James A. Banaski, Jr., MS, MEP, CEM

Mr. Jim Banaski is the Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Management Training & Consulting, LLC., a small consulting firm dedicated to international and domestic emergency management capacity building. Mr. Banaski is a world-wide recognized expert in the field of Public Health Emergency Management and the development of Public Health Preparedness & Response programs, and Public Health Emergency Operations Centers. Mr. Banaski retired from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention after 28 years of combined federal service, having also served with the Department of Defense, and the US Army. Mr. Banaski has provided technical assistance to countries in Central and South America, the Middle East, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa. Mr. Banaski is an 11-year veteran of the US Army Chemical Corp.

Mr. Banaski has served in numerous public health emergencies to
include H1N1, numerous hurricanes, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill,
the American Samoa Tsunami response, the Japan Earthquake and
Tsunami response, the Joplin, Missouri tornado relief, the worldwide
Ebola response, the worldwide Zika response, and the COVID 19

Mr. Banaski has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental
Science and Biology from Drury University and a Master of Science
degree in Environmental Management from Webster University. He also
holds a Master Exercise Practitioner certification from the Department of
Homeland Security and the Certified Emergency Manager designation
from the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Mr. Banaski has previously served as an Adjunct Professor for Drury
University in Springfield, MO, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor for
Emory University and Georgetown University.