Director of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
Emergency Manager, Oklahoma City Office of Emergency Management
He received his Associate of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Moorpark College, Moorpark, California and his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada-Reno. He is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Columbia Southern University studying Emergency Services Management.
He is a graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Manager Basic Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has completed FEMA’s Professional Development Series, Advanced Professional Series, and Professional Continuity Practitioner Level 1.
He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Oklahoma Emergency Management Association (OEMA).
He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM®) through IAEM. He is an Oklahoma Certified Emergency Manager (OCEM) through OEMA.
He serves on a variety of committees including the Mayor’s Committee for Disability Concerns, State Hazard Mitigation Team representing the Oklahoma Municipal League, IAEM Disaster Cost Recovery Caucus, IAEM Special Needs Caucus and the OEMA Training Committee.
When not working or studying he enjoys watching Major League Baseball (NY Yankees), the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the OKC Thunder, and classic movies.
Scott Bass is the Response and Recovery Division Director with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, North Little Rock.
As the Response and Recovery Division Director, he has oversight of the Arkansas Response and Coordination Center (ARCC), Area Coordination Branch, Operations Branch, Recovery Branch, and the Arkansas Disaster Assistance Team (ADAT). He is also responsible for the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) and other critical response and recovery operations during Gubernatorial and Presidential declared disasters. He has served as the State Coordinating Officer and Deputy State Coordinating Officer for 20 federally declared disasters and has experience with more than 26 federal disasters and numerous state disasters to include the host-state sheltering operations during Hurricane Katrina, 2009 Ice Storm, and 2014 Central Arkansas tornadoes.
Mr. Bass started with ADEM in September 2001 as an Information Specialist in the Information Control Center (ICC). Since 2002 he has worked as the Individual Assistance Officer and Public Assistance Officer in the recovery branch and in 2006 he was promoted to the Recovery Branch Manager. In August 2010 he accepted the position as the Response and Recovery Division Director.
Mr. Bass has served as the ADEM representative on the executive board of the Arkansas Emergency Management Association from 2002-2016. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Administration and Management from Arkansas Tech University and is currently attending the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
He and his wife Laura live in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Director, Oklahoma Geological Survey, Mewbourne College of Earth & Energy, University of Oklahoma
George P. Mitchell '40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts, Director, Center for Texas Beaches and Shores, Director, Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities at Texas A&M University at Galveston
Samuel D. Brody is a Professor and holder of the George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Sustainable Coasts in the Departments of Marine Sciences and Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He is the Director of Center for Texas Beaches and Shores and the Co-Director of the Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.
Dr. Brody’s research focuses on coastal environmental planning, spatial analysis, flood mitigation, climate change policy, and natural hazards mitigation. He has published numerous scientific articles on flood risk and mitigation, and recently authored the book, Rising Waters: The causes and consequences of flooding in the United States published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Brody teaches graduate courses in environmental planning and sustainable/resilient coastal development. He has also worked in both the public and private sectors to help local coastal communities to environmental and flood mitigation plans. For more information, please visit www.tamug.edu/ctbs or www.tamug.edu/ISCC.
Lead Research Engineer and Director of Hail Research at the Research Center, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
Mr. Warren E. Byrd graduated from Louisiana State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Finance. He received his Juris Doctorate in 1978 from the Louisiana State University Law School. After serving as a federal Law Clerk for United States District Judge E. Gordon West, and working in the private practice for four years, Mr. Byrd served as an Assistant Attorney General with the Louisiana Department of Justice from 1983 to 1988 in the Environmental Enforcement Section. Mr. Byrd was the chief attorney in suits involving the CWA, RCRA, CERCLA, and LEQA, and assisted local District Attorneys with grand proceedings and criminal prosecution for environmental crimes. Mr. Byrd then joined the law firm of Adams & Reese, LLP, where he worked from 1988 through 2003. His practice included regulatory proceedings before the LDEQ and the USEPA, as well as the defense of enforcement actions brought pursuant to CERCLA, RCRA, CWA, CAA, EPCRA, NORM, OPA-90 and the LEQA. His practice evolved to include the defense of the Commissioner of Insurance and the Louisiana Department of Insurance (LDI) in suits involving financial solvency, fiduciary matters, and other insurance related claims.
Mr. Byrd joined the LDI in 2004 and worked primarily with the Office of Property & Casualty Insurance. In January 2006, Commissioner Donelon appointed Mr. Byrd to the position of Executive Counsel where he supervised the LDI Legal Division, the LDI Fraud Section and the Louisiana Theft & Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority. The LDI Legal Division took legal action against insurers and producers, drafted legislation, provided legal opinions to the LDI and promulgated Regulations, Directives, Bulletins, and Advisory Letters that regulated insurance in Louisiana. In November 2013, Commissioner Donelon appointed Mr. Byrd to the position of Deputy Commissioner, Office of Property & Casualty, where he now oversees the OP&C Rating Division, OP&C Forms Division, and the P&C Insurance Commission for of the LDI.
Technical Director for Professional Liability Claims, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Rowan is CEO Capital, Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broker, and solutions company. The Practice supports public-private solutions in the management and transfer of complex and large-scale risks . Previously, he served on the Board of the Group's reinsurance division, Willis Re, as CEO Global Analytics.He is a member of the UK Prime Minister's Council for Science & Technology; the Royal Society's Working Group on Resilience to Climate Risk and Extreme Weather, Chairs the Willis Research Network and serves on the Executive Committee of the International Insurance Society (IIS), New York from which he received the Kenneth R Black Award in 2014. In 2013-15 he led the creation of the Insurance Development Forum (IDF) of industry, governments, and international institutions to harness the role of re/insurance capabilities to meet the Global Goals and wider Post-2015 Agenda and was appointed to lead the Implementation Group of the IDF in May 2016. He has held various appointments within the UN and other international organizations and was made CBE in the 2016 UK New Year's Honours List for services to the economy through risk, insurance, and sustainable growth.
Dan Dyce, CPCU RPA is a consultant specializing in residential earthquake claim handling. His forte is the ability to train claim adjusters on earthquake policy coverage and claim to handle in a humorous and memorable way.
For 14 years prior to 2015, he was the Claim Manager for the California Earthquake Authority (CEA), the largest residential earthquake insurance company in the USA. www.earthquakeauthority.com In that capacity, he oversaw the earthquake claim handling of the 17 member insurance companies who take and process CEA residential earthquake claims.
He was previously a claim manager with CIGNA insurance company where he supervised property claims in seven Western states.
Dan is on the board of directors for The California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP). CRMP was established to assist California homeowners who wish to seismically retrofit their houses with grants and incentives. http://www.californiaresidentialmitigationprogram.com/
He is a graduate of California State Polytechnic University and has worked in the insurance industry his whole career. He has held positions in underwriting, insurance operations, and claims.
He is a CPCU (Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter) and a past president of Sacramento Valley Chapter of CPCU. He has also earned the RPA (Registered Professional Adjuster) designation.
He has written articles for Claims Magazine as well as CPCU News. He is an accomplished public speaker and has given a keynote speech on the topic of how to use your lunch hour to turbocharge your career. This is a motivational talk on personal self-development. He is a regular part of the earthquake coverage panel at PLRB’s (Property Loss Research Bureau) Annual Claims Conference and has presented at the CPCU Annual Meeting and Seminars.
Professor, Communication, Design, and Culture, California University of Pennsylvania
University Meteorologist, OU Office of Emergency Preparedness, National Weather Center
Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service, New Orleans/Baton Rouge Region
Assistant Professor, Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Research Scientist, University of Oklahoma Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms
Jodi Lee is the State Disaster Recovery Manager with the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock.
As the Disaster Recovery Manager, Jodi has oversight of both the state and federal Public Assistance and Individual Assistance programs. She has assisted in Recovery on numerous state disasters and 20 federally declared disasters for Arkansas and acts as the Deputy State Coordinating Officer for federal disasters.
Ms. Lee started at ADEM in January 2008. In 2009, she began working as a Public Assistance Officer and in 2012 she was promoted to State Disaster Recovery Manager. Ms. Lee is assigned to several positions in the State Emergency Operations Center and is a member of Arkansas’s Emergency Management Assistance Compact Advance Team. In 2012, Jodi and her A-Team teammates deployed to Albany, NY, to facilitate interstate mutual aid after Hurricane Sandy.
Ms. Lee has been an active member of the Arkansas Emergency Management Association since 2008 and served as an advisor to its executive board for 4 years. She acts as an ADEM representative to the Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and also serves as a member of its executive committee. In August 2016, Jodi was voted State Employee of the Year by the Arkansas Emergency Management Association.
Acting Director, National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), National Institute of Standards and Technology
Governor Scott Walker appointed Ted Nickel as Commissioner of Insurance for the state of Wisconsin on January 3, 2011. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance regulates the business of insurance in Wisconsin. The office has a staff of 153 and is responsible for examining industry financial solvency and market conduct, licensing agents, reviewing policy forms for compliance with state legislation, investigating consumer complaints, and providing consumer information. In addition to its regulatory duties, the office administers the State Life Insurance Fund, the Local Government Property Insurance Fund, and the Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund.
Prior to his appointment, Nickel worked for almost 18 years as director of governmental and regulatory affairs for Church Mutual Insurance Company in Merrill, WI. Nickel has been actively engaged in insurance industry affairs in Wisconsin. He has served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance, including having served as chair. Nickel served on the board of directors of the Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund and the Oklahoma Property Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association, as well as having served as a member of the Legal and Government Affairs Committee of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). Nickel also worked in the administration of former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson. Nickel served on the Northcentral Technical College District Board of Trustees for six years. While there, he served as secretary/treasurer and participated on a CEO recruiting committee. He chaired the Merrill, WI, Parks and Recreation Committee and was vice chair of the Merrill, WI, and City Plan Commission.
Nickel was elected Vice President of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in November 2015. He currently serves on the Executive (EX) Committee, Cybersecurity (EX) Task Force, Governance Review (EX) Task Force, Government Relations (EX) Leadership Council, International Insurance Relations (EX) Leadership Group, Audit Committee and the Internal Administration (EX1) Subcommittee. He chairs the NAIC/Industry Liaison Committee and is vice chair of the Consumer Participation Board of Trustees. He is a member of the NAIC American Indian and Alaska Native Liaison Committee and serves on several other NAIC task forces and committees. In addition, he chairs the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance (E) Working Group, and the Health Care Reform Regulatory Alternatives (B) Working Group.
In August 2014, Nickel was appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Insurance, which serves as an advisory committee to the Federal Insurance Office (FIO).
Nickel earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from Valparaiso University.