Chief Officer of Emergency Management
Youngblood has over thirty years of public service/first responder experience with a core proficiency in Indian Law, Indian Culture and Disaster cleanup. He is also an instructor certified by the Department of Energy (NNSACTOS), Emergency Management Institute (EMI), and the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). He has been awarded a Master’s degree in Emergency Management with a specialization in Organizational Leadership. Most recently, he has given presentations for regional safety organizations, developed adult education curriculum for use nationwide, and has written peer review articles for safety in the utility industry.
Deputy Chief Officer of Emergency Management
Having worked for the Probation Department for over ten years, Christopher also served as an Armed Transport Officer, Police Baton Instructor and Senior JCO supervising the Administrative Segregation unit. During that same time, he also served as a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Fresno from 1999 to late 2000. He has been a Criminal Justice Instructor with UEI College since May of 2015, and was Lead Instructor from early 2018; he now serves as a Senior Criminal Justice Instructor. Christopher has received Instructor Training Certification through FEMA. He also earned his certification as an instructor for both Law Enforcement Protective Measures (LEPM), as well as Law Enforcement Response Actions (LERA) for CBRNE incidents.
Chief Human Resources Officer
Katina has nearly thirty years of experience in the non-profit sector for organizations who work with underserved populations, and has over thirteen years of experience in Human Resources. She has headed the Human Resource Departments for two large non-profit organizations, and currently holds an advisory roll for the California Tribal Unilateral Apprenticeship Program (CTUAP). She is a member of the Central California Society for Human Resources Management (CCSHRM), the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM - National), Armenian Professional Network - Los Angeles Chapter, and the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW).
Chief Administration Officer
Public Information Officer
With 30 years of experience in the Educational field and including operational planning, Denise has expanded her core proficiency to include ICS/NIMS certification with advanced training as a Public Information Officer through Homeland Security. Denise is one of the few first responders to go Hands On Training (HOT) with Sarin Gas in Respiratory Protection at the CDP and she holds a Master's degree in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution with an Emphasis on Education.
Chief Financial Officer
Having spent fifteen plus years in the banking industry in finance and management, her passion for finance and administration management has been to promote knowledge and motivation amongst her peers. She believes in empowering employees with creditable information, but as an executive in a leadership role, she has the willpower to promote a positive balance amongst her priorities. She is a member at the IMA, (The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business), and is also the President of the local SHRM chapter in Fresno, California.
Chief of EMS
Experienced veteran of the U.S. Military with strong leadership and professional work ethic skills. An expert in leadership and professional development with relationship building skills in a diverse culture. Fifteen combined years medical experience five of which as a Medical Assistant Instructor and Basic Life Support Instructor. Disciplined in multiple scopes including first responder in emergency care, field medical, combat medic, urgent care, clinical, occupational health, and instructor. Some qualifications and certifications include BLS/CPR Instructor, HAZMAT Pro Board certified, HERT Certified, HERT Instructor certified.
Consulting Law Enforcement Chief
Chief Torres has worked for DHS ICE and three Indian Country police departments in California. Currently, Chief Torres serves as the Chief of Police/BIA OJS SLEC Federal Officer for the Robinson Rancheria PD. He has transformed the aforementioned tribal departments into federally commissioned law enforcement agencies with full federal and state arrest authority. He has been successful in obtaining agreements with CA DOJ to have full access to CLETS, booking & dispatch with county sheriff's office and DA direct filing with Superior Court citation authority. He has attended CA POST & FLETC police academies, has been awarded numerous certificates for law enforcement training, and finally has earned the accolade "Chief of The Year" by the National Native American Law Enforcement Association in 2015.
Consulting Fire Chief
Jacob McAfee, EFO, CFO, CTO, MIFireE is the Deputy Fire Chief for the North Central Fire Protection District and past Fresno City College Fire Academy Director. Jacob is a former DoD Fire Chief and has 20 years of fire service experience. In that time, he has worked in four different states and held a chief officer position in every fire service division. Chief McAfee is a registered instructor for the California State Fire Marshal’s Office and the California Specialized Training Institute. Chief McAfee completed National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP), and holds Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Training Officer (CTO) credentials from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Additionally, he serves the CPSE as a curricula SME and instructor for Nurturing Fire Service Leaders Through Mentoring, CFAI peer team accreditation assessor, and a CA volunteer advocate and instructor for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Chief McAfee holds Masters Degrees in Occupational Safety and Health and Emergency Management while currently pursuing his PhD in Emergency Management with Capella University.
Director of Training
With 25 years of experience in decontamination of contagious diseases (MRSA), water, mold and fire remediation as well as a biohazard cleanup trainer and supervisor dealing in decomposition and raw sewage. She has worked the Hazardous waste cleanup for the Tubbs and Coffey Park Fires in Northern California. Through the Department of Homeland Security, Sharalyn has earned a instructor certification in Hospital Emergency Response Training (HERT), in addition to certifications in Environmental Health and Emergency Management.
Director of Grants and Information Technology
Having spent over 16 years in the United States Marine Corps, Verles has had the opportunity to learn leadership in a kinesthetic way. Upon his end of enlistment he pursued his certifications in Microsoft Office. He went on to work for one of the largest computer training companies in the world (New Horizons CLC). He was eventually recruited by San Joaquin Valley College in Fresno, California and Agape Inc. where he worked in the capacity of Director at both organizations. He earned his teaching credentials and multiple technology, entrepreneurship and administrative certifications. He eventually chose to stay at Agape Inc. for over 14 years. He currently owns Delphinidae LLC, and enjoys training and entrepreneurship consulting online across the nation.
Bob has more than eleven years teaching Professional Development at a local college, and twenty-plus years in training and development in the healthcare and industrial sectors. Bob has been trained in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) and volunteers with the Clovis Emergency Response Team, in Clovis, California. Bob has been an advocate for emergency preparedness and has continued his Emergency Response training through FEMA courses, as well as additional training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. Currently, Bob serves as an alternate Public Information Officer (PIO) for CAL TERRA.
Michelle is a dedicated professional currently engaged in disaster response efforts across the nation. Joining CAL TERRA in November 2013, and her commitment to disaster response led her to participate in various training programs conducted by esteemed organizations like the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, and CTOS. Additionally, she honed her skills at the renowned Fire Academy at Fresno City College, amassing over four years of experience in the field. Michelle has actively contributed to firefighting efforts in notable incidents such as the Corrine Fire, Camp Fire, and Creek Fire. Furthermore, she has skillfully managed oil spills and hazardous material (HAZMAT) clean-ups. When operating in the field, Michelle and her team function as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Search and Rescue (SAR) unit, extending their services to Tribal areas throughout California. Additionally, they readily offer mutual aid to any agency in need, exemplifying Michelle's commitment to the well-being of the community.
Dan Sousa was employed for 30 years at State Center Community College District (SCCCD) as a faculty member teaching electronics, managing/coordinating Electrical/Manufacturing grants, designing new programs and curriculum, and for the last eight years as SCCCD District Apprenticeship Coordinator. While at Fresno City College, Dan taught specific electronic courses and was influential in developing additional courses and certificates which served both industry as well as students. As Dan started transitioning out of the classroom and began coordinating grants, he took on the role of Coordinator of Manufacturing Grants where he was responsible for developing new curriculum for Maintenance Mechanic Programs and overall coordination of programs with multiple college campuses. In 2014, Dan stepped into the role of Apprenticeship Coordinator, and within a short period of time, SCCCD Chancellor recognized the growth of apprenticeship and moved Dan to the district office where he would work with all colleges in SCCCD spearheading the Apprenticeship Program. Dan has an Associate Degree in Electronics, Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology, and a Masters in Industrial Technology.
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