Here, at the Office of Emergency Management, we believe in quality service to the UH environment and our broader community. This would not be accomplished without our incredible staff. Meet our staff:
Ginger Walker, Interim Director
A native Houstonian, Ginger Walker has worked on the UH campus for over 20 years. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she traveled the world alongside her husband who served in the United States Marine Corps. A few years later she settled down in her own hometown of Houston accepting a position in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance. She has worked in the executive office of Administration and Finance, UH Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Campus Safety and now in the Office of Emergency Management.
Ginger has served as the Deputy Director for many years before accepting the position of Interim Director of Emergency Management. Ginger joined the Office of Emergency Management in 2012 as the Emergency Management Specialist, Planning and Business Continuity. Ginger’s position focuses on all facets of emergency management. Not only does she have extensive knowledge of emergency management in a higher education setting, she has a unique asset in that she developed the continuity program at the University of Houston since its inception. Ginger has a FEMA, Level 1 Continuity of Operations (COOP) Practitioner Certification and is a COOP Instructor. In addition to continuity planning, Ginger is trained as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Facilitator and also a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Ginger enjoys the higher education environment and especially collaborating and coordinating with other departments, colleges, divisions, as well as state and county counterparts.
When Ginger is not working at the University of Houston, spends time with her husband and two daughters, enjoys exploring National Parks, volunteers at the Fort Bend Museum Association as a docent president, and also is a Girl Scout Leader.
Brian Hall, Emergency Management Specialist
Valarie Smith, Executive Secretary
Valarie moved to Houston in 2007 from San Marcos, Texas. She graduated with an Associates of Applied Sciences in Criminal Justice from Remington College and proceeded to work in the healthcare security industry. In December of 2013, Valarie joined the University of Houston as a member of the UH Department of Public Safety’s Security Leadership team and quickly moved into an administrative role as Assistant to the Chief of Police, where she was introduced to and became interested in Emergency Management.
As a member of the Office of Emergency Management team, Valarie serves as Executive Secretary and supports the Director of Emergency Management, as well as the Emergency Management Specialists.
Being part of the UH community, Valarie has actively participated in the Universities March of Dimes campaign, and Cougar First Impressions. In her free time, Valarie enjoys spending time with her pets and friends, life coaching, blogging, reading, social activism, and volunteering time to local charities.