Dante Gliniecki

Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Division for the City of Independence, MO Fire Department

Dante Gliniecki began his emergency management career as a Disaster Services volunteer for the American Red Cross (ARC) in Kansas City in 1986. In 1989, he joined paid staff for the ARC Kansas City Chapter as Disaster Services Supervisor and later for the National American Red Cross as Missouri State Disaster Specialist. Beginning in 1996, Dante worked for the State Emergency Management Agency in Missouri (SEMA) in the Emergency Human Services Section. Dante worked at SE-MA for over nineteen years.


In November 2014, Dante assumed the position of Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Division for the City of Independence, MO Fire Department. Dante has recently served as the Missouri Co-Chair for the Greater Kansas City Multi-Agency Coordination System for COVID-19 Response. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee. He is the Operations Secretary for the Missouri Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Ser-vices Partnership for Disaster Recovery (The Partnership). He is a member of the Missouri Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MO VOAD) and is interim Co-Chair of the Donations and Volunteer Committee.

He is a member of the following organizations; the Missouri Emergency Managers Association (MOEMA); the National Association of State Emergency Donations and Volunteer Coordinators (NASEDOVOC) that he founded and of various other committees and task forces at the national, state, regional and local levels. Dante directs the Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City.


He is a member of the Board of Directors for the AmeriCorps St. Louis Program and is a member of the Heart of America United Way 211 Advisory Committee. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Disaster Leadership Team. Dante has deployed to numerous disasters large and small across the country and has contributed to the development of emergency human services capacity at the local, state, regional and national levels. He is a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Roeland Park, Kansas.