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Homeland Security and Emergency Management Professors Speak at Wadsworth High

Recently, Wadsworth High School students had the opportunity to listen to speakers, Dr. Stacy Willett and Dennis Regans, about their careers in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“We make sure the disaster is organized and the right people are in charge of each spectrum of things,” Willett said.

Dr. Stacey Willett and Dennis Reagans explain to students how they work together to manage disasters. Both Willet and Reagans work in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management fields. Photo Courtesy Mrs. Freund.

Dr. Willett is a professor at the University of Akron and teaches a program for students who want to enter the Homeland Security or Emergency Management field.

“We have cyber forensics, fire protection, EMS, we have a police academy, and we have my program,” Willett said.

Dr. Willett spent 16 years getting her education, ten years of it being spent getting her doctoral degree. 

“I have a doctorate in education with concentration and all of it was done in crisis leadership,” Willett said.

Alongside Dr. Willett, Dennis Reagans spoke about his position as a professor in fire protection and his career before he started teaching. 

“I was a firefighter, paramedic, swat medic, and I could probably name another ten other things that they gave us that we had to learn,” Reagans said.

Reagans has been a professor for 20 years and was also a part-time professor while still continuing as a firefighter.

“I used school to augment everything I did with the fire service,” Reagans said.

Students who attended showed interest in the career path, including Wadsworth Junior, Ace Dykes. 

Dykes says he is very interested in Homeland Security and really enjoyed the speakers.

Speakers, Dr. Stacey Willett and Dennis Reagans gave a demonstration to students on how they do their jobs. Photo By Hadley James.

“I thought both of the speakers were really well-spoken, I thought they were very professional and I really liked what they had to say,” Dykes said.


*In a previous version of the story, a student was misidentified. The current version has corrected that error. The Bruin acknowledges that we make mistakes but we will always do our best to make sure we get it right.


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Hadley James
Hadley James, Staff Writer
Hadley James has been on the Bruin staff for one year and is currently a staff writer. In the future, she hopes to be an editor and continue to help and learn from her peers. She is looking forward to new and exciting ideas and growing her relationships with her peers. She hopes to learn more and continuously work on becoming a better writer. She loves to go to concerts and listen to all types of music, but Taylor Swift is her favorite. She also loves to spend her free time with her friends and family.
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    Mary HenegarSep 20, 2023 at 8:05 pm

    I really enjoyed the article. It was informative, precise, interesting and well written. Good job Hadley!