Rebecca Estes, Senior Planner at Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Secretary for Missouri Emergency Managers Association

Rebecca Estes, Senior Planner at Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services, and Secretary for Missouri Emergency Managers Association

Rebecca has provided support to the Missouri Citizen Corps Council Program, including Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT), as well as local COAD and Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) development. Ms. Estes had a response role to the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC), including serving in the role of Emergency Human Services Branch Director. Ms. Estes responded to the field several times to help coordinate the delivery of Emergency Human Services, including donations management, Voluntary Agency Coordination, and others several times in Missouri, and was requested through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) to assist in the state of New York following Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Estes participated in the planning of several exercises, including the National Level Exercise 2011, which required her to represent the state of Missouri in National Level Exercise Planning meetings.

In Ms. Estes’ current role that she has held since September of 2014, she is responsible for maintaining the Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Emergency Response Plan.

Angela R. Williams, Institutional Relationship Manager, MOST, Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan

Angela R. Williams, Institutional Relationship Manager, MOST, Missouri's 529 College Savings Plan

Professionally, Angela has dedicated her career to advocating for people facing adversity. Her passion, strategic vision and high capacity for executing on tactical plans have made her a valuable asset to many people and organizations. Angela is an idea generator. She exudes the intellectual and emotional fortitude to work in diverse organizational cultures with varied business professionals. This agility gives her a sense of comfort when engaging within sometimes contradictory perspectives.

William Siedhoff, Former Director of Human Services for City of St. Louis

William Siedhoff, Former Director of Human Services for City of St. Louis

William Siedhoff has had an amazing and distinguished career demonstrating a lifelong commitment to serving children, families and individuals in need of assistance. Over the course of over 40 years, he held a unique blend of leadership roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors at the national, state and local levels. Even in his retirement years that role has not diminished.

Most recently he held the position of Director of Human Services for the City of St. Louis appointed by Mayor Francis G. Slay in 2001.

Dante Gliniecki, Emergency Manager for City of Independence, Missouri

Dante Gliniecki, Emergency Manager for City of Independence, Missouri

Dante Gliniecki began his emergency management career as a Disaster Services volunteer for the American Red Cross in Kansas City. He later worked for the Kansas City Chapter and then for the National American Red Cross. Beginning in 1996, Dante worked nineteen years for the State Emergency Management Agency in Missouri (SEMA) in the Emergency Human Services Section. In November 2014, Dante assumed the position of Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Division for the City of Independence, MO Fire Department. Dante is active with the National Association of State Emergency Donations and Volunteer Coordinators (NASEDOVOC), the Missouri Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Services Partnership for Disaster Recovery (The Partnership), the Missouri VOAD, the Greater Kansas City VOAD, the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee (MEMC), the Missouri Emergency Managers Association (MOEMA) and various committees and projects.

Lindsay Armstrong, Retails Sales Manager of REI

Lindsay Armstrong, Retails Sales Manager of REI

In the fall of 2008 Lindsay joined AmeriCorps and was deployed on several disaster relief projects including Hurricane Ike recovery in Texas, the ice storms that winter in Southern Missouri and the derecho that swept through several counties in early 2009. As with most AmeriCorps members, Lindsay also joined conservation crews keeping invasive plants and wildfires at bay. After serving in AmeriCorps St. Louis, Lindsay spent 10 months in New Zealand working and adventuring. Lindsay has worked with REI in Brentwood, Missouri since 2011 and currently is a manager.

Mike Pickerel, Senior Program Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 7

Mike Pickerel, Senior Program Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 7

Mike Pickerel is a mass care specialist in FEMA Region VII. He began his career in public service with the state of Missouri in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. After four years with CDBG, Mike spent 16 years with the Missouri House of Representatives Appropriation staff as a budget analyst. One of the budgets assigned to him was the Department of Public Safety which included the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), where he caught the emergency management bug. He went on to serve his last five years with the state as a planner for SEMA in their Emergency Human Services section.