Lenora Borchardt is the owner and founder of EPTEC Inc. She first became interested in emergency management when, as a young child, 1975’s Hurricane Eloise forced her family to spend a few nights in the Niceville, Fla. High School gymnasium.
As emergency management became her chosen career, Lenora gained experience as CPR/first aid instructor, Emergency Medical Technician and firefighter. She worked in security and emergency preparedness at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI while finishing her BA in Geography-Climatology/People and the Environment Interactions from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
In 1999, Lenora accepted employment in the Planning Section of Wisconsin Emergency Management, where she worked in Radiological Emergency Preparedness and on special projects while completing her MBA and a Graduate Certificate in School Safety from Colorado State University. She left state employment in 2003 to open EPTEC, Inc., which gave her the opportunity to work more closely with public agencies as well as private businesses.
Lenora Borchardt has responded to numerous disasters and has worked with governmental, private and non-profit agencies across Wisconsin and the U.S. to develop and train staff in emergency planning and to design, facilitate and evaluate exercises.
Special Projects / Consultant
Anne Brooks became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic at the Madison Area Technical College in 1994. She volunteered with the City of Monona Volunteer Fire and Emergency Medical Services Departments in Monona, WI and later rode with the Village of Oregon Area Fire/EMS District.
Anne has a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Animal Science and an MS in Biotechnology. She currently works as a toxicologist in Madison, WI, and helps with special projects as an employee of EPTEC, Inc.
Jane Grabarski is a Certified Wisconsin Emergency Manager and retired Adams County Emergency Management Director.
Chris Gulbrand has been a Deputy Sheriff for Kewaunee County, WI since 1986 and is currently the Operations Lieutenant and SWAT Commander for the department. Chris is a member of the MABAS 112 Local Tribal Incident Management Team (based out of Brown County, WI) and has also been a volunteer firefighter for the Tisch Mills Fire Department since 1978.
Robert "Bob" C. Klinger
Bob retired from the Wisconsin Army National Guard with 32½ years of military service, attaining the rank of Colonel. He was the Senior Quality Advisor for the Adjutant General, specializing in presenting Organizational Workshops, teaching Meeting Management and the Five Phases of Facilitation. He is a Certified Consultant for the Department of Defense and also presents workshops on Leadership & Influence, Communication, Effective Listening, Team Building, Conflict Management, Conflict Resolution and Leadership Transitional Workshops.
In October of 2000, Bob began working for Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) in the capacity of Weapons of Mass Destruction Equipment Grant Coordinator. After two years, he moved to the Exercise and Training Directorate where he was an Exercise Design and Training Coordinator. Working with county emergency management directors and state agencies, he assisted these organizations with designing tabletop, functional and full-scale exercises. He is a Certified Master Exercise Practitioner (DHS-FEMA). Bob retired from WEM on January 15, 2010.
Trina Rabida has worked with EPTEC, Inc. on a variety of planning and exercising projects since 2007. She has served in Deputy Emergency Management Director and Emergency Planner positions at the county level and administrative roles in business, print media and construction environments. Since joining EPTEC, Trina has used her experience and expertise to help maintain the website; photograph, evaluate and document exercises; prepare exercise after-action reports; write technical reports and draft grants and complete various other reports/documents to aid counties and municipalities as they prepare for disasters.
Jessica Vander Zanden
Jess has worked on the EPTEC team since 2004, primarily helping as a moulage technician, logistical support professional and volunteer manager. Jess is also a licensed social worker with a Master's in Social Work. She helps evaluate reception and reunification centers.