Val Woodring serves as a Senior Emergency Preparedness Planner and HMCC Region 1 Planning Coordinator. She is responsible for coordination and planning of coalition member meetings, conferences, and trainings to keep local and regional planning efforts aligned. Val provides HMCC stakeholders in western Massachusetts with technical assistance and works with advisory groups on projects such as regional emergency coordination plans to maintain HMCC engagement. Val also serves as an HMCC duty officer. Val is an avid wildlife conservationist and photographer and enjoys traveling, surfing and volunteering with disaster response teams in Massachusetts.