Nov
19
3:50 pm15:50

Closing (Day 2)

Karl Schmitt MPA, Founder bParti.com

Healthcare Coalitions:  Bridging the Gap for Whole Community Preparedness

Karl is the Passionate Founder of bParati, LLC, a company with a soul. It is his mission to align the disaster preparedness efforts of healthcare institutions, emergency management, and public health.

His career includes: 16-years as a Firefighter/Paramedic with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Tampa, 4-years as a Flight Paramedic with the Aeromed Medevac Program out of Tampa General Hospital, 4-years teaching Paramedics and EMTs at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, and 3-years as the Chief, Division of Disaster Planning and Readiness at the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Karl earned his Florida firefighter and EMT certificates at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, His BA from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and his Master of Public Administration from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.

Nov
19
2:45 pm14:45

Main 6 (Day 2)

Leah Grey

Team Building

Leah Gray currently serves as the Director of the Lifetime Learning Center at Jackson State Community College.  She has over 20 years of management experience in retail, manufacturing and education and spent 15 of those years working in human resources and safety.   In addition to her duties at JSCC, Leah works part-time as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and is a licensed dispatcher for Med-Center EMS in Madison County, TN.   Leah is former graduate of Leadership Jackson, Leadership Gibson County and WestStar and works with the Community Emergency Response Team in Madison County as an adult and teen trainer, along with being one of the team leaders for Madison County’s disaster animal rescue team.   She also serves as the Chair of the Local Emergency Response Committee. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, 18 hours of Masters level work in Criminal Justice, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution.  

Nov
19
1:30 pm13:30

Main 5 (Day 2)

Lee Blair

Vanderbilt Pediatrics

Lee Blair RN, CEN, EMT-P, IC came to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in April 2001 and transferred to the Children's Hospital in Fall 2007, where he currently serves as Emergency Medical Services Coordinator for the CRPC Outreach Team.

As a healthcare provider in Middle Tennessee for over twenty-five years (including five years with Vanderbilt LifeFlight), Lee is known throughout the community.

Before coming to Vanderbilt, Lee held a variety of pre-hospital and hospital positions in Middle Tennessee including field paramedic, director of a special pre-hospital rescue team, deputy coroner, emergency department staff nurse and charge nurse.

Currently, Lee serves on the Committee on Pediatric Emergency Care as Co-Chair on the Education Workgroup; he is also a board member of the Tennessee EMS Education Association and a member of ENA. Along with these affiliations, Lee has been a guest speaker at conferences on the local, regional, state and national level. Over the past five years, Lee has spoken at over 300 educational events to a total of more than 10,000 healthcare providers.

In addition to his many certifications, Lee is also an Instructor for BLS, ACLS, PALS, PEARS, ENPC, EPC and TNCC.

Nov
19
12:30 pm12:30

Main 4 (Day 2)

TN-CNECT - Sgt. Ehrin Ehlert

FirstNet in Tennessee

Sergeant Ehrin Ehlert joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 2002 and was assigned to various posts in middle Tennessee.  In 2006, he transferred to the Research, Planning, and Development division and has served in this capacity continuously since that date.  During his tenure in RPD, Sergeant Ehlert has initiated projects such as the License Plate Reader Program and the Digital In-car Camera Program as well as drafting policies and testifying on pending legislation. Sergeant Ehlert also serves as an instructor during THP Cadet Academies. Additionally, Sergeant Ehlert serves as the Department’s Emergency Services Coordinator at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) and has been designated Deputy Statewide Interoperability Coordinator and FirstNet State Point of Contact.  Sergeant Ehlert is also responsible for statewide oversight of the Ignition Interlock Device Program.

Nov
19
11:30 am11:30

LUNCH (Day 2)

Brats Served on Buns or Chicken Philly Sandwich on Bun
Onions and Peppers (on the side warmed)
Potato Wedges
Mustard Based Slaw
Assorted Cookie and Brownie Tray
Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, and Water

 

Nov
19
10:30 am10:30

Main 3 (Day 2)

Michelle Mehr

You Never Know

Michelle Mehr received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in both Criminal Justice and Sociology. She then joined Carthage, TX Police Department where she served 15 years, starting as Patrol Officer and achieving the rank of Assistant Chief.

Michelle later joined the staff of the FBI Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted (LEOKA) Program, traveling around the country training law enforcement officers in LEOKA and other topics.

Michelle now lives in Jackson, TN and works for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, where she is the Director of Professional Standards and holds the rank of Major.

 

Nov
19
9:15 am09:15

Main 2 (Day 2)

Michael P. Knight

The Silo Effect:  Bridging Crisis Communications

Special Agent (SA) Michael P. Knight is the Public Information Officer for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Nashville Field Division that covers the states of Tennessee and Alabama. His responsibilities include congressional, media and public affairs. SA Knight began his career with ATF in 1990 serving in the Chicago Field Division and subsequently transferred in 1998 to the Nashville Field Division. SA Knight worked in the Field Intelligence Group and the Violent Crime Impact Team within the Nashville Field Division prior to assuming his current position of Public Information Officer.

SA Knight’s investigative specialties are in the area of explosives and intelligence related forums.  He is a Certified Explosive Specialist and a former member of the National Response Team. SA Knight frequently travels abroad participating in operational as well as training venues covering the areas of media relations, explosives and intelligence related matters.

Nov
19
8:00 am08:00

Opening Speaker (Day 2)

Eric Clauss Director of EMS center of Excellence at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Stressed:  It Changed Everything

 

Eric Clauss is a Registered Nurse, an EMT-Paramedic and has his Master’s of Science degree in nursing. He has been in the emergency profession since 1986 and has been at Vanderbilt since 2005, and currently serves as the Director of the EMS Center of Excellence. Eric has several publications and is the author of the book “Stressed: It Changed Everything”. In addition to his success speaking nationally on pediatric emergencies and leadership, Eric has been speaking on the subject of stress for over 10 years regarding his life-altering experience with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder that occurred approximately 15 years ago. Eric not only recovered from this experience, he has spoken to thousands of professionals on the life-changing lessons that can apply to anyone to decrease their stress level. 

 

 

Nov
18
2:45 pm14:45

Closing Speaker (Day 1)

TN CART - Margie Quin

 Child Abduction Response Teams: The Value of Preparation

 

Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Margie Quin has been with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for 14 years.  She was promoted in April of 2007 to Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Criminal Intelligence Unit.  ASAC Quin currently oversees programs in the following areas: Tennessee statewide AMBER Alerts, Missing Children’s Clearinghouse, Human Sex Trafficking and statewide Gang Intelligence Unit.  ASAC Quin has also worked in the Middle Tennessee Drug Division and the Technical Services Unit of TBI.

ASAC Quin was named the 2000 TBI Agent of the Year for the TBI Drug Investigation Division and received the 1999 and 2001 FBI Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions in Drug Enforcement.  ASAC Quin was recognized by the Department of Justice as the 2009 AMBER Alert Coordinator of the Year.

ASAC Quin began her career in law enforcement as a police officer with the Cobb County Police Department in Marietta, GA from 1992-1997.  While with Cobb County she received the 1994 and 1997 Cobb County Police Department Bureau Commendations for performance above and beyond the line of duty.

ASAC Quin received her B.S. in Criminology with Minors in Communication and Religion from Auburn University.  ASAC Quin graduated from the 241st Session of the FBI National Academy in June 2010.

Nov
18
1:30 pm13:30

Main 5 (Day 1)

COPEC - Rhonda Phillippi

Is Tennessee Ready to Meet the Emergency Care Needs of Children?

Rhonda G. Phillippi, RN, BA began working for Tennessee Emergency Medical Services for Children (TN EMSC) as the original project coordinator in 1995. As the role of TN EMSC expanded to include the entire state instead of only three regions, she assumed the role of State Coordinator for TN EMSC in 1999. In 2005, TN Emergency Medical Services for Children Foundation, a tax exempt non-profit was established to meet growing funding, programmatic and advocacy needs. She has a strong interest in preventing injuries to children and was the primary supplicant for the comprehensive revision to the child passenger laws in Tennessee which passed in the spring of 2003. She worked with Veronica Gunn, MD on two published studies: Improvement in Booster Seat Use in Tennessee and The Differences in Appropriate Child Safety Restraint Use Among Black and White Children in Tennessee. Ms. Phillippi and TN EMSC have received numerous awards including a Certificate of Appreciation from former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen and the Rural Health Association of Tennessee's 2014 Special Exemplary Project Award. In 2013, Tennessee ranked #1 in pediatric readiness in the nation in large part to Ms. Phillippi ability to have diverse parties collaborate. Ms. Phillippi is recognized nationally for her leadership skills in meeting the EMSC National Performance Measures.  She received her Diploma in Nursing from Mansfield General Hospital School of Nursing, Mansfield, Ohio and a B.A. in Management and Human Relations from Trevecca University, Nashville, TN. 

Nov
18
12:30 pm12:30

Main 4 (Day 1)

Cheyameh K. Gethers  / Stephanie Juneau

 Terrorism Threat

Stephanie Juneau is an intelligence analyst with expertise in international terrorism, with a specific focus on terrorist groups such as al-Qa’ida core, its affiliates and allies, and the Islamic State; as well as the subjects of radicalization and homegrown violent extremism. She has also served as the strategic Suspicious Activity Reporting analyst for the state of Tennessee, and was instrumental in the development of the current TFC SAR process. Since joining the state in 2009, she has served as the embed TFC analyst to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Memphis, Tennessee, where she has provided valuable assistance to both international and domestic terrorism investigations, and served as a conduit for information sharing. Ms. Juneau is a Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst (CICA) through the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA). She has a Master’s degree with Honors in Intelligence Studies from American Public University, and completed her Major Research Paper on Radicalization indicators of Homegrown Violent Extremists. Ms. Juneau has a Bachelor’s degree with Honora in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

 

Chey Gethers is an Intelligence Analyst with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) currently assigned to the Tennessee Fusion Center (TFC). Even though she works all crimes at the TFC, she is specialized in Counterterrorism matters and is seen as a subject matter expert on various terrorist organizations and how they impact Tennessee. She began her FBI career in September 2009 in the Nashville Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Nov
18
11:30 am11:30

Lunch (Day 1)

Pork Tenderloin or Grilled Chicken with a Sweet (Fruit) Salsa
Mashed Potatoes with Cheese, Bacon, and Chives on the side
Green Beans
Rolls
Spring Mix Salad with Ranch and Italian Dressing
Assorted Cookie and Brownie Tray
Coffee, Tea, Lemonade, and Water

Nov
18
10:30 am10:30

Main 3 (Day 1)

Tommy Farmer

The Epidemics of Addiction: Meth Labs and Prescription Drug Impact on Tennessee

Tommy Farmer is employed by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and is the State Director of the Tennessee Meth & Pharmaceutical Task Force. He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and has over 24 years of law enforcement experience of which 16 is in the field of drug enforcement. Tommy has received extensive specialized training and certifications from various accredited federal, state, local and private training programs such as DEA, FBI, Department of Justice, Homeland Security, TBI, etc., in the areas of advanced investigation, drug enforcement, chemical and pharmaceutical diversion, clandestine laboratory, special weapons and tactics.

Over the years, Tommy has successfully worked numerous state and federal complex conspiracy investigations with national recognition and has shared his knowledge and experience through presentations to thousands of law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors, government and business leaders, children and citizens. He has been a major participant in the Meth Task Force since its inception in 1999 and through the phenomenal growth to become the State-wide Meth & Pharmaceutical Task Force. He served as an advisor to the Tennessee Governors Methamphetamine Drug Task Force responsible for the Meth-Free Tennessee Act of 2005; is a Board Member for the National Meth & Pharmaceuticals Initiative as part of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy; and is an Advisory Board Member for the National Alliance of Model
State Drug Laws Precursor Tracking Initiative.

Tommy is a member of the National Narcotic Officers’ Association; Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association; Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police; Tennessee Narcotic Officers’ Association; Tennessee Gang Investigators Association; and the Fraternal Order of Police. 

Nov
18
9:15 am09:15

Main 2 (Day 1)

Sgt. Lowell Russell THP

Trial by Fire

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sargent Lowell Russell, began as a Monroe County Deputy in 1995 the THP in 1998. Degree in Criminal Justice from Roane State and graduate of 3 police academies, basic at Cleveland State, THP academy and TBI academy. Promoted to SGT in 2007 in the office of professional Responsibility (aka Internal Affairs). Transferred home in January 2011 to the midnight shift supervisor in the Knoxville District until being hit by the tractor trailer March 13, 2012.

Nov
18
8:00 am08:00

Opening Speaker (Day 1)

Leah Grey  

Personalities Everybodys Got One

Leah Gray currently serves as the Director of the Lifetime Learning Center at Jackson State Community College.  She has over 20 years of management experience in retail, manufacturing and education and spent 15 of those years working in human resources and safety.   In addition to her duties at JSCC, Leah works part-time as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and is a licensed dispatcher for Med-Center EMS in Madison County, TN.   Leah is former graduate of Leadership Jackson, Leadership Gibson County and WestStar and works with the Community Emergency Response Team in Madison County as an adult and teen trainer, along with being one of the team leaders for Madison County’s disaster animal rescue team.   She also serves as the Chair of the Local Emergency Response Committee. She has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management, 18 hours of Masters level work in Criminal Justice, a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution.