Roster and Biographies Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=131GIS Analyst Santa Barbara County Fire Department 4410 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA  93110<div class="ExternalClass283F1AE0689B4B83894D14D77033E928"><div>GIS Chair</div></div><div class="ExternalClass1412FAE6B1AC467A93E62E314C9DA8B0"><p style="text-align:justify;">Matt Marsh was appointed to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department in October of 2017.  Matt has served the citizens of Santa Barbara County for the past 3 years. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Matt attended South Tahoe High School in Lake Tahoe and completed his Bachelor of Science at Cal Poly- San Luis Obispo.  Matt also holds a FAA Remote Pilot Part 107 Commercial Drone Certification.   Matt has most recently assisted in the development of the agency ArcGIS Online platform and the creation of detailed Wildland Fire Preplans. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Matt provides mapping support for the local Type 3 Incident Management Team (XSB) and acts as a Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GISS) on incidents state-wide.  Matt also acts in a Technical Specialist role where he provides geospatial support on wildland fire incidents.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2017, Matt was asked by Division Chief Woody Enos to serve on the FIRESCOPE GIS Specialist Group.  Being associated with such a prestigious organization is one of Matt's greatest honors where he works alongside a talented group of emergency management professionals to improve and develop geospatial data systems.         </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​During his time away from work, Matt enjoys spending time with family and friends and engaging in all types of outdoor activity.  Hiking, snowboarding and mountain biking are activities Matt participates in most frequently in his free time.<br></p></div>mailto:matthew.marsh@sbcfire.comMatt Marsh Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=140Senior GIS Analyst North County Dispatch JPA 16936 El Fuego Rancho Santa Fe, CA  92067<div class="ExternalClass54F06244426E4FF08C4B7CE5A4638055">Vice Chair North County Dispatch JPA </div><div class="ExternalClassDB5043CCBBC54D3FA3952E01783A3B94"><p style="text-align:justify;">Suzann Leininger started her career in public safety on 2006 as a volunteer firefighter in a small rural community in Northern San Diego County.  Mrs. Leininger has been doing GIS since 1997 but quickly learned she could combine these interests shortly after joining the fire department.  Mrs. Leininger joined a Federal Incident Management Team in 2009 as a GISS.  In 2014 Mrs. Leininger accepted a position at the Los Angeles Fire Department as the Fire Statistical Manager.  In 2016 Mrs. Leininger had to opportunity to work in San Diego, closer to her family, and worked at the North County Dispatch JPA supporting the Fire and EMS dispatch center, CAD and 14 fire agencies. In 2020 Mrs. Leininger moved to a GIS/Intel position with CALFIRE (MVU) to be involved in more operational activities at a fire agency.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Leininger attended Fern Creek High School (Ky) and the University of Louisville.  After graduating from college she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant.  Her time in the Marine Corps took her to many places around the globe but ended her commitment in San Diego County.  Mrs. Leininger continued her education with an Advanced Certificate in GIS from Palomar College.  She also continues her education through many courses provided through ESRI and local colleges.  Mrs. Leininger graduated at the top of her class at her volunteer firefighter academy given by CALFIRE.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Mrs. Leininger has completed a volunteer firefighter academy, passed the EMT-B National Registry and many other fire specific trainings.  Along with her GISS training, this has made her better able to understand what can help a firefighter in the field.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In March of 2019, Mrs. Leininger was appointed to the Firescope GIS Specialist Group.  She is looking forward to working with the other members to make positive change in the Fire GIS community.​<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During her time away from work, Mrs. Leininger enjoys spending time with her husband and three rescue German Shepherds.  She also does volunteer botany research with the San Diego Natural History Museum.<br></p></div>mailto:sleininger@sdrecc.orgSuzann Leiniger Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=137Fire Engineer Encinitas Fire Department 505 South Vulcan Ave Encinitas, CA  92024<div class="ExternalClass899F0141AA314F97BDEBD45B1EAE6172"><div>Secretary<br></div><div>Encinitas Fire Department</div></div>mailto:damian.guilliani@gmail.comDamian Guilliani
<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Alfie%20Blanch%20-%20GIS.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=135GIS Manager Los Angeles County Fire Department 5847 Rickenbacker Road Commerce, CA  90040<div class="ExternalClass44BB12AE2D4A40589DF8C1D4693047F6"><div>Los Angeles County Fire Department</div></div><div class="ExternalClassABEA45F9F9C9475EA4820D3C4218DF79"><p>Alfie Blanch joined the Los Angeles County Fire Department in 2007 as a Supervising Cadastral Engineer and designed and managed the conversion from black and white, hand-drawn maps to a fully integrated Geographic Information System (GIS) producing full color, computer-based maps. Alfie was promoted to Geographic Information Systems Manager II in 2017 and now oversees a team of 8 GIS professionals who manage the geospatial analytics and cartography for 5,000 Department personnel, 176 fire stations and over 3,000 square miles of jurisdiction. Alfie’s 20 years in emergency management GIS began in 1998 with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, where he worked along side emergency management GIS pioneers, David Kehrlein (CAOES), Jim Kniss (VNC) and Dorothy Albright (USFS). </p><p>Alfie attended California State University, Los Angeles, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography with an emphasis in GIS science, data management and cartography. Alfie holds a GIS Professional Certification, #64191 Alfie contributed to the Esri Press book, Confronting Catastrophe – A GIS Handbook, and has published a wildfire management map in the Esri Map Book, Volume 26. Alfie was also lead GIST/GISS on a Type 1 IMT, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (CIIMT-1) under Chief Scott Vail and Chief Don Feser for 6 years. He has been a GIS specialist on more than one hundred EOC, and on-scene Type 1 and Type 2 incidents during his career. </p><p>Specialized Training GIST, GISS, DPRO, FOBS and SITL FIRESCOPE History In June of 2018, Alfie Blanch was selected by Fire Chief Osby to serve on the FIRESCOPE GIS Subcommittee. Mr. Blanch had previously served with the FIRESCOPE GIS Specialist Group from 2000 to 2008, during the time GISS standards, procedures and training were developed. <br></p><p>During his time away from work, Mr. Blanch enjoys woodworking, hiking and spending time with his family and friends. He is very proud of his profession and the lasting changes he’s made in the world of emergency management GIS.​<br></p></div>mailto:alfie.blance@fire.lacounty.govAlfie Blanch
<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Tom%20Gikas%20-%20%20GIS.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=136Battalion Chief Los Angeles City Fire Department 200 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA  90012<div class="ExternalClassD74B8A140FD0413885645BEA2816C1A5"><div>Los Angeles County Fire Department</div></div><div class="ExternalClass788CE4FCF472489FBCE23671A7F76D37"><p> Thomas joined the Los Angeles Fire Department in 1987. He currently is assigned to Operations Valley Bureau Battalion 17 serving seven Fire Stations in the West Valley Area. In his 31 years of service he held the ranks of Engineer, Captain I and Captain II. His most notable assignments include working in the Department’s Planning Section, Liaison to the Fire Marshal, Homeland Security, Risk Management and Urban Search and Rescue Task Force Commander. In 2009 he was selected to CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6 where he has served as GISS Lead and currently serves as one of the Team’s Situation Unit Leaders. </p><p>Thomas attended both the University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Southern California prior to starting employment with LAFD. In 2006 he went back to school and currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Emergency Services Management. In 2014, while working in the Fire Marshal’s Office he was part of the Team that received an innovation award for the use of GIS Technology in the Department’s Brush Inspection Program. Specialized Training Tom is a qualified GISS and SITL.<br></p><p>Thomas has been a member of the FIRESCOPE GIS Subcommittee since 2009 and served two terms as the workgroup Chair. He is a forward thinker and works to adopt modern GIS work flows and capabilities to effectively enhance operations and personnel safety during emergencies. </p><p>Tom is married and has 2 kids in college. In his off time he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. He is an avid Los Angeles Kings Fan and doesn’t think northern California residents will ever see their hockey team win a Stanley Cup Championship.<br></p></div>mailto:thomas.gikas@lacity.orgTom Gikas Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=138Fire Captain Santa Clara County Fire Department 14700 Winchester Blvd Los Gatos, CA  95032<div class="ExternalClassB634A9FAB55841D8AFA2E331725F00FE"><div>Santa Clara County Fire Department</div></div><div class="ExternalClass9BF3ABF2A1014A3F959BBBCB70A609CF"><p style="text-align:justify;">Chris Ingram was hired by the Santa Clara County Fire Department in 2009 and promoted to Fire Captain in 2016.  His current assignment is on Engine 71/Truck 71 serving the citizens of Cupertino, CA.  Previously, Chris worked as a Firefighter 1 for CAL FIRE in the Santa Clara Unit as well as a Paid-Call Firefighter for CAL FIRE/San Luis Obispo County Fire in Avila Beach.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chris went to Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward, CA and attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry & Natural Resources, with a concentration in Wildland Fire & Fuels Management and a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).  In addition, he holds an Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology from Allan Hancock College.  Chris received an award of merit for implementing and managing GIS related projects that have improved response times and increased situational awareness throughout his department.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chris is a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 3 serving as a Situation Unit Leader and previously as a GIS Specialist.  Chris is also a member of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Geospatial Training Unit working on national training standards and ensuring proper coordination with FIRESCOPE.  He is also on the department's standards of cover team.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2012, Chris joined the FIRESCOPE GIS Specialist Group and has able to provide the group with fire service operational expertise combined with GIS knowledge and application.  Chris has served as the chair and vice-chair of the group.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Chris enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two boys.  He is an avid San Jose Sharks fan, which always leads to friendly debates with other group members from Southern California.<br></p></div>mailto:chris.ingram@sccfd.orgChris Ingram Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=128Senior GIS Specialist Ventura County Fire Department 165 Durley Ave Camarillo, CA  <div class="ExternalClass5CEB7D6A1F1E4EE4B6317EE19BA6A236">Ventura County Fire</div><div class="ExternalClass391BEA84554540F0A30FCCB4C49167A0"><p style="text-align:justify;">Steve joined VCFD in 2005 where he provides GIS support to the Regional Fire Communication Center.  Steve designed and manages the mobile GIS unit, responding to initial attack incidents and supporting the evolving situational awareness workflows.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Previously Steve worked as a GIS Specialist at the Port of Long Beach managing hydrographic and geotechnical data and producing civil engineering map products for the nation's largest and busiest seaport.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Steve began his GIS career at the US Census Bureau preparing for the 2000 Census and producing demographic map products. He also worked as a freelance cartographer producing maps the old-fashioned way – pen and Ink on mylar overlays.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Steve earned a BA in Geography from Cal State University Northridge and certificates in Oracle database development and administration from Long Beach City College. Steve holds a GIS Professional Certification, #82870<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">ICS qualified GISS and DPRO<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Steve joined the FIRESCOPE GIS SG in 2016, served as Secretary in 2018 and Chair for 2019 and 2020.  He is honored to work alongside this talented group of GIS professionals, especially during this exciting period of growth and development in cloud based geospatial technology.          <br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​Apart from work Steve enjoys mountain biking, unending home-improvement, and managing screen time on his daughters' cell phones. In his spare time Steve serves on the Ventura Land Trust Stewardship Committee providing GIS support and trail-building labor.<br></p></div>mailto:Steve.kennedy@ventura.orgSteve Kennedy Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=141Research Program Specialist CAL FIRE FRAP  1300 U Street Sacramento, CA  94244<div class="ExternalClass949370ADA7DB4D5B98D7E27C34EADA39"><div>CAL FIRE</div></div><div class="ExternalClass78EFCEB263214114A2BDD34458B28DE4"><p style="text-align:justify;">Tiffany Meyer has been at CALFIRE in the Fire Resource Assessment Program for twelve years, assuming the tasks of GIS analysis, application design, system management and planning, and overseeing the FRAP GIS program.  Tiffany has been involved in GIS support on incident management teams since 2012 and helped develop the incident Damaged Inspection program.  She is also a member of the California S-341 GISS cadre.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tiffany received her B.A. in Biology from U.C. Santa Cruz in 1993 and her M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University in 2005.  Tiffany has authored chapters in both the 2010 and 2017 CAL FIRE Forest and Rangeland Assessments.  Tiffany received the 2017 and 2018 Superior Accomplishment Director's Award for her contribution to the technical development of the Defensible Space Inspection Application and Damage Inspection Application.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tiffany is a qualified GIS Specialist for Type 1 Fire Incident Management Teams and is a cadre member for the S-341 GISS training course.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Tiffany was selected to join the Firescope GIS Specialist Group in 2014.  She was nominated for and accepted the position of Vice Chair in 2015 and was honored to serve as Chair for the year of 2016.          </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​During her time away from work, Tiffany enjoys the outdoors, engaging in activities such as trail running, hiking, back country skiing and mountain climbing.<br></p></div> Meyer Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=142Emerging Tech Program Manager San Diego Fire Rescue 600 B Street, Suite 1300 San Diego, CA  92101<div class="ExternalClass0332558B8DF3451A944A090EB46EB4D5"><div>San Diego Fire Rescue</div></div><div class="ExternalClass2C0E80433D6C42C59CCE932E06A38514"><p>Mr. Scott was appointed to San Diego Fire-Rescue as the Emerging Technology Program Manager in January 2017. Prior to this position, Mr. Scott was the Regional Technology Partnership Program Manager for the San Diego Homeland Security Urban Area Security Initiative for 4 years. Prior to that, Mr. Scott was employed by the El Cajon Fire Department for 28 years. While working for El Cajon Fire Department, he held the positions of Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Fire Division Chief and Fire Chief. <br></p><p>Mr. Scott attended Miramar Community College and San Diego State University and holds an Associate degree in Fire Science and Bachelors' degree in Public Administration. Mr. Scott has also been a part or led many technology efforts within his department and the region. This includes authoring a Regional Strategic Technology Plan, member of NICS to SCOUT Working Group, San Diego Regional Public Safety Geodatabase, Regional CAD Interoperability Project, WUI Fire Emergency Response Plans, Digital Target Hazard Plans, Regional Evacuation Public Safety Grid and a Situational Awareness Map Assessment for San Diego UASI.</p><p>Mr. Scott held a paramedic license for 20 years, certified as a Strike Team Leader and was a member of California Task Force 8 as a Rescue Specialist and a Canine Search Specialist.<br></p><p>In January 2019, Mr. Scott was selected by Fire Chief Stowell to serve on the FIRESCOPE GIS Specialist Group.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his time away from work, Mr. Scott enjoys travel with his wife Lisa, home improvement projects and spending time with his family.<br></p></div>mailto:mjscott@sandiego.govMike Scott Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=146Fire Captain CAL FIRE Northern Region 875 Cypress Ave Redding, CA  96001<div class="ExternalClass25FD0A86588D4F078773DC55D92650E6"><div>CAL FIRE</div></div><div class="ExternalClass003D93649A5B4CFDAB6ABE0F2D772F5E"><p>Nick has been with CAL FIRE for 13 years working in a variety of field and staff positions throughout the state.  Nick currently works as the Unit Pre-Fire Engineer for the CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit and is responsible for the Defensible Space Inspection Program, the Unit Fire Plan, Fire Investigations, supporting the departments Vegetation Management and CAL MAPPER Programs, and filling unit GIS requests.    </p><p>Nick received an A.S. in Fire Technology from Allan Hancock College and a B.S. in Forestry and Natural Resources with a concentration in Fire and Fuel Management and a minor in GIS from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  He is also a state certified Fire Officer and Training Instructor.  In 2017 he received a CAL FIRE Directors Award for superior accomplishment. </p><p>He was a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 8 for two years as a GIS Specialist and is currently a member of the FIRESCOPE GIS workgroup.  He is currently a qualified GISS, FOBS, SITL and has experience as a PSC3.  Nick helped develop the CAL FIRE Damage Inspection Program and has led the damage inspection on many of California's most destructive fires, including the 2018 Camp Fire.  </p><p>In 2016 Nick was selected to be a member of the FIRESCOPE GIS Specialist Group.  This group was established to coordinate geospatial data, products, tools and services, and related research and development for California's emergency management community. Nick has been involved with standardizing all hazard pre-plan data as well as developing remote sensing standard operating procedures. </p><p>​During his time away from work, Nick enjoys spending time with his family and friends and engaging in all types of outdoor activity. <br></p></div> Wallingford Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=289CALFIRE 1416 9th Stree Sacramento, CA 94244<div class="ExternalClassEB2ED8F3B61449C087C10ECB7AA84425"><p>​CALFIRE<br></p></div> Llanos
<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Dara%20O%27Beirne%20-%20GIS.png?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=290CalOES 3650 Schriever Ave Mather, CA 95655<div class="ExternalClassC609E97CD3D44E398FF2B04B864C2D8A"><p>​CalOES<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass2E746531632A409B8781B6C7DE14CFEE"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Dara O'Beirne recently joined CalOES as a Geospatial Architect. Before joining CalOES, he was the GIS Lead for GIS Architecture at the City of Sacramento from 2016 – 2021. Prior to the City of Sacramento, Dara was also a GIS Developer with the City of Santa Clara, where he was responsible for designing the Common Operational Picture to support incident command at Levi's Stadium. During his time with Santa Clara he worked various events, most notably Super Bowl 50. Dara began his career in GIS supporting geodatabase development and data transformation workflows using AutoCAD and LiDAR data.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dara received his B.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University in 2007 and his M.A. in Geography from San Francisco State University in 2013.  Dara is the co-Author of “ArcPy and ArcGIS: Automating ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Online with Python". He also teaches in the San Francisco State GIS Certificate Program and the U.C. Davis Professional Development Program. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dara is a qualified GIS Developer in various programming languages such as, Python, JavaScript, R, and C#.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dara was selected to join the Firescope GIS Subcommittee in 2021. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">​During his time away from work, Dara enjoys various indoor and outdoor activities, including programming, biking, hiking, cooking, and reading.  <br></p></div>mailto: O'Beirne Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=143GIS Coordinator USDA Forest Service 1323 Club Drive Vallejo, CA  94592<div class="ExternalClassCD974A3D5AC145CB86097FF84B8AC0AD"><div>USDA Forest Service</div></div><div class="ExternalClass01F92D64495B41AEB265AEB65EE01751"><p style="text-align:justify;">Matt Wingard has worked for the US Forest Service since 2007. His primary background is in spatial programming and statistical analysis, however he also has experience in fire suppression and the Incident Command System as a wildland firefighter. Matt has been involved with wildland fire suppression in 25 different states in a variety of different roles.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Some of Matt's recent projects involve: scraping Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) data from an FAA website and putting that information into an online GIS, creating an automated fire progression tool with output to an open web-based feature service, and an analysis of fire suppression costs based on spatial statistics to examine how place can influence the cost of firefighting.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Matt attended the University of South Carolina for undergraduate and graduate school where he studied Geography. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards for his innovative approach to GIS data analysis.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Within IQCS, Matt has completed taskbooks for the following roles: GISS, Firefighter Type I, SEC2, and IC5. Matt has also completed training in machine learning, computer vision, data mining, and graph theory.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Matt Joined the FIRESCOPE GIS Specialist Group in 2018. He is new to California, and excited to work with this influential group of people.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Outside of work, Matt enjoys woodworking, sailing, skiing, and playing jazz saxophone. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his dogs Charlie and Bean. <br></p></div>mailto:pwingard@fs.fed.usMatt Wingard
<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Steven%20Walterscheid%20-%20GIS.jpg?RenditionID=1" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=291Bureau of Land Management 2800 Cottage Way W-1623 Sacramento, CA 95825<div class="ExternalClass74A573C0E5504848BFFD78607229A365"><p>​Bureau of Land Management<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass147FE704F3224B88A9EE83179F168CA8"><p>​Steven Walterscheid is a GIS Specialist for the Bureau of Land Management at the State Office in Sacramento. His main tasks have been doing mapping and analysis for landscape level planning, congressional mapping, and fire GIS since 2012. Education and Accomplishments Steve received both his B.S. (2009 and M.A. (2011) from Kansas State University in Geography and GIS. For his thesis he created a climate classification system for the Earth’s oceans, based on Wladimir Köppen’s system, by using LANDSAT satellite data beginning in the 1970’s. Specialized Training He is a qualified GISS and started doing fire assignments in 2015. Steve has been on over 50 fires with various teams throughout the country, but mainly CIIMT 10, Great Basin Team 4, Southwest Team 3, but is willing to go where help is needed! FIRESCOPE History Steve joined the GIS Subcommittee of FIRESCOPE in 2017. He uses his experiences with his onsite challenges to try to improve the products and direction that the specialist group provides to the task force as a whole. Personal Interests In his free time Steve loves to travel with his wife and two children. He enjoys hiking and cycling as well as watching sports, especially Australian and American football.​<br></p></div>mailto:swalterscheid@blm.gobSteve Walterscheid