• Andy Alitzer

    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

      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

        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. 

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          Michael Guerrero

          Emergency Management Coordinator – Marietta Campus

          Michael Guerrero is the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Marietta Campus. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminal Justice through Argosy University. Prior to his current position, He was a Police Corporal with Kennesaw State University and a Police Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant with Southern Polytechnic State University prior to consolidation. Some duties he performed as an officer include Field Training Officer and a P.O.S.T certified instructor. Mike is CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association and has completed the 48-hour NAEMT's Emergency Medical Responder and the 3-day Tactical Emergency Casualty Care classes. Mike has also served nine years in the United States Army earning the rank of Sergeant. Service Stations include Fort Drum, NY, Fort Benning, GA, Camp Humphreys Korea, and the Sinai Peninsula Egypt through the Multination Force and Observers.

          • Bob Williams

            Bob Williams

            Communications Center Manager

            Bob Williams began employment with the KSU Department of Public Safety as Communications Center Manager in April of 2015. He oversees ten employees who staff the communications center 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year to support public safety services on the KSU campuses. Bob began his career in the public safety communications profession as a police dispatcher with the City of Marietta Police Department in April of 1980. During his career, he has held the position of Communications Operator, Communications Assistant Supervisor, Communications Supervisor, and E911 Communications Director in five different public safety agencies in the Metropolitan Atlanta area. During his tenure as E911 Communications Director for the City of Marietta, Bob was instrumental in helping to bring Communications Officer Certification to the State of Georgia by serving on the Georgia P.O.S.T. Communications Officers Standards Committee from 1994 through 1995.  After the City of Marietta merged 911 Centers with Cobb County in 1997, his title changed to Communications Systems Manager and continued to manage the two0way radio equipment and systems utilized by the City of Marietta's public safety, public utilities, and public works departments until he came to work at KSU.Bob has been a member of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International since 1989 and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) since 1985. Some of the certifications Bob has maintained include: FEMA/DHS All-Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader, CPR/AED AHA Heartsaver, and Private Pilot Rotocraft-Helicopter rating through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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              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.

              • Ted Stafford

                Ted Stafford

                Ted Stafford: Ted Stafford was with the KSU Department of Public Safety beginning in January 2013 and served as a Crisis Coordinator in the Office of Emergency Management until April 2015. Previous experience included: 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 was CPR/AED certified through the American Heart Association and completed the NAEMT's Emergency Medical Responder course. He held a Master of Business Administration from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Dartmouth College.