Richard (Rick) Freier has worked for the Spokane Valley Fire Department for 22 years and is currently a Firefighter and served as a Fire Investigator for more than 14 years. As a fire investigator for the SVFD he was a commissioned law enforcement office for 9 years and accelerant detection K9 Handler for 5 years. In 2011, Rick created a middle school program based on the Scientific Method, that is designed to inform the kids on the consequences of playing with fire designed to reduce the number of fires started by children 12 to 16 years old.
Matthew Hull has served over 25 year on the Athens Fire Department and currently holds the rank of Captain and Training Officer. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Hocking College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Safety Management from Franklin University.
Matthew is a member of Ohio Task Force 1 and works part time for the Ohio Fire Academy as a Fire Training Officer. During his time with the Ohio Fire Academy Matt has held three Intermittent Coordinator positions over the years covering the Firefighter II Program, the Fire Safety Inspector Program, and the Hazardous Materials and Rescue Technician Program.
Jake Janecek is a Senior Program Associate at the American Red Cross National Headquarters supporting the Home Fire Campaign. Jake joined the Red Cross as a graduate student intern in 2013, where he supported curriculum development and researched disaster and emergency best practices. Jake previously served as a wildland firefighter and as an AmeriCorps member at a non-profit community radio station. Jake holds a BA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Washington and an MA in International Security Studies from George Washington University.
Monica Owens Doyle is the National Program Manager for the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign. After serving two terms of service with AmeriCorps*National Civilian Community Corps and supporting Hurricane response and recovery in 2004 and 2005, Monica accepted a position as a Client and Community Recovery Specialist with the American Red Cross working across Southern Mississippi and Southeast Louisiana. She was recognized in 2012 as a White House Champion of Change by the Obama Administration for her work in building community resilience. She joined the National Headquarters Team in 2013 and helped to develop and launch the Home Fire Campaign in 2014. Through the program she manages, over 2.2 million smoke alarms have been installed throughout the United States via in-home visits in over 900,000 homes.
Dr. Reinhartz is the Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Health Consultants, Inc., a woman-owned small business solving the access to care issue by empowering Mobile Integrated Health and Community Paramedicine teams. She established the first ever paramedic-pharmacist partnership to address chronic disease and medication challenges for underserved populations – a venture which reduced healthcare costs in her community by over $5 million in 3 years. Dr. Reinhartz currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Mobile Integrated Health Providers, an organization advocating for mobile interprofessional teams as the nation’s care solution.
Jessica Sondgeroth currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Fire Safe South Carolina Program with the South Carolina State Fire Community Risk Reduction Section. This section supports fire and life safety data analysis, curriculum coordination, and outreach efforts statewide. Specifically, she provides technical and professional support through the coordination of outreach efforts to establish and sustain the community risk reduction process statewide. In addition to her role on the CRR team, Jessica also serves on the Palmetto Incident Support team, as well as the Community Loss Education and Response (CLEAR) Team which researches fire-related fatalities. Nationally, Jessica was selected to participate in the first cohort of the Vision 20/20 CRR Emerging Leaders Academy and supports the grant-funded Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol program as a mentor to others across the country.
Dave Waterhouse is currently Division Chief at the Strategic Planning and Informational Resources Division for the city of Montreal’s Fire Department. He is the co-author of numerous studies on the economic and social benefit of Fire Department’s operational activities and Fire Prevention programs. His research also led him to develop an analytical model for the economic impact of Fire Department’s interventions on highways. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from HEC Montréal Business School and an MBA from Sherbrooke University Business School.