Stories Untold: Hurricane Harvey

Cornelia Jammer, MPA, CVA
MRC Coor
Fort Bend County, Texas

Cornelia (a.k.a. "Jammer") has been committed to serving communities through disaster response, recovery and preparedness for over ten years.  Jammer has worked with several organizations building sustainable disaster education programs and responder teams across the country.  She holds Bachelors in Global Human Social Service Administration from Wiley College and a MPA from the Texas Southern University.  In 2017 Cornelia joined the ranks along with other MRC Coordinators across the country earning her CVA (Certified Volunteer Administrator) Licensure. Jammer works with a unique 501 c(3) organization in Texas that focuses on educating and managing civilians who respond to public health and disaster related emergencies. As a longtime member of the Homeland Preparedness Project Team she wears several hats and one of them being the MRC Coordinator for Fort Bend County.  Jammer is dedicated to serving communities and passionate about educating people to serve right where they are.  

MRC Response to the Las Vegas Shooting

Deborah Moran
MRC Coordinator
MRC of Southern Nevada

Deborah Moran began working with the MRC in February 2007 as an administrative assistant, with half of her time spent with the Medical Reserve Corps. She spent six years in that position, and then three years assisting the Director of Community Health. Deborah was selected as the MRC Program Coordinator two years ago. Since then, she has developed the Volunteer Management Plan, streamlined the volunteer onboarding process, and improved the integration of MRC volunteers into our housing agency. Deborah has lived in the Las Vegas area for 25 years, has been married for twelve years, and has two stepsons. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and meeting new friends. 

How to "Disaster Think"
Merilee Larsen, DrPH
Assistant Professor
Utah ValleyUniversity

Merilee completed her undergrad at Utah Valley State College and her Masters of Public Health and Doctorate of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Merilee has been teaching at UVU for 18 years and she has also taught at the University of Utah and in private industry. Merilee consults for the Utah Department of Health in the Bureau of EMS and Homeland Security. Merilee also teaches Yoga and has done so for the last 18 years. She is married and has a 5 year old little boy and one on the way. In her spare time, she likes to do anything outdoors, read, and travel.

Public Health Threats and What We're Doing About Them
Keith Larsen, LEHS
Emergency Services Director
Bear River Health Department

Keith graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in applied biology and minors in chemistry and Korean. He currently works as a “Biological Warfare Defender of Justice” at the Bear River Health Department (at least that is what he tells his kids). He has been in involved in public health response to emergencies of one kind or another for the last 25 years and is currently the emergency services director. In his spare time Keith enjoys trashy detective novels, good blues guitarists (don’t ask him his favorites cause he will go on for hours), playing the drums and teasing his kids. He would like to become a rock star but his wife won’t let him out in public without adult supervision. He is married to the lovely, talented and vivacious Lisa Fuhriman and they are the proud parents of 6 kids, two spoiled cats, 11 chickens, a horse and an ugly dog.
County Animal Response Capabilities
Chelsea Crawford, DVM
Utah Assista
nt State Veterinarian

Dr. Crawford is currently the Assistant State Veterinarian at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.  She is also the program coordinator for the Community Animal Response Team (CART) pillar of the Utah Citizen Corps Council.  After graduating from veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin with an emphasis on livestock production medicine, she worked for USDA as a public health veterinarian in a large beef slaughter establishment and as a field veterinary medical officer with APHIS-Veterinary Services.  As a native Wisconsinite, she has a special interest in dairy cattle health, but enjoys working with all aspects of animal agriculture.  In her free time she enjoys skiing and horseback riding in the mountains.

Managing Stress in Emergency Workers

Jordon Petersen, PhD
Murray Fire Department

Jordon serves as a Fire Captain in the south suburbs of Salt Lake City. After attending his fifth firefighter suicide funeral, he set off to understand mental health and psychology in the fire service. He completed his Masters and Doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis on first responder health. Jordon is a chair member of the First Responder Suicide Coalition and a program manager with the Utah Fire and Rescue Academy’s mental health curriculum. Jordon’s classes combine the intricacies of first responder culture and the often misunderstood dynamics of mental health. Jordon has served as a firefighter, Paramedic, Captain, USAR Rescue Squad Boss, Haz-mat Specialist, and Training Specialist.

MRC Response to the Uintah Fire
Katie Hull
MRC Coordinator
Weber-Morgan Health Dept.
Deanna Wolfe
Responder Support Team Leader
Weber-Morgan MRC

Katie started working for the Weber-Morgan Health Department’s Emergency Services Program in February of 2016. Prior to the health department, Katie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Forensics from Weber State University in 2007 and served a 15 year “jail sentence” working for the Weber County Sheriff’s Office. She was raised in Las Vegas and currently lives in Ogden. She has two children- 6 total by marriage-to-be, and two perfectly handsome grandsons. Katie feels the most rewarding part of her new career in public health is coordinating the MRC program. Further developing, building, and nurturing the Weber-Morgan MRC Unit is part of her various job responsibilities that remains a priority. She is honored to belong to a group of volunteers and coordinators who inspire her through their example of “servant leadership”. Her first experience coordinating an emergency MRC activation was during the Uintah Fire in September 2017. 

Deanna has 30 years of experience as an RN. She worked for the Ogden Regional Medical Center in the ICU and Emergency Department. She became the Trauma Program Director in 1995 and was the Director of the Emergency Preparedness Program for several years before retiring in 2016. She has been a leader of the Weber-Morgan MRC Unit since its inception in 2005. She serves on the unit’s Advisory Board as a subject matter expert and plays a major role in the unit’s development, organization, and progress. She leads with excellence and a big heart in all she does, especially in her position of Responder Support Team Lead.