ORCEMS Brochure 

ORCEMS Sub Committee Roles and Responsibilities

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.

Applicant must submit a pdf of entire ORCEMS application.

The pdf file can be emailed to the ORCEMS Committee Chair, or can be mailed on CD or thumb drive with the application fee. Hard copy submittals are not required.

NEW The Associate Oregon Certified Emergency Management Specialist (A-ORCEMS) Program 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 requirements were established with the intent that on achieving the A-ORCEMS designation, applicants will have also met at least 25% of the International Association of Emergency Manager’s (IAEM) Certified Emergency Manager application and recertification requirements.

Associate ORCEMS initial application May 2019


Congratulations to Kelly Piper for earning her ORCEMS certificate this year!

Kelly has more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry providing comprehensive incident management. She is an experienced, motivated professional in the preparedness industry, delivering leadership, analytical skills and technical expertise to executives and business communities.

In her role for Emergency Management at Umpqua Bank, she is responsible for the detection, analysis and management of major unpredictable events that threaten to harm the organization, its stakeholders, or employees. She oversees incident response and fosters collaboration and cooperation with both internal lines of business and external partners to maintain a cohesive program of preparedness. Utilizing her knowledge and experience, Kelly is helping strengthen existing procedures and create new standards for a growing organization.

Kelly is currently the President for Oregon Emergency Management Association (OEMA) and a member of International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

Congratulations to Chuck Perino for earning his ORCEMS certificate this year!

As the Emergency Manager for the City of Albany, Chuck Perino oversees the city’s efforts to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to and recover from emergencies.

A hydrologist by education and a land use planner/GIS analyst by profession early in his career, Chuck talked his way into emergency management by assisting Douglas County Emergency Management in natural hazard mitigation and wildfire protection planning.

From Roseburg to Salem, Chuck’s career led him to Oregon Emergency Management, where he served as an emergency management planner for the department. While at OEM, he was fortunate to be selected into the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School, where he received his master’s degree in 2014.

In Albany, Chuck has the fortune of working with dedicated community partners, excellent neighboring jurisdictions and a forward-thinking community.

Congratulations to Corey Fisher for earning his ORCEMS certificate this year!

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Corey Fisher has been working in the field of Emergency Management since 2009. He has a blend of public, private, and non-profit experience which he uses to support Emergency Management and Business Continuity work for Portland General Electric. Beyond planning, training development, and exercises Corey has a passion for taking the specialized content of EM and BC and finding new ways to bring it to clients through media and education. When Corey isn’t working he is keeping up with his toddling daughter and supporting the American Lung Association during Reach the Beach each year.


Congratulations to Patence Winningham for earning her ORCEMS certificate this year!

As the Senior Program Coordinator in Emergency Management Patence Winningham has been the lead on supporting the Emergency Operations Center Facility and Staff. Patence continues to build her skills as a Planning Section Chief and Deputy EOC Manager, most recently working with our area partners building relationships during the US 2016 Olympic Trials hosted at the University of Oregon. During the Cascadia Rising 2016 Functional Exercise, Patence was charged with being the organizations trusted agent and liaison with the State. As the lead for public outreach, she has hosted many outreach events and has extensive knowledge on the local capabilities and limitations we face our area. Actively participating in the local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), Community Organization Active in Disaster (COAD) and Lane Preparedness Coalition (LPC); committees she participates in, continuing to focus on and increase our community’s disaster resilience.