The emergency managers of Oregon are among the most innovative, collaborative, and dedicated professionals in the nation. We are known for our creativity, doing more with less, and getting the job done despite the odds.

Each year OEMA solicits nominations to recognize our peers in three categories: Innovation, Coordination and Service. We honor members and partners (non-members) in all three categories, based upon one of his or her accomplishments during the past OEMA fiscal year. Any OEMA member, supervisor, or elected official may nominate a qualified candidate. Individuals may submit more than one nomination. The nomination period and process is typically announced in early summer of each year. 

Awardees are selected by the OEMA Executive Board and they and their nominators are then notified. Awards presentations are made at the Annual Conference banquet.


Alexander S. Ubiadas, Jr., CEM, ORCEMS
Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet)
210 NW 1st Ave., TriMet Transit Police
Portland, Oregon, 97209

Alex is the Emergency Manager for TriMet, responsible for emergency management, transit security, and transit policing.  He has over 18 years of experience in the field of Emergency Management where he also served as an emergency manager, law enforcement agent, armed executive protection agent, incident commander, HazMat responder, search and rescue specialist, counter-terrorism specialist, and a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives (CBRNE) specialist.  Alex has also been credentialed as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Management and an Oregon Certified Emergency Management Specialist (ORCEMS) by the Oregon Emergency Management Association.  Additionally, he is a U.S. Air Force combat veteran having served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  Alex currently serves as the vice-chairman of the program committee for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization (RDPO) and as a member of the Security and Emergency Management working group of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).  He lives in Tigard, Oregon with his wife, son, and dog but he is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and enjoys sightseeing, firearms marksmanship, food, and conversing about emergency management related topics.

ORCEMS Recertification

Eleonore (Nora) Yotsov holds a BA in Anthropology and an MS in Crisis and Emergency Management. Nora originally obtained her ORCEMS in 2013 and her Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) certification in 2015. Nora’s work experience spans several disciplines, all of which have contributed to her current work in Emergency Management. Early in her career, Nora was an archaeologist and researcher for University of Nevada at Las Vegas and Desert Research Institute. This experience has provided a solid research technique, grant management and working with various levels of government.  As a Ground Operations Manager for a major airline, Nora has handled multiple emergencies, fatalities and situations requiring a quick and accurate response. Additionally, Nora was proactive applying a variety of preparedness and mitigation measures to ensure continuity of operations for the airline. Nora’s ten years of experience in Emergency Management include a variety of planning, outreach, and training and exercise assignments

2017 OEMA Partner award for COORDINATION

Sandi Burns, Assistant Executive Director, Oregon City Chamber of Commerce

Sandi Burns has been a passionate advocate for emergency management in the business community. Sandi has partnered with Clackamas County Disaster Management (CCDM) for several years, brining speakers to her membership in an effort to further preparedness and business continuity planning. Sandi developed a preparedness book tailored for her members that she has published and distributed broadly. This past spring, Sandi travelled to EMI in Emmitsburg, MD with regional EM staff to learn about Recovery planning for local communities. This trip was conducted in partnership with CCDM in preparation for upcoming regional recovery framework planning. Sandi continues to partner with CCDM and bridge the gap between private and public sectors. We are fortunate to have Sandi as a partner.

2017 OEMA Partner award for SERVICE

Eric Rau, Oregon Emergency Management
Matt Bernard, FEMA Region X

In recognition for planning and bringing 152 hours of emergency management training to Oregon for the first time, in the form of FEMA’s Emergency Management Basic Academy for 40 emergency management professionals who benefitted greatly from your dedicated service, coordination and professionalism.

2017 OEMA Member award for SERVICE

Lisa Corbly, Equity Planner Multnomah County Office of Emergency Management

Tasked with multiple planning assignments, you exceeded any reasonable expectations in the development of the first county Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. You simultaneously coordinated the planning and drafting of Mass Shelter Plan, scheduled for publication in September 2017. You clearly demonstrated an exceptional level of service beyond the scope of normal job responsibilities.

2017 OEMA Member award for COORDINATION

Mark Carmen, Jefferson County Emergency Manager
Lysa Vattimo, City of Madras Event Planner

2017 Solar Eclipse resources and planning capacity strained, although not alone your outreach efforts clearly stood out for your professionalism, thoughtfulness, and endurance. Your team of two delivered over 50 eclipse preparedness presentations to community groups and businesses in four months, which was months ahead of the rest of the state.

2017 OEMA LIFETIME award

Scott Porter, Director of Washington County Emergency Management Cooperative

Mr. Porter retired from the U. S. Coast Guard in 1995 before beginning his work in the emergency management field. During his 24 years in the Coast Guard, he gained extensive experience in maritime search and rescue, law enforcement, and oil and chemical spill response.  He participated in responses to the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska, the American Trader spill near Huntington Beach, and several spills in the Columbia River.  He also assisted in the seizure of two vessels smuggling marijuana into the United States.  Mr. Porter commanded the Coast Guard Cutter Clover in Eureka, California, and saw three tours of duty in Oregon – one in Astoria and two in Portland.

Following retirement from the Coast Guard, Mr. Porter joined the Office of Consolidated Emergency Management (OCEM) as the Emergency Program Coordinator for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue. He responded to the December 1995 windstorm and February 1996 floods and assisted with coordination of the fire district’s response and recovery activities.  He provided disaster preparedness training for the public and agency employees, taught Incident Command System (ICS) courses, and coordinated disaster response planning with the cities served by the fire district.

Mr. Porter became the OCEM Director in November of 1996 and continued on as director of the organization when OCEM was restructured and renamed the Emergency Management Cooperative in July 2013. In this position, he oversees a broad spectrum of emergency management and homeland security activities throughout Washington County and provides guidance and support to the emergency management staffs from the jurisdictions participating in the cooperative.  As a team, the EMC staff pursues initiatives to improve, integrate, and standardize emergency plans, upgrade emergency operations facilities, train their staffs and exercise their plans and facilities, and enhance employee, business, and public disaster preparedness.

Mr. Porter represented Washington County on the Portland urban area team responsible for managing and implementing the Department of Homeland Security’s Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) grant program from 2003 to 2012 and served on the Steering Committee for the Regional Disaster Preparedness Organization. He was selected as Oregon Emergency Manager of the Year – Urban in 1998 and 2003.

Mr. Porter holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences from San Jose State University.

Thank you for your years of service and dedication in helping Washington County and regional emergency management professionals and communities achieve resilience and preparedness objectives as the Washington County Emergency Manager and the many other hats you have worn in your career. Your facilitating and coordinating across jurisdictional and/or functional boundaries to accomplish countless beneficial projects and tasks which otherwise may not have been completed are credit to you and your thorough knowledge and understanding of the emergency management profession.

2017 OEMA Emergency Management VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

Carin Grover, Tigard Community Emergency Response Team Citizen Commander

Carin has been in Tigard’s CERT program since late 2012. She came to the program after seeing the benefits when she was the Launch Director for the annual Balloon Festival; coordinating the launches with Emergency Services and the CERT program.

Immediately after the completion of the CERT basic, Carin sought the first opportunity for the Train-The-Trainer course so she could be part of the training cadre for the program.

During her tenure, she has improved the local CERT organization by working first to improve her skills with ICS course through the 400 level as well as various leadership and team building training, always seeking improvement. Along with others, Carin is a champion of Tigard’s HAM radio training program and also a licensed operator. As a team captain she has developed organization and accountability. She has instilled competition and motivated her team and others to complete at least the ICS 100, 200, and 700 classes. Because of her fostering, many have done much more. Carin has never missed a chance to promote the program to neighbors and the community. Carin encourages and solicits consistent participation with monthly meetings and assisting in designing and delivering enhanced training year round to improve the skills above the normal basic CERT. Local police, fire and public works never ask who those guys are in the green vest, because of her relationships she has built, partnering with the professionals whenever possible in exercises, planned events and real-time natural hazard impacts.

Over the last two years she has participated and/or chaired key positions in the planning committees for the annual regional CERT disaster simulations held in Washington county, where over 200 trained CERT from the region come together to sustain their skills and learn best practices. Locally she is the citizen conduit for internal and external planned events, fun runs and festival support throughout the year. Carin assembled seven person team, developed a rigorous training regiment and participated in the annual Regional CERT Olympics taking the “Gold” two year’s in row. Additionally, her volunteer hours reach near 1000 every year, and because of that Carin has also been nominated and selected as Tigard’s CERT Volunteer of the Year three year’s in a row

This year, during the prime part of event season the full time CERT program manager and the City Emergency Services coordinator was out on medical leave for three months. With minimal guidance and direction Carin took the lead on several planning projects such as, the annual Balloon Festival, 4th of July and Tigard’s annual Community Preparedness Fair where 800-1000 attendees show up. Carin coordinated over 40 outreach booths with utilities, professional responders, for and non-profit and faith based organizations. As the event lead, she planned and executed the logistics support with food, tents and stage rental company, live music and grounds maintenance for the very successful 7th annual event.

I could go on, but I think I have highlighted the dedication and drive that makes Carin such a great dependable asset to the program, her community and the city. She is constantly on the go, and is never without ideas on new projects, new training subjects or methods, or new ways of doing the routine tasks that makes the organization and the citizen preparedness program better.  Carin’s leadership, communications skill, organization and resourcefulness are the traits we look for in an employee let alone a volunteer. Carin is a credit to herself,  Tigard’s CERT Program and the whole community and is a great candidate for the title of; Emergency Management Volunteer of the Year.

Thank you for your dedication and tireless generosity as a volunteer. Your involvement with the City of Tigard Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), regional jurisdictional CERT programs, and schools will and have had a far-reaching impact.