Dr. Reggie Ferreira, Director, Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy | Assistant Professor, Tulane School of Social Work | Ph.D., University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work | Research Fellow Department of Social Work, University of the Free State, South Africa.
Dr. Ferreira became the Director of the DRLA in Spring 2017. Originally, Dr. Ferreira joined the faculty from the Center of Hazards Research, University of Louisville. He earned a BSW degree and his master's degree in disaster management (cum laude) from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Louisville. His dissertation research focused on multilevel disaster resilience and social vulnerability, pre and post Hurricane Katrina. Currently his work is focused on post Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill resilience and recovery. Reggie has worked on several local and international research projects related to disaster risk reduction in Africa, Europe and the United States. His main focus is on disaster research, primarily on systematic disaster resilience, social vulnerability and well-being within a disaster context. His work has been presented and published through several prestigious local and international peer review outlets. Other research interests include intimate partner violence, evidence-based practice research and pet loss. Dr. Ferreira is a second generation Ph.D. originally from South Africa.
Corey Eide serves as the Director of Recovery Services for the national headquarters of the American Red Cross. In this role he is responsible for leading the modernization of the disaster recovery program, including the development of all policy, guidance, metrics and training. This program includes the provision of financial assistance to disaster survivors and grants to community organizations. In this capacity, Corey also serves as a liaison to national NGOs and FEMA’s Recovery Support Function Leadership Group. Corey has supported or led a number of national initiatives focused on disaster recovery and emergency sheltering including the domestic and international Recovery Framework, the Sheltering Handbook and the Non-Traditional Shelter Concept of Operations.
Corey has provided technical assistance to dozens of major disasters including the 2010 earthquake in Chile. Academic opportunities allowed for study Panama and Thailand where he focused on topics of disaster risk reduction and recovery.
Corey teaches on disaster risk reduction as a means of development, urban disaster recovery, trends in response and recovery and disruptions in the non-profit sector. Corey has a Masters Degree in International Development from Tulane University.
Dr. Meredith M. Feike is a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of Recruitment & Student Affairs at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy. She is a Newcomb Fellow at Tulane University. Fellows support higher education of women, promote leadership opportunities for women, and foster faculty-student interaction and research. As a Disaster Anthropologist, her courses provide a humanistic framework for understanding the cultural dynamics of human vulnerability to disasters, conceptualizing populations at risk in a disaster framework and review of best practices in vulnerability reduction through cultural competence and capacity-building. Dr. Feike holds a Ph.D. in Geography (Anthrogeography & Disaster Science and Management), specializing in community resilience, social vulnerability, forced displacement and gender and disaster risk reduction. She has served as a researcher on the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Coastal Services Center Community Resilience Index (CRI) Project. The project developed a Community Resilience Index (CRI) designed to quantify the resilience of physical, economic, socio-cultural, and ecological capital in a community against episodic and slow-onset coastal hazards. Following Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Feike conducted fieldwork in the Vietnamese community of Eastern Orleans Parish, examining the rapid revitalization of the ethnic enclave through a neighborhood-based initiative for redevelopment. She is an Associate Emergency Manager (AEM) and Certified Emergency Manager (CEM). Dr. Feike served two consecutive terms as Vice President of the Newcomb Alumnae Association and currently serves on the boards of both the Tulane University Women's Association and the Louise S. McGehee School Alumnae Association.
Margie Ferris Morris
Margie Ferris Morris has over 28 years experience in international development primarily in the conflict mitigation, food security and health arenas. She has extensive experience in program design, performance monitoring and evaluation with the United Nations, US government, and public and private sectors. Other areas of expertise include facilitation, training and developing performance indicators. Most notably, she led the development of USAID’s food security indicators in concert with the Bureaus, academia, and aid agencies. She also led the technical units at UNHCR to produce the book “Practical Guide for Standards and Indicators in UNHCR Operations”. More recently, she taught on international relief and development topics including conflict mitigation and mediation in domestic and organizational and multicultural settings at Tulane University, American University (Adjunct staff) and Johns Hopkins George Washington University, among other institutions. . She has field experience in twenty countries and traveled extensively in more than sixty countries world-wide.
Charles FigleyDr. Charles R. Figley, Associate Dean for Research, Professor; Director, Tulane Traumatology Institute; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Figley was named the Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University in 2008 when he joined the faculty as its senior professor from Florida State University. At FSU Professor Figley served as the senior professor in the area of trauma and Director of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family. Dr. Figley brought his Traumatology Institute to Tulane, which was recognized as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association in 2000. Dr. Figley attained full professor status in 1983 at Purdue University with a joint appointment as professor of psychological sciences. Dr. Figley established the renowned Purdue University Family Research Institute and established two Journals as Founding Editor, the Journal of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 1995 became Founding Editor of Traumatology, the International Journal. Currently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest book series on trauma (established in 1978), the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 25 books and 130 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 35 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities.
George Haddow is a founding partner of Bullock and Haddow LLC, a disaster management consulting firm. Mr. Haddow was appointed to serve by President Bill Clinton for eight years in the Office of the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the White House Liaison and the Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Haddow currently serves on the Adjunct Faculty at Tulane University's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) and at Tulane's Homeland Security Studies program. He is a co-author of several university textbooks including: Introduction to Emergency Management (5th Edition), Introduction to Homeland Security (5th Edition), Disaster Communications in a Changing Media World (2nd Edition) and Living with Climate Change: How Communities are Thriving and Surviving in a Changing Climate.
Dr. Holly Scheib is Research Associate Faculty at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy at Tulane University and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College. Her research involves the study of community level interventions in the lives of displaced, migrant, and disadvantaged groups, specializing in participatory methods, action research, ethnography, and monitoring and evaluation. As a consultant, Dr. Scheib has conducted monitoring and evaluation, organizational development, social work, and public health programming for universities, nongovernmental organizations, and multi-lateral agencies across 5 continents. Clients have included Child Fund International, International Medical Corps, War Trauma Foundation, Louisiana Public Health Institute, and Catholic Charities. Her work has extended into university curriculum design and teaching, including assisting in the creation of the global social work training at Tulane University School of Social Work, developing online curriculum for Tulane University School of Public Health, co-teaching a short course on health and mental health in forced migration contexts at the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University (UK), and providing curriculum design and course content to the online Master of Public Health program at the University of Liverpool (UK). Her teaching portfolio includes courses in psychosocial health, development, nonprofit management, global health, program design, monitoring and evaluation, complex emergencies, social and behavioral theory, social change theories, and international social work. Dr. Scheib holds a PhD in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health and Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work degrees from the University of Michigan.
Rob Verchick is the Faculty Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. He recently served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. Verchick has testified before Congress on several issues, including Hurricane Katrina and the economic benefits of environmental regulation. He has also represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts. He has written commentaries for several news outlets, including the Christian Science Monitor, the Baltimore Sun, and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. And he is a Member Scholar and former board member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection. Verchick taught for eleven years on the law faculty at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and practiced environmental law at a Seattle law firm before that. When at Harvard Law School, he served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Verchick has taught as a visiting professor at Peking University (China), Aarhus University (Denmark), Lewis & Clark College, and Seattle University, and has received teaching awards at Loyola, UMKC, Seattle University, and Harvard College. He has lectured on environmental topics across the United States and Europe, as well as in Israel, South Africa, and China.
Dr. Stanley W. Samarasinghe is Adjunct Professor at the DRLA and Tulane Law School's Payson Graduate Program in Global Development and Chairman and Executive Director of Global Vision, an independent think tank in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Prominent in the fields of Economics, International Development, and Conflict Studies, Professor Samarasinghe designs and teaches post-graduate courses in International Development, Development Economics, International Health and Ethnic Conflict. Previous positions include Director of the Payson Center for International Development’s office in Arlington, VA, and over 20 years of teaching at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka. In 2005 he visited the Tsunami countries in Asia for the UN and co-authored a UN report titled “Coordination of International Humanitarian Assistance in Tsunami-Affected Countries.” He is currently finishing work on the second edition of “Historical Dictionary of Sri Lanka” and writing a monograph on the “Political Economy of Development in Sri Lanka.”
Sheila Joy is the Web and Instructional Designer at DRLA. Currently, she is collaborating with DRLA subject matter experts to re-imagine both face-to-face and online curricula for the Academy's Applied Global Research Programs, the Disaster Resilience Leadership (DRL) and the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). Sheila's professional background spans from teaching technology in large global law firms to creating eLearning for member volunteers of the American Library Association to help them learn their association's Content Management System. Previously, Sheila was the Instructional Technology Specialist at Tulane University's Payson Center for International Development where she was responsible for creating online learning environments to connect instructors and on-campus students with distance-based students. At Payson, Sheila also created and managed the Center's Web and marketing presence and assisted with streamlining graduate admissions by developing and supporting an online application process. Sheila holds a Master's Degree in Classical Vocal Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and enjoys singing with Shades of Praise, New Orlean's Interracial Gospel Choir which strives to forge relationships that dispel stereotypes and create racial harmony. Performing with "Shades" allows her to bring this message to a variety of audiences from annual appearances in the Jazz Fest Gospel Tent to the New Orleans Parish Prison Inmate Re-Entry program.
Hilda Vlachopoulou is a Program Manager at Tulane University's Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, and has experience in capacity building and international development program management focused on justice reform and rule of law programs. Ms. Vlachopoulou previously served as Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development Assistance and Training (OPDAT) in Mexico, where she supported its mission to strengthen accountable justice sector institutions with international partners toward the shared goal of combating transnational criminal activities and enhancing the administration of justice and rule of law that is consistent with international norms and standards. In this role, Ms. Vlachopoulou strategically developed and executed numerous successful comprehensive programs under the Merida Initiative bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. Some of her core duties as Program Manager were the oversight of multi-million dollar budget cycles and program operations to support the United States’ law enforcement and justice policy goals and the structural development of the Mexican justice sector institutions. Additionally, she was the primary liaison to executive levels of the Mexican government justice sector counterparts. Through this immense collaborative bilateral effort, thousands of prosecutors, investigators, and judges were trained. In addition to her work with the Department of Justice, Ms. Vlachopoulou has worked with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and Bureau of Public Affairs, and the private sector in Europe. She holds a Master in Business Politics and Law from the University of Surrey (UK), where she focused on the European economy. She is fluent in Spanish, Greek, and intermediate in French.Faculty | Staff