KIM EDD CARTER, DIRECTOR
Kim Edd Carter has been an Oklahoma Law Enforcement Officer for over 37 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 joined the OKOHS staff in February 2009 as the Urban Area Security Initiative Coordinator for both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Steve began his law enforcement career with the Wichita Police Department with assignments in patrol, narcotics, vice/organized crime, intelligence section, and the homicide squad. He retired as a Lieutenant and Commander of the Helicopter unit. Steve served as the police chief for both the cities of Guthrie and El Reno before relocating to Washington as the police chief for the City of Oak Harbor. Steve has a BS in Management of Human Resources and an MS in Business Management. He attended the FBI National Academy, FBI Executive Leadership, and DEA Drug Investigator Training. During his law enforcement career, Steve was awarded a gold award for valor, two bronze awards for valor, five awards for meritorious service, and two distinguished service awards. Prior to joining the OKOHS staff, Steve served briefly as 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).
Christina Daron – 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.
Curtis Driscoll - Training and Exercise Coordinator
Before joining our office, Curtis was a career firefighter for the Oklahoma City Fire Department for 25 years. During his career as a firefighter he promoted to the rank of Major. The majority of his career he was a front line officer / first responder. He was responsible for the day to day operations of his fire station as well as managing emergency scenes. Curtis is a Hazardous Material Technician, Emergency Medical Technician, and a Fire Service Instructor. The last two years of Curtis’ career were spent working at the Oklahoma City Fire Training Center. As the Training Coordinator for the Oklahoma City Fire Department, his responsibilities included scheduling the training calendar, curriculum reviews, documentation, management of personnel, and working with outside agencies to accomplish departmental goals.
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.
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.
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.
Jennifer Newell - Oklahoma School Security Institute Program Manager
Jennifer Newell joined the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security in December of 2013. Prior to coming to the Oklahoma School Security Institute, she worked for the Norman Police Department. She retired after 21 years of service as a police officer to join the staff of Homeland Security. She spent the majority of her career working in community relations and crime prevention. She is married, with three children, and lives in Norman. Jennifer moved to Norman to attend OU and never left. She graduated in May of 1992 with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science with honors and began the Norman Police academy in September of the same year. Jennifer is involved with her church and serves as a board member of Safe Kids Oklahoma. She is a technician and instructor of child passenger safety. Keeping children safe is a passion for her, which made her move to the Oklahoma School Security Institute a perfect fit.
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.
Gary Rudick - School Security Regional Representative
Gary Rudick is a 35 year veteran of Oklahoma law enforcement who began his career at the Tulsa Police Department. He gained the rank of Captain and retired from TPD after 25 years to take a position as Chief of Police for the city of Durant, Oklahoma. Gary has served as president for the Oklahoma Chiefs Association and has been a featured speaker at the Safe School Conferences in both Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is also a published author for school safety in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Gary is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. He is married to wife Donna, a public school teacher for over 30 years, and they have 3 sons.
Gary Shelton - School Security Regional Representative
Gary Shelton is a retired 24 year veteran of the Norman Police Department. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant and served as a supervisor for the Patrol Bureau, Office of Community Policing, Criminal Investigations Division, and the Narcotics Division. He was responsible for training police officers nationwide in the area of alcohol and drug impaired driving for over 20 years. He has worked with Norman Public Schools through his D.A.R.E teachings and traveled throughout the state teaching Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals (D.I.T.E.P).
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 Training and Exercise Coordinator
April joined the OKOHS staff in April 2012. April’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. April coordinates with Oklahoma Emergency Management to enhance the State of Oklahoma Training and Instructor Program.
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