WE ARE R.O.G.E.R.

(Who the heck is ROGER?)

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A Letter from Founder and CEO, Chris Joffe

At Joffe Emergency Services, our mission is to shape and improve school, business, and event safety. We believe safety should be fun, empowering, and transformative. By staying true to our mission, we’ve helped protect millions of lives since 2007.

Each interaction you have with preparedness should be matched with a deeper investment and a more powerful understanding. That’s why we’re in the business of professionalizing the field of emergency and disaster education. When communities we’ve engaged with understand the underlying concepts without fear or apprehension, we believe we’ve succeeded. Every successful training, drill, or life saved is cause for celebration, and every challenge is an opportunity.

Our strong commitment to excellence has given us the edge in technology, resources, and partnerships, providing the best possible solutions to our clients for any emergency situation that may arise. Responding to the very emergencies we train our communities to prevent allows us incredibly authentic real-world scenarios and a unique ability to understand our communities’ culture.

In addition, we offer clients several levels of preparedness with our vitals and essentials plans, as well as an online webinar series alternative. Products such as emergency food and water, lockdown kits, and AEDs are available to order.

As we continue this conversation, we hope to specify what will become our shared vision for this work. As always, thank you for your time, energy, and willingness to participate in creating a safer world.

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Chris Joffe, CEO and Founder

Meet... R.O.G.E.R.

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Meet Our Family (HQ)

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Chris Joffe is the founder and CEO of Joffe Emergency Services, a safety consulting company that leads the nation’s schools, businesses, and events in lifesaving and disaster preparedness. Chris has spent his career dedicated to making the world safer, and over the past decade he and his team have worked with thousands of schools across the country to provide training, consultation and support. Chris studied paramedicine at UCLA and technology, business and integrated design at the University of Southern California (USC).

Chris Joffe
Founder and CEO
Mike Ginty

Mike has dedicated his career to safety and security. He started out as a Special Agent and Officer in the US Air Force, investigating felony level crimes and matters of national security, as well as providing anti-terrorism support to force protection overseas. After leaving the military, he worked with the Department of Homeland Security before beginning his career in corporate security. Over the last decade, Mike has run security programs at tech industry giants like Apple and Uber. He has advised numerous start-ups, commercial property groups, and cannabis companies, as well as private organizations and family offices. He regularly publishes and speaks on topics regarding safety and security.
Mike as has a BA from Boston College, and MA in National Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

Mike Ginty
Chief Revenue Officer
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Mr. Bauer’s experience spans the swath of traditional, established and startup high growth businesses. Previously, Bauer was the Managing Partner at 100Waters Group, a small business focused advisory firm with three clients that were awarded INC5000 fastest growing business recognition in addition to two exits (and counting). Bauer served as COO at Cellit, a mobile marketing startup, where he spearheaded new media marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 clients while generating revenue growth at a 80% CAGR, and human capital growth in the triple digits.  Prior to his service at Cellit, Bauer oversaw M&A transactions at Barrington Broadcasting totaling over $1B before serving as Vice President & General Manager of Barrington Interactive, engineering a ground-up, self-sufficient technology, content and sales division with a focus on hyper-local news and information.  Bauer is a cum laude graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Truman State University. For fun, Bauer run triathlons (slowly) and has an unhealthy love of Shamrock Shakes.

Brian Bauer
Chief Operations Officer
Felicia Gonsalez

Felicia leads Get CPR Done and Security at Joffe Emergency Services with over 15 years of career experience in EMS, Fire Service and Security starting with a Field Level Fire Academy, Fire Life Safety, Suppression, Operations and Security. Her biggest challenge yet is to find a way to tire out her kids by bedtime…

Felicia Gonsalez
Director of Security and CPR/AED & First Aid
Sarah Mathew, Director of School Health Services

Sarah Mathew is a lifelong learner and early childhood educator, with an extensive background in school health. She has worked at the local, state and federal level building strong  systems that provide safe, healthy and positive school environments to support the "Whole Child." In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, riding horses and walking on the beach in Southern California.

Sarah Mathew
Director of School Health Services
Kerry Wrenick

Kerry joins the Joffe team as a Licensed Social Worker with over 15 years of service within the educational setting. Her experience with school districts and as a state and national leader has prepared her to lead efforts focused on emergency planning and response, crisis intervention, professional development, and mental health support. Kerry has a passion for underserved populations and communities, having spent the last 11 years serving students experiencing homelessness. When Kerry is not hard at work, you will find her outdoors exploring nature, hiking, and camping with her family.

Kerry Wrenick
LMSW, Director of Consultative Services
Alex Soltero

Alex Soltero leads the Event Safety division of Joffe Emergency Services. Alex has an extensive background in the live events industry. He has developed and executed security and medical plans for NFL games, major concerts, conventions and trade shows. He was a member of the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) 30 Under 30 Class of 2020. Alex holds an Associate Protection Professional certification through ASIS international, the leading security professional organization in the world. Alex obtained a Bachelors of Arts in History degree from the California State University, Long Beach and credits his academic training for his organizational skills and analytic abilities. 

In his free time, Alex enjoys hosting game nights with family and friends, visiting interesting restaurants with his wife, and playing golf. Alex is an avid fantasy football manager despite not winning very often. Alex and his wife are guardians to a 2 year old Mini-Schnauzer/Chihuahua named Nadia.

Alex Soltero
Director of Event Safety
Cat Cecere

Originally from Westchester County, New York, Cat earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the State University of New York, College at Geneseo. After graduation, Cat joined the Teach For America corps in Jacksonville, Florida where she taught middle school math. After fulfilling her TFA commitment, Cat transitioned to working on the operations team at KIPP Jacksonville Public Schools. During her seven school years at KIPP, Cat led the operations team in both building and team expansion, ending her tenure as the Founding Senior Director of Operations. During this time, Cat continued her education by earning a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida and a HBX certificate from Harvard Business School. Additionally, Cat developed a specific interest in and passion for school safety, and began working for Joffe Emergency Services as a consultant to complement her existing work with them through KIPP. Cat then transitioned to be the Founding Regional Director of Operations for IDEA Public Schools in Jacksonville to broaden her expertise. In December 2021, Cat joined the Joffe team full time as the Director of Special Projects, and is excited to support event and school safety nation-wide. Outside of work, Cat enjoys spending time with her husband Mike, daughter Raelyn, and dog Ramsey on the sunny Jacksonville beaches.

Cat Cecere
Director of Special Projects
Lindsey Derouen

Lindsey is the Executive Assistant to CEO Chris Joffe. She has a background in administrative roles, marketing, and sales and is a natural born people-person. Lindsey graduated Texas State University with a B.B.A. in Marketing and Sales. She enjoys cooking new recipes and hanging out with her cats on her time off.

Lindsey Derouen
Executive Assistant to Chris Joffe
Janisha Damania

Janisha’s interests in analyzing data to guide decision making, leading process improvements, and utilizing accounting data to make strategic recommendations led her to pursue a career in accounting. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family.

Janisha Damania
Accounting Manager

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Kevin Kahn

Kevin Kahn worked seven years hard-time in entertainment production, seven in advertising business development, and seven in summer camps.  As a field producer, sales guy, and operations director, Kevin rejoins Joffe to relentlessly turn over the rocks and knock on the doors.  He is the one who knocks.  Hailing from a top tier party school, The University of Florida, Kevin moved to Los Angeles in the late 90s.  He enjoys cycling, boxing, and golf.  Kevin has three dogs (Cece McPoyle, Addison T.T. Buttersnaps, and Alley Bourbon), who are named after comedy television characters.  Currently nursing a heel spur, Kevin is binging Three's Company . . .  But with Succession on tap.

Kevin Kahn
Stadiums, Halls and Events
Rachel Collins

Rachel Collins is the event safety coordinator for Joffe Emergency Services. She has a Bachelors in Business and will graduate with an MBA in Operations Management in June 2022. Rachel has worked in the EMS world for over 22 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Joffe. Rachel loves to travel, backpack and hike with her three children. They only have nine states left to visit!

Rachel Collins
Event Safety Coordinator
Veronica Vickers

Located in San Jose, CA

With Joffe since July 2020

B.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from UC San Diego

Research background in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and regenerative medicine

Veronica has worked in learning environments her entire life! From a lifeguard and swim instructor at her high school pool, to a lab assistant on her college campus, Veronica thrives in the worlds of science and learning!

Veronica Vickers
School Health Specialist
Elise Granath

Elise joined Joffe in August 2020 as a health coordinator at an international school in Palo Alto, California. After guiding the school’s pandemic response, Elise transitioned into the role of School Health Services Manager in August 2021. She is involved in hiring, training, consulting, and supporting Joffe health coordinators across the country.

Elise grew up in the Bay Area, graduated from Elon University with degrees in Public Health and International Studies in May 2020, and is a licenced EMT. She now lives in Austin, Texas and enjoys hiking, improving her skills in the kitchen and behind the bar, interior design, skiing (in Tahoe, not Texas), and traveling. She has visited 33 US states and 19 countries, speaks French, and studied abroad in Paris.

Elise Granath
School Health Services Manager
Mandy Pangilian

Mandy started her career in a Payroll Lead position at a Trucking Company in Tennessee, but most of her accounting background has been in Healthcare Consulting. She has worked alongside many great people and has made many great friendships throughout her career. Invoicing and Bank reconciliations are Mandy’s favorite Payroll responsibilities. She and her husband are currently stationed in Ft Stewart GA, and she enjoys spending time with her two sons and dog, Scout.

Mandy Pangilian
Payroll/Accounts Receivable Specialist
Ruth Wilson

Ruth has been a Middle and Elementary School Educator for the last several years. In this role she was responsible for not only child development academically, but also safety as always the top priority. This allowed Ruth to bring first hand experience in school safety preparedness to the Joffe Team. Her leadership roles on campus and success in the classroom allowed her to lead trainings for fellow teachers in her school and in her district. She enjoys traveling to new places, trying new foods, and spending time with loved ones. Ruth earned her BBA in Marketing from the University of Houston

Ruth Wilson
Safety Consultant
Thea Credle

Thea Credle has over 20 years’ experience in emergency management and security operations. Her areas of  expertise span campus emergency management initiatives, including the development of all-hazards emergency  operations plans, vulnerability assessments, discussion and operations-based exercises, emergency management and emergency management training, program management, homeland security, and public health. Thea is an expert in the development of security and emergency management coordinating emergency preparedness and  response planning efforts. She led the development and implementation of Emergency Response Plans and  Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP) for the City of Boston, Massachusetts, Boston University and George  Washington University.

Thea Credle
MPH, MEP: Safety Consultant
Staffing Coordinator

Pamela Omandam started her recruiting and staffing journey in operations and high-volume screening coordination in the medical and transportation service fields. Having a taste of staffing and recruiting definitely got her hooked! Pamela believes in the power of recruiting and staffing great quality candidates. As Staffing Coordinator, Pamela dreams of growing Joffe’s EMTs/Paramedics list of networks and maintaining positive staff engagement. When Pamela is not recruiting rockstar EMTs, she enjoys camping, road trips, horror movies, and spending time with her 3 dogs.

Pamela Omandam
Staffing Coordinator
Dwight Cox

As a security operations strategist and leader, I have been involved with the security industry for the last 29 years.  I am a senior security professional with a solid work background, having overseen security operations in various vertical markets within the field.  I’m a life learner and have a true passion for overseeing security teams and operations for private schools, public charter schools, and higher education universities over the last 12 years. I’m an enthusiastic team player with a direct and open communication style that uses broad knowledge and listening skills  acquired over the years that creates a very positive and inclusive working environment. I employ adaptive leadership, making suggestions about changes to improve security through building dynamic teams that embrace changes and fostering transparency within partnerships. One of my favorite quotes from Stephen Richards, ““If you do what everyone else does, you will get what everyone else gets.” Therefore, I always challenge myself to be “The Differentiator”!

Dwight Cox
Director of Safety and Security
Jose Marquez

Jose earned his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University, and brings more than two decades of law enforcement and security experience. Most recently, he served as a special agent in the U.S. Department of State where he provided strategic leadership in incident and response management, emergency services, communications and relationship-building, and security operations as a member of the Diplomatic Security Command Center. He has served at the highest level of security, including for various U.S. presidents, secretaries of state, and international dignitaries and diplomats. 

Jose Marquez
Director of Safety and Security
Cathy Pietropaolo

Cathy is the Administrative Assistant to the Security & Emergency Management divisions. She has a background in clinical research regulatory affairs, as well as administrative roles with school districts, medical institutions, major corporations, and small businesses. A "naturalized" Texan currently living in Pennsylvania, Cathy graduated with an Associate of Arts from Houston Community College and is a graduate of the Houston Police Department Citizens' Police Academy and the Houston Fire Department Citizens' Fire Academy. She enjoys traveling (during nonpandemic times) and caring for her senior, special needs rescue dog Trixie.

Cathy Pietropaolo
Administrative Assistant - Security & Emergency Management

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Monica Applewhite

Monica Applewhite holds a Master’s of Science in Social Work and a Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work.  She has spent the past 25 years studying abuse and using her findings to help organizations prevent and respond to incidents and allegations of abuse. She prefers Marvel for their heroes and DC for their villains.

Monica Applewhite
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