Bringing more than twenty years of experience in domestic and international emergency management, Ted joined EMSI in 2016. Throughout his career, Ted has honed his knowledge, skills, and abilities in the areas of exercise design, emergency planning, incident management, and policy development at every level of government and across many agencies and response missions. In addition, his leadership skills have gained him opportunities to serve successfully in supervisory and management positions at every organization in which he has served.
Joining EMSI to help kick off our company’s support to the Office of Emergency Operations at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), Ted acts as a senior advisor to the NNSA’s Operations and Exercises program, leading projects on emergency preparedness, incident management, and emergency operations. He also serves as an emergency responder assigned to NNSA’s Nuclear Incident Team and Incident Support Team.
Prior to joining EMSI, Ted spent eleven years with Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) as part of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. During his tenure at ORAU, he filled a myriad of roles providing planning, training, exercise design, and operations support to several U.S. government customers. While supporting the DHS Operational Integration Staff (I-Staff), Ted served as a subject matter expert in incident management and emergency management policy and was either lead or co-author on several National level policies and procedures including the Joint Field Office SOP, the Interagency Incident Management Group SOP, the Homeland Security Operations Center SOP, and the DHS Pandemic Influenza Plan.
Indicative of his expertise in the field, Ted was presented with the Department of Energy Secretary’s Honor Award in 2011 for his work during the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. Ted has also served as the lead facilitator for several international workshops for the U.S. Department of State’s Preventing Nuclear Smuggling Program involving senior officials from the U.S. government and their partner nations. His response acumen was additionally evident as he managed planning and exercise programs for DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation.
Demonstrating a diverse experience in response preparedness, Ted’s early career in emergency management began in the Office of Emergency Management in the City of Baytown, TX, where he assisted with planning, mitigation, and emergency operations. This was followed by a two year stint with FEMA’s Response and Recovery Directorate supporting the Individual Assistance Program for more than a dozen Major Disaster Declarations.
Over the course of seven years with the Titan Corporation, Ted provided support to local, state, and federal agencies in the area of emergency response to terrorism, including the design and implementation of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive terrorism exercises. Intimately involved in the development of the DHS Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), he served on several committees in the design of the Federal government’s standard exercise methodology.
Ted is a graduate of the University of North Texas, holding Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Emergency Administration and Planning. He also earned an Executive Education certificate in Leadership Decision Making from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.