Building a Resilient Bay Area Through Public & Private Leadership Collaboratives
Summit Panelist Biographies
- Robert D. Braga
- Robert Butchart
- Jerry L. Bynum
- Dr. Muntu Davis
- Mike O’Brien
- Michael R. Peterson
- Seth Siegel
- Keith Stahnke
- Radiah T. Victor
- Stacy C. Weller
- Doug Wisman
Robert D. Braga, P.E.
Senior Transportation Engineer
Branch Chief- Maintenance Services
Emergency Planning and Training
Caltrans- District 4
Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from California State University (Sacramento) in 1979. California Registered Civil Engineer- 1985.
Thirty–two years Caltrans experience. Twenty-seven in the design, construction and maintenance of state highway facilities such as the I-580 John T. Knox (Richmond Corridor), I-80 Berkeley Corridor and I-880 Cyprus Reconstruction projects. Over 5 years in emergency management and response activities.
Currently managing implementation of the Department's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management policies and procedures for Caltrans District 4. Developed the May, 2006, “District 4 Emergency Operations Plan” and completed establishment of a permanent Emergency Operations Center (EOC) facility in May, 2006 .
District lead exercise planner and director for all emergency management and response exercises. Since 2005, annually develop, deliver and provide evaluation for District 4 participation in the CalEMA Golden Guardian Regional Exercise series. Also serve as the Caltrans planner on exercise development teams for MTC and county sponsored emergency management and response exercises such as the MTC TRP-2007 and 2010 Functional Exercise and Alameda County OES Earthquake Exercise of November, 2007.
Manages the District's SEMS/NIMS training program. Since 2008 have developed District 4 “Introductory SEMS Course for District Employees” and Caltrans District 4 specific EOC Operations courses, “Introductory EOC” and “Advanced EOC Operations”. Act as a District instructor for all SEMS related courses.
Caltrans District lead liaison with CalEMA, MTC and local agencies, as pertaining to emergency management and response activities. Caltrans Liaison to the CalEMA Coastal REOC in the Transportation Branch. Caltrans representative on the development teams for the current Regional Emergency Coordination Plan (RECP) and the RECP Transportation Subsidiary Plan.
Robert Butchart, Emergency Services Coordinator, Agency Maritime Leader, Coastal Region, California Emergency Management Agency
Robert (Bob) Butchart is a native San Franciscan. Bob studied to be Jesuit Priest at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California and completed degrees in Theology and Psychology. Bob was student body Vice President for two years and qualified for the Olympic Trials in 1979. Bob entered the United States Air Force in 1982. He served in the Air Force Special Operations and in the United States Joint Special Operations Command. Bob completed his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Boston University in 1992. In 2003, Bob joined the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary and was selected to work directly for Sector San Francisco and District 11. Currently, Bob is serving as the lead for the Ports and Harbors Program for the California Emergency Management Agency.
Mr. Bynum is a civilian employee with the U.S Coast Guard at Sector San Francisco. He brings to the table over 25-years of experience in the emergency response arena while working with various agencies to include; Federal Emergency Management Agency, California state and County agencies, and Petro-Chemical Industry.
Over the years, Mr. Bynum has been involved in one way or another during Type 1 – 5 incidents in the specialty areas of; Incident Command / Unified Command staff as a Safety Officer, and various other positions within the Planning Section, Instruction for various ICS / NIMES and HazMat/HazWaste courses, HazMat Technician/Specialist, Firefighter, and Commercial construction/salvage hard-hat diver in the petroleum industry.
Currently, Mr. Bynum works within the Planning and Force Readiness Department at Sector San Francisco, and is tasked with the responsible for oversight of planning, coordination, and asset readiness for the following programs; Marine Firefighting, Marine Salvage, Marine Transportation System Recovery, and in addition…Mr. Bynum serves as the senior “Marine Transportation System Unit Leader” for Sector San Francisco’s “Marine Transportation System Recovery Unit” (MTSRU).
Dr. Muntu Davis is the Health Officer for Alameda County. He works at the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) office in Oakland, California. Before taking on his current position, he served as Division Director of the Communicable Disease Division and Lead Physician for medical and health emergency preparedness and response planning in the county.
He oversees multiple emergency preparedness grants and leads long-term multi-sector emergency preparedness and response planning efforts with a focus on building resilient systems, organizations, and communities through communication, collaboration, coordination and assessment.
Prior to working at the ACPHD, he worked with the California Department of Health Services on pandemic influenza planning for the state. Prior to this, he practiced medicine in urban and rural primary care and urgent care clinics in Northern and Southern California.
Dr. Davis received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, California. He completed The California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy Fellowship and received his Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, where he analyzed policies regarding emergency response planning, implementation, evaluation and modification at the county level in California.
Mike O’Brien, Commander, United States Coast Guard, Retired, is the Port Facilities Security Officer for the Port of Oakland, the fifth busiest container port in the United States. Mike has a long, professional association with the maritime environment. He spent over 25 years with the U. S. Coast Guard, the first 23 of which as an officer, attaining the rank of Commander. He was assigned to 8 posts including:
- Coast Guard Cutter RUSH,
- Rescue Coordination Center New Orleans, Louisiana,
- Deputy Group Commander, Group Monterey,
- Aviation Technical Training Center, Elizabeth City, NC,
- Deputy Group Commander, Group San Francisco, CA,
- Training and Readiness Division Chief, Pacific Area,
- Deployment Logistics and Integrated Support Command Division Chief, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific, and
- Director of Coast Guard Auxiliary, Eleventh Coast Guard District, Northern Region.
Mike has served two years on the Eleventh Coast Guard District Staff as the Port Security Specialist for the District, where he specialized in implementation of the provisions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at the University of Central Arkansas and a Masters Degree in Administrative Science at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He has earned two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Coast Guard Achievement Medal, one Unit Commendation, four Meritorious Unit Commendations, six Meritorious Team Commendations and a Special Operations Service Medal.
Mike has brought his Coast Guard experience with him to the Port of Oakland where he has taken over as Port Facilities Security Officer in January 2006. He is a member of the Northern California Area Maritime Security Committee, California Maritime Security Council, Northern California Port Readiness Committee, American Society of Industrial Security and the American Association of Port Authorities.
Michael Peterson is the Senior Director of Corporate Security at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and he is responsible for the overall safety and security of PG&E employees, assets, and facilities. In his current capacity, Michael oversees four areas within Corporate Security: security investigations & operations, asset & executive protection, compliance with security-related regulations, and business continuity/emergency planning. Prior to joining the Company, Michael proudly served with the California Highway Patrol for over 30 years. He retired in 2001 as Chief of Golden Gate Division, which encompassed the nine Bay Area counties.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys working at his brother’s small winery, beating up a golf course, and spending time with his family.
Seth Siegel has worked in the non-profit emergency and community resilience field for over 5 years. Most notably he worked with diverse communities in New Orleans and southern Louisiana following hurricane Katrina, Rita, and Ike regarding preparedness and case management services. Presently, Seth works at Eden I & R/2-1-1 Alameda County as a Community Program Manager.
Keith Stahnke, Manager of Operations San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA)
Keith Stahnke is the Manager of Operations for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA). Keith is currently responsible for the authority’s vessels and emergency response program. As well as implementation of the agency’s efforts to consolidate three existing city based ferry services to WETA’s responsibility and simultaneously transitioning a formerly planning based organization to an operating transit agency.
Keith has thirty years of small passenger vessel experience in a variety of areas including operations, administration and project management. He joined WETA's predecessor agency, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA), in January 2006.
Prior to joining the WTA, Keith was a Captain, Port Captain and General Manager of Engineering for the Blue & Gold Fleet.
Radiah T. Victor, Senior Program Coordinator, Regional Incident and Emergency Management, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
Radiah T. Victor is the Senior Program Coordinator of the Metropolitan
Transportation Commission's (MTC) Regional Incident and Emergency Management Program. Working in close partnership with the California Department of the Transportation, District 4, the California Highway Patrol, Cal EMA and the region’s transit agencies, Radiah is responsible for developing a coordinated response of Bay Area transportation agencies following a large scale emergency or regional disaster. She has over 12 years experience in deploying incident management strategies; developing and implementing regional transportation emergency management plans, protocols and procedures; and planning, designing and conducting region-wide emergency preparedness exercises. Radiah holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a Masters of Urban Planning degree from San Jose State University.
Stacy Weller is currently the Station Action Team Coordinator for the Pacific Division of Amtrak. After serving four years in the United States Marine Corps, Stacy joined the Amtrak team and has been there for over twenty years. During those years, he has held several positions. In 1992, he began as a Bulletin Assignment Clerk and after three years, was promoted into management. As the Supervisor of Operations Support, he provided coordination, monitoring and communication on a shift-by shift basis the operations of trains and contract busses that operated within the Amtrak West SBU. As Supervisor of Commuter Operations, he safely supervised freight and passenger train operations between San Jose and San Francisco. His latest promotion to Station Action Team Coordinator has provided him the opportunity to broaden his understanding of the transportation field as it relates to security matters. He works with a national team of Station Action Team Coordinators to prepare Amtrak employees and passengers for emergency situations.
Doug Wisman has over 15 years of emergency response and emergency management experience from both the California Conservation Corps and the California Emergency Management Agency (CalEMA). He has responded to fires, floods, earthquakes, oil spills and an out-of-state deployment to Hurricane Katrina.
His responsibilities included supervising and training emergency response crews in the field, working in the State Operational Center, Regional Emergency Operational Center and assisting operational areas in their Emergency Operational Centers during activations.
Currently Doug is working as an Emergency Service Coordinator for Coastal Region-CalEMA. Outside of working on regional projects he also assists counties and special districts on emergency plans, trainings, exercises, and activations. Doug graduated with a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.