Immediately prior to this position, she served as the Emergency Manager for the City of Auburn, Washington (near Seattle) for 9 years. Her career has spanned first response, training, technology, public safety communications, higher education, and emergency management.
She began her career as an emergency management volunteer in Oregon where she was involved in the response to her first major disaster declaration in 1996. She spent several years as a 911 dispatcher, certified trainer, and communications training officer in both Oregon and Washington. While at the City of Auburn, she managed six Presidential Disaster Declarations, deployed as a mutual aid resource for the SR 530 Landslide and the Okanogan Complex Fire, served as a county level ICS trainer, and served as a CERT Train-the-Trainer Instructor for Washington State. She is also a grant manager and public information officer.
In addition to her public safety and emergency management experience, Sarah has been an adjunct faculty member in Emergency Management for a number of universities since 2002. She teaches on a wide variety of emergency management topics, including legal issues, public information, terrorism, and risk/crisis communication. Sarah teaches technology and natural hazards related emergency management courses for the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) and has taught several courses at the state and national level, including the FEMA National Emergency Management Basic, Advanced, and Executive Academies, situational awareness, whole community, resilience, and EOC management.
Sarah was also a founding member of a non-profit organization for women in technology, where she served as the Director of Technology. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications from Corban University and Master of Public Administration degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University. She completed additional doctoral level work in public policy, homeland security, and emergency management at Walden University and was a graduate of FEMA’s first National Emergency Management Advanced Academy. She completed a graduate certificate in Information Security and Assurance from Kennesaw State University in 2019. Sarah is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers where she currently serves as the President of Region 10, the immediate Past-Chair of the Emerging Technology Caucus, and as a member of the Global Communications Committee, Editorial Working Group. She earned her CEM® designation from IAEM in 2008 and is also certified as an ISO 22301 (Business Continuity Management System) Lead Implementer and ISO 27032 Cybersecurity Manager through PECB. You can connect with her on Twitter at @scba.