Instructors

Community Planning for Hazards:
Training for Local Officials

 

La Marque, TX. June 4-5, 2019.

 

Registration now open.

 

Rockport, TX. June 27-28, 2019.
Brownsville, TX. June 27-28, 2019.

 

Registration now open.

The June 27-28 event will offer two presentation topics live and two presentation topics remotely through simulcast.

 

 

La Marque, TX. June 4-5, 2019.

Michael Babin

Education/Oversight Specialist, Windstorm Inspection Program, Texas Department of Insurance

Michael Babin has worked for the Texas Department Of Insurance Windstorm Inspection Group for almost 26 years. His main function is Education and Outreach on the inspection process, approving products, and the importance of receiving the certificate of compliance after you complete an improvement. Michael also assists the Texas Department of Insurance engineering staff in Austin with the oversight program on appointed Qualified inspectors. Michael follows up on complaints filed with the Windstorm Inspection Group. The area he works extends from Beaumont in Jefferson County to Port Lavaca in Calhoun County.

 

Matthew J. Festa, JD

Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston

Matt Festa teaches and researches in the areas of property law and land use, state & local government, and energy & environmental law. His scholarship focuses on the relation between property rights and public control in land use planning and government regulation; on the role of property rights in constitutional law and history; and on property and the rule of law in contemporary international affairs. Matt Festa is a fellow at the Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research, one of the nation’s leading think thanks on local government issues. Professor Festa joined the South Texas faculty in 2007, after serving as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Visit Prof. Festa’s online profile.

 

David Jackson, CEM

State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Mitigation Section Administrator, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety

Dave Jackson is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.  He is responsible for the management and operations of TDEM’s hazard mitigation activities which include mitigation planning and mitigation grants programs.

Prior to joining TDEM, Dave’s experience includes working the critical infrastructure protection mission with the TXJCIC, and fifteen years with the State of Idaho in various assignments to include emergency planner, EOC Plans Section Chief, State Training & Exercise Officer, and State Hazard Mitigation Officer.

Dave holds a B.S. in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas and a M.A. in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

 

 

Earthea Nance, PhD, PE, CFM

Associate Professor, Dept. of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University

Dr. Earthea Nance has been a registered professional civil engineer for 22 years and a certified floodplain manager for 10 years. She specializes in environmental hazards and water management in complex social settings, such as in vulnerable communities. Her most recent publications are Development Regulations (co-authored, 2019), Strategies for Flood Mitigation in Greater Houston 2 (contributing author, 2019), and KAPS: A Disaster Training Approach for High-Risk Communities (co-author, forthcoming).  Dr. Nance directed the offices of hazard mitigation and environmental planning for the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which under her direction produced the city’s first sustainability action plan, its first FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan, its first carbon report, and its first citizen guide to soil remediation. She presently serves on the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and the City of Houston’s Climate Action Advisory Board. Her past public service includes advising the Water Institute of the Gulf, the EPA Science Advisory Board, the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Earthea teaches a variety of environmental courses and has mentored dozens of graduate students. Prior to joining Texas Southern University, she served on the urban planning faculty at the University of New Orleans, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech. Professor Nance received her doctorate degree from Stanford University.

Visit Earthea’s online profile or access her Google Scholar webpage.

 

 

Community Planning for Hazards:
Training for Local Officials

 

Rockport, TX. June 27-28, 2019.
Brownsville, TX. June 27-28, 2019.

Registration now open.

The June 27-28 event will offer two presentation topics live and two presentation topics remotely through simulcast.

 

Katie Coyne, AICP, Certified Ecologist – Ecological Society of America, SITES AP

Urban Ecologist, Asakura Robinson

Katie leads the Urban Ecology Studio at Asakura Robinson where she works on planning and design projects specifically targeting increased resiliency from urban to rural areas, restoring ecosystem function on small-sites and across regions, conserving open space and facilitating sustainable public access, leveraging the protection of natural resources toward equity goals, and using data and research to drive the design of multi-functional green infrastructure sites and networks. Katie’s traditional training in ecology allows her to understand the ecological imperative and technical nuances in the Urban Ecology Studio’s work while her training in community planning and design has armed her with the tools to understand how economic, cultural, social, and ecological goals must be balanced across scales for a resilient future.

Over the last ten years, Katie has worked as an ecologist on landscape, aquatic, coastal, and marine ecology applied research; as an environmental advocate working with rural communities abroad; as an environmental educator in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms; and as an urban planner and ecological designer with project work throughout the country. She is passionate about studying the overlap of social and ecological issues and her work aims to create better connections between people and the ecological systems around them. Katie holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Ecology from the University of Florida and dual Master’s of Science degrees at the University of Texas at Austin in Community and Regional Planning and Sustainable Design.

In Katie’s free time she serves on the City of Austin Environmental Commission, City of Austin Joint Sustainability Committee, The Trail Foundation Ecological Restoration Committee, and on the Board of Directors for Equality Texas, the state’s largest LGBTQ lobbying and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring equality for ALL Texans (#yallmeansall).

Visit Katie’s online profile.

 

David Jackson, CEM

State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Mitigation Section Administrator, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety

Dave Jackson is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.  He is responsible for the management and operations of TDEM’s hazard mitigation activities which include mitigation planning and mitigation grants programs.

Prior to joining TDEM, Dave’s experience includes working the critical infrastructure protection mission with the TXJCIC, and fifteen years with the State of Idaho in various assignments to include emergency planner, EOC Plans Section Chief, State Training & Exercise Officer, and State Hazard Mitigation Officer.

Dave holds a B.S. in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas and a M.A. in Homeland Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School.

 

 

Douglas Klopfenstein

Education and Oversight Specialist, Regulatory Policy Division/Windstorm Inspection Program, Texas Department of Insurance

Douglas (Doug) Klopfenstein works as a Program Specialist for the Texas Department of Insurance, Windstorm Inspection Program. He has is a certified Coastal Construction Inspector and a certified Commercial Building Inspector through the International Code Council (ICC). He has approximately 13 years of experience in residential construction in the state of Texas, over 24 years of experience in the Windstorm Inspections Program of Texas Department of Insurance, 3 years of experience serving on the ICC Coastal Construction and Disaster Response Exam Development Committees, and over 7 years of experience in Windstorm educational services for the Department and Oversight Inspections.

 

Earthea Nance, PhD, PE, CFM

Associate Professor, Dept. of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Texas Southern University

Dr. Earthea Nance has been a registered professional civil engineer for 22 years and a certified floodplain manager for 10 years. She specializes in environmental hazards and water management in complex social settings, such as in vulnerable communities. Her most recent publications are Development Regulations (co-authored, 2019), Strategies for Flood Mitigation in Greater Houston 2 (contributing author, 2019), and KAPS: A Disaster Training Approach for High-Risk Communities (co-author, forthcoming).  Dr. Nance directed the offices of hazard mitigation and environmental planning for the City of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which under her direction produced the city’s first sustainability action plan, its first FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan, its first carbon report, and its first citizen guide to soil remediation. She presently serves on the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and the City of Houston’s Climate Action Advisory Board. Her past public service includes advising the Water Institute of the Gulf, the EPA Science Advisory Board, the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors, and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Earthea teaches a variety of environmental courses and has mentored dozens of graduate students. Prior to joining Texas Southern University, she served on the urban planning faculty at the University of New Orleans, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Virginia Tech. Professor Nance received her doctorate degree from Stanford University.

Visit Earthea’s online profile or access her Google Scholar webpage.

 

Lt. David Taylor

Texas Department of Insurance – Fraud Unit

Member of the Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Unit, assigned as a Lieutenant to the North Texas area and charter member of the Catastrophe Response Team. Unit firearms and defensive tactics instructor and field training officer. Prior to joining the unit, Lt. David Taylor was a Police Officer with the Rockwall Police Department, working in patrol. He was an instructor and member of the crime scene team in Rockwall.

Prior to returning to Law Enforcement, Lt. David Taylor spent seven years as a Special Investigator with GEICO Insurance, working auto related insurance fraud.

Before Lt. David Taylor moved to the United States, he spent 6 years as a Police Officer with Northumbria Police as a Police trainer and member of various task forces.

 

Manuel D. Villarreal

Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Ombudsman

Manuel has worked at the Texas Department of Insurance since 1994 in various capacities including investigating, evaluating, and resolving complaints against property and casualty companies. He is also a member of the TDI Disaster Team that conducts public education presentations to civic and professional organizations. As the agency’s Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA) ombudsman, Manuel meets with city, county, and state officials; community and organization representatives; homeowners; and business owners in the 14 coastal counties and parts of Harris County along the Texas coast to help them learn about their rights as TWIA policyholders and learn about the TWIA claims process.

 

 

 

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