Matthew T. Mueller
Matthew is the Executive Director of the Denver Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Matthew has over 20 years of experience in the fields of emergency management, disaster relief, and humanitarian assistance. He serves on the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisory Council and chairs the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative and Securing the Cities executive committees. He first joined Denver OEM in 2009 and has served in a variety of roles including operations, training and exercise, continuity planning, and as Deputy Director.
Previously, Matthew was the Assistant Director of Disaster Services for the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter in San Francisco. He began his professional career with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington D.C. where he served on response teams for humanitarian crises in Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Sudan, and Guinea. Additionally, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali.
Matthew holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa and an M.B.A. from the Dominican University of California. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional and a Master Exercise Practitioner.
David Powell is the Deputy Director for the Denver Office of Emergency Management. He oversees several staff members that cover COOP, operation, and community preparedness. Additionally, David manages the Emergency Operations and Hazard Mitigation Plans, and the City’s Emergency Planning Committee, Hazard Mitigation Working Group, and Local Emergency Planning Committee. David also chairs the Regional Emergency Planning Committee for Colorado’s North Central All-Hazards Region and the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative. Additionally, David serves as an OEM on-call Duty Officer and assists in Emergency Operations Center (EOC) activations as an EOC Coordinator. Prior to joining Denver OEM, David worked for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Office, the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, and the Wake County, NC Department of Emergency Medical Services. David is a Certified Emergency Manager and holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Administration degrees from North Carolina State University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy.
Emergency Management Specialist Operations
Joined the City and County of Denver in 2008 and currently serves as an Emergency Management Coordinator for the denver Office of Emergency Management. A Colorado native, he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Technology from Metro State. Passionate for the outdoors, he volunteers for a local mountain search and rescue team, and spends much of his free time exploring this beautiful state with his family.
Amelia S. Iraheta
Emergency Management Specialist Community Preparedness
Amelia joined City and County of Denver’s Office of Emergency Management team in July 2018 as the Community Preparedness Coordinator. Coming to us from the Pacific Northwest, she is excited to spend as much time as possible outdoors in the 300 days of sunshine Denver experiences each year!
Amelia has spent her career working with vulnerable populations both domestically and abroad, and holds a Master of Science in International Disaster Management from the University of Manchester, UK. Having worked many emergency and disaster responses, she has seen firsthand the difference being prepared can make, and is excited to work alongside the community to make Denver the most resilient city it can be!
Hanna Park is the Executive Assistant to the Director in the Denver Office of Emergency Management. She has over 20 years of administrative experience in the private sector working in the multi-family industry as well as in the print marketing industry. Hanna received her degree in Education from Arizona State University.
Emergency Management Specialist Continuity and Critical Infrastructure Coordinator
Lizz Floro is the Continuity and Critical Infrastructure Coordinator for the Denver Office of Emergency Management . She is responsible for coordinating the City and County’s continuity program including continuity of government, continuity of operations, and business continuity . Lizz also leads the critical infrastructure and key resource protection program. She is expanding the existing planning programs to include technological updates, further training and exercises, and broader outreach for the City and County’s agencies and private sector partners. Floro holds a Master’s degree in Emergency & Disaster Management from Georgetown University.
Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Operations Coordinator- Logistics
Cate Marshall is the Logistics Coordinator with the Denver Office of Emergency Management, Denver Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). Cate joined the Denver OEM team in 2020 after completing her degree at the University of Denver with a Master of Science in Security Management with a concentration in Emergency Planning and Response. Cate served in the Marine Corps for four years. Her military experience comes in a range of duties to include environmental management, fire safety and fleet equipment management. Cate holds a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security from Marian University.
Finance and Administration
Kathy Butterfield is the quintessential grants and contracts manager with over twenty-years of experience as a program and/or life-cycle manager with federal, state, city, and private funding agencies for governmental offices or nonprofit agencies. She has always found that grant funding enhances essential services to all citizens, strengthens partnerships between front-line service providers, and creates resilient and supportive communities.
She has worked as an investigator and program director for the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Colorado Springs, taught contracts as the Chair of Paralegal Studies at a junior college, served as a financial and administrative director for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, and performed as a senior paralegal and program director for the Attorney General of New Mexico.
Grant Administrator II
Crystal Reed is a Grant Administrator with the Denver Office of Emergency Management (OEM). She facilitates project management, budgeting, procurement, inventory and asset management, for the federally funded Securing the City (STC) Program. Prior to this position, she served Denver OEM as an Operations Coordinator for Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI).
Emergency Management Specialist Risk Coordinator
Shawn Mallet serves as an Operations Coordinator for the City and County of Denver, Office of Emergency Management (OEM), Denver Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). Shawn joined the Denver OEM after serving as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) Specialist in the U.S. Army for over 20 years. His military experience included assignments supporting the White House Military Office (WHMO)/Policy, Plans, and Requirements (PPR) Office, NORAD and USNORTHCOM, USCENTCOM, and the Infantry Division Force Protection Cell. Shawn holds a Master of Arts degree in Security Management from Webster University, a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Planning and Response from University of Denver, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Columbia College of Missouri.
Ryan Williams joined the Office of Emergency Management in March of 2019 as the Senior Accountant. He spent the previous three years at Denver Health and Hospital Authority where he worked in the hospital’s pre and post award grants offices serving as a Financial Analyst and Senior Accountant. Ryan moved to Denver from Philadelphia in January 2016 to pursue a new chapter in his life. He graduated from Temple University in May of 2013 with degrees in Accounting and Management Information Systems. Ryan worked two and a half years at Temple University in the grants post award office assisting the University and its stakeholders to manage its $250 million portfolio of research grants prior to moving to Denver.
Tiana L. Farrant
Emergency Management Specialist Training and Exercises
Tiana is the Training and Exercise Coordinator for the Denver Office of Emergency Management. Farrant is responsible for ensuring that all emergency management and homeland security training across the City and County of Denver’s 34 Core Capabilities meets industry training standards, qualifications, and certifications, and that all exercises are complaint with the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.
Prior stepping into the T&E Coordinator position, Tiana was the Risk Coordinator for Denver UASI and led the regional THIRA and SPR. Additionally, Tiana serves as an OEM on-call Duty Officer, a Threat Liaison Officer, and assists during Emergency Operations Center activations as an EOC Coordinator.
Loaitza A. Esquilín García
Public Information Officer
Loaitza Esquilín García serves as the Public Information Officer for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). She has more than ten years of experience in the Crisis Communications field having worked for FEMA and the Red Cross before joining the OEM team. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a Minor in Visual Arts and a Master in Communications Management from the University of Southern California.
Ashley joined the Office of Emergency Management team in September 2020 as the Staff Assistant for Securing the Cities Grant. She is primarily responsible for offering administrative and financial support for the Securing the Cities Grant leadership. While originally from Wisconsin, she spent 6 years in California after college, and moved to Colorado in 2016for her love of the outdoors.She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing with a Minor in Sociology from the University Wisconsin-Whitewater