Kasch tabbed to lead emergency management efforts
12.10.2014 | By Amanda Booren
PASADENA, Texas – Jerusha Kasch has been named the first-ever emergency management director at San Jacinto College.
Kasch has officially worked as an emergency manager for more than six years, but pulls from other response backgrounds to support her emergency management role. Prior to working in emergency management, she spent 20 years dividing her time working in law enforcement, emergency medical services, and hospital and clinical care.
“I have been blessed with the unique skill of focus under pressure,” said Kasch. “The more pressure, the more focused I become. I come to work every day to help everyone else, who doesn’t necessarily thrive in that atmosphere. I prepare to be self-reliant and successful when a disaster occurs.”
As the first-ever director of emergency management at San Jacinto College, Kasch is responsible for planning for emergency incidents, including written plans, policies, and procedures; risk communications; operational coordination; threat and risk assessment; intelligence and information sharing; prevention and protection measures; response management; partnership coordination; recovery management; and trainings.
“When the position of emergency management director for San Jacinto College was established, we knew we needed someone with experience in both planning for emergencies and operational management in emergency situations,” noted San Jacinto College Chief of Police, Bill Taylor, who oversees the position. “Jerusha Kasch brings both of these to San Jacinto College, along with a tremendous amount of energy. We were extremely lucky to find someone with Jerusha’s skills and expertise to lead our emergency management program.”
Prior to San Jacinto College, Kasch was the Multnomah County (Ore.) Health Department emergency preparedness and response program manager. Kasch holds a Master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems with an Emergency Management focus from Portland State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems, also from Portland State University. She is a certified Incident Command System (ICS) instructor, and has been the lead Incident Commander of three incident management teams while in Portland.
Kasch was interested in the position at San Jacinto College after her husband’s job promotion brought them to Texas. “San Jacinto College presents great opportunities to the College population, as well as a community resource,” concluded Kasch. “We have the opportunity to work together to build a prepared and resilient college population, who can then turn and serve their families and communities.”
Kasch and her husband have five children, combined, along with two grandchildren. She enjoys adrenaline sports of all kinds, and says “I have a bucket list a mile long.”
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.