Peter Lazzara, NREMT-P, BS.

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Peter Lazzara, NREMT-P, BS.

Pete is a 40-year veteran in EMS and with the Chicago Fire Department for nearly 30 years retiring in 2019 as a Paramedic Field Chief. As a former teacher at a large all boys Catholic High School, Pete brings years of classroom experience to his presentations. He currently is an adjunct instructor with Chicago City-Wide Colleges, Northern Illinois Public Training Academy, the Chicago Fire Department and currently the Lead Instructor for Hatzalah Chicago. Pete served for six years as EMS coordinator at Children’s Memorial Hospital of Chicago where he gained outstanding experience in the field of pediatrics. He also has several years of critical care transport experiences as a flight medic with Loyola University Medical Center’s LifeStar Aeromedical Program. He is the founder and President of EMSed, an educational company specializing in EMS educational concepts. He has received several awards for his work in the area of EMS including the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Ron W. Lee, MD Memorial Award for “Excellence in Pediatric Care” as well as the Illinois Department of Child and Family Service’s “Program Excellence Award”, West Suburban Hospital’s “Paramedic of the Year” and in 2010 was the Chicago Fire Department’s Educator of the Year and in 2019 in was awarded the Chicago Fire Department’s “Distinguished Service Award.” He is a nationally recognized speaker and annually presents at EMS conferences nationwide.

Dr. Reed Timmer

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Reed Timmer

Dr. Reed Timmer

Dr. Reed Timmer is an extreme meteorologist and storm chaser who specializes in intercepting the most powerful storms on the planet to collect valuable scientific data. Graduating with a PhD in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma, Timmer is not only a hardcore storm chaser, but also a scientist driven to unravel the mysteries behind these destructive storms and how they are changing over time. With a life devoted completely to storm chasing and extreme field research, Dr. Timmer has intercepted nearly 1000 tornadoes and dozens of hurricanes over the last few decades, and is one of the few people in history to document both an EF5 tornado and Category 5 hurricane. He considers the up-close chasing of tornadoes an artform that is perfected over decades of experience. The famous, tank-like storm chasing vehicles, called the Dominators, were invented by Timmer in 2009 for the purpose of recording data inside these most dangerous storms.

In addition to field science, Dr. Timmer also provides life-saving reports and content while storm chasing through both traditional and social media platforms. Presently, he is storm chasing for the National Geographic Channel and the RadarOmega application.

NEVER stop chasing is not just a motto for Reed Timmer, but a way of life.

William D. Hampton

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William D. Hampton

William D. Hampton, DO, FACOEP

Dr. Hampton is a full-time emergency physician and has been board certified since 2007. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Clinical Assistant Professor of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University. In addition to his busy lecture schedule, he completes around 600 hours of continuing medical education (CME) annually himself.

Dr. Hampton lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of emergency medicine topics for diverse audiences including the Emergency Nurses’ Association Annual & Leadership Conferences, the Canadian National Emergency Nurse’s Association Annual Conference, the Society for Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant’s Annual Conference, American College of Emergency Physician’s Scientific Assembly, the University of Calgary Urgent Care Conference, and the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physician’s Spring Seminar. He has lectured in California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

In his free time, Dr. Hampton enjoys performing with the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra and teaches a weekly yoga class at Holy Family’s Wellness Center. He is married with four children, the oldest: 25 and the youngest: 7-year-old twins.

John W. Callahan

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John Callahan

John W. Callahan

• Grundy County Coroner since 1998
• Board Certified Medicolegal death investigator
• Licensed Funeral Director
• 11 years Law Enforcement with Sheriff Department and City Police
• Past Member of Department Mortuary Operations Recovery Team
• Served at 911 and Katrina Disasters

James P. Cole

James P. Cole, Jr., DO, FACS

James P. Cole, Jr., DO, FACS

Dr. Cole is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, and he is the Chief of General Surgery and the Trauma Medical Director at Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame and then received his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine via the Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program. Dr. Cole then spent his next ten years on active duty training to be a Surgeon, working as a paratrooper and military diver, and serving two operational tours in the jungles of Central America. He received his internship training at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Portsmouth Virginia, and his Surgical residency training at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso Texas. He left active duty in September of 2000, but re-entered the military as a Navy Reserve Officer following the terror attacks of 9/11. Throughout his twenty-four year military career Cole has been assigned to Army commands, the Marine Corps, Navy SEAL teams, Joint Special Operations Command, and he has deployed to the combat theater three times for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. He has served as the leader of expeditionary surgical teams providing medical and surgical support to conventional and special operations forces around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and North Africa.

In 2011 Dr. Cole wrote Trauma: My Life as an Emergency Surgeon, which was published by St. Martin’s Press, New York. Dr. Cole has been an invited speaker at over one hundred educational, motivational, and inspirational events and he truly enjoys sharing his passions, experiences and past adventures with others.

Dr Jackie Medland, RN, PhD

Dr Jackie Medland, RN, PhD

Dr. Jackie Medland currently serves as the President and Chief Nursing Officer at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in North Carolina, a critical access hospital and medical campus in the Mission Health system. Jackie’s 30-year career has included positions in direct patient care, advanced practice nursing, nursing management and hospital administration at several area hospitals, most notably the University of Chicago Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Presence St Joseph Medical Center where she led the organization to its initial designation as a Magnet® recognized hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Dr. Medland’s “Every Nurse a Leader” philosophy instills leadership as a calling for all nurses, from the bedside to the board room, creating an organizational culture where “everyday” nursing leaders are the standard. Dr. Medland is a nationally recognized presenter and has been honored with the Power of Nursing Leadership SAGE Award, and by Sigma Theta Tau (Alpha Omicron Chapter) with the Distinguished Educator Award. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Xavier University, Master of Science from University of Illinois, College of Nursing, and her Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University.

Kevin Sears

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Kevin Sears

Kevin Sears

Kevin Sears started his career as a Firefighter in the south suburbs of Chicago in 1994. He is currently a career Battalion Chief for the McHenry Township Fire Protection District in Illinois and works as a Territory Manager for Genesis Rescue Systems. Kevin is an instructor at several teaching institutions and is the Program Coordinator of the Chicagoland Heavy Rescue Academy, a flagship-class that introduces experienced rescuers to tactics that will help make successful outcomes at special entrapment incidents.

Arthur Berg, DO

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Arthur Berg

Arthur Berg, DO

Arthur Berg, DO is a Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon for Endeavor Health. He is also an assistant professor of surgery with the University of Chicago and has published trauma research on a national level. When he is not on call he works with John on simulation training and teaching Stop The Bleed courses to local area high schools. He also has worked as a trauma track physician for Formula One.

Lt. Troy Siewert (ret.)

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Troy Siewert

Lt. Troy Siewert (ret.)

Lt. Troy Siewert (ret.) is a nationally certified law enforcement instructor in mental health awareness and crisis response.

He is a certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Coordinator, CIT officer, Crisis Intervention Specialist, Anger Management Specialist, and an FBI-trained crisis negotiator. Troy also holds a master’s degree in criminal social justice from Lewis University.

In 2018 Troy played an integral role in updating the International Association of Chiefs of Police model policy for “Responding to Persons Affected by Mental Illness or in Crisis” and in 2021 he was selected as CIT International’s CIT Coordinator of the Year.

Troy continues to train law enforcement, hospital security, and college security officers to effectively resolve mental health crisis incidents through his training company, Insightful Crisis Response, LLC. He also sits on the Board of Directors for NAMI South Suburbs of Chicago.

Roque Wicker

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Roque Wicker

Roque Wicker

As President & CEO of C-T Watch, Inc. (Counter-Terrorism Watch, Inc.) Mr. Wicker is actively engaged in all aspects of global operations as well as delivering the strategic vision of the company. Mr. Wicker comes from three generations of US National Security professionals and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Camden for two tours, EOD-Mobile Unit 3 and as a reservist in EOD-Mobile Unit 7. Mr. Wicker was recognized by FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate and the FBI InfraGard National Members Alliance as the 2018 “National Sector Chief of The Year” for his contributions in the national mission of protecting US critical infrastructure & key resources (CIKR). Mr. Wicker serves as the Government Sector Chief for InfraGard L.A. as well as President for the Federal Enforcement & Homeland Security Foundation (FEHSF-West).

Steven S. Smith

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Steven S. Smith

Steven S. Smith

Steven S. Smith is the Co-Founder and President of Guardian Defense. Steve authored and developed his first program in 2013 upon noticing an absence of training for teachers to know what to do in the event of a threat on campus. Working directly with schools and studying various school tragedies such as the Beslan school hostage crisis in Beslan, North Ossetia-Alaina, Russia and the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, Steve knew he had the tools and skills to develop a program that would make an impact in the community.

Since 2013, Steve and his team of instructors have taught the Active Threat Response Program (ATRP) for Schools to staff at elementary, middle, and high schools; pre-schools; and religious education centers. Steve and Guardian Defense Instructor, Carmelo Colon, Jr. created a similar model for the workplace that includes a workplace violence prevention piece. To date, tens of thousands of employees have been trained.