David L. Teska, CEM, Regional Sector Outreach Coordinator, CISA Region VII
David L. Teska currently serves as the CISA Region VII Sector Outreach Coordinator (RSOC) where he coordinates critical infrastructure outreach activities to stakeholders across the four states of CISA Region VII – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.
Mr. Teska began his tenure as the RSOC in September 2017. Prior to coming to CISA he was the Regional Continuity Manager for FEMA Region VII where he served as the regional lead for FEMA’s Continuity program outreach to Federal, State, local, and Tribal partners in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. David began his FEMA career in September 2000 as the region’s Congressional Liaison and later worked in the Public Assistance Grant Program where he deployed as PA Officer on numerous disaster assignments throughout the four states of FEMA Region VII and the nation to include the Territory of Guam. Before coming to FEMA David was a news reporter at NPR-affiliate KANU FM 91.5 in Lawrence, Kansas; a staff writer at the Topeka Capital-Journal; and the online sports editor at the Kansas City Star. He has published numerous broadcast, newspaper, and online articles and has written for several professional and association journals including U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Naval War College Review, Armor Journal, The Officer, and Coast Guard Reservist magazine.
In June 2015 David retired as a Captain from the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve after 31 years of active and reserve service in the Coast Guard and U.S. Army. His active and reserve career included Coast Guard and joint assignments in New Orleans; Miami; St. Louis; San Diego; Seattle; Scott AFB, Illinois; and Washington, DC. Overseas deployments include the Emirate of Bah-rain for Operation Desert Storm and South Korea. David also mobilized to several disaster emergencies across the United States including hurricanes along the Gulf coast and the Deep-water Horizon oil spill in 2010. His last assignment was to the Joint Staff/J4 (Logistics) at the Pentagon. Prior to entering the Coast guard David held a commission in the U.S. Army Reserve and Maryland National Guard from 1984 to 1990 and served in civil affairs, aviation, logistics, and field artillery units in Texas, Massachusetts, and Maryland. His military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal with three gold stars, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award with one oak leaf cluster, Humanitarian Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), and the Joint Staff identification badge.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Texas Tech University in 1986, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas in 1997 and is a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Naval War College’s Naval Command & Staff program. He is also a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM).