Board Members & Appointed Officers

  •     President
  •     Vice President
  •     Secretary
  •     Treasurer
  •     One Board Member from each of the 9 Regions
  •     One Board Member for the “At-Large” Position
  •     Immediate Past President

In addition, several other appointed officers serve at the request of the president.

Position Name Agency E-Mail Address
President Chet Hunter Washington University president@mo-ema.org
Vice-President Terry Cassil Boone County OEM tcassil@boonecountymo.org
Secretary Rebecca Estes Boone County Health Dept. secretary@mo-ema.org
Treasurer Bonnie Witt-Schulte OEM/911 – City of Monett monettpd@cityofmonett.com
Region A Jim Evans Henry County EMA jcema2@centurylink.net
Region B John Hark City of Hannibal EMA region-b@mo-ema.org
Region C Mark Diedrich St.Louis County EMA region-c@mo-ema.org
Region D Larry Woods Springfield-Greene County OEM lwoods@greenecountymo.gov
Region E Linda Doerge Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center region-e@mo-ema.org
Region F Bill Farr Cole County EMA region-f@mo-ema.org
Region G Mark Arnold Thayer EMA region-g@mo-ema.org
Region H Blair Shock Clinton County EMA region-h@mo-ema.org
Region I Vacant Pending region-i@mo-ema.org
At – Large Sarah-Gamblin-Luigs St. Louis County EMA at-large@mo-ema.org
Past President Mike Daniels Warren County EMA past-president@mo-ema.org

 

Chet Hunter, President
Washington University

Chet Hunter is the Assistant Director of Emergency Management for Washington University in St. Louis, MO, a position he has held since 2016.  He is responsible for the overall coordination of emergency preparedness activities for the Danforth Campus.  He works alongside an Emergency Management team of nine supporting the entire Washington University campuses.

Mr. Hunter was formerly the director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management from 2014-2016.  He supervised all command staff personnel and maintained an on-going capability to activate and support the Emergency Operations Center.

Mr. Hunter has over 19-years of combined public safety experience.  He has been part of the Fire Service (5yrs.), Emergency Medical Services (13yrs.), 911 Communications (3 yrs.) and the Emergency Management field (8 yrs.).

Mr. Hunter received a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural and Diversity Studies from Baptist Bible College. He is a Missouri Certified Emergency Manager (MoCEM), a licensed Emergency Medical Technician, and holds the Professional Development Series and Advanced Professional Development Series Certificates from FEMA as well as a Masters Infrastructure Protection Certificate from Texas A&M Engineering Extension.

Mr. Hunter serves as a member of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team (SWMOIST) as a Logistics Section Chief.

Chet and his wife Cortney have been married for 10 years and have 3 children. They reside in the St. Louis area.

Vice President – Terry Cassil
Boone County Office of Emergency Management

With over 23 years of public safety experience, Terry Cassil began his career at Columbia Fire Department in 1993. A natural leader, Terry steadily advanced through the ranks, serving as Division Fire Chief from June 2005 to November 2013, and Assistant Fire Chief until his retirement in March 2014. While there, Terry developed, organized and staffed the newly created Special Operations Teams for the department; including the Hazardous Materials Team, Technical Rescue Team, and Bomb Squad. Terry also managed the Fire Marshall and Training Division, including Emergency Medical Training, and Fire and Rescue Training for 150 firefighters and five Fire Marshalls, and was also responsible for all promotional examinations, interviews, and physical processes.

In 1999, Terry began serving as the Safety Coordinator – a position he still holds – for the annual Salute to Veterans Memorial Day Air Show. Terry also served as the Local Emergency Planning Committee Chair for Boone County from January 2009 through 2014, for which he planned, coordinated, and implemented tabletop, functional and full-scale disaster exercises, including local, regional, state and federal resources. It was also in 2009 that Terry became a member of the Missouri Task Force One Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Team, where he currently serves as Safety Officer. In this position, he is responsible for ensuring the safety of all 210 team members in training activities and disaster deployments. Since joining the team, Terry has been deployed to assist during three federally declared disasters.

In 2014, Terry accepted a governor-appointed position with the State Emergency Management Agency as Chief of Operations/Response Branch Manager where he maintained daily situational awareness for 114 counties and the City of St. Louis, as well as coordinated efforts among the 17 Emergency Support Functions (ESFs) of the State Emergency Operations Center during state-assisted emergencies.

In December 2015, Terry returned to Boone County to serve as Director for the newly expanded Boone County Office of Emergency Management. Terry presently serves as a member of the FEMA Region VII Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC), the Salute to Veterans Corporation, the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), and the Missouri Region F Incident Support Team.

Secretary – Rebecca Estes
Boone County Health Department

Rebecca_EstesRebecca Estes graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Minor in Psychology and began working in the field of Emergency Management in October 2008.

Rebecca Estes began as a contract employee for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) to work in Emergency Human Services in varying capacities including Administrative Manager, Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) Coordinator, and Grant and Budget Administrator from October 2008 until February 2010. In February of 2010 she became a full time SEMA employee and served as an Emergency Human Services Planner. In that role she participated in several statewide plans being drafted or updated including the Joint FEMA VII/State New Madrid Seismic Zone Mass Care and Recovery plan, Mass Care Annex of the State Emergency Operations Plan, and several appendices of the Mass Care Annex. Rebecca also provided support to the Missouri Citizen Corps Council Program, including Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT), as well as local COAD and Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) development. Ms. Estes had a response role to the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including serving in the role of Emergency Human Services Branch Director. Ms. Estes responded to the field several times to help coordinate the delivery of Emergency Human Services, including donations management, Voluntary Agency Coordination, and others several times in Missouri, and was requested through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to assist in the state of New York following Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Estes participated in the planning of several exercises, including the National Level Exercise 2011, which required her to represent the state of Missouri in National Level Exercise Planning meetings.

In Ms. Estes’ current role that she has held since September of 2014, she is responsible for maintaining the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Emergency Response Plan. She also represents the department in several meetings, including the Region F Health Care Coalition, Boone County LEPC, and hosts the Columbia/Boone County Health and Medical Emergency Planning Committee. In early 2017 she was part of the planning team for the University of Missouri 3rd MMR Vaccination clinic to help control the outbreak of Mumps. This was held in a Point of Dispensing model.

She is a proud wife to her husband, Ryan Estes, of 10+ years, and a loving mother to their daughter who is an active pre-schooler.

Treasurer – Bonnie Witt-Schulte
OEM/911 – City of Monett

Bonnie Witt-Schulte has been with the City of Monett for 23 years and is the Monett-Lawrence County 911 / Emergency Management Director.

Bonnie is active in the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization (SMESO) and was recently elected as the Vice-President in January 2017.   Bonnie coordinates emergency management activities for the City of Monett and Lawrence County.  She is the Emergency Coordinator for the Lawrence County Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Bonnie also serves as the treasurer for the Missouri Emergency Number Association (MONENA) which involves overseeing the finances of the organization as well as the benevolence fund for the combined 911 associations.   Bonnie was appointed to the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference Committee and is the head of the registration committee as well as treasurer for the conferences.

Bonnie actively serves her community.  She serves or has served on the Monett Chamber of Commerce, the Barry-Lawrence County United Fund Board, Missouri Women of Today, and the Pierce City R-VI School Board.  Through these various organizations, Bonnie has experience in coordinating activities of an organization as well as ensuring the fiscal soundness of the organization.

Bonnie has been married to her husband Bill for 33 years and has three grown children – Caleb, Si, and Lanese.

Region A – Jim Evans
Henry County Emergency Management Agency

James M. Evans is the Director of Henry County Emergency Management Agency. Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy Director of Johnson County EMA for six years in various capacities as a volunteer, intern, and full time staff member. Jim serves as a member of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support team.  He is credentialed as an Incident Support Team Generalist and holds a Missouri Certified Emergency Manager (MoCEM) Level II.

He was born in San Bernardino, California and raised in Colorado. He joined the US Air Force and served 22 years before his retirement.  He was assigned state-side in Texas, New Mexico, Alaska and Missouri.  He spent time overseas in the United Kingdom, Korea, and Saudi Arabia. During his distinguished career in the armed services, he earned the US Air Force Commendation Medal.

He attended the University of Central Missouri and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Crisis Disaster Manager and specialized in Emergency Management. He completed the Professional Development Series and all of the Incident Command System courses.

Region B – John Hark
City of Hannibal EMA

John Hark

John S. Hark currently serves as the City of Hannibal and Marion County Emergency Management Director. He began his career in 1972 as the Assistant Civil Defense Director for the City of Hannibal. He later assumed the title of Emergency Management Director when Civil Defense was transformed into Emergency Management. During John’s Emergency Management Director tenure he has been a commissioned Deputy Sheriff in Marion and Ralls Counties, a member of the Marion County LEPC for 20 years and held the position of Chairman for 10 years and co-wrote the first LEPC Plan for Marion County. He has served a MEPA President for 2 terms, is currently serving as Board Member at Large and has been awarded with a lifetime membership for his years of service and dedication in the field, and was chairman of RHSOC, Troop B. John is a BT Planner for Marion and Ralls Counties, Board Chairman of the Northeast Missouri American Red Cross and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Salvation Army. In 2002 John was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region Seven Director. John currently serves on the Missouri Emergency Management Directors Advisory Commission to the State Emergency Management Agency where he as been appointed Chairman of the Legislative Sub-committee. He is a member of the Credentialing and Certification Sub-committee and a member of the HazMat Alliance Committee. John was most recently appointed to the State Emergency Training Advisory Group by the State Emergency Management Agency.

Region C – Mark Diedrich
St. Louis County Emergency Management

Bio Pending

Region D – Larry Woods
Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management

Larry Woods has been a MOEMA member for over 20 years. In that time he has served as the Region I Board Member, Vice President and Region D Board Member. Currently he is the Region D Board Member and a member of the organization’s Legislative Affairs Committee.

As the Deputy Director for the Springfield-Greene County, Missouri Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Mr. Woods is responsible for the management of the Training and Exercise, and the Municipality Planning programs. He maintains EOC resources and equipment, supervises and instructs OEM personnel and other agencies in incident command and other disaster related subjects. Finally, he maintains an on-going capability to activate, support and manage operations for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), and coordinate disaster recovery operations.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Woods was the Emergency Management Director/911 Coordinator for Laclede County, Missouri. He also served as Chair for the Laclede County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

Bringing over 30-years of public safety experience to the job, he is a licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT); has served as a commissioned law enforcement officer; firefighter and has extensive experience in public safety dispatch communications. As a disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross, he gained resourceful insight into volunteer management and disaster response.

Mr. Woods holds the credential of Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers and is actively pursuing his Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Management from American Public University.

Mr. Woods is active in the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization and is a member of the Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team (IST) where he serves as a Plans and Operations Section Chief. He also serves as the Senior Planning Section Chief for the Missouri Disaster Response System (MODRS), a team tasked with medical response to disasters within the State of Missouri. Finally, he serves as a Planning Section Chief on the Incident Response Coordination Team-West (IRCT-W) for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response-Office of Emergency Management under the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.

Larry and his wife Natalie of 26 years reside in Springfield with their three children.

Region E – Linda Doerge
Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center

Bio Pending

Region F – Bill Farr
Cole County Emergency Management

William (Bill) Farr was appointed as Emergency Management Director for Cole County/Jefferson City Office of Emergency Management on January 22, 2008. Mr. Farr is responsible for coordinating the emergency operations center for County and City governments, providing training updates and maintaining the local emergency operations plans. His duties are assigned by the Cole County Commission and he works with all Jefferson City agencies as well.

Mr. Farr was previously appointed by Governor Mel Carnahan as the Missouri State Fire Marshal from 1996 till retirement in 2005, previously working as a State Fire Investigator for the Fire Marshal’s office since 1986.  He has been in public safety since 1973 both as a firefighter and law enforcement officer in Southwest Missouri.

Mr. Farr also worked in areas of emergency management while serving in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971 during the Vietnam War conflict.

Mr. Farr is very active with the fire service, primarily in Cole County/Jefferson City, Law Enforcement agencies, Emergency Medical Services as well as Cole County Emergency Response team and Homeland Security, Region F Incident Support Team and many functions within State Agencies located in Jefferson City. He is recently the past Region F Regional Homeland Security Chair and elected as Chair for the State Regional Homeland Security 9 regions maintaining that position for 3 years.

He is very active in Region F Emergency Management Directors, representing Region F (13 counties) for the Missouri Emergency Management Association and attends the State Emergency Management Agency advisory board meetings, he is still an Instructor for SEMA, Mo State Fire Marshal and Univ of Mo Fire Rescue Training.

Region G – Mark Arnold
City of Thayer Emergency Management

Mark Arnold was born and raised in Republic, MO. After graduating Republic High School in 1977, Mark attended School of the Ozarks where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts Education in 1981.  He continued his education by attending Southwest Missouri State University where he received his Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology in 1987.

He started his teaching career at Thayer High School, Thayer, MO in 1981 and taught there until his retirement from teaching in May of 2011.

Mark has served as the Emergency Management Deputy Director for Thayer, Missouri from 1986 through 1989.  He began his (volunteer) firefighting career with the Thayer and Thayer Rural Fire Departments in March of 1988, and has served in the capacity of firefighter, Safety Officer, Training Officer and Assistant Chief.  Mark was appointed Fire Chief of both departments in April 2011.

He is an Adjunct Instructor for the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Training Institute and a Haz-Mat Awareness and Operations Instructor for the Missouri Emergency Response Commission.  He also serves as one of the Training Officers for the Region G HSRT.

He serves as the Vice Chairman of the Howell-Oregon-Carter County LEPD and is the Vice Chairman of the Region G RHSOC.

Region H – Blair Shock
Clinton County Emergency Management Agency

Bio Pending

Region I – Vacant

Past President – Mike Daniels

Michael Daniels has been the Emergency Management Agency Director for Warren County since 2002. Michael also serves as the Chairman for the Warren County LEPC. Michael has been a MEPA member since 2003. Michael has been the Region C MEPA Representative since 2005. Michael began is emergency response career as a firefighter in the U.S. Army 1973-1976. Michael was hired by the City of Maplewood Fire Department in St. Louis County in 1977. Where he served as the department’s Medical Officer/Firefighter. Michael holds an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology from St. Louis Community College/ Forest Park and a liberal arts Degree from St. Louis Community College/Meramec. Michael retired from the Maplewood Fire Department in 2000 after 22 years. Michael currently serves on the Missouri Emergency Management Director’s advisory Committee. He also serves as the Chairman for the Region C Homeland Security Oversight Committee (RHSOC). Michael was the recipient of the U.S. Department of Commerce (NOAA)Mark Trail Award. Michael has served as an Alderman for the City of Lake Saint Louis, Director Lake Saint Louis Fire Protection District, Past President Lake Saint Louis Community Association Board of Directors and is a former Board member of the Tri-County YMCA.

APPOINTED OFFICER

Public Information – Erin Hedlun – ehedlun@greenecountymo.gov

Erin Hedlun is an organizational image shaper, community outreach initiator and social media engager who sharpened her tongue at the Dialogue Institute at Temple University as Communications and Marketing Manager and sharpened her creativity as the Director of Communications and Marketing    for Springfield, MO based Global University. She now uses the power of collaborative dialogue and creative communication to promote the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (GCOEM) as its Public Information Officer (PIO).

In addition to her role as the PIO for GCOEM, Erin also serves as the PIO for Missouri Disaster Response System (MODRS) and as the chairperson for the Public Information division of Greene County’s Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD). She is a member of the National Information Officer’s Association (NIOA), National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), the Springfield Chamber of Commerce’s Network and is a board member for the Greene County 100 Club (a non-profit organization that raises funds for families of public safety servants killed in the line of duty).

Erin is a contract instructor for the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), teaching Public Information courses across the state, and a contract instructor for the University of Missouri Extension, Fire and Rescue Training Institute (MUFRTI), teaching media relations courses for its Winter Fire School.

In a world where the rhetoric and reality of open government are often at odds, Erin recognizes that clarity and transparency are the keys to community action and partnership. Hailing from the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, Erin received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electronic Communications & Broadcasting with a minor in Criminal Justice from Evangel University in Springfield, MO. Erin, her husband, Donavon, and their two rambunctious sons, Gideon and Gibson, reside in Springfield, MO at the house with the sidewalk chalk masterpieces leading up to the front door.

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