Board of Directors

James Cunningham

PRESIDENT

A member of the Florida CERT Association Board of Directors for 8 years, and in the role of President for the previous two years, James Cunningham understands the importance that CERT plays within a community. Instructing more than 900 residents in the CERT program during the last decade…

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Carol Sjursen

VICE PRESIDENT

Sjursen has been actively involved with CERT since 2003 and currently serves as the CERT Coordinator for the Deerfield Beach CERT Team which she has led since 2010. Under her leadership, the Deerfield Beach CERT Team has been recognized by the Florida CERT Association with the CERT Team of the Year award.

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Chris Thobois

SECRETARY

A member of the Seminole CERT Team, Thobois has been active with its CERT program since 2000. In 2002, the Seminole program became a non-profit with Thobois elected to the Board of Directors as Secretary. Since 2013, Thobois has served as President. The program has been active with the area’s Emergency…

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Ellen Pinder

TREASURER

Pinder is the CERT Coordinator and Mitigation Planner for Charlotte County Emergency Management. Her role as the Charlotte County CERT coordinator started in 2014, and since that time, the program has expanded considerably and now provides firefighter rehab to Charlotte County Fire and EMS…

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Bruce Caruso

District Chief Bruce Caruso began his fire service career with the City of Dania in 1982. Through the 29 years that he served with the department, he rose to the rank of Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services. In 2011, the City of Dania Beach contracted with the Broward Sheriff’s Office to provide Fire Rescue services.

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Tracy Morgan

Morgan has been a dedicated advocate of the CERT program since 2015 when she graduated and became a member of the Taylor County CERT Team based out of Perry, Florida. A key focus of Morgan’s is recruitment and expansion of the CERT program within Region 2 of the Florida CERT Association.

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Christy Moore

Moore serves Region 5 for the Florida CERT Association.
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Penni Long

Long is an At-Large Member of the Florida Cert Association Board of Directors. An Emergency Management Specialist with the Broward County Emergency Management Division, Long serves as the County Liaison to the Broward County CERT Teams. She earned her Florida Professional Emergency Manager’s certification…

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Dan Santana

Since 2013, Santana has served as Emergency Management Specialist for Hernando County Emergency Management in Brooksville, FL where he prior served as a longtime and dedicated volunteer. Affiliated with CERT since 2004, Santana has served as a CERT Instructor since 2012 and is the CERT Program Manager for Hernando County…

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Anne Bello

Bello serves Region 3 of the Florida CERT Association.

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Darrell Tongate

Tongate serves Region 5 of the Florida CERT Association.

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Lisa Kirkwood

Kirkwood joined the Florida CERT Association Board representing Region 1 in 2018. She is a CERT Instructor and a member of the Escambia County CERT Team in Pensacola sponsored by the BRACE (Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies) organization. She also works in many capacities as a full time Red Cross volunteer – as a disaster responder, a caseworker and as a Red Cross Navigator Lead working with the disaster work force engagement team. Kirkwood is also a US Army veteran.

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