Board of Directors

  • Linda Kozlowski


    “In December 2007, our community experienced hurricane-force winds with cold temperatures and snow. All access to the outside world was cut off, and we had a community that cared but with no organized way to help. Within two months of that storm, the Emergency Volunteer Corps was formed. We now have over 300 volunteers trained, organized and ready to help; a community better able to take care of themselves; emergency infrastructure; and three villages working well together and helping each other. It is a joy to be part of this amazing team!”
  • Peter Nunn

    Vice President and Mass Care Team Leader

    “Having seen firsthand in Australia and Indonesia how implementing a well-conceived emergency action plan can mitigate the chaos that ensues from a natural or man-made disaster, I am driven to share this experience with my community. We know the risks that we face in this location. We can save lives and reduce misery by being prepared.”
  • Margaret Steele

    Vice President and MRC Team Leader

    “I realized how vulnerable our community is to disaster during the big winter storm in December 2007, when we were cut off and without electricity for five days or more. As a retired physician, I realized that people in our community would not be able to get to their usual sources of medical care in such a situation, and that I could help. Knowing that there were quite a few medical professionals in the area, both retired and not, a few of us organized a unit of the Medical Reserve Corps. We’ve worked with the Emergency Volunteer Corps from the beginning, integrating medical care concerns with all the other preparedness activities in the community. It’s still a work in progress (that is, there’s always more work to do), but we’re a lot better prepared now!"
  • Jacki Hinton

    Treasurer and PYN Team Leader  

    Our area is incredibly fortunate to have this amazing organization of dedicated volunteers -- with wide-ranging experience and expertise -- all working together to help our communities, our residents and our businesses prepare for whatever disasters we may face. I turned to EVCNB for help shortly after arriving, and quickly realized I wanted to be a part of this essential community resource.
  • Linda Kuestner

    Asst. Treasurer and Database Administrator

    The tornado that struck Manzanita in the Fall of 2016 made a lasting impact on me. Not only was the destruction immediate and significant, but our community’s response to it was similarly immediate and significant. Soon after the last winds died down, volunteers were out on the streets assessing damage to the city’s infrastructure and any harm that may have come to its citizens. One volunteer in a bright yellow jacket with a Yellow Radio was able to tell us after a quick call in, the status of Highway 101 soon after the storm. It was an eye-opening introduction to the EVCNB; their efforts to teach our community about preparedness is critically important. I'm privileged to be able to contribute to an organization that is as vibrant and essential as the EVCNB.
  • Dave Dillon

    Secretary and Public Information Officer

    “During my career in the Navy, I was called upon to respond to a number of disasters. I found that those people who had thought through – in advance – what they might have to do in these kinds of situations fared better. The EVCNB provides our area a core group of citizens who have done this thinking and will be able to lead others to safety, survival and recovery.”
  • Velda Handler, RN

    Assistant Secretary and Shelter Team Leader

    Having been raised in the beautiful Nehalem Bay area, I have always had a heart for working in the community -- especially serving as an instructor through TBCC teaching medical skills to local fire department volunteers. It is my privilege to be a part of this vital EVCNB organization as a board member. This is a group that “Makes a Difference.”
  • David Boone

    Director and WaSH Program Coordinator

    After moving to the coast and deciding we should get serious about emergency preparedness, we quickly identified EVCNB as the group to join. Since my original career was as a chemist, I became interested in the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WaSH) class that EVCNB developed. It addresses critical problems that affect large numbers of people displaced by disasters.A great strength of the EVCNB organization is the diverse backgrounds and expertise of its volunteers. Their dedication to the cause, and the complexity of issues they have taken on, make EVCNB an exciting and important organization for our community.
  • Deborah Boone


  • Jo Cooper

    Director and CERT Team Leader

    From the year 2000 until my retirement from Neahkahnie School District in 2017, part of the science curriculum I taught was emergency preparedness. I took one of the first CERT trainings in Tillamook County; so joining EVCNB was a natural extension of my eagerness to see our community prepared for disasters. "Be Prepared, not Scared" has been my personal mantra and I am happy to be a part of a group spreading that message.
Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay