Christina Dayries serves as the Deputy Director/Chief of Staff in the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). She assists the Director in all aspects of the agency's preparedness, prevention, response, recovery and mitigation activities. She previously served on the FEMA Region 6 Regional Advisory Committee on behalf of GOHSEP. One of her former roles in the agency was serving as the Asst. Deputy Director of Grants and Administration where she directed the agency's grants and administration activities for homeland security, recovery, finance, budget, purchasing, human resources, facility management and Federal grant compliance sections and is directly responsible for oversight and management of the agency's $2 billion annual budget.
In October 2016, Christina was recognized as an award recipient of the ABiz Magazine's 2016 Women Who Mean Business Award.
Before becoming the chief of staff, Dayries previously served as the Deputy Director and Assistant Deputy Director of Management, Finance and Interoperability. Before moving to Management and Finance, Dayries held the section chief position of Communications and Interoperability. She was responsible for establishing the governance structure and policy for the Louisiana Wireless Information Network (LWIN). Dayries was instrumental and has been nationally recognized for establishing the Nation's first statewide digital 700 MHz radio systems in the aftermath of Katrina.
Prior to joining GOHSEP in July 2008, Dayries worked as the executive management officer for the Louisiana State Police. Dayries was responsible for overseeing the agency's budget and administration of the State's homeland security grant program for first responders. Dayries was recognized by the U.S. Department of Homeland (DHS) for utilizing best practices in developing grant applications related to interoperable communications.
Dayries began her emergency/risk management career with the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury as an emergency planner/claims adjuster and served in that capacity for 7 1/2 years. While working with the Police Jury, Dayries received training in emergency and risk management and held positions on multiple boards including Southwest Louisiana Mutual Aid Association, Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and Community Awareness and Emergency Response. She served on committees focusing on public awareness, steering and communications. Dayries was also a member of the Parish Hazmat Team.
Dayries has received the following awards:
- Southwest Louisiana Mutual Aid Association-Emergency Responder of the Year
- Southwest Louisiana Mutual Aid Association-Dedication Award
- Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA)-Presidents Award
- Environmental Protection Association (EPA)-Quality Recognition
- Calcasieu Rotary-Parish Employee of the Year
- Louisiana Claims Association-First Certified Claims Professional
- Louisiana State Police-Superintendent's Award
- Louisiana State Police-Professional Excellence Award
- Louisiana State Policy-Meritorious Service/Unit Citation Award
- GOHSEP-Directors Award 2021 and 2013
- ABiz Magazine-Women Who Mean Business Award
Dayries has been known as the "spark plug" for numerous emergency management initiatives throughout her career. She attended McNeese State University (MSU) and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL-L) for business management. She is originally from Abbeville and currently resides in Maurice with her husband John, daughter Caitlyn and son Charlie.