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.
Ingrid Danler came to the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc. in June 2011 having served in numerous capacities at the Federal, State, Regional and local levels in Chicago and surrounding areas. Most recently, as Executive Director of the Fox Waterway Agency in Illinois, Ingrid focused on practical and community-based approaches to watershed and floodplain management, flooding, water quality, and lakes and river restoration, where she earned several awards and honors. As a public speaker, media contact, legislative liaison, and technical expert, Ingrid 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 worked as an enforcement officer for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Chicago. She is as proud alumni of Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences.
As Operations Director, Ingrid's ASFPM responsibilities include oversight and direction of all aspects of the ASFPM's daily operations.
- 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.
Ingrid is active in the community, contributing her time to many local charities. She is also a long-time Rotarian, and also active with many local professional and watershed groups.
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ALAN LULLOFF, PE, CFM
SCIENCE SERVICES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
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
PROJECT MANAGER, SCIENCE SERVICES
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.
GIS ANALYST / APPLICATIONS SPECIALIST, SCIENCE SERVICES
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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.
MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR
Debi joined ASFPM in September 2013 as the Accountant having worked in that role on a temporary basis for several months prior to that. She manages all areas of Association and Foundation accounting including payroll and generating financial statements. She assists with development of the annual budget and updating financial policies and procedures. Debi also manages the annual audits and is involved with grant fiscal management and employee benefits.
Debi comes to ASFPM with a wide variety of nonprofit and government experience including Rockford Meld, Winnebago County Health Department, Northern Illinois University and The Salvation Army. She has also worked for H&R Block as an office manager, instructor and tax professional. Debi holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and a Masters of Science degree in Accounting from Kaplan University. She is a current member of the Institute of Management Accountants.
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Michele Mihalovich is the Public Information Officer for ASFPM since November 2013, having previously served as an award-winning journalist and editor for multiple newspapers in Iowa, Oregon and Washington. Michele served as a King County/Seattle Public Health Medical Reserve Corps volunteer and has completed FEMA NIMS/ICS. She also served on a media panel, instructing new public information officers through Washington Emergency Management.
Michele's responsibilities at ASFPM include copy-editing all major publications, including "News & Views" and "The Insider," content creation and platform management across all departments to ensure connectedness to our members and the driver of ASFPM's web, social media, voice, video, images and advanced technologies. She will also serve in the development of proposals and outreach for Science Services.
She graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, and served as Communications Specialist at ISU's Engineering Publication and Communication Services.
WEB GIS SPECIALIST, SCIENCE SERVICES
Lizzi Slivinski joined ASFPM in November 2013 and is a web GIS specialist in the Science Services Department. She specializes in the development of open source geospatial products. Before ASFPM, Lizzi worked as a spatial IT professional at the Center for Freight Infrastructure Research and Education, designing interactive maps for visualizing economic data. She also worked for the National Park Service, mapping uncharted lakes in Alaska's Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, and monitoring the park's annual salmon run.
Lizzi has a graduate certificate in GIS, and BAs in Geography and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She puts her diverse background to work creating mapping applications to support Science Services in communicating flood hazards. Among the tools she has created are the Flood Photo Viewer and the Toledo Flood Hazard Visualizer.
PROJECT RESEARCH SPECIALIST, SCIENCE SERVICES
Bridget joined ASFPM in January 2014. Prior to that, she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In addition to her undergraduate studies, Bridget also brings nearly two years of combined internship and fellowship experience, working on a variety of issues including: Democratic Farmer Labor Party finance, gubernatorial communications and outreach, federal environmental policy-making, and Great Lakes regional stakeholder engagement and research.
At ASFPM, her responsibilities include research, outreach, and composition of content for the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, planning and coordination of workshops on ASFPM's No Adverse Impact approach to floodplain management, research on federal programs and policies including the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System. She also serves as a member of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative's Coastal Conservation Working Group.