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Wendi Babst

Captain Wendi Babst began her career with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in 1984 as an office specialist. She was promoted to Deputy Sheriff in 1988. She worked in the Patrol Division and held positions as Field Training Officer and Public Information Officer during her time as a deputy.  Babst was promoted to the rank of Detective in 1988 and served as a major crimes detective until 2005.  From 2005 to 2006 she again held the Public Information Officer position until she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in May of 2006.  As a sergeant she worked assignments in the Patrol Division and was the team leader for the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and as the supervisor of the Cadet Program.  In 2007, she was selected as the program director for the multi-disciplinary Domestic Violence Enhanced Response Team (DVERT) and during that time helped to establish the Inter-agency Child Exploitation Prevention Team (INTERCEPT) and served as the sergeant there until 2009, when she was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  As a lieutenant she had served as a patrol watch commander, the Chief of Police for the cities of Happy Valley, Damascus and Estacada, the commander of the Clackamas County Inter-agency Drug Task Force (CCITF) and Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and as the lieutenant for the Investigations Division.  In March of 2014, she was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Support Services Division.  In June of 2015, she was selected and attended the 260th session of the FBI National Academy.  

Captain Babst is currently the program manager for Crisis Intervention Training and serves as an instructor at the semi-annual trainings for sheriff’s office and other regional CIT programs.

Captain Babst has a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Southern Oregon University and an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from Portland State University.  For the past 6 years she has been teaching criminal justice courses at Clackamas Community College as part of their adjunct faculty.  

She lives with her husband of 31 years and has five sons.

Bozeb Beckwith

Bozeb Beckwith wears a lot of hats:  He works for both AMR and Portland Fire and is a valued member of both the AMR Reach and Treat Team and Portland Mountain Rescue. He also snowshoes and skis.  He has a wide variety of wilderness travel and rescue experience and often acts as a liaison between the many groups he is a part of.

Robin Blandford

Robin Blandford has 13 years of service as a volunteer in the Irish Coast Guard and is currently acting as Deputy Officer In Charge (DOiC) for the North Dublin coastal area -- one of the busiest teams in Ireland. Prior to this, Robin previously qualified as Cliff Rescue & Casualty Recovery Instructor, Training Officer, Equipment Officer, and SAR Boat Coxswain. Their local team of 25 volunteers carry out around 85 coastal rescues a year in the highly populated region they cover.

In 2008, Robin combined his background in the Coast Guard with his studies in Digital Media Engineering to become CEO and Founder of D4H Technologies. D4H is the #1 data management software for emergencies and incidents worldwide, providing “Right Information When Things Go Wrong” within SAR units, industrial facilities, public safety teams, and corporate crises for more than 8 years.

Lisa Briggs

Dr. Lisa Briggs is a full professor of criminology and criminal justice at Western Carolina University and co-owner of Search Recovery Consultants. She is also the president of the State of North Carolina Criminal Justice Association. She has been recognized as being one of the top educators in the state of North Carolina, and holds a Ph.D. in Crime and Deviance, a Master of Public Affairs, and a Master of Science. She has field experience in law enforcement and criminal justice, and has taught at several major universities including University of Connecticut, North Carolina State University, East Tennessee State University, and Western Carolina University.

She is a committed educator and has been honored with several teaching awards and service awards because of her dedication to serving the community and the field of criminal justice. She is the author of over 25 academic publications, including textbooks, peer-reviewed articles, and book chapters. Importantly, she merges her commitment to education with her passion of being a human-recovery canine handler and trainer. Her current research focus is on the science of human decomposition and the use of scent detection canines. She actively serves on local, state and federal missing person cases.

Josh Brown

Josh Brown is a patrol deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in the Patrol Division.  Josh is an EMT and also an instructor with CCSO and has a background in civilian emergency medicine.

Tim Chase

Tim Chase began working for Linn County in 1997 and has been involved in SAR since 2005.  During that time he has served in capacities ranging from search-team member to team leader to Incident Commander on multi-day searches. Tim has a passion for search theory and the analytical aspects of search planning.  

Tim graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science from OSU in 2008 where his studies focused on human behavior and psychology.  Tim is the past chairperson of the Ground Search Management curriculum committee with the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association.  He is currently the SAR Coordinator for Lane County.

Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke has been an active member of Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR) since 2000. He currently serves a Rescue Leader and trainer. He recently completed a term as the President of the National Mountain Rescue Association (MRA). Dave is retired from the Gresham Fire Department, where he served as a Captain and the leader of the technical rescue team. Dave has delivered rope-rescue presentations at several MRA conferences, at the International Technical Rescue Symposium (ITRS) and at the International Commission on Alpine Rescue (ICAR).

Sean Collinson

Sergeant Sean Collinson has been a member of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office for the last 21 years and on the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office SAR team for the past 16 years and the Sergeant on team for the past 11 years.  Sgt. Collinson is also a member of the Child Abduction Response Team (CART) and the Peer Support Team for the Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Collinson has received extensive training in search management and ICS, and is currently a Ground Search Management instructor and Managing Land Search Operations instructor for the State of Oregon and is the President of Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Search and Rescue.  Sergeant Collinson has also been involved in several hundred search and rescue missions across Oregon -- including the helicopter crash on Mt. Hood (2002), the search for Fred Frauens (2003) and Hood River County's search for Nikko Cooke, Kelly James and Brian Hall in December of 2006.  Sgt. Collinson has received Meritorious Service Awards in 2002, 2012 and 2016 for his service in SAR, and he and his team were honored as "SAR Program of the Year" in 2010.  In 2013 he was part of the Ground Search Management Team that received the SAR Program of the Year award.

Justin Dersham

Deputy Justin Dersham has been a Deputy with the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office for eight years. During that time he has filled positions as a patrol deputy, resident deputy, and firearms instructor. Deputy Dersham currently holds the special assignment of Forest Patrol Deputy. His current duties include providing ATV Instruction to youths and adults through 4H along with the ATV Safety Institute. Deputy Dersham is also a Ground Team Coordinator for Clatsop County Search and Rescue and he patrols Clatsop State Forest Lands.

Trey Doty

Trey Doty currently is President of Responder Life, a nonprofit organization serving first responders. Additionally, he is a chaplain for the FBI-Portland Division, a leadership coach for George Fox University, and a member of the Pastoral Care and Consultation Committee for Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Medical Center, a level-one trauma center.  Previously, he has served as a pastor, seminary development director, and the executive director of a grant making foundation.

He received a B.S. in Sociology/Social Work from George Fox University and his Master of Divinity from George Evangelical Seminary. His post-graduate studies include a Certificate of Nonprofit Development from Portland State University and the completion of a 12-month Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education from Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Medical Center, a level-one trauma center in Portland, OR. He is a recorded (ordained) Friends pastor in the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends Churches.

Trey resides in Portland, OR.

Garin Duffield

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.

Tom Evans

Tom Evans attended the University of Washington and earned four bachelor’s degrees (Geology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, and Evolutionary Biology), then attended Washington University and earned an M.A. in Geology. He spent two years teaching and tutoring in the Seattle area before going back to graduate school to earn a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and a Certificate in College Teaching at Montana State University. Throughout this process he realized how his cognitive skills could be utilized to benefit those working at height (volunteer rope rescuers, fire/rescue personnel, rope access technicians, etc.) to improve their safety. Tom started a research program to generate data that could be utilized by the professional rope user. His results have been presented at ITRS and MRA/NASAR annual meetings, where he champions the use of data and critical thinking to determine the safest and most efficient methods to use. In addition, Tom is an ambassador for data-driven teaching and learning techniques, and seeks to help others use these methods to improve their professional practice. Recently Tom started a nonprofit, SAR^3, to further rigging research and teaching.

John Gibson

John Gibson has been a Deputy with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office since 1995.  Deputy Gibson has been involved with search and rescue starting as an Explorer with Multnomah County SAR in 1986 holding the positions of Squad Leader, Post President, and Advisor.  In 1997 Deputy Gibson became Search and Rescue Coordinator with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.  He held the position of President with the Mt. Hood SAR Council for four years.  He also held the position of President/Chair of the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association for seven years, and is currently the Vice Chair of the SAR Council.  He is also a member of the Oregon Governor’s Commission on Search and Rescue.  Deputy Gibson also instructs Managing Land Search Operations classes as well as Incident Command courses.  Deputy Gibson has been involved with searching for three high-profile missing children cases: Ashley Pond, Miranda Gaddis, and Matal Sanchez.

Ian Gilbert-Ghormley

Ian Gilbert-Ghormley has been active in search and rescue in Northwest Oregon for 11 years. He is  a member of North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (NORSAR) and has been training search-and-rescue dogs for the last 6 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 guiding new dog-handlers. He also coordinates and proctors K9 testing based on the OSSA 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 taught air-scent K9 during SARCon 2015.

His 7-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. Cora and Ian have 3 finds; 2 were in 2016.  Ian is proud to be a K9 handler with NORSAR -- he enjoys our SAR community and is 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.

Keith Gillespie

Keith Gillespie works full time as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Albany Fire Department in Albany, Oregon. He has been in the Northwest since 1979. On his days off, Keith is seasonally found kayaking or rafting the Pacific Northwest Rivers. With over 20 years’ experience in diving, river rescue, emergency medical services, firefighting, hazardous materials, technical rescue, search and rescue, and whitewater boating, he is committed to safety -- using progressive techniques and equipment while maintaining the high standards recognized in the rescue industry. He is uniquely able to impact a casual instructional style to help learn technical skill sets. Having spent time in the U.S. Army, he has had his share of experiences and training. Shortly after starting a career with Albany Fire department he began adding Rescue 3 International to his credentials. He is now an Instructor Trainer and the Regional Director for AK, WA and OR for Rescue 3 International. Keith has traveled throughout most of the United States and even a few parts of the world teaching. Oregon is where he calls home.

Phillip Graf

Phillip Graf has been a Clark County (WA) Dive Rescue (CCDRT) Team Leader since September 2013; he is also the Training Officer, a post to which he was appointed in September 2005. Graf has also been a Deputy Sheriff and the Dive Team Liaison for the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office since 2005. In addition to these responsibilities, he is a Chaplain for the CCDRT.

Graf began diving in 1968, became an active scuba diving educator (instructor) in 1984 and an instructor trainer in 2002. He teaches public-safety diving for Emergency Response Diving International (ERDI) and Divers Alert Network diving first aid for professional divers’ courses. He also instructs for the American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) and Medic First Aid International (MFA).

Graf has traveled and consulted with dive teams in California, Oregon, Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, Maine, Arizona, Idaho and South Carolina to train various government agencies, county volunteer departments, inspectors, emergency management teams, special operations sections, fire departments, city police, sheriff’s offices, dive and special rescue, rescue swimmers, fire and EMS teams. He enjoys teaching along with the interaction and exchange of knowledge between peers.

Edwin Grant

Edwin Grant has over 28 years' law enforcement and K9 experience. He was assigned to the largest manhunt in the US for three 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, and 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. Grant is the co-owner of Search Recovery Consultants.

Dan Griffin

Dan Griffin is the owner of 2Xplore, a northwest company providing safety training and education to the Overland community.  Dan is also a career Firefighter Paramedic, with over 25 years in the fire and EMS services. He is an avid backcountry traveler and leader, and has led many vehicle recoveries and holds certification by the NFPA in Rope and Vehicle rescue.


Scott Hammond

Scott C. Hammond is a Professor of Management in the Jon Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University and a volunteer search and rescue worker (K-9). He recently received a "Breaking the Frame" award from the Western Academy of Management, and is the award-winning author of Lessons of the Lost: Finding Hope and Resilience in Work, Life and the Wilderness. Scott's research on lost person behavior has been heard nationally on the Hugh Hewitt Show, NPR, and other radio networks, and he has been quoted by Newsweek, Fast Company, The Denver Post, the Jewish World Times, and other major media outlets.  In 2016 Scott has spoken to SAR and first responder groups throughout the US, in England and in Africa.

Rod Hill

Rod Hill has been a meteorologist in the Portland market since 1999. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Rod is a multiple Emmy Award Winner for the Pacific Northwest Region and is a three time recipient of the Associate Press award for best weathercast in Oregon. He currently is the morning Sunrise meteorologist at KGW-TV. Rod is also the founder and chief meteorologist for -- the only local website developed and operated by a local meteorologist in the Portland area. He lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife and daughter, and hits the golf course as often as possible!

Matt Jacobs

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 maps that are used by several popular smartphone applications, as well as the recreational trip planning site caltopo and its SAR-specific variant

Brian Jensen

Sgt. Brian Jensen began his career in Law Enforcement as a Police Officer in the City of North Bend in 1994.  He came to Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in 1998.  Sergeant Jensen has held a variety of positions that include K9 handler, Motor Deputy, Drug Recognition Expert, SWAT, Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, and now holds the position of Public Information Officer for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Jerry King

Jerry King has been a Land Surveyor for 38 years and recently retired as the City Surveyor for Lake Oswego. He has been a member of Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue for 3 years.

Stephen Korpi

Stephen Korpi is the President and a co-founder of North Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (NORSAR) and has been involved in K9 search and rescue since 2002. As a team member, he has been involved in the training of K9s and members, and certified his own K9 in wilderness air scent. Stephen has been on countless searches as a support member and handler in Oregon and Washington utilizing K9s for air scent, trailing, human remains detection and water recovery.

John Krummenacker

John Krummenacker is a sergeant with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office in the Patrol Division.  John is the supervisor of the Emergency Medical Team and has a background in both civilian and military emergency medicine.

Bill Loud

Bill Loud has been a Garmin Regional Trainer for nine years. In addition to handheld GPS units, Bill also trains on Garmin's dog, running, cycling, marine and automotive products.

Craig McClure

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 a Reserve Deputy working seasonally for the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, 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 principal partner in Crackerjack Response Specialists LLC.  CFRS LLC is a 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, OSP, NPS, USFS, NC Emergency Management, and other agencies throughout the US.

He has proudly attended or instructed at every Northwest SARCon.

Blake Miller

Blake Miller received significant hands-on navigational training during his 20 years of service in the U.S. 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 for

Fernando Moreira

Fernando Moreira Is a member of nine SAR teams in Nevada, California, Texas, Hawaii, and Oregon for tracking, and he also works with SWAT teams across the country on manhunts and crime-scene investigations. Fernando has been involved in tracking for over 40 years and has assisted law enforcement in large manhunts for cop killers, escapees and child abductors.

Kerry Noland

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.


Formed in 2000, the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue (OHSTAR) team is a skilled group of volunteers dedicated to animal rescue.  The team has been featured internationally in news and magazines, and is best-known for its high-angle technical rope rescues of dogs off cliffs. The team also uses technical rope systems to rescue cats in trees and has helped the Audubon Society of Portland with placement and rescue of birds in trees. The OHSTAR team provides public outreach and education with regards to pet emergency preparedness as well as safety and general preparedness for hiking/camping with your dog. OHSTAR assists the Oregon Humane Society’s Investigations department with hoarding cases, puppy mills, cruelty cases, and emergency animal shelter care.  The OHSTAR team gets deployed nationally, in partnership with the ASPCA, to large-scale cruelty cases and also natural-disaster events such as Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin Tornado, and Superstorm Sandy.

Joe Rabinowitz

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

Michelle Renault is a 911 Supervisor with Hood River County, and has been employed with them for 18 years.  Michelle lives in the Gorge with her husband Mike, where they enjoy volunteering for the local fire department and teaching CPR and First Aid to the local responders.

Jerry Richert

Jerry Richert is a 17-year veteran and a Captain in the Special Operations Division for the Indianapolis Fire Department. He is also a Corporate Trainer for Dive Rescue International. Jerry has worked in tactical rescue houses most of his career. He is currently the coordinator for the dive and rope rescue divisions for his fire department. A majority of his time with Indianapolis Fire is spent on training and the equipment. Approximately 5 times a year, Jerry spends his time traveling for Dive Rescue International training fire, police, rescue squads and other public-safety agencies in multiple disciplines related to water rescue.

Marcel Rodriguez

Marcel Rodriguez is a volunteer Search & Rescue Team Member and Rope Team Leader with Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue in Portland, Oregon. Marcel currently holds qualifications as an EMT/WEMT, Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Technical Rope Rescue-Technician Level Instructor for Rescue3. When not engaged in teaching and SAR activities, Marcel works in mergers & acquisitions for an international software company.

Jeff Salzer

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 worked directly with Pierce County Sheriff’s Office 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 ATVs in Pierce County. After working with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office 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.

Chad Schroll

Chad Schroll has been an employee at Warn Industries for 25 years. His first 5 years were spent as a machinist, followed by 15 years in the test lab, specializing in vehicle testing, and over the past 5 years he has worked in Marketing as a Systems Specialist. In past years, Chad has been involved with Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE) and the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) on abandoned vehicle recoveries. Chad continues to work within Warn Industries development, fitment, and marketing teams to bring innovative and reliable products to the recovery field.

Ken Snell

Ken Snell has spent 42 years with the U.S. Forest Service in wildland fire, and has since retired. He has been a member of Pacific Northwest Search and Rescue for the past 4 years.

Corey Stone

Corey Stone is a SAR Coordinator with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon.  Stone has been a SAR field team member for twenty-three years and a SAR Coordinator for the last 19 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. Stone has taught land navigation classes to SAR organizations, narcotics enforcement, SWAT teams, fire command, wildland fire personnel and the public.  He has been an instructor at several MLSO courses in Oregon and presented at Northwest SARCon since 2010.

Luke Tessner

Luke Tessner has over 15 years of law-enforcement and K9-handling experience with the Clare County Sheriff’s Department in Michigan, and over 20 years of experience training K9s.  In 2012, he became an assistant instructor with the International Bloodhound Training Institute and Sleuth Hounds, LLC, becoming a full instructor in 2013. Luke has attended and taught many seminars all over the United States. He has also been featured in the book How to Train a Police Bloodhound and Scent Discriminating Patrol Dog, 2nd Edition by Kevin Kocher.

Colin Thielen

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 K9s.  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.

Nathan Thompson

Sgt. Nathan 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.

Adam Tingey

Adam Tingey works for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office as a Marine Patrol Deputy. He previously worked as a U.S. 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.

Johnnie Walter

Johnnie Walter has been a law-enforcement officer for 26 years and a supervisor for 17 years. He has held many positions within the department and has had the opportunity to work many high-profile cases in the nation’s capital. He is currently assigned as Canine Supervisor/Handler of a Patrol/Narcotics Detection Canine and a bloodhound that is used for mantrailing.  He was previously assigned as the Canine Training Sergeant, which oversees the daily operation of the unit which consists of approximately 40 K9 teams.

When Walter became interested in learning scent-discrimination trailing, he reached out to Kevin Kocher, who began teaching him the “Kocher Method” of training. Walter taught his Patrol K9 trailing before his agency had a bloodhound program, and eventually convinced his agency to start a bloodhound program -- after which he became the first bloodhound handler in the 50-plus years of their K9 Unit. Through his continued efforts in learning, he became an Assistant Instructor for Sleuth Hounds, LLC and worked his way up to Instructor.  Today he continues to work as a law-enforcement officer with his two canine partners and trains with numerous law-enforcement agencies in the metropolitan region.  He has also evaluated and certified canines for other agencies in detector, patrol and trailing.

Ron Wright

Ron Wright has 25 years of experience in the communications and electronics industry, which has provided a unique background to discuss the application of GPS, two-way radios, satellite communications and electronic safety equipment.  Ron lives on the Oregon coast with his wife and three beautiful children when he isn’t travelling throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and Alaska to work with businesses and government agencies to prepare for the unexpected or extended communications.

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Northwest SARCon

Sheriff Craig Roberts

Sheriff Craig Roberts

2016 Northwest SARCon
Sept. 23-25, 2016

Camp Kuratli at Trestle Glen
24751 SE Hwy 224
Boring, OR 97009

Julie Collinson, Conference Coordinator
Phone: 503-557-5827
Fax: 503-794-8068

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