• 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 an Advanced 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, and in 2019 with a Masters in First-Year Studies.  Her background is diverse ranging from a 911 dispatcher to a certified K-5 teacher. After starting KSU in April 2013, Christy 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.   Christy is a Certified Emergency Manager through the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).  She is also a CPR/AED instructor with the American Heart Association and completed the NAEMT's Emergency Medical Responder course.  In 2021, she became an FAA Certified sUAS (drone) Pilot.  Christy won the Chief's Award of Excellence and has received Staff Member of the Quarter.  Christy continues to enjoy building relationships across campus and remains dedicated to keeping KSU safe and informed.

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          R. Wayne Randle

          Emergency Management Coordinator - Marietta Campus

          Wayne Randle has served as an emergency manager and field response officer for over 40 years. Randle began his public service in 1972 with the Alabama Highway Patrol. Moving to Jefferson County as an emergency manager/ enforcement officer in 1978. Randle served as on-Scene Coordinator for more than 400 natural and man-made incidents in the county, and served as 911 Administrative Officer. Randle joined the Alabama Emergency Management Agency in 1989, and moved to DHS in 1990.

          A graduate of the University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Randle holds certification as a graduate of DHS FEMA’s Career Development Program (DHS PDS), HazMat Specialist, and Radiological Waste Isolation from the U.S. Department of Energy. Randle earned Emergency Manager Certification from the International Association of Emergency Managers in 2005.

          • Cody Doyle

            Cody Doyle

            Logistics and Response Staging Specialist

            Cody joined OEM in 2022 as the part-time logistics and response staging specialist.  He is also an Emergency Management Specialist and Firefighter Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services.  Cody attended Lanier Tech where he studied Emergency Management.

            • 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.