Jake Heflin is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation. He is from the Wa-Xa-Ko-Li District and Tzi-Zho Wah-Shtah-Keh clan. His Osage name is Tah-Wah Gka-Keh (Town Maker). Jake is the current President and CEO for the Tribal Emergency Management Association – “iTEMA”.
Jake is a Firefighter/Paramedic for the City of Long Beach Fire Department. Currently, Jake is assigned to the Community Services Division as serves as the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Manager for the Fire Department. Jake has been involved in emergency services for over 22 years. He lives in Long Beach, California.
Kenneth (Ken) Tiller serves as the Second Lieutenant Governor for the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. Ken is the current Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for the Tribal Emergency Management Association (iTEMA) and serves as the appointed Tribal Representative for the All-Indian Pueblo Council.
Ken is the former Emergency Management Coordinator for the Pueblo of Laguna in New Mexico. He held that position from 2004 until retiring in 2013. Ken was responsible for emergency management operations covering a land base of approximately 600,000 acres and a resident population of 8,315 with a transient population of approximately 20,000 that travel through the Pueblo every day along Interstate 40.
Dore Bietz (Northern and Southern Me-Wuk) resides on the Tuolumne Rancheria in Central California. After receiving a degree in Landscape Architecture, Ms. Bietz has worked for tribes specializing in realty and land use. As a former council woman, Dore understands the complexities of tribal governments and the need to foster better communication between tribes and outside agencies. An expert in California Indian land issues, Ms. Bietz has testified in front of Congress, worked with the administration on land regulations and served as a technical consultant to Tribes throughout the country.
Jason Dobronz became the Emergency Management Specialist II for True North Emergency Management in October 2013; Jason has been in the field of Emergency Management since 2004. Prior to joining True North Emergency Management, he was the Director of Emergency Management for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He joined the Seminole Tribe in 2008 and during his tenure for the Seminole Tribe, Jason was responsible for preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disaster for the Tribal Government and Seminole Gaming.
Michael Russ has a full time position as the Disaster Services Manager for the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, in Highland CA, Michael G Russ is responsible for maintaining, organizing and coordinating the emergency and disaster preparedness response and training for the tribe and its employees. This includes the development and implementation of emergency plans and procedures as well as developing programs for the enhancement of disaster preparedness training.
William “Willo” Sylestine is the Emergency Management Coordinator of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. He has served as the Fire Chief of the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Nation Volunteer Fire Department since 1997 and has been a member of the Fire Department for 25 years. Willo worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in Jasper, Tyler, San Jacinto and Polk Counties for over 10 years. He previously worked in Law Enforcement from 1996 – 2005 as a Jailer, Dispatcher, Sheriff’s Deputy for Tyler County and Police Officer for the City of Onalaska and was the Director of Security at the Entertainment Center Casino.
Roger Tungovia was born and raised on the Hopi Reservation. He entered the military in 1972 and actively served with a Mobile Infantry unit, and an Air Assault unit, active reserve and National Guard for a total of nine (9) years.
Worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for twenty (20) years in the Road Maintenance Department. Started as a laborer, truck driver and worked my way up to the heavy equipment operator supervisor. Was trained as a Heavy Equipment Instructor.
Fuzzy Fletcher brings a vision of working in unison for the good of Indian Country and rural America. He has worked in the Emergency Management and Homeland Security arena for 12 years, most recently with the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe as the Director of Public Safety. During his time with the Snoqualmie Tribe, Mr. Fletcher wrote all of the Emergency plans for the Tribe, including: Comp. EM plan, All Hazard plan, Clinic and medical preparedness plans and Hazard ID Assessments. He is certified in ICS 100-400 as a trainer along with multiple other certifications, including Active Shooter and multiple Terrorism Certifications.