Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET

The Chapters will sponsor the program on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. ET entitled “Communications on Call: Evolving Approaches to Natural Disasters and Climate Change.” This program will be held virtually via the Zoom platform.


Across the country, natural disasters impact emergency communications.  This event will be a set of three panels.  The panels will explore government frameworks for emergency communications, draw lessons from recent natural disasters throughout the country, and showcase innovative uses of emerging technologies for emergency communications during natural disasters.  Join us for this interesting event that brings together today’s and tomorrow’s technology and communications.

4:00 – 4:05 p.m.          Welcome and Introductions

4:05 – 4:45 p.m.          Government Regulatory Landscape for Communications during Natural Disasters

Brenda D. Villanueva, Managing Director and Lead Counsel, Telecom, TURN
Jackie McCarthy, State Policy Lead, JSI


Debra Jordan, Bureau Chief, FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Michael Caron, Commissioner, Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority

Robert Osborn, Director, Communications Division, California Public Utilities Commission

4:45 – 5:20 p.m.          Lessons Learned from the Ground Perspective

David Konuch, President, Konuch Consulting and Media Group LLC


Jorge Catala, Program Delivery Manager, DHS/FEMA, and Principal, Catala Group

Budge Currier, 911 Branch Manager, California Office of Emergency Services

Torry Somers, Vice President Regulatory Affairs, Charter

5:20 – 6:00 p.m.          Innovative Uses of Emerging Technologies for Emergency Communications during Natural Disasters

Jim Tomlinson, Counsel, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Sara Baxenberg, Associate, Wiley Rein LLP

Can Comertoglu, Head of Product, Google Maps Crisis Response

Richard Chapkis, Deputy General Counsel, Comcast

Jane Whang, Regulatory Counsel, Public Policy, Law and Security, Verizon

Cost: $50.00 for Private Sector Members; $40.00 for Non-Profit 501c3 Members; $25.00 for Government/Academic/Transitional Members; $65.00 for Non-Members.  There is no charge for law students.

Please contact Wendy Parish at to register.