Board of Directors

The MEMA-elected officers are the President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Third Vice-President, Legislative Liaison, Secretary, and Treasurer. A Vice-Treasurer and Vice-Secretary are appointed by the President. The Board of Directors consists of the elected officers and an elected representative from each emergency management district in Michigan. The Board is responsible for the administrative and management responsibilities of the Association. Standing and Ad hoc committees guide policy making.
President: Gregg Bird
Scott CorbinGregg Bird is the Emergency Management Coordinator for Grand Traverse County.

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.


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1st Vice President: Jim Zoss
Jim ZossJim Zoss has served as the 1st Vice President of the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) since 2013. Jim served as the Director of Emergency Services with the City of Battle Creek Police Department from 1972 to 2010.


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2nd Vice President Elect: Rich Warner

3rd Vice President Elect: Frank Post

Treasurer: Jerry McCoy
Jerry McCoyJerry McCoy is a 31-year veteran of Emergency Management.  From 1980 to 1989 he was Montcalm County’s Emergency Manager and a full-time Paramedic with Montcalm County EMS.  In 1989 he was appointed Director of EMS in Montcalm and served in that dual capacity until his retirement in 2007.  He remained as Montcalm's Emergency Manager until 2011 at which time he retired from that position as well.  

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.
McCoy was elected Secretary of the Association in 2002, and was elected Treasurer in 2008.  He resides in Gowen (about 35 miles northeast of Grand Rapids) and enjoys woodworking, family, great food, reading, road trips, and quality time with great friends.


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Secretary: Erin Yingst
Photo Not AvailableErin Yingst is the Executive Coordinator for the 5th District Homeland Security Planning Board, which encompasses the ten emergency management programs in Southwest Michigan. She is responsible for overseeing the Homeland Security grant projects and board activities for the region, a position she has held since 2009.

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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Legislative Liaison: Scott Corbin
Scott CorbinScott Corbin has served as the Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for Allegan County, Michigan for 10 years. Of those years, Scott served as the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Legislative Liaison from 2009 through 2013.

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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1st District Liason: Therese Cremonte

2S District Liason: Mark Hammond
Mark HammondMark Hammond has been elected to serve as the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Liaison to District 2 North for 2017 - 2018.
2N District Liason: Pete Locke
Pete LockePeter Locke retired from the Dearborn Fire Department in 2002 after 26 years of service, the last 11 years in which he served as Dearborn’s Emergency Management Coordinator. He had extensive experience in managing emergencies and disasters including three Presidential Disasters and two Presidential Emergencies. He obtained his Professional Emergency Manager (PEM) certification in 1992 and was awarded the Michigan Emergency Management Association Coordinator of the Year and Response of the Year Awards for 1999, and the Michigan State Police Homeland Security Emergency Management Division Professional Emergency Manager of the Year Award for 1998.

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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3rd District Liason: Ryan Manz

5th District Liason: Jim Yarger

6th District Liason: Abby Watkins
Abby Watkins

Abby Watkins has been elected to serve as the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Liaison to District 6 for 2017 - 2018.

7th District Liason: Vance Bates

8th District Liason: Teresa Schwalbach
Teresa Schwalbach

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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Executive Director: Annamaria Herrera
Annamaria Herrera

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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