Who We Are

The NAU Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness is located within the NAU Police Department and under the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration {F&A Org Chart}.  The NAU Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness has one full time employee, the Director, and at least one intern.  

Marc W. Burdiss CEM, M.Ed serves as the Director of The Office of Emergency Management and Preparedness for Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. In this role he directs the planning, organizing, and execution of campus emergency management activities for Northern Arizona University and its various colleges and departments. His job involves routinely meeting with local, state and federal emergency management agencies and with neighboring emergency management directors to plan for or respond to emergencies. Mr. Burdiss is also responsible for maintaining and updating university emergency operations and recovery plans. Marc has earned the International Association of Emergency Manager’s designation as a Certified Emergency manager (CEM). Mr. Burdiss is a FEMA recognized Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and has experience designing and facilitating exercises ranging from county, state, and federal level exercises, to military and Major League Baseball exercises.

Prior to his current job, Marc worked as the Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for Shelby County, Ohio for five and a half years. Before that Marc worked as one of eight Field Liaisons for the Ohio Emergency Management Agency in Columbus where he worked disasters statewide, administered Emergency Management Performance Grants for eleven counties and helped new emergency managers learn what was required in their positions. Mr. Burdiss has a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management and Planning.

Ashleigh Makuch works as an intern for the Office of Emergency Management at NAU.  Ashleigh is seeking to double major in Criminal Justice and Political Science and she is expected to graduate in the spring of 2017.  Her emergency management duties include keeping the University Emergency Operations Center (UEOC) at the ready and conducting preparedness presentations to student groups across NAU.  Ms. Makuch is also cross trained as a Student Dispatcher and works a weekly shift in the NAU Police Department Dispatch Center responding to calls from the public and dispatching first responders.