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Disaster Planning Conference
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September 15 – 16, 2020
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Pacific Time


The concept of a disaster response team has been redefined in the wake of COVID-19. Health care providers report unexpected and welcome relationships developing as the pandemic continues. From HR staff to cafeteria workers – EMT to community outreach volunteers – nurses to supply officers – help comes in many forms.   

This year’s virtual disaster planning conference will focus on all those individuals who have managed COVID-19 while sometimes managing concurrent disaster events. You will hear from expert speakers on highly relevant topics, engage with sponsors, and participate in fun activities through the conference app.  

Your attendance requested — virtually

Plan now to join us for two, half-day programs of interaction with speakers, peers and sponsors — all in a virtual environment with the same high-quality programming you have come to expect.


Tuesday September 15

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Pre-Conference Discussion
BETA Healthcare Group – Care for the Caregiver

Natasha Lukasiewich, DNP, MSN, RN, LNC, CCRN-K, CEN, CFRN, TCRN, ED Manager Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Vice President-Northern Nevada Peer Support Network (NNPSN), Co-Chair-Mental Health Committee, International Public Safety Association (IPSA); Deanna Tarnow, RN, BA, CPHRM, Senior Director, Risk Management and Patient Safety, BETA Healthcare Group 

Health care workers are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic on top of an already challenging care environment. When faced with challenging and traumatic circumstances, people have a natural inclination to become stressed; at worst, they become numb to the situations around them. To allow health care workers to perform to the best of their abilities, and continue to provide high-quality, safe patient care, we must support their mental health needs and emotional well-being. Listen as BETA Healthcare Group describes how, through implementation of a comprehensive, principled and systematic approach to responding to harm in health care known as BETA HEART, they are helping organizations to develop a process for providing emotional first aid to members of the health care team. The need for support exists for all disciplines and in all environments from first responders in the field to clinicians and staff in hospitals and health systems. Learn the importance of having a reliable process in place for assessing, and responding to, the emotional needs of members of the health care team, in real time.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Keynote — Supply Chain Strategies
Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, Vice Director for Logistics, Joint Staff and Lead, Supply Chain Task Stabilization Task Force
The ongoing issues related to availability of supplies has been felt across the nation. From masks to ventilators — supply support strategies for our hospitals is an ongoing challenge. Listen as two top experts share how the task force is supporting the U.S. health care supply chain and the Strategic National Stockpile through the public health crisis.

 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. | General Session Supply, Demand & Fraud: A Supplier’s Perspective
Cassie Jacobson, Application Engineer Manager; Eileen Simmons, Business Development Manager, 3M Personal Safety Division
While hospitals have felt the impact of supply shortages, suppliers have worked together on locating and securing necessary items to ensure staff and public safety is protected. COVID-19 has changed how business is conducted. Listen as Ms. Simmons discusses how  3M has responded to supply demands and fraud in the supply industry during the pandemic.

10:15 – 10:30 a.m. | Wellness Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. | General Session Current State of the Hospital Preparedness Program Amidst COVID-19
Jack Herrmann, MSEd, NCC, LMHC, Director, Division of External Stakeholder Engagement, Office of External Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
The Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) is a cooperative agreement that prepares health care systems to save lives during emergencies through the development of regional health care coalitions (HCC). HCCs are groups of health care and response organizations that collaborate to prepare for, and respond to, medical surge events. Mr. Herrmann will discuss the current state of the program and its function during this COVID-19 pandemic.

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | General Session Fatality Management in New York City Hospitals: Lessons Learned
Faiza Haq, Senior Project Manager, New York–Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations (NY–RAH) Project; Jenna Mandel-Ricci, Vice President, Regulatory and Professional Affairs, Legal, Regulatory and Professional Affairs, Greater New York Hospital Association
Who can forget the scenes that were shared on multiple media outlets of the mass fatalities occurring in New York City during the early days of COVID-19? Our hearts went out to the victims, loved ones, the medical providers and the city. As prepared as we all thought we could be for a pandemic, what NYC experienced gave us a glimpse into our possible future. Listen as Ms. Mandel-Ricci recounts the events that occurred in NYC, the facility reactions, and the lessons learned.

12:45 – 1:30 p.m. | Backstage Pass with Speakers

Wednesday, September 16

8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Pre-Conference Discussion
Putting Digital Technology into Practice for “The New Normal” and Beyond

Eric Chetwynd, General Manager, Healthcare, Everbridge
As health care systems adapt to “The New Normal,” they face an urgent need to resume elective procedures and regain operational and financial stability. Within a short period of time hospitals have innovated new ways of delivering care and ensuring facilities are safe places for patients and staff. In this webinar, Eric Chetwynd, Everbridge’s health care solutions expert, will share how technological advancements, including telehealth, digital wayfinding, contact tracing and other innovative collaborative tools, are reshaping the health care landscape, care delivery and the way hospitals prepare and respond to critical events.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. | Keynote — Maximizing Federal Assistance: Seeking, Obtaining and Using CARES Act & Federal Assistance Funds
Brad Gair, Senior Managing Director; Jonathan Hoyes, Senior Managing Director; Bill Roche, Senior Project Manager; and Matthew Erchull, Senior Consultant, Government Solutions, Witt O’Brien’s
As hospitals and health care facilities develop a more comprehensive picture of their funding needs related to COVID-19, accessing federal assistance programs for potential reimbursement will be key. Join experts from Witt O’Brien’s for a session on Maximizing Federal Assistance. Witt O’Brien’s experts will expand on Treasury Funding Guidelines, outline the steps you should take in anticipation of utilizing funds, and share key insights on other sources of funding to pursue to ensure your organization is maximizing cost recovery opportunities.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | General Session  COVID-19 Hospital-Based Surge Management
Dr. Adolphe Edward, Chief Executive Officer, El Centro Regional Medical Center
Effects of COVID-19 are felt every day across California. Facilities work feverishly to manage surges while trying to maintain safe conditions for staff. Listen as Dr. Edward discusses the lessons learned from the most recent outbreak in Imperial County. He will talk about protocols that were in place and what changes they have had to institute since the pandemic began.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. | Wellness Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. | General Session — Public Safety Partnerships and Disaster Response​
Matt Joslin, Vice President, Community Medical Centers, Fresno; Brad Gates, EMT-P, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, Plans and Training Unit, Disaster Medical Services Division, Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), State of California
You never know when you will need to call upon your community partners for help. Listen to these speakers share their experiences of building relationships while developing their emergency task force team. Creating partnerships with the county, FEMA, public safety agencies, including local fire and police departments and other community allies, this team was established and ready to help its community well before COVID-19.

11:30 – 11:45 a.m. | Wellness Break

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | General Session Crisis Care Guidelines: Now It Is Time to Implement
Jana M. Craig, PhD, Regional Director, Ethics Department, Co-Chair KP NCAL Regional Crisis Triage Taskforce; Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald, Emergency Management Training Director, Kaiser Permanente Northern California; and Greg Marelich, MD, Chair, Critical Care Medicine, Co-Chair KP NCAL Regional Crisis Triage Task Force; Kaiser Permanente Northern California
You’ve heard about the guidelines, but now you will hear from others who have successfully implemented those guidelines at a regional level. These speakers will provide brief overview of CCG concepts, how their facilities adopted the plan, and their decision making, activation and coordination with local, regional and state agencies. Finally, they will discuss training and implementation strategies for hospitals. A robust Q&A will follow.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | Backstage Pass with Speakers


Nicole Carter, LCSW
Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience in Social Services.  She has worked in City and County Protective Service Agencies, Hospitals, Crisis Mental Health facilities and The Department of Veterans Administration.  In her private practice, Nicole works with clients to address stress management, life transitions and trauma recovery. Through workshops and therapy, Nicole provides education on the nervous system, brain, and heart connection in order to clients build personal resilience and improve their mental health.

Eric Chetwynd
General Manager, Healthcare

Eric oversees Everbridge’s global portfolio of healthcare solutions and brings more than 20 years of experience in creating and leading innovative software solutions to market. As an experienced product solution leader, he has launched and grown multiple successful SaaS healthcare digital products globally.  In his role at Everbridge, he works closely with the healthcare team to deliver an end-to-end customer experience that fits their unique needs, equipping them with innovative technologies and strategies to ensure they are always ready to adapt and respond to a host of risks, whether a high-acuity clinical case or a critical event.

Jana M. Craig, PhD
Regional Director, Ethics Department
Co-Chair KP NCAL Regional Crisis Triage Taskforce​
Kaiser Permanente Northern California 

Dr. Adolphe Edward
Chief Executive Officer
El Centro Regional Medical Center

Adolphe Edward is the chief executive officer for El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC), an acute care medical center in Southern California’s Imperial Valley that is affiliated with the UC San Diego Health Care Network. He brings to the position more than 29 years of experience in health care strategy and operations at public and private systems worldwide.
Dr. Edward was most recently market CEO of Kindred HealthCare, a Fortune 100 company where he helped grow market share for inpatient services. He has also held senior leadership roles at hospitals across the U.S. and abroad, focusing on attracting new patients and growing specialty services.

Matthew Erchull
Senior Consultant, Government Solutions
Witt O’Brien’s

Matthew Erchull is a nationally-recognized subject matter expert in the development of public policy, program and project management, research, and quantitative analysis focused on assisting state and local governments, NGO’s and Private Non-Profits with federally-funded HUD, HHS, FEMA, DHS, EDA, DOT, DOI and DOJ grant programs.

Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald
Emergency Management Training Director
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Dr. Suzy Fitzgerald is the Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KP NCAL) Emergency Management Training Director, the COVID Training Lead for The Permanente Medical Group in KP NCAL and works regionally for KP NCAL on crisis care guidelines, simulation training, and workflow initiatives. She is also an emergency physician with Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, CA.
Suzy graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine in 2000 and completed her emergency medicine residency at Alameda County Medical Center-Highland Hospital in 2004. 
Suzy has also been involved in international and disaster medicine. She’s part of the KP Northern California Regional Emergency Management Team and assisted with the KP Santa Rosa hospital evacuations in both 2017 and 2019. She led a medical team to Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 for Relief International, and has also deployed with Doctors Without Borders to Sri Lanka post-civil war in 2009, and to pre-earthquake Haiti in 2007. She has served as an Emergency Response Coordinator and Consultant for Relief International. She was also the Cambodia Coordinator for the Kaiser Permanente Global Health Program for several years until 2014. She was also a member of the Bay Area Federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-6) for several years, and served as one of their Assistant Team Medical Directors. In 2012, she deployed with DMAT to the NATO Summit in Chicago and Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast.

Brad Gair
Senior Managing Director
Witt O’Brien’s

Brad is internationally recognized for his leadership roles in the signature disasters of the 2000s, having served as a FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer and in other key positions for scores of disasters, emergencies and special events.

Brad Gates, EMT-P
Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, Plans and Training Unit, Disaster Medical Services Division
Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA), State of California

Brad Gates has over 16 years of EMS and disaster response experience in the State of California and the Federal government as a contractor. His career started in Contra Costa County as an EMT and paramedic. Mr. Gates was promoted within the private EMS world to Lieutenant, EMS Captain, Special Operations Unit Commander and FEMA Incident Management Team member for the FEMA Ambulance contract. He has a wealth of disaster response experience both in California and nationally, including deployments for the Valley Fire, the Clayton Fire, the North Bay Fires, Hurricane Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence and Michael. Mr. Gates is considered one of the foremost statewide subject matter experts on mass patient movement, Incident Command systems for EMS, disaster medical coordination and ambulance strike team operations.

Faiza Haq
Senior Project Manager, New York–Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations (NY–RAH) Project
Greater New York Hospital Association

Faiza Haq has been with the Greater New York Hospital Association since 2017, and currently serves as the Senior Project Manager for the New York–Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations (NY–RAH) Project, a four-year cooperative agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reduce avoidable hospitalizations of long-stay nursing facility residents. Ms. Haq has prior experience in hospital settings, in both emergency departments and intensive care units.

Jack Herrmann, MSEd, NCC, LMHC
Acting Director, National Healthcare Preparedness Program within the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)​​

Jack Herrmann is the Acting Director, National Healthcare Preparedness Program within the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  He provides administrative leadership over the nation’s only source of federal funding for health care delivery system readiness for disasters and other emergencies, ASPR’s Hospital Preparedness Grant Program (HPP).
In addition Mr. Hermann is the Director of External Stakeholder Engagement within ASPR’s Office of External Affairs where he oversees strategic engagement with federal and non-federal partners to advance the agency’s mission.  Prior to this position, he served as the Deputy Director of ASPR’s Office of Policy and Planning providing programmatic representation and leadership in policy discussions, meetings, and negotiations with officials and staff from other departments within HHS, other federal agencies, the White House, Congress, and public and private stakeholders.

Jonathan Hoyes
Senior Managing Director
Witt O’Brien’s

Jonathan Hoyes has led field delivery of infrastructure and community assistance (Public Assistance, Individual Assistance and Mitigation programs) in all ten FEMA Regions, Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands.

Cassie Jacobson
Application Engineer Manager
3M Personal Safety Division

Cassie Jacobson is currently an Application Engineering Manager in the Personal Safety Division where she has responsibility for Connected Safety globally and is the US and Canada Area Leader. During COVID-19 she has been involved in a number of critical projects one of which was starting the COVID-19 Fraud Hotline in the US which has now expanded globally. Prior to joining PSD Cassie was with 3M Healthcare for 18 years conducting clinical research and health economic studies across multiple businesses.

Matt Joslin
Vice President
Community Medical Centers, Fresno

Matt Joslin, Vice President at Community Medical Centers provides leadership for various clinical service lines and support services across the health system, including the flagship campus and Level 1 Trauma Center, Community Regional Medical Center. He’s a founding member of the Central California Emergency Management Task Force, uniting public safety partners from throughout Fresno County to coordinate efforts.

Natasha Lukasiewich, DNP, MSN, RN, LNC, CCRN-K, CEN, CFRN, TCRN
ED Manager Tahoe Forest Hospital District,
Vice President-Northern Nevada Peer Support Network (NNPSN), Co-Chair-Mental Health Committee, International Public Safety Association (IPSA)

Dr. Natasha Lukasiewich, DNP, MSN, RN, LNC, CCRN-K, CEN, CFRN, TCRN is currently an Emergency Department Manager, Past Trauma Program Coordinator, Nurse Edutainer, Legal Nurse Consultant, Patient and Colleague Mental Health Advocate. Ms. Lukasiewich is board certified/licensed in Emergency Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, Flight Nursing, Trauma Nursing and EMS Nursing. Throughout her 20 years in the health care industry, she has had an array of professional and personal growth from integrative medicine to western medicine disciplines. In 2014, she was awarded Critical Care Nurse of the Year for Northern Nevada’s Nurses of Achievements. She was recognized for her efforts in pioneering and bringing Advanced Medical Care into Austere environments’ through Washoe County Sheriff’s SAR Hasty Team. She has extended her focus to serve on their Critical Response Team and Peer Support Unit for Washoe County Sheriff. In 2015 she was nominated for Emergency Nurse of the year. In October 2019 she was awarded one of Top 50 under 50 for her work and dedication in her doctoral research of building resilience in health care providers.

Jenna Mandel-Ricci
Vice President, Regulatory and Professional Affairs, Legal, Regulatory and Professional Affairs
Greater New York Hospital Association

Jenna Mandel-Ricci joined GNYHA in 2014. Ms. Mandel-Ricci supports member hospitals in two key areas — emergency preparedness and the development and implementation of internal employee wellness programs. Before joining GNYHA, she held various positions at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, including managing the Bureau of Healthcare Systems Readiness within the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, and she spent five years as the Deputy Director of the Bureau of Tobacco Control. Ms. Mandel-Ricci holds an MPH from Hunter College, an MPA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a BA from Northwestern University.

Greg Marelich, MD
Chair, Critical Care Medicine
Co-Chair KP NCAL Regional Crisis Triage Task Force​
Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Rear Admiral John Polowczyk
Vice Director for Logistics, Joint Staff and Lead,
Supply Chain Task Stabilization Task Force

Rear Admiral John Polowczyk was appointed to lead the White House supply chain task force in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He also serves as vice director for Logistics, J4, with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Polowczyk’s sea duty assignments include supply department head tours aboard the fast attack submarine USS Queenfish (SSN 651), the destroyer USS Peterson (DD 969) and the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5).
Ashore, he most recently served as director, logistics programs and business operations, in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV N41). His other shore assignments include Fleet Ordnance and Supply (N41) and fleet supply officer on the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, in Norfolk; comptroller, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; commanding officer, Naval Supply System Command, Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor; business management officer, U.S. Joint Forces Command, Norfolk; military assistant to the assistant secretary of the Navy for Financial Management & Comptroller; OPNAV N413 Joint Logistics officer, where he developed the Navy-Marine Corps Naval Logistics Integration program; business financial manager, Seawolf Program Office, Naval Sea Systems Command; financial officer, Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; contracting officer with Naval Sea Systems Command; and instructor, Naval Supply Corps School, Athens, Georgia.

Bill Roche
Senior Project Manager
Witt O’Brien’s

Bill Roche is an expert at leading programs and projects alike in various disaster planning, response and recovery operations. He has held multiple positions within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region IX over the course of 20 years.

Eileen Simmons
Business Development Manager
3M Personal Safety Division

Eileen Simmons is currently a Business Development Manager within 3M’s Government and Healthcare Business and has responsibilities with managing the US Preparedness Segment Markets. Eileen has been in several different Sales Executive Account facing roles the past 14 years managing Federal, State, Local Gov’t and Healthcare customer’s emergency preparedness programs with 3M PPE solutions and resources.
Prior to joining 3M Personal Safety Division, Eileen started her 3M Sales & Marketing career in 1986, within Telecommunications market and has the pleasure to work in many different 3M business groups from Traffic Safety Systems to Government Defense Solutions.

Deanna Tarnow, RN, BA, CPHRM
Senior Director, Risk Management and Patient Safety
BETA Healthcare Group

Ms. Tarnow joined BETA Healthcare Group in 2010, having working in the healthcare field for over 25 years, with the last 19 years being dedicated to Risk Management. In her current role she is responsible for supporting member hospitals and insured medical groups by providing risk management and patient safety consultation, administrative and clinical risk assessments and education. She leads BETA’s PFCC efforts and BETA HEART®, a comprehensive response to patient harm. In her previous roles as a hospital-based risk manager and Director of Risk Management and Patient Safety, Ms. Tarnow was responsible for risk identification, loss prevention, sentinel event management, and development and implementation of reliable systems to promote patient safety throughout an integrated healthcare system including the acute care hospitals, affiliated medical practices, and ambulatory surgery center.
Ms. Tarnow is a past president and current member of the California Association of Healthcare Risk Management (CSHRM). She is also a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), completed the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Patient Safety Officer training in 2006 and the AHA/NPSF Patient Safety Fellowship in 2013.



*Members $0 (no tuition fee)
Associate members and Government Entities $295
**Nonmembers $375

While this event is free for CHA members you must register to attend. Multiple staff can participate from one location for one tuition fee. Tuition includes all webinar materials including CEs

*Members are CHA member hospitals. **Nonmembers are limited to non-hospital health care providers, clinics, post-acute facilities, and consultants, insurance companies, law firms and other entities that serve hospitals. Education programs and publications are a membership benefit and are not available to eligible non-member California hospitals.


A confirmation will be emailed to all registrants.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing seven or more days prior to the scheduled event and emailed to No refunds will be given after these dates. Substitutions are encouraged. Cancellation and substitution notification may be emailed to In the unlikely event that the program is cancelled, refunds will be issued to paid registrants within 30 days.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations pursuant to the American’s with Disabilities Act please call (916) 552-7637.

Continuing Education

Full attendance and completion of the online evaluation and attestation of attendance are required to receive CEs for this virtual conference and, when required, include your professional license number. CE certificates will be emailed. (Amount of CE offered subject to change.)

Compliance — The Compliance Certification Board (CCB)® has approved this event for up to 9.9 live CCB CEUs based on a 50-minute hour. Continuing Education Units are awarded based on individual attendance records. Granting of prior approval in no way constitutes endorsement by CCB of this event content or of the event sponsor.

Health Care Executives — CHA is authorized to award 8.25 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program who wish to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit must self-report their participation. To self-report, participants must log into their MyACHE account and select ACHE Qualified Education Credit.

Nursing — Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider CEP #11924, for up to 9.9 conference contact hours.

Risk Management — This meeting has been approved for a total of 8.25 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit toward fulfillment of the requirements of ASHRM designations of FASHRM (Fellow) and DFASHRM (Distinguished Fellow) and towards CPHRM renewal.

Conference Committee


Mary Massey, BSN, MA, CHEP, PHN, Vice President, Emergency Management,  California Hospital Association

Committee Members

Tony Barker, MSHS, Area Emergency Manager, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Office of Emergency Management

Tim Beringer, Director of Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, Eisenhower Health

Ryan Burgess, RN, MSN, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Hospital Association of Southern California, and Prehospital Care Coordinator Administrative Nurse II, UCLA Medical Center

Sharon Carlson, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Sharp HealthCare

Camile Collins, Emergency Preparedness Specialist, UCLA Medical Center

Susan M. Fitzgerald, MD, Emergency Management Physician Lead, Santa Rosa Medical Center

Nicola Harwood, Emergency Preparedness Coordintor, St. Joseph, Orange

Lois Husted, RN, Emergency Preparedness Officer, Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Monique Imroth, MEP, Director, Emergency Preparedness/Response, UC San Diego Health System

Connie Lackey, RN, Director, Emergency Preparedness, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center

Valerie Lakey, Director, Public Relations/PIO/Safety Disaster Co-Coordinator, Mayers Memorial Hospital District

Mark Shirley, MS, CSP, CHMM, Environmental Risk Consultant, Sutter Valley Hospitals

Kristina Spurgeon, Emergency Manager, University of California, Davis Health

Ryan Tuchmayer, Associate Director, Disaster Preparedness & Response, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Matthew Washburn, Disaster Coordinator & Safety Officer, Orchard Hospital


We would like to thank our corporate sponsors for their support of the 2020 Virtual Disaster Planning Conference.

Platinum Sponsors:

BETA Healthcare Group (BETA) is the largest professional liability insurer of hospitals on the West Coast providing professional liability and workers’ compensation coverages to protect hospitals, health centers, clinics, hospices, aging services, medical groups, and physicians and other healthcare workers.

Heather Gocke
Vice President, Risk Management and Safety
(818) 545-3351

Deanne Tarnow
Senior Director, Risk Management and Patient Safety
(925) 314-7614


Everbridge is the global leader for integrated critical event management solutions that automate and accelerate organizations’ operational response to critical events to help keep people safe and businesses running faster. More than 1,200 hospitals rely on the Everbridge Critical Event Management Platform to deliver resilience on an unprecedented scale.

Cristin Carr
Senior Marketing Programs Manager, Healthcare
(781) 859-4129

Eric Chetwynd
General Manager, Healthcare


Witt O’Brien’s specializes in disaster management for state and local governments, and various market sectors, including healthcare. Our team of experts include former FEMA and government leaders with proven experience helping our clients prepare for disaster and build back stronger if it strikes. We are a global leader in emergency and crisis management surpassing client expectations by helping communities prepare, respond, recover and mitigate. Click here to view a Q&A article for hospitals and healthcare providers navigating the FEMA assistance for COVID-19 costs.

Brad Gair
Senior Managing Director 

Jonathan Hoyes
Senior Managing Director 

Bill Roche
Senior Project Manager 

Matthew Erchull
Senior Consultant, Government Solutions 


Silver Sponsor:

You prepare for large scale public health events and natural disasters. 3M offers support you need before, during and after a crisis. Our Dedicated Team of National Emergency Preparedness & Healthcare Specialists are ready to provide support you need for your PPE management.

Eileen Simmons
Business Development Manager
(732) 693-5363

Cassie Jacobson
Manager, Application Engineering
(651) 736-7728

Edwin Vela
Account Representative, Government & Healthcare
(714) 235-2278

John Doyle
Account Representative, Government & Healthcare
(209) 483-3662