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Regional specialist appointed to IAEM Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council
Published on January 31, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

ST CROIX, USVI -- National security and international relations specialist Dr Mutryce A. Williams, a native of St Kitts and Nevis, who resides on St Croix, USVI, has been appointed to the International Association of Emergency Managers - Latin America and Caribbean Leadership Council (IAEM-LAC). She was appointed Special Counsel for the Caribbean Area.

Dr Mutryce A. Williams
The IAEM-LAC is one of several regions of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has more than 6,000 members worldwide. The organization is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the "Principles of Emergency Management" and representing those professionals whose goals are saving lives and protecting property and the environment during emergencies and disasters.

The IAEM’s vision is to be recognized as a premier international organization of emergency management professionals. The organization’s mission is to serve its members by providing information, networking and professional opportunities, and to advance the emergency management profession.

The IAEM LAC is the newest region of the IAEM. It was founded on October 16, 2014, and includes all countries in South and Central America, as well as Caribbean nations.

IAEM LAC President Roberto Macchiavello
President Roberto Macchiavello said that the IAEM LAC Leadership Council welcomed Williams to its fold. He said that the IAEM LAC looked forward to her sharing her views, promoting emergency management principles and the profession, as well as her engaging emergency management professionals in the Caribbean region. He was also keen to note that as the only female member of the IAEM LAC Leadership Council, he hoped that Williams would serve as an inspiration for other women who aspire to a career in emergency management.

Williams holds a doctorate in public policy administration with a double concentration in homeland security policy and coordination and terrorism mediation and peace from Walden University. She holds a masters of politics degree from the University of Dallas. In March 2016, the University of Dallas featured her on its web page. The feature was titled ‘Politics Alumna Focuses on Homeland Security’. Williams holds a graduate certificate in advanced international affairs with double emphases in intelligence and diplomacy from Texas A & M University.

She earned the designation of certified homeland protection professional (CHPP) from the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition’s (NDPCI) Global Center for Threat, Risk, and Vulnerability and the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) Institute for Homeland Security Professional Certification Board. Individuals who hold the CHPP designation are prepared to help organizations prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, mitigate and recover from all hazards. These individuals have demonstrated competency, knowledge, skills and abilities in the blended discipline area of homeland protection.

Williams is the holder of the FEMA Emergency Management Institute Professional Development Series Certificate. She holds 55 certificates in the field of homeland security and emergency management field. She is a member of the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition (NDPCI).

In 2011 Williams underwent training at the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) where she served in the capacity of aide to the director of VITEMA/Homeland Security Advisor of the USVI, Brigadier General Elton Lewis. Her duties involved providing highly confidential research, documentation, analytical and administrative support services. Her time at VITEMA saw her participating in the FEMA Region II RISC Meeting in Puerto Rico in 2012; in the multiple review process of the All Hazards and Tsunami/Earthquake Plans for the USVI, as well as monthly USVI Emergency Management Council Meetings.

During this time Williams was also exposed to the practical aspects of the field as she was able to observe and provide feedback on tabletop and full scale exercises. While at VITEMA Williams also got the opportunity to provide critical, highly confidential support for United States Vice President Joseph Biden’s 2011 visit to the territory and was subsequently awarded the Coin of Excellence and Service for work performed on the auspicious event.

Additionally, Williams holds the post of IAEM Global Student Council New Membership Coordinator. She is also a contributor to the IAEM monthly bulletin with a column titled, ‘The Emerging Emergency Management Professional’. She is a 2016 International Women in Emergency Management Hall of Fame (InWEM) Nominee and an IAEM-USA Region 2016 Volunteer of the Year Award Nominee.

Williams is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide where she represents the College of Arts and Sciences on the Faculty Senate Research Committee.
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