2017 Award Recipients



(pictured left to right) 

2017 American Red Cross Award

Presented to

Cesar Rivera

Division Disaster State Relations Director

Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

American Red Cross

Southeast and Caribbean Division

For more than 30 years of service, exemplifying the American Red Cross commitment to the people they serve, the volunteers who assist in helping achieve its mission and fostering effective working relations with its partners in hurricane preparedness and response.



2017 Lifetime Achievement Award 

Presented to

Rodney Andreasen


Jackson County Emergency Management

For 16 years of outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the field of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation, serving the citizens of Jackson County and beyond.



2017 Dick Fletcher Media Award

Presented to 

Denis Phillips

Chief Meteorologist

WFTS-TV/ABC Action News, Tampa, FL

For demonstrating exceptional skills as a broadcast meteorologist and communicating information making it understandable to the layperson, with an on air persona that exudes confidence and creates an atmosphere of trust with all of his audience.



2017 Innovation Award

Presented to

Russell Allen

 Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Development Engineer/

Florida 511 Project Manager

For leadership and engineering prowess, to innovate Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System and provide real-time, lifesaving information for citizens during hurricanes and other emergency situations.



2017 Public Education/Public Information Award 

Presented to 

Florida Department of Transportation

511 Traveler Information System 

For providing an essential tool to educate and inform the public with real-time, lifesaving information during the 2016 Hurricane Season and other emergency situations.

Accepted by Russell Allen



2017 Governor’s Award 

Presented to 

Linda Stoughton


St. Johns County Emergency Management 

For proven success in providing the vision and guidance to ensure the citizens of St. Johns County are prepared for hurricane threats and for her service to the citizens of Florida with her years of leadership in the emergency management community.



2017 Lifetime Achievement Award 

Presented to 

McCleary Frederick


Hazard Management

Cayman Islands

For pioneering, determination and commitment in the fields of hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation to make the Cayman Islands more hurricane resilient.



2017 Special Achievement Award

Presented to 

Brian Misner

Emergency Services Manager

Prince William County, Virginia

For exceeding expectations in service and exceptional commitment to the goals of the Governor’s Hurricane Conference®.



2017 Bob Lay Emergency Management Award 

Presented to

Regional Coordination Team

Florida Division of Emergency Management

For a history of service above and beyond the call of duty and excellence shown in assisting Florida’s emergency management community with hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

Accepted by

(left to right)

Manager, Jim Roberts

Region 6 Coordinator Patrick Fuller

Region 7 Coordinator Willie Bouie

Region 4 Coordinator Paul Siddall

Region 5 Coordinator Carly Swartz 

Not pictured:

Region 1 Coordinator Wanda Stafford

Region 2 Coordinator Brian Bradshaw

Former Region 3 Coordinator Bruce Scott




31st Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference®
Awards Luncheon
Palm Beach County Convention Center
Grand Ballroom
Thursday, May 18, 2017
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

David Rogero
President, Governor’s Hurricane Conference®
Trustee of the Board of Directors, American Red Cross, South Florida Region 

Rev. Gerald D. Kisner, Pastor
Tabernacle Baptist Church, West Palm Beach


Memorial Honors

Awards Presentations
Governor’s Hurricane Conference®
Directors and Officers