William M. Matthews Ed.D., M.A., B.S.
PO Box 1985
Fernie, BC, Canada
Phone: (250) 430 7938
Rapid Response Assessment, Disaster Preparedness and Planning, Resilient
Communities/ Psychosocial Integrated Programming
Field Operations Team Leader Trainer/Educator
RECENT RELEVENT EXPERIENCES:
• Planner/Consultant, Emergency and Disaster Management Development,
Fernie B.C. 2013-present. Team leader of planning work group. Design and
development of Emergency Management capacity at the community level.
• Search and Rescue, Ground Search Team Leader, Fernie and Area, 2008-
present. Numerous search and rescue missions in Canadian Rockies.
• Associate Faculty and Program Developer, Masters of Arts in Disaster and
Emergency Management, Royal Roads University, BC, Canada 2008-2012.
With three associates, designed, developed and was a professor in the MADEM
• Developer: Red Cross National Worker Care Plan, CRCS, 2005. Designed,
developed and provided initial training in a program for worker care presently
used throughout the CRCS.
• Consultant /Program Developer: Principles Based Program Integration,
CRCS, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, 2005 Provided consultation in developing
programing after the SE Asian Tsunami consistent with RC principles and
resilient communities concepts.
• Manager, Disaster Resilient Communities Programs, Canadian Red Cross
Society (Western Canada) 2005-2007. Designed and developed “resilient
communities” concepts and protocols for integration into community disaster
response and recovery capacity. Provided training and consultation at the
provincial, regional and community level as a part of disaster preparedness.
• Consultant/Trainer, Community Resiliency/Disaster Preparedness, Cuban
Red Cross, Havana, Cuba 2005 Conducted training, seminars and presentations
as a part of transition of Psychosocial protocols to community empowerment
models of “resiliency”.
• Evaluator, Ghana Red Cross, Psychosocial Needs and Capacity Assessment,
2004 Community assessment and consultation resulting in a plan to expand
community involvement as active partners in emergency and disaster
• Coordinator/Program Developer, Disaster Mental Health, Department of
Health, New Mexico, 2004 Designed psychosocial protocols consistent with
community resiliency models of disaster response and recovery. Integrated
models as a part of overall planning for all hazards response.
• Psychologist/Social Welfare Delegate, International Federation of the Red
Cross and Red Crescent Societies ( Turkey) 2002-2003 Team leader in the
recover process with the Turkish Red Crescent after the Marmara earthquake.
Psychosocial lead in developing protocol for the TRC with integration via training
and consultation in the development of refugee camps on the Syria and Iraq
border at the outset of the war. Responded as psychosocial team lead at the Bingu
• Manager, Psychosocial Sector, International Services, American Red Cross
(Washington D.C.) Designed psychosocial protocols as an integrated component
of disaster preparedness, response and recovery for ARC international initiatives.
Provided rapid assessment, consultation, training, program development, project
evaluation and worker support. Direct service included field experiences in El
Salvador, Guatemala, Venezuela, Bulgaria, India, Kosovo /Macedonia. 2001-
• Psychologist/Psychosocial Delegate, International Federation of the Red
Cross and Red Crescent Societies (Kosovo) 2000-2001 Community recovery
/psychosocial team lead responsible for a region of some 32 villages and 72000
persons. With a team of three para-professional workers from the Kosovo Red
Crescent identified, trained and coordinated over 400 volunteers directed at
PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCES:
• Co-founder/Vice President: Alternatives Associates Inc. (Psychological
Consultation), Albuquerque, New Mexico
• School Psychologist, Las Vegas City Schools, New Mexico
• Director, Center for Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education, Las Vegas
Medical Center, New Mexico
• Bureau Chief, Mental Health Bureau, Health and Environment Department,
State of New Mexico
• Director, Forensic Systems, Health and Environment Department, Santa Fe,
• Manager, Wilderness Experience Program (Now Santa Fe Mountain
Center), Santa Fe , New Mexico
• Clinical Director, Forensic Hospital, Department of Hospitals and
Institutions, Santa Fe, New Mexico
• Psychologist, Pre-prosecution Diversion Program, District Attorney’s Office,
• Psychologist/Program Developer, Exploration Bound, Educational and
Psychological Consultation, Greeley, Colorado
• Coordinator, Adult Basic Education, Jackson Public Schools, Jackson,
• Teacher/Consultant, Michigan Migrant Education Program, Region III, Van
Buren Intermediate School Districts, Pau-Pau, Michigan
• Permanent Resident, Canada (citizenship status pending)
• Licensed Psychologist (California & New Mexico)
• Diplomat, American Board of Forensic Examiners (Psychological Evaluation
• Doctoral program majors: Counseling Psychology, Alternative Educational
Systems, and Community Organization
• Masters program majors: Multicultural and Multiethnic Education
• Bachelors program majors: Psychology and Sociology
• Recent training received: First Aid (OFA) level 1, EOC Basic, Emergency
Plan Development, EOC Operations level 1-3, EOC Planning level 1-2, ESS
Basic, Search and Rescue (GSAR, Tracking, Swift Water Rescue, SAREX
References available on request