Mr. Hicks grew up in Western Michigan, has been a Texas resident since 1993, and has been a member of the Bastrop Community since 2002. Peter attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan from 1991 to 1993. He then attended Texas State Technical College, and later Western Texas College where he graduated the Paramedic Program in 1997. He has been involved with emergency management, fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) at varying levels since moving to Texas. Bastrop County residents would be familiar with him as he served as the EMS Director for Bastrop County from 2002 through 2005. He joined the county staff late in 2007 as the assistant in the Office of Emergency Management. Beginning in 2002, Mr. Hicks also began work as an Adjunct Instructor for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in College Station, Texas where he helped develop the skills of emergency responders and managers from around the country.
Hicks with more than 24 years of experience in emergency response, training and exercise brings a lot to the organization. He has managed emergency and non-emergency medical response efforts in a variety of markets, including urban, rural, and frontier EMS settings. Most recently, Hicks served as the Assistant General Manager/Director, Client Services for Texas Operations with LogistiCare Solutions in Austin, Texas. Previously he has served as Chief Operating Officer for MedicOne Medical Response of Dallas, Texas and Resiliency Program Manager for the Lower Colorado River Authority and served as a County Commissioner in Bastrop County, Texas. Hicks continues to be a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, and a member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas, he also serves as an ESD Commissioner for Bastrop County ESD #2 as Assistant Treasurer. He lives in Bastrop with his wife and family.
President & Founder
Peter J. Hicks
Patrice Reisen-Hicks began working for the University of Texas System as the Emergency Management Coordinator in January 2013. While working in this position, Patrice has built effective partnerships between the UT institutions, local jurisdictions, and state agencies in order to strengthen emergency management in the State of Texas. With Patrice’s leadership and guidance, UT institutions are active in preparing for and responding to disaster events.
Prior to the University of Texas System, she worked for the Travis County Office of Emergency Management as an Emergency Planner. As an Emergency Planner, she gained significant experience in the areas of grants management, emergency planning, exercises, and business continuity. Her professional experience began in 1996 with the Texas Highway Patrol and she has also held a position with the Texas Division of Emergency Management for three years. During her emergency management career, Patrice has worked responses to several emergencies and declared disasters including Hurricanes Dolly, Gustav, and Ike, Tropical Storm Hermine, wildfires during the 2011 drought in Travis County, the 2015 Bastrop County Hidden Pines wildfire, numerous floods and winter storms, the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, the Ebola outbreak in 2014, the UT Austin active shooter incident in 2010, and planned events such as Formula One and the nationally acclaimed Urban Shield Full-Scale Exercise. Most recently, she assisted UT institutions during Hurricane Harvey and was responsible for the systemwide response.
Patrice holds an Associate of Arts degree in Mass Communications and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She is certified as a Master Continuity Practitioner in Business Continuity and as an Incident Command System Instructor. She also holds the Texas Emergency Manager and Certified Emergency Manager designations. Patrice is an active member of the Emergency Management Association of Texas and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013.
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