Featured Speakers

Gabriele Almon

Fellow, Humanitarian GIS Specialist, World Vision

Gabriele AlmonGabriele Almon is a Fellow at World Vision International, serving as a Humanitarian GIS Specialist in the Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs department. In her role, she develop GIS solutions for global crisis response coordination and researches the applicability of emerging technology trends to disaster response operations.

Steve Ambrosini

Executive Director, IJIS Institute

Steve AmbrosiniSteve Ambrosini is the executive director of the IJIS Institute, a nonprofit corporation formed to help state and local governments develop ways to share information among the disciplines engaged in homeland security, justice, and public safety.

He has had a thirty-year career in the field of Information Technology consulting and operations management, working in both the private and public sectors. For more than twenty of those years, he has been working in companies that provided professional technology services and solutions to the public safety and criminal justice communities. During this time, he has been responsible for the delivery of IT services and solutions to a mix of governmental and nongovernmental clients.

Prior to joining the IJIS Institute, Steve held senior executive positions in multiple IT and system integration services companies where he was primarily responsible for increasing the delivery capabilities of these organizations. He has been a company founder and lead executive, including serving in the capacity of President and Chief Operations Officer.

Steve has functioned in operations and delivery management roles in both large and small IT services companies. He has been responsible for the delivery of consulting, system integration and outsourcing contracts for companies focused on the public safety and criminal justice markets. As a senior delivery executive, he has served as a team member of multiple corporate leadership committees focused on the development and oversight of enterprise delivery improvement initiatives.

During his career, Steve has been involved in several unique projects in some of the largest jurisdictions in North America, including the City of New York, NY; the Province of Ontario, CN; and, the County of Los Angeles, CA. His experience includes the delivery of several consulting and solution integration projects, including major IT strategic planning engagements where he has led multicompany consultant teams. He has been involved in the development and execution of several innovative contracting and delivery strategies for public safety and justice clients, including a joint multijurisdictional integrated CJIS initiative, transformational outsourcing and privatization programs, private sector funding initiatives, and benefits-based delivery programs.

John Bonney

Chief, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

John Bonney

Born in Manchester, John Booney joined London Fire Brigade in 1981, having obtained an Honour's degree in Politics from York University. Rising through the ranks, he was heavily involved in officer training and the development of competence-based standards for incident commanders during the 1990s, completing a research topic on effective team performance as part of his Brigade Command Course. This interest in incident command continues to date and has led to the publication of a number of articles and collaborative work with other public and private sector companies.

John holds a Master's in Business Administration and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and the Institute of Fire Engineers. He continues to invest in his professional and personal development, completing the Cabinet Officers Top Management Programme in 2007 and the Windsor Leadership Trust Experience and Leadership Course in 2010. John is also a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors, having been admitted in 2012.

For 3 years, John was a member of the Presidential team of the Chief Fire Officers' Association (CFOA), an organization that plays a national role in policy formulation on behalf of the Service. During his tenure, he served as President during 2009/10 and worked with senior officials and politicians to influence thinking on fire and rescue matters. Engagement with the media and frequent public speaking were major elements of the role. John continues to play an active role in CFOA as Chair of CNR Ltd, a trading arm of the professional association, which manages a turnover in excess of £9 million.

John joined Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 2001 as Deputy Chief Officer and took on the role of Chief Officer in July 2004. He was awarded the Queen's Fire Service Medal (QFSM) in 2007.

John is married to Caroline, and they have a ten-year-old daughter. He is trustee for two Hampshire-based charities, Community Action Hampshire and the Blue Lamp Trust. He enjoys walking, cinema, travel, and is an avid reader.

Brandon Bouier

IT Lead GIS Analyst, Seattle Police Department

Brandon Bouier

Brandon Bouier was hired by the Seattle Police Department on September 30, 2009, as the E911 GIS Analyst for SPD to support address validation and CAD mapping for the 911 call takers and dispatchers. He ended up designing, building, and maintaining the entire GIS infrastructure at SPD. 

Bouier still maintains the GIS infrastructure as the IT Lead GIS Analyst for Seattle Police, and his work ranges from incorporating GIS technologies and best practices into new projects, to blurring incident addresses for Neighborhood Maps, Data.Seattle.Gov and Tweets By Beat, to identifying incidents that fall within predictive policing boundaries, to GIS design of the Common Operating Picture application, to teaching spatial analysis techniques to our Crime Analysts.

Bouier serves as adjunct professor at Green River Community College, teaching Python & GIS courses.


David Carabin

Director, Boston Regional Intelligence Center and Boston Police Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Analysis

David Carabin

David Carabin is the Director of the Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) and Boston Police Department's Bureau of Intelligence & Analysis. While employed with the Boston Police Department, Carabin has assisted with the development and implementation of intelligence and analysis strategies to enhance public safety within the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region (MBHSR). Carabin previously held supervisory analytic responsibilities with the Boston Police Department in a number of homeland security, crime reduction, gang suppression, and investigative capacities.

In 2013, the BRIC was awarded the 2013 Fusion Center of the Year Award. Under Carabin's leadership, the BRIC was singled out among the 78 state and major urban area fusion centers established across the country for its exceptional counterterrorism and criminal intelligence services provided to the MBHSR and providing an example of best practices to the nation.

Carabin has been involved in analytical, intelligence-led policing efforts with several noteworthy law enforcement agencies, including the Springfield Police Department (Massachusetts), Newport News Police Department (Virginia), and the Utah Department of Public Safety. In 2008, Carabin led the development of the State of Utah's intelligence fusion center—the Statewide Information and Analysis Center (SIAC)—while serving as the Intelligence Bureau Chief for the Utah Department of Public Safety and SIAC's Commander. In 2010, Carabin was awarded both the Emergency Management Digital Distinction Award and the Environmental Systems Research Institute's Special Achievement in GIS Award for contributions toward the development and implementation of fusion center-related technology at the SIAC.

Carabin is a member of the Criminal Intelligence Coordination Council (CICC) and Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative (Global) Intelligence Working Group (GIWG) Privacy Committee; the Major Cities Chiefs Intelligence Commanders Group (MCC ICG); and the National Fusion Center Association (NFCA); and he participates in the George Washington University Homeland Security Policy Institute Counterterrorism & Intelligence Task Force.

Carabin completed a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School's Center for Homeland Defense and Security and received a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Westfield State College, in Westfield, Massachusetts.


Daniel Cotter

Director, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, First Responders Group, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security

Daniel Cotter

Dan has been with the DHS S&T First Responders Group, since October 2012. Prior to accepting this position, he was the DHS Chief Technology Officer. He also served as the DHS Geospatial Management Officer from 2005 to 2007. His prior public sector experience includes twelve years with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Dan’s private sector experience includes acting as the geospatial information technologies manger for a leading engineering firm, as the President of an airborne Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) company, and as vice president of a flood zone determination firm.

Dan is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recipient of the FEMA Director’s Distinguished Service Award.

Dan holds a M.B.A. from Texas A&M University, and a M.S. in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University, and a B.S. in Hydrology from the University of Arizona.


Major General Bret Daugherty

The Adjutant General, Washington Army and Air National Guard

Major General Bret Daugherty

Major General Bret D. Daugherty assumed duties as The Adjutant General, Washington, on 28 July 2012. As The Adjutant General, he commands all Washington Army and Air National Guard forces and Director of the State's Emergency Management and Enhanced 911 programs. General Daugherty also serves as Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor of Washington and as State Administrative Agent for all United States Department of Homeland Security grants awarded to Washington's state, local, tribal and nonprofit agencies and organizations.

General Daugherty attended Seattle University, where he was awarded an Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship. Upon graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate in June of 1980, he was commissioned as a Regular Army Second Lieutenant. He left active duty in 1989 and joined the Washington Army National Guard in 1990.


Jeff Dulin

Deputy Chief, Charlotte Fire Department

Jeff Dulin

Jeff Dulin joined the Charlotte Fire Department in 1983. Jeff was assigned to the department’s heavy rescue company for five years until he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1988. Jeff served three years in the Training Division as both a Recruit and In-Service Instructor. Jeff developed both the Regional Hazardous Materials Team and the Urban Search and Rescue Team for Charlotte. Jeff was the lead in the development of the department’s swift water rescue program in 1992 which was one of the first in the country to be a department wide initiative. In 1996 and in 2007, Jeff received the Higgins and Langley Swift Water Award from the National Association for Search and Rescue. In 1997, Jeff was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief and became active in the National Fire Academy’s first class on Terrorism Response training for First Responders. Following an attempted Biological Devise attack at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse in 1998, Jeff led the development of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Advanced Local Emergency Response Team (ALERT), a multi-agency, multi-discipline Anti-Terrorism Unit. This team was in place and actually conducting an exercise with the FBI on the morning of September 11, 2001.

In December 2001, Jeff was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief and placed over all Special Operations. He currently oversees the Training Division, Communications Center, EMS Liaison, Special Operations and the Emergency Management Division for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Jeff serves as the Point of Contact for the Charlotte Urban Area Security Initiative, the DHS designated Homeland Security Program. Jeff has deployed to nine federal disasters as part of an Incident Management Team Member including Hurricane Katrina where we worked the Gulfport, Mississippi EOC. Jeff’s educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Central Piedmont Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California. His thesis was titled “The components necessary for successful information sharing”.

Jeff has taught Incident Command Systems for over twenty years and is certified in all of the Incident Management Team positions. Jeff serves on the DOJ Interagency Board, the DHS Emergency Services Sector Working Group, is a voting member of the State-Local- Tribal- Territory Government Coordinating Council, and is the chairman of the ESS Information Sharing Working Group. Jeff served as a co-chairman of the National Urban Areas Security Initiative’s annual Conference for five years. Jeff teaches and conducts exercises around the country and works closely with DHS on several initiative programs. Jeff has developed a robust Infrastructure Protection Program for the Charlotte UASI and works closely with both DHS IP and I & A. Jeff has for the last five years, worked with the United Kingdom’s Chief Fire Officers Association in the development of their national disaster response program. Jeff has traveled to Britain, Scotland and the Netherlands to speak on this subject. In 2008 Jeff spoke in Parliament to the All Parliamentary Committee of National Disasters. Jeff’s initiatives in Charlotte and the State of North Carolina center on the need for information sharing systems needed for both Public and Private Partners. Jeff was the lead for the Fire / Emergency Management Planning Committee for the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and served as the Deputy Operations Chief during the event.


Alain Gagnon

Staff Sergeant, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Staff Sergeant Alain Gagnon

Staff Sergeant Alain Gagnon has been a Peace Officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for 24 years, working in a variety of functions such as federal policing, general duty, unsolved homicide, drug enforcement and national security. For the past 11 years, Alain has been using GIS technology in support of police operations and promoting its use. Alain is now in charge of GIS policy for the RCMP and GIS support for Federal Enforcement.




Dr. Robert Griffin

Deputy Under Secretary (Acting), Science and Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Dr. Robert Griffin

Dr. Robert Griffin assumed the role of Deputy Under Secretary (Acting) for Science & Technology (S&T) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on May 12, 2014. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Griffin served as the Director of the First Responders Group (FRG) and led efforts to strengthen the first response community’s ability to protect the homeland and respond to disasters. He is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service.

Dr. Griffin came to DHS after a twenty-year career in local government as a senior leader and first responder. He served as the Director of Environmental Services for Arlington County, Virginia, where he managed a diverse portfolio of core governmental functions, including roads and engineering, transportation, facilities construction and maintenance, fleet management, capital planning and construction, and a nationally recognized energy and environmental sustainability program.

Dr. Griffin was appointed the first Director of the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management, where he developed a cross-functional department consisting of emergency management, law enforcement, fire/rescue, public health, and emergency communications personnel. As the Director of Emergency Management, he managed the integration of the County’s emergency management functions and emergency communications functions into a single department. Programs of note include construction of a state of the art emergency communications center and data analysis center; an integrated public notification system, including outdoor warning systems, enhanced sheltering capabilities for people and pets; and a nationally recognized citizen outreach effort. While in Arlington, Dr. Griffin organized and led relief efforts to Florida (2004), New Orleans (2005), and numerous regional and intra-state deployments. In 2006, Dr. Griffin was recognized by the Arlington Civic Federation with the President’s Award.

Prior to his time in Arlington, Dr. Griffin served as the Assistant County Administrator and Chief of Fire and Rescue in Loudoun County, Virginia, where he led the County’s fire, rescue, bomb squad, emergency communications, and emergency management functions. He ran the Loudoun emergency operations center during the response to the 9/11/2001 attack on the Pentagon, and the anthrax attack on the Dulles Postal Facility. Previously, he was Executive Administrator of the Town of Tyngsborough and Town Administrator of Townsend, Massachusetts. He is a certified fire fighter and fire officer.

Dr. Griffin earned a Doctor of Philosophy in public administration/public affairs from Virginia Tech, as well as a Master's degree in public administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Griffin’s dissertation was a study of the characteristics of coordination in the homeland security network.

Dr. Griffin is currently on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute where he teaches graduate level courses in state and local governance.


E. Thomas Hicks IV

Assistant Executive Director and Chief of Programs and Technology, International Association of Fire Chiefs

E. Thomas Hicks, IV

E. Thomas "Tommy" Hicks IV is the Assistant Executive Director and Chief of Programs and Technology for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. With over 30 years of experience in the fire service, Hicks' initial involvement began in Hanover County, Virginia. Hicks' passion for the field of Fire Protection and Safety is exemplified through his diverse background in both the private and public sectors, highlighted by positions in fire protection consulting, the insurance industry, and the municipal fire service to include Fire Chief. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, Hicks has served as Guest Speaker at local, state, and national venues, and he continues mentoring future fire service professionals as an Instructor.


Jared Hyneman

Technical Specialist and GIS Manager, World Vision

Jared Hyneman

Jared currently manages the GIS program at World Vision. He is a master's of science candidate in the GIST program at the University of Southern California. His research interests include environmental modeling for improving decision making to build community well-being.





Pablo Lee

Officer, Seattle Police Department

Pablo Lee

Pablo Lee has worked for the Seattle Police Department since 1999. He was assigned to patrol for ten years working in uniform and in plain clothes. Since 2009, Pablo has been assigned to the Seattle Police Operations Center, where he is part of a group that does planning and maintains situational awareness during critical incidents and preplanned events. The Seattle Police is NIMS compliant and Pablo has endured hundreds of hours of ICS training. When the Operations Center is stood up, Pablo fills the Resource Unit Leader and Finance position. In between events, Pablo is always looking to technology to fill operational gaps. GIS has been the platform for this hobby. For the past year and a half Pablo has partnered with Esri to leverage GIS online for real-time resource tracking, social media mining, and map based event planning.


Jonathon Monken

Director, Illinois Emergency Management Agency

Jonathan Monken

Jonathon E. Monken was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn as Director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) on February 14, 2011. As director, Mr. Monken oversees Illinois' disaster preparedness and response, nuclear safety and homeland security programs, as well as the agency's 245+ employees and a budget of more than $618 million. In this capacity, he also serves as the Illinois Homeland Security Advisor to the Governor.

At IEMA, Mr. Monken has directed the response and recovery effort to 91 Illinois counties declared State disaster areas, which included the statewide response to the 2011 blizzard, the record floods in 2011 and 2013 and the devastating tornado that struck Harrisburg and Ridgeway in Southern Illinois.

Mr. Monken is Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC), a partnership of the eight states affected by the New Madrid Seismic Zone. He was most recently elected the NEMA Vice President for FEMA Region V and appointed the Vice Chair of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Homeland Security Committee. Mr. Monken is also a member of the Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council.

Prior to becoming IEMA director, Mr. Monken served for two years as Acting Director of the Illinois State Police, an agency with a staff of 3,400 sworn and civilian personnel and an annual budget of approximately $428 million. Mr. Monken also possesses a distinguished military career, having served one tour of duty in Kosovo and two combat tours in Iraq between January 2003 and December 2006. While serving with the United States Army, Mr. Monken was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device for valor in combat.

Mr. Monken graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, where his military class rank placed him in the top 1% of his class. He also holds an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

Mr. Monken enjoys being active in his community and is a proud member of American Legion Post #1922 and Springfield Mid-Town Club of Rotary International.

He lives in Springfield with his wife Jennifer and their sons Jack, Luke and Zach.


Solomon Nimako

GIS/Fire Analyst, City of Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Solomon Nimako

Solomon Nimako is the GIS/Fire Analyst for the city of Rancho Cucamonga. Solomon is responsible for identifying and implementing GIS applications to all city departments. Solomon graduated from the University of Redlands with a Master's in Geographic Information System and has been working with the city since 2006. He teaches GIS at UCR Extension, Loma Linda University and San Bernardino Valley College.




Randy Parsons

Director of Security, Port of Long Beach

Randy Parsons

Randy D. Parsons is the Director of Security for the Port of Long Beach, California. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) executive and FBI veteran was named to the post on October 15, 2012, by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port's five-member governing body. The Port's executive staff conducted an extensive nationwide search to identify the top candidate to fill the position that had been vacant since the retirement of Cosmo Perrone in May 2011. 

As head of the Security Division for the nation's second-busiest seaport, Mr. Parsons oversees more than 80 security personnel, including Harbor Patrol officers, and he directs the Homeland Security Program for the 3,000-acre Port complex, including 24-hour patrols, anti-terrorism programs and security coverage. The Port has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to upgrade security in the last decade with a combination of high-tech "domain-awareness" systems and highly trained personnel. The Division also fosters cooperation among the law enforcement and security agencies in the Port complex, including the Long Beach Police Department, the Port of Los Angeles, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Marine Exchange and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mr. Parsons has had a distinguished and varied career in counterterrorism, transportation security, education and law enforcement. He joined TSA as the Federal Security Director at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in March 2009. In August 2010, he moved into the same position at Los Angeles International Airport, where he served until coming to the Port.

After retiring from the FBI in 2005 after 20 years of service, Mr. Parsons worked in the private sector before joining TSA. He was Vice President and in-house consultant for the AECOM global consortium of companies, providing architectural, design and engineering services to diverse critical infrastructure clients. He also founded Global Strategic Solutions, LLC, providing consultation for strategic policy, planning and development within a variety of risk environments to governmental and private sector clientele.

His last assignment with the FBI was as the Special Agent in Charge for the Counterterrorism Program in the Los Angeles office. He led four Joint Terrorism Task Forces and directed the operational readiness of personnel and systems for crisis response.

He began his career in Topeka, Kansas, as a police officer, then as an Associate Professor in the Criminal Justice Department of Washburn University, and finally as an attorney in private practice before joining the FBI in 1985. He remains an active member of the Kansas Bar.

Mr. Parsons earned his Juris Doctorate degree and Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He is currently a member of the adjunct facility at the USC Sol Price School of Planning and a member of the Government Advisory Committee for USC's Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events.

He has also been a guest lecturer/presenter at Cornell School of Law, Pepperdine University, USC and the Center for Asymmetric Warfare and has published a number of articles on emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and transportation security.

No stranger to the Port of Long Beach, he was a charter member and first co-chair of the Area Maritime Security Committee for the Port Complex at Long Beach/Los Angeles. He serves as an executive board member for the Port of Long Beach/Los Angeles Area Maritime Security Committee, the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the LAX Security Advisory Council and was appointed in 2011 to the Los Angeles Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Aviation Security. 

Mr. Parsons is originally from Winfield, Kansas. He is married with one child and now makes his home in Lomita.


Steven Pollackov

Captain and GIS Commanding Officer, Fire Department City of New York

Steve Pollackov

Captain Steven Pollackov has worked for the Fire Department City of New York—Bureau of Emergency Medical Service (FDNY-EMS) since 1989. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Paramedic and Lieutenant in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Steven Pollackov responded and worked at both attacks on the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001.

After being assigned an administrative Lieutenant position at the FDNY's Headquarters in 2002, he became the Commanding Officer of the FDNY Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit in 2003. In 2006, Steven Pollackov was promoted to the rank of Captain and remained as the Commanding Officer of the FDNY GIS Unit.

Captain Steven Pollackov is also a member of the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT) as a GIS Technical Specialist. Since being a member of the FDNY IMT, he has been involved with deployments for incidents including Hurricane Earl (2010), NYC Blizzard (2010), Hurricane Irene (2011), Susquehanna River Floods in Binghamton, NY (2011), Hurricane Sandy (2012) and the East Harlem Explosion/Collapse (2014).


Paul Rabatin

Senior Geospatial Analyst, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, EURASIA Division

Paul Rabatin

Paul Rabatin is the Senior Geospatial Analyst for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, EURASIA Division. Rabatin is a Geospatial Analyst and Cartographer with 25 years of experience. He is a graduate of New Mexico Tech.


Major General William Reddel III

The Adjutant General, New Hampshire National Guard

Major General William Reddel, III

Major General William N. Reddel III assumed duties as The Adjutant General, New Hampshire, on May 20, 2009. General Reddel serves as Military Chief of Staff to the Governor and is the Executive Head of the Adjutant General's Department. As Adjutant General, he oversees all aspects of the Adjutant General's Department, which includes Army and Air National Guard and the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery.

General Reddel received a commission through the Academy of Military Science in June 1980. In 1981, he graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, and Combat Crew Training School at Castle Air Force Base, California. He has served in various pilot positions and was Commander of the 157th Aircraft Generation Squadron and 133rd Air Refueling Squadron. He has accumulated more than 5,000 flying hours, operating a variety of military aircraft.


Major General Scott Rice

The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard

Major General Scott Rice

Major General L. Scott Rice is currently assigned as The Adjutant General, Massachusetts National Guard. General Rice oversees the administration and operation of the Massachusetts National Guard to ensure troops are trained, equipped and mission-ready to support national security objectives, as well as protect life and property and preserve peace, order and public safety, as directed in times of natural disaster and civil emergency. 

General Rice was commissioned in 1980 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. Following graduate school, he attended pilot training at Reese Air Force Base, Texas, receiving the pilot badge in 1982 and later serving in England where he flew the F-111 Aardvark.

General Rice joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard's 104th Fighter Wing in 1989 to fly the A-10 Thunderbolt II. He then served as Squadron Commander, Operations Group Commander, Wing Commander, and Air National Guard Commander. He mobilized numerous times since 1995, including deployments to Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait and Iraq. He also served as the Commander, Air Force Forces, Exercise Eastern Falcon in the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations where he supervised F-16 units deployed to Kuwait in 2004, to Jordan and Oman in 2005, and to Pakistan in 2006. General Rice currently serves on the Massachusetts Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force as well as Secretary of the Adjutants General Association of the United States.


Steve Rivero

Fire Fighter and GIS Analyst, Orland Fire Protection District

Steve Rivero

Steve Rivero is a 23-year veteran of the fire service; his last 19 years have been as a career fire fighter with the Orland Fire Protection District and 8 years of GIS for the fire service. With his unique perspective of both the fire service and GIS technologies, he created and founded FF106, LLC, which provides consulting services and solutions for the fire service and public safety. His positive outlook and energetic approach have catapulted him into the role of an "up-and-coming" consultant for GIS within the fire service. He has worked with the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and various other departments, utilizing GIS to assist in feasibly studies, Standard of Response and Coverage Studies, Department Consolidations, Dispatch integration, Fire Department Accreditation, and GIS applications that are used daily.


Walter W. Vasquez

Assistant Chief of Police, San Diego Police Department

Assistant Chief Walt Vasquez is a 26 year veteran of the San Diego Police Department. In March of 2013, Walt was promoted to Assistant Chief of Patrol Operations. His first patrol assignment was in Southeastern Division where he worked as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer and an Acting Sergeant, for four and a half years. Walt was transferred to Training Division to teach Defensive Tactics and Use of Force to police recruits and advanced officers. Walt was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and assigned to Eastern Division. AS a Sergeant, he also worked in Field Operations and the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office.

Walt was promoted to Lieutenant in 1998 and his assignments included Central Division patrol, Internal Affairs and Southern Division. In 2005, Walt was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to Human Resources. He returned to Southern Division as its Commanding Officer during the same year.

In 2006, Walt became the Commanding Officer in the Operational Support section where he was responsible for the Critical Incident Management Unit (CIMU), the Event Development Unit (EDMU) and Special Events. Assistant Chief Vasquez is a subject matter expert in the following areas; use of force and narcotic sales and has testified in criminal and civil trials on behalf of the San Diego Police Department.

Walt graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy in 2007. Walt is the 1st Vice-President of the F.B.I. National Academy Associates, California Chapter. Walt is on the Board of Directors of San Diego Youth Services.

Walt is an avid runner and has competed with the SDPD Running Team in the Baker to Vegas Relay Race for the past 19 years. On three occasions, Walt has run on the winning team, in a race that has approximately 230 teams.


Charles Werner

Chief, Charlottesville Fire Department

Charles Werner

Charles Werner is a 39-year veteran of the volunteer and career fire rescue service and is a third-generation fire fighter. He is celebrating his 36th year with the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department and presently serves as its fire chief. Chief Werner is certified as a Chief Fire Officer Designate, a National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer and a Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers (UK). He has received two lifesaving awards and numerous local, state and national commendations throughout his fire service career.

Oscar Zepeda

Director of Analysis and Management Risks, Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED)

Oscar Zepeda is the Director of Analysis and Management Risks at the Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (CENAPRED) in Mexico. Zepeda is responsible for designing and implementing the National Risk Atlas. He has worked at CENAPRED for twenty years and is a Geographic Information Systems specialist. Zepeda has written articles on various aspects of information management for disaster prevention. Currently, he is participating in the design and implementation of the National Alert System for Mexico with other topics, as part of a presidential instruction to be implemented in 2015.