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Previously Scott was with Putnam County, Ohio Office of Public Safety for six years. Scott has served as a local Law Enforcement Officer since 1994 and is commissioned in both Ohio and Michigan. Scott has also served eight years in the military as a Heavy Combat Engineer and Demolitions Expert.
Scott has an Associate’s degree in Law Enforcement from Owens Technical College, and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Bluffton University. Scott currently holds many certifications which include the Professional Emergency Management Certification (PEM).
Scott serves as a Board Member for Plainwell Public Schools and the American Red Cross Board of Directors of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Scott has extensive experience dealing with tornados, severe storms, floods and many other federally declared disasters. Additional responsibilities include Palisades Nuclear Plant Emergency Planning Zone (EPZ) which requires an in-depth understanding of nuclear preparedness.
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James Buttleman is currently the 2nd Vice President for MEMA. He works for Allegiance Health in Jacskon, MI as the Manager of Safety and Emergency Management. James holds a Master of Arts in Emergency and Disaster Management, Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) and Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) desginations.
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He managed numerous emergency events including three major disasters in Montcalm County - the 1986 flood, the 1998 derecho, and the 2006 ice storm - the first two which resulted in Presidential Declarations and the latter in a Governor’s declaration. He has received more individual MEMA awards than anyone in the history of the Association and was awarded the Professional Emergency Manager of the Year award in 2007. He was appointed to serve on several state-wide committees on emergency management issues and served as the State RACES Director in 1982.
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Rob received his BA in Criminal Justics and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2011. He is also a Michigan Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) and National Association for Search and Rescue SARTECH II.
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He began working in the Macomb County Office of Emergency Management and Communications in February 2002 and has been involved with such initiatives as the creation of the county’s Continuity of Operations Plan, our Community Emergency Preparedness Workbook and the Macomb County Hazard Mitigation Plan. He has since been awarded the Preparedness of the Year Award for 2010 and the Mitigation of the Year Award for 2011 by the Michigan Emergency Management Association.
Peter has been married to his wife Linda for over 41 years. They have two children, five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
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Previously, Erin served for five years in a preparedness planning role for public health in Kalamazoo County, and as a public information officer for both the local public health and emergency management programs. She also worked for eight years in the education field as a public relations coordinator for the Berrien County Intermediate School District.
Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Western Michigan University. She has also earned the designation Professional Emergency Manager from the State of Michigan.
Erin is the proud parent of two beautiful children – a daughter based out of Chicago working in a communications role for the Illinois State Bar Association, and a son currently majoring in second grade shenanigans in Mattawan.
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Dave serves as the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Liaison to District 6.
Dave graduated from Fowler High school in 1984 and married his best friend and love of his life (Jan) in 1986. They have 2 amazing children (Marcus & Sydney) that are the focus of much of his personal life. When not at work Dave loves spending time at the lake with his family.
Dave began a public safety career as a firefighter in 1986 and quickly realized his calling to serve others. He completed his initial fire and EMS training in 1992 and began a career as a full time Paramedic. By 1993 he found his way to a municipal service in Montcalm County where he could maintain his focus on patients and community service without the distractions of for profit EMS. At Montcalm County he worked for Emergency Management icon Jerry McCoy and as he promoted he was drawn in to the Emergency Management world and completed his PEM training in 2006.
Dave took over for McCoy as Director of Emergency Medical Services for Montcalm County in 2007 and also took over as the Emergency Management Coordinator after McCoy retired in 2010. In 2011 Dave completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety from Siena Heights University with a minor in Management.
Dave strives to continue the tradition of excellence for Montcalm County and serves on numerous boards and committees both locally and regionally. Dave is a long time MEMA member and has served as the District 6 Liaison since 2013.
Abby Watkins has been elected to serve as the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Liaison to District 6 for 2017 - 2018.
Gregg has been involved in Public Safety since 1990. He has 26 years’ experience in the fire service and 23 years in 9-1-1 Dispatch and organizational management. His Emergency Management career officially began in 2005 while deployed from Maryland to the Mississippi State Emergency Operations Center in response to Hurricane Katrina.
Prior to being selected as Grand Traverse County’s Emergency Management Coordinator in 2013, he was the Deputy Director of Emergency Services for Kent County, Maryland Office of Emergency Services. His duties included the daily management and operation of the county’s multi-discipline 9-1-1 center, and the Advanced Life Support EMS program, as well as the Operations Chief for the Emergency Operations Center. Gregg is one of a handful of National Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Advance Team personnel who have been assigned to the National Response Coordination Center during disasters and has also been deployed to numerous national incidents of significance, including Hurricane Katrina, The Mississippi and Red River Floods of 2006, Hurricanes Gustav & Ike, and the US assistance to the State Department as a result of the Haiti earthquake.
Gregg is a certified Professional Emergency Manager, a member of the National Emergency Management Institute Advanced Leadership Academy, and an Emergency Management Instructor for the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) at Louisiana State University.
Gregg holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Management from the University of Maryland and resides in Traverse City with his wife, Stacey and two stepsons, Shane and Cameron.
Teresa Schwalbach is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the County of Marquette, Michigan. She has worked in the public sector her entire career and in emergency management for the past 22 years. She coordinated the team of local, state, and federal agencies participating in the emergency response activities during the Silver Lake Dam flood event in May 2003. As a result, she was asked to write an article for Hydro Review magazine in 2004 and International Dam Safety magazine 2008 on the flooding event and the value of planning for emergencies and testing emergency plans. She has presented at various conferences including a Dam Association Conference in San Francisco in 2004 and the Canadian Dam Association Conference in Calgary, Canada in 2005. She was invited back to Canada to present as a guest speaker at the 2014 Canadian Dam Association Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada on the past and present look at the Silver Lake Dam event.
She is a member of the Michigan Emergency Management Association and serves as the District Liaison for the Upper Peninsula. She is also a member of the State of Michigan Citizen Corp Focus Group and is the Citizen Corp Coordinator for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) in the U.P. She is a member of the U.P. Regional Homeland Security Board representing Marquette County and serves on other various committees throughout the county.
She received her Professional Emergency Management certification in 2005 and was awarded by the Michigan State Police/Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division as Professional Emergency Manager of the Year in 2012.
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Annamaria Herrera has served as the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Executive Director since May 2016.
Anna is an Emergency Preparedness Specialist with Priority Health, responsible for all phases of emergency preparedness and business continuity. She served as an Emergency Management Coordinator with Osceola County, MI until August 2016 and as a Human Resources Specialist in the Army Reserve until June 2015.
Anna received her BS in Business Administration, Leadership and Project Management from Ferris State University. She is a Michigan Professional Emergency Manager (PEM), Project Management Institute Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner, and Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Assessor.
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