While serving as Emergency Management Chief of the Lansing (MI) Fire Department, Ken co-developed the concept for an emergency preparedness program called Do 1 Thing. It quickly became a regional collaboration and is now a successful nationwide emergency preparedness program (www.do1thing.com). In 2012, Do 1 Thing was recognized by FEMA and the CDC Foundation as one of seven "promising examples of whole community emergency management" nationwide. In 2014, Do 1 Thing was awarded the Awareness to Action award by FEMA Director Craig Fugate as the top emergency preparedness campaign.


Ken is currently the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Rochester, Minnesota, and is the first full-time emergency manager hired by the city. He is a Certified Emergency Manager in the State of Minnesota, and serves on the HSEM’s Regional Review Committee (RRC) for Region 1. Ken has 35+ years’ experience in the public safety field. He served 26 years with Lansing Fire Department in a variety of capacities (EMS Director, Hazardous Materials Captain, CISM Committee Chair). From 2003-2006, he served as the City of Lansing, Michigan Emergency Management Chief where he founded the Do1Thing.com, and established a municipal critical infrastructure assessment team for the State Capitol and other key critical infrastructure sites. Ken was hired in 2007 as the first Director of Emergency Management and Safety Services at Lansing Community College. Since 2010, he has guided the Rochester emergency management program in the development of its Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), and is currently developing the City’s stand-alone All-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Ken holds an a Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Studies from Siena Heights, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University. He formerly held a Professional Emergency Manager certification from the State of Michigan, and a State of Michigan Paramedic.