NCC Disaster Response Team Members Are Ready to Serve
In response to the Northern California fires of recent years, the NCC administrative team established the Disaster Response Team (DRT) last fall, and they are working together to make plans for the future. Team members include:
Selena Diaz, Angwin Fire Department lieutenant (pictured) – She has a master’s degree in emergency management. Since 2013, she has been a first responder in every fire that has impacted Napa County. She is a wildfire survivor, and she helped in the development of the Angwin Community Disaster Response Plan.
Jeff Joiner, associate professor of nursing and director of the emergency services program at Pacific Union College - As a nurse, he specializes in critical care and trauma, as well as wilderness emergency management. Since 2001, he has been active in emergency management and disaster response at the local, state, national, and international levels.
Maureen Wisener, marketing account manager, Adventist Health, Northern California Region - As a communication and marketing expert, as well as a wildfire survivor, she brings an enormous amount of experience and resources to help create a well-executed response to disaster.
Rhonda Bandy, member of the NCC’s Inter-church Recovery Committee (IRC) - She formerly served as the interim NCC disaster response coordinator for the Camp Fire, and she has been coordinating with Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) for many years. Her knowledge and experience with county, state, and federal entities will be invaluable.
Others on the team include NCC employees Josie Asencio, pastor of The Haven church; James Lim, director of community services; Jeffery Maxwell, director of risk management; and Laurie Trujillo, director of communication and development.