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.
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 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.
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
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.
First Term 2019-2020
All-Hazards Planner | Region 6
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Jonathan Simmons is the All-Hazards Planner for Region 6 of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), which stretches from Highland County to Patrick County, with Roanoke in the center of the region. Jonathan supports local and regional planning efforts and is the liaison between local emergency management organizations and the VDEM Planning Division in Richmond. He also serves to represent VDEM at stakeholder meetings such as LEPC, EMAG, and responds to disasters as part of the regional staff.
Before joining the VDEM staff in April 2016, Jonathan was the Process Safety and Environmental Manager with a large food processor in the Shenandoah Valley where he oversaw hazardous materials and environmental plans and policies.
Jonathan has 10 years of first-responder experience with fire and rescue agencies. He has served various leadership roles and currently serves as the President of the Troutville Volunteer Fire Department in Botetourt County. Jonathan is a certified emergency medical technician and fire officer. He is also a 2015 graduate of James Madison University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Science and Technology. His capstone project involved the integration of fire & rescue personnel into the local Hospital Emergency Response Team to serve in Hazardous Material decon during a large scale disaster.
First Term 2019-2020
Director of Security & Emergency Management
Centra Health System
Nathan began his career in Healthcare and Emergency Management by joining the local rescue squad as a teenager. He attended the Roanoke College of Health Sciences bridge program and completed his Nationally Registered Paramedic. He began working in the Emergency Department at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital while subsequently completing his Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Lynchburg College. While continuing his career at Centra in the Emergency Department he also worked as a Flight Nurse/Paramedic for Centra on the State Police Med Flight III. After completing his Master’s Degree in Nursing and Business Administration Nathan led Emergency, Trauma and Observation services at Centra Health as the Managing Director of Emergency Services. He is now the system Director for Security and Emergency Management.
First Term 2019-2020
New River Health District
Jason Deese is the District Epidemiologist for New River Health District. In his current position, he is responsible for district-wide disease surveillance activities and outbreak response. Jason joined Virginia Department of Health in 2017. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Major in 2015, with 20 years of Active Duty service. He has worked extensively overseas, including two 6-month tours in Afghanistan. Jason earned his MPH in Epidemiology with Graduate Certificate in Disaster Management from the University of South Florida in 2002.
First Term 2019-2020
Security & Safety Supervisor
SOVAH Health Martinsville
Daryl Hatcher is the Security and Safety Supervisor for SOVAH Health in Martinsville, VA. Daryl began volunteering with the Fieldale-Collinsville Rescue Squad in 1980 at the age of 15 and is currently serving as Captain after 39 years of service. From working as a Dispatcher, Correctional Officer, Game Warden, EMT, Public Safety Director, and now Hospital Security & Safety Supervisor Daryl is dedicated to the preparedness and response for Southwest Virginia. Daryl has assisted in the development of a variety of programs including EMS training for Dept. of Game & Inland Fisheries, assisting to equip the first licensed EMS response watercraft for Moneta Rescue Squad, provided basic in-service law enforcement training at local police academies, and helped improve responder communications by assisting in the development of the Roanoke Valley Radio System (RVRS).
In 2014, Daryl served on the planning committee to develop an incident management team for Southwest Virginia by working with several Emergency Managers, FEMA grant funding, and County Administrators. During his tenure, he coordinated county's response to numerous disasters and events ranging from winter storms, floods, tornadoes, derecho, as well as a mass casualty incident.