Chairperson of the Board. The Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association (DERA) Board Chair and Solutionist - DERA Institute for Preparedness and Resilience, Greeley, CO; Member since March 2016.
Vice Chairperson of the Board. Associate Professor at Millersville University, Millersville, PA; Member since April 2015.
Board Secretary and Treasurer. Active Duty United State Navy Officer, Seabeck, WA; Member since April 2015.
David "Schiffy" Schiff
Board Member. Owner of The Schiff Group, Rockville, MD; Member since January 2016.
Board Member. BLOCKS Corporate President and Chief Executive Officer, Seabeck WA; Member since April 2015.
Board Member. U.S. Department of Education Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS-TA) and FEMA Emergency Management Institute Instructor, Beggs, OK; Member since March 2016.
Board Member. Emergency Management and Outreach Manager for Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Facility, Bremerton, WA; Member since January 2018.
Board Member. Emergency Management Business Consultant, Bremerton, WA; Member since January 2018.
Dr. Robert Mitchell
Board Member. Director of Community Disaster Medicine, Disaster Medicine Project, Edmonds, WA; Member since January 2018.
Heather L. Beal, Ph.D, CEM
President & CEO / Founder
Heather was raised to give 100% of her effort to every endeavor. Since her earliest experiences in Girl Scouts, numerous volunteer events and organizations, she has always sought to make a difference. In junior high she lead efforts against famine by collecting donations at local grocery stores.
After graduating college, she served our country with 23 years of dedicated Naval service. She is married to an equally dedicated Navy Officer. While in the military she earned graduate degrees in Asian studies, conflict resolution, cyber security policy and emergency management. She is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and has her PhD in Public Policy & Administration. Her specialization is emergency management and her dissertation focused on childcare recovery.
As a working parent of two, she became aware of just how much of a gap existed in childcare emergency preparedness training & resources and vowed to use her experiences, education, and more importantly, motivation, to fill the gap. Her desire to bridge the emergency management and childcare communities culminated in the founding of BLOCKS.
BLOCKS is the manifestation of that desire to help keep our children safe.
You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org