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IAEM Is Sad To Announce the Passing of Certification Commission Chair James "Jim" Howson

It is with extreme sadness that IAEM announces the passing of IAEM Certification Commission Chair James (Jim) Howson. Jim had been an active member of IAEM since 2007 and Certification Commission Chair since 2021. He passed away on November 27th.


Jim Howson joined the IAEM Certification Commission in 2017, served as Vice Chair from 2020-21, and became Certification Commission Chair in 2021. “Jim devoted an extraordinary amount of time and effort to the support and advancement of the International Association of Emergency Managers Certification program,” said IAEM CEO Elizabeth Armstrong, MAM, CAE.

 

His leadership assisted in keeping the Certification program on course during a time of great change. As Chair, he oversaw the validation and modernization of the certification requirements, improvements to instructions in the AEM/CEM application, the rollout of a new AEM/CEM exam, and the creation of uniformed services guidebooks to provide guidance to military candidates. He was always an active participant, protective of the certification program, its commissioners, and its staff.

 

At his death, Jim was an emergency manager for the U.S. Department of State and a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Jim has been involved in emergency services and healthcare since 1978. Prior positions include emergency manager for the National Institutes of Health, Unit Chief for the Operational Medicine Unit at the U.S. Department of State, a Booz Allen Hamilton Associate, and Corporate Director of Emergency Management at Barnabas Health.

 

Jim will be greatly missed by his IAEM colleagues and family. A celebration of his life will be announced early next year.

 

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IAEM Global Board Meeting in Savannah

Global Board meeting 11/13 at the Marriott Savannah during the 2022 IAEM Annual Conference.

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IAEM Certification Commissioners

IAEM Certification Commissioners meeting at the 2022 Annual Conference. L to R: Jim Howson, CEM (Certification Outgoing Chair); David Day, CEM (Incoming Canadian Commissioner); BJ Dvorak, CEM (Current Commissioner); Jason Higginbotham, CEM (Current Commissioner); Tom Ignelzi, CEM (Incoming USA Commissioner).

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2021-22 IAEM-USA Board Meeting at Annual Conference

2021-22 IAEM-USA Board Meeting at Annual Conference

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IAEM Members at NEMA's Annual Forum

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IAEM Staff in San Antonio

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