Whether you’re looking to test an existing emergency plan or create a new plan customized for your specific needs, you want leaders who combine the academic experience and credentials required to teach at a fully accredited university with in-the-trenches decision makers in homeland security, law enforcement, United States armed forces, and emergency management.

The faculty at Concordia University’s Center for Emergency Solutions give you just that. This unique combination of academic knowledge and real-world leadership means your team learns from some of the most respected and experienced names in their fields — faculty members who are true experts in security, emergency preparedness, public health, and risk management.


Rick Huffman

Rick Huffman is the director of the Center for Emergency Solutions at Concordia University. His 35 years in emergency response and incident management includes serving seven years in the United States Air Force as a firefighter and flight medic and working for the Department of Defense as a rescue firefighter (including being a member of the NASA space shuttle rescue team). Most recently, Rick retired from the City of Vancouver Fire Department, WA as a battalion chief after 23 years of service. His experiences include being the incident commander on numerous emergency scenes and serving on the command staff during countywide and statewide incident management team assignments. He was also a member of the Clark Regional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) team in Southwest Washington.

Rick currently serves as a strategy & messaging specialist for the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster response force.

His education includes completing Paramedic School and a Bachelor’s of Science in Fire Service Administration. Rick is currently a student in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) program at Concordia University.


Jason Nairn

Chief Information Officer at Concordia University, Jason Nairn has also served as an associate professor, course designer, and director of the university’s state-of- the-art Center for Emergency Solutions. Prior to moving to Oregon, he served as Director of Infrastructure Protection at the State of Michigan, where he was charged with operational security and emergency management for state government buildings and systems. Nairn earned his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and his master of arts in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS). He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He also serves as the Education Committee Chairperson of the Columbia River Chapter of ASIS International.


Laurie J Holien

Laurie Holien is the Director of Homeland Security and Professor for Concordia University in Portland, Oregon. She formerly served as the Deputy Director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM). She has 17 years of operational experience in Emergency Management and Critical Infrastructure.

In 2010, she was named a Naval Postgraduate School/Center for Homeland Defense and Security Alumni Fellow, and in this capacity worked at FEMA’s Headquarters in Washington D.C., including activations of the National Response and Coordination Center. Prior to that, she was a strategic advisor and manager responsible for critica infrastructure protection and emergency management missions at the City of Seattle, Public Utilities Department. She has served as Planning Section Chief on a level III Incident Management Team in King County, WA. Ms. Holien has extensive experience in catastrophic planning, essential utility service delivery, business continuity and operations, risk management, incident management, private sector interdependencies, and local and state collaboration. Ms. Holien earned her Master’s degree from the Naval Postgraduate School and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Washington.