2016 Speakers

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Scott Bergmann, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA


Scott K. Bergmann is Vice President, Regulatory Affairs for CTIA®, where he is responsible for coordinating regulatory issues for the association affecting the wireless industry, including spectrum, broadband, and public safety.

Mr. Bergmann previously served for over 10 years at the Federal Communications Commission in a wide range of positions, including Senior Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau, and Deputy Chief of the Competition Policy Division. Mr. Bergmann received his B.A. from Duke University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California.


Captain David M. Brady, New Jersey State Police Communications Bureau


Captain David Brady is a 27 year veteran of the New Jersey State Police. He currently serves at the Commanding Officer of the Communications Bureau. The New Jersey State Police Communications Bureau is comprised of over 260 civilian and enlisted personnel whom operate and support five (5) regional 9-1-1 dispatch centers, as well the Statewide 700 /800 MHz radio system. The statewide radio system is utilized by over 30 allied agencies as well serves as the backbone for statewide emergency response operations.

The Bureau’s responsibilities also includes providing interoperable communications for the Regional Operational and Intelligence Center, emergency deployments, and Homeland Security.

Captain Brady is a member of the Public Safety Communications Advisory Council which is responsible for statewide interoperability and emergency response communications. In addition Captain Brady’s serves as the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management’s ESF 2 lead, interoperable communications.

Captain Brady was designated as the Interagency Communications lead during Hurricane Sandy, Super Bowl 48, and numerous other events.

Since 2010 Captain Brady has been part of the state working group that is responsible for New Jersey’s build out of the Nationwide Public Safety Network and Early Builders Group.

Captain Brady holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Stony Brook University and a Masters Degree from Seton Hall University. He is married with two children and resides in Monmouth County.


Ronald T. Hewitt, Director, Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security


Ronald T. Hewitt assumed the duties as Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications on November 13, 2012. In this role, Mr. Hewitt plays a critical role for ensuring continuous, interoperable communications that support the Federal Government’s mission essential functions and all the Nation’s emergency responders to keep America safe, secure and resilient.

Prior to becoming the OEC Director, Mr. Hewitt served for six months as the Director and Deputy Manager of the National Communications System (NCS), a consortium of 24 Federal Departments and Agencies responsible for National Security/Emergency? Preparedness (NS/EP) communications. The NCS was dissolved on July 6, 2012 in accordance with Executive Order (EO) 13618, signed by President Obama. Various assets of the NCS were merged with OEC to lead NS/EP and emergency communications set forth in Title 18 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, as amended, 6 U.S.C. § 571 et.seq., and to provide the technical staff to complete DHS responsibilities defined by EO 13618.

Before his arrival to the NCS, Rear Admiral Hewitt served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Human Resources. The Human Resources Directorate is made up of HR professionals, military and civilian, with one distinct mission: to meet the people needs of the Coast Guard while meeting the needs of Coast Guard people.

His prior flag assignments include Commander, Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, which provided support to all Coast Guard units between the Rockies and the Persian Gulf; and Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (CG-6), which is the Coast Guard’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). During this time, Rear Admiral Hewitt was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as their acting CIO where he led the department’s infrastructure technology transformation project.

Rear Admiral Hewitt’s other career assignments include Project Manager for “Rescue 21,” and the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE); Commanding Officer, Electronics Support Unit Boston; Executive Officer, Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Project Engineer at the Omega Navigation Systems Center, Electronics Engineering Center in Wildwood, New Jersey and Operations Officer on the USCGC BITTERSWEET.

Mr. Hewitt, a native of Oregon, is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree; as well as a 1982 graduate of Purdue University with a Master of Science Degree; both degrees in Electrical Engineering. In 2000, he received a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional.


Matthew Gerst, Director of Regulatory Affairs, CTIA


Matthew Gerst is Director of Regulatory Affairs at CTIA®. Matthew leads the association’s efforts before the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) on a variety of policy matters, including universal service, 9-1-1 and emergency communications, and access for people with disabilities. In addition to serving on the USAC Board of Directors, Matthew represents CTIA on the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee and North American Numbering Council.

Matthew is a graduate of Ohio University and received his J.D. from New York Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of Media Law & Policy and participated in the Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute. He is admitted to the bars of New York and Washington, D.C. and also served as an adjunct professor of law in the scholarly writing program at the George Washington University School of Law focusing on the Federal Communications Law Journal.


Tom Karygiannis, VP Product, Kryptowire


Tom Karygiannis is the VP Product at Kryptowire where he works with some of the world’s foremost information security authorities developing technologies to help organizations analyze, detect, and defend against emerging mobile security threats.

Tom has served on expert panels organized by DHS, DNI, DARPA, NSF, the Department of Commerce Office of Technology Policy, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the Department of Transportation, the Defense Information Systems Agency, and the National Security Council’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Office. He has published over 20 technical papers and he has served on over 30 international security conference committees.

Tom holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the George Washington University and a Master and Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University.


TJ Kennedy, President, FirstNet


TJ Kennedy has broad-based experience in public safety having served as a Utah state trooper serving on the SWAT/Special Operations team. He also served as a flight paramedic and a firefighter. Prior to joining the FirstNet senior leadership team, Mr. Kennedy was the Director, Public Safety and Security for Raytheon Company, and was President of its JPS Communications subsidiary, focused on radio interoperability solutions.

Mr. Kennedy joined FirstNet in July 2013 as one of the first leadership team members. Mr. Kennedy brings to FirstNet his hands-on public safety experience in police, fire and emergency medical services combined with his senior-level positions in Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Kennedy graduated from the University of Utah.


Jeff Posner, Senior Applications Architect, FirstNet


Jeff started his career over 30 years ago working in a variety of industries including aerospace, health care, government contracting, and the Internet as an applications engineer for Netscape Communications before entering the telecommunications industry with MCI, LCC, Nextel and Nextel International. Jeff has been involved with many levels of software engineering and management from embedded systems for the F/A-18 fighters to Web and mobile development.

While at Nextel, he designed one the first mobile applications that utilized over-the-air interfaces to manipulate mobile contact lists and synchronize them with servers. Jeff worked with iDEN™ PTT as well as QChat™ HPPTT.

Jeff is currently a Sr. Applications Architect for the FirstNet OCTO where his current focus is public safety grade applications and Local Control. Jeff can be reached at ​[email protected].


Michael Poth, CEO, FirstNet


Mike Poth began his career in public safety with the Tempe, Arizona Police Department where he held various positions in patrol, traffic, detectives, narcotics, and the tactical team. As a Police Captain in Corvallis, Oregon, he held executive assignments leading three different bureaus including the regional 9-1-1 center. Later, as technology senior executive at Northrop Grumman and Hewlett Packard., Mr. Poth led mission critical public safety projects for state and local police, fire, and emergency management services agencies, as well as the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

Mr. Poth received a BS in Criminal Justice and a Master in Public Administration from Arizona State University and completed executive certifications from the University of Virginia and the University of Chicago.


Mark Raczynski, Wireless Broadband Architect, General Dynamic Missions Systems


Mark Raczynski, a Wireless Broadband Architect for General Dynamics Mission Systems, is responsible for positioning General Dynamics Mission Systems’ portfolio of products and services to meet customer requirements in the evolving area of 4G and 5G broadband communications.

Raczynski has over 30 years’ experience in hardware and solutions sales, engineering management, communications network and systems engineering, project management, network architecture planning, budgeting, development, integration and implementation. He brings a holistic understanding of technology and real-world network requirements to meet the demands of customers who need always-on communications for real time sharing of information and access across multiple agencies or communities of interest.

Prior to joining General Dynamics, Raczynski spent 12 years in the commercial telecommunications industry and 14 years with the US Federal Government in positions related to C4I (Command, Control, Computer Communications and Intelligence) systems development, with his last position as Lead Engineer and Program Manager for Command Center relocation and Security on the Pentagon Renovation Project.

Raczynski holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Manhattan College, a Master of Science degree in telecommunications from George Washington University, and is a graduate of the Air Force Air Command and Staff College. 


Chris Rider, Center for Applied Informatics, Northern Kentucky University's College of Informatics


Chris is a director in the Center for Applied Informatics at Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics. In this role, Chris is focusing on mobile technology development. Chris manages students that develop software solutions on platforms such as the Apple iPhone and Google Android. The team worked with the San Ramon Valley Fire District to develop the prototype for the PulsePoint? Rescue app In addition, the team is currently working with the Cincinnati Police department on a mobile project.

Chris joined NKU in September of 2008. Prior to joining NKU, he was a Principal Software Engineer at Computer Associates where he developed systems management software for UNIX and Windows platforms.

He graduated from NKU with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. He graduated from Cincinnati State with an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Engineering.


Patrik Ringqvist, CTO, Industry & Society, Ericsson North America


Patrik Ringqvist is Vice President & CTO, Industry & Society for Ericsson North America. Ringqvist has 35 years experience in the telecommunications infrastructure industry. In his role as CTO, Ringqvist manages Ericsson’s solutions and portfolio for Industry & Society in North America.

Prior to his current role, Ringqvist held positions in sales and product development in the United States and Sweden. He has extensive experience in working with wireless networks, from first-generation analog systems through fourth-generation broadband systems.

Ringqvist holds a Master of Science in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Jessica Rosenworcel, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission


Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She was sworn into office on May 11, 2012.

Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications law experience to her position at the FCC. This experience has shaped her belief that in the 21st century strong communications markets can foster economic growth and security, enhance digital age opportunity, and enrich our civic life.

Prior to joining the agency, Commissioner Rosenworcel served as Senior Communications Counsel for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, under the leadership of Senator John D. Rockefeller IV. She previously served in the same role on the Committee under the leadership of Senator Daniel K. Inouye. In this position, she was responsible for legislation, hearings, and policy development involving a wide range of communications issues, including spectrum auctions, public safety, broadband deployment and adoption, universal service, video programming, satellite television, local radio, and digital television transition.

Before joining the staff of the Committee, she served as Legal Advisor to former FCC Commissioner Michael J. Copps. She also served at the agency as Legal Counsel to the Chief of the Wireline Competition Bureau and as an Attorney-Advisor in the Wireline Competition Bureau.

Prior to entering public service, Commissioner Rosenworcel practiced communications law at Drinker Biddle and Reath.

Commissioner Rosenworcel is a native of Hartford, Connecticut. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband Mark, and children Caroline and Emmett.


Frederick Scalera, Bureau Chief, Interoperability Communications Bureau, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness


Fred Scalera, Manager, has more than forty years in Government having served as a Municipal and County Coordinator of Emergency Management, a Municipal Fire Chief and a Deputy Director of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department responsible for Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Fred began working for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness on February 22, 2014. Fred has a Bachelor’s Degree from Farleigh Dickinson University in Public Administration as well as a Degree in Fire Code Technology from Essex County College where he also has served as an Adjunct Professor. In addition, Fred served for eight years in the New Jersey General Assembly as the Deputy Speaker, and while in that position, he also served as the Chairman of the Homeland Security and Preparedness Committee for the State of New Jersey. He has been a responder to many incidents throughout his career receiving his greatest honors for his work on 9/11 by receiving an Honorary Doctorate Degree which then led to a seventeen-week assignment coordinating Mass DECON in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During his career he has also sponsored legislation for the protection of the residents of New Jersey as well as the education and protection of its citizens.

With respect to technology initiatives to support the public safety mission, Fred served as the Director of Public Safety technologies at Alcatel-Lucent for four (4) years. He has been directly involved with the FirstNet initiative. As Director of Public Safety Technologies, Fred spearheaded the successful Alcatel LTE trial network in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Currently, Fred serves as the Bureau Chief of Interoperable Communications for the State of New Jersey in the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness with direct responsibility for the Broadband Technology Opportunity Project (BTOP) and the State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) initiatives. 


Chuck Spalding, 9-1-1 Director, Palm Beach County, Florida


Chuck Spalding serves as the 9-1-1 Director for Palm Beach County, Florida. Palm Beach is the largest county east of the Mississippi and was the first in the nation to implement an Emergency Services IP Network (ESInet) in preparation for the transition to Next Generation 911.

Chuck is also a participant on the FCC Task Force on Optimal PSAP Architecture (TFOPA), which released its initial report in December 2015.

His previous positions include Product Manager @ Cisco Systems and Director of Technology at CACI in Arlington, VA where he supported national/international data networks for federal agencies.

Chuck holds a Masters degree in Information Systems from The George Washington University in Washington, DC, a BA in Business from National-Louis University in Chicago and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


Dorothy A. Spears-Dean, Ph.D., Public Safety Communications Coordinator, Integrated Services Program (ISP), Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA)


Dr. Spears-Dean is a communication and technology professional with over twenty years of experience, possessing extensive knowledge of public safety technology issues affecting state and local governments. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Virginia Commonwealth University, an M.B.A. from the University of Richmond, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary.

Currently, she is employed by the Virginia Information Technologies Agency as the Public Safety Communications Coordinator and is responsible for managing the Commonwealth’s 9-1-1 program.


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