Region VIII MRC Regional Liaison
Stacy Sayre serves as MRC Regional Liaison for Region VIII (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY) for the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Program under the Readiness Division within the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She provides technical assistance and support to the existing MRC units in the region and helps people interested in the MRC program to start a unit when there is not currently an active MRC in their local community. Ms. Sayre works closely with individual units to coordinate with the goals of the MRC Program and support the mission of ASPR.
Stacy grew up in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the daughter of a Miami Police Officer and Phone Company Clerk. Hazardous weather and social conditions were a constant fixture in South Florida during this time, just as much as a strong sense of responsibility and ethics was in the Sayre household. The Sayre family was always prepared for potential events including hurricanes and anything else that might arise thanks to mom and dad’s constant vigilance. Stacy began to find the value of volunteering as a teen with the Southern Bell Pioneer Club, participating in events like the Special Olympics.
Ms. Sayre attended Florida State University and received her bachelor’s in computer science and software engineering, with a minor in mathematics and physics. She began her career as an intern, later becoming a scientific programmer and an IT project coordinator for the Magnet Science and Technology Division of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory affiliated with FSU. She worked with leading scientists from around the world at this facility on projects including computer modeling superconducting and resistive magnetic technologies used in industrial magnets and research across industries in addition to cryogenic studies of rocket fuel for NASA.
Ms. Sayre then worked at the Florida Division of Emergency Management as the lead Geographic Information Systems programmer and worked on many public information projects to educate Floridians and tourists about the hazards in their communities. During the 2004 Florida hurricane season, she was involved in the response and recovery for a historic hurricane season of one tropical storm and four hurricanes, assisting with coordinating efforts among the emergency support functions, public information officers, and volunteers at the State Emergency Operations Center. It was this experience and working with the volunteer agencies, most notably the Civil Air Patrol, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and AmeriCorps that began her true appreciation of volunteerism in disasters and the need for community education before a disaster to empower all citizens.
Ms. Sayre has worked with the MRC since 2005 and has supported many disaster response efforts. While serving as the Regional Liaison for Region VI in Dallas, TX she supported the Oklahoma Tornadoes in 2013, the West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike. She also supported the public health responses for H1N1 influenza in 2009 and the 2014 Ebola event in Dallas. She transferred to Region VIII in Denver, CO, in 2015 and is inspired every day by the work that caring community members can accomplish to make their neighborhoods safer and healthier, which is the goal of all MRC volunteers and leaders. She has been a member of the Dallas County TX MRC, the Boulder County and Rocky Mountain MRC units in Colorado.
Stacy's hobbies include volunteering, exploring anywhere new, scuba diving, being outside, visiting museums, attending lectures, reading anything and everything, inspiring youth, traveling to see family and friends, and spreading the word about the need for personal preparedness. Stacy was certified as a Yoga Instructor in 2011 and again in 2015, has trained in Substance Abuse Prevention and Trauma Intervention based Yoga, and works to promote personal health and wellness in addition to disaster response stress reduction. She volunteers teaching trauma based Yoga to children at Mount Saint Vincent Home for kids in Denver.
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