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ASFPM Staff

CHAD BERGINNIS, CFM
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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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 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, 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:

  • 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 nationwide Floodplain Manager Certification program for professionals in the field.

LARRY A. LARSON, P.E., CFM
DIRECTOR EMERITUS - SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
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Larry Larson is a founding member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc., which was 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. He then served as the association's executive director until 2012, when he became the director emeritus. As the director emeritus he serves as policy advisor to the ASFPM executive director and leadership 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. Larson has worked in the water resources profession for 54 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 D. WADSWORTH
DEPUTY DIRECTOR
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Ingrid Wadsworth came to ASFPM 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, Wadsworth 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, she 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 a proud alumni of Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences.

As operations director, Wadsworth's 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 and 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 ASFPM.
  • Represent ASFPM and its membership on national policy development and decision making.

Wadsworth 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, P.E., CFM
CHIEF SCIENTIST, FLOOD SCIENCE CENTER
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Alan Lulloff is Science Services program director for 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 10 Coastal No Adverse Workshops over the past three years on the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

Mr. Lulloff's Curriculum Vitae and Biography




ANITA LARSON
CERTIFICATION COORDINATOR
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Anita Larson came to work for the association in March 2002. Her responsibilities with ASFPM include:

  • Administer the Certified Floodplain Manager program.
  • Track continuing education activities.
  • Conference/workshop duties.



JEFF STONE, CFM
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER, FLOOD SCIENCE CENTER
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Jeff Stone 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.



NANCY DUNHAM
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT
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Ms. Dunham joined ASFPM in November 2010. Her duties include clerical support to the Certification Coordinator.




JASON SCHEEBERGER
IT MANAGER
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Jason joined ASFPM as the IT Manager. In this position he is responsible for the associations IT infrastructure, website and internal IT projects.


JASON HOCHSCHILD
GIS & RESEARCH ANALYST, FLOOD SCIENCE CENTER
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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.


SUZANNE GILLINGHAM
ACCOUNTANT
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Suzanne started as the Accountant for the Association of State Flood Plain Managers in December 2014. She has a BS in History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting from Edgewood College in Madison WI. She has been a Certified Management Accounting through the Institute of Management Accountants for 19 years. She spent 19 years as the Director of Finance at a local non- profit, AIDS Network. This provided her with significant experience in non-profit accounting and grant management.


MICHELE MIHALOVICH
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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Michele Mihalovich has been 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.


JIM DUNHAM
MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR
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Jim came to work for the Association in February 2016. Jim's background includes working for companies that practice earth friendly recycling techniques, and customer service. He is looking forward to serving the important members of ASFPM. His responsibilities with ASFPM include:

  • Administer the Membership Programs of ASFPM including individual, corporate and agencies.
  • Communicate member benefits and activities.
  • Conference / workshop registration and customer service.
  • Leadership administrative liaison.

MELISSA HAIG
RESEARCH LIBRARIAN, FLOOD SCIENCE CENTER
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Melissa 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. Melissa earned her Masters of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.


BILL BROWN
CENTER DIRECTOR, FLOOD SCIENCE CENTER
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Mr. Brown is the Senior Project Manager for the Association of State Floodplain Managers’ Science Services Program. 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 Mr. 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 Urban Stormwater 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. Mr. Brown is currently serving a 4-year appointment to the federal Advisory Committee on Water Information.


HALEY BRIEL 
RESEARCH SPECIALIST
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Haley Briel, a Toledo, Ohio native, works with ASFPM’s Flood Science Center as a research specialist. Shehas 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 pro-gram, 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.




GIGI TREBATOSKI
CHAPTER and ASFPM FOUNDATION COORDINATOR
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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 EO 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.



KEVIN CURRIE
TRAINING AND E-LEARNING COORDINATOR
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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.






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