Hope Winship

Ms. Hope Winship, Deputy Director of Preparedness, is a seasoned project manager, planner, and emergency management specialist with over 15 years of experience. Throughout her career, Hope has worked at the local, state, and the federal government levels to ensure that communities understand and address their vulnerabilities to hazards and the associated risks to the communities’ physical, social, and economic well-being before and after a disaster.

Hope has extensive experience facilitating collaboration with government and non-governmental stakeholders to establish and achieve common goals related to building capacity to mitigate risks, respond to hazard events, and to recover from disasters. She also has considerable experience managing professionals to provide them with the resources, information, and support required to meet clients’ needs and desired end states. Currently, Hope works directly with project teams to oversee the management of contracts and ensure our clients’ needs and missions are met. She also manages over 250 professionals mobilized to support the clients’ long-term COVID-19 response while also overseeing recovery coordination operations.

Before joining Hagerty, Hope served in a variety of recovery, mitigation, response, and exercise planning roles, including as the Recovery Program Manager for the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (DC HSEMA) where she developed the District’s Disaster Recovery Plan and instituted a Recovery Program to continue building emergency management capabilities and capacity effectively and efficiently.

Patrick Van Horne

Mr. Patrick Van Horne, Deputy Director of Preparedness, is an emergency management and homeland security professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the private sector, local government, and the military. With extensive experience in organizational leadership and project management, Patrick has supported clients in pursuing disaster preparedness initiatives that include developing emergency plans, designing and facilitating training and exercise programs, leading after-action analyses, as well as reporting and performing program assessments.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Patrick served with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Boulder, Colorado, where he responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, a mass fatality event following a shooting at a Boulder grocery store, and multiple wildfires. Patrick began his career as an officer in the United State Marine Corps (USMC) after 9/11, co-authored the book, Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps’ Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life, and has supported homeland security professionals in terrorism prevention education.

Patrick graduated from Fordham University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and from Marist College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

Tanya Shannon

Mrs. Tanya Shannon, Deputy Director of Recovery, is an emergency management professional with 15 years of local, state, federal, private sector, and non-profit experience. Tanya serves as the Project Executive for local jurisdictions throughout the State of Florida and other areas in the southeast overseeing recoveries from multiple natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Tanya served within Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance at headquarters where she helped establish FEMA Public Assistance (PA) program operations for 116 declared disasters nationwide between 2016 and 2018 by coordinating training and strategic planning support for FEMA and state/ territory field leadership. In this role, she managed a team of more than 70 FEMA PA instructors, embedded in field operations, providing training and technical assistance to FEMA professionals along with state/ territorial representatives and their eligible sub-recipients.

Prior to FEMA, Tanya served as a Program Coordinator for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program at Florida State University (FSU), supporting the development and delivery of several academic courses, and provided training and exercise support for the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM). While at FSU, Tanya was the lead author and facilitator of FDEM’s first recovery-focused statewide hurricane exercise in 2015.

In addition to her emergency management response and recovery expertise, she is skilled in case management and immigration services. Tanya served as the Director of both the Survivors of Human Trafficking and Immigration Legal Services Programs for the United States (US) Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)-funded Opening Doors Inc. (ODI), where she developed the organization’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), conducted needs assessments, designed individual action plans, and supported clients before the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

David Schuld

Mr. David Schuld, Deputy Director of Preparedness, has directly managed various disaster responses, political crises, and business continuity projects over the past fourteen years. He has a wide spectrum of experience including managing Hagerty’s portfolio of security and threat management clients. This work includes leading planning, training, exercises, and community outreach efforts for numerous organizational securities, intelligence, and Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack (CCTA) programs. David also created and leads Hagerty’s Hunter Seeker Program, our firm’s flagship exercise series focused on the preparedness for and prevention of terrorist attacks and other critical incidents. Given his extensive experience in the homeland security and emergency preparedness, David is an expert in law enforcement response; investigative and special operations; crisis leadership; Notification, Reception, Reunification Operations (NRRO); and intelligence and information sharing.

Throughout his career, David has implemented policies as well as managed projects and crises in the United States (US) and abroad. He has also developed global partnerships with public safety and law enforcement agencies, at all levels of government, to develop more effective plans and training to prevent, respond, and recover from active threat events.

Prior to joining Hagerty, David served the European Parliament as a policy analyst on counter-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa and as assistant to the Special Advisor of Transatlantic Relations. Before that, he was a military legislative assistant to a US House of Representatives member. David also served the British government as a political advisor to the Head of the British Army in the US, as well as a crisis management advisor to the British Ambassador to the US where he helped coordinate  information sharing activities in support of an intelligence alliance between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, known as The Five Eyes.

David completed his undergraduate degree in political science at John Carroll University (Ohio) and his Master’s in Public Policy from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Air Command and Staff College (US Air Force). He is currently working towards his Master of Science in Covert Investigation and Specialist Intelligence at Liverpool John Moores University (United Kingdom). He also currently serves as Chair of the International Public Safety Association (IPSA)’s Terrorism & Counterterrorism Section, and Vice-Chair of the Intelligence and Investigation Working Group of the All-Hazards Incident Management Association.

Ari Renoni

Mr. Ari Renoni, Deputy Director of Recovery, is an emergency management professional with 15 years of experience working to strengthen public sector organizations, including nine years of United States (US)-based disaster recovery work. He has a deep familiarity with federal disaster recovery programs and is a subject matter expert in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) policy. Ari supports public sector clients across the US in various roles including leading many policy and strategy efforts and serving as a project executive – managing contracts, budgets, and staffing. In addition to client work, Ari advises dozens of internal staff members on recovery policy issues and works with firm leaders to manage Recovery Division goals, growth, operations, and staff.

Throughout his time at Hagerty, Ari was integral to large-scale disaster cost recovery engagements including Hurricanes Sandy and Maria and the COVID-19 pandemic. In these efforts, he focuses on building specialized teams and securing innovative agreements to maximize eligible funding opportunities for our clients. Overall, Ari has supported clients in obtaining, managing, and retaining approximately $23 billion in federal recovery funding.

Ari holds two graduate degrees from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs at Syracuse University: Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Arts in International Relations. Prior to joining Hagerty, he worked in international development with the United Nations (UN) World Food Programme (WFP), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and a US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded nonprofit, in addition to living and teaching math in southern Africa.

Ari resides in New York with his family.

Tracey Phillips

Ms. Tracey Phillips, Deputy Director of Recovery, is an emergency management professional with over 20 years of Federal and private sector experience. For the past decade, Tracey served in various senior positions at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where she most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the FEMA Deputy Administrator for Resilience and was responsible for helping oversee the administration of approximately $7 billion in FEMA-appropriated Infrastructure Investment and Jobs (IIJA) dollars supporting community mitigation efforts nationwide.

A proven leader, Tracey has had many roles successfully overseeing diverse teams in both disaster response and steady-state environments, demonstrating her unique talent for managing integrated, complex, and high-profile projects and programs in a results-driven manner. In addition to her expertise in FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program, she also has extensive experience developing guidance and providing policy direction on civil emergency and community planning and exercise planning and development.

Earlier in her career, Tracey worked for a multinational infrastructure consulting firm, where she was a principal providing technical and management support services for government and commercial clients worldwide. During this time, she provided global emergency management and risk management consulting services for the following disaster events: Chile Earthquake (2010), Christchurch Earthquake (2011), Brisbane Queensland Floods (2011), and the Fukushima Japan Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster (2011). She also served as a principal leader overseeing AECOM’s engagement on FEMA’s PA Technical Assistance Contract (TAC).

Tracey graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Technical Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Nicole Morales

Ms. Nicole Morales, Deputy Director of Response, is a strategic advisor to local and state governments and private sector organizations responding to natural and human-made disasters and humanitarian crises.

Nicole has led multi-disciplinary response teams across the country for hurricanes, wildfires, explosions, the COVID-19 pandemic, and most recently, refugee resettlement and humanitarian missions at the United States (US) Southern Border. Throughout her career, Nicole has contributed to more than 30 preparedness initiatives for local and state governments, focusing on mass care, sheltering, and evacuations; terrorism and active threat response; incident management; community engagement; and disaster recovery and resilience.

During her time as a consultant to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Nicole provided planning expertise to the National Planning Branch within FEMA’s Response Directorate and collaborated with federal interagency stakeholders to develop national response plans including the all-hazards Response Federal Interagency Operational Plan; the Nuclear and Radiological Incident Annex; Federal Evacuation Support Annex; and the Region V Power Outage Incident Annex.

In support of the United States (US) Department of State, Nicole designed and facilitated multiple international exercises for the Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (WMDT) in support of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism, a multilateral initiative co-chaired by the US and Russia that sought to improve global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism.

Nicole has also been deployed as a Public Information Officer (PIO) on multiple response missions with the veteran-led, non-governmental organization Team Rubicon. She is a disaster survivor turned disaster responder. While she is now San Diego-based, she remains fiercely proud of her New Orleans roots.

Nicole graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Conflict and Security from George Washington University and a Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Analysis from the University of Maryland.

Kris Ledins

Mr. Kris Ledins, Deputy Director of Preparedness, is an emergency management and public safety professional with more than a decade of experience. Throughout his career, Kris has supported federal, state, local and private sector clients design and develop preparedness programs and operationalize these and other similar programs during disaster response operations.

Kris is known for his ability to assemble interdisciplinary teams and integrate unique approaches and tools to develop scalable preparedness and response solutions. Several recent efforts that he led include, designing customized data-driven assessment tools that inform programmatic investment decisions; as well as overseeing the development and implementation of a disaster surge support program that enable emergency management organizations to access industry professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic response.

Currently, Kris oversees a portfolio of projects that encompass emergency management and emergency service assessments, plans, trainings, exercises, and evaluations for clients across the country. He specializes in designing and executing program assessments that leverage data processing tools, providing subject matter expertise on protective action guidance – including evacuation and shelter in place operations, and manages the implementation of preparedness capabilities during real-world response operations.

Before joining Hagerty Consulting, Kris worked at a large management consulting firm providing national and regional planning support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this capacity he helped develop the Federal Evacuation Support Annex and the FEMA Region V Power Outage Incident Annex. Additionally, Kris supported the FEMA Exercise Branch conduct national-level exercises (e.g., Gotham Shield 2017, NLE 2018) and coordinate and execute FEMA’s annual Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW).

In addition to his full-time professional roles, Kris also serves his community through affiliations with local fire departments and emergency medical service agencies as both a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. Through these affiliations he has had the opportunity to assume operational and administrative leadership roles and help build and sustain local first responder capabilities.

Kris holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from George Washington University and has completed a broad range of emergency management and emergency service education and training courses to supplement his field-level experience.

Kara Koirtyohann

Ms. Kara Koirtyohann, Deputy Director of Recovery, is a management professional and licensed architect with nearly 20 years of public and private sector experience. Kara has successfully supported numerous clients providing subject matter expertise across a wide range of recovery projects in response to various federally declared major disasters, including hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and the COVID-19 pandemic. A proven leader, Kara often manages large consultant and client teams to effectively meet target deadlines.

Over the last eight years, Kara has led various aspects of recovery at Hagerty and has extensive experience with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) program, PA Section 428 (Alternative Procedures) program, and 406 Hazard Mitigation. Following Hurricane Sandy, Kara led a team of architects and engineers, working with locally impacted agencies and their vendors, through the design and construction of nearly 600 projects and $5 billion of FEMA PA funding. The management of the long-term recovery process included the coordination of scope and cost development, as well as improved, alternate and 428 PAAP projects to maximize recovery funding. Additionally, Kara has led recovery operations following wildfire and flooding disasters in California, which resulted in the successful advocacy for and refinement of the wildfire mitigation language in the Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide (PAPPG) Version 4. Following the unprecedented nationwide major disaster declaration for COVID-19, Kara shifted her leadership to manage recovery operations for over 100 public and private hospitals and universities across the country, providing management of more than $3.5 billion in Federal funding streams, including FEMA PA, Provider Relief Fund (PRF), Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Most recently, Kara has assumed leadership of a large portfolio of Hagerty’s work within the State of Florida, helping manage concurrent COVID-19 and Hurricane Ian recoveries.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Kara led the design and construction of public and private institutional, commercial, and residential buildings in the New York City area from schematic design through construction closeout. In this role Kara led project approvals and presentations to various municipal and private stakeholders.

Kara graduated with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

Morgan Johnson

Ms. Morgan Johnson, Deputy Director of Preparedness, is an emergency management professional with over 20 years of experience in emergency preparedness and response at the local, state, and federal levels. Beginning with her work in emergency management as part of the initial team to establish the Harvard Center for Bioterrorism Preparedness, Morgan has expanded her experience in both public health and emergency management, including earning her status as a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP).

Morgan is a highly regarded public health preparedness and response expert — serving in key preparedness, response, and recovery roles on contracts spanning local, state, federal, and private sector health, and emergency response entities. Given her background in public health, Morgan is a subject matter expert (SME) for pandemic planning, response, and recovery, with experience in strategic planning and field operations for pandemic response, including serving as a key member of the New York City (NYC) Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s (DOHMH) emergency response team during the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

Prior to joining Hagerty, Morgan served in various senior planning roles for FEMA, including the FEMA Platform for Understanding Lifeline Stabilization of the Economy (PULSE), currently used as a forecasting tool for economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Morgan has extensive experience in the development of geographic information system (GIS) solutions for emergency management planning and response. Since 2003, she has worked with teams to develop GIS-based decision support tools that promote situational awareness and efficient command decisions for emergency managers at the local, state, and federal levels. Morgan began her career in front-line positions with public health emergency response groups supporting the State of North Carolina and FEMA.

Morgan graduated with a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.