National Public Safety Telecommunications Council
Technology & Broadband
A B C D F G H K L M N O P R S T V W
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 over 40 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 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, past board member and past president of the Land Mobile Communications Council (LMCC), past chair of the International Association of Fire Chief’s (IAFC) Communications Committee, member of the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), served as co-chair – Interoperability Working Group – FCC Emergency Response Interoperability Center Public Safety Advisory Committee, serves as the vice chair of the SAFECOM Executive Committee, chair of the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Service Institute, and is 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 an amateur radio operator ‘ham’ (K1WPM) and a member of the American Radio Relay League.
Education: Chief Aiken holds a Bachelor’s 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.
Copper Dome Consulting
Phone: (408) 215-5417
Role in NPSTC: Committee Vice Chair, Technology & Broadband Committee, and Chair of the UAS and Robotics Working Group
Job History: Michael Britt is a consultant for public safety with emphasis on FirstNet and interoperability and served as the Arizona FirstNet Program Manager for years. He has also been an active member of the Broadband Working Groups for the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC), Southwest Border Communications Working Group (SWBCWG), National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), and Association of Public‑Safety Communications Officials (APCO).
Dr. Britt is also the Founder and Chair of the Western States FirstNet Alliance which includes the Single Points of Contact (SPOC) and their teams representing 16 States (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, NE, NV, NM, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, and WY).
Prior to his work in public safety, Dr. Britt worked in corporate information technology and developed nationwide communications hubs for point of sale devices for the overnight shipping industry at Airborne Express. He was also the IT Director of Admin, Finance, and Revenue and introduced CRM-oriented databases used by Sales, Billing, and Finance. Dr. Britt also taught Computer Science at Southeast Missouri State University and, as a partner in a startup, he built a Morse code training classroom for Ft. Devens.
Education: Dr. Britt holds a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology from Emory University, a Master’s in Computer Science from Southern Illinois University (SIU), and Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Zoology, also from SIU. He was also the recipient of NPSTC Leadership Awards in 2012 and 2015.
Public Safety Communications Managing Director
State of New Mexico, Department of Information Technology
Phone: (505) 476-1796
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate representing the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD)
Job History: Mr. Cadena is the Public Safety Communications Managing Director with the State of New Mexico’s Department of Information Technology. He is responsible for an extensive and complex scope of service management functions and a staff of 40. His responsibilities include performing strategic planning, resource allocation, operational performance, business development, market and financial analysis and projections, evaluation of emerging technologies, service/cost models, and supplier management for public safety communications.
Telecommunications Background: Since his arrival to state government, Mr. Cadena has overseen the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP). During this project, the State of New Mexico has deployed over 3,000 miles of public safety microwave backhaul to support the public safety departments around the state and is an early builder for the FirstNet Public Safety LTE pilot project.
Prior to joining state government, he was the Telecommunications Manager for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in El Paso, Texas, accountable for overseeing acquisitions, operations, testing, integration, maintenance, and an upgrade of telecommunication systems used by federal law enforcement and partnering military and civilian agencies and forces. Mr. Cadena also served as the Land Mobile Radio (LMR) Contracting Officer Technical Representative for the Office of Information and Technology within the Department of Homeland Security. He was responsible for contractor performance, assessment, and reporting during the modernization of the LMR upgrade to Project 25 standards.
Education: From May 1977 to May 2002, Mr. Cadena served in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as a Senior Master Sergeant. He filled various positions during his 25-year career, lastly as the Avionics Flight Chief in Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. He received his degree in Avionics Systems Technology from Maxwell Air University and also holds an Aerospace Management Certificate. He completed Supervisory and Leadership Training from both U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of the Air Force.
Martha K. Carter
Caddo Parish 9-1-1 Communications District
Role in NPSTC: Alternate Governing Board representative for Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
Job History: Martha Carter has been an APCO member since 1989 and has worked in government and public safety communications for over 33 years. She is the Administrator for the 9-1-1 Emergency Reporting System for the citizens of Caddo Parish in Shreveport, Louisiana. On November 16, 1988, she became the first woman in Louisiana to hold the title of 9-1-1 Administrator. In this capacity, Ms. Carter is responsible for the overall management and administration of the 9-1-1 emergency, which receives approximately 400,000 calls per year and coordinates the public safety communications operations with all of the various law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services throughout the parish. The Caddo Parish 9-1-1 system serves approximately 254,887 citizens. Ms. Carter manages an operating budget of over $7.5 million, and under her leadership, her team has successfully implemented a parish-wide 7-site, 15-channel 800 MHz simulcast trunked radio system with a microwave system, which supports over 85 public safety and local governmental entities with over 5,000 radio users; a parish-wide mobile data system with 800 units; a parish-wide alpha-numeric paging system; and a parish-wide CAD and RMS system for the parish’s public safety agencies.
Background: Prior to coming to the Caddo Parish 9-1-1 District in 1988, Ms. Carter was employed by the City of Shreveport beginning in 1980, as an Information Services Aide in the Mayor’s Office to handle citizens’ questions and complaints regarding city services. In 1982, she was promoted and her primary responsibility was the implementation of a new telephone system for all city agencies. In 1987, Ms. Carter assumed the position of an Assistant to the Mayor and functional job responsibilities as Telecommunications Manager for the City. In 1996, she was named as one of the top ten Young Business Leaders by the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce.
Through her service to the Louisiana Chapter, it also afforded her the opportunity to serve APCO at the national level through committee work. Her service at the national level has included: Serving on the APCO International Advisory Committee to the Institute from 2002-2004; serving on the APCO International Awards Committee from 2001-2004; chairing the APCO International 9-1-1 Emerging Issues Committee from 2004-2005; chairing the APCO International PBX Committee from 2003-2004; and chairing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) Working Group 1A from January 2010 to March 2011. The objective of Working Group 1A was to identify challenges to public safety consolidation efforts and develop recommended best practices for overcoming them. On October 2010, the working group presented its report to CSRIC in Washington, D.C.
Education: Ms. Carter received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Louisiana State University in Political Science in 1981.
Kim Coleman Madsen
Broadband Implementation Manager
Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology
601 E 18th Ave, Suite 250
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 764-7954
Mobile: (720) 390-8606
Role in NPSTC: Chair, Technology and Broadband Committee; Chair, Broadband Emerging Technologies Working Group
Job History: Kim Coleman Madsen is the Broadband Implementation Manager at the Colorado Governor's Office of Information Technology (OIT). She and the FirstNet Colorado team are responsible for coordinating efforts across Colorado to plan for and implement the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and work with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to ensure the technology needs of Colorado’s first responders are met.
Ms. Coleman Madsen has more than 22 years experience in public safety communications. She began her career in 1995 as a dispatcher for the Vail Police Department, eventually working as a Communications Training Officer. In 2000, she became a dispatcher at the Broomfield Police Department (BPD). Promoted to Communications Supervisor in 2002, she was responsible for the 24/7 operations and technology of the BPD Communications Center. Ms. Coleman Madsen was awarded BPD Civilian Supervisor of the Year in 2003.
Telecommunications Background: In 2008, Ms. Coleman Madsen moved to OIT as the Public Safety Communications Network (PSCN) Policy and Project Manager, guiding programmatic and project efforts related to system build-out, funding and sustainability, and grant programs for the statewide public safety communications networks. She also provided oversight to the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) role within Colorado.
Ms. Coleman Madsen returned to OIT in 2014, after a brief stint in the private sector implementing Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems, to manage the daily FirstNet Colorado planning efforts and the ~$3M award through the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP). Recently, she was assigned to work on statewide broadband strategy, including initiatives related to NextGen 911, education, healthcare, and economic development.
Ms. Coleman Madsen participates in many national public safety communications efforts and also currently chairs the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Broadband Emerging Technologies Working Group.
Education: She received the Emergency Number Professional (ENP) certification from the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) in 2015 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and Art History from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
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).
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 20 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, now in its second edition. He also served as co-managing editor of the ARRL Public Service Communications Handbook and is a regular contributor to QST.
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. Currently he serves as the ARRL representative to National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and is involved in their technology working group. 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. Currently Mr. Corey serves as interim chair of Connecticut VOAD and on the Episcopal Relief and Development Disaster Response Committee for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.
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.
1700 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
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 CEO and President of Sharon Counterman Consulting, providing consulting services to clients in the public safety industry. Ms. Counterman was formerly 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 Standards & Industry Alliances
1057 Lenox Park Blvd. NE
Atlanta, GA 30319
Phone: (404) 499-6464
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
Telecommunications Background: Brian K. Daly manages AT&T’s strategic core and government/regulatory standards engineering team, focusing on the mobility evolved packet core and IP multimedia subsystem, virtualization, cybersecurity, regulatory (9-1-1 and CALEA, WEA, EEWS), small cells, and Internet of Things. Mr. Daly is a thought leader on emerging technologies and regulatory standards, focusing on 5G, Earthquake Early Warning through Cellular Systems, Evolution to NG911, Public Safety Broadband, Wireless Emergency Alerts, and Mobile Device Theft Prevention.
Job History: Mr. Daly has over 30 years’ experience in telecommunication systems engineering. Mr. Daly is an appointee to the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council where he co-leads the Mobile Device Theft Prevention working group and 5G sub working group under the Future Game Changing Technologies initiative. He participates in the FCC’s Communication Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) working groups, leading the WiFi Security working group. He was a past member of the Emergency Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) and Commercial Mobile Alert Service Advisory (CMAS) Committee where he led the Communications Technology Group. Mr. Daly is a leading contributor to the ATIS Board, TOPS Council and Standards Committee initiatives, resulting in the implementation of a number of public safety standards including Wireless Emergency Alerts, SMS to 9-1-1, and mobile device theft prevention solutions. Mr. Daly led the development of 5G whitepapers under 5G Americas, promoting North American leadership in 5G.
Mr. Daly is Chair of the North American Fraud Forum and Security Group under the GSM Association’s North American Regional Interest Group. Mr. Daly is also a member of the IEEE Communications Society Standards Development Board.
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.
Radio Program Manager, Engineering and General Services Division
Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Phone: (360) 902-1186
Mobile: (360) 561-1989
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board representative for the Forestry Conservation Communications Association (FCCA)
Job History: Mr. Damm has 30 years of public safety experience with an emphasis on communications and firefighting operations. He is currently the Communication Systems Director for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
Telecommunications Background: In addition to the land mobile radio system he manages, he was responsible for designing and managing IP networks in both the public and private sectors. His IP networking and fire operations background naturally led to his current work. He is President of the Forestry Conservation Communications Association (FCCA) and a member of the State Advisory Workgroup for the Washington State Interoperability Executive Committee. Mr. Damm is also a ham radio operator.
Education: Mr. Damm holds a Bachelors degree in Business from Washington Governors University and computer science certificates from the University of Washington.
Story County Sheriff
1315 South B Avenue
Nevada, IA 50201
Phone: (515) 382-6566
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board 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 has served and continues to serve on many Boards and Committees including: National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) Past President and currently represents NSA with the Department of Homeland Security Councils: SAFECOM, Chairman of the Emergency Service Sector Coordinating Council (ESSCC), Science & Technology (S&T) Committee, First Responders Resource Group (FRRG) and National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC). Sheriff Fitzgerald served as an inaugural member of the First Responders network Authority known as FirstNet. He also served on the Board of Directors for Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) and the NSA Executive Committee.
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 has four adult children.
AASHTO (Texas Dept. of Transportation)
Phone: (512) 468-0792
Job History: Paul Gilbert is a member of the Special Committee on Wireless Communications Technology, where he represents AASHTO on the TIA P25 Steering Committee and as the TIA P25 User Needs Committee Chairman.
Mr. Gilbert works for The Texas Department of Transportation, Radio & Technology Support, where he oversees state wide radio operations as the State Wide Radio Coordinator. At TxDOT, he covers FCC-FAA, interoperability communications, VHF, UHF, 800, and HF SSB radio systems.
Telecommunications Background: He has 35 years experience in public safety and communications fields, including the past 12 years at TxDOT. Mr. Gilbert is a Fellow of the Radio Club of America, an Extra Class Amateur Operator, a COMT, and the Texas State Guard J6 HQ Staff Radio Officer.
4025 Fair Ridge Drive
Fairfax, VA 22033
Phone: (703) 273-9835 x387
Fax: (703) 273-9363
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member, serving as alternate for 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. 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 joined the Government Relations Department at the IAFC in 2012. 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. Mr. Goldstein focuses on public safety communications and on hazardous materials issues. In 2016, Mr. Goldstein received the Chairman’s award from the IAFC hazardous materials committee for his work supporting the committee on Capitol Hill and the Administration.
424 E. Middle Street – Rear Unit
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Phone: (717) 398-0814
Fax: (717) 334-5656
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board ChairOverview of experience relevant to NPSTC: Mr. Haller brings 50 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 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. 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.
7100 Technology Drive
West Melbourne, FL 32904
Role in NPSTC: NPSTC Governing Board Representative representing the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
Job History: Jim Holthaus is currently the Vice President-Project 25 Solutions for RELM Wireless. Mr. Holthaus has been active in the development of Land Mobile Radio products since 1993 and has been an active participant in development of the P25 Digital Radio Standards. He is currently responsible for product definition and market analysis for RELM Wireless with current focus on development of RELM’s P25 mobile and portable radio products. As such, Mr. Holthaus has been actively involved in fielding trunked radios products on various public safety networks. He has also participated in DHS-CAP Interoperability Test Events at various infrastructure vendor facilities.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Holthaus has been involved in the development of Project 25 Standards and Products is currently chair of the TIA-TR8.25 Compliance Assessment Formulating Group and TIA/APIC Vocoder Task Group. He has also chaired the TIA/TR8.4 Vocoder and TIA/TR8.10 Trunking Subcommittees. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), a member of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO), Vice Chair of the P25 Technology Interest Group (PTIG), and Chair of the Telecommunications Industry Association Private Radio Section.
Education: Mr. Holthaus received a B.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an M.S. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University.
Executive Director (Ret.)
528 Via Ventana Drive
Mesquite, NV 89027
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate 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.
TETRA Critical Communications Association
Phone: 44 1275 543067
Mobile: 44 7717 871824
Role in NPSTC: NPSTC Governing Board Representative representing TETRA Critical Communications Association
Job History: Phil Kidner has been CEO of the TCCA (formerly the TETRA Association) for the past 10 years. He continues to be responsible for the ongoing development and promotion of TETRA and complementary technologies. Today he is leading the association in working with other critical communications standards and users globally in their evolution towards broadband.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Kidner is a retired Police Officer from the United Kingdom and brings that experience and understanding to his current role.
VP Government and Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel
Utilities Technology Council (UTC)
Phone: (202) 833-6807
Fax: (202) 872-1331
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member, representing the Utilities Technology Council (UTC)
Job History: Brett Kilbourne is currently Vice President of Government and Industry Affairs and Deputy General Counsel at the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) where he provides legal guidance to utilities on telecommunications issues both pending before federal and state agencies and being considered in Congress.
UTC is the national representative on telecommunications matters for its electric, gas, and water utilities and natural gas pipeline company members, which range in size from large combination electric-gas-water utilities which serve millions of customers, to smaller, rural electric cooperatives and water districts which serve only a few thousand customers each.
Education: Mr. Kilbourne received his Juris Doctor degree in 1998 from Catholic University and his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987 from the University of the South. He is licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland, and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Federal Communications Bar Association.
Director, Strategy and Standards
Motorola Solutions, Inc.
1301 E. Algonquin Rd.
Schaumburg, IL 60196
Phone: (847) 576-1643
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) and Governing Board Alternate Member representing Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)
Job History: Mr. Korinek has over 30 years of experience in the communications industry and has extensive expertise in end-to-end public and private communications solutions with responsibilities of standards and regulatory, strategic planning, business development, relationship development, portfolio management, and engineering management. He is currently Director, Strategy and Standards at Motorola Solutions, Inc.
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, Open Mobile Alliance (OMA): Board of Directors and technical projects, 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) and National Emergency Number Association (NENA). Mr. Korinek previously participated on Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council's (CSRIC) and was an Advisory Director to the TeleManagement Forum's Board of Directors.
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 as Chair of the Maryland SIEC Technical Committee since 2011. 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.
Los Angeles County Fire Department (Retired)
Phone: (213) 760-9802
Role in NPSTC: Chair, Interoperability Committee
Job History: John Lenihan has 39 years of experience in the Fire Service. He has experience in a wide variety of disciplines including jobs as: Emergency Medical Technician - Paramedic; Wildland firefighting (CalFire 1977-1981 and Los Angeles County Fire 1981- 2016); Aviation (Air Operations Branch Director, licensed pilot); Dispatch (assigned to LA County Fire Dispatch); and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).
Chief Lenihan was deployed during the Northridge, CA, earthquake,1994; Oklahoma City, OK Bombing, 1995; La Conchita mudslide, Ventura County, CA,1995; Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, LA, 2005; and the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake, 2011.
Telecommunications Background: Chief Lenihan brings excellent leadership qualities to his work and he understands the needs of the first responder. From 2006 to 2014, he led the Los Angeles County Fire Department's efforts in the formation of the Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and the development of its System Specifications.
Chief Lenihan has broad communications experience, including appointment by the FCC to the Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) Public Safety Advisory Board; participation in the DHS Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans (SCIP) review process; and attendance at OIC/OEC Emergency Response Council (ERC) events.
He has participated in the following NPSTC Working Groups: NPSTC Broadband SoR, NPSTC EMS WG, NPSTC Public Safety Grade WG, and on the NPSTC Interoperability Committee. Chief Lenihan has also participated in the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program work on Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) and Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS).
Communications System Manager, Division of Law Enforcement
Nevada Department of Wildlife
1100 Valley Rd.
Reno, NV 89512
Phone: (775) 688-1545
Fax: (775) 688-1895
Mobile: (775) 843-1545
Role in NPSTC: Alternate Governing Board member representing the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Job History: Ted Lienhard has designed, implemented, and managed the statewide radio system of the Nevada Department of Wildlife for 21 years. He designed and built the custom remote control system used in the Nevada Department of Wildlife's statewide radio system when no suitable commercially produced remote controls were in existence. This custom remote control equipment made statewide radio communications possible for the Department of Wildlife.
Mr. Leinhard implemented the first mobile radio system in Nevada capable of direct inter-agency communications with all desired Sheriff's offices, federal, and state agencies using only one mobile radio per vehicle or vessel. He coordinated inter-agency agreements between Wildlife and all other cooperating entities. Mr. Leinhard initiated and developed the Nevada Department of Wildlife's Statewide Dispatch Center. He designed new, higher-reliability solar-powered mountaintop repeater installations.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Leinhard is past President and Board member of the Forestry-Conservation Communications Association (FCCA) and served as Frequency Coordinator of FCCA Region IV (12 western states & Guam). He is a past member-representative on the Public Safety Communications Council (PSCC), the Land Mobile Communications Council, and the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC), which was established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to evaluate the wireless communications needs of local, tribal, state, and federal public safety agencies through the year 2010, identify problems, and recommend possible solutions.
Mr. Leinhard is past Chairman of the Nevada State Communications Board Technical Committee and has been a technology consultant since 1988. He has been married to Lauri for 38 years and has five children and eight grandchildren.
Role in NPSTC: Deputy Executive Director
He has been working with the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council since 2008 and moved into his current role as Deputy Executive Director in 2014.
Mr. Luke retired from his first responder role in 2008, leaving Orange County (FL) Fire Rescue after having served as Communications Manager, Division Chief and Deputy Chief. He also worked as Director of Public Safety Communications for the City of Gainesville, Florida, and coordinated law enforcement and fire rescue dispatch operations. Mr. Luke has also worked as a firefighter/paramedic, police officer, and flight medic. He has extensive disaster management experience (1994 serial killer response, 1996 serial church arsonist response, 1998 Tornados, 1998 Florida Wildfires, 2000 Wildfires, and the 2004 response to four hurricanes).
Background: Mr. Luke is a Life Member of APCO and served as former president and Executive Council Representative of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials – International (APCO).
Lake County, FL, Sheriff's Department
Role in NPSTC: Vice Chair, Interoperability Committee
Job History: Since 1998, Mr. Matthews has served in law enforcement in the Central Florida Region. Mr. Matthews has had multiple assignments ranging from telecommunications assignments, patrol operations, underwater dive rescue/recovery, technical investigative support, EMS, and community relations. He supervises telecommunications maintenance and 9-1-1 center training and education for a large full-service law enforcement agency.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Matthews has in-depth experience in first response, incident communications/technology, and emergency management. Mr. Matthews has served on the Statewide Homeland Security Working Group, representing law enforcement to the communications and logistics committees. As an early adopter, he served in the incident communications unit (COMU) beta program, Communications Unit Leader (COML) and Communications Technician (COMT) trainer, and trainer instructor. He has participated in COMU curriculum development and has provided instructor development/train the trainer programs at the national level. He has also served on multiple regional, statewide, and international full-scale exercises, as exercise staff, evaluator, and peer-evaluator. Mr. Matthews responded to the 1998 firestorms in the State of Florida, the 2004-05 hurricane season, and numerous other local and regional emergencies, planned events, and disasters.
In addition to being involved in early interoperability efforts in the Central Florida area, he activated the first 800 MHz analog mobile data terminal system in the county, bringing local agencies into the age of mobile data and information sharing beyond traditional voice messages. Soon after, he deployed some of the first hand held mobile data devices linking local, state, and federal agencies with critical secure data links in the "post 9/11" world.
Mr. Matthews has expertise and specialist knowledge in FCC licensing, communications electronics, and subscriber programming and training, and is responsible for those areas in a team environment for daily operations of a large P25 regional trunked radio network. Mr. Matthews serves as the interim chairman of the Florida Region 9 Committee, coordinating 700 MHz, 800 MHz, and 4.9 GHz public safety bands, in addition to serving as an Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International local frequency advisor and secretary of the National Regional Planning Council (NRPC).
Mr. Matthews has been an active amateur radio operator for over two decades and credits his foundation in telecommunications and electronics to his many mentors from those early days in ham radio, and his lifelong interest in law enforcement to his father, a 40-year veteran lawman.
Fire Chief, Franklin Fire Department
40 West Central Street
Franklin, MA 02038
Phone: (508) 528-2323
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member, representing 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.
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, community paramedicine (he coined the term in 2000), and air-medical systems while serving as a program manager for the National Association of State EMS Officials for the past 17 years. He serves that association and four other national EMS associations (representing doctors, EMTs, service chiefs, and educators) as communications technology advisor.
Mr. McGinnis helps represent the national EMS community in national public safety communications venues. He is a 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
113 Forestry Commission Dr.
Florence, SC 29501
Phone: (843) 992-2368
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the National Association of State Foresters (NASF)
Job 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 through 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-State Type 2 Incident Management Team. He is Past-President of the Forestry Conservation Communications Association (FCCA).
Open Mobile Alliance
Phone: (858) 623-0742
Mobile: (858) 699-8401
Role in NPSTC: Alternate Governing Board member, representing the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA)
Job History: Seth Newberry brings more than 25 years of experience in the global telecommunications industry with successful operational, technical, team management, and business development roles. Mr. Newberry is the General Manager of the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) where he directs the operations for the organization. The Open Mobile Alliance delivers open specifications for creating interoperable services that work across all geographical boundaries, on any bearer network. Its membership includes all key elements of the wireless value chain, and it contributes to the timely and efficient introduction of services and applications to the market.
Prior to his role at OMA, Mr. Newberry was Vice President of Research for RHK, Inc. (now OVUM), managing a team of more than 15 analysts covering the global telecoms industry. He was instrumental in building the strong brand, respected analyst team, and intellectual reputation at RHK.
Background: Mr. Newberry has extensive experience in systems integration, network operations, and field support. He served as division General Manager for Ascom Network Services and managed the operations and partner development functions for Wildfire Communications, a speech-based unified messaging platform developer serving mobile operators. He held similar roles for Octel Communications (a subsidiary of Alcatel-Lucent).Education: Mr. Newberry holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Arizona.
VP Strategic Initiatives & General Counsel
Utilities Technology Council (UTC)
Phone: (202) 833-6808
Fax: (202) 872-1331
Mobile: (202) 262-5188
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Alternate, representing the Utilities Technology Council (UTC)
Background: Previously, Mr. Oldak was Sr. Director, State Competitive and Regulatory Policies, Edison Electric Institute; Regulatory Counsel for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association; Attorney, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Office of Enforcement and Electric and Gas Rates Division; and Attorney Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy.
Education: Mr. Oldak has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Administrative & Management Science from Carnegie-Mellon University. He received his Juris Doctor at Georgetown University Law Center.
CIO and Executive Director
Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services
Phone: (601) 432-8089
Role in NPSTC: NPSTC Governing Board Representative representing the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)
Job History: Craig Orgeron has over 26 years of information technology experience in both the private sector and the federal and state level of the public sector. Dr. Orgeron began his career as a communications-computer systems officer in the United States Air Force. Currently, he serves as the as the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) and Chief Information Officer for the State of Mississippi. In this role, Dr. Orgeron provides statewide leadership in the provision of services that facilitate cost-effective information processing and telecommunication solutions for agencies and institutions.
Telecommunications Background: Dr. Orgeron has served as President of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and participated in numerous government information technology task forces and committees, such as the Mississippi Broadband Task Force, the Digital Signature Committee, the Electronic Government Task Force, and the Governor’s Commission on Digital Government, which led to the implementation of the enterprise electronic government in Mississippi.
Education: Dr. Orgeron holds a bachelor’s degree in MIS, a Master’s degree, and Doctorate in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University. Dr. Orgeron is a certified public manager and a graduate of the Senator John C. Stennis State Executive Development Institute, as well as the Institute on International Digital Government Research, and the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Series, Leadership for a Networked World.
1700 Diagonal Road
Alexandria, VA 22314
Mobile: (801) 833-2486
Role in NPSTC: NPSTC Governing Board Alternate Representative representing the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).
Job History: Mr. Parry is currently a 9-1-1 consultant to NGA911, an innovative company that is revolutionizing 9-1-1 caller location accuracy issues. He was recently the Program Manager for the 911 Division of the State of Utah.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Parry spent 23 years as a police officer in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He has published a book titled “Managing the 9-1-1 Center” and designed a course for 9-1-1 managers based on this publication.
Mr. Parry was the main Police Consultant to Priority Dispatch Corp. for 8 years, where he was involved in the design and implementation of Emergency Police call taking and dispatch protocols and inter-related systems.
He has been a member of the Association of Public-Safety Officials (APCO) – International and NENA since 1993, and has served as the chair of the NENA Education Advisory Committee for over 15 years.
Education: Mr. Parry was instrumental in developing NENA’s Center Manager Certification Program, and in June 2009, was presented with the William E. Stanton Award recognizing his contributions to public safety communications.
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 Vice Chair and 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 and President of the Association. He also is a member of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Preparedness Policy Committee and the Utah Public Health Preparedness Directors.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Patrick serves on the Public Safety Advisory Committee Executive Committee (PSAC-EC), National Registry of EMTs (NREMT) Board of Directors, SAFECOM Executive Committee, National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) Executive Committee, Public Safety Alliance (PSA), and the Utah Communications Authority (UCA). He has been involved in communications improvement in Utah for the past 15 years and also represents NASEMSO as the Communications Committee 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 is a native of Utah, married, and the father of three children. He received his Eagle Scout award in 1967 and graduated with honors from Springville High School, Brigham Young University, and Western Governors University.
Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International
Role in NPSTC: NPSTC Governing Board Representative representing the Association of Public-Safety Officials (APCO) – International
Job History: Derek Poarch is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of APCO International. APCO provides advocacy for the public safety communications community before Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). APCO also provides public safety communications frequency coordination and training for public safety communications supervisors, call takers, and telecommunicators.
A retired Chief of Police, Chief Poarch previously served as the Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau (PSHSB). The first person in the nation to lead the Bureau, he was nominated by FCC Chairman, Kevin J. Martin in 2007. Chief Poarch managed the Bureau responsible for FCC activities pertaining to public safety, homeland security, emergency management and disaster preparedness, and represented the Commission on those issues before federal, state, and industry organizations. In his role at the Commission, he also served as the FCC Liaison to the White House Office of Homeland Security.
The chief is a native of Lenoir, NC, and prior to becoming police chief at UNC–Chapel Hill, he worked 21 years at the Lenoir North Carolina Police Department. He began his career as a telecommunicator and ascended through the department ranks to become second in command of the department, holding the rank of Major over department operations.
Chief Poarch served as a commissioner with the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission, where he served as Chair of The Education and Training Committee from 1999 until 2007. He is a life member of the North Carolina Police Executives Association and a life member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Education: Chief Poarch is a 1979 graduate of Western Piedmont Community College in Morganton, NC, with an Associate’s degree in Police Science, a 1981 graduate of Gardner-Webb University with a Bachelors degree in social science with a concentration in criminal justice, and a 1988 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Masters degree in criminal justice. He has attended numerous police management schools, graduating as a dean’s scholar from the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville in 1992 and also graduating from the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police in 2006.
Director, Public Safety Communications
Prince William County, VA
3 County Complex Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192
Phone: (703) 792-6500
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
Job History: Deputy Chief Reyes is a Senior Law Enforcement Project Manager with the Police Foundation overseeing projects like the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS), Online Flight Data and Incident Reporting System for Public Safety Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), and the White House Police Data Initiative (PDI). Before joining the Police Foundation, he was the Deputy Chief of Police, Amtrak Police Department, Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes all states between Pennsylvania and Florida, from February to November 2016. Prior to that, Deputy Chief Reyes retired from the Alexandria Police Department as the Senior Deputy Chief after 25 total years of service.
Telecommunications Background: In 2002, he was assigned fulltime to the National Institute of Justice CommTech Program (formerly the AGILE Program) and served there for 3 years conducting research, development, and outreach in the communications and the interoperability arena. Deputy Chief Reyes managed public safety radio interoperability operations for the City of Alexandria and continues to be a key player in the National Capital Region (NCR) on communications, interoperability, data-sharing, mobile broadband, license plate reader programs, and most recently, body worn camera programs. In the NCR, he chaired the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Police Technology Subcommittee. During his tenure, and in collaboration with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), this subcommittee focused on implementing a regional law enforcement data sharing system (Law Enforcement Information Exchange – LInX) that includes NCIS and now over 160 municipalities in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. Deputy Chief Reyes currently serves as Chairman of the Communications and Technology Committee, for the IACP, previously serving as the Chairman of the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section. He is also a member of the SAFECOM Executive Committee, and in 2011, was appointed as Vice-Chair of the FCC Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).
Education: Deputy Chief Reyes is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Leadership Alexandria 2010, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Senior Management Institute for Police, and a former adjunct professor at George Mason University. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and earned a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration with a concentration in Administration of Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.
Robert (Dusty) Rhoads
Public Safety & National Security Emergency Preparedness Governance Branch Chief
Office of Emergency Communications
245 Murray Lane, Bldg. 450, Mail Stop 8510
Washington, DC 20528-8500
San Diego, CA
Phone: (619) 241-6299
Role in NPSTC: Chair, Spectrum Management Committee; Chair, Common Channel Naming Working Group
Job History: Since 2006 Mr. Root has served as the wireless operations manager for a southern California county, and is responsible for the operations of a large regional trunked radio network. From 1984 to 2006, Mr. Root was with the Telecommunications Branch of the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES). While with OES, Mr. Root held positions from field coordinator to Chief of the Telecommunications Branch, and worked at locations covering all areas of California.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Root has extensive experience in public safety telecommunications and warning systems governance, design, implementation, and operations. While at OES, Mr. Root served as California’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, managing the state’s Mutual Aid Communications and Interoperability programs, and organizing the California Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SWIC). Mr. Root was responsible for the design and implementation of communications augmentation systems for nine federally declared disasters and multiple planned events throughout California, including the 1984 Summer Olympics, 1992 Los Angeles Civil Unrest, 1994 Northridge Earthquake, 1994 World Cup Soccer semi-finals and finals, numerous widespread flooding events, wildfires, Year 2000 contingencies, and political conventions.
In 1992, Mr. Root was the first emergency management official appointed to the FCC’s Emergency Broadcast System Advisory Committee, and worked with the FCC and the broadcast industry through the development and implementation of the Emergency Alert System in 1997. He was a participant in the interoperability subcommittees of the Public Safety Wireless Advisory Committee (PSWAC) in 1996-97 and the Public Safety National Coordinating Committee (NCC) in 1999-2003. Mr. Root was the convener of the Northern California (Region 6) 700 MHz Regional Planning Committee, and has served as a member of the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council.
Mr. Root is a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL); a Life Member of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) and serves as the Chair of APCO’s Spectrum Management Committee; and is a member of the Radio Club of America (RCA). In 2009 Mr. Root was the 4th recipient of NPSTC’s annual Richard DeMello Award, presented 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 arena.
Georgia Technology Authority
47 Trinity Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 463-2350
Mobile: (678) 231-4108
Role in NPSTC: Committee Vice Chair, Spectrum Management Committee; NPSTC Governing Board Member, representing the National Association of State Technology Directors (NASTD)
Job History: Charlie Sasser is currently assigned the responsibilities of Enterprise Data Governance Strategies and Public Safety Communications Spectrum Management for the State of Georgia. During the past 15 years with the Georgia Technology Authority assignments have included: IT Asset Management Consulting, Telecommunications Vendor Management, IT Contract Management, TeleCom Service Quality Management, TeleCom Operations Management, Enterprise Technology Planning, and Enterprise IT Security.
Prior to working for Georgia Technology Authority, IT management roles include 5 years IT consulting with various IT services companies; 18 years with BellSouth Telecommunications in management assignments in Data Center Operations, System Software Support, Application Development, and Project Management; and 10 years in the U.S. Navy with NavSecGru assignments in Asia, Europe, and Washington, D.C.
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Sasser has been a member in the National Association of State Technology Directors for 14 years. He has served on the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council representing the National Association of State Technology Directors for 12 years. Mr. Sasser has served for 4 years on the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee representing the National Association of State Technology Directors.
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.
Director – Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC), Department of Technology, Management and Budget
State of Michigan
Phone: (517) 336-6108
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Representative for the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC)
Job History: Bradley A. Stoddard serves as the director of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), the second largest trunked communication system in the world. His oversight includes administration of a statewide 800/700 MHz digital trunked radio communication network that spans 59,415 square miles and includes more than 246 radio towers and over 71,000 radios. Under Mr. Stoddard’s direction, the internationally recognized statewide P25 network adheres to national standards to ensure a stable and secure framework for interoperable communications between local, state, federal, tribal, and private first responders while also pushing the envelope to integrate and aide in the development of new technologies that will leverage the existing statewide public safety communications investments.
As part of a current effort to expand the landscape of Michigan’s Public Safety Communications System, Mr. Stoddard is at the forefront of an inaugural program to build a nationwide public safety broadband network for first responders. His vision for the public safety broadband wireless network in Michigan is a state-of-the-art platform for emergency communication capable of providing better and faster field situational awareness, live full-motion video, and expanded data access capabilities. Mr. Stoddard has served as the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) for Michigan for the past seven years and is involved in many workgroups of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC).
Telecommunications Background: Mr. Stoddard has been involved in a number of National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) and Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) national working groups, serving in various roles as chair, vice-chair, and workgroup member, providing expertise and input as national standards are developed, white papers and guidance documents are published, and ensuring the public safety needs are not lost.
He has served on the FEMA 5 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG) for the past 7 years and has served as the vice chair and chair for the past 5 years. Mr. Stoddard has been called upon to educate Michigan elected officials, representing state legislators and congressional members on current and future public safety communications issues. He has also served on the Federal Communication Commission’s past Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC) and is a nationally recognized speaker on topics involving identity management, public safety applications, and public safety communications.
Prior to joining the State of Michigan, Mr. Stoddard worked with the U.S. Department of Defense at the Joint National Test Facility, aiding in the development of technologies utilized by the armed forces and federal agencies around the globe. He has served as the Director of Information Technology for the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. During his tenure with the State of Michigan, Stoddard managed the public safety mobile computing technologies and implemented key tools for the asset management maintenance/cost tracking system, a critical tracking system supporting day-to-day operations and investments for Michigan's statewide communications system. He also developed and implemented a leading edge identity management criminal justice portal, Michigan’s Criminal Justice Information Network (MiCJIN), for the entire criminal justice community in Michigan.
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.
Robert (Bob) Symons
Statewide Interoperable Coordinator
Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission
Phone: (307) 777-5065
Role in NPSTC: Alternate Governing Board representative for the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (NCSWIC)
Job History: Robert (Bob) Symons, Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, provides administrative support to the State of Wyoming Public Safety Communications Commission (PSCC). He is currently the Wyoming Statewide Interoperable Communications Coordinator. This position includes providing support to the Public Safety Communications Commission and its sub-committees, development of communication training programs, development of interoperable communication programs, and provision of administrative support to Wyoming’s statewide digital trunked radio system called WyoLink.
Background: Mr. Symons is a member of the SAFECOM, National Council of Statewide Interoperable Coordinators (NCSWIC), and FEMA Region VIII Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Work Group (RECCWG).
His background includes serving 28 years with Sheridan Fire-Rescue in Sheridan Wyoming, with 8 years as the Chief of the Department. He is certified by the National Fire Academy as an Executive Fire Officer.
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. He also serves on the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) to FirstNet and as a Director for Public Safety Coordination Associates (PSCA).
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 (ITS), and the Chief of the Telecommunications and Information Technology Planning Division within ITS.
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.
Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Phone: (613) 730-5544
Fax: (613) 730-5545
Role in NPSTC: Governing Board Member representing Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG)
Job History: Eric Torunski began his tenure as the second Executive Director of the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) in April 2014. In one form or another, he has been an instrumental part of CITIG since the organization’s inception in 2006. Eric brings more than twenty years of non-profit, government, and corporate experience focusing primarily in the technology, public safety, and healthcare fields. As Executive Director, his job duties include overseeing all of CITIG’s activities and operations, working closely with the CITIG Board of Directors, and facilitating CITIG’s work to improve Canadian public safety interoperability at home and abroad through collaborative efforts, innovation, and leadership.
Education: A native of the Montreal area, Mr. Torunski earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Carleton University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course. Eric and his wife, Lori, live in Ottawa and have two children. He serves his community through various volunteer activities and has been recognized with several appreciation awards. Eric can often be found on the ice, ball diamond, or pitch coaching hockey, little league baseball, and soccer.
Role in NPSTC: Executive Director, Founding Governing Board Chair
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