Rachel Broden will be graduating in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. In the fall of 2012, she interned with Mike Gavin, Emergency Manager for the City of Fort Collins and Nicole Schleicher, Emergency Management Technician with the City of Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management. She also spent several weeks working with Pat Mialy, Emergency Manager of Loveland, and Alison Hade, Administrator for the Community Partnership Office at the Loveland Fire and Rescue Department. Rachel collaborated with Mason Brown, another Sociology intern, to help manage the Safe Neighbors Program. This is a program that brought local congregations together to prepare for natural and technological disasters in hopes that community members will come together and in turn, possibly help reduce calls to first responders. At the Fort Collins office, Rachel helped design the 2013 Emergency Management calendar, became certified in several FEMA disaster management classes, and attended meetings with various other emergency managers in Northern Colorado to discuss plans for the upcoming year.



Mason Brown will graduate from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Criminal Justice in May 2013. During the Fall 2012 semester, he had the opportunity to work with Mike Gavin, Emergency Manager, and Nicole Schleicher, Emergency Management Technician, with the City of Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management (OEM) as well as with Lieutenant Pat Mialy and Alison Hade, Administrator for the Community Partnership Office, at the Loveland Fire and Rescue Department. During his time with the Fort Collins OEM, Mason completed several of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute classes, attended local government meetings, and participated in the design of the Fort Collins OEM website. While working for the City of Loveland, Mason collaborated on the “Safe Neighbors.” He contributed to this project by contacting religious organizations and working with them to develop a plan and a communication network within their congregations in order to develop a more resilient community in the face of a disaster.



Anthony DeMusis graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a degree in Sociology and an environmental concentration. He also earned a minor in Italian Studies after spending two semesters abroad in Italy. Before graduation, Anthony had completed a literature review following the 2009 L'Aquila, Italy earthquake for his final project in Dr. Lori Peek’s SOC 463: Sociology of Disasters course. Post-graduation, Anthony was coincidentally referred to Dr. Joyce Weil of the University of Northern Colorado by his former Italian professor. Dr. Weil, assistant professor of Gerontology, and her team conducted a study to learn about the elderly survivors of the 2009 L'Aquila earthquake. As an assistant for the study, Anthony translated survey instruments and results to help investigate the social effects of the disaster and what it is like to age in Italy today. Additionally, the study examined aspects of Italian culture and infrastructure such as socialized healthcare, influences which may impact recovery from the disaster.


Samantha LaFever is a senior at Colorado State University who will be graduating in May of 2013 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Political Science. During her final semester, she will be working on two internship opportunities in the field of emergency management and planning. Her first assignment is with Poudre School District, supervised by School Safety and Security. In this capacity, she has taken relevant FEMA courses and written a reunification plan for the response section of the district’s crisis manual, which is accompanied by a simplified pamphlet that will be distributed to all district staff. She is also assisting with pre-planning for students with special needs. The other component of Samantha’s internship is with the Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management where she is leading her own research project with the help of the Larimer County Office on Aging, Touchstone Health Partners Namaqua Center, the Larimer County Alliance for Grandfamilies, and Christine Fruhauf, PhD. from CSU to examine the segment of the Fort Collins and Loveland populations where grandparents are raising their grandchildren, specifically looking at their perception of and vulnerability to hazards. She co-presented this work in progress with Mike Gavin in a session entitled “Hazards-Emergencies-Disasters: Where are Children, Grandparents, and Caregivers?” at the Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference at Oklahoma State University in March of 2013.

Molly Pike is a recent graduate of the University of Denver. She received her M.A. from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology in the International Disaster Psychology program. Molly received her B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University in 2009, with an emphasis in Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies. Inspired by the Sociology of Disaster course instructed by Dr. Lori Peek, Molly continued into the MAIDP program at DU to gain experience learning about the effects of disaster and trauma on mental health. The focus of the MAIDP program is on the promotion of psychosocial well-being in both acute and chronic disaster affected communities internationally and domestically. Over the course of the program, Molly has worked with both homeless women and children as well as victims of crime in Denver, Colorado. During the summer of 2011, Molly traveled to Bangalore, India and worked with a few NGOs, which addressed human rights, mental health as well as a harm reduction HIV program that worked with sexworkers in the urban center. Molly was recently certified through the Harvard Humanitarian Crisis Training Initiative, as well as a simulation led by the disaster mental health trainer for the NC Psychological Foundation’s Disaster Response Network, with an emphasis on Crisis Intervention and Psychological First Aid.


Nicole Schleicher graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a degree in Sociology with an environmental concentration. During her final semester at CSU, she worked as an intern at the Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management http://www.fcgov.com/oem/. While an intern, she received a strong orientation in the field of emergency management by attending State All Hazard Advisory Committee Meetings, the Governor’s Conference on Emergency Management, and numerous local government preparedness meetings. She helped to develop an educational program for the Fort Collins area by building power point presentations for the Office of Emergency Management website. These presentations focus on the five most prominent hazards in Fort Collins, including: floods, tornadoes, severe winter storms, severe thunder storms, and wild land fires. Nicole also assisted in the design of local educational brochures oriented toward these five main hazards and their possible effects on the City of Fort Collins. She also had the opportunity to complete the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) professional development series for Emergency Managers.

Natasha Tieman will graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Environmental Sociology and Anthropology. During her final semester, she is interning with Mike Gavin and Nicole Schleicher through the City of Fort Collins Office of Emergency Management. Natasha is working with Samantha LaFever, also a Sociology intern, to understand the consequences of the High Park Fire. She will be collaborating with both Mike Gavin and Kelly Close, Captain at Poudre Fire Authority, to create a brochure on Wildland Defensible Space. As an intern, Natasha has also become certified in several Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster management courses. She attended the 2013 Colorado Emergency Management Association meeting as well as other various meetings related to preparing for the upcoming flood and fire season.



Ysaye Zamore completed her Master’s degree in International Disaster Psychology from the University of Denver in 2012. She is now working as the Disaster and Emergency Response Coordinator at Mental Health Partners--a community mental health center that serves Broomfield and Boulder counties. In the summer of 2011, she traveled to Liberia, West Africa, where she collected data to contribute to the World Health Organization’s Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems, and she delivered Family Psychoeducational training to Liberian community health volunteers. During her time as a National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) research assistant in 2009, she researched the sociodemographic features affecting evacuation during Hurricane Katrina. Under the co-direction of the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis’s Dr. Lori Peek, Ysaye was the 2010 Undergraduate Winner of the Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition, which is run by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.