Texas Emergency Management ONLINE 2012 Vol. 59 No. 6


The Texas Division of Emergency Management has added five new management positions that form its first ever State Incident Management Team (IMT). The State IMT serves as the lead points of contact during activations at the State Operations Center (SOC).

The team was created to help improve daily and emergency/disaster operations and coordination between local jurisdictions, Disaster District Committees and the State Operations Center. The State IMT consists of National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command Structure (ICS) compliant trained personnel that will the roles of Planning, Operations, Logistics, Finance and Mass Care Section Coordinators so that TDEM can have the same counterparts as local and federal partners. During non-disaster times, these members will work to refine and improve the coordination between all partners. Read below to read more about these new team members.

Major Patrick Mulligan

Major Patrick Mulligan is the first commissioned DPS Officer to join the Texas Division of Emergency Management team. Prior to his appointment to the Division on July 1, 2011, Major Mulligan served as Captain of the Texas Highway Patrol Service in Conroe. Major Mulligan joined DPS in 1985 after serving six-and-a-half years as a patrolman in municipal police departments. He has responded to several disasters, including Tropical Storm Allison, major fires, the Space Shuttle Columbia Response, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. He has been a Captain and Disaster District Chairperson since 2003, and has written and revised many evacuation and response plans. Major Mulligan will serve as the Operations Section Chief for the State Incident Management Team in the State Operations Center.

Wade Parks

Wade Parks joined the Texas Division of Emergency Management as the Technological Hazards Unit Supervisor on June 15, 2009. While in that position, he managed three grant programs, two from the U.S. Department of Energy and one from the U.S. Department of Transportation. During the State Operations Center activations in response to the 2011 Wildfires, Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Don, Mr. Parks provided lead logistics coordination and support. On February 13, 2012, he was promoted to the position of Logistics Section Coordinator with the State Management Team. Prior to joining TDEM, Mr. Parks worked at Samsung Austin Semiconductor for four-and-a-half years as a supervisor in manufacturing operations, system support, and training. He served eight and a half years on active duty in the U.S. Air Force, beginning his career as an enlisted Pararescueman, and the last four as a commissioned Logistics Readiness Officer. Deployment and logistics operations experience include Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Ulchi Freedom Guardian. He continues to support the United States’ Global War on Terror as a Reservist serving out of Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base located in Fort Worth, Texas.

Marty Penney

Marty Penney joined the Texas Division of Emergency Management State Management Team as the Plans Section Chief on January 1, 2012. Mr. Penney has 20 years of service in the Fire Service and Emergency Management field. He served eight years on the Heart of Texas Regional Advisory Council Board of Directors, served as chair of the Heart of Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross, was a member of the Heart of Texas Regional Catastrophic Plan Working Group as well as serving on several Regional Response planning committees. He deployed during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as a FEMA Task Force member on a 90-day deployment and carried out multiple missions in several states. He supported shelter operations during Hurricane Ike. Marty has received education from United States Homeland Security Domestic Preparedness, Tarrant County College, McLennan Community College and Texas Division of Emergency Management. He has been granted Trainer Credentials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and has served with Incident Management Teams over the last several years in the state of Texas, most recently during the 2011 wildfire deployments.

Larry Shine

Larry Shine joined the Texas Division of Emergency Management State Management Team on April 1, 2012 as the State VOAD/Mass Care Coordinator. In his new role, he will develop and implement the Division’s strategy for a coordinated delivery of state VOAD/Mass Care services. Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Shine was president of the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) and served as interim VOAD/Mass Care Coordinator for the State of Texas. In his most recent role, he was tasked with the inter-agency and inter-departmental coordination of mass care, long term recovery, and housing for those affected by the Labor Day fires. As the former Chairman of the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and the former Emergency Management Coordinator for Polk County, Mr. Shine brings particular expertise in coordination of governmental, non-governmental, non-profit, and faith-based organizations during disasters. He has more than five years experience in national and international deployments for all-hazards incidents. Mr. Shine received a Master of Arts in Religious Education from the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University.

Eric Shuey

Eric Shuey joined the Texas Division of Emergency Management State Management Team as the Finance Section Coordinator on February 6, 2012. Prior to joining the Division, Mr. Shuey spent 23 years as a San Antonio police officer. His last nine years were spent as the first patrol officer permanently assigned to the San Antonio Office of Emergency Management as the police liaison. He served as the homeland security grants coordinator and was involved in participating, designing, planning, coordinating and delivering exercises involving Terrorism, CBRNE Incidents, Strategic National Stockpile, Pandemic Influenza, and other natural or manmade disaster exercises with consequences that necessitate a multi-discipline and multi-jurisdiction response. He served as the safety and liaison officer for the Alamo Regional Command Center (ARCC) and the Alamo Area Type III Incident Management team. In addition, he spent more than eight years coordinating action and response plans for every large planned event slated to occur on public right of way in San Antonio including marathons, parades, dignitary visits, and holiday festivals. The opportunity to be a part of Texas Department of Public Safety family fulfills a dream that began in 1986. In his down time, Eric can be found supporting the activities of his wife and three children, fishing or hunting.

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