Candidates - EMAT Board of Directors - Region 2
Shaqueena “Sha” Nobles
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.
Brittany Rickard is the Resilience Planner at Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM). In her current role, Brittany strives to incorporate resiliency initiatives to all aspects of emergency management activities within the office. Some of these initiatives are within community preparedness, hazard mitigation, supply chain resilience, continuity of operations, continuity of government, recovery and other emergency management plans.
Additionally, Brittany continues to manage the HCOHSEM On-Call Program, which entails updating policy and procedure, training new staff members, and identifying innovative technologies to assist staff while they perform their On-Call duties.
Prior to becoming the Resilience Planner, Brittany served as the HCOHSEM Regional Planner under Houston UASI. She served as the Co-Chair of the Regional Planners Workgroup, and led the planning effort for the Disaster Behavioral Health workshop held this past November. Her other responsibilities included participating in regional meetings such as RCC, THIRA, and training and exercises.
Brittany Rickard holds a M.S. in Homeland Security Studies with a certificate in Emergency Management from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. She also holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and a B.S. in Psychology from Sam Houston State as well.</
Scott has over 30 years of combined local and state government and private sector experience in public safety. Of those 30 years, eighteen years has been dedicated to the emergency management profession.
He is a Certified Emergency Manager for the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Advanced and Basic Academies and the Master Exercise Practitioner Program. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Public University.
He has responded to 18 Presidential and 21 Gubernatorial declared disasters. The declared disasters include but are not limited to Hurricane Isabel, Tropical Storm Ernesto, the Louisa County Earthquake, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, wildfires, nor’easters, winter storms, floods and tornadoes.
Currently, Scott oversees the Office of Emergency Management that is responsible for the safety and security of 92 school campuses, 27 support facilities, 118,000 students and over 17,000 employees. He coordinates and manages a comprehensive emergency management and safety and security program for the school district to include prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery through planning, training, and exercises.
Scott served as the first appointed Chief of Emergency Services for Lancaster County, Virginia. He implemented the first career Emergency Medical Services and fee for service programs. As the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, he was responsible for all phases of emergency management and the development of the Emergency Operations Plan, the Hazard Materials Plan and the Hazard Mitigation Plan. Scott served as the Chairperson for the Public Safety Committee and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Scott served as the Region 2 Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He assisted the 17 localities and 3 higher education systems in the assigned region with reviewing and updating their Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), Emergency Operations Plans and Hazard Mitigation Plans. Scott provided a full range of planning, training, exercise, fiscal and operational guidance to the localities and institutions of higher education and collaborated with various state and federal partners to build comprehensive emergency management programs.
Scott served as a Regional Exercise Liaison for The Olson Group, LTD and continues to serve as a subcontractor. Scott has been participating in the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) since 2004. He has assisted in the design, development, conduct, facilitation, evaluation and simulation of over 55 HSEEP seminars, workshops, drills, tabletop exercises, functional exercises and full-scale exercises at the local, state and federal government levels.
Scott served as the Emergency Management Planner of Operations for the Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue, Office of Emergency Management. He was project manager for the planning process of the county’s Emergency Operations Plan, Continuity of Operations/Government Plan and he was a working group member of the National Capital Region Critical Infrastructure Project. He coordinated the Emergency Operations Center and was supervisor for the Emergency Management Internship Program.
Scott enjoys traveling, concerts, playing golf, freshwater and offshore fishing, watching college and professional football, baseball at any level, and hockey.
Candidates - EMAT Board of Directors - Region 5
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator John Henderson began his career with the City of Wichita Falls in December of 2002. His first duties with the City were in Risk Management and serving as the Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator. Then in February of 2009, John became the full time Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. He has received the Advanced Professional Development certificate and is an ICS instructor. He has completed Advanced Public Information Officer training through FEMA and is a member of the Wichita Falls Area Type III Incident Management Team. He has deployed to numerous disasters, including Hurricane Harvey, Panhandle Wildfires, Bowie Tornado and Winter Storm URI.
John is a member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas and the International Association of Emergency Managers. John is currently serving on the EMAT Board of Directors for Region 5. He was appointed to fill an unexpired term in November of 2019.
John serves on several committees in the Wichita Falls area. He is currently the Chairman of the Wichita County Local Emergency Planning Committee, the 2-1-1 Advisory committee, the Emergency Management liaison to the Hotter N Hell 100 Steering Committee, the ViceChairman of the District 3 Emergency Management Working Group and a member of the Area Public Information Officers group. John also serves on the Wichita Falls ISD Safety & Security committee as the Emergency Management Liaison and is a member on the Sheppard AFB Emergency Management Working Group.
John received his BBA in Management from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. John is married to Tammy and they have 3 adult children, Tara, Taygan and Tray. He is a lifelong resident in the Wichita Falls area.
Candidates - EMAT Board of Directors - At Large
Steve Rosa currently serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Brazoria County. Steve has served Brazoria County for 16 years, starting as the Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator in the Bio-Terrorism division of the health department for 3 years.
He then accepted the position of Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and held that position for 3 years.
In 2010 he was appointed by County Judge E.J King as the Emergency Management Coordinator. He was reappointed to this position on January 1, 2015 & 2019 by County Judge L.M. “Matt” Sebesta Jr.
May 7, 2010 – Steve received his appointment as a Licensed Peace Officer in the State of Texas. OEM in Brazoria County at that time was a division of the Sheriff’s Office.
Steve served a firefighter for 28 years, including 12 of those years as Fire Chief of Bunker Hill Fire Company # 1. He also served as the City Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Bunker Hill, Illinois for 10 years.
Steve worked 12 years as a Nationally Certified EMT on the BH ambulance service. Steve has 30 years’ experience as an amateur radio operator (HAM) and is a nationally certified Severe Weather Storm Spotter for the National Weather Service.
Steve joined the United States Air Force after graduating high school and served as a Missile Maintenance Technician, completing his course work at the Community College of the Air Force, and then working on ICBM nuclear missiles in underground silos in Wyoming. Steve is celebrating 44 years of marriage, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
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.