David Hesselmeyer, EMT-P, NCEM-E, CEM, MPA
Owner/Primary Consultant

David started his tenure in emergency services in 1997..  He holds certifications such as North Carolina Firefighter Level II, Advanced Firefighter, Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Level I Responder, EMT-Paramedic, and Executive Emergency Management Coordinator.  He also attended Campbell University where he earned his Bachelors of Art in Government and East Carolina University where he earned his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in State and Local Government.

Currently he volunteers with Buies Creek Fire Rescue as a Firefighter/EMT, is an adjunct instructor at Campbell Univeristy, and instructs EMS and Fire courses part time for Central Carolina Community College.  In addition he is a contributing writer for the Carolina Fire Rescue Journal, The Encourager and Fire Engineering. 





Amber Cain, BS
Executive Assistant

Amber joined On Target Preparedness in May 2016. She received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from East Carolina University. She currently attends Campbell University pursuing her Masters in Public Health and Doctorate in Pharmacy. She will graduate in May 2020. Amber has interned since August 2015 with On Target Preparedness as part of her Public Health degree. She is dedicated to helping those in need. She has experience in both emergency medicine and clinical research. In previous years, she volunteered at Rheasville Volunteer Fire Department.








Jonathan McNeely
Emergency Management Planner I

Jonathan joined On Target Preparedness in June of 2018. He is currently completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Homeland Security with Campbell University. Jonathan served in the United States Marine Corps for eight years as a combat rifleman and a Marine Security Guard. During his military career Jonathan had experience with devising and executing physical security.













Tina Blackmon
Emergency Management Planner I 

Tina joined On Target Preparedness in January 2017.  She has 36 years’ experience as a Medical Technologist in public health and hospital labs as well as 20 years as a safety coordinator and training officer. She has 12 year’s experience working in public health preparedness and eight years as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. She has several year’s experience working in Harnett County and is very knowledgeable working in emergency management services.











Rodney Dancy
Emergency Management Planner I / AHA Course Coordinator

Rodney is a native of Wilson and graduated from Ralph L. Fike H.S. in 1987.  He is currently employed with the Wilson County Emergency Management Agency where he serves as the Community Preparedness Coordinator, Public Health Preparedness Coordinator and Asst. Fire Marshall (since Sept. 2007).  Rodney was employed by the Wilson Police Dept. for 10 ½ years as a Forensic Analyst.  He is also a Certified Criminal Justice Instructor for the State of NC.  He was also the Chief of the Wilson County Rescue Squad (Volunteers) until 2013.  Rodney is a graduate of NC Wesleyan College with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology (graduated May 2007 cum laude.  He most recently received his certification as a Type 4 Emergency Manager.  Rodney is a brother of Alpha Phi Omega (National Service Fraternity), as well as a past Community Advisor for the Barton College Chapter.   Rodney has attended Crisis Intervention Training, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Training (also Team Member), Crisis Negoiation Training (w/Law Enforcement) and Dignitary Protection Training to name a few.







Gordon Deno
Contract Emergency Management Planner I 

Gordon Deno is the Emergency Management Director for Wilson County, NC.  He has served in this capacity since 1993.  He has been employed with Wilson County since 1984 and has been involved in emergency services work since 1982.  He is experienced in the fire service on the volunteer level and has served in that capacity for thirty-five years.  He is experienced in emergency medical services, 911 dispatch, hazardous materials response, and search and rescue.  He currently serves eastern NC with a human remains detection dog.

Gordon has designed, helped design and participated as a player, evaluator, and exercise manager in numerous exercises in Wilson County, including table tops and full scale with a wide variety of target hazards and capabilities ranging from hazardous materials, civil disturbances, weather events, and a full scale active assailant exercise at a Wilson County High School.  He has also participated in several exercises on the state level ranging from nuclear power exercises to hurricane exercises.

Gordon has major response experience in Wilson County with incidents ranging from major crashes on the interstate, localized weather events, fires, hazardous materials, and searches for missing individuals.  As well as regional events including major hurricanes (Fran, Floyd, Matthew, etc.) and tornadic events.  Many of these events resulted in federal disaster declarations including the most recent, Hurricane Florence, in 2018. To date, he has administered twelve (12) federal declarations in Wilson County. He has also deployed as part of a NC Incident Management Team to statewide and national level events including the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC (Resource Unit Leader), the floods in SC in 2015 (Liaison from the SC EOC to City of Columbia EOC, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005 (Planning Section Chief), Hurricane Charley in Charlotte County Florida in 2004 (Operations Section Chief), the Party Rock Wildfire in Rutherford County, NC in 2016 (Safety Officer for the Structural Protection Branch), and Team Leader for a six person IMT deployed to Utuado, PR after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Gordon is currently a CEM and serves on the International Association of Emergency Manager’s CEM Commission where he has also served in the past as a Commissioner and Commission Chair (2010).  He is a graduate of the UNC Chapel Hill Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program (2005).   He is a Fire/Rescue instructor, ICS Instructor, Search Technician instructor and Search Canine trainer/handler.  He is a long time member of the NC Emergency Management Association where he has served on numerous committees and is the past Association President (2011/12).




Jon Williams
Emergency Management Planner I 

Jon began his tenure in emergency services in 1994.  He holds the following certifications:  North Carolina Firefighter II, Hazardous Materials Level I Responder, Driver/Operator, Fire Officer III, Certified Fire Investigator, Instructor II, Fire Inspector III, Emergency Vehicle Driver EMT-Basic, Associate Emergency Manager.  Jon is a member of the North Carolina Emergency Management Incident Management Team and is credentialed as an Incident Commander, Plans Section Chief and Safety Officer.   Jon is currently pursuing an Associates degree in Fire Protection Technology through Catawba Valley Community College.  Jon currently serves as Deputy Fire Marshal for Union County, volunteers with Fairview Fire & Rescue and is an adjunct instructor at South Piedmont Community College.










Jennifer Etheridge
Emergency Management Planner I 

Jennifer started with OTP in February 2018. She has 23 years’ experience in Emergency Communications at Wilson County 9-1-1 and holds the position of Training and Quality Assurance Coordinator. She also works at the Rocky Mount Police Department as a part-time Telecommunicator and Quality Assurance for Emergency Fire Dispatch for the last 10 years. She has been teaching CPR and First Aid for the last 14 years and is an Occupational Analysis Facilitator thru the National Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. She holds an Advanced Telecommunicator Professional Certificate from the North Carolina Sheriff’s Education and Training Standards Commission










James Cherry
Emergency Management Planner I 

James started with On Target Preparedness in January 2020. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps serving as a Sergeant in Field Artillery. After being honorably discharged, James spent time contracting throughout Iraq. During this time, he worked closely with local nationals in their villages. His passion towards community service lead him to explore his interest in emergency planning.James started with On Target Preparedness in January 2020. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps serving as a Sergeant in Field Artillery. After being honorably discharged, James spent time contracting throughout Iraq. During this time, he worked closely with local nationals in their villages. His passion towards community service lead him to explore his interest in emergency planning.