Instructors for Disaster READY Training come from a variety of emergency preparedness agencies and disciplines. All instructors have been through a background check and are experienced in working with teens.
Community Preparedness Program Manager for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security. She joined the staff in July 2009, following almost eight years with the Colorado Springs Fire Department as the Community Services Program Manager and non-emergent Public Information Officer. She also worked on the development of their nationally recognized wildfire education, awareness, and mitigation program.
Captain with the Denver Policy Department and Program Manager for READYColorado, a project of the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative. Involved in citizen education, awareness and outreach for disaster readiness, as well as training for emergency management personnel statewide.
Donald Sutton, PhD
Coordinator, Disaster Programs for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Has worked with the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in the area of emergency management.
Coordinator for Response Teams within the Disaster Planning and Response Program of the Colorado Division of Behavioral Health (DBH), and a Disaster Assistance Employee with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Acts as the liaison between the DBH and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and provides local disaster coordinators with technical assistance for team development and statewide sustainability.
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Emergency Management Specialist for the City of Englewood. She also volunteers as an emergency manager for several agencies and jurisdictions throughout the Denver metro area.
Director of the Animal Emergency Management Program for the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation. A former New Hampshire state representative, she has held leadership positions with state government and with both for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Currently works for the Aurora Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Management Specialist. Stephanie’s background includes Master’s in Community Practice Social Work and International Security. She works to promote citizen emergency preparedness and public education throughout the region and works with local and regional partners to develop exercises to train first responders in preparing for, responding to and recovering from emergencies and disasters.
Grace Linn, MA
Social marketing consultant and trainer focusing on the promotion of voluntary behavior change. Designs campaigns encouraging Coloradans to quit smoking, wear sunscreen, get screened for colon cancer, practice good oral hygiene, and prepare disaster communication plans and 72-hour kits. Consultant for seven years to Colorado’s youth empowerment movement “Get R!EAL” which helps teenagers to resist and expose tobacco advertising lies.
Mary Jean Erschen, RN
Registered Nurse at The Children’s Hospital at St. Joseph’s Emergency Department. Twenty-six years of experience working in the field of emergency services in various capacities, including development of youth and adult prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery education. During the Disaster READY Training, will act as the “Medical Point of Contact.”