Niki Bender is an emergency manager, incident responder, and trainer with fifteen years of public-sector, non-governmental, and private-sector experience responding to natural and man-made disasters, oil spills, hazardous materials releases, mass care and shelter events, and national special security events.
She serves as a board member for the Emergency Management Association of Texas and as a safety committeeman for the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. She formerly served as the secretary/treasurer for the Galveston County (Texas) Local Emergency Planning Committee.
She is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Emergency Management Association of Texas, San Jacinto All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT), and Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR).
She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Houston – Honors College and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas with a specialization in emergency management. She is a Master Continuity Practitioner, AHIMT Planning Section Chief, Master Peace Officer, Fire/Arson Investigator, and Adjunct Instructor.
A graduate of University of North Texas, and a native of Dallas, Rosana Pratt never imagined she’d one day be able to call Galveston Island home. With a dream of waking up on the beach every day, she applied for the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator position for the City of Galveston in 2013, and that dream soon became a reality.
At a young age, Rosana knew she wanted to pursue a career in helping people during the toughest of times. In 2012 she took an internship with the Baylor University Medical Center and began to learn the ropes. Today, she has over 4 years of experience carrying the City of Galveston through oil spills, natural and man-made disasters, and the never ending preparations that are made daily to ensure the safety and quick response the City can provide when the next disaster event occurs.
Rosana is an active member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, and the Emergency Management Association of Texas.
In 2016, Rosana became a Certified Texas Emergency Manager, a recognition that is achieved by showing a specific level of competency in emergency management while working in the State of Texas. As a Texas Emergency Manager, Rosana has working knowledge of foundational emergency management concepts, including mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery; possession of the knowledge, skills, and ability to effectively manage a comprehensive emergency management program; acquaintance with the laws and authorities that govern emergency management; and understanding of all-hazards preparedness and the concepts of community collaboration, cooperation and coordination.
Rosana holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of North Texas in Emergency Administration and Planning.