Dr. Joshua Bobko
Dr. Joshua Bobko is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University. He completed a fellowship in Emergency Medical Services, and is a medical team manager for the California Task Force 5 Urban Search and Rescue Team. After spending a year as the Assistant medical director for the San Bernardino Sheriff Air Rescue, he became the Medical Director for the Westminster (CA) Police department and West (Orange) County SWAT. Recognizing the gap in traditional EMS response, Dr. Bobko started the non-profit First Care Provider.org with the goal of improving community resilience by expanding trauma education into our communities. He is a national leader in the development and implementation of multi-jurisdictional medical responses to atypical emergencies, and has consulted for FEMA, DHS, and internationally. Dr. Bobko serves on the board of Directors for the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care and has authored the landmark papers on pediatric casualty care and civilian response to disasters.
began his healthcare education with a Bachelor of Medical Science and Bachelor of Dentistry from the University of Dundee, Scotland. He went onto to achieve a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of London, England, a postgraduate certificate in healthcare quality management from the University of Wollongong, Dubai, and a PhD in healthcare administration from Capella University.
When he took his current post at Alberta Health Services in December 2014, he brought him with a wealth of healthcare experience. He’s worked in hospitals in Dundee, Scotland and across England, with a focus on oral and maxillofacial surgery and general clinical practice side of dentistry.
Moving to Fort McMurray wasn’t his first introduction to northern Canadian living. David spent two years in Hay River and Pine Point in the Northwest Territories, providing clinical care.
Following his time in the NWT, he returned to the UK to work at a large teaching hospital, Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, England. It was during that time that he became familiar with military healthcare. The experience moved him to join the Armed Forces and he became an officer of the Royal Navy.
He also served as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry from 2000 to 2004. He went on to spend 10 years in the Middle East, working to commission a Centre of Excellence for dentistry and the framework and standards for the developing healthcare system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, before making the move to Fort McMurray and joining AHS.
Cpt. John Smart
Cpt. John Smart is a Commissioned Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service within the Environmental Health Officer category. He is currently assigned as a Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC) in Region X providing planning and coordination of federal public health and medical response capabilities during disasters or significant special security events. From 2008 to 2012 CAPT Smart worked for ASPR/OEM in Region IV as a REC and as the Deputy for the national Regional Emergency Coordination Division in Washington, DC.CAPT Smart served in various Environmental Health assignments with the Indian Health Service (IHS) for 19 years. CAPT Smart worked in field environmental health roles in Alaska, occupational safety/industrial hygiene roles on the Navajo reservation, and as the Institutional Environmental Health Program manager and Deputy Director for the Division of Environmental Health Service at IHS Headquarters in Rockville, MD.CAPT Smart has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from the University of Georgia and a Master of Public Health degree in Health Service Administration with an emphasis in Occupational Safety and Health from the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland.
Michael Sorrentino, EMT-P has been actively involved in Emergency Services for more than 30 years. He has held positions as provider, trainer, supervisor and administrator. He has been a Pennsylvania certified paramedic for more than 20 years and currently provides direction to a Tactical EMS team (TEMS) that provides medical support to law enforcement agencies in several eastern Pennsylvania counties. Mike is a full time police officer with more than 20 years’ experience and is currently assigned as patrol section sergeant. He has had assignments in patrol, narcotics/vice & intelligence (Drug Task Force), tactical team and training. He currently coordinates defensive tactics and patrol tactics for his department. Mike is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Pa EMS Council. He is also a member of the Law Enforcement/Security oversight committee of the Lehigh County Technical Institute, where current trends are reviewed and curriculum are developed for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in the Law Enforcement/Security industry. Mike serves as a member of the Eastern Pa EMS Council’s Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team where he has received training in peer and group debriefing/defusing methods. He is a PA State certified instructor/evaluator and has guest lectured at numerous community and professional events. Mike has developed and taught several courses that have been offered on the local, regional and national levels. Mike is a US Army veteran.
Mark Ross is a Regional Manager of Emergency Preparedness for the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania and has over 20 years in healthcare emergency preparedness and management. In addition to his healthcare background Mark has over three decades of emergency service experience with having last served as the Chief of Fire and Rescue Services for the only Internationally Accredited Volunteer Department in the nation. These combined with his other professional experience give him a unique perspective covering all aspects of an incident from responder, operations, command and coordination. Mark has spoken on this and other healthcare topics at numerous state and national conferences including the National Healthcare Coalition Conference, Preparedness Response & Recovery Consortium and American Hospital Association A2E National Meeting.
During the Amtrak derailment, Mark coordinated the healthcare response to the event at the Emergency Operations Center in Philadelphia. He also coordinated the patient tracking, reunification and accountability aspects for all involved individuals.
Anthony Voirin is a Midwest native, born and raised in Batavia, Illinois. He is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. After college he entered United States Air Force as a Medical Service Officer.
He has served throughout the US and oversees and is a combat veteran of the Operation Desert Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. He served critical roles as the senior medical planner responsible for identifying, addressing, coordinating and overseeing DoD’s support to public health and medical emergency preparedness and response activities in three FEMA Regions and 14 States. In addition, Tony was the senior disaster patient movement planner leading patient movement for USNORTHCOM responsible for planning, facilitating, coordinating and executing the evacuation of sick or injured civilians during domestic response operations. He served with distinction for twenty two years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
After his honorable service Tony entered the Regional Emergency Coordination Program, Office of Emergency Management, ASPR as a Regional Emergency Coordinator (REC), Regions 5, back to his home state of Illinois. In this role Tony has proved his expertise on the integration of health and medical capabilities, NDMS patient movement and CBRNE response capabilities into state and federal Emergency Support Function (ESF) 8 operations, response plans and exercise development.
Outside of work, Tony is a devoted family man, has three children and one grandbaby. Not to mention his faithful dogs – Riley and Castiel. He also enjoys martial arts and holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Gwen Adams started a non-profit organization in the state of Alaska to walk with victims of sex trafficking. Over 90% of the client referrals into the Priceless program come from law enforcement. They have built a team of well trained experts in counseling, social work and case management to navigate resources to assist in the building of new futures of each of their clients. The Priceless program is the only Alaskan resource solely dedicated to the survival and rehabilitation of sex trafficking victims. As a networking organization they have partnered with dozens of professionals who lend services in the areas of medical care, legal expertise, housing, dental, trauma counseling, career advise, financial management and more. Priceless has had 63 referrals into the program over the last 2 years.
Amanda Becerra currently works for the Department of Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) as a State and Local Liaison for Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. She has been working in the field of radiological nuclear detection for ten years and has served as a technical expert to the public safety community in operations planning, outreach, and program delivery and has experience in the rad/nuc detection field as it relates to training law enforcement and public safety personnel, evaluating full-scale exercises, and integrating training and exercise standards into program plans. In addition to her work with the rad/nuc community, Ms. Becerra has worked as a Domestic Security Planner for the State of Florida and served as a first responder to natural disasters such as hurricanes.
Paul Biedrzycki, MPH, MBA, CIH
Mr. Paul Biedrzycki, MPH, MBA, CIH serves as the Director of Disease Control and Environmental Health within the City of Milwaukee Health Department (MHD). He has worked in local public health for over 33 years and currently provides leadership and strategic oversight across a wide range of programs and initiatives at the MHD department.
He has been active in the response to a number of emerging infectious disease outbreaks in the City of Milwaukee and surrounding region that were national in scope and impact. These include the 1993 Cryptosporidium outbreak, the 2003 Monkeypox outbreak, the 2006 multi-state E. coli spinach outbreak, a 2008 nationwide measles outbreak, and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.
Mr. Biedrzycki has presented extensively at national conferences, workshops and seminars on a variety of emerging public health topics. These include global climate change, biosurveillance and intelligence fusion, novel infectious disease epidemiology, legal preparedness and whole of community engagement in emergency planning and response. Mr. Biedrzycki routinely participates on several national workgroups and committees convened by the federal agencies such as the US Department of Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S Environmental Protection Agency and the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine.
Jay Butler was appointed chief medical officer for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and director of the Division of Public Health by Governor Bill Walker in December 2014. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School, has completed clinical trainings at Vanderbilt and Emory Universities, and maintains clinical board certifications in infectious diseases, internal medical, and pediatrics. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific papers and medical textbook chapters on infectious diseases and emergency preparedness, and he is an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
From 2010 to 2014, Butler was senior director for community health services at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, where he was also a clinical infectious diseases consultant and medical director for infection control and employee health. Earlier work includes serving as chief medical officer of the Alaska Department of Health Social Services from 2007 to 2009, Alaska state epidemiologist, 2005-07, director of CDC’s Arctic Investigations Program, 1998-2005, and medical epidemiologist in CDC’s National Center for Infectious Diseases in Atlanta, 1991-98.
He completed over 23 years of service as a U.S. public health service medical officer and participated in a number of emergency deployments which have included heading the H1N1 Vaccine Task Force at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta in 2009-10, was a team co-leader during the CDC responses to the SARS outbreak of 2003, avian influenza in 2004, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, served as the CDC liaison to FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. after the anthrax attacks in the fall of 2001, and led the CDC field response to the initial Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome outbreak in the U.S. in 1993. In 2010, he received ASTHO’s National Excellence in Public Health Award.
Lt. Jack Carson
Lieutenant Jack Carson has a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Fairbanks. Lt. Carson has been with the Anchorage Police Department for 16 years and Commander over the CAP/Federal Task Force positions. Ten of his years in law enforcement has been working and/or supervising drug cases. Lt. Carson is a drug expert for the Anchorage Police Department and State of Alaska.
is a veterinary epidemiologist with the Alaska Section of Epidemiology. She practiced veterinary medicine in a small animal clinic outside of Baltimore before coming to Alaska in 1999 as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer. She stayed with the Section of Epidemiology after the 2-year assignment ended in 2001, serving as a member of the Infectious Disease Team and as the designated Alaska State Public Health Veterinarian. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins University, and is boarded in veterinary preventive medicine. In her 15 years with the Section of Epidemiology, she has investigated outbreaks of hepatitis A virus, botulism, norovirus, salmonella, and other pathogens, as well as conducted reviews of non-infectious conditions such as dog bite injuries. She currently is serving as the Acting Manager for the Infectious Disease Program.
Dr. Kay Daniels
Dr. Kay Daniels is a Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
She completed her medical training at the University of Colorado followed by an internship and residency at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Oakland, California.
Dr. Daniels has been a faculty member at Stanford University since 1994. She presently is the Co-Director of Disaster Planning for the Johnson Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Services at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford and Co-Director of the OB simulation program at Stanford.
Captain Cheryl Dilgard has worked in consequence/emergency management for six years. She first entered the military in 1991 as active duty Navy. After her enlistment and sometime in the work force she obtained a Bachelor’s degree from, Eastern Washington University in Marketing & Management. After 9/11 she decided to join the Navy reserves and served with NATO while working on her Master’s degree from Washington State University in Health Policy and Administration, which she attained in 2006. In 2010 Cheryl chose to leave the Navy Reserves and join the Washington Air National Guard as a Medical Service Corps officer. Since joining the guard she has been assigned to the CBRNE (Chemicial, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High Yield Explosives) Response Enterprise (CRE). Three years ago she moved from a tactical position with the CRE to a Command and Control position which she served in for 2 years. Currently she works directly for the Joint Surgeon Office of National Guard Bureau as the Regional Medical Planner for FEMA Region X. On a day to day basis she writes medical plans and works on developing relationships with ESF-8-partners. During times of consequence/deployment she oversees the medical guard assets and plans for those events.
Karen Faber, RRT, BA
Karen K. Faber, RRT, BA, is a Registered Respiratory Therapist with over 35 years of experiences. Currenly, Karen is the Respiratory Sales Specialist for Medtronic. In the past, she has worked as the staff therapist for the emergency room ICU and the Director of LTAC for Homecare and Emergency Preparedness and is a member of the American Associates for Respiratory Care.
is the Planner with the State of Alaska, Section of Emergency Programs. She is responsible for the development, maintenance, and coordination of Department of Health and Social Services emergency plans. She also provides technical assistance to hospitals and communities in developing their plans. Prior to joining the Section of Emergency Programs, she worked in the State Emergency Operations Center doing community planning, outreach, and disaster response.
Michael Friedrich II
Michael Friedrich II is a Special Operations Supervisor (SOS) and Medical Coordinator for the National U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Team (BORSTAR) of the U.S. Border Patrol Special Operations Group (SOG) in El Paso, Texas. SOS Friedrich is responsible for the National BORSTAR Team’s EMS Program, the Tactical Medicine Program and the Austere Paramedic Program.
SOS Friedrich entered on duty with the U.S. Border Patrol on January 24, 2005, as a member of the 584th Session of the U.S. Border Patrol Academy. His first duty station was Tucson Sector, Tucson Station. He graduated the BORSTAR Selection and Training Course Class XVI in 2008. SOS Friedrich was promoted to a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent in 2014 with the BORSTAR National team at SOG in El Paso, Texas. In June of 2016 he was selected as a Special Operations Supervisor at SOG. SOS Friedrich has deployed in support of Operations along the Southwest and Northern United States Border’s as well as Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS).
SOS Friedrich served for nine years in the Army/National Guard as a Military Police Officer. He promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and deployed in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.
SOS Friedrich graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He is also a Nationally Registered Paramedic and a Department of Homeland Security Austere Paramedic.
SOS Friedrich currently resides in El Paso, Texas with his wife and son.
Patricia Frost, MS, RN, PNP
Patricia Frost, M.S., R.N., PNP, is the Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for Contra Costa County, supporting the coordination and oversight of the EMS system serving 1.1 million people with more than 75 thousand calls per year. She is vice chair of the newly formed National Pediatric Disaster Coalition and founder of the California Neonatal/Pediatric/Perinatal Disaster Preparedness Coalition, linking novice to expert to support local disaster preparedness for infants and children. Ms. Frost is an experienced clinician, program and project manager with more than 30 years of pediatric and neonatal critical care and ambulatory experience in a variety of roles, including faculty at major universities, medical relief work in Ecuador and Vietnam, hospital staff development, patient care, and advanced practice nursing. Over the last 8 years she has been actively involved in support local, regional and statewide emergency and medical health pediatric disaster and surge preparedness. Pat was on the curriculum development team for the new Department of Homeland Security TEEX Pediatric Disaster Response and Emergency Preparedness Course and now serves as adjunct faculty for the program.
Rebecca Hamel, RN, MHI
is currently an Infection Preventionist at Providence Alaska Medical Center and gained invaluable and expeditious experience regarding infection prevention and emergency preparedness with the advent of the Ebola virus in the United States. She has 16 years of various clinical and leadership roles in nursing here in Alaska. She has presented locally and nationally on various topics ranging from nursing leadership, shared governance and Magnet Designation to the Alaska Native Stroke Registry. She is committed to being a role model for nurses as leaders in any capacity they find themselves. Currently, for her this is as an infection preventionist team member of the Infectious Disease Incident Response Team (iDIRT) which leads PAMC’s journey of ongoing readiness.
Heidi Hedbergis the Response Program Manager with the State of Alaska, Section of Emergency Programs. In this role, she is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and controlling resources and program delivery for health and medical emergency response. This includes management of the Health Emergency Response Operations warehouse, DHSS Emergency Operations Center, and overall supervisor of response readiness and operations. Prior to joining the Section of Emergency Program, she worked for the Blood Bank of Alaska as their Corporate Project Manager. In addition, Heidi has thirteen years of experience working for various not for profit agencies leveraging her skills in logistics, program development, wilderness guiding and teen mentorship.
Colin Hickenlooper, PA-C
Colin Hickenlooper, PA-C Board-certified since 1995, Mr. Hickenlooper offers orthopedic patients nearly two decades experience.
Mr. Hickenlooper has nearly two decades experience caring for patients as a certified physicians assistant. Mr. Hickenlooper practiced in emergency medicine for two years at Norton Sound Health Corporation, Village Health Services in Nome, Alaska and in family practice clinics for seven years at Ogden Clinic and U.S. Air Force Hospital Hill AFB in Utah.
Prior to joining OPA in 2008, Hickenlooper also served four years as an orthopedic specialist with at Alaska Native Medical Center. Today he focuses on orthopedic care and works closely OPA physicians to deliver orthopedic care of the highest quality.
comes from a diverse background, with Yupik ancestral ties to the YK Delta and Virginia. She’s spent the majority of her career in public service as a law enforcement officer and soldier engaged in SWAT operations and an Operation Enduring Freedom tour to Afghanistan. The later part of her career has been spend as an emergency manger focused on planning, serving to the betterment of small community emergency preparedness. She also has served as the State Emergency Operation Center’s Situation Unit Leader. She now proudly serves Native Alaskans in her position as an Emergency Preparedness Coordinator focused on collaboratively and holistically ensuring the readiness of Alaska Tribal Health System.
Andy Jones is the Emergency Program Manager for the DHSS Section of Emergency Programs’ Health Emergency Response Operations unit. He oversees a staff who coordinates the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness grant which boosts Alaska’s preparedness for a public health emergency. Andy is also the Incident Commander in the DHSS Emergency Operations Center. Before joining DHSS Andy worked for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as the State Lead Planner for emergency response and operations.
Colonel Chetan Kharod Colonel Chetan U. Kharod is the Program Director for the DoD’s tri-service Military EMS & Disaster Medicine Fellowship, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Col Kharod was the senior medical officer for USAF Special Tactics when US Special Operations Command rolled out their Preservation of the Force and Family initiative. The innovative mind-body-spirit resiliency programs he and his team created continue to be the core of the Air Force Special Operations warrior care programs today. During Dr Kharod’s EMS fellowship, he served as an associate medical director for the San Antonio Fire Department (SAFD), where he founded the SAFD P.O.W.E.R. program (Performance Optimization With Enhanced Resiliency). Today, Col Kharod is a sought-after speaker and mentor teaching this organizational approach to individual resiliency, particularly in bringing the concepts across from the military to law enforcement, EMS, and fire personnel serving those in need.
Col Kharod entered the Air Force at the Uniformed Services University in 1992 after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Materials Science Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He is a senior flight surgeon with over 400 hours of flight time including over 100 hours of combat flight time. In over 20 years of military service, he has deployed 6 times, and served as emergency medicine faculty at the military medical school and at military and civilian EM residencies. His duties have included emergency medicine, aerospace medicine, Critical Care Air Transport Team Leader, EMS Medical Director, Squadron Commander, and USAF Special Tactics Wing Surgeon.
Col Kharod is passionate about resiliency awareness, and firmly believes in fostering and living the Special Operations Forces tenet that “Humans are more important than hardware.” He and his wife are the proud parents of two wonderful boys. Col Kharod considers it his solemn duty to be a role model of professionalism, mindful living, and unquestionable character in thought, word, and deed.
Jim “Buzz” Land is a certified surgical assistant and a formally trained surgical/clinical orthopedic technician with 20 years experience. During his career, Buzz has taught the art of casting, splinting and wound care management to over 200 military and civilian personnel, including primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, medical assistants, emergency department providers, university nursing and medical students, and new orthopedic doctors. At OPA, Buzz has developed a reputation for turning casts into works of art, much to the delight of his patients.
Sondra LeClair is the Preparedness Program Manager with the State of Alaska, Section of Emergency Programs. In this role, she is responsible for the overall management of health and medical preparedness activities in the areas of planning, training, exercises, grants management, and emergency medical countermeasures. Prior to joining the Section of Emergency Programs, she served as the Assistant Director of Operations at the Blood Bank of Alaska, overseeing aspects of blood collection, component processing, blood product distribution, and quality assurance.
Todd R. Lecours
Todd R. Lecours Todd is currently a Public Health Specialist for the state of Alaska. With over 35 years as a responder, to include paramedic, firefighter and reserve police officer, Todd brings a significant amount of experience and insight to the DHSS staff. Graduating Summa Cum Laude from DeVry University (Bachelor in Science in Technical Management) he combines the latest real world experience and the best practices in the field today to provide training capability to the Section of Emergency Programs.
Todd is married to Michele and has four grown children and five grandchildren. He lives in Wasilla where he enjoys all types of outdoor activities and karaoke.
Ofer Lichtman, NREMT-P
Ofer Lichtman, NREMT-P has been involved in EMS for the past 20 years. He started his career as an EMT in Israel at the age of 14 and is now working for the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Protection District(California) where he serves as a Firefighter / Paramedic and their Terrorism Liaison Officer coordinator. Ofer was instrumental in developing his departments Terrorism Awareness and Response Program which included implementation of an Active Shooter Response Program. Ofer is the Fire Department Liaison for the Joint Terrorism Task Force in San Bernardino / Riverside County and is a voting member on the Committee of Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC). Ofer was also instrumental in implementing a community wide approach to responding effectively to mass violent events where he facilitated the training for all city employees and over 2500 community members. Ofer has presented on numerous topics locally and nationally ranging from EMS to Terrorism. Ofer is an active California State Fire Instructor for Technical Rescue and a lead USAR and Tactical Response instructor for his department and region. Lastly, Ofer believes that as we in the “first responder business” continue to redefine our self and truly become “all risk” we should embrace change and innovative programs that will allow us to better serve all our customers.
has over 40 years of experience providing consultation, managing diverse public health programs and delivering direct services to individuals and families in both rural and urban communities, with a special interest in tuberculosis education and training. She has spent 34 years in Alaska working as an Itinerant Public Health Nurse, AIDS Surveillance Coordinator, Public Health Specialist for Alaska’s Breast and Cervical Health Check Program, and Alaska’s Children with Special Health Care Needs Director, responsible for Alaska’s Early Intervention/Infant Learning Program, Specialty Clinics, Genetics Clinics, Newborn Hearing Screening, and the Early Childhood Behavioral Health Program. In her current role as a Nurse Epidemiologist, duties include functioning as a member of the infectious disease outbreak investigation and public health preparedness team and TB special projects lead. She advises health care providers across the state on case management of tuberculosis to assure that appropriate standards of care are followed. Ms. Martinek also functions as Alaska’s focal point for the TB Program Evaluation Network and the TB Training and Human Resources Development Plan. She partnered with the Francis J Curry Center to bring Nurse to Nurse training to Alaska in 2008 and continues to use the curriculum to bring face-to-face Nurse to Nurse training to several regional public health centers each year. Additionally, she has been invited faculty and /or facilitator for Curry Center courses and Nurse-to-Nurse training since 2008 as well as a programmatic Warmline consultant since 2010. Ms. Martinek also provided training on TB program management and nurse case management and developed nurse case management guidelines for the Ministry of Health in Suriname in 2011 and 2012.
John McDonald is the Executive Director of Security and Emergency Management for Jeffco Public Schools, a suburban school district of 86,000 students and 14,000 employees at the foot of the Rockies in Colorado. John is recognized by the US Department of Education as a subject matter expert in school safety, active shooter preparedness and emergency plan development.
During his time with Jeffco Schools, John has managed or responded to several tragedies and crisis events impacting schools including the 2010 Deer Creek Middle School shooting, the 2012 kidnaping and murder of Jessica Ridgeway, the 2013 Arapahoe High School shooting and the shooting at Sheridan High School in 2015. Following the Sandy Hook tragedy, John was invited to the White House to speak about developing the model active shooter preparedness, response and recovery program for K-12 educational institutions.
In addition to his work with Jeffco Schools, John founded ERCM Consultants in 2011 which is fast becoming one of the nation’s premier school safety consulting companies. Today, ERCM Consultants provides threat assessment and active shooter support to 35 college campuses, and more than 160 K-12 School Districts.
John has earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology and has taught criminal investigations and interview and interrogation as an adjunct instructor in Criminal Justice studies at the community college level. John began his career in the military prior to working as a Police Officer in Colorado and then transitioning to the private sector as the Sr. Manager of US security and investigations with a Fortune 100 world-wide corporation before entering the realm of school safety.
John is often requested by the media and as a presenter for educational institutions and in 2015 was named Community Game Changer by CBS for his work on the front line protecting students.
Kelley McGuirk is the Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross of Alaska and has been in a leadership role in the Disaster Services program with the American Red Cross since 2008. In her role as Regional Disaster Officer, she directs all Preparedness, Response, and Recovery activities for the Red Cross across the state. Kelley is responsible for emergency planning and coordination with state and tribal entities, federal entities, and private industry. She works as the job director for disasters within the state and takes on various roles in out of state deployments. Kelley leads a team of 7 staff and 200 volunteers across Alaska to continue to provide emergency needs, coordination prior to and during disasters, and find innovative ways to provide services to even the most remote communities. As Chair of the Alaska Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (AKVOAD) from 2011-2014 and in her role as Co-Chair, she revels in connecting agencies and resources with individual and community needs during operational periods.
Dave Miller started as a volunteer with the Sitka Fire Department in 1988 as a Fire Fighter and Emergency Medical Technician. Dave was hired on as an engineer in 1995. In 1999 he accepted the job as Fire Chief/Emergency Manager for the City and Borough of Sitka. Dave has 28 years of experiences as a fire fighter, EMT and Emergency Manager.
Patti Paris, MD is currently Emergency Medicine Medical Director at Alaska Native Medical Center, where she has been practicing clinically since 1999. She is an adjunct clinical instructor for the UAA Physician Assistant program and am adjunct faculty member of University of Washington. She is an active member of Alaska Disaster Medical Assistance team and AK Respond.
Charles Pelton is an Emergency Program Manager I for the Department of Health and Social Services-Section of Emergency Programs. Responsible for planning and administering the section’s exercise and training programs, Charles has lead several full-scale, functional, and table top exercises and training events throughout the State of Alaska
Charles joined the Department of Health and Social Services-Section of Emergency Programs in 2013 after 26 years of Naval service.
Charles has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science from Colorado Technical University.
Julie Rabeau currently serves as the Alaska State Trauma Program Manager for the DHSS Section of Emergency Programs Trauma Unit. Her primary duties include oversight of trauma designation of the 24 acute care facilities in Alaska, development of the state trauma system plan, trauma education, adherence to trauma regulations and statutes, and trauma system development and quality improvement. Julie has extensive hospital/ prehospital educator experience to include working as an Instructor/Facilitator for JTM Las Vegas as a Tactical Medicine Instructor, Clark County Trauma Case Reviews, Paramedic, Pararescue, and Nursing instructor, and multiple national instructor certifications.
LCDR Heather Redding
Lieutenant Commander Redding is a graduate of Keller Graduate School of Management where she received her Master’s in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management.
Her first assignment as a Health Care Administer was at Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, Connecticut, as the Department Head for Administration and the Emergency Management Officer. Upon completion of this assignment, she transferred to 3d Medical Battalion, Okinawa, Japan.
While at 3d Medical Battalion, she conducted medical planning for various U.S. Pacific Command exercises enhancing theater security cooperation. Now LCDR Redding is a Joint Regional Medical Planning Officer with the NORTHCOM Surgeon’s Office for FEMA regions VIII, IX, and X. In this role she provides subject matter expertise to the Defense Coordinating Officers on DoD medical capabilities and liaisons with Health & Human Service’s Regional Emergency Coordinators and state Departments of Health for planning DoD medical capabilities support when requested.
Pat Reynaga, RN
is currently the Communications/Emergency Preparedness Director Providence Alaska Medical Center. She has held various clinical and management roles in nursing. Was active duty in the Air Force Nurse Corps for a number of years. Maintains education and skills as a Tobacco Certified Treatment Specialist. Has taught nationally at the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nurses and the Healthcare Call Center Times conferences on tele heath nursing practice. She is published in this field. Is also a consultant for Telephone Triage Consulting, Inc.
Kassie Runsabove is a member of the Whiteclay Tribe from Fort Belknap, Montana. Growing up, Kassie spent time learning about her culture and participating in Native traditions with her family. She received her B.S. in Health and Human Performance with a Health Promotion option from Montana State University – Billings. Kassie and her husband Walter have three children, Cactus, Ivy and Abbilee; they live, work and play in Billings Montana. In their spare time, the entire family enjoys attending and participating in area Pow Wows and cultural events.
In January of 2013, Kassie joined the St. Vincent Healthcare family as the Child Ready MT coordinator. This program works collaboratively with the Emergency Medical Services for Children and the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to advocate for Montana children who are in need of emergent healthcare. Child Ready works statewide with critical access facilities, hospitals, and Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities to maintain equipment, review policies and educate staff on the appropriate protocols to treat ill and injured children in the emergency department setting. Additionally, Kassie is the Cultural Liaison for St. Vincent Healthcare and conducts state-wide cultural sensitivity presentations to medical staff and providers.
Kassie is a recipient of the 2016 “40 under 40” award that recognizes young, high-achieving professionals and is also a recipient of the 2016 Tomorrow Leaders award from the Catholic Healthcare Association.
is the Interim Director of Emergency Operations for the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division. In her role as Interim Director, she leads a team of public health emergency planners, tribal, healthcare and public health emergency preparedness liaisons and AmeriCorps VISTA members to achieve the goal of public health preparedness and community resiliency for the state of Oregon. She also holds a board position for the Oregon Public Health Advisory Board as a Governor appointee. The goal of the Public Health Advisory Board is to modernize the public health system in Oregon and is mandated by the recent legislation-House Bill 3100.
Akiko has a master’s degree in both Public Health and Public Administration from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a Studio Art minor from Santa Clara University. Ms. Saito has focused her career on coordinating community-based health projects as well as managing multi-level, cross sectional action teams and statewide projects.
She currently resides in Portland, OR with her two younger children (ages 12 and 17), while her oldest child graduated from New York University-Tisch and is working as a Production Coordinator in NYC.
David Schonfeld, MC, FAAP
David J Schonfeld, MD, FAAP is a developmental-behavioral pediatrician and Director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement, located at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. He is Professor of the Practice in the School of Social Work and Pediatrics at the University of Southern California and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Schonfeld is also a member the American Academy of Pediatrics Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council and served as a Commissioner for both the National Commission on Children and Disasters and the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission in CT. Dr. Schonfeld has provided consultation and training on school crisis and pediatric bereavement in the aftermath of a number of school crisis events and disasters within the United States and abroad, including school and community shootings in Newtown, CT, Marysville, WA, Aurora, CO and Chardon, OH; flooding from Hurricanes Sandy in NYC and NJ, Katrina in New Orleans and Ike in Galveston; tornadoes in Joplin, MO and Alabama; the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China; and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.
Tom Seif Before joining the Assistance Team at DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office as a Senior Program Support Specialist, Tom Seif was a health physicist for 30+ years for state government programs in Illinois and Florida. Although the final 10 years concentrated on homeland security matters, including the development and delivery of radiation training for First Responders throughout the country, prior to that Tom oversaw all regulatory aspects of radioactive materials and x-ray users in medical and industrial applications.
Supervisory Special Agent Kelly H. Shannon has been an agent for eight years and is currently assigned to the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate, Biological Countermeasures Unit, where she leads the FBI’s Criminal-Epidemiological initiative to foster relationships between law enforcement and public health in the event of a suspicious biological incident. Previously, she was a WMD Coordinator at the FBI Washington Field Office, conducting WMD incident response, investigations, and outreach, and also conducted domestic terrorism investigations as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in Washington, DC. She also served as a member of Washington Field Office’s Evidence Response Team (ERT).
Prior to her FBI career, SSA Shannon was a U.S. Naval Officer serving on three warships and two Northern Arabian Gulf deployments. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2002, including infectious disease research at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. She obtained her Master of Science in Public Health from San Diego State University.
Edward (Ted) Smith, Manager of Emergency Preparedness, ANTHC Mr. Smith has fourteen years of emergency preparedness/response experience in the State of Alaska. He is currently responsible for the coordination and development of emergency plans and programs for ANTHC, Tribal hospitals, clinics, tribes and Alaska communities. Prior to his work for ANTHC he served as an Emergency Planner for the Department of Health & Social Services’ (DHSS) Section of Emergency Programs. His primary responsibilities included providing technical assistance for all departmental emergency planning needs, teaching/advising on emergency management issues at the community level, and he served as the State’s Coordinator for the Strategic National Stockpile and the Hospital Preparedness Program. Previous to this position, Mr. Smith worked for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) as an Emergency Management Specialist
Dr. Peter Taillac is a Clinical Professor of Surgery, within the Division of Emergency Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is a native of the South, having grown up in New Orleans, LA, and Little Rock, AR. and a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine. In 1992, Dr. Taillac graduated from the Brooke Army Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency in San Antonio, TX. He completed 10 years of active duty military service as a physician, including three years as teaching faculty at the Emergency Medicine residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Ft. Lewis, WA.
Dr. Taillac’s main focus of interest and expertise is Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He is the Utah State EMS Medical Director for the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health. He helped launch the paramedic program for West Valley City Fire and EMS and has been their Medical Director for over 10 years. As part of the University Global Health Initiative, he has helped develop EMS and emergency medicine programs in India, Nepal, and Ghana.
Col. Ian Wedmore
COL Ian Wedmore currently serves as the Fellowship Director, Austere and Wilderness Medicine and the US Army Surgeon Generals Emergency Medicine Consultant. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry in 1986 from Skidmore College in New York and his medical degree in 1990 from the New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York. Dr. Wedmore’s post graduate training includes: Internal Medicine internship at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, Texas from 1990-1991; Emergency Medicine Residency at Madigan Army Medical Center from 1991-1994. He is currently board certified in Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. In 2005 he was awarded the Medical Corps Surgeon General’s “A” designator for academic achievements in Emergency Medicine. In 2011 he received the International diploma of Mountain Medicine.
COL Wedmore has numerous publications to his credit and has given over 200 presentations at the local, regional, national and international levels. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol Volunteers at Crystal Mountain and has served as a Medical Volunteer at Ecoprimal and Subaru Adventure Races throughout the western United States.
COL Wedmore has deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan on numerous occasions and is the recipient of multiple military awards to include the Bronze star with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Combat Medical Badge, the Airborne Badge and the Air Assault Badge.
Lynne Young, M.Ed., ATC, ITAT
Lynne Young, M.Ed., ATC, ITAT A well-known presence around the Anchorage athletic scene, Lynne Young provides athletic training to numerous athletic programs and has helped countless athletes throughout her career spanning two decades.
Lynne Young is a certified athletic trainer with over 20 years experience and is an Impact Trained Athletic Trainer. She provides athletic training to numerous high school and other athletic programs, helps train professional ski patrollers at Alyeska and Hilltop ski areas, and gives injury prevention talks throughout the region. She’s also a recognized leader in concussion education, prevention and recovery.
Ms. Young earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physical education and exercise science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, where she later went on to serve as Assistant Athletic Trainer. Ms. Young was also appointed Director of Sports Medicine & Head Athletic Trainer at Flour Bluff School District in Corpus Christi, Texas, and later Clinical Instructor/Coordinator at the University of North Florida.
Ms. Young joined OPA in 2008 and heads OPA’s team of athletic trainers. Over the years, she has won several awards, including the 2016 National Athletic Trainer Association (NATA) “Outstanding Athletic Training Service Award.”