Membership is open to any individual or institution who has an active interest in cooperative approaches to protecting our state's heritage. This is a volunteer-based organization and there are no dues or fees. Knowing one day you may be the one in need, you are encouraged to assist other cultural and historic resources institutions during disasters by offering existing resources. Examples of resources to offer include sharing knowledge of cultural and historic resources in your community to aid in identifying those at-risk, providing engineering or architectural expertise related to historic buildings, or helping to secure storage space to temporarily house an evacuated collection.

To become a member of the CHR Task Force or to talk more about the organization, please contact us or join our mailing list in the form at the bottom of this page.

Steering Committee (2019-2020)

The CHR Task Force is led by a volunteer steering committee comprised of experienced practitioners and subject-matter experts from local, state, and federal agencies and organizations in the cultural and historic resources and emergency management professions.

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Lori Foley

Lori is the Administrator of the Heritage Emergency National Task Force (HENTF), a public-private partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Smithsonian Institution. In collaboration with HENTF members – 58 federal agencies and national service organizations – she advocates for the protection of cultural heritage in our nation’s states, tribes, territories, and local communities from the damaging effects of natural disasters and other emergencies. HENTF advises cultural, historical, and arts organizations before, during, and especially after disasters, directing these organizations to federal and non-federal resources that can help them respond to and recover from damage affecting their facilities, collections, and records. Lori has supported the CHR Task Force, an exemplary statewide cultural heritage emergency network, since its inception in 2013

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Andrew Rumbach

Andy is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Colorado Denver. His research centers on natural hazards and extreme weather events, and their impact on households and communities. He has worked with numerous communities to help them recover after major disasters, and has a particular interest in understanding the needs of small towns and rural communities. He has a PhD and Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.

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Christina Cain

Christina has held positions in museum collections preservation for over 20 years at institutions focusing on art, cultural collections, archaeology, and history. She holds a master’s degree in Museum and Field Studies from the University of Colorado, where she is currently the collections manager for anthropology at the Museum of Natural History and a mentor to the graduate students in the program. She also serves as the Emergency Preparedness Chair and Peer Assessor for the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums. She has experience writing emergency preparedness plans for large and small institutions and have managed mitigation for a number of emergencies and incidents affecting museum collections. It is her goal to continue to assist museums as they built networks of support for emergency response.


Kate Tallman

Kate is Assistant Professor and Head of the Government Information Library at the University of Colorado Boulder. She has a Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois-Champaign, an M.A. in Southeast Asian Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University. She also works as a Consulting Associate with Creative Assurance LLC, a Colorado based security and emergency management consultancy.


Todd McMahon

Todd is a Staff Archaeologist and State Curation Coordinator at History Colorado where he has been employed for twenty-seven years. He currently manages the State-Approved Museums and Curatorial Repositories Program, a statewide network of local museums and institutions that hold artifacts and fossil collections in-trust for the State. In this role, he also supports these institutions when dealing with disaster threats to their collections. Todd also has extensive experience using geographical information systems, site archaeological data, and as a Section 106 National Historic Preservation Act reviewer. He also holds research interests in the Formative Period in west-central Colorado, front-range archaeology, and the prehistoric four-corner’s area.