Robert H. Foresman

Robert Foresman

Title: Emergency Coordinator
Company: Virginia Department of Health
Location: Lexington, Virginia, United States

Robert Foresman, Emergency Coordinator at Virginia Department of Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in emergency management.

After coursework in history and economics at the Virginia Military Institute. Lexington, Virginia in 1984, Mr. Foresman obtained a Bachelor of Science in education with a focus on history from Bluefield College in 1987 and continued his education with a Master of Education in administrative leadership from Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, in 1994.

As a teacher with Rockbridge County Schools from 1987 to 1999, Mr. Foresman provided superior educational instruction to students at the secondary level in the areas of history, government, and mathematics. As a school administrator with the Roanoke City public schools from 1999 to 2005, his responsibilities included school safety and security as well as emergency operations.

Mr. Foresman turned his attention to emergency management beginning in 2006, excelling for nine years as coordinator for Rockbridge County, where he imparted leadership and strategic planning for county staff, county schools and citizens in all areas of emergency management. In addition, he provided technical assistance to fire departments and rescue squads during hazardous materials events in the county and served as the county emergency management liaison with Virginia state agencies and non-governmental agencies. Mr. Foresman then served as senior emergency management specialist with the Henrico County Division of Fire from 2017 to 2020 and since 2020 as emergency coordinator for the Virginia Department of Health. In addition, he made an impact as a firefighter with the Lexington Fire Department from 1981 to 2004.

Mr. Foresman’s many honors include the Stanley E. Crigger Humanitarian Award, the Warren E. Trent Award and Professional of the Year given by the Virginia Emergency Management Association, Public Employee of the Year from the Lexington-Rockbridge Chamber of Commerce, Fire Safety Commendation Award from the Sons of American Revolution and the Gene Bare Firefighter of the Year by the Lexington Fire Department.

Attributing his success to his father for instilling in him and his brothers to take a sense of pride in their work and to serve their country, Mr. Foresman considers his most notable achievement throughout his career, whether in local government or amid the Covid-19 pandemic, to be the way he helped people come together in their time of need and put all their differences aside for one common goal. In the coming years, Mr. Foresman’s goal is to continue to grow professionally and to put himself in a position where he can help as many people as possible.

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