Meet the Board of Directors

The CCADT would not be possible without the outstanding commitment of our volunteers.  Our leadership team gives endless hours of strategizing, fundraising, and providing educational input to ensure our communities become resilient to disasters.  Here is an introduction to our Board of Directors.

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Naomi E. Tobias, President

Naomi is the founder of CCADT.  Since 2007, she has lead efforts in California's central valley to educate on disaster preparedness for animals.  In 2011, she founded the CCADT which assists emergency responders with displaced animals during disasters.

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Debi Geary, Vice-President

Debi is CCADT's Kern County Division Supervisor.  In 2017,  Debi was instrumental in developing the seventh county of the Central California Animal Disaster Team.  For the last six years she has served as an appointed Commissioner on the Kern County Animal Services Commission. 

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Ardell Perkins, Secretary

Since 2014, Ardell has been with CCADT working as an animal care handler and then as an Emergency Shelter Manager.  In addition, she has assisted in fundraising efforts.  Her most recent deployments have included the Detwiler and Ferguson fires. 

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Katrina Poitras, Treasurer

Katrina is a Disaster Program Manager with Red Cross Central CA.  She started with Red Cross in 2010 and worked her way up from a volunteer to Disaster Program Manager.  Her territory covers Mariposa and Madera Counties. It was through her efforts that the community partnership between Red Cross Central CA and CCADT was established in 2014.  ​Her dog, Dante that is shown in the photo is being trained as a therapy dog.

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Jeff Kermode, Director

Jeff is CCADT's Public Information Officer for our Kern County Division.  He has an impressive law enforcement background that has expanded over 40 years.  His past positions included being the Chief of Police in Tehachapi and afterward, the interim Chief for the Bear Valley Police Department.  Currently, he serves on the Tehachapi Unified School District Board of Trustees and owns his own business - The JJK Group, Inc.  

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Martin Wendels, Director

Martin joined the Board in 2018.  He serves CCADT by being our Spanish-language Public Information Officer.  His language skills has helped CCADT to create educational materials for our Hispanic population in the Central Valley.