Travis Waack is the Emergency Services Director. He is a lifelong resident of Manitowoc County. Before being appointed to the position of Emergency Services Director in 2018, he was employed by the American Red Cross. During his time with the Red Cross, Travis managed multiple statewide disaster relief programs in Wisconsin as well as responses to dozens of disasters ranging from home fires to tornadoes, floods, and hurricanes. Most notably, he was on the leadership team for Hurricane Irma in the State of Florida.
He has a B.A. with honors in Emergency and Disaster Management from the American Military University.
Kayla Beckerdite is the Emergency Services Program Manager. Before relocating to Manitowoc County, she lived in Des Moines, IA and was employed by the American Red Cross. During her time with the Red Cross, Kayla oversaw disaster preparedness and response programs for 21 counties in Southern Iowa, in addition to serving as the lead subject matter expert for statewide response programs, information and planning, mass care, and logistics. While with the Red Cross, Kayla responded to multiple disasters including floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires as planning section chief. Most notably, she was on the leadership teams for responses to the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA and Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the USVI. Prior to her time with the Red Cross, Kayla served as an AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps Team Leader assigned to the Individual Assistance Cadre for both Hurricane Joaquin and historic flooding in San Marcos, Texas.
She has a B.S in both Emergency and Disaster Management and Criminology from Western Carolina University.