Erica Bornemann, Director
Erica Bornemann is the Director of Vermont Emergency Management. She has worked for VEM since 2007. Erica previously served as Chief of Staff, and as Planning Chief for the Division, during which time she oversaw the Radiological Emergency Response Program as well as the State Emergency Operations Plan. Erica holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Western New England College and a Master of Public Administration from Norwich University. She lives in Morrisville, Vermont with her husband and two sons.
Charles Deasy, Deputy Director
Charles “Chip” Deasy of Peacham is Deputy Director of Vermont Emergency Management. He manages day to day operations at VEM and works with communities and partners on VEM issues and initiatives. Chip came to VEM from the Vermont Department of Health where he served as the VDH Emergency Preparedness Chief in that department’s Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Injury Prevention. He currently serves as Assistant Chief of the Peacham Fire Department.
Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer
Mark manages all external communications for VEM before, during, and after an emergency event. Mark is the SSF-14 lead during EOC activations and is responsible for crisis communications during all events. He is the editor and content creator for all VEM social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and more) and produces all preparedness materials like the Family Workbook and monthly newsletter. He also fields information requests from the public and municipal officials, and manages all media relations. Mark came to VEM in 2006 after serving as PIO for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. He previously worked as a reporter at WCAX-TV for more than 10 years and is a University of Vermont graduate.
Susan Sharbino, Administrative Assistant
Susan Sharbino joined VEM in May 2017. She provides administrative support to the Director, Deputy Director, and the division. With 17 years’ experience in administration in an elementary school and actively involved in the school’s crisis team, she brings a fresh perspective to emergency management.
Richard Cogliano, Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator - South
Richard is Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator for the Engagement Section of VEM, where he works with towns, agencies, and organizations throughout the southern half of Vermont on planning, training, exercising, and general disaster preparedness. Prior to this he has held several positions within the Division over the last 10 years. Richard has been a volunteer firefighter and EMT for 14 years and is currently the Assistant Fire Chief of the West Dummerston Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Vermont Hazmat Response Team for 9 years. Richard has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from St. Michael’s College and a Master’s in Business Administration from American Public University.
Eric Forand, State Exercise Administrator
Eric joined VEM in September of 2017. He works with State agencies to develop and execute seminars, workshops, tabletops, games, drills, functional exercises, and full scale exercises. Before joining VEM, he worked for the Town of Bristol on planning, zoning and economic development. Eric has been a firefighter for the last 14 years, an EMT-B for the last 4 years and an instructor at the fire academy for the last 6. He is currently the assistant fire chief in Bristol. Eric received a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University.
Emily Harris, Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator - Northeast
Emily serves as Vice Chair of the Vermont School Crisis Planning Team and works with local officials throughout Northeastern Vermont (LEPC 5, 9, 10, 11) to increase their emergency management capabilities by delivering planning, training and exercise services. Emily received a B.A. in Political Science from Johnson State College, a M.A. in Public Administration from Syracuse University, and is a FEMA Professional Continuity Practitioner.
Max Kennedy, Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator - Northwest
Max joined VEM in May of 2017 and is the Northwestern Vermont Regional Emergency Management Program Coordinator; providing emergency preparedness support to LEPC 1, 4, 8 and 13 through training, exercising, and plan development. Prior to coming to VEM, Max worked for seven years in emergency preparedness for the Vermont Department of Health. Max received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont and is currently an executive officer in the Vermont National Guard.
Brittany Marquette, Training Administrator
Brittany started with VEM 2014 as the Northern Exercise Planner. She transitioned roles in June of 2017 from Exercise to Training. As the State Training Administrator and State Training Officer, she oversees all trainings through VEM and maintains the DPS portion of the States Learning Management System. Her background includes five years in healthcare emergency preparedness and training. Brittany has a B.S. Business Studies in Business Administration and is working on her M.S. in Organizational Leadership, both from Southern New Hampshire University
Operations and Logistics Section
Brett LaRose, Emergency Management Support Specialist
Brett started with the Department of Public Safety in January 2016. Previous to VEM, Brett worked for the Vermont Department of Health, Division of Emergency Preparedness, Response and Injury Prevention for 10+ years. Brett provides daily logistical and support services for Vermont Emergency Management and when the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is activated. This involves coordinating the use and acquisition of technology to support ongoing and disaster operations for VEM as well as ensuring the continual operational readiness of the facility. Brett has extensive experience and training in emergency response from both his time working at the health department and his 20+ years experience in the fire service, where he currently serves as Chief of the Bristol Fire Department.
Brett Pierce, Emergency Management Support Specialist
Brett has been with the department since 2013. He is the Incident Management System Administrator for the department and also provides IT and GIS support.
Josh Cox, Critical Infrastructure Planner
Josh joined VEM in April of 2014. His previous experience includes serving as a firefighter/EMT and later being appointed the first Fire Marshal for the City of St. Albans Fire Department, serving as an elected Planning Commissioner for the Town of St. Albans, and serving as Health Officer for the City of St. Albans.
Glenn Herrin, Emergency Management Specialist
Glenn is an Emergency Management Specialist. He previously worked on the Radiological Emergency Response Program (RERP) and as the Marlboro town Emergency Management Director (EMD). He is a lifelong Vermont resident and retired Army officer with extensive operational and computer network experience. Glenn has a BS in Computer Science and the Humanities from Clarkson University and an MS in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.
Robert Weinert, Emergency Management Coordinator
Robert joined VEM in 2003 where he has been responsible for many of the operations and planning programs. He has years of service in EMS response, search and rescue, dispatching, incident management training, logistics, and other areas. With experience in local resilience, preparedness and catastrophic planning, he has worked extensively developing emergency plans, developing field response teams, and teaching. Robert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Outdoor Education/Wilderness Emergencies and a Master of Science degree in Emergency Response Planning.
Marianne Wolz, Emergency Management Planner
Marian joined the Planning Section of VEM as an Emergency Management Planner in May of 2017. Her work focuses primarily on State and Local Emergency Operations Planning, coordinating the State’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) and working with Local Emergency Planning Commissions. Prior to joining VEM, Marian worked as an Assistant Planner with the Central Vermont Regional Planning Commission, where she assisted municipalities in hazard mitigation, emergency and energy planning. She holds a B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs from Virginia Tech.
Recovery and Mitigation Section
Ben Rose, Recovery and Mitigation Section Chief
Ben Rose joined the Irene Recovery Office in February 2012, and moved to VEM in May of that year. His previous experience includes twelve years as Executive Director of The Green Mountain Club, four years as a state legislator and clerk of the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, and six years as Executive Director of the Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District. He received a B.A. from Yale University and a M.S. from the University of Vermont in Natural Resource Planning. A former Chair of the Vermont Trails and Greenways Council, Rose co-founded the Catamount Trail Association in 1984.
Kimberly Canarecci, Public Assistance Officer
Kimberly joined the Recovery and Mitigation division of VEM in the fall of 2013 after moving to Vermont from Colorado. She is the primary state liaison between FEMA and Vermont municipalities and other eligible sub-grantees. She also oversees all appeals, time extensions, and project scope change requests. Kimberly’s background includes over 8 years of experience in Public Assistance with FEMA, 5 years as a newspaper reporter, and 6 years as a firefighter. She holds a B.S. in Communications and Journalism from the University of Wyoming, and also has a graduate certificate in Fire Science, Emergency Medical Technician from Red Rocks Community College.
Lauren Oates, State Hazard Mitigation Officer
After assisting the Town of Waterbury with its flood recovery efforts following Tropical Storm Irene, Lauren joined the Hazard Mitigation division of VEM in the summer of 2014. Her work focuses primarily on implementing all Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects across the state. She became the State Hazard Mitigation Officer in March of 2016. Before moving to Vermont, Lauren received an M.S. in Biology from University of Maryland, where she studied climate change at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore. She also holds a B.S. in Biology from Clemson University.
Ron Pentkowski, Public Assistance Administrator
Ron joined VEM in 2013. He currently administers FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) Grant Program for the State and municipal applicants for response to, and recovery from, major federally declared disasters. He works closely with the Applicants and State/local engineers on the construction phases of the recovery process for roads, bridges, and culverts. Before joining VEM, he worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a project specialist, and as a project manager for premier analytical laboratories. Ron holds an Associates Degree in Applied Science from Paul Smith's College.
Stephanie Smith, Hazard Mitigation Planner
Stephanie joined the Recovery and Mitigation Section of VEM as the Hazard Mitigation Planner in June of 2016. Her work focuses primarily on reviewing Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, coordinating the State Hazard Mitigation Plan update, and assisting in the implementation of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) projects. She holds a Master’s in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.