Rita M. Kepner, PhD


Title: Disaster Assistance
Company: Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Location: Nordland, Washington, United States

Rita M. Kepner, PhD, Disaster Assistance Employee with the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in public affairs.

With more than 45 years of professional experience, Dr. Kepner has been a disaster assistance employee for public information and congressional affairs for the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency since 2003. In addition to her primary roles, she was an instructor with City University from 2006 to 2012 and a teaching assistant and instructor at Washington State University from 2005 to 2007. From 1991 to 1993, she was an instructor with the U.S. Navy and, from 1988 to 1990, she was a writer, editor and public affairs specialist for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from 1984 to 1986. In 1989, Dr. Kepner was a spokesperson for the Exxon Valdez Cleanup Operations.

Dr. Kepner was previously a public affairs officer for Wiesbaden Milcom Headquarters from 1987 to 1988, also serving as a federal women’s program manager from 1986 to 1988. She was the editor of the Schweinfurt Crusader from 1986 to 1987 and president of the Federal Women’s Program Council from 1985 to 1986. She served as an informal visual arts ambassador for the United States and Poland from 1976 to 1981, as a delegate for the International Sculptors Conference in 1978 and an artist-in-residence for the City of Seattle from 1975 to 1978. Earlier in her career, Dr. Kepner was an instructor at Evergreen College from 1974 to 1978 and at the University of Washington from 1972 to 1974.

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