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AC Disaster Consulting was the only firm that understood exactly, including the magnitude, of what Pasco County was looking for. Alyssa and her team worked relentlessly to recover every cent that was eligible for reimbursement. Alyssa’s team never missed a deadline and in nearly all of the projects were weeks or months ahead of schedule. I can affirm that her firm was the first, by weeks, to submit reimbursements that have netted over $5M in received obligated funds.

Kevin GuthrieFormer Pasco County Administrator

Services & Expertise

AC Disaster Consulting is a full-spectrum emergency management firm.
Our team of experts provide high-quality consulting services in the following areas:

Planning & Preparedness

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Response Operations & Logistics

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Recovery

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Mitigation

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AC Disaster Consulting are the rare practitioner/policy experts who leverage their vast networks of emergency management professionals to continually improve the services they provide based on those experiences and their analysis of how federal policy is interpreted and implemented in real time. Their knowledge of federal recovery programs, policies, and practices are incomparable.

Andrew J. PhelpsState Emergency Management Director, Oregon Military Department

Case Studies

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AC Disaster Consulting made sure every eligible dollar was identified and put forth for consideration for reimbursement from prior disasters. The team also demonstrated a strong talent for dealing with often confusing and conflicting language from FEMA and FDEM as well as advocated to ensure that Pasco County was treated fairly.

Patrick BallingerGrants Coordinator, Pasco County Board of County Commissioners

MEET OUR STAFF

        AC Disaster Consulting is a diverse team of subject-matter experts that are available to help communities and other clients prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies. Our staff have unique skillsets that run the gamut of emergency management, which enables us to collaborate with partners at all levels to maximize our support and help to the communities and clients we serve.

COMPETENT. CARING. CONNECTED.

Alyssa Carrier, CFM, CEM

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Alyssa Carrier is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AC Disaster Consulting. She brings more than 14 years of experience in emergency management and disaster recovery services. She is a highly skilled leader with extensive experience managing and delivering complex projects. Alyssa manages AC Disaster Consulting’s Texas and Washington, D.C. offices, where she coordinates all federal and state government business activities and collaborates with leaders across the nation. Alyssa is a certified Federal Grants Manager, Floodplain Manager and Hazard Mitigation Trainer.

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Jonathan Jenkins

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Jonathan Jenkins brings more than 17 years of experience in emergency management and homeland security to AC Disaster Consulting. He is skilled in many aspects of disaster planning and response, including urban environments, infrastructure and logistics, and emergency operations. Jonathan manages internal operations for AC Disaster Consulting, while ensuring the company remains a key leader in the changing world of emergency management.

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Allison Diego

CHIEF DATA & STRATEGY OFFICER

Allison Diego is a business management professional with over 25 years of experience leading local and state government in strategic planning and performance improvement, data analysis, and resource allocation and financial services.

Throughout her career, Allison has held essential roles in disaster preparedness and emergency response and recovery, including coordinating management assessments and recovery performance reporting, auditing expenditure documentation, enforcing reimbursement policy compliance and managing emergency and recovery contracts.

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Steven Aiello

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Steven Aiello brings AC Disaster Consulting over five year’s Emergency Management training and experience within the U.S. Air Force.

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Bria Antoine

DISASTER RECOVERY SPECIALIST

Bria Antoine is a graduate of Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and initiated her professional career working in the Social Work realm, which is where the passion of helping individuals of all paths came about. Bria has previously assisted AC Disaster and FDEM as an Invoice Review Team Lead, as well as provided efforts to other assignments when needed.

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Molly Bargmann

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY (CENTRAL)

Molly Bargmann brings over ten years of local and state disaster recovery experience to AC Disaster Consulting, specializing in the FEMA Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Programs.

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Dina Bautista, PE, CFM

DIRECTOR OF MITIGATION, ENG, ENV + PLANNING (MEEP)

Ms. Bautista brings 13 years of experience as a Civil/Environmental Engineer to AC Disaster Consulting. Ms. Bautista’s interest in disaster recovery developed after experiencing first-hand the effects of Hurricane Michael which hit the Florida Panhandle on October 10th, 2018. Since then, she has worked closely with the City of Mexico Beach toward the City’s recovery. Her work in Mexico Beach has included capturing and quantifying the City’s infrastructure damages, implementation of resiliency and mitigation into the City’s overall recovery, long-term planning including Floodplain Management, and the pursuit of local, state, and federal grants to assist the City in project implementation.

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Karli Booth

CONSULTANT

Karli Booth brings eight years of FEMA Public Assistance and disaster recovery experience to AC Disaster Consulting. She is key for client interactions, corporate administration-finance and human resources. Karli is proficient in invoice payment and reconciliation as well as logistics for staff field deployment to regions before, during and after natural disasters. Karli oversees damage assessments, payroll, hiring and training field staff for AC Disaster Consulting and its clients. She has worked on 10 declared storms, ensuring that more than $20 million of invoice reconciliations were completed on time and for the betterment of the communities served.

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Rachel Bringold

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Rachel Bringold is a professional who brings more than 10 years’ experience in the healthcare field prior to joining AC Disaster Consulting. She has a proven track record in cost management and inventory control procedures.

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Emily Burch

EM SPECIALIST

Emily Burch is a very result-driven orientated Disaster Recovery Specialist. She possesses a positive track record for meeting project deadlines and is accustomed to managing multiple project priorities in fast paced environments.

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Peter Burke

DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM MANAGER

Peter Burke is a disaster recovery professional with experience in FEMA Public Assistance (PA) project development, management, and compliance with the Stafford Act. Peter’s specializes in FEMA Category C, with a specific emphasis on project closeouts and appeals. He has additional experience in implementation and compliance with the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act, and has worked with state and federal partners to implement new policies outlined in the legislation.

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Alexandra Cosso

DIRECTOR OF ANALYTICS AND TECHNOLOGY

Alexandra brings five years of data analytics experience to AC Disaster Consulting, including sole management of end-to-end data pipelines for startups, contributing to statistical analyses for published research, and building data teams during emergency response activations. Alexandra earned a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics with a minor in Statistics from Florida State University.

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Michael C. Cruse, JD

SPECIAL PROJECTS MANAGER

Michael Cruse is a licensed attorney and consultant with significant experience training and guiding individuals, groups, and business entities with regard to Federal policies, procedures, regulations, and compliance requirements. Mr. Cruse serves as AC Disaster Consulting’s Special Projects Manager. Prior to joining AC Disaster Consulting, Michael worked in both the public and private sectors, and within traditional law firm settings, multinational corporations and local/community, non-profit organizations. Throughout his career, Michael has focused on providing clients with creative, efficient, and tailored legal solutions designed to ensure Federal compliance in a number of industries including emergency management and disaster recovery, in the United States and abroad.

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Davina Dhani

Davina Dhani

DATA MANAGER

Davina Dhani specializes in database development and data management. In 2018, she graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas with her Masters in Business Analytics. Her areas of interest include developing ETL processes, data analysis and creating data visualizations.

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Tram Do

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Tram Do has over four years of experience in Federally-funded public assistance disasters. Tram graduated from Texas State University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s in Applied Arts and Sciences. She started her career in emergency management in 2016 by working on multiple disasters in Texas, to include: Hurricane Ike, multiple severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding. Ms. Do has been instrumental in ACDC’s work to assist the Oregon OEM with disaster recovery efforts from winter storms, flooding, and mudslides in 2019-2020, and with Oregon’s COVID-19 recovery efforts.

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Isabelle Doan

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Along with her emergency management experience gained helping Oregon communities recover from devastating wildfires, Isabelle Doan brings an empathetic and passionate approach to her work.

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Kate Donaldson

SPECIAL PROJECTS/OPERATIONS

Kate Donaldson, MPH, CHES brings 7 years of diverse operations and public health field experience in both the non-profit and public sectors to ACDC.

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Emily Dwyer

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Emily Dwyer is a graduate from the University of Florida earning both a BA in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration as well as an MS in Fire and Emergency Services. Emily is currently serving in the Florida Army National Guard, specializing in Logistics and Engineering Operations. Throughout her education and Army career, Emily has learned many skills to include managing multi-million-dollar equipment and projects, leading large and diverse teams, as well as having the vision to plan and implement decisions for long-term mission success.

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Jessica Edwards

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

Jessica Edwards is a recent graduate of East Tennessee State University, receiving a B.S. Degree in Media and Communications. During her education she focused on marketing, advertising, public relations and cross-disciplinary studies. Her skills include content creation, analytics tracking, communications and engagement. She has achieved certifications from The Digital Marketing Institute and is certified in Google Analytics.

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Bailey Farrell

Bailey Farrell

DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES

Bailey Farrell brings over 5 years of experience in emergency management and strategic planning to AC Disaster Consulting. Prior to joining, Bailey worked closely with government contracts to offer tailored solutions and provide logistic operations support in a constant state of readiness 24/7/365. Bailey provides exceptional customer service in all aspects of her work and drives continuous improvement in each endeavor.

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Vanessa Gatto

DIRECTOR OF DEBRIS MANAGEMENT

Vanessa Gatto brings more than 10 years in emergency management experience to AC Disaster Consulting. She is proficient in federal, state, and local regulations pertaining to the data, billing, and reimbursement of FEMA funding. She is also experienced in proposal writing, hiring, and deployment of staff to regions affected by natural disasters. Vanessa manages the disaster management and debris recovery processes for AC Disaster Consulting, focusing on thousands of pieces of data and information at any given time. She has worked on nearly 20 natural disaster declarations and holds more than 30 FEMA training certificates, including the Certificate of Achievement for the FEMA Professional Development Series.

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Madeleine Gorman

CONSULTANT

Madeleine Gorman is an emergency management professional who brings 4 years of public sector experience of planning and preparedness to AC Disaster Consulting. She is skilled in leveraging grant funding opportunities to support community-based resilience and mitigating the impacts of climate change through comprehensive local planning, inclusive community engagement, and technical trainings for decision-makers.

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Amanda Hale

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Amanda Hale is an emergency management professional who brings experience in the human services and mental and behavioral health sectors to AC Disaster Consulting. Amanda ensures that the mass care perspective is in the forefront for client response and recovery operations.

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Lindsay Hovind

PROJECT COORDINATOR

Lindsay has first-hand experience of life after the impact of a disaster. Hurricane Michael (a Category-5 hurricane) destroyed most of her community in 2018. She not only had to rebuild her own life, but that of the City of Mexico Beach as she served as the Administrative Assistant and most recently as the City Clerk for the City of Mexico Beach. She had a hand in every aspect of the Disaster Recovery Program; from initial contact with residents, assisting with right of entry (ROE) documentation, and aiding FEMA and consultants with recovery procedures.

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Valerie Hilliard

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Valerie Hilliard graduated from the University of North Florida with a BA in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology. Valerie currently serves as an officer in the Florida Army National Guard, specializing in Transportation and Logistics. She has assisted the state of Florida since 2017 with multiple disasters, to include: Hurricane Irma, Michael, Dorian, and Sally. She also brings leadership experience, as she was the Logistics Operations Officer for three years in support of the Florida State Emergency Response Team.

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Rodney Isbell, CQA

DIRECTOR OF RESPONSE + LOGISTICS

Rodney Isbell is as an experienced Emergency Management professional. He is skilled in every aspect of FEMA Public Assistance (PA) project development and completion, disaster response, cost estimating for post-DRRA 428 projects, and Substantial Damage Estimates (SDE). He also has technical assistance and training experience following many disasters such as Hurricane Irma and Michael in Florida, Hurricane Harvey in Texas, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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Greg Jackson

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Greg Jackson brings over seven years of experience with HUD, FEMA, and international humanitarian assistance to AC Disaster Consulting. He recently completed a five-year stint managing several infrastructure and housing assistance programs for the Boulder County Flood Recovery project in Boulder, CO.

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Rhonda Shepard

CONSULTANT

Rhonda Shepard is an experienced disaster recovery specialist. She brings to AC Disaster Consulting over 17 years of administration, data analysis, data management, and debris supervisory experience. She presents strong customer service skills and organizational methods which have contributed to her experience working within state government, private, and non-profit sectors.

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Allen Kellogg

CONSULTANT

Allen Kellogg is a graduate of Texas Christian University with three-years of emergency management experience specializing in FEMA Public Assistance. Allen helped manage debris removal operations for the City of Miami Beach after Hurricane Irma.

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Kayla Kennard

ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT

Kayla A. Kennard is an emerging public health professional with over 5 years of service in the public and nonprofit sectors. Kayla is a native of Detroit, Michigan and a Wayne State University Alumnae. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at Saint Louis University with joint Biosecurity/Disaster Preparedness and Epidemiology concentrations (expecting graduation in May 2022).

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Cam Lessey

Cam Lessey

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Cam brings with him over four years of emergency incident response work and two years of Public Assistance experience while working for multiple agencies within the State of Oregon. He has a background as a NWCG wildland fire engine captain, incident commander, and fire investigator with initial response and recovery stints performed on many historic wildfires in the Western US. Cam was offered his first Program Delivery role with the Oregon State Office of Emergency Management in early 2020.

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Jacqueline (Jiahui) Li

DATA ANALYST

Jiahui Li is a data analyst professional with experience in SQL, Python, Google Sheets and machine learning.

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Sheay Longstaff

Sheay Longstaff

DATA ANALYST

Sheay Longstaff is a graduate from Henderson State University with a B.S. Degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Science and a Minor in Psychology.

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Janet Luce

Janet Luce

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS

Janet Luce has 28 years’ experience in project and operations management, geographic information systems (GIS), planning, public outreach, regulatory permitting, waterway management, emergency response, disaster recovery, and grants administration. Having previously served as a client advocate and project team leader for a full-service consulting engineering firm working within the Civil, Coastal, and Geospatial practices, she brings extensive technical and operational experience to ACDC.

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Alex Lutterbach, EI

TECHNICAL ADVISOR

Alex Lutterbach brings three years of experience as a Civil Engineer Intern (EI) to AC Disaster Consulting. This experience includes disaster relief efforts performed for Florida municipalities directly affected by Hurricane Michael—specifically, damage assessments and expedited design efforts for emergency recovery projects. Alex also has experience in the acquisition process of local, state, and federal funding for municipalities’ use in pursuit of a variety of infrastructure improvement projects.

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Jenelle Miller

CONSULTANT

Jenelle Miller brings cross-jurisdictional emergency management experience to AC Disaster Consulting. Jenelle provides a unique approach to research methods, application of social media practices and implementation of emergency management and disaster recovery strategies for our clients and partners.

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Cameron Morris

VICE PRESIDENT, RECOVERY + RESILIENCE

Mr. Morris has 13 years of experience in fisheries and restoration working both internationally as well as throughout the Southeast and Western United States.

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DonnaGrace Oliver

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

DonnaGrace Oliver has worked in finance, grants management, and compliance for the last 7 years. Before joining ACDC, DonnaGrace served at the Treasurer and Clerk for Missouri Ridge Township, ND. For the last 18 months, DonnaGrace has worked as part of ACDC’s North Dakota grants compliance team and Florida COVID-19 finance team, and is currently supporting Oregon’s COVID-19 response efforts.

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Lucas Pagan

DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY

Lucas Pagan brings over 10 years of experience to AC Disaster Consulting in Disaster Recovery working with State and Federal agencies, Local governing entities, elected officials and various stakeholder groups. Lucas excels at planning and achieving complex goals while simultaneously working on multiple projects. Throughout his career, Lucas has drafted, reviewed and closed over 2,500 Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation projects throughout New York, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Louisiana and Illinois. Lucas is recognized for his attention to detail and his excellent client service skills.

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Jaimie Portelle

Jaimie Portelle

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF MITIGATION, ENG, ENV + PLANNING (MEEP)

Jaimie Portelle is a disaster recovery professional specializing in HUD-funded Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Program (CDBG-DR) and FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance. Jaimie has six years of experience assisting state and local governments with program implementation and program management expertise focused on housing and infrastructure projects. She has significant knowledge of CDBG-DR program rules and regulations, providing strategic guidance to grantees on procurement, contracting, guideline development and program design for Buyout, Housing Rehabilitation, Temporary Relocation Assistance, Uniform Relocation Act, and Infrastructure Programs.

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Jen Sakrison

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Jen Sakrison brings 15 years of Human Resources leadership experience to ACDC. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and has held a variety of Human Resources roles in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, and Utah. She has experience managing and improving processes in the arenas of Human Resources Legal Compliance, Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Talent Management, Diversity, and Equity and Inclusion. Her passion is problem solving and supporting strategies for business growth objectives while supporting employees’ engagement and career growth. She enjoys volunteering her time in her local Denver community as well as supporting small businesses as an HR Consultant.

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Selena Sanchez

CONSULTANT

Selena Sanchez is a graduate from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Science. She brings experience in continuity of operations, public preparedness outreach, and EOC leadership to AC Disaster Consulting. She has always had a passion for helping others and learning new skills. Selena continues to actively educate herself in the field of emergency management and information technology.

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Kathleen Schaffer

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Ms. Schaffer brings more than 12 years experience working in public health and human services to AC Disaster Consulting. Ms. Schaffer’s initial experience in emergency management was as a case manager supporting victims of 9/11 in New York City. After working for international public health organizations as a program manager and monitoring and evaluation specialist, she returned to emergency management with AC Disaster Consulting to support cities and states address and recover from the COVID 19 pandemic.

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Kelly Simpson

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Kelly Simpson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Linguistics from Georgia State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health with certifications in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Disaster Management, and Floodplain Management.

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Shawna Slate

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Shawna holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Central Florida, and has spent the past 15 years leading marketing and business development efforts in the engineering and emergency management sectors. Her focus is facilitating client relationships, targeting pursuit strategy, proposal management and delivery, strategic planning, development of creative content, and marketing research and analysis.

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Danielle Smith-Radford

CHIEF OF STAFF

Danielle Smith-Radford is an Administrative Analyst and draws from her experience as a veteran middle school teacher to bring adaptability and critical thinking skills to the ACDC Administration-Finance Division. Danielle continues to educate herself in ever-changing Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Public Assistance programs, and considers herself a life-long learner.

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Maggie Steenburg

MANAGING CONSULTANT

Maggie Steenburg is an Emergency Management professional who brings experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors to AC Disaster Consulting. She is skilled in emergency preparedness, disaster recovery, FEMA PA, continuity of operations, writing and updating plans, logistics, coordination of complex projects, relationship management, and public information and messaging.

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Grace Sullivan

Grace Sullivan

COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM MANAGER

Grace Sullivan is a strategic communications professional, specializing in public relations. Grace earned her Master’s in International and Intercultural Communication from the University of Denver. Additionally, she has over ten years of management experience, eight years of research experience, and four years of project management and evaluations experience.

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Lexi Vela

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Lexi is an administrative professional with experience overseeing a variety of teams in multiple industries. She has a passion for helping those around her and excels in providing innovative ideas and solutions.

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Jennifer Wauthier

HR BUSINESS PARTNER/EEO OFFICER

Jennifer is an HR professional with over 12 years of experience and a diverse background in different industries including mortgage services, IT services, financial services and hospitality.

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Adrian West

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

Adrian West is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.

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Angel S. Wilson

CONSULTANT

Angel has six years of experience in catastrophe services during disasters. Angel graduated from University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She started her career in catastrophe insurance in 2016 by working on multiple disasters throughout the country, to include: major hurricanes, multiple severe storms, tornadoes, and winter storms. Angel recently transitioned into Public Assistance working in Disaster Recovery with FEMA. Angel has been instrumental in ACDC’s work to assist the Florida FDEM with covid 19 recovery efforts.

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Amy Zaiss

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

Amy is an active Certified Public Accountant with the State of Colorado. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as her Master of Professional Accountancy, MPAcc with an emphasis in fraud from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She began her career in public accounting at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and has held executive level controller and CFO positions. She brings experience in a broad range of industries, including public accounting, manufacturing, venture capital, and strategic consulting.

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ACDC'S CORPORATE & STAFF EXPERIENCE

Corporate Program  &  Staff Experience

We as a City are privileged to be in the very capable and experienced hands of AC Disaster Consulting. With their help our recovery has moved quicker than anyone ever expected. Alyssa has broad connections within Federal and State agencies and is well-respected in her field.

Tanya CastroCity Administrator, City of Mexico Beach

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