Release date: February 12, 2019
Release Number: HQ-19-006
WASHINGTON—FEMA announced today that Administrator Brock Long appointed 10 new members to serve three-year terms on FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC).

The NAC is a federal advisory committee of up to 35 members who advise the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal and territorial governments, and the private sector.

In addition to providing recommendations to the Administrator, the NAC gives FEMA access to expertise, information and advice on a broad range of issues.

The 10 new NAC members are:

“Rich” Baich, Executive VP, Chief Information Security Officer, Wells Fargo & Co. of Charlotte, N.C. as the cybersecurity expert.
Deanna Dahl-Grove, Pediatric Emergency Physician, University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital from Cleveland, Ohio as the in-patient medical provider representative.
Bryan Desloge, Leon County Commissioner from Tallahassee, Fla. as the elected local official’s representative.
Dante Disparte, Chief Executive Officer, Risk Cooperative from Washington, D.C. as an Administrator’s selection.
Charley English, American Red Cross National Emergency Management Liaison from Fayetteville, Ga. as an Administrator’s selection.
Ramesh Kolluru, Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as an Administrator’s selection.
Juan Perez, Miami-Dade County Police Department Director from Doral, Fla. as the emergency response provider representative.
William “Brad” Richy, Idaho Office of Emergency Management Director from Boise, Idaho as the emergency management representative.
Grant Seiffert, Principal and CEO of G.S. Initiatives, LLC from Alexandria, Va. as the communications expert.
Kevin Staley, retired Mecklenburg EMS Agency Deputy Director from Charlotte, N.C. as the emergency response provider representative.

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