Emergency and Disaster Management

Below is a listing of Payson People (we refer to ourselves as Paysonites) who specialize in Emergency and Disaster Management.

Anne Rolfes

Anne Rolfes
Alumna, M.S., Louisiana Bucket Brigade

Anne Rolfes, Founding Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, began her career in Nigeria, collaborating with local communities to address oil companies’ destruction of the Niger Delta. She returned to Louisiana in 2000 and founded the Louisiana Bucket Brigade to end pollution in her home state.

Lauren Messina

M.S. Candidate

I currently live in Chicago, where I am starting the program as a distance-based student for my first two semesters before moving to New Orleans in 2016.

Hilary Nicole Zainab

Doctoral Student
Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin is a Management Analyst with the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  She currently serves as a Board of Director and Operational Coordinator for the Standby Task Force where she provides crisis informatics and mapping services to organizations such as UNOCHA, MSF, NetHope and others responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Alexander Coles

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Alexander Coles is a Full Professor of Geography and Environmental Science at Florida State University, Panama Canal Campus. He is a Land Use and GIS Specialist. Before joining the FSU-Panama, he taught Geography-related seminars and courses at the Departments of Geography and Global Health at the University of South Florida (USF).

Sarah Lionel

Doctoral Student

I am Sarah Lionel from the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia.  I just recently concluded my employment with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency in Barbados. There I worked managing projects and provided disaster preparedness and response support. My various roles with the Agency allowed me to work with 18 Caribbean countries and various development partners including USAID OFDA, US SOUTHCOM, the Government of Italy, DFID, Australian Aid, CIDA and the European Union etc.

G. Alexander Crowther

Alumnus, PhD, RAND Corporation

Strategist. International Affairs Specialist. Politico-Military Specialist. Researcher. Latin American Foreign Area Officer. Light Infantry Officer. 

Worked at the field, the regional and global levels. Field work in Central America, the Andean Ridge, Korea and Iraq. Regional in Latin America, Europe and Middle East. Global level experience performing politico-military activities in Washington DC.

Nathan Morrow

Nathan Morrow
Associate Research Professor

Nathan Morrow has nearly 20 years of international research and work experience with issues of food security, child wellbeing and humanitarian response. He began giving courses at the Payson Center in 2006 and has taught a number of classes over the years for the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a regular food security studies Global Development Summer Institute in Italy. He is the primary author and principal investigator for the forthcoming United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Handbook for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Taylor Passman

Alumnus, M.S., UNRWA: Gaza

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones, Tulane Payson Center
Alumna, M.S., Fundación Paraguaya

In November 2014, I joined fellow Paysonite, Martin Burt's Fundación Paraguaya as a Project Coordinator where I will be writing grants and managing grant-based projects.  I received my B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in international relations from Tulane University.  As a Payson graduate student, I worked as the Program Coordinator at the Center for Inter-American Policy (CIPR) and Research at Tulane University.

Lawliss Turner

Lawliss Turner
Doctoral Student

I'm a native of New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina, I wanted to come home and help play a part in the recovery efforts. I took a job at the Louisiana Department of Economic Development in the state capital where my main function was to attract large scale investment and job development. Thereafter, I took a job at the City of New Orleans, Office of Community and Economic Development. In this position, I was the lead project manager for the Fresh Food Retailer Initiative, which was a $14 million private/CDBG investment in grocery stores in established food deserts in the New Orleans.


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