In the field of Emergency Management, mentoring can be a rewarding experience for both the mentor and the mentee. A mentor can share experiences and encourage the professional development of their mentee by sharing training opportunities, providing guidance for credentialing or helping the mentee to become involved in emergency management-related groups and programs. Mentees, in turn, can help mentors open their minds to new technologies and innovative ideas in an evolving profession. No emergency management professional is above having mentors that provide encouragement and guidance. If you are an experienced emergency manager, consider participating on both sides of the Mentoring Program, as a mentor and a mentee. Participating in NCEMA’s Mentoring Program is a simple process for both the mentor and the mentee.


The Mentee Process:

  1. Choose a mentor from the list of NCEMA Mentors below.
  2. Contact the mentor to introduce yourself and obtain permission from the mentor to submit the Mentor/Mentee form and establish the mentoring relationship.
  3. Submit the Mentor/Mentee form, thereby establishing the Mentor/Mentee relationship.


The Mentor Process:

  1. Complete the Mentor Survey (Your information will be shared in the Mentor List on the public website). It may take a few days for your information to be reviewed and added to the NCEMA’s website (Mentor List).
  2. Await a mentee to contact you.


Mentor List:

Your NameAgency/Organization You RepresentEmail AddressWhich description best represents your EM background or sector? Check all that applyCheck the following certifications that you currently hold:In a paragraph, please provide a brief description of your EM experience and background.
Nathaniel SandersonDare County EMAnatsanderson3@gmail. comLocal EMDirector of local EMA for 22 years providing all facets of emergency planning and response for a coastal community.
Larry DickersonRetired - Iredell County EMeplanllc@aol.comLocal EM, Private Sector30 years active public safety service, 16 years as local EM coordinator, experience in 9 presidential declarations, additional background in hazmat and nuclear planning. 16 years as private EM planning consultant (EPlan LLC) and EOP developer (current).
D. Scot BrooksMoore County Public Safetysbrooks@moorecountync.govLocal EMIAEM's Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), NC's Executive Level CertificationThirty years of emergency services experience with the last fifteen specifically in the Emergency Management profession. Mentor for the NC All Hazard Incident Management Team program and ICS/Local IMT Instructor.
Dewayne westRetiredsdwest.dw@gmail.comLocal EM, Academia, Private Sector, MilitaryIAEM's Certified Emergency Manager (CEM)20 years local EM, past IAEM President, work at both national and international level. EM consultant for local, state and federal programs. Retired National Guard, Fire/EMS.
Leslie O'ConnorDurham City/County Emergency Managementloconnor@dconc.govLocal EMI have been the Division Chief of EM in Durham County for 1.5 years. My experience lies in Firefighting, Public Health Preparedness, Radiological Emergency Preparedness, and All-Hazards preparedness and response. Our agency specializes in traditional EM functions as well as emergency response. Lastly, I am serving as our EMAP Accreditation Manager.
Alan ByrdChatham County EM297 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312Local EM, State EM, MilitaryNC's Associate Level CertificationAs a local Emergency Manager, I work to produce within our community an environment of "All Hazards" preparedness with a "Whole Community" perspective. This means cultivating relationships between public and private partners that plan together, train together, exercise together, and ultimately respond together. As a former State EM Area Coordinator, I maintain a big picture view of how what we do here in Chatham County impacts the rest of the state, and vice versa.
Michelle BrockWinston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Managementmichelleb@cityofws.orgLocal EMIAEM's Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), NC's Executive Level CertificationMichelle Brock has been with the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management since October of 2005, and an employee of the City of Winston-Salem since April of 1999. Her career with the City of Winston-Salem began as an Assistant Chemist in the Utilities Department. She is an Executive Level Emergency Manager with the State of North Carolina and in February of 2015, Michelle earned the designation of CEM (Certified Emergency Manager) through the International Association of Emergency Managers. Over the years, Michelle has coordinated many local and regional projects and has been recognized at the local, state and national levels for projects and events that enhance emergency management and preparedness. She also created and manages the regional Piedmont Emergency Animal Response Team (PEART), and the Forsyth County Incident Management Team. Currently, Michelle is an administrator of the county-wide WebEOC software and delivers training to WebEOC end users and technical support staff. In addition, she is the Chair of the NCEMA’s Training Committee.

Other Program information:

  • All participants are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner.
  • The Mentoring Program is managed and monitored by the NCEMA Training Committee.
  • Training Committee members may periodically contact mentors and/or mentees to obtain a status report of the established relationship.
  • The Mentor/Mentee relationship continues until both the mentor and mentee agree to terminate. At this time, the Mentee should inform the Training Committee Chair.


NCEMA Training Committee also manages the Apprenticeship Program for the Association.

The Apprenticeship Program provides training guidance and training course opportunities relevant for new Emergency Managers or those interested in career in Emergency Management.

Program Documents

TitleResource DescriptionAttachment
Apprenticeship Program – flyerpromotion flyer for the NCEMA Apprenticeship Program