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Meet Our University Team

The CPSE University Team is a diverse reflection of our fire service community in background and experience that span all parts of the United States and Canada.  We are committed to leading the fire and emergency service to excellence through education courses and programs.

Thomas Kuglin, CFO, CTO

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Center for Public Safety Excellence

University Manager


Ernst R. Piercy, CFO

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Department of Defense

Fire Chief (Ret.)

Courses: QITA Instructor

Other CPSE Roles:  Senior Technical Advisor, Peer Assessor Team Leader, Technical Reviewer, former CFAI Chairman

Steve Olson, CFO

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Geneva (IL) Fire Department

Fire Chief (Ret.)

Courses: QITA Instructor, Exceeding Customer Expectations Instructor, Peer Assessor Program Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: CFAI Coordinator, Peer Assessor Team Leader, Former CFAI Vice Chair

Jerry A. Nulliner, CFO

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Fishers (IN) Fire Department

Division Chief (Ret.)

Courses:  QITA Instructor

Other CPSE Roles:  Peer Assessor Team Leader, ACR Reviewer

Josh Waldo, CFO, CTO, FM

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Bozeman (MT) Fire Department

Fire Chief

Courses: Mentoring Program Instructor, Peer Reviewer Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: Peer Reviewer

Tom O'Brien, CFO

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Liberty Township (OH) Fire Department

Fire Chief

Courses: QITA Instructor

Other CPSE roles: Peer Assessor Team Leader, Peer Reviewer 

Jim White, CFO

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Valencia (FL) College

Fire Training Program Director

Courses: QITA Instructor, Peer Assessor Training Program Instructor

Other CPSE roles: Peer Assessor Team Leader

Reginald D. Freeman, CFO

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City of Hartford (CT) Fire Department

Fire Chief & Emergency Management Director

Courses: Mentoring Program Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: Chairman, CPC Commission

Gary R. West, CFO

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Northwest Fire District, Tucson, AZ

Division Chief (Ret.)

Courses: QITA Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: Peer Assessor Team Leader

Jacob McAfee, CFO, CTO

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North Central (CA) Fire Protection District

Deputy Chief

Courses: Mentoring Program Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: Peer Assessor, Peer Reviewer

Lyle Quan, CFO

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City of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) Fire Department

Fire Chief (Ret.)

Courses: QITA Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: Peer Assessor Team Leader, Mentor

Holger Durre, CFO

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Boulder (CO) Fire-Rescue

Deputy Fire Chief

Courses: QITA Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: Peer Assessor Team Leader

Terry Ford, CFO

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Tinker AFB (OK) Fire and Emergency Services

Fire Chief

Courses:  QITA Instructor, Mentoring Program Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: CFAI Commissioner, Peer Assessor

Joe Powers

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Henrico County (VA) Division of Fire

Captain

Courses: QITA Instructor

Other CPSE Roles: Peer Assessor

Stephen S. Thompson

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United States Air Force

Senior Master Sergeant

Courses:  DoD QITA Instructor

Other CPSE roles: Peer Assessor

Jake Rhoades, CFO, CEMSO, CTO

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Kingman (AZ) Fire Department

Fire Chief

Courses: Exceeding Customer Expectations Instructor

Other CPSE Roles:  CFAI Commissioner, Peer Assessor, Peer Reviewer