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Certification Commission

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 Certification Commission Chairs.

Certification Commissioners

(as of Jan. 1, 2020)

Commission Chair

Jody W. Carter, CEM, MS, NREMT-P
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Baptist Health System
Little Rock, AR
501-202-2871

Commission Vice Chair

Jennifer Smysnuik, CEM
Manager, Emergency Management
City of Toronto  Office of Emergency Management
Toronto, ON M3C 3N3 Canada
416-392-3829

Class of 2022

Wendy Alvarez, CEM, NJCEM, MPA
Emergency Management Coordinator
Fair Lawn Emergency Management
Fair Lawn, NJ
201-794-5390
First Term – Local EM

Jon Fessler, CEM
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Fox Corporation
Simi Valley, CA
310-369-5362
First Term – Private Industry

Jason Higginbotham, CEM, LEM
Director of Emergency Management
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
504-585-2015
First Term – Academia

James M. Howson, CEM, NRP
Emergency Manager
National Institutes of Health
Gaithersburg, MD
201-394-4070
Second Term – Federal

Jeffrey S. Jellets, CEM
Territorial Disaster Coordinator
The Salvation Army
Atlanta, GA
404-728-6711
Second Term – Not for Profit Industry

Alexander Markowski, CEM
Director of Business Continuity, NA
GroupM
Brooklyn, NY
718-986-1768
First Term – Private Industry

Larry Masterman, CEM
Proprietor
Preparedness Consulting & Training, Int'l
Weaverville, CA
530-941-9084
First Term – Consultant

Edward H. Smith, CEM
Marietta, PA
717-572-5586
Second Term – Consultant

Class of 2021

Hugh A. Daniels, CEM
Managing Partner
Ask Hugh, LLC - Emergency Management Consulting
Dana Point, CA
949-496-4768
USAtreasurer@iaem.com
Second Term – Local EM and Consultant

Gordon W. Deno, CEM
Emergency Management Director
Wilson County Emergency Management
Wilson, NC
252-399-2830
Second Term – Local EM

Heather G. Long, CEM
Senior Business Continuity Specialist, Enterprise Crisis Management
PNC Financial Services
Pittsburgh, PA
443-929-1974
First Term – Private Industry

Deborah O. Teske, CEM
Emergency Mgt/ Business Continuity Coord
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
507-266-9973
First Term – Healthcare

Class of 2020

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

Carlos Garcia, CEM
Director, IUPUI Campus
Emergency Management & Continuity
Indianapolis, IN
317-274-1802
First Term – Campus

George O. Gilbert, Jr., CEM
Director
New York – Presbyterian Hospital
Briarcliff Manor, NY 
907-854-4470
First Term – Military

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

Thomas D. Ignelzi, CEM, CCM, LEM
Supervisor, Emergency Preparedness
Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations
Belle Chasse, LA
504-416-7752
Second Term - Private Industry

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

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

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

Council Representatives

IAEM-Asia Representative
Tswen-Juh Gu, CEM
President
International EM Co.
Xindian, Taipei, Taiwan
886-910-386-232
Second Term (completing term 12-31-2022)

IAEM-Canada Representative
Shannan Saunders, CEM
Manager, Emergency Management 
Durham College & UOIT
Oshawa, ON CANADA
905-721-2000
First Term (completing term 12-31-2020)

IAEM-Canada Alternate Representative
Jennifer Smysnuik, CEM
Manager Emergency Management
City of Toronto OEM
Toronto, ON M3C 3N3 Canada
416-392-3829
First Term (completing term 12-31-2022)

IAEM-Canada Alternate Representative
Sherry D. Hiriart, CEM

Disaster Mgmt. Instructor/Mktg. Manager
Canadian Red Cross/Stamm Investments Ltd.
Kitchener, ON, Canada
519-886-7261
Second Term (completing term 12-31-2022)

IAEM-Europa Representative
Benedict Gross, MDM, MSc., CEM
Consultant for Project & Risk Management
Munich, Germany
00491727575754
First Term (completing term 12-31-2020)

IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Representative
Open

IAEM-Oceania Representative
Open

Appointments - Ex-Officio

NEMA Representative
open

FEMA Representative
Libby Turner, CEM

Federal Coordinating Officer
FEMA Region 4
Atlanta, GA
678-491-0412
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
Local EM/military representative since 2005

Board Liaison
Hugh A. Daniels, CEM

Managing Partner
Ask Hugh, LLC - Emergency Management Consulting
Dana Point, CA
949-496-4768
USAtreasurer@iaem.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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