Mike Neil is the President and Founder of the Washington State Chaplain Foundation, and Senior Chaplain for the Washington State Patrol and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. He served 30 years as a Fish and Wildlife Officer, 15 years as a Police Firearms Instructor, and 16 years as a Police Dog Handler.
Dr. Tom Jonez is the Assistant Senior Chaplain for Washington State Chaplain Foundatiaon providing leadership and training to chaplains across the state. Dr. Jonez has over thirty years experience in business organizational leadership, including as CEO of an INC 500 company, International Telly Award-Winning video producer, Marketing Agency Owner/Director, as well as a business and marketing strategy consultant.
Chaplain Steve Brodehl received his Masters Level Chaplaincy credentials in 2001. He currently Serves as a Crisis Intervention Officer/Chaplain with Hillsboro Fire and the Oregon Fire Chief’s Association. He is a certified trainer for the Federation of Fire Chaplains and is a memeber of the Stress First Aid and Oregon Chaplain Response Team
Chaplain Bill Lotz is Training & Education Director for the Federation of Fire Chaplains, has been working in and around the fire service since 1978 and has been involved in full time ministry since 1988. He has served as a pastor and as chaplain in hospital, corrections, hospice, and fire/police settings. Bill earned his Doctoral Degree in Chaplain Studies from Golden Gate Seminary in 1999 and has worked in full-time chaplain ministry since then. He currently serves as Director of Chaplain Services Network in SE Washington State, recruiting and training chaplains for fire/rescue and police agencies. He teaches Fire Chaplaincy, Disaster Chaplaincy and CISM throughout the US and Canada. Bill lives in Tri Cities, WA with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.
Chaplain Ken McNaughton is the coordinator for the Spokane Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He has spent 24 years in the fire service to include the past 17 as department chaplain. Ken is an alumni of the Police & Fire Chaplain Training Academy in Burien, WA, at the State Criminal Justice Training Commission and completed the course of study for both fire and police chaplains. He is an active member of both the ICPC and FFC. He is ordained through Victory Faith Fellowship in Spokane Valley, and serves primarily as Chaplain for the 200+ personnel of the Spokane Valley Fire Department, as well as serving with the Peer Support Team. After serving in the U.S. Air Force, Ken attended Northern Michigan University where he earned a double major in Education and History. While serving as a career firefighter in a small combination department, he also earned his Bachelor's in Theology through the Christian Life School of Theology, and considers each and every day an opportunity to learn and serve. Ken earned his Master Fire Chaplain certificate from the Federation of Fire Chaplains in October of 2016.
Chaplain Mike Ryan serves as lead chaplain for Bellevue Police and Fire Departments as well as Eastside Fire and Rescue. Mike came to Washington State after spending 18 years as chaplain for the San Francisco Police Department. It was while serving SFPD that Chaplain Ryan learned the benefits and value of Peer and Family Support, Critical Incident Stress Management and overall care for officers and their families. Mike is a certified Senior Chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains and a trainer in disaster mental health and crisis response. He holds degrees from the University of Southern California and Talbot Graduate School of Theology.
Stuart curentlyly serves as the chaplain for District 4 for the Washington State Patrol and Region 1 for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Stuart was raised in Spokane, Washington. He has his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Health Service Administration Degree from Whitworth University. Stuart’s corporate career spanned 20 years in both the health care and high tech industries. During that time, his experience as a senior executive and consultant included the areas of sales, marketing, advertising, company start-up’s and consulting. He has worked in over twenty countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Nordics, South and North America and the Mid East.
Stuart has been in ministry for over sixteen years. Starting in 2000 Stuart formed and ministered nationally though his para-church organization called Pure Warrior Ministries. Stuart is the former Executive Pastor at Valley Real Life in Spokane responsible for all church operations including ministering in the recovery as well as security, medical, ushering, and transportation areas. He has expertise in the areas of addictions, depression, marriage, divorce, grief, as well as emotional, psychological and sexual trauma. Stuart lives in Mica with his wife Juleen and three teenage sons.
Chaplain Diane Peterson is the Executive Director of Alaska Police & Fire Chaplains Ministry (APFCM) and oversees operations. Diane is the Commander for Alaska with Chaplain Fellowship Ministries. She also serves as a volunteer chaplain for APD and AFD.
She has been with APFCM since 2002, appointed as a deputy director in 2012 and Executive Director in 2015. Diane recently received her board certification in Clinical Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy(CPSP). This post-masters degree certification requires four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), 1600 hrs. of clinical training, weekly presentations of clinical casework for supervisory and group review, and didactic study. Licensed and ordained thru Trinity Full Gospel in 2009
Diane has extensive training in CISM, Crisis Negotiation and suicide prevention and post-vention. She is also a certified Trainer. Additionally, she co–facilitates Survivor of Suicide meetings for those who loved ones have completed suicide. In 2016 Chaplain Peterson received the Presidential Call to Service Lifetime Achievement Award
Scott Lasher is a Sergeant with the Washington State Patrol and has been employed with the Washington State Patrol since July 3, 1997. Lasher served in the Commercial Vehicle Division from July, 1997 to Janurary 1999, at the Spokane Port of Entry, enforcing commercial vehcile law. Lasher was fully commissioned as a line Trooper on July 1, 1999. In addition to Trooper Basic Training, Lasher attended advanced training in: collision investigation, narcotics use, advanced drug interdiction, the identification of major categories of laboratory tested illicit drugs, DUI detection, SFST's, advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement (ARIDE) and was a certified drug recognition expert (DRE) for a period of four years. Lasher has trained with the Spokane retional auto theft task force and is well versed in VIN recognition, latent fingerprinting, interviewing / interrogation. Lasher has attended detective's basic training and has served as a field training officer, firearms and defensive tactics instructor. Lasher has investigated hundreds of collisions, made hundreds of misdemeanor and felony drug arrests. Lasher has investigated multiple vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults as well as hundreds of DUI cases.
Clark Peterson has served his role as staff chaplain at Sacred Heart Medical Center for nearly 20 years, specializing in crisis intervention, end of life and psychiatric chaplaincy. he has been married to Linda and they have two grown children. His hobbies include playing drums, target shooting and riding his motorcycle.
Roxie Nammour is a board certified chaplain with four years of experience working in crisis ministry. Roxie works in a Level 2 trauma hospital as the emergency department, oncology and pulmonary chaplain. She is passionate about wellness in body, mind and spirit especially among the staff she works with. She is currently a chaplain for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington.
Nate Hoeksema is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Washington State with 10 years of experience serving in the funeral industry. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy from Calvin College in 2008, he went on pursue a degree in Funeral Service Education from Mt. Hood Community College in Troutdale, OR. He worked as a Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice for Rose City Cemetery & Funeral Home in Portland while he attended school. After graduating from MHCC in 2010 Nate went to work for his family's business, Spokane Cremation & Funeral Service, as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Spokane Cremation & Funeral Service has been serving the community for more than two decades and assists nearly 900 families each year. Nate currently resides in Spokane, WA with this his wife Chrissy and daughter Sophie.
Jeff started his career with Washington State Patrol in 1996 as a trooper cadet in Tri-Cities. He was commissioned a trooper in March 1999 assigned to Seattle. Jeff transfer back to Tri-Cities in 2000. In 2002, Jeff transferred to District 4 assigned to his hometown Spokane. In 2006 Jeff successfully completed training to become a motor officer and is currently assigned to Spokane special operations detachment. He has also served as the public information officer for district 4 headquartered in Spokane for 11 years. Jeff is primary contact for government and media relations for seven Eastern WA counties that are covered by district 4. Jeff also serves as a PIO for the Northeast Inter-agency Incident Management Team. Jeff has deployed with IMTs throughout the state as a PIO. Jeff has also served as firearms instructor, certified technical collision investigator and Washington State Patrol Troopers Association representative. Jeff is a native of Spokane and served 3 years in the US Navy prior to becoming a WSP trooper. Jeff is married and has two children who enjoy working on their family ranch.
Grace Hammersley is a Fire Communications Specialist for the Spokane Fire Department working in the Combined Communications Center for Spokane County which dispatches for all of the fire agencies in the county. She has had a career in public service starting with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in 1978. Grace worked in Communications for the Washington State Patrol starting in the Okanogan Detachment in 1981 and transferred to the District 4 office in Spokane in 1982 where she worked until 1989. Work as a Revenue Officer with Department of Revenue followed from 1989 to 1997. Career work as a full time mother and Development Director for a private school kept her busy until she returned to public service for SFD in 2010. Grace joined the regional CISM team in 2011 and is a part of the SFD’s peer support and CISM group as well. She is married to Paul Hammersley for 30 years this June. Paul is a career paramedic and fire fighter with Spokane Valley Department for those same 30 years. They have three adult children.
Becky Kallstrom is a Communications Officer (4) for the Washington State Patrol in Wenatchee, Washiington. She manages the communications operation for that district
She started her dispatching career in 1991, in Grant County. She accepted a lateral position to WSP in 1997 and have been planted with them for 20 years now. She joined the WSP Peer/CISM team in 1999 and am currently one of three team co-coordinators for the team.
Annie Pillers has been privileged to serve at the Whitman County Coroner’s Office since November of 2008, when she started as a Deputy Coroner. In 2013, she assumed the post of Chief Deputy Coroner. Her career has spanned both public service and non-profit administration. Early in her career she worked for the largest police association in the state of California – PORAC (Peace Officers’ Research Association of California) rising to the position of General Manager. She worked in public administration in the City of Palouse and the Town of Garfield and at the Port of Whitman. She served as an elder-care case manager for the Council on Aging and Human Services. She has been active in hospice, end-of-life care, and grief support since 2004, serving as bereavement coordinator/grief group facilitator and hospice volunteer. She regularly facilitates on-going and drop-in grief support groups. Currently she has serves as the Executive Director of Friends of Hospice, a non-profit organization that augments and supports hospice and end of life care services, offers advance care planning and grief groups in Whitman County.
Elizabeth Nelson, AKA Turtle, is a life-long resident of the Spokane area. Elizabeth studied Forensics and Anthropology at Eastern Washington University. Elizabeth has been a Medicolegal Death Investigator and Autopsy Assistant with the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office for the last seven years. When not at work, she enjoys forcing her family to join her outdoors game of urban treasure hunting.
The Rt. Rev’d Dr. Tim Klerekoper is the Executive Director of Charteris Foundation, a private non-profit charitable organization providing chaplaincy services throughout the Pacific Northwest. He personally serves as Head Chaplain for South King County Fire Department and Des Moines Police Department, where he holds the rank of Major. Tim also serves as chaplain for King County Sheriff’s Office, and is the Region Nine and Ten Chaplain for Federal Protective Service, Department of Homeland Security. Tim earned his Bachelor's degree from Whitworth College, a Master’s Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Tacoma, Washington, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity Biblical University in California.
Tim is a member of and holds both a Master’s and Diplomate Certification with the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and is Board Certified by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. In addition to working with police officers, firefighters, and responding to emergency scenes, he does individual, marriage, and family counseling.
Tim is an internationally known preacher and teacher, is an instructor for the California P.O.S.T. training program, and lectures nationally and internationally for the International Association of Chief’s of Police, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and is an Adjunct Seminary Professor, teaching Crisis Intervention Counseling, Grief and Bereavement, and Stress-related classes both in the United States, and overseas.
Tim has been married to his wife Jan for 32 years, has two boys; Geoffrey (26) and Trenton (22), and three grandchildren. He was consecrated as the Bishop Co-adjutor, Diocese of Seattle in the Christian Episcopal Church (Continuing Anglican). He is also the Rector of King of Glory Anglican Parish in Auburn, Washington. He and his family live in Federal Way, Washington.
Jeffrey Riolo has been the Crime Laboratory Manager for the Washington State Patrol Spokane and Kennewick Crime Laboratories since January of 2014. His responsibilities include leadership and management of both multi-disciplined laboratories and providing forensic laboratory services to over 100 agencies in 19 counties. Additionally, Mr. Riolo ensures the highest quality service and product for the partner agencies and establishes a personal interaction with agency leaders. Lastly, he advances forensic testing capabilities by bringing in the latest forensic technology and scientific advancement techniques.
Mr. Riolo deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq where he worked to assemble and operate the Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facilities that provided forensic laboratory services to U.S. and NATO forces. During his deployment period, collective for two years from 2009 – 2013, he served as Laboratory Manager, DNA supervisor, and DNA analyst at three different Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facilities. While performing in the previous positions, he provided forensic consultation to the U.S. Military, NATO forces, and the Afghanistan and Iraqi governments.
While at the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office from 1996 - 2009, Mr. Riolo was responsible for the management of the DNA database for the State of Nevada and analyzing DNA on a variety of criminal cases. He also wrote, obtained, and administered several federal grant funds and maintained compliance with state and federal standards.
Throughout his career, Mr. Riolo has spoken at national conferences in the U.S.; presented to Afghanistan Supreme Court Justices; provided forensic capability briefings to U.S. and NATO forces; testified in U.S. local, district, and federal courts; presented and testified to the Nevada State Legislature; presented at the Washington State Patrol Strategic Advancement Forum; and has trained military, attorneys, law enforcement, and forensic personnel.
He was awarded the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Meritorious Achievement Award for improvements and implementation of forensic technology. He was selected by the FBI to be a member of the National DNA Index System Procedures Board and the National DNA Index System Audit Review Panel. The FBI also presented Mr. Riolo with a special assistance award for his involvement and contribution to the Combined DNA Index System. He earned an Employee Achievement Award for his expertise and support to high level officials in Afghanistan while working at the Bagram Joint Expeditionary Forensic Facility.
Mr. Riolo graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology. His professional development includes various forms of formal and informal learning and training in leadership and management as well as Leadership in Police Organizations training.
He has published scientific papers and presented scientific posters. Mr. Riolo has been married to his wife Stephanie for over 25 years. They have two grown
children both in college and three dogs.
Dan Wilson is a reserve police officer with the Liberty Lake Police Department and a former police officer for the Spokane Police Department. He is an executive protection agent, physical security consultant, commercial construction project manager, journeyman carpenter and active shooter responder. He is certified in DHS Terrorism Response Tactics L1. He lives in Spokane with his wife and children.
Officer Randolph Moore is the proud husband of Lily Diaz-Moore whom he has been married to for 23 years. They have two boys, Marquies and Malik, who both currently attend EWU. Officer Moore has spent the last 15 years serving as a Law Enforcement Officer in Moses Lake, Washington, San Antonio, Texas and now in Cheney at Eastern Washington University.
Preston Bhang is the Executive Director, and Director, Police and Fire Chaplain Training Academy in Burien Washington.
Preston is a 32-year veteran of the Fire Service, recently retiring from the Seattle Fire Department as a Captain. Preston is passionate about equipping and supporting women and men with excellence, so that they may accomplish the incredible work of Chaplaincy. He is thrilled to serve as the Executive Director for Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy. Among his many assignments, Preston served as Chaplain Liaison Officer for 15 years. He has been involved with the Police and Fire Chaplain Training Academy since 2002 – providing training and insight into Fire Chaplaincy.
He and his wife Tammy live in Tacoma, are active at Believers Fellowship in Gig Harbor, and are grateful for their five adult children. They enjoy cycling, hiking, hitting the road and the BBC. When not loving on their grandson, they can be found slipping their grand-dogs a tasty treat.