CHAD BERGINNIS, CFM
Chad Berginnis became executive director of ASFPM in July 2012, after joining the association staff as associate director in 2011. Since 2000, he served the association as Insurance Committee chair, Mitigation Policy Committees' coordinator, vice chair and chair. He has a Bachelor of Science in natural resources from Ohio State University. Since 1993, his work has focused on floodplain management, hazard mitigation and land use planning at the state, local and private sector level. As a state official, Berginnis worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio's state hazard mitigation officer. As a local official, Berginnis administered planning, economic development and floodplain management programs in Perry County, Ohio. In the private sector, he was the national practice leader in hazard mitigation for Michael Baker Jr. Inc.
His responsibilities include oversight, coordination and direction on the following activities:
- Coordinate implementation of ASFPM policies and directives set by the Board of Directors.
- Coordinate and communicate with federal agencies, the Administration and Congress to promote effective policies and programs impacting flood risk, natural disasters and water resources of the nation that promote a sustainable society in an economic, environmental and social context, with a focus on community-based decision making.
- Develop tools, how-to guides and training for community officials and local staff to manage and reduce flood risk using comprehensive watershed and community growth approaches such as "No Adverse Impact."
- Communicate and coordinate with other professional organizations and partners with common goals and interests.
- Provide liaison to and seek input from members, chapters and corporate sponsors.
- Develop conferences, workshops and web-based training, and web source information for flood risk professionals.
- Oversee a nationwide Floodplain Manager Certification program for professionals in the field.
LARRY A. LARSON, P.E., CFM
DIRECTOR EMERITUS - SENIOR POLICY ADVISOR
Larry Larson is a founding member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers, Inc., which was established in 1977. He was the national chair from 1979-82 and volunteered as the executive director from 1982 until it became a staff position in February 1997. He then served as the association's executive director until 2012, when he became the director emeritus. As the director emeritus he serves as policy advisor to the ASFPM executive director and leadership of the association. These policy issues range from national flood and water policy to policy of all agencies whose programs impact flood risk management in the nation. Besides FEMA and the Corps of Engineers, this would include policies and programs promulgated by agencies such as USDA, NOAA, EPA, DOT, DOI and Commerce, as well as the White House and Congress. Larson has worked in the water resources profession for 54 years since graduating from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin and California.
INGRID D. WADSWORTH
Ingrid Wadsworth came to ASFPM in June 2011 having served in numerous capacities at the federal, state, regional and local levels in Chicago and surrounding areas. Most recently, as executive director of the Fox Waterway Agency in Illinois, Wadsworth focused on practical and community-based approaches to watershed and floodplain management, flooding, water quality, and lakes and river restoration, where she earned several awards and honors. As a public speaker, media contact, legislative liaison and technical expert, she also served as co-chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Subcommittee of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Trustee for the Village of Richmond, Illinois, and worked as an enforcement officer for U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Chicago. She is a proud alumni of Northern Illinois University where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences.
As operations director, Wadsworth's responsibilities include oversight and direction of all aspects of the ASFPM's daily operations.
- Manage day-to-day administrative functions of the association including personnel and financial management, including grants and fundraising, recordkeeping and policies and procedures.
- Direct and monitor work planning, conference and meeting support and provide staff support for board, committees, CFMs and membership.
- Serve on the Certification Board of Regents and oversees effective implementation of the CFM program in the nation.
- Oversee projects, grants, contracts and publications in cooperation with project managers and other association staff and volunteers.
- Serve as liaison with all members, partners and stakeholders to further the mission of ASFPM.
- Represent ASFPM and its membership on national policy development and decision making.
Wadsworth is active in the community, contributing her time to many local charities. She is also a long-time Rotarian, and also active with many local professional and watershed groups.
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ALAN LULLOFF, P.E., CFM
SCIENCE SERVICES PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Alan Lulloff is Science Services program director for ASFPM, managing research and outreach projects for the association. In addition to ASFPM's published reports, ASFPM's Science Services program also has developed training materials for one-day workshops on Coastal No Adverse Impact and has conducted 10 Coastal No Adverse Workshops over the past three years on the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico.
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DIANE A. BROWN
OUTREACH AND EVENTS MANAGER
Diane Brown has been affiliated with ASFPM in a consulting capacity since 1981, moving to full service with the association in 1987. In January 1996, the association opened a permanent office and hired her as ASFPM executive office manager, which transitioned to administrator and conferences director over the years. As outreach and events manager now, her responsibilities include:
- Oversee the production of annual, regional and special issues conferences, and direct awards and ASFPM business aspects during the national conference.
- Support the ASFPM Foundation and its national flood policy forums.
- Help foster national flood risk management concepts.
- Nurture public, nonprofit and private partnerships with ASFPM.
- Execute press releases on critical issues and coordinate with media and general public.
- Assist staff with transmitting ASFPM communications to members via website, member bulletins, monthly newsletters, annual directory, social media, library and publications.
Diane holds a B.A. in Psychology, Physical Education and English from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and undertook graduate study in Continuing Adult Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior career paths include banking and recreational therapy.
Anita Larson came to work for the association in March 2002. Her responsibilities with ASFPM include:
- Administer the Certified Floodplain Manager program.
- Track continuing education activities.
- Conference/workshop duties.
JEFF STONE, CFM
PROJECT MANAGER, SCIENCE SERVICES
Jeff Stone joined ASFPM in November 2007 as a Project Manager and Geographic Information System (GIS) Coordinator. As part of the Science Services Program at ASFPM, he manages research and outreach projects that focus on informing flood policy through science. Projects include, but are not limited to evaluating FEMA's HAZUS-MH software; research of the legal, practical and technological issues related to digital flood hazard data; and assessing and communicating effective GIS tools and applications for locating, storing, analyzing, and reporting flood hazard data.
Jeff has over 20 years of experience developing and applying Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies to a variety of public and private sector projects. Jeff worked as a Sr. GIS Business Analyst for Alliant Energy before returning to UW-Madison in 2003 to complete an M.S. in Geographic Information Sciences and Cartography. While at the UW, he worked with the Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office, the National Park Service and the UW Sea Grant Institute. During this period he cofounded Axis Maps LLC just prior to joining ASFPM.
KAIT LAUFENBERG, CFM
CHAPTER & TRAINING COORDINATOR
Kait Laufenberg joined ASFPM in March 2008 as the Training and Chapter Coordinator. She is responsible for managing and coordinating ASFPM's national training initiatives, webinar series, conference workshops, and courses under development. Kait works closely with Chapter, Committee, and Board leaders on training initiatives and chapter relations. She is the main point of contact and support for ASFPM's chapters. Prior to coming to ASFPM, Kait worked as a Human Resources consultant. She has over sixteen years of training experience designing, delivering, and managing training programs. Kait received her BA degree in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and her Certified Floodplain Manager certification from ASFPM in 2009.
CERTIFICATION PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Ms. Dunham joined ASFPM in November 2010. Her duties include clerical support to the Certification Coordinator.
Jason joined ASFPM in March 2008 as the IT Manager. In this position he is responsible for the associations IT infrastructure, website and internal IT projects.
GIS ANALYST / APPLICATIONS SPECIALIST, SCIENCE SERVICES
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Jason Hochschild was hired by ASFPM in July of 2011 to help expand the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and web mapping capabilities of the association's Science Services Program. Jason previously was a contractor with ASFPM for 2 years working on several HAZUS projects, building online mapping applications such as the Great Lakes Coastal Oblique Photo Viewer, and administering an outreach website ASFPM developed for FEMA's Great Lakes Coastal Flood Mapping Project.
As an ASFPM employee, Jason continues to enhance web-based mapping and outreach tools that support floodplain management and flood risk communication and performs GIS analyses that support ASFPM projects. Jason has over 10 years work experience in the field of Geographic Information Systems and holds an undergraduate degree in Geography (Human/Environment Interaction Focus) and a graduate level GIS Certificate, both from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Suzanne started as the Accountant for the Association of State Flood Plain Managers in December 2014. She has a BS in History from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and an MBA with an emphasis in Accounting from Edgewood College in Madison WI. She has been a Certified Management Accounting through the Institute of Management Accountants for 19 years. She spent 19 years as the Director of Finance at a local non- profit, AIDS Network. This provided her with significant experience in non-profit accounting and grant management.
PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
Michele Mihalovich has been the public information officer for ASFPM since November 2013, having previously served as an award-winning journalist and editor for multiple newspapers in Iowa, Oregon and Washington. Michele served as a King County/Seattle Public Health Medical Reserve Corps volunteer and has completed FEMA NIMS/ICS. She also served on a media panel, instructing new public information officers through Washington Emergency Management.
Michele's responsibilities at ASFPM include copy-editing all major publications, including "News & Views" and "The Insider," content creation and platform management across all departments to ensure connectedness to our members and the driver of ASFPM's web, social media, voice, video, images and advanced technologies. She will also serve in the development of proposals and outreach for Science Services.
She graduated from Iowa State University with a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, and served as Communications Specialist at ISU's Engineering Publication and Communication Services.
PROJECT RESEARCH SPECIALIST, SCIENCE SERVICES
Bridget joined ASFPM in January 2014. Prior to that, she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In addition to her undergraduate studies, Bridget also brings nearly two years of combined internship and fellowship experience, working on a variety of issues including: Democratic Farmer Labor Party finance, gubernatorial communications and outreach, federal environmental policy-making, and Great Lakes regional stakeholder engagement and research.
At ASFPM, her responsibilities include research, outreach, and composition of content for the Great Lakes Coastal Resilience Planning Guide, planning and coordination of workshops on ASFPM's No Adverse Impact approach to floodplain management, research on federal programs and policies including the National Flood Insurance Program and the Community Rating System. She also serves as a member of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative's Coastal Conservation Working Group.
EVENTS PLANNER AND TRAINING COORDINATOR
Jenny Seffrood, who joined ASFPM in November 2015, has previous not-for-profit experience, having served as an event coordinator for the Rowland Reading Foundation in Middleton, Wisconsin. She also has experience in event management working for Destination Irvine Convention & Visitors Bureau in California, Embassy Suites and others, and was most recently the event manager and lead trainer for Bonefish Grill. Jenny’s responsibilities at ASFPM include: general management of the annual conference, planning smaller ASFPM and special issue meetings, and assisting in training coordination and execution.
Jenny earned a BS in Tourism Development and Management (summa cum laude) from Arizona State University and a Convention Sales and Meeting Planning Certificate. She has been a member of Meeting Professionals International since 2009.
MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR
Jim came to work for the Association in February 2016. Jim's background includes working for companies that practice earth friendly recycling techniques, and customer service. He is looking forward to serving the important members of ASFPM. His responsibilities with ASFPM include:
- Administer the Membership Programs of ASFPM including individual, corporate and agencies.
- Communicate member benefits and activities.
- Conference / workshop registration and customer service.
- Leadership administrative liaison.
Melissa began working for ASFPM in June 2015. As a research librarian she is responsible for developing and maintaining the ASFPM library and providing research support for ASFPM staff and the broader community. Melissa earned her Masters of Library Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Mr. Brown is the Senior Project Manager for the Association of State Floodplain Managers’ Science Services Program. He oversees science based research projects focused on reducing flood risk. Prior to his tenure with ASFPM, he was hired as the inaugural Stormwater Executive Manager for the City of Arlington, Texas where he directed the development of a comprehensive stormwater and floodplain management program. Over his nearly 30-year career Mr. Brown has worked in the private sector, municipal and county stormwater and floodplain management programs, academia, and not-for-profit organizations focused on reducing flood risk while improving the environment. He previously served as chair of the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, past Co-Chair of ASFPM’s Mapping and Engineering Standards Committee and ASFPM’s Urban Stormwater Committee, Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Texas at Arlington Department of Civil Engineering and served on a National Research Council for the National Academy of Science committee studying FEMA Flood Maps. Mr. Brown is currently serving a 4-year appointment to the federal Advisory Committee on Water Information.
NOAA COASTAL FELLOW
Jake's passion for coastal environments is rooted in his time spent growing up in and around the estuaries and beaches of Florida. As an undergraduate Jake attended the University of Florida where he earned his B.S. in Environmental Science. Upon graduation he turned his focus more towards marine and coastal issues, relocating to Long Island, New York and beginning a M.A. program in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University. Within his first two months of living in New York, Hurricane Sandy made landfall. It was an eye-opening experience for me, seeing the impact of this storm having dealt with several hurricanes growing up in Florida. With Sandy still fresh in his mind, he began work on recovery efforts through the New York State Resiliency Institute for Storms and Emergencies once his degree was complete, conducting analyses of storm impacts on coastal ecosystems and infrastructure in New York. It was there that he met his eventual M.S. advisor Dr. Chris Gobler, and have since completed a M.S. degree in Marine Science in which he focused on improving coastal water quality monitoring in local estuaries.
ROBYN WISEMAN, CFM
supports a variety of projects at ASFPM’s Flood Science Center as a Research
Scientist. Before coming to ASFPM, she worked in emergency management for the
State of Wisconsin, serving as the State Public Assistance Officer and
delivering the FEMA Public Assistance Program statewide. Ms. Wiseman
participated in disaster field operations in four Federally-declared disaster
declarations and helped manage recovery and mitigation projects across nine
declarations in both hazard mitigation and recovery. Her passion for combining
land use planning, floodplain management, and disaster response and recovery
experience stems from background in state and local emergency management. Robyn
holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an M.S.
in Urban and Regional Planning (Land Use and Environmental Planning emphasis)
from the University of Iowa, and is a Certified Floodplain Manager.