PRESENTER BIOS

Brandon Abley

Director of Technical Issues, NENA

Brandon Abley is Director of Technical Issues for NENA: The 9-1-1 Association. In this capacity he works with a community of experts in the development of NENA 9-1-1 and NG9-1-1 technical standards and advises, educates and advocates on technical issues for the emergency calling community. He also represents the United States and North America on a variety of international bodies, including liaison with the European Emergency Number Association and the Organization of American States. Prior to working with NENA, Brandon has worked in the public safety communications field as a technology consultant, served as Minnesota's SWIC and was a telecommunications specialist for the U.S. National Park Service.

Cathy Anderson

Standards & Training Coordinator, DPS ECN

Cathy Anderson is the Standards and Training Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Emergency Communication Networks. She was hired in November of 2011 and has an extensive Public Safety background, including six years as a paid-on-call firefighter, three years as a Reserve Officer, three years as a full-time Public Service Officer, and 25 years of 9-1-1 dispatch experience. From May 1989 until May 2011, she worked as a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (HCSO). In the last half of her career with HCSO, she was temporarily reassigned by the Captain of the Communications Division and became the only non-sworn employee on a training team created specifically for the ARMER implementation in Hennepin County. The “temporary” reassignment lasted nine years; while in that capacity, she trained thousands of end-users, including police, fire, dispatchers, public works, security, bus drivers, and corrections personnel in the use of ARMER portable and mobile radios. During her last four years with HCSO, she also trained police and fire personnel in the use of their new Mobile Data Communications laptops.

Dan Anderson

Public Warning and Communications Coordinator, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Dan Anderson is the Public Warning and Communications Coordinator for Hennepin County Emergency Management. He oversees the HCEM Auxiliary Communications Team to serve the needs of the Hennepin County Emergency Operations Center as well as the amateur radio communications needs of the City of Minneapolis Emergency Operations Center. He is the SECB Communications Unit Workgroup Chair, which plans and oversees the management of the Minnesota’s Communications Unit program.

Norman Anderson

NG9-1-1 Project Manager, Geospatial Information Office

Norman Anderson has more than 30 years of experience in the Geographic Information Systems field. As a GIS Project Manager in Minnesota Geospatial Information Office's (MnGeo) Professional Services and Managed Hosting team, he is responsible for project design and implementation, staff supervision, budget monitoring, and customer satisfaction. This has included a wide variety of projects, such as supporting the state’s emergency operations center, public utilities mapping or historic map conversion. He is currently serving as the NG9-1-1 GIS Project Manager for the Minnesota Department of Publics Safety, Emergency Communication Networks.

Reid Arnold

Device Sales Specialist - Mission Critical Devices, Accessories & LTE Devices, Motorola Solutions

Reid Arnold is a technical sales representative providing solutions to State & Local agencies as well as large scale Enterprise customer across multiple product platforms. A proven leader that guided an inside sales and support team to continued success, driving quarter to quarter revenue growth.

Jill Bondhus

Administrator, Rice and Steele 911 Center

Jill Bondhus currently serves as the Administrator of the Rice and Steele 911 Center. She is committed to enhancing 911 services and systems utilized by 911 Centers. Jill began her tenure with Rice and Steele 911 Center in 2000 and has been working hard to prioritize responder safety, technology and performance for front line staff.

Mary Borst

System Manager, Mayo Clinic Medical Transport Emergency Communications Center

Mary Borst is currently the System Manager for Mayo Clinic Medical Transport. She supports the Emergency Communications Center with responsibility for the computer aided dispatch application, mapping systems, VIPER phone system, and ARMER radio system in the dispatch center. She participates in workgroups for Next Gen 911, the FirstNet Consultation project in MN, ARMER workgroups, and worked on the Console LTE Task Group for NPSTC. Borst attends both the regional RAC and the Owners and Operators meetings in Southeastern MN.

Glenn Branam

Senior Business Development Manager, Intrepid Networks

Glenn Branam is a retired Law Enforcement Sergeant with 18 years experience serving the citizens of Columbus Ohio while working for the Columbus Division of Police. Glenn’s experience includes supervising officers in the Patrol Bureau and the Detective Bureau. Glenn is the senior Business Development Manager for Intrepid Networks and has spent the last five years working with companies that develop software for public safety and the public sector.

John Brosowsky

Vice President of Innovation, GeoComm

John Brosowsky, has been working in the 9-1-1 industry for over 21 years. John leads GeoComm's Business Development team who collectively brings to life GeoComm's mission of helping protect lives and property by creating innovative solutions that provide essential and location-based information. He is well known in the public safety industry and, in fact, is credited for designing and developing some of the first GIS applications deployed for 9-1-1.

Marcus Bruning

Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN

Marcus Bruning is the Regional Interoperability Coordinator (RIC) for Northern Minnesota and the Metro. Marcus works with counties, cities, and tribes to assist them in achieving their goals of emergency communication interoperability and unified governance operations in emergency communication networks. Marcus retired from the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office as Supervising Deputy Sheriff after a 20-year career with the department. Marcus' duties included being the Director of the Homeland Security Division of the Sheriff's Office. He was responsible for the Emergency Management, Emergency Communications, and Radio Maintenance Divisions for St. Louis County.

John Bryant

President and CEO, GeoComm

John Bryant, GeoComm's President and CEO, has been in the 9-1-1 industry for nearly six years. John has 38 years of experience working with Minnesota-based companies, building and supporting organizations focused on the current and future needs of their customers and the communities they serve.

Mike Burton

Radio Communications Specialist, Olmsted County Sheriff

Mike Burton is currently employed with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office as their Radio Communications Specialist and has been a ARMER System Administrator since 2015. Prior to joining Olmsted County, Mike was a 911 Dispatcher and 911 Dispatch Supervisor for 10 years. He is currently a state certified COML.

Ron Chase

Hennepin County Public Safety I/T, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Ron Chase has over 30 years of information technology (I/T) experience in the private sector including several international companies in roles ranging from software development, business analyst, and project manager. He made a switch to Public Safety 16 years ago concentrating on CAD technologies as an employee of Hennepin County’s Public Safety I/T group. Current assignments are with Hennepin County Emergency Management.

Brian Choyka

Senior Regional Manager, OnSolve

Brian Choyka has 12 years of professional experience in the public safety alert and warning software industry, serving as a trusted advisor and account manager to hundreds of State and Local Government clients nationwide. Over that time, he has worked with many Minnesota communities to implement the CodeRED notification solution, create successful notification protocols and public awareness campaigns. Since 2009, Brian has been diligently working towards educating communities on the importance of obtaining and implementing FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS).

Dan Craigie

Deputy Director, ECN

Dan joined ECN in November of 2016 as a 9-1-1 Project Manager. His primary duties include leading the development and review of a statewide firewall RFP for the procurement and ongoing maintenance and monitoring of PSAP firewalls along with the associated installation, configuration and on-management of the project. Additionally, he is leading efforts to ensure consistency in 911 call configurations, NG911 network monitoring, and other initiatives related to Minnesota's ESInet. This is done in coordination with our statewide 911 service provider (CTL), the Statewide Emergency Communications Board, and the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board. Dan has over eight years of experience working on technology projects ranging from submarine-satellite communications to public Wi-Fi deployments and everything in-between. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs with a focus on Technology policy.

David Deal

Sergeant, Investigations Division, Digital Forensics / Technical Service, Washington County Sheriff's Office

David has been with the Washington County Sheriff's Office since June of 1991. He has been assigned as Juvenile Unit Administrator/Transports Sergeant, shift supervisor, Sergeant of Operations for the Jail, and Technical Services Sergeant. In May of 2017 he was reassigned to the Investigations Division, Digital Forensics Unit. David's responsibilities have included Digital Forensic Investigation, Security Officer, LASO, TAC, application design, project management, implementation, and support for all data, communications, and security systems within the Sheriff's Office. David has been a member of the SECB Interoperable Data / Wireless Broadband and Applications Committee since its inception, representing the Association of MN Counties, and is currently serving as the committee chair. David takes a particular interest in knowing the needs and workflow of the end users to ensure that their needs are met while maintaining the required security and reliability of systems.

Lesia Dickson

FirstNet Director – Field Operations, First Responder Network Authority

Lesia Dickson is the senior advisor for emergency management, as well as Director of Field Operations for the First Responder Network Authority in the North Central area (FEMA Regions 5&7). Before this role, Lesia worked in Texas Emergency Management where she implemented and managed the Evacuation Tracking Network for the State of Texas – a system which coordinated a wide array of state, jurisdictional and private sector resources in order to track thousands of people, pets, buses and ambulances during widespread evacuations. Lesia has 25 years of experience with AT&T/SBC where she was Strategic Account Director for State Accounts and liaison to Texas Division of Emergency Management for emergency communications.

Judy Diehl

Central Region NG911 Chair, Stevens County

Judy Diehl began working as a dispatcher/jailor for the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office in 1985, and was promoted to Communications Manager in 2004. She is an active member of the Minnesota joint APCO/NENA chapter, and serves as the Central MN representative. She has also worked with the APCO/MSA/NENA 911 PSAP Conference Planning Committee since its inception. Judy serves Stevens County as delegate on the Central Minnesota Owners & Operators Committee, CM Users Committee. As Chair of the CM NG911 Committee, she is the Central Minnesota delegate on the MN Statewide NG911 Committee.

John Dooley

IPAWS Program Manager, DPS-ECN

John Dooley is the Program Manager for the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Communication Networks. He coordinates Public Information and Warning efforts in the State of Minnesota between Federal, Tribal, and County public safety personnel and private partners in Broadcast, Cable, and Telecommunications industries. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Regional Emergency Communications Working Group for FEMA Region 5, as well as Chair of the EAS / IPAWS Taskforce, which works to identify regional specific issues facing states as related to alert and warning of the public. John is a Minnesota Certified Emergency Manager and was previously the Communications Officer for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management from October of 2006 to June of 2017. Some of his responsibilities included managing the division’s telephone, video, and radio services in addition to coordinating communication activities between federal, state agencies, and local jurisdictions.

Tom Egan

Communications Supervisor/ARMER System Administrator, Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Tom Egan began his career with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office as a Dispatcher in 1995. In 2004, he was promoted to Communications Supervisor as a Sergeant. Tom is responsible for all public safety communications within the PSAP and is the Douglas County ARMER system administrator. He also works directly with Douglas County Emergency Management in all areas of civil defense and has nine years of experience as a volunteer fire fighter and first responder.

Chad Emery

Deputy Sheriff, Emergency Management and Sentence to Serve Coordinator, Cass County Sheriff’s Office

Chad Emery has worked for the Cass County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. He is a Deputy Sheriff but also works in Emergency Management and is the Sentence to Serve Coordinator. Chad started with Cass County as a dispatcher and has worked his way through the ranks.

Rick Fiedler

Sheriff, Wilkin County

Rick Fiedler has worked in law enforcement for 31 years. After graduating from Alex Tech in 1987, he worked in Pope County (MN) from 1987-1988 as a Deputy Sheriff and as a Dispatcher/Deputy Sheriff in Traverse County from 1988-1991. From 1991-2002, he worked as a Deputy Sheriff with Wilkin County before being promoted to Chief Deputy in 2002. Rick served as Chief Deputy from 2002 until 2011 when he was elected Wilkin County Sheriff, a position he still holds today.

Richard Fiske

Director of 911 PSAP Operations, Massachusetts State 911 Department

Richard Fiske's experience in public safety spans more than two decades, first in 911 Communications, then to EMS in the Metro-Boston area and, subsequently, as a Police Officer for many years before moving on to become Director of Emergency Management and Communications in Worcester MA, the second largest city in New England. He currently serves as the Director of the 911 PSAP Operations Division with the Massachusetts State 911 Department and is responsible for the State 911 Center that processes more than two thousand 911 calls per day from several counties throughout Massachusetts.

Al Fjerstad

PSAP Manager/Deputy Emergency Management Director, Radio Systems Administration, Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office

Al Fjerstad is currently the PSAP Manager/Deputy Emergency Management Director, and Minnesota ARMER Radio System Administrator for the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office. Al started his public safety career 34 years ago as a 911 dispatcher for the City of Richfield, MN. In 1990 Al was hired by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) as a 911 Dispatcher. He was promoted to Supervisor and Training Officer of the 911 Communications Center and worked in this capacity for several years. In 2001 he was promoted to the Hennepin County Radio System Administrator for the ARMER Radio System. Al spent the remainder of his career with HCSO learning, training, and working with a team of highly skilled professionals from HCSO and Motorola to migrate HCSO to the ARMER Radio System. In August 2011, Al retired from the HCSO and was hired by the Mille Lacs County Sheriff's Office as the PSAP Manager, Emergency Management Director and ARMER Radio Local System Administrator. Al continues working for the Sheriff’s Office and also works for On-Target Training and Consulting LLC. Al has trained numerous trainers and end users in the State of Minnesota on various facets of the ARMER Radio System, including system administration and subscriber programming. Al has also trained in the states of Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska on Land Mobile Radio System Technology, including system administration, Motorola MCC7500 Dispatch Console functionality, and subscribe/radio programming. Al is a Minnesota Certified COML, COMT, and BCA/Agency TAC.

Tracey Fredrick

Radio Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board

Tracey Frederick has been serving as the Radio Services Coordinator at the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board since November 2018. In this role, she serves on various committees, including the Grants Workgroup. Prior to joining MESB, Tracey worked for the State of Minnesota in various agencies and roles for 12 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Law Enforcement from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD in 2006, and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Concordia University in St. Paul in 2016.

Andy Gottlieb

Co-Founder of Talari Networks and Oracle Vice President, SD-WAN Solutions, Oracle and Talari Networks

Andy Gottlieb, the Vice President, SD-WAN Solutions at Oracle, co-founded Talari Networks and served as its first CEO after previously serving in executive roles in both startups and public corporations. He was Vice President of Marketing at RouteScience, a route optimization startup, and before that led marketing at MMC Networks, the pioneering Network Processor developer, through its $4.5B acquisition by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) in 2000. Previously, he spent more than a dozen years at 3Com Corporation, highlighted by his leadership of the Switching Systems business unit through its development and introduction of the CoreBuilder 9000 enterprise switching platform. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and a Master of Science degree in computer science from Stanford University.

Scott Haas

Director of Emergency Management and Communications, Scott County Sheriff's Office

Scott has worked for the Scott County Sheriff’s Office since 2001. He currently holds the rank of Captain and oversees the Emergency Communications and Emergency Management divisions of the Sheriff’s Office. Prior to this position, he was a patrol sergeant. In 2008, he served as Scott County’s project manager for the ARMER transition, managing construction of five local enhancement sites and programming of 900 subscriber radios. He currently serve as Chair of the Metro Region Radio Technical Operating Committee.

Bill Hail

Sr. Public Safety Architect & Engineer, Venture Technologies, Inc.

Bill Hail has over 25 years of experience in the Telecommunications Industry. He specializes in Solutions Engineering, NG 9-1-1 Cyber Security, and Project Implementation. Bill has worked for both West Corp (Positron) and Plant/CML (Motorola / VESTA) providing solutions around the country. Bill has worked on several large 911 projects incorporating NG9-1-1 / ESINet technologies such as NJSP, Collier CO, FL, and Charlotte County, FL. Bill has experience with various other systems such as C3I (COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, AND INTELLIGENCE) SYSTEMS, DATA COMMUNICATION SOLUTIONS, LARGE SCALE TELEPHONY SWITCHING SYSTEMS INCORPORATING SS7 / INAP / CAMEL. Bill has spent many years abroad working with companies such as: COMVERSE NETWORK SYSTEMS, (ISRAEL), TELE2, (NORWAY), CABLE AND WIRELESS, (JAMAICA), TELEPHONICA / STARTEL, (CHILE), HITACHI, (JAPAN), GPC, (VIETNAM), AIS, (THAILAND), TEL SIM, (TURKEY), CELUMOVIL, (COLUMBIA), BCP TELECOMMUNICATIONS, (BRAZIL), RSNF C4I (RIYADH, SA), AND VIMPELCOM, (MOSCOW).

Trevor Hamdorf

Deputy Director of Public Safety, City of New Brighton

As a police officer, firefighter, and EMT, Trevor Hamdorf is currently a Deputy Director of Public Safety with the City of New Brighton. As part of the Minnesota All Hazards Incident Management Team he has been deployed to tornados, floods, wildfires, civil disturbances and hurricanes. He also serves as President of the North Suburban Hazardous Materials Response Team.

Greg Hauser

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management

Greg Hauser was hired by the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) on April 9, 2018, to serve as the statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC). Greg is also the state's Communications Branch Manager and is the point person for ESF2 activities, alerts and warnings, and tactical communications team training, readiness, and mobilization. Prior to joining NCEM, Greg spent 17 years as a member of the Charlotte Fire Department's Communications Division. While with Charlotte Fire, Greg served as the Charlotte UASI TICP manager, Chairman of the Regional Communications Council, Chairman of the North Carolina SIEC and most recently a member of the North Carolina 911 Board representing the North Carolina State Firefighter's Association. Greg has been a part of numerous large scale incidents and events, including the COML assignment for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Hurricanes Irene, Matthew, and Florence. In his part-time career, Greg served as an SME for the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) and assisted states with large event communications planning, exercise design, and facilitation and other duties as assigned.

Bob Hawkins

Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Public Safety

Bob Hawkins is Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Commissioner, he served as the Licensing and Testing Project Manager for the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). In that capacity, Bob coordinated all peace officer license testing functions, assisted with all facets of the licensing requirements, and was responsible for coordinating the POST Board’s transition to computer-based testing. Prior to joining the POST Board, he served as Chief of the Burnsville Police Department. He joined the department in 1988 and served as a patrol officer, canine handler, sergeant, and captain before his promotion to Chief in 2004. Bob's 37 years of law enforcement experience also includes serving as a patrol officer in Eagan and a Military Police Canine Handler in the United States Army. He received his bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University with a focus in Criminal Justice and attained a master’s degree in Police Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Julie Heimkes

Senior Consultant, Winbourne Consulting

Julie Heimkes is a Senior Consultant with Winbourne Consulting. She has more than 30 years of experience in the public safety field. Her field experience in Minnesota included EMT, Paramedic, Dispatcher, Trainer, Supervisor and PSAP Director. She has been working as a consultant for the past eight years working on CAD-to-CAD projects in three states.

Dave Horn

Key Management Product Manager (PdM), Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Dave Horn has been part of Motorola's Secure Product Group since 2013 and has overseen the launch of the KVL5000 platform and product manager since 2015. Dave's secure experience includes the following products and protocols (AME 2000, CRYPTR 2 INE, CRYPTRmicro, CMS, KVL 4000, KVL 5000, and OTAR Key Mmgt Facility)

Judy Indrelie

Regional Programs Manager, Olmsted County Sheriff's Office

Judy Indrelie is the Regional Programs Manager for the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and has worked for Olmsted County for over 20 years. She serves in the capacity of accountant, financial advisor, grants manager, budget coordinator, and in project management. In addition, she has provided administration and grants management for the SE MN Emergency Communications Board since its inception in 2008. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and is certified in both grants management and project management. She has over 25 years of experience in non-profit and governmental accounting, projects, and grants management.

Jim Jarvis

Emergency Communications Coordinator, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Jim Jarvis has over 30 years of experience in Federal, State, local, and international communications and data systems as a technician, supervisor, and manager. Jim works to strengthen collaboration and cooperation between Federal, State, and local agencies. He travels regularly throughout the region meeting with all levels of government to discuss their interoperability needs and requirements. He is participating on multiple interoperability committees and working groups and has shared information in and out of his region on various interoperability projects, lessons learned, and best practices. Jim holds an Associate of Science degree in Electronics Engineering Technology and an FCC General Radio Operators License.

Said Jilani

Sr. Customer Solutions Architect, Aviat Networks

Said Jilani is a Senior Solutions Architect in the North American region and has been with Aviat Networks (formerly Harris Stratex Networks)) for 17 years. He supports network design and deployments of Ethernet, MPLS, and IP-based transport networks for 4G/LTE, utilities, public safety and enterprise applications. He is responsible for high-level technical strategy, solutions architecture, and developing proof of concepts to demonstrate network transport capabilities including: advanced Ethernet and IP/MPLS, network protection options, MPLS VPN services, link aggregation, and advanced Quality of Service schemes.

Tom Justin

Owner, On Target Training and Consulting

Tom is the owner of On Target Training & Consulting (OTTC), a company which specializes in several facets of public safety training including incident command principles, event planning, and communications training. OTTC has provided training to over 7500 personnel in more than six states. Tom has provided planner services to Minnesota HSEM Region IV west central. He has over 29 years of law enforcement experience and is retired from the St. Cloud Police Department. His career achievements include assignments as an officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. Tom has been in command of various aspects of Law enforcement including Patrol, Criminal Investigations, School Resource Officers, Gangs and Drugs, SWAT, and Special Projects. During the State of Minnesota ARMER public safety radio system build-out, Tom worked for three years as the ARMER Radio System Central Minnesota Regional Interoperability Coordinator and is a former State of Minnesota Certified Communications Unit Leader (COML). He has provided instruction on various facets and subjects to public safety personnel for over 30 years. Tom is a graduate of the United States Army Military Police School, a 1988 graduate of Alexandria Technical College, and a 1999 graduate of Northwestern University Staff and Command. He is also a former elected official, having served eight years as a school board member and Chair.

Gary Kalstabakken

Product Manager, BCA

Gary started with the BCA in June 2012 and is a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy and St. Cloud State University. His 30-year career in law enforcement included 14-1/2 years serving as chief of police with the Rosemount Police Department. As a Product Manager, he is a liaison between the BCA and criminal justice agencies and advocates to ensure that their business needs are met by the information they receive through BCA systems. He has responsibility for Probation Client Notification, National Data Exchange, Gun Permit Background Check System, Permit Tracking System, and Predatory Offender Registry.

Jason Karlgaard

Dispatch Supervisor, Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office

Jason Karlgaard started his dispatching career for an agency in North Dakota in 2006. He is currently the Dispatch Supervisor for the Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office. His past experience with an agency outside of Minnesota has been of great benefit for helping him understand interoperability and how different agencies (and states) handle communications.

Tom Klaban

Public Safety Consultant, Winbourne Consulting, LLC

Tom Klaban is a senior-level public safety consultant with over 35 years-experience in the industry. Tom's background includes developing and design of CAD, Mobile and RMS systems. He assists customers with needs assessment, developing project requirements and proposals, reviewing the vendor responses, and assisting with the procurement and implementation of new systems. Tom is an iCert member working on Cloud and IOT (Internet of Things) initiatives.

Sara Kreiling

DeafBlind Services Specialist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division

Sara Kreiling, the DeafBlind Services Specialist with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division (DHHSD), provides direct services as well as information and referral to persons with DeafBlindness and their service professionals. Being based in the Metro DHHSD office, she consults with the statewide DHHSD offices on DeafBlind issues and promotes DHHS services for the DeafBlind statewide. Sara also presents on topics related to Hearing Loss, Deaf Culture, American Sign Language and dual hearing and vision loss statewide. She has over 30 years of experience in the fields of DeafBlindness, Mental Health and Human Services. She holds a Bachelor's in Psychology from Gallaudet University and a Master's in Special Education-Deaf and Hard of Hearing from the University of Minnesota. Sara is currently studying to become a nationally Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI).

Brandon Larson

Radio Technician, City of St. Cloud

Brandon is currently employed by the City of St. Cloud as a Radio Technician. His communications background includes roles as an Emergency Medical Technician, volunteer Fire Fighter, and University Security Officer. He is currently a state certified COMT, and Vice Chair of the Wireless Broadband and Applications Committee.

Dustin Leslie

9-1-1 Analyst, DPS-ECN

Dustin Leslie is a 9-1-1 Program Analyst for MN-DPS Emergency Communication Networks. In this role, his primary responsibility is to manage the text-to-9-1-1 deployment for Minnesota PSAPs. In addition, he manages wireless provisioning for 9-1-1 and assists in the development of operational standards for 9-1-1 dispatchers. He also manages various State and Federal grants for the seven regions. Prior to joining ECN, Dustin was a 9-1-1 dispatcher at Hennepin County for two years.

Jennifer Lindberg

Exercise/Training Officer, Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Jennifer Lindberg is the Exercise/Training Officer at HSEM. She previously worked as a Minneapolis Firefighter/EMT, a state inspector for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, and as a Deputy State Fire Marshal for the South Dakota Fire Marshal Office. She is a Minnesota Certified Emergency Manager, a University of Minnesota alumna, and a graduate of EMI's Master Exercise Practitioner Program.

Chris Maiers

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, State of Iowa

Chris Maiers has served as the statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC) for the State of Iowa since May 2017. He works with the 19-member Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System Board (ISICSB), various committees and stakeholders to enhance interoperability throughout the state of Iowa. He has overseen the development of governance structures and policies for the Iowa Statewide Interoperable Communications System (ISICS), a statewide P25 Phase II 700 MHz interoperable land mobile radio network in Iowa. Chris is active in assisting agencies in Iowa with finding solutions for interoperable communications and assisting with agencies in connecting to ISICS for interoperability. He has also collaborated with out-of-state agencies to enhance interoperable communications through interstate agreements, technology and governance. Chris also serves as a voting member of TIA/TR-8, the P25 Steering Committee, Federal Partnership for Interoperable Communications, ATIS WTSC Joint Land Mobile Radio and Long Term Evolution working group, and P25 Technology Interest Group.

Craig Marek

Manager, Kenora Central EMS/Fire Communications Centre

Craig has worked through the last 35 years of rapid growth of EMS in Ontario. Starting as a Paramedic he kept close to the change process accepting a Leadership role in 1992. The portfolio expanded to include Emergency Communications, building a regional Fire/EMS Centre that services 70,000 square miles of Northwestern Ontario and borders Minnesota for almost 200 miles. Projects include Public Safety Radio Network (Ontario), Quality Assurance/Audit, Leadership development, Emergency Management and Interoperability (most notably with Minnesota). In 2019 he will retire from a formal Public Safety career into private ventures such as serving organizational and leadership needs in emergency services and telecommunications.

Chris Meier

Area Sales Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Chris Meier is an Area Sales Manager for Motorola Solutions with an expertise in public safety communication technologies. Chris has 12 years of public safety sales and account management experience, a Marketing degree from St Cloud State University, and an M.B.A. from Minnesota State University.

Melinda Miller

Wireless Broadband Program Manager, DPS-ECN

Melinda joined the Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks on January 27, 2016, as the State of Minnesota Wireless Broadband Program Manager. She is leading the program through the early development time frame, which will influence how communications evolve over the next several years. She has over thirty years of experience in software development, where she consulted with companies like Target, OReilly Auto Parts, Dollar Tree, Schneider Trucking, and Warnaco. She is a member of the National Charrette Institute, which specializes in public project management, and she is also pursuing her PMI certification. Melinda graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, with a bachelor's degree in business administration and computer science and received her Master’s degree in 2014 from Savannah College of Art & Design in building arts preservation.

Linda Muchow

Technology Specialist, Alexandria Technical and Community College

Linda has been employed at the Alexandria Technical & Community College since 1992. She is an Alex T&C alumnus with a computer background. She has been working with the MN-DPS since July of 2010 to create online training in relation to the ARMER System. Linda's passion is helping businesses & individuals obtain their goals, whether it be navigating a new software package or assisting them with an internal electronic form.

Micah Myers

IT Director, City of St. Cloud

Micah Myers began working for the City of St. Cloud in the fall of 1996 as an intern. In May of 1999, after graduating from St. Cloud Technical College with an AAS in both accounting and programming, he began a full-time career developing software for the City. In March of 2006, hetook over managing the City's IT department. In the fall of 2006, he was named the Chair of the Regional Advisory Committee of the Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board. He has served on the Finance Committee workgroup since 2008, becoming the Committee’s Vice Chair in September of 2009 and Chair in August of 2018.;

Melissa Nazzaro

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Melissa Nazzaro was hired as the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2017. In this position, she works alongside members of the Commonwealth's Public Safety Project Management Office on specialized projects like Public Safety Broadband and the Statewide Radio System enhancement and expansion. Her public safety communications career began in 2000, when she accepted a position as a civilian 911 calltaker/dispatcher in Northampton MA, eventually working her way to become PSAP Director in Springfield MA, the third largest City in the Commonwealth. Melissa holds a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from UMASS Amherst.

Steve Olson

Instructor, Lake County and On Target Training and Consulting

Steve started his public safety career by joining the Lake County Volunteer Search and Rescue Squad in 1989; he also volunteered his time on the Two Harbors Ambulance Squad in the early 1990s. Steve continued his career in public safety in 1997 when he was hired by the Lake County Sheriff's Office as a Dispatcher/Corrections Officer. In 1999, Steve became the Jail Training Officer and in 2003, became the Communications Training Officer for the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO). Steve began assuming the responsibility for project management which included technological upgrades for the LCSO, beginning with upgrading their 911 system in 2001 and continuing with upgrades to their Records Management System, Computer Aided Dispatch System, Jail Management System, Jail Security System, and a complete remodeling of their communications center. In 2010, Steve began working on the migration of all Lake County Law Enforcement, EMS, and Fire Services toward the Minnesota ARMER radio system. During the ARMER migration, his duties included representing the LCSO and the Northeast Region of Minnesota on various committees including the Northeast Owners and Operators, the Northeast Emergency Services Board, and the Statewide NexGen 911 committee. Steve is currently the Jail Administrator/PSAP Manager and ARMER Local System Administrator for the Lake County Sheriff's Office. As the Local System Administrator, Steve is responsible for the maintenance and programming of all 600 ARMER Radio System Subscribers/Radios in Lake County, as well as training personnel from 20 local entities on ARMER System and subscriber functionality. In addition to the ARMER 800 MHZ digital subscribers, Steve is also maintaining and programming narrowband VHF radios for three local entities. Steve's training includes Communications Unit Leader, Communications Unit Technician, Communications Center Manager, and Incident Tactical Dispatcher. He has served as COML for two full-scale Coast Guard exercises, including Operation Down Under in the summer of 2011 and Operation Peeking Duck in the summer of 2013. He received formal training as a Communications Unit Leader instructor at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

Tim Peterson

Communications Center Administrator, Blue Earth CountyBlue Earth County Sheriff’s Department

Tim Peterson started dispatching for Blue Earth County in 1990 as a part-time dispatcher, becoming full-time shortly after that. . He was promoted to sergeant in 2015 and promoted once again to Communications Center Administrator at the beginning of 2019. Tim has been a Communications Training Officer (CTO) for several years. He is a member of the South Central Region NG911 Sub-committee, South Central Region Users Group, and the training committee. Tim is an ARMER local system administrator and a trainer for the ARMER system in the county.

Tim Pierce

Senior Public Safety Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

Tim Pierce is a Regional Consultation Lead for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and works out of Madison, WI. Prior to FirstNet, Tim worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice as the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and State Point of Contact (SPOC) for Wisconsin. He started his public safety career as a volunteer firefighter and EMT in a small community outside of Madison after graduating from UW-Madison.

David Pike

Sergeant , Mower County Sheriff's Office

Dave’s training includes Communications Unit Leader, Communications Unit Technician, Firefighter 1 and 2, Fire Officer 1, Fire Instructor 1 and 2. Since Mower County joined the ARMER network, Dave’s duties include representing Mower County at the Southeast Region of Minnesota on various committees including the Southeast Radio Advisory Committee (RAC), Owners and Operators, and Regional Logging Committee. In 2015, Dave was elected the SE RAC Chair. During this time, Dave has represented the Southeast Region on various statewide committees and workgroups. In 2012, Dave began working on the migration of all Mower County Law Enforcement and Emergency Services to the Minnesota ARMER radio system. Dave serves as the ARMER Local System Administrator for the Mower County Sheriff’s Office. As the Local System Administrator, Dave is responsible for the maintenance and programming of the Dispatch Console and all 450 ARMER Radio System Subscribers/Radios in Mower County, as well as training 18 departments on the ARMER System and its proper use.
Dave started his career in with Mower County in 1995 when he was hired as a Deputy Sheriff. In 2008, Dave became a Patrol Sergeant and was responsible for supervising deputies in all aspects of Law Enforcement. In 2006, Dave began assuming the responsibility for department technology, which included hardware and software configuration for the Sheriff’s Office. In 2014, Dave worked as project manager for a technology upgrade that included the Records Management System, Computer Aided Dispatch System E-Charging, mapping, and Jail Management System.

Joshua Ripp

WISCOM Program Manager, Wisconsin Department of Justice

Joshua Ripp is the WISCOM Program Manager with the Wisconsin Department of Justice. In addition to the administration of WISCOM, Joshua works hand-in-hand with Wisconsin State Patrol to improve WISCOM operations and remedy technical issues. Josh was previously involved in Communications during his time as fire chief at the Maple Bluff Fire Department, at the local and county levels.

Jill Rohret

Executive Director, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)

Jill Rohret is the Executive Director for the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB). The MESB supports public safety for the residents of ten counties in the Twin Cities metropolitan area by governing maintaining and enhancing 911 service, an interoperable regional radio system and facilitating coordination of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Jill is a member of the Statewide Emergency Communications Board’s (SECB) Steering Committee and also serves as an alternate to the SECB’s Finance and Legislative Committees. Jill is a past president of National Motorola Trunked Users Group (MTUG) and is a member of NENA’s Public Education Workgroup. Prior to her employment with the MESB, Jill worked as Assistant Director of the Metropolitan Radio Board and as District Scheduler/Staff Assistant for former U.S. Representative James A. Leach. Jill received a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis.

Keith Ruffing

Police Officer, Saint Peter Police Department

Keith Ruffing has been a Police Officer with the Saint Peter Police Department for the past 19 years. He is the current Chair of the South Central Emergency Communications Board User Committee. Keith is the South Central Region representative on both the COMU and STR Workgroups. He is also a Minnesota recognized COML.

Amber Schindeldecker

Public Information Officer, Emergency Communication Network/Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Amber Schindeldecker is the Public Information Officer for the Emergency Communication Networks division and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management division of the Department of Public Safety. Prior to public service, Amber worked in TV news for 12 years at stations across the nation in various roles such as a reporter, anchor and producer. She ended her TV news career as the 10 p.m. news producer at KARE-11 in Golden Valley. Amber is a creative storyteller and a strategic communicator. She routinely exceeds goals & expectations using her experience in journalism, public relations and marketing. Amber graduated from Drake University in 2003 with a BA in Broadcast News.

Jeff Schwiesow

Product Manager, BCA

When you have a question about a dozen of the BCA’s products and services, Jeff Schwiesow’s your guy. Jeff has been a BCA product manager for more than five years, although many agencies first worked with him during his initial assignment with the BCA as the eCharging DWI Deployment Manager. Jeff has a diverse law enforcement background: supervising a dispatch center, working as a sergeant with a specialty patrol unit (Mall of America Unit), experience as a detective, traffic unit officer, and patrol officer at Bloomington PD and Estherville, Iowa, PD. He is a graduate of the School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety.

Tom Semmelroth

Administrator, Lead Electronic Systems Technician, St. Louis County Radio System

Tom has worked for St Louis County for just over 21 years. He graduated from Willmar Vo-tech in 1979 and has worked in many shops, including 15 years at Motorola and owning his own business. More recently, he has worked as system administrator for St Louis County, which includes 184 different entities and two additional counties. Tom's duties include overseeing fleetmaps and programming of 4,500 radios and maintaining 22 console positions, at least some equipment at 24 ARMER sites and 31 paging tower sites. He is also a member of the NE Regional Advisory Committee and the SECB Operations and Technical committee representing the NE region.

Brooks Shannon

Vice President of Product Management, RapidDeploy

Brooks Shannon has a 15-year career in public safety, driven by a passion in leveraging Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He has served in many leading market facing roles including Lead Software Engineer, Director of Software Development, Senior Product Manager, Vice President of Next-Gen Core Services Product Development for organizations including BullBerry Systems, GeoComm and INdigital. For over nine years, Brooks has worked with industry groups such as the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and other organizations to develop technical standards for NG9-1-1 and the future of emergency response. He regularly presents at state, national and international conferences on industry trends, best practices and lessons learned related to NG9-1-1 and GIS.

Chad Steffen

Patrol Officer, City of Red Wing and ARMER Administrator, Lower Sioux Indian Community

Chad Steffen has been a Patrol Officer with the City of Red Wing and Lower Sioux Indian Community (LSIC) in Morton, MN since 2005. Previously, he was employed as a Community Service Officer for the City of Chanhassen and a Police/Fire/EMS Dispatcher for the City of Cannon Falls. Over his law enforcement career, Chad has taken an interest in advancing technologies at all levels, specifically in the area of Public Safety Communications. Currently, he serves as the Systems Administrator for the LSIC. His unique position as a Patrol Officer with the City of Red Wing allows him to work with the Prairie Island Indian Community, located in Red Wing, with their communication needs. He also assists Goodhue County with Radio Systems Administration. Chad serves on the Metro Communications Response Task Force (CRTF). He was selected in 2018 to serve as an At-Large Public Safety Member with SAFECOM, managed by US DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Chad is a COML and COMT.

Jim Stromberg

ARMER Program Manager & Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, DPS-ECN

Jim serves the State of Minnesota in the Department of Public Safety division of Emergency Communication Networks as the ARMER Program Manager and Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC). In his role as Program Manager, Jim works with regional and state Emergency Communication Boards and Committees, end users, and technical staff to ensure high quality communications in all corners of the state. As the SWIC, Jim is responsible for ensuring communications between in-state ARMER and non-ARMER users as well as interstate and international communications. He coordinates Minnesota’s Communications Unit program and is a state-recognized Communications Unit Technician. Jim previously served as a Minnetonka police officer and assisted in Minnetonka's transition to ARMER.

Andy Stumpf

Public Speaker, www.andystumpf.com

Andy Stumpf was born and raised in Northern California. He enlisted in the Navy while still a junior in high school, entering military service in 1996. Andy graduated and began his SEAL career attached to SEAL Team Five in Coronado California. In 2002 he joined the most elite counterterrorism unit in the military, SEAL Team Six. While on a combat deployment, an Iraqi insurgent shot Andy at close range with an AK-47. Doctors told him it would be years, if ever, before he recovered the use of his leg and returned to full active duty. In 2006, Andy returned to the Naval Special Warfare Center as the Leading Petty Officer for 2nd Phase BUD/s training. In 2008, he became the first E-6 selection commissioned through the Limited Duty Officer Program in the history of Naval Special Warfare. Throughout his 17-year career, Andy executed hundreds of combat operations throughout the world in support of the Global War on Terror. He was medically retired in June of 2013. His awards and decorations include 5 Bronze Star Medals (Four with Valor), the Purple Heart, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal with Valor, Three Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, Two Combat Action Ribbons and the presidential Unit Citation. Although no longer wearing a uniform, Andy continues to fight for the SEAL community and their families. In 2015, he set two World Records after jumping from 36,500 feet and flying over 18 miles in a wingsuit in an effort to raise one million dollars for the Navy SEAL Foundation. Andy is a sponsored skydiver and BASE jumper, constantly traveling the world creating content for his sponsors. His business experience includes managing corporate development and licensing, as well as Charitable Initiatives for a global fitness brand, focusing on strategic relationships and sponsorship opportunities with Fortune 500 Brands. In addition to his management experience, Andy became the company pilot, accruing 3500 hours of flight time, earning his Airline Transportation Pilot's license, as well as type certifications in Gulfstream G-IV and Citation 525 series aircraft. Post military, Andy founded a consulting firm dedicated to ensuring that the lessons learned from over a decade of sustained combat are retained, refined and utilized by leaders in the business world. He has traveled the world interfacing with Fortune 500 organizations, as well as Federal, State and local entities.

Steve Tait

Regional Interoperability Coordinator, DPS/ECN

Steve Tait is the Regional Interoperability Coordinator (RIC) for 52 counties located in central and southern Minnesota. He retired from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in 2018 after a 26-year public safety career. During his tenure with the Sheriff's Office, Steve had the opportunity to serve in a variety of leadership roles including assignments in the Professional Standards Division, Enforcement Services Division and Forensic Sciences Division.

Dave Theis

Senior System Technologist, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

David Theis is a Sr. Systems Technologist with Motorola Solutions, a worldwide communications and electronics corporation based in Chicago, IL. David has been employed by Motorola for 36 years serving in several roles ranging from a Field Technical Representative, Systems Integration Manager, Systems Engineer, and Systems Technologist. In his current role as a Systems Technologist, David is responsible for integrating local, regional, and statewide communications system solutions for public safety users and utilities. He has been the primary Motorola Systems Technologist for ARMER since the system's inception in 2003. His work-related history includes eight years in the United States Air Force, five years with Northwestern Bell, and since then Motorola. David has a degree from DeVry Institute of Technology in Technical Management with emphasis in Information Technology.

Jake Thompson

Radio System Manager, Anoka County

Jake Thompson is the Radio System Manager for Anoka County. He has worked with Public Safety Communications for the last 19+ years. As the manager of a COAM (Customer Owned and Maintained) System, he oversees the programming, maintenance and repair of over 2800 subscribers, as well as maintenance of infrastructure at locally owned ARMER sites and PSAP. Jake is the current President of Minnesota MTUG Chapter, as well as the 2nd Vice President of National MTUG. He also is on various regional and state committees and workgroups. Jake is a proud supporter of Making ARMER Great Again.

Dave Thomson

Systems and Communications Administrator, Rochester Police Department

Dave Thomson was a Police Officer for 28 years and a member of Rochester Police Department Planning and Technology Division for 19 years. Dave was a member of the ARMER Implementation Team for the City of Rochester and Olmsted County. He has been the code plug designer and radio programmer for the City of Rochester since initial ARMER participation (2005) and for Olmsted County since initial ARMER participation (2005) through 2008. He is the System Administrator and Gold Elite/MCC7500 Administrator/Programmer for the City of Rochester. Dave is an alternate member of the Statewide Emergency Communication Board, a member and past Chair of SECB's Interop Committee and the Chair of the SECB's Operations and Technical Committee. He is a Windows, Linux and Android programmer who is fluent in many computer languages, but primarily programs in Delphi, PHP and Java. He has been a Licensed Radio Amateur for 43 years.

Nathan Timm

Radio System Manager, Washington County Sheriff's Office

Nathan Timm has been the radio system manager at the Washington County Sheriff's Office since June of 2015. He is also a part time deputy at the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office, where he previously was a full time Patrol Sergeant. Nathan worked in Goodhue County since 2005, where he gained a unique blend of radio operational and technical experience. Nathan is a COML and COMT and serves on the Metro Communications Response Task Force (CRTF).

Brian Toolan

Sr. Technical Account Manager, Everbridge

Brian joined the Everbridge family in April 2016 as the Technical Account Manager for the AlertFlorida Statewide notification system. Brian came to Everbridge after completing a 24-year career in public safety with the State of Connecticut. Brian served as the program manager for the Urban Search and Rescue Task Force where he gained valuable experiencing utilizing the Everbridge platform as a customer.

Brian was also the Operations Chief for the State Emergency Operations Center and served the State during historic blizzards, hurricanes, floods, the largest natural gas power plant explosion in the US and other natural and man-made disasters. While serving as the TAM in Florida, Brian has assisted the State Division of Emergency Management in the Florida Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.

Erin Tufte

Director, Stearns County Emergency Management

Erin Tufte began her career in emergency services with the City of St. Cloud in 2003 serving as a Special Projects Coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team. She joined the Stearns County Emergency Management Department in 2004 as a Planner, a position she held for nine years before accepting a position as the County's Emergency Manager. She is a Certified Emergency Manager in the State of Minnesota, a recognized Master Exercise Practitioner by FEMA, a licensed amateur radio operator and a member of the Minnesota Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team. Erin has experience with disaster response, including record flooding in Browns Valley in 2007, flooding and pandemic influenza in 2009, severe storms and straight-line winds in 2010, Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2011, historic flooding in Carlton County, severe storms and straight-line winds, and Hurricane Irene in Massachusetts during 2012, Presidential Disaster Declaration in 2013, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in 2015 and Hurricane Irma in Florida in 2017. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and Master of Science in Public Safety Executive Leadership from St. Cloud State University.

Keith Viveiros

Customer Sucess Manager, RapidSOS

Keith has over 35 years of experience working in Public Safety, including 10 years as a Police Officer and Criminal Investigator for the Stanford University Police Department. For the last 26 years, Keith has worked as a Senior Supervising Dispatcher with the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety in Silicon Valley. Over the past 10 years, Keith also was the Senior Technical Dispatcher for the City of Sunnyvale where he was primarily involved in the acquisition, implementation and administration of CPE, CAD and other systems, and was also a member of the EOC team.

Keith has been honored several times by the Santa Clara County Communications Managers with their Annual Outstanding Performance Award for Critical Events. Keith has also earned his ENP (Emergency Number Professional) certification from NENA. Recently retired from Sunnyvale PD, Keith is excited to start his journey with RapidSOS as the 9-1-1 Liaison for the State of California.

Dana Wahlberg

Director - Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Emergency Communication Networks Division

Dana Wahlberg joined the Minnesota Department of Public Safety-Emergency Communication Networks Division in October 2011 as the statewide 9-1-1 Program Manager. Wahlberg was appointed as Director of the ECN division in January 2018 where, in addition to providing continued support for the 9-1-1 program, she provides support for the statewide land mobile radio system known as the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER), Wireless Broadband, Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), and Interoperability programs housed within the ECN Division.
She began her public safety career as a 9-1-1 dispatcher in the St. Louis County PSAP and served in numerous roles during her 22-year tenure there.

Angie Wicks

Dispatch Sergeant, Blue Earth County

Angie Wicks is a Sergeant for the Blue Earth County Dispatch Center where she has been working since 2006. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Emergency Communications Board User Committee. Angie is also a Next Gen 911 Subcommittee member and an ARMER Radio Trainer. In addition to her work with Blue Earth County, she served as a volunteer firefighter for nearly 13 years.

Jason Wiehrich

Technical Sales Specialist Manager, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Jason Weihrich is a Technical Sales Specialist for Motorola Solutions, specializing in Mission Critical Communication Devices and Solutions. Jason has 12 years of public safety experience with a total of 19 years of experience with MSI, including Mechanical Engineering and Design, Project Management, and Business Development. He graduated with a BSME degree from Florida Atlantic University and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Project Management Masters Certificate.

Elizabeth Willman

Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor, 

Elizabeth Willman, MS, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Wisconsin. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and a qualified Department of Transportation Abuse Professional. Elizabeth specializes in treatment of first responders and military members dealing with issues such as trauma, addiction, anxiety, post-traumatic stress injury, and relationships. She has completed studies in Police Couples Research and is published in the Handbook of Police Psychology as well as the Journal of Law Enforcement. She has worked with law enforcement agencies for Officer Involved Shootings, Peer Support Teams, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Family Support Education. Elizabeth is the Wisconsin State Representative for the National P.O.L.I.C.E. Suicide Foundation and is an active member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving as Division Staff Officer for Diversity.

Brad Winger

Communications and Warning Officer, State of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Brad Winger has been involved in public safety and communications for over 27 years. He is an active COML/COMT and member of the Communications Response Task Force(CRTF). He started at North Memorial Ambulance and Aircare in 2001 and worked as an EMD, EMT and an EMS Supervisor for 17 years. Brad is a current 16-year member of the Savage Fire Department. He has deployed on numerous events to support disaster communications. In 2018, he started working for Minnesota Homeland Security coordinating communications among HSEM, the states four bomb squads, and 11 Chemical Assessment Teams, while also working with Minnesota 55TH CST WMD team. Brad works casually as a Paramedic for the City of Northfield, and is a flight paramedic for ALS Aerocare.

Bill Wiswell

Solutions Architect, Solacom Technologies

Bill Wiswell has 25 years experience as public safety vendor acting as a technician, product manager and sales engineer. In his 12 years at Solacom, he has helped design complex PSAP solutions and statewide ESInets.

Dean Wrobbel

Fire Chief, St. Cloud Fire Department

Dean has been in the fire service for over 26 years and, more recently, has been involved with communications planning for approximately 11 years. He is a MN Certified COML and has been involved in planning several COMMEX drills.

Brian Zastoupil

Radio Systems Coordinator , Red River Regional Dispatch Center

Brian is the Radio Systems Coordinator for the Red River Regional Dispatch Center in Fargo, North Dakota. He has held this position since 2006. RRRDC was the first consolidated dispatch center in the country to span two states and his day to day responsibilities include oversight of the communications systems within the two counties RRRDC serves (Cass, ND and Clay, MN). Additionally, Brian is the ARMER local System Administrator for 13 counties as well as the Regional System Administrator for the NW Region of Minnesota. He represents the NW MN region on several regional and statewide committees and also represents Cass County ND on regional and statewide public safety committees. Prior to his current tenure at RRRDC, Brian worked in the communications industry for 20 years and holds an FCC General Radio Telephone Operator License.