Three More Salvationists Earn Professional Certification in 2013

November 02, 2013

Three More Salvationists Earn Professional Certification in 2013

Photo: The Salvation Army delegation to the 2013 IAEM Conference included (from left to right): Tyra Gore (GA); Ross Patterson (NC); Kevin Smith (FL); Jeff Jellets (GA); Bill Feist (MS); Thad Hicks (MS); Mike Patterson (NC); and Region IV IAEM President Lanita Lloyd (GA).

Reno, NV (October 30, 2014) - In a ceremony at the 61 Annual International Emergency Management Association (IAEM) Conference in Reno, NV, three more Salvationists earned their professional credentials in emergency management.  Mr. Thad Hicks and Mr. Bill Feist, both of The Salvation Army’s Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Division, were designated as Certified Emergency Managers® (CEM).  Lt. Loren Wallace of The Salvation Army’s North and South Carolina Division earned the Associate Emergency Manager designation – becoming only the second Salvation Army officer in the country to earn IAEM certification.  With the recent additions, a total of elven (11) Salvation Army officers and disaster service professionals now carry either the CEM® or AEM designation.

The CEM® designation is the highest honor of professional achievement available from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), which has in its membership more than 5,000 emergency managers representing local, state, and federal government; private industry; and military emergency managers.  To earn certification, applicants must complete an extensive credentials package, a management essay and a written examination. The credentials requirements include experience, references, education, training, and contributions to the profession. The management essay requires respondents to submit a response to a scenario they might face while fulfilling emergency management responsibilities.  To maintain certification, CEM® recipients must submit additional training and contributions to the professional every five years.

For more information on becoming a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) or an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM), visit

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