•   dmerrick@em.fsu.edu

Deputy Director

  •   bskillman@em.fsu.edu
  •   jbroder@em.fsu.edu
  •   aheffron@em.fsu.edu
  •   jcuadra@em.fsu.edu
  •   jdilling@em.fsu.edu
  •   rduggleby@em.fsu.edu
  •   rmcdaniel@em.fsu.edu
  •   ssullivan@em.fsu.edu


  •   abell@em.fsu.edu
  •   bduggleby@em.fsu.edu
  •   lhart@em.fsu.edu
  •   akinch@em.fsu.edu
  •   msamples@em.fsu.edu


Samir Ahmed


Mr. Ahmed works as a mentor in both the Introduction to Terrorism course and the Emergency Management Policy and Planning course. He has a B.S. degree from Florida International University c/o 2008 in Mass Communications--Journalism. Mr. Ahmed has his M.S. from Florida State University c/o 2010 in International Affairs with an emphasis in Political Science. His training includes both Comparative Politics and Turkish Politics courses from Koch University in Istanbul 2010, as well as presenting a paper at the International Studies Association conference in 2010.

Judy Nunez


Judy Nunez holds a BA in Anthropology, an MA in American & Florida Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (Emergency Management), an MPA, and is currently finishing a PhD in Humanities (ABD). Judy also has an MA in Theology from Ave Maria University.

In past lives, she has either managed or performed various duties for the Monticello Police Dept. (crime scene/death investigator/photographer), C.W. Pound Lab (cold cases), assisted with body identification of ValueJet flight 592 disaster (1996), and co-founded the Opera House Stage Company at the Monticello Opera House. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Society of Physical Anthropologists.

Mrs. Nunez has taught selected topics courses for American & Florida Studies for the past 8 years with subjects ranging from "Sports in America: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly," to "Concepts of Southernness." She has taught and/or TA'd for Physical Anthropology and Human Osteology (grad and undergrad). She taught sections of the FYE (First Year Experience) course at FSU until the course fell victim to the budget crisis. She has received several University awards, including the Seminole Award (2001), Leadership Award (2002), and the coveted grant-in-aid.

Her thesis, "28 January 1980 Tampa Bay: Capricorn v. Blackthorn", currently under publication, has received national recognition by members of the maritime industry, and U.S. Coast Guard. Judy is often consulted on issues of piracy and port security.

Stephanie Waite


Mrs. Waite received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and English from Flagler College, and her Master's degree from The Florida State University in International Affairs, where she focused her research on International Conflict and Resolution. After graduate school, Mrs. Waite completed the Certificate in Emergency Management. Under the guidance of Dr. Audrey Heffron Casserleigh, she focused her research on Nihilistic Terrorism and the justifications embedded in the United States' response to terrorism. In addition to serving as Lead Mentor for Introduction to Terrorism (PAD4374), she is the Senior Associate Director for Yale University's Office of Career Strategy.

Research Assistants

Mike McDaniel


Rebecca Rogers


Katherine Sullivan


Katherine Sullivan is an undergradaute FSU student in the Theater BA program. She works at EMHS as an office assistant.