Michelle Constant, MBA
CEO & Founder
Michelle Constant has 19 years of experience in emergency management and security consulting. Ms. Constant’s work has been published in multiple journals and she is a popular speaker at national conferences. Since founding Constant & Associates over 12 years ago, Ms. Constant has managed some of the most innovative and groundbreaking projects in our industry. Her consulting work spans a wide range of topics including: community resilience, public health and healthcare readiness, mass fatality planning, and more.
Ms. Constant has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California (Fight On!) and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from California State University, San Marcos.
Favorite Disaster Movie: Airplane
Favorite acronym: C&A
Strangest/Favorite Personal Emergency Kit Item: High heels & a bottle of wine
First EM response/experience: Working for Kaiser Permanente’s safety & security department as a teenager
Hobbies: Working at C&A, of course. Besides that – time with family & friends, fitness, the San Diego Chargers, the beach, one-liner jokes & puns, traveling internationally (40 countries and counting!), movies, shopping, country music
Ashley Slight, MPH
Ashley Slight is an Associate at Constant & Associates with ten years experience in project management, academics, public health, and emergency management. Her specialties include public health preparedness, point-of-dispensing site operations, higher education emergency planning, hazard risk assessment, epidemiological investigation and faith-based organizations.
Her professional interest in Emergency Management began when she was living along the Northeastern Coast of Japan during the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami. Ms. Slight worked with the Japan Red Cross and the Misawa American Air Force responders as an interpreter during recovery efforts. She has also worked with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services in their Public Health Emergency Management division, providing new training materials for POD workers and first responders. She has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Assistant Secretary’s Office of Preparedness and Response, and numerous state and local public health and emergency management agencies to conduct trainings, exercises, workshops, and plan development projects across the nation.
Ms. Slight speaks fluent Japanese and has a Master of Public Health degree with a Specialization in Emergency and Disaster Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
First EM response/experience: 2011 Northeast Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
Hobbies: Volunteering, Horseback riding, Swimming, Reading, Gardening
Favorite Disaster Movie: The Mummy, Contagion, The World’s End
Favorite acronym: NACCHO
Strangest Personal Emergency Kit Item: crossword puzzles and paper to play MASH (this is how I survived being in an evacuation center with 30 Japanese teenagers in 2011)
Ideal Survival Food: Oranges and Tea
Chris Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP
Chris Riccardi, CHSP, CHEP, CHCM-SEC is an Associate and leads our Healthcare Preparedness practice. Mr. Riccardi specializes in CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule compliance, mass casualty incident readiness, and gap analysis for hospitals and other healthcare faculties.
Mr. Riccardi brings 15 years’ experience, having most recently served as the Emergency Preparedness Program Manager for Providence Health and Services Southern California. There, he developed and implemented enduring Emergency Management programs for the Providence St Joseph Health System. This included development of the nationally recognized best practice for mass casualty incident planning the, “15 Minutes `til 50 Patients” program.
He began his career in healthcare as an Emergency Medical Technician and member of the Emergency Department staff. His sojourn into Emergency Management began as a member of the hospital’s decontamination team and transitioned into the role of Emergency Management Officer shortly thereafter. His integrated approach to emergency management has been the cornerstone of preparedness and compliance for Hospital, Long Term Care, Home Health, Hospice, Rehabilitation and Psychiatric facilities.
Mr. Riccardi is currently credentialed as a Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), Certified Healthcare Emergency (Management) Professional (CHEP), and a Certified Hazard Control Management-Security (CHCM-SEC). He has served as Chair for the California Hospital Association’s Emergency Management Advisory Committee and represented hospitals as a member of the Los Angeles County Disaster Coalition Advisory Committee.
Favorite Disaster Movie: Deep Impact
Favorite Acronym: HAZWOPER
Strangest Personal Emergency Kit Item: Land Shark Emergency Shelter
First EM response/experience: Northridge EQ-Not yet in EM, but was deeply moved by the devastation
Hobbies: Cooking, Gardening, T’ai Chi, Playing Guitar
Dave Cooper, MS
Dave Cooper is a highly experienced project manager and instructor for Constant & Associates with over 20 years’ experience. A water quality scientist by profession and British import, Mr. Cooper came to the States over a decade ago after many years with the EPA in Scotland. Since landing stateside he specialized in hazardous materials management and response and has completed multi-million dollar federal contracts and performed comprehensive hazmat and spill response training programs across the United States and Europe.
Mr. Cooper specializes in competency-based training course development and delivery, assessing the needs of the organization and the trainee to provide training that delivers organizational results. Specifically, he has developed and managed large, concurrent projects for the US Army, US Army-Europe, US Coast Guard, Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration. Programs range from hazardous materials management to bioterrorism awareness to vessel oil spill response.
Mr. Cooper has completed numerous environmental service projects to ensure clients comply with a broad range of federal EPA, DOT and OSHA regulations.
Mr. Cooper has a Master of Science in Urban Water and Environmental Management and won awards in 2001 and 2002 for top student nationally with the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in the United Kingdom. He speaks fluent German and has lived, worked and traveled through 25 countries and on five continents.
Afua Kwarteng, MPA
Afua Kwarteng is an Analyst at Constant & Associates with four years of diverse experience in Technical Hazards, Grants management, and Public Administration. Past Emergency Management positions include Radiological Planner and Trainer with the State of Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Grants Planning Assistant with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and various emergency management assistantships with local level municipalities and Think Tanks.
Born the daughter of a geologist, she credits her interest in emergency management to her international and transient upbringing. She holds the personal motto of the “only thing that is constant is change”. The idea of impermanence, while once a cause of frustration, bloomed into a fascination for the study of adaptability, public service and preparedness.
Ms. Kwarteng speaks conversational German and has a Master of Public Administration degree with a Specialization in Emergency Management from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor of Arts in German with a double minor in Political Science and Art from Austin College in Sherman Texas.
First EM response/experience: Cyclone Gonu 2007
Hobbies: I love to stay active…except when I don’t. Also movies, swimming, reading, dancing, and discovering hidden dive restaurants
Favorite Disaster Movie: Snakes on a Plane… it’s a B- movie that hurts so good.
Favorite acronym: KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid.
Strangest Personal Emergency Kit Item: Scented Candles
Ideal Survival Food: Peanut butter and raisins
Jim Sims, MURP
Senior Consultant &
Subject Matter Expert
Jim Sims is a Senior Consultant/Subject Matter Expert for Constant & Associates with over twelve years of experience in providing emergency management and disaster response solutions to local governments, special districts, non-profit entities, and private sector clients throughout California. Mr. Sims’ expertise includes public health emergencies, EOC operations, emergency operations planning, continuity of operations planning, hazard mitigation planning, mass casualty and mass fatality planning, and NIMS, SEMS and ICS compliance.
Mr. Sims received his initial training in emergency management and disaster response while serving as an ICBM Missile Crew Commander in the United States Air Force. He also served for over a year as the Interim Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, where he oversaw development of the Department’s “first responder” capabilities to respond to large-scale public health emergencies. In addition, he has more than 25 years’ experience working with local governments in Southern California in the areas of transportation planning, demographic and economic forecasting, and information technology. He also served for five years as the President and CEO of a large non-profit organization.
Mr. Sims holds Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and Master of Urban and Regional Planning degrees from Auburn University, Alabama.
Favorite Disaster movie: Have to say San Andreas.
Favorite Acronym: Well, I’ll cheat on this one, not really an acronym: SPEBSQSA Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in Amercia
Strangest Personal Emergency Kit Item: extra guitar strings
Kate Powers is an intern with Constant & Associates. She holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California. In 2017, Kate completed an externship with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) where she gained valuable insight into emergency management protocols, homeland security issues, and intelligence operations at the state level. Kate is currently taking classes in Emergency Management and Homeland Security and is excited to delve deeper into this field as she continues her internship with Constant & Associates.
Favorite Disaster Movie: Contagion, World War Z
Favorite acronym: UCLA
Strangest/Favorite Personal Emergency Kit Item: My dog!
Hobbies: Hanging out with my dog, travelling, camping, trying new foods, visiting breweries & binge-watching TV shows
Nancy Ta is an Analyst at Constant & Associates with 3 years of experience in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Her involvement with Emergency Management started at university with a semester-long course on Hurricane Katrina that culminated in a 3-week service trip to New Orleans where she worked with local non-profit organizations focused on the recovery process.
Ms. Ta’s professional interest in Emergency Management fully sparked when she began volunteering with the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region in 2014. In order to pursue this passion further, she served as an AmeriCorps Member with the American Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services Division. During her time there, she organized 26 events that resulted in over 1500 smoke alarms installed, coordinated 20 training workshops that added 200 volunteers to the smoke alarm installation efforts, and provided disaster preparedness education to over 200 elementary school children. Ms. Ta also participated in 10 local disaster calls as part of the Disaster Action Team (including assisting with the October 2015 Antelope Valley, California mudslides) and performed client casework at 5 service sites during a 2-week deployment in connection with the Disaster Relief Operation for the April 2016 Houston Flooding. She has continued to volunteer at the Red Cross following the completion of her AmeriCorps term by participating in local smoke alarm installation events and Disaster Relief Operations like the July 2016 Sand Fire in Santa Clarita, California.
Ms. Ta speaks conversational Vietnamese and has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Favorite Disaster Movie: World War Z. Post-apocalyptic zombie movies are the best.
Favorite acronym: SWMHE
Strangest/Favorite Personal Emergency Kit Item: My handy 4 in 1 emergency tool for all my door prying needs. And sanitizer.
First EM response/experience: A 3-week service trip to the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans for the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Hobbies: Hiking all the different trails in Southern California and volunteering with the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign to install free smoke alarms in vulnerable communities.
Halla Maher, MSW
Subject Matter Expert
Halla Maher is a subject matter expert in both the mental health and emergency management with over 10 years’ experience. She began her career with Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and held multiple specialized roles within the organization including Disaster and Emergency Liaison responsible for building relationships and collaborating with surrounding cities, counties, the State of California and the Federal Government. During her tenure with Los Angeles County she led her team through several presidentially declared disasters. Additionally, she was a Senior Disaster Analyst and and also provided clinical mental health services.
Mrs. Maher has developed and overseen the creation of several multi-jurisdictional plans and procedures including work with the Operational Area’s Exercise Design Team where she planned, executed, and evaluated many county wide exercises. She has a wealth of knowledge with Emergency Field Mental-Health Operations, Family Assistance Centers, Emergency Operation Centers, Department Operation Centers, Points of Dispensing, and multi-agency plan development.
Mrs. Maher has a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University.
Business Development Specialist / Marketing Manager
Janlia Riley provides business development, marketing and project support at Constant & Associates with over 10 years’ experience in business, design, and marketing functions. She has worked as a graphic designer and marketing lead for online publications, information technology businesses, consulting firms, and film production companies. She enjoys supporting all the members of our team and her ability to manage multiple schedules and projects ensuring our work is done in a timely manner sets her apart. She has quickly adapted to the world of emergency management and security consulting playing a key role in the development of the California Department of Public Health’s Incident Action Plan Toolkit, 5 Steps PrepareAthon, as well as providing support for several full scale exercises.
Ms. Riley holds a Bachelors of Visual Arts in Graphic Design and other certificates in marketing and web design from Griffith University in Australia.
Favorite disaster movie: Food of the Gods
Favorite acronym: KISS
Strangest/Favorite personal emergency kit item: Wipes – they solve everything
First EM response/experience: 15 ‘til 50 FSE
Hobbies: Reading business and self-improvement books, basketball, playing music and sewing
General Manager &
Subject Matter Expert
Scott MacKay is the General Manager for Constant & Associates with over twenty (20) years of experience managing projects, developing growth strategies, and organizing business operations for firms of all sizes. Mr. MacKay also provides exercise and facilitation services for many CONSTANT projects and has a wide range of marketing experience including: traditional, online, event, and promotional marketing, social media strategy, and application development.
Most recently he was the project manager for the development of web-based trainings for the California Department of Public Health, marketing lead for the City of Los Angeles’ Emergency Management Department’s 5 Steps to Neighborhood Preparedness city wide marketing campaign, and manages a nation-wide marketing recruitment campaign for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Mr. MacKay spent over a decade building outreach and marketing campaigns across the City of Los Angeles for the World Famous KROQ 106.7 and other CBS properties. At CBS he developed complete marketing campaigns for a wide range of clients including: Verizon Wireless, Galpin Automotive, Fresh & Easy, LA Car Guy, Red Bull, Mercury Insurance, Fox Television, Del Taco, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Turbo Tax, Home Depot, and more.
Mr. MacKay has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of La Verne.
Favorite Disaster Movie: Sharknado
Favorite acronym: ROI
Strangest/Favorite Personal Emergency Kit Item: Hand crank emergency radio/cellphone charger/ light / everything else
Hobbies: Soccer – Go GALAXY!
David Mathe, MA, MEP
David Mathe is a subject matter expert with over 40 years experience in the private and public sectors, specifically in Emergency Management and Fire Department Operations. He is a leader in organizational management, process improvement, marketing, and finance. He has developed best practices in Public Safety, focusing on Fire and Emergency Management issues.
David is an experienced first responder with deployments to many state and presidentially declared disasters in California. Most notable, the Northridge and Loma Prieta earthquakes and the central California coast floods in 2012. His assignments were in the Logistics and Finance Section of the Emergency Operations Center.
David provides Emergency Management advisory services to the local government in the review and revision of Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans including Emergency Operations Plans, Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, EOC Position training, emergency Resource development, and Continuity of Government and Operations. He also provides his services to area non-governmental agencies focusing on Continuity of Operations. He has served as an advisor for Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles Operational Area Alliance and the Recovery Guidance Plan.
David serves as an adjunct faculty for FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, California Specialized Training Institute. He is also a faculty member of the California and Colorado Fire Mechanics Associations Academies.
He is an accomplished grant writer with awards exceeding $14 million, and is an active member in the California State Fire Fighters Association, San Luis Obispo County Critical Incident Stress Management Team and Community Fire Safe Council, the California Emergency Services Association and founder of California Fire Chiefs Association Emergency Management Section.
David holds an M.A. in Public Sector Leadership, St. Mary’s College and a B.S. Business Administration Minnesota State University. He is a Certified Emergency Management Specialist for the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and has been awarded the FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) designation.
Elaine Jennings, MA
Homeland Security and Public Safety Subject Matter Expert
Elaine Jennings is a highly accomplished professional with 17 years of experience in progressively increasing responsibilities. Elaine served in leadership positions at the State of California in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security at the California Emergency Management Agency. She has managed a number of initiatives in homeland security, counterterrorism, public safety and emergency management including California’s Large Stadium Initiative. Elaine has supervised programs for technical support to local responders and emergency managers and has led several initiatives to improve state and local capability to prevent and respond to a WMD attack. Additionally, she has served in numerous positions during statewide Emergency Operation Center activations and served as a spokesperson during crisis events.
Elaine was tapped as a member of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Advance Team, managing high- level media events and traveling with the Governor on several international trade missions. She also served as Communications Director for the California Department of Corrections, as the Senior Public Safety Advisor to the Mayor of San Diego and on a fellowship serving at the Department of State in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Elaine is currently serving as a consultant and subject matter expert for clients in homeland security and public safety including Superbowl 50 and the City of San Diego.
Elaine is a graduate of the Naval Post Graduate School with a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security and Defense. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with an emphasis in international relations from California State University, Northridge. Additionally she has completed the University of Southern California’s CREATE (Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events) program in counter-terrorism and The USCD Public Policy Program for Nuclear Threats. Elaine is certified in intelligence analysis and a certified instructor in NIMS/ICS, public information, media relation, and crisis communication, and is an HSEEP Certified Exercise Planner.
Ellis M. Stanley, Sr.
Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Major Event Planning
Ellis M. Stanley, Sr. is the Managing Partner of Ellis Stanley Partners and has over 40 years of practitioner experience in Emergency Management, Homeland Security and major event planning. He has an international reputation, currently serving as Chair of the Global Board of Directors for the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). He was part of a multi-disciplinary team that researched Haiti and Chile following major earthquakes. He conducted Senior Crisis Management Seminars for Argentina, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Paraguay, Jordon, Turkey, and Taiwan.
He began his career as Director of Emergency Management for Brunswick County, North Carolina in 1975. As First Fire Marshal and then Fire and Rescue Commissioner, he developed one of the first nuclear facility plans in the wake of the Three Mile Island disaster. He went on to serve as the Director of the Durham-Durham County Emergency Management Agency in North Carolina, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency in Atlanta, the General Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department for the City of Los Angeles, and the Vice President of Emergency Management and Disaster Mitigation for Dewberry, LLC. He has contributed to nuclear facility plans, hazardous materials planning, emergency management research, and major event planning.
Mr. Stanley served as Director of DNC Planning for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, CO. As a trainer he has served as the discipline expert for many major events, i.e., The 1984 and 1996 Summer Olympics, and as Atlanta’s Emergency Manager for the 1996 Centennial Games he was responsible for training as well as managing the Emergency Operations Center for the public health aspects of the games, to include developing and rolling out the first operational MMST (Metropolitan Medical Strike Team) in the country for the games. Other major events included the Papal and World Youth Conference in Denver in 1994, the 1995 Special Olympics in the City of New Haven, New Orleans for the 1988 Republication Convention as well as Atlanta for the 1988 Democratic Convention and Chicago as they prepared for the 1996 Democratic Convention. As the nine host cities of the World Cup Games of 1994 planned for their games, Stanley was called to provide Integrated Emergency Management System (IEMS) training and Emergency Operations Center training for the cities. He has also provided training as cities prepared for such events as Super Bowls, World Series, and NBA Championships.
Mr. Stanley has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an honorary “Doctor of Public Service” Degree from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.
Keith Harrison, MA
Mr. Harrison offers over 30 years of experience in emergency management including conducting response and or recovery operations during 30 presidentially declared disasters/emergencies and numerous proclaimed State and Local Emergencies. Currently, as a consultant Mr. Harrison continues to apply his knowledge, skills and experience as skilled practitioner in emergency management to exercises and training and planning for state, local government and public and private educational agencies and institutions.
He has experience in emergency management at the Local, Operational Area, Regional and State Standardized Emergency Management Levels (SEMS). His career spanned over 24 years with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) followed by over 6 years with the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management (OEM). During his career Keith developed or oversaw the development of emergency plans and procedures reinforcing effective multi agency coordination at and between SEMS Levels. He participated in developing the original Emergency Managers Mutual Aid Plan and its update. He has developed and conducted innovative SEMS compliant Emergency Operations Center and Agency Representative training for emergency management responders. He has served as an adjunct instructor at the California Specialized Training Institute and the National Emergency Training Center.
Mr. Harrison has been active in advancing the emergency management profession through membership and participation in the California Emergency Services Association (CESA) and the International Association of Emergency Managers(IAEM). He is a Past President CESA and Past CESA Southern Chapter President . He currently serves on the CESA Southern Chapter Board and the CESA state emergency management competencies framework committee. Mr. Harrison has received the following awards from CESA:
- Nicholas C. Petris Award, October 2013: Highest state association award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the emergency management field
- CESA Southern, Chapter President’s Award September 2013: Highest Chapter Award in recognition for outstanding contributions to the association
Mr. Harrison has a Masters of Arts in US History, from California State University Northridge and a Bachelors of Arts in History from San Diego State University.
Kim Estes, MBA
Crisis Management/Emergency Response & Communication
Kim Estes is currently a Crisis Management/Emergency Response & Communication consultant to the Oil & Gas, Energy and Maritime Transportation industries. His recent clients include the Department of Justice, Carnival Corporation, BP, ConocoPhillips, Southern California Edison, US Coast Guard, Shell and Lloyds Register.
Mr. Estes was part of the ARCO/BP family for over 23 years and served as the Director of External Relations, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) for North America. Kim headed ARCO’s Corporate Environmental, Health, Safety, Security & Aviation group at the time of the integration of BP and ARCO. His past assignments include Director of Policy and Assurance for Corporate HSE, and also as a Director of Government Relations for the ARCO office in Washington, DC. He also served in a variety of roles on the management team in the ARCO Marine Company, including Head of Operational Integrity.
Mr. Estes began his career with ARCO Marine sailing in the marine transportation fleet and achieving the rank of Chief Engineer before managing the Fleet Engineering and Maintenance group. He served in the US Navy as a Lieutenant in the reserves while fulfilling his Maritime Administration/US Naval obligation.
Mr. Estes has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from The California State University, California Maritime Academy and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California. He also sits on the board of the Long Beach Boys & Girls Club.