Emergency Management Director
Cobb Emergency Management Agency
(CEMA) /Cobb County Government
What do you do in your role? I prepare plans and
procedures for responding to natural disasters and other
emergencies. In 2020, we have been faced with an unprecedented
pandemic, incidents of civil unrest and several hurricane
incidents, with Hurricane Zeta causing the most widespread
damage in Cobb County history.
What drives you to be successful? The well-being and
safety of others is a daily motivator for me. This year has been
the most challenging, since so many people have been impacted
physically, mentally, emotionally and financially during the
pandemic. While that alone has caused major difficulties for
most, our nation has been impacted through a notorious
election, matters of civil unrest, and destruction from hurricanes
and flooding events. Now more than ever, it is important to be
kind and understanding towards one another. We don’t all have
to agree, but we all need to respectful.
What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
Fitness has always been my form of stress relief. I love to run,
ride my Peloton bike, and practice pilates. Recently, I got the
new Fight Camp boxing program from my husband. I think he
sensed my stress and frustrations!
What lessons have you learned in 2020? I have
always lived by the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would
have them do unto you. I have striven to solve every problem
that has come our way this year and I feel good knowing that I
have given it my all. I am proud of my team and our Public Safety
family for working so hard to get us through the challenges of
this year. I have dedicated the last 20 years of my life to Cobb
County. As a result, I am blessed to have made relationships with
community leaders, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to
have access to every resource available to help our great county.
I take pride and pleasure in making someone else’s life easier.
Other personal anecdotes, quotes or insights: “People will
forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people
will never forget how you made them feel.” —Maya Angelou
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