Who We Are


Patricia L. Dugger
Director

Phone: (859) 280-8060
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Pat Dugger has been director of DEEM, now DEM, since it was first established in 1988. Since then, she’s spearheaded the development of a comprehensive emergency management program that links public safety with public health and other response and support disciplines. Our program is inclusive of all hazards and all disciplines with the goal to have Lexington as prepared and capable of responding to the most likely hazards we face. Before joining DEM, she worked with the Division of Building Inspection from 1984-1988. She has a BS from EKU and an MPA from UK.


Tim Brandewie
Operations/Recovery Mgr.

Phone: (859) 280-8054
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Tim came to DEM in February 2004 to serve as the Metropolitan Medical Response System (MMRS) Coordinator. The MMRS is an ongoing effort by the health, medical, and public safety community to plan for serious health and medical catastrophes in the Central Kentucky region, to develop systems for coordinating and providing critical care when and where it’s needed, and to procure medicines and equipment. As Tim’s duties have evolved, he’s taken on more general planning duties for emergency response and recovery. Prior to joining DEM, Tim served in the U.S. Navy for 20 years as an Intelligence Analyst and Special Operations Officer.


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Shelley Roberts Bendall
Preparedness Coordinator

Phone: (859) 280-8063
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Shelley started working for DEM in 2003. Her first week was the record-breaking ice storm that year! She is a graduate of Berea College and earned her Masters in Public Administration from UK’s Martin School. Shelley provides disaster preparedness education and training to Lexington residents and businesses.

She coordinates the CERT program, education campaigns, and is always looking for ways to encourage people to be prepared for disasters. Shelley also coordinates Lexington’s Safe Communities Coalition, a program of the National Safety Council. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and chasing after her two children.


Doreen Birkholz
Emergency Systems Specialist

Phone: (859) 280-8059
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Doreen joined us in June 2003. She has a degree in Computer Information Systems and assists the staff with software and hardware issues. Doreen’s primary role is managing DEM’s emergency alerting systems and serve as the WebEOC Administrator. Before joining DEM, she worked as the senior case manager for a forensic economist. Doreen loves all animals, enjoys camping, and spends her free time with her furry friends and family.


Lanni Griffin-Brackensick
CSEPP Manager
Phone: (859) 280-8055
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Lanni joined Lexington Emergency Management in October 2019. She brings 20+ years of financial and management experience, including the CSEPP Finance Officer for the State of Kentucky.  Lanni is responsible for the overall program management of CSEPP, including budget management and forecasting.  She serves on local and national non-profit boards, enjoys cooking, travel, family-time and pets.


Royce Reeves
Logistics Officer

Phone: (859) 280-8068
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Logistics Officer Royce Reeves came to DEM in June of 2009. He is responsible for purchasing equipment and tracking its location and condition. Prior to joining DEM, Royce worked as a prepress graphic artist for 28 years. If you have an American flag that is no longer suitable for display and don’t know what to do with it, please drop it off at the office and Royce will see to its proper and honorable disposal.


John Bobel
Public Information Officer

Phone: (859) 280-8067
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John began working with emergency management when he joined LFUCG as a public information officer in 1993. With 40 years of experience in journalism, public relations, photography, social media, research methods, and analysis, management consulting, and electrical/broadcast/Internet engineering, John brings extensive knowledge, strategies and tactical abilities to the division’s benefit.

John is also an instructor for FEMA, teaching courses for first responders and public affairs personnel in the areas of media relations, use of social media, stakeholder administration, and rumor mitigation. John now works full-time in the Division of Emergency Management, splitting his time between DEM and CSEPP projects.


Russell Rains
Emergency Planning Coord.
Phone: (859) 280-8062
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Russell began working for LFUCG as the CSEPP Exercise Coordinator from January through November 2021 before becoming the Emergency Planning Coordinator for the Division of Emergency Management, in November 2021.

His early work experience includes several years working in a long-term, lock-down, criminal rehab facility for teenage sex offenders in Arkansas and earning his EMT certificate from Northwest Arkansas Community College. Russell spent nearly a decade in a Level 2 Trauma ER, as an EMT in the Emergency Room, and as part of the Emergency Management Sub-Committee responsible for the hospital and its’ 4-acute care facility system, in NW Arkansas. After leaving the ER in 2010, he earned a MS in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arkansas Tech University in 2012.

Since moving to Georgetown in 2013, he has returned to school, again, earning his ADN: Registered Nursing degree in 2016. He spent several years in Scott County Schools in Georgetown, working in medically fragile and special education classrooms before joining CSEPP and LFUCG. He is married, with four children. He enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and woodworking.


Stephen Bishop
CSEPP Planner/WebEOC Support
Phone: (859) 280-8058
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Stephen came to the DEM, as a volunteer EOC coordinator, in 2007 serving within several support functions. Leading ESF-2, Stephen assisted with the specification of communications equipment and oversite of installation at the newly renovated Public Safety Operations Center. In November 2017 he accepted the position of CSEPP Planner/WebEOC Support Administrator, supporting planning within Fayette County and the ten county CSEPP region. Stephen comes to DEM with over 25 years of Emergency Services and Management background. When not at DEM Stephen serves as a career Firefighter/EMT for the City of Versailles. Away from work, Stephen enjoys running, having completed multiple marathons, multiple outdoor activities and teaching cave rescue as an Instructor for the National Cave Rescue Commission.


Cameron Poe
CSEPP Exercise Coordinator
Phone: (859) 280-8066

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Cameron grew up on a commercial sheep and cattle farm in Indiana. He went to the University of Kentucky and then stayed after graduation. He has been working within the field of safety roles for the past 15 years. He has worked in state and local roles for Kentucky. He is a CERT member, past member of Civil Air Patrol, and KCCRB. Cameron started with the division in December 2021 and serves as the CSEPP Exercise Coordinator for Fayette Co.


Mark Samuelson
CSEPP Planner
Phone: (859) 280-8053
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Mark started as a CSEPP Planner in January of 2022. He retired from the Lexington Fire Department after 25 years, the last nine years as the District Major for the south side of Lexington. There he was a paramedic, technical rescue technician, hazmat technician and the EOC Coordinator for ESF 4, 9 and 10. During his time with the LFD he deployed to Beaumont, TX after Hurricane Rita (2005) and functioned as the Incident Commander on many responses in Lexington.

Graduated from Miami (OH) University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He volunteers with the Boy Scouts as a unit leader and merit badge counselor, field manager for the Lafayette HS Boys Lacrosse team, member of the Lafayette HS Football boosters, and field crew with the “Pride of the Bluegrass” Lafayette Marching Band. 

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