Tri-Community CERT About Us

CERT groupTri-Community CERT was formed in 2009. View the Tri-Community CERT mission.

We use a hybrid approach to training with some on-line courses and others in person. The training will be held at a building in one of our member communities.

Applicants must complete a CERT Volunteer Form. Criminal background checks are completed on all team members. Team members receive a free CERT kit (a backpack) that contains goggles, gloves, helmet, reflective vest, multi-purpose tool for natural gas shut-off and to aid in debris removal and a flashlight. Members are encouraged to add additional emergency supplies to their kits.

Training includes the Incident Command System, which is an important part of how CERT operates. Additional training is available online at The FEMA Emergency Management Institute and also by making arrangements to attend classes presented by other CERTs in Cuyahoga County. The Tri-Community CERT is a member of the Cuyahoga County CERT Association.


Board Members

Paul BerneExecutive Director
Jennifer SchultzFinance Director
Dr. Charles Berner, DDS, D-ABFO, DMORT, FEMORS, OMORT-CoCOMMTraining Officer
Michael Okrent, Sc.D., PMP, CSCP, LBCRecords Officer
Terri StahlLogistics Officer
Richard WhiteheadOhio Responds and Member Retention Coordinator
Pat GregoricAdvisor: Training and Records
Jim Homa 
Jerry Banks 
Frank Skala 
Vic RukavinaEvents Coordinator
Ed JacquetCo-Training Coordinator



Mike DraggaTraining Team Co-Leader
Therese DraggaInstructor
Dave Soriano, Firefighter, Mayfield Village FDSafety Services Liaison