In following with FEMA's Whole Community principles, we recognize we are only one part of our nation’s emergency management efforts; that we must leverage all of the resources of our collective team in assisting our communities in preparing for, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating against all hazards; and that collectively we will work to meet the needs of the entire community in each of these areas.
The USNRG is a 501(c)3 disaster management organization which stands together with our community in a different kind of way. While most disaster response organizations are focused on frontline operations through the deployment of technical search and rescue assets, volunteer management, and goods distribution, we are focused on the development of information technology systems that bring the needs of the Emergency Manager to the frontlines of our efforts. By prioritizing the specific needs of Emergency Managers, we are ensuring they have the tools needed to deliver the most effective incident response possible to your community.
The values of our organization drive how we accomplish our goals and conduct ourselves to execute and achieve our strategic journey. These values are not new to the members of this organization and give us a common language and foundation essential to our continued success.
We offer a wide range of logistical and technical services to the emergency management community to enhance their ability to mitigate against, respond to, and recover from future disaster incidents. Our initial efforts are focused on the creation of a proprietary tool which aggregates and synchronizes data into a portal we've called the National Response Network Portal to streamline and strengthen local, county, tribal, state and federal logistics support capabilities.
Asset management coordination is an important stage in response efforts, and improvement in this area can contribute not only to more effective response and recovery operations, but also to greater interaction and mutual understanding among emergency managers and their community. Further, effective asset management coordination can strengthen these communities by giving them access to more harmonious coalitions. The challenges are numerous and include command and control issues, information sharing and field coordination.
Enhancing asset management coordination is a beneficial cooperative exercise because it is essential to mission success -- the need for this type of coordination is urgent and requires constant attention. Current federally driven Emergency Management doctrine calls for involving the “Whole Community” approach to incident management. Depending on the nature and scope of an emergency, this can necessitate coordination between non-government organizations and local government bodies with highly diverse assets and equipment. This has previously made communications and interoperability an interagency responsibility and a challenge to determine pre-event. Often the need for resources can eclipse the existing arrangements made through mutual aid agreements and other pre-scripted Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) creating resource shortfalls during critical incidents. Having a resource leveraging these increasingly important relationships can be valuable in a variety of regional contingencies.
The USNRG is an incorporated non-profit organization with an IRS 501(c)3, a Texas corporate tax-exemption status, and a pending New York corporate tax-exemption status. Our Federal EIN is 80-0851495. At current, we are reporting our financials on an IRS Form 990-N (e-Postcard).
All members of the governing Board of Directors, Board of Advisors and Command & Support Staff each have between eight (8) and thirty (30) years of experience in their respective roles. Most have extensive knowledge and experience working with, or serving in, the Department of Defense, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigations, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, private enterprises, and state, county and local governments across the United States. Our diverse, multi-disciplinary workforce has given USNRG superior insight into the internal processes of these organizations and provides an organic understanding of their needs and mechanisms by which to address them.
We are dedicated to improving the lives of those we serve and treating each other with care and respect.
We work together as one family, in partnership with other organizations, and always embrace diversity and inclusiveness.
We always look for better ways to serve those in need by researching emerging trends and best practices.
We act with integrity, are transparent guardians of the public trust, and honor our promises.
We hold ourselves accountable for defining and meeting clear objectives, delivering on our mission and carefully stewarding our donor funds.
Founder / Chairman / CEO
Branden Gums is a United States Army and Army Reserves Veteran who deployed to Iraq during active service in 2010 where he gained valuable experience as a Movement Control Specialist during Operation New Dawn coordinating the movement of convoys and draw down of troops throughout the southern Iraq region. His time in the service has also given him a range of skills and experience in areas of information technology working closely with the Army Directorate of Information Management in South Korea to ensure proper upkeep and security of company level information systems, Supply Management responsible for managing approximately $2 million in assets for a Movement Control Team in Kleber Kaserne, Germany, Field Support Administration supporting the movement and support of armor units within the 1st Armor Division at Biggs Army Airfield, El Paso, and Air Operations Support in support of the multi-national Joint Task Force East exercise with the United States, Romania and Bulgaria in Constanta, Romania.
Branden is also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Vice-Chairman / COO
Jeff Bailey is a Firefighter / EMT with both the Lockheed Martin Fire Dept. and Benbrook Fire Dept. Jeff has 20+ years of Firefighter service experience conducting structural and aircraft firefighting operations as well as hazardous materials, confined space and rope rescue operations. His career as a Firefighter / EMT is supported by the leadership and management skills achieved from 27 years of continuing dedicated service in the United States Army Reserves as a Sergeant Major and 12+ years of diving operations with certifications to include Rescue Diver, Public Safety Diver, Dive Master and Master Scuba Instructor with eight technical diving proficiencies and four international technical diving procedures including nitrox usage.
Director / Operations Manager
Samuel Boyle is a professional emergency manager with over 15 years of on the ground operational and supervisory experience in the fields of law enforcement, counterintelligence, counter-terrorism, bio-defense, and emergency preparedness. Mr. Boyle has served as a subject matter expert and adviser in these areas to a variety of both government agencies and private sector clients including the FBI, FEMA, The Department of Homeland Security, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In addition to these senior managerial roles, Mr. Boyle has also acted as a liaison officer to the national network of fusion centers as well as conducted numerous exercises to support state, federal, and local emergency planning initiatives.
Mr. Boyle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a focus on terrorism from the University of Illinois, is a certified FEMA Incident Commander, Type III Operations Section Chief, a licensed Master Continuity and Exercise Practitioner, and Disaster Information Specialist recognized by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services.
Preston Miller currently serves as a 1 st lieutenant with the Army National Guard with 19 years of distinguished service to include Active Duty, Reserves, and now the Guard, rising through the enlisted ranks into the Non-Commissioned Officers Corps in Field Artillery and Combat Military Police. He gained his commission in 2012, and is now serving as a Battalion Chemical Officer with the 2-146 Field Artillery were he defends against the threat of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) weapons and Weapons of Mass Destruction. He is also working towards changing from Chemical to Military Intelligence to become an Intel Officer were he can move forward to pick up his Captains rank. Within his leadership he has been an Executive Officer, Platoon Leader, Battalion Chemical Officer, Radiation Safety Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer.
His military experience includes project management, radiation safety, Weapons of Mass Destruction-Radiological/Nuclear detection, Terrorism Disaster Response, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) operations, and Management of Aggressive Behavior. Preston Miller is also an appointed Vice President of the American Military University Epsilon Pi Phi Honor Society Chapter in Emergency Management.
His educational background includes a Green Belt is Lean/Six Sigma, a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Disaster Management that manages local, state, and federal rule and regulations towards disasters. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency & Disaster Management that manages natural and man-made disasters. He is also a certified HAZMAT technician with certifications in Toxic Agent Response and numerous FEMA structures to include Incident Command System, National Incident Management System, and National Response Framework. He has also serviced in a number of disaster incidents, crisis responses, and joint operations involving local, state and federal agencies throughout FEMA Region 10 establishing himself as a strong leader with moral character, broad knowledge, and keen intellect.
Robert Gums is a retired contractor in the Corporate Aviation sector. Robert has 25 years of experience in the production of corporate jet aircraft custom interiors from Trim Shop to Design Engineer working closely with vendors, stress and inspection departments. He is experienced in dealing with details, production compliance, continuous improvement, problem solving and communication across multiple departments. His professional emphasis is on teamwork and customer satisfaction with and among fellow employees, other departments, vendors or the end line customer.
Margaret Miller has a record of strong analytical, organizational and ethical business practices in the healthcare field for 10 plus years as a Health Care Representative and has worked closely with 11 unions to coordinate benefits for all that work in the NY State Teachers Union with Spencerport Central School District. She was also the IT tech for the IBM system that networked the campus and its 5 main schools.
She graduated with honors with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administration from the Westmoreland County Community College, a diploma in Medical Billing and Coding, and a certificate of Medical Billing and Coding. She is also a member of the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society and the National Honor Society.
Board Secretary / HR Manager
Michele Wagner, SPHR, SHRM-SCP possesses over 25 years of progressive human resources experience serving clients in diverse industries including engineering, construction, manufacturing and government entities. She specializes in start-up and transition projects for operations with a single-site or multiple locations. She is highly skilled in the rapid staffing and deployment of resources evidenced by her work in hiring contractor employees for The Gulf War, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and multiple Texas tornado clean-ups. She is also adept at creating policy and response plans to address emerging events e.g., the Ebola outbreak, Anti-Human Trafficking compliance. Michele works as an HR Director at AECOM's Management Services Division and consults through her private consulting firm, Michele J. Wagner Consulting, LLC.
Rob Lewis brings more than 20 years of experience in leading IT, managing teams, technologies, and projects on a global scale. Having earned multiple degrees in science, engineering, and mathematics, he has expanded his skills and experience by obtaining numerous technical certifications and maintained several professional affiliations related to technology, project management, and IT governance. Currently the IT Services Manager for a datacenter in Denver, Colorado, Rob has previously supported and directed IT services and operations for architectural, engineering, construction, medical, environmental, munitions response firms, as well as numerous contracts issued by various US government agencies and branches of the military.
Michael Martin honorably served and retired as a Lt. Colonel after 23 years as a multi-functional logistician in the United States Army. His career culminated as the Logistics Subject Matter Expert at the United States Army's premier training center to train military units in operational and tactical logistics. He has served in various command and staff leadership roles at the Platoon through Division levels and has operational experience with Defense Support to Civilian Agencies (DSCA) regarding emergency and disaster planning and response.
Mr. Martin holds a Master's of Science in Emergency and Disaster Management from Trident University International and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Mississippi.