Colonel Terry J. Ebbert
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Colonel Terry Ebbert, United States Marine Corps Retired, founded Ebbert & Associates to provide consulting, planning, training, and education in all aspects of Emergency Preparedness, Public Safety, Disaster Management and Security Matters.
Colonel Ebbert is the former Director of Homeland Security for the City of New Orleans. In this role he was responsible for the administration and leadership for all Public Safety agencies, which included Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Preparedness and Criminal Justice organizations. He served as the "Incident Commander" and coordinated all local, state and federal response to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the largest disaster in the history of the United States.
Colonel Ebbert's views on the Katrina experience have been documented in extensive federal testimony, books, articles, television, lectures, and personal sessions with the White House and Department of Homeland Security. His input has been taken into consideration in the creation of national reforms for emergency planning and operations. For his service during this disaster he received the United States Coast Guard Public Service Award, The Louisiana Legion of Merit and the American Spirit Gold Medallion.
Colonel Ebbert's previous positions have included serving as the Director of the New Orleans Police Foundation and as the Director of Security for the National Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
Colonel Ebbert completed a distinguished career in the United States Marine Corps where he held nuclear security positions and served as Security Officer for the United States Pacific Fleet. Other assignments included serving as the Military Secretary to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Commanding Officer of The Basic School for Marine Officers. He is the recipient of the Navy Cross, the nation's second highest award for valor for leadership actions in the Republic of Vietnam.
Colonel Ebbert currently serves as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow to Homeland Security Institute (HSI), the internal federal "Think Tank" for the Department of Homeland Security.
Security Clearance Level: Top Secret
Associations and Affiliations:
Orleans Parish Communications District (911 Communications Facility) - Board President
New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation - Executive Board Member
New Orleans Military Maritime Academy Public Charter High School - Board President
Marine Corps Support Group - Member
Legion of Valor - Member
William F. Ryan, Esquire
General Counsel & Secretary / Treasurer
William F. Ryan is a retired U.S. Marine Corps officer and a licensed attorney practicing in Louisiana since 1975.
Mr. Ryan develops real estate, manages oil and gas interests, and various private equity investments. He received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University (1975), an MBA from The American Graduate School for International Management (1971), and a BA from John Carroll University (1967). He presently sits on the Boards of Loyola University Business School and Communities in Schools.
Mr. Ryan has twice been chosen the U.S. Small Business Advocate of the Year (in 1984 and 1987) and was a member of the Veteran Affairs Commission for the State of Louisiana, and Chairman of the Louisiana Vietnam Veterans Memorial located at the Louisiana Superdome. He is the recipient of the Silver Star and Navy Commendation "V" for heroism in Vietnam. Mr. Ryan was in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck and was personally responsible for the evacuation of many residents in the hurricane's aftermath.
Thomas D. Ignelzi, CEM, CCM, LEM
Mr. Ignelzi served as an Emergency Management Services Coordinator for the New Orleans' Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness from May 2007 until August 2010. He served for three years as the Planning Section Chief and then assumed duties as the Operations Section Chief. Mr. Ignelzi served as the Area Commander for the first ever City Assisted Evacuation Plan directing the movement of more than 20,000 transportation needy individuals out of harm’s way in less than 38 hours in front of Hurricane Gustav in August 2008. He then served as the Incident Commander for the re-population efforts.
Mr. Ignelzi is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), recognized through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a Certified Continuity Manager (CCM) through National Institute for Business Continuity and a Louisiana Emergency Manager (LEM), recognized by the Louisiana Emergency Managers’ Association (LEPA). He holds a Master of Science in Public Safety (with a specialization in Emergency Management) from Capella University, and a Bachelors of Business Administration from National University. He has served as an adjunct instructor with University of New Orleans’ Public Safety Leadership Institute for three years, and served as an indirect instructor with the Center for Domestic Preparedness for delivering Incident Command System (ICS) 100 through 800 level, Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism Awareness Level (AWR), Continuity of Operations (COOP), Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP), and more. He has completed over 100 DHS/FEMA Emergency Preparedness courses and is certified as an instructor for the National Transit Institute.
Mr. Ignelzi was a featured speaker at the 2010 Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Conference, the World Disaster Conference in Toronto, Canada, June 2009, the FEMA Region III RISC Conference in Philadelphia, PA, June 2009, and the 2008 National Organization on Disabilities Special Needs Conference. These undertakings follow more than thirty-three years of active-duty experience in United States Marine Corps where he demonstrated expertise in planning, exercise design, finance, training, human resources, and quality control. During his military career, Mr. Ignelzi served as the Non-Combatant Evacuation Officer during the evacuation of military bases in the Republic of the Philippines after the catastrophic volcanic explosion of Mt. Pinatubo. He has received numerous personal decorations to include the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for lifesaving.
Jerry W. Tate, CEM
Executive Vice President
Jerry W. Tate is a Certified Emergency Manager and the former Director of the Boulder, Colorado Office of Emergency Management. Following Hurricane Katrina, Jerry worked as an emergency planner for the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security developing the evacuation plan to assist those citizens who could not self-evacuate. This plan was later used successfully in 2008 for the evacuation of New Orleans for Hurricane Gustav.
Prior to beginning a career in emergency management in New Orleans, he spent 32 years as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He served as the Special Agent in Charge for the New Orleans Field Division, overseeing ATF enforcement and compliance activities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Jerry held several other positions with ATF including Deputy Chief Special Operations Division; Special Agent in Charge Tactical Response Branch; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Office of Inspection; and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Washington Field Division.
Jerry served two years in Lyon, France in the Terrorism and Public Safety Section of Interpol. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and was certified by the Federal Office of Personnel Management for the Senior Executive Service (SES). Jerry is a graduate of Texas Tech University and a former Marine and Vietnam veteran.
Vice President - Contracts Manager
Yvette LeMaire joined the Ebbert and Associates team in June 2009 as the Vice President of Contract(s) Management and handles all public relations and marketing. Yvette brings years of significant experience managing emergency recovery operations. She is the president and founder of LeMCore Services, LLC, a logistics and consulting firm that was founded to assist contractors and property owners in rebuilding damaged properties throughout the Southeast.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Yvette managed a $5.5 million turnkey project that housed and provided essential services to over 500 contract workers and professionals rebuilding oil refineries and other critical infrastructure in the New Orleans area. The project included handling all areas of management from site maintenance and housekeeping to security services and safe entry/exit to the sites. She also provided logistical and administrative support for mass catering operations after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
In the wake of Hurricane Ivan, Yvette consulted with many organizations helping them to reorganize and rebuild hurricane damaged properties and businesses. Working with major construction companies, she developed homeowner build-out packages for single family homes and multi-unit condominium complexes and coordinated with multiple vendors so clients had a simple process for rebuilding damaged properties.
Yvette LeMaire holds a B.A. in Psychology from Louisiana State University (1991).