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Michael S. Williams, President & Executive Director

Michael Williams

Michael Williams

President & Executive Director
mike.williams@cafsti.net

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 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. Since 2008, Williams has served on the California State Board of Fire Services representing CSFA and California volunteer fire fighters.

Barbara Anderson, Vice President

Barbara Andersen most recently served as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation where she provided departmental leadership and oversight of community engagement, which included communications and marketing, grantmaking and initiatives, evaluation and learning, as well as public policy and advocacy. Barbara also facilitated the Foundation’s investments in emergency and disaster readiness, including the Community Disaster Relief Fund. Previously, Barbara founded All Points North Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning, partnership development, and program evaluation for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She also served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Orfalea Foundation for four years, where she was primarily responsible for initiating and overseeing national and state level partnerships, managing program evaluation and documentation efforts, and policy engagement aligned with multiple programmatic initiatives including school food reform, youth development, early care and education, and emergency readiness. Barbara holds an MPA with a concentration in International and National Security Policy and a BA in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Yoli McGlinchey , Corporate Secretary

Yoli McGlinchey

Yoli McGlinchey

Corporate Secretary
Yoli.McGlinchey@cafsti.org

Yoli McGlinchey is the Corporate Secretary of FSTI.

Tom Walton, Director CERT Training and Operations

Tom Walton

Tom Walton

Director CERT Training and Operations
tom.walton@cafsti.net

Tom Walton has over 30 years of law enforcement experience with an extensive background in field operations as a patrol deputy and field supervisor with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. He has over 15 years experience as a supervisor of Ocean Dive Team Operations, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Civil Unrest Operations and Planning, Technology Research and Implementation and as Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Operations Section Coordinator. Sergeant Walton has participated in CalEMA LEMA meetings and has provided Law Enforcement Mutual Aid debriefs, on major wildfire operations. He served as the Department Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) and was responsible for the Homeland Security Grants. Sergeant Walton has written or assisted in writing plans and guidelines for law enforcement operations in pandemics, civil unrest, wildfire evacuations and flood evacuations. He has participated in the Joint Operations Center (JIC) planning process a at the Operational Area level, including planning for mass fatality events. Tom is uniquely qualified to lead CERT training and operations for FSTI and the community.

Monty W. Gearheart, Technology Manager

Monty W. Gearheart

Monty W. Gearheart

Technology Manager

Monty is an 8-year U.S. Air Force veteran and CCAF graduate with expertise in multiple, secure hardware and software platforms to include secure communications systems and earth terminal deployment/operations. He owns the technology company, WCES, Inc., started in 1996, which caters directly and exclusively to first responder industries. An ISP, “coder” and overall “uber-geek,” Monty is also an expert in on-line training delivery technology to include fire and rescue equipment simulations.

Monty is the Information Systems/Technology Director and Business Development Director for the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA). His current tasks include assisting FSTI with on-line programs, training, website development and overall information project management.