Leadership

State VOAD leadership is comprised of Members from across the State. For information on how to get in contact with our team, please visit our Contact Us page, or click on the team member that you wish to contact.

Ian (Toby) French
Chair

Toby French currently serves as Chair for the Delaware VOAD. He found his way to the DEVOAD through involvement in Team Rubicon (TR), where he is a Deputy Planner for the MD/DE Team. Toby has been active in disaster response since 2017 when he joined TR and has since then deployed for four major hurricane disasters (Irma in PR, Florence in NC, Harvey in Texas, and Michael in FL). He is fully trained in the Incident Command System (ICS) process. Toby authored the Initial Situation Report (ISR) for both the Laurel tornado in 2019 and for the TS Isaias tornado in August 2020 that led to TR response operations for both of those events (OP Blue Hens and OP Dover Downs). He was recognized for his volunteer work in Delaware as a recipient of the Governor’s Outstanding Volunteers Award for 2020. Toby is a retired Army Officer and retired from Federal Service in 2015, and currently resides in Seaford.

Ron Templeman
Treasurer

Ron currently serves as the Treasurer for Delaware VOAD. I found out about Delaware VOAD in2016 through my position with Operation BBQ Relief. My first contact with Operation BBQ Relief was in 2012 when I volunteered with feeding needs in Brigantine, NJ after Hurricane Sandy run by Operation BBQ Relief. I then became more involved with them and I have been the Delaware State Lead and now Area Coordinator for Delaware since 2016. I oversaw Operation BBQ Reliefs’ role with the Delaware VOAD Mass Care Feeding efforts in New Castle and Kent counties in 2017. I have been on deployments in 2018 in Panama City, FL as well as with other OBR programs like BBQ Gives Back. I have been deployed to Walter Reed Medical Center in 2018 to help feed wounded veterans and their families, as well as the Army/Navy game in 2019 feeding veterans.

Christopher Hodgden
Default Image Team
Secretary

Chris is currently Secretary of the DEVOAD. Chris has been employed by New Castle County for over 7 years; Chris spent his first 5 years as a Call Taker in the counties 911 center before transferring to Emergency Management to become an Emergency Preparedness Planner in January of 2018.

Chris grew up in Lancaster County Pennsylvania where he has been a volunteer firefighter for over 18 years. Chris holds certification as a NFPA Firefighter I, Firefighter II and Fire Officer I as well as being certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician, Vehicle Rescue Technician, Swift-Water Rescue Technician and as a Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Chris has responded to and assisted in many disasters during his time in Emergency Services the most notable being a 2-week deployment to Hurricane Katrina as part of the Joint Task Force Katrina based out of Camp Shelby, Mississippi.

Chris currently resides in Rising Sun, Maryland, with his Wife and their Dachshund Ollie.

Martin (Marty) Brett
Default Image Team
Vice Chair

Marty Brett currently serves as the Vice Chair of Delaware VOAD. I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. The family moved to Northern New Castle County Delaware in 1956 and I have resided in New Castle County ever since. A University of Delaware graduate and an Air Force veteran. I received an offer of employment, from a US Steel firm, as a salesman for electrical products covering South Jersey, Delaware, Eastern Shore of Maryland, Eastern Pennsylvania and progressed to the position of Director of Codes and Standards. After 42 years I retired in 2016.

I was a member of National Fire Protections (NFPA), National Electrical Code (NEC®) Technical Committee for 12 years, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Standards Technical Panel (STP), and National Electrical Manufactures Association (NEMA).

I have been an FCC licensed Amateur Radio operator since 1971 and hold the highest-class license. I am a member of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the Delaware State representative to DEVOAD. A member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the Radio Amateur Citizen Emergency Service (RACES) serving as the State of Delaware RACES Radio Officer and Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) EOC EC.

I have been married for over 51 years and have four sons. My wife Adele and I currently reside in Middletown, DE.