Meet the Team!

Mark Richerson

 

Mark Richerson serves as the Director of Benton County, MO Emergency Management.  He is a retired Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Division Captain and is passionate about water safety for all boaters.  He has been featured on the radio, in newspapers, and on the local television station BCE TV speaking on this and other important topics.  His number one goal is to promote Emergency Management’s mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery mission statement.

He maintains his FEMA and other training, organizes hands-on training for county fire, police, sheriff, and EMS regulary, works with Benton County, MO CERT and ARES, as well as other volunteer organizations to ensure the safety of our community, and is exceptional at reaching out to agencies like the National Weather Service to build “Blue Sky Partnerships” so our residents have the knowledge and support they need when and if an emergency happens.

He worked with the United States Army Corps of Engineers to bring a downstream notification system to the county.  RAVE provides automatic emergency alerts to everyone in Benton County about things like problems/failure at Truman Dam, straight line winds, hazardous conditions for boaters, and so much more!  You can find out more about it and sign up here!

Samantha Henley

 

Samantha Henley serves as the Deputy Director of Benton County, MO Emergency Management, SEMA WebEOC trainer, as well as the Emergency Coordinator for the Benton County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BC ARES).  She also serves as the Net Control Operator and program manager of the Region A Healthcare net, an amateur radio net which occurs on the third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM on the Warrensburg repeater, 146.880 (-) PL 107.2 in coordination with the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) to provide redundant communications for healthcare facilities.

She manages the website and the Facebook page for Benton County, MO Emergency Management and both the Facebook page and the website for the BC ARES, where she updates the EC blog regularly.  She manages the Camden CO MO CERT FB page and website and serves as their Public Information Officer.  She manages the website for Warsaw Christian Church.  She also manages the FB page and website for the Warsaw Fire Protection District.

She completed training for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Benton County, MO CERT on March, 26, 2018 and serves as one of the certified trainers for the Benton County, MO CERT.  She has completed FEMA’s IS-0042, IS-100b, 101c, 102c, IS-120, IS-130, 139a, IS-200b, IS-230d, IS-235c, IS-240b, IS-241d, IS-242d, IS-244d, IS-247a, IS-288.a, ICS-300, IS-317, ICS-400, IS-700a, and IS-800b.  She completed PER343 – Social Media Engagement Strategies on March 11, 2019, MO-146 EMD (Emergency Management Director) Academy on July 11, 2018, WebEOC, WebEOC Train-the-Trainer training, and Damage Assessment training through the MO State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).  She was CPR/AED/First Aid Certified for Adults/Children/Infants on March 3, 2018.  Sam earned her General Class Amateur Radio License (KEØLMY) in October 2017 and completed the ARRL EC-001 course, as well as SKYWARN in-seat and online training (Lake Area Storm Spotter #4 ).

Volunteers

Marie Payne-Bowman

 

Marie is one of the EMAs longest-serving volunteers!  She came to the EMA through the Community Emergency Response Team as the team’s coordinator.  She was the driving force in forming the CERT team in Benton County more than thirteen years ago and maintains the leadership, training, and guidance the group needs to continue to thrive and develop in the ever-changing, ever-advancing world of emergency support and recovery.  Marie will retire from the position of CERT Coordinator of Benton County on June 1, 2019.

Marie has completed numerous FEMA training courses, including the IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800.

Barb Vining

Barb serves as the BC MO CERT Coordinator (officially beginning June 1, 2019).  She completed CERT training on October 1, 2018 and was highly motivated to get involved in the CERT program and encouraging others to join in and prepare for emergencies.  “Neighbors helping neighbors” will become the official slogan of the BC MO CERT in June.  Barb’s vision for the BC MO CERT includes partnering with other existing groups to have their members cross-trained to the CERT program in an effort to enhance communities’ abilities to take care of themselves until help arrives.  For more information on the BC MO CERT, click here.

Barb has completed the FEMA IS-100, IS-317, IS-700, and IS-800.  She is pursuing NIMS compliance and her amateur radio license, as well as further training to support her coordinator position.

Christy Barber

 

Christy came to us by way of the Benton County, MO Community Emergency Response Team. 

She completed training for the Benton County, MO CERT on March, 26, 2018.  She will serve as one of the trainers for the Benton County, MO CERT‘s September 2018 training class.

After taking CERT training, we quickly recognized her skills, leadership ability, and fantastic personality as traits we needed to help in our Emergency Operations Center.  After becoming a volunteer for the BC MO EM, Christy took part in her first exercise, the 2018 Benton County Active Shooter Exercise.  She did a phenomenal job juggling computer systems, monitoring the radios, and acting as the hub of information in the EOC.

Christy is in the process of completing her FEMA courses to obtain NIMS compliance and is a member of the Deer Creek Fire Protection District’s board, as well as volunteering as their secretary.

Martha Foster

 

It would take a full book to describe all of the wonderful projects, groups, and organizations Martha is active in, so we’ll try to limit ourselves to a few!  Martha came to the BC MO EM via the BC MO CERT.  Martha is a registered nurse who keeps her license up, though she is not practicing.  She is the Assistant CERT Coordinator, where she aids Martha Payne-Bowman in running the group and helps the trainers and guest trainers to organize and teach new members

Like Christy, we quickly recognized her skills, leadership ability, and fantastic personality as traits we needed to help in our Emergency Operations Center.  After becoming a volunteer for the BC MO EM, Martha also took part in her first exercise, the 2018 Benton County Active Shooter Exercise.  She did a phenomenal job scribing hard copies of events and sitting in with 911 dispatch to monitor radios in the EOC.

Martha is in the process of completing her FEMA courses to obtain NIMS compliance.

Stan Williams

 

Like Christy and Martha, Stan came to us through the BC MO CERT.  After completing CERT training, Stan actively pursued the chance to become a BC MO EM volunteer.  He is interested in working for FEMA and wants to build his skills at the local level.  He has an extensive background in agriculture and holds two degrees, a Master of Science, Project Management (PMI accredited) and a Bachelor of Science, Animal Science, both from Missouri State University.

Stan is in the process of completing his FEMA courses to obtain NIMS compliance.

 

Ken Vining

Ken Vining is one of the newest members to the BC MO EM family and he is already making waves! Ken was recently appointed the Assistant Emergency Coordinator of the Benton County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (BC ARES) and is a member of the BC ARES trailer team which is working to build an Emergency Communications trailer for Benton County. He is an active member of the BC MO CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and has assisted the Camden County, MO CERT and the Johnson County, MO CERT with projects.

He served in the Navy as a Communication and Intelligence Specialist, performed radio operations during Vietnam War, has 28 years as an electromechanical assistance technician, has medical training, has 20+ years of networking experience and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from University of Texas.

He has completed the FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS-317, and IS-700. He is pursuing his NIMS compliance and other training.