Supervisor Shirlee Zane
Since first being elected in 2008, Supervisor Shirlee Zane has represented Sonoma County’s Third District on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. The District includes most of central Santa Rosa, the City of Rohnert Park east of Highway 101, and Sonoma State University. Supervisor Zane’s highest priorities for 2018 are building new housing and rebuilding housing lost in the October 2017 wildfires, addressing homelessness, protecting environmental and human health, and public safety. Working with law enforcement, Health Services and Mental Health advocates, the Supervisor launched a Behavioral Health Mobile Support Team to assist law enforcement on 911 mental health and substance abuse calls. Zane’s efforts to maintain a strong regional economy have been recognized with a Building Industry Association of the Bay Area Award. She has led progress at Permit Sonoma, where 72% of permits are now issued the same day. And, in conjunction with the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, Chairwoman Zane declared 2017 the “Year of the Senior” to support senior entrepreneurism, continue to enhance Sonoma County’s image as a tourist destination for seniors, encourage age-friendly business practices, and raise awareness of the challenges and positive outcomes of an aging population.
Since 2008, Emily Rogan has worked with United Policyholders (UP). As the Chief Operating Officer, Emily works closely with the Executive Director, UP staff, and volunteers to advance the mission of the organization. Along with performing high-level operational management, Emily is instrumental in UP’s programmatic success. Her role in the Roadmap to Preparedness Program involves educating homeowners and renters throughout the Bay Area. Through the Roadmap to Recovery program, she organizes workshops and webinars to provide long-term recovery help to disaster survivors and case managers across the county. Collaboration is one of the keys to her success, and Emily builds and maintains relationships with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) members, non-profits, government, and the faith-based community. She proudly represents UP at conferences, meetings and workshops. A San Francisco native, Ms. Rogan received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from San Francisco State University. She currently serves on the Executive Committee for San Francisco VOAD, the Education Committee for the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters, and the California Volunteer and Donations Management Emergency Function (EF-17) Working Group. She served on the Curriculum Board of the California Department of Insurance from 2015-2018 and the Executive Committee of NorCal VOAD from 2011 – 2015 and as Chair from 2014-2015.
Captain Joe Spanheimer
Captain Joe Spanheimer is a former United States Marine Corps weapons and tactics instructor and has been a police officer for over 25 years. He served numerous assignments at the Pacifica Police Department and was the City of Pacifica’s lead Emergency Manager. Captain Spanheimer has been an Active Shooter/Violent Intruder Response instructor since 2001. He has trained officers from numerous police departments and teaches response tactics at the Basic Police Academy. Over the last several years, Joe has also been presenting classes on Active Shooter/Violent Intruder response to the public with the goal of creating awareness and building realistic expectations for all involved.
Chris Nance has been the chief communications officer for the not-for-profit California Earthquake Authority (CEA)—the largest earthquake insurance provider in the United States, and one of the largest in the world—since 2008. Since joining CEA, Chris has created the Marketing Value Program (MVP) that offers CEA policy training and sales support for more than 20,000 home insurance agents, and the annual Get Prepared, California! Auction that has raised more than $1 million to benefit American Red Cross. Chris also created the California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) that offers $3,000 financial incentives to retrofit foundations of older houses, and led statewide adoption of the first California Building Code for the seismic retrofitting of existing residential structures. Prior to joining CEA, Chris was a consultant for Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, FleishmanHillard, and Hill+Knowlton Strategies; a deputy secretary for the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency; a senior consultant for the California Legislature; and a press advance representative for The White House.
Kari Hall joined NBC Bay Area in May 2015 as meteorologist for NBC Bay Area’s morning newscast Today in The Bay. Kari is a self-described weather fanatic. She grew up in Louisville, KY where she says her love of weather began at a very early age. From droughts to floods and snowstorms to tornadoes, Kari wanted to learn about it all. Kari began her career at KATC in Lafayette, LA, where she covered severe weather events, including Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustav. After spending six years in Louisiana, she moved back to her home state of Kentucky where she was the weekend meteorologist at WKYT in Lexington, frequently covering tornadoes and snowstorms. Most recently, Kari worked at News 12 in Connecticut, where she was the Chief Meteorologist for the past two years. Kari holds a B.S. in Geoscience with an emphasis in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has a seal of approval from the National Weather Association.
Brian started his career in 2003 with the United States Forest Service (USFS) in the Mendocino National Forest out of the Paskenta Fire Station. In 2006, he was hired by CAL FIRE in the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit as a Firefighter I working in the Santa Cruz Division at the Saratoga Summit Fire Station. He was promoted to Lt. Engineer in the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit in 2009. Brian became a Lt. Fire Captain in 2012 at the Soquel Fire Station and in 2013 had accepted a Permanent Fire Captain appointment at the Burrell Fire Station. In 2016, he transferred to the San Mateo County Division where he has been working in the San Mateo County Fire Contract. Brian has been involved in multiple programs. He was the Unit Chain Saw Program Coordinator for many years, was the Santa Cruz County SCBA Coordinator during his time at Burrell, was the MDA Coordinator for many years where rallied the troops on street corners to raise money for children living with Muscular Dystrophy and ALS. Brian holds an AS degree in Automotive Technology from Universal Technical Institute where he attended the Phoenix Arizona Campus. He is well versed in management of large-scale emergency incidents while having qualifications which include being an unlimited tree faller, qualified Field Observer, qualified Strike Team Leader, qualified Division Group Supervisor, and a trainee as a Situation Unit Leader. Brian’s current work location is at Station 17 where he is the Battalion Chief for the San Mateo County Fire Department and CAL FIRE. Brian oversees numerous stations throughout the County and works closely with the La Honda Fire Brigade as well as the Kings Mountain Fire Brigade.
Theresa Smith has been working with San Mateo County for the past thirty years in Public Health clinics, Communicable Disease, District Attorney’s Office and has also supervised administrative staff in Disease Control, the Public Health Lab, Vital Statistics and the Aids Program, where she received an employee of the year award for work. Theresa spent ten years as a trainer for our emergency health alert system. Theresa has spent the last twelve years where she has focused her work on Health Emergency Preparedness in the Emergency Medical Services Agency. She specializes in the incident command system; she worked in San Bruno Fire in 2010 in the planning section in the debris clean-up, worked as the planning section during the 2009 H1N1 outbreak, worked as the plans deputy and resource unit leader for the 2015 Butte Fire. Theresa spent eleven years working on Silver Dragon exercise planning, training and mentoring for San Mateo County employees. She is passionate in disaster preparedness assistance and mitigation of large scale events and in the past, has supported the disease control unit by responding to the public with answers to communicable disease questions. Theresa classifies herself as a preparedness geek; when asked what she likes best about emergency preparedness, she says that she gets excited about teaching others just one thing that could make them better prepared. In addition, as an adjunct instructor, Theresa is a CERT member for South San Francisco Fire Department.
Ben McMullan is the System Change Advocate at Center for Independence of Individuals of Disabilities. Through this role he organizes people with disabilities to advocate at a local, state, and federal level to advocate for systemic change for people with disabilities. Two years ago he helped CID for form a collaboration with the American Red Cross and County of San Mateo County Emergency Medical Service to educate people with disabilities and seniors on the importance of preparing for an emergency and the step to take for a safe evacuation. To date, he has been focusing his presentation in the cities of San Bruno and Menlo Park. Ben firmly believe that preparing yourself now for a potential emergency is one of the most important steps one can take