Assistant Director of West Gulf Division
* Public Information Cooridinator, ARRL South Texas Section
* Co-Chair, West Gulf Credentialing Committee
* Member, West Gulf Legislative Action Team
* President, Austin Amateur Radio Club
* ARRL and W5YI VE
* Past EC and AEC for Travis County ARES
* ARES ARRL Liaison (alternate) to Texas VOAD
* Member, City of Austin CERT
* Graduate of Travis County Citizens Police Academy
* Member, Texas Severe Storms Intercept
have over 10 years of experience working with State and
Local Emergency Management agencies in Texas coordinating
Amateur Radio backup communications efforts both in planning
and implementation during large scale disasters.
I am a member of both the Travis County and Williamson County
ARES organizations and have held several positions including;
Assistant Emergency Coordinator (1996-2000, 2004-2009),
Emergency Coordinator (2000-2004) and am currently the Public
Information Coordinator for South Texas Section (2007-present).
I am also a member of the State RACES program and a member
of the City of Austin CERT program.
Locally, I have served as an officer of the Austin Amateur
Radio club for several years and iam currently serving as
As the Public Information Coordinator for the section, I
have recruited several talented individuals to assist in
promoting Amateur Radio and ARES to both emergency management
personnel and the general public. These PIO's have done
a great job of getting the word out about our service and
our capabilities, resulting in dozens of articles being
published as well as interview by local television media.
my service as Emergency Coordinator for Travis County, I
helped develop and launch the Amateur Radio Communications
Hospital Emergency System, known as ARCHES concept to the
city's Interagency Disaster Council which approved and funded
voice and data systems to be installed in the EOC, Red Cross
and all 9 city hospitals. This program was later expanded
by the local COG to cover all the hospitals in a 7 county
area surrounding Travis County and is still growing today.
I worked closely with City of Austin emergency management
staff to ensure that ARES had a significant presence in
the new Combined Transportation and Emergency Communications
Center, a newly built combined EOC and 911 communications
facility that centralized Emcomm and Homeland Security functions
into one facility.
While an employee of the Department of Public Safety, I
worked closely with the Division of Emergency Management
to help resurrect the Amateur program there while promoting
closer interaction by the State with both the RACES and
I was the author of a section of the Senate Transportation
and Homeland Security bill SB 11(79R), which changed state
law to allow for State Employees to be able to volunteer
during disasters for a period of up to 10 days without loss
of vacation or sick pay. It became law at the end of the
last legislative section.