Community Emergency Response Volunteers of the Monterey Peninsula (CERV) was formed in 2011 to promote and sustain preparedness, readiness and response to emergencies and critical events by:
- Supporting local CERT programs in maintaining a full readiness status, their personnel, needed equipment, and supplies to function when activated
- Working to build public awareness of the importance of planning/preparing for emergencies
- Promoting individual and community capacity to respond to emergencies and disasters, with a focus on our most vulnerable populations.
- Utilizing volunteers to keep the focus of funding on projects versus paid staff and infrastructure
CERV Board of Directors
President - K. Lee Whitney
K. Lee Whitney was raised in a military family, educated in Boston and New York with degrees in fashion and business management. Employed by Macy's in New York and Wells Fargo Bank in Carmel. (Ret.) Currently serving as President of CERV, her Home Owner’s Association, as a Monterey CERT Zone Captain and Advisory Board Member. Lee's awards include Lion of the Year, Melvin Jones Humanitarian Service and Woman of the Year of Monterey Peninsula. She has also received honors from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, the California State Senate, and City of Carmel. She most recently received recognition from the California State Assembly for her 17 years of commitment to the community of Carmel and as a volunteer in the Carmel Police Department.
Vice President - Gene Rizzo
Gene Rizzo is the director of engineering for Coastal Manufacturing, Inc., where they support the fresh cut industry designing and developing custom food processing equipment. He is also the zone captain of the New Monterey CERT team. Gene received a BS degree in Agricultural Engineering Technology with minors in Irrigation and Ag Business from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and an MBA from Golden Gate University. He brings extensive knowledge and skills in maintaining essential equipment for the Monterey/PG/Carmel CERT programs. He also supports CERV in sourcing and refurbishing emergency support equipment for citizen
Secretary/Treasurer - Sarah Blackstone
Sarah W. Blackstone, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Speech-language Pathologist; President (Ret). - Augmentative Communication, Inc., Monterey CERT Zone Captain, Monterey County Office of Emergency Services Access and Functional Needs Working Group; United States Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Past President / Current VP Finance, Board of Directors. The Bridge School, Board of Directors/Principle Investigator, Improving the outcomes of children with cortical visual Impairment (CVI) who rely on (AAC) augmentative and alternative communication. Central Coast American Red Cross, Disaster Services Hero, 2017. Books: Patient Provider Communication: Roles for Speech-language pathologists and other Health Care Providers; Social Networks: An Inventory… Research Publications: See Research Gate
Director - Kim Stemler
Kim Stemler, Executive Director, Monterey County Vintners & Growers Association
Kim Stemler has a passion for all things related to Monterey Wine Country - the wines (of course), vineyards, and people. In her role as the Executive Director of the Monterey County Vintners and Growers Association for the last 7-years, she has been a promoter, connector, and barrier buster. Before this role, Kim was a management consultant focused on organizational development, strategic planning, policy, marketing, and communications. Kim earned her Master's Degree in Administrative Science from The Johns Hopkins University. In addition to serving on this Advisory Board, Kim is on the Board of Directors of the California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG) and the Emile Norman Arts Foundation. She is a long-time member and former Board Member of the Rotary Club of Monterey and was named Monterey County Women of the Year several years ago.
Chief Marketing Officer - Sean Brownlee
Sean Brownlee, MBA, CEO - Ravenox, Mastery Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations; Washington Retail Association Board of Directors (Immediate Past Chair); National Retail Federation America's Champion Award Finalist 2018; Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey 2019 Alumni Volunteer Service Award Winner; Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal Recipient; Amazon Small Business of the Year Award Finalist 2019; Monterey CERT Logistics Manager, Monterey CERT Zone Captain, CERT Steering Committee, PADI Rescue Diver; FAA Pilot, Civil Air Patrol; Monterey
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CERV Advisory Council
Harvey Pressman, Directory of CERV's countywide Listos project and President, Central Coast Children’s Foundation, Educator, CERT Volunteer, Monterey. Harvey Pressman was managing editor at Augmentative Communication, Inc ., and is president of the Central Coast Children’s Foundation . He served as technology editor at Exceptional Parent Magazine, was a founding board member of the Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), and has directed demonstration programs in educational technology, employment of welfare recipients and people with disabilities, urban education, and youth employment . He is the author or coauthor of some 15 books and scores of journal articles in these areas, as well as a former college professor and Peace Corps official.
Michael P. Brassfield
Michael P. Brassfield, A retired Chief Deputy, Monterey County Sheriff's Office (36 years), and emergency planner. AS and BA+ degrees. Attended the FBI National Academy ('95). US Marine Corps ('66-'70). Former college instructor. Over the years and currently, has served on various local and state level boards or committees in a variety of specialized and service orientated subjects. Member of NERT/CERT since 1995. Currently serves as a Steering Committee member for Monterey CERT. An advisory board member of CERV. A proponent and instructor of citizen level life and emergency preparedness; "During an emergency or crisis is not the time to plan for what you need to do. Have and work your plans!."
Carolyne Profeta has lived in the Monterey Peninsula since 1981 after her family moved here from Belgium. She is the COO of Forge in the Forest restaurant in Carmel. She matriculated in Environmental and International policy at MIIS in Spanish and French. She currently volunteers as captain for the Carmel Valley CERT team with her husband Greg, is an active member for Monterey CERT, Carmel CERT, and as a VIPS for Carmel Police Department.
She is a past recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award from the Rotary Club of Monterey and Volunteer of the Year 2022 from Carmel CERT.
Greg Profeta, B.S., CEO, CFO
Raised primarily overseas by a Nuclear Engineer father and Entrepreneur Real Estate mother, his passion for helping communities, supporting philanthropic organizations and growing businesses has been at the forefront of his career, having been bestowed volunteer of the year by several organizations.
Currently living in Carmel Valley with his wife Carolyne and father to twin boys, Jason and Justin.
He holds degrees in Finance and Economics with a minor in Mathematics, has held licenses as a registered stockbroker, NMLS and Real Estate agent.
He currently owns Forge in the Forest restaurant acting as CEO and CFO.
His current volunteer affiliations are serving as Captain of the Carmel Valley CERT team, as well as a member of Monterey and Carmel CERT teams and active advisory board member for Monterey CERV.
CERV's Non-Profit Information:
DUNS Number: 117050199
CAGE CODE: 8C2Z4