Brenda Gormley has been volunteering as the Denton County, Texas, Cert Coordinator for more than 6 years. During this time she has grown the program from 11 members to over 500 back ground checked, active members. In 2009, under Brenda’s leadership, Denton County’s Citizen Corps Council received the National Award for Outstanding Citizen Corps Council. Brenda is currently the secretary for Denton County VOAD Citizen Corps Council, past chair for North Central Texas Regional Citizen Corps Council (NCTRCCC) where she was responsible for the implementation, growth and sustainment of many Citizen Corps programs. Brenda continues to travel outside of her area to help establish new Citizen Corps programs. In May 2010 Brenda was part of a group that helped to write the first G517 CERT Master Instructor Curriculum, and became a CERT Master Instructor traveling to provide classes in Texas, and recently, in May 2011, helped write the curriculum for G417 refresher classes in Texas. At the 2011 Texas Unites Conference, Brenda was recognized as the first ever recipient of the Jack Colley Citizen Corps Leadership Award. This award will be given annually to recognize the outstanding leadership and service of a Citizen Corps volunteer. Brenda has expanded her team’s capabilities by creating specialized response teams to assist the Denton County Fire Marshal’s office with common challenges and due to our training we are call upon frequently to assist first responders.