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inWEM Congratulates 2015 International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame Inductees



The International Network of Women in Emergency Management (INWEM) will induct six amazing women into the 2015 International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame at the 5th Annual Gala Reception and Induction Ceremony, Saturday, November 14, 2015, during the IAEM-USA 63nd Annual Conference & EMEX at the Paris Hotel, Clark County, NV.


Each year, inWEM honors the contributions made for the advancement of women in emergency management and a culture of preparedness for safer, resilient, and sustainable diverse communities. The Hall of Fame is one of inWEMs major initiatives, honoring women who are pioneers and leaders in the field of homeland security and emergency management in local, State, Tribal, and Federal government.


inWEM’s Founder and President Dr. Jacqueline McBride commends the 2015 inductees, who she said are “the best of the best”.


The 2015 International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Hall of Fame inductees are:


Ms. Kim Loch Fletcher (1990) – Led the development of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) role in oil and hazardous materials response for the first Federal Response Plan – Emergency Support Function # 10. This response initiative endures today as a fundamental element of the National Response Framework. She was awarded the EPA Bronze Metal and a FEMA Meritorious Award for this work.


Ms. Barbara A. Russell (1997) – Founder of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC). Also, she was one of the first, full time, female Federal Coordinating Officers (FCO) with DHS/FEMA, OFDC. (USA) (Posthumous)

Ms. Ronda Oberlin (2005) – Created the “Do 1 Thing” program, which received national recognition in 2012 and 2014 by FEMA and the CDC Foundation. (USA)


Ms. Vilma Milmoe (2007) – The first female, Deputy Superintendent of the DHS/FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. (USA)


Dr. Jane E. Rovins, MPH, CEM (2008) – Launched and headed the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Programme Office linking sciences, policy and practice globally – the first program of this type in Asia (China).” Also, she is the first woman and founding President of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA). (USA)


Dr. Jannah Scott (2009) – First female Presidential Appointee to serve as Deputy Director of the Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). (USA)


These innovators demonstrate keen abilities to build partnerships by incorporating and working with partners while overseeing prevention and protection of life and property, public health, safety critical infrastructure and facilities.


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