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I am a results-oriented, hands-on professional, with a successful record of accomplishments in emergency management, emergency services, training and safety industries.  I have experience in disaster management, emergency medicine, firefighting, law enforcement and security.


My major strengths include strong leadership, excellent communication skills, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, as well as supervisory skills including training, scheduling, performance reviews and mentoring.  I possess a thorough knowledge of current trends and practices in an all hazards, emergency management environment. 


Work experience

Sep 2014Present


Disaster Management Office, Office of the Lord Mayor and Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane City Council 
  • Provide strategic guidance and decision making for the Disaster Management Office, Brisbane City Council, which is the largest local government in Australia.
  • Oversee the delivery and accurate reporting of the Disaster Management Office's budgeted program of work totaling $4.1M.
  • Ensure the Disaster Management Office remains compliant with any applicable organisational, national and international standards and legislation.
  • Officially fill the role of Manager, Disaster Management Office when required.
  • Ensure a measured and timely response to all actual or perceived threats to the local government area.Review and update the Local Disaster Management Plan.  
  • Contribute to the business planning process and reporting process relating to all aspects of disaster management for Brisbane City Council
  • Mentor for the Executive Management Team regarding their role as an Incident Controller in the Local Disaster Coordination Center.
  • Build and maintain a collaborative liaison between the Disaster Management Office and internal and external stakeholders, service providers and sector partners.
  • Provide leadership in workforce capability development to facilitate high level innovation and service delivery in disaster response and recovery.
  • Provide and deliver briefings to the Lord Mayor, CEO, Chief of Staff and Councilors.
  • Performance leadership and performance management of Disaster Management Office staff.
Jan 2014Sep 2014

Senior Capability and Development Officer

Disaster Management Office, Office of the Lord Mayor and Chief Executive Officer, Brisbane City Council
  • Responsible for the development and implementation of a disaster management training continuum to ensure an adequate and robust disaster management workforce of over 500 members.
  • Led the development, implementation and evaluation of a strategic learning and development framework for disaster response and recovery based on a workforce plan and current and predicted business requirements.
  • Provided high level advice, representation and Disaster Management Plan consultancy to Council business units, external collaborative partners and community groups preparing Brisbane to respond and recovery from disaster events.
  • Coordinated and delivered multi-agency training and exercises to test local disaster management arrangements.
  • Conducted comprehensive post-exercise analysis and produced post-exercise reports.
  • Mentored the Intelligence Group for the Local Disaster Coordination Center.
Jun 2007Jun 2013


Pasco County Fire Rescue
  • Certified Florida State Paramedic and provided advanced cardiac life support, pre-hospital trauma assessment & treatment, advanced airway management, pediatric advanced life support and multi-casualty medical triage.
  • Certified Florida State Firefighter and provided structural & wild land fire suppression, search & rescue and heavy rescue auto extrication.
  • Certified Florida State Pump Operator trained in hydraulic theory and worked out of class as a driver engineer responsible for the safe operation of the engine/pumper and all equipment and personnel assigned to the company.
  • Participated as a member of the Pasco County Fire Rescue Safety Committee
Jan 2006May 2011

Lead Instructor

Florida Medical Training Institute
  • Delivered emergency medical technician and paramedic curriculums including emergency medicine theory and practical scenario training.
  • Delivered cardiopulmonary resuscitation training and advanced cardiac life support training.
  • Ensured compliance with state and national standards regarding emergency medical training.
  • Worked as a field mentor for students both in the hospital and pre-hospital settings.
May 2003May 2007

Emergency Medical Technician

TransCare Ambulance Service
  • Provided safe transport and treatment of medical and trauma patients in the greater Tampa area.
  • Provided mentoring emergency medical technician students.
  • Provided specialized transport and treatment of Hillsborough County medial patients suffering from psychological disorders.
Jun 2002May 2003

Security Specialist

National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown
  • Provided physical security for two federal buildings including the scientists and researchers that worked there.
  • Contributed to a team that implemented new security measures to harden the federal buildings against potential attacks.
  • Provided a daily intelligence summary to the security supervisor regarding actual and perceived threats.
  • Trained in x-ray technology systems to search packages for dangerous goods prior to them entering the federal buildings.
Jun 1998Jun 2002

Boatswain's Mate, Petty Officer 3rd Class

United States Coast Guard
  • Filled the role of coxswain of a 27-foot Guardian pursuit boat and enforced federal maritime law along the Texas/Mexico border.
  • Lead search & rescue and law enforcement missions utilizing maritime navigation, close quarter boat handling and two boat pursuit tactics.
  • Filled the role of a boarding officer responsible for leading a team of four to seven officers in the tactical law enforcement boarding of both domestic and foreign vessels. 
  • Designed and delivered use of force training to unit members.
  • Contributed to a team that tested new less than lethal technologies to combat foreign nationals engaged in illegal activity.
  • Worked as a member of a task force involving several federal and state agencies in multiple counter narcotic and migrant operations.   



Master of Science Degree (M.S.),  Emergency Services Management 

Columbia Southern University
  • Emergency Management
  • Special Topics in Criminology and Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Advance Toxicology
  • Global Terrorism
  • Advance Fire Administration
  • Risk Management
  • Advanced Interactions of Hazardous Materials
  • Legal Aspects of Emergency Services Management
  • Case Studies in Natural and Man-Made Disasters
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction and Terrorism
  • Interagency Disaster Management

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.), Fire Science - Emergency Management (Summa Cum Laude) 

Columbia Southern University
  • The Community and the Fire Threat
  • Management of Fire Incident Commands
  • Fire Department Safety Officer
  • Incendiary Fire Analysis and Investigation
  • Terrorism Incident Management and Emergency Procedures
  • Interactions of Hazardous Materials
  • Environmental Law
  • Advanced Fire Administration
  • Fire Prevention Organization and Management
  • Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health
  • Leadership

Associate Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.), Emergency Services

Hillsborough Community College
  • Emergency Medical Technician College Credit Certificate
  • Paramedic College Credit Certificate