Board of Directors
Gregg 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 Cohort VI of the National Emergency Management Professional Porgram Executive Leadership Academy. He is also a graduate of the National Emergency Management Institute Advanced Leadership Academy. Gregg is also 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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Jim 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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Frank Post is new to the MEMA Board, being elected in 2017 to the position of 3rd Vice President. Prior to that, Frank chaired the Region 7 Homeland Security Planning Board for 2 years prior to his election.
Frank is presently the Benzie County Emergency Management Coordinator and has been is this position since 2013. Prior to that Frank had a 39 year career in law enforcement and Public Safety mostly in Southwest Lower Michigan with 20+ years of that career as a Police Chief and Public Safety Director in Plainwell and Emmett Township. In 2017 Frank was selected as MEMA’s “Local Emergency Management Coordinator of the Year <60,000 Population”.
Frank has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Grand Valley State University in Criminal Justice and holds many certifications which include the Professional Emergency Management Certification (PEM) from the State of Michigan. Frank is also a recent graduate of the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg MD.
Frank also has extensive grant writing experience that includes a 2017 AFG Regional Grant for nearly $700,000 for Fire and EMS transition to an 800MHz Communications Platform and Flood Mitigation Grant in 2016 for approximately $125,000.
Jerry 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. Recently he was re-hired by Montcalm County to serve as Emergency Management Assistant where he is updating emergency operations plans, the Hazard Mitigation Plan, LEPC plans, and designing and conducting disaster exercises for Montcalm County.
McCoy 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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Erin 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 Supreme Court, and a son currently majoring in third grade and Minecraft in Mattawan.
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Scott 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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Therese Cremonte is the Livingston County Emergency Manager. She was hired by Livingston County in 2016 upon her retirement from the Michigan State Police (MSP). While with the MSP, Therese work five of her twenty-seven years with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (EMHSD) in the Training & Exercise Unit, Grants Unit, and as the Coordinator for Region One.
While with MSP EMHSD, Therese assisted the Seventh District with damage assessment after the March 2012 snow storm, and assisted the Third District in the spring of 2012 with federal damage assessment after severe flooding in Genesee County. In 2013, she assisted in the Sixth District with federal damage assessment after a flooding disaster declaration that encompassed sixteen Michigan counties.
In her current tenure as the Livingston County Emergency Manager, Therese has utilized her emergency management skills to assist with a 53 car / 3 fatality accident that closed I-96 for more than 12 hours in December of 2016. She has also worked with the Red Cross during a weeklong power outage in March of 2017 to get citizens with access and functional needs overnight sheltering and utilized other partnerships to set up warming centers throughout the county. Therese also set up Livingston County’s first ever public alerting system to include IPAWS capability.
Therese is the Region One Homeland Security Board Chairperson. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Ferris State University, is a graduate of the Michigan State Police 105th Trooper Recruit School – 1989, has been a P.E.M. since 2013, is a graduate of the Michigan State University, School of Staff and Command – 10th Class, and was voted class Secretary of the 10th Class.
Therese is married, has four children, and one grandchild. She enjoys spending time with her family, trying new recipes, and spending time outside enjoying all of Michigan’s seasons.
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Peter 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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Jim Yarger has served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Barry County since 2004. Jim currentlyserves as the Chairperson for the 5th District Homeland Security Planning Board, which encompasses the ten emergency management programs in Southwest Michigan. Jim currently holds many emergency management and fire service certifications which include the Michigan Professional Emergency Management Certification (PEM).
Jim is the project chair for the Michigan Technical Rescue Team Region 5. The MI-TRT-5 is made possible through the collaboration of 26 fire departments in the 5th District.
Jim started serving on the Freeport Area Volunteer Fire Department in 1979 and has held the position of Fire Chief there since 1999.
Jim is a Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council Certified Instructor 1 and teaches regularly at the Barry County Fire Academy. Jim is also a Volunteer Fireman’s Insurance Services (VFIS) certified Emergency Vehicle Driver Training and ATV/UTV Driver Training instructor. Jim recently became a School Active Shooter/Intruder Response Instructor for Strategoes International.
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Abby Watkins has been elected to serve as the Michigan Emergency Management Association (MEMA) Liaison to District 6 for 2017 - 2018.
Abby Watkins has fourteen years of experience in Emergency Management within the State of Michigan. She has served as the Newaygo County Emergency Services Director since 2007 and has coordinated 1 Presidential Disaster Declaration for Flooding, 1 Governor’s Disaster Declaration for Severe Storms and Flooding, and numerous local emergency disaster declarations. She is a certified Professional Emergency Manager and a Community Emergency Response Team Instructor through the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division. Abby is also a certified Incident Command Instructor through Center for Domestic Preparedness, a certified, a certified Master Exercise Practitioner through the Emergency Management Institute, and a licensed Medical First Responder. Abby holds an associate’s degree in Business Management.
In February 2018 Abby received a Wildfire Mitigation Award for her innovation and leadership displayed in her wildfire mitigation efforts. The Wildfire Mitigation Awards are sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, and the USDA Forest Service. In addition, Abby was recognized in 2008, 2009, and 2015 for her work in Emergency Management by the Michigan Emergency Management Association and was awarded Coordinator of the Year for under 60,000 population. In 2012, she was nominated for Professional Emergency Manager of the Year by the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division.
Abby is married and has a 9 year old daughter and a 5 year old son.
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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 25 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 the 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 Chair of the U.P. Regional Homeland Security Board representing Marquette County and serves on other various committees throughout the county.
Working with local law enforcement, she trains school staff, businesses and industry personnel on active intruder response.
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. She was also selected as the Local Emergency Management Coordinator of the Year with a population greater than 60,000 in 2016 by MEMA.
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