Board Responsibilities

The NSPA Board of Directors leads the organization using a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency approach.   The officers and at-large positions are elected to serve 2-year terms, which are staggered to allow continuity in the Board.   Key responsibilities include keeping the momentum of the organization going, program development, managing the finances, organizing fundraisers, delegating duties, establishing committees, and promoting the organization of NSPA.

The Board meets on a quarterly basis.

Tammy Turpin

Board Chair
First Term 2014-2015
Safety Officer  |  Emergency Management Consultant
Carillon New River Valley Medical Center
Carilion Giles Community Hospital

Tammy has been with the coalition since 2003-2004 serving as a representative for Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. She also represents Carilion Giles Community Hospital and is a current instructor for our region in HazMat for Healthcare and Basic Disaster Life Support. Tammy serves as the Hospital Safety Officer and Emergency Management Consultant and is a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator. She is married and has 2 teenage boys

Bob Suddarth

First Term 2015-2016, Vice Chair
Emergency and Risk Manager, Educator, Compliance and Safety Officer
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski

Bob has been with LewisGale Hospital Pulaski (formerly known as Pulaski Community Hospital) since 1981. He began there as a Social Worker and took the position of Quality Resource Manager in 1996. Over his 33 years with the organization, Bob has been responsible for Social Work, Quality, Risk, Medical Staff, and Regulatory Compliance. His current role is Emergency Manager, Risk, Medical Staff, Education, Regulatory Compliance and Safety Officer. He also teaches Crisis Prevention Intervention and he is a certified instructor for the CPI institute.

Bob finished his BA degree at Carson Newman College in psychology in 1977 and his MA in clinical psychology at Radford College in 1978.  He is a Certified Professional In Healthcare Risk Management (CPRHM) and has CHEC certification for Emergency Management.

Becky McCabe

First Term 2016-2017
Regional Health Emergency Coordinator
Western Region, VDH

Becky McCabe is the Western region emergency coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Emergency Preparedness. In this role, she is responsible for the regional coordination and support of preparedness and response activities for eight health districts in the western half of the Commonwealth.  She is also a certified Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) instructor, having taught NIMS, ICS and other courses to hundreds of participants since 2004.

Becky is a graduate of Florida State University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio and Television production, and a Master of Science Degree in Instructional Systems Design. She currently serves on the VDEM Access and Functional Needs Advisory Committee.

Michael Pruitt

First Term 2018-2019
Chief Regional Coordinator
Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Michael Pruitt is currently the Chief Regional Coordinator (CRC) for VDEM Region 6 (Roanoke Area) and has over twenty (20) years of local, regional, and state level experience in fire, EMS, and emergency management positions. He holds numerous related certifications, including Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Professional Emergency Manager through the Virginia Emergency Management Association (VEMA), and currently serves on Certification committee of the Virginia Association of Emergency Managers. Michael holds a bachelor degree in management, a Master of Public Administration degree in emergency management, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration

Matt Rickman

First Term 2016-2017
Deputy Chief, Fire-EMS

City of Salem


Deputy Chief Matt Rickman was hired by the Salem Fire & EMS Department in July of 2005. Prior to his employment with the Salem Fire & EMS Department, Deputy Chief Rickman was a full-time student at Radford University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Chemistry. He also earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Troy University in October of 2012. Deputy Chief Rickman started his career as a firefighter and steadily moved up the ranks, promoted to Senior Firefighter in 2008, Lieutenant in 2011, Captain in 2013 and Deputy Chief of the Department on March 15, 2015. Deputy Chief Rickman is nationally Registered Paramedic and a Chief EMS Officer designee through the Centers for Public Safety Excellence. Deputy Chief Rickman also serves as a skills instructor and on the Advisory Board for the Emergency Services Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences in Roanoke, Virginia. Deputy Chief Rickman currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Western Virginia Regional EMS council and the Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance. Deputy Chief Rickman is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Nancy Harms

First Term 2015-2016
Director of Quality Improvement
Virginia Veterans Care Center

Nancy is the Director of Quality Improvement and Compliance Regulation at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke. She also monitors Risk Management, creates facility policies and serves as the Safety Committee chair.   She’s had extensive experience in these areas, having served as a Navy Nurse Corps officer around the world before retiring as a Lieutenant Commander.   Nancy received her nursing degree from Jamestown College in North Dakota prior to her commissioning and earned her Master’s Degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma while stationed in Italy.   She’s an audiobook fan, which helps during her 75-mile drive to work each day from Chatham

Rob Logan

Fiscal Administrator

Near Southwest Preparedness Alliance