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Nancy Dragani receives 2014 Suiter Award for Distinguished Service

from IAEM

The National Emergency Management Association has presented the 2014 Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award to Nancy Dragani, executive director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency. The honor was given to Dragani on Oct. 11, 2014 during the association’s Annual Emergency Management Policy and Leadership Forum held in Atlanta, Georgia. Dragani has served more than twenty years in positions of ever increasing responsibility and leadership in the emergency management profession. In 2005, Gov. Bob Taft tapped her for agency director. She has continued in that position under Govs. Strickland and Kasich. Ohio achieved accreditation through the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) under her leadership, and she's led the state through numerous disasters. She serves as Tri-Chair of the National Homeland Security Consortium. Dragani has served in various leadership positions within NEMA, including president, chair of the Response and Recovery Committee and chair of the Homeland Security Committee. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has appointed her multiple times to the National Advisory Council as chair of the Recovery Subcommittee and then Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee. Dragani earned an advanced degree in homeland security through the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense Security Studies. more

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