•   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
  •   cwashington3@fsu.edu


  •   lhart@em.fsu.edu
  •   rhawkins@em.fsu.edu
  •   sperna@em.fsu.edu
  •   kroberts@em.fsu.edu
  •   ctuffigo@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.

Natalie Harmening


An alumnus of the EMHS Graduate Certificate Program, Natalie holds a BA in Business Administration and Women Studies from Oregon State University, an MA in Government/Intelligence & Securities from New Mexico State University, and has studied within PhD programs at both University of New Mexico and FSU. Natalie’s Master thesis “Understanding Swarms: Weak Ties and the Digital Platform in Political Protests,” was published as a book in 2013, with her swarm theory presented at numerous academic conferences, including the International Human Rights conference in Turkey in 2014. For the last decade she has taught Political Science at New Mexico State University and mentored for several of Dr. Janet Dilling’s courses. During her prior career, Natalie held certificates and licenses as Certified Insurance Counselor, Registered Securities Representative, and Property, Casualty and Life Insurance. In addition, as insurance agency owner and partner in a CPA/Financial Services company, she received a Businessperson of the Year award in 2008 from her local Chamber of Commerce.

Judy Nunez


Judy Nunez holds a BA in Anthropology, an MA in American and Florida Studies, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration (Emergency Management), and an MPA. In past lives, she has either managed or performed various duties for the Monticello Police Department (crime scene/death investigator/photographer), C.W. Pound Lab (cold cases), assisted with body identification of ValueJet flight 592 disaster, and co-founded the Opera House Stage Company at the Monticello Opera House. She has received several FSU awards, including the Seminole Award (2001), Leadership Award (2002), and the coveted grant-in-aid. She was awarded the Dean’s Exemplary Service Award (2019) at Texas A&M where she currently serves as director of recruitment for the College of Geosciences.

Her thesis, "28 January 1980 Tampa Bay: Capricorn v. Blackthorn" has received national recognition by members of the maritime industry, and U.S. Coast Guard and is required reading for all cadets in officer-in-training track at the United States Coast Guard Academy who will take command of a US Coast Guard vessel.

Stephanie Waite


Mrs. Waite received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and English Literature from Flagler College, and a Master of Science in International Relations and Affairs from Florida State University, where she focused her research on international conflict and resolution. Mrs. Waite completed the Certificate in Emergency Management in 2010 and began serving as Course Mentor for Introduction to Terrorism. Mrs. Waite has a combined 15 years of experience working for three different higher education institutions, including Florida State University, Yale University, and most recently, Texas Christian University. In addition to serving as Lead Mentor for Introduction to Terrorism, she is Associate Director of the Alcon Career Center at TCU's Neeley School of Business in Fort Worth, Texas.

Research Assistants

Katherine Reid