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Commissioner John Doak, Insurance Commissioner, Oklahoma Insurance Department
John D. Doak was sworn in as Oklahoma’s 12th Insurance Commissioner on January 10, 2011. For the Tulsa native, it was the culmination of a decades-long dream to combine his two passions: insurance and politics.
Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, Insurance Commissioner, North Carolina
Wayne Goodwin was first elected as Insurance Commissioner by the citizens of North Carolina in 2008, and returned to office for a second term in 2012. Since taking the oath of office, he has redoubled the department’s efforts in fighting insurance fraud and has saved approximately $1.4 billion for North Carolina’s consumers and businesses. In addition to his responsibilities as Insurance Commissioner, Goodwin is also the State Fire Marshal where he is responsible for training fire and rescue personnel, administering the state building code, securing property insurance for state-owned buildings, and reviewing construction plans for state building projects.
Albert Ashwood, Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Albert Ashwood was appointed Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) in August 1997. He joined the state in 1988, and has served the department in various positions including Deputy Director from 1995 to 1997. In his tenure with OEM, Albert has overseen the distribution and administration of over $1 billion in federal and state aid following dozens of presidentially declared disasters, including the terrorist bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Albert spent two weeks at ground zero helping establish and implement debris removal operations related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. Albert was selected by former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge to serve as a member of the National Response Plan/National Incident Management System (NRP/NIMS) State and Local Working Group. He represented emergency management officials nationwide as the group worked to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents and emergencies.
Ray Farmer, Director, South Carolina Department of Insurance
Ray Farmer was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to serve as Director for the South Carolina Department of Insurance November 13, 2012. With more than thirty-three years experience, Mr. Farmer received his degree in Insurance from the University of Southern Mississippi and earned his law degree from Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School.
Brandy Wreath, Director, Public Utility Division, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Brandy Loyd Wreath was appointed as the Director for the Public Utilities Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in early 2012 He joined the Corporation Commission in September of 2006 and served as the Deputy Director and Chief of Energy and Water prior to his appointment as Director.
Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City, OK
The world is taking notice of Oklahoma City’s remarkable renaissance and its popular mayor, Mick Cornett.
Glenn Lewis, Mayor, Moore, OK
Glenn Lewis has served as Moore’s nonpartisan mayor since 1994. Over the past 19 years, Lewis has watched the city’s budget grow from $18 million to $150 million. Its population has skyrocketed 30 percent. The city has also experienced a wave of new construction for homes and businesses. While there have been many successes, there’s also been heartbreak. Moore has been hit by four tornadoes since 1999, all with Lewis at the helm. Each time, he’s responded, mourned and helped his city come back stronger. In July, he was named “Mayor of the Month” by the City Mayors Foundation for his leadership after the May 20th tornado. Lewis is a long-time businessman who owns Lewis Jewelers in Moore. He and his wife Pam have lived in Moore since 1962.
Johnny L. DuPree, Ph.D., Mayor of Hattiesburg, MS
Johnny L. DuPree has over 25 years of experience in public service. In 1987, he was appointed to the Hattiesburg Public School Board, where he served as secretary and president. Following his School Board appointment, Mayor DuPree was elected in 1991, 1995, and 1999 as Forrest County Supervisor in District 4. Mayor DuPree’s tenure as supervisor paved the way for being elected as the first African American Mayor in 2001. He is currently serving in his fourth term as Mayor of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In 2007, he was elected to serve as President of the Mississippi Municipal League.
Melodee Colbert-Kean, Mayor of Joplin, MO
Melodee Colbert Kean is president of Prayerful Portions, LLC, a small business consulting firm. Together with her husband, William, they assist small businesses with income growth strategies and sustainable operations. She is also a MO Licensed Realtor with Charles Burt Realtors.
Walter Maddox, Mayor of Tuscaloosa, AL
On November 4, 2013, Walter Maddox was sworn in for his third term as Tuscaloosa’s 36th Mayor. Since his first inauguration, Mayor Maddox has led initiatives to increase economic development, improve customer service with the implementation of Tuscaloosa 311 and provide quality pre-k education for academically at-risk four-year old children.
Jeffery Adkins, Economist, NOAA Coastal Services Center, Charleston, SC
Jeffery Adkins is an economist with the NOAA Coastal Services Center in Charleston, South Carolina who promotes the use of economics by state and local government and other managers of our nation’s coastal resources. Areas of interest include the economics of natural disasters, ocean economics, market and non-market values, and assessing the return on public investments. Mr. Adkins has a MS degree in Water Resources Administration (Southern Illinois University) and a BBA in economics (Marshall University). Jeff is the lead economist for NOAA’s Economics: National Ocean Watch (ENOW) data that provide time-series data for six economic sectors that depend on the oceans and Great Lakes. For more information, see www.csc.noaa.gov/enow. He is also leading efforts to improve the accuracy and consistency of disaster loss estimates produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio
Frank Barnes, Emergency Manager, City of Oklahoma City
Frank Barnes is the Emergency Manager for the City of Oklahoma City. He is responsible for coordinating Oklahoma City’s comprehensive emergency management program. In the past six years he has been involved in the response to and recovery from ten (10) major incidents that resulted in either a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration or a Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration for one or more of the counties Oklahoma City stretches into.
Richard Beals, Malarkey Roofing Products
Richard Beals has worked in the asphalt roofing industry for over thirty-four years, starting in the wholesale roofing distribution business in 1980 for Dealers Supply Co., located in Portland, Oregon. For over twenty-six years, Richard operated as the General Manager until 2006 when he became employed at Malarkey Roofing Products as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. For the past 7 years operating as the direct supervision of sales staff and marketing. He has also worked with the insurance industry on the Class 4 roofing shingles.
Tom Bennett, Jim Giles’ Safe Rooms, LLC.
Tom Bennett is a current board member of the National Storm Shelter Association and Past President of NSSA. He serves as CEO of Jim Giles’ Safe Rooms, LLC., based in the heart of tornado alley, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tom is a Executive weather producer-meteorologist for Oklahoma's Own, News on 6, Griffin Communications and majority owner of Bennett Native American Enterprises, specializing in structural steel fabrication and erection. Tom is a proud member of the Cherokee Nation tribe and is proud of this company and the role it plays in growing the reach of all Native American Tribes.
William Bennett, Amlin
I have been in the reinsurance industry since 1989.
Mike Bettes, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Mike Bettes is an award-winning meteorologist who can be seen each weekday morning on Wake Up With Al and as the co-anchor of Morning Rush. Mike has covered nearly every type of extreme weather since he first began at The Weather Channel in 2003. If there has been a landfalling hurricane, Mike has probably been there. He stood in the eye wall of category 3 Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola, Florida in September 2004. 2005 would bring hurricane after hurricane. Mike was there for the worst of it, reporting live during Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. During Katrina, Mike and his crew slept in a camper for a week while covering the aftermath along the Mississippi Coast. When Hurricane Ike struck the Texas Coast in 2008, Mike was literally blown off his feet by 100mph winds. The comical video has been viewed thousands of times online.
Dennis Beyer, Program Director, Oklahoma Incident Management Team
Assistant Chief Dennis Beyer (ret.) began his career as Firefighter with the Tulsa Fire Department in 1982. After 9/11 Beyer became the first Homeland Security Director for the City of Tulsa and served as chairman of the Tulsa Homeland Security Task Force. As Homeland Security Chief, Beyer led the effort to develop, administer, and maintain the Tulsa Area National Incident Management System Implementation Plan. Beyer is the current chairman of the Oklahoma Incident Management Team oversight committee, serves as Program Manager/Team Leader for the OK-IMT, and has been credentialed by the OK-IMT Oversight Committee as a Type 3 Incident Commander. He is the past Chairman of the Tulsa-Urban Area Security Initiative Strategy Sub-Committee and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the InfraGard Oklahoma Members Alliance. Beyer is also Plan Coordinator for the Oklahoma Intrastate Mutual Aid Plan. Dennis has been an adjunct instructor with Oklahoma State University-Fire Service Training since 1992. After retiring from the TFD in 2010, Beyer became the OSU-FST Homeland Security Program Specialist responsible for coordination and delivery of Homeland Security, IMT Position Specific, and NIMS Programs throughout the state and nation. He has also been credentialed by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security as an Advanced NIMS Instructor. Dennis is a Reserve Deputy with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office and he and his horse, Buck, are working toward membership with the TCSO Mounted Patrol. Beyer is also a past member of the Tulsa FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force. He holds a BA from Langston University and he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's, Executive Fire Officer Program.
Gary Bird, Chief, Moore Fire Department
Chief Gary Bird began his career with the Moore Fire Department in August of 1985 as a recruit firefighter. Working his way through the ranks he held the position of Training Major before assuming the duties of Assistant Chief Training Officer in January of 2001. He was appointed as Deputy Fire Chief in February 2003, a position he held until June 30, 2012 when he was appointed Fire Chief.
Carrie Bonney, Manager, Catastrophe Communications and Reporting
Current areas of responsibility include managing internal and external catastrophe communications, weather monitoring, claims forecasting, disaster preparedness and planning, and author of the Disaster Recovery Playbook.
Mark Bouse, Repbulic Group
Mark Bouse has been with The Republic Group for 36 years. He worked in Dallas, Kansas City and Cincinnati before moving back to his home state of Oklahoma. He is currently the Marketing Manager for Oklahoma, Kansas and West Texas.
Dr. Harold Brooks, Senior Research Scientist, National Severe Storms Laboratory
Dr. Harold Brooks is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) in Norman, Oklahoma. His undergraduate degree is from William Jewell College, with a year at the University of Cambridge. He has a M.A. and M. Phil. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Atmospheric Sciences. After graduating from Illinois, he was a post-doc at NSSL and joined the permanent staff there in 1992. During his career, his work has focused on why, when, and where severe thunderstorms occur and what their effects are, and on how to evaluate weather forecasts. As of December 2013, he has over 80 peer-reviewed publications in the scientific literature and has contributed to two Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports and a US Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product. He has been an invited speaker on weather hazards and forecasting at meetings in 28 US states and 12 foreign countries.
Sheryll Brown, MPH, Director of the Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Sheryll Brown, MPH, is the Director of the Injury Prevention Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She received her MPH in epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health. She has been with the Injury Prevention Service for 18 years and has worked in many areas of injury surveillance and programs. Currently, she is the principal investigator for the Oklahoma Core Injury and Violence Prevention Program, the Oklahoma Violent Death Reporting System, and the Oklahoma Rape Prevention Education program. She was a lead investigator on the epidemiological investigations of injuries associated with the Oklahoma City bombing, the Khobar Towers bombing, and the May 3, 1999 Tornadoes in Oklahoma. She is co-investigator on the Oklahoma State Department of Health injury investigation of the May 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes.
Dr. Tanya Brown, Research Engineer
Dr. Tanya Brown joined IBHS in August 2010 as a Research Engineer at the Research Center. Her responsibilities include providing engineering leadership on research projects related to the development, operation, and enhancement of the IBHS Research Center. Her research focus is on hailstone formation, hail impact testing, wind-flow characterization and testing, instrumentation, and field and damage assessment studies. Dr. Brown previously served as an engineering consultant for IBHS when she conducted research on the Witch Creek wildfire and development of the hail research agenda for the Research Center. She has also worked as an engineering consultant for LNSS & Associates. Dr. Brown was a National Science Foundation – Integrative Graduate Education Training Fellow while completing her Ph.D. in Wind Science and Engineering at Texas Tech University. Her dissertation topic was “Development of a Statistical Relationship between Ground-Based and Remotely-Sensed Damage in Windstorms.” While at Texas Tech, she was an instrumental member of their field research teams, leading a team in thunderstorm and tornado intercepts during the VORTEX 2 project, and participating in hurricane intercepts with the Texas Tech University Hurricane Research Team. She was also involved in numerous post-disaster damage assessments. Dr. Brown also holds a master’s degree in Water Resources Science and a bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas, and served as a teaching assistant and academic advisor while at KU. She is currently appointed as a Faculty Associate at Texas Tech University to continue serving with the Texas Tech University Hurricane Research Team.
Kendall Buchanan, South Carolina Department of Insurance
Kendall R. Buchanan serves as the Deputy Director of the Market and Consumer Services Division of the South Carolina Department of Insurance. This Division consists of the Offices of Consumer Services, Market Analysis, and Product Regulation. She was appointed to this position by Director Ray Farmer in June 2013.
Janice Bunting, AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Inc
A 1986 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology, Janice Bunting began her career as a forecaster in the private sector first at Universal Weather and Aviation in White Plains, New York, and then at WeatherData, Inc., now AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, Inc. in Wichita, Kansas. In 1990, she began an 11-year career in the National Weather Service working in the Oklahoma City/ Norman Forecast Office. She also held jobs at NWS Central Region Headquarters in Kansas City, and the Kansas City/Pleasant Hill Forecast Office. Janice was recently selected as the incoming executive director of the National Weather Association (NWA), which is making Norman its permanent home in 2014. The NWA is a non-profit membership association for those with an interest in operational meteorology.
Greg Carbin, Meteorologist, NOAA
Greg Carbin is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Prediction, Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Since 1996, Greg has performed severe weather, fire weather, mesoscale, and lead forecast roles at the SPC. Prior to starting his career with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1993, Greg worked in the private sector in New York and Vermont. He earned a B.S. degree in Meteorology from Lyndon State College in 1985 and has completed some graduate course work at the University of Oklahoma while an employee of the NWS. He is a 2011 graduate of the Department of Commerce’s Executive Leadership Development Program.
Shane Cohea, Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness
Shane has served Norman Regional Health System for 15 years since August 1998. The health system is comprised of 2,800 employees, 3 hospitals, 350 Physicians, and 35 Physician clinics in 6 different cities. As the Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Preparedness several emergency situations have presented requiring Incident Command activation and utilizing the Emergency Operations Plan. They include two large fires on Patient floors, loss of power and emergency generators, hospital flooding, and most challenging 3 Presidential-declared disasters. The May 3, 1999 F-5 and at the time highest rated wind speeds ever recorded at the time. We received 88 tornado related patients to our health system. The May 8, 2003 F-4 tornado resulted in 43 patients to our health system. The May 20, 2013 F-5 tornado resulted in 140 patients to our health system. Damage to the Moore Medical Hospital was in excess of $40 million requiring demolition. Unique challenge for Shane and the Incident Command staff was evacuating one hospital while preparing the other 2 for a massive influx of patients. Most important statistic is zero injured and zero killed at the Moore Medical Hospital!
Phil Combs, Oklahoma Claim Adjusting and Training
Phil Combs is a licensed Oklahoma insurance adjuster and owns Oklahoma Claim Adjusting and Training. Currently, Mr. Combs is an instructor with Francis Tuttle Technology Center, presenting CE courses for both Insurance Adjusters and Insurance Agents. He also teaches the Oklahoma Insurance Licensing Test Preparation Class.
Steve Crosswhite, State Farm Insurance
Steve Crosswhite is a Loss Mitigation Coordinator with State Farm Insurance. His team works with the South Central Market Area which includes – Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas. The team he serves on addresses a broad range of losses that have an impact on State Farm Insurance as well as the Insurance Industry. In the South Central Market Area, the peril of Hail causes significant damage each year. The State Farm Loss Mitigation team in the South Central Market Area works very closely with impact resistant roofing manufacturer and State Farm Agents, Underwriters and Claim Adjusters to promote the installation of impact resistant roofing material. Steve is a graduate of the University of Missouri and holds several professional insurance designations.
Kim Decker, Director of Government & Industry Affairs, Farmers Group, Inc.
Kim Decker joined Farmers in May 2002. Her responsibilities include oversight of legislative affairs and regulatory affairs and Government & Industry Affairs Managers for the states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming.
Doris Dunn, Farmers Insurance
Doris Dunn helped direct the Corporate Giving strategy into three key pillars: Education, Safety and Civic. These key areas reflect the company’s marketing strategy and create a positive reflection and synergy between marketing, advertising and corporate giving. Key initiatives in 2013 are United Way, Boys & Girls Clubs, The First Tee, Thank a Million Teachers, American Red Cross, Rebuild Joplin, Habitat for Humanity and many others. Farmers is also a large supporter of March of Dimes, and has raised over $40 million for the charity during its past 25 year partnership. Doris played a pivotal role in the March of Dimes relationship for the past five years.
Gregory W. Eaton, Recovery Division Director, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Gregory W. Eaton is the Recovery Division Director for Federal Emergency Management Agency in Region VI, headquartered in Denton, TX. Previously, Greg was a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) for the FEMA in Region V, headquartered in Chicago, IL. He has served as the FCO for thirteen presidentially declared disaster declarations in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. He has also worked closely with the State of Indiana as the Pre-Designated FCO for a New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake in that state including participation in National Level Exercise 2011.
Deidre Ebrey, City of Moore, OK
Ebrey started with the City of Moore in October 2002. Her primary focus is to increase the sales tax base of the city and assist with the creation of new jobs for the local economy. Deidre holds a BA and Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma and numerous certifications in management development/leadership training programs. She is a seasoned public speaker with over 20 years of experience in leading workshops, facilitating planning sessions and delivering keynote addresses. Her work in retail recruitment is noted throughout the State of Oklahoma and she is often asked to deliver speeches on the subject. Most recently, Deidre’s focus has been on the recovery of Moore and how the City responded during the devastating events that occurred on May 20, 2013. In the storm’s aftermath, she served the City in resource deployment, citizen information, media relations, corporate giving and disaster recovery efforts.
Steve Eddy, City Manager, Moore, OK
Steve Eddy was appointed City Manager of Moore in December 1999, shortly after the May 3, 1999 EF5 tornado that ravaged Moore. He has been employed by the City of Moore since 1989, having served as Community Development Director and then Assistant City Manager prior to his appointment as City Manager. Mr. Eddy has been the City’s lead administrator through the recovery efforts after the May 3, 1999 EF5 tornado, the May 8, 2003 EF4 tornado, and most recently the May 20, 2013 EF5 tornado which devastated large parts of Moore.
Jim Evans, State Farm Insurance Companies
Jim is a native Oklahoman and spent the past 44 years in the Moore/ Norman area. He is a 33 year agent with State Farm Insurance Companies, serving the residents of Moore, Norman, and south Oklahoma City. Jim has won numerous awards and honors over his 33 year career for sales and profitability. He holds a BA degree from the University of Oklahoma. Jim is a member of the Moore Chamber of Commerce, past president of Moore Rotary Club, and previously served on the board of directors for the Center for Children and Families. When not working, he enjoys golf, travel, and spending time at the lake.
Thomas G. Ferguson, Jr., Managing Partner, Walker, Ferguson & Ferguson
Thomas G. Ferguson, Jr. is the Managing Partner, Walker, Ferguson & Ferguson. He was admitted to bar, 1973, Virginia; 1976, U.S. Tax Court; 1977, West Virginia; 1979, Oklahoma; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Courts for Eastern, Northern and Western Disticts of Okahoma; Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. He attended the Virginia Military Institute (B.A. 1970) and Washington & Lee University (J.D. 1973). He served as the Assistant General Counsel for the Oklahoma Tax Commission from 1978-1980. He is a member of the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia and American Bar Associations; Virginia State Bar; West Virginia State Bar; Defense Research Institute.
John Ferree, Severe Storms Services Leader, National Weather Service
John Ferree is the Severe Storms Services Leader for the National Weather Service (NWS) and guides severe storm services at the 122 NWS Weather Forecast Offices and Storm Prediction Center. Since acquiring this position in 2006, John has led many efforts to improve tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings, including moving from county-based to storm-based warnings, adjusting severe thunderstorm criteria to fit impacts, and improving various aspects of the warning software used by forecasters. He served as program chair for the American Meteorological Society Warnings and Communications Conference in 2011 and 2013, and is currently serving as a Counselor for the National Weather Association. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, John has worked for the NWS for thirty-five years. He worked as a forecaster in Arkansas, Nevada, Kansas and Missouri, prior to returning to Norman, OK in 1993 as an instructor and team leader for the Warning Decision Training Branch.
Tom Gallagher, Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb
Tom Gallagher, former Florida Chief Financial Officer, Insurance Commissioner and veteran lawmaker, joined Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb in 2012 as a Non-Attorney Insurance and Governmental Consultant.
Jeff George, Storm Watch Chief Meteorologist, FOX 25
Jeff George is the Storm Watch Chief Meteorologist for the FOX 25.
His career in meteorology started in the U.S. Air Force. As a military weather guy for 10 years, he was hand-picked to provide forecasts during high-level visits from members of Congress, the Secretary of Defense, and the President of the U.S. His tour in the Air Force allowed him to get real familiar with the southern climates where he was stationed in Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. He then spent 3 years forecasting at the base of the Alps in Italy. Jeff was also the recipient of the highest honor in Airman Leadership School, the coveted John Levitow Award.
Jeff's last stop in the Air Force in Louisiana led to his first TV job at KALB in Alexandria. It was not a pretty transition, but it eventually led to a full-time gig in Bismarck, ND (still thawing out from that one). After that it was Chief Meteorologist titles in Abilene, TX and Toledo,OH. In 2002 and 2004, he and his Fox Toledo News Team won regional Emmy Awards for Best Local Newscast.
Troy German, Oklahoma Highway Patrol
Troy German is a lieutenant with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol where he provides direction for the Patrol’s Incident Management Team (IMT) as the Program Director. Currently Troy is the Team Lead or Incident Commander for the State of Oklahoma’s Type 3 Incident Management Team. This Team has deployed to various incidents as well as numerous events, most recently the May 20th EF-5 Moore, OK tornado. The Team has assisted local jurisdictions with wild land fires, tornadoes and even the Guinness Book of World Records’ largest fire truck parade. He is credentialed as a Type 3 Incident Commander and serves as a subject matter expert with curricula development for national programs such as Situational Awareness and Common Operating Picture. Troy enjoys serving the residents of The Great State of Oklahoma and the challenges of Incident Command. He is passionate about enhancing the multi-discipline and multi-agency response community while all playing in the sand box together.
Kayce Gisinger, Attorney
Kayce L. Gisinger is an experienced trial attorney who practices in the areas of product liability, personal injury, insurance, auto and trucking negligence, premises liability, medical malpractice and general negligence. Additionally, Ms. Gisinger has represented several companies in asbestos litigation on a regional level. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Gisinger was an Assistant District Attorney in the Oklahoma County District Attorney's Office where she tried over one hundred jury trials. She is admitted to practice before all Oklahoma state and federal courts.
Ryan Grattan, Catastrophe Adjuster, Allstate Insurance
I grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and I was an athlete able to a gain a scholarship to college. I went to Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL played 4 years of baseball and graduated. I spent 1 year playing professional baseball in Belgium this was the best experience of my life opening my eyes to a new culture while also being paid to play a sport. After this I started my professional career as a Catastrophe Adjuster with Allstate Insurance. Here I learned by doing as I was exposed to hurricane Ike and Gustav in my first year on the job. Over the next 4 years I was exposed to handling all types of losses from pipe breaks to the typical hail storms and everything in-between. After this I transitioned to my current position as a Sr. Catastrophe Adjuster with Liberty Mutual continuing to handle catastrophe losses.
Prasad Gunturi, Willis Re Catastrophe Management Services
Prasad Gunturi is a part of the Willis Re Catastrophe Management Services team based in Minneapolis and acts as Director of U.S. Modeling research. He leads specialized technical projects, including understanding the changes in the catastrophe models, modeling research, technical evaluation of commercial catastrophe models, benchmarking of vendor models and proprietary model development projects.
Jared Guyer, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center
Jared L. Guyer is an Outlook/Mesoscale Forecaster at the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK. His primary responsibilities are the issuance of nationwide Convective Outlooks, along with Mesoscale Discussions for hazardous mesoscale weather phenomena including severe convective storms/tornadoes and winter weather. Jared is heavily involved in SPC outreach, science sharing activities, and operationally oriented applied research. Prior to arriving at the SPC in 2003, he spent time at NWS offices in Hastings, Nebraska (2000-2003) and La Crosse, Wisconsin (1999-2000). He earned a B.S. degree in Meteorology and Communications from Valparaiso University in 1999.
David Hall, State Farm Insurance
David Hall is currently serving as the Section Manager for the Innovation and Small Business Solutions for the South Central Market Area at State Farm Insurance. He earned his CPCU and ALCM designations in 1995. He is the Chair of the Disaster Resistant Business Council and chairman of the Loss Control Interest Group for the Society of Charter Property and Casualty Underwriters. He also serves as a Senior Fellow at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University working on the National Private Sector Working Group for PS Prep.
Robert P. Hartwig, President, Insurance Information Institute
Robert P. Hartwig is president of the Insurance Information Institute. Since joining the I.I.I. in 1998 as an economist and becoming chief economist in 1999, Dr. Hartwig has focused his work on improving understanding of key insurance issues across all industry stakeholders including media, consumers, insurers, producers, regulators, legislators and investors. Follow him on Twitter.
Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®
Leslie Chapman-Henderson is President and CEO of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters.
Jerrod Hogan, Co-Founder, Rebuild Joplin
Jerrod lives in Joplin, Missouri with his wife and three children. He moved to Missouri in 2000 and has been active in the business and non-profit community. Jerrod was the board chairman of Bright Futures USA when the May 22, 2011 tornado struck the Joplin Community. Jerrod, along with the Bright Futures team, founded Rebuild Joplin as a resource linkage website. Within days of the disaster, the website connected needs and resources for both those impacted and those who wanted to help. Over the next few weeks, as the needs shifted from response to recovery, Rebuild Joplin partnered with the St. Bernard Project of New Orleans. Thanks to this strong partnership, Rebuild Joplin has rebuilt over 100 homes for those impacted by the tornado since January of 2012.
Vaughn Jensen, Willis Re
Vaughn Jensen is responsible for Willis Re’s Catastrophe Management Services (CMS) team within the United States. The CMS team provides catastrophe exposure and loss analyses, catastrophe risk management best practices advice and consulting for Willis Re Property, Life Accident & Health and Casualty clients/ prospects.
Fred Karlinsky, Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb
Fred Karlinsky, a Shareholder in Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky, Abate & Webb, represents insurers and reinsurers throughout the United States and internationally in a wide variety of business, operational, regulatory, transactional and governmental matters. Recognized as one of the top insurance lawyers by Chambers and Partners, a global attorney ranking organization, Mr. Karlinsky has an in-depth knowledge of insurance compliance matters and has established substantial relationships with insurance commissioners and their respective staff members throughout the country.
Ernst Kiesling, National Wind Institute, Texas Tech
Dr. Kiesling has spent most of his career at Texas Tech University in teaching, research, administration and public service. He leads the storm shelter research effort within the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech. In the early 1970’s he and his colleagues developed the above-ground storm shelter capable of providing a very high degree of protection from extreme winds. To some he is known as the Father of the Safe Room. He was instrumental in founding the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) a non-profit trade association dedicated to fostering quality in the shelter industry. He has served as Executive Director of the Association since its inception in 2000. A wealth of information can be found at www.NSSA.cc.
Gayland Kitch, Emergency Management, City of Moore, OK
Gayland began his involvement in emergency management as a volunteer Civil Defense storm spotter in the late 70’s, and has directed Moore’s EM program since 1991. He is an Oklahoma Certified Emergency Manager, and has attended FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. Gayland is a member of the U.S. Council of the International Association of Emergency Managers and the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, and has chaired OEMA’s Professional Certification and Communications committees for several years.
Jim LaDue, NOAA
Jim LaDue is someone who likes to be a bridge between meteorological research and operations. That’s why he is an educator at NOAA’s Warning Decision Training Branch in Norman where he takes research results and applies them to operations through warning decision making courses for any type of hazardous weather. He is also branching into teaching risk and crisis communication between the NWS and its major partners. Being on the bridge also means that he also has many connections to researchers and forecasters within and outside of NOAA. On the research side, Jim has been involved in several field projects including the Intermountain Precipitation Experiment in 2000, the International H2O Project 2002 and VORTEX2. On the forecast side, Jim has close ties to NWS operations and participates in severe weather warning operations, both during and after major events. In order to enhance the accuracy of post-event storm surveys, Jim has been created an EF-Scale stakeholder’s group to help connect NWS storm surveyors to those in the research community. Jim has also conducted multiple damage surveys and serves as a damage survey consultant for severe wind storms and tornadoes. His fascination with the weather and sky spans beyond his regular job to his hobbies like photography, storm chasing and even outdoor recreation. Jim shares his life with his wife, Daphne (also a meteorologist with a newly minted PhD in Adult Education) and his son, Dylan.
Damon Lane, Chief Meteorologist, KOCO 5
Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane joined KOCO 5 in 2009. Damon served as the weekday morning meteorologist and weekend morning meteorologist, before being named Chief Meteorologist. Before joining KOCO-TV 5, Damon served as Chief Meteorologist at KTXS-TV in Abilene, Texas. Damon is the only Chief Meteorologist in Oklahoma City to hold the CBM seal from The American Meteorological Society, the highest level certification from the nation’s premier professional association for broadcast meteorologists. He was born and raised in Northern Virginia, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Mass Media from Old Dominion University. After graduating in less than four years from ODU, Damon moved to Asheville, NC, and earned his second Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Sciences/Meteorology from The University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Brent MacAloney, National Weather Service
Brent MacAloney is a meteorologist who oversees the warning verification and storm data programs at the National Weather Service’s (NWS) Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. He graduated from Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. Since graduation, Brent has spent his entire 14-year career working within the Performance Branch at NWS Headquarters where he was initially hired as a contracted web designer. He quickly worked his way up through the ranks of software support specialist and programmer to become a project manager with Federal government in 2004. Brent’s areas of expertise reside in statistical analysis, performance management, training, and software development, as well as historical severe and unusual weather events. Away from work, Brent likes to spend time with his wife and daughter and he is an avid homebrewer, traveler, and Boston Red Sox fan.
Tim Marshall, Meteorologist - Civil Engineer
Tim Marshall is a meteorologist and civil engineer who makes his living surveying and assessing damage in the wake of tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and hailstorms. He was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, IL and became interested in tornadoes when his hometown was struck by an F-4 tornado in 1967. Tim earned is B.S degree from Northern Illinois University in 1977 majoring in meteorology, and earned an M.S. degree in Atmospheric Science from Texas Tech University in 1980. He went on to earn an M.S. degree in Civil Engineering also from Texas Tech while working part time for the Institute for Disaster Research in Lubbock, TX. Tim began tracking tornadoes and studying their damage while schooling at Texas Tech. Tim’s first official tornado chase was in 1978. After graduating in 1983, Tim went to work for Haag Engineering Company based in Dallas and has surveyed hundreds of natural disasters during the past 30 years. In that time, Tim has filmed hundreds of tornadoes and surveyed their damage. Among the violent tornadoes Tim has surveyed in Oklahoma were Moore (three times), Piedmont, Chickasha, Goldsby, and Altus. He also surveyed EF-5 tornadoes in Joplin, MO, Greensburg, KS, Parkersburg, IA, Hacklesburg, AL, and Jarrell, TX.
Steven M. McElhiney, CPCU, President, EWI Re, Inc.
Steven M. McElhiney, CPCU is the President of EWI Re, Inc., a reinsurance intermediary based in Dallas, and a subsidiary of NL Industries, Inc., a global industrial company (NYSE: NL). He is also the Chief Risk Officer for the parent company. He also serves as President of Tall Pines Insurance Company of Vermont, an affiliated captive insurance company. His insurance industry experience has spanned over two decades with groups including Fireman’s Fund, TIG, and Overseas Partners US Reinsurance Company. He has served in the roles of CFO, Corporate Treasurer, and Ceded Reinsurance executive. He is the Immediate Past President and Chairman of the CPCU Society 2011-2012. He is also the Chairman of the Board of the Vermont Captive Insurance Association. Steve has an MBA and a Bachelors of Science, cum laude, from the University of Southern California. He also holds the Associate in Reinsurance and AIAF designations. He authored “Fundamentals of Reinsurance and Reinsurance Markets” for IRMI in 2012.
Ali Meyer, News Channel 4
Ali Meyer joined the Oklahoma's News Channel 4 Team as a General Assignment reporter in July of 2000. She anchors the NewsChannel 4 Morning Show 5 to 7 a.m. and reports for the 10 p.m. newscasts. Since she started, Ali has traveled all over the country chasing the big stories for News Channel 4. Ali was part of the team that covered the Timothy McVeigh execution in Terre Haute, Indiana. Ali also spent ten days in Salt Lake City, Utah, covering the Winter Olympic Games. Ali scoured the eastern half of Texas, following emergency crews as they collected pieces of debris from the Columbia Shuttle disaster. Ali was the first reporter to deliver live pictures of the tornado that damaged the GM plant in 2003. Ali has been honored by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Oklahoma Associated Press and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation for her investigative work.
Dana Murphy, Oklahoma Corporation Commission
Commissioner Dana Murphy was first elected to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 2008 and re-elected to a six-year term in 2010. She has more than 22-years experience in the petroleum industry, including working as a geologist, serving as an OCC administrative law judge, and owning and operating a private law firm focused on oil and gas title, regulatory practice and transactional work. She earned a B.S. in geology from Oklahoma State University and her J.D. from Oklahoma City University. She is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners serving on its Electricity Committee. She is the Oklahoma member and Vice President of the Regional State Committee of Southwest Power Pool, Inc. She serves as an advisory board member of the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute; the Financial Research Institute, and the Salvation Army’s Central Oklahoma Area Command. She is a member of Energy Advocates, and in 2007 was recognized as an outstanding woman in energy. She is also a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association, American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Oklahoma City Geological Society and Oklahoma Women’s Coalition.
Matthew Nielsen, RMS Americas
Based in California, Matthew is a core member of the RMS Americas model product management team and is responsible for the RMS Severe Convective Storm, Winterstorm, and Flood (U.S.) models, and also supports the North Atlantic hurricane models. Since joining RMS in 2005, he has taken a lead role in managing the commercial development of RMS' U.S. and Canada climate hazard peril models and derivative products, and served as lead contact for RMS in the submission to the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology in 2006 and 2007. Matthew holds a BA in physics from Ripon College in Wisconsin, and an MS in atmospheric science from Colorado State University. He is also a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and has authored and presented technical papers as a number of AMS conferences.
Jason Pirtle, P.E., Principal, Senior Structural Engineer, TLM Associates
Jason Pirtle, P.E. is the Principal, Senior Structural Engineer at TLM Associates. Mr. Pirtle has been with TLM since 2003, serving as the Project Manager and/or Lead Structural Engineer for both commercial and industrial projects in Tennessee and Mississippi. He has been involved with various types of Community Safe Rooms that were designed in accordance with FEMA 361 and ICC 500. The Safe Rooms designs have been located both in newly constructed facilities and existing facilities that were retrofitted. Prior to TLM Associates, Mr. Pirtle was employed by Lauren Engineers and Contractors, Tippett & Gee Engineers and Architects, and L.A. Fuess Partners, Inc. During his tenure at these firms, Mr. Pirtle was involved in civil and structural design, construction document preparation, and construction administration of both single and multistory commercial buildings, and industrial facilities located throughout the United States.
Dan Ramsey, President/CEO, Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma
Dan Ramsey has served as the President/Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma since September 1, 1998.
Betsy Randolph, Public Affairs Division, Oklahoma Highway Patrol
Originally from New Mexico, Betsy Randolph considers herself to be an Okie-transplant after growing up in Enid, Oklahoma. Betsy worked in radio broadcasting for several years in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Missouri before coming back to Oklahoma and attaining an A.S. in Journalism from Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa. While there, she wrote for the N.O.C. Maverick and worked as the first female police officer for Tonkawa Police Department. Betsy holds an A.S. in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University and a B.S. in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. She served twelve years in the U.S. Army Reserves as a military police officer and drill sergeant. In 1995, she began her career with the Department of Public Safety and has worked as a police officer, police sergeant, and state trooper. Betsy is currently assigned to the Public Affairs Division as a spokesperson for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Zack Rosenburg, CEO, St. Bernard Project
Zack Rosenburg is the CEO of St. Bernard Project and directs the strategic vision, marketing, partnership development and fundraising for the organization. Prior to launching SBP, Mr. Rosenburg ran a criminal defense practice in Washington, DC. He received his J.D. from American University and an LLM from Georgetown University. Mr. Rosenburg was an E. Barrett Prettyman Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center’s Criminal Justice Clinic.
Lans P. Rothfusz, NOAA
Lans P. Rothfusz is Deputy Chief of the Warning Research and Development Division at NOAA’s National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Oklahoma. His work, in that capacity, is focused on developing and delivering next-generation hazardous weather information concepts for National Weather Service operations.
Dr. Russell Schneider, Director, NOAA-NWS Storm Prediction Center
Dr. Russell Schneider was named Director of the NOAA-NWS Storm Prediction Center in August 2010 and led the Center through the historic 2011 Tornado season. The Storm Prediction Center is responsible for protection of life and property through official 24×7 nationwide forecasts and warnings for hazardous mesoscale weather phenomena including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and wildfires (see www.spc.noaa.gov ). Dr. Schneider began his NWS career in 1992.
Gayla Sesher, Supervisor, City of Moore Animal Welfare
Gayla Sesher is the current Supervisor for the City of Moore Animal Welfare and has previously served as Director at Second Chance Animal Sanctuary.
Lynn Sheils, General Counsel, EWI Re, Inc.
Lynn Sheils serves as General Counsel to EWI Re, Inc., a reinsurance
intermediary located in Dallas, Texas. EWI is owned by NL Industries
(NYSE:NL), a member company of an industrial conglomerate that has
control of four publicly-traded companies. EWI’s client list includes its
affiliated companies and third party clients. In addition to oversight of
EWI’s legal matters, Lynn is responsible for the administration of client
organizations’ reinsurance contracts and insurance policies to help
advocate for most optimal wordings available, and managing clients’
complex claims, including catastrophic property events, casualty claims
involving death and serious injury, and management liability claims.
Dr. Ray Shelton, National Center for Crisis Management
Dr. Ray Shelton, Fellow and Director of Professional Development with the National Center for Crisis Management, has provided consultation, development and training to the emergency services, corporate, industrial, medical, and education community in the area of Stress Management, Crisis, Trauma and Violence. Dr. Shelton is the author of the book EMS Stress, An Emergency Responders Handbook for Living Well (Mosby Publications, 1994), Acute Traumatic Stress Management (American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, 2001) and Comprehensive Acute Traumatic Stress Management (American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress 2005). Dr. Shelton’s articles on Stress and Traumatic Stress Management have appeared in Claims and Claimsman magazines.
Dwayne Sloan, Principal Engineers for Building Materials and Suppression at UL
Dwayne is a Manager of a team of Principal Engineers for Building Materials and Suppression at UL. He also serves as Principal Engineer for Reaction to Fire providing technical leadership for certification services, special programs, code development, and leading UL standards development for roofing materials and systems among other building materials. Dwayne is UL’s principal voting member on standards committees, such as ASTM E05 Fire Standards, NFPA Fire Test Committee, and NFPA Life Safety Code. As a repeat guest speaker to Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association and National Roofing Contractors Association, Dwayne is recognized as UL’s technical liaison to the roofing industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, and was recently recognized by UL as a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff.
Bobby Smeltzer, Allstate Insurance
Robert Smeltzer began his career with Allstate Insurance as a Field Adjuster with their National Catastrophe Team in April of 2005. When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in August 2005, Allstate deployed their fleet of response vehicles and personnel to the Gulf Coast. He was selected to become a Team Lead at one of their Mobile Claims Centers (MCC) deployed to Biloxi, MS. At the MCC, he was responsible for helping their customers get back on their feet as soon as possible, while simultaneously ensuring their employees were operating at the highest level possible given all the catastrophic circumstances that surrounded them.
Kirby Smith, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
A native of southwest Oklahoma, Kirby Smith joined the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry in December 2011 as the Public Information Manager. In this position she promotes the ag industry and the agency in print, person and online. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2011 with a master’s in agricultural communications. Prior to joining ODAFF she worked as a communications and marketing residence director for Oklahoma State University. Kirby served as the PIO on ODAFF’s incident command team which lead animal response efforts following the May 20 Moore tornado.
Rick Smith, Meteorologist, National Weather Service
Rick Smith is the Warning Coordination Meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office. He manages NWS Norman’s hazardous weather preparedness, outreach and education activities for the 56 counties in the office’s area of responsibility. Rick and the NWS Norman staff work closely with the media, emergency managers and other state, county, tribal and local government officials to ensure that communities in central and western Oklahoma and western north Texas are ready when hazardous weather threatens.
Alicia Gorczyca-Southerland, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry
Alicia Gorczyca-Southerland is a graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After working in private practice for 6 years, Dr. Gorczyca-Southerland joined the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry in September 2013 as a staff veterinarian and the coordinator of emergency management, animal disease traceability, and other various programs. Dr. Gorczyca-Southerland was directly involved with the relief efforts following the May 20, 2013 tornado that devastated Moore, OK.
Jerry Stillings, Chief, Moore Police Department
Chief Jerry Stillings began his career with the Moore Police Department in August of 1988. He began as a patrol officer and worked his way through the ranks before being named the Assistant Police Chief in September 2011. Stillings was promoted to the Chief of Police in February 2012. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the 214th Class of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Brian Sullivan, Journalist/Analyst
Brian Sullivan is a journalist and analyst who has been covering financial services and the insurance industry for more than 30 years. Today, Brian is Editor and Publisher of two of the leading newsletters in the property and casualty insurance industry, Auto Insurance Report and Property Insurance Report. He is also chairman of the Auto Insurance Report National Conference and Property Insurance Report National Conference, annual meetings which bring together leading industry executives, investors, brokers, reinsurers and others to discuss the most important strategic issues impacting auto insurance.
Rusty Surette, Executive Producer, News 9
Rusty Surette is the Executive Producer of News 9’s morning newscast. A native of Southeast Texas, Rusty began his news career at the age of 14 as a freelance breaking news photographer. He’s also worked as an investigative reporter, news anchor, producer, weather forecaster and assignments manager in Beaumont, TX, Lake Charles, LA, Raleigh, NC and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pat Talley, US Central Regional Director, Lloyd’s
Pat joined Lloyd’s in 2006 and serves as the US Central Regional Director. In this role, Pat provides education and marketing outreach to stakeholders throughout the Central Region. Pat has over 25 years in the insurance/finance industry. Most recently, he spent eight years in a consulting capacity as Chief Financial Analyst at the Kentucky Office of Insurance. While there, he was instrumental in establishing Kentucky’s captive insurance program, and also represented Kentucky on various task forces and working groups of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Prior to that, Pat served as Vice President of Trading and Operations for Commonwealth Investment Group, a Louisville-based institutional broker/dealer and investment advisor.
Larry Tanner, National Wind Institute
Larry Tanner has spent most of his life in the field of engineering design and construction. Currently he is a National Wind Institute (NWI) Research Assistant Professor and instructor in the College of Engineering. During his 25 years of service to Texas Tech he has been a Research Associate in the National Wind Institute. His fields of research include storm protection utilizing above ground shelters and building performance during extreme storms. His storm investigations and documentation include the following:
Memory Taylor, Director, AgapeLand Learning Center
Memory Taylor is the director of AgapeLand Learning Center of Moore, Ok. She has received her Bachelors from the University of Central Oklahoma. Until 2007, Memory worked in retail as a Visual Merchandising Designer and later a Store Manager. In 2007 she changed careers and began working for AgapeLand Learning Center as the director. During this time she has also began studying for her Masters in Child Development. Memory spends her spare time volunteering in the community and lobbying for recycling programs in her community. She currently resides in Moore, Oklahoma with her husband Jason, and their three sons.
Mike Vaughn, P.E., President, National Storm Shelter Association
Mike Vaughn, P.E. is the President of National Storm Shelter Association and the President and General Manager of Vaughn Concrete Products, Inc. He is a member of the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) and the 2103 recipient of the NPCA Robert E. Yokum Award for outstanding service to the NPCA. He is a registered Professional Engineer licensed in 17 states.
James E. Waller, PE is the President of Remagen Corporation. He is the president and a member of the National Storm Shelter Association and serves on the International Codes Council Committee IS-STM: ICC/NSSA Standards for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters, ICC-500-2008.
Tracy Wendling, Injury Prevention Service, Oklahoma State Department of Health
Tracy Wendling is currently an epidemiologist and Director of Surveillance for the Injury Prevention Service of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. She has a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and is a doctoral candidate at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, TX. In her current position, she serves as the Project Director for the Oklahoma Core Violence and Injury Prevention Program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tracy has also served as the Principal Investigator or Co-PI on several research projects related to natural and man-made disasters in Oklahoma, including the 2007 ice storm, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the May 2013 tornadoes.
Randy Wilden was born and raised in Clinton, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. He has thirteen years of property claims experience including Catastrophe Claims, Branch Office Supervision, 8 years in Large Property Claims. He currently resides in Gardner, Kansas.
James Wrynn, Goldberg Segalla
James Wrynn is a former New York State insurance regulator whose private practice now focuses on assisting insurers and reinsurers with the full range of their regulatory needs. With more than 25 years as an insurance-focused lawyer and wide recognition as a premier authority on domestic and global insurance regulation, he leads Goldberg Segalla’s insurance regulatory practice, an international team that has extensive experience serving the U.S., Europe, Bermuda, and other key markets in regulatory matters.
Before joining Goldberg Segalla, Jim served as the 40th and last Superintendent of Insurance in the State of New York until the Insurance Department merged with the Department of Banking to form the new Department of Financial Services. He then served as the first Deputy Superintendent of the new department. His accomplishments at the Insurance Department were praised by Insurance Advocate magazine, which in January 2011 saluted him for "[making] his mark with innovations" as New York’s top insurance regulator as well as for his responsiveness, willingness to work with the industry, and "genuine public service ethic." Prior to serving as Superintendent, Jim was the Executive Director of the New York State Insurance Fund, New York’s largest workers’ compensation and disability benefits carrier.
In addition to overseeing the state’s supervision of all insurance companies that do business in New York, Jim played a key role in developing national and international regulations and policies governing the insurance industry. In 2010 he was elected Chair of the Northeast Zone of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the organization of the chief insurance regulatory officials of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. territories. He also served as a member of the NAIC’s Executive Committee, as Vice Chair of its International Insurance Relations "G" Committee, as Co-Chair of its Credit Rating Task Force, and as Vice Chair of the task force involved in a review of international developments regarding insurance supervision, banking supervision, and international accounting standards and their potential use in United States insurance regulation as part of a critical self-examination of the United States Insurance Solvency Regulation framework known as the "Solvency Modernization Initiative."
Jim also represented the United States as a member of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), an organization of insurance supervisory authorities from nearly 140 countries that sets international standards for insurance regulators. He participated heavily in international issues such as Solvency II (an economic risk-based solvency regulatory framework to be utilized by all European Union member states); systemic risk (and the development of a methodology for the identification of globally systemically important financial institutions and the measures to be taken once identified); the development of a common framework
Elizabeth A. Zimmerman, Office of Response & Recovery
Elizabeth A. Zimmerman is the Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Response & Recovery (ORR). ORR is responsible for the coordination and integration of FEMA’s response, recovery and logistics programs and operations. Serving as the principal advisor to the ORR Associate Administrator, Zimmerman also coordinates the development of strategic plans and budgets for ORR to successfully accomplish the Agency's mission in accordance with the Administrator's goals and priorities. She works with other Senior-level FEMA officials to assure that FEMA responds rapidly and effectively to legislative requirements and Presidential directives.
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