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Who’s in Charge?
Succession Planning Before the Crisis

Friday, Nov. 13 | 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

By their very nature, crises and emergencies occur without warning. As such, without proper planning and organization governments and agencies can often spend precious time deciding who’s in charge and how to proceed rather than actually responding and solving problems. Such planning involves proper succession plans for state leaders and in-depth continuity of government planning for the programs and services necessary to sustain governance. Under discussion will be the 2009 legislative crisis in New York and the impacts it has on succession; operational perspectives and insights into continuity of government standards and planning; and multi-branch perspectives on succession and continuity of government planning/issues.




draganiNancy Dragani

Director of Emergency Management, Ohio
president of the National Emergency Management Asssociation
As director of the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, Nancy J. Dragani leads the state’s coordinated preparedness and response to both manmade and natural disasters, administers the State Homeland Security Funding Program and oversees disaster recovery and mitigation efforts.
In the fall of 2008, Dragani accepted her elected seat as president of the National Emergency Management Association. She is one of two state emergency management directors on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Advisory Council.
Before becoming executive director, Dragani served as the director of operations at the Ohio Emergency Management Agency where she was responsible for emergency preparedness training, exercises, planning, homeland security and preparedness grants and response operations in the State Emergency Operations Center during disasters.
She has held various positions with local, state and the federal government throughout her career, including the director of administration and public information chief for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency, editor of the Ohio National Guard’s quarterly magazine, and radio and television broadcaster with the United States Army.



mcclintockKenneth McClintock

Puerto Rico Secretary of State
Kenneth McClintock, Puerto Rico’s secretary of state, was elected the 13th president of the Senate of Puerto Rico in 2005. Last November he was  designated chairman of the Incoming Transition Committee by Gov.-elect Luis G. Fortuño and also appointed  secretary of the Department of State by Gov.-Luis G. Fortuño.
In 1992, McClintock was nominated and elected to the first of four terms as senator-at-large. During his extensive legislative career, steered by his motto “good ideas have no color,” he has authored more than 1,200 bills, of which more than 150 have been become law.
In 1999, McClintock was elected the first Hispanic chairman of The Council of State Governments. He was the second chairman of the Parliamentary Conference of the Americas in 2000, which represents all the national and subnational legislatures of the Western Hemisphere. 
He obtained his juris doctorate from Tulane University in New Orleans after having pursued three years of undergraduate studies with a major in finances at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus.