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Empowering Women Luncheon - August

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Online - Virtual Event

We will be hosting this meeting online rather than in-person.  Please be sure to register using the registration button below if you plan to join.

Sima-Merick.jpgJoin us on August 26, 2020 for the Empowering Women Luncheon to hear Sima Merick, Executive Director, Ohio Emergency Management Agency.

Ms. Sima Merick has been an employee of the Department of Public Safety for nearly 35 years.  She began her career as a Dispatcher for the Ohio State Highway Patrol in 1985 and held other non-sworn positions within that division until 1996 where she began her career preparing the emergency management and mitigation techniques still widely utilized today.

Ms. Merick has overseen many positions within emergency management which included Mitigation, Recovery and Preparedness Grants.  In this capacity, she had oversight of mitigation and recovery program administration and grants, the federal homeland security grants, and the fiscal section of the agency.  Her entire portfolio encompassed management and responsibility for more than half a billion dollars in federal and state funds.   

Ms. Merick was appointed by Governor Kasich in 2011 to Assistant Director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency and served in that role until being appointed in June 2015 as Executive Director.

Ms. Merick has served as Secretary and Vice President of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). In October 2019, she took over as President of NEMA where she has focused on resilience and stregthening partnerships with DHS/FEMA.

She is an acknowledged leader among her peers in other state emergency management agencies, often sought out for her expertise and knowledge in program and grant administration. Within the agency, she is sought after as a sounding board and mentor for junior staff.  

Women's Network Leadership Institute connects, empowers and inspires women by helping them achieve success in their personal and professional lives.  We offer structured, high-quality programming to women through Leadership training, Professional development, Business knowledge and skills, Professionally facilitated mentoring, Networking, Recognition and awards.
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