2009, received an Award of Recognition from the City of Los Angeles for the successful planning of the Great Southern California ShakeOut, the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history with 5.5 million participants. Ms. Pearce is President of the Contingency Planning & Recovery Management (CPARM) group, the Disaster Resistant Business (DRB) Toolkit Workgroup, and on the Board of CREW, the Cascadia Regional Earthquake Workgroup. She received her B.A. degree in political science from Gonzaga University.


Randolph H. Rowel is an assistant professor and Director of the Why Culture Matters Disaster Studies Project at the Morgan State University School of Community Health and Policy. Dr. Rowel has over 25 years experience in community health education with considerable expertise in community organizing and empowerment, partnership development, and social marketing. He teaches Community Needs and Solutions, Community-Based Participatory Research, and Qualitative Research in Public Health and has been an invited presenter at numerous emergency management related conferences to speak on community engagement and the cultural implications of disasters. Dr. Rowel serves as an investigator for the Department of Homeland Security funded National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER), where he is conducting studies to examine the relationship between daily crisis and preparedness behavior and community engagement strategies for low-income populations. As a PACER investigator, Dr. Rowel is also developing culturally appropriate disaster preparedness curriculum for faith-based leaders. In partnership with Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Dr. Rowel recently completed a project that examined knowledge, perceptions, and natural disaster experiences of low-income African American and Spanish-speaking Latino populations. This initiative led to publishing a “Guide to Enhance Grassroots Risk Communication Among Low-Income Populations” which provides practical, step-by-step instructions on how to work with grassroots organizations in order to deliver critical information to low-income populations before, during, and after a disaster. Dr. Rowel recently served on National Academies Ad Hoc Committee to plan a Social Network Analysis (SNA) workshop. The workshop examined the current state of the art in SNA and its applicability to the identification, construction, and strengthening of networks within U.S. communities for the purpose of building community resilience. He received his undergraduate degree at Morgan State University and his masters and doctoral degrees from the University of Utah and the University of Maryland College Park, respectively.


Kathleen J. Tierney is professor of sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Hazards Center is housed in the Institute of Behavioral Science, where she holds a joint appointment. Dr. Tierney’s research focuses on the social dimensions of hazards and disasters, including natural, technological, and human-induced extreme events. She is co-author of Disasters, Collective Behavior and Social



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