CHAD BERGINNIS, CFM
Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012, after joining the association staff as associate director in 2011. Since 2000, he served the association as Insurance Committee chair, Mitigation Policy Committee 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, Berginnis worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio's state hazard mitigation officer. As a local official, Berginnis administered planning, economic development and floodplain management programs in Perry County, Ohio. In the private sector, he was the national practice leader in hazard mitigation for Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
His responsibilities include oversight, coordination and direction on the following activities:.
Research Librarian, Flood Science Center
Melissa Haig began working for ASFPM in June 2015. As a research librarian she is responsible for developing and maintaining the ASFPM library and providing research support for ASFPM staff and the broader community. She earned her Masters of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Senior Project Manager, Flood Science Center
Bill Brown is the senior project manager for ASFPM's Flood Science Center. He oversees science-based research projects focused on reducing flood risk. Prior to his tenure with ASFPM, he was hired as the inaugural stormwater executive manager for the city of Arlington, Texas where he directed the development of a comprehensive stormwater and floodplain management program. Over his nearly 30-year career, Brown has worked in the private sector, municipal and county stormwater and floodplain management programs, academia, and not-for-profit organizations focused on reducing flood risk while improving the environment. He previously served as chair of the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, past co-chair of ASFPM’s Mapping and Engineering Standards Committee and ASFPM’s Stormwater Management Committee, adjunct faculty member for the University of Texas at Arlington Department of Civil Engineering and served on a National Research Council for the National Academy of Science committee studying FEMA flood maps. Brown is currently serving a four-year appointment to the federal Advisory Committee on Water Information.
Research Associate, Flood Science Center
Haley Briel, a Toledo, Ohio native, works with ASFPM’s Flood Science Center as a research associate. She has spent her professional life approaching water-related topics through a variety of lenses, from her time as the environmental outreach coordinator for Wofford College’s Thinking Like a River program, to more recently as a program and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Briel is most interested in developing comprehensive flood strategies that incorporate not only engineered solutions, but consider the social and health needs of a community. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in earth and environmental science from Vanderbilt University, and two Master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in urban and regional planning and water resources management.
Chapter and ASFPM Foundation Coordinator
Gigi Trebatoski is our chapter and ASFPM Foundation coordinator. She came to ASFPM with a diverse background in administrative support, which includes grants management and budget analysis in state government, as well as previous experience working with nonprofits and foundations. Trebatoski will serve as the liaison with ASFPM chapters and the foundation board. She has a BA in political science, is an artist and has had a lifelong interest in wetlands ecology, which led her to live for a while near the Everglades and work as an eco-tourist guide in the Pantanal in Brazil.
Training and E-learning Coordinator
Kevin Currie, ASFPM's training and e-learning coordinator since July 2018, works with staff, volunteer leadership, members and chapters to identify training needs. He is responsible for managing, developing and deploying ASFPM's comprehensive training program. This is his second term of employment with ASFPM, having previously worked for the association from 2012-2015 as our membership coordinator. He received his BA in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 2010.
Front End Web Developer, Flood Science Center
Jennifer (Jen) Niles, our front end web developer, specialized in design and front-end development in WordPress for the past 16 years. She also has experience in custom CMS BLOX, Joomla and limited experience in Drupal, WIX, Weebly and Google analytics in addition to integrating with applications such as MailChimp, Constant Contact, PayPal, WooCommerce, YouTube and Vimeo.
Prior to her web development experience, she worked for various companies such as Minuteman Press, Capital Newspapers, and more recently, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Niles enjoys being involved at different stages of a project from initial requirements gathering and scoping to redesign and development.
She lives near Prairie du Sac with her husband and has two sons who live in the Madison area. She and her husband enjoy cruising in restored Mustangs as well as attending live music venues, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She also has a passion for gardening, arts and crafts, photography, and hanging out with their cat and two dogs.
Niles is very excited to join ASFPM and be part of an organization that impacts so many people and continues to grow. This is an exciting time for ASFPM as we're strengthening in a technical area that has the potential to be very impactful in years to come!
Director, Flood Science Center
A native Ohioan, Drew Whitehair moved to Madison, WI in 2012 and rejoined ASFPM in 2018. Prior to ASFPM, he spent time with Ohio EMA, Michael Baker International and American Family Insurance. He has an education in emergency management, holds a green belt in lean six sigma, and has a background loaded with program management and charismatic/participative leadership. Having built and managed countless projects and initiatives, Whitehair’s experience demonstrates his ability to improve process and inspire people around him through innovation, teamwork and passion. He provides support to our Flood Science Center by managing the National Flood Barrier Testing and Certification Program. When he isn’t working, you’ll find him losing balls on the golf course, hunting for cool vinyls, and spending time around a fire pit with family and friends.
Research Associate, Flood Science Center
Beth Klusinske splits her time in the Flood Science Center between research, writing and editing on flood science topics and cataloging physical and digital items for ASFPM’s Flood Library. She has a master’s degree in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences and a certificate in Air Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Klusinske has a background in science writing (mainly for textbooks and online courses) and used to work for Madison Public Library. She is interested in climatology as well as climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Senior Project Manager, Flood Science Center
Dave Fowler has more than 40 years of experience in flood management, stormwater issues, water resources and water quality management. He spent 36 years with the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District as the environmental policy coordinator and senior project manager where he worked on flood management policy, and planning, design and construction projects ranging from $50,000 to $120 million. After retirement, Fowler spent two years working for Stantec, a private consulting firm, as a senior project manager. He currently works for ASFPM's Flood Science Center as a senior project manager. Fowler served as conference chair for the 2005 ASFPM annual national conference, taught the CFM refresher course six times, participated as participant and trainer in three coastal workshops, and was a co-instructor for three channel geomorphic training workshops. He also served as ASFPM's Watershed Pod facilitator from 2010 to 2018. He was awarded the 2005 River Network's National River Hero; the Sweet Water Coalition Individual Watershed Champion in 2016, and the ASFPM Louthain Distinguished Service Award in 2016.
Sarah Waller began working for ASFPM as the conference and event planner in January 2019. With several years of experience in the event industry, she has a proven history of successfully executing corporate and non-profit events of all sizes. At ASFPM, Waller is responsible for planning and executing the annual national conference, as well as several other meetings and events throughout the year. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012, and is currently working towards earning her Certificated Meeting Professional certificate.
Membership Engagement Coordinator
Cate Secora, a native Madisonian, is our membership engagement coordinator. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her experience includes banking, campaign staffing and youth-oriented nonprofit work. She enjoys golfing, curling, cheering on the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers, and spending time with her husband, friends, family and two cats.