David Odom has more than 29 years of experience managing large, multidisciplinary projects and a substantial background in grant management, disaster recovery, engineering, and energy and regulatory consulting. David has been able to solve complex problems for his clients on multi-billion-dollar projects. He has extensive experience serving on some of the largest programs in U.S. history, including the Louisiana Road Home Program resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Deepwater Horizon Economic & Property Damage Settlement Program resulting from the BP oil rig explosion and oil spill. His experience also includes other federally declared disasters in Texas, Louisiana, New York, Missouri, South Carolina, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico as well as other economic opportunities that provide affordable, sustainable housing to local, national, and international areas impacted by natural or man-made disasters.
Kirk Fisher earned his MBA at Louisiana State University and has more than 20 years of senior executive level experience. Fisher has successfully orchestrated turnarounds, managed large organizations and complex business models, and identified business opportunities and expense mitigation strategies centered around measurable process improvement. Kirk is accomplished in identifying financial opportunities and implementing strategies to capture those opportunities. Among his many accomplishments, he directed all facets of business operations for the Deepwater Horizon Economic and Property Damage Settlement Program while managing the distribution of the $20B trust set aside to compensate victims of the oil spill. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the LSU Flores MBA Program, where he also worked collaboratively in the development and launch of the Management Consulting Specialization Program in the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business.
Over the past 30 years Paul Rainwater has served in numerous government roles, worked with governors and mayors from across the country, and distinguished himself as one of the most experienced professionals in disaster recovery funding. Paul is a certified Local Government Manager and a veteran who served as Legislative Director for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s office, Chief of Staff for Louisiana Governor Jindal’s administration, and Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA). Through successful congressional testimony, he was responsible for the appropriation of more than $14B in FEMA and HUD programs approved for the State of Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike. He also played a significant role in the settlements and negotiations surrounding the BP oil spill and many other projects. He continues to lead successful initiatives in emergency management for the City of New Orleans’ Sewerage & Water Board, the Restore Louisiana Program, and The Louisiana Watershed Initiative. Paul is a sought-after thought leader on CDBG disaster recovery funding and policies who served as a panelist for the National Academy of Sciences for Engineering and speaks frequently at disaster recovery symposiums.
Derrick Stensrud has more than 18 years of management experience, with 15 of those years providing various leadership roles in government housing programs using federal funds and technology divisions of a first-class disaster recovery firm. Derrick has participated in nearly every major disaster recovery program since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Some of those projects include the Road Home Program, the Texas Housing Assistance Program, the Galveston County Housing Assistance Program, the NJ RREM Program, the New York Build-It-Back Program, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and the Louisiana Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Throughout those programs, his services and leadership in areas such as Case Management, Damage Assessments, QA/QC, Call Center, Document Management, Applicant Intake and processing, Business Intelligence/Reporting and Data/Systems Management have resulted in higher quality, lowered costs and on-time delivery.
Bill Doran, a retired Louisiana Air National Guard colonel, is subject matter expert on FEMA programs and policy with more than 30 years of public and private experience. For seven years, Bill served as a FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA Region VI overseeing many large-scale, multi-jurisdictional federally declared disasters around the country, coordinating efforts for nine states, and directly influencing federal policy for disaster response and recovery initiatives. He also served as the Interim Louisiana Recovery Office Director for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and subsequently as the Response Division Director for Region VI. Bill was the principal presidential appointee for 25 federally declared disasters including individual assistance, public assistance, mitigation, long-term recovery planning and implementation programs. His disaster experience includes hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike; the Moore, Oklahoma tornado, the Colorado floods of 2013, Hurricane Isaac, the Texas floods of 2015, the Louisiana floods of 2016 and Hurricane Harvey.
Carol is a masters-prepared Community Health Nurse Practitioner with more than 25 years of leadership experience in healthcare quality, patient safety, risk management, and regulatory compliance in the healthcare industry. In her role at Plexos Group LLC she serves as SVP of Compliance for Plexos Healthcare.
Over the course of her career, Carol has served as a Chief Privacy and Compliance Officer, and provided risk, quality, privacy/HIPAA, patient safety and compliance advisory to over 300 hospitals, employers, insurance company and investor services domestically and internationally.
Prior to joining Plexos, Carol served as a Senior Vice-President for Aon Global Strategy and Aon Healthcare. She is a former Associate Director, Government Relations, for The Joint Commission. Notably, she has also served as Director, Performance, Risk, Governance and Compliance for Pricewaterhousecoopers (PwC), and as a Regional Risk Management Consulting Manager for AIG Healthcare and served as an IRO auditor for healthcare Corporate Integrity Investigations. Her clinical background includes public health, critical care, and perioperative nursing as well as Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Treatment.
In her work with the National Accountable Care Learning Collaborative Taskforce (ACLC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Learning and Action Network (CMS LAN), she was a member of a select taskforce of 50 individuals nationwide who were selected to develop national quality standards and metrics for Accountable Care Organizations. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing and Post-Master’s Certificate in the Community Health Nurse Practitioner Program at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois, and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society for Nursing.
Carol has achieved certifications in healthcare risk management and compliance (Certified Professional Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), Certified Healthcare Compliance (CHC)) and Certified HIPAA Professional (CHP). Carol also volunteers for her local health department as a COVID-19 Contact Tracer and Case Investigator and is certified in Contact Tracing by the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health and ASTHO.
Lara Robertson has over 23 years of HUD CDBG experience managing the largest HUD CDBG-DR and FEMA funded housing and elevation programs in U.S. history. She has provided management and SME support for over $22 billion in HUD CDBG-DR and FEMA funds. Lara is a leading expert in her field and has consulted on action plans for most major disasters. Her expertise includes planning and implementation of disaster response and recovery initiatives, and executive management of diverse, legacy-scale programs in conformance with federal, state, and local laws. As a result of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Lara was responsible for designing and managing the elevation of 11,000 homes in Louisiana jointly funded by HUD and FEMA. She was also responsible for the CDBG-DR program that assisted 131,000 homeowners with more than $10 billion in funds. Prior to joining Plexos, Lara was the Director for the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit (OCD-DRU).
Eric Kuntz is a subject matter expert on federal policy and procedure for all FEMA-related projects. He has 24 years of public and private experience, including 20 years of honorable military experience and 21 years of emergency management. He previously served as the State Coordinator of Recovery for the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) managing $5.2B in federal disaster funds for 17 declared disasters, and closing seven disasters and 55 Fire Management Assistance Grants. Prior to TDEM, he served as the FEMA Region VI Planning Chief for the Louisiana Recovery Office. He served in the US Navy for six years (Operations First Class) and is a retired commissioned officer from the Louisiana Army National Guard with assignments to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). His major disaster experience includes Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Harvey, Maria and Irma as well as numerous flooding and severe weather events. Eric’s other noteworthy assignments have included the space shuttle disaster, 9/11 response, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, dignitary and significant sporting events coordination.
Keith Cranford, a retired major from the Louisiana Army National Guard, has more than 30 years of experience leading public safety and government programs in emergency management, fire, emergency medical and law enforcement. As Assistant Director of the East Baton Rouge Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, he managed multiple federal, state, and local grant programs. Keith has managed some of the largest mitigation programs in Louisiana and the United States, – both pre- and post-Katrina – with more than $1 billion in funding for elevation and reconstruction of homes. He served as the program manager with more than $1 billion in CDBG-DR funding each for Louisiana (Katrina) and New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (Sandy) infrastructure programs. Keith also supported New York Rising’s $1 billion housing recovery program and managed more than $100 million in hazard mitigation and public assistance funding supporting the coastal parishes of Louisiana.
John Goforth has 24 years of disaster recovery experience including project management of governmental and environmental services for FEMA and HUD programs. He specializes in high-profile catastrophic events such as hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Superstorm Sandy and the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. His experience includes handling media relations and coordinating and managing multiple sites. John has managed operations that exceeded client service levels, improved organizational throughput, enhanced productivity and reduced overall operational cost. He has been instrumental in establishing property inspection and estimating protocols for federally funded programs including Restore Louisiana, New York Rising and Renew Jersey. John has successfully led relief efforts for governmental officials in field operations in multiple states including the deployment of more than 100 inspectors and quality control personnel to New York and New Jersey.
George Duffee-Braun has over 40 years of CEO experience and 15 years of CDBG-DR financial management experience. He was personally responsible for the disbursement and reconciliation of over $9 billion in CDBG-DR funding without HUD concerns or findings during the state of Louisiana’s recovery from hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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