Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2011 Vol. 58 No. 10


The Texas Division of Emergency Management is enhancing its support for Texas on a regional level. To that end, seven Regional Coordinators have been hired to oversee the activities of the division’s District Coordinators (formerly TDEM’s Regional Liaison Officers).

Mike Miller, Region 6 – San Antonio, serves as the lead Regional Coordinator. Richard Hooks, Region 7 – Capital Area, serves as the Chief of Staff for TDEM. Click the links below to read more about each of the Regional Coordinators.

Region 1 – Garland
Phillip Mongeau, CEM®

Phillip Mongeau

Phillip Mongeau is a Certified Emergency Manager who most recently served as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Mesquite. Under his leadership, Mesquite served as the North Central Texas evacuation reception center/shelter hub. Mongeau served as the Incident Commander for reception center operations in response to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. He coordinated the response of a joint Dallas County Fire Task Force to the April 2009 wildfires. He also has coordinated extended multi-agency search and rescue events.

Before working as Mesquite EMC, Mongeau was a Senior Emergency Preparedness Specialist with the North Central Texas Council of Governments. He was a leader in the development of the region’s first Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (REPAC) and Emergency Preparedness Planning Council (EPPC). He previously served as a Firefighter/EMT with the Midlothian Fire Department and worked with the Tarrant County College Paramedic Program.

He was elected to serve as Chairperson for the Regional Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee, Regional Emergency Managers Group, Regional Shelter Committee, EMAT Board of Directors, and President of the Mesquite Rotary Club. Mongeau holds a Bachelor's degree in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas. He was recently accepted to the National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program for the class of 2011.

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Region 2 – Houston
David Popoff

David Popoff

David Popoff brings more than 30 years of experience in the first-response and emergency management professions to the Regional Coordinator team. He has served as a District Coordinator since 2007. Popoff has served in command-level and general staff-level positions in numerous disasters and emergencies. Prior to joining the TDEM staff, he served as the Fire Marshal and Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Marble Falls. He previously served as the Fire Marshal for the City of Stafford and as a Patrol Deputy with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department. He has coordinated a number of innovative projects throughout the state, including the establishment of an emergency operations center within the Texas City Department of Public Safety office. Popoff has completed extensive training in NIMS/ICS. He is recognized for his work as a trainer and educator, and was awarded the Gold Level Trainer award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Center for Domestic Preparedness.

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Region 3 – McAllen
Tony Peña Jr.

Tony Pena

Following a 20-year career in law enforcement, and an additional ten years experience in the private sector, Tony Peña Jr. returned to public service in 2005. He became Emergency Management Coordinator for Hidalgo County in 2007. While serving as the County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, he also served as interim County Fire Marshal.

Peña has been instrumental in leading the way for a Rio Grande Valley Regional Communications System. He serves on the Hidalgo County Wildfire Task Force, the Hidalgo County Public Works Task Force and currently serves as the Team Leader for the Rio Grande Valley IMT. He has responded to localized flooding, windstorms, an H1N1 outbreak, wildfires and several hurricanes. That includes a deployment into Galveston Island with the self-contained Hidalgo County-McAllen Public Works Task Force, and 63 days of 24/7 water relocation actions due to Hurricane Alex and the Rio Grande River flooding. As a Rio Grande Valley native, Peña is familiar with South Texas and its residents, as well as potential risks associated with both border and coastal issues.

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Region 4 – El Paso
Ray Resendez

Ray Resendez

Ray Resendez became a TDEM District Coordinator following a 21-year career with the El Paso Fire Department. During the last six years of his service with the department, he worked in the City’s Emergency Management Division. He retired as a lieutenant and Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator.

Resendez worked as a District Coordinator since 2005 before becoming Regional Coordinator. He has been directly involved in the planning and response to numerous disasters and events including hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and the recent Super Bowl. He has acquired extensive training in all aspects of emergency preparedness and response, and is recognized as a proficient trainer and presenter. In addition to numerous NIMS/ICS courses, Resendez completed the Emergency Management Institute’s Professional Development Series in Emergency Management.

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Region 5 – Lubbock
David Solis

David Solis

David Solis has worked as a District Coordinator with TDEM since 2003. He is recognized as a prominent instructor and subject matter expert on emergency management issues and is a Type III Liaison Officer. Solis serves as the liaison to other FEMA Region VI states in the event assistance is requested. He is the lead for Animal Issues for the Division of Emergency Management.

Solis serves as a representative on the Texas Drought Preparedness Council and is a member of the Storm Ready Board for the National Weather Service Amarillo office. He is a member of the Panhandle Agro-Terrorism working group and the Panhandle Emergency Management Advisory Committee. Solis has been recognized for his work with community groups, agencies and associations, and has been honored by the Texas House of Representatives. He is an Eagle Scout and a graduate of West Texas State University.

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Region 6 - San Antonio
Mike Miller, CEM®

Mike Miller

Mike Miller is a Certified Emergency Manager who served for more than 30 years with the San Antonio Fire Department. In his last assignment as Assistant Chief, he was the city’s Emergency Management Coordinator. His duties included managing the City’s Emergency Operations Center, overseeing the City’s terrorism response capabilities and writing and maintaining response and recovery plans. He coordinated disaster exercises, consulted with other cities and organizations on emergency management and served as the San Antonio liaison for Homeland Security.

Miller previously served as the commander of Special Operations, which included Technical Rescue, Hazmat and Airport Fire/Rescue. He was the rescue team coordinator and is credited with developing San Antonio’s Technical Rescue Team. He was a founding member of Texas Task Force 1 and served as a Team Leader. Following his retirement from the City of San Antonio, Miller served as the IMT coordinator for BCFS, and helped coordinate their 175-person IMT. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and holds over 100 technical training certificates.

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Region 7 – Capital Area
Richard Hooks, CPM

Richard Hooks

Richard Hooks joined the TDEM staff following a 29-year career with the Corpus Christi Fire Department, including his most recent assignment as Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator. He worked through the ranks of the department, including such assignments as a firefighter, paramedic, captain, district chief and deputy chief. He served as the EMS Supervisor for five years, and was the Special Operations District Chief for five years. He was appointed Fire Chief in 2006.

Hooks directed the responses to numerous incidents and emergencies, including the Hurricane Katrina shelter project. He implemented Corpus Christi’s first evacuation program for Hurricane Rita and directed the city’s first re-population team during Hurricane Ike. Hooks was a founding member of Texas Task Force 1. He attended Del Mar College, Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and completed the Certified Public Manager (CPM) program through Texas State University.

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