Jim Aranguren GISP, GIS Manager, County of Butte County, CA
Jim has successfully migrated GIS from a project specific role in one department to a countywide centralized enterprise system that serves the entire organization and the public. During the Camp Fire event in November 2008, Butte County was affected by the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in CA history.
Kevin Armstrong, Public Safety Solutions Engineer, Esri
Kevin Armstrong works as a Solutions Engineer for Esri focusing on public safety customers. He has a degree in Geography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and almost 20 years of GIS experience. He works out of the Charlotte, NC office.
Jeff Baranyi, Emergency Management and Fire Technical Lead, Esri
Jeff is responsible for working closely with Esri’s Public Safety team and customers to define and advocate a set of industry focused solutions that promote the vision and value of the ArcGIS platform. Jeff also is the Operations Manager for the Esri Disaster Response Program (DRP).
Renee Bernstein, Public Safety Solutions Engineer, Esri
Renee Bernstein works as a Solutions Engineer for Esri focusing on public safety customers. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from the Virginia Commonwealth University and almost 12 plus years of GIS experience. She works out of the Vienna, VA office.
Chief J. Robert Brown, Jr., Deputy Executive Director/Chief Strategy Officer, IAFC
Chief J. Robert “Rob” Brown, Jr., (Ret.) serves as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Strategy Officer of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and as Executive Vice President of the IAFC Global Public Safety Solutions where he heads the IAFC efforts in the Middle East.
Ed Carubis, Professional Services Global Practice Manager for Health & Public Safety, Esri
Ed has 25+ years of proven success leveraging GIS to solve many complex and mission critical problems for diverse national security, public safety, and health organizations, ranging from our nation’s response to the 9/11 and anthrax attacks, the Nepal earthquake, polio eradication in Nigeria and the West Africa Ebola response.
Kassem Chaalan, Disaster Risk Reduction Program Manager, Lebanese Red Cross
Mr. Chaalan has started his journey with the LRC as early as 1993 as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Tyre branch of Southern Lebanon. From an EMT he has been assigned as a head of station and from that point onwards as the Program Manager for the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Program.
Gloria Chavez, Chief Patrol Agent, US Customs and Border Protection, US Border Patrol
Chief Chavez is one of 22 U.S. Border Patrol Chiefs assigned throughout the United States. She is a member of the Senior Executive Service and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration, magna cum laude, from Columbia Southern University.
Dr Lynn Copeland, Civil Information Chief, US Army Special Operations Center of Excellence
Dr. Lynn Copeland advises the Army Civil Affairs Commandant of any doctrinal, organizational, training, materiel, leadership, education, personnel, facilities and policy shortfalls impacting the Civil Information Management mission, a core task within Civil Affairs.
As a member of the Public Safety Industry Marketing team, Mike works collaboratively with GIS professionals to promote the broad use of Esri’s ArcGIS platform within fire and EMS. Mike recently retired from the Henrico County, VA Fire Department after 27 years of service.
John Day, Director International Government Business Development, Esri
Mr. Day has over 30 years of experience in defense and intelligence as both active duty military and as a defense contractor. His military service includes counter-terrorism activities in Northern Ireland, maneuver warfare in West Germany, and geospatial support within an operational NATO Corps headquarters.
Chris Delaney, Public Safety Solutions Engineer, Esri
Chris joined Esri in 2013 after a 13-year career as a Law Enforcement Analyst. He helps agencies apply the ArcGIS platform to key Law Enforcement and National Security missions. He’s a former intelligence analyst in the narcotics unit at the Rochester, NY Police Department.
Harry Evans, Senior Research Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
Harry is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Research in Water Resources for the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to the University, he was with the Austin Fire Department with over 29 years in the fire service. Chief Evans served in every rank and worked in nearly every division of the department and was certified in a diverse range of special operations disciplines.
Brian F. Fontes, Ph.D. Chief Executive Officer National Emergency Number Association
As CEO, Brian is responsible for all aspects of the Association. His primary objectives are to ensure that Americans have access to reliable 9-1-1 service, 9-1-1 centers have state-of the art technologies and well-trained professionals, and sufficient funding is available so that the 9-1-1 system can best serve those who call upon it as their first voice of hope.
Elizabeth Gamez, Director Missing Migrant Program, US Customs and Border Protection
Elizabeth (Liz) Gamez is a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent and is currently serving as the Director over the Missing Migrant Program, Rio Grande Valley Sector Headquarters. Agent Gamez's law enforcement career includes more than 16 years as a Border Patrol Agent with the Department of Homeland Security.
Kris Gerig, Crime Analyst, New Orleans Police Department
Kris develops and maintains analytical products that integrate data from police, court, and jail systems. Kris also manages GIS applications for the Police Department, including maps used for special event planning and operations. Kris holds a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, with a focus in program evaluation and statistics, and has a certificate in Data Science.
Dane M. Hammack, Supervisory Border Patrol Agent, US Border Patrol
Dane M. Hammack is a Supervisory Border Patrol Agent and is currently on temporary duty supporting the Data Science Division at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, DC. He is assigned as Supervisory Border Patrol Agent over Tucson Sector Headquarters’ Data Management Branch.
Mr. Chahine Hamze is the ICT Manager at the Lebanese Red Cross. Chahine join LRC in 2002 as EMT Volunteer, and in 2010, he becomes the Information Technology Manager, providing strategic oversight of LRC information technology activities, sponsoring IT committees and working with IT service units across organization.
Parrish Henderson, Sr. Geospatial Analyst, GMO Offfice, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Parrish Henderson is a geospatial intelligence analyst for the Federal of Bureau of Investigation. Parrish built the foundation for geospatial operations in the Miami Field Office and was transferred to headquarters to help develop and further integrate geospatial practice within the organization.
Jason Jackson, Senior Director Emergency Management, Walmart
Jason is responsible for global crisis management for the Fortune #1 supporting over 2.3 million associates, 350+ million customers a week, 12,000+ physical locations operating in 27 countries across 60+ banners, ecommerce operations, plus supporting infrastructure.
As a lifelong Atlanta native, Jeffrey Johnson has made bettering his City a central theme in his life and work. Innovation and experience allow Jeffrey to provide solid concepts and solutions solving some of our most challenging civic issues. As the Geographic Information Systems Manager at the City of Atlanta, he leads the GIS Teams for the Department of Public Works and three transportation Capital Improvement Programs.
Michael Jones, Deputy Sheriff, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Deputy Jones is currently part of a committee to work on a county wide approach to assist homeless with the Homeless Advisory Board, Interagency Council of Homeless, SBC Homeless Youth Task Force, Homeless Veteran Planning Group, and other community boards.
Brian C. Keenum, MPA Senior Director, DCS Business Infrastructure, American Red Cross
Brian began work as the Sr. Director, DCS Business Infrastructure in January of 2018. In his current role he is the business lead for all IT systems of record and the data strategy for Disaster Cycle Services.
General Ernesto Klocker, Director of IT and Communications, Prefectura Naval Argentina
General Ernesto Miguel Klocker is an Information Systems Engineer and he holds a Master Degree in Telecommunications Engineering. He has taken postgraduate courses at the European Center for Security Studies and at San Andres University. His professional career is closely linked to the implementation and application of telecommunications and information technology solutions.
Lieutenant Colonel Volker Kozok, Assistant Branch Chief, German Ministry of Defense
Volker Kozok started his career as an Armored Infantry Officer in 1980. He is working in the area of Cyber Security for 25 years, since 2005 he is working as a technical expert for the Data Privacy Commissioner of the German Armed Forces.
Ryan Lanclos, Director of Public Safety Solutions, Esri
Ryan Lanclos is the Director of Public Safety Solutions at Esri where he is responsible for coordinating strategic initiatives across emergency management, fire and EMS, law enforcement, homeland security, and emergency communications.
Brian Lantz, Director of Public Safety National Government Sales, Esri
Brian manages Esri’s Public Safety business development functions including activities pertaining to Homeland Security & Law Enforcement. Brian has over 25 of years’ experience working with information and geospatial technologies supporting both the private & public sector.
Maycarol Z. Layugan, Manager, Operations Center, Philippine Red Cross
May runs the PRC 24/7 command center that coordinates nationwide responses, from minor emergencies to large scale disasters. May took over Operations Center in 2014 and in less than a year, completed its modernization from a call-taker type to a full-blown command center.
Betty Ling, Senior GIS Coordinator, Vancouver Police Department
Betty joined the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) in June 2010, after 10 years working in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) industry, in both Canada and United States. She began working as a Crime Analyst for the VPD and later transitioned to Senior GIS Coordinator.
Omar is a machine learning enthusiast with 10+ years of experience in analytics and artificial intelligence (AI). He is currently working on the intersection of AI and GIS. Omar cofounded two tech startups that heavily used machine learning for providing smart user recommendations and personalized experience and served as the advanced analytics lead for other multinational companies.
Stacie Neal, CIP Program Manager and Deputy Director, Virginia Fusion Center (VFC)
Stacie oversees personnel in the VFC’s Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) and GIS unit as well as GIS personnel with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. She manages the Commonwealth’s CIP Program, coordinating policy, strategy and technical initiatives for the protection and resilience of state and local critical infrastructure assets and systems.
Jon Pedder, Public Safety Solutions Engineer, Esri
Jon is the technical lead for the disaster response and special events programs. Prior to joining Esri, Jon was the lead developer for MapSAR, a voluntary collaborative effort to build an ArcGIS based tool to support Search and Rescue efforts for lost and missing persons.
Richard Reed, Chief Network Management and Operations Officer, FirstNet Authority
Mr. Richard Reed brings over 30 years of government and industry experience in emergency and mission critical communications to the FirstNet leadership team. Mr. Reed joined FirstNet in early 2014 as the Director of State Plans, then became the Chief Customer Officer (CCO) shortly after.
Lieutenant Steve Rivero, GIS Manager, Orland Fire Protection District
As a firefighter with twenty-five plus years of experience at Orland Fire Protection District, Steve recognizes and values the public's trust in its first responders, as well as appreciates the responsibility of the first responder to perform and make critical decisions for the public's safety. Steve has provided GIS services to many fire departments and districts from performance and Accreditation data analysis to staffing and consolidation analysis.
Kerry Robinson works on Esri’s Product Development team, focusing on the needs of the Defense and Intelligence community. Prior to joining the development team, Kerry was a Senior Solution Engineer on Esri’s European National Security team providing strategic advice on the use of GIS and Esri software in enterprise systems for NATO, the EU and European nations.
David Roby, WebEOC Administrator, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
Dave manages the statewide shared crisis information management system by overseeing system development, contractor services and providing user support, training and technical assistance. Dave has also served in other capacities – ranging from Information Technology Director of Operations for the Home Depot, Inc.
Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis, Direct Relief
Andrew Schroeder is the Director of Research and Analysis for Direct Relief, one of the world’s leading humanitarian healthcare NGOs. Andrew leads Direct Relief’s GIS and crisis mapping work, including recent partnerships to deploy Facebook Disaster Maps with public sector emergency management agencies.
Jason Scott, Unit Chief and GIO, Federal Bureau of Investigations
Unit Chief Jason Scott has been leading soldiers and intelligence analysts for over fifteen years. He started his career as a US Army Tank Platoon leader in the Third Infantry Division where he achieved the rank of Captain. Currently Jason works in the FBI where he leads a team of professionals furthering geospatial tools and methodology adoption across the enterprise.
Ravi Shankar, GIS and Mapping Expert, Polio Eradication Initiative, WHO
Previously, he was involved in the Ebola response where he played a key role in the creation of a Global Mapping platform for WHO to portray the situational update of the outbreak. For the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, he is involved in preparing global updates, maps for operational planning, maps for places with accessibility issues and global polio administrative boundaries project.
Eric Shreve, Senior GIS Analyst, Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs
Eric Shreve is the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) Senior GIS Analyst where he is responsible for coordinating geospatial public safety initiatives across the state to prepare the whole community. Eric joined DEMA in 2017 where he previously worked for Phoenix Fire Department working as a GIS Technician and as a Wildland Firefighter.
Andrew Smart, Senior GIS Consultant for Philadelphia Police Department (geographIT)
Andrew Smart, a Senior GIS Consultant and Associate at geographIT a Division of EBA Engineering with over 15 years of industry experience. Andrew has a broad range of GIS industry experience from Public Safety and Emergency Management to Water/Wastewater utilities and local government.
Christine Thies, Engineering Scientist, University of Texas at Austin
Christine Thies has over +20 year experience with Public Safety and GIS, with the majority of her career spent with the Austin Fire Department. While at the fire department, Christine was responsible for managing the Planning & Research Section which provides data & spatial analysis to the department.
Kevin Thomas, Director of Research and Analysis, Philadelphia Police Department
Kevin manages intelligence analysis, crime analysis, research operations, and technology within the Intelligence Bureau of the Department, located at the Delaware Valley Intelligence Center, a Regional Fusion Center supporting the Philadelphia Area. Kevin brings over 20 years of private and public sector experience working in the field of GIS, data analysis, business intelligence and enterprise IT systems.
Rick Vera, Geospatial Program Manager, US Army Corps of Engineers
Rick Vera Is the Geospatial Program Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District. He has 29 years of experience providing GIS services for the federal government and has spent the last 11 years leading its design and development.
Rodney Washburn, Associate Chief, Data Sciences Division, US Border Patrol
Rodney C. Washburn is the Associate Chief over the Data Science Division at U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters in Washington, DC. The Data Science Division conducts operational research through data analysis to observe the scientific, objective, dispassionate, big picture of what is occurring in the border security environment.
Kevin Wright, Senior Solutions Architect, US Department of Homeland Security
Kevin Wright is a Senior Solutions Architect at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Readiness Support Officer. Over the past 30 years, Kevin has been passionate about creating solutions to help solve critical issues related to health, defense, environment and disaster response and recovery.
Supervisor Shirlee Zane, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane took office in January 2009. Prior to her election she served for 10 years as CEO for Council on Aging. A former Therapist, Supervisor Zane has over three decades of experience working in the fields of health and human services.