Speaker Bios

Listed Alphabetically by Last Name

Mark Baker
David Bandomir, RN, NREMT-P
Chief Steve Bane
Christine Bannister

Craig Childs, PhD
Chief Gregg A. Cleveland
Chris Cook
Daniel DeGryse
Bob DuPont
Richard K. Fagan, CFO
Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Chief Steve Hansen
Anthony Ippolito
Rick James
Chief Ed Janke
Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson (Retired)
Asst. Chief Marty King (Retired)
Attorney James R. Korom
Scott Larson
Asst. Chief Dan Lipski
Attorney James R. Macy
Tim McGrath, PhD
Victoria McGrath, PhD
Jason Mims
Attorney Dean Richards
Battalion Chief Erich Roden
Jeff Roemer
Peter Silva
David L. Spakowicz
Andy Stenberg
Chief Philip C. Stittleburg
Sue Taylor
Keith Tveit
Mitchell R. Waite, PhD
Marquis Young

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Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Grain Bin Rescue

Mark Baker is the owner/operator of Baker's Acres Dairy in Orangeville, IL. Mark is currently a 25 year veteran of the Orangeville Volunteer Fire Department, first responder for 15 years, and Stephenson County Technical Rescue Team member for 16 years. Mark has taught farm rescue for 30 years for several farm rescue agencies including the National Education Center for Ag Safety. He founded the Stateline Farm Rescue Program, currently serving as the lead instructor and coordinator.

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David Bandomir, RN, NREMT-P
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Mobile Integrated Healthcare

David Bandomir, RN, NREMT-P, is the Mobile Integrated Healthcare Coordinator for the City of West Allis Fire Department. He has over 25 years of experience in emergency services including the pre-hospital and emergency department care. His career began with the Wale-Genesee Fire Department in 1990 and became a full time firefighter in 1999 for the City of West Allis. He also continues to work as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department.

Captain Bandomir received an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Milwaukee Area Technical in 2002. In 2003, he completed his Paramedic Certification at the Milwaukee County Paramedic Training Center. 

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Chief Steve Bane
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Mobile Integrated Healthcare

Steven Bane, Fire Chief for the City of West Allis Fire Department since December 1, 2013. He started his firefighting career as a Volunteer with the Village of Grafton Fire Department in 1981 and became a full time firefighter for the City of West Allis in 1985. Prior to being appointed Fire Chief he served 11 years as the Assistant Chief of EMS Operations. He has been a long serving member of the State of Wisconsin EMS Advisory Board and the Milwaukee County EMS Council.

Chief Bane has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an Associate's Degree in Fire Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College. He received his Paramedic Certification from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1989.

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Christine Bannister
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Professional Communications

Christine Bannister is currently a Dispatch Supervisor and the Public Information Officer for Waukesha County Communications. She started her career in emergency services in 1994 with a First Aid class. This inspired her to become a Firefighter, an MPO, & EMT with Pewaukee Fire Department and eventually went on to become a nationally registered paramedic. She went on to work as an EMT/dispatcher for Paratech ambulance and moved to Las Vegas where she worked for AMR ambulance and eventually Las Vegas FD dispatch prior to moving back to Wisconsin in 2005. Christine's passion is inspire you to work well in the midst of chaos and the benefit in learning to simply live life joyfully.

She excels at encouraging & inspiring while training, especially in the area of Emergency Services as it pertains to customer service and 'being a professional'! She is a single mom of 2 cutie-pie kids and works hard to maintain balance in her ever-busy life. She knows the value in life-experience and hopes to learn from yours as well.

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Craig Childs, PhD
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Firefighter Suicide and Other Mental Health Concerns

Dr. Childs is a subject matter expert related to pre-employment psychological evaluations, fitness-for-duty evaluations, and promotion and specialty assignment evaluations for public safety departments. He has demonstrated expertise related to psychological consultation and evaluation though his work with over 95 police, fire and sheriff's departments across WI, MI, and IL. He currently serves as a volunteer member of the multi-jurisdictional Suburban Critical Incident Team (SCIT - mental health advisor to the hostage negotiation team). Dr. Childs has worked with departments to improve the leadership and management skills of employees and maintains an interest in coaching and leadership development. He is an active member of several professional organizations including: The International Association of Chiefs of Police's Police Psychological Services Section (IACP-PPSS); The National Sheriff's Association; The Society for Police and Criminal Psychology; and Division 18 (Public Service – Police Specialty Division) and Division 41 (Psychology and Law) within the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Chief Gregg A. Cleveland
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Management of Fire Prevention Programs

Chief Cleveland brings 36 years of fire service experience; over the last 15 years he has specialized in fire prevention management and code development. Chief Cleveland was one of the principal members of the WSFCA is having NFPA 1 adopted as the state's fire prevention code. He has served as a member of the DSPS 214 council, explosives council, building code council, and is the current chair of the DSPS 314 fire prevention council for the state. He continues to represent the WSFCA on issues involving fire prevention most recently working to represent the WSFCA for the development and implementation of Act 270. He is a member of NFPA's North Central Regional Fire Code Development Committee and Secretary of NFPA's Fire Service Section. Chief Cleveland also served as president of the WSFCA. He has an Associate Degree in Fire Protection from Fox Valley Technical College, Bachelor's in Business Administration from Lakeland College, and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer's program. In July of 2014 he was successful in reorganizing the La Crosse Building and Inspection Department into the La Crosse Fire Department creating a new Division of Fire Prevention and Building Safety.

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Chris Cook
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Tactical EMS verses Rescue Task Force: what might be right for your department?

Chis Cook is currently the Division Chief of Training City of Pewaukee FD. He is also a Register Nurse/Paramedic and TEMS Officer for the Walworth Co, Sherriff's Office. He is retired from the US Army (Combat Medic, served in Iraq 2003-2004).

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Daniel DeGryse, BA, BS, CEAP, CADC, LAP/C
Friday, June 26 :: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Behavioral Health Issues in the Fire Service

Dan is a 25-year firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department who has served as an officer for 19 years. Dan presently holds the rank of Battalion Chief/EMT. He also served as the Coordinator of the Chicago Firefighters' Union Local 2's Employee Assistance Program for 14 years.

Dan is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP), a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (CADC), a Certified Labor Assistance Professional (LAP/C), and holds advanced training in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Dan operated in the capacity of peer supporter in New York after the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and in Chicago following the E-2 nightclub disaster. Dan has been a member of the International Association of Firefighters Labor/EAP committee since 2002.

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. 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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Bob DuPont
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
State Level Code Development

Bob is the founder of the Alliance for Regulatory Coordination, a consortium of associations which advocate for improvements in building-related regulatory programs in Wisconsin.

Bob was Director of the Program Development Bureau, within the Safety and Buildings Division of the Department of Commerce from 1996 to 2009. He retired in late 2009 after 34 years of state service.

As the Director of Program Development in the Commerce Safety and Buildings Division, Bob supervised program managers and communication specialists who developed codes and program improvements in cooperation with citizen advisory councils and program staff within the Division.

For many years Bob has worked closely with interest groups and legislators in developing laws related to programs administered by the Safety and Buildings Division. He has been very involved in advancing the concept of networking municipal and state regulatory programs.

Bob is a 1975 graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and resides with his wife in Middleton, Wisconsin.

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Richard K. Fagan, CFO
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Professional Designation - A Model of Continuous Improvement for the Fire Service Leader of Today

Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Community Input - An Essential Foundation for a Successful Strategic Plan

Currently serving as the Technical Advisor Program Director with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) since 2008, Rick has been engaged as a key stakeholder with the Center and its Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) and Commission on Professional Credentialing for over 16 years. His highly regarded subject matter expertise and facilitation skills with the fire accreditation model comes not only from his real life experiences in leading his former fire agency through successful accreditation processes, but also from serving many years as a CPSE/CFAI publication contributor, CFAI Peer Team Leader, CPSE/CFAI accreditation process facilitator and fire service industry best practices consultant.

Chief Fagan served actively in the municipal fire service for more than 32 years. He is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Commission on Professional Credentialing, is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through the University of Kansas and American Academy of Certified Public Managers, and is designated as an Executive Fire Officer (EFO) as conferred by the US Fire Administration.

Chief Fagan is a frequent presenter for CPSE at regional, state, national and international conferences.

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Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Employment Law Developments and Strategies for the Chief to Effectively Supervise the Fire Department

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 Hansen
Friday, June 26 :: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Fireground Communication

Chief Steve Hansen has been a firefighter for almost 34 years serving the last 9 years as Fire Chief for the City of Racine. Chief Hansen became involved with radios and radio communications in the mid-1990's as emerging technologies started to become more prominent in the Fire Service. Chief Hansen current serves as the Fire Service representative on the State Interoperability Council, is a member of the Statewide Systems Management Group (WISCOM), Chairperson of the Mutual Aid Frequency Coordinating Committee, and is the MABAS Wisconsin Communications Committee chairperson. Chief Hansen has many years of radio programming experience with both portable and mobile radios. Chief Hansen currently operates an FCC licensed radio repeater system for the benefit of a Fire Service Rehab Group in Southeast Wisconsin.

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Anthony Ippolito
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Fire Service Responsibilities at a Rail Incident

Anthony Ippolito is the Senior Dangerous Goods Officer for CN Railroad's Southern Region. Anthony's responsibilities with CN are emergency response, regulatory compliance, public outreach and training. Prior to CN, Anthony was an instructor at SERTC in Pueblo, Colorado and served as firefighter/hazmat technician on a municipal fire department outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

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Rick James
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wisconsin Task Force 1

Rick James is the training coordinator for the Regional Emergency All Climate Training Center (REACT), a division of Wisconsin Emergency Management. It is in this capacity that he serves a Principle member of the National Fire Protection Association 1670 Committee on technical rescue. Rick is responsible for program development and delivery for both civilian and military customers at REACT. Rick currently serves as a Specialist with the State of Wisconsin Hazardous Materials Response Team, and has been very active in the formation and stand-up of Wisconsin Urban Search & Rescue Task Force One (WI-TF1), a State of Wisconsin US&R asset, where he holds the position of Task Force Leader and Plans Officer.

Rick Graduated from Lutheran High School of Hawaii, and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Ripon College in 1995.

Rick has been involved in the fire & rescue response community for over 23 years, 19 of them as a career firefighter with the City of Appleton Fire Department. Rick currently holds the rank of Captain. He is a member of his department's hazardous materials response team and special operations/technical rescue response team. Rick is responsible for technical rescue training and response for his shift.

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Chief Ed Janke
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
MABAS Fireground Operations Part II

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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Chief Jeffrey D. Johnson (Retired)
Friday, June 26:: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Understanding FirstNet

Jeffrey Johnson has an extensive public safety background, with broad experience at both the local and national level. Chief Johnson served as Chair of Oregon's Statewide Interoperability Executive Council, which is transitioning from four independent state-owned radio networks into a single interoperable modern voice and data network. Prior to that, Chief Johnson was the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Fire Chief/CEO for 15 years. Chief Johnson is very active nationally on public safety communications matters, and has served on the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Board of Directors and served as President and Chairman of the Board. He is now CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs Association and served as a representative of the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council. He also serves as Chairman of Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI), a company majority-owned by IAFC to provide emergency services consulting. Chief Johnson is a graduate of Concordia University.

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Asst. Chief Marty King (Retired)
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Everything You Wanted to Know About Fire Prevention, but Were Afraid to Ask

Marty has been involved with the fire service for over 36 years, starting with the Stone Bank Volunteer Fire Department in 1979 and joining the West Allis Fire Department in 1987. He was a Fire Inspector, Paramedic, Paramedic Lieutenant, Public Information Officer, Safety Officer, Public Educator, Fire Investigator, Station Commander and Fire Marshal. He has been a lead instructor for the National Fire Academy teaching courses in Juvenile Firesetter Intervention, Risk Reduction, and Demonstrating Fire Prevention Program Effectiveness.

He is currently retired as the Assistant Chief in charge of the Bureau of EMS, Fire Prevention and Urban Affairs for the past thirteen years. He completed the Executive Fire Officer Program in 2010. He was been part of the Accreditation Team for the West Allis Fire Department from 2002-2015. He is a member of the International Accreditation Service Technical Advisory Committee for Fire Prevention Departments. He has been involved with Vision 20/20 in the area of performance measures. He contributed to the section on evaluation for the Home Safety Council's Expert Network Academy. He has served on three technical advisory committees for IFSTA's fire prevention manuals.

He is a husband, father of four and a grandfather. He enjoys travel and woodworking in his spare time.

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Attorney James R. Korom
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Employment Law Developments and Strategies for the Chief to Effectively Supervise the Fire Department

Attorney Korom 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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Scott Larson
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Farm Rescue

Scott Larson is a 29 year fire service veteran, currently serving as a Lieutenant with the City Of Madison Fire Department, Madison WI. Scott holds numerous training certifications including EMT-D, Firefighter II, Fire Instructor II, Haz Mat Specialist and Technician level trained in Collapse, Trench, High Angle and Confined Space Rescue. Scott has served as an instructor with the Madison Area Technical College since 1995 and adjunct instructor with Stateline Farm Rescue.

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Asst. Chief Dan Lipski
Thursday, June 25 :: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Transitional Attack- Fireground Principles, Operations and the Science

Dan Lipski is the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Milwaukee Fire Department. He has served as the Chief of Training and was the facilitator for the recent UL experiments that took place in July of 2014.

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Attorney James R. Macy
Friday, June 26:: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Updates on Contract Language in Fire Department Bargaining Agreements – Does Your Agreement Preserve Your Management Rights?

Mr. Macy is a resident shareholder and Branch Manager of the Oshkosh office of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. and has over 30 years of experience representing private and public sector management in employment issues. He is the past team leader of the firm's Labor & Employment section and a past member of the Firm's Board of Directors. He has been selected for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America" every year since 2006 as well as selected as a "Wisconsin Super Lawyer" by Milwaukee Magazine.

Jim is a past member of the State Legislative Committee to study and provide input on § 62.13 of the State Statutes and is the author of the handbook "Police & Fire Department Discipline in Wisconsin". He assisted in the drafting of the more recent provisions within § 111.70 that reinstituted the Janesville principle that § 62.13 is the exclusive provision for addressing police and fire discipline matters and not through a grievance procedure in a collective bargaining agreement. More recently, Jim was instrumental in re-opening the discussion of the permissive nature of a fire department duty day before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. He has represented chiefs in the prosecution of police and fire discipline cases as well as represented Police & Fire Commissions in hearing and determining such matters.

Mr. Macy is involved in a variety of professional and community activities including being an Adjunct Professor at Marian University and the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin (Labor Law Section); the Florida Bar; the American Bar Association (Employment, Municipal and Sports Law Sections); and a frequent lecturer and author on topics of labor and employment law. 

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Tim McGrath, PhD
Victoria McGrath, PhD
Saturday, June 27 :: 11:00am - 12:00pm
Myth Vs. Fact: Leadership in a Volunteer/Combination Department

Dr. Tim McGrath is President of McGrath Consulting Group, Inc. a public safety & human resource consulting firm with clients in 23 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 Human Resources Group, Inc. She has over 23 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 Master's degree in management and a dual Bachelor's 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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Jason Mims
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
How to Maximize the WFI and Make it Sustainable in Your Department

Jason L. Mims, RS, EMT-B, PFT, earned his undergraduate degree from Marquette University in Sociology (1999), trained and served as a Preventive Medicine Specialist in the US Army (2000). Jason has earned his credentials as a Registered Sanitarian (2008), Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (2009) and a certified Peer Fitness Trainer (2010). He is also a certified CPR instructor for the American Heart Association and Mental Health First Aid.

Since 2006, Jason serves as the Health and Safety Officer for the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD). Including his service in the military and his time working in corporate environmental health and safety, Jason has over 15 years' experience in public health and wellness. It is his passion to care for those who care for others. As the Health and Safety Officer for the Milwaukee Fire Department he is responsible for the following programs.

  • Occupational Safety Program
    • Risk Management o Infection Control
  • Health and Wellness Program
    • Firefighter Case Management
    • Annual Physicals
    • Fitness Program driven by Peer Fitness Trainers
    • Behavioral Health/EAP Program driven by Peer Support/Critical Incident Stress Management Team
    • Statistical Analysis Program
    • Injury Rehabilitation
    • Health Education
Jason is responsible for leading the development of Milwaukee's firefighter health performance and wellness program that has, in the past four years, reduced firefighter injuries by 59%, and saved over 2.5 million dollars in injury and health care costs. The program is growing national recognition. In 2015, Jason presented at the Health Benefits Conference Expo (Jan) and the Metropolitan's Fire Chief's Conference (May).
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Attorney Dean Richards
Saturday, June 27 :: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
In the Crosshairs: The Fire Service as the Liability Target

Dean Richards is a shareholder in the real estate group of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c., practicing in the firm's Madison and Waukesha offices. He recently "retired" as the fire chief for the Town of Delafield, having held the position for 13 years. He is a 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Finance. He received his juris doctor from Marquette University Law School in 1982. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is the co-author of Wisconsin Law of Easements and Covenants.

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Battalion Chief Erich Roden
Thursday, June 25 :: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Transitional Attack- Fireground Principles, Operations and the Science

Erich Roden is a Battalion Chief with the Milwaukee Fire Department assigned to the 5th Battalion. He is the Editor-in-Chief of FireRescue magazine and Firefighternation.com and is an Advisory Board Member of Underwriters Laboratories' Fire Safety Research.

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Jeff Roemer
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
HELP, THEY HIRED A CONSULTANT

Jeff has more than 30 years of public safety service and consulting with municipal governments. He has supervised and managed nearly all facets of Public Safety, including law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical service, dispatching and emergency management. His broad knowledge base allows a unique perspective and understanding of the varied requirements found in the municipal public safety environment. He has served as project manager for more than one hundred Public Safety related studies nationally and internationally. He has been contracted to be Fire Chief or Public Safety Director for numerous communities throughout Wisconsin. Jeff was recognized as the 2001 Manager of the Year by the Wisconsin Society of Certified Public Managers. He is a graduate of the Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program, the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, and Northwestern University, School of Police, Staff and Command.

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Peter Silva
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Wisconsin Technical College System: Firefighter Training Opportunities

Peter Silva, Jr. has 30 years' experience in the fire service starting as a U.S. Air Force Firefighter, Instructor at the U.S. Department of Defense Firefighting Academy, Division Chief of Training for the City of Kenosha Fire Department, and has been the WTCS Fire Service Training and Education Director for the last four years.

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David L. Spakowicz
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Traffic Incident Management and Crash Scene Awareness

David L. Spakowicz has 31 years of law enforcement experience in Wisconsin. He began his career in 1982 after graduating from University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in psychology. Dave then spent 3½ years as a patrol officer with the Elkhart Lake (WI) Police Department. In 1985, he was hired by the Wauwatosa (WI) Police Department. In 1991, Dave became a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice assigned to the Milwaukee Field Office. In 1998, Dave was promoted to a Special Agent in Charge and in 2008, Dave was promoted to the position of Criminal Investigation Director. As a Director for the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), he had supervisory responsibilities over many of the division's statewide programs as well as for four DCI field offices located in the eastern portion of the state.

In 2013, Dave retired from DCI to become the Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Program Manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Since that time, Dave has attended the Federal Highway Administration's Traffic Incident Management "Train-the-Trainer" Course at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD and has instructed many responder and "Train-the-Trainer" TIME courses in Wisconsin.

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Andy Stenberg
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
What Can IDT do for you?

Andy Stenberg is a Dispatch and IDT supervisor for Waukesha County Communications. He started his career in 2009 being hired by WCC as a dispatcher and was just recently promoted in April 2014. Andy is involved in many aspects of the dispatch center including hiring, training, IDT, and website design to name a few. He strives to become a leader in his field and takes pride in what he does and what he can share with others.

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Chief Philip C. Stittleburg
Friday, June 26 :: 8:30am
Volunteerism

Chief Philip C. Stittleburg, B.A., J.D., FIFireE, CFOD, entered the volunteer fire service in 1972 after working as a paid member of a combination fire department. He has been chief of the La Farge (Wisconsin) Fire Department since 1977.

Chief Stittleburg is currently serving his seventh two-year term as chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). He is also the immediate past chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and has served on the board of directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for the past 14 years. Additionally, Chief Stittleburg represents the United States on the board of directors of the Organization de Bomberos Americanos.

In 1998, Chief Stittleburg was named Fire Chief magazine's volunteer fire chief of the year.

Chief Stittleburg has authored over 100 published articles on various fire service topics and was a regular contributor to Fire Chief magazine's legal column for over twenty years. He has written portions of several fire service books, writes and teaches undergraduate university fire service courses, and frequently speaks to fire service audiences throughout the United States and internationally.

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Sue Taylor
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
What Can IDT do for you?

Sue Taylor is currently a Dispatch, Training and Incident Dispatch Supervisor for Waukesha County Communications. She started her career in emergency services in 1990 dispatching for a small, single Agency. After 14 years Sue moved to Waukesha County and was hired on as a Dispatcher with the Waukesha County Sheriff's department. Within the next 2 years, the County consolidated the dispatching services and the Waukesha County Communications Center was born. In 2008 she was promoted to Dispatch Supervisor and immediately became involved in the Training program. Later the same year, Sue took the lead in developing an Incident Dispatch Team. Her 25 years of experience, training, commitment and passion continue to work towards offering the best Dispatching service in Waukesha County and in the state of Wisconsin.

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Keith Tveit
Saturday, June 27 :: 2:45pm - 4:00pm
MABAS Fireground Operations Part II

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Mitchell R. Waite, PhD
Saturday, June 27 :: 8:00am - 9:00am
Fire Service Financial Leadership - Taking Charge of Fiscal Challenges in a Constrained Environment

Dr. Waite earned his doctoral degree from Walden University in Applied Management and Decision Sciences with a specialization in Leadership and Organizational Change.

As a fire chief (retired) and commissioned officer (Colonel) in the United States Army Reserve, Dr. Waite has a proven track record in the field of leadership. His creative and innovative approaches have led to organizational success for the Wisconsin Rapids (WI) Fire Department and the many military units he has commanded.

Dr. Waite was a member of the fire service for over 26 years and has been a member of the United States military for over 40 years and counting.

Dr. Waite has managed multi-million dollar budgets in both the fire service and the military. For over three years, Colonel Waite was the G8 (Finance Officer) for the 86th Training Division at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. His current assignment is as the G7 (Training) for the 86th Training Division.

Dr. Waite has also been an adjunct faculty member for over 25 years and instructs traditional, on-line, and blended courses for several colleges. Some of his areas of instruction are: leadership, corporate management, strategic planning, research design, and organizational effectiveness.

Dr. Waite is also the founder and President of the Double Diamond Leadership Authority, LLC which specializes in leadership development and training, and organizational transition consulting.

Dr. Waite has also authored three other books, Fire Service Leadership – Theories and Practices; The EMS Leadership Challenge – A Call To Action; and 400 Days – A Call To Duty. He is currently completing his fourth book titled It's All About Leadership.

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Marquis Young
Saturday, June 27 :: 9:30am - 10:30am
Traffic Incident Management and Crash Scene Awareness

Marquis Young has been WisDOT's Statewide Traffic Incident Management Engineer at the Statewide Traffic Operations Center in Milwaukee, since November 2013.

Marquis is a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mathematics and Civil Engineering.

Prior to his employment with WisDOT, Marquis spent over five years in the private sector as an engineer developing highway design and also as a utility construction coordinator.