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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Emergency Management

Readiness. Response. Recovery.

Phone: 503-823-4375

Fax: 503-823-3903

TDD: 503-823-3947

Meet the PBEM Team

Director Mike MyersMike Myers, Director

Email, (503) 823-4375

Mike Myers started in June 2019 as the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management’s director.

Before coming to PBEM, Myers retired as fire chief for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue in early 2013 after 26 years of service. In 2014, he served as emergency manager and fire chief for St. Charles, Missouri, and in 2016 as fire chief at Portland Fire & Rescue. In 2019, Myers started Cannon Beach, Oregon’s emergency management program.

Myers is nationally known for his innovative public safety leadership. He holds a B.S. in healthcare administration.

Myers and his wife Tara, a community-minded couple with an affinity for all things outdoors and the quirky friendliness of Portland, are happy to call The City of Roses home.

Jean Andreas

Jean Andreas, Accountant III

Email, (503) 823-2964 

Jean has been with the City of Portland since 2014 as an Accountant. She is experienced in governmental auditing, budgeting, grants management, financial statement preparation, and cash management. Jean loves to be involved with her community and is always on the lookout for her next ping pong player. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Montana – Go Griz!

Denise Barrett

Denise Barrett, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) Manager

Email, (503) 823-5386

Denise joined PBEM in August 2001 to stand-up and direct the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization, a partnership of government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private-sector stakeholders collaborating to increase the Portland metropolitan region’s resiliency to disasters. Among her duties, Denise facilitates governance, strategic planning and program development processes and coordinates development and execution of the RDPO Policy Committee’s state and federal legislative agenda.

Denise has extensive global experience leading multi-sector programs in post-disaster, war and poverty contexts. She holds a Master’s degree in International Administration from the School of International Training In 2016, Denise received Oregon Emergency Management Association’s Partner Award for exceptional service to the RDPO in enhancing regional coordination and collaboration across disciplinary and jurisdictional boundaries.

Angela CarknerAngela Carkner, Exercise & Training Specialist

Email, (503) 823-3926

Angela joined the PBEM team in November 2017 as an Exercise and Training Specialist and duty officer. She helps ensure the Portland Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) is prepared by developing and maintaining protocols and aligned software applications for working in the ECC. She also helps train ECC responders and City staff by developing, conducting, and evaluating exercises designed to test and enhance the City’s capabilities. Prior to joining PBEM, Angela worked as a project and emergency manager at Multnomah County Drainage District for four and half years, focusing on flooding and levee systems. Angela is a Portland native and studied Planning, Public Policy, and Management at the University of Oregon. 

Beth CraneElizabeth Crane, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) Program Coordinator

Email, (503) 823-2027

Beth joined PBEM in August 2018 as the Grant Coordinator for the RDPO. She is responsible for coordinating grant development and administration for the RDPO, ensuring a smooth experience for partners and awardees.

Previously, she worked as the Operations Manager for the Oregon Health Security, Preparedness and Response Program at the Oregon Health Authority. She has expertise in emergency management, federal grant management, public budgeting, and contracts. She has worked extensively in the areas of social determinants of health and equity and inclusion. She graduated from Portland State University and has a Bachelor’s in Community Health Education and an Executive Masters of Public Administration.

Glenn DevittGlenn Devitt, Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Program and Information Specialist

Email, (503) 823-2691

As a member of the Community Resilience Team, Glenn is privileged to serve the volunteers of the NET and BEECN programs, and other preparedness efforts throughout Portland. His experience includes leadership of Sunnyside NET, civil rights and civil liberties advocacy, nonprofit governance, design of intercontinental computer networks, and 22 years as the owner of a website and app development firm. In his spare time he likes to get dirt under his nails in his garden and serves on the board of the Portland Bocce League Association.

Dan DouthitDan Douthit, Public Information Officer

Email, (503) 823-3928

Dan is responsible for conducting media relations and overseeing public information for PBEM and the Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications (BOEC). 

Dan started working at PBEM in 2008, first as a program specialist focused on regional coordination, and then as public information officer in 2013. He also previously served as a staff member in Portland Mayor Tom Potter’s office. Dan started working for BOEC in 2018. He holds an M.A. in Political Science and B.A. in Political Science and Canadian-American Studies from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.

Daire ElliottDaire Elliott, Office Specialist

Email, (503) 823-4375

Daire Elliott has been the office specialist for PBEM since 2007, supporting the bureau via timekeeping, financial, and administrative work.  His efforts help ensure an overall smooth flow of work in the office.  He also chairs the bureau's Diversity and Equity Committee and represents the bureau in the Citywide Equity Committee.

Previously, Daire has worked in jobs ranging from warehouse work to veterinary technician, and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture from Portland State in 2000.

Aaron FoxAaron Fox, Operations Specialist

Email, (503) 823-3924

Aaron Fox joined PBEM in August 2017 as an Operations Specialist and is one of PBEM's on-call duty officers. His responsibilities include crisis information management, emergency communications with a focus on radio and satellite, ECC/EOC logistics, some GIS work, and as PBEM's office computer geek-at-large. He is an active volunteer with Washington County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and the City of Beaverton's CERT teams. Before joining PBEM, Aaron worked as a consulting geologist for Golder Associates. Aaron holds a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Geology from the University of Washington, as well as a Masters of Engineering in Geotechnics from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Laura HallLaura Hall, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) Communications Program Coordinator

Email, (503) 823-4359

Laura joined the RDPO in 2017 to provide administrative and communications support for the RDPO staff, committees, discipline work groups, and project task forces. She is Team Leader for the Arbor Lodge / Kenton Neighborhood Emergency Team and co-chair of the group Parents4Preparedness. She teaches disaster preparedness classes at venues throughout Portland​.

Prior to joining the RDPO she worked in program coordination/management for Portland Community College and Portland State University.​ She holds a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Laura Hanson

Laura Hanson, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) Project Coordinator

Email, (503) 823-9799

Laura joined the RDPO in 2016 to lead planning for the organization, which includes stakeholders from five counties (Clackamas, Clark, Columbia, Multnomah and Washington). Prior to joining RDPO, Laura worked for more than a decade in international humanitarian relief and development with Mercy Corps. She managed a multi-country resilience program focused on disaster risk reduction and market systems development in Asia. She holds a BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Seattle Pacific University, and an MBA Certificate from Portland State University’s Entrepreneurial Leaders program.

Regina IngabireRegina Ingabire, Community Resilience Outreach Coordinator

Email, (503) 823-4614

Regina Ingabire joined PBEM in January 2018 to lead public engagement initiatives focusing on disaster risk awareness, community resilience, and household preparedness in historically underserved communities.

Before joining PBEM, Regina worked with Oregon Public Health Institute as Community Engagement and Equity Manager, where she managed projects addressing social determinants of health, mainly to increase health access services to low income communities in East Portland. She also worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Rwanda coordinating public health projects.  She obtained a master's degree from Brandeis University in Sustainable International Development and Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from National University of Rwanda.

Ernest JonesErnest "Ernie" Jones, Volunteer Program Development

Email, (503) 823-4711

Ernest Jones joined PBEM in October 2015 to work with the BEECN and NET programs and conduct outreach. He previously served 22 years as a reservist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in community relations and disaster survivor assistance on approximately 55 federally declared disasters, including Super Storm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and the World Trade Center in 2001.

Since 2005, Ernest has represented the U.S. as an election monitor for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was a Rotary Foundation Graduate Scholar at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, and holds a B.A. from The Evergreen State College and M.S.W. from the University of Washington.

Eva Love, Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) Program Assistant

Email, (503) 823-4375

Eva joined PBEM in June 2019 as a Staff Assistant for the Community Resilience Team. In November that same year, she also became the Program Assistant for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization. Eva's background in geographic information systems, history, and design help her produce data visualizations, layouts, and maps for the bureau. She also writes reports, conducts research, and crafts the RDPO weekly newsletter.

Prior to joining PBEM, Eva graduated from Lewis & Clark College where she obtained a B.A. in History and studied jazz guitar. 

Rachit NerwalRachit Nerwal, Business Continuity Planner

Email, (503) 823-3754

Rachit joined PBEM in November 2018 as the bureau's Business Continuity Planner. He is a project manager with experience working in humanitarian relief and response, disaster risk reduction planning, and community needs assessment.

Rachit holds a master’s degree in Disaster Management from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India. Previously, he worked on inclusive risk reduction planning and long-term recovery for hazards like floods, drought, landslides, and earthquakes in India and Nepal. Before starting to work in human development sector, Rachit worked as a software tester for an IT firm. 

Jonna Papaefthimiou

Jonna Papaefthimiou, Planning, Policy, and Community Programs Manager

Email, (503) 823-3809

Jonna joined PBEM in 2013. As the Planning, Policy, and Community Programs Manager, she coordinates citywide planning for emergency response, continuity of operations, and hazard mitigation.  She also supervises the bureau’s community resilience team, which includes the Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) and Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Nodes (BEECN) program, and overall community outreach.

Jonna has previously worked as a community organizer, land-use planner, and political policy advisor. She has BS in Urban Studies and in Writing, and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Mike PhillipsMike Phillips, Disaster Response Planner

Email, (503) 823-4402

Mike joined PBEM in February 2017 as the bureau’s Procurement manager. In December 2019, he became the bureau’s Disaster Response Planner, where he is responsible for leading collaborative planning processes and developing and documenting emergency response plans for the City.  

Prior to joining PBEM, Mike was a Contracting officer for the Department of Human & Health services and served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Army. Mike currently holds a BA in German Studies and an MA in Administration of Justice and Security.

Jeremy Van KeurenJeremy Van Keuren, Community Resilience Manager

Email, (503) 823-4421

Jeremy manages the bureau’s volunteer programs and is a duty officer. He has worked for the City of Portland since 2003. He has been a policy manager in Portland City Hall (advising two mayors and one commissioner), worked in finance, housing, and economic development. Jeremy has graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and an Executive Masters of Public Administration. 

Da'Von Wilson-AngelDa'Von Wilson-Angel, Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) Program Specialist

Email, (503) 823-3732

Da'Von joined the PBEM team January 2018 as a NET Program Specialist. He is responsible for organizing basic NET classes for new volunteer recruits, conducting community outreach events, and representing PBEM at community NET meetings. He also serves as a Duty Officer for PBEM. Da'Von has worked in a wide range of jobs, including education, community outreach, and mental health. He received his Bachelor's in Sociology from California State University Long Beach.

Katy WolfKaty Wolf, Operations Manager

Email, (503) 823-3874

Katy Wolf is responsible for recruiting and training Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) responders and for developing, conducting, and evaluating exercises designed to test and enhance the City’s capabilities. She staffs the ECC during emergency activations and serves as a duty officer. Katy also started the Boise/Eliot/Humboldt Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Before PBEM, Katy worked in energy efficiency program management and business development for six years, and in urban planning and design for two years. Katy holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon.

PBEM Organizational Chart

PBEM organizational chart - July 2020.

Director Mike Myers

Biography of PBEM Director Mike Myers.