EMAT Board of Directors
EMAT Executive Committee
Jamie Galloway, CEM, TEM - President
Jamie Galloway has over 45 years of public safety experience as an Emergency Manager, Fire Chief, and City Manager has given him the ability to view emergency management from different points of view. He has testified before state legislators on the effects of disasters and steps to improve the response and recovery processes.
He currently serves as the Emergency Service Director for the City of Deer Park, Texas where he is responsible for all aspects of a comprehensive program. His responsibilities include training, emergency management and coordinating with local, state and federal partners on issues affecting the greater Harris County area.
During his career he has served as Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for two jurisdictions, Director of Emergency Services in another before retiring from the fire service and accepting the position of Emergency Management Coordinator in Nassau Bay, then Baytown before coming to Deer Park in November 2021. He has played an active role in all phases of emergency management before, during and after major disaster declarations.
Jamie has provided leadership in many local and state organizations. He served in several positions including President of the Texas Gulf Coast Emergency Management Association, Chairman of the Liberty County LEPC and President of the Liberty County American Red Cross Advisory Board and President IAEM Region 6. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Emergency Management Association of Texas and is the current President. He is also currently serving as the International Association of Emergency Manager-USA as Region 6 Secretary.
Jamie has served on regional committees related to emergency management at the local and state levels. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.
He holds numerous certifications in Texas including peace officer, firefighter, fire officer, fire –arson investigator and EMT-Advanced. Jamie is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM ®) and Certified Texas Emergency manager (TEM). Jamie completed the Bachelor of Science in Fire Science and Master of Science in Emergency Services Management programs at Columbia Southern University.
Mark Chadwick, CEM, TEM - Vice President
Mark Chadwick is the author of “Organizing Chaos: A Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Management.” He has over 36 years of experience in disaster response and Emergency Management and currently serves as the Emergency Management Specialist for the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management. Mark and is responsible for Response and Recovery operations for disasters and emergencies and, additionally, is a member of the Region 6 State of Texas Type III IMT. Mark is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM), Master – Military Emergency Management Specialist (M-MEMS), and Certified Texas Fire Inspector.
Mark has served on several Boards, Committees, and Task Forces over the years. Currently, he serves on the Region 6 representative for the EMAT Board of Directors, the EMAT Awards Committee, the All Hazards Incident Management Team Association (AHIMTA) Law Enforcement Committee, and as an Advisory Board Member for the San Antonio College Emergency Management Administration and Homeland Security A.A.S. Degree program. Mark has also served on the State of Texas HB2340 Committee on the Use of Unmanned Aircraft and as a Past President for the South Central Emergency Management Association (SCEMA). Mark is the Military Emergency Management Specialist (MEMS) Academy – Civilian State Director for Texas.
Mark is a credentialed Emergency Management instructor and exercise developer. Mark teaches numerous State and Federal level Emergency Management courses, has developed several local level courses, and has developed and facilitated exercises for many jurisdictions across South Texas. Mark has served as a speaker for Conferences, Associations, and workshops for many years.
Mark is a veteran having served in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Texas State Guard in December of 2019 at the rank of Colonel after serving more than 30 + years on Federal and State military duty. During his military service, Mark has received numerous military awards, medals and decorations.
Martin Ritchey - Treasurer
Mr. Ritchey is Director of Homeland Security for the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG). He serves as a Fire Commissioner and volunteer firefighter for Caldwell County ESD #4. During his emergency services career, Mr. Ritchey has responded to multiple tornados, floods, hurricanes, tropical storms, major fires, commuter and freight rail incidents, a commercial aviation crash, major bridge collapse, several mass casualty – mass fatality incidents, and other emergent events that included nine presidentially declared disasters. Mr. Ritchey is a member of the Capital Area Type III Incident Management Team, National Incident Management Team Association, and the Emergency Managers Association of Texas. Mr. Ritchey was previously a member of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association and multiple fire chiefs’ associations. He has previously served as volunteer Vice Chair of the Lockhart Chamber of Commerce, the Education Foundation for Lockhart Independent School District, and Volunteer Chief of the Salvation Army Greater Unified Command. Mr. Ritchey was and entrepreneur founder/co-founder of several private sector companies, one of which operated locations in 24 states.
Secretary - Brad Britten, MPA, CEM, TEM, IERS
Brad Britten is currently the Interim Secretary and an At-Large Director for the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT). Over the course of the last 20 plus years, Britten has worked as a practitioner within the private sector, local government agencies, and state government agencies and developed public-private partnerships within the private sector emergency response arena.
Britten remains active in supporting local, state and federal emergency management and currently serves as an Emergency Preparedness Senior Associate with Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC at the US Department of Energy (DOE) Pantex Plant in Panhandle, TX. Britten has spent five years supporting emergency planning and preparedness through the US DOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Pantex Plant Agreement-in-Principle (AIP) with the State of Texas, local jurisdictions, and the Management and Operating (M&O) contractor at the Pantex Plant. In addition, Britten is an Agency Instructor with the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) of the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Britten has served within the Municipal Program of ESTI since 2015, delivering high quality training directly to emergency response departments and agencies across Texas.
With a background in public government emergency response beginning in the Texas Panhandle in 2001, Britten has had the opportunity to work with some of best and brightest emergency management and emergency response personnel in the United States. At the State level, Britten has previously served with the Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) as a Regional Fire Coordinator, with the Texas Department of Public Safety/Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) as a District Coordinator, and most recently served with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as a Health Physicist/Emergency Planner. At the local level, Britten also served as Technical Hazards Coordinator with the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management (A/P/R OEM). Britten has been active in the volunteer fire service in Texas since 2001, serving respectively with six fire departments across Texas.
From December 2017 through September 2019, Britten served as Senior Liaison Field Manager with Energy Technologies, LLC (Enertech), managing delivery of pipeline public awareness liaison programs across Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Colorado. Britten currently serves as the President for Leaning Tower Group LLC, managing delivery of a pipeline public awareness liaison program across parts of West Texas, Southeastern New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
Britten is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Master of Public Administration. He is a Texas Advanced Firefighter (TCFP), a Texas Master Firefighter (SFFMA) and holds Hazardous Materials, Fire Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, and other Fire certifications. Britten is a Certified Emergency Manger (CEM), a Certified Texas Emergency Manager (TEM), credentialed as an Industrial Emergency Response Specialist (IERS) with the TEEX, and a Certified Texas Teacher through the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
Britten has been a EMAT member since 2012. Britten has served on the EMAT Board of Directors since 2018 representing Region 5 as At-Large Director and serving as the Interim Secretary from February 2020. Britten is active in his community, supporting charitable and service organizations. Britten resides in White Deer, Texas and has four children.
Shaqueena Nobles, TEM- Sergeant at Arms
Shaqueena, “Sha” Nobles, is the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Beaumont and holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Lamar University. In November 2013, she was hired as the Emergency Management Specialist for the Emergency Management Division of the Beaumont Police Department. This division serves as Office of Emergency Management for the City of Beaumont as a whole. Sha is an IAEM and Texas Certified Emergency Manager, and active member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas (EMAT) and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). She is also a member of 2 state emergency management advisory committees, which facilitate state processes and standards, and better advise the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) chief for the state of Texas. Shay serves as the Sargent-at-Arms and the Chairman of the Training and Education Committee for the Sabine Neches Chief’s Association (SNCA), and is instrumental in recruiting, hosting and teaching several courses in the field of Emergency Management. She currently holds a provisional status as a Resource Unit Leader for the SNCA’s Golden Triangle All-Hazard Incident Management Team.
Sha joined the Emergency Management Division after serving 12 years with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. During her tenure with TDCJ, she was a Correctional Officer, Senior Correctional Mentor, Alternate Risk Manager and lastly Risk Manager. Her collateral duties included acting as the Lead Risk Manager for the Beaumont Prisons cluster, certified Hostage Negotiator for TDCJ, Staff Safety and Risk Management Trainer, and Safety Officer during ICS operations and incidents affecting prisons.
Of the many titles and roles she carries, Wife and Mother are her most esteemed. She has the honor of being married to Martell Nobles for the past 17 years and they recently welcomed a set of boy/girl twins in January 2020.
Patrice Reisen, CEM, TEM, CPM - Immediate Past President
Patrice Reisen began working for the University of Texas System as the Emergency Management Coordinator in January 2013. While working in this position, Patrice has built effective partnerships between the UT campuses and local jurisdictions and state agencies in order to strengthen emergency management in the State of Texas. With Patrice’s leadership and guidance, UT institutions are active in preparing for and responding to disaster events.
Prior to the University of Texas System, she worked for the Travis County Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Planner. As an Emergency Planner, she gained significant experience in the areas of grants management, emergency planning, exercises, and business continuity. Her professional experience began in 1996 with the Texas Highway Patrol and she has also held a position with the Texas Division of Emergency Management for three years. During her emergency management career, Patrice has worked responses to several emergencies and declared disasters including Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, Winter Storm Uri, wildfires during the 2011 drought in Travis and Bastrop Counties, numerous floods and ice storms, and COVID-19.
Patrice holds an Associate of Arts degree in Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She is certified as a Master Continuity Practitioner in Business Continuity and holds the Certified Emergency Manager and Texas Emergency Manager designations. Patrice is an active member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas, currently serving as the TEM Commission Chair and chair of the Symposium Planning and Bylaws Committees.