First Responders Program Managers

First Responders Program Managers

FRG program managers tackle the gamut of first responder challenges.

Group Name Program(s) Description Email
Front Office Dan Cotter
  • Director of First Responders Group (FRG)
Leads programs for first responder advanced personal protective equipment, communications interoperability, information sharing, countering violent extremism, and disaster resiliency. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Dave Hart
  • Acting Deputy Director
Leads programs for first responder advanced personal protective equipment, communications interoperability, information sharing, countering violent extremism, and disaster resiliency. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Marc Caplan
  • First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP)
  • Communications, Outreach and Responder Engagement (CORE)
Provides leadership for FRG websites, virtual collaboration, social media, stakeholder outreach and communications. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Rochele Smith
  • First Responder Communities of Practice (FRCoP)
  • Communications, Outreach and Responder Engagement (CORE)
Provides leadership for FRG websites, virtual collaboration, social media, stakeholder outreach and communications. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Stephen "Herbie" Hancock
  • Special Projects
  • Counterterrorism (CT)
  • First Responder Resource Group (FRRG)
  • Integrated Project Teams (IPT)
Leads Special Projects for FRG, coordinating requirements for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Counter UAS  (CUAS) systems for first responders with the Program Executive Office for UAS/CUAS and other federal, state, and local entities. Also supports matters related to the FRG IPTs - Counterterrorism (CT)  and First Responder Resource Group (FRRG). First.Responder@dhs.gov
  King "Phil" Waters
  • International Forum to Advance First Responder Innovation
Leads S&T's vehicle for the U.S. and 13 partner countries to discuss shared first responder capability gaps and characterize first responder markets. In addition, the Forum provides a platform for collaboration and research and development initiatives and solutions  to educate first responders about available technology. First.Responder@dhs.gov
IAS Ronald Langhelm
  • Public Safety Cloud Computing Interoperability (PSCC)
Provides program management for projects related to efforts to develop the First Responder Incident Management Information Sharing (IMIS) Capability Maturity Model. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Denis Gusty
  • Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media (AWSM)
  • Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
  • Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
  • Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) Data Standards
  • Big Data
  • IMIS CAD-to-CAD Data Exchange
  • Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Text-to-911
  • Social Media Working Group (SMWG)
  • CAUSE
Provides program management for projects related to information sharing, alerts and warnings, interoperability, social media, virtual collaboration, incident command. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Jeff Booth
  • OIC Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) Coordination Support
  • Virtual USA (vUSA)
  • Portable Handset Integrated Next-Generation Incident Command System (PHINICS) Transition to USCG (NEXT MOBILE)
  • Next Generation Incident Command System (NICS)
  • NUSTL /In-Q-Tel Collaboration
  • Incident Management Information Sharing (IMIS) Standards Support
  • Geospatial Interoperability Reference Architecture (GIRA)
  • IMIS CAD-to-CAD Data Exchange
  • Situational Awareness and Decision Support Engine (SANDS-E)
  • Mutual Aid Support System (MASS)
  • National Information Exchange Model
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Pilot
Provides program management for projects related to information sharing, alerts and warnings, interoperability, virtual collaboration, incident command, Internet of Things (IoT), and Smart Cities. First.Responder@dhs.gov
R-Tech William Deso
  • Base Ensemble – AMBER
  • Base Ensemble – Multifunctional Textiles
  • Smoke and Particulate Resistant Structural Turnout Ensemble
  • Burn Saver
  • Ambulance Design Standards
  • Respiration Protection
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to Wildland firefighters, personal protective equipment, textiles, law enforcement, and Small Business Innovation Research. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Angela Ervin
  • Wireless Physiological and Environmental Monitoring System (WIPEM)
  • Lost Person Locator and FIND
  • Automated Driver and Responder Alert System (ADRAS)
  • Metal Organic Frameworks
  • Nanophotocatalysts
Provides program management expertise for projects related to Emergency medical services, ambulance safety. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Byung Hee Frantz
  • Research and Prototyping for IED Defeat (RAPID)
  • Response and Defeat Operations (REDOPS) Micro R&D
  • National Test Bed; Electronic Countermeasures
  • Universal Operator Control Unit Platform
Manages and provides subject matter expertise for projects related to counter-improvised explosive device technologies and public safety bomb squads. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Kimberli Jones-Holt
  • Firefighter Accountability and Proximity System
  • Mechanical Shooter
  • X-Ray Scanning Rover (XSR)
  • Prepaid Card Reader
  • Wildland Firefighter Advanced Personal Protection System (WLFF APPS)
  • Improved Structural Fire Fighting Glove
  • Low Light Internet Protocol Based Surveillance Camera
Provides program management expertise for technology transition and commercialization of FRG funded projects including FINDER, POINTER, Virtual Shooter. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Milton Nenneman
  • International Bilateral Agreements
  • First Responder Resource Group (FRRG)
  • Project Responder 
  • Enhanced Dynamic Geospatial Environment (EDGE) Virtual Training
  • 3D Crime Mapping
  • Activation of Body-Worn Camera without Responder Manipulation
Provides program management expertise for projects related to Collaboration, international agreements, working groups, first responder capability games and stakeholder engagement. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Greg Price
  • Precision Outdoor and Indoor Navigation and Tracking for Emergency Response (POINTER)
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to Wearable technology, physiological monitoring, firefighters, law enforcement. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  William Stout
  • Response and Defeat Operations (REDOPS)
  • Fusion Centers
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to Bomb squads, improvised explosive devices, physiological monitoring. First.Responder@dhs.gov
NUSTL Brian Albert
  • Radiological Emergency Management System (REMS) Quality Assurance
  • System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER)
Provides technical leadership of the Radiological Emergency Management System (REMS) quality assurance project, a radiation sensor network employed by the New York Police Department. Develops specifications, assists with installations, and recommends improvements and innovations to enhance the REMS. Conducts SAVER assessments of homeland security technologies and develops knowledge products. Manages the testing of Gamma Pix, a software application that allows video surveillance cameras to act as radiation detectors. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Orly Amir
  • Radiological/Nuclear Response and Recovery (RNRR) Research and Development (R&D) Portfolio
Provides program management for the Radiological/Nuclear Response and Recovery Research and Development Portfolio . Supports the initiation, management and development of a number of technology solutions and knowledge products to support first responders in responding to a radiological or nuclear incident. Supports counter-unmanned aerial systems  activities coordinated through the DHS UAS Program Executive Office. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Ethel Davis
  • Performance Test and Evaluation at NUSTL (PTEN)
Provides management of the Performance Test and Evaluation at NUSTL (PTEN) Program . Conducts functional tests of first responder equipment to ensure operational readiness of deployed units. Supports the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Securing the Cities (STC) initiative by providing functional tests of all new equipment purchased under STC grant funds for the New York City Police Department. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Paul Goldhagen
  • Neutron Benchmarking
Provides scientific and technical information and advice on radiation detection and measurement, background radiation, neutron spectrometry, and radiation dosimetry to emergency response organizations, DHS program managers, businesses, national laboratories, university researchers and students, standards writing groups, and others in the Homeland Security Enterprise. First.Responder@dhs.gov
 

Gladys Klemic

  • First Responder - Technologies (R-Tech)  Test Support
  • System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER)
  • New York Area Science & Technology (NYAST) Forums
Serves as NUSTL's program lead for the R-Tech Program that designs and conducts tests and evaluations of first responder technologies.  Leads Operational Field Assessments (OFA) of emerging technologies for first responders through R-Tech and Urban OpEx Programs. Adapts performance standards for laboratory-based testing of radiation detectors for the New York Fire Department, as well as operational field testing of both prototype and commercially available firefighter and law enforcement equipment. Active in national standards development, serving as the chair and as a member of working groups on radiation measurement technologies and the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP) and Measurements. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Matthew Monetti
  • Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Test Agent
  • DHS First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise Test Support
  • Radiation Awareness and Interdiction Network (RAIN) Advanced Technology Demonstration Support
  • Urban Operational Experimentation (OpEx)
Serves as a Test Agent to the NGFR Apex Program and oversees test and evaluation efforts to ensure projects meet NGFR Requirements. Provides testing and evaluation expertise to assist in the planning, execution and reporting of an S&T exercise in which first responder awareness of and response to electronic warfare devices will be identified. Leads experimentations during the Urban OpEx event, designed to facilitate the development, transition and adoption of new technologies by first responder communities. Provides planning and oversight to support Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s Advanced Technology Demonstration of the Radiation Awareness and Interdiction Network. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Bhargav Patel
  • Urban Operational Experimentation (OpEx)
  • First Responder - Technologies (R-Tech) Test Support
Serves as the Program Manager for NUSTL's Urban OpEx. Manages the experimentations of emerging technologies in realistic urban scenarios, to train first responders on their use, assess their suitability and provide constructive feedback to technology developers. Leads operational field assessments of first responder technologies for R-Tech. Supports counter-unmanned aerial systems activities coordinated through the DHS UAS Program Executive Office. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Lawrence Ruth
  • Test and Evaluation Division
  • System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER)
Directs programs and projects within NUSTL's Test and Evaluation Division. Responsible for managing programs involving the test and evaluation of homeland security technologies, and provides technical support and outreach to first responders. Serves as the Program Executive for the SAVER Program, overseeing assessments and validations of emergency responder equipment and systems. Manages the development of knowledge products to provide results, along with other relevant equipment information, to the emergency responder community in an operationally useful form. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Carl Schopfer
  • Responder Training and Exercise Support (RTE)
Provides technical expertise, equipment and source handling support to first responder and law enforcement agency trainings and exercises focused on the use of radiation detection equipment deployed for the homeland security enterprise. Ensures that equipment borrowed for Personal Radiation Detector trainings, and other radiation equipment, is available and deployed on request. Manages the transport and control of radioactive sources used at NUSTL during the field trainings, demonstrations and exercises. Serves as the Radiation Safety Officer for NUSTL’s use of radioactive material licensed by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission and is responsible for the safety acquisition, use, transfer and disposition of all radioactive materials used by staff members. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Benjamin Stevenson
  • Test and Evaluation Division
  • Radiological/Nuclear Response and Recovery (RNRR) Research and Development (R&D) Portfolio
Provides program management for the Radiological/Nuclear Response and Recovery (RNRR ) Research and Development Portfolio at NUSTL . Oversees programs and projects that work to improve radiological response capabilities at the local, state, and federal level, and advance the understanding of impacts and risks within first responder agencies nationwide. Manages staff members and project work within NUSTL's Test and Evaluation Division. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Brian Warner
  • System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER)
Oversees the assessments and validations of emergency responder equipment and systems of SAVER. Manages the production of knowledge products to provide results from SAVER assessments and validations, along with other relevant equipment information, to the emergency responder community. Responsible for all SAVER activities, including selecting and prioritizing program topics, developing SAVER knowledge products, coordinating with agencies and organizations, and ensuring flexibility and responsiveness to first responder requirements. First.Responder@dhs.gov
OIC Aziz Ajmal
  • Flood Apex
  • SUMMIT
  First.Responder@dhs.gov
  David Alexander
  • Flood Apex
Provides program management for the Flood Apex program that aims to reduce flood fatalities, increase uptake of flood insurance, reduce property losses, improve community resiliency and improve the quality of data available on all aspects of flood management. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Sridhar Kowdley
  • First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercises
  • Project 25 Compliance Assessment Program (P25 CAP)
  • Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders
Provides program management for projects related to emergency communications, interoperable communications, responder of the future, and emergency management. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Cuong Luu
  • Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS)
  • Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)
  • Bridging Land Mobile Radio (LMR) to Long Term Evolution (LTE)
  • Chicago LTE
  • Comparative Analysis of Forensic Video Specifications (CAVS)
  • Network Modeling and Performance Analysis
  • Network Extension Project
  • Communications and Networking Engine (C-NE)
  • Speech Codec Intelligibility Testing
  • Datacasting
  • Broadband Demonstration Network
  • Low-Earth Orbit Satellite Network
  • Emergency Responder Location and Tracking System
  • National Capital Region Video Interoperability Pilot
  • Video Standardization
  • Machine-to-Machine Architectures to Improve First Responder Communications Mobile Ad-hoc Networking (MANET) to Improve Public Safety Situational Awareness
Provides program management leadership for projects that provide first responders with the tools, technologies, methodologies, and guidance they need to enable improved voice, video, and data communications interoperability. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  John Merrill
  • Next Generation First Responder (NGFR)
  • OIC-OEC Coordination Support
  • Turtle Mike: Integration of Radio and Broadband
  • GPS interference Detection and Mitigation
  • AUDREY
  • WiHUB - Wearable Intelligent Communications Hub
  • First Responders Body-Worn Robust Integrated Communications Hub (FiReBRic)
  • Indoor Tracking of First Responders
  • Mobile Application Security
  • NetWarrior
  • Physiological Monitoring (AFRL)
  • Emergency Responder location and Tracking System
Provides program management leadership for projects related to first responder voice and data interoperability, information sharing, and alerts, warnings and notifications programs. Geospatial location, smartphones, interoperable communications, public safety broadband, responder of the future. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  D'Arcy Morgan
  • Responder 2030 Initiative
  • Portal
  • EMERGE 2016:  Wearable Technology, and Patient Sticker/EMS Cuff
Provides program management for projects related to the responder of the future and S&T’s EMERGE Accelerator Program (Engaging Early Stage Companies for Technologies Solutions). First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Norman Speicher
  • Next Generation First Responder (NGFR) Apex Program
Provides program management for projects related to emergency communications, emergency management and public safety information technology. First.Responder@dhs.gov
OPSR Kathleen Deloughery
  • BDO Visual Search
  • Behavioral, Economic, and Social Sciences Engine (BESSE)
  • Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Landscape Analysis
  • Rapid DNA Technology Acceptance and Evaluation
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to countering violent extremism; operationally-relevant, end-user focused, applied social and behavioral science research and evidence-based initiatives; risk and crisis communications for first responders, developing a relational database of terrorism and extremist crime, assessing and creating decision support tools for practitioners, and systematically collecting operational requirements from stakeholders. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Jennifer Foley
  • Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
Provides program management support for projects related to countering violent extremism; risk and crisis communications for first responders, developing a relational database of terrorism and extremism. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Rik Legault
  • Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)
  • Fixed Site Detection System (FSDS)
  • NVLAP Biometric Testing
  • Pilot Cities Evaluation
  • Risk and Crisis Communications for First Responders
Leads portfolios including research and development activities for Countering Violent Extremism; Human Performance in Security; Social, Behavioral, and Economic Science support for technology implementation, and cooperative and non-cooperative biometrics. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Sarah Mahmood
  • Solar Storm Mitigation
  • Resilient Electric Grid (REG)
  • Grid Imagery
  • Quick Release Connector
  • Downed Power Line Status Indicator
  • Community Microgrids
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Vulnerability and Infrastructure Security (G-VIS)
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to increasing the resilience and robustness of Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) information in support of critical infrastructure applications, such as financial networks, communications and the electric grid, which rely on such crucial information. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Darren Wilson
  • Screening, Training and Selection/Training and Performance Optimization
  • National Hurricane Program (NHP) Technology Modernization
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to Hurricane preparedness; maximizing system resiliency and preparedness through end user performance optimization and enhanced training efficiency and effectiveness in order to increase homeland security operational capabilities; federal law enforcement training  in pat downs, ID verification, tracking, screening, and suspicious behavior detection. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Daniel Woods
  • Countering Violent Extremism
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to countering violent extremism. First.Responder@dhs.gov
  Patricia Wolfhope
  • Mobile Biometrics
  • Federal Protective Service (FPS) Post Tracking System
  • Non Cooperative Biometrics
  • Mobile Identity Unit (MIU)
Provides program management and subject matter expertise for projects related to Biometrics, law enforcement, non-cooperative biometrics. First.Responder@dhs.gov

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