Terri Stewart served a 10-month AmeriCorps term with Ashland Fire & Rescue before accepting the CERT Program Coordinator position in 2011. Terri holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Teaching degree from Southern Oregon University where she also received the Alumni Ambassador Award in 2016 for her outstanding work in the community. Congruously, she serves as an Adjunct Instructor for SOU in their Outdoor Adventure Leadership program.
In addition to holding a Preliminary Teaching license through the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, she completed the Emergency Management Institute’s Emergency Management Professional Development series where she received a certificate of achievement for her commitment to standards of excellence in emergency management practices.
Under her guidance, the Ashland CERT program has expanded to 125 active volunteers serving an average of more than 2,785 hours annually training and responding to disasters. She makes sure volunteers are fully prepared to serve the community when disaster strikes by coordinating and delivering ongoing training, leadership development opportunities and effective communications.
Terri has successfully obtained over $91,000 in grant funding for the Ashland CERT and CPR programs including Homeland Security Grant funding and Chaney Foundation funding. She was awarded the funding to complete Ashland's ETE and subsequent Evacuation Plan with 10-zones and continues to pursue public-private partnerships to support unmet equipment and training needs within the current operating budget.