Congratulations to This Year’s Rising Stars!

(Shontieka Adeogun, Mikaela Hagberg, Tamara Corpin)

By Kellie Hale

The Center of Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management (CoE-HSEM) has always been focused on student success and helping people change the trajectory of their lives positively and who have demonstrated excellence in their professional endeavors working for the advancement of people in education and public service. It is an honor to recognize outstanding award winners with our Rising Star Award for their accomplishments and contributions to the Center each year.

“Rising Star Award” recognizes emerging leaders whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in contribution to their profession and increased levels of leadership and responsibility. Rising Stars are on their way to reaching senior-level positions, and their record of accomplishments reflects a strong potential for appointments at the highest levels of their profession.

The CoE-HSEM has always been focused on student success, helping people change their lives’ trajectory positively, and demonstrated excellence in their
professional endeavors in education and public service.

“We are excited for this year’s Rising Star Award winners. These women are emerging leaders in their respective fields whose records reflect ongoing and exceptional growth in their contribution to the profession and increasing leadership and responsibility levels. Our Award winners will be honored at the Center’s Advisory Board meeting/virtual award ceremony on December 8, 2021.”

– Linda Crerar, Center Director

Shontieka (Tieka) Adeogun

Shontieka (Tieka) Adeogun is the Emergency Manager for the City of Tacoma Fire Department. She is a graduate of the Homeland Security Emergency Management Bachelors of Applied Science program at Pierce College. Before working for the City of Tacoma, Tieka was the Emergency Response Plans Coordinator at the Washington State Department of Health. In 2016, Tieka participated in the 2016 Cascade Rising exercise. Participating in Cascadia Rising sparked an interest in the role of exercises, and Tieka worked in exercise planning and training. Working in preparedness and outreach led to running a preparedness booth at a large event and supporting psychological first aid and CERT training. It was after that, Tieka knew she’d found her place in emergency management.

Mikaela Hagberg

I am a first-generation Korean-American adoptee who uses obstacles in my life to fuel my drive and tenacity to succeed. As a Flight Nurse for Airlift Northwest, I bring critical care to the bedside of both urban and rural communities throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region. I am also an outreach coordinator, I collaborate with pre-hospital and hospital systems to create and continually support working relationships through providing education, evaluating outcomes data/metrics, and acting as a liaison to many organizations. I am also a member of the Trauma Critical Care Team (TCCT), a federal disaster response team that provides medical care for disasters both domestically and internationally. Over the past year, our team has been an integral asset in supporting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tamara Corpin

With a strong portfolio of over 100 successfully managed projects, drills, and exercises, Tamara Corpin has a firm presence in the Emergency Management field. Tamara is a Homeland Security Emergency Management and Project Management Professional who currently works as a Disaster Preparedness Planner with responsibilities that range from developing a PPE Supply & Crisis Management Plan for HCP Staff; to leading the coordination of plans, policies, and strategies to mitigate the impacts of potential business disruptions. For the last 18 months, Tamara has led her organization’s Incident Management Team’s COVID-19 Response in accordance with OSHA Standards. She first got her start in this industry through the management and development of Emergency Operations Plans for a K-8 School and connected church. She soon found that she had a knack for setting deadlines and objectives to attain a larger goal. Tamara has had the honor of sharing her experience as a woman in Homeland Security by participating along with other leaders through the Center for Excellence – Homeland Security Emergency Management Leadership Panel. Her educational experience ranges from graduating from Pierce College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security Emergency Management as well as earning her certification in Project Management. She also attended FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, obtaining the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy designation. Tamara is well equipped with the knowledge and experience to positively impact the Emergency Management Profession.

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