Committee Members

Executive Committee Chair
Deputy Chief Mark Savage
Colorado State Patrol

Deputy Chief Mark Savage has been with the Colorado State Patrol since 1995. He has worked with the Motor Carrier Safety Unit, Executive Security Unit, and the Operational Services Branch. Deputy Chief Savage has been an active member of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance serving as the organization’s President in 2012 and 2013 and is considered a subject matter expert in commercial vehicle safety for the state and the nation. Deputy Chief Savage has a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Coe College in Iowa and is a graduate of the 256th Session of the FBI’s National Academy. Deputy Chief Savage also is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command session #304.

Mr. Ryan Rice-TSM&O Director
Colorado Department of Transportation

Ryan Rice, CDOT TSM&O Division Director, develops policies and implements innovative strategies to emphasize and integrate operations into CDOT’s daily business. Ryan came to CDOT in 2013 directly from the US Marines where he served as an Officer for seven years. He was deployed for two tours in Iraq where he was responsible for real-time traffic operations and traffic control points where consequences for traffic failures were severe. He proactively and continuously examined methods for effectiveness where he developed a strong foundation of skills in managing traffic operations.

Mr. Doug Fritz-Fire Chief
Hotchkiss Fire District

Mr. Doug Fritz has been a volunteer member of Hotchkiss Fire District since 1987 and became the Fire Chief in 2000. He is a qualified Type 3 Incident Commander and a member of Southwest Incident Management Team. Doug primarily works traffic incidents along Co Hwy 92, listed as “the 6th most dangerous road in the state.” He has an excellent understanding of highway incidents and responder safety.

Ms. Jennifer Kirkland-911 Operations Administrator
Vail Public Safety Communications

Ms. Jennifer Kirkland, ENP, CPE, RPL, currently serves as the 9-1-1 Operations Administrator at Vail Public Safety Communications Center, which provides emergency communications services for Eagle County. She is responsible for oversight of policies and procedures, the new-hire training program, QA/QI, and other daily operations. She has approximately 17 years of experience in 9-1-1 communications. She is the Executive Council representative for the Colorado NENA/APCO Board, Secretary for the CO Training Standards Committee, and a member of NENA’s Education Advisory Board.

Ms. Jennifer Roderick-Clinical Director
Apex Paramedics

Ms. Jennifer Roderick has been the Clinical Director for Apex Paramedics since March 2016. She is responsible for all education, clinical metric tracking, protocols and their field training program. Jennifer is a member of Apex Paramedics Senior staff team. She has been employed in public safety for 17 years.  Jennifer has numerous certifications to include paramedic, skills instructor, ICS 100 through 800, and has had previous experience as an operations captain.

Ms. Gina Mia Espinosa-Salcedo-Region Administrator NHTSA
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Gina Mía Espinosa-Salcedo joined the U.S. Department of Transportation, NHTSA Region 8 staff in May 2002, and was appointed Deputy Regional Administrator in 2005. Following two special assignments in Boston and Washington, D.C., Gina was selected as NHTSA’s Region 8 Regional Administrator in 2016.  Prior to working for NHTSA, Gina conducted behavioral cancer prevention research and developed partnership programs for the Department of Health and Human Services National Cancer Institute. Gina holds a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University with concentrations in Social and Behavioral Science and Health Services and Management.

Master Sargent Mike Halloran
Loveland Police Department

Master Sargent Mike Halloran has been in charge of Loveland Police Departments traffic unit since 2017. He has 28 years’ experience with Loveland Police Department. Mike earned a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado. He served on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Assessor from 2013-2018.

Jerry Rhodes‐Fire Chief
Cunningham Fire Protection District

Chief Jerry Rhodes was appointed fire chief for the Cunningham Fire Protection District in 1995. Before joining the Cunningham Fire Protection District, Chief Rhodes served the City of Glendale since 1974 as one of their first career firefighters, departing in 1990 as the assistant chief. Chief Rhodes joined the IAFC in 1996 and currently serves as Missouri Valley Division International Director on the IAFC Board of Directors after serving as division president; Constitution, Bylaws and Resolutions Committee member; Mutual Aid System Task Force member; and Emergency Management Committee chair. He is a member of the EMS Section and the Colorado State Fire Chiefs Association, and chairman of the All‐Hazard Homeland Security North Central Region Board (ten counties of Metro Denver).

 

Doug Rex‐Executive Director
Denver Regional Council of Governments

Douglas Rex was named executive director for the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) in October 2017. Rex joined DRCOG as the director of transportation and planning operations in 2013, leading programs and planning for Denver metro area serving 2.9 million people. During his time in this role, Rex guided the programs and allocation of federal funds to projects that support multimodal systems, including roadways, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, traffic signal timing and commuter choice. Prior to joining DRCOG, Rex brought with him 17 years of progressively responsible planning and leadership experience.

 

Jennifer Tibbitts Knudsen‐Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
Colorado District Attorneys' Council

Jennifer Knudsen is Colorado’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP). She works for the Colorado District Attorneys’ Council, which represents Colorado’s elected district attorneys. She served as a prosecutor in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties in the Eighteenth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Jennifer produces training programs to tackle
cutting edge issues in the area of impaired driving for prosecutors, law enforcement, and other prosecutorial partners. She is a resource to traffic safety professionals in‐state and nationwide, produces and edits the Colorado Prosecutors DUI Manual, works on state and federal legislation related to traffic safety issues.

 

Rob Mooney‐Owner
Denver West Towing

Rob Mooney founded Denver West Towing in 1988. Denver West Towing is currently providing service for the general public, countless commercial auto repair facilities, Colorado State Patrol, Golden Police Department, and Colorado School of Mines. Mr. Mooney serves on the Towing and Recovery Professional of Colorado Board and was elected to the position of Treasurer. Denver West Towing has drivers that are TRAA and Wreck Master Certified and strongly believes in having new hires introduced to TRAA and Wreck Master training materials as well as having certified drivers.

  Vacant Position
To Be Filled by Executive Committee

 

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