Members

Dia Gainor, Chair
Emergency Medical Services

Dia GainorExecutive Director
National Association of State EMS Officials
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)

 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
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
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

Theodore Delbridge, M.D.
Emergency Medical Services

Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Brody School of Medicine
East Carolina University (ECU)
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

Ashlee Delventhal
Emergency Management

Project Manager
Tidal Basin Group
Alexandria, VA
adelventhal@tidalbasin.rphc.com

Ashlee Delventhal is a leader in the emergency management industry, with a passion for supporting communities, businesses, and organizations in disaster preparedness. She is experienced in a broad range of functions, with her specialties lying in aviation and transportation, catastrophic planning, mass evacuation and sheltering, mass casualty, and large-scale special event and venue planning.  Ashlee holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management and a Master of Science in Applied Aviation Safety. She currently serves as Director of Preparedness, Resiliency, and Emergency Management programs for Tidal Basin.

Robert Gray, Ph.D.
Academic + Research

Dr. Robert GrayDirector
Center for Navigation, Communication and Information Systems
The Larson Transportation Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
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.

Jill Ingrassia
Transportation Operations

Jill IngrassiaManaging Director
Government Relations and
Traffic Safety Advocacy
American Automobile Association, Washington, DC
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.

John Lenihan
Emergency Communications

Battalion Chief (Retired)

John Lenihan is a retired Battalion Chief from the Los Angeles County Fire Department. He has 40 years of Fire Service experience including a licensed paramedic for 33 years, apparatus operator, dispatch center supervisor, Urban Search and Rescue, and Air Operations Branch Director. Prior to the Fire Service, Chief Lenihan was a school bus driver. He currently is a licensed pilot and is the Chair of the Interoperability Committee for the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council

Jim Misener
Technology + Telematics

Jim MisenerSenior Director, Technical Standards
Qualcomm
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)
nedrowt@comcast.net

T.J. Nedrow joined the Transportation Safety Advancement Group in 2002, representing the National Volunteer Fire Council.  An NVFC Washington state Director, T.J. represents the volunteer fire service on several National Fire Protection Association committees; 1091 Standard for Traffic Control Incident Management Professional Qualifications & 1720 Deployment of Fire Department Resources for Volunteer Departments. In addition, T.J. holds committee membership to the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Firemen’s Association’s Emergency Responder Safety Institute and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Public Safety Automated Vehicles Committee. T.J.’s service also includes vice chairman to the 2004-2012 National Traffic Incident Management Coalition.

Beginning his volunteer fire service in 1975, Nedrow retired from the response arena in 2015 with Lacey Fire District 3 at the rank of volunteer Chief Command Officer. He is a Life Member of the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association (WSFFA) with organizational service dating back to 1989 and remains active with the WSFFA as a past president and long-time Legislative Chairman.  T.J. retired in 2019 as a Senior Planner after 40 years with the Washington State Department of Transportation where he also served as a technical resource for the WSDOT statewide Incident Response program.  Nedrow is Chairman to the Washington Traffic Incident Management Coalition created in 2007.

Eddie Reyes
Emergency Communications

Eddie ReyesDirector
Office of Public Safety Communications
Prince William County, VA
ereyes@pwcgov.org

Eddie Reyes is the Director of Public Safety Communications in Prince William County, VA and a longtime member of APCO.  Prior to joining Prince William County Government, he retired from the Alexandria Police Department as the senior deputy chief after serving there for over 25 years.  He has been a lifelong advocate for the advancement of transportation safety and enhanced public safety communications and technology.

Michael Rodriguez
Law Enforcement

Administrative Services Lieutenant
Buffalo Grove Police Department
mrodrigu@vbg.org

Lieutenant Michael Rodriguez has been a police officer with the Buffalo Grove (IL) Police Department for 24 years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University and is a certified Police Executive with the Illinois Training and Standards Board.  Michael is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and an FBI National Academy graduate of class 274. Lt. Rodriguez led the Buffalo Grove Police Department’s Traffic Unit for over five years, where they have won numerous awards and accolades for excellence in traffic safety initiatives including the prestigious International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Challenge. Lt. Rodriguez has been a member of the IACP Highway Safety Committee for over five years and is a member of the IACP/NHTSA Safe, Quick Clearance Advisory Group.

Joseph Sagal
Transportation Operations

Acting Deputy Administrator/Chief Engineer for Operations
Maryland Department of Transportation
JSagal@mdot.maryland.gov

Joseph (Joey) Sagal is the Acting Deputy Administrator/Chief Engineer for Operations and most recently Director for Maryland Department of Transportation – State Highway Administration’s Office of CHART (Coordinated Highways Action Response Team) & ITS Development. Joey served as a Traffic Incident and Event Management Specialist for the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center, as a subject matter expert in Traffic Incident Management. Joey has served in many positions within the Maryland State Highway Administration in his career which included overseeing maintenance, operations, communications, and traffic incident management efforts. Joey has led several State and National committees regarding Incident Management, as well as continues to remain active in the volunteer fire service serving as a past Chief Fire Officer and Instructor in Baltimore County, MD.

Gregory Slater
Governing Agencies

Secretary of Transportation
Maryland Department of Transportation
GSlater@mdot.maryland.gov

Gregory Slater was nominated to serve as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in December 2019 after more than two decades of public service. Mr. Slater’s career has been defined by dedication, performance-driven transportation, and collaborative and creative problem-solving. With 22 years of experience at the MDOT State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Mr. Slater worked his way up from where his career began in Plats and Survey operations to leadership positions on both the engineering and planning/programming offices to become Administrator in 2017. His career growth includes nearly a decade as the MDOT SHA Director of Planning where he developed a keen understanding of the transportation system’s and MDOT’s critical role in the safety, accessibility, mobility, economic vitality and quality of life for all Marylanders.

Thomas H. West
Academic + Research

Thomas H. WestDirector
California Center for Innovative Transportation

tomwest@path.berkeley.edu

Thomas West has over 30 years of professional experience in the conduct and management of transportation research, development, and deployment. Tom holds an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering and a Professional Engineering license in the State of California. Tom currently serves as the Director of the California Program for Advanced Transportation Technology (PATH) at the University of California, Berkeley which has been a leader in ITS research since its founding in1986. PATH focuses on technical solutions to a wide spectrum of transportation challenges including safety, mobility, and the environment and specializes in ambitious and large-scale technical innovation, development, and demonstration. Tom also serves as Associate Director of the Berkeley Deep Drive (BDD) which investigates state-of-the-art technologies in Artificial Intelligence, computer vision and machine learning for automotive applications in conjunction with private industry sponsors. Tom is also an Affiliate Member of Lawrence Berkeley National Lab working on the DOE sponsored Smart Mobility Initiative.

Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) and is also the Chair of the ITS America State Chapters Council. Tom also serves as a Board Member to ITS California as well as the Chair of the ITS California Legislative Committee. Prior to joining the University of California, Tom worked for over 20 years with the California Department of Transportation in a variety of capacities including serving as the Chief of Research and Innovation, and as the statewide ITS liaison for all twelve Caltrans district offices. Tom has considerable experience in transportation operations, having served for 10 years in a role directly dedicated to solving problematic safety and congestion issues statewide.