SARCon Speaker/Instructor Biographies
Since 1999, Laurie Adams
been an active member of Jefferson County, Oregon, Camp Sherman Hasty
Team, which is a small team that trains all members in all aspects of
SAR. Laurie's primary SAR interests include mounted, navigation, and
Air Scent, having spent considerable time in the last few years, along
with Kate Beardsley, developing some searching and scanning practices
to help improve mounted teams' effectiveness in the field.
Laurie's long standing activity in the world of education and
fly-fishing has had her in remote locations in the field and brings
proficiency in SAR scenarios closer to home.
Jeff Beckman has been on the
San Diego Mountain Rescue Team for 9 years. He is qualified as a Type I
Alpine rescuer and Technical Rescue Specialist. Jeff has been closely
involved with the deployment of technology in the command post,
including the use of computer aided search planning tools and remotely
piloted vehicles. Professionally, Jeff is a mechanical engineer working
in the aerospace industry.
Patrick Bentley received his Master’s degree from USU in Instructional Design with an emphasis in Adventure Programming with a Bachelor degree in Parks and Recreation. He has been a valuable member of the Cache County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team in Logan Utah for the past 18 years and has served as their Commander, a team lead and Quartermaster at various times. He is currently serving as the secretary for the Intermountain Region for MRA as well as the liaison for the Mountain Rescue Association for his team.
Patrick currently works at Utah State University for the University
Inn and Conference Center as the Coordinator for the Utah State
University Challenge Course. He annually hires, trains and leads
facilitators on how to run low and high events at the USU Course. He is
also a Safety Officer/Senior Instructor for the Leadership Challenge
Camp which works with the USMC JROTC and AF JROTC units throughout the
nation. Additionally Patrick works as the Experiential Program
Coordinator for Sherwood Hill Recovery Resort. He is certified as a
Level II facilitator and a Ropes Course Manager through the Association
for Challenge Course Technologies (ACCT) for the past 3 years.
Ken Boell and Karl Ritchey
Ken Boell and Karl Ritchey have over 50 years of Off Road experiences to draw from. Both have had numerous successful SAR missions that involved extreme off road capabilities and recovery situations. They have a goal to share their experiences to help increase off road awareness, mission readiness and mission success.
Tim Brown has been a
volunteer in the service industry for over 15 years. Brown has spent
the last six as a K-9 handler and Assistant Training Officer for
Mountain Wave Search and Rescue. Over those years Tim has been involved
in many searches that required out of the box thinking and has
incorporated those skills into his training techniques for beginning
K9s entering the field. Tim possesses a unique ability to problem solve
using the K9 to assist finding their subjects.
Eduardo (Eddy) Cartaya is a
USFS LEO with Deschutes NF. He has over 20 years of SAR experience at
local, regional, and federal levels. He served as a SAR Coordinator for
the National Park Service and instructs annually for the NPS SAR
School. Certified at Level III through the National Cave Rescue
Commission he has participated in and managed several large scale cave
rescue missions and is one of the most active cave explorers in the NW.
Eddy is a member of both PNW and Deschutes SAR MRA teams is an active backcountry LEO, and the USFS Regional RRT team leader. He is a federal firearms and use of force instructor, Tactical Tracking Operations School Instructor, and a graduate of the Command and General Staff Academy.
In 2012 he was awarded the USDA Unsung Hero Award for two back
country alpine SAR saves following traumatic snow mobile crashes as
well as the investigation and apprehension of two major cases involving
wildfire arson and destruction of archeological resources (pictographs)
in one of the forest’s largest lava tube caves.
Eddy is a partner and lead instructor for Crackerjack First Response Specialists, LLC and specializes in technical rescue and wilderness tactical operations.
Deb Cherachanko is a
Chiropractic Physician and Board certified Skeletal Radiologist with 28
years of practice experience. She has lectured extensively on soft
tissue and skeletal injuries associated with trauma. She has been a
member of Pacific Northwest Search & Rescue for 8 years, and
currently serves on the Board as the EMS Director.
Donald C. Cooper
Dr. Donald C. Cooper retired in 2012 as the Ohio State Fire Marshal, after five years as the Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, and has served in the career fire-rescue-emergency medical service since 1980. From 2012 to 2014, he served as the Executive Director of Medical Education and Research with Akron General Health Systems in Northeast Ohio, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Event Safety Alliance (ESA), as the Managing Editor for the Event Safety Guide, the ESA’s best practices guide, and as a labor-management consultant with National Rescue Consultants.
In addition, Dr. Cooper, served on the Cuyahoga Falls Fire
Department in northeast Ohio for 28 years, and is an Ohio Certified
Paramedic. He has the author of several well-known emergency service
textbooks including: Fundamentals of Search and Rescue (Jones and
Bartlett, 2005), The Event Safety Guide, Editor; Fundamentals of
Mantracking: The Step-By-Step Method, and The Aviation Survival
Dr. Cooper has served as a researcher and principle investigator for several significant search-related research projects sponsored by the National Search and Rescue Committee and funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and NASA; as the Operations Chief of Ohio’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Task Force (OH-TF1); and us the Chair and charter member of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Technical Search and Rescue Committee, and served as a principal member of the NFPA Disaster Management Committee.
In 2012, was awarded the Ohio Fire Service Distinguished Service Award for contributions to and leadership of the U.S. fire service including significant contributions on a regional, statewide and national basis; and in 2002, was awarded the National Association for Search and Rescue’s (NASAR) most prestigious recognition—the Hal Foss Award—for both national and international contributions to the field of search and rescue.
Dr. Cooper earned an MBA and PhD in Business Administration from the University of California, and attended the University of Akron and Kent State University in Northeast Ohio. In September of 2005, Don led Ohio’s Incident Management Team (IMT) when they deployed for four weeks to St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana—directly east of New Orleans—immediately after hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. He led the same Ohio IMT for two weeks in 2012 when they responded to Long Island, New York, in response to Hurricane Sandy.
Lawrence Dennis is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Aerial Technology International. Lawrence served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a helicopter Avionics Technician for 5 years with an honorable discharge. Upon returning to Oregon, Lawrence attended Portland Community College, earning an A.S. and FAA Airframe and Powerplant certifications. He also became a FAA certified helicopter pilot and has numerous hours as a fixed wing pilot. Lawrence has spent the last eight years as a business owner, Chief Technology Officer and lead pilot for Northwest Aero Pix and Aerial Technology International.
Garin Duffield grew up in Eugene, OR, and has worked as a volunteer for the Dexter and Sheridan Fire Departments. He has always enjoyed the outdoors, and is an avid runner, fisherman, and backpacker. He is a member of the 2012 Reach and Treat (RAT) academy and currently works full-time on the RAT ambulance for American Medical Response.
Ian Gilbert-Ghormley has
been active in search and rescue in the area for the last 10 years. He
is currently a member of North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue
(NORSAR) and has been training search and rescue dogs for the last 5
years. He has assisted training new members and new dogs coming into
search and rescue and helped solve training challenges with others. As
the K9 Training Coordinator of NORSAR, he is responsible for helping
and supporting the handlers with what they need to succeed, providing
exercise ideas and guide new dog handlers. He also coordinates and
proctors K9 testing based on the O.S.S.A. K9 standards to help prepare
NORSAR’s dogs for the state certification tests. Ian is also an
instructor for land navigation, searcher safety and survival and helps
train support personnel in his SAR group.
His 6-year old chocolate lab, Cora, has been state certified through the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for Wilderness Air Scent for 3-years. Together they have responded to countless wilderness and urban searches for a variety of missing subjects all over the region. They were able to locate a lost hiker, stranded on the Pacific Crest Trail last spring. Ian is proud to be a K9 handler with NORSAR and enjoy our SAR community and proud to respond to searches for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office. As the K9 Training Coordinator for NORSAR, he enjoys training dogs and helping train K9s of all levels. He looks forward to helping new handlers learn how to work with their dogs and enjoy search and rescue as much as he does.
Robert Glaeser has 19 years of EMS experience and joined the AMR Reach and Treat Team in 1999. Robert is currently assigned to operations in Clackamas County Oregon, and has extensive backcountry and alpine experience to help train current and new Reach and Treat Team members. With his backcountry and former military experience, Robert has been a vital component in developing new and more efficient training modules. He also has extensive experience being deployed to wildfire incidents, natural disasters, and extreme sporting events. Recreationally, Robert enjoys water sports and flying fixed wing aircraft.
Edwin Grant has over 28 years law enforcement and K9 experience. He was assigned to the largest manhunt in the US for 3 years working with all federal, state, and local agencies on the Eric Rudolph Olympic and serial bomber case. Edwin also worked K9 search and recovery for 9/11 and major hurricanes. He has worked all disciplines of scent detection dogs, Narcotics dog training for 12 years, ATF Arson and Accelerant dogs for 8 years, Trailing and Cadaver dogs for 27 years.
He is an expert witness in grave detection and analysis as well as water search and recovery. Edwin has been credited with over 100 water finds and recoveries. He has been involved in many high profile cases for the FBI, SBI, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He was awarded the NC Governor Award for Officer of the Year, The Southeast Officer of the Year Award. The Shikar Safari Award. The Sophia Silva Award for the saving of human lives and the FBI award for Exceptional Service in the Public Interest. Edwin has been involved in over a thousand searches and has instructed, coordinated, and trained K9’s all over the United States and around the world.
Eric Gunnerson has been a member of the Cache County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team in Utah for the last 20 years and has held positions of Commander and team leads throughout those years. He has been the team lead of the Technical Rope Rescue Team and he feels an important part of the team’s training is to “keep things simple and consistent in rope rescues.” Eric holds a master’s degree from the University of Colorado in German and has attended numerous SAR conferences throughout Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Oregon.
Eric spent 7 years coaching in Leadville Co. for the ski jumping and
cross country racing teams and another 23 years in Logan coaching
gymnastics to preschool thru college athletes. He has competed for the
German National B team in gymnastics and feels that one of the best
ways to instruct others is to get them out and get their hands and feet
dirty. Eric has been a professional hardwood flooring contractor for
the last 23 years as well as a strong member of the Sheriff’s Search
and Rescue team.
Donnie Hatch is the
Sales Director for Globalstar Inc. Donnie has worked in the satellite
communications industry for 20 years, including periods at Globalstar
& Iridium Service Providers. Beginning in Moscow, Russia, Donnie
was Executive Director of Sales at “GlobalTel”, the Globalstar operator
for Russia and the CIS. Upon completion of his international
assignment, Donnie moved to Portland where he built and managed the
dealer network across the country for Globalstar USA. In 2011, Donnie
took on a special 3-year project at DeLorme developing the market for
the Iridium -based InReach device. He currently oversees all US sales
& distribution operations for Globalstar.
Sarah Holland, MSW, MPH is
the Director of Programs with the Alzheimer’s Association, Oregon
Chapter. Sarah joined the Alzheimer’s Association in 2013 after
completing her Master of Social of Work and Public Health. Prior to
completing her degrees she spent over a decade working in the mental
health field. Since joining the Alzheimer’s Association, Sarah has
utilized her experience implementing community based health inventions
to expand the Association’s support service delivery across the state
Matt Jacobs is a W-EMT with
the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit and Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue.
He has developed a series of high resolution nationwide map that are
used by several popular smartphone applications, as well as the
recreational trip planning site caltopo and its SAR-specific variant
Matthew Marino is a member
of the Pacific NW Search and Rescue Team based in Clackamas County, OR.
His experience as a Physical Therapist, Certified Professional
Ergonomist, Certified Workers Compensation Healthcare Provider,
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Certified Personal
Trainer have developed into a passion for working with tactical
personnel, workers, and athletes who’s lives depend on high levels of
physical and psychological performance.
In the past, Mike Maurer
spent a great deal of time designing and manufacturing ultralight
hiking gear for Gossamer Gear, one of the leading lightweight gears
companies in America. He joined DCSOSAR in 2010 and immediately began
shifting his ultralight gear ideas and techniques into more robust (yet
still lightweight) applications for rescue scenarios. Mike has taught
the basics of ultralight travel and gear for many years, and leads the
annual gear review for SAR winter applications. Mike is currently an
MRA certified Rescue level member, is AIARE III avalanche trained, and
is the AIARE/SAR Avalanche Leader for the unit.
Craig McClure has been active in Search and Rescue in the Pacific Northwest for 10 years as a searcher, manager, and instructor. Craig is trained/certified as an EMT and an MRA Rescue Leader. Residing in Central Oregon he is Reserve Deputy working seasonally for Deschutes County Sheriff, former team leader of the DCSSAR Incident Management Team, and a SAR Manager. He remains active as a responder specializing in medical callouts and winter response as a skilled backcountry skier and snowmobiler. He is the principle partner in Crackerjack Response Specialists, LLC. CFRS, LLC is training and service team providing contract event and remote medical services as well as training for first responders working in the wilderness environment. CFRS, LLC is a licensed EMS agency and contracts nationally for both medical and training services.
Craig is a member of the OSSA SARAC Curriculum and Standards
Committee and co-author and instructor for the Oregon Ground Search
Management class. He is also a certified instructor for Lost Person
Behavior and Managing Land Search Operations. He has instructed for
SARCON, WASAR, OSSA, NPS, USFS, NC Emergency Management, and other
agencies throughout the US. He has proudly attended or instructed at
every NW SARCON.
Brian McCormick is a
training coordinator with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue, and
instructor the Mazamas Mountaineering Club in Portland, OR. Brian is
also an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer,
and nutritionist. He has spent much of his lifetime traveling and
recreating among some of the snowiest and coldest forests and mountains
in the US.
Blake Miller received
significant hands-on navigational training during his 20 years of
service in the US Navy. He has taught map and compass, GPS and
wilderness survival classes in Central Oregon since 1998. As a
part-time faculty member at Central Oregon Community College, he
currently teaches land navigation classes to Natural Resource students.
He has been an active member of the Deschutes County’s Search and
Rescue (SAR) team since 2009. Blake is also a featured speaker at the
Washington SAR conference, Central Oregon Sportsman Show, various
community groups, and Cabelas. His articles have been published in
several national magazines and he writes a monthly navigation column
Kerry Noland is a Lead
Paramedic and currently works for American Medical Response NW in
Clackamas County Oregon. Noland has 21 years of EMS experience and
joined the AMR Reach and Treat Team in 2001. Kerry is a Team
Administrator and Training Academy Coordinator for both new recruits
and current members of the Reach and Treat Team. Kerry also has
extensive SAR experience with the National Park Service and brings that
experience to the Reach and Treat Team to increase the overall safety
and success of the team.
Mark Phillips is the current
Editor and Publisher of PSDiver Monthly. (www.PSDiver.com). After a 34
year career as a professional firefighter and public safety diver Mark
retired and now travels and teaches a variety of programs including
Zero Visibility Search and Recovery, Underwater Crime Scene
Investigation and Body and Weapon Recovery, Mark is or has been a
consultant to a wide variety and number of companies regarding diving
and public safety divers. He offers a web site targeted to helping
Public Safety Divers and includes numerous resources for download at
Joe Rabinowitz is a Lead
Paramedic and currently works for American Medical Response NW in
Clackamas County Oregon on the Reach and Treat Team. He has 15 years
EMS experience and joined the Reach and Treat Team in 2009. Joe has
quickly been gaining the necessary skills and experience to be one of
the most reliable members and leaders of the team. Joe has been
extensively involved in outdoor recreation for many years and considers
himself an amateur botanist. He is quickly able to answer most
botanical questions as they arise during trainings or missions.
Michelle Renault is a 911
dispatcher for Hood River County. She has been employed at the agency
for 18 years. Michelle is a Certified 911 telecommunicator, EMD
telecommunicator and FTEP instructor through DPSST. She is also an
EMT-B and BLS Evaluator through the State of Washington, an American
Heart BLS Instructor and has her Associates Degree in Criminal Justice.
Michelle lives in the Columbia River Gorge with her husband Mike. In
their spare time they volunteer for Klickitat County Fire District #3.
Michelle enjoys teaching the communication classes and CPR/First Aid
with the local fire departments, law enforcement and the 911 center.
Marcel Rodriguez is a
volunteer Search & Rescue Team Member with Pacific Northwest Search
and Rescue in Portland, Oregon. Marcel currently holds qualifications
as an EMT-B, WFR, Rope Rescue Technician, and Swiftwater Rescue
Technician. Marcel is also a trainer for Skedco, Inc., makers of the
Sked rescue stretcher. When not engaged in teaching and SAR activities,
Marcel works in Mergers & Acquisitions for an international
Jerry Richert is a 16-year
veteran of the Indianapolis Fire Department. He currently holds the
appointed rank of Captain and is the Dive Commander for IFD. Jerry is
also a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International, and travels the
United States and Canada teaching multiple disciplines in Surface and
Subsurface Water Rescue to police, fire and rescue organizations. He is
a Recreational Scuba Instructor and former Commercial Diver.
Deputy Jerry Roley started
at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in July of 1998. Prior to
this Deputy Roley was a Reserve Officer for the City of Cornelius for
over four years and was then transferred to the Clackamas County
Sheriff’s Office before being hired fulltime at the Washington County
Deputy Roley has been working marine patrol for the last 9 years. Hagg Lake is the primary responsibility for the Sheriff’s Office drawing hundreds of thousands of people during the summer months. Deputy Roley currently instructs at the two week State marine Academy for the Oregon State Marine Board. Roley also helps the Marine Board with one week of training on white water drift boat operations and a week of white water jet boat operations for new Marine officers once a year.
Roley also has been a field training officer for their department for several years. Deputy Roley has been named Marine Deputy of Year for Oregon and has worked with the Marine board to teach kids in schools about water safety every year. Deputy Roley also implemented a fix it ticket program for boaters to help with education, instead of boaters just receiving high fines for minor offenses. Deputy Roley continues to work and be actively involved with their Marine program.
Mike Russell has been a
member of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Public Information Unit
since 2006. He is tasked with running CCSO's web and social-media
presence -- which played a key public-information role in such recent
cases as the 2012 active-shooter incident at Clackamas Town Center, the
2012 manhunt for accused murderer Erik John Meiser, the 2013 search for
missing teen Samantha Dodson, the 2014 manhunts for alleged violent
kidnapper Kelly Vern Swoboda and murder suspect Dirck White, and
numerous search-and-rescue missions. He has also joined the Sheriff's
Office in offering behind-the-scenes public-information and
social-media backup to other agencies during crisis events.
Jeff Salzer became involved with ATVs while living in Alaska, during this time he used them for many trips into to the backcountry with river crossings, glacier riding, beaches, mud flats and even plowing snow. In 2005 he moved to Washington State where he joined an ATV/Snow machine unit located in Pierce County Washington, while with this unit he received extensive training and experience from the unit and working directly with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputies. Jeff eventually became a unit trainer and the ATV coordinator for that unit.
In 2012 Jeff’s unit was disbanded and he switched over to the Pierce
County SAR 4x4 Unit with the intention of re-activating ATV’s in Pierce
County. After working with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department they
were able to have nine members certified field ready and able to
respond in June of 2012. Jeff is currently the ATV Trainer for Pierce
County SAR 4x4 Unit and recently became to Training Coordinator for all
the unit’s training.
Jeff firmly believes that ATVs have a place in the SAR environment and can be used in a safe, efficient, and professional manner in a variety of ways to support many different types of SAR needs.
Corey Stone is a SAR
Coordinator with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon.
Corey has been a SAR field team member for twenty three years and a SAR
Coordinator for nineteen years. He has been instructing various SAR
related skills for two decades with a specialization in land
navigation; high and low angle rope access and rope rescue, and
managing land search operations. Corey has taught land navigation
classed to SAR organizations, narcotics enforcement, SWAT teams, fire
command, wild land fire personnel and the public. Stone has been an
instructor at several MLSO courses in Oregon and presented at SARCON
Colin Thielen is a Partner
with Sleuth Hounds, LLC. She has trained numerous dogs for herself and
others. She is a K9 trainer and Handler instructor for Sleuth Hounds.
She specializes in training Mantrailing and scent detection k9's. Colin
has attended numerous schools and seminars focusing on dog behavior and
drive. She served as Chief and Deputy Chief of HEMSI Search Dog Unit in
Huntsville, Alabama and was also a Canine Specialist with Alabama Heavy
Rescue-1. She has relocated to Northern Virginia where she runs the
Sleuth Hound training facility and works cases for law enforcement in
Northern Virginia and The District of Columbia. She is currently
working her Human Remains K9 Izzy and is in the process of training her
new trailing dog Wheezie.
Nate Thompson works for the
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as a Sergeant -- and previously as a
Marine Patrol Deputy for over six years and a Search and Rescue
Coordinator for seven years. He is an instructor in jet-boat
operations, whitewater drift-boat operations, and kayaking. He has
certifications as a Swift Water Rescue Technician and an Emergency
Medical First Responder. He is currently a member of a type 1 FEMA
swiftwater flood rescue team.
Tygh Thompson been involved
with SAR in Oregon for more than 40 years and has participated in
hundreds of SAR missions. He spent 33 years with the Washington Co.
Sheriff’s Office, where he was the SAR program manager for 23 years. He
retired as a Sergeant in 2010. He has experience as a searcher as well
as a mission coordinator and SAR program manager. He is a past
president of the OSSA SAR council and has contributed to several
revisions of the Oregon SAR standards. He has assisted in the
development of the "Ground Search Operations Course" and has been a
lead instructor in “Managing Search Operations” course for more than 20
years. Tygh has developed a number of SAR training programs for Oregon
and has been a presenter at each SARCon conference. Since 2010 he has
been a volunteer with Mt. Wave SAR.
Adam Tingey works for the
Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as a Marine Patrol Deputy. He
previously worked as a US Air Force Pararescueman for over 9 years. He
is certified as a Swift Water Rescue Technician, Dive Rescue Technician
and an EMT Paramedic. He is also a member of a type 1 FEMA swiftwater
flood rescue team.
304th Rescue Squadron
Based at Portland Air National Guard Base, the 304th Rescue Squadron is an Air Force Reserve Command combat-search-and-rescue unit. The 304th is trained and equipped to deploy combat rescue officers, PJs, and support personnel worldwide in support of U.S. national security interests. It provides contact, extraction and treatment for civilian and combat search-and-rescue operations. It also uses various fixed- and rotary-wing insertion/extraction assets, and employs by any means available to provide combat and humanitarian search, rescue, and medical assistance in all environments. The peacetime mission of the 304th is to train and maintain rescue capability for DoD personnel, humanitarian and disaster relief activities.
Air Force Pararescuemen, also known as PJs, are the only Department
of Defense elite combat forces specifically organized, trained,
equipped and postured to conduct full spectrum Personnel Recovery (PR)
to include both conventional and unconventional combat rescue
operations. These battlefield Airmen are the most highly trained and
versatile personnel recovery specialists in the world. Pararescue is
the nation's force of choice to execute the most perilous, demanding
and extreme rescue missions anytime, anywhere across the globe.
USCG Sector Columbia River
Sector Columbia River’s
Search and Rescue Mission Coordination responsibilities are among the
broadest of any Coast Guard Unit. The area of responsibility extends 50
nautical miles west of the coastline and includes all navigable waters
within the state boundaries of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. However,
the unit routinely responds to distress beyond 50 nautical miles
offshore and to distress inland within Oregon and Washington.
David Weil first began
exploring ultralight techniques in 2007 for his AT thru-hike. He
further dialed his gear and strategies during subsequent PCT and CDT
hikes. A member of DCSOSAR since 2012, David is active with the unit’s
Medical, ATV, Snowmobile, MRU, and Ski teams, as well as teaching for
the annual New Recruit Academy and Level 1 avalanche courses. He is
currently the unit’s Ski Team Coordinator, an EMT-B, and an AIARE 1
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