Our Leadership Team
Knowledgable, Reliable, & Professional Emergency Management Consultants
Our years of experience and incredible depth of knowledge is second to none. Each of our emergency management consultants has played an integral role in disaster recovery efforts on behalf of our clients. This includes:
- Securing over $250M for a single county in the wake of Hurricane Katrina
- Recovering over $500M in FEMA-obligated funds during COVID-19
- Developing over 500 FEMA Project Worksheets
If you are a community leader, we can help you devise a preparatory plan and assist in the mitigation of any potential hazards that can be addressed. We can also assist and guide you in your recovery journey. Our extensive knowledge of available government grants and programs can help get you back to normal – effectively and efficiently. Across the team, we’ve worked on thousands of projects and have a truly impressive repertoire working at the state and local levels. This includes the implementation of new programs and hundreds of millions of dollars of recovered FEMA-obligated funds across the United States.
Our expertise goes beyond navigating the aftermath of natural disasters. When COVID-19 took hold of the country, everyone felt the effects. Our emergency management consultants were ready to help community leaders in their time of need.
What We Do
At our core, we help communities, tribal, territorial, and local governments, and non-profit organizations effectively get the money they need to rebuild after a disaster. Our team of emergency management consultants work with clients to recover the maximum funds available to assist in their time of need. Our staff understands the ins and outs of federal disaster programs, like FEMA, so that we can help you quickly and effectively. We will work with you and the Federal Agency—as well as the appropriate State Agency—to make sure everyone understands what needs to be done so that you get your money as fast as possible. Let our team be your voice during your time of need. Contact us today to learn how we can help you navigate complex processes to maximize your funds!
Our Leadership Team
Jonathan Berquist is the founder and president of Berquist Recovery Consulting. He is a highly qualified FEMA Project Manager with extensive experience in disaster recovery programs for public infrastructure and commercial facilities. Jon has worked with multiple clients throughout the US, assisting them at the state and local level with assessments and repairs of their damaged infrastructure, project eligibility, payment reviews and funding disbursements, and ensuring complete program compliance.
Jon has served as a Deputy Program Manager and Program Manager on several projects all across the country. He was also instrumental in administering and fulfilling the newly implemented 428 Public Assistance Pilot Program. In addition, he was influential in the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013, also known as SIRA. In many ways, the passage of SRIA represents the most significant legislative change to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) substantive authorities since the enactment of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in 1988.Jon holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida as well as a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Robert Berquist P.E.
Robert Berquist is a FEMA Subject Matter Expert with extensive experience in the disaster recovery program for public infrastructure and commercial facilities. Robert has worked with multiple clients throughout the US, assisting them at the state and local level with assessments and repairs of their damaged infrastructure; project eligibility; payment reviews and funding disbursements; and ensuring complete program compliance.Robert has developed over 500 FEMA Project Worksheets covering all categories of work (A – G) and has overseen thousands of project worksheets in development by others. These project worksheets are the primary forms used to document a disaster recovery project. Each worksheet includes details and information like the location, damage description and dimensions, scope of work, and cost estimate for each project.
Robert has served as a Project Manager on several projects from Mississippi to New York. He was also instrumental in helping Jackson County recover after the devastating Hurricane Katrina, securing over $250M in funding for the county.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering.
Tim Donnelly is our team’s second FEMA Subject Matter Expert. He has extensive experience in the disaster recovery program for public infrastructure and commercial facilities. Tim has worked with over 100 clients throughout the US, assisting them at the state and local level with assessments and repairs of their damaged infrastructure; project eligibility; payment reviews and funding disbursements; and ensuring complete program compliance.Tim, a former Consultant with Marsh McLennan, has supported the entire United States portfolio with a team of forensic accountants on COVID-19 and infrastructure projects. He was directly responsible for the recovery of over $500,000,000 in FEMA obligated funds throughout the United States.