IAEM@UD Current Officers, 2017

IAEM@UD holds elections at the end of each fall semester and new officers take their positions in the beginning of spring semester.

Kendra Pospychalla – President of the Chapter


Kendra Pospychalla is a Masters student in the Disaster Science and Management Program. She is a veteran of the US Marine Corps and holds a BA in International Studies with a specialization in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego. Her emergency management experience includes five years with the American Red Cross focusing in emergency sheltering, planning, and situational awareness as well as previous volunteer work with Team Rubicon as the Southern California State Planning Coordinator.  Currently, she also volunteers for as a Field Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity International and assists with occasional projects with the Red Cross.

Ashleigh Bothwell – Vice-President of the Chapter


Ashleigh is currently a Master’s student in Sociology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Widener University in Chester, PA. Her previous research has examined the refugee crisis as well as American attitudes towards immigrants and refugees. Ashleigh’s current research is focused on American attitudes towards international terrorism. In future research, she hopes to examine preparedness and impact of natural hazards on Native American reservations.

Sarah Bailey – Treasurer of the Chapter


Sarah Bailey is a Masters student in the Disaster Science and Management program. She graduated from Messiah College (Grantham, PA) with a major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Prior to graduate school,  Sarah served as a Team Leader with AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps responding to disasters around the country. Her research interests include preparedness, training, and exercises.

Christine Beste – Secretary of the Chapter


Christine Beste is a Masters student in the Disaster Science and Management Program.  She holds duel bachelors degrees in International Social Justice and Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her studies at the University of Delaware, Christine was working in the Philippines for All Hands Volunteer following Typhoon Yolanda and completed two terms of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. During the summer of 2016, she worked with Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management as an Infrastructure and Planning Fellow. Currently, her research focuses on Human Social and Behavioral data around severe weather.