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Our Presenters 

Kelly R McKinney PE CBCP

"Fierce Emergency Management"

My presentation will address the role of the emergency manager in our current threat-rich environment. It will propose that there is a crisis within the profession of emergency management; a crisis of confidence, and of competence.

Our organizations−our governments, public and private sector organizations, hospitals, universities−need us to be fit…not only for the black swan, but for those everyday disasters, of every size and type.  They need us to lead the way into that parallel universe that is the disaster, to tell everyone what is going on, what we are doing, what we are not yet doing, and why.  But are we doing that now?


Ashley Morris CEM MDPEMP

"An Assessment of Current Weather-Hazard Training and Program Needs for Emergency Management"

This presentation aims to highlight the current baseline of available weather-related emergency management training and broadly assess areas of improvement related to weather-related interpretation skills based on an analysis of research and
current training databases. 

Common emergency management errors will be discussed and additional training development will be proposed. 


James DS. Barros

"FEMA Vanguard International Executive Crisis Leaders Forum"

Colonel (Retired) James DS. Barros assumed the post of Administrator for the Hawaiʻi Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) on February 1, 2023.


In 2021, Barros retired from the Hawai‘i Army National Guard (HIARNG) after a successful, 32-year career - with 22 years in active service. Barros was the Chief of the Joint Staff for the Hawai‘i National Guard’s COVID-19 Joint Task Force. With an impressive, nearly 1,400 strong, the task force was established to support the state’s preparation and response to the COVID-19 epidemic.


Casey Taylor 

"The Paradise Camp Fire - A Story Full of Heros "

Five years after the Paradise Camp Fire, Paradise native and Camp Fire survivor Casey Taylor will share an inspiring story of tragedy, recovery, and hope as her hometown rebuilds, leveraging new financial resources and the dedication of community leaders. From the initial emergency response to a realized community-driven recovery plan, Paradise is rebuilding better and stronger. A firm believer in post-traumatic growth, Casey will share her perspectives on why Paradise is a  model for communities planning for disaster response and for those working to recover and rebuild.

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David Warrington

Regional Administrators
Region 2 Administrator

Details coming soon!

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Steve Crimando, MA

"Presentation Coming Soon"

Steve Crimando is the Director of Training for the Disaster & Terrorism Branch in the New Jersey Department of Human Services - Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services. He is a disaster and emergency behavioral health clinician and educator with 35 years’ experience in the field.

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