This two-day workshop will introduce participants to the essential principles of Risk Assessment. Participants will learn the basics of Risk Management and Business Continuity. Key takeaways include the basic outline of a risk management plan; drafts of a communications plan for customers/clients, employees, volunteers, and Board members; and a continuity of operations plan. The workshop will also include the basics of personal preparedness and organizational emergency preparedness. Participants will be able to identify which questions to ask their insurance agents and be better prepared to plan for all-hazards (natural disaster, man-made disaster, and terrorism).

Master Key Concepts

  • Principles of Risk Management and Business Continuity
  • Performing a Hazards and Vulnerability Assessment
  • Strategy planning to create a master all-hazards plan
  • Basics of personal preparedness, a primer for all employees
  • Understanding Risks and the role of Insurance
  • Understand the basics developing an all-hazards plan


Randy D. Kearns, D.H.A.
Assistant Professor, Healthcare Management | University of New Orleans

Dr. Kearns’s early career included being a paramedic, rescue chief, firefighter, and instructor. Over 30 years, he taught emergency services programs at several community colleges in the Carolinas and led multiple emergency service and emergency management organizations, including eight years in hospital administration. Dr. Kearns has been a responder to 20+ presidentially declared disasters as a local, state, and federal representative. In 2014, Dr. Kearns retired (from the State of North Carolina) as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, School of Medicine. After spending four years as the Healthcare Management Program Chair and an Associate Professor at the University of Mount Olive, Dr. Kearns joined the UNO faculty in August 2018.


Parke Ellis
Chairman | Gillis, Ellis & Baker

Parke joined Gillis, Ellis & Baker in 1981. As a producer, he focuses on the entire spectrum of insurance and risk management for his clients. In June 2016, Parke received the highest honor given by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Louisiana (IIABL), the Lou Daniel Award. Parke is a graduate of St. Martin’s High School in Metairie and of Washington and Lee University, where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration. Parke founded the Louisiana Insurance Academy and currently serves as the President of Associated Risk Managers (ARM) of Louisiana. He has also served on the Boards of Associated Risk Managers (ARM) South, Associated Risk Managers (ARM) International, Independent Insurance Agents of Greater New Orleans, and Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of Louisiana. In 2017, he was honored to accept the nomination to serve as a member of the Washington and Lee University Alumni Board of Directors.