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Our subject matter experts have served an average of 25 years with Federal, State, and local agencies. One key to our successful outcomes, especially with projects of a more technical nature, is the care we take to pair an experienced program management team with our subject matter experts who are leaders in their fields.
Norman B. Beasley
Mr. Beasley has more than four decades of experience in counterterrorism, law enforcement, intelligence, and public safety as a co-founder of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC), as the Counter-Terrorism Coordinator with the Intelligence Division of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, as a Lt. Colonel and Commander of the Intelligence Bureau with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, and as Chair of the ACTIC Intelligence Board. With the Lafayette Group, Mr. Beasley provides assistance to the United States Departments of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security (DHS) in the areas of fusion centers, intelligence, and civil emergencies. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Management, is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Public Executive Institute Course, and the XXVI session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Executive Institute.
Ms. Brackin has more than 30 years of experience in emergency services and public safety communications. She is experienced working with personnel from across all disciples of public safety, including police, fire, EMS and emergency operations centers. Her other skills include administrative contract management, strategic planning, and knowledge of FCC mandates, regulations and compliance. At Lafayette Group, Ms. Brackin supports various state and local interoperable communications projects. She was a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Task Force Communications Work Group and supported the development of the FOG and TICPs for Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Mr. Bush has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. After working his way up the ranks at the Michigan State Police Department, Mr. Bush retired as Major, Commander of the Science, Technology and Training Bureau. Since 2012, he has provided support to the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) Program Outreach Liaison. There his outreach efforts included the development and delivery of training programs, writing and submission of articles, and conference presentation materials. Mr. Bush joined Lafayette Group in 2013.
Mr. Carney has over 27 years of emergency services experience. He joined the Hamilton County, Tennessee in 1989 and has served as Director of Operations for the Hamilton County 9-1-1 Center in Chattanooga, TN since 2008, where he manages an emergency communications center with an annual budget of over $8 million. He also instituted and leads their Incident Dispatch Team. He has over 20 year of emergency communications teaching experience and is a certified Emergency Number Professional, COML and TERT leader. Jeff joined the Lafayette Group during 2016 and provides communications and dispatch training courses.
Ms. Cast has 17 years of communications experience and since 2001 has served as the Radio Systems Manager for the Miami-Dade County Radio Communication Services Division. She served as the Chair of the Communications Working Group for Region 7 of Florida’s Regional Domestic Security Task Force. Since joining the Lafayette Group in 2012, Ms. Cast has been responsible for TICP development, SOP development training, and radio systems technical assistance. Ms. Cast is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Ray P. Churay
Mr. Churay has worked for decades in counterterrorism, as a co-founder of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC), a Deputy Chief with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Intelligence Bureau, and as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Federal Bureau of Investigations. For the Lafayette Group, Mr. Churay is responsible for technical assistance to and training for intelligence units and regional fusion centers. Mr. Churay represents the Lafayette Group with fusion centers, law enforcement departments, fire departments, emergency services agencies, all-crimes intelligence centers, and all-hazards response agencies. He received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Dato has over 38 years of progressive experience and responsibility in all aspects of the fire service and emergency medical services and is a recognized leader in emergency communications and management of all-hazards incidents. He began his career as a volunteer with the Wauconda (Illinois) Fire Protection District in 1978 rising to rank of Chief and Administrator in 1992. During his tenure as Chief, Mr. Dato led a number of successful efforts to unify fire and EMS services and served as a founding member of several public safety industry organizations, such as the Illinois Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee. He has served as a peer reviewer for DHS NECP Goal One events and worked with the National Technical Program Manager and the National Law Enforcement Communications Center to develop a new channel scheme for DHS/OIG radios, in order to provide interoperability among Federal, state and local agencies. During his tenure with the Lafayette Group, which began in 2015, he has supported a variety of ICTAP projects, most notably co-authoring the National Special Security Communications Unit Planning Toolkit and assisting with preparation of the consolidated communications plans for the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Ms. Dzoba has 36 years of public safety communications experience and has served in several management and facilitation capacities to include, training and technical assistance in law enforcement and fire/rescue communications centers across the nation. Ms. Dzoba joined Lafayette Group in 2008 and has supported a variety of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Technical Assistance programs, to include the National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) projects and serving as a lead certified COML instructor for COML classes nationwide. She also serves on the Florida Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Disaster Preparedness Committee.
Ms. Fletcher is a staff writer who currently supports the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) publications and outreach program by preparing and editing material for numerous OEC publications including factsheets, reports, and the bi-monthly OEC Bulletin. Ms. Fletcher has worked as a writer and staff associate for Lafayette Group since 1997. Previously, Ms. Fletcher was the managing editor for Children’s Voice Magazine published by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA). Ms. Fletcher’s work has been published in major newspapers and publications such as the Washington Post, Children’s Voice, and Rails to Trails magazine. Ms. Fletcher holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
Ms. Fulton has over 24 years of experience in public safety, serving the past 14 years in a management position. She began her career the with Metro Nashville Police Department in 1992 as an Operations Specialist and joined the Emergency Communications Center (ECC) staff in 1994. She currently serves as the Manager of the Metro Nashville ECC. She has worked with the Lafayette Group since 2012, providing Continuity of Operations, Public Safety Communications Center and Dispatch training courses.
Steve J. Garcia
Mr. Garcia is responsible for technical assistance to intelligence units and fusion centers. He represents the Lafayette Group with fusion centers, law enforcement departments, fire departments, emergency services agencies, all-crimes intelligence centers, and all-hazards response agencies.
Ms. Jennings has served in executive positions at the State of California in the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security at the California Emergency Management Agency. She has supervised programs for technical support to local responders and emergency managers and has led several initiatives to improve state and local capability to prevent and respond to a Weapon of Mass Destruction attack. She also has created and led a number of initiatives in homeland security, counterterrorism, public safety and emergency management, including California’s Large Stadium Initiative. Ms. Jennings is a certified intelligence analyst and serves as a subject matter expert for clients in homeland security and public safety, including Superbowl 50. She holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security and Defense from the Naval Post Graduate School.
Mr. Johnson has 33 years of experience in public safety communications, to include 27 years with the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) where he served as a radio technician and radio systems analyst. Mr. Johnson was responsible for the management of TEMA’s two statewide 800MHz Mutual Aid radio systems and the statewide VHF P25 radio system and management for TEAM’s 800 MHz re-banding project and cost center manager for several public safety radio communications grants. and project mHe joined the Lafayette Group in 2011 to serve as the Communications Unit Leader (COML) and Communications Technician Training (COMT) instructor. Mr. Johnson serves on National Public Safety Telecommunications Council Spectrum Committee, National Regional Planning Council Executive Committee and is a Member-at-Large on the SAFECOM Emergency Response Council.
Mr. Kerr has served in public safety communications for over 40 years, to include 30 years with the Alachua County’s Sheriff’s Office in Florida, where he served as Captain/Technical Services Division Commander with responsibility for managing the multi-agency combined Public Safety Communications Center with over 110 employees. During his three decades with the Sheriff’s office, Mr. Kerr participated in numerous inter-governmental and inter-agency task groups responsible for developing operational plans and procedures for the effective delivery of public safety communications services to the community. Additionally, he oversaw the preparation and administration of a $6+ million annual budget for the Communications Center. Mr. Kerr has been an active member and past-president of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), Inc. He also chaired the Region 3 Interoperable Communications Committee for the Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) and co-chaired the statewide Interoperable Communications Committee for the Florida State Working Group. In this capacity, he filled the role of Florida’s Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, and has overseen the development of exercises and end-user training for operational personnel throughout Florida. Mr. Kerr also established an incident-tactical dispatch team which deployed to a variety of planned events, emergency incidents, and training exercises.
For the past 10 years, he has served as an instructor/subject matter expert for Lafayette Group, working extensively on all aspects of the DHS’ Office of Emergency Communications Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) training program for state and local agencies through the development and delivery of strategic and tactical emergency communications course offerings. He is a recognized instructor for the Communications Unit Leader (COML), Communications Technician (COMT), and Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOMM) training courses and has trained thousands of students nationwide. In addition, he assisted with the development and roll-out of ICTAP’s Incident-Tactical Dispatch (INTD), Incident Communications Center Manager (INCM) and Radio Operator (RADO) training courses. He has represented DHS and coordinated with State and local agencies regarding technology and equipment programs. He also developed the National Special Security Events (NSSE) Communications Unit Planning Toolkit and provided communications support to several NSSEs, to include the 2015 Papal visit to the United States, the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, and several Super Bowls.
Mr. Kidd has over 17 years of leadership experience in project and program management and coordination. Much of this work was in the areas of Site Location Analysis, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Planning and Economic Development. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2013, Mr. Kidd has been providing problem solving and project management support for contracts with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Commerce for the development and build out of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). Mr. Kidd's areas of focus include research, data collection, analysis/interpretation, and GIS mapping of public safety related information particularly as it relates to public safety demographics and site location of new cellular/broadband towers and upgrading of current ones to support the NPSBN.
Mr. Koebler served 30 years with the U.S. Navy in the field of communications and since his retirement has served 17 years in public safety communications. He was the Chief of Operations for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency’s Operations and Communications Center. In addition, he served as an adjunct faculty member at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2011, Mr. Koebler has been responsible for AUXCOMM technical assistance.
Ms. Kuleski has worked in public safety with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Palatka, Florida for the past 22 years, serving as a 911 call taker, radio dispatcher, and training officer and a dispatch center shift supervisor. She served as Assistant Chief of the Communications Bureau for nearly 7 years and in 2013 was promoted to the rank of Captain to serve as Chief of the Communications Bureau managing the 911 Center. Throughout her career, she has had an avid interest in tactical dispatching and implemented the tactical dispatch team at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office. During 2005, Alisha assisted with Hurricane Katrina relief in Mississippi, to include reestablishing emergency communications for the public safety personnel involved in the clean-up and security activities. She is a certified COML and is well-versed in the ICS policies and procedures. Since joining the Lafayette Group during 2015, she has provided a variety of communications and dispatch related training courses.
Mr. Lilly has 33 years of experience in the public safety sector working with police, fire and EMS agencies. During his career. he focused on emergency and interoperable communications and most notably established the first interoperable communications committee in Lake County, Illinois. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2010, Mr. Lilly has been responsible for the development of numerous TICPs across a multitude of states and has recently focused on broadband and automation projects (e.g., NextGen CASM, Public Safety Tools, task management systems analysis and planning).
Mr. Lindert is a public safety professional, trainer, and instructor with over 25 years of experience in the public safety field. During his career he has worked in fire/rescue, emergency management, law enforcement and communications. He began his career in 1989 with the Dodge County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Office and rose to the rank of Deputy Sheriff. He currently serves as the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Whitewater, WI. He is a certified COML and COMT instructor and since joining the Lafayette Group during 2016 has taught a variety of communications training courses.
Mr. Lopez is responsible for technical assistance and training for emergency responders. Based in Los Angeles, he is a veteran of the City of Los Angeles Fire Department where he established the Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) Program and is an expert in hazardous materials. Mr. Lopez represents Lafayette Group with fusion centers, law enforcement departments, fire departments, emergency services agencies, all-crimes intelligence centers, and all-hazards response agencies. He received a Bachelor of Science in Health Science from California State University, Northridge.
Mr. Matthews has 20 years of experience in emergency management, information technology, public safety/government land mobile radio and criminal justice data communications programs. He currently manages the county-wide mobile data system, and P25 public safety communications program for a large full-service Sheriff's Office in central Florida. He also regularly participates on numerous regional and statewide interoperability projects to upgrade and enhance Public Safety Communications Infrastructure and training and serves as the Region 9 Chair on the Florida’s 700/800 MHz Planning Committee. In addition, he serves on the National Regional Planning Committee (NRPC) board, is an APCO frequency advisor, and is a member of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC). Since joining Lafayette Group in 2011, Mr. Matthews has provided COML, COMT, Train-the-Trainer, AUXCOMM, Communications Center, Gateway, and Special Event training and provided Exercise support.
Mr. Millsap has 39 years of technical, managerial and instructor experience in the private industry in both the radio and telecommunications sectors. For the last 11 years, Mr. Millsap has operated as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) Emergency Coordinator for the 13 counties of the Metro Atlanta District and was recently selected as ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2011, Mr. Millsap has been responsible for COML, COMT, and practical exercise training and technical assistance.
Mr. Ownby has 22 years of emergency management and fire experience. He joined the Whitfield County, Georgia Fire Department in 1994 and currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency. Jeff is certified COML and COMT instructor and an experienced trainer. He began his career with the Lafayette Group in 2016 and provides a variety of training courses, to include Continuity of Operations and Dispatch training courses, plus COML and COMT training.
John (Wes) Rogers
Mr. Rogers has 22 years of fire rescue experience. During his career, he rose from firefighter to Lieutenant in the Communications division of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2011, Mr. Rogers has been responsible for COML and COMT trainings and exercises, to include serving on the COML and COMT Working Groups, which recently updated the curricula for these courses.
Mr. Salyers is currently a Captain with the Phoenix Fire Department with 33 years of service and is detailed as the Coordinator for the Terrorism Liaison Officer Program with the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC). Mr. Salyers also spent thirty-three years in the Marines, most recently, Chief Warrant Officer 5. Mr. Salyers is responsible for technical assistance to and training for intelligence units and regional fusion centers. Mr. Salyers represents the Lafayette Group with fusion centers, law enforcement departments, fire departments, emergency services agencies, all-crimes intelligence centers, and all-hazards response agencies.
Mr. Sandy has 29 years of experience in the law enforcement field. Throughout his career in the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Mr. Sandy served in a variety of highly responsible positions, including project manager for both of North Carolina’s statewide public safety agency interoperable communications systems. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2009, Mr. Sandy has been responsible for providing technical assistance relating to the development of SCIPs, SOPs and model governance statues and structures.
Mr. Sedita has 35 years of law enforcement experience. During his career, Mr. Sedita has served as a Captain in the Los Angeles County Sherriff’s Department with responsibility for communications and fleet operations; Chairman of the Los Angeles Regional Tactical Communications System; and Vice Chairman of the California State Interoperability Executive Committee. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2008, Mr. Sedita has participated in SCIP Implementation reviews and served as a leading SME in the field of interoperability governance.
Ms. Smith has two years of experience as a national training coordinator for technical assistance for Indian country training programs. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2012, Ms. Smith has been responsible for ICTAP technical assistance programs and outreach to the 561 federally recognized tribes in the United States.
Mr. Spalding has extensive experience in the defining, planning, implementation and operational support of Next Generation 911. He currently serves as the NG911 Director for Palm Beach County Florida and recently successfully implemented NG9-1-1 network with 19 PSAPs in the county, which provided a platform for new technologies, including multi-media and the geospatial routing of calls. He has also served as Program Manager for the implementation of large-scale network projects for Federal agencies. In addition he has served as a Product Manager with Cisco Systems overseeing several large-scale Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) deployments. Since joining the Lafayette Group during 2015, Mr. Spalding has provided NG9-1-1 training and consultation services to several regional, state and local jurisdictions.
Ms. Kristie Toruno is currently a Program Coordinator for the Emergency Services Sector and the Intelligence Liaison Officer (ILO) program for the Central Florida Intelligence eXchange (CFIX), in Orlando, Florida. For the Lafayette Group, Ms. Toruno is responsible for technical assistance to and training for intelligence units and regional fusion centers. Ms. Toruno represents the Lafayette Group with fusion centers, law enforcement departments, fire departments, emergency services agencies, all-crimes intelligence centers, and all-hazards response agencies. Ms. Toruno has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and a minor in Emergency Management and Strategic Planning from the University of Central Florida.
Mr. Victor has over 44 years of public safety communications experience. Beginning in 1999, Mr. Victor served as the Communications Systems Manager for West Hartford, CT, having previously worked with the West Hartford Fire Department for 26 years where he was a member of the Department’s radio committee. Since joining Lafayette Group in 2011, Mr. Victor has been responsible for overseeing various functional exercises and instructing COML and COMT training courses.
Mr. Shawn Ward brought to Lafayette Group over 25 years of experience in law enforcement, security, management consulting, and business development. Mr. Ward started his career as a police officer and detective at the Akron, Ohio Police Department. During that time, he received a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Akron.He also leads strategic DHS programs such as Customs and Border Protection (CBP)/Joint Wireless Program Management Office (JWPMO) operations business, Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Cyber Risk Program, and several OEC state broadband technical assistance efforts. He oversees two strategic capability areas for Lafayette Group including Public Safety Analytics (includes geographical operations analysis, critical infrastructure assessments, and concepts of operation development) and Cyber Security for Public Safety.
Mr. Wickers is a Sergeant with the Phoenix Police Department and serves as a TLO Coordinator. He is also a member of the Arizona Task Force-1, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Urban Search and Rescue and is the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Supervisor for the Phoenix PD. With the Lafayette Group, he is responsible for technical assistance to and training for intelligence units and regional fusion centers. Mr. Wickers represents the Lafayette Group with fusion centers, law enforcement departments, fire departments, emergency services agencies, all-crimes intelligence centers, and all-hazards response agencies. Mr. Wickers has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from State University of New York at Cortland, a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University, and is pursuing a Masters in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School.