Christopher Sonne, CHEC, Director of Emergency Management, HSS, Inc.
Sonne leads a preeminent team of emergency management experts at HSS, Inc., in delivering training, exercises and consulting engagements for client partners nationwide. With over 15 years of industry experience, Sonne is a nationally renowned speaker and subject matter expert. Sonne has acted as an exercise director and lead planner for dozens of large-scale operations-based exercises across the U.S. Before joining HSS, Sonne spent more than a decade working at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge where he gained clinical experience in the emergency department and spent several years in nursing administration. In 2009, Sonne became a Certified Hospital Emergency Coordinator (CHEC) and in 2011, he earned certification as an HSEEP instructor through the Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Other certifications include FEMA instructor and Incident Command System trainer; Hazardous Materials Technician Level training; Advanced HazMat Life Support; and the EMI’s Professional Development Series.
Crystal Carlson, MPH, MEP, CBCP, Assistant Director of Emergency Management, HSS, Inc.
Carlson is an accomplished emergency management and business continuity professional known for her program management experience in the public and private sectors. She is a Certified Business Continuity Practitioner (CBCP), Master Exercise Practitioner (MEP) and Incident Command System Instructor. Carlson is well-versed in engaging public-private partnerships to develop and implement solutions for crisis management and business continuity. In her previous roles, Carlson coordinated crisis management and business continuity planning for a number of organizations, including a corporation with 30,000 employees and over 700 international locations. She has also facilitated corporate emergency management compliance and standardizing training and exercise programs in government, healthcare and insurance sectors.