Meet Our Volunteers

With experiences ranging from small communities to large cities, we are prepared to assist community leaders new to disaster and help them to address the everyday frustrations and roadblocks that are present when disaster strikes. We want to provide guidance so communities experiencing disasters do not have to do it on their own.

Carlene Anders Mayor Pateros WA

Carlene Anders

Executive Director

Central Washington – Wildfires

Renee White, PhD, Professor University of Southern State MO

Renee White

Board President & Team Member

Joplin, Missouri – Tornado

Stephanie Brady Community Clinic Joplin MO

Stephanie Brady

Board Vice President & Team Member

Joplin, Missouri – Tornado

Janice Butler

Janice Butler

Board Treasurer & Team Member

Bastrop, Texas – Wildfires, Flood, Tornado

Nina Andaloro Disaster Leadership Team

Nina Andaloro

Board Secretary

Northern Front Range, Colorado – Flood

Christine Files Attorney at Law

Christine Files

Board Member & Team Member

Bastrop, Texas – Wildfires, Flood, Tornado

Anna Tangredi Retired Texas State Emergency Management

Anna Tangredi

Board Member & Team Member

Gulf Coast – Hurricanes, Floods

Sheryl Monette Lutheran Social Services MN

Sheryl Monette

Board Member & Team Member

Northern Minnesota – Floods

Dean Minardi

Dean Minardi

Board Member & Team Member

Northern Minnesota – Floods

Jessica Rounds

Jessica Rounds

Team Member

Central Washington – Wildfires

Valerie Brown

Board Member & Team Member

Southern California – Wildfires

Dante Gliniecki

Dante Gliniecki

Board Member

Gulf Coast – Hurricanes

Mark Longoria

Board Member & Team Member

Texas Gulf Coast – Hurricane

Jessica Rounds

Becky Peterson

Team Member

Nebraska – Floods

Michelle Brewer

Team Member

Texas Gulf Coast – Hurricanes

Steve Barbour

Team Member

Rural Wyoming – Wildfires, Floods

Meet Our Advisors

The Disaster Leadership Team is supported by an Advisory Committee comprised of phenomenal and knowledgeable individuals. They offer a variety of unique skills and backgrounds which compliment the Board of Directors. We are grateful for their leadership as they support our team in disaster affected areas. The Committee supports us by engaging and communicating our mission, advocating for our team, and by raising funds. Making connections is an essential role that the Advisory Committee fulfills by connecting us to people and resources. Most importantly, they allow our team to bring help to those who need it most.

Kevin King

Executive Director, Mennonite Disaster Service

Flo Walker Knox

Disaster Services Specialist The Salvation Army

Jeff Blackburn

Jeff Blackburn

Author & Pastor of Greenburg Mennonite Church

Nancy Beers Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Nancy Beers

Program Officer at Center for Disaster Philanthropy

Jeff Koller Mennonite Disaster Service

Jeff Koller

Regional Coordinator, Mennonite Disaster Service

Elizabeth DiPaolo

FEMA Emergency Management Program Specialist

Sue Marticek

Executive Director, Compass 82

Paul Unruh

Paul Unruh

Mennonite Disaster Service

Ada Schmidt-Tieszen

Ada Schmidt Tieszen

Professor of Social Work, Bethel College

Volunteer Testimonials

Our team strives to reduce the length of a community’s recovery from natural disaster by providing direct mentorship for local community leaders. We work with ‘new to disaster’ community leaders to support them emotionally and share experiences and knowledge, including toolkits and resources. We want to make it easier and less stressful for community leaders and build resiliency into their long-term recovery organization for the next disaster.

Do you or someone you know sound like one of our team members? Let us know who they are and why you think they should join us. We are always looking for new team volunteers from across the country.