Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute (HVRI)


Alumni of the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute

Melanie Baker (M.S. 2004), Melanie works for ESRI in Charlotte, NC.

Lindsey Barnes
Lindsey Barnes (M.S. 2008), Lindsey has accepted a position with enXco, a wind and solar development company in Denver, Colorado.


Melanie Bartis
Melanie Bartis (M.S. 2004), Melanie is the program manager for the Houston Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Initiative, based at the City of Houston. She can be reached via email at melanie.bartis@houstontx.gov.


Melissa Berry
Melissa (Berry) Potter (M.S. 2008), Melissa is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, working at the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. She can be reached via mpotter@emd.sc.gov.


Kevin Borden
Kevin Borden (Ph.D 2008, M.S. 2004), Kevin is currently working for Digital Sandbox in Washington D.C.


Bryan Boruff
Bryan Boruff (Ph.D. 2005), Bryan is a lecturer at the FNAS School of Earth & Geographical Sciences at the University of Western Australia.

Greg Bowser (Ph.D. 2013), Greg is currently a Lead Analyst and Project Manager at Haystax Technology in McLean, VA.

Kyle Buck (Ph.D. 2014), Kyle currently works as an Analyst for NOAA in Charleston, South Carolina.


Chris Burton
Christopher Burton (M.S. 2007, Ph.D. 2012), Chris currently works at the Global Earthquake Model in Pavia, Italy.


Richard F. Collins, Jr. (Ph.D. 1998), Rick works for DCS Corporation in Huntsville, AL and lives in Decatur, AL.

Mark W. Corson (Ph.D. 1997), Mark is an Associate Professor of Geography at Northwest Missouri State University specializing in political, military, and environmental geography. He is also a Colonel in the US Army reserve. The best way to reach him is via email at mcorson@mail.nwmissouri.edu.

Eric Daley (B.S. 2003), Eric is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy and just returned from Africa where he was the METOC Officer for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. Eric lives in Monterey with his wife and son and is scheduled to start classes at the Naval Post Graduate School (also in Monterey, California) in the fall 2010. He can be reached at eric.daley@navy.mil.

Elizabeth Dunn
Elizabeth Dunn (M.S. 2007), Elizabeth currently works for the General Accounting Office in Atlanta, GA.

Andrew Edmonds (M.S. 2006), Andy is in Durham, NC where he works for the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. He can be reached at asedmonds@nc.rr.com.
Chris Emrich (Ph.D. 2005), Chris is currently a research assistant professor in the geography department here at the University of South Carolina.

Elijah Evans
Elijah Evans (M.S. 2008), Elijah is currently working as a Research Analyst at CENTRA Technology, Inc in Washington D.C.

Katie Field (M.S. 2000), Katie works for Michael Baker Corporation in Washington D.C.

Christina Finch
Christina Finch (M.S. 2006), Christina is currently employed by FEMA.



Melanie Gall
Melanie Gall (Ph.D. 2007), Melanie works at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute at Louisiana State University. She can be reached via gallm@lsu.edu.


Patrice Goins (M.A. 2002), Patricia currently works for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) out of the Richland Co. Health Department. She is the Director of Public Health Preparedness for a seven county region (Region 3): Chester, Lancaster, York, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Fairfield. She is responsible for all public health response in those seven counties during a disaster or terrorism event. The best way to contact her is via e-mail (burnspg@dhec.sc.gov).

Christina Griffin
Christina Griffin (M.A. 2009), Christina is currently the Emergency Preparedness Specialist at Georgia's Northeast Health District and a consultant on social vulnerability for the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia. She can be reached via griffin.ce@gmail.com.


Arleen A. Hill (Ph.D. 2002, M.S. 1998), Arleen is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Memphis.

Danika Holm (M.S. 1994)

Steve Jones (M.S. 2003), Steve currently works for the U.S Department of State. His wife Katie and he live in Leesburg, VA with their cat and dog. The best way to contact him is through e-mail at jonesstev@saic.com.

Bandana Kar
Bandana Kar (Ph.D. 2008), Bandana is currently an Assistant Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Cindy Kolomechuk (M.S. 2001), Cindy is the manager of special projects at Clackamas Soil & Water Conservation District, in Portland, OR.

Jitka Kotelenska (M.A. 2005), Jitka works for CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd, in Seattle, WA.

Valerie Kudes Double (M.S. 1998)

Reggie McCarn (M.S. 2005), Reggie is currently working as an analyst at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency.

Ginni Melton
Ginni Melton (M.S. 2008), Ginni is currently the NFIP Coordinator for the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security.

Charmel Menzel (M.S. 2001), Charmel works for ESRI in their hazards and emergency management group in Washington D.C.

Jerry Mitchell
Jerry T. Mitchell (Ph.D. 1998), Jerry is the director of the Center of Excellence for Geographic Education here at the University of South Carolina.


Jamie Mitchem
Jamie Mitchem (Ph.D. 2004), Jamie is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at California University of Pennsylvania. He teaches geography, emergency management, and meteorology courses as well as continuing his research in hazards and vulnerability using GIS. He and his wife, Christy, live in the suburbs south of Pittsburgh. Feel free to contact him at mitchem@cup.edu .


Dan Morath
Dan Morath (M.S. 2010), Dan is pursuing a PhD in hazards at the University of South Carolina.

Leigh Ann Morgan (M.S. 1998)

Angela Nelson (M.S. 2005), Angie is currently employed as a Hazard Mitigation Planner at IEM, Inc., in Durham, NC.

Jaime Painter
Jaime Easoz Painter (M.S. 2002), Jaime is a Geographer for the Georgia Water Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. She works mainly in the ground-water section using GIS to analyze water quantity and quality issues for the State of Georgia and surrounding areas. She lives in Suwanee, Georgia with her husband Jamie, cat Billy and dog Toby. Outside of geography work she and her husband are building an RV-7A airplane in their garage. They have developed a webpage documenting this project http://rv.jpainter.org . The best way to contact her is via e-mail jpainter@usgs.gov .

Darren B. Parnell (Ph.D. 2005), Darren is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Salisbury University.

Paul David Putnam (M.S. 2000), Paul is now a community resource development educator at the University of Wisconsin-Extension service in Green Bay, WI.

Matt Schmidtlein
Mathew C. Schmidtlein (Ph.D. 2008, M.S. 2005), Matt is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Sacramento State University.

Michael Senn (Ph.D. 2014), Michael is currently the Director of the Content Management Office for the NGA in Springfield, VA


Michael Scott
Michael S. Scott (Ph.D. 1998), Michael is a Professor of Geography at Salisbury University.


Joanne Stevenson
Joanne Stevenson (M.S. 2010), Joanne has relocated to Christchurch, New Zealand, and is currently searching for a position in emergency management.


Eric Tate
Eric Tate (Ph.D. 2011), Eric currently serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Iowa.


Deborah S. K. Thomas (Ph.D. 1999), Deb is an Associate Professor of Geography in the Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Denver.


Jennifer Webb
Jennifer Webb (Ph.D. 2010), Jennifer is currently employed with the federal government in Washington D.C.