Staff Biographies

Patricia L. Dugger

Phone: (859) 280-8060
Pat Dugger has been director of DEEM, now DEM, since it was first established in 1988. Since then, she’s spearheaded development of a comprehensive emergency management program that links public safety with public health and other response and support disciplines. Our program is inclusive of all hazards and all disciplines with the goal to have Lexington as prepared and capable of responding to the most likely hazards we face. Before joining DEM, she worked with the Division of Building Inspection from 1984-1988. She has a BS from EKU and a MPA from UK.


Tim Brandewie
Operations/Recovery Manager

Phone: (859) 280-8054

Tim came to DEM in February 2004 to serve as the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Coordinator. The MMRS is an ongoing effort by the health, medical and public safety community to plan for serious health and medical catastrophes in the Central Kentucky region, to develop systems for coordinating and providing critical care when and where it’s needed, and to procure medicines and equipment. As Tim’s duties have evolved, he’s taken on more general planning duties for emergency response and recovery. Prior to joining DEM, Tim served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as an Intelligence Analyst and Special Operations Officer.

Hazel Lambert-Hatfield
Senior Administrative Specialist

Phone: (859) 280-8061

Hazel assists the Director with office administration, the budget, and grant management. Hazel has been with DEM since 2000.



Shelley Roberts Bendall
Preparedness Coordinator

Phone: (859) 280-8063

Shelley started working for DEM in 2003. Her first week was the record-breaking ice storm that year! She is a graduate of Berea College and earned her Masters in Public Administration from UK’s Martin School. Shelley provides disaster preparedness education and training to Lexington residents and businesses. She coordinates the CERT program, education campaigns, and is always looking for ways to encourage people to be prepared for disasters. Shelley also coordinates Lexington’s Safe Communities Coalition, a program of the National Safety Council. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and chasing after her two children.


Doreen Birkholz

Emergency System Specialist
Phone: (859) 280-8053

Doreen joined us in June 2003. She has a degree in Computer Information Systems and assists the staff with software and hardware issues, and serves as the WebEOC Administrator. Before joining DEM, she worked as the senior case manager for a forensic economist. Doreen enjoys camping, fishing, and loves all animals.


Tammy Liebenauer
CSEPP Manager

Phone: (859) 280-8055

Tammy began working for DEM in February 2005. She is the Fayette County Planner for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). As the CSEPP Manager, Tammy helps Fayette County prepare to assist Madison County in the event of a chemical accident at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond. Fayette County is considered a host county in the CSEPP program and would receive, shelter, and provide medical treatment for evacuees from Madison County. Prior to joining DEM, Tammy worked for the University of Kentucky’s Small Business Development Center providing environmental consulting services to small businesses. She is a graduate of Centre College and earned her MS in Occupational Health from the Medical College of Ohio.

Royce Reeves
Logistics Officer

Phone: (859) 280-8068
Logistics Officer Royce Reeves came to DEM in June of 2009. He is responsible for purchasing equipment and tracking its location and condition. Prior to joining DEM, Royce worked as a prepress graphic artist for 28 years. If you have an American flag that is no longer suitable for display and don’t know what to do with it, please drop it off at the office and Royce will see to its proper and honorable disposal.


John Bobel
Public Information Officer

Phone: (859) 280-8067

John began working with emergency management when he joined LFUCG as a public information officer in 1993. With 40 years of experience in journalism, public relations, photography, social media, research methods and analysis, management consulting and electrical/broadcast/Internet engineering, John brings extensive knowledge, strategies and tactical abilities to the division’s benefit. John is also an instructor for FEMA, teaching courses for first responders and public affairs personnel in the areas of media relations, use of social media, stakeholder administration and rumor mitigation. John now works full time in the Division of Emergency Management, splitting his time between DEM and CSEPP projects.

Candy Brunk
CSEPP Administrative Specialist

Phone: (859) 280-8058

Candy began working for DEM in June 2016 as the Administrative Specialist for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). Candy’s primary task is to coordinate Fayette County’s participation in the annual 10-county CSEPP exercise in September. Throughout the year, she assists medical personnel in obtaining necessary training and supplies to respond to a chemical incident or any mass casualty event. Candy’s public health career began in the U.S. Air Force, where she trained medical personnel in chemical, nuclea,r and biological decontamination. Candy holds a BS in Public Health, minor in Biology, from Eastern KY University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics from the University of Kentucky.

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