Executive Director

Patricia Sutch
Patricia Sutch is the Executive Director of WSSPC and is WSSPC’s second Executive Director.  She organized the first National Earthquake Risk Management Conference held in Seattle in 2000, and the 2004, 2008, and 2012 National Earthquake Conferences.  In intervening years she organized smaller annual meetings and workshops in Sacramento, Denver, Portland, Seattle, Anchorage, Boise, Pasadena, and Reno.  The 2009 Conference was held jointly with the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute in Salt Lake City, where she also served on the Program Committee.

Patti brings a wealth of relevant experience to WSSPC. She earned her B.A. degree in Earth Sciences and Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and her M.S. degree in Engineering Geology (with a seismic hazard focus) from Stanford University. Patti has over thirty years of experience in the geoscience field, non-profit organization management, and business administration.

Currently she is also Principal and President of REG Review, Inc., a company formed in 1985 to prepare geologists for the national ASBOG® geology licensing exam and California certification exams in engineering geology and hydrogeology. She has been an active volunteer with the Association of Engineering and Environmental Geologists (AEG) and and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI).  She is a California Professional Geologist, Certified Hydrogeologist, and Certified Engineering Geologist.


Program Manager

Erin Mommsen

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Erin Mommsen is the Program Manager of WSSPC.  She joined the team with an emergency management perspective. Erin has a B.S. in Emergency Disaster Management as well as Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University.

Right out of college she spent time as a Team Leader for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) in Vicksburg, MS then Sacramento, CA. While in the Corps she helped with the 2016 IMAT (Incident Management Assistant Teams) Hiring Assessment and responded to the 2016 California Wildfires at the Emergency Operations Center.

She has a variety of experience with simulations such as Atlantic Hope (4-day long field exercise based in a war-torn and earthquake stricken country), FEMA’s IS-300 course, and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).