• Andy Altizer


    Andy Altizer has been the Director of Emergency Management at KSU since January 2015. Before coming to KSU, he was the Director of Emergency Preparedness for eight years at Georgia Tech. He was the Critical Infrastructure Protection Program Manager at Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) for over four years. He has also worked in student affairs at several other campuses, including most recently as the Assistant Dean of Community Life at Oglethorpe University. He served over ten years in the United States Army, including serving as an Inspector General in Afghanistan in 2002. Andy is CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association and has completed the NAEMT's Emergency Medical Responder Course. He is also certified as a Professional Continuity Practitioner by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a certified Homeland Protection Professional through the National Sheriff's Association. He has a Master of Arts degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Truman State University. Andy additionally has completed graduate work at Kennesaw State University, Oglethorpe University, and the University of South Carolina. 

    • James Westbrook

      Assistant Director

      James Westbrook has been at Kennesaw State since August of 2013 and has served as Assistant Director since the creation of the Office of Emergency Management in January 2015. Prior to joining KSU, James worked at the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) for over seven years in both the State Emergency Communications Center and as a School Safety Coordinator. He also has a background in 911 operations, hazardous materials, and the fire services. James is CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association and completed the NAEMT's Emergency Medical Responder Course. James is a Certified Emergency Manager through GEMA and a certified Professional Continuity Practitioner through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). James holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Management from Jacksonville State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Georgia. James is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Emergency Management at Capella University.

      • Christy Hendricks

        Emergency Management Coordinator – Kennesaw Campus

        Christy Hendricks is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Kennesaw Campus. She is an alumna of Kennesaw State University, graduating in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Her background is diverse ranging from a 911 dispatcher to a certified K-5 teacher. After starting KSU in 2013, Christy became interested in Emergency Management and became a Crisis Coordinator and pursued other certifications in the field.  She now serves as the primary liaison for the Crisis Coordinators on the Kennesaw Campus.  In 2016, Christy completed the Certified Emergency Manager certification through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).  She is also a CPR instructor with the American Heart Association and completed the NAEMT's Emergency Medical Responder course.  She serves on the Kennesaw State Staff Senate and is currently pursuing a Master's degree at Kennesaw State. 

        • Ted Stafford

          Emergency Management Coordinator – Marietta Campus

          Ted Stafford (Emergency Management Coordinator - Marietta Campus): Ted Stafford has been with the KSU Department of Public Safety since January 2013 serving as a Crisis Coordinator in the Office of Emergency Management since April 2015. Previous experience includes: 26 years commissioned service, retiring as Chief of Staff, US Army Garrison, Fort McPherson, Georgia; three years as Director, Governor's Military Affairs Coordinating Committee; eight years as a Director and Supervisor of transportation and logistics for Eastern Foods and Exel Logistics followed by three years as a mortgage underwriter for SouthStar Funding, Inc. Ted is CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association and completed the NAEMT's Emergency Medical Responder course. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dartmouth College.

          • Bob Williams

            Communications Center Manager

            He originally began his career in public safety communications as a police dispatcher with the City of Marietta Police Department in 1980. After leaving Marietta in 1982, Bob worked as a dispatcher for the City of East Point. In 1984, he became a Communications Assistant Supervisor at Fulton County 911 and was promoted to shift supervisor in 1985. In November of 1986, Bob hired to consolidate the City of Marietta's Dispatch operations and remained in this position until 1997 when the City of Marietta merged dispatch operations with Cobb County. At this point, Bob moved into more of a field technical role for Marietta as Communications Systems Manager by continuing to manage all two-way radio systems for the City. Bob is currently a member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO)and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA). Over the years he has also been a member of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA). Bob was instrumental in helping to bring Communications Officer Certification to the State of Georgia by being selected to be a member of the Georgia P.O.S.T. Communications Officers Standards Committee in October of 1994 and served through July of 1995. Some other committees and working groups he has participated in over the years are: Atlanta Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Tactical Interoperability Communications Plan (TCIP), Atlanta UASI Operational Working Group, Atlanta UASI Technical Working Group, Cobb County Emergency Medical Services Council, Georgia Area 7 All Hazards Council Communications Subcommittee, Georgia Mutual Aid Group, Georgia Statewide 9-1-1 Task Force, Georgia 700 MHz Regional Planning Committee Interoperability Chairman Subcommittee, Georgia 700/800 MHz RPC Technical Committee and more. Bob is also CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association.

            • Barrett Cappetto

              Emergency Management Planner

              Barrett D. Cappetto has been with Kennesaw State University since September of 2016 and joined the Office of Emergency Management in May of 2017. Previously, Barrett worked with Kennesaw State’s Enrollment Services Division on the Marietta Campus, in addition to working with the Cobb County School District in adult education and Paulding County School District in K-12 education. Upon joining Kennesaw State, Barrett began his training as a volunteer with the Crisis Coordinator program. Currently, he serves as the Emergency Management Planner, responsible for updating and reviewing the Emergency Operations Plan, assisting with the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and instructing several classes available to the KSU community. Barrett is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.