Chief Douglas M. Aiken
9 Bentley Road
Moultonborough, NH 03254
Phone: (603) 253-9111
Fax: (603) 253-3050
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Vice Chair representing International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA)
Job History: Douglas M. Aiken brings 34 years of experience as both an advocate for public safety telecommunications issues and as an administrator in public safety telecommunications. He began his fire service career as a member of the Manchester (New Hampshire) Fire Department. He then became Chief of Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid (LRMFA) a 36-community Fire, EMS, and HazMat agency in central New Hampshire where he continues to serve as a deputy chief on a part time basis. In addition, Chief Aiken serves as the chairman of the New Hampshire Enhanced 9-1-1 Commission. He retired from the New Hampshire Air National Guard in 2007 at the rank of colonel after a 40-year military career.
Telecommunications Background: Chief Aiken began his public safety career as the Superintendent of Fire Alarm for the Manchester Fire Department in 1976. He became Chief of the Communications Division in 1988 and Chief of LRMFA in 1997 serving until 2011. He is now the Deputy Executive Director of the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA). He has published numerous articles and is the author of the original IMSA Public Safety Dispatcher Certification program.
Chief Aiken is a former chairman of the board and current chair of the communications committee of IMSA, current president of the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC), past chair of the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Communications Committee, Co-chair – Interoperability Working Group – FCC Emergency Response Interoperability Center Public Safety Advisory Committee, member of the SAFECOM Executive Committee, a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Service Institute, and a Fellow of the Radio Club of America.
Chief Aiken served on the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC), was a member of the steering committee of the National Coordinating Committee (NCC), and was instrumental in creating NPSTC, the follow-on effort to provide a unified voice for public safety telecommunications needs.
Chief Aiken is also an amateur radio enthusiast, a ‘ham,’ and a member of the American Radio Relay League.
Education: Chief Aiken holds a Bachelors Degree in Management from New Hampshire College, an associate degree in Electronic Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Air University Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.
Marie-Christine Bonnamour, Secretary-General
Rue des Deux Eglises 39
444 N. Capitol St. NW, Suite 249
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 624-5815
Fax: (202) 624-5806
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
Job History: William K. Brownlow is AAHSTO’s Telecommunications Manager and serves as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) certified public safety frequency coordinator with primary responsibility nationwide for the Highway Maintenance frequencies. Mr. Brownlow also serves as Manager, Intelligent Transportation Systems standards.
Mr. Brownlow has managed, designed, and installed voice, data, and video systems for a number of systems integrators for over 30 years. Mr. Brownlow has provided domestic and international technical support and training for mini and micro computer manufacturers and has written programs using C, COBOL, Pascal and other high level languages. Mr. Brownlow has been a volunteer fire fighter and emergency medical technician for the city of Anchorage, Alaska, and a reserve police officer in the city of San Diego, California.
Education: Mr. Brownlow’s background in radio communications began with his experience as an Aeronautical Radio Operator and ARINC radio station manager for Reeve Aleutian Airways on the North Pacific intercontinental route. His formal training in communications and computer systems began with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He has attended numerous specialized training courses and holds the equivalent of Associates Degrees in Electronics and Computer Systems Maintenance.
Director, RCC Consultants, Inc.
4900 Cox Road, Suite 235
Glen Allen, VA 23060-6509
Phone: (804) 301-1123
Role in NPSTC: Vice Chair, Outreach CommitteeJob History: A former police officer at Virginia Commonwealth University, Charles Bryson currently provides project management services as well as technical support for 700 and 800 MHz land mobile public safety communications systems. He also supports clients requiring assistance with projects related to homeland security and communications strategic planning. Mr. Bryson joined RCC in 1998 and has over 40 years of experience in public safety, telecommunications, and higher education.
As a police officer Mr. Bryson served in every sworn capacity as a member of the department from Patrolman to Captain while earning degrees from the University. As a Police Captain, he was responsible for Police Administration, Communications, and Security Operations. Mr. Bryson founded the Commonwealth’s first campus police training academy and was a state-certified criminal justice training instructor.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Bryson has been deeply involved in RCC efforts regarding the proceedings before the Federal Communications Commission on the public safety spectrum allocation in the 700 MHz band and, in particular, the proposals pending before the Commission concerning the development of a nationwide public safety interoperable broadband network. Mr. Bryson has worked closely with a number of Regional Planning Committees as well as state, county, and municipal public safety agencies to learn their concerns and assist them in the development of filings with the Commission.
Education: Mr. Bryson holds a Master of Science in Public Safety Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Planning and Management. He has served as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Administration of Justice and Public Safety providing graduate and undergraduate instruction.
Network Services Supervisor, Retired
11009 Hawkridge Road
Yucaipa, CA 92399
Phone: (909) 633-9336
Role in NPSTC: Committee Chair, Spectrum Management Committee
Job History: David Buchanan’s primary focus is state and local government public safety radio communications, including voice, mobile data, microwave, and paging. He is well versed in all areas of public safety radio with specific experience in state and local government public safety communications and extensive experience in public safety spectrum issues including 700/800 MHz Regional Planning, spectrum planning, and FCC licensing. Mr. Buchanan chairs the NPSTC Spectrum Committee, leading the efforts to develop positions on spectrum issues impacting public safety. He works to find a consensus position that the member organizations of NPSTC can support and then leads the work in writing that position up to file as comments to the FCC and other organizations.
For the County of San Bernardino, CA, Mr. Buchanan served as Network Services Supervisor, where he led a team that managed and maintained a large multi-agency trunked and conventional radio system with coverage over the 20,000 square miles of the agency. This system grew from 5,000 to over 15,000 users and over 150 different agencies and districts. The system supports law, fire, EMS, and local government communications, and allows complete interoperability between users and disciplines. The system also has supported numerous disaster incidents since implementation.
Mr. Buchanan designed and served as project manager for implementation of an in-building radiating coax system in two new passenger terminals of a major Southern California airport. This system provided coverage on both 450 and 800 MHz public safety radio bands. He was Project Manager for the implementation of a radiating coax cable system throughout a one million square foot major trauma hospital in Southern California. He also designed the system. System features included coverage for 800 MHz trunked public safety radios, 450 MHz paging for “code blue” patient events, and 900 MHz alphanumeric paging for hospital operations. He also designed a 200-access point node, 802.11a data system for a one million square foot major trauma hospital, required to have seamless coverage and to accommodate future growth of the hospital’s data needs. Mr. Buchanan also specified the security policies for the system to protect the privacy of patient information.
He developed a plan for a frequency exchange (26 offset 800 MHz channels for regular 800 MHz channels) with Nextel and the County of San Bernardino, managed the conversion work, and assisted in the contract negotiations. He chaired the Southern California Region 5, 700 MHz planning effort to develop a regional plan for use of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum. The plan developed by the Committee was the first in the nation to be approved by the FCC.
As Chief Engineer, Mr. Buchanan managed a public safety microwave system with over 50 paths throughout a 20,000 square mile area. Mr. Buchanan was responsible for all design, implementation and maintenance of the system, which supported public safety radio, telephone and data circuits.
Mr. Buchanan represented the County of San Bernardino on the Southern California Region 5, 800 MHz Regional Planning Committee. This Committee developed a FCC-mandated plan for use of the 800-mandated plan for use of the 800 MHz NPSPAC band channels. Mr. Buchanan wrote a major portion of the plan and led a workgroup that allocated channels to the participating public safety agencies. Later work included representing the Region before the FCC to suggest a sharing plan with Mexico for the NPSPAC band. The FCC successfully negotiated this plan with the government of Mexico.
Education: Mr. Buchanan holds a B.A. Public Administration, California State University, San Bernardino, 1978; an A.S. Electronics, San Bernardino Valley College, 1973; and additional electrical engineering course work, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 1995-1996.
Associations & Professional Memberships: Mr. Buchanan is a Life Member, Associated Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), and was awarded APCO’s Art McDole award for long time technical contributions to the art and practice of public-safety communications in 2004. He is Past-President, California Public-Safety Radio Association, Chair, Region 5 700 MHz Regional Planning Committee; APCO Local Frequency Advisor, Southern California; Chair, APCO Spectrum Management Committee, 2000-2005; Member, FCC Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee; Member, FCC National Coordination Committee – Vice Chair of the Interoperability Sub-Committee, 1996, and Chair of the NPSTC Broadband Task Force.
13110 Lake Mary Jane Rd
Orlando, FL 32832
Phone: (407) 273-8831
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representative of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)Job History: Richard Comerford has over 25 years experience in Emergency Management. Previously a full-time officer in the Rhode Island National Guard, he has served in various roles, including military support to Civil Authorities Officer and coordinating numerous statewide response to emergencies. Upon retiring, he became an Emergency Manager for Orange County and The City of Orlando, Florida.
Additionally, Mr. Comerford has also been involved in numerous local, state and national boards and organizations, to include various working groups and programs, including the national Emergency Management Accreditation Program. Upon leaving public service, Mr. Comerford began working for the National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination (NC4), as the Director of Exercises and Training. During this time he has worked across the United States and the world, implementing NC4 products and assisting various jurisdictions in the development of successful emergency management programs and response to emergencies and crisis.
Education: Mr. Comerford holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, Rhode Island College; Master of Arts in International Relations, Salve Regina University.Mr. Comerford is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), Certified Business Resiliency Manager (CBRM), Florida Professional Emergency Manager (FPEM), and Emergency Management Specialist (SEM).
Michael Corey, KI1U
Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111
Phone: (860) 594-0222
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board representative of the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL)Job History: Mike Corey has been a licensed Amateur Radio operator since 1988 and currently holds Amateur Extra Class license KI1U. He has been involved with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service since 1991 and served as Emergency Coordinator for Lafayette County, Mississippi from 2007-2010. He has also been involved with the National Weather Service SKYWARN® program for over 15 years and served as a local SKYWARN® coordinator in northern Mississippi. Mr. Corey, along with Victor Morris, authored the book Storm Spotting and Amateur Radio published by the ARRL.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Corey also has a background in public safety communications. From 2001-2006 he served as a communications officer for the Howard County Sheriff’s Department in Kokomo, Indiana. While there he chaired the communications contingency planning committee. From 2006-2010 he served as a communications officer with the University of Mississippi Police Department. While at the University of Mississippi, he served as a public safety instructor and guest lecturer.
Mr. Corey also has served as an emergency management volunteer. From 2001-2005 he served, in a volunteer capacity, as a police officer and communications officer for the Kokomo-Howard County Emergency Management Agency. While in Mississippi, he volunteered to assist during hurricane Gustav with the St. Helena Parish Office of Homeland Security.
Education: Mr. Corey holds a Bachelors degree from Indiana University with a concentration in Political Science and a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Mississippi.
Sharon Counterman, ENP
Mobile: (832) 330-6938
Role in NPSTC: NPSTC Governing Board member representing the National Emergency Number Association (NENA)
Job History: Sharon Counterman brings over 36 years of experience in the public safety field. Ms. Counterman is currently a consultant with L.R. Kimball and Associates, leading the Operations Team within the organization.
She is the former Deputy Director of Greater Harris County 911 Emergency Network. Ms. Counterman is the former Director of the fourth largest Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in the United States, the Houston Emergency Center, Houston, TX. She is retired from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Las Vegas, NV, where she was the Operations Director for the Communications Center, with 28 years of service.
Telecommunications Background: During her tenure running two major public safety communications centers and as Deputy Director of a 9-1-1 District, Ms Counterman obtained vast experience in operations and management. Her experience covers communications consolidation, best practices, accreditation, training, and emergency management. She is proficient in supervisory practices and procedures, budget preparation, new center building projects, operations, radio, telephone and CAD procurement, contract and union negotiations, and interacting with citizens, media, and police and fire departments. She also has extensive experience in communications, network infrastructure, database implementation, maintenance, and wireless.
Ms. Counterman has worked in the federal, state, and local areas to further enhance the public safety agenda. She was a member serving on several national committees dealing with Standards, Pandemic Influenza, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Communications Security, Reliability & Interoperability Council (CSRIC)-Working Group 7, Homeland Security Emergency Services Sector Risk Workshop, and NG9-1-1, and has chaired the Pipeline Emergency Operations Standard, Emergency Call Processing Protocol Standard, and NENA’s Report Card to the Nation (RCN) Commission. She is an Association of Public Safety Communications Officials – International (APCO) member and a Past President of NENA.
Director, Core & Government/Regulatory Standards
AT&T Labs, Network Technologies
7277 164th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
Telecommunications Background: Brian K. Daly manages the strategic standards engineering team focusing on 4G LTE evolved packet systems and the IP multimedia subsystem, cybersecurity, small cells, machine-to-machine systems, the commercial mobile alert system, and regulatory topics including SMS to 9-1-1 and NG9-1-1, CALEA, public safety broadband, and PSTN transition.
Job History: Mr. Daly is an appointee to the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council and the Emergency Access Advisory Committee, and participates in the FCC’s Communication Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) working groups for Transition to NG-9-1-1 and Next Generation Alerting. He was also a member of the Commercial Mobile Alert Service Advisory (CMAS) Committee where he led the Communications Technology Group, and was active in the development of industry standards for CMAS.
Mr. Daly is Chair of the North American Fraud Forum and Security Group and Emergency Services Task Force under the GSM Association’s North American Regional Interest Group.
Education: Mr. Daly holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University with an emphasis in electromagnetic engineering (antennas and microwaves) and communication systems.
Assistant Director ISD
Information Services Division
64 N. Union, Suite 200A
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 242-3689
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate Member representing the National Association of State Telecommunications Directors (NASTD)
Job History: Mr. Doane joined the Information Services Division (ISD) as their Assistant Director in charge of the State of Alabama Office of Infrastructure. Mr. Doane is an Information Technology professional with over twenty years of technical experience, including over fifteen years of managing technical staff, supporting a variety of hardware platforms, operating systems, network components, and infrastructure initiatives. He has an expertise in evaluating and incorporating emerging technologies in the enterprise, leading teams in the integration of disparate systems, planning large-scale roll-outs, and managing daily IT operations.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Doane is in charge of the network operations that provides statewide industry standard, reliable, and secure network resources for voice, data, and video solutions. The primary services provided are as follows:
Education: BS in Physical Distribution and a Masters Degree in Information Systems (MIS) from Auburn University
Story County Sheriff
1315 South B Avenue
Nevada, IA 50201
Phone: (515) 382-6566
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate Member representing the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA)
Job History: Paul H. Fitzgerald was elected Story County Sheriff in November of 1992, taking office on January 1, 1993. Prior to being elected Sheriff, he served as a member of the Waterloo, Iowa Police Department for 15 years serving in a variety of positions including: Patrol Officer, Detective, Field Training Officer, Tactical Team Member, Firearms Instructor, Patrol Supervisor, Public Relations Officer, and Public Information Officer. During his years of service with the Waterloo P.D. he also taught for 11 years in the Police Science Program at Hawkeye Institute of Technology, now known as Hawkeye Community College, in Waterloo, Iowa.
Telecommunications History: Sheriff Fitzgerald serves on many Boards and Committees including: NSA Past President, a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Executive Committee. He is a member on the FirstNet Board, has served on the Board of Directors for PSST (Public Safety Spectrum Trust), represents NSA with the Department of Homeland Security Councils: SAFECOM Emergency Response Council, and is NSA Alternate to the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council.
Sheriff Fitzgerald is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association, Iowa State Sheriffs’ and Deputies Association, FBI National Academy Graduates Association, National Association of Counties (NACO), National Association of Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iowa State Policeman’s Association, Iowa Association of Chiefs and Police Officers Incorporated, Iowa Association of Women Police, American Jail Association, Waterloo Police Protective Association, Story County Human Services Council, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Colo, Iowa.
Education: Sheriff Fitzgerald earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, from St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, a Bachelors Degree in Law Enforcement, from Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa, and an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Police Science from Hawkeye Institute of Technology, Waterloo, Iowa. He was the first Iowa Sheriff to hold a Master's Degree. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Academy 198th Session. Sheriff Fitzgerald is married to Evonne M. (Sackrison) Fitzgerald and together they have four children.
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: (703) 273-9835 x387
Fax: (703) 273-9363
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member, representing the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Job History: Mr. Goldstein spent 26 years at Motorola Solutions, Inc. in various positions. Most of those years were spent on policy and appropriation issues that impacted public safety. As examples, Mr. Goldstein supported funding for the fire service, funding to upgrade communications for the U.S. Capitol Police, the Tactical Communications program for the U.S. Border Patrol, and other funding needs for public safety. Mr. Goldstein recently joined the Government Relations Department at the IAFC. The IAFC monitors a wide variety of issues, including hazardous materials, Federal grants for fire departments, life safety protection and education, volunteer issues, terrorism, wild land fires, emergency medical services, wireless radio communications, and numerous others.
Dr. Robert Griffin
Director of First Responders Program
Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate
1120 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 254-6072
Fax: (202) 772-9655
State of Delaware
3050 Upper King Rd.
Dover, DE 19904
Phone: (302) 739-4207
Fax: (302) 697-0355
Mobile: (302) 387-5777
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board member representing the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators
Overview of experience relevant to NPSTC: Mark Grubb serves as the Director of the Delaware Division of Communications and is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Delaware’s statewide 700 and 800 MHz public safety radio systems. Under his leadership, Delaware provides interoperable public safety communications systems serving all full-time and volunteer first responders within the state as well as state government critical infrastructure service providers.
In addition, Mr. Grubb serves as the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) for Delaware and is the Chairman of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWICs). Mr. Grubb also serves as the Chairman for Regional Planning Committee (RPC) 28 for 800 and 700 MHz.
In his work with NPSTC, he serves as the Working Group Chair for Participant Development. The multiple roles that Mr. Grubb supports have imbued him with an understanding and appreciation of public safety telecommunications issues on a metropolitan and rural as well as state, local, and national basis.
Through his efforts, Delaware has been carefully evaluating issues related to the nationwide interoperable 700 MHz broadband network. His pro-active contacts relative to broadband deployment has included all Delaware cellular carriers announcing the use of Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, multiple manufacturers of LTE systems, and officials of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST). Public safety broadband is an issue about which Mr. Grubb feels strongly and he believes that LTE and public safety broadband are technologies critical for Delaware’s future in order to maintain the state’s longstanding leadership in providing first responders with cutting edge communications tools that will help them to perform their dangerous missions.
Mr. Grubb has significant experience working in the private sector. He spent over 19 years with MBNA America bank managing several different business areas related to the maintenance and construction of their large real estate portfolio.
351 N. Williamson Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114-1112
Phone: (757) 890-3620
122 Baltimore Street
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 334-7991
Fax: (717) 334-5656
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board ChairOverview of experience relevant to NPSTC: Mr. Haller brings 40 years of experience in the communications industry, 25 with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Mr. Haller was chief of the FCC's Private Radio Bureau for several years and was the approving official for the original 55 NPSPAC Regional Plans. He wrote the charter for the more recent Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC) and initiated the meetings. Mr. Haller's areas of expertise include broadcasting, cable television, human radio frequency exposure, and land mobile communications systems. Mr. Haller is an electronics engineer; a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and a Fellow in the Radio Club of America.
Current Job Title: As Executive Director, FCCA, Mr. Haller is in charge of the day-to-day operations and regularly represents the FCCA at various meetings and forums.
Job History: Mr. Haller began his work life as an engineer/disc jockey while still in high school and worked his way through college as a broadcaster. After graduation, he worked as a broadcast engineering consultant before joining the FCC in 1971. Mr. Haller held numerous positions with the FCC, including field inspector in Los Angeles, California, chief of the FCC's monitoring network, chief of research at the FCC laboratory, chief engineer of the FCC's Mass Media Bureau, and finally as chief of the Private Radio Bureau. In 1996, Mr. Haller left the FCC to form a land mobile consulting company. He is a regular speaker at industry functions and regularly writes articles for Mission Critical magazine. Mr. Haller is also an authority on the FCC's rules relating to human exposure to radio frequency energy and has written software to evaluate compliance of radio sites.
Education: Mr. Haller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas.
Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
268 Mimosa Rd.
Saint Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: (717) 479-3858
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)Telecommunications Background: Michael Hutton is the National Frequency Coordinator for the Forestry Conservation Communication Association (FCCA). Mr. Hutton also serves for FCCA on the Public Safety Communications Council (PSCC), in addition to representing the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) on the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC).
Mr. Hutton brings nearly 10 years of experience in system analysis to his current role in public safety frequency coordination. He began his training around 1999 at Fox Ridge Communications, Inc., Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, a land mobile consulting firm.
Education: Mr. Hutton was educated in physics and mathematics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is also accomplished in low-level software design, a skill he applies regularly to solve unusual or complex problems in spectrum analysis.
1450 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314-3490
Phone: (703) 836-7827
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the Nation Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)Job History: Aaron D. Kennard joined the National Sheriffs’ Association as Executive Director in January of 2007, continuing the NSA mission as the “One Voice for the Office of Sheriff.” Voters first elected him as Sheriff of Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1990 after he had served 20 years with the Salt Lake City Police Department.
Sheriff Kennard believes strongly in partnerships between law enforcement and the community. He has applied his leadership skills and talents to many important community forums including the Utah Safety Council, the Juvenile Detention Center Advisory Board, and the American Cancer Society. In 2004, he was elected President of the National Sheriffs' Association. He also has held key leadership positions with the Utah Sheriff's Association, Utah State Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, the Salt Lake Area Gang Project, and the National Association of Counties (NACo). Sheriff Kennard was Adjunct Professor at Weber State University and Salt Lake Community College, teaching management/personnel, criminal justice, and criminal Investigations.
Professional and Civic Participation: Sheriff Kennard has served on many boards and community organizations at the national, state, and local level. He is the Past President, National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) Executive Board, and Chairman of the NSA Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Past President of the Utah Sheriffs' Association; and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), American Correctional Association (ACA), American Jail Association (AJA), Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), and Utah Peace Officers Association (UPOA).
Sheriff Kennard was vice-chairman, Corrections and Detention Committee, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs; and a member of the Criminal Justice Information Services, Western Working Group, U.S. Department of Justice, FBI (CJIS) Division; National Community Oriented Policing Resource Board, DOJ; National Commission on the Future of DNA Evidence, DOJ; Utah State Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial System; and the Governors Task Force on Gun Violence Legislation
Sheriff Kennard received the Sheriff of the Year Award from the Utah Sheriff’s Association and the Utah Association of Counties in 1999; the Executive Award of Merit from the State of Utah’s Department of Public Safety in 2001; and the Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety in 2002.
Education: Sheriff Kennard has a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology/Sociology from the University of Utah. He is also a graduate of the FBI’s National Academy, National Executive Institute, and Law Enforcement Executive Development.
Director, Strategy and Business Development
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Associate Member representing the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS).
Telecommunications Background: In addition to participating in NPSTC Technology Committee’s Broadband Working Group, Mr. Korinek is a current active participant of multiple standards and industry associations including Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS): Board of Directors and several Committees and Forums, 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council's (CSRIC) III. Mr. Korinek was previously an Advisory Director to the TeleManagement Forum's Board of Directors.
State of Vermont, Dept. of Public Safety
103 S. Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-2101
Phone: (802) 241-5215
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD).
Telecommunications Background: Terry LaValley is the Communications Program Manager for the State of Vermont, Department of Public Safety. Mr. LaValley’s office is responsible for all of the state’s mission critical public safety radio systems and numerous enterprise radio systems, the state’s private digital microwave radio and fiber optic network, and the state’s private telephone network. These systems are utilized by various state agencies and departments including the Department of Public Safety, Vermont Emergency Management, and the Vermont State Police. His team includes several groups of technical specialists who are responsible for technical repair and maintenance services. His office is also accountable for all financial and contractual aspects of these enterprise programs.
Job History: His professional career began in 1979 while serving in the US Air Force where he worked on navigational systems for aircraft, radar systems, and communications networks. Following his military service, he worked in the private sector for approximately 7 years working on public safety and business communications networks and specialized communications technology projects.
Asst. Division Chief
Maryland State Highway Administration
5901 Baltimore Nat. Pike
Baltimore, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 747-8590
Fax: (410) 744-4716
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate Member representing AASHTOJob History: Philip Lazarus has been serving the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) Communication Division as the Assistant Division Chief – Engineering and Technical Support since 2006. Responsibilities include management and construction of all SHA Radio Towers and Communication Sites, Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) device implementation and engineering and management of the SHA Statewide PBX and VoIP telephone system. The previous 17 years were spent as an Engineering Technician for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services System (MIEMSS) providing 2-way radio, Medivac/helicopter dispatch, hospital and resource center communications for the medical public safety community in Maryland.
Telecommunications Background: Philip Lazarus was formally on the Region 20 700 MHz RPC and is currently serving on the Maryland SIEC Technical Committee since 2006. He is also the Co-Manager of the Maryland Statewide PSInet Microwave System – a transport carrier for State, Regional and County public safety narrowband and broadband communications. Other telecommunication duties include statewide management of the Maryland SHA PBX phone system and manager of the Statewide VoIP initiative. He is also a current member of the AASHTO Special Committee On Wireless Communication Technologies (SCOWCoT).
Education: Philip Lazarus is a graduate of the National Radio Institute Associate Degree program in Communication Electronics and currently holds a FCC General Radiotelephone License.
709 Central Street
Franklin, NH 03235-2023
Phone: (603) 934-0055
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing Forestry Conservation Communication Association (FCCA)
Job History: Chief Paul Leary has a 26 year background in law enforcement including 10 plus years as a Police Chief in a small town before going to work for the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED).
For the past 11 years Chief Leary has been DRED’S representative to the New Hampshire State Police Statewide Radio System and responsible for building out DRED’S portion of the system.
For the past 6 years, he has managed the Department’s 17 Mountain Top Communication Sites, including Mount Washington.
Telecommunications Background: Chief Leary currently serves as the President of the Forestry Conservation Communication Association (FCCA), serves on the Land Mobile Communication Council (LMCC), and serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and as a Board Member of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST).
Icom America, Inc.
2380 116th Avenue NE
Bellevue, WA 98094
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate for Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Job History: Chris Lougee is Vice President of Icom America, Inc., Bellevue, WA. He joined Icom in 1991 as Amateur Division Manager, was appointed Land Mobile Division Manager in 1995, and Vice President in 2000. Mr. Lougee started Icom America Systems (IAS) as an enterprise within the Land Mobile Division in 2003. It has achieved steady growth each year by expanding offerings of systems products, total system design, implementation and field services. Icom America created a Technical Sales Group to develop and deliver specific “mission critical and interoperable” products and services for federal, state, and local government agencies and Self Maintained Commercial Enterprises. Mr. Lougee's current responsibilities include this Technical Sales Group, the Federal Sales Group, and the Customer Service department. He has general product coordination and management responsibility for P25 products, working with the engineering department and liaison with TIA TR8.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Lougee participates as a committee member on the TIA TR-8 Engineering Committee participating in monthly conference calls and attending quarterly meetings as a representative of Icom America, Inc. Also within TIA, he is the Vice Chair of the TR-8 Private Radio Section (APIC-PRS). Mr. Lougee is a Voting Member and TIA Alternate for the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC), attending annual meetings and conference calls regularly. He participated in the LMCC Spectrum Management Task Force to study and recommend changes in frequency coordination procedures for new digital formats at 12.5 kHz and 6.25 kHz.
Mr. Lougee is an active member of the Project 25 Technology Interest Group (PTTIG). He has contributed to and then presented the P25 Capabilities Guide at the P25 Foundations session during the College of Technology at the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE). Mr. Lougee is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Enterprise Wireless Alliance (EWA). He attends semi-annual board meetings and bi-weekly conference calls, and participates in policy setting discussions and advocacy.
Mr. Lougee is Vice Chair of the NXDN Forum, a collaborative effort of JVC KENWOOD Corporation and Icom Inc., which is now the basic outline of the NXDN™ standard. The NXDN Forum is the governing body that manages this new standard.
In addition to the above activities, Mr. Lougee meets with various members of the Public Safety & Homeland Security and Wireless Telecommunication Bureaus of the FCC as an advocate for LMCC, EWA, and LMR industry issues and proposed rule changes.
Edward Marecki, ENP
Delaware State Police, KENTCOM
911 Public Safety Boulevard
Dover, DE 19901
Phone: (302) 739-5868
Fax: (302) 739-7258
Fire Chief, Franklin Fire Department
40 West Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: (508) 528-2323
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member serving as alternate for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
Job History: Gary B. McCarraher presently serves as the fire chief of Franklin (MA) Fire Department. He began his fire service career as a volunteer in southeastern Pennsylvania in the mid 1970s. In 1980, he was appointed as a career firefighter in Littleton, MA, where he was appointed Fire Chief in 1983. Since then he has served as a chief officer in three other communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including his current position where he has served since 1999.
Chief McCarraher presently serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Masters of Public Administration Program at Anna Maria College of Paxton, MA, as well as a management consultant for the MMA Consulting Group of Brookline, MA. He is active in the Fire Chiefs Association of Massachusetts representing them on the Fire Protection Fire Prevention Advisory Committee to the Massachusetts State Building Code. He is also the newly appointed Chairperson of the Communications Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Education: Chief McCarraher has earned three associate’s degrees in fire and safety curricula, an undergraduate degree in fire and emergency management, and a graduate degree in public administration. He is a 1996 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and has received his second renewal of Chief Fire Officer Designate from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.
Chief Harlin McEwen
422 Winthrop Drive
Ithaca, NY 14850-1739
Phone: (607) 257-1522
Fax: (607) 257-8187
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
Job History: Chief McEwen brings more than 50 years of experience as both an advocate for public safety telecommunications issues and as a career law enforcement officer and administrator. Chief McEwen started his career as a Patrol Officer in 1957 in his home town of Waverly, NY, then served as a Deputy Sheriff in the Tioga County, NY, Sheriff’s Department. In 1964 he transferred to the Cayuga Heights (NY) Police Department. In 1967 he was promoted to Sergeant and in 1972, he was promoted to Chief of Police, a position he held for 13 years. From 1969 through 1974, he served as Coordinator of the Tompkins County Mobile Radio District and supervised the installation of a new county-wide law enforcement radio communications system. From 1985 until 1988, Chief McEwen served as Deputy Commissioner of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and Director of the Bureau for Municipal Police, where he was responsible for overseeing the training and registration of all police officers and peace officers in New York State, as well as for the development and implementation of the New York State Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Program. From October 1988 through February 1996, he served as Chief of Police for the City of Ithaca, NY, where he was instrumental in implementing modern technology and computerization and advancing training and professionalism of the force.In February 1996, Chief McEwen was sworn in by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Louis J. Freeh as a Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI with his office located at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at the FBI, he provided executive oversight for the development of new FBI Criminal Justice Information Services such as the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) 2000 Project and the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification (IAFS). In April 2000, he retired from the FBI and active law enforcement service and was presented the prestigious FBI Medal of Meritorious Achievement by Director Freeh.
Telecommunications Background: Chief McEwen served on the Steering Committee of the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC) and as a member of the Steering Committee of the FCC Public Safety National Coordinating Committee (NCC). He was a leader in creating the NPSTC, the follow-on effort to provide a unified voice for public safety telecommunications needs.
In November 2000, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, at their Annual Conference in San Diego honored Chief McEwen by presenting him with the first IACP Lone Star Distinguished Award in recognition of his exemplary service to the IACP for over 22 years as Chairman of the IACP Communications & Technology Committee. For many years he served as Communications Advisor to the Major Cities Police Chiefs Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Major County Sheriffs’ Association. He continues to serve as Chairman of the IACP Communications Committee and also serves as an advisor to the FBI, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and various other local, State, and Federal agencies. He is a Life Member and Honorary President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is also a Life Member of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO), and the National Sheriffs’ Association. He is a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Radio Club of America (RCA) and in 2006 was honored by being named the first recipient of the RCA/NPSTC Richard DeMello Award for his many contributions to public safety communications.
In addition to being a member of the Governing Board of NPSTC, Chief McEwen represents the IACP on the USDOJ Global Justice Information Sharing Advisory Committee (GHAC) and the Global Executive Steering Committee (GESC), and on the DHS SAFECOM Executive Committee.
In 2007 Chief McEwen was elected Chairman of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST), a not-for-profit corporation consisting of representatives of fifteen national public safety organizations which was issued the nationwide 700 MHz Public Safety Broadband License (PSBL) by the Federal Communications Commission and which has now been licensed to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).
Chief McEwen has long been recognized as a respected spokesperson on behalf of the law enforcement community on matters of public safety communications and law enforcement information sharing. He continues to be a leader in the discussions related to the development of a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and the challenges to implement the NPSBN since the enactment of enabling legislation by Congress in February 2012. On November 7, 2012, he was appointed as Chairman of the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
National Association of State EMS Officials
57 Central Street
Hallowell, ME 04347
Phone: (207) 512-0975
Role in NPSTC: Primary Board Member, representing the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO)
Job History: Kevin McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P has been an EMS system builder since 1974. He currently serves as the Chief/CEO of North East Mobile Health Services, the largest paramedic service in Maine. He started working on ambulances in Rhode Island and has held EMT, Paramedic, and instructor licenses in New York and Maine. He has been an ambulance service chief for volunteer, private, and hospital-based services, a hospital emergency department director, and Maine's state EMS director.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. McGinnis has been widely published and is a national speaker on the areas of public safety/EMS communications, rural EMS, and air-medical systems while serving as a program manager for the National Association of State EMS Officials for the past 13 years. He serves that association and four other national EMS associations (representing doctors, EMTs, service chiefs, and educators) as communications technology advisor.
Mr. McGinnis serves to represent the national EMS community in national public safety communications venues including FCC councils and committees, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, and the Public Safety Alliance. He is the immediate past Chairman of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SAFECOM Program. He served as Vice Chair of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust.
In August, 2012, Kevin was named by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a 3-year term on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board of Directors. He was named by the Government Technology/Solutions for State and Local Government magazine as one of its 2013 'Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation'.
Education: Mr. McGinnis received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and Cornell University in health care delivery systems and hospital administration.
420 W. 31st Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99337
Phone: (360) 485-7661
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board member representing the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)Job History: Lt. John McIntosh (ret.) of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), is a 36½-year law enforcement veteran, retiring in 2009. Currently Secretary-Treasurer of Forestry-Conservation Communications Association (FCCA), he began serving on the FCCA's Board of Directors in 1999 and served as FCCA's National President from 2003 to 2005. He served as a member of the Washington SIEC's Staff Advisory Workgroup (SAW), its primary radio advisory committee to the state and continues to do so on an ad hoc basis representing WDFW. He was, prior to retirement, an associate member of the Washington Sheriffs and Police Chiefs Association (WASPC) and has served on its technical committee regarding radio communications.
Lt. McIntosh serves on the P25 Steering Committee representing FCCA and previously represented the AFWA on the NPSTC Governing Board for several years.
Telecommunications Background: Lt McIntosh managed radio communications for WDFW for almost 20 years, and is currently working part time to continue those duties. He is an actual field practitioner of radio communications and manages WDFW Enforcement’s P25 radio fleet, infrastructure, procurement and deployment. He is currently implementing a statewide RoIP and dispatch system for WDFW.
Certifications: Lt. McIntosh has been a licensed amateur radio operator for 44 years and is a member of the Radio Club of America.
Education: Lt. McIntosh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration from Washington State University.
PO Box 5203
Florence, SC 29502
Phone: (843) 992-2368
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the Forestry Conservation Communications AssociationJob History: Lloyd M. Mitchell has been involved intimately for the past 30+ years in the Public Safety community. Mr. Mitchell started as a Rookie Firefighter and progressed thru the ranks until promoted to Chief at South Darlington Fire Department. He was a member of the department until he accepted a position at Robinson Nuclear Power Plant as Senior Nuclear Specialist-(SME) on Electrical/Electronic/Instrumentation Systems and the Operator Training Simulator. After 15 years he accepted responsibility at the South Carolina Fire Academy as Director of Physical Facility. He joined the South Carolina Forestry Commission as Regional Dispatch Manager for Wildfire Control. He now is Statewide Communications Coordinator (COMC) with the SC Forestry Commission and is a member of the SC Forestry Type 2 Incident Management Team; he also serves as President of the Forestry Conservation Communications Association (FCCA).
Telecommunications Background: He is a member of the OEC-ERC, and the ARRL. Mr. Mitchell attended Francis Marion College and holds an Associate of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering.
13968 Lake Point Drive
Clearwater, FL 33762
Phone: (727) 433-3251
Role in NPSTC: Committee Vice Chair, Interoperability Committee
Job History: Ms. Montanari is a Public Safety Specialist at Lafayette Group where she supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) initiatives providing onsite contract support for state, local, and tribal public safety. She provides government official engagement and collaboration support related to interoperable emergency communications and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) as part of the Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP).
Ms. Montanari previously worked for Pinellas County, FL, Public Safety Services, managing all aspects of the Countywide P25 700/800 MHz Radio and Data Communications and data networks. In her 24 + years in PInellas County, Ms. Montanari was responsible for strategic planning, management, and operations of the Countywide Public Safety Radio and Data Systems, coordinating and managing communications for over 10,000 public safety users from over 90 agencies.
She served as chairperson for interoperable communications efforts for the Tampa Bay Region, as part of the Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) and the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). As Chair of the Interoperable Communications Committee she prepared short- and long-term plans for the regional interoperability strategy aligning with statewide interoperability plans and initiatives. She coordinated and prepared information for daily and special operations, managed grant coordination and oversight, and represented the region on the Statewide Interoperability Committee. Ms. Montanari worked with local agencies and developed the strategy and provided oversight and coordination for the first multi-vendor public safety band 14 LTE demonstration network for use during the 2012 Republican National Convention that supported limited operations for intelligence and field force elements.
Telecommunications Background: In addition to her local and regional efforts, Ms. Montanari has represented public safety in several programs at the federal level including the Tactical Interoperable Communications (TIC) plan review, Statewide Communications Interoperability Plan (SCIP) review, Public Safety Interoperable Communications (PSIC) grant review, and National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) development and Goal 1 evaluation criteria and as a peer reviewer for NECP Goal 1. She is a former member of the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council, and served as the National Secretary and Past-President of the Motorola Trunked Users Group (MTUG), and NPSTC’s Broadband Working Groups for Priority and Quality of Service, and Local Control. She is currently Co-Chair of the Radio Programming Compatibility Requirements (PCR) Working Group and also serves as Co-Chair of the Broadband LTE Console Working Group.
Education: Ms. Montanari holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management, two Associate Degrees in Electronics, and is a graduate of the Florida Certified Public Manager Program with over 31 years experience in communications.
Senior Director, Spectrum Strategy
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
Phone: (847) 576-2952
Role in NPSTC: Committee Vice Chair, Spectrum Management Committee, Working Group Chair, 700 MHz Advocacy Working Group.
UT Emergency Medical Services & Preparedness
1479 South 1960 East
Spanish Fork, UT 84660
Phone: (801) 273-6604
Fax: (801) 273-4162
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate representing the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials (NASEMSO)
Job History: Paul Patrick is currently the Deputy Division Director for the Utah Department of Health, Division of Family Health and Preparedness. Mr. Patrick is also the Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Director for the State of Utah. In addition he is a member of the National Association of EMS Officials (NASEMSO) Board of Directors. Mr. Patrick was elected as President-Elect for NASEMSO serving in that position until the annual meeting 2015, when he will become the president for 2 years. He also is a member of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Preparedness Policy Committee and the CDC Public Health Preparedness Directors.
As a young man, Mr. Patrick worked in the construction industry for 14 years. In 1978, he certified as an Emergency Medical Technician and worked for 25 years with the Springville Ambulance Service. From 1983 to 1986, he served as an affiliate faculty member for the Utah Chapter of the American Heart Association, serving as chairman of the chapter for 2 years. In 1987, Mr. Patrick served 2 years on the national faculty for the American Heart Association.
In 1988, Mr. Patrick began working for the State of Utah, Bureau of Emergency Medical Services as a Regional Consultant. In addition to his normal duties, he received additional training at the state and national level. In 2000 he became a Program Manager for the Bureau, supervising the Technical Assistance and Quality Assurance program. In 2005 he was appointed Acting Director for the Bureau, and in 2006 he was selected as State EMS Director.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Patrick serves on the Public Safety Advisory Committee Executive Committee (PSAC-EC), SAFECOM Executive Committee, National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Executive Committee, Public Safety Alliance (PSA), Utah Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), and as Chair of the Western Affiliate for the American Stroke Association. He has been involved in communications improvement in Utah for the past 15 years and also represents NASEMSO as the Communications Chair.
Mr. Patrick has received many quality awards from the Department of Health and was involved extensively during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics, preparations for the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, and with the many agencies in the state on EMS and communications issues.
Education: Mr. Patrick is a graduate of the Air University Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College. He received his Eagle Scout award in 1967 and graduated with honors from Springville High School in 1971. He completed his Design Engineering Degree in 1978 from Brigham Young University. He is a native of Utah, married, and the father of three children. He enjoys playing golf, drama, music, design, and reading.
Senior Consulting Engineer
PO Box 7172298
Stateline, NV 89449-7172
Phone: (510) 410-2858
Role in NPSTC: Committee Chair, Interoperability Committee
Job History: John Powell has over 32 years of law enforcement experience at the municipal and state levels as a police officer and supervisor for two San Francisco area agencies. He implemented and/or managed several major projects including a statewide 800 MHz trunked radio system and E-911 computer aided dispatch center for the University of California. He has served on numerous local, state, national, and international committees, including the California Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Radio System (CLEMARS) Executive Committee, the California Legislature’s Joint Committee on Fire, Police, Emergency and Disaster Services, and the FCC's Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC). He chaired the Interoperability Subcommittee of the FCC’s 700 MHz Public Safety National Coordination Committee (NCC) and has testified before numerous legislative bodies at all levels of government.
While concentrating in the area of wireless telecommunications, he had a wide range of responsibilities in law enforcement administration, emergency management, explosive ordinance disposal, investigations, operations, personnel management, public information, training, and strategic planning. He has consulting experience with high security access control for NASA and wide area satellite communication systems for the State of California.
Telecommunications Background: Since leaving the University of California in 2002, Mr. Powell has consulted extensively on issues and projects related to advanced telecommunications technologies, including broadband, interoperability, software defined radio (SDR) and Voice over IP (VoIP) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Executive Office of the President of the United States. One of his responsibilities at DHS was serving as principal subject matter author for the SAFECOM Interoperability Continuum in 2004.
He served as the first chair of California’s FCC-chartered Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (CalSIEC) from 2003 to 2008. He is NPSTC’s representative to the DOJ GLOBAL Wireless Security Working Group, a member of the Board of Directors of the Wireless Innovation Forum (formerly the Software Defined Radio Forum), a charter and current member of the Project 25 Steering Committee, and former member of the SAFECOM Executive Committee/current member of its Emergency Response Council within DHS. He has authored numerous articles for communications sector publications on operational and technical issues related to advanced wireless communications, interoperability, and software defined radio.
Mr. Powell has supported the DHS Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) since its inception in 2002 providing public safety communications-related subject matter expert support to local/state governments. He worked on the Communications Unit Leader (COML) program since 2007, serving as a member of the DHS-sponsored group that developed the first COML training course, and has subsequently instructed COML classes in over 20 states. He later served as a principal curriculum developer for the DHS/OEC Communications Unit Awareness Course and the recently released DHS/OEC Auxiliary Emergency Communications Course.
Professional Associations: Mr. Powell is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section and the IACP Communications and Technology Committee. He is a life member and International Past President of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials - International (APCO), a Fellow of the Radio Club of America, and a member of International Association of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Education: Mr. Powell holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a lifetime California Junior College teaching credential and is a California POST-certified law enforcement instructor.
Awards & Honors: Mr. Powell is one of seven recipients of APCO’s Art McDole Award for long-term technical contributions to the art and practice of public safety telecommunications and was named 'Most Influential Person in Public Safety Spectrum Management' by Radio Resource magazine in 1998. In 2002 at the end of his 32-year law enforcement career, he received the UC Berkeley Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award and Statewide Police Chief’s Outstanding Service Award. In 2007, he received NPSTC’s Richard DeMello Award, given to an individual in public safety communications who has demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in the local, state and national public safety communications arenas.
2003 Mill Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 838-6360
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate Member representing the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)Job History: Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes serves on the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department as a Patrol Sector Commander. Locally, Deputy Chief Reyes chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Police Technology Subcommittee. Together with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) this committee focuses on regional technology issues impacting law enforcement and it reports to the regions' police chiefs. During his tenure, this subcommittee focused on a regional law enforcement data sharing system that is a collaboration of the regions' municipalities and the NCIS.
Prior to this assignment, Deputy Chief Reyes was assigned to the CommTech Program (formerly the AGILE Program), a program of the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice. When interoperability was barely recognized at the national level as a critical public safety concern, AGILE laid a critical foundation for policy development, standards, and technology research that is universally recognized and praised. He also managed and oversaw public safety radio interoperability operations for the City of Alexandria, Virginia and is a key player in the National Capital Region.
Before being assigned to AGILE/CommTech, Deputy Chief Reyes commanded the Emergency Communications Section of the Alexandria Police Department. With over 17 years experience in law enforcement, he achieved expert status in public safety communications and interoperability, E-911 telephone systems and CAD.
Telecommunications Background: At the state level, Deputy Chief Reyes chaired the VA State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC). This committee coordinates interoperability issues statewide through end user collaboration and reports to the Governor through the Office of Commonwealth Preparedness. Focusing on training and standards for public safety communications has been his priority while serving on this committee, including a statewide-standardized radio protocol, also known as common language protocol. He has been instrumental in assisting public safety agencies transition from coded radio protocol to a common language protocol. At the national level, he is currently the chair of the Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section of the IACP and a member of the US Department of Homeland Security's SAFECOM Advisory Working Group.
Education: Deputy Chief Reyes holds a Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and is presently working on his Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Administration of Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Deputy Chief Reyes is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has appointed him to the Virginia Latino Advisory Board and the Commission on Immigration.
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Police Operations Manager
Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center, Utah
Role in NPSTC: Participant, representing the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials – International (APCO)
Job History: Gigi Smith has been active in public safety communications for over 25 years. Starting as a call taker and then working her way through the ranks of dispatcher, trainer, supervisor, she now serves as the Police Operations Manager for Salt Lake Valley Communications Center in West Valley City, Utah. Ms. Smith has worked for various size and types of public safety agencies in Utah and Washington. During these years, she had the opportunity to work as a call taker and dispatcher in the communication venues of the 1990 Goodwill Games and 2002 Olympics.
Telecommunications Background: During her 25 year public safety tenure, Ms. Smith has been an advocate for communications as a profession. She served as a committee member for the inception of the State of Utah’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Dispatch Certification Program in 1992 and again most recently in 2011 as Utah APCO’s representative to update the original curriculum and continues to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of this Board. Along with promoting communications as a career, Ms. Smith also has spent numerous hours working to educate the public on the use of 9-1-1. In doing so, she was awarded The Community Involvement Award by PSDAU in 2002, Utah APCO’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003, and Dispatcher of the Year by the Utah Sheriff’s Association in 2003.
Ms. Smith has served on Utah APCO’s Board of Officers as a committee member, Vice President, President, Immediate Past President, and Executive Council Representative. Ms. Smith has been a member of APCO for over 20 years. She is a member of APCO’s Executive Committee and is currently serving as the Second Vice-President. As an APCO International member she has served on numerous committees as both member and chair. Those committees include the 2001 Annual Conference Training Committee, Management, Awards, 9-1-1 Emerging Technology, and Editorial Advisory Committees. She has served as a Group Leader for APCO’s Governance Committees, as well as serving as one of the first two Western Region Board of Directors, and speaker at the first annual Women’s Conference.
Along with her passion for public safety communications, Ms. Smith and her husband are the proud parents of two children. Through her desire to keep them and all children safe, she served as a member of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s 9-1-1 Executive Committee. Ms. Smith spends time with telecommunicators from agencies all over the nation to help promote NCMEC’s Partner Program and the safety of all children.
Deputy Director Radio Communication Services
City of Houston, Information Technology Department
611 Walker Street, Suite 901
Houston, TX 77002
Phone: (832) 393-0300
Fax: (832) 395-9483
Role in NPSTC: Committee Chair, Technology Committee
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Sorley has served as Executive Council Representative for the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, International (APCO) and has chaired chapter, regional, and international conferences for the group. He also serves on APCO’s broadband committee. Mr. Sorley was an active participant in the Software Defined Radio Forum as a representative of NPSTC. Mr. Sorley currently serves as Governing Board Vice-Chair for the Department of Homeland Security Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program, NPSTC Technology Chairman, and Vice Chairman for the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee.
Education: Mr. Sorley holds a Bachelor's degree in management and a Master’s degree in business, both from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Sorley also holds numerous industry certificates and is an alumnus of the Southern Police Institute Command Officer Development Course.
Advisor - Standards & Regulatory
Harris Corp., Public Safety & Professional Communications
221 Jefferson Ridge Parkway
Lynchberg, VA 24501
Phone: (434) 455-9465
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Associate Member representing the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Job History: Robert Speidel is Advisor – Standards & Regulatory with Harris Corp., Public Safety & Professional Communications Unit, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Prior to his current occupation, Mr. Speidel’s experience was varied. He was an Instructor Pilot (IP) /Flight Examiner (FE) in the United States Air Force; an Aerospace Engineer with Naval Air Systems Command; a Programs Manager for the E-2C Airborne Early Warning Radar and the P-3C Data Systems programs with GE; and a partner in a law firm engaged in the general practice of law.
Telecommunications Background: Since joining the telecommunications wars in 1996, Mr. Speidel has written articles for many national magazines and has made presentations to many national, regional, and local audiences on a diverse range of telecommunications related topics.
Education: Mr. Speidel holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Notre Dame and a Juris Doctor from George Washington University. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York State and in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Speidel holds a commercial pilot license with multi-engine, instrument and DC-9/MD-80 type ratings.
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Chair Emeritus and Past ChairJob History: Vincent R. Stile, Director, Suffolk County, (NY) Police Communications, has served in public safety for 40 years. Until 2005, Mr. Stile was the police radio communications director for the Suffolk County Police Department, the 14th largest department in the United States. In that role, Mr. Stile was responsible for budgets, plans, designs, and implementations of new wireless communications systems for the police department. Mr. Stile joined the department in 1965 and served as a police officer for 20 years. He was a dispatcher/call taker, then officer-in-charge of the police-radio technical service section until his promotion to communications director in 1985.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Stile is former president of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, International (APCO) and a member since 1969. Mr. Stile has served on the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC), the Public Safety Wireless Network (PSWN), and the National Public Safety Planning Advisory Committee (NPSPAC). He was chairman of the Tri-State Regional Planning Update Committee, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Region 8, and has served as corresponding secretary for the region. He has been chair of the New York Metro Advisory Committee (NYMAC) for the past 14 years.
Mr. Stile became involved with APCO when he began serving as southern New York State’s assistant frequency coordinator for police and local government in 1970. In 1978, he was appointed to the newly formed APCO AFC (Automated Frequency Coordination) Board of Directors. Since then, he has served on many APCO committees. He was a member of the AFC task force that developed the first in-house automated frequency coordination system. Mr. Stile was president of APCO’s Atlantic Chapter from 1995-96. He served on the APCO Regulatory Advisory Committee. He chaired APCO’s Project 26, which provided public safety spectrum relief to New York City’s metropolitan area. He is a member of the Next Generation Development Committee for the new Windows-based system to upgrade the coordinating program to a higher level of automation. Mr. Stile has served as the Atlantic Chapter’s local frequency advisor’s chair (covering eight states) for the past 25 years.
Education: Mr. Stile’s background in radio communications began with his experience in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from the RCA Institutes in New York, and acquired a first-class FCC radio license. He is a graduate of the Suffolk Community College in Selden, New York, holding an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
Vice Chair - Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group, Assistant Deputy Chief Ottawa Fire Services, Program Director City of Ottawa
110 Laurier Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1
Phone: 613-580-2424 ext. 15431
Role in NPSTC: NPSTC Governing Board, Alternate representing the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG)
Job History: Assistant Deputy Chief Michael Sullivan is a 33-year veteran with Ottawa Fire Services currently on secondment to the City of Ottawa, Canada, as the Program Director for the City Radio Project.
Assistant Deputy Chief Sullivan has an extensive background in a wide range of firefighting services from suppression and training to communications with ever expanding leadership roles. After a serious injury sustained on the job, he focused his energies on a myriad of technology-related projects. In 2003 he received the General Manager’s Commendation Award for implementing a state of the art CAD and RMS.
Telecommunications Background: Since 2010, Assistant Deputy Chief Sullivan has been supporting the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) as their lead on the issue of 700 MHz broadband for mission critical public safety data in Canada. In 2011 he was asked to be their representative on the Interim Board of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), a role he continues today. He is also the CAFC representative on the Senior Officials Responsible for Emergency Management (SOREM) Federal/Provincial/Territorial Interoperability Working Group.
Education: Assistant Deputy Chief Sullivan is a sought after speaker and commentator on public safety interoperability. He holds an Economics degree from Carleton University. He is married with three adult children. In October 2012 he was honored with the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Chief Paul Szoc
7 River St
Keene, NH 03431
Phone: (603) 352-8768
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate Member representing the International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA)Overview of experience relevant to NPSTC: Mr. Szoc brings over 30 years of experience in several fields including public safety communications, fire service, EMS and hazmat. Mr. Szoc is a member of several organizations in the public safety field including Safecom, IMSA, International Association of Fire Chiefs, New England Association of Fire Chiefs, New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs, APCO and NENA.
Current Job Title with brief description of responsibility: Deputy Chief, City of Keene New Hampshire Fire Department. In addition he serves as a Commissioner for New Hampshire E-911 System.
Brief Job History: Mr. Szoc served over 31 years with the Southwestern NH District Fire Mutual Aid System, a large mutual aid and communications center serving over 78 towns in three states. He started his career as a communications specialist and served as Supervisor and Chief Coordinator. He retired as Chief in August of 2007. Mr. Szoc holds a B.S. in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University and has taken other courses in public safety communications and management. He is also a certified firefighter and certified communications specialist.
Lead Electrical Engineer
Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (ITS)
Boulder, CO 80305
Phone: (303) 497-4427
Fax: (303) 497-5969
Role in NPSTC: Committee Vice Chair, Technology Committee
Job History: Andrew Thiessen is the Head of Standards and Requirements development for the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) program, a joint program between the NIST Office of Law Enforcement Standards and NTIA's Institute for Telecommunications Sciences.
Mr. Thiessen leads the standards development efforts for the PSCR, which includes working in such standards development organizations as 3GPP, ATIS, and GMSA, representing the First Responder Network Authority. Mr. Thiessen is the Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP) Laboratory Program Manager. He is also the Vice-Chair of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Technology Committee and chair of the NPSTC Broadband Working Group (700 MHz).
Education: Mr. Thiessen holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), a Bachelor’s degree in English, also from WPI, a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from Duke University. He is currently pursuing the Stanford Certified Project Management Certificate. Mr. Thiessen is also the recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold Medal (the highest award given in the Department) for his work in public safety communications.
Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour, O.O.M.
Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group
1018 Buckskin Way
Orleans, ON K1C 2Y6
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Associate Member representing the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG)
Job History: Inspector Lance Valcour O.O.M. retired from the Ottawa Police Service in February 2010 after 33 years of service. For the 2 years prior to retirement and up to late 2011, he worked for the Canadian Police Research Centre (CPRC) where Mr. Valcour spearheaded the creation and development of Canada’s national interoperability program known as the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG). In December 2011, during the Fifth Canadian Public Safety Interoperability Workshop, the Canadian Associations of Chiefs of Police, Fire and EMS announced that they were transitioning CITIG to fall under their governance. They also announced that Mr. Valcour had accepted the role of Executive Director for CITIG, a position he continues to hold today.
Telecommunications Background: Inspector Valcour has extensive Communications Interoperability, Incident Command, Leadership, Investigative, Strategic Planning and Technology Program/Project Management experience at the national and international levels. He works cooperatively with numerous national and international strategic organizations such as the Canadian Associations’ of Chiefs of Police, Fire, and Emergency Medical Services. He is on the Boards of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Ride for Dad Canada, a Not-for-Profit focused on fighting prostate cancer. He also works closely with government and non-governmental departments and agencies in Canada and internationally to effectively plan, lead, support, and foster major projects and initiatives, primarily in the information sharing and public safety interoperability fields.
Inspector Valcour is an internationally sought after speaker and has conducted a wide range of International Research in numerous regions and countries that include the United States, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom, and the Caribbean.
In addition to numerous other national and international awards, on May 26, 2010 Mr. Valcour was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada. This investiture recognizes his lifetime of achievement, conspicuous merit, and exceptional service to the nation.
Role in NPSTC: Executive Director, Founding Governing Board Chair
2nd Vice President
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate for Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
Job History: John Wright was elected to the office of 2nd Vice President of Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International for the 2012–2013 term in August 2012. He is an APCO Senior Member, Chapter Life Member, and Association Life Member with nearly 25 years of service to the Association.
As a Middle Manager for a metropolitan city with a population of more than 300,000, Mr. Wright has managed a $5 to $7 million annual Communications Division budget, participated in managing a $92.7 million department budget, managed more than 75 employees and support/service personnel, worked as project manager on several local and regional interoperability projects, and participated in multiple contract negotiations. He has successfully acquired UASI and COPS grant funds for several projects, including a $1.1 million regional interoperability project. Having worked 11 years for the Riverside Fire Department as a Fire Dispatcher and then as a Firefighter, before working 28 years for the Riverside, CA, Police Department, he has the unique insight into the critical and significantly different operations of the fire service and law enforcement. Having worked as a combined Police/Fire 9-1-1 PSAP Advanced EMD-certified Dispatcher, PSAP Shift Supervisor, PSAP Training Supervisor, PSAP Administrative Supervisor, and interim Communications Division Manager gives Mr. Wright the operational experience to fully understand the support, equipment, and specialized training needed by professional telecommunicators and 911 centers.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Wright is very active in his participation and service to APCO. At the chapter level, he served the Southern California (CPRA) Chapter as its Treasurer and has served two terms as Chapter President, Director, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Operations Committee Chair. Regionally, Mr. Wright served as an APCO AFC Local Frequency Advisor, an active member of the Region 5 700 MHz and 800 MHz Planning committees, and as a member of the National Regional Planning Council (NPRC). John is the recipient of the APCO RF Technician of the Year award as well as the Chapter Communications Center Supervisor of the Year award.
At the APCO International level, Mr. Wright served as Vice-Chair of the APCO Spectrum Management Committee and Chair of the APCO Technician Certification/Testing Review Sub-Committee for the APCO Institute. He has participated in multiple APCO activities, including serving two terms as Chair of the APCO Telecommunications Management Committee, member of the APCO 9-1-1 Emerging Technologies Committee, and member of the APCO Communications Center Practices Task Force. Mr. Wright has worked on several APCO Projects (Project 33, Project 40), and served on four APCO Regional Conferences as Program Chair, Finance Chair, and General Arrangements Chair.
Education: Mr. Wright has completed college electronics courses, technical school training, and military communications training (Vietnam War Veteran). Mr. Wright is also an Amateur Radio enthusiast and a member of the local R.A.C.E.S. group.