2019 SPEAKER BIOS

Mark Anderson

Niki Bender

Heilit Biehl

Taylor Blunt

Joshua Bobko

Tau Braun

Jesse Carrillo

Katherine Contreras

Charles Cowles

Mike Dailey

Craig DeAtley

John Delaney

Eric DiLorenzo

Andrew Dondero

Alexander Eastman

Brian Eastridge

James Englert

Chuck Ergenbright

James Etzin

Wayne Freeman

James Geracci

Maggie Hickey

BREAKOUT SESSION SPEAKERS

GENERAL ASSEMBLY SPEAKERS

Dave Grossman

John Holcomb

Nate Hiner

John-Michael Keyes

Jad Lanigan

Hunter Martaindale

Christopher McAllister

Ethan Miles

Jason Mitchell

Laura Norman

Rob Nunez

Greg Pass

Carly Posey

Ryan Pourhassanian

Tim Read

Brian Ruck

Geoff Shapiro

E. Reed Smith

Brian White

Mike Weissman

Jason "Bear" Wilson

Abigail Wintrow

Clifford Woitena

Lisa Wright

GENERAL ASSEMBLY 

Monday, September 30 

Dave Grossman    

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In their description of Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, Slate Magazine said, “Grossman cuts such a heroic, omnicompetent figure, he could have stepped out of a video game.”  He has five patents to his name, has published four novels, two childrens’ books, and six non-fiction books to include his “perennial bestseller” On Killing (with over half a million copies sold), and a New York Times best-selling book co-authored with Glenn Beck.

 

He is a US Army Ranger, a paratrooper, and a former West Point Psychology Professor.  He has a Black Belt in Hojutsu, the martial art of the firearm, and has been inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  

 

Col. Grossman’s research was cited by the President of the United States in a national address, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress, and numerous state legislatures.  He has served as an expert witness and consultant in state and Federal courts.  He helped train mental health professionals after the Jonesboro school massacre, and he was also involved in counseling or court cases in the aftermath of the Paducah, Springfield, Littleton and Nickel Mines Amish school massacres.  

 

Col. Grossman has been called upon to write the entry on “Aggression and Violence” in the Oxford Companion to American Military History, three entries in the Academic Press Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict and has presented papers before the national conventions of the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  

 

 Since his retirement from the US Army in 1998, he has been on the road almost 300 days a year, for over 19 years, as one of our nation’s leading trainers for military, law enforcement, mental health providers, and school safety organizations.

 

Today Col. Grossman is the director of the Killology Research Group (www.killology.com).  In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks he is has written and spoken extensively on the terrorist threat, with articles published in the Harvard Journal of Law and Civil Policy and many leading law enforcement journals, and he has been inducted as a "Life Diplomate" by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security, and a "Life Member" of the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute.

John Holcomb, MD, FACS

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John Bradley Holcomb received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas Medical School in 1985. Dr. Holcomb entered the U.S. Army in 1985, and completed his general surgery training in 1991. Dr Holcomb then deployed with the Joint Special Operations Command for the next decade. From 2002 to 2008, COL Holcomb was the Commander of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research and Trauma Consultant for the Army Surgeon General.

 

Over the years he has deployed in multiple real world operations. He is a three time recipient of the Army’s Greatest Invention award. COL Holcomb retired from active duty in 2008 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Trauma Resuscitation Science from the American Heart Association, the United States Special Operations Command Medal, and the Service award from the American College of Surgery. He has been a member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care since 2001. In 2008, Dr. Holcomb joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston as a Professor of Surgery. In 2016 he received the MAJ Jonathan Letterman award from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine.

 

Dr. Holcomb is actively involved in clinical medicine, education, research, entrepreneurship and is a founder of a small health IT company. He reviews papers for more than 25 journals, has published > 500 peer reviewed articles and serves on multiple boards. Dr. Holcomb and his wife, Dr. Kelly Wirfel, were married in 1998 and have 2 children.

Breakout Sessions

Tuesday, October 1 & Wednesday, October 2 

The topics for the speakers marked CME Qualified are available for CME credit. More information can be found here.

Mark Anderson 

Full-Spectrum Preparedness - Thinking Beyond the Obvious

CME Qualified

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Mark Anderson is a Firefighter/Paramedic with the Bellevue (WA) Fire Department and has 28 years of experience as an emergency responder in the Seattle metro area. He has been working at the local, regional, state and national levels on homeland security planning and preparedness issues since 1998. He is a founding member of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC), and serves on its guidelines committee and international outreach workgroup. Since 2009, his primary areas of focus have been on active shooter and complex coordinated terrorism attack preparedness, operational medicine and rescue, and intelligence fusion.

Niki Bender

Mass Casualty Incident Response and Coordination: How Can Emergency Management Help?

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Niki L. Bender, MPA is an emergency management professional with experience in planning and coordinating for a comprehensive emergency management program. She is a Certified Emergency Manager®, certified Texas Emergency Manager©, a Texas Master Peace Officer, and a credentialed Type III Planning Section Chief. Ms. Bender has served as an emergency responder in various capacities, hazards, and levels of complexity since 2002.

Heilit Biehl

Law Enforcement's Role in a K-12 Threat Assessment Process

Heilit Biehl is the Threat Assessment Coordinator for Safe & Sustainable Environments at Adams 12 Five Star Schools in Thornton, CO. She is a member of the District's Safety & Security team, oversees 53 school Threat Assessment Team's processes and training, as well as chairing the District's Threat Assessment Team. Heilit has worked in education over 12 years with 10 of those years being spent at colleges and universities in Colorado, Florida, and Utah. She has worked in Residence Life, Crisis Response, and Case Management. Heilit trains school districts on the Adams County Threat Assessment Protocol (PreK-12) and is certified in SIVRA-35, VRAW, ERIS, ATIXA, and TRAP-18. She serves on the Board of Directors for the I Love U Guys Foundation, is an active member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) and the Colorado Association of Latino/a Administrators & Superintendents (CO-ALAS), and volunteers for the Jefferson County School Safety Study Group.

Taylor Blunt

Bringing Hospitals into Whole of Community Preparedness

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Taylor Blunt started his public safety career in 2004 with an internship at Dulles International Airport. He completed his Bachelor of Political Science at Christopher Newport University in 2009. During this time, he also completed EMT training and began volunteering with rescue squads. Taylor continued his educational endeavors at George Mason University and graduated in 2011 with a Master’s in Public Administration, specializing in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. 


In late 2011, Taylor became a professional Firefighter/EMT with the Arlington County Fire Department. In his eight-year tenure, Taylor has become a nationally registered paramedic and is currently serving on numerous regional committees and workgroups, including the department’s High Threat Response Program. He was recently awarded a Meritorious Service Award and Regional EMS commendation for his efforts. He is currently a participant in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Executive Leaders Program.

 
Taylor has been fortunate to travel to over 45 countries. On several excursions, he has used his medical experience to volunteer in local clinics, which is some of his most rewarding life experiences. Taylor is an avid cross fitter and amateur coffee roaster residing in Arlington, VA.  

Joshua Bobko

Creating Truly Resilient Bleed Safe Communities

CME Qualified

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Dr. Joshua Bobko is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda University. In 2013, he founded the transformative non-profit First Care Provider.org to change the global perception of the value of community response in emergency situations. This re-evaluation of disaster preparedness dogma has grown to a worldwide movement, with the First Care program being taught in more than 50 countries worldwide. 
 
He is a national leader in the deployment of multidimensional medical responses to atypical emergencies. Dr. Bobko is a sought after educator and presenter, has consulted for numerous governmental offices, and is a voting member of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. His various publications are reference material for several current medical courses offered worldwide. His passion however, lie in his operational roots, where he remains active as a reserve police officer and operator with West (Orange) County SWAT. He is the Medical Team Manager for FEMA’s USAR Task Force 5, and his consulting group, Valiant Research, provides training and direct operational medical support for FBI Los Angeles.

Tau Braun

The Human Element in the Prevention + Response of Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks (CCTAs)

CME Qualified

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Dr. Tau Braun is a thought leader and eminent speaker on Violence Prevention and Response. As a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Braun focused on integrative psychology and wellness. Post 9/11, Dr. Braun began to narrow his research and practice to understanding the causes of violence, the prevention and response to violence, and crisis psychology. As a Violence Prevention Specialist and Threat Management professional, he now advises and trains educational institutions, healthcare facilities, corporations, and government organizations in Violence Prevention Strategies, including Threat Management; Mass Casualty Attack Prevention, Preparedness, and Response; Crisis Response; and Counterterrorism. Dr. Tau Braun’s epistemological, humanistic, systems-based approach offers a compassionate, scientific, optimistic, and mindful solution to complex issues. He makes a strong case to see violence as a public health issue, not a criminal-justice one, and to be proactive and adaptive in our response. He believes that it is the most ethical approach, and also the only option that is viable, sustainable, and in sync with a rapidly changing world.

Dr. Braun regularly presents at global conferences, notably, FEMA Active Shooter Preparation for Higher Education, the National Healthcare Coalition Preparedness Conference, Master The Disaster, CBRAC Violence Prevention Symposium, the Preparedness Summit, INTERCEP Urgent Threat Forum, ACI-NA Airport Collaborative: Crisis Management Workshop, California Department of Public Health - EMSA Emergency Preparedness Training Workshop, Indiana Department of Education School Safety Training, Men in Nursing Conference, and the California Tactical Officers Association (CATO) Conference.

Dr. Braun serves as an advisor to Safe and Sound Schools (A Sandy Hook Initiative), Firestorm's Crisis and Emergency Management Expert Council, the RANE Network, and Metropolitan Healthcare Security Directors Association (MHSDA).

Jesse Carrillo

The Austin Serial Bomber

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20 years on Austin PD (served on patrol, SWAT (marksman), Firearms trainer and Bomb squad)
USMC veteran 0331/0369 Desert Shield/OIF, ALERRT adjunct instructor

Katherine Contreras

Stop the Bleed

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A 15 year paramedic in central Texas, Katie Contreras is the Administrative Training Lieutenant at San Marcos Hays County EMS, while also teaching with ACC and The ALERRT Center at Texas State University as Adjunct Faculty, as well as guest lecturing with Odin Medical (Tulsa). Katie recently received a degree in Emergency and Disaster Management through Columbia College (South Carolina).

Charles Cowles

When You Can't Run - Tactics and Strategies for Dealing with Active Shooters or Hostile Intruders in Hospital Critical Care Areas

CME Qualified

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Dr. Cowles is an anesthesiologist at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and is the medical director of the Tactical Medical Operations unit with the Pasadena Texas Police Department. Prior to medical school, Dr. Cowles spent 14 years as a paramedic / firefighter. He serves on the technical committee for the healthcare section of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and spends considerable time lecturing to national and international audiences about a variety of patient safety issues. Dr. Cowles is a CRASE and Stop the Bleed instructor and has assisted Pasadena Police Department in the development of several community education projects integrating law enforcement and medical care. He also has been engaged with local leaders for active shooter response for the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the world's largest medical complex.

Mike Dailey

Rescue Task Forces and Conventional Transportation are Answers ... Not THE Answers!

CME Qualified

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Commander Michael Dailey joined the Aurora Police Department in 1996 as a lateral officer from the Englewood, Colorado Police Department.   He served as a patrol officer, field training officer, Direct Action Response Team officer as well as a member of the department's SWAT team. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where he supervised in patrol, DART and SWAT. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, where he served as a Patrol Commander in District 1 and later as the Sector Lieutenant for District 2, overseeing problem solving policing initiatives for the district.

In 2010, The Chief of Police temporarily assigned Dailey as the Commander of the Narcotics Section.   In 2011, he was assigned as the Operations Support Section Commander and oversaw SWAT and K-9 operations. 

Dailey served as a platoon leader for Aurora Police Officers assigned to the Democratic National Convention in 2008 and was one of the first command officers on scene within minutes of the Century 16 Theater shootings in 2012. In 2014 he was promoted to the rank of Captain and served as the Commander of the Tech Services Bureau. In April of 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Commander and was assigned to command District 2 Operations and in 2017 he was transferred to District 1 which is the busiest district in the city.

He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Phoenix, and has attended the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations and is currently an instructor for this program throughout the state on behalf of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.  He has also attended the Public Safety Leadership Program offered through the University of Denver.   

Commander Dailey is the recipient of the department's Life Saving Award, Meritorious Service Award, as well as the Medal of Honor. 

After 40 Years in Law Enforcement Commander Dailey retired March 2017.  

Craig DeAtley

Lessons Learned - INOVA Fairfax Barricade and the Medical Task Force Model

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Since 2002 Craig DeAtley, PA-C, has been the Director of the Institute for Public Health Emergency Readiness at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the National Capital Regions largest hospital emergency manager for the MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and co facilitator of emergency management for MedStar Health one of the Mid -Atlantic Regions largest healthcare system.   Since 2006 he has served as the Co- Executive Director of the Center for HICS Education and Training that is housed at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The Center members are the individuals responsible for writing the 2006 and 2014 Hospital Incident Command Center materials. 
 

Prior to his current positions he served as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, specializing in Disaster Medicine and Field Operations for 28 years. Since 1991he has also served as the Assistant Medical Director for the Fairfax County (VA) Police Department.  In that role he is responsible for the coordination, supervision and training of 12 police paramedics and 28 police EMTs. In addition, he responds to high risk situations to serve as consultant to Incident Command staff and on scene healthcare provider.   He previously served as the Assistant Medical Director of the United States Customs Service and a Medical Specialist with the Metropolitan Medical Strike Team DC-He is a part-time affiliate attending physician assistant at the Fairfax Hospital Emergency Department in Northern Virginia.  In addition to being a Physician Assistant for 43 years he served as a volunteer paramedic and EMS Supervisor for 35 years with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and was a member of their Urban Search and Rescue Team and the team's Medical Team Coordinator for 11 years. 

John Delaney

Active Violence with Fire 101

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John Delaney has been in the fire service for over twenty-eight years; the last 23 years as a member of the Arlington County Fire Department (ACFD), Arlington, Virginia. Currently, he is the program manager for Arlington County Fire Department’s High Threat Response Program which focuses on building operational capabilities that will be required for atypical threats to include: active shooter, explosive and fire as a weapon events. The program focuses on the development of multiagency, integrated police and fire response.  Previously he was the team leader for the National Medical Response Team –National Capital Region (NMRT-NCR). The NMRT-NCR was a federally funded weapon of mass destruction response team which comprised of over 150 fire fighters, paramedics, hazardous material specialists, law enforcement officers, doctors, and nurses from within the Washington metropolitan region. 


Captain Delaney has participated in multiple large scale regional and national emergencies; including the 1998 Florida Wildfires, 2004 Hurricane Charley, 2001 Anthrax Attack at the Senate Office Buildings, the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon and the Haiti earthquake of 2010.  His education and training in weapons of mass destruction, hazardous materials, and technical rescue response has allowed for contribution on numerous local, regional, and national initiatives and committees focusing on a variety of first responder and homeland security matters. He is the former Chair of the InterAgency Board (IAB) and currently heads the National High Threat Institute. He is a graduate of James Madison University and in 2008 received his Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School. Captain Delaney resides in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife and three children.

Eric DiLorenzo

Aftermath of Mass Shootings: Impacts on Officers Who Have Responded to Mass Shooting Events

CME Qualified

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Captain Eric DiLorenzo has been with the Myrtle Beach Police Department for over 21 years and currently serves as the Patrol Division Commander and Police Department Liaison for Emergency Management. He has conducted extensive research and provided training related to Active Shooter related topics since 1999 to over 15,000 people. Capt. Di Lorenzo has created numerous Active Shooter plans for business and schools that includes protocols for before, during and after an incident. In 2008, Capt. Di Lorenzo became a member of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Assistance Program (SCLEAP) which remains very active in. SCLEAP recently deployed Capt. Di Lorenzo to Florence South Carolina to offer peer support after a Mass Shooting to which two Law Enforcement Officers were killed in the line of duty.

 
Captain Di Lorenzo is a graduate of Georgetown University’s (Washington DC) Executive Master’s Degree in Emergency and Disaster Management where his thesis was studying the impact on officers who have responded to Mass Shootings. In addition to recently been appointed as Adjunct Faculty at Georgetown University, he has attended the 268th Session of the FBI National Academy and serves as an instructor in multiple disciplines. He is certified by ALERRT in Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) as an Active Shooter Response instructor.

Andrew Dondero

Joint Active Shooter Protection and Response (JASPR)

Alexander Eastman

Improving Survival from Active Assailant Events: Are We Learning, Leading or Following?

CME Qualified

Dr. Eastman is the Senior Medical Officer at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). In this role, he is responsible for operational medicine across DHS in addition to countering threats to the United States worldwide.
On the operational front, Dr. Eastman is a Task Force Officer with ICE Homeland Security Investigations and is assigned to the Special Response Team (SRT) program. Dr. Eastman is also a Dallas Police Department lieutenant, the Chief Medical Officer of the Dallas Police Department, and the Lead Medical Officer for the Dallas Police SWAT Team. He is actively involved in national planning for law enforcement medical support through the Department of Justice’s Officer Safety and Wellness Group, the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, the Hartford Consensus Working Group and serves as the Medical Advisor for the Major Cities Chiefs Association. 


Dr. Eastman was recently awarded the Dallas Police Department Medal of Valor for actions taken during the July 7, 2016 police ambush and has been previously honored as an Outstanding Young Alumni (2014) from The University of Texas at Austin, the Joe C. Jones Reserve Officer of the Year (2013) and Officer of the Year (2014) from the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Police Association.
Formerly, Dr. Eastman served as the Chief of the Rees-Jones Trauma Center at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, TX. He was also an Assistant Professor and trauma surgeon in the Division of Burns, Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and continues to be a practicing trauma surgeon.


A graduate with distinction of the George Washington University School of Medicine, he completed his general surgery and two fellowships at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School/Parkland Memorial Hospital. He is board-certified in General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Emergency Medical Services. Dr. Eastman also has a master’s degree in Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center--Houston.

Brian Eastridge

Potentially Preventable Death After Injury in the Civilian Prehospital Environment

CME Qualified

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Brian Eastridge, MD is Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Trauma and Emergency General Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Trauma Medical Director of the University Health System and holds the Jocelyn and Joe Straus Endowed Chair in Trauma Research. He received his BS in biochemistry from Virginia Tech in 1985 and his MD from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1989. He entered the US Army Reserve as a second lieutenant Medical Service Corps officer in 1988. Dr Eastridge did his residency in general surgery at the University of Maryland Medical System and then pursued fellowship training in surgical critical care at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, after which he spent 8 years on the faculty of UT Southwestern. After 17 years of Reserve service, Dr Eastridge transitioned to active duty as COL U.S Army, Medical Corp in 2005 and served as Trauma Medical Director for the Brooke Army Medical Center, Surgical Critical Care Program Director for SAUSHEC, Director Joint Theater Trauma System (Deployed), Director of the Joint Trauma System (U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research of the U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC), and Trauma Consultant to the US Army Surgeon General. During his service, he has deployed six times to combat operations in Southwest Asia during which time he helped lead the development and implementation of the military trauma system, the Joint Trauma System, designed to improve trauma care and patient outcomes after battlefield injury. COL Eastridge left active service and returned to the UT Health San Antonio and the US Army Reserves in late 2012. He is an appointed member of the Texas Governor’s EMS and Trauma Advisory Council. Dr. Eastridge is Vice Chairman of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council and Chairman of the region PI Committee. He was appointed to the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma National Faculty and currently serves as the Chairman of the Trauma Systems Committee. During his career, Dr. Eastridge has published extensively in the peer reviewed literature and has written / edited three books focused upon improving the military trauma system and improving combat casualty care outcomes for our Wounded Warriors. Dr Eastridge’s current research is extensively grant funded focused upon remote trauma outcomes, trauma system development, and predictive modelling of injury outcomes and pre-hospital mortality.

James Englert

The Day You Train For...Debrief of the Arapahoe High School Shooting 12/13/13

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James is a Deputy with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Centennial. In his 20 years with the Sheriff’s Office he was worked in the jail and the road. He became is School Resource Officer in 2006.


He is currently the SRO at Arapahoe High School in Centennial where he has worked for the last 11 years. Along with teaching various law enforcement related topics. He is also an Alive @ 25 instructor teaching classes in high schools in Arapahoe County. 
He is also an instructor with the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) since 2008. James also serves on the board IPMBA.
He also serves on the board of the “Iloveuguys” Foundation. The goal of the organization is to make schools safer by making safety procedures for schools. 


He also an instructor with National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO), with NASRO he is also serves on board as the Region 10 Director.  
James has a bachelors degree in criminal justice and criminology he also has a Masters level certificate from Colorado State University in School/Community Safety completed in 2007. 
James has received the medal of valor from his department and the NASRO award of valor in 2014. 


James is married to Ericka. They have two children a 11 year old boy Eli and 8 year old daughter Ruby. 

Charles Ergenbright

Joint Active Shooter Protection and Response (JASPR)

CME Qualified

James Etzin

Rescue Task Forces and Conventional Transportation are Answers ... Not THE Answers!

CME Qualified

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Jim Etzin is the Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the Farmington Hills (MI) Fire Department and Oakland County Tactical Training Consortium (OakTac), a mutual aid organization comprised of 40 law enforcement agencies serving approximately 1.3 million people. He is also the founder of the International Tactical EMS Association (ITEMS) and served as a United States Navy special operations corpsman during combat operations in Operation Desert Storm and then as a full-time combat medicine instructor for the 1st Marine Division. After becoming the first Navy corpsman to ever attend the United States Marine Corps Military Police School and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) School, he then served as both an operator and medic for the only full-time Marine Corps SWAT team at the time. In the immediate aftermath of the infamous North Hollywood Bank of America takeover robbery and shootout in 1997, two years prior to the incident at Columbine High School, Etzin was the first in the United States to conceptualize what’s now known as the rescue task force approach to casualty management within such environments. He has been studying, practicing, and teaching active assailant response and tactical medicine for 35 years, has interviewed numerous responders to many such incidents, and is consequently considered a subject matter expert on not only the history of these events but also how to best mitigate them tactically and medically.

Wayne Freeman

Active Shooter Response for Telecommunications Officers

CME Qualified

Wayne Freeman has been in law enforcement for 23 years and is the South Carolina Active Shooter Training Coordinator. He is a Special Agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, and supervises the state active shooter training program. Past assignments include: special operations, firefighter, EMT, SWAT, medic, tactical flight officer, explosives K-9 handler, bloodhound tracking team, hazardous materials response, fugitive operations, DARE Officer, school resource officer, and others.

His active shooter experience includes: SCAASCAT Instructor, ALERRT 1 Instructor, ALERRT 2 Instructor, LASER Instructor, PACOP Instructor, MACTAC, CRASE Instructor, NTOA Active Shooter Instructor, GTI Immediate Action Team, Blue Line Active Shooter Response, ALICE Instructor, ERASE Instructor, and several other programs. He has trained more than 50,000 students in active shooter response and is the author of the South Carolina active shooter training manual.

James Geracci

Baghdad to Boston (or Austin?): Translating Military Combat Casualty Care Lessons from 17 Years of War to the Civilian Sector

CME Qualified

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James Geracci is a Vice President/Chief Medical Officer for Ascension Healthcare Texas/Seton Family of Hospitals. He is responsible for strategy development and operational oversight of all aspects of healthcare delivery ensuring the achievement of Ascension’s “quadruple aim” of delivering high-quality care, improved clinical outcomes, better patient and provider experiences, and lower overall cost of care consistent with the organizations mission, vision, and values.


Jim is a senior physician executive with more than 26 years of healthcare leadership experience in the largest and most complex healthcare enterprise in the world (the United States Army). He retired at the rank of Colonel and has led military healthcare teams at all levels including as medical director of multiple large clinics, as department chief for the military’s largest primary care department, and as chief medical officer for an Army Division and Corps. Jim is a proven effects-oriented leader experienced in building, developing, and leading multidisciplinary teams capable of planning and executing comprehensive health services support in the most complex environments including assignments and combat deployments to Bosnia, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan. 


A disruptive innovator, Jim has effectively driven and led organizational change from both the bottom up and the top down in an institution known for bureaucracy. Serving as Director of Prehospital Trauma Care for the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) Joint Trauma System, Senior Combat Capability Developer for the Army Medical Department, Consultant to the Army Surgeon General for Operational and Deployment Medicine, and on the DoD’s Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, he helped to transform military medicine into a true learning healthcare system ensuring hard-learned lessons of more than 17 years of war were not lost but rather codified in doctrine and policy.


A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jim’s education includes degrees/certifications from Arizona State University, Uniformed Services University School of Medicine, US Army Command and General Staff College, and both University of Pennsylvania/Wharton and University of Texas/McCombs Schools of Business. He is certified by the American Board of Family Physicians and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Jim has authored numerous scholarly articles/book chapters and presented lectures both nationally and internationally on various professional topics. He and his wife, Kristie, have been married for more than 25 years and have three sons. After living and working around the world, home is Austin, Texas.

Maggie Hickey

Bringing Hospitals into Whole of Community Preparedness

Maggie Hickey knew from a young age she wanted to work in a healthcare setting.  She completed her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University in 2010 taking courses in preparation for medical school.  During her senior year she worked as an Emergency Department Technician at Ruby Memorial Level One Trauma Center and fell in love with the Emergency Department setting.  After graduation she continued working as an Emergency Department technician at Virginia Hospital Center while putting herself through nursing school full-time. 


From the years 2015 to present she has achieved various certifications such as TNCC (Trauma Nurse Core Course), CEN (Certified Emergency Nurse), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) Instructor, and receiver of the Clinical Excellence Award.  She is a charge nurse on the unit that takes on other leadership roles within the hospital such as the Outpatient Leadership Council and Emergency Preparedness Committee.  


Maggie Hickey’s father spent over 20 years working for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC so it’s no wonder she enjoys the adrenaline rush the Emergency Department has to offer.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time at her cross fit gym, going to country concerts, and sipping wine at one of Virginia’s great wineries.  

Nate Hiner

Active Violence with Fire 101

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Nate Hiner is a Lieutenant with the Arlington County Fire Department. Nate is in his 9th year with the department and is currently assigned to the Arlington County High Threat Response Program where he works on response policy and training specific to high threat events. In his current assignment Nate assists with managing a regional grant related to addressing Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks.  Nate is the lead warm zone care instructor for the department and is an adjunct instructor for the Arlington County Police Departments Tactical Training Unit. Nate is a member of the departments Technical Rescue Team having reached the rank of specialist within the team. Nate currently sits on the Northern Virginia High Threat Response Committee, the Washington DC Council of Governments Complex Coordinated Attack Working Group, the Washington DC Council of Governments Fire Intel Committee, as well as the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care as a member of the Board of Advisors. Nate is the lead instructor and course architect for the National Tactical Officers Association’s Rescue Task Force course.

John-Michael Keyes

OK, It hit the fan. Now What? Student Parent Reunification.

Carpe Audience - Deliver better presentation despite PowerPoint

CME Qualified

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For nearly a decade, Mr. Keyes has represented The "I Love U Guys" Foundation to districts, departments, agencies and organizations regarding school safety. Prior to that, his career has spanned graphic design, communications, writing, software and database development. The death of his daughter, Emily, at the hands of a gunman at Platte Canyon High School compelled Mr. Keyes to bring his professional expertise to the arena of school safety.

Today, Mr. Keyes is an internationally sought keynote speaker not just in the arena of school safety but often presents to law enforcement-only audiences.

Jad Lanigan

Rescue Task Forces and Conventional Transportation are Answers ... Not THE Answers!

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Lieutenant Jad Lanigan is currently the Commanding Officer of the Traffic Bureau, supervising the Motorcycle Enforcement Unit, Traffic Investigations Unit, Crash Investigations Team and DUI Team.  
He has proudly served the Aurora Police Department since January of 1996.  In his 23 years of law enforcement experience he has served in many specialty assignments throughout the organization.  He gained broad experience working as a Patrol Officer and Field Training Officer before he was selected to serve in the Traffic Unit as a member of the Motorcycle Enforcement Team.  
Jad promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January 2001 and worked in each of the three district stations as a Patrol Sergeant.  In 2002, he became the Sergeant of the Police Area Representatives in District 1; he held this position for three years.  In 2005, he was selected to develop and implement the new District 3 Direct Action Response Team.  He served as the Awards Board Chairman for over 5 years during his tenure as a Sergeant.  
In November of 2011, he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned as Watch Commander to oversee Patrol Operations. In February of 2013, he was selected as the District 3 Sector Commander where he oversaw the Direct-Action Response Team and the Police Area Representatives. In January of 2014, he was reassigned to the busiest district in the city where he oversaw 4 specialty crime fighting units that were responsible for coordinating resources to oversee problem-solving efforts, which include crime, quality of life, and traffic related issues that negatively impact the community. In January of 2016 he was reassigned to the Community Resources Section where he now oversees the day to day operations of the School Resource Officer (SRO) Unit, Senior Resource Officer, Volunteer Coordinator and the Volunteer and Intern Programs, as well as the Citizen and Senior Citizen Police Academy Programs.  In October of 2016, he was reassigned to the Investigative Support Section (ISS), supervising the Fugitive teams, Gang Unit, Intelligence Unit and Task Force Motor Vehicle Theft Unit.
Lieutenant Lanigan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Metro State University, Denver Colorado.  He has also attended the Public Safety Leadership Program offered through the University of Denver and has attended the IACP Leadership in Police Organizations management program. 
Lieutenant Lanigan was the Commanding Officer and first responder to the Century 16 shooting incident.  He was responsible for coordinating and implementing the initial police response, entry, arrest and initial investigation as the event unfolded.  For his actions he received the Distinguished Service Cross, Life Saving Award and the Meritorious Service Ribbon.

Hunter Martaindale

ALERRT: Current Research

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Dr. Hunter Martaindale is ALERRT's Director of Research where he is responsible for maintaining ALERRT’s ongoing research agenda. Hunter earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Texas State University in 2016. Hunter actively researches active shooter events, tactical police training, and the effects of stress on law enforcement decision-making. He has published a book on room entry techniques and a number of referred academic articles and reports on active shooter events and police tactics.

Christopher McAllister

Building a Regional Response to Active Attacker/CCTA Events

CME Qualified

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Christopher McAllister is a Senior Fire Captain and Paramedic with the Houston Fire Department. McAllister is an 18-year Public Safety professional in both the fire and EMS disciplines. He is certified by DHS in Active Shooter Incident Management, Operational Level Response to HazMat/WMD Incidents and by ALERRT as an instructor for both Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR) and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE).


After having an attempt made on his life at work and then being with his engine and paramedic ambulance crews when they were held at gun point, Sr. Capt. McAllister became an advocate for improving safety for fire and EMS responders to all types of violent incidents. This advocacy naturally progressed into seeking to improve response plans for fire and EMS personnel to active attacker and complex coordinated terrorist attack incidents. He has been fortunate in collaborating with representatives from multiple agencies and disciplines to build a joint regional response plan for the Houston/Harris County region. In addition to local changes, his efforts have led to legislative endeavors across 9 states and 2 continents.

Ethan Miles

Prehospital Innovation

CME Qualified

LTC Ethan Miles is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and board certified in Family Medicine. Upon graduation from residency, he served 5 years as a Battalion Surgeon in the 75th Ranger Regiment (US Army Special Operations Command). After completing a Master’s degree in Special Operations Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, he returned to the 75th Ranger Regiment in 2013. Over the past 5 years, he served as the 75th Ranger Regiment Command Surgeon. He has had multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. 


He is an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a member of the Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care and a board member of the Special Operations Medical Association. Currently, LTC Miles serves as the Maneuver Center of Excellence Surgeon where his focus is on bringing TC3 to the maneuver forces.

Jason Mitchell

When You Can't Run - Tactics and Strategies for Dealing with Active Shooters or Hostile Intruders in Hospital Critical Care Areas

Jason Mitchell is a Detective for the Pasadena Regional Intelligence Center and has been with the Pasadena Police Department for 18 years.  He has been a SWAT operator/medic for 15 years and licensed by the State of Texas as a Paramedic for 20+ years.  He has an extensive background in patrol operations, SWAT tactics and tactical medicine, serving in Patrol, SWAT, SRT, Narcotics and as an adjunct instructor for the Pasadena Police Academy.  Detective Mitchell also serves as the Health and Safety point of contact for all medical, blood-borne pathogen and bioterrorism-related issues for the police department.

Laura Norman

Mass Casualty Incident Response and Coordination: How Can Emergency Management Help?

CME Qualified

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Laura Norman is the Emergency Management Specialist in the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management and the Gulf Coast Division Supervisor for Texas Search and Rescue.  Ms. Norman has been involved in emergency and disaster response and management since 2005 working in Type I, II and III incidents of a variety of hazards throughout the country.

Rob Nunez

The Austin Serial Bomber

22 years with the Austin Police Department
5-year patrol and 17 years as a full time Bomb Technician

Greg Pass

Active Violence with Fire 101

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Lieutenant Greg Pass is a law enforcement professional with over 24 years’ experience serving in a large police department in the Washington, D.C. National Capital Region (Prince William County Police Department).  Lieutenant Pass currently serves as the Deputy Commander for the Special Operations Bureau and is the Assistant Team Commander for the department's full time SWAT Team.  His background includes experience in Criminal Investigations (Vice/Narcotics and Gang Unit), Operations, SWAT, and K-9 (handler and supervisor).  Full bio & resume available upon request.

Carly Posey

Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook - Anticipating the Unthinkable

CME Qualified

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Carly Posey is a national speaker and advocate for school safety. Two of her four children were inside Sandy Hook Elementary School when an armed man entered the building on December 14, 2012. The shooter made his way to her son’s first grade classroom, killing his teacher and a classmate. When he stopped to re-load, her son escaped, running to a nearby fire station. Her daughter, who remained hidden inside an art room office, also survived, but the lessons learned were significant. Carly’s other two children were at the intermediate school in Newtown where they were in lockdown the entire school day. The lack of preparedness within the community to respond and recover to such an incident left a lasting impression.


Today, as Mission Director for the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, Carly travels the country sharing her story to promote school safety and preparedness. Her experiences as a parent and a community member provide a compelling, often heartbreaking, case study for the need to prepare for the unthinkable. Carly has previously served as the Executive Director for the Safe2Tell Nonprofit and as Program Director for Anderson Software. She now lives in Colorado with her husband, Dave, and their four children.

Ryan Pourhassanian

Striving to Develop a Bleed Safe Community, Success in Partnerships

CME Qualified

Ryan Pourhassanian is a 12-year veteran with the Chino Valley Fire District. He currently holds the rank of firefighter/paramedic. Ryan has been involved in EMS for over 16-years. He has served in a variety of different roles throughout his career, such as a Tactical Medic (Fresno County Sheriff), Dive rescue Paramedic (American Ambulance-Fresno), and Haz-Mat Specialist. Ryan voluntarily serves on various committee’s/organizations. He is the co-leader for the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Cares CBRNE/TECC working group, and an American Heart Association Regional Faculty member for the California and Nevada region. Ryan is the program coordinator for the Chino Valley Fire District’s Bleed Safe Community program.

Tim Read

Law Enforcement's Role in a K-12 Threat Assessment Process

Tim Read is a Sergeant with the Westminster Police Department in Colorado.  Tim’s 24-year career in law enforcement is defined by his partnering with community resources, advocating for children, and managing complex investigations.  He currently leads the School Resource Officers Team and interfaces with juvenile service providers in Jefferson, Adams and Broomfield Counties, Colorado.  Tim is a Master TASER Instructor certifying a variety of security professional and law enforcement officers as instructors in use of force and TASER weapon systems.  Tim is the son of a career teacher, understands, and advocates for schools in addition to serving as a law enforcement representative on the Adams 12 District Threat Assessment Team. He has developed a variety of professional development courses for law enforcement, educators, and community audiences.

Brian Ruck

Lessons Learned - INOVA Fairfax Barricade and the Medical Task Force Model

CME Qualified

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Brian Ruck is a 1997 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in political science. He has 20 years of police experience within the National Capital Region (NCR). His experience includes fifteen years as a member of the Fairfax County Police Department SWAT Team, fifteen years as a law enforcement instructor including firearms, police sniper operations and active shooter response. Operationally, he has participated in over 1000 high risk operations as a member of SWAT. His supervisory experience includes assignments as a patrol sergeant, SWAT assistant team leader, and second lieutenant at the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy Firearms Training Unit. Brian has command level experience serving as the police department School Liaison Commander (SLC) in the Fairfax County Public School (FCPS) system's Office of Safety and Security (OSS), the Police Liaison Commander (PLC) at the Public Safety Communications Center (PSTOC) and Staff Duty Officer overseeing patrol operations. Brian is currently assigned as Commander of the Mount Vernon District Station overseeing 155 employees. Additionally, Brian serves as an alternate Special Operations Division Commander.
In addition to his operational and training endeavors, Brian has extensive experience managing large budgets, sourcing logistics, government purchasing, and policy writing. While supervising the Firearms Training Unit Brian managed a budget of over two million dollars and an extensive inventory of ammunition and weapons for both the Fairfax County Police Department and Sheriff’s Office.


Brian developed an active shooter training program for response to a large scale paramilitary attack. This program has been adopted by law enforcement agencies within the NCR as well as the state of South Carolina. This training and response model has been delivered to thousands of public safety personnel across the country. Brian continues to enhance and develop the agency's mass casualty response through joint training and course development with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. In addition to training and course development Brian has authored and co-authored several articles as a subject matter expert.

Geoff Shapiro

TECC 2019 Update

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Geoffrey L. Shapiro is the EMS & Operational Medicine Training Director for the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, as well as a co-founder and executive board member of the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care. He has been involved in EMS since 1990, and for more than 15 years is a program manager and lead emergency medicine instructor at a premier federal law enforcement agency training center located in the National Capital Region. Recently, Geoff has worked with various military special operations forces providing tactical casualty care and specialized emergency medicine courses, and continues to provide systems development consultation, operational support, education, and training to various fire departments, EMS agencies, law enforcement agencies, and hospitals in the arenas of TECC and integrated operations during high threat incidents. He is also an Interagency Planning Group and faculty member for the Joint Counter Terrorism Awareness Workshop Series conducted by DHS-FEMA/FBI/NCTC and has developed a series of FEMA accredited courses on delivering TECC to various audiences.

E. Reed Smith

TECC 2019 Update

Bringing Hospitals into Whole of Community Preparedness

CME Qualified

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Dr. Smith is currently the Operational Medical Director for the Arlington County Police and Fire Department, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine, and an attending physician at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, VA. He has spent the last 12 years developing training and programs to address regional emergency preparedness and operational gaps in the National Capital Region, including as the operational medical director for the former National Medical Response Team - National Capitol Region and as a medical team manager for the Virginia Task Force-1 Urban Search and Rescue team. Dr. Smith also currently is a member of the health and medical responder safety subgroup under the federal Interagency Board, a collaborative group of federal and local first responders that exists to standardize and provide strategic vison for first responders. In his current position as OMD for Arlington County, he oversees all medical operations, provider education, QA and medical protocols, and has developed new and innovative Fire/EMS programs including unique operational EMS sub-specialty teams and an innovative pre-hospital Rescue Task Force response to Active Shooter and explosive scenarios. In 2011, he co-founded and now co-chairs the non-profit Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) to facilitate medical knowledge transfer from combat to civilian use and has developed programs and taught TECC to thousands of police and Fire/EMS first responders. Well known for his work in high threat medical response, especially involving active shooter/active killing events, Dr. Smith frequently presents at national and international medical conferences and delivers training to many groups ranging from tactical to operational to hospital based. Clinically, he continues to practice as an emergency physician and is actively involved in the George Washington University fellowship in Disaster and EMS. Reed is a former EMS provider and Navy Field Medical Corpsman.

Brian White

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train-the-Trainer

Mike Weissman

Creating Truly Resilient Bleed Safe Communities

CME Qualified

Mike Weissman joins the board bringing with him 27 years of tactical medicine and operational experience as a Navy Corpsman with Naval Special Operations and a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman the Marine Corps. Mike served on multiple combat deployments and retired in 2016. He is currently a firefighter in the Las Vegas metro area and works as a Heavy Rescue Captain and Urban Search and Rescue team member. Mike is known throughout the special operations community as a premier mentor and educator, and uses these skills safety committees for his city and state.

Jason Wilson

Building a Regional Response to Active Attacker/CCTA Events

Jason “Bear” Wilson is a Captain on the Hazardous Materials Response Team at the Houston Fire Department and a Reserve Deputy at the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 1.  Wilson is a 23+ year Public Safety/Incident Management professional with 23 years of Fire/EMS and 6 years of Law Enforcement experience.  Wilson is a Doctoral Student in the Department of Educational Administration & Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University.  His academic interests include Training and Development, Human Capital, Adult Education, Leadership, Organization Development, Firefighter and Law Enforcement safety and survival.  During Wilson’s 23-year firefighting career, he spent 15 years as a Logistics Specialist on FEMA/Texas Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue team.  In 2006, Wilson received the Firefighter of the Year award for his service during Hurricane Katrina rescue and recovery efforts.  He received the Medal of Valor for his service at the World Trade Center after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Wilson is certified by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training center as an Active Attack Integrated Response (AAIR), First Responder Medical (FRM), Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) instructor.  He holds the following Texas Commission on Fire Protection certificates: Master Firefighter, Master Fire Service Instructor III, Incident Safety Officer, Fire Officer IV, Hazardous Materials Incident Commander, Hazardous Materials Technician, Master Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Master Fire Investigator, and Master Fire Inspector.  Wilson holds an Advanced Peace Officer and Instructor certifications with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.
 

Abigail Wintrow

Bringing Hospitals into Whole of Community Preparedness

Clifford Woitena

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Train-the-Trainer

Clifford Woitena is a Lieutenant with the League City Police Department and has been a police officer for 22 years. He is currently assigned as the supervisor over the agency’s Training Unit and also serves as the Commander for the department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT). Cliff has his Master Peace Officer license from the State of Texas, a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University, a graduate certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia and is a graduate of the 258th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. Cliff has received 3 Medals of Valor from the League City Police Department and an Officer of the Year Award for Heroism from the 100 Club of Houston.
 

Prior to becoming a police officer, Cliff served as an infantry Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps (1992-1996). During this time, he was trained in Gas and Oil Platform Seizures, Maritime Interdiction Operations, Over the Horizon Small Boat Raids and Hostage Rescue, as wells as, the traditional infantry skills. Cliff’s first duty station was the Polaris Missile Facility in Goose Creek, South Carolina, where he served as a security force member protecting assets vital to national security. He was later transferred to Bravo Company 1st Battalion 1st Marines, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). When Cliff returned from the Persian Gulf, he was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps and entered law enforcement.
 

Since entering law enforcement, Cliff has approximately 16 years of special operations experience. He is an experienced explosive breacher and entry team member, as well as, entry team leader. Cliff has also crossed trained as a precision marksman and hostage negotiator. In his time as an entry team leader, Cliff has successfully planned and executed numerous high risk operations to include everything from basic high risk warrants up to and including hostage rescues. Cliff takes his training very seriously and continues to expand his capabilities and tests his skills through routine rigorous training.
 

Cliff teaches nationally for both the ALERRT Center (since 2005) and the Safariland Training Group (since 2009). He teaches active shooter response, breaching, firearms, high risk operations and patrol tactics.

Lisa Wright

Joint Active Shooter Protection and Response (JASPR)

Lisa has 13 cumulative years of government service experience - including three years as a program lead for all
of Army's Physical Security (Protection) material solutions of the future, and three years specializing in the
holistic protection of critical assets. She began her career as a Military Police officer and currently serves with
the Army's Office of the Provost Marshall General's Strategic Initiatives Group.