After serving for 26 years in the U. S. Coast Guard, Ken retired in 2014 before joining EMSI’s cadre. During his career, Ken’s primary responsibilities included all-hazard responses, contingency preparedness, hurricane planning and preparedness, continuity of operations planning (COOP), ICS instruction and exercise development at every level of government, from the field unit to regional headquarters to Area Command.
Throughout his career, Ken gained invaluable response experience in a myriad of incident types, to include oil spills, earthquakes, humanitarian assistance, hurricanes and tsunamis, vessel groundings and salvage operations, downed aircrafts, and National Special Security Events. Filling response roles during events such as hurricanes and Deepwater Horizon, these experiences would serve him well as he advanced in rank and assumed more management roles in the Coast Guard and ICS response constructs.
While serving on the Coast Guard National Level Incident Management Team for six years, Ken earned multiple ICS qualifications: Type 1 Planning Section Chief, Resources Unit Leader, and Situation Unit Leader; Type 2 Incident Commander; and Type 3 Operations Section Chief, Logistics Section Chief, Demobilization Unit Leader, Documentation Unit Leader, Liaison Officer, and Division Group Supervisor. Additionally, he was certified by both FEMA and the Coast Guard as an ICS instructor and taught over 150 courses for these organizations. He has served as an EMT, a volunteer fire fighter, and as a Federal on Scene Coordinators Representative (FOSCR) for the Coast Guard, as well as certified as a Coast Guard maritime law enforcement officer, conducting migrant operations and drug interdiction.
Ken is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers and as a Florida State Emergency Manager by the Florida Emergency Professional’s Association. He also holds the Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and the Professional Continuity Practitioner designations from FEMA. Utilizing his experiences and expertise as a CEM and MEP, Ken has designed, controlled, evaluated or coached multiple table-top, functional, and full scale exercises throughout the United States.
Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Terrorism and a second Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management. He is currently working towards his PhD in Public Administration with a concentration in Emergency Management. Ken is a full-time professor for Bethel University, where he instructs multiple online undergraduate courses in Crisis Management, Strategic Management, Organizational Leadership, Critical Thinking, and Principles of Management.