Nikki Leaverton, Disaster Recovery Director

Nikki Leaverton comes with ten years of experience in UMCOR disaster long-term recovery processes which includes case management supervision in the city of West, after the West fertilizer explosion. She also served as a consultant and trainer for UMCOR assisting various conferences in their disaster response and long-term recovery work.

The Disaster Recovery Director is leading the case management efforts of recovery. This involves oversight of services in the long-term recovery field impacted by Hurricane Harvey - 14 counties. The Disaster Recovery Director will partner with the Disaster Recovery Asset Manager in the deployment of volunteers and resources.

Vicki McCuistion, Disaster Recovery Asset Manager

Vicki McCuistion previously served as the Executive Director of the Barnabas Connection, a social service non-profit in Wimberley, TX that began as a ministry of Wimberley UMC, and then played a significant role in the long-term recovery efforts responding to the 2015 Blanco River floods. Vicki is an experienced nonprofit professional who was a key player in the development of the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team (BR3T), the long term recovery organization created to respond to the 2015 Memorial day floods that impacted four counties. She has a history of being engaged in the communities she serves and was also elected to the Wimberley ISD Board of Trustees in 2014 and 2015.

The Disaster Recovery Asset Manager will coordinate the resources offered by partners both within and outside of the Conference through donations and volunteer teams. The asset manager will also supervise construction staff and provide support gathering stories and updates that invite continued involvement in the long-term timeline of recovery.

Rio Texas Conference Disaster Response Committee

The Rio Texas Conference Disaster Response Committee establishes policy and procedures for disaster response ministry.

The Conference Disaster Response Committee relates to the Conference Mission Vitality Center. The functions of the Conference Disaster Response Committee are to:

·         Set broad policies and procedures related to disaster response

·         Prepare and maintain a Conference Disaster Response Manual

·         Facilitate disaster response planning throughout the conference

·         Monitor the progress of the response

·         Evaluate response effectiveness

Members of the committee are the Conference Disaster Response Coordinator (serves as chair), all district Disaster Response Coordinators, Conference United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Coordinator, the Disaster Response Communications Coordinator, the  Martinez Disaster Response Center Coordinator, and at-large members as appropriate to achieve the disaster response mission.  The Director of Outreach Vitality serves as an ex-oficio member of the committee

Conference Disaster Response Coordinator
Eugene Hileman

Conference Disaster Response Communications Coordinator -Susan Wernli

Martinez Disaster Response Center Coordinator
Jack Clarke

District Disaster Response Coordinators

Capital District
Jim Street

Coastal Bend District
Rev. Beth Tatum


El Valle District

Hill Country District

Las Misiones District
Larry Etter

West District
Andrés Rodriguez