SDMI Staff and Faculty


Director

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Brant Mitchell

Director
Phone: 225-578-5939
Email: bmitch9@lsu.edu

Executive Staff

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Lauren Morgan

Associate Director
Phone: 225-578-0502
Email: lstevens@lsu.edu

Kelly Wolshon

Kelly Wolshon

Business Manager
Phone: 225-578-5138
Email: kellyw@lsu.edu

Program Managers

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Stuart Nolan

GIS Analyst
Phone: 225-578-6396
Email: snolan7@lsu.edu

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Chris Rippetoe

GIS Analyst
Phone: 225-578-6396
Email: crippe2@lsu.edu

ArcGIS Professional

Tina Morgan

GIS Manager
Email: tmorgan2@lsu.edu

Application Developers

Logan Kent

Software Engineer / Network Administrator
Email: lkent4@lsu.edu

Kai O’Neal

Software Engineer
Email: konea11@lsu.edu

Timothy Pease

Software Engineer / Network Administrator
Email: tpease1@lsu.edu

Timothy Steudlein

Software Engineer / Data Analyst
Email: tsteud1@lsu.edu

Biographies

Brant Mitchell

Brant Mitchell began his career with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) in 2001 as a staff member with the Louisiana National Guard attached full-time to GOHSEP. In this capacity he served as the National Guard’s Counter-Terrorism Program Manager and eventually became the Program Manager for the Homeland Security Grants for Louisiana. In August 2006 he officially joined GOHSEP as the Section Chief for the newly formed Regional Support Section and was later promoted to Deputy Director of Management, Finance and Interoperability. Brant was also responsible for the introduction of Virtual Louisiana, which is a Google Earth Enterprise software product utilized by over 700 local, State and Federal government agencies and currently supports over 4,000 users. He later introduced Louisiana Earth, which is the first publicly released version of the Google Earth Enterprise software and designed to assist citizens in Louisiana to prepare for disasters by providing critical information during disasters and information that is necessary to help citizens prepare their own family disaster plans. Brant also represented GOHSEP on the State’s Geographic Information System Council where he served two years as its Vice-Chair. Since July 2008 Brant has served as Chairman of the Statewide Interoperability Executive Council (SIEC), which is responsible for providing governance of the Louisiana Wireless Information Network (LWIN), one of the nation’s first statewide digital 700 MHz radio systems. Today LWIN is the largest digital radio system providing voice communications to over 67,000 users across the State. In 2010 in response to the BP Oil Spill, Brant let the efforts to coordinate and provide the U.S. Coast Guard mission critical voice communications by establishing GulfWIN, which involved providing hardware and software connections between stand alone radio systems in Louisiana, Mississippi, Orange Beach, Alabama and five separate systems in Texas. GulfWIN allowed first responders responsible for mitigating the impact of the BP Oil Spill to have seamless voice communications from Corpus Christie, Texas to Pensacola, Florida. In 2011, Brant was selected as a member of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety Advisory Committee for the Emergency Response Interoperability Committee in which he assisted in developing technical specifications for the eventual nationwide build out of a broadband network. Brant also serves as a board member for LSU’s Gulf Coast Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency. Brant has been a member of the Louisiana National Guard since 1989 and has recently transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom where he commanded an Infantry company in Baghdad, Iraq. Brant is currently a Lieutenant Colonel assigned to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Center. He is married to the former Maria Schneider and they have three children, Megan, Davis and Claire. The Mitchells reside in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Lauren Stevens

Lauren Stevens is a native of Florida and a graduate of The Florida State University. In 2002 she was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army as a Transportation Officer stationed at Fort Eustis, VA and Fort Benning, GA. Following her military service, Lauren began her career in Louisiana with the Southern Anti-Terrorist Regional Training Academy (SARTA) as Operations & Finance Officer. While with SARTA, Lauren coordinated and provided oversight to the academy curriculum, instructor staff, budgeting, and day to day operations which resulted in counter-terrorism training for thousands of law enforcement/first responder personnel nation-wide. During Hurricane Katrina, Lauren was moved over to work at the Louisiana Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in the State Emergency Operations Center. After working for over 8 months with LOHSEP still assigned to SARTA, she accepted a position as Exercise Officer with the agency in mid – 2006. LOHSEP, now GOHSEP – Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Lauren has worked in both the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Exercise and Training Programs at the officer level. She then moved to manage the Training and Exercise Programs including the Radiological Group as Branch Manager. While under her supervision, Louisiana’s All Hazards exercise program became one of the largest, most robust and well respected programs in the nation at the state level. Under her direction, Louisiana conducted the nation’s first Naval Post Graduate School Executive Education Seminar for Business Emergency Operations Center (BEOC)/Private & Public Partnerships, as well as the nation’s first BEOC Functional Exercise. She has served on national working groups for Department of Homeland Security’s National Exercise Division and National Training and Education Division. Most recently, Lauren served as Assistant Chief and Chief of the GOHSEP Preparedness Section, overseeing the Training, Exercise, Radiological, Planning and Critical Infrastructure programs for the State. She has also worked operations for Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, Gulf Oil Spill, 2011 Mississippi river flooding, as well as many other state declared disasters. Lauren was certified a Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) in 2008 through FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute.

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Kelly Wolson

Kelly Wolshon is the Business Manager of the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. At SDMI, Wolshon is responsible for reconciling all accounts, preparing regular monthly financial reports in coordination with the associate director, and ensuring that all accounting transactions are processed and submitted to the appropriate administrations office. Wolshon is also responsible for planning and scheduling events, conferences, and meetings for SDMI and TTCRC.

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Stuart Nolan

Stuart Nolan is a Geospatial Analyst at the Stephenson Disaster Management Institute working on the Hazard Mitigation Geospatial Project. Under the direction of the Associate Director, he is responsible for the daily administration of mapping applications that includes the collection of geospatial data to support the creation of a statewide critical infrastructure database. Stuart’s professional career began in Cultural Resources Management (CRM) as an archaeologist. Beginning In 2001, he briefly worked as a contract archaeologist for Centennial Archaeology, Inc., Greystone Environmental Consultants, and Metcalf Archaeology Consultants; working on a variety of CRM projects on the High Plains of Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas. In April of 2002, Stuart was hired by Earth Search, Inc. (ESI) of New Orleans. During his tenure at ESI, he worked on all phases of archaeological projects throughout the Gulf Coast region in both terrestrial and maritime contexts. He has assisted in project planning and has been an author or co-author of several technical reports. Stuart has extensive experience conducting cultural resources surveys, and has participated in numerous data recoveries on both historic and prehistoric archaeological sites. In addition to the intensive work in the field, Stuart also began training as a Geospatial/Remote Sensing Specialist while at ESI. His responsibilities from this included creating digitized maps for field crews, maintaining GIS project databases, operating/maintaining GPS equipment, producing horizontal and vertical datasets for site analysis using a Total Station, and performing marine remote sensing surveys. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast region in the fall of 2005, Stuart responded by assisting ESI’s Architectural History Division in the recordation of structures adversely affected by the disaster, as well as evaluating NRHD zones for redistricting. These responsibilities included collecting structural attribute data within a GIS database, architectural photography, and assessing buildings, structures and objects using NRHP criteria (36CFR 60.4 [a-d]). Stuart became a member of the ESI Marine Archaeology Division in 2006. Tasks within the division included archaeological diving, utilizing both SCUBA and surface air supply diving systems, and analyzing GIS data acquired from remote sensing surveys using magnetometer, sub-bottom profiler, and side-scan sonar. Maritime projects Stuart has participated in include a remote sensing survey for the South Pecan Island Freshwater Diversion Project, a remote sensing survey of portions of the Vermillion River, remote sensing surveys and Phase II diver evaluations of anomaly targets in Chandeleur Sound and Lake Pontchartrain, and a remote sensing survey and Phase II diver evaluation for the possible remains of the steamboat New Camelia (1920) in the Tchefuncte River. During the summer of 2010, Stuart briefly worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as a GIS Analyst for the disaster response to the BP Oil Spill. His major responsibilities during this event were to maintain and update the NOAA database, and to assist in designing overflight maps for the NOAA Corps and Icelandic Coast Guard. Stuart is a native of Louisiana and was awarded a B.A. in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSUD) in December of 2000. He is currently working on an M.S. in Geographic Information Science from Northwest Missouri State University.

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Chris Rippetoe

Chris Rippetoe is a Geographic Information System Analyst with the Stevenson Disaster Management Institute. At SDMI, Chris is responsible for the collection of commercial and industrial data throughout all parishes within the state of Louisiana. He is also responsible for the compilation and integration of the collected data into the Virtual Louisiana software. Chris has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Business Administration from Louisiana State University.

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