When Keri joined Butler County Emergency Management in May of 2009, she was new to the world of emergency services, but brought with her from the private sector a wealth of business and finance experience. During her college years, while completing her bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration, she had worked in the banking industry. Following school, she spent the next many years working in various bookkeeping, auditing and project management positions.
After deciding to make a career change and diving into the Emergency Management world, Keri quickly began the process of earning her Kansas Certified Emergency Manager (KCEM) designation, which she successfully completed in 2011. In 2015, she was accepted into FEMA's Master Exercise Practitioner Program, becoming a recognized Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) in the spring of 2016. In August 2018, she successfully completed FEMA's year-long National Emergency Management Advanced Academy (NEMAA). She returned to the Emergency Management Institute in 2022 to complete FEMA's National Emergency Management Executive academy (NEMEA), graduating in August of that year.
When she took an EMT course in 2010, Keri discovered that she also has a passion for emergency medicine. By 2012 she had progressed to the level of Advanced EMT, and in 2015, she successfully earned her state and national paramedic certification.
In her position as an emergency manager, (and drawing on her experiences in EMS), Keri has had many opportunities to engage in another of her passions: teaching. She regularly instructs first responders, civic groups, school children, disaster volunteers, and a myriad of other audiences in severe weather safety, emergency preparedness, and disaster response, as well as first aid/CPR, NIMS/ICS, and mass casualty response.
In addition to her day-to-day duties and activities, Keri also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) and is a member of the Kansas All-Hazards Incident Management Team (KSAHIMT).