Management

Management

David M Shapiro – President

Mr. Shapiro is the Founder and President of DMS. He has more than twenty years of experience in disaster recovery. Prior to transitioning to the private sector, he worked for the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCDEM) as Special Projects Manager. Mr. Shapiro was responsible for assisting senior staff of the NCDEM with designing and implementing a critical plan to manage the Public Assistance Program after Hurricane Fran. He was also responsible for the financial and technical administration of over $350 million in grants from seven federally-declared disasters and resolved over $30 million in “special project issues.” Mr. Shapiro then served as the FEMA Disaster Recovery Team Leader for three disasters in the State of Florida. He later served as the Region IV Appeals Team Leader. Mr. Shapiro responded to first appeals filed by the State of Florida for the FEMA Regional director regarding major issues resulting from Hurricane Andrew.

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Mr. Shapiro has conducted extensive work in the areas of eligibility, project formulation, project worksheet review, final inspections, FEMA Section 404 & 406 hazard mitigation, appeals, and responding to FEMA Inspector General Audit findings.

Mr. Shapiro notable accomplishments since exiting FEMA include, in 2004-2005, assisting clients in the State of Florida with the recovery of approved $2 billion from FEMA and insurance companies for damages caused by four hurricanes that impacted the region. So far, he has led DMS to recover $4.8 billion on behalf the State of Louisiana for damages sustained as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Shapiro is a graduate of Hofstra University.

Joeann Jenkins, MA – Executive Vice President

Ms. Jenkins has over 18 years of experience in the planning, management and administration of FEMA Public Assistance Grants Programs for state and local government agencies. She has supervised the management and operations for billions of dollars in Federal and State Disaster Recovery grants. In addition, to supervising a staff of fifty or more people during multiple State and Federally Declared disaster events. Her position(s) in disaster recovery also required coordinating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in reference to policies and regulations regarding program implementation, insurance, project worksheet closeouts, disaster closeouts and audits. Ms. Jenkins is the Project Manager for the Office of Risk Management Disaster Recovery contract. She manages the daily disaster recovery efforts for approximately 4 billion dollars in federal grants for Hurricanes; Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Isaac, March Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding and the August Louisiana Severe Storms and Flooding. Ms. Jenkins earned her Bachelor and Master Degrees from North Carolina Central University.

Harvey “Doug” White, P.E. – Executive Vice President

Mr. White has more than 20 years of project management experience, with fifteen of those years in disaster recovery. Mr. White is the former State of Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) Technical Team Lead for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike. He was also part of the Public Assistance Closeout team after seven named storms in Florida from 2004 to 2005. His strong knowledge of engineering, eligibility and project management has supported many clients in successfully recovering millions of dollars in funding for disaster recovery. Mr. White is working on a 428 Alternative Project for South Nassau Communities Hospital, Long Island, NY. This project was originally estimated by FEMA as a $23 million repair after the hospital was severely damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Under his direction and advice, the project worksheet was written and obligated for what is now a $176.9 million replacement facility. Mr. White is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

Martin Altman, PMP – Senior Vice President

Mr. Altman is a Certified Project Manager with over 25 years’ disaster recovery experience. He has advanced, in depth expertise in working with the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Zones Program, and HUD CDBG-DR. From 2001 to 2004, Mr. Altman served as the FEMA Region VII Project Officer and Closeout Specialist for Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Altman served as the Public Assistance Branch Director for the Florida Long Term Recovery Office where he managed the FEMA Public Assistance Program in developing project worksheets and the closeout of nine declared storms over 4,000 applications from 2005 to 2007. Mr. Altman is currently managing a project for the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G)/Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), providing program management services for a $747 million Section 428 Capped Grant to harden 1,025 miles of power distribution, part of a $1.4 billion mitigation project. Mr. Altman earned his bachelors of science in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland.

Susan T. West, MBA, CRM, CIC – Vice President of Risk Management – Eastern Region

Ms. West has more than 34 years as an insurance professional. Ms. West joined the DMS team in January 2017. Prior to becoming part of the DMS team, Ms. West held various insurance positions within the State of Louisiana, including that of State Risk Administrator where she had oversight of Disaster Management, Underwriting, Loss Prevention and Premium Development. During her tenure, she managed the recovery of 5 presidentially declared disasters. In early 2014, Ms. West was appointed by the State of Louisiana to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for the health insurance program for state employees and retirees. Prior to working for the state, Ms. West was the vice president of an insurance agency which specialized in association insurance. Ms. West has attained a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Risk Manager and Certified Insurance Counselor.

Denise Rupp, MBA – Director of Marketing and Communications

Ms. Rupp brings 25 years of marketing, business and proposal development experience to DMS. She leads DMS’ Marketing and Communications division and has significant expertise in public sector contracting spanning various industries including healthcare, education, architecture, engineering, and design and construction. Prior to joining DMS, she held several positions where she was instrumental in driving business solutions, strategy development, grant and proposal composition, compliance, contract monitoring, and risk analysis and mitigation. Ms. Rupp earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Danielle Goldberg – Director of Special Projects

Ms. Goldberg developed and maintains DMS’ companywide disaster tracking program. She manages the internal employee tracking system including documentation for payroll and FEMA reimbursement. She works closely with supervisors to prepare bi-weekly, monthly and annual tracking reports internally and for clients. She also examines financial records to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures and FEMA requirements. Ms. Goldberg holds a Master’s Degree from The Florida State University.

Robert Seibert – Senior Public Assistance Advisor

Mr. Seibert brings to DMS a 20-year career in logistics and industrial engineering. He served as the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Lead Deputy Public Assistance Officer prior to joining DMS in January 2017. Mr. Seibert was responsible for the delivery of Florida Public Assistance programs to municipalities throughout Florida from 2005 until 2016. Mr. Seibert holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Management degree from Shenandoah University.

Jake Ravitz, CFM – Project Control and Eligibility Specialist

Mr. Ravitz is a Certified Floodplain Manager with multiple years’ experience in Disaster Recovery as a FEMA Eligibility and Grant Management specialist. He has managed and overseen several hazard mitigation and high dollar value recovery projects with an expertise in Contract/Invoice Management & Force Account Labor/Materials. Over the course of his career, Mr. Ravitz acquired experience in project worksheet development and maximizing funding for clients such as Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Municipalities and Utility organizations. Currently, Mr. Ravitz serves as a Project Controls Manager. He oversees a team of three for Public Service Enterprise Group (PSE&G)/Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) and provides QA/QC services for a 1.4 billion Section 428 Capped Grant Project. Mr. Ravitz earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing from The Florida State University.

Allie Shapiro – Financial Manager

Ms. Shapiro supports DMS’ project managers by tracking progress reports of projects and funds received from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), insurance and other funding sources. She develops client reports and maintains client service records including data and time management files. Ms. Shapiro received her Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from The Florida Atlantic University.

Crystal Roberson – Operations Manager

Ms. Roberson has been with DMS for more than eight years. She manages the day-to-day operations including communications, payroll and human resources. She coordinates financial and budget activities to fund operations, maximize investments and increase efficiency. Ms. Roberson has reviewed over 1500 project worksheets to aid the State of Louisiana with insurance settlement claims. She also developed customized documentation for validating eligible Direct Administrative Costs (DAC) and Force Account Labor costs. Prior to joining DMS, Ms. Roberson held several instructional and management positions. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from The Nicholls State University.