Board of Directors

Justin Powell

PRESIDENT

My name is Justin Powell, and I serve as Walton County’s Volunteer CERT Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator and operate in ESF 15, Volunteer and Donations. Since 2017, I have managed the Walton County Volunteer CERT Program and beginning in 2020, I’ve had the pleasure of serving on the Florida CERT Association Board of Directors.

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Bruce Caruso

VICE PRESIDENT

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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Penni Long

SECRETARY

Ms. Long started working with Broward County Emergency Management as the County Liaison to the CERT Programs. She started attending the conference to learn more about CERT to better serve the 13 teams in Broward County. Penni was asked to join the board by a past FCA President and gladly did so. Ms. Long became…

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Christy Moore

TREASURER

Christy Moore has served with the Florida Cert Association since 2018, and she has been an Orange County Cert Association member since 2017. Moore does numerous volunteer hours for the following organizations: CERT, OCARES is ORANGE COUNTY AMATUER RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICES (Ham Radio), ORLANDO AMATUER RADIO…
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Jeff Lavinder

REGION 1

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Tracy Morgan

REGION 2

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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John Stone

REGION 2

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Ernestine McFarlane

REGION 3

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Jason Burns

REGION 3

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Bill Church

REGION 4

Bill joined the Florida CERT Association Board of Directors in September of 2019. He is a native of Washington State, during all of his growing up years. He has been a Florida resident since 1964.

Bill has been going to the Florida CERT conferences since 2015. Bill is a group leader of his community CERT Team #62, at the Clarcona Resorts, in Apopka, Florida, for many years now as their leader and trainer.

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Justin Wells

REGION 4

Justin Wells has been serving as a firefighter since 2012 and is a devoted husband and father of three children. A passion for EMS found him in 2002 when his uncle suffered a seizure and firefighters responded to his uncle’s residence. Justin went on to successfully complete fire academy and paramedic school simultaneously which was deemed an impossible task and he has since continued to advance his knowledge, education and experience within the career.

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Darrell Tongate

REGION 5

Tongate serves Region 5 of the Florida CERT Association.

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Ellen Pinder

REGION 6

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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Ray Wodynski

REGION 6

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Carol Sjursen

Region 7

Carol Sjursen has been actively involved in CERT since 2003. She currently serves the Deerfield Beach CERT Team as their Program Manager, a position she has held since 2010. In 2013, under her leadership, the Deerfield Beach CERT Team was recognized by the Florida CERT Association as the State CERT Team of the Year.

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