Meet The Advisory Committee

Meet the members of the Broward College Certificate in Emergency Management Advisory Committee. 

Anne Cabrera, M.B.A

Director

National Disaster and Resilience

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Ms. Cabrera is SWCA’s National Director of Disaster and Resilience.  She has 16 years of experience in federal grant management including Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance (FEMA-PA), Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR), Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief (FHWA-ER), Natural Resources Conservation Service Emergency Watershed Protection (NRCS-EWP) and FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) among others. 

 

Her expertise includes planning, compliance monitoring, procurement, data management, multiagency coordination, public information, close-out processes and audit support. She has worked with clients across the country in a variety of roles in response to 24 major disaster declarations. She has been a technical resource to state and local governments on federal grant programs totaling billions in reimbursable costs.

Dilia Camacho

Business & Client Relations Manager

AshBritt, Inc.

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Credited as an environmental steward, Dilia Camacho offers 27 years of combined experience from the private and public sectors.  Her diverse background includes nine years of county government experience in the Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Industry. Specializing in maintaining regulatory and contractual compliance for solid waste operations, facilities, hazardous waste collection and disposal, waste reduction, and recycling, along with emergency disaster recovery management.  Ms. Camacho spearheaded Hurricane Irma’s Disaster Recovery Mission in Collier County, Florida. Her role was instrumental in managing the recovery process for restoring storm-impact areas utilizing local governmental, municipal, and district support and resources. 

 

Her sustainable contributions have influenced forward-thinking methodologies within the community through the successful development and management of the County’s Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs. Through grassroots initiatives, education outreach, proper recycling, and reuse, the Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs increased the countywide recycling rate by 28%.   This platform was the foundation for the efficient management, collection, processing, and disposal of 3.6 million cubic yards of vegetative storm debris. All of which utilized for beneficial reuse, saving valuable landfill airspace for future generations.

 

Ms. Camacho is also a seasoned professional that is well-versed in the logistics and transportation industry. She has over ten years of experience managing international import/export distribution channels from various U.S. ports to foreign trade routes throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.     

Brittany Perkins Castillo

Chief Executive Officer

AshBritt, Inc.

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Brittany Perkins Castillo is the Chief Executive Officer at AshBritt, an emergency management, logistics, and disaster response contractor that has performed over 400 missions, serving 600 + clients across the United States and Caribbean. As CEO, Brittany has grown AshBritt’s construction and logistics management divisions and has led operations following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Michael, the 2017 California wildfires, and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

 

Prior to joining AshBritt, Brittany was a prosecutor, managed a law practice in Austin, Texas, and was a program manager in Doha, Qatar. She holds a Juris Doctor from The University of Texas School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University. Brittany served on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture as well as on the Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness Policy. Brittany is Vice Chair of the Pace Center for Girls Board of Trustees, a member of the board of directors of the AshBritt Foundation and 4Girls Foundation, and serves on the Business Advisory Council for Dress for Success Palm Beaches. Brittany is an international best-selling author and frequently speaks on the topic of women in operations and emergency management. 

Carlos J. Castillo, CEM

Chief Development Officer

Tidal Basin

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Carlos Castillo serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer (CDO) for Tidal Basin Group. As CDO, Carlos oversees the growth functions of the company and Tidal Basin’s operations in the Caribbean.

An internationally recognized leader in emergency and disaster management with more than 40 years’ experience, Carlos joined Tidal Basin directly from FEMA, where he most recently held the position of Acting Deputy Administrator for Resilience. In this role, he led an organization of more than 1,300 employees and managed the following sectors:

 

•           The Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration

•           The National Preparedness Directorate

•           The Grant Programs Directorate

•           National Continuity Programs

•           The Office of Counterterrorism and Security Preparedness

•           The Office of Resilience Integration and Coordination

 

He also served as FEMA’s Assistant Administrator for Disaster Assistance where he led the Individual and Public Assistance Programs after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike among other major disasters.

 

Prior to his work with FEMA, Carlos held several leadership roles at the local, national, and international levels. His 26-year career with Florida’s Miami-Dade County in fire and emergency services included managing some of the nation’s largest disasters and three years as Director of Emergency Management where he managed the county’s response and recovery for the 2004 and 2005 historic hurricane seasons. He also served as the Regional Disaster Officer of the South Florida Region American Red Cross. Carlos was instrumental in developing the Urban Search and Rescue Response System for the United States, and internationally for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. In addition to his decades of government experience, he also led the disaster risk reduction consulting services for a large consulting firm.

 

Carlos has taught as an Adjunct Instructor in the Masters of Disaster Management program at Florida International University and a guest lecturer on disaster resilience and risk reduction at the University of Miami and Georgetown University. Carlos holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida International University, is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), and has represented the U.S. internationally through his disaster management work with the United Nations, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Consortium.

Alexander Falcone

Director of Emergency Management

City of Coral Springs

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Alexander Falcone is the Director of Emergency Management, Special Events and City Security for the City of Coral Springs. As Director, he oversees the Office of Emergency Management, directs the security strategies for city facilities and develops safety operational plans for large-scale, city-run events. He holds a Masters of Public Administration from Florida State University with a graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. 

 

Alex started his career as a seasonal law enforcement officer with the Cape May City Police Department before working as a mitigation planner for the Florida Division of Emergency Management. His experience includes multiple activations for various emergencies at both the State and Local level. Additionally, he is a member of several regional workgroups including the Regional Domestic Security Task Force, UASI Urban Area Work Group, Broward County Emergency Coordinating Council, and Broward County Local Mitigation Strategy among others. 

 

As an instructor at Barry University Alex works to leverage his experiences to provide students with a practical approach to the field of Emergency Management.

Tracey L. Jackson

Regional Emergency Services & Communications Director

Broward County

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Jackson began his 21-year career in public safety with the City of Miami Fire-Rescue Department. In 1991, he became the youngest person in department history to serve as Division Chief, responsible for leading logistics. 

 

Jackson’s ingenuity in responding to challenges after Hurricane Andrew hit Miami-Dade County in 1992 earned him a variety of leadership roles. 

 

In addition to serving as Chief of Administration, he served as the Chief of Communications and Management Services, responsible for leading Miami Fire Rescue’s 911 call center, as well as major information and communication technology initiatives. He also happily served as a CPR/BLS/First responder instructor at Miami-Dade’s Institute of Criminal Justice. Jackson is a Florida native.

Sara Nuñez

Executive Director of the Broward & Palm Beach Centers 

Pace Center for Girls

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Sara Nuñez serves Pace Center for Girls as the Executive Director of the Broward and Palm Beach Centers. With 25 years of non-profit experience, Sara has worked for large nonprofit organizations including Girl Scouts and the YMCA, providing her leadership in a variety of roles. Her professional career is focused on developing and empowering youth to be their best selves. 

 

Sara is a graduate of Women Leading Broward and Leadership Broward’s Class XXXVIII. She is the incoming Vice Chair for Leadership Broward Foundation’s Youth Leading Broward program and is the Vice Chair of the Oakland Park School Advisory Board. 

 

Originally from Rochester, NY, Sara holds a Bachelor’s degree from Niagara University and a Master’s degree in Business Psychology.

Nicole Lehman

Director of Client Services

Thompson Engineering

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Nicole Lehman has fourteen years of disaster response and recovery experience. She is well versed in the programs, agencies, procedures and regulations involved in successfully running disaster debris management operations. 

 

Mrs. Lehman served as the Project Manager for the City of Fort Lauderdale debris mission following Hurricane Irma. Following Hurricane Maria, Mrs. Lehman also served as the Program Manager for the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTOP) and the ongoing Puerto Rico FEMA Private Property Debris Removal and Demolition Program. 

 

Additionally, Mrs. Lehman provides annual training to municipal and state entities regarding debris removal monitoring operations and FEMA policy guidance.

Tashika President, MPA

Senior Director, Emergency Management

Broward College

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Ms. President is Broward College’s Senior Director of Emergency Management.

The Senior Director of Emergency Management is a district-wide administrative position in the Department of Safety, Security & Emergency Preparedness who is responsible for directing, planning, organizing, and overseeing college-wide emergency management operations and activities.  Additionally, the Senior Director of Emergency Management leads and provides oversight on various department strategic planning initiatives.  

Ms. President has over 20 years of professional experience with various organizations in public safety, emergency management, law enforcement, and corrections. Prior to her current position, she has previously served as Broward College’s Coordinator for the Department of Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness (DSSEP). In this role, Ms. President served as the Institution’s Clery compliance officer, coordinated community outreach programs related to safety and crime prevention, and assisted with emergency management initiatives such as the annual Mass Casualty Incident drills, numerous table-top exercises throughout the institution, and the creation and implementation of building Occupant Emergency Action Plans (OEAPs). Ms. President also serves as the co-chair of the Safety, Security and Environmental Health committee on Broward College’s Cross-Functional Covid-19 Taskforce that was developed by senior leadership preparatory to the pandemic.  

Throughout her professional career, Ms. President has spearheaded the introduction of new methods, ideas, and strategies for increasing public safety within corrections, law enforcement, security management, and public safety. Ms. President has used her pursuit of service to create substantial impacts in various fields, such as corrections, where she focused on reform, mentorships, and establishing personal and professional pathways for juvenile offenders.

 

Ms. President has a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a graduate certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Florida International University. Ms. President also has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Science from American Intercontinental University. Ms. President has also completed the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program from the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service where she, in turn, has promoted a culture of readiness and disaster preparedness through supporting national policies that strengthen and maintain secure, functioning and resilient critical infrastructures. Ms. President is also an active member of the Regional Domestic Security Taskforce (RDSTF) region 7 which utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to provide support to impacted communities and share information while working alongside emergency management professionals.