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Ryan Brown

Emergency Management Positions Held Since Graduation:
Coordinator Emergency Management, Arizona State University
State Exercise Officer, Arizona Division of Emergency Management, Preparedness Section
Deputy Assistant Director of Recovery Section, Arizona Division of Emergency Management, Recovery Section

Current Position:
Emergency Program Specialist/Project Manager, Arizona Division of Emergency Management, Recovery Section
Deputy Duty Officer, State of Arizona Certified Response Team

One Thing Learned in the Degree Program that is being Applied in Practice:
"One thing I learned in the program is the importance of understanding what I call the "human factor". The NDSU program is grounded by sociology and several of the courses provided case studies and research on how individuals/communities responded to and recovered from disasters. Obtaining this knowledge and understanding has been beneficial during recent disasters that I have worked. Even though one cannot truly understand what each individual or impacted community is thinking, it is important to be able to relate to and identify with the impact population throughout the response and recovery phases."

What Every Student Should Do to Prepare for a Career in Emergency Management:
"One thing I would recommend while still in school is to seek out opportunities to volunteer/observe the planning and conducting of both operation and discussion based exercises at various jurisdictional levels (federal/state/county/local). This is important to see how each level of government interacts with each other. It will provide networking opportunities with various EM related fields and may help the student identify what EM related [career] they would like to pursue...This also provides the student an opportunity to experience the planning process associated with exercises and "non-disaster" related job activities."

Alex Cole-Corde

Emergency Management Positions Held Since Graduation:
Environmental Protection Specialist for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) and Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE).

Current Position:
Environmental Protection Specialist for FEMA: CORE.

One Thing Learned in the Degree Program that is being Applied in Practice:
Working on real world projects with emergency management, community, and others within the context of group/team assignments. I work daily with different departments of FEMA and other Federal/State agencies. It is important to know how to work effectively with diverse individuals from Federal/State/Tribal/local governments and agencies, voluntary agencies, FEMA applicants, the general public, et cetera to productively develop, process, and complete funding eligible projects.  Learning to work well in a team environment with real world deadlines and consequences is essential to effectively work in emergency management. Through internships, community-based assignments, and real world experience NDSU Emergency Management Department strives to equip students with the practical and applicable knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully compete in a tough job market.

What Every Student Should Do to Prepare for a Career in Emergency Management:
Get as much experience and trainings in emergency management as possible. Look for experience working, interning, volunteering, and training with public, private, and/or nonprofit sector entities. Have a working knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies, grant programs, et cetera. Prepare to be flexible in structured environments and structured in flexible environments. Learn to work well others from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Network, make, and maintain contacts in the field. Know that you do not know everything about emergency management. The most important thing: act professional and treat others well. Be aware that the emergency management community is small; how you act and treat others will follow you throughout your career.

Tammy Karlgaard

Emergency Management Positions Held Since Graduation:
Planner, SME, Senior Consultant

Current Position:
Senior Consultant on a geospatial project

One Thing Learned in the Degree Program that is being Applied in Practice:
"How to think critically, how to plan, and how to prioritize."

What Every Student Should Do to Prepare for a Career in Emergency Management:
"An internship, gain practical experience, and work on a grant."

Marc Katchadourian

Emergency Management Positions Held Since Graduation:
James Lee Witt Associates, a private sector Emergency Management Consulting firm

Senior Emergency Management Coordinator , Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency  Response.


Current Position:
Senior Emergency Management Coordinator , Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), Bureau of Public Health Preparedness and Emergency  Response and Public Health Liaison to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC).

 

One Thing Learned in the Degree Program that is being Applied in Practice:

It is difficult to pick only one thing, but, there was significant value in learning Emergency Management research methods and theory because they construct my approach to understanding complex situations, solving problems, and making effective decisions. The NDSU Emergency Management graduate program taught me how to make empirically-based decisions that allow me to achieve successful outcomes on preparedness projects and in emergency operations.

 

What Every Student Should Do to Prepare for a Career in Emergency Management:

Whether a student aims to be a practitioner or an academic in Emergency Management, it is critical to understand the history of the field, its evolution, and its theoretical foundation. Regardless of the level, Bachelors, Masters, or PhD, every student must leave a program knowing what Emergency Management truly is and its role in various environments.

Kim Kirschner

Emergency Management Positions Held Since Graduation:
Municipal Planning Specialist, Montgomery County Department of Public Safety
Emergency Management Coordinator, Cheltenham Township
Adjunct Professor, Contractor, Montgomery County Community College

Current Position:
Emergency Management Coordinator, Cheltenham Township
Adjunct Professor, Montgomery County Community College

One Thing Learned in the Degree Program that is being Applied in Practice:
"Everything! If I had to pick one thing from my time at NDSU that really stands out, it would be the open forum for in-depth discussions between peers and faculty. I teach my classes in a similar format..."

What Every Student Should Do to Prepare for a Career in Emergency Management:
"Internship! Also, a ride along with local police, fire, and ems would be super beneficial. When I came to the county department of public safety I knew nothing about radios, dispatching, and first response. I knew about mitigation and social theory!! The fire wackers weren't impressed that I know about...chaos theory! I feel it would have been beneficial to spend time (maybe a 3 credit course) on 'EMP: understanding the first responders' [in which students would] tour the local 9-1-1- center, have guest speakers in, etcetera."

Jeanine Neipert

Emergency Management Positions Held Since Graduation:
Disaster Assistance Employee (various job titles), Federal Emergency Management Agency
CORE Mitigation Planning Specialist, FEMA, Region VIII, Mitigation Division

Current Position:
Emergency Management Program Specialist, FEMA, Region VIII, Mitigation Division

One Thing Learned in the Degree Program that is being Applied in Practice:
"The research I conducted as part of my thesis provided insight into how individuals perceive and experience federal programs."

What Every Student Should Do to Prepare for a Career in Emergency Management:
"Every student should become familiar with the Stafford Act and the regulations outlined in 44 CFR, and recognize the importance of establishing and maintaining solid working relationships."

Jeff Reibestein

Emergency Management Positions Held Since Graduation:
None.

Current Position:
Deputy Surgeon, 82nd Airborne Division, United States Army, Fort Bragg, NC

One Thing Learned in the Degree Program that is being Applied in Practice:
"The program reinforced my belief in the importance of relationships/networking/group interaction -- fundamentals of my current service in the U.S. Army."

What Every Student Should Do to Prepare for a Career in Emergency Management:
"Keep an open mind. Emergency management is a broad spectrum of principles, thoughts, and activities."


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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 9:17:02 AM