committees2017 committee contact list

Standing Committees


Chair: Scott Porter

The Bylaws committee makes recommendations for the revision of the Association’s Bylaws by the membership, monitors adherence to provisions of the Bylaws, develops resolutions outlining the position and policy of the Association on specific issues, as appropriate, and presents proposed resolutions to the membership for adoption at General Membership meetings.

Bylaws_Adopted May 5, 2014

Finance and Audit

Chair: Patty Hopkins

The Finance and Audit Committee is appointed by the OEMA Executive Board to recommend guidelines for the management of, and provide oversight to, the Association’s fiscal activities.

Specific responsibilities of the committee are to:

  • Work with the Treasurer in preparing a budget and addressing financial requirements;
  • Prepare a budget addressing financial requirements;
  • Conduct an annual review or audit of the expenditures of Association funds.

2016-17 OEMA BUDGET_FINAL_031616

Information/Communication Technology

Chair: Steve Pegram

The Information/Communication Technology Committee provides oversight to and administration of the review and evaluation of existing and emerging technologies in communications and information system/processes programs.


Chair: Mike Lueck

The Legislative Committee is appointed by the OEMA Executive Board to develop and maintain legislative priorities.

The committee assures that the program remains a valuable component of the Association and supports the Association’s vision, mission and goals.

Membership and Marketing


The Membership and Marketing Committee provides and oversees marketing strategies for the Association in order to increase membership and to provide knowledge of the Association to other agencies, associations, businesses, and individuals.

Oregon Certified Emergency Management Specialist ORCEMS(ORCEMS)

Chair: Sarah Eckman

The Oregon Certified Emergency Management Program (ORCEMS) was created to raise and maintain professional standards in emergency management and to certify achievement of that standard within the profession within Oregon. The program was developed in a cooperative effort between the Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), and the Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA) and requires extensive documentation of the applicant’s qualifications, experience and training. Final program packages submitted by an applicant will be reviewed and approved by a committee of their peers.

Private Sector Committee

Chair: Marilyn Nikolas

Public/Private Partnerships

Professional Development Committee

Chair: Nancy Bush

Tracks and reports mandated training from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); tracks and reports state and local training to maintain certification; keep aware of emergency management programs that are being developed and provided technical assistance in the development of these programs.

Strategic Planning

Chair: Sue Lamb

The Strategic Planning Committee develops and maintains the Association’s Strategic Plan to assure that the Association continues to make progress towards achieving its mission and goals.


Special Events Committees

Annual Conference

2017 Incident Commander: Ed Flick

This committee is responsible for the planning, coordination, and conduct of the Association’s annual conference

Ad Hoc Committees

Past Presidents’ Committee

Chairs: Mike Harryman

The Past Presidents’ Committee reviews and evaluates policy issues relevant to the Association and provides recommendation, as needed to the Board and the membership.

Designated Liaisons

2017 Liaisons_Reps