Support Staff

JOHN ASTREIDESEducator, Facilitator, IT

CHUG Member representative to Healthcare Coalition Regions 8, 10 and 11 (Chicago, Western Suburbs, North Suburbs to the State line)

3 years at Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group as a membership representative and training facilitator.  5 years, as the Enterprise Director of Infrastructure and Operations IT at Loyola University Health System.

25 years as Director of IT, Director of Clinical Engineering, and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.  Volunteer with the Village of Mount Prospect CERT team since 2002.   FEMA Certified Communications Unit Leader (COML).

TOM SMITH, IPEM - Educator, Facilitator

Tom Smith is the former Emergency Management Coordinator for the Village of Palatine, IL. Tom retired in 2014 after holding this position since 2005.  Prior to taking the EM Coordinator position, Tom served as a police officer with the Palatine Police Department. During his 27 plus years with the PPD, he served in many capacities before retiring at the rank of Commander in 2005.


Tom serves on the Illinois Emergency Management and the Community Resilience Committee of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force as well as serving on the Conference Committee for the International Association of Emergency Mangers (IAEM).


Tom is a Team Leader of the Illinois Emergency Management Assistance Team (EMAT) and has deployed to state disasters with that team including  the 2011 Southern Illinois Floods, the Harrisburg, IL tornado in 2012, and the 2017 McHenry/Lake/Cook County, IL floods. He is also a Past President of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA), and the Northern Illinois Emergency Management Consortium (NIEMC).  Additionally, Tom is an active Red Cross volunteer and has responded to disasters including the Utica tornado in 2004, Hurricane Rita in 2005, the 2016 LaSalle County, IL tornado.Currently Tom is an independent contractor doing training for the Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group (CHUG) and other entities, training first responders on ICS and disaster preparedness and healthcare providers.


Tom received his undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Bemidji State College, MN and his Masters Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University. He currently holds the distinction as an Illinois Professional Emergency Manager, IPEM.


Tom has been married for 40 years to his wife Mari and has three grown daughters and two granddaughters.

 DIANE LOGSDON Educator, Facilitator

Mrs. Diane Logsdon, IPEM is a Contractor for the Collaborative Healthcare Urgency Group (CHUG).

In addition to joining CHUG in 2013, Mrs. Logsdon is the President of a consulting firm specializing in Comprehensive Emergency Management Program development and maintenance. Her company provides support to local, small to mid-sized organizations. Program components include planning, training and full spectrum exercise design, development, and improvement.

Diane has served in multiple roles as an educator including current adjunct positions in the Texas A & M University Engineering and Extension Service (TEEX) Infrastructure Preparedness section, the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy recruit instructor pool teaching Emergency Management and Critical Incident Response, and the College of DuPage continuing education program serving law enforcement officials; and former adjunct positions with the William Rainey Harper College Emergency Management A.A.S. program, and Incident Command instruction with the Northeastern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy.

In addition to her adjunct duties at TEEX, Diane was selected to serve as the Team Lead for the FEMA revision of the MGT 341 Healthcare Preparedness class. Adjustments to the coursework included the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule and other Federal mandates.

Diane has served in multiple positions on more than 25 deployments to federally declared disasters and emergencies. She has served in support and ICS positions with FEMA and the State of Illinois as well as various voluntary deployments. Most recently, she volunteered through her local healthcare coalition to serve as a planning specialist during the spring of 2019 Illinois floods at the Winnebago County EOC in her hometown of Rockford, Illinois.

Mrs. Logsdon has been selected to present at the International Association of Emergency Managers Annual Conference in three consecutive years including 2017 and 2018 sessions on the main stage during the EMVision Talks (Ted Talk style) and a breakout session at the November 2019 conference. Logsdon has also presented at numerous conferences and events in Illinois and the Midwest.

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