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Ryan Nicholls

Ryan Nicholls

Mr. Ryan Nicholls is a master instructor with Eastern Kentucky University, an academic partner of the RDPC.

Mr. Nicholls is currently working as an active practitioner of emergency management, serving as Director of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management and overseeing all mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for the community. The community is accredited with the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. In this position and as deputy director of the Type III Southwest Missouri Incident Support Team, he has responded to many disaster events. Those events include ice storms, winter storms, floods, and tornadoes, including the 2011 Joplin tornado. He has served as moderator, lead controller, and lead evaluator for a variety of exercises of similar response scenarios as well as airplane crashes and earthquakes. He has also served as a regional coordinator for the Southwest Missouri Multi-Agency Coordination Center.

Mr. Nicholls served on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Long-Term Recovery Team following Hurricane Katrina. He also served with FEMA on the national review panel for the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant application selection for three years and on an advisory committee to develop a damage assessment education module for the National Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) education program. He is currently serving as a member of the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency Director’s Advisory Committee. Mr. Nicholls coordinates the Southwest Missouri Regional Disaster Planning committee, is vice-chair for the Greene County Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) Recovery Committee, serves as a co-chair for the American Red Cross Services Committee, served as the treasurer for the Southwest Missouri Emergency Support Organization for six years and now serves as president. He also serves as a board member for the Ozarks Chapter American Red Cross and Greene County 911 Board.

Mr. Nicholls has been teaching adult education classes since 2003, including courses such as Community Emergency Response Team, ICS 300, ICS 400, ICS/EOC Interface, Damage Assessment, Disaster Recovery, and Disaster Mitigation. He has delivered adult training presentations at a variety of symposiums, including the National Incident Management Team Annual Conference, the National American Geophysical Union Conference, multiple state and regional emergency management focused conferences, and countless local venues.

Mr. Nicholls has a master’s degree in fire and emergency management from Oklahoma State University. He has received his Certified Emergency Manager from the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Missouri Certified Emergency Manager, and has completed the Emergency Management Advanced Professional Development Series from FEMA. He received his bachelor of nursing degree from Missouri State University. Prior to emergency management, he worked as a registered nurse in a neuro-trauma intensive care unit. He lives in Greene County, Missouri with his wife and five children.