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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.


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.


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.


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- Regional Crisis Information System Administrator

Artillia Haughton currently serves as the Regional Crisis Information System Administrator 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).


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!


Devin Hix – Planner

Devin Hix currently serves as the Emergency Management General Planner. He received his Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from National University of San Diego, CA. Before joining the City of Houston OEM, Devin had eight years of emergency service. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 2011 to 2022 as a Marine Security Guard, Administrative, Operations, Training, and Education Chief over the last 11 years. He has served in the countries of Jerusalem, Israel; Karachi, Pakistan; Singapore, Singapore; Wellington, New Zealand; and stationed at numerous Military bases across the United States, Camp Pendleton, CA; Camp Lejuene, NC; Bridgeport, CA; and Fort George G. Meade in MD. Throughout his time in the Marine Corps, he was responsible for various Marin Corp Units’ administrative operations and policy updates, leading and facilitating the emergency operations and internal security for different Embassies and Consulates, ensuring operational needs were met. He provided training and education and oversaw the Integrated Operations Center’s cyber security operations for Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command.