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Thomas Munoz – Emergency Management Coordinator

Thomas Munoz currently serves as the OEM Deputy Director and Emergency Management Coordinator. He has over 26 years of experience as a first responder, emergency management, and the Coast Guard.
Prior to joining the City of Houston, Tom served as the Emergency Manager and Homeland Security Director for Texas City and prior to that served 24 years with the Houston Fire Department, leaving with the rank of Assistant Chief of Homeland Security and Planning.

Tom retired as Commander from United States Coast Guard (Reserve) after 21 years of service. During his time in the United States Coast Guard, he served as the Deputy Incident Commander for the New Orleans Vessel Removal Projects, the Texas City Y Spill Liaison and most recently served as the Hurricane Maria Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer in San Juan, PR. In 2007, he received the Captain Edward R. Williams United States Coast Guard Reserve Award for Excellence. He is also the recipient of five USCG Commendation Medals.

Tom is currently working on his Doctorate in Strategic Communication. He also holds a Master’s degree in Emergency Management and a Master’s degree in Homeland Security from American Military University. He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Houston. Tom completed the Executive Leadership and Management Certification from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business and is a graduate of the Homeland Security Executive Leadership Program from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also successfully completed the Component National Security Course at the National Defense University in Washington, DC.


Mark Rayne – Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

Mark Rayne currently serves as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. Prior to joining OEM, Mark spent 29 years with the Houston Police Department serving in the patrol division, the juvenile division, criminal investigations, and special operations. He is also retired from the Texas Army National Guard with 29 years of service. During his tenure with the Houston Police Department he wrote the plans for several large events such as Super Bowl 51, NCAA Final Four, and five Houston marathons.


Vladimir (Vlad) Ibarra – Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator

Vladimir (Vlad) Ibarra currently serves as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. Vlad oversees the Planning Section and focuses on strategic development, planning, and resiliency. Vlad is a Certified Emergency Manager with over a decade of community engagement, intergovernmental affairs, and emergency management experience in municipal, county and state government.

Prior to joining OEM, Vlad served as the Senior Emergency Planning Coordinator for Santa Clara County, California where he developed and implemented emergency plans for an operational area of two million people. During his tenure he deployed to the Camp Fire as Plans Section Chief in 2018 and received the 2020 Emergency Manager of the Year in recognition of his efforts throughout Santa Clara County. In his previous capacities, Vlad served as Deputy Director of the Providence Emergency Management Agency & Office of Homeland Security and Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of the Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor. Vlad has a Master’s in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security, attended Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education and is a 2021 graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy.

 


Allison B. Hudson- Program Manager/ Public Information Officer

Allison B. Hudson currently serves as the Emergency Management Program Manager in the Public Information Section. Allison brings over 15 years of service in journalism, crisis communication, and law enforcement. Prior to joining the City of Houston, Allison served as the first public information officer for the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in Ascension Parish, Louisiana for ten years. She also served as a crime victim investigator. Prior to law enforcement she was the editor-in-chief of the Donaldsonville Chief newspaper, being the first woman, and the first African-American to serve in this role since the newspaper’s existence in 1871.

Allison was a member of the Donaldsonville Chamber of Commerce where she served as the first African-American woman President from 2011-2013, also the first person to ever be re-elected President for two consecutive terms. She was re-elected for a third term to serve as President in 2015. She was elected as the first African-American woman President of the Rotary Club of Donaldsonville in 2011-2012. She also served as the president of the Arc of East Ascension, one of the oldest and largest nonprofits that meets the needs of persons with disabilities by expanding and improving services.

She has won several awards such as the Houston Business Journal, 40 under 40 for 2022, United Way Power of Women, Excellence in Social and Community Investment 2021, Movers and Shakers of Ascension Parish in 2020, Top 40 under 40 for the Baton Rouge Business Report, Top 40 under 40 for the Xavier University Alumni awards, Top 25 under 35 in Business in Editor and Publisher magazine, and recipient of a key to the city by the city of Gonzales mayor and the city of Donaldsonville mayor. Allison has an abundance of training in crisis communication, public relations, and emergency management.


Additional Staff

Ken Jamilosa- Emergency Management Specialist II

Ken currently serves as the Mass Care and Sheltering Coordinator for the City of Houston and the Houston UASI region. He previously served as the Emergency Management Specialist and Homeland Security Planner for Galveston County’s Office of Emergency Management. He was primarily responsible for maintaining the county’s emergency plans, participating in various trainings and exercises, communicating with local jurisdictions and regional partners to coordinate interjurisdictional plans and efforts, as well as assisting with community outreach projects. When the EOC was activated during hurricanes, other weather-related events, and various other incidents, Ken served in whatever capacity was needed. He assisted with operations, planning, resource tracking, and sending out emergency messaging as needed. Most recently, as part of Galveston County’s effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, he was part of the OEM team that took the primary lead for initiating, planning, setting up, and maintaining daily operations of the county’s COVID-19 mass vaccination site. He not only led as part of the command team, but was also out in the field administering shots to residents.

In addition to his duties as an emergency manager, Ken stays busy in Emergency Services serving with other agencies. He has maintained his national and state Emergency Medical Technician certification and works part-time on an ambulance for the Galveston Area Ambulance Authority. He is also a member of Galveston County’s Medical Reserve Corp. Ken is also the Assistant Division Leader for the Gulf Coast Division of Texas Search & Rescue. A 501c3 non-profit first responder organization that serves all 254 counties of the state of Texas. Although he maintains a leadership position and serves in command roles during deployments, he continues to train in various search and rescue disciplines so that he can remain field deployable and help the team when called upon. He has participated in over 75 missions which include missing persons,  flood events, medical stand-by, community outreach and a variety of other requests depending on the need of the requesting agency.

 


Kenneth Cochran- Emergency Management Specialist II

Kenneth Cochran currently serves as the Emergency Public Information Systems Coordinator.  Prior to joining the City of Houston OEM, Kenneth has 12 years of emergency response service.  He is a current Nationally Registered EMT serving in the Army Reserves as a Health Care Sergeant (68W) and Antiterrorism Officer for the 6th Legal Operations Detachment.  He is a former Lieutenant of the New Llano Fire Department as well as a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center with service in Bremerton, Washington.

His Emergency Management career started in the Louisiana National Guard when he was assigned to the highly specialized Chemical, Biological, Radiological/Nuclear and High Yield Explosive (CBRNE) – Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), a FEMA partnered unit responsible for large scale disaster response and recovery missions. In 2018 during Super Typhoon Yutu in the Northern Mariana Islands, Kenneth served as the Enlisted Advisor to the Surgeon Cell Commander for Task Force West coordinating personnel, logistics and operational objectives for recovery efforts between the continental United States, Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in Unified Public Safety Administration with a dual concentration in Emergency Management as well as Fire and EMS Administration.

 


Artillia Haughton- Emergency Management Specialist II

Artillia Haughton currently serves as the Crisis Information System Programmer for the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas San Antonio, her Master of Business Administration in International Business from University of Houston Downtown. Prior to joining OEM, she served as a School Safety Coordinator for Harris County Department of Education (HCDE). She was responsible for conducting school safety audits, leading and facilitating emergency operations needs at the district and school level. She provided training in Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) Development, Standard Response Protocol (SRP), and Standard Reunification Method (SRM).


Richard Hughes- Emergency Management Specialist II

Richard currently serves as the Continuity of Operations Planner for the Office of Emergency Management. Previously, Richard served as the Planning Section Chief for the St Louis County COVID-19 response while working for Witt O’Brien’s.   He brings over 35 years of Emergency Management Experience in both the U.S. Coast Guard and Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

He has been involved with multiple types of incidents from the 1980 Cuban Boatlift, Hurricane Alicia, Hurricane Hugo, Hurricane Rita, Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Harvey response to Haitian Mass Migration Interdiction Operations of 1994 and Multiple Counter Narcotics Operations within the Caribbean Basin. He Served as the Mississippi Branch Director during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.


Jared Granberry – Recovery


Hamilton Howard – Systems Consultant & IT Coordinator


Dawn Keller – Regional Training and Exercise Coordinator


Thomas Pastrano -Emergency Management Specialist II – Logistics


Courtney Alfred – Admin Specialist

Courtney Alfred is a Houston native, but spent the last four years in Louisiana where she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University. Along with school, she served in the Air National Guard making 2020 a very interesting experience. Early on in 2021 she returned to Houston and was granted the opportunity of returning to her previous Air Reserve station in Mississippi. This unit specialize in all-around MedEvac missions to include deployment readiness, thus she is fluent in change and expeditious maneuvers. Aside from career goals, she loves to eat, travel, and find comfort in running!