Ron Harris – Founder

Dr. Ronald Harris was introduced to the theory of plate tectonics in his first geology course. This knowledge provided him with a way to translate the pattern language of nature into something he could understand and therefore captivating his interest in investigating tectonic processes in young and old mountain systems as well as other interesting problems.

As a result of his knowledge and career, Dr. Harris decided to develop an organization that would help aid underrepresented communities through education and preparation of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters as a result of active tectonic evolutions. Harris’s passion for this cause led to the founding of In Harm’s Way which has helped educate, prepare, and save the lives of many.



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Brad Harris

Bradley Harris is a professor of recreational management with special assignments connected to the Nonprofit Management Minor at Brigham Young University (BYU). He has a master’s degree in public administration from BYU.

Among other leadership posts in Boy Scouts of America, Harris served as district executive in Eugene, Oregon; senior district executive in Walnut Creek, California; and field director in Denver, Colorado. He worked for five years at the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America, where he helped create the Venturing program. He also is the author of the book Trails of Testimony: Bringing Young Men to Christ.




Chad Emmett

Dr. Chad Emmett is a professor in the Department of Geography who received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a history/geography teaching emphasis from Utah State University, a master’s degree in international relations and Middle Eastern studies from BYU, and a PhD in geography from the University of Chicago.

He is a native of Logan, Utah, and in the past he worked as an Indonesian linguist for the National Security Agency.