Members

Dia Gainor, Chair
Emergency Medical Services

Dia GainorExecutive Director
National Association of State EMS Officials
(208) 861-4841
dia@nasemso.org

Dia Gainor joined NASEMSO as its Executive Director in early 2011. Prior to this she served as the Bureau Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) for the State of Idaho for over fifteen years. She has a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Services Administration and a Masters degree in Public Administration. Dia, a past President of the National Association of State EMS Officials has been involved in several activities of national significance to EMS, including the formation of the Public Safety Advisory Group, now the Transportation Safety Advancement Group. Dia was recently appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Advisory Commission for Emergency Medical Services which she chairs. www.nasemso.org

Daniel Dytchkowskyj, Vice Chair
Law Enforcement

Deputy Sheriff
Sheriff’s Office
Erie County, (NY)
(716) 667-5211

Daniel Dytchkowskyj has been with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office (NY), since 2003. During his tenure, he served in various patrol supervisory positions: Zone supervisor, shift watch commander, and commander of the Traffic Bureau and Crash Investigation Unit. He is a New York State certified police general topics instructor  and posessess a Bachelor of Science degree in Emergency Health Services Administration, and a Master of Public Administration degree. In the fall of 2016, Dan resigned as a sergeant, returning to the rank of deputy sheriff; this provided him the scheduling flexibility to attend, as a full-time student, Niagara University’s PhD program in Leadership and Policy. In May of 2018, after successfully completing requisite comprehensive exams, he transitioned from PhD Student to PhD Candidate. Dan serves as the stakeholder representative of the National Sheriffs’ Association and is a life member of the organization.

Skip Yeakel, Outreach Officer
Technology + Telematics

Principal Engineer
Volvo Group North America
(336) 210-0196
skip.yeakel@volvo.com

Skip Yeakel has worked in trucking for more than 55 years and is currently Principal Engineer in the Research and Technology Office at Volvo Group North America’s Greensboro, NC Headquarters where he has been employed since 1984. Skip has an extensive background in commercial vehicle research and technology efforts and is active in a number of supporting organizations, including the American Trucking Associations, ITS America, and SAE International. He holds a B.S.M.E. from Penn State University where he completed post graduate work to become a Registered Professional Engineer (PA). Skip was nominated to the Transportation Safety Advancement Group by the American Trucking Associations in 2008 and represents the Technology and Telematics interest community; he serves on the Executive Committee as its Outreach Officer.   www.truckline.com

Mike Brown
Fire + Rescue

Executive Director (Ret.)
Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs
(360) 509-9990
mikeb3473@gmail.com

Mike Brown started his fire service career in Huntington Beach, California in 1964 and worked his way through the ranks to the position of Captain. In 1975 he accepted a position of Assistant Fire Chief in Wenatchee, Washington and was appointed Fire Chief in 1976. In 1985 Chief Brown accepted the position of Fire Chief in King County Fire District 4, a suburban community next to Seattle. In 1991 Chief Brown accepted the position of Fire Chief in Kitsap Fire District 7.

Chief Brown was very active in Fire Service organizations and eventually served as President of the Washington Fire Chiefs, Western Fire Chiefs and in 2000 was elected President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). He served on several NFPA committees including the National Fire Protection Qualifications Board and NFPA 1710 Deployment of Fire Department Resources for Career Departments. Chief Brown also serves as the IAFC representative to the (EVT) Emergency Vehicle Technicians Board and the (TSAG) Traffic Safety Advancement Group. In addition, he continues to serve as a member and facilitator for the IAFF and IAFC Labor Management Alliance (LMA).

In 2004 he retired as an active Fire Chief and was employed by the Washington Fire Chiefs (WFC) as their Executive Director and Lobbyist. He served in this capacity until his second retirement in 2014. www.iafc.org

Richard Comerford
Emergency Management

Richard ComerfordPrincipal
National Center for Crisis and
Continuity Coordination
(407) 273-8831
rick.comerford@nc4.us

Rick Comerford has over 25 years experience in emergency management. He served as an officer in the Rhode Island National Guard and upon his retirement became Emergency Manager for Orange County and The City of Orlando, Florida. Currently, he is Director of Exercises, Training, and Performance and Operations for NC4, the National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination. In this capacity, he directs implementation of NC4 products and guides development of emergency management programs and response plans for emergencies and crisis for national and international clients and jurisdictions. Rick earned a BS in Industrial Technology from Rhode Island College and an MA in International Relations from Salve Regina University. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Certified Business Resiliency Manager, a Florida Professional Emergency Manager, and an Emergency Management Specialist. www.iaem.com

Theodore Delbridge, M.D.
Emergency Medical Services

Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University (ECU)
(252) 744-1418
DELBRIDGET@ecu.edu

Emergency Management, Brody School of Medicine since 2006. He also serves as President of the National Association of EMS Physicians, an organization of physicians and others partnering to provide leadership and foster excellence in out of hospital emergency medical services. Through his career, Ted has shared an interest in Emergency Medical Services, Trauma Management and Cardiac Care, among other public safety target areas. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburg and earned his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School and M.P.H. from the University of Pittsburg. Before coming to East Carolina University, he served as Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburg. Dr. Delbridge has served several noteworthy efforts, more notably as a principal investigator for NHTSA’s EMS Agenda for the Future. He has published 25 peer-reviewed articles, 11 book chapters, and is the author of a number of EMS editorials. www.naemsp.org

James D. Goerke
Emergency Communications

James D. GoerkeChief Executive Officer
Texas 9-1-1 Alliance
(512) 528-9734
jim@goerkemail.com

Jim Goerke received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Design and Urban Planning from the California Polytechnic University. He later earned a Masters in Public Administration with emphasis in urban and regional affairs from the University of Oklahoma, and later a Certificate in Telecommunications from the Graduate College of Engineering at the University of Texas. Jim has over 40 years experience in regional planning, program development, emergency communications and services delivery.  Mr. Goerke currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Texas 9-1-1 Alliance, an association of the 26 emergency communications Districts in Texas.   Among other activities, Mr. Goerke is a Vice-Chair of the National Emergency Numbers Association’s (NENA) Next Generation 9-1-1 Transition Planning Committee. www.nena.org

Robert Gray, Ph.D.
Academic + Research

Dr. Robert GrayDirector
Center for Navigation, Communication and Information Systems
The Larson Transportation Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
(717) 948-6636 rxg31@psu.edu

Robert Gray has more than 30 years experience in vehicle systems and safety research, including the design and testing of navigation and vision systems for aircraft, rail, automobile and water vessels. Robert is an US Air Force veteran and has been a peer reviewer of NASA reliability and safety projects. Robert received the General Electric “Edison Award to Inventors,” and the RTCA William E. Jackson Requirements, Technology, and Concepts for Aviation research award, representing more than 200 government, industry and academic organizations internationally. Robert received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude) at Ohio University; M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio University. Robert is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and it’s Vehicular Technology Society.

Bill Hinkle
Emergency Communications

Senior 9-1-1 Advisor
FirstNet
(513) 623-5165
bill.hinkle@firstnet.gov

As Senior 9-1-1 Advisor, Mr. Hinkle serves as the primary point of contact to engage with the public safety communications community nationally in developing and implementing a nationwide public safety broadband network.

With over 30 years of public safety communications experience, Mr. Hinkle served as Director of Communications for the Hamilton County Department of Communications in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The consolidated center serves 106 police, fire, and EMS agencies in 46 political jurisdictions.

Mr. Hinkle is a Past President of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA, www.nena.org) and former Chair of APCO Project LOCATE.

Jill Ingrassia
Transportation Operations

Jill IngrassiaManaging Director
Government Relations and
Traffic Safety Advocacy
American Automobile Association, Washington, DC
(202) 942-2062
jingrassia@national.aaa.com

As Managing Director of AAA’s Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy department, Jill directs federal and state government relations and traffic safety advocacy, policy and programs for the 40 plus AAA-club federation. Jill manages AAA policy and public health programs and oversees the development and implementation of public policy strategy affecting AAA members and of concern to AAA business operations, including transportation mobility and safety, energy, and consumer automotive. Through her 14 year tenure with the American Automobile Association, Jill has worked on advocacy and policy initiatives to help improve safety for the road’s most vulnerable users—children, teens and older drivers. She is engaged with national transportation and safety organizations including current service as a Board member of ITS America, and 2008 Chair of The Road Gang, an affiliation of transportation professionals. She holds a B.A. from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Spanish and Global Studies.

Jim Misener
Technology + Telematics

Jim MisenerSenior Director, Technical Standards
Qualcomm
(415) 335-9252
jmisener@qti.qualcomm.com

 

Jim Misener is Senior Director, Technical Standards, leading automotive and transportation standards activities for Qualcomm, with expanded role to include development and executing strategies to establish cellular V2X ecosystems and foster global deployment. This ecosystem shift includes adaptation of ITS standards and application protocols, compliance and certification, trade association strategy and industry/government acceptance.

In addition to his role with TSAG, Jim is a 5GAA Board member, an ITS California Board member, the SAE C-V2X Technical Committee Chair, an active member of IEEE 1609 Working Group, on the US TAG for ISO TC204 and active in TRB (ITS Committee member, Vehicle-Highway Automation Committee member, Automated Vehicle Symposium Enabling Technologies session organizer).  Jim also serves as an Advisory Council member to the Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pennsylvania Transportation Center, Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation.

Jim was early pioneer in vehicle-highway automation and vehicle safety communication at the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley, beginning in the mid 1990s.  He has served as the PATH Executive Director, Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, and an independent consultant with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups, the automotive industry and Federal and State government agencies.  Jim holds  B.S. and M.S. degrees from UCLA and USC.

TJ Nedrow
Fire + Rescue

TJ NedrowWashington Director
National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
(360) 456-0449
nedrowt@comcast.net

 

T.J. Nedrow serves as the Washington Director to the National Volunteer Fire Council.  From his 2001 appointment he has represented the volunteer fire service on; NFPA’s 1091 Standard for Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications committee, Leadership to CVVFA Emergency Responder Safety Institute and vice chair to the Nat’l Traffic Incident Management Coalition.  Nedrow joined the Transportation Safety Advancement Group in 2002, representing the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).  He began his fire service in 1975, retiring in 2014 with Lacey Fire District 3 at the rank of volunteer Command Officer.  He is a Life Member of the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association with organizational service dating back to 1989 and remains active with the WSFFA as Immediate past President and long-time Legislative Chairman. Nedrow is secretary to the Washington Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue Wellness Corporation and Chairman to the Washington Traffic Incident Management Coalition.  T.J. is a Sr. Planner with the Washington State Department of Transportation and serving as a technical resource for the WSDOT statewide Incident Response program. www.nvfc.org

Nancy Pollock
Emergency Communications

Nancy PollockExecutive Director (Ret.)
Metropolitan Emergency Services Board
Minneapolis/St. Paul
(941) 592-5837   npollock417@gmail.com

Nancy Pollock is the retired Executive Director of the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board (MESB).  The MESB coordinates and oversees the Enhanced 9-1-1 system in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area, the Metro Region EMS Program, and the Public Safety Regional Radio System.  She has served on a number of FCC committees, numerous APCO and NENA committees throughout her career. Prior to her work with the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board, Nancy served as the 911 Communications Director for St. Louis County, in northern Minnesota. She is a Life Member of the American Public Communications Officials (APCO), International, member of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and a certified ENP.  Ms. Pollock holds a Bachelors degree in Communications and a Masters degree in Management. Currently, Nancy provides subject matter expertise and consulting services through Mission Critical Partners, Inc.www.apco911.org

Eddie Reyes
Law Enforcement

Eddie ReyesDirector
Office of Public Safety Communications
Prince William County, VA
(703) 906-6204
ereyes@pwcgov.org

Mr. Reyes has over 26 years of public safety experience retiring as a senior deputy chief from the Alexandria Police Department after 25 years of service. During his tenure with the City of Alexandria, he was the Emergency Communications Center Commander from 2000–2004. In 2005, Mr. Reyes was a representative of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on the Public Safety Alliance that advocated for Congress allotting funding and public safety broadband spectrum, which was the foundation for creation of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). He has worked on Next Generation 911 with the National 911 Program Office, the National Emergency Number Association, and as a team leader on the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Project 43 Report that addressed evolving broadband communications technologies.

While in Alexandria, Mr. Reyes had oversight of the City’s Land Mobile Radio System and was part of the transition team that created the City’s Department of Emergency Communications. Following his service with Alexandria he worked for the Amtrak Police Department commanding all field operations and criminal investigations in the Mid-Atlantic Division, which includes all states between Pennsylvania and Florida. He is a past Chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Police Communications Committee, past Chair of Virginia’s State Interoperability Executive Committee under Governor Mark Warner, and Chair of the IACP’s Communications and Technology Committee. Mr. Reyes represents the IACP on the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council and U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM Program to improve public safety interoperability. Mr.Reyes holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Thomas H. West
Academic + Research

Thomas H. WestDirector
California Center for Innovative Transportation

(510) 642-5224
tomwest@path.berkeley.edu

Tom West has worked in the transportation field with the California Department of Transportation since 1987 where he was involved in Intelligent Transportation System research and deployment. He is currently the director of California Center for Innovative Transportation (CCIT) at the University at California, Berkley. CCIT is chartered to implement new and emerging transportation technologies and to facilitate partnerships between the University researchers, transportation agencies, and private industry. Tom was nominated for TSAG membership in 2009. www.calccit.org