CEM Executive Committee

Composition of the Certification Executive Committee

The Certification Executive Committee provides management and oversight of the Certification Commission, and reports to the IAEM-USA Board of Directors. It is composed of a chair, two vice chairs and two at-large members. These seats are annual terms. The Certification Commission as a whole nominates the chair and two at-large members. One vice chair is nominated by the USA, Canadian, Latin American, and International Commissioners, and the other vice chair is nominated by the Asian, Oceania, and European Commissioners. All Certification Executive Committee members must hold a current CEM certification.

(as of Jan. 1, 2021)


James M. Howson, CEM, NRP
Emergency Manager
National Institutes of Health
Gaithersburg, MD
(completing term 12/31/21)
Please Note: Mr. Howson serves as an IAEM Commissioner in his personal capacity and does not formally represent the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the United States Federal Government on the commission.

Vice Chairs

Jennifer Smysnuik, CEM
Manager, Emergency Management
City of Toronto Office of Emergency Management
Toronto, ON M3C 3N3 Canada
(completing term 12/31/21)

Benedict Gross, MDM, MSc., CEM
Consultant for Project & Risk Management
Munich, Germany
(completing term 12-31-2021)


Patricia A. McIntosh, CEM
Emergency Management Coordinator
College of the Mainland
Texas City, TX
(completing term 12-31-2021)

Glenn H. Jones, CEM
Emergency Management & Safety Coordinator
City of Peoria
Peoria, AZ
(completing term 12/31/22)


Board Liaison
Hugh A. Daniels, CEM

Managing Partner
Ask Hugh, LLC - Emergency Management Consulting
Dana Point, CA

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

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