Resilience and Recovery Summit



August 4, 2020

Resilience and Recovery at Lamar University

The focus of this year’s Summit will be Hurricane Harvey and other catastrophic events: lessons learned and growth from experience. The Summit will focus on:

Gathering knowledge to adapt to, withstand, or more rapidly recover from a disaster or catastrophic event
Gaining and understanding of methods to improve preparedness, communication, and coordination during a disaster/catastrophic event in Southeast Texas
Exploring options for disaster/catastrophic event community resources in Southeast Texas related to industry, governmental, or healthcare
Beginning a dialogue with other stakeholders to build a resilient community in Southeast Texas


  • Healthcare
  • Government & Industry
  • Community Preparedness

CNE and CEU credits available in Nursing*, Social Work, and Psychology.

*Lamar University Dishman School of Nursing is an approved provider of nursing continuing professional development by the Texas Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

LOCATION: Virtual Conference



7:30 - 8:00 Registration/Preparation
8:00 - 8:20


  • Dr. Brenda Nichols - Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Lamar University - Beaumont, Texas
  • Mayor Becky Ames - Welcome from Beaumont, Texas
8:20 - 9:00 Legislative Update: Disaster Recovery - Dade Phelan, Texas House of Representatives for District 21
9:00 - 9:40

Past, Present, and Future Recovery for Southeast Texas - Jeff Branick, County Judge; Michael White, Emergency Management Coordinator

9:40 - 10:20

Coronavirus Update: What are we doing in Southeast Texas? - Sherry Ulmer, Public Health Director for the Beaumont Public Health Department

10:30 - 11:30

Breakout Sessions I

  1. Healthcare - Coping with the Pandemic in Southeast Texas - Praphul Joshi
  2. Government/IndustryAddressing Flood Risk: A Path Forward for Texas after Hurricane Harvey: Summary of the Report by the American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas - Dr. Liv Haselbach
  3. Community Preparedness
    1. Hurricane Harvey's Impact on Households' Disposable Income and Real Estate Values in the Southeast Texas Region - Dr. Gevorg Sargsyan, Dr. James Slaydon 
    2. The Economic Aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma - Dr. Jim Lee 
11:30 - 12:30

Lunch Break


12:30 - 1:30

Breakout Sessions II

  1. Healthcare - Hurricane Harvey Immediate and Lingering Effects Survey Results: Where Do We as a Community Go from Here? - Dr. LeAnn Chisholm, Dr. Gina Hale, Dr. Stacey Knight
  2. Government/IndustryAnalysis of Risk Management Practices of the Oil and Gas Industry in Southeast Texas after Hurricane Harvey - Dr. Gevorg Sargsyan, Dr. Ricardo Colon, Dr. James Slaydon, Dr. Enrique (Henry) Venta 
1:40 - 2:40

Breakout Sessions III

  1. Healthcare - Compassion Fatigue Following a Disaster - Dr. Ruthie Robinson, Dr. Cynthia Stinson
  2. Government/Industry
    1. Potential Use of Subsidence Rates for Flood Risk Planning as Determined from GPS-Based Measurements of Previously Established NGS Benchmarks in Southeast Texas - Dr. Joseph Kruger
    2. Policing in the Storm - Dr. Jim Mann, Dr. Brian Williams
  3. Community PreparednessBevil Oaks: A Community Case Study on Resilience and Recovery - Dr. James Slaydon, Dr. Enrique (Henry) Venta, Dr. Ricardo Colon, Dr. Gevorg Sargsyan, Dr. Paul Latiolais 
2:50 - 3:50

Panel Discussion with Introduction and Logistics

  • Dr. Karen Garcia - Director of Nursing, Baptist Hospital-Beaumont, TX
  • Russell Franques - Director, Coastal Bend Business Innovation Center at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi
  • Chris Boone - Director, Planning and Community Development, City of Beaumont
  • Paul Guidroz - Director of Nursing, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth-Beaumont, TX
3:50 - 4:00

Wrap-up, Evaluations

Printable Agenda

Co-Sponsored by: Lamar University Dishman School of Nursing, Lamar University Economic Recovery and Resiliency Program, the Mamie McFaddin Ward Trust, and the Program Center for Public Policy.