PRESENTER BIOS

Brandon Abley

Telecommunications and Governance Consultant, Televate

Brandon Abley is a telecommunications and governance consultant with Televate and former Statewide Interoperability Coordinator for the state of Minnesota. He manages FirstNet outreach and planning programs in multiple states and is a key contributor to the Minnesota-FirstNet Consultation project. Brandon is a professor of Information Technology at St. Mary's University of Minnesota. He holds an MS in Information Technology and a BS in Music.

Dan Anderson

Senior Coordinator for Data Collaboration and Communications, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Dan Anderson is the Senior Emergency Management Coordinator for Hennepin County Emergency Management, specializing in Public Warning and Communications. As part of his duties he helps oversee the training and functionality of Hennepin County's Outdoor Warning Siren system and is the county's system administrator for the Federal Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). He is also a Minnesota certified Emergency Manager and a Minnesota Certified Communications Unit Leader, having acted in various roles in several Minnesota Communications Exercises (COMMEXs) as well as worked directly with Minnesota's COMLs and COML trainees. He is a member of the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board Communications Response Task Force (CRTF) and the Metro Region's Type III All-Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT). As part of his duties, he oversees communications, and has put together 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. This group, along with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office's Communications Response Team, makes up the county's identified RACES operators.

John Anderson

ARMER System Administrator, MN.IT services @ MnDOT

John Anderson has 31 years with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the last 18 years has been in the role of ARMER System Administrator. Before state service, John worked at Sperry Computer Systems repairing mainframe equipment, and holds dual AES degrees in technology.

Mike Beagles

Senior Technology Specialist, Mission Critical Partners

Mike Beagles has spent 10 years working with public safety agencies as a technology engineer and project manager. He served as the primary architect and implementation engineer of CAD, 911, RMS, and Mobile software as a service at the former EmergiTech Inc. Mike has spent the last two years with Mission Critical Partners serving clients as a Sr. Technology Specialist, with an expertise in strategic IT planning.

Cory Berg

Fire Management Specialist, Bureau of Indian Affairs Minnesota Agency

Cory Berg currently is a Fire Management Specialist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Minnesota Agency in Bemidji, MN. In the past 20 years he has also worked for the MN DNR and U.S. Forest Service in Minnesota and Idaho. He currently serves on the Minnesota Incident Command System Air Operations Working Team and is an Air Tactical Group Supervisor.

Terry Brennan

Vice President, RACOM

Terry is Vice President of sales and marketing at RACOM. He has an engineering degree from the University of Cincinnati and 25 years of experience providing large scale, technical solutions, sales and management. RACOM designs, implements and maintains all of the communication technologies used for responding to 911 emergencies from specialized E911 phone systems, Fire/EMS paging solutions and Police/Fire radio systems to video security, vehicle upfits, dispatch furniture and warning systems.

Marcus Bruning

Regional Interoperability Coordinator, Northern Minnesota, DPS ECN

Marcus Bruning is the Regional Interoperability Coordinator (RIC) for Northern Minnesota. He works with 25 Counties and seven Tribes 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.

Rick Burke

Partner, Televate

Rick Burke, a co-founder and Managing Partner at Televate LLC, has over 35 years of solutions engineering and system operations experience with complex Public Safety and commercial communication networks and applications. He has extensive experience with land mobile radio, wireless broadband system engineering, and information technology within the Public Safety industry. Over the past 10 years, Rick has supported wireless broadband network design, governance, and business modeling, and has managed multiple 700 MHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless broadband assessments for regional and statewide public safety communications programs. He is currently managing multiple State and Local Implementation Planning Grant (SLIGP) projects to assist states in developing their public safety broadband network (PSBN) strategic plans.

Christopher Buse

Assistant Commissioner and CISO, Minnesota IT Services

Christopher Buse serves as Assistant Commissioner and Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Minnesota's central technology agency, known as MN.IT Services. In this capacity, Christopher is responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise security architecture for state government. He also oversees other technology leadership services, including enterprise architecture, geospatial information systems, and strategic procurement. Before accepting this position in MN.IT Services, Christopher served as the Manager of Information Technology Audits for the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor. During his 19 years as an auditor, he planned and oversaw information technology audit work done on large government computer systems. Christopher graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Since graduation, he has supplemented his accounting degree with numerous computer science and management information systems courses. Christopher is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive), Certified Information Systems Auditor, and a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. He is active in many professional organizations and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center.

Guerdy Charles

Regional Director, AT&T

Guerdy Charles is the Regional Director for the AT&T and brings a solid background in voice and data communications. Guerdy's leadership has focused on teams of account management professionals to successfully bridging the public and private sectors with a commitment to focusing on creating customized solutions that meet and exceed the unique requirements of government agencies throughout the 5-state region.

Alan Choutka

Regional Emergency Communication Coordinator, DHS-FEMA Region V

Alan Choutka is currently the Regional Emergency Communications Coordinator (RECC) in the Operations Planning Branch (OPB) of the Response Division at FEMA Region V in Chicago. He has been active in emergency management for 22 years. His duties include coordinating the activities of the Region V Regional Emergency Communication Coordination Working Group (RECCWG), preparing and updating the communication annexes to the various Regional disaster plans, and staffing the Communications (ESF 2) desk within the Regional Response Coordination Center (RRCC) when it is activated during a disaster. Prior to joining FEMA in July 2013 he spent 8 years as a contractor for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) working on implementing and improving various interoperable communication activities within the state. He served as Deputy Statewide Interoperable Communications Coordinator (SWIC) responsible for Communication Unit (COMU) training activities and the state's Strategic Technology Reserve (STR) as well as staffing the Communication Coordinator (COMC) desk within the State Incident Response Center (SIRC) when it was activated to support disaster response activities. Prior to working for the State of Illinois, Alan worked for the Kane County (Illinois) Office of Emergency Management.

Dan Craigie

Program Analyst, ECN

Dan joined ECN in November of 2016 as a 911 Program Analyst. 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 8+ 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.

T. John Cunningham

Fire Chief & Director of Emergency Management, Elk River Fire Department

Chief T. John Cunningham has over seventeen years' experience in the public safety field. He is presently the fire chief and emergency management director for the City of Elk River, Minnesota, a growing suburb located approximately 35 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The department serves a fire district with a population of 35,000 spread across 66-square miles. He is responsible for providing strategic direction and department oversight for emergency response; fire, building, and life-safety inspections; city nuisance code enforcement; training and safety; and fire prevention. Prior to moving to Elk River in 2009, Chief Cunningham was a volunteer district chief for a combination fire department in Greenwich, Connecticut, and a senior member of the Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue Task Force. He also worked in the private sector, owning a successful IT consulting firm. Chief Cunningham has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from Fairfield University and a Master's Degree Homeland Security Leadership from the University of Connecticut.

Dan Davidson

Lieutenant, Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office

Dan has worked 25 years as a licensed Police Officer (14 years in investigations). He was a former Deputy Sheriff in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a Police Officer in Madison, Wisconsin before moving back to Minnesota, his home state. Dan has a B.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of South Dakota and was a Sargent in the U.S. Army Military Police for three years in Panama and Honduras, Central America.

Dan DeSmet

Police Officer, Upper Sioux Community Police Department

Dan DeSmet is a Police Officer with the Upper Sioux Community Police Department (USCPD) and the regional manager for North Memorial Ambulance in the Marshall and Redwood Falls region. He has been with USCPD for four years and has been the regional manager for twelve years. As part of his duties, Dan was appointed to the SW MN Regional Radio Board User's Committee. Dan has been involved in EMS since 1990 and law enforcement since 1995 and received his paramedic license in 1997. He also serves as an Ambulance Strike Team Leader and has successfully completed the national communications unit leader course (COML). Dan has a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State University and is a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic.

Robert Dickhaus

Lieutenant, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office

Robert Dickhaus has been employed as a licensed Peace Officer with the Stearns County Sheriff's Office since 1993. He is currently assigned as the PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) Manager and has been so since 2010. Robert has worked extensively with the ARMER system since its inception in the Central Region and has trained hundreds of first responders on the ARMER system.

Judy Diehl

APCO Representative, 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 APCO, NENA, and the APCO/MSA/NENA 911 PSAP Conference Planning Committee. She is presently serving West Central MN as APCO Representative, Stevens County as delegate on the Central Minnesota Owners & Operators Committee, CM Users Committee, as Chair of the CM NG911 Committee and also is the Central Minnesota delegate on the MN Statewide NG911 Committee.

Randy Donahue

Southern Regional Interop Coordinator, ECN

During the course of his 30 year public safety career, Randy has received specialized training in computer science and electronics, identity theft, and computer forensics. He also holds an Extra Class Amateur Radio Operators License. Randy completed the Texas State Police Academy in 1984 and worked as a Deputy Sheriff with the Navarro County Sheriff's Office in Texas. Over his Public Safety career he has worked in corporate security with Bally Gaming, served with the Humboldt City Police Department in Iowa, and the Federal Protective Service both in Iowa and Nevada, and served as the Chief Deputy in Murray County Minnesota. Randy has instructed classes on computer crimes, public safety communications, identity theft prevention, internet safety, verbal judo, woman's self-defense, as well as the TSA LEO Flying Armed class.

John Dooley

Communications and Warning Officer, DPS HSEM

John Dooley is the Communications Officer for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management since October of 2006. He is responsible for the management of the divisions' telephone, video and radio services as well as coordinating communication activities between Federal, State Agencies and Local Jurisdictions. John is the vice-chair of FEMA Region V Regional Emergency Communications Working Group and the chair of the EAS / IPAWS Taskforce working to identify regional specific issues facing the states as related to alert and warning of the general public. He is also a Minnesota Certified Emergency Manager.

Shannon Draper

Fire Chief, Red Wing Fire Department

Shannon Draper is the Fire Chief of Red Wing with 26 years of career in fire service. As an international speaker and IFSAC instructor, Shannon has spoken on fire service and leadership topics in 11 countries. He also was a member of the United Nations (DOD) working in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Macedonia rebuilding fire / EMS departments.

Todd Dravland

System Engineer, BIT Engineering, South Dakota

Todd has been employed by the State of South Dakota, State Radio Communications Engineering, for the last 27 years, the last sixteen years of which as a System Engineer and System Manager of the Statewide Digital Trunked VHF Communications system. One of his functions is to directly support the use of radio communications across their platform and that platform is designed specifically for interoperability among all the users, including Fire, Ambulance, Sheriff, Police, and many other Local, State, and Federal users.

Bill Flaten

Sheriff, Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office

Bill Flaten has worked for the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office since 1994 and has served as the County Sheriff since 2006. He is the Chairperson of the Southwest Regional Advisory Committee and is the Yellow Medicine County ARMER System Administrator.

Monte Fronk

Emergency Management Coordinator, Mille Lacs Tribal Police Department

Monte is a 28 year employee of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe whose career started as Patrol /D.A.R.E Officer and in 2000 took over Tribal Emergency Management Duties. He is a member of the NE Region Owners, Users, RAC the Region V RECCWG and Tribal Liaison for the National HISN Committee.

Shari Gieseke

I.T. Administrative Support Technician, City of St. Cloud

Shari Gieseke is the I.T. Department's Administrative Support Technician for the City of St. Cloud. She is also the Recording Secretary for the Central Minnesota Emergency Services Board in which she is responsible for grant administration. She began work for the City of St. Cloud in the spring of 2011 as an intern. After graduating from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Media, Shari worked as an assistant librarian until she was requested to return to the City of St. Cloud in July 2013.

Derrick Green

President & CEO, Green Remote Aviation

Derrick has served in the public safety sector for over 14 years. He has experience as a paramedic and firefighter, giving him an extensive knowledge of public safety operations and protocols. Derrick is a former ARMER radio instructor and has served with the Minnesota Mobile Medical Team, offering keen understanding of disaster and emergency support operations. Derrick has also spent time as a rural public safety mapping technician, mapping wildfire evacuation routes in Montana.

Sherri Griffith Powell

Communication Consultant, Mission Critical Partners

Sherri Griffith Powell has over 20 years of experience in 9-1-1. She began her career working for the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications doing Public Education, Training, Wireless Phase I&II deployments and VoIP deployments. Sherri then worked for Vonage, HBF, Intrado and L.R. Kimball prior to joining Mission Critical Partners as a communications consultant. Sherri currently chairs the NENA NG9-1-1 Public Education & Training working group.

Heidi Hieserich

Supervisor, Minneapolis Airport Emergency Communications Center

Heidi Hieserich has been in the 911 industry for 18 years and has filled a variety of roles throughout her career, most of which have been with the MSP Airport Emergency Communications Center. In her current role she oversees the department's training program, operational policy and procedures and process improvement initiatives. She leads the metro region's PSAP Training and Operations Roundtable Workgroup and facilitated the development of the metro region's minimum training standard for emergency communications professionals. Outside of work she enjoys spending time outdoors with the family, is addicted to home improvement projects and likes to sneak in a run when she can.

Adam Iten

GIS Project Manager, DPS ECN

Adam currently serves as the NG9-1-1 GIS Project Manager for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Emergency Communication Networks division. He has over 15 years of public safety GIS experience and has worked for the State of Arizona, GeoComm, Contact One, and Intrado. He has worked extensively on improving geospatial data quality for public safety in nearly every state in the country, including two statewide 9-1-1 GIS projects in Arizona and New Mexico. Adam grew up in St. Cloud and holds a Geography degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Josh Jack

Consultant, Televate, LLC

Joshua Jack, a consultant with Televate LLC, has over 24 years of public safety and information technology experience. Joshua is currently focused on supporting the State of Minnesota and multiple other states, in their FirstNet planning and outreach efforts. Prior to his work with Televate, he served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the District of Columbia's Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency as well as the District's Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC).

Vic Jensen

Chief Technology Officer, Unication USA Inc.

Vic has been involved in wireless communications technologies for over four decades. Currently he is Director of Technology for Unication USA. Previously he was with Motorola for thirty one years holding senior management positions in Engineering, Manufacturing, Product Operations and Corporate Research. Vic has a BSEE and MBA.

Cory Johnson

Intelligent Transportation System Program Engineer and Research Director, MnDOT

Cory Johnson is the Statewide Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Traffic Research Engineer for MnDOT's Office of Traffic, Safety, and Technology. He has been working in that position since Feb 17, 2010. He manages the ITS group that develop and deploy new and innovative ITS systems across the state of MN. Cory is responsible for delivering projects that use technology to improve the overall transportation system for all users. The group's current focus is on projects such as Connected Vehicles, Rural Intersection Warning Systems, and 511 enhancements

Duane (Dewey) Johnson

Emergency Management Coordinator, St. Louis County 9-1-1

Dewey has worked for St. Louis County for just over 20 years having just moved into a new position as Emergency Management Coordinator in January of this year. He spent the last 20 years in the 9-1-1 communications center, 13 as a 9-1-1 dispatcher and 7 years as an Assistant Communications Center Supervisor. Dewey retired from the Grand Lake Volunteer Fire Department in 2013 as chief of the department with almost 23 years of service. He also has experience as a National Registered Paramedic with Life Link III ground transportation. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Fond du lac Tribal and Community College and also serves as an elected town board supervisor for Grand Lake Township. Dewey was the first chair of the Northeast Region Owners and Operators group and is now the current chair of the Northeast RAC.

David Jones

Vice President, Mission Critical Partners

David Jones has over 30 years of experience in supporting public safety networks and assets. David's extensive background includes operations management, services management, strategic and tactical planning, vendor management and contract management within the public safety sector for a large technology company. David directly managed and completed projects with a total annual value of over $500 million. David earned his BS degree in Engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

John Jones

Director Manitoba SWIC, Medical Transport Coordination Centre

John Jones has 30 years of experience as a health care provider and manager. John began his career as a Paramedic in 1985. He assisted with the development and roll out of Manitoba's first generation (1998) province wide trunked radio system. As a provincial emergency services officer, John provided project oversight for the planning, design and implementation of Manitoba's provincial EMS dispatch and patient transport resource center, aka Medical Transportation Coordination Centre (MTCC). MTCC Manitoba provides centralized emergency 911 and interfacility call receipt and dispatch coordination services for 5 health regions covering a 250,000 square mile dispatch jurisdiction. Response and transport resources include 68 EMS stations and 97 ground Ambulances, 8 fixed wing air ambulances and 1 rotary wing air ambulance that MTCC dispatches from one central location. John is currently assisting with the development of a second generation province wide trunked radio system upgrade project to a P25 system. Other projects and interests include provincial disaster planning and preparedness, NG-911 planning, and interoperability.

Tom Justin

Owner, On Target Training and Consulting

Tom is co-owner of On Target Training & Consulting, a company which specializes in several facets of public safety training including incident command principles and communications training. To date, OTTC's has provided training in 5 states to over 5000 personnel. He recently retired from the St. Cloud Police Department and is currently providing Regional Planner services for Minnesota HSEM Region IV. 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 including three years as the ARMER Radio System Central Minnesota Regional Interoperability Coordinator. He has provided instruction on various subjects to public safety personnel for over 27 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.

Randy Kerr

Instructor/Subject Matter Expert, Lafayette Group

For the past 10 years, Randy has served as an instructor/subject matter expert for Lafayette Group, working extensively on all aspects of the DHS' Office of Emergency Communications Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) training program for state and local agencies through the development and delivery of strategic and tactical emergency communications course offerings. He is a recognized instructor for the Communications Unit Leader (COML), Communications Technician (COMT), and Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOMM) training courses and has trained students nationwide. Randy has represented DHS and coordinated with State and local agencies regarding technology and equipment programs. In addition, he assisted with the development and roll-out of ICTAP's Incident-Tactical Dispatch (INTD), Incident Communications Center Manager (INCM) and Radio Operator (RADO) training courses.

Joe Koncur

Crime Analyst, Rochester Police Department

Joe Koncur built RPD's Crime Analysis function over the last 5+ years. Prior to that, he worked at federal and state levels in law enforcement and corrections, as well as taught multiple courses in geography. He has completed multiple tours of active duty with the U.S. Army including one in Iraq. Joe received a Master's Degree and Graduate Geographic Information Science (GISci) Certificate from Minnesota State University as well as a Graduate Certificate in Performance Management from the University of Kansas. His current research interests are public sector innovation, spatial analysis and Intelligence-Led Policing.

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 COM-T.

Tim Lee

Assistant Director for OSRC, MnDOT

Tim is the Assistant Director for MnDOT Office of Statewide Radio Communications. He manages MnDOT's construction and operation of the Allied Matrix for Emergency Response (ARMER) system across Minnesota. The ARMER system is an 800 MHz trunked radio system shared with public safety and public works agencies statewide. Tim managed the construction and system installation of the 315 state radio sites currently on the air and continues to work towards a planned final system total of 334 radio sites that are expected to be completed by 2015. He has also worked in radio and radar repair in the U. S. Coast Guard, as a digital hardware design engineer with Unisys, managed the radio and telemetry systems for Minnegasco, and as a communication systems engineer in MnDOT's Office of Statewide Radio Communications. He holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Tim is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Minnesota and also holds a FCC General Radiotelephone license with Ship Radar Endorsement.

Dustin Leslie

9-1-1 Analyst, DPS ECN

Dustin has been with ECN since February of 2016. His projects with ECN include Text-to-911, the WERM Application, and updating 911 County Plans. He is also the Chair of the NG911 Best Standards Subcommittee working on training standards for 911 dispatchers. In addition to his 911 duties, Dustin is the Grants Manager for ECN managing both Federal and State grants.

Luis Lorenzo

Presales, Fiplex Communications, Inc.

Luis Lorenzo has over 20 years of experience in the field of LMR communications, spanning from handheld two-way design, to leadership roles in Field Engineering and Product Management at Motorola Solutions. In his current role as Presales Engineer and Consultant for Fiplex Communications, Luis consults with clients and designs coverage enhancement systems for LMR and Public Safety applications. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Miami.

Mike Lynk

Director - State Radio, North Dakota

Mike Lynk is the Director of the Department of Emergency Services/North Dakota State Radio. Mike was appointed Director of State Radio on January 7, 2009. He previously served as a special agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, both as an investigator and more recently as the Coordinator of the North Dakota Fusion Center. His duties include supervision of the state radio PSAP, ND NCIC and NLETS access, statewide public safety communication coordination, SWIC, and board member on several boards related to 911 coordination.

Craig Marek

Manager, Kenora Central EMS/Fire Communications Centre

Craig has worked through the last 34 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, bordering Minnesota for almost 200 miles. Projects include Fleetnet, CAD, Quality Assurance/Audit, Leadership development, Emergency Management and Interoperability.

Rhonda McKibben

Assistant Project Manager, Iowa Department of Public Safety Interoperability Communications Bureau

Rhonda started her career in law enforcement as a 911 dispatcher in 1994. She became a regional manager for two of the Iowa State Patrol Communication centers in 2011. When Communications became their own Bureau the beginning of 2016, Rhonda was brought into Headquarters to work under Bureau Chief Lampe as the Assistant Project Manager for ISICS. She was also previously the Iowa APCO President.

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 a M.B.A. from Minnesota State University.

Melinda Miller

FirstNet Program Manager , DPS ECN

Melinda joined the Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks on January 27, 2016 as the State of Minnesota FirstNet Program Manager. Melinda is focused on outreach and education of all things FirstNet. She has thirty years of software development experience and a member of the National Charette Institute which specializes in public project management. Melinda graduated from Northern State University in Aberdeen SD with a bachelor's degree in business administration and computer science, and Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia with a Master's degree 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, he began a full time career developing software for the City. In March of 2006 he took over managing the City's IT department. In the fall of 2006 he was named the Chair of the Central MN Advisory Committee.

Dan Nohr

Field Engineer and PMP Certified, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Dan is a 20 year Motorolan who graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He started as a design engineer and was named Motorola Engineer of the Year on two separate occasions. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Project Management Masters Certificate. Dan led the engineering effort to design and implement the statewide ARMER system in Minnesota and is currently supporting other projects in the states of MN, WI, ND and SD.

Steve Olson

Instructor, Lake County and On Target Training and Consulting

Steve began his career in communications in 1997 when he was hired by the Lake County Sheriff's Office as Dispatcher/Corrections Officer. In 2003 he became the Communications Training Officer for the Lake County Sheriff's Office (LCSO). He is currently employed as the Jail Administrator/Dispatch Supervisor for the Lake County Sheriff's Office and as an instructor for On-Target Training and Consulting. Steve's training includes Communications Unit Leader and Communications Unit Technician. He has received formal training as a Communications Unit Leader instructor at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmetsburg, Maryland.

Duane Oothoudt

Emergency Operations Manager, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Duane Oothoudt is the current Emergency Operations Manager for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and has served in that position for just under two years. In that time, he has focused his efforts on his own knowledge and training base by completing the FEMA basic emergency manager academy and the improving communication and shoring up existing relationships with both external and internal agencies. Duane believes that good working relationships are a foundation for any emergency management program to successfully plan, implement, train, and maintain. Because of his efforts at strengthening local county relationships during and after a disaster, Duane recently received recognition as the Emergency Management Professional of the Year at the 2016 Minnesota Governors Conference. Before working in Emergency Management he worked in EMS education and training with Leech Lake Ambulance Service as the training coordinator for an EMS program that provided community based first responder training as well as American Heart Association CPR and First Aid training. The position of training coordinator was a result of many years of hard work and perseverance of Leech Lake EMS to expand its reach to all community members. Duane also served in the roles of assistant director and training officer during his 15-year tenure at Leech Lake Ambulance. It was during the last five years of his service to his tribe that he completed training to become a communications unit leader, communications technician trainee, as well as various ARMER related classes.

Michael Ostlund

Communications Specialist, Hennepin County Emergency Management

Michael Ostlund, CEM, COMT (N0ANP) has been in communications of one form or another since his parents gave him his first pair of walkie-talkies at age 5. During the day, Mike is the Assistant Engineering Manager for iHeart Media ~ Minneapolis, but Mike also works as a Communications Specialist with Hennepin County Emergency Management working on various Communications type projects. Recently, HCEM took a leadership role in helping to rebuild AERO, (Association of Emergency Radio Organizations) which is an organization that provides training to amateur radio operators so they can work with their local Emergency Manager. Mike is the Chairman of the Board of AERO.

Jeff Oxton

Assistant Chief of Police, St. Cloud Police Department

Jeff Oxton has been employed as a licensed Peace Officer with his hometown, the City of St. Cloud, since October 1995. Jeff presently serves as the Assistant Chief of Police to which he was appointed on December 2015. Assistant Chief Oxton holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Dakota, a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from St. Cloud State University, and has completed
the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.

Mark Perkins

Senior Consultant, Mission Critical Partners

Mark Perkins has more than 32 years of extensive experience in customer advocacy, systems operation, monitoring services, network operations center (NOC) management, security operations center (SOC) management, security services delivery, technical support and field service operations, which he gained throughout a long term career with a very large technology company all within the public safety sector. Mark earned his Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree from California State University, Long Beach, California and carries Quality Management Services (QMS) Certifications in ITIL, TL9000 and ISO9000.

Kevin Persing

Western Regional Sales Manager, Cobham Wireless

Kevin Persing has developed a keen understanding of the recent changes to fire code that in many states requires testing of, and when needed, installation of radio communications signal enhancement to support public safety radio systems. He has given training sessions at the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) - Boston 2012 and Regional Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) for State and Local Fire conferences on an ongoing basis. Kevin understands that there needs to be a collaborative effort by both the AHJ and the Radio Communications stakeholders in each city to properly enforce the new fore codes. His training has helped both the AHJ and Communications officials in develop a workable standard.

Kelli Peters

911 Program Analyst, DPS ECN

Kelli Peters joined the ECN team in January 2017 as a 911 Program Analyst. Her primary responsibilities include coordinating carrier contracts, fee submissions, NRFs, E911 Audits, 911 app research, and 20/20 training. Kelli's background includes over 10 years of state service with the Departments of Human Services, Corrections, and Labor & Industry, as well as Ramsey District Court - Criminal. She will graduate from Hamline University in August 2017 with a Master's in Public Administration, and holds a B.A. in History from St. Mary's University.

Mary Phillippi

Director, Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC)

Mary Phillippi, ENP, Director at Red River Regional Dispatch Center (RRRDC). Mary started her career as a communications operator in Moorhead, MN in 1988, she has served as Director at RRRDC since 2015. RRRDC is a consolidated center that dispatches police, fire and EMS for all agencies in Clay County/Moorhead, MN and Cass County/Fargo, ND. In 2016, ND became the 6th state in the nation to provide text to 911 service on a statewide basis. RRRDC serves as the answering point for text to 911 for 85% of the state of North Dakota. Mary oversaw the text to 911 project at RRRDC.

David Pike

Sergeant , Mower County Sheriff's Office

Dave Pike is a sergeant with the Mower County Sheriff's Office since 1995. For the past four years, he has been working as the System Manager and radio programmer for Mower County. Dave has been serving as the RAC Chair for the SE Region for the last two years.

George Potter

Senior Public Safety Engineer, Cobham Wireless

George Potter is a Senior Systems Engineer and has been with Cobham Wireless for six years where he provides Customer Technical Support, Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) Design and Commissioning Assistance. He has 18 years of experience in the DAS industry and 45 years overall in wireless communications.

Shane Richard

Chief Deputy, Becker County Sheriff's Department

Shane is the current Chief Deputy for the Becker County Sheriff's Office. He has been a Peace Officer for 18 years and has held the positions of Field Training Officer, Sergeant, Response to Force Instructor, end user ARMER radio trainer, former Operations and Technical Committee (OTC) member, and current RAC member. Shane was also the project manager for Becker County's transition to the ARMER radio system for the Sheriff's Office and all associated public safety agencies.

Brent Richter

Member, Central Region EMS CISM Team

Brent Richter has been a licensed Minnesota Peace Officer since 1981 and retired from the Minnesota State Patrol in 2009 after just over twenty years of service retiring with the rank of technical sergeant. He finished his career as the Coordinator of the Statewide Crash Reconstruction Program. Brent holds an AA degree in Law Enforcement (Alexandria Technical College), a BS in Public Administration (Upper Iowa University) and a MA in Counseling and Psychological Services (St. Mary's University of Minnesota). He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and a Board of Behavioral Health & Therapy approved clinical supervisor with a private practice in Maple Grove Minnesota. He works exclusively with emergency service personnel and their families. Brent is a responding member of the Central Minnesota CISM Team where he served as the lead mental health professional and strategic planner for the team's response to St. Cloud mall stabbing in September 2016.

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 nine 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 also serves as an alternate to the Minnesota Statewide Emergency Communications Board's Finance and Legislative Committees and is a past president of National Motorola Trunked Users Group (MTUG). 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.

James ("Jeff") Rugel

Lieutenant, Minneapolis Police Department Strategic Information Center

Jeff Rugel is a Minneapolis Police Lieutenant with 27 years of experience in complex investigations and public safety technology. He managed the implementation of several new technologies for the MPD including ShotSpotter, squad video and the public safety camera system. Since 2010 he has managed the MPD's Strategic Information Center, combining criminal intelligence analysis with a real time all hazards watch center.

Woody Sandy

Subject Matter Expert, Lafayette Group

Woody Sandy began working for the Lafayette Group in 2008 serving as a Subject Matter Expert and trainer in support of the Department of Homeland Security's Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP), which provides direct technical assistance and communications support to the 56 States/Territories to enhance interoperable communications between Federal, State, and local emergency responders and public safety officials.

Phil Schaffner

Policy Planning Director, MnDot Office of Transportation System Management

Philip leads a team of planners charged with updating the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan and coordinating state and regional planning efforts. His current work focuses on climate change, complete streets, economic analysis, and automated vehicles. Prior to joining MnDOT in 2009, he held positions with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Cambridge, MA and the affordable housing developer Aeon in Minneapolis, MN. He holds a BA from Grinnell College and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Bill Schrier

Senior Advisor, FirstNet

Bill Schrier is senior advisor to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) where he leads efforts to develop apps, products and services needed by public safety responders. Bill's previous experience includes serving as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Seattle Police Department, senior policy advisor in the State of Washington's Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle. He chaired the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee from 2013 to 2016, which oversees public safety radio networks in the State of Washington. Bill also served as Washington's State Point of Contact for FirstNet, a nationwide $7 billion effort to build a wireless 4G mobile network for first responders and other public safety agencies. As CIO for the Seattle Police Department, he oversaw a staff and program to build, operate and maintain technology systems which support this municipal public safety agency of 1350 sworn officers and 2000 total employees. As CTO for the City of Seattle from 2003 to 2012, Bill managed a department of 220 professionals and a $59 million budget supporting the technology needs of the municipal government of the City of Seattle.

Tom Semmelroth

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

Tom has worked for St Louis County for just over 20 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 with 184 different entities, plus two other 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.

Nancy Shafer

Dispatch Supervisor, Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Nancy Shafer has been working as a dispatcher for over 25 years. She worked the first three years of her dispatch career in North Dakota where all calls, emergency and non-emergency, came over one telephone line and radio traffic was hand-written in logs - no computers! She now works for the Polk County Sheriff's office where she has been the Dispatch Supervisor for the past 11 years.

Thomas Simota

J6 Interoperability Communications Manager, Minnesota National Guard

SFC Thomas Simota is the IT/Communications Manager for the Minnesota National Guard Joint Operations Center (JOC). His primary job focus is interoperable and redundant communications with all agencies the MN JOC needs to communicate during steady state and emergencies. Thomas secondary focus is lead instructor and coordinator for the MN NG Domestic Operations Communications Instructors Course (DCIC). The DCIC trains MN NG Service Members on using Military/HAM/Public Safety Radios to Interop with non MN NG entities.

Marco Stadler

Managing Director, Swissphone North America

Marco Stadler worked as the Chief Marketing Officer in the Executive Board of the Swissphone Group from 2011 to 2015, in Switzerland. In April 2014, he was appointed to become the Managing Director for Swissphone North America and moved with his family to California. Born in Switzerland, he holds an EMBA in international management as well as a Swiss master in electrical engineering. Marco has more than 12 years of experience in the Mission Critical Communications industry and has successfully introduced the digital paging solutions from Swissphone to the U.S.

Tylet Stadola

, Minnesota National Guard

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. Chad has also worked part time as a Patrol Officer for the Upper Sioux Community Police Department, Granite Falls, MN between 2005-2007. 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, Chad serves as the ARMER Administrator for the LSIC and 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 ARMER needs. He also assists Goodhue County with ARMER Administration since the departure of Nathan Timm. In 2016, Chad became certified as a COML and COMT.

Bradley Stoddard

Director, Michigan Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), SWIC Dept of Technology, Mgmt & Budget

Bradley Stoddard serves as the director of Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), the second largest trunked communication system in the world. His oversight includes administration of a statewide 800/700 MHz digital trunked radio communication network that spans 59,415 square miles and includes 248 radio towers and over 80,000 radios. Under Bradley's direction, the network adheres to national standards to ensure a stable and secure framework for interoperable communications between local, state, federal, tribal and private first responders while also including public safety communication for citizens. As part of a current effort to expand the landscape of Michigan's Public Safety Communications System, he is at the forefront of an inaugural program to build a nationwide public safety broadband network for first responders. His vision for the public safety broadband wireless network in Michigan is a state-of-the-art platform for emergency communication capable of providing better and faster field situational awareness, live full-motion video and expanded database access capabilities.

Jim Stromberg

ARMER Program Manager / Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, DPS ECN

Jim serves the State of Minnesota in the Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks as the ARMER Program Manager and Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC). ARMER is the 800 MHz trunked radio system serving as the primary voice communications tool for a great majority of public safety responders and public service entities throughout Minnesota. 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 previously served as a Minnetonka police officer and assisted in Minnetonka's transition to ARMER.

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 17 years. He is a local ARMER system administrator as well as a certified COML and COMT. As the manager of the Radio Shop he oversees the programming, maintenance and repair of 2500+ subscribers as well as maintenance of infrastructure equipment at 10 sites.

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 16 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, the Chair of the SECB's Interop Committee and the Vice Chair of the SECB's Operations and Technical Committee. He is a Windows, Linux and Android programmer fluent in many computer languages, but primarily programs in Delphi, PHP and Java. He has been a Licensed Radio Amateur for 41 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).

Troy Tretter

Radio Services Coordinator, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB)

Troy is responsible for the administrative management of the Metro ARMER system, including standards, contracts and agreements with Metro ARMER users. Additionally, he serves as the grants coordinator for the Metro region, and management of the Communications Response Task Force (CRTF). Troy is a CASM administrator, certified COML and trained COMT.

Derrick Tuomi

, Minnesota National Guard

Dana Wahlberg

9-1-1 Program Manager, ECN

Dana Wahlberg has been involved in the 9-1-1 industry for 27 years. For the past five years she has worked for the State of Minnesota as the 9-1-1- Program Manager in the Department of Public Safety Emergency Communication Networks Division. In this role, she successfully oversaw the migration of all 104 MN PSAPs from a legacy network to a next generation IP backbone network. Some current initiatives include: Statewide text to 9-1-1 deployment; development of a statewide standards based geospatial database for 9-1-1; and enhanced interoperability initiatives with neighboring states, taking advantage of capitalizing on new technologies. Prior to joining the State of MN DPS/ECN, Wahlberg spent 22 years working in the St. Louis County (Duluth, MN) PSAP starting as a telecommunicator and eventually managing the day to day operations of the PSAP. Wahlberg represents Minnesota on the National 9-1-1 Office's Interstate Playbook Committee which also includes representation from Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota on a pilot project for developing processes and templates other states can emulate to improve interoperability with neighboring states.

Rowan Watkins

Radio Communications Analyst, Cook County MIS Department

Rowan has been with Cook County since 2012 and in the role of Radio Communications Analyst. He is responsible for managing all aspects of radio communication projects for Cook County including identifying business need, assessing impact, estimating and managing schedules and budgets, ensuring appropriateness of technical specifications, managing resources including contractors and consultants, communication and training to impacted stakeholders, and defining future operational processes. Additionally, he provides oversight and management of all contracts and agreements involving county owned communication towers and communications equipment. Rowan also performs Local ARMER System Administration duties for all agencies and entities operating under the Cook County ARMER participation plan including nine fire departments, three ambulance services, the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Cook County Search & Rescue, and multiple public service entities. He has completed training courses for Radio System Administration, Radio Programming and Template Building, MCC 7000 Series Dispatch Consoles, and Communications Unit Technician (COMT).

Shelley Westall

SPOC and Washington OneNet Program Director, Washington State

Shelley Westall was appointed the SPOC and Washington OneNet Program Director by Governor Jay Inslee in August 2016. Previously, she served as OneNet's Outreach and Marketing Manager. As Outreach Manager, Shelley developed one of the most successful FirstNet outreach programs in the country. Her efforts to ensure that tribal communities have the opportunity to participate in planning for FirstNet has influenced FirstNet's national tribal outreach program and serves as a model for other states and territories.

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.

Randy Willis

Deputy Director Professional Services, Minnesota Sheriff's Association

Randy Willis is the Deputy Director for Professional Development for the Minnesota Sheriffs' Association, a position he has held since 2012. Prior to the MSA he was the Sheriff of Stevens County for twelve years and has a total of 38 years in law enforcement. He is a graduate of the 163rd session of the F.B.I. National Academy and the University of Minnesota. He has served on numerous state and regional boards including the SECB.