Council’s committee updating the ICC/NSSA Standard on the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. He also chaired the committee that wrote the first edition of the Storm Shelter Standard in 2008 and the Committee that wrote the ASCE Guidelines for Wind Loads on Petrochemical and Other Industrial Facilities. Levitan previously served as President of the American Association for Wind Engineering (AAWE) and Vice-President of the Applied Technology Council (ATC).
Brock Long was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and began his service as the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in June 2017. Long has more than 18 years of experience assisting and supporting local, state and federal governments with building robust emergency management and public health preparedness programs.
Since 2011, he had worked as Executive Vice President at Hagerty Consulting, where he provided strategic direction and leadership to the firm’s full complement of emergency management programs and professionals. Long has served as Project Executive for more than 50 projects in all parts of the country, ranging from complex attack scenario exercises to designing multi-jurisdictional, all-hazard evacuation plans for major Urban Area Security Initiative designated jurisdictions.
From 2008-2011, Long served as Director of Alabama’s Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) under Gov. Bob Riley. As Director, he served as the State Coordinating Officer for 14 disasters, including eight presidentially-declared events. Long also served as an on-scene State Incident Commander for the Alabama Unified Command during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Prior to his position as Director at AEMA, Long was a FEMA Regional Hurricane Program Manager, FEMA Hurricane, and Evacuation Liaison Team Leader and statewide school safety coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.
Long also served as the private sector chairman for the National Emergency Management Association and as a board member of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium.
He is a graduate of the prestigious Executive Leadership Program offered by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He attended Appalachian State University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Health degree.
Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service, Storm Prediction Center
Chris Meredith has been with Farmers Insurance since 2003 beginning as a claims representative in Oklahoma City. He helped lead the development of the Total Loss Center of Excellence, a centralized processing center for auto total losses. Meredith also helped lead the development of the industry leading National Auto Salvage operation recovering 180,000 vehicles at its peak in 2010. Meredith now serves as the Regional Manager of Legislative Affairs in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Meredith graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in Biology and is a graduate in Claims Administration and a graduate of the Ronald Reagan Library, Presidential Leadership program. He completed his Master's in Business Administration at Capella University in 2015.
CHS-III, CAS, CRC. Senior Security Manager- Emergency Management, Walt Disney World Security
Scott Nethero began his journey with the Walt Disney World Resort in 1994 and today leads the Access Control, Security Training and Development, Security Communications Center and Emergency Management teams as a Senior Security Manager. Nethero is responsible for the creation, maintenance, and execution of the Walt Disney World Resort Tropical Storm/Hurricane Plan. Nethero and his team track all tropical systems that could impact Walt Disney Company assets in Florida, Bahamas, and South Carolina. Nethero partners with multiple departments/agencies, both within the Walt Disney World organization as well as outside, in the development, implementation, and coordination of Emergency Management/Preparedness for the WDW Resort property. Nethero develops, conducts, participates, and evaluates emergency management exercises and incidents. Additionally, Nethero ensures that crisis communications and notifications are made before, during and after an incident has occurred.
Nethero is a graduate of The Florida State University with a BS in Criminology. He has received certifications from the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security Level III, Crisis Response Coordinator, and is also an accredited member of the Anti-Terrorism Accreditation Board, Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialists.
Director, Corporate Security, Emergency Preparedness & Business Continuity, The Home Depot
At The Home Depot, Jeff Partin is responsible for the coordination, facilitation, and oversight of the company-level response to all emergency events which affect THD locations or associates. Partin oversees the Global Security Operations Center and, when activated, the company’s Emergency Operations Center to appropriately address any emergency event to ensure the response works in coordination with both private and public sector entities.
Partin has been with The Home Depot since 2002 in a wide variety of roles. Partin has also held roles in other private sector companies in various levels of responsibility in the Loss Prevention and Asset Protection. Partin served for eight years in the United States Army and Tennessee Army National Guard, and he graduated from The University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.
Kyle Pfeiffer is the Manager of the National Preparedness Analytics group within the Decision and Infrastructure Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. In this capacity, he leads a multidisciplinary team of national and homeland security professionals conducting applied research to strengthen the security and resilience of people, assets, and systems to an array of global threats and hazards.
Pfeiffer leads Argonne’s support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Resilience, Response and Recovery components. He is also the principal investigator for projects with the Department of Energy’s Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response and supports work with the Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate. He is temporarily assigned to FEMA Headquarters in Washington D.C. as an advisor for the revision of the National Response Framework.
Pfeiffer maintains a joint appointment with Northern Arizona University’s School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems where he conducts research on the resilience of food, energy and water systems.
Prior to joining Argonne, Pfeiffer spent several years as an emergency management consultant—most recently as part of the Justice and Homeland Security team at Booz Allen Hamilton. He also spent four years as an Emergency Medical Technician in Maine working for hospital-based, university-based and private ambulance services.
Pfeiffer has a BA in Political Science, an MA in Emergency and Disaster Management and a Master of Criminal Justice. He is also a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).
Genaé Raines-Wilkerson has more than 16 years’ experience working in the areas of contract management, community development, and hazard mitigation. She currently serves in the Department of Planning, Engineering and Permits in the Floodplain Management and Disaster Mitigation Services section for the City of Birmingham, AL. In this role, Raines-Wilkerson has the pleasure of working with change agents throughout the city. In addition, she serves as grant manager of approximately $5 million in FEMA Hazard Mitigation and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants awarded to the City of Birmingham for the construction of six community safe rooms and has assisted with the post disaster recovery and debris management planning efforts.
Raines-Wilkerson also served as project manager of the City of Birmingham’s Public Assistance Program. She managed large projects and served as the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program manager for Individual Assistance for single and multi-family structures, which were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes in 2011.
Russell Schneider has served as Director of the NOAA-NWS Storm Prediction Center (SPC) since August 2010 and led the Center through the historic 2011 tornado season. The Storm Prediction Center is responsible for the protection of life and property through official 24/7 nationwide forecasts and warnings for hazardous mesoscale weather phenomena including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and wildfires. Russ began his NWS career in 1992.
Schneider’s responsibilities span all facets of SPC programs, from critical operational weather forecasting to integration the latest science and technology into SPC operations. He provides strategic direction for both the Operations and Science Support Branches and assists National Weather Service Leadership in establishing and executing strategic plans for NOAA nationwide severe weather services.
Schneider earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Atmospheric Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Schneider was awarded a Department of Commerce Bronze Medal for his contributions to US weather services in 2007 and the American Meteorological Society Kenneth C. Spengler Award for his efforts to bring diverse communities together within the collaborative environment of the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed in 2011. Schneider was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 2012. Along with nine other NWS colleagues, Schneider was recognized by President Barack Obama for severe weather forecasts and warnings prior to the May 2013 Moore, Oklahoma tornado in a departure ceremony at Tinker Air Force Base next to Air Force One.
Director of Government Relations and General Counsel, The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud
Matthew Smith serves as Director of Government Relations and General Counsel for The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud based in Washington, D.C. Smith joined The Coalition staff after retiring as President of Smith, Rolfes & Skavdahl Company, LPA. He founded the firm in 1989 after beginning practice as an insurance defense attorney in Florida. From starting as a one-attorney office, the firm grew into a national practice providing insurance law services throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. While working for the firm, Smith also served as Legal Advisor to The Coalition.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, he is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with a degree in Radio, TV, and Film. While working his way through college and law school he served as Director of Marketing Communications for the Kings Island Theme Park Complex in Ohio and founded Smith-Kaufman Public Relations representing such companies as Wendy’s International, Hyatt Hotels and The Cincinnati Reds.
Smith graduated from the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He is admitted to practice in both federal and state courts in Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan and Washington, D.C. as well as the United States Supreme Court.
He is a past President of the National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, the Founding Chair of the Insurance Committee of the International Association of Arson Investigators, and a member of the Defense Research Institute, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance and numerous other insurance law-related organizations.
Lisa Teel is the Emergency Preparedness Manager for the University of Oklahoma. Teel is a certified instructor for Community Emergency Response Team, National Incident Management System and many other classes on emergency preparedness. Some of the topics Teel teaches include how to recognize and investigate bomb threats on campuses and how to become more equipped to handle emergencies with programs such as Stop The Bleed aimed at getting bystanders to help until emergency professionals arrive.
Teel is a member of the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association and the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Teel has a Master’s degree from OU in Administration and has worked in higher education since 2001.
Specializing in hazard mitigation planning and hazard mitigation assistance grants, Annie Vest has nearly a decade of experience implementing FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation programs. Vest has served as project manager and developed FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans for 14 counties encompassing 96 municipalities in Oklahoma since 2012, including the City of Tulsa 2019 Update. During her time as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Vest received the FEMA Regional Administrators Award for her work on streamlining Hazard Mitigation Planning throughout FEMA Region VI. She was also a key contributing member of the first formal Regional Advisory Council subcommittee for Mitigation Planning where she assisted in the development of streamlined planning tools now being used throughout FEMA Region VI.
Vest serves on the Disaster Resilience Network Board of Directors and is an active member of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, National Emergency Management Association, Oklahoma Emergency Managers Association and Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association.
Counsel, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Pam Williams currently serves as Counsel for the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. She joined the team in April 2014 and focuses on Emergency Management, FEMA, the Stafford Act, and disaster-related matters./p>
Williams previously served as the Deputy Director of Congressional Affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security. She joined the office in 2008 where she was responsible for directing and executing the Agency’s Legislative Program. This included all interactions with Congress, both authorizers, and appropriators, managing hearings, briefings, meetings, correspondence, response to investigations and official reports to Congress. /p>
Williams also played a role in the Agency’s response to the Congressional, White House and Departmental investigations into the Federal Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the levels of formaldehyde in FEMA-provided travel trailers. For more than 12 years, Williams served as an advisor to FEMA and DHS leadership on Congressional actions, dispositions and recommended legislative activities.