Speaker Bios

Listed Alphabetically by Last Name

Asst. Chief Steven Beer
Chief Kevin Bierce
David Bradley
Chuck Brukell
Chief Darryl Christensen
Retired Chief Chris Hohol, CET, CFI, CIT
Chief Ed Janke
Moira J. Kelly
Drs. Tim & Victoria McGrath
Karl Nollenberger, Ph.D.
Chief Peter O'Leary
Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher
Chief John-Paul Schilling
Jack Snook
Keith Tveit
Keith Tyson
Chad Weinstein 

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Asst. Chief Steven Beer
Saturday, June 28 :: 10:15am –11:45am
It's All About Attitude: How To Gain Effect Positive Change in Your Organization Through Collaboration

Steven R. Beer is a 24 year veteran of the City of Fond du Lac Fire Department (FDLFD), and is assigned as the Assistant Chief of Operations. Beer is also an adjunct instructor for Moraine Park Technical College and holds a bachelor's degree in Homeland Security form Marian University. Beer is in his fourth year of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) and holds a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

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Chief Kevin Bierce
Saturday, June 28 :: 9:45am – 11:15am
MABAS Fireground Command Operations

Kevin Bierce currently serves as the Fire Chief of the City of Pewaukee where is has been Chief for the past 7 years. Kevin is a member of the Southeast Wisconsin Incident Management Team and adjunct faculty at Waukesha County and Moraine Park Technical Colleges. Kevin is a graduate of the US Fire Academy and the US Army Officers Command Course. He resides in Pewaukee with his Wife Katrina and daughter Meg.

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David A. Bradley, B.S., NREMT
Friday, June 27 :: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Dirtballs, Frequent Flyers, & Taxi Runs

Saturday, June 28 :: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Making Sense Of How To Eat An Elephant, A Discussion About Risk

David is Director of EMS Programs and an Education and Training Specialist for VFIS, a subsidiary of the Glatfelter Insurance Group. His responsibilities include: national delivery of education and training programs, consulting services, curriculum development, and information analysis for VFIS.

Dave has over thirty-six years of experience in Emergency Services. He has functioned in many roles during his career from volunteer EMT to Career EMS Chief. He is a Nationally Registered Paramedic and holds a Bachelors Degree in Safety Engineering.

Dave has presented on various topics in the areas of emergency service, risk control, health, and safety. He remains active as a Paramedic in Lebanon, PA.

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Chuck Burkell
Saturday, June 28 :: 2:45pm
Closing Keynote
Gettysburg and the Civil War: Lessons in Leadership

Chuck Burkell of Gettysburg, Pa. provides leadership, management, and organizational development services to public and private sector clients. Mr. Burkell recently retired after 33 years of Federal Service at the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency/U.S. Fire Administration in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His Executive Education Programs responsibilities included the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP), the Executive Education curriculum, the Harvard Fellowship Program, and the EFOP Applied Research Project process. He had guided the EFOP since its inception in 1985. Mr. Burkell has presented seminars, workshops, and keynote presentations nationally in nearly every State and in Canada. He is a recipient of the International Association of Fire Chiefs President's Award, and in 2011 was awarded the "Everett Hudiberg Award" from Fire Protection Publications/International Fire Service Training Association. Mr. Burkell has earned a Masters of Business Administration. He has served as Associate Professor at Mt. St. Mary's University, instructing within the Graduate Program of Business. His professional and public service affiliations have included the International Association of Fire Chiefs having served as an associate member on the Professional Development Committee for almost two decades. He recently served as a supporting faculty member at the Kennedy School of Government/Harvard University within the "The Art & Practice of Leadership Development" Program. Mr. Burkell is a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park and is a consultant to FCC Services in support of The Gettysburg Leadership Experience which uses the Battle of Gettysburg as a tool for leadership development. He has provided interpretive services for hundreds of executives and managers on the fields of Gettysburg in efforts to help them exercise leadership more effectively.

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Chief Darryl Christensen
Saturday, June 28 :: 9:45am – 11:15am
MABAS Fireground Command Operations 

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Retired Chief Chris Hohol, CET, CFI, CIT
Thursday, June 26 :: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Pre-Conference Seminar:
Managing the Release of BLACK GOLD in My Backyard
Time to pull out and dust off my IAP, OOPS the IAP is blank, now what?

Chris Hohol, CET, CFI, CIT is the Retired Fire Chief for the Village of Bellevue WI and Industrial Firefighter and HazMat Technician with 28 years experience in the Fire Service; including Municipal and Industrial. He has been active in management level positions since 1997; provided leadership and management for a 55-member fire department and liaison with contracted Law Enforcement Staff of 9. Responsible for Animal Control Officers and Village Emergency Management as Deputy Emergency Management Director. Held Positions as Firefighter, Team Leader Captain of Special Operations, Captain of Training, Interim Chief and Chief.

Prior to working for the Village of Bellevue, he held Positions in the Industrial Fire and HazMat Response profession for several multi national and international private contractors. In these positions Hohol was responsible for management of Emergency Response Operations, including Emergency Response to fires, hazmat releases and natural disasters.  Chris is the current Owner of Fire & Industrial Response Enterprises, LLC a training and consulting company specializing in the fields of Occupational Safety and Health, Public Safety, Mine Safety and Health Part 46, Emergency Management, and other related Emergency Response and preparedness fields.  Chris is an Adjunct Instructor for Fire and Public Safety as well as Corporate Training at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI. Currently the Planning Section Chief for the State of WI Complex (Type 2) Incident Management Team.

In addition to other certifications, Chris is Board Certified as a Certified Instructional Technologist and Certified Environmental Trainer in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health and Emergency Response as Accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards.

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Chief Ed Janke
Thursday, June 26 :: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Pre-Conference Seminar:
Managing the Release of BLACK GOLD in My Backyard
Time to pull out and dust off my IAP, OOPS the IAP is blank, now what?

Saturday, June 28 :: 9:45am – 11:15am
MABAS Fireground Command Operations

Chief Ed Janke began his public safety career in 1983 and has been a firefighter since 1991. He currently serves as the Director of Public Safety for the Village of Howard. The Howard Fire Department is an ISO Class 3, full service combination department providing a range of traditional and non-traditional emergency and community services. A Chief Officer since 2004, he has served as company officer and training officer.

Ed is a former Associate Dean of Public Safety with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, WI. A career law enforcement officer, he ultimately held the rank of Chief Deputy at the Brown County Sheriff's Department prior to retiring. While at the Sheriff's Department, he also commanded the Emergency Response Unit, which is comprised of the Tactical Unit, Field Force and the Bomb Squad.

A graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, he holds an M.S. in Organizational Management. Ed is a Certified Fire Officer, Engineer/Aerial Operator and Fire Instructor. He instructs all levels of Incident Command courses including Command and General Staff, as well as position specific instruction. He also instructs management related topics including leadership, organizational assessment, risk management, and strategic planning.

Ed is also a law enforcement instructor. He holds State of Wisconsin Unified Tactical Instructor ratings in Professional Communications, Firearms, Defense and Arrest Tactics and Emergency Vehicle Operations. He is a Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Instructor-Trainer for Vehicle Contacts Instruction. Ed is an Instructor-Trainer for explosive related terrorism courses as well as SWAT Command, SWAT Operator Counter-Terrorism, Force Protection as well as Counter Terrorism courses related to biological and chemical weapons.

Ed serves on the Wisconsin NIMS Advisory Group and the Brown County Fire Investigation Task Force Board of Directors. He has served as the President of Brown County MABAS Division 112 since 2007 and is the Coordinator for the MABAS Division 112 IMT. Ed was appointed as Vice President of MABAS Wisconsin in 2009 and has been President of MABAS Wisconsin since 2011.

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Moira J. Kelly
Saturday, June 28 :: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Listen Up! How Being Aware of Listening Styles Makes You A Better Leader

Ms. Kelly, "The Dispute Doctor"™, is president of KELLY CONSULTING LLC, a firm that concentrates in consulting and training on dispute resolution, labor relations, and organizational effectiveness. She has extensive experience in resolving organizational and dispute resolution problems within unionized and non-unionized firms. She has been an effective mediator in hundreds of disputes, including cases concerning workplace issues, discrimination, labor contract interpretation, medical malpractice, wrongful death, special education and civil court subjects. She is a nationally regarded trainer and speaker on a variety of organizational development and conflict management issues for all levels of audiences. Ms. Kelly has worked with private and public sector organizations and both for-profit and not-for profit agencies to improve workplace effectiveness and to reduce workplace conflict.

Prior to establishing her company in 1998, Ms. Kelly served in various management capacities for domestic and international manufacturing and utility firms, including positions as vice-president of human resources and labor relations for firms with over $100 million in sales. She served five years as a gubernatorial appointment to Wisconsin's first Labor + Management Cooperation Council. In September of 2011, she received the Melvin Lurie Labor-Management Cooperation Prize from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee for outstanding service in the cause of promoting, creating or researching labor-management cooperation.

Ms. Kelly is an adjunct associate Professor of Dispute Resolution in Marquette's Graduate Programs in Dispute Resolution. She has also been an adjunct assistant Professor of Law at the Marquette University Law School. She co-authored the sections on grievance mediation and workplace conflict for Alternative Dispute Resolution by Jay E. Grenig (2005 Thomsen West). Her book How To Cost A Labor Contract was published by the Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) in the summer of 2011. She is currently working on a new book about effective workplace dispute resolution.

Ms. Kelly has worked extensively with a number of fire departments in topics such as dispute resolution, supervisory effectiveness, cultural competency, and managerial development. She has presented workshops for the IAFF and is one of the instruction team teachers for the Company Officer Leadership Academy (COLA) program at Gateway Technical College.

Ms. Kelly's educational background includes a Masters in Dispute Resolution degree, a Master of Science in Management, and a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Drs. Tim & Victoria McGrath
Friday, June 27:: 1:15pm – 2:45pm
I've Read All the Leadership Books – Why Isn't it Working?

Dr. Tim McGrath is President of McGrath Consulting Group, Inc. a public safety & human resource consulting firm with clients in 17 states and the United Arab Emeritus. He has over 33 years of experience in the fire/EMS service and 16 years as a consultant.

Dr. McGrath began his career as a volunteer firefighter and became a career firefighter/paramedic rising to the rank of Fire Chief. He holds a Doctorate degree in Management; dual Masters degree in Public Administration & Management; Bachelor degree in Education; & Associate degree in Fire Science.

Dr. Victoria McGrath is CEO of McGrath Consulting Group, Inc. She has over 19 years in the field of human resource. Dr. Victoria McGrath's experience has been both in the public and private sectors and oversees clients' activities involving all facets of human resource systems.

Dr. McGrath is an adjunct professor at the Doctorate and Masters level for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and at the Masters level at Northwestern University. Her Doctoral degree focused on local municipal government and its efforts in quality initiatives. She holds a Masters degree in management and a dual Bachelors degree in Business and Labor Relations.

Tim and Victoria (or both) have been speakers for the Illinois Fire Chiefs, Wisconsin Fire Chiefs, Indiana Fire Chiefs, St. Clair County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Michigan, and Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy.

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Karl Nollenberger, Ph.D.
Friday, June 27:: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
City Administrator Round Table

Karl Nollenberger, Ph.D. is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the Department of Public Administration. Dr. Nollenberger is a former city/county manager and served as President of the International City/County Management Association in 1994-95.

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Chief Peter O'Leary
Saturday, June 28 :: 10:15am –11:45am
It's All About Attitude: How To Gain Effect Positive Change in Your Organization Through Collaboration

Fire Chief Peter O'Leary is a 33-year fire service veteran and holds a bachelor's of science degree from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Public Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology and is a graduate for the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program. O'Leary had held various positions throughout his fire service career in Illinois, New Hampshire and is currently in Fond du Lac.

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Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher
Friday, June 27:: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Lessons Learned from the Sikh Temple Shooting - Fire Service Response to Active Shooter Incidents

Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher has been in the fire service for over 25 years- serving as a volunteer, military, and career firefighter. Joe has served as Oak Creek Fire Department's (WI) EMS coordinator, Special Operations coordinator, and Training Chief.

Joe holds various Wisconsin State Certifications to include Fire Officer II and Fire Instructor II. He has served as an instructor for Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) and Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). He is a graduate of MATC's Fire Science (AAS) program and Southern Illinois University's Fire Service Management (BS) program. Currently, Joe is in the fourth year of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program.

Joe has been a member of the Oak Creek TEMS unit since its inception and is endorsed by the State of Wisconsin as a TEMS Operator. Currently, Joe is working closely with the Oak Creek Police Department to develop warm-zone medicine in a less-than-safe environment. Procedures will involve a coordinated effort between fire service and law enforcement agencies.

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Chief John-Paul Schilling
Saturday, June 28 :: 10:00am – 11:30am
Managing Up and Down the Generational Ladder

John-Paul Schilling was appointed to serve the City of Cedar Falls as Chief of the Cedar Falls Fire Department on December 12, 2008. Prior to Schilling's appoint he has served in varying capacities and leadership roles in Iowa and Alabama. Prior to coming to Cedar Falls Schilling served on the Ankeny Fire Department (Iowa) as Deputy Chief, in that role he managed the day-to-day operations of the department along with improving the quality of services provided to the citizens of Ankeny. In addition, Schilling worked with other fire and emergency service agencies within Polk County to improve mutual aid response and coordination of services, the outcome was the creation of Polk County's Tiered Emergency Asset Management System (TEAMS). Before serving in the State of Iowa, Schilling served with the Eufaula Fire Department in Eufaula, Alabama, and Ozark Fire Department in Ozark, Alabama. Schilling's education includes paramedic certification, a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration with emphasis on Fire Science from Upper Iowa University. Schilling also has numerous fire related training courses from various sources. Schilling is a graduate of the United States Fire Administrations Executive Fire Officer Program.

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Jack Snook
Thursday, June 26 :: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Pre-Conference Seminar:
Leading the New Fire Service Reality

Friday, June 27 :: 8:30am
Opening Keynote
Facing Forward Moving On

Mr. Snook founded ESCI in 1976. He brings with him over 44 years of private and public sector experience at multiple levels. His formal education includes a Master's degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration, and an Associates of Arts degree in Fire Science. His career ranges from being the chief executive officer of a city and corporation to being the chief and administrator of one of the nation's 80 largest fire departments. He has been looked upon as a national leader in the fire service for many years.

Mr. Snook has extensive experience in providing consulting services to clients throughout the world. Areas of expertise include management and organization reviews, cooperative service and consolidation, strategic planning, program evaluations, and risk assessment. In 1991, he signed an exclusive contract with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to present all of their cooperative effort workshops nationwide. He is the co-author of the book entitled Making the Pieces Fit, Through Cooperative Effort. The publication is the recommended reference book by the IAFC and the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA). He has served as the project manager for over 200 projects throughout North America. Mr. Snook specializes in large regional fire service providers and Metro fire departments.

Recent assignments and/or appointments include facilitator of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation national summit to reduce line of duty deaths in America; moderator of the nation's first symposium to bring healthcare officials and the fire service together to develop a model program to reduce healthcare facility deaths and injuries; facilitator of a national roundtable to discuss emerging codes; and facilitator of the International Association of Fire Chiefs strategic plan. Mr. Snook is a nationally regarded speaker and has keynoted over eighty conferences and conventions and has spoken at over 250 events.

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Keith Tveit
Thursday, June 26 :: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Pre-Conference Seminar:
Managing the Release of BLACK GOLD in My Backyard
Time to pull out and dust off my IAP, OOPS the IAP is blank, now what?

Saturday, June 28 :: 9:45am – 11:15am
MABAS Fireground Command Operations

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Keith Tyson
Saturday, June 28 :: 8:00am - 9:30am
Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service

Keith Tyson, retired from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue in 2008, after serving 34 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter, and within 6 months was diagnosed with both prostate cancer as well as several skin cancer issues.

He immediately began researching different cancer issues in the fire service, only to find alarming rates of cancer in his home agency. In 2009, he formed the Florida Chapter of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, (FCSN), and has served as the Eastern Regional Vice President and most recently as the Vice President - National Education Director for the FCSN.

He is actively involved with the Florida Professional Firefighters in gathering data to work towards a firefighter cancer presumption law for Florida's firefighters and has submitted some of his own personal research to national research centers which are studying firefighters, their exposures, and their types of cancer for further review.

He was involved in the recent White Paper developed by the FCSN, "Taking Action Against Cancer in the Fire Service" which was lauded as "one of the most significant documents to be published for the fire service in this decade" by Janet Wilmoth of Fire Chief Magazine.

He is currently collaborating with the IAFF on developing an online Cancer Awareness course for present and past members. He has given educational presentations to fire departments around the U.S. as well as specialized presentations to the Florida Fire Chiefs/Florida Professional Firefighter's Health and Safety Symposium, FDIC, Fire Rescue International, and other relevant fire service organizations.

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Chad Weinstein
Saturday, June 28 :: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Engaging Volunteers: Ethical Leadership for Fire Officers

Charles A. "Chad" Weinstein is president of Ethical Leaders in Action (ELA), a firm that exists to empower ethical leaders to achieve extraordinary results. ELA provides ethics training, leadership development and strategic consulting to fire service and law enforcement agencies, health care organizations, and businesses. Weinstein began this work in 2007, as founding director of the Hill Center for Ethical Business Leadership. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Carlson School of Management and member of the Mixed Blood Theatre Board of Directors.

Weinstein has been an educator, consultant and manager for more than twenty years. Prior to his work in ethical leadership development, Weinstein led teams and organizations in market and technology consulting, most recently as Vice President of Client Services for Guideline, Inc. He has served clients in a wide variety of industries, ranging from consumer products, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals to heavy equipment manufacturing, mining and petroleum extraction. Weinstein holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in ethics (philosophy) from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin.