Who We Are


Robert “Rob” J. Larkin
Director

Phone: (859) 280-8060
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Rob joined Lexington Emergency Management in 2024. Previously, he served as the Planning Chief of the Lexington Fire Department, holding the rank of Assistant Chief. During his 32 years of service there, he held many positions on the fire line and in the administration; he was also a paramedic and hazardous materials specialist. Rob served in the Kentucky National Guard for over 34 years, retiring as a Brigadier General and Land Component Commander.

Rob holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College and a Master’s in Public Health from Eastern Kentucky University. The Maysville, Kentucky native graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor’s in Agriculture.


Tim Brandewie
Operations/Recovery Mgr.

Phone: (859) 280-8054
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Tim came to Lexington Emergency Management 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. It also develops systems for coordinating and providing critical care when and where it’s needed, and procuring 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 emergency management, Tim served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as an Intelligence Analyst and Special Operations Officer.


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Shelley Roberts Bendall
Preparedness Coordinator

Phone: (859) 280-8063
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Shelley started working for Lexington Emergency Management in 2003. Her first week was the record-breaking ice storm that year! She is a graduate of Berea College and earned her Masters Degree 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, and education campaigns. Shelly is always looking for ways to encourage people to be prepared for disasters. She also coordinates Lexington’s Safe Communities Coalition, a program of the National Safety Council. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and chasing after her two children.


Lanni Griffin-Brackensick
CSEPP Manager
Phone: (859) 280-8055
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Lanni joined Lexington Emergency Management in October 2019. She brings 20+ years of financial and management experience, including being the CSEPP Finance Officer for the State of Kentucky.  Lanni is responsible for the overall program management of CSEPP, including budget management and forecasting.  She serves on local and national non-profit boards, and enjoys cooking, travel, family time, and pets.


Royce Reeves
Logistics Officer

Phone: (859) 280-8068
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Logistics Officer Royce Reeves came to Lexington Emergency Management in June of 2009. He is responsible for purchasing equipment and tracking its location and condition. Prior to joining emergency management, 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.


Emily Fay
Public Information Officer

Phone: (859) 280-8067
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Emily joined Lexington Emergency Management in July 2023 as the Public Information Officer. She has a master’s degree in Crisis Communication from the University of Kentucky. Her studies focused on first responder communication before, during, and after responding to a crisis. Emily has several years of experience in emergency management ranging from wildfires to presidential debates. Previously, she worked as an emergency dispatcher, volunteer firefighter, and communication instructor at the University of Kentucky.


Cameron Poe
CSEPP Exercise Coordinator
Phone: (859) 280-8066

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Cameron Poe is an established emergency management professional with a wealth of experience in ensuring public safety and disaster preparedness. With a career spanning various pivotal roles, Poe has been the Fayette County Trusted Agent in CSEPP for FEMA Region IV since 2021, showcasing his expertise in planning and executing the CSEPP exercise and coordinating response efforts. Prior to joining LFUCG, his executive-level tenure in State government exemplified his strategic leadership and ability to navigate complex bureaucratic landscapes. Known for his effective crisis communication, public speaking and emergency response collaboration skills, Poe has been instrumental in developing comprehensive emergency plans for Fayette County that prioritize hazardous materials disaster, preparedness and response.


Mark Samuelson
CSEPP Planner
Phone: (859) 280-8053
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Mark started as a CSEPP Planner in January 2022. He retired from the Lexington Fire Department after 25 years, the last nine years as the District Major for the south side of Lexington. There he was a paramedic, technical rescue technician, hazmat technician, and the EOC Coordinator for ESF 4, 9, and 10. During his time with the LFD, he deployed to Beaumont, TX after Hurricane Rita (2005) and functioned as the Incident Commander on many responses in Lexington.

Mark graduated from Miami (OH) University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts as a unit leader and merit badge counselor, field manager for the Lafayette HS Boys Lacrosse team, member of the Lafayette HS Football boosters, and field crew with the “Pride of the Bluegrass” Lafayette Marching Band. 


Ashley Walo
Emergency Management Planner
Phone: (859) 280-8062

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Ashley started as the Planning Coordinator in September 2022. She received her bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University with Magna Cum Laude distinction. During her time at American Military University, Ashley focused her degree on homeland security issues and natural disaster mitigation, response and recovery. She previously worked for Virginia State Parks, where she assisted with the everyday operations and worked in conjunction with the State Park’s Law Enforcement during evacuations of the park during severe weather. As a transplant to Kentucky from New England, Ashley enjoys exploring Kentucky with her two boys. Ashley currently sits as the Chairman of the Fayette Local Emergency Planning Committee and is looking forward to her future with the Division of Emergency Management.


Dale Meade
Administrative Specialist
Phone: (859) 280-8061

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Dale came to the Division of Emergency Management in October 2022 with over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance. She is responsible for the financial management of grants and general fund accounts as well as payroll, payables, insurance, and budget preparation. She also helps with Emergency Operations Center and mock disaster trainings, manages procurements, and coordinates reporting. When not in the office, Dale enjoys sunshine, the beach, hiking, and volunteering.


Alexander Current
Emergency Systems Specialist
Phone: (859) 280-8059

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Alex joined Lexington Emergency Management in February of 2024 as the Emergency Systems Specialist. He provides technical support to the EOC staff along with maintaining software and alert systems in routine and emergency situations. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security, with minors in Emergency Management and Security Operations while graduating Cum Laude from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining emergency management, Alex worked in healthcare education providing IT and system support for 6 years. Alex enjoys the outdoors and overlanding in his jeep along with providing educational presentations at schools where he teaches about his exotic animals.

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