Sarah Kessler is an experienced program manager specializing in crisis and emergency management programs. She has managed numerous projects and programs around the globe and locally in the National Capital Region. Mrs. Kessler is a skilled trainer, and exercise expert, having planned dozens of crisis management exercises from Lagos, Nigeria to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mrs. Kessler was essential in developing and conducting crisis and emergency management trainings including Until Help Arrives and Personnel Recovery Management Training.
She currently serves as a Deputy Coordinator with Arlington County, and manages the ongoing readiness and exercise training program of County-wide emergency services personnel and will develop, coordinate, plan and evaluate effective training programs and drills in conjunction with neighboring jurisdictions, ensuring effective communication and response between neighboring jurisdictions and County agencies in an emergency situation. Sarah also currently volunteers her time as the Executive Director of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). She is charged with providing leadership and management of the Committee to include future planning, fundraising, and communications.
Previously she served as an Associate with The Olson Group Ltd. and supported various exercises and planning initiatives in the National Capital Region. Drawing from her tenure at the Department of State’s Bureaus of Diplomatic Security and Consular Affairs, the Center for Terrorism and Intelligence Studies, and other private sector organizations, Mrs. Kessler brings a wide range of experience in crisis management and response, public-private partnerships, and strategic planning.
At the Department of State, she led the outreach and engagement efforts to manage public-private partnerships on a global scale, helping private sector organizations overseas respond to crises by providing crisis management training and ensuring the continued flow of information and open communication. Mrs. Kessler served on several U.S. government Task Forces, to include Libya, Egypt, Japan, and New Zealand.
Charlotte Westin Conference Room Providence 3
Monday, May 14, 2018
0800-0820 Pledge of Allegiance and Introductions
0820-0840 Board of Directors update
0840-0900 Best Practice: Virginia Hospital Center, Abby Wintrow, RN, BSN, CEN, CPEN Virginia Hospital Center, Clinical Manager
0900-1000 Updates on TECC-related Programs
- Update on Prehospital Trauma Courses, NAEMT, Alex Eastman, Lieutenant and Deputy Medical Director, City of Dallas
1015-1045 Updates on TECC-related Grants
1045-1145 TECC related research
- Tranexamic Acid in Pediatric Trauma, Brian Cornelius DNP CRNA NRP
- Tourniquets Outside the Goldilocks Zone, James G Vretis, DO Medical Director Center for Tactical Medicine
- Pulse Nightclub Shooting, Prehospital Emergency Medicine, E. Reed Smith
1145-1300 Lunch Break
1300-1330 The Tactical Medic’s Approach to the Poisoned & Traumatically Injured Casualty, Devin DeFeo 18D, FP-C, NREMT-P
1330-1400 Hypocalcemia and the Lethal Triad, SGT Ditzel Ricky M Jr CCP-C, FP-C, TP-C, SO-ATP
1400-1430 Update on Freeze Dried plasma - Discussion only
1445-1545 International TECC programs, Mark Anderson
- Australian Tactical Medical Association, Matt Pepper - President
- Comite Ibero Americano de Medecina Tactica Y Operational
- UK Current High Threat Medical Response, Lt. Col Claire Park, MBE RAMC
1545-1645 Working Group Updates
1645-1730 Open Guidelines discussion
We are working on a social event for Monday night so don’t make any plans yet!
Here is the draft agenda for the meeting so far (no times assigned yet):
- Board of Directors update
- Executive Director position
- International: Australian Tactical Medicine Association
- Improving Survivability: Analysis of Pulse Autopsies
- Best Practice: TECC for First Receivers, Virginia Hospital Center
- NTOA RTF course update
- Arlington County CCTA grant first responders resource library
- NFPA 3000 update
- CBRNE discussion (McKay)
- Civilian Freeze Dried Plasma
- Hypocalcemia and the lethal triad
- Open Guidelines Discussion
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
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As always, we appreciate the support of SOMSA for hosting our meeting. Don't forget to book your hotel room either - these will fill up quickly.
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We have secured a group discount at the Four Points Sheraton hotel in Ontario/ Rancho Cucamonga. It is 1 mile from the meeting location. Please reserve your room under the C-TECC block at $95 per night plus 12% tax.
11960 E Foothill Blvd, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
The meeting will be held at the Victoria Gardens Cultural center in Rancho Cucamonga.
12505 Cultural Center Dr, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
Please post this flier and distribute this flier widely! We need to empower our communities and empower our citizens to help to save lives. Together, by building a care system that reaches across the entire community, we can improve survival!
More meeting details and logistics will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Charlotte Convention Center room 212 AB
Monday, May 22, 2017
0800-0820 Pledge of Allegiance and Introductions
0820-0840 Key Note: Division Chief Paula McDaniel, Charlotte Fire Department
0840-0920 Board of Directors update
0920-0940 Case Review #1: Townville, SC elementary school shooting
0950-1010 Case Review #2: Westminster Terror attack
1010-1040 BCC-TCP discussion
1040-1110 ASTM Tourniquet standard discussion
1110-1130 International TECC programs
1130-1200 California First Care Provider update
1300-1400 Working Group Updates
1400-1415 Public Comment
1430-1700 Open Guidelines discussion
1800 – 2000 Social at Fahrenheit Restaurant (222 S. Caldwell Street)