Christoper R. Gonyar

Christopher R. Gonyar, MPA
Director of Emergency Management
| 704-687-7884

Christopher "Chris" Gonyar joined the Safety and Security team in May 2014 as the director of emergency management (formerly business continuity and emergency management planning). Prior to joining UNC Charlotte, he served as an emergency management consultant with Tetra Tech (formerly Beck Disaster Recovery, Science Applications International Corporation, Leidos). In this role, Gonyar worked with jurisdictions and organizations across the county on a variety of emergency management planning and exercise initiatives. During his time at Tetra Tech, he focused on continuity of operations, planning for functional needs populations, emergency management in higher education and Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises and trainings.

Gonyar graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2005 with double majors in history and political science and again in 2007 with a master’s in public administration. During his time as a student, he was actively involved in the North Carolina Student Legislature (NCSL), serving as the attorney general for the state and as the Student Government Association (SGA) chief student counsel for two consecutive years, while also being selected as the honorary bell ringer for the 2007 spring commencement.

Kevin W. Martin
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator | 704-687-8890

Kevin Martin came to the Office of Emergency Management in June 2016 with nearly 15 years of experience in emergency services and emergency management. His most recent position was assistant director of public safety at Reinhardt University where he coordinated emergency management efforts, as well as serving as an adjunct faculty member.

Martin has served on local and state emergency response teams, deployed to major disaster areas, and taught for multiple organizations and institutions. He is a graduate of UNC Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in religious studies.

Shawn J. Kiley
Business Continuity Analyst | 704-687-8876

Shawn Kiley joined the Office of Emergency Management in February 2012 as the business continuity analyst. Kiley’s main responsibilities focus on managing the Business Continuity Planning program for the University. This includes managing departmental continuity of operations plans (COOPs); business impact analyses (BIA); the COOP test, training, and exercise (TTE) program; and the campus-wide business continuity plan. He received his bachelor’s in political science with a concentration in international relations from Florida Atlantic University and his master’s in public administration with a concentration in emergency management from UNC Charlotte. Kiley is certified as a Certified Business Continuity Professional by Disaster Recovery Institute International.

Tiffani J. Bowser
Emergency Training and Exercise Coordinator | 704-687-0973

Tiffani Bowser joined Office of Emergency Management in March of 2019 with nearly five years of experience in both environmental health and safety as well as emergency preparedness.  In her most recent position at Gaston College, Bowser helped build the emergency management program by creating and facilitating the tabletop exercise program, coordinating the training and outreach program, and developing emergency preparedness plans.  She also served as adjunct faculty in Gaston College’s Associate Applied Science for Emergency Management Program.
Bowser is a graduate of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2017, she received her master’s degree in homeland security and emergency management from Purdue University Global.