Who We Are
Travis Waack is the Emergency Services Division Director. He is a lifelong resident of Manitowoc County and has a background in disaster relief and response, program management, volunteer management, and radio communications. He was employed for over 10 years with the American Red Cross prior to coming to Manitowoc County. In his role with the Red Cross, he managed multiple state-wide programs in Wisconsin as well as responses to dozens of disasters ranging from home fires to tornadoes, floods and hurricanes. Travis is also a long-time ham radio operator, most recently serving as the Radio Officer for Manitowoc County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services.
He has a B.A. with honors in Emergency and Disaster Management from the American Military University.
Kayla Beckerdite is the Emergency Services Program Manager. Before relocating to Manitowoc County, she lived in Des Moines, IA and was employed by the American Red Cross. During her time with the Red Cross, Kayla oversaw disaster preparedness and response programs for 21 counties in Southern Iowa, in addition to serving as the lead subject matter expert for statewide response programs, information and planning, mass care, and logistics. While with the Red Cross, Kayla responded to multiple disasters including floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and wildfires as planning section chief. Most notably, she was on the leadership teams for responses to the Camp Fire in Paradise, CA and Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the USVI. Prior to her time with the Red Cross, Kayla served as an AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps Team Leader assigned to the Individual Assistance Cadre for both Hurricane Joaquin and historic flooding in San Marcos, Texas.
She has a B.S in both Emergency and Disaster Management and Criminology from Western Carolina University.