Board of Directors

Howard Pierpont
Chairperson of the Board. The Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Association (DERA) board chair and FEMA NDRS Community Recovery Assistance Crew Leader, Greeley, CO; Member since March 2016.

Duane Hagelgans

Vice Chairperson of the Board. Associate Professor at Millersville University, Millersville, PA; Member since April 2015.

Robert Patchin

Board Secretary and Treasurer. Active Duty United State Navy Officer, Bremerton, WA; Member since April 2015.

David "Schiffy" Schiff
Board Member. Owner of The Schiff Group, Rockville, MD; Member since January 2016.

Heather Beal
Board Member. BLOCKS Corporate President and Chief Executive Officer, Bremerton WA; Member since April 2015.

Cindy Swearingen

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.

Malynda Green
Board Member.  Emergency Preparedness Plans Coordinator at Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma, WA; Member since January 2018.

Laura Jull
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. 

Senior Leadership

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.

Contact her directly at president@blocksusa.org



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