2022 Schedule*

All content programming is subject to change*

The 2022 program will focus on FOUR key themes.


Tuesday • April 19

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Registration + Snacks

Come greet us at registration to pick up your badge, have a cool beverage, and get the lay of the land.


1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Welcome + Opening Plenary Session

“View from the Top: Industry Leader Perspectives and Priorities”
For the first time, ResCon brings together these foremost industry leaders from NEMA, IAEM, and NGA to share their insights on resiliency and plot the path forward, including impediments, opportunities and collaboration.

Timothy Blute, Director, Center for Best Practices, National Governors Association
Erica Bornemann, MPA, President, National Emergency Management Association; Director, Vermont Emergency Management
Carolyn J. Harshman, MPA, CEM, President, International Association of Emergency Managers – USA Council
Mark Cooper, Chief of Staff, Governor John Bel Edwards, State of Louisiana


2:30 PM – 3:15PM
Plenary Session
“Annual Governors Panel”
You won’t want to miss this scintillating conversation with Governors John Bel Edwards and Larry Hogan discussing how states can best benefit from the Infrastructure Bill.

Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA)
Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD)


3:30 PM – 4:15PM
Plenary Session
“Investing in America’s Infrastructure”
Join us as we set the stage for the conference by embarking on a  robust conversation on the new Infrastructure Bill and how it may be used to make positive change to the likes this country hasn’t seen in decades.

Ryan Berni, Senior Advisor, White House Infrastructure Implementation Team (WHIIT)


4:30 PM – 5:30PM
Concurrent Sessions

Rebuilding Resilient Transportation Community Lifelines Today”

Presentation Materials

Climate change, sea level rise, severe flooding, heat events, wildfires, more severe hurricanes and other events are threatening our already decaying and stressed transportation infrastructure.  Transportation provides our community lifelines- gets people to work, school, health care, social interaction, and basic needs; supports logistics for economic growth- physically connects us! What does it mean to rebuild our decaying infrastructure to be sustainable and resilient to tomorrow’s challenges and opportunities as well as today’s?

Patricia Bye, Independent Consultant
Karl Kim, Ph.D, Professor, Dept of Urban + Regional Planning, Director, Disaster Mgmt & Humanitarian Assistance Program, Exec. Director, NDPTC, University of Hawaii
Deb Matherly, AICP, Director, Matherly Inclusive Resilient Transportation Associates, LLC (MIRTA LLC)


Infrastructure and Workforce Development for a Secure America”

Greg Gould, Emergency Manager, Salish Kootenai College
Kelly Hamilton, Deputy Secretary Homeland Security & Emergency Management State of NM
Jason Krause, Associate Director, Operations and Plans National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Academy of Counter Terrorist Education LSU
Irvin Mason, Training & Exercise Coord. , Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency


5:30PM – 6:30PM
Welcome Mixer
“Al-Fresco Networking Mixer”
Ease into ResCon 2022 with a low-key and laid-back casual mixer, located on our front porch and re-establish old connections and new. It’s been a couple years – there’s a lot to catch up on.



Wednesday • April 20

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Coffee + Conversation
Join us at the NEW “ResCon Rendevous” meet-up spot for coffee and a quick-hitting mini session to get your morning going.


8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Plenary Session
“Chief Resiliency Officer Panel”
The CRO panel is the cornerstone plenary session of ResCon. This year’s discussion will focus on how the CRO’s are battling underserved communities within their states.

Marissa Aho, Policy Director & Chief Resilience Officer, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Ben Duncan, Chief Resilience Officer, South Carolina Office of Resilience
Charles Sutcliffe, Chief Resilience Officer, Louisiana Governor’s Office: Coastal Activities
Dan Lauf, NGA, moderator


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions

Equitable Climate Resilience Tools and Resources for U.S. Local Governments
Cities across the U.S. are grappling with how to address social equity and ensure resilience to future disasters while balancing funding and capacity shortages. Join us to discuss findings and observations from a yearlong study of equitable climate resilience in medium and large U.S. cities U.S. cities. This session will cover:

  • Common challenges and paths to success
  • Needed resources and processes of local governments
  • Understanding of real-world experiences of cities
  • Include an opportunity for audience discussion

Curtis Brown, Co-Founder, Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) & Fmr. State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Andreanecia Morris, Executive Director, HousingNOLA
Patrick Howell, Program Manager,  IBTS


Cancelled “The 3 Easy, Proven Steps to Prepare Any Vulnerable Community for Today’s Disasters”
This presentation will reveal:

  • Management and technology steps to assess needs of vulnerable communities
  • A blueprint to plan for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies

Patrick Hardy, LL.M., CEM, CBCP, CEO, Hytrophy Disaster Management


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Plenary Session
Presentation Materials

“FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance Funding: Building Community and Climate Resilience” 

H. Camille Crain, HMA Deputy Division Director (A)–FEMA HQ
Casey Tingle, Director, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness


12:00 PM – 1:15 PM
“Al-Fresco Luncheon”
Enjoy some delicious food, unwind and decompress, all while you dine al-fresco on the Magnolia Porch.





Wednesday • April 20

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM
Plenary Session

“Meeting the Challenges of a Changing Climate”
Ned Gardiner, PhD, Engagement Manager, U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, NOAA Climate Program Office


2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Concurrent Sessions

Using Green Infrastructure to Create Resilient Communities

Join this session to learn more about the green infrastructure (GI) plan for Norfolk, VA. Created with the city’s watershed task force, the plan links current and future GI planning in the face of climate change.  This session will cover:

  • How to plan for coastal green infrastructure – natural resources – in the face of climate change
  • GIS analysis to uncover key relationships and strategies for conservation or restoration
  • The community and city engagement process
  • Plan implementation and future collaborations

Karen Firehock, AICP, Executive Director, Green Infrastructure Center


Sustainability: The Importance of Sustainability and Resilience in Insurance and Risk

This session will cover:

  • Why climate resilience is important, especially for insurers and their customers
  • How climate resilience fits into total lifecycle costs
  • Why it is critical that we address the issue of climate resilience now
  • What can an insurer do to encourage the fundamental changes needed to adopt climate resilience
  • What is “economic resilience” and how does it relate to climate resilience

David Edsey, Climate Director, Technical Underwriting, Zurich North America
Lindene Patton, Chief Operating Officer, divirod
Roy Wright, President & CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety


Emergency Management in the 22nd Century: The Changing Nature and Needs of  Emergency Management”

This session will cover:

The emergency management community is going through a transformation as they are increasingly called upon to address an increasing series of complex challenges including the “new normal” of the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, pandemics, civil disorders and other issues.  In addition to the response and recovery from these events, emergency managers are also serving as leaders in preparedness planning and pre-disaster mitigation efforts.

The purpose of this panel is to explore the implications of this evolving change on our efforts to improve incident management operations as well as resilience planning and programs. Among the issues we will explore is the relationship between the changing relationship between federal government and state and local emergency management agencies, the role of technology and the importance of public-private partnerships

Moderator – Bob Greenberg, CEO & Founder, G&H International Services
David Ihrie, CTO, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)
Brian Hastings, Director, Alabama Emergency Management Agency
Kyle Overly, Advisory Specialist Master, Deloitte


3:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Bites + Blend Break with Expert Studio Presentation(s)
Take a little mental snack break. While you enjoy some scrumptious treats, enjoy another bite-sized mini session featuring the latest innovative tool(s) in resiliency.


3:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Closing Plenary Session
“Mobilizing Innovation to Support Climate Change Resilience”
Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology (DHS S&T)
David Ihrie, CTO, Virginia Innovation Partnership Corporation (VIPC)


4:45 PM-6:15PM
Res-FEST – An Outdoor Networking Event
Tonight’s networking event will resemble something very familiar to New Orleans – a festival-like environment. Come grab some fresh air and a cool beverage while we mix and mingle on one of the Convention Center’s new “porch” areas. There, you can enjoy snacks, drinks and some fun and games with old and new friends alike.



Thursday • April 21

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Coffee + Bites
Join us at the NEW “ResCon Rendevous” meet-up spot for coffee and a quick-hitting mini session to get your morning going.


8:45 AM – 9:45 AM
Keynote Plenary Session
Cybersecurity & Critical Infrastructure Resilience: A Fireside Chat”
Mieke Eoyang, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy
Jeff Moulton, President & Chair, Stephenson Stellar Corporation; Chair, LA Cyber Incident Response Committee


10:00 AM – 10:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions

Cyber Attack Simulation: We’ve Been Hacked! Now What?”

Join us to experience a simulated ransomware attack scenario that business leaders across every industry could someday face. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote  at key decision points of the crisis response as our panelists discuss the best practices to mitigate both reputational and financial harm.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn how to respond to a potential ransomware attack
  • Review key strategies for evidence preservation, negotiating with hackers, public relations, retaining outside experts and law enforcement
  • Identify the steps to take decisive action and protect sensitive business information from cyber exposure
  • Walk away with best practices for prioritizing issues reducing the risk of major business disruption from a ransomware attack

John Farley, CIPP/US, Managing Director, Cyber Practice, AJG
Jennifer Coughlin, Partner, Founding Partner, Mullin Coughlin LLC


“The Emergency Manager’s Role Managing Cyber Risk and Building the Resilient Enterprise”

This session will explore the role of emergency managers and the importance of partnerships across government and industry in responding to a cyber attack that impacts critical infrastructure. The discussion will feature real-world examples to illustrate the challenges of managing cyber risk—and the potential cascading consequences of an attack—and lesson learned for building more resilient government.

Session Objectives:

  • Provide guidance for emergency managers on the leadership role they can play in mitigating enterprise-level risk posed by a cyber incident
  • Examine the potential cascading consequences of a cyber attack on critical infrastructure and identify lessons learned from real-world events
  • Explore relevant authorities and critical partnerships necessary to respond to, recover from, and become more resilient to cyber disasters
  • Provide an overview of the State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act and key takeaways for emergency managers on making strategic investments to strengthen their state’s cyber posture.

Carolyn J. Harshman, MPA, CEM, President, International Association of Emergency Managers – USA Council
Daniel Kaniewski, Managing Director, Public Sector, Marsh McLennan, Former FEMA Deputy Administrator
Brad Singletary, CISSP, Senior Manager, Cyber Risk, Power and Utilities, Deloitte
Pam Williams, Assistant Administrator, Grants Program, FEMA
Moderator- Jeff McLeod, Specialist Leader, Cyber and Strategic Risk, Deloitte


11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Closing Plenary Session
Cyber – It’s Everywhere

Shields Up
CISA Regions
CISA Global

Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director, CISA