PRESENTER BIOS

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. He began his career as a Telecommunicator eventually working his way up the ranks to serve as the Superintendent (Manager) of the Communications Division. Greg proposed and eventually created the division’s tactical communications team comprised of four vehicles and multiple division personnel that deploys with North Carolina USAR assets and as a resource to local jurisdictions. 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. He has been a part of numerous large scale incidents and events, including the COML assignment for the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Hurricane’s 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.

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 in 6 states to over 7500 personnel. Tom has provided planner services to Minnesota HSEM Region IV west central and is retired from the St. Cloud Police Department. He has over 29 years of law enforcement experience. His career achievements include assignments as an officer, promotion to 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, and is a former elected official serving 8 years as a school board member and chair.

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 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 in 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 the training of 20 local entities personnel on ARMER System and subscriber functionality. In addition to the ARMER 800 MHZ digital subscribers, Steve is also maintaining and programming narrow band VHF radios for 3 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 has received formal training as a Communications Unit Leader instructor at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

Ronil Prasad

Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing and Business Development, Aviat Networks

Ronil Prasad is responsible for the creation and execution of strategic marketing plans and drives outbound marketing activities in North America for Aviat Networks. His primary goal is to work with internal groups within Aviat and customers to extract requirements and translate technical features and capabilities into compelling value propositions. These value propositions drive high level messaging, strategy and positioning to help guide the sales team through the market and competitive environment. Ronil has worked for Aviat Networks (formerly Harris Stratex Networks) for over 16 years and has held various sales and sales management positions throughout this time.

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 8 years in the United States Air Force, 5 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.

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.