With 35 years of expertise in instructional systems design and training, Gina Wightman founded Wightman & Associates to bring customized training and development initiatives to organizations requiring a specialized approach to solving unique workforce concerns. She has been employed by government agencies and private companies, and has built Wightman & Associates into a full-service company with a global reach. She has presented on various aspects of continuing education and training at the National Environmental Health Association Conference, at the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk facility in Beijing, China, and at the Forum on Sustainable Training Initiatives for Resilience in Stellenbosch, South Africa. She has conducted local hazard mitigation planning training at multiple National Hurricane Conferences and at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.
Ms. Wightman has assisted FEMA Mitigation in implementing national-level program initiatives including the Hazard Mitigation Field Operations curriculum; and has delivered hazard mitigation field operations and mitigation planning training in all 10 FEMA Regions, at the Emergency Management Institute, and the Center for Domestic Preparedness. She has been deployed to train FEMA Hazard Mitigation staff and to develop and/or pilot new initiatives in 15 disaster operations, most recently in Hurricane Sandy operations. Ms. Wightman has also played a key role in the design and development of training and blended learning solutions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Environmental Health Association, and the Federal Aviation Administration. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware and a MS in Adult Continuing Education at Kansas State University.