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Michael S. Williams, President & Executive Director

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

President & Executive Director

Williams spent over a dozen years in California law enforcement and was a POST certified field training officer. In 2006 he founded the Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. He sits on several local organizations including the Santa Barbara County CERT Executive Committee, Santa Barbara County Fire Safe Council, the Tri-Counties Training Officer’s Association, Santa Barbara Chapter of CAER and is a founding member of the Santa Barbara PIO group Emergency Public Information Communicators (EPIC). Since 2008, Williams has served on the California State Board of Fire Services representing CSFA and the volunteer fire fighters of California. He has received many professional awards including the Los Angeles Police Department’s “Meritorious Unit Citation,” Santa Barbara Citizens’ Council on Crime “Thomas Guerry Award,” “Skill in Conflict Resolution” award and the California State Firefighters’ “Tom Garner Award” for his seven year production of HELOPS in Santa Ynez.

In 2012, FSTI was named as one of the group recipients of the California Volunteers Governors Award for the countywide Santa Barbara County CERT program. FSTI provided the program for the Cities of Buelton and Solvang as well as the Santa Ynez Valley.

Williams is an established writer on public safety issues and co-host of the California Fire Safe Council and FSTI sponsored radio show Community Alert on KZSB – AM 1290 in Santa Barbara.

Kathryn D. McKee, SPHR

Kathryn Mckee

Kathryn Mckee

Kathryn D. McKee, SPHR, is President of Human Resources Consortia, a consultancy specializing in providing solutions to Human Resources issues. Prior to forming her own firm, she was Senior Vice President and Regional Human Resources Director for Standard Chartered Bank, Senior Vice President Human Resources for First Interstate Bank Limited, And SVP Compensation and Benefits at First Interstate Bancorp.

Previously, McKee had been Manager, Corporate Compensation; Director, Equal Employment Opportunity; and Director, Management Development at Twentieth-Century Fox Film Corp. She also served as Director, Industrial Relations for Cal Custom/Hawk Division, Orion Industries, and Manager, Corporate Compensation at Mattel, Inc.

She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the UCSB Foundation; a Director on the Boards of the Fire Service Training Institute, and the Executive Committee of EPIC (Emergency Public Information Communicators). She is Chair of the City of Santa Barbara’s Civil Service Commission, was Foreperson of the 2010-2011 County of Santa Barbara Civil Grand Jury and served as the 2011-12 President of the American Red Cross, Santa Barbara Chapter.

She was 1991 Chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management, President of the Laguna Playhouse; Past President of the Grove Shakespeare Festival, The National Human Resources Association, the SHRM Foundation and the Human Resource Certification Institute. She is listed in “Who’s Who in America.”

She served as an Executive-in-Residence in the CSULB College of Business Management/Human Resources Department and now teaches for the UCSB Technology Management Program and for UC Santa Barbara Extension.

She received NHRA’s 1986 Member of the Year, PIHRA’s 1990 Award of Excellence in Human Resources, SHRM’s 1994 Award for Professional Excellence and in 2004 was SBHRA’s Member of the Year.

McKee’s publications include “Leading People Through Disasters: An Action Guide”; 12th Annual Disaster Resource Guide, “The Mouse in the Room”; IPMA HR News, :How Prepared are you for When Disaster Strikes?;  the chapter, “Moving as the Markets Move: Planning for Resizing”, published in “Resizing the Organization; “Human Resources: Insurrection or Resurrection” published in the Human Resource Management Journal”; “New Compensation Strategies for Emerging Career Patterns” which was published by HR Magazine and won the distinguished William W. Winter Award from the American Compensation Association.

She is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara receiving Senior Honor Key and Outstanding Senior Woman Awards. She completed the UCLA Certificate Program in Business Management, and the Executive Program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

John David Cameron

John David Cameron

John David Cameron

The younger brother of filmmaker James Cameron. John served with distinction in the USMC and received an honorable discharge after six years with the rank of sergeant.

James Cameron said he was inspired to include Marines in his movie because of his brother’s own service in the Marine Corps. John David Cameron joined the Corps in 1985, fought in Operation Desert Storm and works as a consultant on the “Avatar” films.

In 1998 John and James Cameron formed a digital media company, earthship.tv which became Earthship Productions. The company produced live multimedia documentaries from the depths of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Projects included Last Mysteries of Titanic,Aliens of The Deep, and Ghosts of The Abyss. In 2001 earthship.tv produced the first dual high definition broadcast over the Internet.

John is currently the CEO of the Human Health Organization a company dedicated to living safer and healthier by investing in innovation, high-quality products and education.

Jerry Davies

Jerry Davies

Jerry Davies

Insurance Industry, corporate and trade association media, public relations, legislative advocate and marketing consultant. He is currently the Chairman of the California Fire Safe Council (CFSC), effective January 1, 2015. CFSC is a California organization offering financial grants to more than 160 local fire safe councils in the state to fund local fire prevention and disaster safety programs. Serves on the Board of Fire Services Training Institute and immediate past board chairman and communications committee member of the Insurance Information Institute, Insurance Information Network of California and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety.

Davies experience includes 35 years in television, radio and newspaper news and as a public relations, legislative advocate, marketing and external media communications officer in insurance trade associations and in insurance companies throughout the U.S.

Davies holds a BA Degree in Journalism and Business, University of Miami, Florida and a MS Degree in Journalism and Sociology, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

John Luke

John Luke

John Luke

John retired from the University of California Police Department after 33 years as a Sergeant in the patrol division.

In 1982 he was assigned to a dignitary protection unit within the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee where he provided protective services to key executives and visiting foreign dignitaries.

During the majority of his career he was responsible for supervising uniformed police personnel in the patrol division. He served as the coordinator of the Field Training Program where he directed a cadre of Field Training Officers whose mission was to train and evaluate new officers. He was the primary tactical firearms training instructor. He also instructed patrol tactics, tactical breaching and patrol response to active shooter incidents.

He was a Certified Drug Recognition Expert for twenty years and served as an instructor where he trained law enforcement personnel how to detect and evaluate alcohol-impaired drivers and those under the influence of street drugs.

During the latter part of his career he was tasked with preparing both his agency and the University community for an active shooter incident. As part of this effort, he developed a comprehensive tactical firearms training program and developed/coordinated multi-agency active shooter training exercises.

In conjunction with training law enforcement personnel, he facilitated seminars throughout the University community designed to increase awareness related to workplace violence and provide the critical information needed to survive an active shooter incident.

He holds a BA degree in Political Science from California State University, Northridge and a Juris Doctor from Western State University College of Law.

Kevin Nida, FSTI Director

Kevin Nida

Kevin Nida

FSTI Director

Kevin Nida is one of the original founders of FSTI, and is a Battalion Chief with the Los Angeles Fire Department, serving since 1980. Kevin is currently assigned as a Battalion Chief and Policy Director under Mayor Garcetti’s administration and LAFD Technical & Operations Lead on the LA-RICS Project.

Kevin served for 10 years as CSFA’s President and is their immediate past President. Kevin has an extensive emergency services and emergency communications back ground. He also served the San Fernando Police Department as a Designated Level I Reserve Officer from 1987-2000.

Barbara J. Andersen