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Dia Gainor, Chair

Dia Gainor
Executive Director, National Association of State EMS Officials
208-861-4841
Emergency Medical Services
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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

Sergeant Dan Dytchkowskyj, Vice Chair

Dan Dytchkowskyj
Erie County, (NY) Sheriffs Office
716-858-3270
Law Enforcement
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Sgt. Dytchkowskyj has been with the Erie County Sheriff's Office for eight years where he currently serves as Commander of the Traffic Bureau and Accident Investigation Unit. In addition to this assignment, he regularly instructs at the Erie County Law Enforcement Training Academy. Dan has a diverse and accomplished emergency services background spanning over 25 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Health Services Administration from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County with a special focus in law enforcement, emergency medical services, hazardous materials response, and emergency management. Through his appointment to the Transportation Safety Advancement Group, Sgt. Dytchkowskyj represents the National Sheriffs Association and its interests in technologies for public safety programs. www.sheriffs.org

Skip Yeakel, Outreach Officer

Skip Yeakel
Principal Engineer, Volvo North America
336-210-0196
Technology & Telematics
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Skip Yeakel has been involved in commercial trucking for over 40 years and is currently Principal Engineer, Advanced Engineering Systems with Volvo North America. Skip has an extensive background in commercial vehicle technology and research efforts and is active in a number of supporting organizations, including the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Trucking Association. He holds a BSME from Penn State University where he’s completed post graduate work, and is a Registered Professional Engineer (PA). Skip was nominated to the Transportation Safety Advancement Group by the American Trucking Association in 2008 and represents the TSAG Technology and Telematics interest community. www.truckline.com

Jim Misener, ITS America Safety Forum

Jim Misener
Qualcomm 
716-858-3270
ITS America Safety Forum
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Mr. Misener is Director, Technical Standards at Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., leading Qualcomm’s international automotive standardization efforts and is Chair for the SAE Dedicated Short Range Communication Technical Committee and a member of the IEEE P1609 Working Group. He is US Expert in ISO TC/204 WG 17 (Nomadic Devices) and 18 (Cooperative ITS). 

Prior to joining Qualcomm in 2014, Mr. Misener was an independent consultant, with public sector clients that included US Department of Transportation and private sector clients, primarily in the Silicon Valley. From 2010 – 2013, he was Executive Advisor to Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led the Federally-focused Intelligent Transportation Systems and highways business for the firm. From 2008 – 2010, he served as Executive Director of the California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways (PATH) at UC Berkeley. He was with PATH from 1995 – 2010, with focus on wireless applications for the automotive sector. 

Mike Brown

Mike Brown
Executive Director, Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs
360-352-0161
Fire & Rescue
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Chief Mike Brown is Executive Director of the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs and has over 40 years of fire service experience including 30 years as a Fire Chief. He has served in leadership positions as President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, President of the Western Fire Chiefs Association, and President of the Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs. In addition to his membership on the Transportation Safety Advancement Group, Mike serves on the Board of Directors of the Emergency Vehicle Technician Commission (EVT) and served as Chair of the National Professional Qualifications Board and on National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committees. www.iafc.org

Richard Comerford

Richard Comerford
CEM, National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination
(407) 273-8831
Emergency Management
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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

John M. Corbin

John M. Corbin
Director of Traffic Operations, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
608-266-0459
Transportation Operations
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John is the Director of Traffic Operations for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and has held positions of Freeway Operations Engineer and ITS Program Manager for the metropolitan Milwaukee area. In addition to his membership on the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG), John chairs the National Traffic Incident Management Coalition (NTIMC) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ Traffic Incident Management Committee. John completed undergraduate work in Transportation Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and earned a Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering through the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin, and also holds a certificate in Public Administration. www.transportation.org

Dr. Theodore Delbridge

Dr. Theodore Delbridge
Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brody School of Medicine East Carolina University (ECU) (252) 744-1418
Emergency Medical Services
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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 MD from Eastern Virginia Medical School and MPH 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

James D. Goerke
Chief Executive Officer - Texas 9-1-1 Alliance
(512) 528-9734
Emergency Communications
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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 30 years experience in regional planning, program development, emergency communications and services delivery. Among other activities, Mr. Goerke currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG), and is a Vice-Chair of the National Emergency Numbers Association’s (NENA) Next Generation 9-1-1 Transition Planning Committee. www.nena.org/

Dr. Robert Gray

Dr. Robert Gray
Center for Navigation
Communication and Information Systems
The Larson Transportation Institute
The Pennsylvania State University
717-948-6636
Academic & Research
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Robert Gray has over 25 years experience in vehicle systems and safety research, specifically in design and testing of navigation and vision systems for aircraft, rail, automobile and water vessels. A military veteran of the US Air Force, Bob has been a peer reviewer of NASA reliability and safety projects. He received the General Electric "Edison Award to Inventors," and the William E. Jackson Requirements, Technology, and Concepts for Aviation (RCTA) research award, representing more than 200 government, industry and academic organizations internationally. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering at The Ohio University; M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from The Ohio University. Bob is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), and it's Vehicular Technology Society.

Bill Hinkle

Bill Hinkle
Retired, Director of Communications, Hamilton County, Ohio
513-623-5165
Emergency Management
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Bill Hinkle has over 30 years of public safety communications experience, most recently as Retired Director of Communications for the Hamilton County, Ohio Department of Communications. Bill recently entered private business in the emergency Communications area. He is a Past President of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and has had articles published in numerous national trade publications. He routinely speaks at National Conferences, and currently serves on more than 15 national, state, and local professional committees. In 2009 Mr. Hinkle formed his own consulting business specializing in public safety communications solutions. Bill is a charter member of the Public Safety Advisory Group (PSAG), now the Transportation Safety Advancement Group (TSAG). www.nemaweb.org

Jill Ingrassia

Jill Ingrassia
Managing Director, Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy
American Automobile Association, Washington, DC
(202) 942-2062
Transportation Operations
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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 50 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 12 years with the American Automobile Association, Jill has represented AAA on a number of coalitions 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.

Cynthia Manley

Cynthia Manley
Director of Public Safety
Agero
781 306 3895
Technology & Telematics
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Cynthia Manley has over 15 years experience in the implementation of services and technologies for Agero's location based roadside assistance business line. As Public Safety Director, Cindy has been instrumental in building the safety and security offerings that are core to Agero's location based services. She has worked extensively with the development and implementation of Volvo On Call Plus, the Ford Enhanced Crash Notification Program, Accident Scene Management Solutions, 9-1-1 Direct Routing for Wireless, and iPhone Mobile Apps. Cindy is a member of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), the Association of Public Safety Communication Officials (APCO) and serves on The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s 9-1-1 Call Center Partner Program.

TJ Nedrow

TJ Nedrow
National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
360 357-2728
Fire & Rescue
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T.J. Nedrow joined the Transportation Safety Advancement Group in 2002, representing the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC).  He  has served as a fire service volunteer since 1975, retiring as a volunteer Command Officer for Lacey (WA) Fire District 3 in 2014.  He is active with the Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association, Washington Fire Chiefs Fire Rescue Wellness Corporation, and the Washington Traffic Incident Management Coalition. T.J. has been with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) since 1979 and currently serves as Transportation Senior Planner, and a technical resource for the WSDOT statewide Incident Response program. He is also an advisor to the Emergency Response Safety Institute.

www.nvfc.org

Nancy Pollock

Nancy Pollock
Retired Executive Director of the Metropolitan Emergency Services Board in Minneapolis/St. Paul
651-592-0339
Emergency Communications
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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 and a member of the National Emergency Number Association (NENA).  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. and the Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security.www.apco911.org

Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes

Eddie Reyes
Alexandria, VA Police Department
703-838-6360
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Chief Reyes has served the Alexandria Police Department since 1990 and has worked in almost every unit of the Department, rising through its ranks to Deputy Chief.  He served as commander of the Emergency Communications Center during the incidents of September 11, 2001. In 2002 he was assigned fulltime to the National Institute of Justice CommTech Program (formerly AGILE) and for three years pursued research, development and outreach in the communications and the interoperability arena when it was barely recognized as a nationally critical public safety concern. He has managed public safety radio interoperability operations for the City of Alexandria and continues to be a key player in the National Capital Region on communications, interoperability data sharing.

Chief 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

Thomas H. West
Director, California Center for Innovative Transportation
510-642-5224
Academic & Research
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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