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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Safe Call Now Board President
Doug Allen, who has been Director of the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse for the past two years, retired in October after 30 years of state service. Doug has led DASA during the integration of medical, chemical dependency and mental health services at the DSHS Health and Recovery Services Administration. Doug Allen Retires
Captain Barry M. Thomas
Captain Barry M. Thomas began his law enforcement career with the Story County Sheriff’s Office in 1992.
During his tenure at the sheriff’s office he has served in many capacities, including time as a jail and patrol Deputy, Crime Prevention Officer, Field Training Officer and Supervisor, Emergency Response Team member and commander, Dive Team member, Public Information Officer, Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant and his current position of Chief Deputy.
Capt. Thomas currently sits on the Executive Board of the FBI National Academy Associates, an international association representing over 18,000 law enforcement administrators worldwide. He is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, the Iowa State Sheriff’s and Deputies Association and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Capt. Thomas has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the ACCESS shelter in Ames and for the Iowa Crime Prevention Association.
Capt. Thomas earned his Bachelors of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University in 2002 and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University in 2005. He is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 223.
In July of 2008, Capt. Thomas was presented with the distinguished Livio A. Beccaccio Award from the FBI National Academy Associates. The Livio A. Beccaccio Award is a living memorial presented annually to a FBI National Academy Associate member who has demonstrated exemplary character through an act of heroism, outstanding community service, innovation in law enforcement, or leadership reflective of that by which FBI Special Agent Livio A. Beccaccio lived.
On December of 2008, Capt. Thomas was presented with the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor by Iowa Governor Chet Culver. Capt. Thomas received the award for a June 8th, 2007 event in which he saved a young girl’s life by disarming a knife-wielding subject with his bare hands.
Capt. Thomas lives in Ames, IA with his wife Angie and his three children, Zach, Isabella and Braelyn.
Juli M. Koentopp-Hammack
Founder & President
Juli M. Koentopp-Hammack is the founder and President of Infinity Plus Investments, LLC a real estate development company. Since 1997 she has been involved in real estate development projects in Nevada, Arizona, Utah and California. Infinity Plus Investments, LLC, currently manages and maintains multimillion dollar assets in real estate investment inventory, with the largest asset holdings in Arizona. Juli has been both a partner and investor in various start-up operations including; real estate companies and technology companies. For the past several years her primary focus has been on real estate investments. She has also originated and managed over 40 real estate limited liability companies. She is also co-owner in the Red Carpet Las Vegas Realtors, LLC a residential sales and property management company with over sixty agents. Mrs. Hammack is an executive board member of the new 3BA International Professional Basketball League which is a new 3 on 3 full court professional basketball program that will begin league play in June of 2013. The program will have an international playoff tournament with the China League in the inaugural season.
Prior to her real estate experience, she was a key executive in the technology division with Mirage Resorts, Inc., for seven years. Juli was the key executive responsible for the technology implementation for the opening of The Mirage Hotel and the Treasure Island Hotel managing a staff of over 50 individuals.
She also has several years’ experience with two of the Big Eight, large accounting firms, Price Waterhouse and Arthur Young & Company, in Phoenix, Arizona and Los Angeles, California. Juli has a Bachelors of Science Degree and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Arizona State University. While attending Arizona State University, Juli was very involved with the university athletic department. She ran all the scoreboards for all athletic events at Arizona State University for four years. Additionally, she ran the scoreboards for the Phoenix, Cardinals, and the Fiesta Bowl for eight years. Juli has been actively involved in sports on the professional level, collegiate level and individually at the high school level.
Ms. Koentopp-Hammack has been active in several civic organizations including: the Nevada Cancer Institute, A Board of Director member for Girls Scouts of Frontier Council the Boys and Girls Club of Las Vegas and Phoenix, Big Brothers and Big Sisters Organization of Phoenix. She was the Founder of the Women’s Active 20/30 civic organization for children’s charities in 1984, Phoenix Chapter where she served as President. Juli was also on the Board of Directors for the children’s organization, Advanced Learning Group (ALG) and volunteered a significant amount of her time to ALG.
Gayland R. Hammack
Gayland R. Hammack is currently the Vice President for Infinity Plus Investments, LLC real estate development company. He is responsible for new development acquisitions and investor relations. He has been involved in real estate investment and development for a number of years, acquiring property and building custom homes within the Las Vegas Valley since 1986. Mr. Hammack also owns and operates the Red Carpet Las Vegas Realtors, LLC which is a residential sales and property management company with over sixty agents. He is currently the President of the new 3BA International Professional Basketball League which is a new 3 on 3 full court professional basketball program that will begin league play in June of
Mr. Hammack also served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 27 years, retiring in December of 2005. He spent the majority of his time with the Police Department assigned to Special Operations, supervising some of the most complex and covert operations conducted in Las Vegas, New York, Chicago and Miami. He has many years of experience in undercover operations, electronic surveillance and training. He possesses a high degree of investigative skills that has been an asset to Infinity Plus Investments, LLC while researching and completing acquisitions and development projects. Additionally, Gayland is the owner of the International Training Institute and is co-owner in Traincops.com. The companies have, for the last 16 years, provided training to Law Enforcement Officers throughout the United States, Europe and the Far East. He has a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and a Minor in Business Administration. Gayland also served with the United States Army, Criminal Investigation Division, (Miami Field Office) prior to joining the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Mr. Hammack has been active in several civic organizations including; Make a Wish Foundation of Las Vegas, Boys and Girls Club of America, and the United Way. He currently serves as a Board Member of the International Association of Undercover Officers and The International Association of Asian Organized Crime Investigators. Gayland was also the co-founder of the Injured Police Officer Fund, which currently provides assistance to injured officers and their families throughout the state of Nevada.
Betsy Brantner Smith
Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith retired in 2009 as a 29-year veteran of the Naperville, IL Police Department. Beginning as a police dispatcher at age 17, Betsy became a police officer four years later and has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, hostage negotiation, crime prevention and field training. She received her four year degree from Western Illinois University in 1991, and was a class officer and graduate of the Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety’s School of Staff and Command in May of 2001.
As a sergeant, she supervised her department’s K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, Crowd Control Bike Team leader, and supervisor of the Community Education/Crime Prevention Unit. Betsy served on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, and was a proud founding supervisory member of NPD’s Honor Guard Unit.
From 1999 – 2003 Betsy hosted various programs and was a content expert for the Law Enforcement Television Network, is currently an on-air commentator and advisor for the Police One Academy and was a featured character in the Biography Channel’s “Female Forces” reality show.
She has been a law enforcement trainer for over 20 years, a content expert and instructor for the Calibre Press “Street Survival” seminar since 2003, and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences and events throughout the United States, Canada and around the world. Since 1995, Betsy has authored hundreds of articles for law enforcement, government and civilian publications, and is a regular columnist for Police One, Police Link, Officer.Com and Law Officer.
Betsy is the creator of the only course of its kind for women in law enforcement, “Career and Tactical Survival for Women” and is co-owner of Dave Smith & Associates. Together, Betsy and Dave develop and instruct cutting edge courses through Winning Mind Seminars and travel extensively, bringing their inspirational messages throughout the world. Betsy can be reached through her website at www.femaleforces.com and you can follow her on Twitter as @SgtBetsySmith.
Sergeant Carlos Echevarria
Tulalip Tribal Police Services
Sergeant Carlos Echevarria began his law enforcement career in 2001 with the Tulalip Tribal Police Services. Sgt. Echevarria has held the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Detective, Sergeant, Patrol Commander, and Deputy Chief and is a recent FBINAA graduate.
In his current role, Sgt. Echevarria is responsible for managing, directing and providing leadership and guidance to a patrol squad. Sgt.Echevarria is a an Advisory Committee Member for the Community Erasing Drug Abuse on the Reservation (CEDAR) Group as well as an Advisory Committee Member for the Tulalip Tribal Aftercare Program. Sgt. Echevarria is also a certified tribal, state, and federal law enforcement officer.
Chief Eric Olsen
Kirkland Police Department
Eric is currently the Chief of Police of the Kirkland Police Department. Prior to being appointed to Chief, Eric was the Police Captain reporting directly to the Chief of Police. In the Chiefs absence, Eric served as the Acting Police Chief.
In his assignment as Captain of the Operations Division, Eric over saw Patrol, Investigations, ProAct, Traffic, Family Violence, and the Community Services Unit. Prior to being the Operations Captain, Eric was assigned to the Administrative Services Division, as a Captain, managing the Kirkland Municipal Jail, Kirkland Emergency 911 Communications Center, Records Division, and Training Division. In addition, Eric is responsible for department budgeting, strategic planning, accreditation, and labor contract negotiation. Eric also serves as a representative to numerous regional and national committees relating to public safety, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, F.B.I. National Academy Associates (Washington Chapter), National Tactical Officers Association, Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, King County Police Chiefs Association, and the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. In addition to the above, Eric was a founding member of Safe Call Now, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving public safety employees with job related difficulties.
Eric has 25 years of police experience, including Carver County Minnesota Sheriffs Department, Lewiston Idaho Police Department, and Kirkland Washington Police Department. Eric has served as an officer, corporal, sergeant, and lieutenant. Special assignments have included Field Training Officer, Pro- Act Unit, SWAT, and Traffic Investigation.
Eric is active in fund raising for Washington State Special Olympics and has served as Chair of an Ethics Board in the community in which he resides.
Eric holds an A.A. degree in Law Enforcement from Normandale Community College (MN), B.A. degrees in History and Religion from Crown College (MN) and an MPA from the University of Washington. . Eric is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, Senior Police Management Institute for Police, and the F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development program.
Eric lives in the Seattle metropolitan area with his wife and three children.
Kelvin N. Crenshaw
Special Agent in Charge, Seattle Field Division,
Kelvin N. Crenshaw was appointed to the position of Assistant Director, Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, in May of 2008. This Office serves as principal assistant to the Director in planning, directing, and coordinating the inspection and internal affairs activities of the Bureau.
He has the dual responsibility of serving as Chief Security Officer, assessing and implementing security procedures for the Agency. Crenshaw remains committed to working with various community and law enforcement leaders. He believes that it is these partnerships and the ability to strategically work more effectively that ultimately makes the difference to the citizens in the communities that we serve. www.atf.gov/field/seattle/
Kelly L. Fox
Kelly L. Fox has served as President of the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF) since 1996 and on the WSCFF Executive Board starting in 1990. The WSCFF represents approximately 140 local firefighter unions and 7,000 professional firefighters and paramedics across the state of Washington. Kelly currently serves as the Chairman of the Law Enforcement Officers and Fire Fighters Plan 2 Retirement Board; serves on the board of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems; and represents the International Association of Fire Fighters as a facilitator for Labor Relations training nationwide.
Client Services Director
Scott graduated from Northern Arizona University in 1977 receiving a degree in Political Science/Corrections. He received his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga in 1980 In March of 2008, Scott came to the Department of Corrections and was named as its Assistant Secretary for Government, Community Relations and Regulatory Compliance. The Department’s Public Disclosure, Hearings, Records, ACA, Policy, and Communications Units are within Scott’s area of responsibility. Scott Blonien Bio