EM Panelists

Jeff Braun

Fort Bend County

Jeff Braun has worked in local government for over 30 years, including service as City Manager in three communities.  He was appointed as the Emergency Management Coordinator of Fort Bend County in 2003.

Maribel Martinez
U.S. DOE Pantex Plant

Dr. Maribel Martinez has over 10 years experience in Emergency Management working at the local, state, and national government levels.  This includes 6 years as the Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator for the Amarillo/Potter/Randall Office of Emergency Management and 3 years within the Consolidated Nuclear Security Pantex Emergency Management and Safeguards and Security where she is currently the Vulnerability Assessments Section Manager and site Meteorologist/Emergency Management support during high weather impact events.  Maribel is an IAEM Certified Emergency Manager and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Masters in Atmospheric Science and a doctorate in Wind Science and Engineering.

Eric Meyers
Navarro County

Emergency Management Coordinator for Navarro County since January of 2000. Navarro County OEM is an ALL VOLUNTEER office within the county. As EMC, we have worked a wide variety of incidents including HAZMAT incidents, wildfires, assistance with LE operations, major sheltering operations, and very specialized incidents, such as the STS107 Columbia Recovery Mission. One of our primary roles is the coordination of all weather related events. We have dealt with every aspect of weather related operations including tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, winter weather, and especially flash flooding. Our office is dynamic and fluid to be able to respond, recover, mitigate and plan for the hazards which present themselves to Navarro County.

Martin Ritchey
Caldwell County

Martin Ritchey is Chief of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Coordinator for Caldwell County Texas and serves as Chairman of Capital Area Council of Government’s Homeland Security Task Force.  Mr. Ritchey has responded to multiple tornadoes, floods, major fires, commuter and freight rail incidents, commercial aviation accidents, a major bridge collapse, several mass casualty – mass fatality incidents.  In the past two years he coordinated three presidentially declared flood disasters and the deadly hot air balloon accident in July of 2016.

Steve Rosa
Brazoria County

Steve Rosa currently serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for Brazoria County. Steve have worked at Brazoria County for 12 years, starting as the Strategic National Stockpile Coordinator in the Bio-Terrorism division of the health department for 3 years. He then accepted the position of Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator and held that position for 3 years.  In 2010 he was appointed by County Judge E.J King as the Emergency Management Coordinator. He was reappointed to this position on January 1, 2015 by County Judge L.M. “Matt” Sebesta Jr. Steve is celebrating 39 years of marriage, has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Shel Winkley (Moderator)
KBTX, Bryan / College Station

Shel Winkley is the Chief Meteorologist at KBTX in Bryan / College Station, Texas. He has been with the station since 2009, when he started as Morning Meteorologist, and worked prior to that at KFDA in Amarillo (where he was known a "Shotgun Shel").  Shel is a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Ol' Army Class of  2007 and has the honor and opportunity to help out with weather related forecasts & situations for Aggie Athletic events.