About Us

Cherrie May

Emergency Management Manager

Cherrie May is a Suquamish Tribal Member who began her career with Suquamish Tribal Government in 1994 in the Natural Resource Department. Cherrie began her Emergency Management Career in 1999 in

Creating Suquamish Tribe’s first Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, Cherrie has extensive experience in Emergency Management and has had the privilege to work for our Region 2 Homeland Security Department for 4 years as a Tribal Planner for 7 of our Regional Tribal Governments as well as working for FEMA in their Emergency Response Cadre for 2 years responding to disaster around the country.

Cherrie can be reached at:
cmay@suquamish.nsn.us
(360) 394-8507

Eric Quitslund

Emergency Management Operations Officer

Eric Quitslund grew up on Bainbridge Island and is a long-term North Kitsap resident, where he and wife Diane raised their two sons Aaron and Tim.

Eric brings a broad range of emergency management and leadership experience from having served in a variety of fire service and emergency management roles in Kitsap, Clark, and Clallam Counties.

Eric comes to us previously working closely with the Emergency Manager and Tribal staff assisting in the development of the Tribe’s emergency management plans.

Eric has an Associate degree in Fire Command Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Service Administration, with a minor in Public Administration. He has served on several local, regional, and state organizations, and has been instrumental in the development of regional training and incident management programs.

Eric can be reached at:
equitslund@suquamish.nsn.us

John Byars

Emergency Management Trainer

John comes to us from the Emergency Management Institute where he was a contract Tribal Emergency Management Trainer.

John has a variety of experience in emergency management which includes volunteer work with Team Rubicon which is a local and national volunteer emergency response organization, as well as many years with Muckleshoot school security.

John can be reached at:
jbyars@suquamish.nsn.us
(360) 394-7179