Conference Speaker Biographies
Kevin Bernard - MOL, EMT-P, CHECIII, Director of Safety and Emergency Management, Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet ILDirector of Safety and Emergency Management, Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet Il. Kevin is currently managing multi-tiered emergency services and Safety Compliance. Kevin has been in the Fire and EMS profession since 1982. Kevin initiated IDPH EMS resource level status for Morris Hospital in 2010and has a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with certifications or licensures in emergency planning and management, emergency medical services, fire service, hazardous materials management Kevin’s work experience includes compliance with, and training in, standards of the Joint Commission (JCAHO) , Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Eric Holdeman, Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Eric Holdeman is the Principal for Eric Holdeman and Associates. He has been and continues to be a thought leader in the areas of emergency management and homeland security. Eric has been at the forefront of leading change towards a better prepared, safer, more disaster resilient tomorrow. His consulting practice spans many aspects of emergency management. In addition to consulting he is the Director for the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience. He is also a Senior Fellow at Emergency Management Magazine, where he is a regular columnist, contributing writer and blogger. His Disaster-Zone blog is nationally the number one blog on the topic of emergency management.
Jake Foiles, Special Agent, FBI Omaha Division
- B.S. in Computer Engineering
- Network and Systems Engineer at a web hosting / data center company
- Owned and operated a Kansas City-based IT consulting company
- Attended the FBI Academy in 2014
- Currently assigned to the Cyber Task Force in the Omaha Division of the FBI
Dave Mitchell, The Leadership Difference
Dave Mitchell is a speaker and author who graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in mass communications and business administration. Later, he obtained a master’s degree in global human resources development from the University of Illinois. He founded the Leadership Difference, Inc. in 1995 and serves as President and the company’s primary speaker. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
Dave began his professional career in broadcasting (starting in radio when he was 17) and upon graduation worked as a television reporter for a CBS network affiliate. He eventually became a producer for CBS and then decided to transfer his skills to a career in organizational development. Spending 11 years in corporate human resources and organizational development, Dave’s next career stop was at Marshall Field’s and Company as their Corporate Manager of Training and Development and later worked at the Buena Vista Hospitality Group in Orlando as Vice President of Human Resources and Quality. His experience with these organizations and frequent requests to speak at professional associations provided a springboard, in 1995, for launching the Leadership Difference.