Join us for our June PRSA Lunch N Learn, Tuesday, June 25th, at the Naples Hilton.
You will find our June topic very timely as hurricane season is upon us. No – this isn’t a hurricane awareness seminar. It’s about vital Crisis Communications Management. We have secured two experts in Collier County who definitely have outstanding crisis communications skills and can provide cutting edge information and techniques critical to successfully managing the most challenging situations.
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 25th for “Emergency & Crisis Communications in Collier County – Past, Present and Future” presented by Chief Stephanie Spell, Chief of Community Engagement Department – Collier County Sheriff’s Office and Jim von Rinteln, Emergency Recovery Coordinator, Collier County Government.
Chief Stephanie Spell Biography
Chief Stephanie Spell heads the Community Engagement Department within the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. As a member of Sheriff Kevin Rambosk’s executive command staff, she provides leadership for several law enforcement bureaus, including Public Information and Media Relations, Crime Prevention, Crime Analysis, Planning and Research, Victim Advocate, Senior Services, Minority Affairs and Volunteers.
Stephanie has been with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office since 1987. A Naples resident since 1977, she is originally from Woodstock, New York and Block Island, Rhode Island. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration and is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program at Barry University.
A graduate of Leadership Institute (2006) and Leadership Collier (2010), Stephanie is a CALEA assessor, past board member of Collier 4-H and Grace Place, and currently serves on the editorial board of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce magazine publication, Business Currents.
Jim von Rinteln Biography
Jim von Rinteln, Emergency Recovery Coordinator – Collier County Government, is a member of Collier County’s Growth Management Division working with the Operations and Regulatory Management team on community development issues, including the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and Damage Assessment and Disaster Recovery initiatives.
Jim served as the Emergency Operations Coordinator for the County from 1997 – 2010, where he was involved in every disaster that affected the community during that time. Additionally he was the lead in designing and building the County’s new Emergency Services Center which has received recognition for best practices at both the State and National level. From 2010 – 2011 Jim served as the Regional CEO of the American Red Cross for both Lee and Collier Counties where he successfully consolidated their disaster services support to the Southwest Florida region.
Jim holds an MA in Resource Management from Hawaii Pacific University. He is certified in the following areas: Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM); International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) as a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM); by FEMA as a Professional and Advanced Professional in Disaster Operations, and by the State Association of Floodplain Managers as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). Jim is a proud graduate of Leadership Collier 2012.
Jim is originally from Maryland, where he attended the University of Maryland in College Park and received his BA in Political Science. Upon graduation, he entered the Army where he spent a career as a helicopter pilot and senior staff officer prior to his retirement in 1996. During his military career he was involved in several disaster recovery operations assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including Hurricane Iniki and Andrew in 1992, which lead him to his post military career as an Emergency Management professional in Collier County.
In 2006 Jim received a Distinguished Public Service Award from the Naples Chamber of Commerce; the 2008 Emergency Management Award from the Governor of Florida and in 2011 was named a James V. Mudd Fellow for his contributions to leadership in Collier County.