“Virginia faces a wide range of emergency management challenges—hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, civil unrest, mudslides and terrorist threats,” said VDEM State Coordinator Jeff Stern. “Academy students learn skills critical to performing leadership responsibilities, including program management and oversight, effective communication at all levels, integrated collaboration and strategic thinking to prepare for and to respond to all hazards.”
The Advanced Academy is designed for emerging leaders from government, non-profit voluntary organizations and private sector managers responsible for emergency management. All of the graduating students are from Virginia; members of the 2018 graduating class:
David R. Amorosi, United States Navy, Wallops Island; Aaron M. Boerger,Pentagon Force Protection Agency, Arlington; Lori A. Dachille, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond; Michael J. Fazio, U.S. Army Headquarters G-3/5/7, Stafford; Robert H. Foresman, Henrico County Division of Fire, Henrico; Sara E. Harrington, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond; Alexa J. Hussar, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond; Sherri A. Laffoon, Chesterfield Fire and EMS, Chesterfield; William W. Lawson, Richmond Office of Emergency Management, Richmond; Jennifer E. Maul, Lynchburg Department of Emergency Services, Lynchburg; Renee V. McKinnon, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads, Portsmouth; Barbara E. Moore-Scruggs, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond; Craig C. Moore, Lancaster County-Emergency Service, Lancaster; Stacie C. Neal, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Richmond; Michelle T. Oblinsky, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond; Jess R. Powers, Russell County Emergency Management, Lebanon; Michael A. Pruitt, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond; Stephanie M. Schemenauer, U.S. Navy Reserves, Norfolk; Harold D. Smith, York County Fire and Life Safety, Yorktown; Lucy-Carter F. Smith, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Richmond; Betsy E. Summerfield, Russell County Disaster Recovery Task Force, Lebanon; and Christopher D. Warriner, Virginia State Police, Hanover.
The graduation was held at John Tyler Community College, Midlothian Campus, at 11:30 a.m.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971