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Citizen Corps Council

TDEM Hazard Mitigation Steering Committee
Texas Private Sector Advisory Council

FNSS Integration Sub - Committee


The Heart of EMAT

The heart of the Emergency Management Association of Texas is our working committees. Each Committee is led by an EMAT member responsible for recruiting Committee members, developing Committee goals that align with EMAT’s strategy, and fostering growth in the association and emergency management. The individuals serving on Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees and as Appointees are instrumental in moving EMAT forward as an organization and helping to shape the profession of emergency management in Texas as a whole.

Standing Committees

Executive Committee

The EMAT Executive Committee exercises the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of EMAT between meetings.

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM, CPM President
Francisco Sanchez, Vice President
Cindy Mohat, CEM, TEM, Secretary
Dee Harrison, CEM, TEM, Treasurer
Billy Ted Smith, Sergeant at Arms
Jeb Lacey,TEM, Immediate Past President

Symposium Committee

The Symposium Committee is responsible for planning and coordinating all aspects of the EMAT Symposium including the selection of presentations, event planning, audio visual needs, exhibitor and sponsor coordination, development of printed materials, marketing, and more.

The Symposium Committee is comprised of a Liaison Team and the following committee members:

Symposium Committee Liaison Team:
Open- Communications Committee Chair
Barbee Condit- EMAT Executive Director's Office
Open - Membership and Marketing Committee Chair
Jim Coles, CAE - EMAT Executive Director's Office
Caroline Egan - Awards Committee Chair
Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM, CPM- EMAT President

Symposium Committee Members:
Kevin Clement
Lesia Dickson
Randall Gurney
Dee Harrison, CEM, TEM
Patrice Reisen-Hicks, CEM, TEM, MCP
Suzannah Jones
Cindy Mohat, CEM, TEM, MCP
Peggy S. Morales
Brian Murray

Communications Committee

The EMAT Communications Committee coordinates communication activities among EMAT's membership and the Board of Directors. The Communications Committee works with the EMAT Executive Director to communicate information via E-blasts, the website and social media.

Kevin Starbuck, CEM, TEM, CPM, President
Open, Chair
Open, Co-Chair

Mariah Armitage
Jeff Braun
Melanie Devine
Sara Garrett
Carrie Little

Awards Committee

The purpose of the EMAT Annual Awards Program is to recognize the achievements and hard work of the individuals, organizations and jurisdictions that have made exceptional efforts to further the field of emergency management and to ensure a whole community approach to preventing, preparing for, mitigating against, responding to and recovering from disasters.

Caroline Egan - Committee Chair
Mark Chadwick
Dee Harrison, CEM, TEM
Kit Marshall
Brian Murray
Patrick Repman
Rick Woolfolk

Legislative Committee

The EMAT Legislative Committee prepares and promotes EMAT 's legislative agenda. Additionally, the Legislative Committee coordinates legislative strategy sessions to help define EMAT's legislative agenda.

Jeff Braun
Jamie Galloway, CEM, TEM
Jeff Johnston
Jeb Lacey, TEM
Sharon Nalls
Jeff Suggs
Susana Thorne

Public-Private Partnership Committee

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Committee is charged with developing public and private emergency management relationships to further emergency management capacity throughout the state.


Develop, identify, and promulgate best practices for creating effective partnerships among private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.

Read More about the EMAT Public-Private Partnership Committee.

EMAT Membership and Marketing Committee

The EMAT Membership and Marketing Committee analyzes membership trends and provides recommendations to the Board for growing EMAT membership as well as retaining current members. The Committee accomplishes this in part by producing and approving an annual member recruitment strategy and campaign, and periodically reviews and adjusts the strategy as needed to support attainment of annual targeted recruitment and retention goals. Finally, the Membership and Marketing Committee provides perspective on the needs and expectations of EMAT’s membership and works in tandem with other EMAT committees to ensure EMAT products and services are in alignment.

Open, CEM, TEM, Chair
Dee Harrison, CEM, TEM
Tonya Hunter
Dan Kinsey
Otis Latin
Stacy Moore
Jennifer Pierce
Patrice Reisen, CEM. TEM
Kathy Reynolds
Francisco Sanchez
Bert Sausse
Brett Shayler
Robert Smith
Randy Templeton
Mike Walter
Burnie Wells
Rick Woolfolk

TEM Certification Committee

TEM Update for 2017

At this time the EMAT Board is developing a new process for the TEM Certifications. Please check back for more information.

Committee Chair: Daryl Spiewak

Ad Hoc Committees

Nominations Committee

The EMAT Nominations Committee nominates persons to serve as Board Members and Officers.

Susana Thorne, Chair

Billy Ted Smith, Co-Chair

Bylaws Committee

Patrice Reisen Hicks, CEM, TEM, MCP, Chair

About EMAT

The Emergency Management Association of Texas is dedicated to the advancement of the field of emergency management both statewide and nationally. To that end, EMAT engages in an array of efforts to advance a statewide emergency management agenda and to promote the professional growth of the emergency management practitioner.


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