IAEM@UD Current Officers, 2019
IAEM@UD holds elections at the end of each fall semester and new officers take their positions in the beginning of spring semester.
Aimee Mankins – President
Aimee is a Master student in the Disaster Science and Management Program and a Research Assistant with the Disaster Research Center. She earned dual bachelor degrees in Political Science and History from West Virginia University. Aimee has been fulfilling the mission of the American Red Cross for since 2010 in a variety of disaster-related roles. She served two consecutive terms with the AmeriCorps National Preparedness and Response Corps first in New Orleans, LA and then in San Luis Obispo, CA. Recently, she served as the Senior Manager for Preparedness and Workforce Engagement in Central California focusing on volunteer disaster readiness during steady state and disaster responder mobilization during an operational state. She has responded to numerous disasters in client casework, workforce staffing, and sheltering for wildfires in California, floods in Florida, and hurricanes in North Carolina, Louisiana, and New York.
Michelle Woody – Vice President
Michelle Woody is a Master of Science student in the Disaster Science and Management program at the University of Delaware where she also works as a Research Assistant in the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, VA. Michelle has worked on several emergency management efforts, including deployments to New Jersey in response to Hurricane Sandy. Most recently she was a Program Manager at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. Her research interests include disaster debris planning, disaster recovery planning and policy.
Michael Michaud – Treasurer
Michael is a Ph.D. student in the Disaster Science and Management program at the University of Delaware. He is also a Graduate Research Assistant with he Disaster Research Center. He has a diverse background with his B.S. degree in Atmospheric Science and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy. From a young age he had a deep passion for weather. Over time, he began to better appreciate the impact weather has on society. He also spent seven years working within different aspect of higher education, specifically student affairs. Today, his research interests include severe weather warning systems, education initiates around severe weather and disasters, crises in higher education, and finding the best desserts ever made.
Roni Fraser – Secretary
Roni is a master’s sociology student with a focus on disasters and the environment and is an affiliate of the Disaster Research Center. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX. Roni is also a teaching assistant for the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She has professional internship experience in emergency management with the Executive Office of the President in Washington D.C., Coppell Fire Department, and South-Central Climate Science Center at the University of Oklahoma. Outside of the academy, Roni enjoys being an active grey shirt with Team Rubicon, weight lifting at BodyPump, and making crafts.
Nikki Testa – Undergraduate Representative
Nikki is a senior student in Sociology with a concentration in Emergency and Environmental Management and an Environmental Humanities minor. Nikki is a military veteran and has worked nineteen years as a Firefighter / Emergency Medical Technician at various fire companies throughout New Castle County, DE and Southern Chester County, PA. Nikki currently works for the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) as the Citizen Corps Program Coordinator. Within this position, Nikki teaches Delaware residents how to become more resilient during all-hazard events through such programs as Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, Community Preparedness Workshops, Stop The Bleed, as well as assists with A.L.I.C.E. training. Nikki is an avid wildland firefighter and has deployed all over the US combating a diverse array of conflagrations since 2001. As an undergraduate student at UD, Nikki has had the opportunity to perform fieldwork as well as work as a research assistant.