and did postgraduate study in public administration at George Mason University.
James Craig was named health protection director at the Mississippi State Department of Health in 2004 after serving as its director of the Office of Emergency Planning and Response for the agency. Prior to this position, he served as the director of Emergency Medical Services. He was recruited to the agency in 1992 from Louisiana Health and Hospitals, Emergency Medical Services Division. Protecting the public has been a significant part of his life. He served as chair of the Mississippi Fire Fighters Minimum Standards and Training Board. He is also an emergency medical technician, hazardous material technician, and volunteer fire chief in his local community. Mr. Craig has an A.A.S. in forensic science from Louisiana State University and a B.S. in industrial technology/occupational safety from the University of Southwestern Louisiana.
Deborah Ingram, M.A., is the assistant administrator, Recovery Directorate at FEMA. Her public service career spans more than 30 years and includes broad experience in a variety of programs at the federal and local government levels. For more than 10 years, Ms. Ingram has served in a number of senior positions in FEMA’s headquarters. In her capacity as assistant administrator, Ms. Ingram has responsibility for leadership and oversight of mandated federal disaster assistance programs that support individuals and communities affected by disasters in their efforts to recover, including individual assistance, public assistance, community recovery, and mass care and voluntary agency coordination. These programs constitute the majority of the resources provided by the federal government (through FEMA) to directly address the short-, medium-, and long-term impacts of a disaster on individuals and communities. Previously, Ms. Ingram held a variety of senior positions in FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Directorate, where she was responsible for programs that assist states, tribes, and local communities to reduce their risk to natural hazards and disasters. Among her many achievements, Ms. Ingram was instrumental in leading the unification of hazard mitigation grant programs, building strong relationships with FEMA’s partners, and, during the summer of 2010, providing key leadership in development and support of the Integrated Services Team during the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Ms. Ingram was appointed to the federal Senior Executive Service in 2007. Prior to coming to FEMA,