Edward H Kensler Jr., CFPS is an Insurance Services Office field analyst and former chief of the Florence Township (New Jersey) Fire Department.  He is a graduate of the NFA EFOP, where he now teaches leadership, management, and community risk-reduction courses.  He has a master’s degree in public administration and has received the CFO designation from CPSE.


Lynda started her first company at 21 years old in Roanoke, VA, and sold it ten years later to Terminix International. Next was a successful full service advertising agency that her husband, Allen Foster, now owns and operates. Lynda stepped directly into media companies, ABC-13 (as a Senior Account Executive) and Wheeler Broadcasting in Roanoke, VA, (as the Director of Client Marketing Strategies) for a period of 8 years to obtain a perspective on advertising and marketing that would result in a true 360 view that few marketing and advertising specialists obtain by the age of 45.


Lynda was honored by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious Small Business Advocate of the Year award in 2009 and by the Roanoke Regional Small Business Development Center in 2011 for the same award.

Having graduated from Miami Dade College and earning her coaching certification from the school of Hilton Johnson, her daily research and self development focuses on the psychology of change whether it’s focused on leaders and executives or people and the customers they serve.


Along the way, Lynda was part of the leadership team that launched the most successful Facebook page for a country music radio station in the United States for WSLC, 94.9 Star Country. In just 6 short weeks, through a direct promotion focus, Star Country’s Facebook page developed more than 34,000 fans.

Lynda has conducted leadership training for more than a thousand participants and has been asked to be a keynote speaker for more than 20 years for national and regional groups.  She developed innovative leadership content from combining the classics like Stephen Covey, John Maxwell, Brian Tracy, and Judith Glaswer with the latest brain research and change models that work to modify people’s behaviors.


Lynda is the former Chief Content Creator, Lead Facilitator, and Executive Leadership Coach for Voltage Leadership Consulting/Academy training programs and is the President and founder of  the new innovative coaching tool, www.goMonti.com .  Lynda is the CEO of Cortex Leadership Consulting.


Shenika Dillard received her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education, with a minor in Health Education and Health Promotion from Radford University in 2009. She then worked as an Exercise Physiologist in Physical Therapy for a couple of year before deciding to attend nursing school at Virginia Western Community College.


In 2013, she became a Licensed Practical Nurse, and has worked with Carilion over the past 5 years in Community Outreach, part time, as a Community Health Education Specialist, and full time as the Community Health Educator for the Western Division over the past year or so.


She is now pursuing her MPH from Liberty University, and will be graduating in May of 2017. Her love for this field is tremendous and being out in the community allows her to show her passion even more.



Patrick M. Campbell is the Senior Disaster Program Manager for the American Red Cross Virginia Region. In this role he oversees day-to-day disaster response within Virginia, Home Fire Preparedness Program, and disaster planning.


In addition to those duties Mr. Campbell is a member of deployable disaster team that is sent anywhere in the United States to establish a headquarters for managing Red Cross operations. Prior to this position he worked with the Red Cross in Washington D.C. There he worked with both local and federal partners, on national events such as Marine Corp Marathon, Concert for Valor, and other events on the National Mall. 


Just prior to coming to the Red Cross he returned to academia. His research was part of his Master degree program at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding located at Eastern Mennonite University in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding. The central part of his research is “The Role of Trauma and Justice in Disaster Management” with a focus on organizational leadership.


Mr. Campbell began his career in emergency management with the US Coast Guard in 2001, working in Operations in a variety of high profile regions and events. His focus was operations, classified materials, and response. He has been fortunate to deploy both with the Coast Guard and Red Cross on a number of large disaster operations. He currently resides in Charlottesville and works out of the Red Cross office in Richmond, Virginia.


Travis Akins has worked in the field of Criminal Justice since 1994. He is a sworn Crime Prevention Specialist with the Roanoke Police Department and has held duties in patrol, forensics, warrant service, police academy instructor, community relations, and crime prevention. 


Travis is also the Executive Director of disABILITIES Resource Network, Inc. that created the unique and highly successful Growth Through Opportunity (GTO) cadets training program.  GTO is a creative partnership between individuals with special needs and first responders.  GTO enhances disabilities awareness training for first responders while simultaneously empowering  individuals with unique challenges. GTO builds confidence and much needed job, social, and life skills for employment and success! GTO partners with the Roanoke PD, Roanoke SO, Roanoke FD/EMS, Roanoke County SO, Botetourt County SO, Montgomery County SO, Christiansburg PD, Radford University PD, and Radford City PD.  Please visit GTOcadets.org for additional information.


Travis instructs Critical Autism Training for First Responders on behalf of Commonwealth Autism and DCJS.  He has presented at the Project Lifesaver International Conference, Autism Speaks Town Hall, and DCJS School and Campus Safety Conference.


GTO has been featured by Autism Speaks, National Down Syndrome Society, ARC of the United States, Special Olympics of Virginia and Project Lifesaver, International since 2014.


Travis has also been the lead law enforcement advisor for the movies “Kicked by Grace” and “Crossing Streets.”


Connor Sullivan, M.S., is a clinical psychology doctoral student in Dr. Russell T. Jones' Stress and Coping Lab at Virginia Tech.


Meredith Hawes is a Public Education Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association serving 16 states in the Midwest and Mid Atlantic Regions of the U.S.   Meredith earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Central Michigan University, has a current Michigan Teaching Certification for K-8 with a ZA Endorsement, and is currently enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Public Administration through Central Michigan University.  Her work experience ranges from non-profit administration, corporate training, and public education on a local, state, and national level.


As a community builder, Meredith has belonged to many civic groups and boards.  She is currently a member of the Steering Committee for the Aging and Disability Resource Collaborative of Northwest Michigan, the Coordinator of the Traverse Bay Area Hoarding Task Force, and she serves on the Board of Governors for the National Cherry Festival.  She is married and she and her husband Garrett, have two sons ages 12 and 2.


Meredith and her local Fire Department were awarded the Rolf Jensen Award from the NFPA, and have also been recognized by the University of Michigan Burn Center with the Leland Gayheart award for innovative programs in public education.  Meredith was also presented the Public Fire Educator of the Year Award from the Michigan Fire Inspector’s Society.


Fred x. Turck has 38 years of professional experience with the Virginia Department of Forestry. Fred began work with the DOF as a forester in Prince Edward County, moved to Sussex County and then was promoted to a district forester working in the Waverly region.


For the last 20 years he has been a member of the DOF Central Office Resource Protection Division. As an Assistant Director of the protection division, his program areas include wildfire prevention and education, prescribed fire and wildland urban interface/firewise coordination.


A graduate of Syracuse University/NY State Ranger School and Virginia Tech, Fred also holds professional accomplishments which include writing the legislation which became law establishing Virginia’s certified prescribed burn managers program and several agency informational documents. He serves on several committees, including the National Wildfire coordinating groups communication, education and prevention committee. Fred is only the 3rd person to have been nationally recognized with bronze, silver and gold Smokey Bear Awards.  In addition, he has been honored to receive the Virginia Governors Fire Service Award for Fire Prevention, the Rising Star Award from the Virginia Fire & Life Safety Coalition, the southern regions Browning Award and the northeast McNamara Award. He has published several articles in various magazines and other publications. Fred is nationally recognized for his work with firewise and wildfire prevention and has helped established Virginia as a leader in this area.


Like you, Frances Ostroth is a fire service professional dedicated to exploring and improving prevention options for community risk reduction.

With over 12 years of hands-on experience in school systems teaching and learning with students of all ages, Frances brings the perspective and understanding of a seasoned, classroom teacher to the world of public safety prevention education. She is a pioneering authority in the usage of digital technology in fire and life safety education.


Currently, Frances is the chairperson of the Tidewater Fire Educator Network, an active member of the Virginia Fire and Life Safety Coalition and proudly works as a public educator for the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue.

Like you, Frances Ostroth is a fire service professional dedicated to exploring and improving prevention options for community risk reduction.

With over 12 years of hands-on experience in school systems teaching and learning with students of all ages, Frances brings the perspective and understanding of a seasoned, classroom teacher to the world of public safety prevention education. She is a pioneering authority in the usage of digital technology in fire and life safety education.


Currently, Frances is the chairperson of the Tidewater Fire Educator Network, an active member of the Virginia Fire and Life Safety Coalition and proudly works as a public educator for the Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue.

Cori Johnson is the full time community risk reduction coordinator for James City County Fire Department.


Her areas of responsibility include public education, program development and management, web content management and public communications. She is also the Vice President of the Virginia Fire and Life Safety Coalition.


In her spare time she likes to go camping with her husband and three kids.

Dr. Alec

Alec R. Hosterman is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.


He teaches courses in crisis communication, public relations writing, event planning, social media campaigns, and other communication-related courses.


In addition to his teaching career, Alec consults with area nonprofit organizations on their communication strategies, is an avid photographer, and an admitted social media addict.


Timothy Martin is the Communications and Media Coordinator for the City of Roanoke, Virginia. When he’s not writing news releases, or pitching stories to the media, he’s overseeing the day-to-day management of the city’s social media pages.

Since joining the city in 2013, Roanoke’s social media following has reached unprecedented heights. With a population of 99,000, Roanoke has amassed more than 153,000 followers on its 50 social media pages combined. The main “City of Roanoke, Virginia – Communications” Facebook page has more than 68,000 followers.


Over the last two years, the city has won eight social media awards, including three Savvy awards from the City-County Communications and Marking Association (3CMA). In January of 2015, Timothy led the implementation of the city’s first ever Social Media Center at roanoke.uberflip.com. In April of 2016, Timothy was named Top Social Media Advocate in the nation for government by Government Social Media.  In July, Timothy included on the list of Top 100 Local Government Influencers in the nation by Engaging Local Government Leaders (ELGL).

Timothy holds a bachelor’s degree in media studies from Radford University. Prior to joining the city, Timothy spent seven years as an anchor and reporter for WFIR Talk Radio, in Roanoke. Timothy also serves as a social ambassador for GovTech Social and an advisor for the Government Social Media Organization (GSMO).


Dave Seidel is an Assistant News Director at WDBJ7, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke. His primary responsibility is directing the news gathering efforts of WDBJ's reporting staff.  


Prior to becoming Assistant News Director, Dave was a newscast producer at WDBJ and a reporter in Harrisonburg.

Dave's portion of the PIO Roundtable will focus on what the newsroom needs, how they get it and how they use it.

Vincent Quinterno

Marci Stone is the Emergency Manager for the City of Roanoke.


Marci was previously the Deputy Chief of Operations for Bedford County Fire & Rescue. She was also a Captain with the Roanoke Fire-EMS Department back in 2006. She brings years of experience with her to the job, not only in the fire service but also in Emergency Management. 

Marci has an associate's degree from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences, a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration and a Master’s Degree in business administration. She is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy.


Since 2006, Bobby Parker has served as the Public Information Officer for the Virignia Department of Health, supporting the communications needs of 10 local health districts in 16 cities and 34 counties in western Virginia.

Formerly, Bobby was the Public Information Director for Montgomery Co., VA where he established the public information program for county government.

Bobby began his public information career with Mecklenburg Co. government (Charlotte, N.C.) in 1990, working in publishing, TV reporting and producing county-wide festivals and events.

Before that, he worked as a lumberjack, forest fire fighter and park ranger in Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona, Va. and N.C.

When he's not at work, he likes to ride bikes and play guitars.


Bobby Bailey has 33 years of public service, both as a police officer and Battalion Chief in the Fire Marshals office. Currently he serves as the Division Chief of the Virginia Fire Marshal Academy with the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Bobby is an IAAI- CFI investigator and an adjunct professor at VCU for the masters program for forensic science. He is the co-author of Delmar Fire Investigations and Recover of DNA After the Fire with both the International and National Journal of Forensic Science.  

Vincent Quinterno has dedicated himself to public service for the past 30 years. As a one time professional firefighter with the Providence, RI Fire Department, Vincent excelled as a firefighter and medic, until he was critically injured. After spending many months rehabilitating from his injuries, and unable to work on the suppression end of the service, Vincent decided to utilize his educational skills and to focus his career in prevention and the code enforcement area of the fire service. Having two baccalaureate degrees; one in communications and the other in fire science, Vincent seems to have found a career within the fire prevention world. His work with body recovery, at the tragic Station Nightclub Fire, has further made him focus his attention towards crowd management and evacuation principles, from all disciplines. Through his work, Vincent was asked by NFPA to join two of their technical committees; Assembly Occupancies and Means of Egress.

Vincent presently works within the field of crowd management, and through his guidance and direction he has assisted several associations and states in developing their own crowd managers programs.  Vincent has presented in the area of Crowd Management, on many platforms; several at NFPA World Expos, Chicago Fire Inspectors Association, Florida Fire Inspectors Association, Virginia Fire Prevention Inspectors Association, Wisconsin Fire Prevention Association, and the International Crowd Managers Conference just to mention a few. Also Vincent has assisted in the development of several online crowd managers programs, one of which is nationally based.

Vincent has expanded his work in the field of evacuation planning and procedures, where he has worked to develop a corporate wide Emergency Response Team program for CVS Health. Recognized for all his efforts, back in September of 2015, Vincent was a guest delegate at the International Symposium on Human Behavior in Fire Emergencies, in Cambridge, London, where he was there to challenge the works of basing fire modeling as a way to develop evacuation procedures and guidelines.

Vincent recently became a member of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience, a national advisory committee aimed at developing the nation's first whole-community resilience benchmarking system. ANCR is composed of many stakeholders of numerous disciplines, working together with the International Code Council (ICC), the United States Resilience Council (USRC), the Community and Regional Resilience Institute and outside legal council.

Dr. Elayne

For the last 10 years, Dr. Elayne Pope has researched how the human body burns within a variety of fire environments (vehicular, structural, and outdoor) using cadavers to document the burn patterns that occur during these different types of fires. 


Her professional website, www.burnedbone.com, details more of her research history and progress with burned human remains. Another site, www.slofist.org, details her instruction of an annual 40 hour course involving fatal fire investigation that is held each year during June in San Luis Obispo, California.


Dr. Pope's goals are to provide continuing education to fire investigators across the nation about how the body burns and what the burn patterns mean for their cases involving burned human remains from fatal fire scenes.

Amy Whittaker serves as the Public Information Officer for Roanoke County. Her primary duties are to serve as the County spokesperson; coordinate all media communications; maintain the County’s presence on social media; and fulfill responsibilities for internal and external communication of County programs, events and projects. She also coordinates communications with the media and public during police operations, critical incidents and disaster situations.


Prior to working for Roanoke County, she was employed for 16 years at the American Red Cross as their Regional Public Affairs Director, with responsibilities for crisis communications, media relations and social media.

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