Thomas J. Cartolano

Thomas J. Cartolano

Thomas J. Cartolano, D.O.

Dr. Thomas Cartolano, D.O., is a trauma surgeon at Advocate Christ Medical Center, one of the busiest trauma centers in the Midwest. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Cartolano is a graduate of Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey followed by a Surgical Critical Care and Trauma Surgery fellowship at Ryder Trauma Center at the University of Miami. As a former EMT, Dr. Cartolano’s interests include pre-hospital care and EMS education, along with disaster planning.

Michael Snyders

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Michael Snyders

Michael Snyders – National Coordinator for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Assistance Program in Miami, Florida.

Michael Snyders retired as a 25-year veteran of the Illinois State Police where he successfully served as Colonel over the Division of Operations. Highlights include key roles in the creation of the first Illinois State Police intelligence fusion center, the state police command officer accountability program Commanding Operational Police Strategies (COPS) and his reputation as a “hands on” leader who wore the uniform with pride nearly every day.

Michael is recognized as an international expert in the field of police patrol supervision, active shooting response and highway drug interdiction. He has provided assistance and training to agencies at locations throughout the United States, Canada, Northern Ireland, Poland and Peru. In August of 2010, Michael was selected to serve as a coordinator for the United States Domestic Highway Enforcement strategy of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.

Colonel Michael Snyders recently received the El Paso Intelligence Center Director’s Award as well as a Lifetime Achievement award from the Federal Highway Administration. He served in a number of command roles, including that as the District 6 (Pontiac) Patrol Commander, Zone 5 (Champaign) Investigations Commander, Chief of the Intelligence Bureau, Chief of Staff in the Director’s Office, and as the statewide Operation Valkyrie (drug interdiction) Coordinator.

A 1982 graduate of Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology and the Police Executive Researcher Forum in 2008. Colonel Snyders worked as a pharmaceutical representative for Merck Pharmaceutical Company prior to his employment with the Illinois State Police. Michael is an active private pilot and serves as an officer in a local flying club. As a morning runner, he recently completed his 10th marathon.

Teri Campbell

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Teri Campbell RN, BSN, CEN, CFRN

Teri Campbell has been a nurse for over 30 years and is currently a Flight Nurse at the University of Chicago. In addition, she is the Executive Director for Illinois Heart Rescue a statewide QA/QI project that has more than doubled neurologically intact survival for out of hospital cardiac arrest. She has been blessed to lecture nationally on high-risk OB, pediatric, critical care, ED and trauma topics.

Mike Caplan

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Mike Caplan

Mike Caplan is an Emmy-Award-Winning meteorologist with more than 22 years of forecasting expertise in Chicago.  Mike is the weekday morning meteorologist at Fox 32.  A native of the northern suburbs, Mike returned to his home town when the local ABC station hired him in January 1994.  He’s covered major weather events ranging from some of Chicago’s biggest snowstorms, to the city’s deadliest heatwave and major thunderstorm outbreaks.  Before becoming one of Chicago’s favorite meteorologists, Mike worked for more than 6 years in Raleigh Durham North Carolina as chief forecaster and also anchored the station’s early evening newscast.  His TV broadcasting career began in Champaign Urbana Illinois in 1984.  Besides doing the noon and weekend weather there, Mike cohosted PM Magazine.  In that role, he was honored to be one of the first reporters to earn a one-on-one interview with President Ronald Reagan in the White House. Mike and his wife Laura have crafted a powerful presence in social media as well.  Mike’s Facebook page has a large and engaged audience of followers who turn to him for critical weather information on days when storms threaten.  They also know they will find plenty of his satire and sense of humor on days when the skies are friendly.

Mike is best known for his work in front of the camera but he spends most of his free time behind one. He and his wife own Caplan Studios Photography. Services include family photos, weddings, head shots, products and fashion. They also enjoy traveling with their cameras and seem drawn to cold locations like Yellowstone in winter or Iceland to create their artwork.

The Caplans are animal lovers and have two American Bulldogs and a new puppy. Mike created an adoption program with animal shelters called Perfect Pets when he worked in NC.  Perfect pets now runs on Wednesdays at Fox 32 with the help of local rescue groups and shelters.  Over the years Mike has helped find homes for more than 200 dogs and cats and raised awareness for the need of responsible pet ownership.

Bruce S. Wilkinson, CSP

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Bruce S. Wilkinson, CSP

Bruce S. Wilkinson, CSP is a leadership/communication/culture implementation strategist, professional motivational keynote speaker, trainer and consultant, who reinforces personalized messages with humor, passion, enthusiasm and authenticity. His mission is to help organization’s translate their culture into a workplace climate that inspires leadership excellence, service and personal accountability. He has degrees in both Safety Engineering and Occupational Safety and Health and is one of fewer than 800 people worldwide to earn the prestigious Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation.

As President and Chief Leadership Officer of Workplace Consultants, Inc. and Wilkinson Seminars and Presentations, he has presented in all 50 states, delivering enthusiastic keynotes and training programs for over thirty years to hundreds of businesses, associations, organizations, government agencies, hospitals, utilities, banks, insurance companies, contractors, forestry, universities, petro chemical/energy companies and all branches of the U.S. Military.