|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.|
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.
Sr. 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
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.
Emergency System Specialist
Phone: (859) 280-8059
|Doreen joined us in June 2003. She has a degree in Computer Information Systems and assists the staff with software and hardware issues. Doreen’s primary role is managing DEM’s emergency alerting systems and serve as the WebEOC Administrator. Before joining DEM, she worked as the senior case manager for a forensic economist. Doreen loves all animals, enjoys camping, and spends her free time taking apart electronic devices to see how they work.|
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.
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.|
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.
Emergency Planning Coordinator
Phone: (859) 280-8062
|Heather began working with DEM in June 2017 as the Emergency Planning Coordinator. Heather is responsible for all of the county emergency plans. She brings with her eleven years of military service specializing in logistics and operations. Heather enjoys cooking, olympic weightlifting, and chasing after her two dogs.|
CSEPP Administrative Assist.
Phone: (859) 280-8057
Julie began working for DEM in July 2017 as an administrative assistant for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP). Julie’s primary task is to coordinate Fayette County’s participation in the annual 10 county CSEPP exercise in mid-September. Throughout the year, she will be assisting medical professionals in obtaining necessary training and supplies to respond to a chemical incident or any other mass casualty event. Julie has her BS in Social Work. She has been working with the public since 1998. She has experience in helping clients to locate housing, food, and transportation along with medical needs and facilitating other activities.
CSEPP Planner/WebEOC Support
Phone: (859) 280-8058
Stephen started volunteering with Lexington Emergency Management in 2007, as an EOC coordinator, working several support functions within the EOC. Leading ESF-2, Stephen assisted with specification of communications equipment and oversight of installation at the newly renovated Public Safety Operations Center. In November 2017 he accepted the position of CSEPP Planner/WebEOC Support Administrator supporting planning within Fayette County and the ten-county CSEPP region. Stephen comes to DEM with over 25 years of Emergency Services and Management background. When away from work, Stephen enjoys running, having completed multiple marathons, multiple outdoor activities and teaching cave rescue as an Instructor for the National Cave Rescue Commission.