Ms. O’Brien is the Chief Executive Officer of Connect Consulting Services, an award winning national healthcare emergency management and business continuity planning firm that works with hundreds of clients throughout the country. She is also an Adjunct Instructor for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) teaching the FEMA Basic Academy and the Advanced Public Information Officer Courses. She has a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management and received the Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) designation from the International Association of Emergency Managers. CCS was named the 2018 Sacramento SBA Woman-Owned Business of the Year. She has been deployed or assisted with disasters in communities impacted by Hurricane Katrina, the H1N1 Pandemic to the 2018 Camp Fire in Paradise, CA.