KIM EDD CARTER, DIRECTOR
Kim Edd Carter has been an Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer for over 34 years, a career which began in 1978 when he was hired as a Patrolman with the Oklahoma City Police Department. In 1981, Kim began a 26 year career with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He served as a Special Agent with the OSBI, and after many years of supervisory experience, attained the rank of Assistant Director of the OSBI’s Investigative Division. He is experienced in several areas of investigation, including homicide and violent crimes, white collar investigations, and public corruption investigations.
Kim spent nine years as the supervisor of the OSBI’s Criminal Intelligence Office, and in that position gained valuable knowledge in the unique area of criminal intelligence. He was heavily involved in the creation of the Oklahoma Information Fusion Center, and the implementation of several intelligence information sharing programs such as the Statewide Intelligence Network (SIN), and the Oklahoma Automated Secure Information Sharing System (OASIS). He has also actively participated in many similar programs and initiatives at the local, state and national level.
After retiring from the OSBI in 2007, Mr. Carter began working for the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security as a Program Manager for Information Sharing and Law Enforcement initiatives, a position he held until Governor Mary Fallin appointed Carter to serve as her Homeland Security Advisor on February 10th, 2011. As Director of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Carter is tasked to maintain a state strategy to prevent terrorist attacks and reduce Oklahoma’s vulnerability to terrorism.
Stephen Almon – Deputy Director
Steve Almon joined the OKOHS staff in February 2009 as the Oklahoma City and Tulsa UASI Coordinator. Steve’s extensive law enforcement career began in 1975 and includes serving as Police Chief in Oak Harbor, WA; El Reno, OK; and Guthrie, OK. He also retired after 20 years with the Wichita, KS police department as Commander of the Air Section. Steve has a BS in Management of Human Resources and an MS in Management. He also attended the FBI National Academy, FBI Executive Leadership and the DEA Drug Investigator Training. Prior to joining the OKOHS staff, Steve was the Director of Heartline 2-1-1 in Oklahoma City.
Ginny Andrews - Grants Assistant
Ginny has been with OKOHS since May 2005. She is a Certified Procurement Officer (CPO) and is responsible for all of OKOHS’ procurement. Ginny also is tasked with tracking state budget accounting. Additionally, she is the fiduciary agent for the Central Oklahoma and Tulsa Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) grant programs. As a Grants Assistant, Ginny helps with preparing various account and expenditure reports, preparing and distributing award documentation to sub grantees, reviewing Quarterly Status Reports as submitted by sub grantees and assisting with procurement and finance issues. Ginny has a degree in Business Administration from Southern Nazarene University.
Nikki Cassingham -- Statewide Interoperability Coordinator
Before coming to work for OKOHS, Nikki spent 20 years working in the telecommunications industry. She won numerous awards for outstanding sales achievements, provisioning and operations. In 1998/1999, she represented the first CLEC (Advanced Communications/lonex) to arrange a pro-active relationship with the Corporation Commission once local dialtone was deregulated to compete with Southwestern Bell in the Oklahoma City market. After leaving the private sector in 2007, Nikki began working for the Department of Public Safety serving as an Oklahoma Law Enforcement Telecommunications Operator. She came to OKOHS in 2008 to assist with Interoperable Communications planning. In March 2009, she moved into the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator position which includes planning for the state and coordinating the Statewide Interoperability Communications Plan (SCIP).
Gary Davis - Training and Exercise Coordinator
Gary came to OKOHS after retiring from the Oklahoma City Fire Department. Gary spent 31 years with the department and advanced through the ranks before retiring as Battalion Chief of Operations. He was responsible for the leadership and supervision of training, special operations and emergency medical services sections. Gary is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician, Oklahoma State Health Department EMS Instructor as well as an Oklahoma State University Fire Service Training Instructor.
Robbie Foster - Grants Administrator
Robbie works directly with OKOHS sub grantees helping answer questions, assisting with paperwork and providing general technical assistance. Additionally, Robbie assists with preparing various account and expenditure reports, preparing and distributing award documentation to sub grantees and reviewing Quarterly Status Reports as submitted by sub grantees. Before coming to OKOHS in 2004, she worked for the Guthrie Public School system as an Activity Fund Custodian, Deputy Treasurer and Deputy Minutes Clerk. She also has an extensive background in the private sector working with accounts payable and receivable, collections, the filing of insurance, audit support, payroll, bank reconciliation, tax returns and other bookkeeping duties.
Lacy Key - Assistant Training and Exercise Coordinator
Lacy came to OKOHS after graduating from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and a minor in Business in May of 2013. Lacy’s main task is acting as a liaison to National Training Consortiums to schedule training courses within the state to be attended by first responders. She is also responsible for developing marketing strategies and materials for training programs. Lacy coordinates with OEM to enhance the State of Oklahoma Training and Instructor Program. Lastly, Lacy manages the Training and Exercise Webpage and Regional Response System Webpage within the OKOHS Website.
Pat King – NIMS Compliance Officer
Pat King has been with the Oklahoma City Fire Department (OCFD) since 1992 and is currently a Major at Station 17. Pat has served in various capacities within the fire service including as an EMS Training Officer, NREMT – Paramedic, OCFD Dive Team member and Fire Academy Instructor. Pat has been instructing EMS and fire related courses since 1995 including teaching Instructor and Paramedic courses at Career Technology Centers in Central Oklahoma, and in 2003 he became a licensed EMS Educator. In addition to his full-time duties with OCFD, he joined the OKOHS staff in 2008 as the NIMS Compliance Officer. Pat attended the University of Central Oklahoma.
Wendi Marcy - Public Outreach and Preparedness
Wendi joined the OKOHS team in December of 2012 and has a colorful background in public safety and emergency management. Wendi has 10 years experience in the public safety arena of 9-1-1, both as a dispatcher/call-taker and as a trainer. Wendi served as an emergency preparedness and response planner with the Oklahoma State Department of Health with special focus on bio-terrorism response before she moved into her current position at the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security. Wendi holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Emergency Management and Health Care Administration and is currently working on her master’s degree in emergency and disaster management. Wendi is one of only 1800 people nationwide to have completed FEMA's rigorous 3-week Master Exercise Practitioner training program to become certified to plan, conduct and evaluate disaster exercises for the private and public sector and has been recognized as an Oklahoma Certified Emergency Manager by the Oklahoma Emergency Management Association.
Jim McBride - Infrastructure Protection
Jim was in Law Enforcement for more than 30 years most of which was with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol before retiring in 2008. He worked road assignments with the OHP and was also assigned to the Bomb Squad and the Tactical Team. It was as a member of the Tactical Team that Jim responded to the Alfred P. Murrah Bombing in April 1995. Later he spent ten years in the Special Operations Unit, six as Troop Commander. He served 26 years in the Oklahoma National Guard retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Kayla McCleery - Interoperable Technical Assistant
Kayla joined the OKOHS Interoperable Communications Division in May 2013. Her primary duties are to produce a quarterly Interoperability Newsletter and to assist with updates to the Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (SCIP). Kayla graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s degree in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on Crime and Society.
Christina Neidel – Grants Assistant
Christina joined the OKOHS grants division in August 2009. She provides grants support to OKOHS which includes preparing various account and expenditure reports, preparing and distributing award documentation to sub grantees, reviewing Quarterly Status Reports as submitted by sub grantees and assisting with procurement and finance issues. Christina also facilitates the local sub grantee monitoring program. Before coming to OKOHS, Christina worked in the food and beverage industry and was responsible for bookkeeping, franchisee documentation, payroll and other administrative duties. Christina is also a Certified Procurement Officer (CPO). She attended Oklahoma City Community College with a focus in Business.
Rohit Rai – Critical Infrastructure Protection Coordinator
Rohit has been with OKOHS since June 2009. His primary focus is the state’s critical infrastructure and the Continuity of Operations & Continuity of Government (COOP/COG) program. Among his other duties, he is a liaison between OKOHS and the private sector, conducts analysis of intelligence data and criminal activity, follows up on intelligence information received, and interacts with law enforcement across the state to facilitate the exchange of information about criminals and crimes. Rohit also coordinates the State Preparedness Report (SPR) and the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA), which are annual requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Rohit graduated from the University of Oklahoma with both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Administration with a focus in Organizational Leadership.
Mauri Riggs- Grants Assistant
Mauri joined the OKOHS grants division in March 2013. She provides grants support to OKOHS which includes preparing various account and expenditure reports, preparing and distributing award documentation to sub grantees, and reviewing Quarterly Status Reports as submitted by sub grantees. Before coming to OKOHS, Mauri worked in the Oil and Gas industry and was responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and other administrative duties. She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2008.
Johnny Vaughn - Regional Response System Coordinator
Johnny was hired in July of 2011 to coordinate the Oklahoma Regional Response System. Prior to joining the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Vaughn had served with the Norman Fire Department for 26 years when he retired there as Chief in 2006. Johnny is a recipient of the 2003 Chief Officer Leadership Award from the Oklahoma State Fire Chief's Association and the 2000 Norman Firefighter of the Year. Johnny has played an active part in the community serving on the board of directors for meals on Wheels of Norman and the American Red Cross - Heart of Oklahoma Chapter. He also served as the Coordinator for the City of Norman United Way as well as the president of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Fire Chief's Association. Johnny is also a graduate of Leadership Norman.
April Walker - Assistant to the Director
April joined the OKOHS staff in April 2012 as the Interoperable Communications Technical Specialist. She provides interoperable communications support to the Statewide Interoperable Coordinator (SWIC) along with the Statewide Interoperable Governing Body (SIGB). April also facilitates the local planning meetings, records minutes, and assists with writing the Statewide Interoperable Communications Plan (SCIP). In May 2012, April moved into the Administrative Assistant position assisting the Director of OKOHS. She manages the OKOHS website and assists with a number of programs and projects.
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