On January 1, 2021, Sheriff Akin went before the Clay County Commission on my behalf, and I was appointed the Director of Emergency Management for Clay County, Missouri.
I began working in the detention center in March of 2012 and applied for the Emergency Management Administrative Assistant position in the fall of 2015. I became the Administrative Assistant for the Emergency Management Division in October of 2015. I quickly found that I had a passion for emergency management and decided to build a career. I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Akin in the Emergency Management Division from 2015 until January 2021.
While I was the Administrative Assistant, I utilized the free training from the Emergency Management Institute and became a graduate of the National Emergency Management Basic Academy in March 2018. I then found a passion for the Public Information portion of emergency management and attended the FEMA EMI Advanced PIO Training and completed it in May 2017. I then applied and was accepted into the Master Public Information Program and graduated in September 2019. I was also selected for the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA) and have completed week one of the four week program. The final week is in August of 2021.
I am a proud Doniphan Fellow, Doniphan Leadership Program at William Jewell College, Cohort 24. I have completed the Mental Health First Aid Instructor course and hope to offer this training at the Clay County Sheriff's Office and throughout the county. I became a Missouri Certified Emergency Manager Level 1 (MoCEM) as of May 2019. Bachelor's Degree in Communications emphasizes public relations at Northwest Missouri State University - Kansas City, 2021.
Proud member of the National Information Officers Association (NIOA), International Association of Emergency Managers(IAEM), Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Northland Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Regional Association of Public Information Officers (RAPIO).
On a personal note, I have raised three beautiful daughters. The oldest is a University of Missouri, Columbia graduate of 2018. She has chosen to continue her education at the Iliff School of Theology while working at the Missouri Methodist Church as a pastor of the City Worship Movement. The middle daughter is a Junior at Kansas State University. She is working on her Communication Degree while working at the K-State HD.TV Athletics station, the Boys and Girls Club, and a peer support representative at LaFene Health Center. The youngest is attending the ZHair Academy and aspiring to own a salon. Her passion lies in making others feel beautiful on the inside and the outside. While attending school, she shadows at a local salon and hosts at a local restaurant.
I feel blessed to have raised independent, successful, and ambitious daughters as a single mom. I am even more blessed and grateful to have the opportunity to serve the residents of Clay County and continue promoting a safer and prepared community.