Tennissia Gaines serves as a Program Coordinator for the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management (I-DIEM) where she helps lead nationwide programs dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in emergency management and community-based adaption projects aimed towards enhancing resilience in vulnerable, underserved, and marginalized populations. Gaines’s experience includes nearly 20 years of program management with a specialization in neurorestorative treatment and neuro-rehabilitation. Her additional experience includes social work, community outreach and engagement, stakeholder relations, human resources, and public assistance. A proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Gaines received her Master of Science (MS) in Healthcare Administration and Risk Management from University of Central Florida and her Bachelor of Science (BS) in Gerontology from Bethune Cookman University. Commensurate with her experience leading community-based programs, Gaines strives to continually provide service to the community through professional and civic endeavors believing in the power of organizations to make a profound difference.