Meet the team! Here are the CERT Program Directors and a little bit about them

Program Leadership

Meet the team! Here are the CERT Program Directors and a little bit about them

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Elizabeth Dunn, MPH, CPH
Program Director

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Elizabeth received her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of South Florida in Global Disaster Management and Humanitarian Relief. In 2013, she was invited to teach at USF as an instructor for the public health undergraduate program in homeland security & emergency management. She is currently pursuing her Doctor in Public Health (DrPH) degree in Public Health Leadership.​ 

In 2013, Ms. Dunn started training students, faculty, and staff in the FEMA Basic CERT in an effort to bring CERT to the university. She now serves as a FEMA CERT Instructor, Train-the-Trainer for future CERT Instructors, and organizes HSEEP compliant exercises in Hillsborough County. In addition, Ms. Dunn is a Shelter Manager, a Disaster Action Team (DAT) Lead, Adult & Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Instructor, and Hands-Only CPR Lead Trainer for the American Red Cross. 

Christian is a third-year student at USF pursuing an undergraduate degree in Public Health and joined USF CERT in the Fall of 2017. He will graduate in the Spring of 2021. He is a member of the Suncoast Battalion Army ROTC program and will become a commissioned U.S Army officer in the Spring of 2021. Once he graduates, he will pursue his Master of Public Health (MPH) and attend school to become a U.S Army Chaplain. 

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Christian Jackson
Deputy Director

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Chiara is a Sophmore at USF majoring in nursing and plans to become a Registered Nurse (RN) where she aims to serve those in need. Her first experiences with CERT was as a member of the East Lake CERT during high school before coming to the University of South Florida in the Fall of 2018. Chiara is a certified Stop-The-Bleed Instructor and instructor for annual training for USF CERT and community members.

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Chiara Simeoni
Training Director

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Health & Medical Officer

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Training Officer

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Jay Rajyaguru is an alumnus of the USF College of Public Health with his Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) with a minor in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Currently, Jay works for the Hillsborough County Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency management Planning Coordinator.

 

Jay is a certified FEMA CERT Instructor and has been with the CERT program since Fall 2016 and remains an active supporter of the USF CERT program serving on the board as an Advisor. He is an American Red Cross Shelter Manager, Hands-Only CPR Instructor, and a certified Stop-The-Bleed Instructor.

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Jay Rajyaguru, FAEM
Emergency Management Advisor & Instructor

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Kelly Knigge, M.A.
Emergency Management Advisor & Instructor

Kelly received his Master of Arts in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from Arizona State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) with a minor in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from USF. Kelly works as an Emergency Management Coordinator for Tampa Electric Company.

 

Kelly’s experience includes being a medic in the Army National Guard, as well as a supervisor for a private ambulance company. Kelly volunteers as an Emergency Medical Technician and is on the board of directors for the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. Kelly is a certified instructor for the FEMA CERT, Stop-the-Bleed, Emergency Medical Responder, CPR and NAEMT courses. Kelly serves on the Higher Education Committee for the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) and is working towards his Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM) certification. Kelly has been a member of USF CERT since 2014.

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​If you are interested in applying for a leadership position click on the Join our Team button below. We currently have the positions of public information officer, secretary, instructor, and assistant instructor open. You may also apply to be a non-voting member, this is someone who sits in on the meetings and can take on additional tasks but does not have a designated position.

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