HCRI Healthcare
Emergency Preparedness Conference

Save The Date: Thursday, April 4, 2024

Registration will open Wednesday, January 3, 2024



We have made accommodations for virtual seats, and those will be available after all in-person seats are taken

Welcome Remarks

Suzanne Bornschein, MD  

Suzanne Bornschein, MD joined the Rhode Island Department of Health in October 2020 as the medical director focused on COVID-19 epidemiology and is now the medical director for the Division of Emergency Preparedness and Infectious Disease and the State Epidemiologist. In her roles with the Rhode Island Department of Health, she oversees prevention, surveillance, and outbreak management for all reportable acute infectious diseases. She is at the helm of maintaining and growing a statewide program for the prevention and control of reportable diseases and outbreaks, which includes over 80 reportable conditions. In this work, she collaborates closely with nurse-epidemiologist teams and emergency preparedness and response colleagues. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami. She completed her residency in Miami and her immunology fellowship at Mass General in Boston.


Sustainable Resilience & Rest Is Not A Reward

Ken Jenkins, MA.S, TIPC, ACC

Ken Jenkins is part of Lodestar’s Senior Faculty team and a trauma-informed professional coach. He is also a lead facilitator in trauma-responsive leadership development projects nationwide.

In addition to his trauma-responsive leadership work, Ken is an experienced aviation crisis response strategist, having responded to over a dozen fatal transportation disasters in his thirty-plus-year career in the aviation industry. He has built a remarkable track record, successfully preparing for and responding to emergencies ranging from the 9/11 terrorist attacks to severe turbulence encounters. He has personally assisted air crash survivors and victims’ family members, directed large corporate response teams, led multiple Go-Team deployments, and set up and led command centers, both headquarters-based and on-site.

Today, Ken utilizes his crisis response experience with leadership development programs and as a trauma-informed professional coach to help organizations and individuals navigate the obstacles holding them back from being the best they can be.

Ken is an experienced leadership facilitator and trainer with a Master’s in Aviation Safety with Distinction. In addition, he authored the book Resilience: Stories of Courage and Survival in Aviation Disasters; he discusses how resilient survivors and family members are in the aftermath of an aviation disaster.

Ken resides in Dallas, TX, with his spouse and their Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

And Then it Happens: How Preparedness Exercises Benefit Future Real-World Responses

David Balbi, MS, CEM, MEP

David Balbi has over 15 years of experience in public health emergency management in the Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). He served as the first Assistant Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator for Rhode Island from 2008-2013, as RIDOH’s Exercise Coordinator from 2013-2019, and has been the Training & Exercise Director since 2019. To date, he has served as the Exercise Director, Facilitator, or Design Team Leader for over 50 exercises in connection with his work at RIDOH. He was an adjunct professor in the emergency management program at the Community College of Rhode Island from 2012-2020. He routinely serves as the Deputy Planning Section Chief for RIDOH or as an ESF-8 liaison to the State Emergency Operations Center during emergency response activations.

David earned his Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) certification from FEMA in 2012, his Master of Science degree in Administration of Justice/Homeland Security from Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island also in 2012, and earned the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers in 2015.

Not Scared . . . Prepared: Family and Patient Care in Disaster Settings

Brandi N. Ring, MD, MBA, FACOG, FAWM, FACS

Dr. Brandi Ring is a board-certified Obstetrician & Gynecologist.  Dr. Ring developed a deep passion for serving the underserved and developing health policy and became an advocate for patients and physicians through work with the American Medical Association.  Dr. Ring actively advocates for patients, colleagues, and changes to healthcare delivery and is frequently found in state and national capitols discussing health policy. Dr. Ring’s specialty interests include high-risk and low-risk pregnancy, perinatal mental health, family planning, wilderness medicine and disaster preparation, adolescent and LGBTQ care, well-women care and preventative health. Dr. Ring is the Associate Medical Director for the Center for Children and Women Southwest in Houston, TX.


Rae Anne Culp

Rae-Anne Culp is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA). Rae-Anne joined the Planning and Mitigation team in the beginning of December 2022 after a year as a contractor for the Recovery Branch. Rae-Anne was contracted to review COVID-19 projects and was the liaison to assist State agencies with their projects. After winter storm Keenan hit in January of 2022, she became the liaison for the state to work that disaster declaration with FEMA and sub applicants.

Rae-Anne’s mission as the State Hazard Mitigation Officer is to get all 39 Rhode Island municipalities current with their Local Hazard Mitigation Plans. She is also working towards becoming a Certified Floodplain Manager to be able to assist communities with their mitigation needs.

HCRI Member - Hazard Vulnerability Assessment Survey Report

Rupsha Biswas, HCRI Co-lead, will present the results of the HCRI Member Hazard Vulnerability Assessment Survey. These surveys are reviewed at the agency level, collated by discipline, and used to inform input into the State’s Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) and Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) that inform the State Hazard Mitigation Plan.