RIC Plan Managers
Evacuation Plan Manager
Orly Amir is the Regional Evacuation Coordination Plan manager. She has a bachelor of arts in political science from Union College and a master of urban planning from New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, with a specialization in transportation and infrastructure planning. During graduate school, Amir worked as a research assistant at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, where she managed PlanNYC.org, a website that tracks land use and real estate projects and developments in NYC. Prior to attending graduate school, Amir worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staff member for a member of Congress. During that time, her work focused on energy, transportation, and environmental policy issues.
Jay Brandt is a junior planner, assisting on all projects at the Regional Integration Center (RIC). Prior to working with the Regional Catastrophic Planning Team (RCPT), he worked as an office assistant and then as a manager at DBZ & Co., a NYC hedge fund. While there he helped to organize a company-sponsored quarterly donations and volunteer effort with NYC Housing Works. Brandt has a bachelor of arts in English literature and journalism from the University of Minnesota, with a specialization in local and citizen journalism.
Mass Fatality Management Plan Manager
Emily Carroll is currently working with NYC Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) as the regional project manager for the Mass Fatality Management planning initiative. Prior to joining the OCME and the RCPT, Carroll worked at the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in the training and exercise unit. She has a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she studied health policy and management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, concentrating in disaster management policy.
Volunteer Preparedness Plan Manager
Megan Fliegelman is currently completing her masters in public administration in emergency and disaster management at Metropolitan College of New York and will be done in December 2012. Recently awarded the John D. Solomon Fellowship for Public Service, Fliegelman will work with the NYC OEM on their Partners in Preparedness Program. Prior to joining the RCPT , Megan worked in sports medicine with athletic programs in the US and abroad. She worked as and certified athletic trainer with Stanford University and Bare Essential Sports Medicine, where she focused on high-risk trauma sports.
Nancy Harris is a logistics planner at the RIC. Before joining the RIC, she spent 10 years working on large-scale, multi-day outdoor cycling and walking fundraising events, managing teams of 500 or more volunteers. In addition she has worked as a logistics coordinator for these events, determining and implementing the necessary steps to make them a success. Harris is currently president of the IAEM—USA Student Region and president of the IAEM—Global Student Council. She hopes to receive her AEM designation in the fall. Harris has a bachelor of science in print journalism from Boston University and an ABA paralegal certificate from Marist College. She is currently completing her master’s degree in emergency and disaster management at American Military University.
Regional Disaster Housing Recovery Center Plan Manager
Sarah Lavery has worked in architecture coordinating and managing design and construction projects throughout New York City as well as in Miami, London, and Las Vegas. These projects have included offices, showrooms, restaurants, retail stores, and new homes, ranging in size from a few thousand square feet to over 40,000 square feet. She received her master of archictecture from Yale School of Architecture. Prior to that, she received a bachelor of fine arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where she was a double major in cinema studies and film and television production.
Deputy Program Manager, Regional Logistics Program
Jim Penta has over 15 years of experience in supply chain and logistics leadership roles in industries such as direct marketing, consumer products manufacturing, and corporate food service. Penta spent that time developing and executing planning and inventory strategies that align consumer demand with supply side operations through integration of best practices. His experience runs across the supply chain disciplines of planning, forecasting, inventory management, and customer fulfillment operations. Penta is also trained as a Six Sigma Blackbelt and holds an undergraduate degree in finance and an master of business administration in international business.
Critical Infrastructure Protection Manager
Laura Stockstill is the Critical Infrastructure Protection plan manager and also worked on the RCPTRegional Debris Management plan. Her experience as an urban planner in the governmental and nonprofit sectors includes community planning, intergovernmental collaborations, and regional policy assessment, with a focus on environmental and infrastructure issues. Prior to joining the RIC team, she served as environmental planner in the Bronx Borough President’s Office, coordinating the borough’s solid waste advisory board, performing environmental assessments and land use review, and monitoring major infrastructure projects such as water filtration and wastewater treatment plants. She holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Pratt Institute and a bachelor’s degree from Reed College.