Speaker Bios

Listed Alphabetically by Last Name

Tom Clark
Chief Gregg A. Cleveland
Carlo Davila

Dan DeGryse, B.A., CADC, CEAP, LAP/C
Jacob A. Dettmering, MS, NREMT-P
Tom Ermann
Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter
Chief Bobby Halton
Special Agent Kevin Heimerl
Jason Mims
Chief Jerry Minor
Chief Peter O'Leary
Chief Steve Schreiber
Michelle Strauss
Allison Thompson

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Tom Clark
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition, What You Need to Know

Past President of the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association and a Lieutenant on Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue. Involved with the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition (WFSC) and the WisSAFE programs.

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Chief Gregg A. Cleveland
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition, What You Need to Know

Chief Cleveland is the fire chief for the City of La Crosse and has spent the last 38 years in the Wisconsin Fire Service. He has served as fire chief in three communities and brings a diverse background in the fire service. He is a Past President of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’, chairman of the SPS 314 council, and Chairman of the Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition and secretary of NFPA’s Fire Service Executive Board. He has served on a number of DSPS councils and committees such as explosives, commercial building, fire prevention, and manufactured homes. He has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Lakeland College, and an Associate Degree in Fire Protection Technology from Fox Valley Technical College. Chief Cleveland is graduate of the Executive Fire Officers’ Program.

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Carlo Davila
Friday, June 23 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Fusion Center /STAC (Southeastern Threat Analysis Center) Overview

I have been with the Milwaukee Police Department for almost 22 years and a Detective for 16 years. I started out as a patrol officer and then was moved over to our Vice Control Division where I worked in an undercover capacity. I continued various roles working in the narcotics field and was then accepted to the (HIDTA) High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Drug Gang Task Force.  As a Task Force officer I worked with the FBI, DEA, ATF and US Marshals to identify, disrupt and dismantle violent drug gangs, by way of wire taps, surveillance, counter surveillance and the use of grand jury’s in the Federal Court system. After 11 years in the narcotics field, I moved over to our Criminal Investigation Bureau assigned to our Violent Crimes Investigation Unit. In this role I investigated shootings, robberies and stabbings. In 2011 I was assigned to our Intelligence Fusion Center and headed up our Social Media Intelligence Unit. In 2013 I completed my Protective Service Operations Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy and became the lead for the Milwaukee Police Department’s Dignitary Protection Unit. In that role I am assigned to the United States Secret Service as a Protective Intelligence Counterpart. I also liaison with other Dignitary Protection Units for various local, national and international Dignitaries. Currently I am still overseeing this unit as well as recently being assigned to the Southeastern Threat Analysis Center as the Outreach and Training Coordinator. In this role I am tasked with developing partnerships in public and private sector groups to establish statewide collaborative information sharing, with the mission to prevent, detect, deter, and respond to acts of terrorism.

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Dan DeGryse, B.A., CADC, CEAP, LAP/C
Friday, June 23 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Stress, Addiction, Suicide in the Fire Service

Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
The Benefits of Peer Support in your Behavioral Health Program

Dan is a 28-year firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department who has served as an officer for 22 years.  Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. Dan has been a member of the International Association of Firefighters Labor/EAP committee since 2002. He also served as the Coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters’ Union Local 2's Employee Assistance Program for 14 years.

Dan holds degrees from two universities; A Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Wabash College.  Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP/C), a Certified ARISE Interventionist (CAI), and holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).

Previously, Dan worked six years as a counselor at a private hospital, where his experience included individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults in the area of addictions and behavior management.
Dan has received several awards throughout his career. One that he is most proud of is the 2009 “Illinois Firefighter of the year” award he received from the Illinois VFW.

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Jacob A. Dettmering, MS, NREMT-P
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Breaking Bad-Wisconsin: The Impact on the Fire Service

Jake is the President (CEO) of Emergency Services Training, LLC which specializes in hands on and classroom training of law enforcement, fire service personnel, and EMS. Jake is a Career Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of West Allis (WI). Jake is also a Fire/Arson Investigator for Germantown Fire Department (WI) and works for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as the Regional Trauma Coordinator, assigned to the Southeast region of the State. Jake has worked with the Drug Enforcement Administration as an adjunct instructor on many topics including tactical medicine, street drugs and clandestine drug labs as well as written several policies and procedures for Federal and State Law Enforcement pertaining to Narcan use. Jake is a DEA certified Clandestine Drug Lab Technician, trained by staff at the DEA Academy in Quantico, VA. Jake has a Master’s of Science Degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University.  

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Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
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Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Friday, June 23 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
Labor and Employment Legal Update and the Understanding First Amendment: What the Fire Chief needs to know!

Kyle Gulya is a Shareholder in the Labor and Employment Law Section. Kyle advises both public and privatesectoremployers with employment- and labor-related issues including regulatory compliance, antidiscrimination practices, contractual and workplace policy matters, and personnel management. He handles numerous aspects of labor-management relations from advising clients during union organizing campaigns to serving as chief negotiator during collective bargaining negotiations. He also advises clients regarding complex internal investigations and effectively resolving personnel disputes. Kyle frequently advises clients regarding employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, covenants not to compete, and confidentiality agreements. Kyle also assists clients with crisis communications and effectively handling crisis situations, and he regularly advises clients regarding Wisconsin’s Public Records Law and Open Meetings Law.

Kyle has extensive experience involving the unique employment- and labor-related issues faced by Police Departments, Fire Departments, Sheriff’s Departments and Police & Fire Commissions. Kyle works closely with law enforcement professionals regarding management-side labor- and employment-related issues. Kyle is very proud of his relationships with the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, the Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Education Association, and the Wisconsin Police Leadership Foundation.

Kyle also regularly advises school districts regarding education-related issues, including issues involving student records and discipline, contract renewal and nonrenewal, and other unique issues affecting school boards and school districts. Kyle served as President and on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin School Attorneys Association, and he has presented to School Administrators and Board Members on numerous education-law related topics.

Kyle frequently presents on labor- and employment-related issues throughout Wisconsin and nationally. Kyle has also written numerous articles regarding labor- and employment-related issues, Wisconsin’s Public Records Law, and Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law.

In 2011, the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association awarded Kyle with the NPELRA Pacesetter Award for his work in conducting supervisor training programs for the Wisconsin Public Employer Labor Relations Association. Kyle has also been recognized on several occasions as a Wisconsin Rising Star in Employment & Labor Law. Kyle has served on the Board of Directors for the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin. During law school, Kyle was Senior Managing Editor and Malt & Barley Editor for the Wisconsin Law Review, a member of the University of Wisconsin Moot Court Board, and a judicial intern for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Diane Sykes.

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Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter
Saturday, June 24 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cardiovascular and Carcinogenic Risks in Modern Firefighting

Matthew (Hair-ter) began his career in the fire service with the Harvard, Illinois Fire Protection District in 1990. During this same time, he worked for TEK Ambulance and Metro Medical Services as a paramedic responding to 911 calls in the Chicago and Rockford Illinois areas. As he approached the end of his nursing education at Rockford College in 1996, he was hired by the City of Kenosha Fire Department. Haerter has been a Nationally Registered Paramedic for 22 Years.

During his two decades with the KFD, Haerter has been involved with all divisions of the department , with emphasis in Suppression, EMS, Fire Prevention, and Training. Within seven years of his initial hire, he was leading the KFD’s highly respected Basic Recruit Training program and was named the head of the Training Division in 2003. Haerter was promoted through a competitive process to his current rank Battalion Chief in 2005. He has led KFD’s exceptional personnel in thousands of emergency situations including large scale emergency medical calls, fires, motor vehicle crashes, specialized rescues, aircraft crashes, tornadoes, wind shear events, and hazardous materials incidents. In addition, Haerter serves as the department’s Battalion Chief of Operations and therefore is responsible for operational policy, budgets, and the KFD’s participation in the mutual aid box alarm system (MABAS). He was asked to lead the department’s apparatus committee, and has led the efforts that delivered needed and specially designed fire engines, ladder trucks, jet skis, ambulances, ATV’s, and command vehicles.

Haerter works with the State of Wisconsin Technical College System. He takes pride in working with Firefighters statewide to develop and revise curriculum for Firefighter certifications in the areas of Firefighter 1 and 2 as well as Fire Officer courses.He also worked with other area fire professionals to develop and then instruct Gateway Technical College’s Company Officer Leadership Academy (COLA) which affords aspiring or tenured supervisors real-world educational opportunities to ensure success.

Haerter has most recently been honored to be deeply involved with University of Illinois Fire Service Institute, Underwriters Laboratories, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as they research the Cardiovascular and Carcinogenic Impact on Modern Firefighters. This research has been on-going for almost 2 years and is directly impacting the KFD through apparatus design, post fire exposure protocol, and tactics utilized at our fires. Haerter continues to work with the University of Illinois outside of this study in the capacity of a field instructor responsible for development of testing materials and has spoken to audiences regionally on the results of the research and other topics.  
During his career, Matt has been personally recognized for vehicle rescues, fire incidents, water rescues, interagency incidents, and command decisions for emergencies. Haerter holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science, Bachelors Degree in Public Administration, and a Masters Degree in Public Safety Organizational Leadership. As part of his commitment to lifelong learning, Matt is a United States Fire Administration National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer graduate, and was one of only 140 people nationally who was selected to participate in the United States Army War College National Security Seminar. Haerter is also one of less than 800 Chief officers worldwide to be accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence as a Chief Fire Officer Designee.

Matt is active at multiple levels of the community and has been fortunate to work with Salem Boy Scout Troop 328 for the last 9 years. Most recently he has served as an Assistant Scout Master while also continuing his membership with the National Eagle Scout Association.

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Chief Bobby Halton
Friday, June 23 :: 10:00am - 11:00am
Misplaced Priorities

Chief Bobby Halton ret. is the editor in chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) since 2005. Chief Halton is also the Editorial Director for Fire Rescue and Fire Apparatus magazines as well as Firefighter Nation website. Chief Halton is a native New Yorker whose family has deep roots in the fire service and law enforcement communities. He began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) Fire Department and rose through the ranks to include chief of training. Bobby was chief of operations until his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department, Bobby left Coppell to assume the duties as editor in chief of Fire Engineering Magazine. Chief Halton is currently a member and Assistant Chief of Training for the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department in Collinsville Oklahoma.

Chief Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, left a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and has served on several of the NFPA technical committees, is seated on the National Advisory board of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Chief Halton has worked as a subject matter expert in NIOHS firefighter Line of Duty Death investigations. Chief Halton has served with the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Anti-Terrorism Assistance Program. He is active with the National Fallen Firefighters, the Firefighters Cancer Support Network, the Fire Smoke Coalition, the Florian Program for firefighter substance abuse treatment and mental health issues and the Advocates for Fire-Based EMS. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States, Canada and internationally.

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Special Agent Kevin Heimerl
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Fire Investigations and The Fire Chief: Do You Know Your Responsibilities and Available Resources? 

Special Agent Heimerl has been employed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation – Arson Bureau since 2004. Special Agent Heimerl is a Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) through the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) and previous recipient of the IAAI Investigator of the Year Award.

Special Agent Heimerl attended the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and received a BS in a double major of Criminal Justice and Political Science.

Prior to being employed by WI DOJ/DCI, Special Agent Heimerl was employed with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department for 14 years, with 11 of those years as a Detective. While employed with Columbia County, Special Agent Heimerl conducted fire investigations for the Sheriff’s Department, and assisted local fire departments with origin and cause investigations.

Special Agent Heimerl has instructed on various fire investigation topics, to include Fire Patterns, Origin & Cause Determination, Fire Scene Preservation, and Initial Origin & Cause for the Company Officer, and has presented this training to numerous local fire service and law enforcement personnel throughout the state. Special Agent Heimerl and his colleagues provide instruction semi-annually for the IAAI-Wisconsin Chapter’s Basic Fire Investigation course.

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Jason Mims
Friday, June 23 :: 2:00pm - 3:20pm
Stress, Addiction, Suicide in the Fire Service

Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
The Benefits of Peer Support in your Behavioral Health Program

Jason Mims has served as the Health Safety Manager for the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) for the past ten years. He served in the US Army in the area of preventive medicine for nine years. He is an EMT-Basic, Registered Sanitarian, and Peer Fitness Trainer. With amazing joint labor management support, Mr. Mims designed, implemented, and integrated each area of the MFD Health Program. The program includes safety, fitness and performance, behavioral health, injury rehabilitation, annual physicals, and health promotion. Since 2010, this firefighter-centered integrated health program has led to 99% participation in fitness assessments and medical screenings, a lost time injury reduction of 55%, savings of $2.4 million in injury pay, $9 million in backfill pay, and a customized firefighter injury rehabilitation program. The program motto is “Guard Your Health.”  Mr. Mims has presented for the Metro Chiefs Conference, International Foundation of Employee Benefits, the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association.

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Chief Jerry Minor
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Taking Care of Our Own-A discussion of benefits and services available to the, injured or family of a deceased, Emergency Service Responder.

Fire service member since 1978
Full time Chief -Instructor for both Fire and Emergency Medical services for VTAE for 20 years

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Chief Peter O'Leary
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Fire Investigations and The Fire Chief: Do You Know Your Responsibilities and Available Resources?

Attorney Gulya represents public-sector employers throughout Wisconsin. He frequently works with Fire Chiefs and Police Chiefs regarding personnel management issues including internal investigations, discipline, and legal compliance, as well as matters requiring involvement of Police & Fire Commissions.

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Chief Steve Schreiber
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Taking Care of Our Own-A discussion of benefits and services available to the, injured or family of a deceased, Emergency Service Responder.

Chief Steven L. Schreiber is a 1995 water recovery incident survivor. He began his fire service career with the Alma Center Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter in 1980, and later was co-founder the Alma Center 1st Responders. In 1984 Chief Schreiber became a State of Wisconsin Licensed Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), serving as a volunteer EMT with the Black River Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Chief Schreiber is a graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College, where he obtained a degree in Police Science serving the City of Black River Falls as a Police Officer. Chief Schreiber joined the Black River Falls Fire Department serving in the capacity of Firefighter, Fire Captain III, Fire Captain II, Fire Captain I, Assistant Fire Chief III, Assistant Fire Chief II and Assistant Fire Chief I. He attended training at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD. In 1991 Chief Schreiber became Service Director for Black River EMS. In 2003 he became Chief of the Black River Falls Rural Fire Department.

Chief Schreiber has served as Special Deputy Sheriff, County Dive Team Member, and Deputy Coroner for Jackson County.Chief Schreiber serves as the WI State Coordinator of the Local Assistant State Team (L.A.S.T.).  

L.A.S.T. is a program through the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance that assists departments suffering a line of duty death. He maintains active membership with numerous professional and trade organizations as well as serves on, or chairs, several boards.  


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Michelle Strauss
Saturday, June 24 :: 8:30am - 9:50am
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:40am - 12:00pm
Taking Care of Our Own-A discussion of benefits and services available to the, injured or family of a deceased, Emergency Service Responder.

 Michelle Strauss is a 36 year veteran of the insurance industry having worked with Public Entities and Non-Profits Organizations prior to joining The Horton Group (formerly Laub Group) in 1990.

For the last 26 years, Michelle has served hundreds of Public Entity Clients throughout Wisconsin. With a focus on partnering with her prospective clients to procure the appropriate insurance coverage, Michelle has an extensive client list.

Michelle’s commitment to Public Entities extends beyond her role within the insurance firm. Serving as a representative of the National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation Local Assistance State Team, serving on the Wisconsin State Fire Chief Association’s Membership Committee, developing educational programs such as “Insurance 101 for the Municipality, Worker’s Compensation Coverage & Today’s Emergency Service Organizations, and speaking at Emergency Service, Municipal Clerk & Treasurer’s meetings are just a few of the ways that Michelle demonstrates her commitment to Public Entities throughout the State of Wisconsin.

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Allison Thompson
Friday, June 23 :: 3:40pm - 5:00pm
CPR in Schools