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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.

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Alyssa Carrier, CFM, CEM

FOUNDER & 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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Dina Bautista, PE, CFM

SENIOR ADVISOR FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES

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

CLIENT SERVICES MANAGER

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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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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Max Zermay Cook

Max Zermay Cook

JUNIOR CONSULTANT

Max Zermay Cook is a recent graduate of Florida International University, Cohort 5, receiving a Master’s Degree in Disaster Management. Prior to this, Max received a Bachelor’s degree from Florida Southwestern State College, majoring in Public Safety Administration. Max is an active volunteer in multiple non-profit organizations, including the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Max is the student representative for the IAEM Scholarship Commission Board.

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Michael C. Cruse, JD

LEGAL AND COMPLIANCE ADVISOR

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 Legal and Compliance Advisor. 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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Alexa Diego

Alexa Diego

EMERGENCY MANAGER

Alexa Diego is a third-year student at Florida International University majoring in Psychology. She brings over 10 years of customer service experience and has spent the last year immersing herself in the aviation industry. Alexa is always seeking out new opportunities to help others and educate herself.

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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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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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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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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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Rodney Isbell, CQA

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY (EAST)

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

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM MANAGER

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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LaRhonda Jess

DISASTER RECOVERY SPECIALIST

LaRhonda Jess 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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Rachel Knoblach

EMERGENCY MANAGER

Rachel Knoblach is a doctoral student who is proficient in data management, innovative thinking, and report writing. She brings more than 7 years of academic and event planning experience to AC Disaster Consulting. Rachel provides a unique approach to emergency management, and is looking forward to using her coordination, planning, and preparedness skills to support communities before, during, and after a disaster.

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Joseph Legacy

Joseph Legacy

EMERGENCY MANAGER

Joseph Legacy is a Marine Corps Veteran and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree at Florida State University, majoring in Civil Engineering. While serving in the Marine Corps, Joseph was a part of an emergency response destructive weather team. He was trained and prepared in emergency preparedness for all types of hazards, which is a fundamental principle of survival throughout the United States Marine Corps Community.

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Janet Luce

Janet Luce

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

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 FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES

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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Bob Maca

Bob Maca

DISASTER RECOVERY PROGRAM MANAGER

Bob Maca is an emergency management professional with over 30 years of experience. He has served as an Emergency Manager with the U.S. Air Force, local government in both a city and county capacity, and most recently with a public-school district.

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Rebekah Manon

Rebekah Manon

OPERATIONS ANALYST

Rebekah Manon brings more than 6 years of operational management experience in both the private and public sectors to AC Disaster Consulting. She is skilled at driving social cohesion among federal, state, local, academic, and stakeholder groups during disaster recovery, mitigation, and planning. In Rebekah’s current role, she is responsible for assisting the CEO and the COO in managing corporate operations in support of ACDC’s Division Directors.

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Chantell Mazo, MPH

Chantell Mazo, MPH

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM MANAGER

Chantell Mazo is an Emergency Management and Public Health Professional with experience in tribal, local, and non-profit sectors. Chantell is well versed in both urban and rural emergency operations support, healthcare administration, ensuring processes consistently align with legislation and policy, and budget oversight warranting fiscal management and accountability.

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Jenelle Miller

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

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

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS & RESILIENCY

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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Fungai Mumba

DISASTER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Originally from Lusaka, Zambia, Fungai Mumba is a graduate of Florida A&M University. Fungai earned a Master of Social Work. She also has a Bachelor’s in Micro Social Work from Thomas University. Fungai brings experience in human services at the micro, macro, and mezzo levels from her time as an intern with the Florida Capital Area Community Action Agency. Fungai has experience in providing social services to underserved communities throughout a region of multiple counties. She strives to maximize the resources at her disposal to impart the greatest impact on individuals in need. Fungai’s steadfast persistence to optimize services and improve her client’s lives is unparalleled.

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Lucas Pagan

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF RECOVERY (WEST)

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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Nicole Peters

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM MANAGER

Nicole Peters is a multi-faceted Emergency Manager with full-spectrum experience in the areas of Public Assistance, planning and preparedness, mitigation, and business development.

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Jaimie Portelle

Jaimie Portelle

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF CDBG-DR AND MITIGATION

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

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

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

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

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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Shawna Slate

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

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 / EEO OFFICER

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

DIRECTOR OF RESPONSE & RECOVERY

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 AND OUTREACH SPECIALIST

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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Kate Williams, AICP

DIRECTOR OF PLANNING & MITIGATION

Kate Williams is a Certified Planner and Disaster Recovery Professional who specializes in building effective systems for community recovery and improved resilience. She brings six years of experience working with local jurisdictions to design and implement successful Housing Assistance and Infrastructure programs.

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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