April Marker Lawless, MPH


April Marker Lawless is a seasoned project manager, a facilitator and team builder with a true collaborative spirit. As a public health professional, she has guided organizations through all aspects of complex projects and plan development including, assessment, training, project management and improvement planning. Throughout her career, April has managed community health and emergency preparedness projects with local governments, state agencies, federal partners, tribes, non-profit organizations, and healthcare facilities. Mrs. Lawless holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Community Health from University of Oregon and a Masters in Public Health from University of Arizona. She also holds her certificate as a Professional Continuity Practitioner from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.

P. Diane Reed, MS, CPM, MEP, REHS/RS


Diane Reed has over 25 years of experience as a public health emergency management professional working with government agencies and their emergency management and private health care partners. She has a substantial background in environmental health and infectious disease surveillance, investigation, and control. Ms. Reed has administered all aspects of local public health emergency preparedness programs, provided training, and developed and conducted local and statewide emergency exercises that are designed to test public health and healthcare system capabilities. She has successfully partnered with federal, state and local public health, tribal nations, law enforcement, fire department, emergency management, and private non-governmental organizations including hospitals and other healthcare facilities to provide effective public health and medical participation in multidisciplinary emergency exercises and emergency plan development. Ms. Reed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies, Homeland Security and Defense from the United States Naval Postgraduate School. She is a Certified Public Manager (Arizona State University), a Master Exercise Practitioner (DHS/FEMA), a Registered Sanitarian (Arizona), and a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (National Environmental Health Association). She resides in Overgaard, Arizona, a small unincorporated community just north of the Mogollon Rim in the White Mountains with her husband, Frank, three grandchildren, and three rescue dogs.

Sarah Nuttbrock, RN, MPH


Sarah Nuttbrock has over 17 years of experience collaborating with stakeholders at federal, state, and county government agencies, as well as local private and not-for-profit organizations. Her experience as a preparedness and continuity planner includes acting as an integral component of various planning teams, assisting in the facilitation of business impact analyses, conducting hazard and vulnerability assessments, developing business continuity/continuity of operations plans and supporting documents, designing and executing exercises, and developing exercise documentation.

Ms. Nuttbrock has experience with evaluation and quantitative and qualitative data analytics and with project and program coordination and management. She has extensive experience in the health care sector. She has presented at local and national conferences, such as the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Conference and the Disaster Resilient Universities Network Summit.

Ms. Nuttbrock holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Seattle Pacific University and a Master in Public Health degree from Oregon Health & Science University and Portland State University School of Public Health (OHSU-PSU School of Public Health). She is also a Registered Nurse (RN).

When Sarah is not busy helping build community resilience, she is spending time with her family and can often be seen on the sidelines of her son’s sports activities or walking the family dog around the neighborhood. Sarah enjoys spending her time traveling, camping, hiking, and visiting the beautiful Oregon coast.

Nancy Upton


Nancy Upton has over 15 years of experience in client services with a foundation in customer service and sales. Her experience in preparedness and continuity planning includes participating on planning teams, conducting regional resource assessments, management and organization of data, developing supporting exercise and response documentation, and maintaining timely client communication. Ms. Upton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Communication with a concentration in Print Management from California Polytechnic State University.

When Nancy is not preparing for a better tomorrow she prefers spending time with her husband and two boys. They can often be spotted exploring the scenic Oregon outdoors, fishing, cycling, and kayaking. In her downtime Nancy enjoys baking, home improvement projects, and family game night.