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  • Seminars
    Updated On: Aug 14, 2021

    2021 Biennial National Conference & Expo

    August 15-19, 2021 Indianapolis, Indiana

    Seminars

    2021 National Conference Seminar Class Schedule

    Monday August 16, 2021

    Room 101 NFOP Diversity Awareness Training – Robert Gaddy

    This program is focused on diversity awareness at all levels of the Fraternal Order of Police. Attendees will gather valuable information to take back to their own states and lodges that will aid them in fostering a more diverse organization.

    Room 102 Member Recruitment – Brad Landes, Joseph Regan and David Stone

    This seminar will provide recommendations to local and state lodge officers for recruitment of new members and retention of existing. An overview of benefits available to our members at the state and national level will be offered along with local lodge ideas. Discussion from attendees is encouraged to assist the committee efforts with membership.

    Room 103 First Response: Autism Awareness Training for First Responders – Sarah Smith and Shannon Swanson

    This seminar will provide law enforcement with an overview of autism spectrum disorders, current research, and practical strategies for assisting individuals in the community during emergency or crisis situations. All participants will be able to identify the common characteristics of individuals with autism, analyze common complicating factors of various emergency situations, and select strategies to meet the needs and support the safety of individuals with autism in their community. Hands on examples and resources will also be shared.

    Room 104 Understanding Your Employer’s Current Economic Condition – Wade Steen

    This session will discuss the key metrics or ratios used to analyze a local government’s financial condition. This is a “hands on” session that walks through how to perform each calculation or metric using a sample set of financial statements and discusses and evaluates what it all means. Due to the impact of COVID on the economy and local governments, it is critically important to have and understand this information. You need to be informed about employer’s current and future budgets and spending plans and how that impacts members.

    Room 105 FOP Legal Defense Plan – Michael Yon

    Don't let an administrative, civil, or criminal lawsuit affect your financial or job security. This session will provide guidance around the necessity of protecting you and safeguarding your family's future with affordable, comprehensive coverage through the FOP Legal Defense Plan. This session will leave you with a clear vision of the dedicated claim services, experience and expertise of law enforcement cases, the attorney selection process, and the invaluable cost of obtaining legal defense protection before a lawsuit happens.

    Room 106 Leading Through a Pandemic and a Police Defund: Finding a Path to Move Forward and How to Apply Technology into the Fight – Rudy Perez

    This session will cover the events of the 2020 pandemic and police defund movement. It will also speak about leading during one of the most challenging times in law enforcement and school-based policing. He will also provide tools and strategies used to help their department stop a disbandment by using digital media and a path to move forward. 

    Room 107 Building Financial Strength in First Responder Families – Nick Daugherty

    This is an in-depth financial wellness class taught by first responders for first responders. It addresses the financial topics of budgeting, will and estate planning, legacy go-bag preparation, debt reduction, pensions, retirement planning, financial pitfalls of first responders and the eight phases of financial training (building your plan). The training helps build your financial strength and alleviate stress related to your finances to prepare you for financial success!

    Room 108 FOP Officer Wellness – How Our Organization Is Leading the Way – Sherri Martin and National Officer Wellness Committee

    The National Officer Wellness Committee will share an overview of the suite of wellness programs developed with our membership in mind. Attendees can expect to gain greater knowledge of wellness products vetted and approved by the FOP for specialized work with police officers and their families and will learn about opportunities to become involved in the efforts of the FOP Division of Wellness Services.

    Room 109 Tax Affairs of a Lodge – Robert Krone

    This session will discuss annual tax filings for lodges including 990s, E-postcard filings, filings for employees and independent contractors as well as filings for PAC Funds and lodges with unrelated business income. Other topics include solicitation issues and accounting recordkeeping.

    Room 110 Policy Changes in a Nation of Police Reform – Leo T.Blackwell and John F. Kautzman

    This presentation will discuss the dramatic shift in societal perception of law enforcement as well as several of the suggested changes to police policies and procedures, including use of force, civilian oversight, and labor agreements. We will also cover strategies and best practices for union leaders and legal practitioners on how to defend against unnecessary and detrimental proposals, as well as facilitate positive initiatives. 

    Room 116 Responding to Line-of-Duty Death: Supporting the Family and Co-workers – Dianne Bernhard

    Losing a co-worker in the line of duty is a life changing experience. How the agency responds to the surviving family and the co-workers following such a loss is vitally important to the grieving and healing process. This session will look at recent changes in LODD trends and will give strategies for law enforcement when responding to tragedy. 

    Room 117 The Truths of De-Escalation – John Bostain Sagamore 1 Disaster Response: Enhancing Response to Disasters – Dr. Heidi Cordi, Dr. Lorraine Giordano and Jason Smith

    De-escalation. It is a term frequently used by politicians, activists, and law enforcement professionals. But what is it? And more importantly, what is it not? Many people do not have a realistic understanding of de-escalation, so this course examines three fundamental truths that should guide discussions with the community, political leaders, and the officers in your agency. We will also examine three key strategies for empowering officers with the tools they need to attempt de-escalation.


    Tuesday, August 17, 2021

    Room 101 NFOP Diversity Awareness Training – Robert Gaddy

    This program is focused on diversity awareness at all levels of the Fraternal Order of Police. Attendees will gather valuable information to take back to their own states and lodges that will aid them in fostering a more diverse organization.

    Room 102 Turning Members into Lobbyists: Grassroots Advocacy – Jessica T. Cahill, Mark McDonald and Timothy M. Richardson

    The National Legislative Program is one of the most important services provided to the membership by the National Lodge. Through legislative advocacy, our professional Washington, DC staff continually works to advance the issues of concern to the rank-and-file law enforcement officer, and to defeat those proposals which would weaken our profession or negatively affect our working conditions. This seminar will give you an understanding of the legislative process and teach you how you can become a vital part of the FOP’s efforts in our Nation’s capital.

    Room 103 First Response: Autism Awareness Training for First Responders – Sarah Smith and Shannon Swanson

    This seminar will provide law enforcement with an overview of autism spectrum disorders, current research, and practical strategies for assisting individuals in the community during emergency or crisis situations. All participants will be able to identify the common characteristics of individuals with autism, analyze common complicating factors of various emergency situations, and select strategies to meet the needs and support the safety of individuals with autism in their community. Hands on examples and resources will also be shared.

    Room 104 Understanding Your Employer’s Current Economic Condition – Wade Steen

    This session will discuss the key metrics or ratios used to analyze a local government’s financial condition. This is a “hands on” session that walks through how to perform each calculation or metric using a sample set of financial statements and discusses and evaluates what it all means. Due to the impact of COVID on the economy and local governments, it is critically important to have and understand this information. You need to be informed about employer’s current and future budgets and spending plans and how that impacts members.

    Room 105 FOP Legal Defense Plan – Michael Yon

    Don't let an administrative, civil, or criminal lawsuit affect your financial or job security. This session will provide guidance around the necessity of protecting you and safeguarding your family's future with affordable, comprehensive coverage through the FOP Legal Defense Plan. This session will leave you with a clear vision of the dedicated claim services, experience and expertise of law enforcement cases, the attorney selection process, and the invaluable cost of obtaining legal defense protection before a lawsuit happens.

    Room 106 Fair Labor Standards Act – Michael Coviello

    This session will explore what is compensable and included in overtime

    Room 107 “Not on My Watch”: A LEO’s Guide to Getting Help Confidentially – Carlos Farina, Adam Mogul and Rich Wistocki

    This training showcases how first responders suffer in silence and are afraid to ask for help from their command staff. We will discuss why so many first responders “suffer in silence” because they feel they cannot access treatment without being “outed

    Room 108 Choosing a Competent Wellness Professional – Getting the Best Care for You and Your Family – Sherri Martin

    The FOP Officer Wellness Committee strives to locate and identify the best in wellness services for law enforcement officers and their families. This seminar will explore indicators of quality specialized care for members of the law enforcement family and will provide tips and pointers on locating services that work best for each individual. The FOP Vetted and Approved Wellness Provider Vetting Guide will be introduced, and the Committee will share and review practices that they use to review providers to ensure that our members have access to the best.

    Room 109 QuickBooks Training: First Time & Intermediate Users – Izabela Poludniak and Jim Robbs

    Orientation of first-time users on QuickBooks Desktop basics like setting up a company and chart of accounts, writing checks, making deposits, creating a bank reconciliation and a budget. Intermediate users will learn how to create batch invoices, track receivables and payables. Training will focus on QB Desktop, but QB Online questions will be answered. NOTE: Bring a laptop with QuickBooks installed/accessible, if intending to follow along. A step-by-step guide for QB Desktop will be provided.

    Room 110 FOP Medicare Advantage Plan – Julie DeHaven and Steve Gervasio

    This session is an introduction to the four national Medicare Advantage plans offered in partnership with Aetna for FOP Medicare eligible retirees, spouses, and dependents.

    Room 116 National Police Weekend 2021 and Police Week 2022 – Dianne Bernhard

    In this session the presenter will discuss the events hosted at National Police Week and the impact on upcoming National Police Weeks due to the high number of officer deaths from COVID and the cancellation and rescheduling of National Police Week in May 2020 and May 2021. Participants will be given an overview of what to expect at National Police Weekend in October 2021 and at National Police Week in 2022

    Room 117 The Truths of De-Escalation – John Bostain

    De-escalation. It is a term frequently used by politicians, activists, and law enforcement professionals. But what is it? And more importantly, what is it not? Many people do not have a realistic understanding of de-escalation, so this course examines three fundamental truths that should guide discussions with the community, political leaders, and the officers in your agency. We will also examine three key strategies for empowering officers with the tools they need to attempt de-escalation.

    Sagamore1 Disaster Response: Enhancing Response to Disasters – Dr. Heidi Cordi, Dr. Lorraine Giordano and Jason Smith

    This seminar will cover the areas of disaster response for police officers in the field, lessons learned from recent Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI), and will explain available services for current disaster preparedness response. Attendees will learn what an MCI is and the most significant lessons learned from recent MCIs; explain the components of the DISASTER Paradigm and describe the chain of command in emergency response; list functional roles of police officers at the scene of an event and discuss communication roles with the officer’s respective agency, the media and the public. Attendees will also learn to identify limits to self-knowledge and seek educational programs to address opportunities for improvement; apply creative problem solving and flexible thinking; list and access potential community support resources; identify special needs populations and recognize the signs and symptoms of psycho-social trauma in themselves and others. 


    Wednesday August 18, 2021

    Room 101 Disaster Area Response Team: Being Prepared to Serve Those Who Serve – Jason Smith

    This session will cover what volunteers during a disaster deployment should do to prepare themselves to be a volunteer, what you can expect from us, and what we on the deployment expect from y

    Room 102 FOP Medicare Advantage Plan – Julie DeHaven and Steve Gervasio

    This session is an introduction to the four national Medicare Advantage plans offered in partnership with Aetna for FOP Medicare eligible retirees, spouses, and dependents.

    Room 103 Basic Fundamentals of Robert’s Rules of Order – Rob Pride

    This course is geared for new or aspiring lodge leaders who wish to learn the basic fundamentals of running a lodge meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order. Basic rules such as motions, points of order, meeting decorum, etc. will be discussed. This is not an advanced course or a parliamentary certification of any kind.

    Room 105 FOP Legal Defense Plan – Michael Yon

    Don't let an administrative, civil, or criminal lawsuit affect your financial or job security. This session will provide guidance around the necessity of protecting you and safeguarding your family's future with affordable, comprehensive coverage through the FOP Legal Defense Plan. This session will leave you with a clear vision of the dedicated claim services, experience and expertise of law enforcement cases, the attorney selection process, and the invaluable cost of obtaining legal defense protection before a lawsuit happens.

    Room 106 Leading Through a Pandemic and a Police Defund: Finding a Path to Move Forward and How to Apply Technology into the Fight – Rudy Perez

    This session will cover the events of the 2020 pandemic and police defund movement. It will also speak about leading during one of the most challenging times in law enforcement and school-based policing. He will also provide tools and strategies used to help their department stop a disbandment by using digital media and a path to move forward.

    Room 107 “Not on My Watch”: A LEO’s Guide to Getting Help Confidentially – Carlos Farina, Adam Mogul and Rich Wistocki

    This training showcases how first responders suffer in silence and are afraid to ask for help from their command staff. We will discuss why so many first responders “suffer in silence” because they feel they cannot access treatment without being “outed.” This session will guide and direct the member how to help the Officer report CONFIDENTIALLY.

    Room 108 Wellness Strategies for the Law Enforcement Family – Sherri Martin and FOP Auxiliary

    The families of our law enforcement members are often their greatest concern and simultaneously their greatest source of support. Members are encouraged to attend this seminar focused on strategies for successfully navigating life as a law enforcement family. Drawing on the experience of members of the National FOP Auxiliary, along with the FOP Division of Wellness Services, attendees can expect to walk away with new wellness tools.

    Room 109 Building Financial Strength in First Responder Families – Nick Daugherty

    This is an in-depth financial wellness class taught by first responders for first responders. It addresses the financial topics of budgeting, will and estate planning, legacy go-bag preparation, debt reduction, pensions, retirement planning, financial pitfalls of first responders and the eight phases of financial training (building your plan). The training helps build your financial strength and alleviate stress related to your finances to prepare you for financial success! 

    Room 110 Policy Changes in a Nation of Police Reform – Leo T. Blackwell and John F. Kautzman

    This presentation will discuss the dramatic shift in societal perception of law enforcement as well as several of the suggested changes to police policies and procedures, including use of force, civilian oversight, and labor agreements. We will also cover strategies and best practices for union leaders and legal practitioners on how to defend against unnecessary and detrimental proposals, as well as facilitate positive initiatives. QuickBooks Training: First Time & Intermediate U

    Room 116 Responding to Line-of-Duty Death: Supporting the Family and Co-workers – Dianne Bernhard

    Losing a co-worker in the line of duty is a life changing experience. How the agency responds to the surviving family and the co-workers following such a loss is vitally important to the grieving and healing process. This session will look at recent changes in LODD trends and will give strategies for law enforcement when responding to tragedy

    Room 117 The Truths of De-Escalation – John Bostain

    De-escalation. It is a term frequently used by politicians, activists, and law enforcement professionals. But what is it? And more importantly, what is it not? Many people do not have a realistic understanding of de-escalation, so this course examines three fundamental truths that should guide discussions with the community, political leaders, and the officers in your agency. We will also examine three key strategies for empowering officers with the tools they need to attempt de-escalation.


    Dianne Bernhard

    Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard of the Columbus, MO, Police Department retired in 2014 with 22 years of service to become the Executive Director of C.O.P.S. Dianne came to know of C.O.P.S. through the line-of-duty death of a co-worker, Officer Molly Bowden, in 2005. Dianne now is spending her second career working as the leader of C.O.P.S. where she can assure that surviving family members and co-workers of our fallen heroes have the support they need.

    Leo T. Blackwell

    Leo T. Blackwell is a retired member of the Indianapolis Police Department and focuses his practice on representing public safety officers. He is a 50-year member of the FOP. He serves as General Counsel to the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, the Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana and many local police and fire unions. He also serves as legal advisor and critical incident response attorney to the Indiana State Police Alliance.

    John Bostain

    John Bostain is the President of Command Presence Training. He has committed the last 26 years to law enforcement, 24 of which have been as a trainer. He has trained more than 25,000 law enforcement professionals at the state, local, federal, and international levels and is a frequent speaker at national law enforcement conferences. He is also the recipient of the 2021 ILEETA Trainer of the Year award.

    Jessica T. Cahill

    Jessica T. Cahill is the Press Liaison with the National Fraternal Order of Police’s Government and Media Affairs Center in Washington, D.C. She is a native of Annapolis, MD. Previously, Jessica served as a United States House of Representatives staffer on Capitol Hill and then as Director of Media Relations for a D.C. public affairs firm. She earned her B.A. in Communication Arts, with a minor in Political Science, from Salisbury University. Jessica lives in Washington, D.C.

    Heidi Cordi, MD, MPH, MS, EMTP, FACEP

    Dr. Cordi came to Albany Medical Center in November 2016 as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and serves as core faculty at the Division of Emergency Medical Services. She is also the Associate Director of the EMS Fellowship. In addition, Dr. Cordi holds the position of Visiting Professor of Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine at the Third People’s Hospital in Chengdu, China. She also remains the medical director for her local fire department in Elmsford, NY. Dr. Cordi holds many titles and functions, including Medical Director of Rensselaer County Bureau of Public Safety, Mohawk Ambulance Service, and several fire and EMS agencies.

    Before Joining Albany Medical Center, she was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and the Associate Medical Director of Emergency Medical Services at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Heidi Cordi has extensive training and experience in internal medicine, emergency medicine and emergency medical services, in addition to disaster medicine. She earned two master’s degrees, one in biology research and the other in Public Health with a concentration in Health Policy and Management and Emergency Medical Services.

    Dr. Cordi provided prehospital trauma training and basic life support training for the United Nations in the U.S. and abroad and offered similar activities at the World Health Organization. Her disaster experiences include responses to natural disasters and leading emergency management drill training internationally, from lecture hall to field response. Dr, Cordi was the recipient of the prestigious AAPS Disaster Medicine Physician of the Year Award in July 2014 and is one of the American Board of Disaster Medicine co-founders. She served as President of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine from 2015-2017. Having received numerous awards throughout her career, most recently, Dr. Cordi was the recipient of the EMS Physician of Excellence award. She is board certified in Emergency Medicine by ABMS and in Disaster Medicine by ABPS.

    Michael Coviello

    Michael E. Coviello, Esq. has been practicing law since 1993 and is the Associate General Counsel for the Labor Services Division of the National Fraternal Order of Police. Michael has been representing FOP members since 1998 and was the General Counsel of the Florida State Lodge and its Labor Council for four years. He has extensive experience and has been successful in representing FOP members in civil, criminal, administrative, arbitration, and collective bargaining matters. Michael has also been a tireless advocate of police officers’ rights such as privacy and other constitutional and statutory rights, both in the litigation and legislative arenas. He has also been effective in recruiting and organizing efforts in Florida. Michael graduated magna cum laude from Nova University’s Law School in 1993 and began his career in the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, winning awards for his trial skills, and continued his training in prestigious firms in the Fort Lauderdale area before coming to the FOP.

    Nick Daugherty

    Nick Daugherty, aka Financial Cop, is a semi-retired Sergeant and current reserve officer with the Grand Prairie Police Department. In 2011 he created a progressive financial wellness training class, “Building Financial Strength in First Responder Families,” that has been taught to over 10k first responders from 2k agencies nationally and is now the largest financial wellness training group for LEOs. He has a passion for educating LEOs on strengthening their financial wellness and planning for the future.

    Julie DeHaven

    Julie has been with Aetna since July 2009. She has more than 18 years of professional experience in Medicare, operations, customer service and account management.

    Carlos Farina

    Carlos is a state certified addiction and mental health professional as well as a National Board-Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. Before joining Transformations, Carlos founded a unique substance recovery, wellness, and intervention program for first responders. His dedication to helping these men and women stems from decades of providing recovery and mental health services in private practice as well as community mental health and recovery centers.

    Robert Gaddy

    With over 25 years of law enforcement experience, Robert is a career veteran and a Captain of the Durham Police Department. With expert skills in Tactical Law Enforcement, Drug Interdiction, and Narcotics and Criminal Investigations, Robert continues to be highly competitive, passionate, persuasive, and articulate. He can achieve results others believed to be impossible. Robert currently serves as the National Diversity Committee Chairman and the North Carolina State Vice President. Robert enjoys representing North Carolina members and FOP members daily.

    Steve Gervasio

    Steve has been a labor activist since the late ’80s, supporting the labor movement in their efforts to improve health insurance benefits for all retirees, and is the program director for the FOP/Aetna Medicare Advantage program.

    Dr. Lorraine Giordano

    Dr. Lorraine Maria Giordano is board-certified in Emergency Medicine and in Disaster Medicine by the American Board of Physician Specialties. She is a Fellow of ACEP, FAADM and the NY Academy of Medicine. She has 50 years of experience in EM, having practiced clinically in urban, suburban, rural, and military environments.

    Dr. Giordano has lectured throughout the U.S., the Caribbean and Europe, and is the author of multiple articles related to Emergency and Disaster Medicine. She is a past President of the Queens County Medical Society, the first woman Chair of the Board of Trustees, and a longtime Delegate to the MSSNY. The American College of Emergency Physicians designated Dr. Giordano a Hero of Emergency Medicine, a peer recognition Award; and the AMA awarded her their prestigious Medal of Valor for Meritorious Service Achievements. Her disaster work has also been acknowledged by the White House, the Pope, the United Nations, and various governmental entities.

    As the Medical Director for FDNY EMS, which does over 1,000 MCIs a year, she has responded to many events including both World Trade Center disasters, the Happy Land Fire, plane crashes, train wrecks, and the land of the boat people from China off the waters of New York City. She is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Disaster Medicine and an Associate member of the Fraternal Order of Police, recently invited to join their DART.

    Now semi-retired, Dr. Giordano is employed as an On Line Medical Control Physician for FDNY EMS, providing continuing Patient Care modalities to EMTs and Paramedics in the field. She also serves as the Medical Director of the LaGuardia College of the CUNY Pre Hospital Program, actively involved in the training of future allied health professionals.

    John F. Kautzman

    John F. Kautzman has been lead counsel on several high-profile State and Federal jury trials and appeals. Mr. Kautzman served as the 2005 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association and is an Executive Council member of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Listed in Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America, John is also a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, limited by invitation to only one percent of Indiana attorneys.

    Robert Krone

    More than forty years of non-profit tax experience, including almost thirty-five years with the FOP. Taught many classes on tax issues involving small, medium, and large FOP lodges. Experienced with working with the IRS on filing issues and other matters.

    Brad Landes

    Brad Landes has been an FOP member since 1992. He was President of his local lodge, Idaho Falls FOP #6, for 16 years, Idaho State Lodge Secretary for four years, and has been the Idaho National Trustee for 17 years. He wrote proposals for his Lodge/Department for 12 years without having collective bargaining, which helped obtain many benefits they would not have today if they weren’t able to sit at the table and discuss issues.

    Sherri Martin

    Sheri Martin serves as FOP National Director of Wellness Services. Sheri served most of her 23-year police career at the Charleston Police Department in South Carolina, where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition, Sherri is licensed as a professional Counselor Associate in the state of Connecticut and has experience in trauma therapy work with military veterans.

    Mark McDonald

    Mark McDonald serves as the Legislative Liaison with the Government and Media Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Fraternal Order of Police, Mark served as Regional Director for a Pennsylvania Gubernatorial campaign. In his role, he played a major role with the development, implementation, and execution of the campaign’s strategy. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Mark grew up working in a small, family-owned business in Philadelphia that outfits public safety officers and other first responders. Upon graduating from Goucher College in 2016, where he studied Political Science and played lacrosse, Mark got his start working on Capitol Hill for former Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA). Mark and his fiancé reside in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

    Adam Mogul

    Adam Mogul is a retired New Jersey Police Sergeant who began his second career helping people into treatment from drugs and alcohol. After spending numerous years watching people suffer firsthand from the chemical dependency that has plagued our cities, Adam decided to help individuals seek the treatment they need. He then began creating treatment programs to help the First Responders who suffer from PTSD and other needs. Adam also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Kean University.

    Rudy Perez

    Sergeant Rudy Perez is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles School Police Department and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management. He has worked a variety of assignments including school campuses, day and night patrol, interagency task forces, gang detail unit, training unit, lead detective for the Threat Assessment Unit and Mental Health Team, Social Media Unit, and PIO. Sergeant Perez has been involved in law enforcement union work for the last 17 years.

    Izabela Poludniak and Jim Robbs

    Sassetti LLC works with the FOP Grand Lodge, the FOP Legal Plan, Chicago Lodge #7, the IL State Lodge and several other local lodges, providing accounting, audit, and tax services, as well as resources for best practices. Jim serves as the firm’s co-managing partner and Izabela serves as a senior manager, collectively having decades of experience working with nonprofits, including member organizations.

    Rob Pride

    Rob has been the National Trustee for the Colorado FOP since 2013 and was elected as the National FOP Chairman of Trustees at the conference in Nashville in 2017 and still serves in that position.

    Joseph Regan

    Joseph Regan is a retired 28-year veteran of the Lower Merion Township Police Department in Pennsylvania. He served as the Past Vice President, Chaplain, Recording Secretary, and Past President of Lower Merion Lodge #28. He is the Past President of the Towns, Townships & Boroughs Association. He is a member of the State Endorsement Committee, Chairman of the State Legislative Committee and Chairman of the National FOP Recruitment Committee.

    Timothy M. Richardson

    Timothy M. Richardson is the Senior Legislative Liaison with the Government and Media Affairs Center in Washington, D.C. He is a native of Burlington, NJ, and comes from a law enforcement family. His grandfather, Mike Gallagher, co-founded the Burlington Township Police Department and later served as its Chief of Police. His father, who retired from the same Department with the rank of Lieutenant, was the charter President of the Burlington Township FOP Lodge #84. Tim is a graduate of Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County, PA. He was hired as a Legislative Assistant by the FOP in June 1996 and was promoted to Senior Legislative Liaison in September 2001. Tim, an ardent Philadelphia Phillies fan, lives in Stafford, Virginia with his wife and two children.

    Jason Smith

    For the past 25 years, Jason has served as a law enforcement officer in the state of Oklahoma. Early in his career he developed a passion for serving in the FOP. Jason has served as his local President and in numerous executive board positions on the Oklahoma State FOP Board, including State President. Jason proudly serves as his State DART Chair and has had the privilege to help build the National DART team.

    Sarah Smith

    Sarah Smith has a long-time success record in supporting individuals with autism and related disabilities. Sarah received her Masters in Special Education from Rutgers University and later, her Principal Certification from the University of Pennsylvania. She has developed evidence-based autism programs in public school districts across the country, with an emphasis on students’ independence, functional communication, and community integration. In addition, Sarah has extensive experience in leadership, coaching, specialized curriculum, program development, and data analysis.

    Wade Steen

    Wade Steen is a community and business leader with over 37 years of experience in not-for-profit and government management; financial reporting; budgeting; auditing; investing public funds; operation/efficiency reviews; performance audits; contract negotiations; performance assessments and top grading; and cash management and collections. He has a proven capability to develop creative solutions to complex operational and organizational problems. He is a hands-on leader known for his ability to motivate, train and guide diverse teams. His documented accomplishments in developing and implementing strategies have resulted in increased profitability, enhanced quality, and improved efficiency.

    David Stone

    David is a retired Cobb County Georgia police officer with over 30 years of service. Cobb County is part of the metro Atlanta area with a population of over 600,000 residents. At the time of his retirement in 2006, the department was over 500 strong. During his time there, he worked in all divisions within the department and all five precincts. He was both a Field Training Officer and classroom instructor as well as an instructor trainer. He was a member of the Crisis Negotiation Team as well as a member of the first multiagency DUI enforcement team in the state of Georgia. He is a lifetime member of the FOP. He served 22 consecutive years on the Executive Board of Georgia Lodge #13. He has served 16 years on the Georgia State Lodge Executive Board and served on the Grand Lodge Legislative Committee for six years. He has chaired both his local and state lodge Constitution and Bylaws Committees for many years. He has been a member of the Recruitment and Retention Committee since 2008 and has been the Co-Chairman covering the Southeast U.S. for the last six years.

    Shannon Swanson

    Shannon Swanson is an energetic and passionate presenter with a long history of providing direct support to individuals and families affected by autism and related disabilities. Shannon received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Missouri and her Master of Social Work from Park University. Throughout her professional career, Shannon has worked in a variety of settings including private in-home behavior therapy, state-wide training, public school consultation, and state and community-based agencies.

    Rich Wistocki

    Detective Richard Wistocki (Ret.) had been a law enforcement officer for 30 years, spending 28 years with the Naperville Police Department and 22 of those years as an Internet Crimes Investigator. He has also been a SWAT operator/sniper for the past 22 years. He is one of the founding members and an affiliate member of the Illinois Attorney Generals High Tech Crimes Bureau (ICAC). Rich’s passion is concentrated in teaching parents how to parent their children while online.

    Michael Yon

    Michael has worked closely with the FOP Legal Defense Plan for almost 20 years. He leads the team at Hylant who are the enrollment and marketing administrators. His knowledge of the plan and experience brings some great insight and information as it pertains to the legal plan and its benefits.


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