Program Committee

The Program Committee coordinates the development, implementation, and evaluation of RDPO projects per the Work Plan. The committee collaborates with Work Groups, Task Forces, Sub-Committees, subject-matter experts, and other advisers. Meetings are monthly at rotating venues. View Calendar 



Meetings are held monthly at rotating venues. Occasionally the Program Committee (PrC) has joint meetings with the Steering Committee (SC). View Calendar

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John Wheeler

Committee Chair

Emergency Management Supervisor, Washington County Emergency Management
Office: 503-846-7582


John Wheeler is the emergency management supervisor for Washington County Emergency Management where he has served since December 2015. Prior to coming to Washington County, he worked for nearly 20 years as an emergency management coordinator for Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency which serves Clark County, Washington and its seven cities. In addition to disaster planning, he has supported the response to several local disasters and disasters in other communities, including Hurricane Katrina, the Oso Landslide, 2007 Vernonia Flood, and the 2014 Washington State wildfires. In his current position, he coordinates emergency planning, training, and exercising for Washington County. He also manages the County’s emergency operations center program and has managed several RDPO projects

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Katy Wolf

Committee Vice Chair

Interim Operations Manager, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management
Office: 503-823-3874

Katy Wolf is the Interim Operations Manager for the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM). In this role, Ms. Wolf leads and supervises the Operations section and determines policy and requirements for citywide emergency response, serves as ECC Manager during emergency incidents, and oversees special projects for the bureau. Ms. Wolf’s EOC activation experience includes snow and ice incidents, the Eagle Creek fire, the Chetco Bar Fire, and the Cully Scrapyard Fire.

Ms. Wolf also serves as the Training and Exercise Coordinator for PBEM. She is responsible for recruiting and training City of Portland Emergency Coordination Center (ECC) responders and for developing, conducting, and evaluating exercises designed to test and enhance the City’s emergency response capabilities. Ms. Wolf also trains PBEM Duty Officers and writes emergency operational procedures. Ms. Wolf serves as the Vice Chair for the REMTEC Resource Management Subcommittee and the Chair for the REMTEC Training Sub-Committee. She also contributed to the Disaster Sanitation Task Force’s Emergency Toilet Project.

Ms. Wolf has written blog posts for on water storage and disaster-themed trivia hosting, and she is the former Team Lead for the Boise/Eliot/Humboldt Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET). Before PBEM, Ms. Wolf worked for six years in energy efficiency program management and business development and in urban planning and design for two years. Ms. Wolf holds a B.A. in English from the University of Oregon.