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The EMAP Leadership is comprised of the EMAP Commission and four standing committees: Program Review Committee, US&R Program Review Committee, Technical Committee, and International Committee.

The EMAP Commission is the governing and decision making body of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP).  Responsibilities of the EMAP Commission include the following: 

  • Establishing and maintaining standards for emergency management programs;
  • Administering an accreditation process that encourages applicant programs to bring their emergency management programs into compliance with those standards;
  • Conducting on-site assessment of applicant's compliance;
  • Acknowledging compliance of programs by issuing accreditation;
  • Developing and maintaining working relationships with national, regional, state and local associations in the emergency management and related fields for mutual growth and benefit;
  • Ensuring that the business affairs and the programs of the Commission and its affiliates are conducted on a fair and nondiscriminatory basis;
  • Educating legislative and executive branches of government and the public on the importance of fully capable emergency management programs at all levels of government based upon high standards;
  • Promoting the concept of voluntary self-regulation inherent in the accreditation process;
  • Accepting fees, grants, gifts, bequests, and other contributions that supports the purposes of EMAP; and 
  • Cooperating with other private and public agencies and organizations in a manner that will lead to the improvement in the accreditation program and the delivery of emergency management services. 

The EMAP Commission has established and will maintain standards for emergency management programs that consider a full range of program elements. The commission's purpose is to set minimum acceptable standards and encourage achievement of effective programs. The standards describe what constitutes an effective program rather than how it should be managed. The EMAP Commission identifies and maintains a means for self-assessment in preparing for accreditation and provides trained and qualified assessors to conduct on-site evaluations of programs when applicants have completed the self-assessment phase of the accreditation process.

For more information on EMAP Committees, see links below on individual committees.

For interest in serving on an EMAP committee, including the EMAP Technical Committee  submit an application here.


2017 EMAP Commission Members

  • Robie Robinson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chairperson
  • Jared Gartman, Mississippi Valley Division - USACE, Vice Chairperson
  • Peter Gaynor, Rhode Island Emergency Management, Secretary-Treasurer
  • John Ash, Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
  • Geoff Bartlett, Tufts University
  • Mike DaniskaNorth Carolina Emergency Management
  • Judson Freed, Ramsey County (MN) Emergency Management
  • Barb Graff, City of Seattle (WA)
  • Jay Mitchell, New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Alisha Powell, National Governors Association
  • Joseph Wainscott, American Red Cross

EMAP Committees

  • Program Review
  • International
  • US&R Program Review
  • Technical

The Program Review Committee is responsible for considering applicant programs being presented for accreditation, using Assessment Reports prepared by assessment teams, and making recommendations regarding accreditation status.

Members include:

  • Barb Graff, City of Seattle (WA) Emergency Management, Chairperson
  • Peter Gaynor, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, Vice Chairperson 
  • Pete Brewster, Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Emergency Management
  • Steve Charvat, University of Washington, Seattle
  • Preston Cook, Hillsborough County (FL) Office of Emergency Management
  • Emily Falone, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • James Joseph, Illinois Emergency Management Agency 
  • James Monsu, Philadelphia District USACE
  • Bryan Tuma, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency
  • Ryan Turner, City of Henderson, NV
  • Steven Woodard, Consolidated City of Jacksonville, FL

The International Committee is responsible for identifying and, as directed by the EMAP Commission, initiating contact with potential international partners, exploring new opportunities to use EMAP standards and assessment process in other nations around the world. The International Committee partners and organizations encourage international understanding of and involvement in EMAP.

The US&R Program Review Committee is responsible for considering applicant US&R Resources being presented for certification and accreditation, using Assessment Reports prepared by assessment teams, and making recommendations regarding certification and accreditation status.

Members include:

  • Peter Gaynor, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, Vice Chairperson 
  • Steve Coffman, Texas Task Force 2
  • Doug Cooper, Alabama Task Force 1
  • Darryl Dragoo, Illinois Emergency Management Agency
  • John Gaughan, Illinois Task Force 1
  • Todd Livingston, Florida Task Force 3
  • Jody Miller, King County Emergency Management
  • Brian Satula, Wisconsin Emergency Management, EMAC Representative

The Technical Committee is responsible for developing new or revised language for the standards and the process, reviews, appeals, interpretations, compliance enforcement, on-site assessment materials, training, self-assessment guidance and other training and education activities.  

The EMAP Technical Committee consists of members from 3 Interest Categories:

1.  Public Representative: An individual that serves within a public or government emergency management or public safety program.  

2.  Private Representative: An individual or entity that serves within a privately owned business, directly related to or in the service of the emergency management or public safety field. 

3. General Interest: The category of General Interest is comprised of members who may use EMAP policy, direction, and standards in further application of prevention and protection measures for specific populations and/or specific critical functions. 

Members include:

  • John Ash, Ottawa, RQ Heath Canada (Category 3)
  • William Brown, National US&R Advisory Group (Category 3)
  • Ty Davisson, Washington University, St. Louis, School of Medicine, Missouri (Category 3)
  • Darryl Dragoo, MPR2, Vice-Chair (Category 2)
  • Anthony Dimas, McKinley County Emergency Management (Category 1)
  • Bob Fletcher, Readiness Consulting (Category 2)
  • Nancy Freeman, Privately Owned Business (Category 2)
  • Mark Howard, Arizona Division of Emergency Management (Category 1)
  • Pam L'Heureux, FEMA Consultant (Category 2)
  • Rick Larkin, City of St. Paul (MN) Emergency Management (Category 1)
  • Bud Marshall, Nevada Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (Category 1)
  • Ronald Perry, Privately Owned Business (Category 2)
  • Peter Rzeszotarski, CDC (Category 3)
  • Sue Reinertson, Amtrak Emergency Management & Corporate Security (Category 2)
  • Alisha Powell, NGA Homeland Security & Public Safety Division (Category 1)
  • Frank Randon, USACE Headquarters (Category 3)
  • Dan McGowan, Montana  Department of Military Affairs
  • Paul Rasch, Hilton Head Island, SC Emergency Management
  • Robie Robinson, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chair (Category 3)

Alternate Members include:

  • Jim Montgomery, City of Ottawa (Category 3)
  • Ryan Nicholls, Washington University School of Medicine (Category 3)
  • Ed Rouse, CDC (Category 3)
  • Elizabeth Klute, Amtrak Emergency Management & Corporate Security (Category 2)
  • Jared Gartman, USACE Mississippi Valley Division (Category 3)
  • Kim Fletcher, Privately Owned Business (Category 2)
  • Robert "Chip" Patterson, Coxwell Disaster Services (Category 2)
  • Dan McGowan, McGowan Enterprises, Inc. (Category 2)
  • Brandan McCluskey, New Jersey Dept. of Health (Category 1)
  • Irish Hancock, City of Arlington Office of Emergency Management (Category 1)
  • Kendall Herzer, Nevada Division of Emergency Management (Category 1)