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The Bill Anderson Fund (BAF) Flagship at the University of Delaware is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural Advisory Board.  The Board has been established to work in collaboration with the BAF 501(c)3 and Student Council to advise and provide guidance to the Flagship in fulfilling its mission to expand the number of historically  underrepresented professionals in the field of disaster science, research and practice.  

The Advisory Board objectives include:

  1. Help guide the long-term strategic plan of the BAF Flagship.

  2. Assist in the recruitment of future BAF fellows and mentors, and spread awareness of the BAF in members’ respective fields. 

  3. Help promote the work of the BAF Flagship as a resource for disaster science and hazards terminal degree students nationwide.

  4. Provide overall project direction and expertise for the BAF professional development initiatives, including but not limited to workshops, webinars, and mentor program. 

  5. Support and promote relationships with BAF satellite institutions to strengthen partnerships.

  6. Provide assistance and/or advice as appropriate to support BAF fundraising and development activities.

Advisory Board Members:
Norma Anderson

​Norma Anderson, MA – the founder and president of the William Averette Anderson Fund (BAF) for Hazard & Disaster Mitigation Education and Research 501(c)(3)organization.

Bacilia Angel

​Bacilia Angel - Is a team lead at MITRE Corporation. She is an engineer, entrepreneur, diversity and inclusion ambassador, and enthusiast of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) disciplines. 

Ryan Burke

​Ryan Burke, Ph.D. - a former U.S. Marine Corps officer, graduate of the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, and currently an Associate Professor and Curriculum Director in the Department of Military & Strategic Studies at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Melanie Gall

​Melanie Gall, Ph.D. - a hazards geographer studying the interaction between natural hazards and society. She co-directs the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Arizona State University. 

Jonathan Moore

​Jonathan Moore - a print and mixed media award winning advertising copywriter, and entrepreneur and founder of four companies including a multicultural ad agency and a tech training & workforce development firm. Mr. Moore is a Johns Hopkins Community Engagement Fellow.

Joe Trainor

Joe Trainor, Ph.D. - an associate professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware and a core faculty member of the Disaster Research Center.

Chauncia Willis

Chauncia Willis, MPA – an emergency manager for local, state, federal and private sector organizations and the co-founder and CEO of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM).


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3/22/2020
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