Composition of the Certification Executive Committee

The Certification Executive Committee provides management and oversight of the Certification Commission, and reports to the IAEM-USA Board of Directors. It is composed of a chair, two vice chairs and two at-large members. These seats are annual terms. The Certification Commission as a whole nominates the chair and two at-large members. One vice chair is nominated by the USA, Canadian, Latin American, and International Commissioners, and the other vice chair is nominated by the Asian, Oceania, and European Commissioners. All Certification Executive Committee members must hold a current CEM certification.


Keith Dowler, MA, CEM, CBCP
System Director
Office of Emergency Management and Business Continuity
Inova Health System
Falls Church, Virginia
(completing term 12/31/19)

Vice Chairs

Jody W. Carter, CEM
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Baptist Health System
Little Rock, AR
Second Term – Not-for-profit/Healthcare
(completing term 12/31/19)



Rick Cox, CEM
Independent Consultant
Hawesville, KY
(completing term 12/31/19)

Thomas D. Ignelzi, CEM, CCM, LEM
Supervisor, Emergency Preparedness
Fluor Federal Petroleum Operations
Belle Chasse, LA
(completing term 12/31/20)


Board Liaison
Hugh A. Daniels, CEM

Managing Partner
Ask Hugh, LLC - Emergency Management Consulting
Dana Point, CA

Staff Liaison
Kate McClimans
Program Manager
International Association of Emergency Managers
201 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA 22046-4527
(703) 538-1795; F: (703) 241-5603



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