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Contributing Faculty 2021

The University of Applied Research & Development (UARD) is supported in its academic programmes by the Contributing Faculty (CF). Each member of the CF has provided lesson content for our programmes in the form of public podcast & videocast sessions to support the learning outcomes of our students. The CF provides feedback on industry developments, academic rigour and professional pathways. Each public podcast & videocast is included in the programmes of learning to enable students to become graduates who understand more widely the power of their qualification to open doors, create transferable skills and increase their network far beyond where they may be situated. UARD is grateful to the men and women that have committed to supporting the ongoing development of our programmes.


Dr. Quentin Mascarenhas

A Clinical Pharmacist with experience in the National Health Service of England in the role of a Senior Manager in Medicine and Surgery including Disaster Response, Team Management and Education.

In my role as a Healthcare Manager, I have successfully organised teams to combat the Covid-19 Virus Emergency Response. From a clinical point of view, I have introduced novel ideas and therapies to help improve the quality of healthcare and lifestyle of the patients. On a broader scale, I have introduced policy changes that facilitated the improvement of emergency care, pain relief for surgical patients and emergency contraception amongst other changes.

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Dr Andre Nel

Director- Research & training, LLMA Consultants (Pty) LTD, PhD- Project management – Costa Rica

I started my career as a fire-fighter in 1982 and worked at various fire departments. I have had the privilege of being a Chief Fire Officer at three fire departments in South Africa. I joined the South African Air Force at the National defence fire training school as a fire fighter (ARFF) instructor. The South African Air Force has given me great opportunities to accomplish many achievements in saving lives through education, I was awarded a medal for my work and training for State President aircrew, which I was awarded a medal for my cost saving and training of his crews. I have been involved in many projects which involved field hospitals, airport fire stations, health and safety systems and operations in the DRC Congo and Burundi. My passion is research and development in designing courses which cover many aspects including, disaster management, CONVID 19 auditing, health and safety programmes and emergency systems for safer emergency evacuations.

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Todd Thayer DeVoe

Director, Emergency Management Titan HST, Faculty UCI and CSU, Fullerton

Todd De Voe is the Director, Emergency Management for Titan HST and the host of the leading emergency management Show EM Weekly. Todd involvement in Emergency Response, Emergency Management, Education and Volunteer Management started in 1989 when he became a volunteer firefighter in upstate New York. In 1991 Todd joined the United States Navy and became a Hospital Corpsman assigned to the Fleet Marine Force. In 2005 Todd was hired by the City of Dana Point at the Emergency Services Coordinator. In 2008 Todd was asked to be on a steering committee for Coastline Community College, as they developed their emergency management program, later that year Todd was invited to join the faculty.
Today Todd is an instructor of Emergency Management at California State University Fullerton for the MPA program and, The University of California Irvine’s Certificate of Emergency Management. Todd is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy’s Cohort VII.

Todd is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and is the Region 9 representative on the University and Colleges Caucus.

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Ashlee Delventhal

Director of Preparedness, Resilience, and Emergency Management Tidal Basin Government Consulting, LLC Masters of Applied Aviation Safety, Jacksonville State University, Melbourne, FL, USA

Ashlee is experienced in a broad range of functions, with specialties in transportation, catastrophic planning, mass evacuation and sheltering, mass casualty, and large-scale special event and venue planning.

• Program management
• Trainer and mentor
• Public speaking, public affairs, and media
• Aviation regulatory compliance (emergency and safety)
• Improvement planning and analysis
• Incident Command System and Emergency Operations Centers
• Emergency exercise design and facilitation
• Mass casualty planning and response, family assistance
• Catastrophic and mass evacuation expertis

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Alex Quintela

Emergency Preparedness Specialist II Fannie Mae, Associate Emergency Manager – International Association of Emergency Managers

With nearly 15 years of experience in emergency management, Alex Quintela has built a career helping people, as well as public agencies and Fortune 500 companies, plan for, respond to and recover from an array of incidents including terrorist, active shooter and natural events. He holds various credentials and among others, he is a former Emergency Medical Technician and certified as an Associate Emergency Manager by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). In addition, he is known for being a passionate professional who advocates for persons that are traditionally underserved and disproportionately impacted in disasters.

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Younus Imam

Operator, Security Operations Center, Master’s in Disaster and Emergency Management – York University

Younus responds to security incidences in the Financial Sector while also work with a group of police officers to build security and emergency preparedness at schools, mosques and churches in an effort known as the SALAM Project. Younus has contributed this Teacher’s Toolkit for open access

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Aaron Cignarale

Senior Emergency Preparedness Specialist, Monroe County Department of Public Health. B.A. Homeland Security and Emergency Management – Ashford University

Versatile in many roles and departments with 10+ years of experience in emergency management, EMS, project management, operations / logistics management, nuclear security, asset protection, and military operations. Innovative, driven and adept at transitioning objectives into a coordinated plan of action.

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Tom Godfrey

Emergency Operations Manager, Operations Partnership (seconded to DAI, Tackling Deadly Disease in Africa Programme) Masters Degree, International Development, University of Hull

Tom has 15 years of experience working on humanitarian response and development projects. The recent focus of Tom’s work has been response and preparedness and Tom has held senior operations and supply chain roles to complex responses and longer term projects around the world. Tom recently spent 3 years in Save the Children’s Asia regional office where he provided operations support to country offices on all aspect of their delivery from response and preparedness to structural reviews and targeted KPI support. Tom has specialised in capacity building and mentoring through a series of humanitarian and supply chain trainings over several years.

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Paul Mikita

Lead Emergency Preparedness Specialist Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital – New Brunswick Campus Master of Arts Emergency and Disaster Management (American Military University)

Through both employment and volunteer activities, I have been involved with the development and implementation of both community based and healthcare specific emergency management policies and procedures. In my current position serving as the Emergency Preparedness Educator for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital covering both the New Brunswick campus I have been, and remain, responsible for the assessment of the hospital’s hazards and risks as they relate to emergency preparedness as they relate to the development and delivery of an educational and training program. This program includes the advancement of staff knowledge and application of emergency preparedness principles and procedures through development of hospital specific curriculum and training ranging from in-services to full-scale exercises, as well as the coordination of the delivery of national courses at our campus.

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Cate Steane

Founder, Make It Happen Preparedness Services, Juris Doctor, Yale University – Emergency training and planning for businesses

Cate Steane is the founder of Make It Happen Preparedness Services. She helps businesses secure their future through emergency preparedness training and planning. Her clients include large social services and education organizations, law firms, and other businesses.
Make It Happen recently received the Best of the North Bay Award from the Bohemian as the Best Emergency Preparedness Service in Sonoma County. Cate’s experience includes
• 20 years of leadership in risk management, facilities, HR, insurance, and safety for nonprofit organizations with up to 300 employees
• Involvement in the response to the Loma Prieta Earthquake, Oakland Hills Fire, and Wine Country Fires
• 12 years practicing law, including service on the team representing the City of Oakland in the Oakland Hills Fire litigation.

She is a Certified Associate in Project Management and has training in Community Emergency Response Teams and Wilderness First Aid. Cate is a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy.

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Ralph Petti

MBCI, CBCP, GRCP, CERT. Chief Risk Officer Readiness Associates, LLC Rutgers College

Mr. Petti’s credentials: CBCP – Certified Business Continuity Planner; MBCI – Member, Business Continuity Institute (London); GRCP – Governance Risk & Compliance Professional; CERT – Community Emergency Response Planner. He was an nominee for a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Continuity Planners and has been a national speaker at media and industry events.

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Pierre A. Bégin

Training Consultant in corporate emergency preparedness and readiness and awareness consultant BSocSc Leisure Program Management (Houn) / Cert Criminology, Ottawa U

8 years as educator for young offenders; 3 years as Training Supervisor for the Quebec Professional Training Commission; 25 years as a police officer in diverse capacities to wit: investigating OC, conducting Personnel Threat Assessments for Canadian Executive VIP, 5 years as Program manager/Facilitator for Major, Serious and OC at the Canadian Police College; 1 year at Interpol as Training Officer in sports integrity; 2 years as Special Advisor of Security and Training for the department of Indigenous Northern Affairs Canada.

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