CHAD BERGINNIS, CFM
Mr. Berginnis became Executive Director of ASFPM in July of 2012, after joining the Association staff as Associate Director in 2011. Since 2000, he served the Association as Insurance Committee Chair, Mitigation Policy Committees' Coordinator, Vice Chair, and Chair. He has a Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University.Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation, and land use planning at the state, local and private sector level. As a state official, Mr. Berginnis worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio's State Hazard Mitigation Officer. As a local official, Mr. Berginnis administered planning, economic development and floodplain management programs in Perry County, Ohio. In the private Sector, Mr. Berginnis was the national Practice Leader in hazard mitigation for Michael Baker Jr. Inc..
His responsibilities include oversight, coordination and direction on the following activities:
- Coordinate implementation of ASFPM policies and directives set by the Board of Directors.
- Coordinate and communicate with federal agencies, the Administration, and Congress to promote effective policies and programs impacting flood risk, natural disasters and water resources of the nation that promote a sustainable society in an economic, environmental and social context, with a focus on community based decision making.
- Develop tools, how-to guides and training for community officials and local staff to manage and reduce flood risk, using comprehensive watershed and community growth approaches, such as "No Adverse Impact"
- Communicate and coordinate with other professional organizations and partners with common goals and interests.
- Provide liaison to and seek input from members, chapters, and corporate sponsors.
- Develop conferences, workshops, and web based training, and web source information for flood risk professionals
- Oversee a nation-wide Floodplain Manager Certification (CFM) program for professionals in the field.
LARRY A. LARSON, P.E., CFM
DIRECTOR EMERITUS - SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Mr. Larson is a founding member of Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc., established in 1977. He was the national Chair from 1979-82 and volunteered as the Executive Director from 1982 until it became a staff position in February, 1997. As the Director Emeritus he serves as policy advisor to the ASFPM Executive Director and leadership of the Association in accordance with the directives of the Board of Directors and the guidelines of the Constitution and Bylaws of the Association. These policy issues range from national flood and water policy to policy of all agencies whose programs impact flood risk management in the nation.Besides FEMA and the Corps of Engineers, this would include policies and programs promulgated by agencies such as USDA, NOAA, EPA, DOT, DOI and Commerce, as well as the White House and Congress.Mr. Larson has worked in the water resources profession for 50 years, since graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and California.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Ms. Danler came to the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc. in June 2011 after serving in numerous capacities at the Federal, State, Regional and local levels. Most recently, as the Executive Director of the Fox Waterway Agency in Illinois, Ms. Danler focused on a holistic and practical approach to watershed and floodplain management, water quality, and lakes and river restoration. She served as public speaker, media contact, and legislative liaison, with a particular focus on watershed and regional strategic planning, collaborative government, leveraged funding, water quality, soil erosion, wetland, shoreline and lakes/river restoration, and dredging. Ms. Danler has also served as Co-Chair of the Environment and Natural Resources subcommittee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Trustee for the Village of Richmond, Illinois, and previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Chicago. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Biological Sciences from Northern Illinois University.
Her ASFPM responsibilities include oversight and direction on the following activities:
- Manage day-to-day administrative functions of the Association including personnel, financial management including grants and fundraising, recordkeeping, and policies and procedures;
- Direct and monitor work planning,conference and meeting support and provide staff support for Board, Committees, CFMs and membership;
- Serve on the Certification Board of Regents and oversees effective implementation of the CFM program in the nation;
- Oversee projects, grants, contracts and publications in cooperation with Project Managers and other Association staff and volunteers;
- Serve as liaison with all members, partners and stakeholders to further the mission of the ASFPM;
- Represent ASFPM and its membership on National Policy development, and decision making.
ALAN LULLOFF, PE, CFM
SCIENCE SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGER
Alan Lulloff is Science Services Program Manager for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) managing research and outreach projects for the association. In addition to ASFPM's published reports, ASFPM's Science Services program also has developed training materials for one-day workshops on Coastal No Adverse Impact and has conducted ten Coastal No Adverse Workshops over the past three years on the Atlantic Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.
Mr. Lulloff's Curriculum Vitae and Biography
SAMANTHA A. MEDLOCK, J.D., CFM
POLICY AND PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Samantha A. Medlock, JD, CFM, is Policy & Partnerships Program Manager for the Association of State Floodplain Managers, serving dual roles for the Association and the ASFPM Foundation to provide leadership in national flood policy initiatives and foster partnerships with allied agencies, organizations, and academia in service to our members and mission. Sam has more than twenty years of experience in land use law, hazard mitigation, and environmental policy working with stakeholders, regulators, and utilities, as Supervisor of Flood Programs for the Lower Colorado River Authority; Director of Planning for Flower Mound, Texas; Environmental Planner with the North Central Texas Council of Governments; and with disaster recovery teams in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua following Hurricane Mitch. While working with the NCTCOG and LCRA, both FEMA Cooperating Technical Partners, Sam was directly involved in federal flood studies and NFIP mapping activities in rapidly urbanizing areas.
Prior to joining ASFPM staff, Sam led numerous initiatives to promote safer development standards and mitigate flood risk, including co-authoring the first law review article to tackle NAI legal issues, Mitigating Misery: Land Use and Protection of Property Rights Before the Next Big Flood. In 2010, Sam received the Army Commander's Award for Public Service in recognition of her service as member of the National Committee on Levee Safety, working to address levee challenges in an integrated risk management approach. Sam is a Juris Doctor graduate of Vermont Law School, has a Bachelor of Science in Government Summa Cum Laude from Texas Woman's University, and has been a Certified Floodplain Manager since 2001.
Sam is based in the Washington, DC area, where she has been serving ASFPM members and mission since 2008.
A CV is available upon request.
DIANE A. BROWN
OUTREACH AND EVENTS MANAGER
Ms. Brown has been affiliated with the Association of State Floodplain Managers in a consulting capacity since 1981, moving to full service with the Association in 1987. In January 1996, the Association opened a permanent office and hired her as ASFPM Executive Office Manager, which transitioned to Administrator and Conferences Director over the years. As Outreach and Events Manager now, her responsibilities include:
- Oversee the production of annual, regional, and special issues conferences; direct awards and ASFPM business aspects during the national conference.
- Support the ASFPM Foundation and its national flood policy forums.
- Help foster national Flood Risk Management concepts.
- Nurture public, non-profit, and private partnerships with ASFPM.
- Execute press releases on critical issues and coordinate with media and the general public.
- Assist staff with transmitting ASFPM communications to members via website, member bulletins, monthly newsletters, annual directory, social media, library, and publications.
Diane holds a B.A. in Psychology, Physical Education, and English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and undertook graduate study in Continuing Adult Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior career paths include banking and recreational therapy.
Ms. Larson came to work for the Association in March of 2002. Her responsibilities with ASFPM include:
- Administer the Certified Floodplain Manager Program.
- Track Continuing Education activities.
- Conference / workshop duties.
CHAD M. ROSS, CFM
CONFERENCES & SPECIAL EVENTS PLANNER
Chad came to the Association in July of 2003, with over five years experience in environmental law enforcement and emergency/disaster management at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Prior to accepting his current position, he served as the Association's IT Manager. Chad is a member of ASFPM and achieved his Certified Floodplain Manager certification in June of 2009.
Chad's duties include planning and conducting ASFPM's Annual National Conferences as well as the Association's triennial regional and topical conferences. Chad also plans events and meetings for the Association's Board of Directors and Committee Chairs. From site selection through close-out, Chad is the Association's primary point of contact for all events and conferences.
JEFF STONE, CFM
Jeff joined ASFPM in November 2007 as a Project Manager and Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordinator. As part of the Science Services Program at ASFPM, he manages research and outreach projects that focus on informing flood policy through science. Projects include, but are not limited to evaluating FEMA's HAZUS-MH software; research of the legal, practical and technological issues related to digital flood hazard data; and assessing and communicating effective GIS tools and applications for locating, storing, analyzing, and reporting flood hazard data.
Jeff has over 20 years of experience developing and applying Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies to a variety of public and private sector projects. Jeff worked as a Sr. GIS Business Analyst for Alliant Energy before returning to UW-Madison in 2003 to complete an M.S. in Geographic Information Sciences and Cartography. While at the UW, he worked with the Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office, the National Park Service and the UW Sea Grant Institute. During this period he cofounded Axis Maps LLC just prior to joining ASFPM.
KAIT LAUFENBERG, CFM
CHAPTER & TRAINING COORDINATOR
Kait Laufenberg joined ASFPM in March 2008 as the Training and Chapter Coordinator. In this newly created position at ASFPM, she manages and coordinates ASFPM's national training initiatives and courses under development. Kait works closely with Chapter, Committee, and Board leaders on training initiatives and chapter relations. She is the main point of contact and support for ASFPM's state chapters.
Prior to coming to ASFPM, Kait worked as a Human Resources consultant. She has over eight years of experience within the Human Resources and Social Services sector designing, delivering, and managing training programs. Kait received her BA degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota.
She received her Certified Floodplain Manager certification in 2009 from the Association of State Floodplain Managers, and is a Certified Empowerment Instructor through Twin Cities RISE!. Kait is a member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD).
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Ms. Dunham joined ASFPM in November 2010. Her duties include clerical support to the Certification Coordinator.
Jason joined ASFPM in March 2008 as the IT Manager. In this position he is responsible for the Associations IT Infrastructure, website and internal IT projects.
Prior to coming to ASFPM, Jason was the Director of Operations for a local not for profit agency. Jason has over 20 years of experience in the IT field everything from deploying the first IBM pcs with actual hard drives to coordinating numerous extensive testing labs previous to Y2K.
GIS ANALYST / APPLICATIONS SPECIALIST
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Jason Hochschild was hired by ASFPM in July of 2011 to help expand the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and web mapping capabilities of the association's Science Services Program. Jason previously was a contractor with ASFPM for 2 years working on several HAZUS projects, building online mapping applications such as the Great Lakes Coastal Oblique Photo Viewer, and administering an outreach website ASFPM developed for FEMA's Great Lakes Coastal Flood Mapping Project.
As an ASFPM employee, Jason continues to enhance web-based mapping and outreach tools that support floodplain management and flood risk communication and performs GIS analyses that support ASFPM projects. Jason has over 10 years work experience in the field of Geographic Information Systems and holds an undergraduate degree in Geography (Human/Environment Interaction Focus) and a graduate level GIS Certificate, both from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Katrien Werner initially began work for ASFPM in August 2010, organizing the ASFPM library and leading the effort to make more ASFPM publications available online. As of September 2011, she was hired to the new position of Publications Specialist and Technical Editor. Her duties will include producing ASFPM's newsletters, developing outreach materials, editing technical and project publications, assisting with project proposals, maintaining the library in expanding accessibility, and assisting with developing and updating content for the ASFPM website.
Having grown up overseas, including spending her formative years in Rotterdam, the Netherlands (at an elevation of approximately 8 meters below sea level), Katrien was raised with a great appreciation for the importance of flood science and preparedness. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a BSc degree in International Agriculture and Natural Resources, she most recently lived and worked in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR
Drew comes to ASFPM from Michael Baker Jr., Inc. where he was a Project Manager. In that capacity Drew managed several hazard mitigation planning projects as well as other emergency management and hazard mitigation related activities. Prior to that, Drew worked in both the Hazard Mitigation Branch and Disaster Recovery Branch (Public Assistance Program) at Ohio Emergency Management Agency. While there Drew managed several million dollars of flood mitigation projects including acquisitions, elevations, flood warning systems, stormwater management, and mitigation planning. He was also the program lead for benefit-cost analysis, compliance lead for NEPA environmental review requirements and served on national focus groups to improve FEMA's benefit-cost analysis and Severe Repetitive Loss Program. Drew also has had experience at the local level working for the Tuscarawas County, Ohio Emergency Management Agency. Drew holds a Bachelor's of Science in Emergency Management from the University of Akron.
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