Merging Field Experience with the Classroom

HSEM instructors are experts in their field and bring real-world experience to the classroom. The faculty understand the competing demands of military, veteran, and first responder students because they have been there themselves. Instructors work with your schedule while still holding you to a high standard.

Dr. Cameron Carlson

Program Director, Homeland Security & Emergency Management Program

UAF School of Management

Office 222B, Bunnell Building
(907) 474-6537

Cameron Carlson started his career in the U.S. Army, enlisting as a Combat Medic and serving as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). He later graduated from Monmouth University as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received his commission as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army. Cam deployed extensively during his career throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Haiti and the Central Asian States, commanding at both company and field grade levels.

Since his retirement from active duty in 2006, Cam has worked at the Battle Command Training Center in Fort Wainwright, Alaska and for a company which provides High Threat Protection services in Iraq and the Middle East.

Sam Alexander

UAF School of Management

Faculty Advisor, Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)
Office 219E, Bunnell Building
(907) 474-5571

Troy Bouffard

UAF School of Management

Office 225I, Bunnell Building
(907) 474-5480

After the Gulf War, several Balkan tours, and two combat tours in Iraq, Troy retired from the U.S. Army as an E-8/Master Sergeant, master parachutist and jumpmaster instructor with 22 years of service culminating at Ft. Wainwright with the 1-25th Stryker Brigade. Afterwards, he served the State of Alaska in the 27th Legislature as an aide and Chief of Staff for a local Fairbanks Representative. Troy is currently faculty for the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Program and DoD contracted instructor for the Arctic Domain and Security Orientation (ADSO) course to USNORTHCOM and the Alaskan Command.

John Broderick

Boston University Healthcare Emergency Management Masters of Science

Boston, Massachusetts

John Broderick is an instructor for the Boston University Healthcare Emergency Management Masters of Science program and was a Police Officer for Boston University Medical Campus for eight years. During his time as a police officer, John was responsible for the continuity of public safety operations in a healthcare and campus setting during disasters such as Hurricane Irene, winter storm Nemo, and 2010 Boston water emergency. John also has experience in mass casualty incidents such as the Boston Marathon Bombings, 2009/2010 H1N1 pandemic, and multiple gang affiliated shootings in Boston, Massachusetts.

Christopher Elg

Tequesta Police Department

West Monroe, Louisiana

Christopher Elg is the Chief of Police for Tequesta, Florida. He was a New York State Trooper for 10 years and has been a police chief for the past 18 years. He has also served for 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve currently assigned as a Special Agent with the Coast Guard Investigative Service in Miami.

David Kang

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

David Kang currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Planning and Exercise Division, Response Directorate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this role Mr. Kang oversees the development of the nation’s interagency and joint local, state and Federal response plans for catastrophic incidents. Examples of efforts include medical countermeasure actions for a widespread anthrax attack, improvised nuclear device detonation in most major cities, regional power outage planning, Federal Interagency Operation plans, catastrophic earthquakes in California, the New Madrid Seismic Zone and the Pacific Northwest and for hurricanes throughout our coastal communities. Additionally he serves as a Plans Chief for the Domestic Emergency Support Team which provides assistance to the F.B.I. for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction and is the Planning Support Section Chief for the National Response Coordination Center which provides the national level support for all federal disasters as required.

Prior to his position at FEMA headquarters, Mr. Kang worked in the State and Local Homeland Security and Emergency Management fields as a Program Manager for Operations, Preparedness, and Planning for the State of Alaska.  In Operations, Mr. Kang worked response and initial recovery operations in the State Emergency Operations Center for numerous disasters and full scale exercises.  Mr. Kang was response for overseeing multiple grant State and Federal grant programs for planning, training, organization, and exercises while in Preparedness.  Examples included the suite of Homeland Security Grant Programs and Emergency Management Performance Grants.  In Planning, Mr. Kang integrated Hazard Mitigation and Infrastructure Protection programs and funding to define the parameters for Statewide planning efforts.  This also included leading and codifying Alaska’s only Public-Private infrastructure protection group. 

Mr. Kang’s operational experience includes numerous domestic and international domains.  Domestic engagements eighteen National Response Coordination Center activations as Planning Support Section Chief, over 50 Statewide activation at the Alaska Emergency Operations Center as the Incident/Deputy Incident Commander, and leding numerous Task Force organizations.  Internationally, Mr. Kang was the U.S. Lead Planner in the development and implementation for the Government of Ukraine’s Energy Action and Resiliency Plans and had numerous engagements with the National Guard Bureau’s State Partnership Programs that support building partner nation’s emergency management capability and capacity. 

In his spare time, Mr. Kang is an Army Infantry Officer in the Alaska National Guard having served in various positions in Maneuver and Joint Staff assignments.  Mr. Kang has also deployed oversees as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has been activated to support State missions. 

Sean McGee
Instructor & Outreach Coordinator

Faculty Advisor, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
Office 218C, Bunnell Building
(907) 474-6673

Sean McGee has been with the UAF campus in one capacity or another since 1985 and most recently he retired as the campus’ police chief.  Sean was an instructor with the C.T.C. Law Enforcement Academy for 12 years.  He has been an adjunct instructor with H.S.E.M. since 2012.

David Neel

State of Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska

David Neel is the DHS Intelligence Officer for the State of Alaska and works at Alaska’s law enforcement intelligence center, the Alaska Information Analysis Center. He is a retired Coast Guard Officer with assignments in Aviation and Intelligence. He has a Masters of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.

Steve Recca

Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Pacific Disaster Center


Steve Recca is the Co-Director of the University and Agency Partnership Initiative for the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Center for Homeland Defense and Security, and concurrently serves as the Humanitarian Assistance Program Advisor with the Pacific Disaster Center. Steve’s previous positions include security policy assignments with the Central Intelligence Agency, State Department, Department of Defense, and in academia. From 1995-98, he served as Special Assistant and Speechwriter for the Secretary of the Navy and the Director of Central Intelligence. Following assignment to the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Steve held the Inman Intelligence Chair at NPS, and returned to Europe in 2003 to serve as the Defense Department’s Chief Liaison to the German Federal Intelligence Service. From 2006 until April 2009, Steve directed the Center for Homeland Security at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, where he managed graduate and undergraduate education programs, applied research, and an international civil security seminar program in partnership with the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. He serves on the Advisory Boards for the University of California – Los Angeles and Marian University, is Managing Editor for the Journal of Human Security and Resilience, and is on the Review Board for three additional peer-reviewed journals: Homeland Security Affairs and Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy, and Journal of Homeland Security Education.

Ashleigh Sanders

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Washington, D.C.

Ashleigh Sanders works for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a Senior Program Analyst. She has also worked in the private sector conducting risk and intelligence analysis at local and national levels.

Douglas Schrage

UAF Fire Department

(907) 474-7681

Doug Schrage is the Fire Chief of the University of Alaska Fire Department in Fairbanks. Previously, he was the Chief Operating Officer for the Anchorage Fire Department where he served for over 25 years, holding every rank through Deputy Chief. Chief Schrage began his career in 1981 as a student fire fighter in the University Fire Department that he now leads.

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