Homeland Security Emergency Management Program Faculty
Sarah K. Miller, HSEM Interim Program Chair
Sarah is the Zone 3 Emergency Management Coordinator serving the 16 cities of south King County, Washington. Immediately prior to this position, she served as the Emergency Manager for the City of Auburn, Washington (near Seattle) for 10 years. Her career has spanned first response, training, technology, public safety communications, higher education, homeland security and emergency management. Since 2002 Sarah has been an adjunct faculty member for a number of universities including Georgetown University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and Western Washington University.
Education: Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications from Corban University and Master of Public Administration degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University. She completed additional doctoral level work in public policy, homeland security, and emergency management at Walden University and was a graduate of FEMA’s first National Emergency Management Advanced Academy. She earned her CEM® designation from IAEM and is also certified as an ISO 22301 (Business Continuity Management System) Lead Implementer through PECB.
Brian Scott Preston (Scott)
Scott Preston is a career emergency management and business continuity professional with 13+ years of experience in emergency management, business continuity and emergency response (primarily EMS). Until October 2016, Scott served with the University of Washington's Emergency Management Department (UWEM) and is now the Business Continuity Program Manager with MultiCare Health System in their Emergency Management Department.
Education: Scott holds a M.A. in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and is a Graduate of FEMA's National Advanced Academy. Scott is certified as a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) through FEMA; Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with DRII; Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) with the International Association of Emergency Managers. He is also a Washington State Certified ICS Instructor and Associate Business Continuity Planner (ABCP) with DRII.
Paul J. McNeil
Paul has been an adjunct professor in Pierce College’s Homeland Security Emergency Management program since its inception. Following a military career, Paul embarked on a thirty-year career in emergency medical services (EMS) and emergency management (EM), starting with Pierce County EMS followed by three years developing EMS systems in Saudi Arabia. He returned to local and state government and spent the last ten years of his EMS career managing the 24/7 Emergency Operations Center for the Washington Emergency Management Division (EMD), from which he retired in 2012.
Education: Paul is an alumnus of Saint Martin's College, Gonzaga University, and the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Jason is a subject matter expert on the role and impacts of HSEM in Higher Education and previously served as the Director of Safety and Emergency Management for Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas and as Emergency Management Director for Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Jason is a national-level Department of Homeland Security instructor for the Incident Command System (ICS), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and FEMA’s National Emergency Management Advanced Academies (NEMAA). He holds several professional certifications including the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), the FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) certification, and the Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute
Education: Jason holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University; M.B.A. in Business Administration from University of Phoenix; M.A. in Homeland Security from American Military University. Jason served as an officer with the United States Army, gaining his extensive experience in planning, coordination and operations prior to his retirement.