Certification Commission

The Certification Commission is composed of representatives nominated by their respective sponsoring Council Board and approved by the USA Board. There are 18-30 Commission seats depending on workload/volume of applicants.

The Certification Commission reflects the spectrum of emergency management expertise, including all levels of governmental emergency management programs (local, state, tribal, federal) and all environments of practice including but not limited to private sector, military installations, not-for-profit/volunteer-based, campuses and healthcare organizations. This ensures that all candidates are peer-reviewed. All Certification Commission members must hold a current CEM certification.

The Certification Commission is a peer-review body and ensures that the Certification Program remains open, fair and impartial; retains integrity; and implements the mission of emergency management by certifying that successful applicants have met the minimum standards outlined in the program. See the listing of Past Council Certification Commission Chairs.

Certification Commissioners

Commission Chair

Keith Dowler, MA, CEM, CBCP
System Director
Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity
Inova Health System
Falls Church, Virginia
703-289-8626
Keith.Dowler@inova.org 
Second Term - Healthcare (completing term 12-31-2019)

Commission Vice Chairs

Valerie Lucus-McEwen, CEM, CBCP
Las Vegas, NV
530-908-7509
vjlm55@gmail.com
Second Term - Academia (completing term 12-31-2018)

Ian J. Carlton, CEM
Regional Officer Emergency Management
Victoria State Emergency Service
Bell Park (Geelong), Victoria, Australia
0400512115
ian.carlton@ses.vic.gov.au
(completing term 12-31-2019)

Class of 2020

Jody W. Carter, CEM, MS, NREMT-P
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Baptist Health System
Little Rock, AR
501-202-2871
jody.carter@baptist-health.org
Second Term – Not-for-profit/Healthcare

Carlos Garcia, CEM
Director, IUPUI Campus
Emergency Management & Continuity
Indianapolis, IN
317-274-1802; garciaca@indiana.edu
First Term – Campus

Thomas D. Ignelzi, CEM, CCM, LEM
Ebbert and Associates
Vice President of Plans & Training
Metairie, LA
504-416-7752
tomignelzi@gmail.com
Second Term - Private Industry

Pamela L'Heureux, CEM
Emergency Manager
Retired local EM; FEMA Reservist
East Waterboro, ME
207-793-8799; pampaul@sacoriver.net
First Term – Local EM

George O. Gilbert, Jr, CEM
Lieutenant Colonel
U.S. Army Public Health Command - CENPAC
Ewa Beach, HI
907-854-4470; Gilgeor1971@aol.com
First Term – Military

Glenn H. Jones, CEM
Emergency Management & Safety Coordinator
City of Peoria
Peoria, AZ
623-773-5207; glenn.jones@peoriaaz.gov
First Term – Local EM

Patricia A. McIntosh, CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
College of the Mainland
Texas City, TX
409-933-8267; pmcintosh@com.edu
First Term – Campus & Academic

William Halstead, Jr, CEM
Emergency Preparedness Program Manager
Yale New Haven Health
Southbury, CT
203-405-3863; wthalstead@sbcglobal.net
First Term – Healthcare

Class of 2019

Brian C. Bannon, CEM
Senior Emergency Planner
Booz Allen Hamilton
Belcamp, MD
610-299-4703
Bbannongmu@gmail.com
First Term – Private Industry / Military

Rick Cox, CEM
Independent Consultant
Hawesville, KY
270-927-6808
rcox243@gmail.com
Second Term – State

Keith Dowler, MA, CEM, CBCP
System Director
Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity
Inova Health System
Falls Church, Virginia
703-289-8626
Keith.Dowler@inova.org 
Second Term - Healthcare

Sean W. Haglund, CEM, CPP, PMP
Deputy Chief, Office for Bombing Prevention
Department of Homeland Security
Arlington, VA
813-758-4148
sean.haglund@msn.com
First Term – Military Industry

Pam Hobbs, CEM
Emergency Management & Mission Assurance Program
Engineering Solutions Inc.
Hanover, MD
410-694-0700, ext. 308 (office)
pam.hobbs@gmail.com
Second Term - Private Industry

James M. Howson, CEM, NRP
Emergency Manager
National Institutes of Health
Gaithersburg, MD
201-394-4070
JHowson@aol.com
First Term – Federal

Jeffrey S. Jellets, CEM
Territorial Disaster Coordinator
The Salvation Army
Atlanta, GA
404-728-6711
jeff.jellets@uss.salvationarmy.org
First Term – Not for Profit Industry

Edward H. Smith, CEM
Marietta, PA
717-572-5586
edsmithcem@comcast.net
First Term – Private Industry

Class of 2018

Cullen Case, Jr., CEM
Senior Manager, Emergency Preparedness
National Marrow Donor Program
Minneapolis, MN
612-884-8402
ccasejr@gmail.com
Second Term - Non-profit

Hugh A. Daniels, CEM
Managing Partner
Ask Hugh, LLC - Emergency Management Consulting
Dana Point, CA
949-496-4768
mail@askhugh.com 
First Term – Local EM

Gordon W. Deno, CEM
Emergency Management Director
Wilson County Emergency Management
Wilson, NC
252-399-2830
gdeno@wilson-co.com
First Term – Local EM

Valerie Lucus-McEwen, CEM, CBCP
Las Vegas, NV
530-908-7509
vjlm55@gmail.com
Second Term - Academia

Council Representatives

IAEM-Asia Council

Tswen-Juh Gu, CEM
President
International EM Co.
Xindian, Taipei, Taiwan
886-910-386-232
tjjf.gu@gmail.com
First Term (completing term 12-31-2019)

IAEM-Canada Council

Canada Council Representative
Sherry D Hiriart, CEM
Disaster Mgmt. Instructor/Mktg. Manager
Canadian Red Cross/Stamm Investments Ltd.
Kitchener, ON, Canada
519-886-7261
shiriart@stamminvestments.com
First Term (completing term 12-31-2019)

Canada Council Alternate Representative
Shannan Saunders, CEM

Manager, Emergency Management
Durham College & UOIT
Oshawa, ON CANADA
905-721-2000; shannan.saunders@dc-uoit.ca
First Term (completing term 12-31-2020)

IAEM-Europa Council

Benedict Gross, MDM, MSc., CEM
Consultant for Project & Risk Management
Munich, Germany
00491727575754
mail@b-gross.com
First Term (completing term 12-31-2020)

IAEM International Council Representative

Brad Gair, CEM
PO Box 110621
Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
7188578707
brad.gair@gmail.com 
First Term (completing term 12/31/2019)

IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Council Representative 
Open 

IAEM-Oceania Council

Ian J. Carlton, CEM
Regional Officer Emergency Management
Victoria State Emergency Service
Bell Park (Geelong), Victoria, Australia
0400512115
ian.carlton@ses.vic.gov.au
First Term (completing term 12-31-2019)

Appointments - Ex-Officio

NEMA Representative
open

FEMA Representative
Libby Turner, CEM 
Federal Coordinating Officer 
FEMA Region 4
Atlanta, GA
678-491-0412
Libby.Turner@fema.dhs.gov
FEMA representative since 2016

Lead Instructor
Daryl Lee Spiewak, CEM, CFM

Emergency Action Coordinator
DLS Consulting
Woodway, TX
H: 254-776-7117; C: 254-640-1076
daryls@hot.rr.com
Local EM/military representative since 2005

Board Liaison
Lanita Lloyd, CEM
Georgia Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director
The Salvation Army
Villa Rica, GA
lanitalloyd@gmail.com

Staff Liaison
Kate McClimans
Program Manager
International Association of Emergency Managers
201 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA 22046-4527
(703) 538-1795; F: (703) 241-5603
kmcclimans@iaem.com


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