Who We Are

CREW is a geographically and professionally diverse group of volunteers who are committed to making the Cascadia region more resilient to earthquakes and tsunamis. We invite all interested individuals and groups to join us. A Board of Directors with members from British Columbia, northern California, Oregon and Washington contribute their expertise and experience to manage CREW affairs and provide leadership to the organization.

Some board members provide contact information below. For general inquiries and to reach executive board members and others via an email form, please see the Contact Us section. If you are a member of the news media, please see CREW media contacts and other resources in the News and Media section.

 Executive Board

  • President: Michael Kubler
    • Michael manages the Emergency Management department for Providence Health & Service’s Portland Service Area. He returned to the Pacific Northwest in 2007 after 9 years in the Navy where he practiced public health and emergency preparedness from Iceland to Diego Garcia.
  • Vice PresidentTeron Moore, Emergency Management BC
    • Teron is the Seismic Specialist for Emergency Management British Columbia. He works to design and promote provincial seismic readiness projects related to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes. 
  • Past PresidentJohn Schelling, Washington Emergency Management Division
    • John is the Earthquake/Tsunami Program Manager for Washington State Emergency Management.  He is responsible for managing the seismic and natural hazard safety efforts in the state through the earthquake, tsunami, and volcano programs.  
    • Email: John.Schelling@mil.wa.gov 
    • Phone: 253-512-7084
  • SecretaryKathryn Forge, Public Safety Canada
    • Kathryn is an Emergency Management Program Advisor for Public Safety Canada and manages the seismic portfolio for the BC region.
  • Treasurer: Timothy Walsh, State of Washington Department of Natural Resources
    • Tim Walsh is a licensed engineering geologist in the State of Washington with more than 30 years practice experience. He is the Chief Hazards Geologist for the Washington Geological Survey.
  • Executive Director: Heidi Kandathil
    • Heidi is an Urban Planner and has worked with CREW since 2011.  
    • Email: hkandathil@crew.org
    • Phone: 206-790-0923

Board of Directors

  • Cale Ash, Degenkolb Engineers
    • Cale is an associate principal at Degenkolb Engineers in Seattle. He is a licensed structural engineer in Washington and California with expertise in seismic evaluation and retrofit of existing buildings. 
    • Email: cash@degenkolb.com 
    • Phone: 206-340-8102
  • Steven Bibby, Senior Manager, Security and Emergency Services, BC Housing
    • Steven Bibby is the Senior Manager of Security and Emergency Services for BC Housing. Steven manages and teaches the Rapid Damage Assessment Program in British Columbia, and is Co-Chair of the Integrated Provincial Damage Assessment and Inspection Steering Committee
  • Josh Bruce, Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience
    • Josh is the interim Program Director for the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience, a service learning program in the University of Oregon’s Community Service Center.  He maintains professional certification with the American Institute of Certified Planners and has achieved professional accreditation in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the United States Green Building Council.
  • Jere High, Oregon State Public Health Division
  • Andre LeDuc, University of Oregon
    • Andre is the Executive Director of the Enterprise Risk Services at the University of Oregon.   André's professional and applied research is focused on the development of community and organizational resilience. He employs a collaborative multidisciplinary systems approach that focuses not only on preparing the community or organization to respond to crises and disasters, but also on identifying opportunities to mitigate risk and prevent loss for all types of events, crises, or disasters – regardless of size and complexity. 
  • Charlie Macaulay, Global Risk Consultants
    • Charlie is the Chief Engineer for Global Risk Consultants, working from their office east of Seattle.  He is involved in natural hazard analysis, developing tools/resources for natural hazard analysis, and evaluating/improving business continuity plans
  • Ines Pearce, Pearce Global Partners
  • Althea Rizzo, Oregon Emergency Management
    • Dr. Althea Rizzo joined Oregon Emergency Management in 2008 as the Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator after completing a one year National Weather Service-funded program as Tsunami Coordinator for the City of Lincoln City. She is a member of the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program and serves as the co-chair of the Warning Subcommittee. She is a member of the Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup and is the co-chair of the Education and Mitigation Subcommittee.She has successfully implemented outreach programs for seismic hazards such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Dr. Rizzo has been a frequent instructor and lecturer on hazard mitigation, risk reduction and outreach program design and implementation.  
  • Bill Steele, University of Washington, Pacific Northwest Seismic Network
  • Yumei Wang, Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries
    • Yumei Wang, PE, geohazards engineer at Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (www.OregonGeology.com), focuses on developing earthquake, tsunami, and landslide risk information to improve the reliability of critical infrastructure and the public’s safety. 

Supporting members (non-voting)

  • Tamra Biasco, FEMA, Region X
    • Tamra is Branch Chief for Risk Analysis for FEMA Region X. She provides an emergency management perspective on mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery efforts related to earthquakes and tsunamis. 
    • Email: tamra.biasco@fema.dhs.gov 
    • Phone: 425-487-4645
  • Craig Weaver, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Joan Gomberg, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Joan is a research geophysicist in the US Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazard Program.  Her research focuses on understanding earthquakes and their impacts, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.  She also works with user groups, particularly emergency managers, to improve the efficacy of USGS products.
  • Nate Wood, U.S. Geological Survey
    • Nate is a research geographer with the U.S. Geological Survey's Western Geographic Science Center in Portland. He conducts geospatial research to improve our understanding of community vulnerability to earthquake and tsunami hazards.