Disaster Response and Mitigation Forum Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Jim Butterworth Director, Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security

Jim Butterworth was appointed Director of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) by Governor Nathan Deal in January 2015. In this position, he serves as the Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor and is responsible for coordinating the state’s preparedness, response and recovery from natural disasters and acts of terrorism. These duties include leading Georgia’s Emergency Operations Command and ensuring successful function of the State Operations Center.

Prior to his appointment as GEMA/HS Director, Mr. Butterworth served four years as the Adjutant General of Georgia overseeing the Georgia Department of Defense, which includes the Georgia Army National Guard, the Georgia Air National Guard and the Georgia State Defense Force. Previously, he served as a State Senator representing the 50th District in Northeast Georgia. While in the Senate, he served as Chairman and Vice-Chairman of several committees and was appointed Administration Floor Leader for Governor Deal. His public service began in 2004 when he was elected Chairman of the Habersham County Board of Commissioners.

In addition to an extensive public service record, Mr. Butterworth has flown as a pilot for Delta Air Lines and has accumulated more than 11,000 hours of flying time between his military, commercial and civilian flying careers. He was commissioned through the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Georgia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science.

Mr. Butterworth’s military service included assignments at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss., as a T-38 pilot instructor; service at Dover AFB, Del., as a C-5 pilot; and service in Georgia’s own 116th Bomb Wing as a B-1B aircraft commander and flight lead. 

Born in Macon, Ga., and raised in Habersham County, Mr. Butterworth and his family attend church in Gainesville, Ga. He and his wife, Amy, have four children.

Panelists - 'Coordination and Response'
Joe M. Girot, CEM Federal Coordinating Officer Cadre, DHS / FEMA Region IV

Joe M. Girot was appointed as a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), Region IV, Atlanta, GA, in January 2010.  Since joining FEMA, he has served as a FCO and/or DFCO for over 14 Presidential Declared Disasters in numerous states involving Individual and Public Assistance Programs.

Just prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Girot served as the Construction Project Manager for the Department of Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  In that capacity he was responsible for all road and facilities construction for the eight southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He has also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, Antilles Office, San Juan, Puerto Rico. In that capacity he worked as an Engineering Project Manager for military construction projects.  Mr. Girot has also worked for the following agencies: Environmental Protection Agency as an Environmental Specialist; the Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, as a Construction Representative; Equal Employment Opportunity Commission as a General Federal Investigator; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Equal Employment Specialist.

Mr. Girot served in the U.S. Army as an Engineer Officer for 10 years of active duty and with the U.S. Army Reserve for a combined total of 30 years of service. He retired in 2011 with the rank of Colonel.  For the last three years of his career he served as the Chief REPLO (Regional Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer) for FEMA, Region IV, Atlanta, GA.  Mr. Girot has served in Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom and Saudi Arabia, Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  He has received numerous awards and decorations including the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal.

His education credentials include a Bachelor of Science, Land Surveying from the University of Turabo and Associate Degree in Civil Engineering from the Technological University of Ponce, Puerto Rico.  He has an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University.  He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies.  In January 2016, he received the highest honor awarded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a “Kentucky Colonel” by Governor Matthew G. Bevin.

Mr. Girot was a member of the Henry County, Georgia, Police Department as a Reserve Police Officer for nine years and one year as a Reserve Deputy Sheriff with the Henry County Sheriff’s office. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) and member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Matthew Kallmyer Director, Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency

Matthew Kallmyer currently serves as the Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency (AFCEMA) as well as the Administrator for the District 3-2 Public Health Office of Emergency Preparedness. He arrived in Atlanta in the Winter of 2011 after having over thirteen years of public safety experience in New Orleans where he functioned as a Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, educator, Emergency Manager and medical researcher.

Prior to joining AFCEMA, Matthew held the positions of Deputy Director as well as Director for the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for the City of New Orleans and oversaw the offices of Hazard Mitigation, Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Coordination.

In the days immediately following Hurricane Katrina, Matthew functioned as the Deputy Director of Emergency Operations for the City of New Orleans Emergency Medical Services Division. Subsequently, as the Medical Planner for the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Public Safety, he co-created the Citizens Assisted Evacuation Plan that was successfully implemented during Hurricane Gustav in 2008.

Matthew was born and raised in Honolulu, HI and later moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University where he received both his undergraduate degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology and his graduate degree in Public Health specializing in Environmental Health Sciences and Disaster Management.

Stephen C. Redd, MD, RADM Director, Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rear Admiral Stephen C. Redd is the Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (PHPR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). RADM Redd is responsible for all of CDC's public health preparedness and response activities. PHPR provides strategic direction, support, and coordination for these activities across CDC as well as with local, state, tribal, national, territorial, and international public health partners. PHPR carries out its mission by emphasizing accountability through performance, progress through public health science, and collaboration through partnerships.

RADM Redd received his Baccalaureate Degree in History in 1979 from Princeton University and his Medical Degree with honors in 1983 at the Emory University School of Medicine. He trained in Medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed the two year Epidemic Intelligence Service training program at CDC.

Professional History
Prior to joining PHPR, RADM Redd was the Director of CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit. A medical epidemiologist, RADM Redd managed and directed CDC’s efforts to prepare and respond to pandemic influenza—a severe influenza pandemic could cause as many as two million deaths in the United States and tens of millions of deaths worldwide.

A career officer, RADM Redd served as an officer in the Junior COSTEP program while in medical school and returned to the PHS following medical training. He has more than 30 years of continuous service as a Commissioned Officer and has undertaken work as diverse as investigating outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease, to devising diagnosis and treatment strategies for malaria in Africa, to leading efforts to eliminate measles from the United States. RADM Redd led CDC’s efforts to reduce the burden of asthma in the United States while in CDC’s National Center of Environmental Health. When the H1N1 pandemic struck, RADM Redd served as Incident Commander for CDC’s 11 month response, a response that involved over 3000 CDC staff and resulted in the vaccination of over 80 million Americans against the H1N1 influenza virus.

RADM Redd is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, a Fellow in the American College of Physicians, and a member of the Commissioned Officer’s Association. RADM Redd has authored over 120 scientific publications including original peer reviewed research, textbook chapters, and editorials. His research has spanned the gamut—from evaluating the impact of air pollution regulations on deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning to the clinical diagnosis of malaria and pneumonia.

RADM Redd has received numerous PHS awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He has been nominated three times and once won CDC’s annual Shepard Award for the outstanding scientific publication at CDC.

Panelists - ‘Industry Response: How to Engage in the Private Sector’
Jeff Goolsby Distribution Manager, Georgia Power/Southern Company

Jeff Goolsby serves as general manager of Safety and Health for Georgia Power. In this role, he provides leadership and oversight to the safety and health programs for Georgia Power’s 8,000 employees. Jeff began his career at Georgia Power in 1987 as a co-op student and has held roles of increasing responsibility across multiple organizations, including Generation, Distribution, Marketing and Transmission. Throughout his tenure with the company, Jeff has served as assistant to the vice president of Transmission, manager of statewide Distribution Construction, assistant storm director, and manager of Distribution for the Atlanta area. Prior to his current role, Jeff served as the interim general manager of Distribution Engineering, Construction and Maintenance, with responsibility for Georgia Power’s 1.2 million customers in the metro Atlanta area. Jeff earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. He has held numerous charitable and community leadership positions, including serving on the board of the Summit Family YMCA and as a member of Team Georgia Chamber.

Kabir Kumar Senior Director, Community, Walmart Foundation

Kabir serves as Senior Director of the Walmart Foundation, where he leads the Foundation’s Community Pillar. He oversees strengthening local community through over thirty initiatives, ranging from Walmart’s global disaster response and resilience programs to supporting Walmart’s 1.2 million U.S. associates through employee assistance, scholarships, giving and volunteerism to localized community giving through grants, cause marketing and other initiatives at over 4,000 facilities around the U.S.

Prior to joining the Walmart Foundation in 2014, Kabir worked with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where he helped raise over $2 billion. There he supported both individual philanthropists and corporate philanthropic services to over 100 corporations. Internationally, he spent five years living and working in India and London, where he established nonprofit organizations focused on community development and skills-based volunteerism. Kabir also worked for several years with an investment house in London, investing in U.S., UK and Indian markets, and helping create emerging markets investment strategies.

Kabir has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Brandeis University and a Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School of Social Policy and Management. He is a registered member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Kabir also sits on the United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction advisory board.

Ryan Logan Division Disaster State Relations Director, American Red Cross 

Ryan Logan is currently the Disaster State Relations Director for the American Red Cross Southeast and Caribbean Division where he is accountable for managing the relationships with government and community partners. Ryan returned to work for the American Red Cross in 2013 after spending close to three years with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where he served as the Mass Care and Voluntary Agency Liaison at the FEMA Regional Office in Atlanta. He is a seasoned disaster response and recovery leader and has a successful record of building and supporting partnerships with various emergency management and government entities.

Prior to joining FEMA, Ryan served with the American Red Cross in various capacities at both the local and National Headquarters level. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Ryan worked for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Athens-Clarke County Government.

Ryan, a native of Anderson, South Carolina, is a graduate of the University of Georgia and currently resides in Atlanta.

Joe Ruiz Director, UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program, The UPS Foundation 

Joe oversees the UPS Humanitarian Relief & Resilience Program, coordinating The UPS Foundation’s $10 million annual investment in program support, logistical expertise, skilled volunteers, and capacity building efforts to enhance community resilience and strengthen preparedness, response and recovery capabilities of UPS partner agencies.

In this role, he oversees partner relationships, program development and operational execution of the UPS Relief Link Program to enhance the supply chain capabilities of humanitarian relief partners. He also manages UPS’s engagement in the Logistics Emergency Team (LET) loaned executive program for the U.N. World Food Programme and Global Logistics Cluster, to prepare and deploy logistics experts immediately following natural disasters. Since 2007 UPS has deployed logistics experts in Indonesia (2007), Myanmar (2008), Haiti (2008), Philippines (2009), Padang (2009), Haiti (2010), Pakistan (2010), Japan, Horn of Africa, Nigeria  (2011), Sahel Region of Africa (2012), Philippines (2013 and 2014) and Nepal (2015). Joe also manages the UPS Logistics Action Team (LAT) initiative that offers logistics support to American Red Cross disaster services coordinators in high risk communities including: Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, California, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York and Colorado. Since 2011, the LAT has provided logistics support for Hurricane Isaac, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, Colorado flooding, and most recently flooding in Texas and S. Carolina.

Joe also coordinates UPS’s in-kind support, which included more than 263 shipments across 43 countries in 2014.

Joe began his UPS career in 1988 and has served in various district, region and corporate assignments within the organization before joining The UPS Foundation in 2007.

Company and Group Affiliations
Joe is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk & Resilience. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP), and is on the board of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). He also serves on the Operation Hope – Hope Coalition America Corporate Advisory Council, Good360 Disaster Recovery 360 Advisory Board, and National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) Development Committee.