NERT Advisory Board
NERT Neighborhood Coordinator Volunteers
Lt. Erica Arteseros, NERT Program Coordinator
Erica Arteseros is the Program Coordinator for the San Francisco Fire Department's Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). Lt. Arteseros joined the Fire Department in December 1997. Since her appointment in March 2004, Arteseros has supervised the training of over 12,200 people in NERT’s disaster preparedness and response classes. In addition, she has expanded the advanced training classes offered to NERT graduates so volunteers can maintain and increase their skill levels.
Lt. Arteseros has also worked extensively with City agencies, the private sector, and individual citizens in pre-disaster planning and training. She has devoted particular effort to reaching under served areas in San Francisco to offer NERT's free disaster preparedness training. To reach more San Franciscans with personal preparedness information, Arteseros developed a two-hour personal readiness workshop that emphasizes the most crucial aspect of NERT training – how to take care of oneself. To ensure this has the greatest impact on the resiliency of the San Francisco community, NERT has partnered with San Francisco SAFE, Inc., working with organized Neighborhood Watch blocks in addition to individuals and families.
In 2009, Lt. Arteseros became chair of the California Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Workgroup, a group of CERT program coordinators throughout the state who meet quarterly to share best practices, to coordinate CERT needs with state representatives, and to ensure that the state’s CERT curriculum is current and consistent. In 2011, she received the award for Most Empowering City Employee from the Neighborhood Empowerment Network of San Francisco, an honor voted on by residents of San Francisco.
A San Francisco native from the Western Addition, Arteseros attended Presentation High School and graduated from Humboldt State University. Lt. Arteseros lives in San Francisco.
NERT Advisory Board
Gary Pegueros, Board Chair
Gary joined the Board in 2012. NERT-trained in 2006, he serves as the neighborhood coordinator for South Beach NERT. Born and raised in San Mateo, Gary was heading home from work at the time of the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and (true story) slept thru it! When not volunteering for NERT, Gary is the secretary of his Neighborhood Association and works at his ‘real job’ as an admin assistant for a wholesale furniture company.
Maxine Fasulis, Secretary
Maxine joined the Board just before the turn-of-the century (the last one, not the 19th). She serves as Neighborhood Coordinator for Noe Valley NERT and has done so since the late 1990's. When not hounding fellow San Franciscans to take NERT training or fellow Noe NERTs to attend mini-drills and team meetings, Max heads for the hills to ski the steepest and deepest with her crew: Capt. Jack, Roxy Girl, CB, Bunks, Ms. Candace, Dr. D. et al.
Diane Rivera, Neighborhood Coordinator Chair
Diane joined the NERT Advisory Board in June, 2009. NERT trained in 2003, Diane serves as Neighborhood Coordinator for the Sunset Parkside District. Besides working with her team to bring disaster preparedness awareness to their neighbors, she is also interested in disaster communications and actively practices her ham radio skills. A native San Franciscan from the Sunset District, Diane is a finance professional working in the non-profit world. When not busy promoting the NERT program, Diane spends time with her children and "grands". Her hobbies include geology, mineral collecting, backcountry travel, hiking, backpacking, dancing...having fun.
Nora joined the Board in 2012. NERT trained in 2000, she served as Excelsior-Crocker Amazon Co-Coordinator in 2011. Her years of art classes finally paid off when Nora became NERT's "Moulage Queen." Volunteers as victims for triage exercises receive realistic-looking gashes, bruises, and blood when Nora opens that makeup kit and gets to work. New NERTs never have to wonder what's next because Nora distributes Calendars--with advanced training information and more to every Graduate.
Lisa joined the Board in 2013. NERT-trained in 2010, she serves as the neighborhood coordinator for South of Market NERT. Born and raised in San Francisco's inner sunset, Lisa remembers being in the city the night following the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, watching the fires burn from the top of Twin Peaks. When not sporting NERT gear, Lisa can be found biking, horseback riding and gallivanting around our fair city.
Cris Pedregal Martin
Cris completed NERT training in 2009 and has been a California Disaster Corps volunteer since 2013. Before moving to the Bay Area, he lived in New Mexico and New England, where disaster preparedness included keeping a candle and matches in the car. He enjoys time with friends, biking, skiing (not too fast), and traveling near and far.