CEN Advisors

Service, Support, and Trainers 

Michael Boler

CEN Role: CEN Advisor/Security Advisor

Expertise: Trainer/City Leader

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Michael Boler brings over 30 years of community leadership experience to his role as CEN Church Advisor. His gifts in leadership, emergency management, public relations and organizational development strengthen his ability to assist others through the Emergency Management process. Michael’s recent involvement in establishing ReadyIndy laid the foundation for him to move into the role of CEN Church Advisor to assist churches and ministries in assessing their local crisis response capacities and to be a part of CEN’s Biblical Readiness Project – equipping every Christian to respond biblically to emergencies large and small.

Jon McHatton

CEN Role: CEN Advisor

Expertise: Emergency Management Trainer

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Jon McHatton, Director of Field Operations, and has been a pastor active in public and community development for over thirty years. Growing up in a home with a rich spiritual heritage, he quickly found his area of gifting within the body of Christ building bridges for effective citywide collaboration and teamwork. Jon has established a number of businesses, community programs, churches, and ministries; He has assisted in mobilizing community health, wellness, and fitness clinics with continued Life Wholeness Training.  He served as Chaplain of the Arizona Legislature for four years.

Founder and President of CARE INC, Jon established For Our City a strategic program for civic, business, nonprofit and faith leaders to collaborate for community transformation. For Our City is active in six counties and ten municipalities in Arizona and growing internationally.

As part of his role as Director of Field Operations, Jon developed the CEN HURT training a basic readiness, response and recovery training for leaders. Emergency expertise combined with his many years of experience as a pastor, trainer and city-wide network specialist positions him well to advance the ReadyChristianSM, ReadyChurchSM, and ReadyCitySM programs of the Christian Emergency Network. Jon’s heartbeat is to see cities biblically ready to respond in times of crisis.

Ed Smith

CEN Role: Share Officer/Security Officer
Expertise: Trauma Responder, CISM, Operational Stress First Aid Trainer, Grief and Trauma Certified, ICS 820

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Ed Smith, the Deputy Executive Director and Director of Disaster Response for Victim Relief Ministries (VRM) and a National Trainer for- Victim Chaplains and Counselors Association, brings his expertise in spiritual, emotional, mental and physical care to CEN as a Church Advisor.

At VRM, he has been a Chaplain Responder at Command Level or on staff at VRM for 11 of their first 13 years, serving as a volunteer even while working full time in various positions or other ministries. He has led or been a part of most of the 154 VRM disaster deployments since 9/11. He also brings 25 years of experience from working at executive levels with airlines, charter airlines, tour wholesale operations and tour development, travel writer, travel radio shows, internet travel companies and hotel sales and operations that allowed me to travel and work in 51 nations.

He is certified in/as:

  • Trauma Responder under sponsorship of Dr. H Norman Wright
  • CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management)
  • Operational Stress First Aid qualified and trained as a trainer
  • Grief and Trauma Certified through VCCA
  • Incident Command- A variety of certifications including ICS- 100, 200, 700, 800 and ICS- 820.

Mike Marshall

CEN Role: CEN Advisor/Operations Officer
Expertise: Internet Marketing, ICS 200

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Mike Marshall has always had a passion for the lost. At the age of 11, Mike surrendered his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and has been faithfully serving Him ever since. Mike's strong background in radio and media operations and his skill with computers have led him to his present leadership position with the Christian Emergency Network as Operations Director.

Beginning in 1992, as operations and technical adviser to several national ministries, he utilized his varied talents, particularly his creativity in designing web sites, maintenance and technical support to advance ministry. His heart for discipleship, combined with his technical abilities is invaluable to those who team with him.

Joining the CEN team in September of 2001, Mike has had an intentional focus on living a biblically ready life combined with applying his technical and operational talents. He enjoys assisting CEN partners to achieve their mission in a variety of ways. Mike resides in Arizona with his wife and 3 children.

Misti McHatton

CEN Role: Public Information Deputy

Expertise: Emergency Manager and Trainer

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With over twelve years of non-profit, small business, corporate and ministry experience, Misti took a position with Christian Emergency Network (CEN) in 2009 to develop the Christian Emergency Directory. Her responsibilities have grown to include administrative assistant and Director of Communications for CEN.

Misti has a BA in Global Business, a minor in International Relations and Public Policy and an MA in Emergency and Disaster Management. She is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), AZ Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), a participant on the Executive Committee for AZ Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (AZVOAD), and a member of the Washington DC Chapter of Infragard.

Misti has traveled extensively worldwide giving her a worldview of the Christian Emergency Network ministry, including living in a children’s home in Northern Thailand for three years teaching English and computers.

In her role as Director of Communications she is the Public Information Officer for the CEN national team, which serves churches and citywide groups worldwide.

Sherry Buresh

CEN Role: CEN Advisor/Logistics Officer/Security Advisor
Expertise: Trainer, Field Director

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Sherry Buresh, recently joined CEN (Christian Emergency Network), as the National Logistics Officer, Trainer, and Church Advisor.Sherry brings with her extensive experience in leading numerous disaster responses, including a 4 ½ month response to Hurricane Katrina.  Her experience in disaster responses includes “on the ground” work, and organizing delivery of emergency in-kind donations.  Her responses have included states from NY to FL and across to MS.  They have included coordinating as many as 300 volunteers at one time, and 696 over a 3 week response, in all aspects required for making a disaster response.

Sherry has Chaired KY Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (KyVOAD); a member of the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team (KCCRT); Board Member of Pathfinder Missions (Hurricane Katrina Recovery Organization).  She has also been an Advisory Committee Member for  Kentucky Outreach Information Network (KOIN);  State ESF#6 (Mass Care) Advisory Committee & Work Group; Ky. Disabilities in Emergencies Advisory Committee; State Specialist & Liaison for the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN); E. Ky. Weather Service Advisory Member, and a member of various Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs).  During her 11 years experience in Disaster Relief she has also been a Board Member (2006-2009) for the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB); a Sub Committee Member (2006) for the National Council on Readiness & Preparedness (NCORP’s) National Task Force Advisory Committee; a Committee Member & Panelist (2007) for the National Congress on Secure Communities, and Chaired (2004/2006) the Eastern KY. Long-Term Recovery Coordinating Committee (EKLTRCC).   
Sherry has had numerous trainings including: NIMS ICS & IS Courses; Mass Care Sheltering; Individual Crisis and Peer Support; Psychosocial Impact of Disasters & Catastrophic Events; Group Crisis Intervention; Mental Health Aspects of Emergencies & Disasters; and Weapons of Mass Destruction/ Terrorism (WMD) Defensive Operations Level.Sherry and her husband live in Kentucky.  They have 2 sons, 2 daughters, and two granddaughters

Kurt Jordan

CEN Role: CEN Advisor/Security Advisor
Expertise: Safety & Security

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Kurt Jordan brings over 25 years of professional experience to his role as CEN Church Advisor. With a background as a Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement Officer, Security/Crime Prevention Supervisor, Fire-Police Officer, Explosives Detection Specialist, and Private Investigator, Kurt has demonstrated great knowledge, and organizational management throughout the extensive and advanced training he has completed.

Kurt has also worked extensively with his home church and a large international Missions group regarding their mission’s security assessments as well as their biblical readiness. Kurt utilizes his vast and varied skills and experience to assist fellow Christians, churches, cities, and ministries to become part of the CEN Biblical Readiness Project – equipping and assessing their needs, response capabilities, and more importantly their readiness to respond biblically to emergencies.

Gary Schultz 

CEN Role: Security Advisor
Expertise: Safety & Security

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Gary brings to the role of Security Advisor, 27 years of law enforcement experience, as well as a background in Firefighting and Emergency Medical Services. In his time serving as a School Resource Officer, he drafted and implemented Tactical Response Plans for several school districts along with implementing CEPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design). He has also been involved in planning, implementing, and rating table top and live action exercises to test the readiness and ability of First Responders. He has also designed and built Emergency Command posts.

Steve Pappas

CEN Role: Security Advisor
Expertise: Safety & Security

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Steve Pappas has over 30 years of experience in the military, higher education, the public and private sectors.   His homeland security consulting business interfaces with clients at the state and local levels on security and safety policy, emergency preparedness planning, mitigation initiatives, response operations and recovery programs.  He has written a variety of USEPA, FEMA and OSHA regulatory compliant plans, and has lectured on security and safety related topics at the state and national level throughout his career.

Steve Pappas is the chancellor for the Knights of Columbus Council # 6138. In this new assignment he is leading fundraising efforts to purchase and place a 10 Commandments monument on church property.  Mr. Pappas has worked with fellow parishioners to establish a Religious Liberty committee designed to educate and inform parish members about issues that are affecting our religious freedom.  He has established an emergency response committee and program that incorporates the tenants of The Ready Christian process. He is currently working on a school grant program that will enhance the safety and security of parochial schools in the urban Indianapolis area.

Steve Pappas is the current president of the Indiana InfraGard chapter, an FBI sponsored nonprofit organization whose primary goal is sharing information and the protection of America’s critical infrastructure. 


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