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Advisory Committee

Disaster Resource Alliance operates as a fiscally sponsored project of OneOC.  Under the umbrella of OneOC, DRA benefits from OneOC's 501(c)(3) status as well as their infrastructure and expertise in non-profit management.  The Advisory Committee serves as the decision making body that provides direct oversight of DRA.

 

Robert A. Evans Robert A. Evans Advisory Committee Chair

 

Bob Evans serves as Executive Pastor of Vineyard Community Church in Laguna Niguel, California. Bob’s primary duties include overseeing the church campus, executive projects and in managing Global Network Ministries, the international missions’ ministry of the church. Bob also oversees the church’s Crisis Response Plan, helping the church prepare to survive, then serve the community in times of disaster. Bob has served with Sr. Pastor Mike Hudgins since the formation of Global Network in 1992. He has served Christ for over forty years and has a long history of local and international ministry both inside and outside the Vineyard movement.

As part, his role in disaster management Bob received intensive training in disaster response from Crisis Response International, an independent disaster response, and training ministry. He further developed his skills serving as a trainer for several training seminars under CRI. Bob has also been through CERT training through the cities of Dana Point and Laguna Niguel. He is a ham radio operator (General class – KK6BML) and is currently a very active member of the Laguna Niguel Auxiliary Communications Service, an ARES affiliated group. Bob has been a member of Disaster Resource Alliance since it’s founding and before as a part of Operation OC. He began serving on the Advisory Committee in November 2016.

Bob has a BS and MS in Computer Science and worked in the academic world (serving faculty then teaching) before entering full-time Christian service. He was married for 29 years and has four grown children. He is an avid amateur photographer and musician (hand percussion & Native American flute). Bob comes from an Arizona pioneer ranching family and continues to enjoy horseback riding, camping, and shooting (including Cowboy Action competitions). Bob is a passionate scuba diver and is working on professional certification. He also enjoys billiards and participates in a local amateur league.

 

Don Thorpe Don Thorpe Advisory Committee

Don Thorpe has been active in the disaster response community for over 7 years. He has been deployed to both Alabama and Joplin following the devastating tornados, several times to Haiti after the earthquake, and most recently to New Jersey after Super Storm Sandy.

Currently, Don serves as the Logistics Chief for Garden Grove CERT and after serving for over four years with Operation OC has taken a position on the Advisory Board with Disaster Resource Alliance.

As part of DRA, Don speaks at disaster preparedness seminars, provides facility preparedness assessments, and is an instructor for the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and CERT.

Alan Weisenberger Alan Weisenberger Advisory Committee

Alan Weisenberger’s first exposure to disaster recovery services was digging mud out of basements after the 1977 Johnstown, PA flood. From 1993 through 2013, he served as Vice President of Technology Services for the Evangelical Christian Credit Union. In addition to technology operations and information security, his responsibilities there included business continuity and disaster recovery planning for the whole organization.

After serving as a volunteer with OperationOC, Alan joined Vicki in launching Disaster Resource Alliance.

Alan believes that God calls all Christians to be a source of love and hope within their communities. Disaster preparedness provides a wonderful opportunity to fulfill that calling before, during, and after a disaster strikes.

Vicki McGuinness Vicki McGuinness Founder, Consultant to Advisory Committee

Vicki McGuinness’ passion for disaster relief work began during a 2006 trip to New Orleans when she assisted with Hurricane Katrina recovery. After 3 ½ years as a volunteer in the field, she became the Director of Emergency Services at OperationOC, a program of the Orange County Rescue Mission. Over the next 3 years, she directed a cadre of more than 100 volunteers and facilitated a partnership of 50 Christian churches and ministries, all ready to be activated upon request by the OC Sheriff’s Emergency Management Bureau in a time of disaster. In January 2013, Vicki and an experienced team launched Disaster Resource Alliance specifically to promote disaster resilience in the Christian community of Orange County, CA, as an avenue to compassionately share the love of God in the midst of distressing circumstances.

In the broader community, Vicki served as the 2012/13 Chair of Collaborating Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD-OC), which establishes and enhances partnerships among community-based and governmental organizations leading to coordinated response and recovery efforts during times of disaster.

Honors received include the California Emergency Services Assoc. 2011 Gold Award for her coordination role in the COAD response to the Dec. 2010 Silverado Canyon mudslides and the Orange County Emergency Management Organization’s 2012 Helping Hands award for “going above and beyond the call of duty.” Vicki also had the honor of working as a consultant in the development of CaliforniaVolunteers’ Disaster Volunteer Management Course.

At all levels, Vicki’s desire is to maximize the community’s access to resources by creating a bridge between faith- and community-based organizations and governmental agencies. She encourages personal and organizational preparedness as foundational to being ready to share the hope we have in Christ.