BOARD INFO

To be a member of the Board of Directors, all positions must:

  • Attend monthly Board of Director meetings and special meetings as
    scheduled.
  • Conduct initiatives to further the goals of the TIME Task Force.
  • Assist with outreach and identify champions in your field.
  • Attend TIME Quarterly Meetings.
  • Assist with conference meeting planning and production.
  • Attend the TIME Annual Conference.
  • Commit to a two-year term.

 

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ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

Communications: This committee shall coordinate timely and open communication both internally between transportation and public safety agencies as well as with the public and media. The committee chairperson shall be ultimately responsible for assigning and completing all tasks in conjunction with the Communications committee.

Operations: This committee shall focus on improving traffic incident response and clearance procedures and overcoming institutional and jurisdictional barriers that reduce the efficiency of traffic incident management. Primary tasks within this committee shall include After Incident Reviews (AIR) and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Teams. The committee chairperson shall be ultimately responsible for assigning and completing all tasks in conjunction with the Operations committee.

Programs: This committee shall focus on planning and facilitating membership activities and events. Committee responsibilities include planning quarterly membership meetings and annual conference. The committee chairperson shall be ultimately responsible for assigning and completing all tasks in conjunction with the Programs committee.

Training: This committee shall focus on approving, developing and offering traffic incident management training courses and tracking certification of TIME and Towing & Recovery Incentive Program (TRIP) members. Committee responsibilities include training acceptance and approval of all TIME-offered training courses by the Training Standards Board. The committee chairperson shall be ultimately responsible for assigning and completing all tasks in conjunction with the Training committee.

Grants: This committee shall focus on the annual call to gather TIME Task Force Grant applications. Work with the Grants Committee members to evaluate applications and determine the Grant awards recipients.

BOARD MEMBERS

TIME TASK FORCE CO-CHAIRPERSONS

Captain Ritchie Howard

Captain Ritchie Howard

Georgia State Patrol, Planning and Research

Bio

As Commander of Troop C of the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) in Atlanta, Captain Howard is responsible for GSP Operations in Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties. He began employment with the Georgia Department of Public Safety in January 1997, and is a graduate of the 72nd GSP Trooper School. Captain Howard’s background includes numerous leadership roles at the Post, Troop, and department level. He has served as Assistant Post Commander in the ranks of Corporal and Sergeant, as Post Commander in the rank of Sergeant First Class, and as Assistant Troop Commander in the rank of Lieutenant. He has served on the State of Georgia Crisis Negotiation Team as a team member and as the North Team Leader. Captain Howard has also served on the GSP Honor Guard as a team member, as North Commander, and as the Honor Guard Commander. He has gained operational and leadership experience at various levels within the GSP.

Jason Josey

Jason Josey

GDOT Incident Management Coordinator

Bio

Jason Josey is the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Highway Incident Response Manager and Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) Unit Commander. Jason has served on the HERO Team for over 19 years. He also serves as co-chairman of the Georgia Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force, , and is a member of the Atlanta Regional Commission Regional Safety Task Force. Jason attended Georgia State University, graduated from the United States Army Chemical School, and served in the United States Army and Air Force.

PERMANENT AGENCY POSITIONS

Jared Eaves, Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Jared Eaves, Governor's Office of Highway Safety

Strategic Planning Manager

Bio

Jared Eaves started with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in 2019. During those five years, he served as the HEAT Program Manager, Director of Planning and Programs, and is currently the Strategic Planning Manager for the Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Jared serves on several state and local boards as part of his current position, including the TIME Task Force Board of Directors. Previously, Jared served in multiple roles over his career with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in Nashville, Tennessee.

Matt Needham, GDOT Emergency Operations

Matt Needham, GDOT Emergency Operations

Assistant State Emergency Operations Coordinator

Bio

Matt Needham has been the Assistant Director of Emergency Operations for GDOT for 5 years. Matt is also a Certified Emergency Manager with the state of Georgia as well as The International Association of Emergency Managers. In his current role, Matt has worked over eight federally declared disasters for GDOT. Before that Matt served as an Area Engineer in the Cleveland and Gainesville offices for 10 years where he oversaw all construction and maintenance for 12 counties.

Sheri Russo, Georgia Emergency Management Agency

Sheri Russo, Georgia Emergency Management Agency

Field Coordinator

Bio

As the Metro Atlanta coordinator for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency Homeland Security (GEMA), Sheri Russo provides all-hazards emergency management consultation services to nine Metro Atlanta counties, helping them create emergency operation plans, develop standard operating procedures, and design innovative training exercises. She also helps coordinate disaster response in Georgia to ensure communities get the resources they need to recover. Sheri joined GEMA in 2001 as school safety coordinator for GEMA’s School Safety Unit, where she provided on-site technical assistance and crisis management planning to schools in metro Atlanta. She has a bachelor’s degree in community health from Georgia Southern University and a master’s degree in public health from Mercer University.

Greg Morris, FHWA Ex-Officio (non-voting)

Greg Morris, FHWA Ex-Officio (non-voting)

Safety & Traffic Engineer

Bio

Greg Morris is the Safety, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and Traffic Management Engineer in the Georgia Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). He oversees GDOT’s Highway Safety Improvement Program, working with GDOT and local agencies to advance highway safety initiatives and projects, and oversees GDOT’s operations program including ITS, traffic incident management, and traffic signal programs, among others. He has worked for FHWA for 23 years, the last 13 in Georgia.

Christina Barry, GDOT TMC (Interim)

Christina Barry, GDOT TMC (Interim)

GDOT Assistant State Traffic Engineer

Chad Hendon, GDOT CHAMP

Chad Hendon, GDOT CHAMP

TMC Operations Manager

Bio

Chad Hendon works for GDOT as the TMC Operations Manager/CHAMP Program Manager. He was originally hired as an ITS Field Coordinator/Project Coordinator and was consistently promoted to positions of increased responsibility including TMC Operations, ITS Projects, and CHAMP. Chad oversees all daily operations for CHAMP including contract oversight, cross-departmental coordination, and emergency management/response. Chad collaborates with cross-functional teams, including the Office of Information Technology, ITS Maintenance, Regional Traffic Operations, and HERO to facilitate efficient operations. Chad is responsible for TIM throughout the state of Georgia to command and control effective multiagency and multidisciplinary emergency response to critical incidents. Chad develops and disseminates communications regarding CHAMP operations aligned with established departmental strategy and narratives. Chad establishes and maintains relationships with vendors, suppliers, key stakeholders, and the public.

Joe Schulman, GDOT Strategic Communications

Joe Schulman, GDOT Strategic Communications

District 6 Communications Officer

Bio

Joe Schulman is the GDOT District Communications Officer for District Six. He began a career in newspapers before changing career paths to marketing and public relations. He was the first marketing director at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville. When he’s not at work he spends time with his wife and 14-year-old daughter.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS

Bryan Bullock, Director of Planning

Bryan Bullock, Director of Planning

Jackson County Emergency Management Director

Bio

Bryan Bullock is a second-generation public servant. He grew up in Jackson County watching his dad proudly serve our citizens as a volunteer firefighter. Bryan began his career in 1991 as a volunteer firefighter with the Arcade Fire Department. In 1994, he began his full-time career as a 911 dispatcher with Jackson County Emergency Services. In 1995, Bryan became a certified EMT and in 1997 he became a paramedic. From 1997 to 2017, Bryan worked for Barrow County Emergency Services where he began his career as a paramedic and worked up to Captain over the Training Division/Deputy EMA Director. In 2017, Bryan came back to work for Jackson County as the EMA Director. He loves helping people and looks forward to serving on this Board.

Terry Stanford, Director of Towing & Recovery

Terry Stanford, Director of Towing & Recovery

Owner/Operator of Lickety Split Towing

Frank Killebrew, Director of Emergency Medical Services

Frank Killebrew, Director of Emergency Medical Services

Regional EMS Director, Georgia Office of EMS & Trauma

Bio

Frank Killebrew is the Region 7 Regional Director for the Office of EMS & Trauma. As a Regional Director he is responsible for regulatory oversight of all EMS agencies within Region 7, which is composed of 13 counties located in West Central Georgia. He has over 30 years of experience in EMS including more than 15 years of experience as an EMS educator. Prior to holding his current position, he was the Region 7 Regional Training Coordinator for the Office of EMS & Trauma. As a Regional Training Coordinator, he was responsible for regulatory oversight of all EMS educational programs within Region 7. Frank has also performed peer reviews of many online EMS articles and journals as well as a couple EMS textbooks. He also has experience as a question/item writer for an EMS software company that produces EMS study apps preparing students for the National Registry certification exams. Frank is also a National Registry Exam Representative and administers many National Registry Psychomotor exams across the state. Frank has a diverse background in EMS, including rural, urban, critical care, and even remote medicine as a paramedic aboard oil drilling wells and ships. He has a strong passion for rural EMS and rural health systems.

Chief Antonio Burden, Director of Fire

Chief Antonio Burden, Director of Fire

Augusta Fire Department

Bio

A native of the City of Atlanta, Antonio Burden began his career with the United States Marine Corps in 1990 as an Aircraft Firefighter and Rescue Specialist, proudly receiving the national defense medal for Operation Desert Storm, and most notably being certified as a Space Shuttle Orbiter Trainee.

In April 1994, he joined the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department. During his tenure, he has held the following positions: Firefighter, Lieutenant, Paramedic, Captain, Fire Rescue Captain, Battalion Chief, Fire Marshal, Assistant Chief, Chief of Staff, and Deputy Chief of Professional Services and Community Risk Reduction. Since 1994, he proudly served as an Honor Guard Member, eventually assuming the role of Honor Guard Commander.

In July 2021, he became the Fire Chief/EMA Director of the Augusta Fire Department and has made positive and impactful changes to the department. In February 2022, he was appointed to Region VI East Central Georgia Emergency Management Services (EMS) Council and has successfully received millions in federal grant funding augmenting taxpayer dollars while enhancing operational readiness.

Lieutenant John Brookshire, Director of Law Enforcement

Lieutenant John Brookshire, Director of Law Enforcement

Cherokee County Sheriff's Office

Bio

John Brookshire has worked for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office for more than 21 years, where he is currently assigned as the Traffic Enforcement Unit Commander. Early in his career, John found his calling in traffic safety and enforcement. He excelled in enforcement and crash investigations involving driving under the influence, becoming a certified Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and an accredited member of the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction. As a TIME Task Force instructor, John was tasked with assisting in training all first responders in Cherokee County in TIM in 2017. Since that time, John has sought innovation to decrease congestion and roadway closures using new technology, such as drones, in crash investigations. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Management Leadership from Reinhardt University and a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Columbus State University. John lives in the Free Home community in Cherokee County with his wife and three children.

Jeff Romine, Director of Transportation

Jeff Romine, Director of Transportation

Senior Corporate Environmental, Health & Safety Manager - Compliance at Shaw Industries Group

Bio

Jeff Romine boasts over 35 years of extensive expertise spanning consultation, auditing, safety, education, and insurance. As a Certified Safety Professional, Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and Certified Safety Management Professional, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Murray State University in Murray, KY. Jeff serves on the Georgia TIME Task Force organization as a board member.

Jeff held the position of Senior Corporate EHS Manager-Compliance at Shaw Industries, a prominent flooring manufacturer in the United States with a vast global footprint. At Shaw Industries, he spearheaded the development and management of Business Continuity Plans for 100 facilities and oversaw all Safety Programs, with a keen focus on Fire Protection and Emergency Planning and Notification Programs. With over 40 years of experience, Jeff is well-versed in handling pre- and post-tornado incidents, having served as a trained tornado spotter. 

A distinguished Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP), Jeff has held significant roles within the organization, including serving on the ASSP Region VII Executive Committee and as the Chattanooga Area Chapter President. He is a sought-after speaker at local, state, and national safety, environmental, and emergency management conferences. 

Prior to his current role, Jeff held various leadership positions, including Director of Transportation of the TIME Task Force, Chairman of the Whitfield County Local Emergency Planning Committee, and Chairman of the Catoosa County Juvenile Court Review Panel, among others. He has also been actively involved in community initiatives, such as serving on the Executive Committees of the North Georgia Healthcare Coalition and the Whitfield County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD). 

Furthermore, Jeff contributes his expertise to various committees and panels, including serving on the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Standards Technical Panel for Flammable Liquid Storage Cabinets and the Georgia 120-3-24 Rules and Regulations for Loss Prevention due to Combustible Dust Explosions and Fire Standards Committee with the Georgia State Fire Marshal and Georgia Insurance Commissioner. 

Brian Purvis, Member-At-Large

Brian Purvis, Member-At-Large

Senior Transportation Operations Engineer, Georgia Transportation at AECOM

Bio

Brian Purvis works with AECOM Technical Services where he is a national leader and subject matter expert in TIM, Safety Service Patrol Operations/Response, and Innovative Solutions to Traffic Operations.  With over two decades of traffic operations experience, Brian’s career includes roadway design, traffic signal, ITS operations, TMC operations, safety service patrol development, implementation, funding, operations, and advancements along with response to multiple natural and man-made disasters.

As an FHWA Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2) TIM master trainer, Brian has taught both trainers and emergency responders across the country and created state, urban, rural, TMC, and toll-specific TIM courses in multiple states and regions. He has been involved in this training since its beginning and was involved in FHWA’s Focus States Initiative that created the National Unified Goals for TIM video training for North Carolina DOT and the International Association of Chiefs of Police that has been seen by thousands of responders. Brian was instrumental in securing funding to train over 33,000 firefighters along with providing traffic cones on all fire trucks in the state of North Carolina in a single year.

Brian now manages a statewide service patrol program on interstates outside of Metro Atlanta for GDOT, called CHAMP (Coordinated Highway Assistance and Maintenance Program). This program provides motorist assistance, roadway clearance, and temporary traffic control. These efforts help maintain roadway functions on a 24/7/365 response basis to minimize roadway maintenance response time and increase roadway efficiency and safety.

Brian is currently serving as the Member-at-Large for the Georgia TIME Task Force and formerly chaired the TIME Operations Subcommittee.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS

Ivan Lichtenstein, Digital Media Specialist, AECOM

Ivan Lichtenstein, Digital Media Specialist, AECOM

Communications

Bio

Ivan Lichtenstein is the Digital Media Specialist for AECOM for the GDOT Transportation Management Center (TMC). He manages the 511 Georgia social media pages and develops visuals to better inform the public of real-time traffic information in the state of Georgia. He also coordinates with other agencies and partners on different traffic and safety-related campaigns and assists with the communication components of these projects. Ivan is a graduate of Georgia State University with a bachelor’s degree in film/media and a minor in journalism.

Dolores Uttero, Georgia DOT TMC Manager

Dolores Uttero, Georgia DOT TMC Manager

Grants (Interim)

Bio

Dolores Uttero is the current GDOT TMC Manager. She currently manages activities related to Statewide NaviGAtor/511 Operations Center in the Office of Traffic Operations including its main sections of Highway Operations and Managed Lanes, as well as CHAMP. Dolores coordinates closely with GDOT’s Office of Information Technology, Emergency Operations, the ITS Maintenance section, SigOps, and the HERO unit as required.

Dolores graduated from NYU Tandon School of Engineering with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus on Geotechnical Engineering.

Rodney Pickle, CHAMP Supervisor, AECOM

Rodney Pickle, CHAMP Supervisor, AECOM

Operations

Bio

Rodney Pickle currently works as a supervisor for District 3 Eastside and District 4 CHAMP. Rodney oversees daily operations of the assigned GDOT Districts to include supervision, operations, logistics, training, and emergency operations of CHAMP. Previously, Rodney was assigned as a CHAMP Operator before being promoted to CHAMP Supervisor.

Prior to Rodney’s employment with CHAMP, he spent 25 years as a firefighter where he achieved the rank of Assistant Chief. Additionally, Rodney was employed by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, Fire Academy Division as Lead Instructor. He held numerous certifications in various areas including Georgia Search and Rescue, Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Officer, and Incident Management positions. Rodney proudly served in the Armed Forces, including the United States Navy as a Submarine Radioman, and ended his career in the military serving in the Georgia Air Force National Guard as a Power Production Electrician.

Requel Williams, Operations Manager, AECOM

Requel Williams, Operations Manager, AECOM

Programs

Bio

Requel Williams brings a wealth of experience and dedication to her role at AECOM, where she currently serves as the Deputy Program Manager for the GDOT Statewide Traffic Operations Program. With an impressive tenure spanning 24 years at the GDOT Traffic Management Center (TMC), Requel has held various key positions, each contributing to her extensive knowledge and expertise in traffic incident management (TIM). Her passion for her work is evident in her commitment and enthusiasm.

Requel has been an integral member of the TIME Task Force since 2002, playing a particularly active role over the last decade. Her leadership and dedication were recognized in November 2018 when she was elected as the TIME Task Force Programs Committee Chairperson, a position she was re-elected to in 2023. Additionally, she served as the Director-at-Large for the TIME Task Force Board of Directors in 2023, further showcasing her leadership capabilities and commitment to the mission of the Task Force.

Beyond her professional achievements, Requel is a devoted mother to her beautiful daughter. In her personal time, she enjoys singing, shopping, and cherishing moments with her family, especially her beloved 96-year-old grandmother. Requel’s multifaceted life and dedication to both her career and family make her an inspiring figure in the field of traffic incident management.

Chief Shaun Raulston, City of Buena Vista Fire Department

Chief Shaun Raulston, City of Buena Vista Fire Department

Training

Bio

Shaun Raulston is a paramedic with the Department of Defense at Fort Moore EMS, a Marion County EMS, and a Webster County EMS. Shaun’s fire service started in 2006 and he currently serves as Fire Chief for the City of Buena Vista, GA, Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department, and serves as fire department coordinator for seven fire departments in Marion County. In his spare time, he also serves as an FHWA SHRP2 trainer, Region 9 TIM Team Champion, TIME Task Force Training Committee Chair, Deputy EMA Director for Marion County, and Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor. Shaun has degrees in Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electronic Technology, and Paramedics, and holds bachelor’s degrees in Non-profit Small Business Administration and Counseling Psychology. Shaun is an active attendee at synagogue and currently calls Marion County home with his wife, Heather, and their seven children.