Emergency Management Faculty
Location: University Programs/ISU Meridian
Cathy Deckys, MS, RN, COHN-SNC
Location: Clinical Instructor, School of Nursing
Cathy Deckys joined the Boise State University School of Nursing clinical faculty in 2010 upon becoming the first graduate of the Master of Science in nursing program. She brings with her, 35 years of clinical practice, half of which was dedicated to her field of specialty in occupational health and public health. She has worked for two Fortune 500 companies in the Seattle area, providing nursing services for occupational and non-occupational illness and injury. She has developed employee wellness programs, ergonomic training, and emergency response teams.
Her family life boasts of four grown children; two in Seattle, two in Boise. She has a retired husband who loves anthropology, one Jack Russell and four adopted cats. Her alter ego is a dancer who dreamed of Broadway but ended up choreographing aerobics programs. She loves to hike, paint and garden. Humor is critical to life.
Judson Freed, Director
Location: Ramsey County Emergency Management, Minnesota
Judd Freed is has more than 25 years’ experience in Emergency Management, Homeland Security, community risk, resilience and operational continuity, and research protection in the academic, private, and public sectors. He has created and expanded innovative and successful Emergency Management programs at the University of Minnesota - where he served as Director - and as a private consultant. For the past decade, he has served (and continues to serve) as Director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for one of the nation's most densely populated large urban counties.
Judd is a frequent presenter at conferences throughout the US, and a regular guest lecturer on issues of public sector risk and ethics in an age of terrorism at colleges and universities, and is regularly sought out be local media. He is also active in issues pertaining to the structure of Homeland Security and the implications to, and impact on, local communities and government. He has provided expert testimony to the Minnesota State Legislature and the United States Congress.
Judd serves as Vice Chair of the Justice and Public Safety Committee, Subcommittee on Homeland Security and Emergency Management at the National Association of Counties; Government Affairs Committee Chair for the Association of Minnesota Emergency Managers; member of the Government Affairs Committee of the International Association of Emergency Mangers-USA Council, and helped write the ANSI-approved Emergency Management Standard by EMAP as a member of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Technical Committee and EMAP Commissioner.
In addition to the "standard" certification courses for professional Emergency Managers in the USA, Judd is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College Homeland Security Planner program and the DeBecker Advanced Threat Assessment and Management Academy. Judd holds a Management Certificate from the Carlson School of Management; a BA in US History from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters of Art in Security Studies (Homeland Defense and Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School, where his Thesis - "No Failure of Imagination: Examining the Foundational Flaws In America's Homeland Security Enterprise" was selected as a finalist for Outstanding Thesis in 2011.
David Jackson, Lead Critical Infrastructure Protection Planner
Location: Texas Dept of Public Safety, Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division
David Jackson brings seventeen years of experience in the field of emergency management and homeland security to the classroom. The practical experience that Mr. Jackson shares with the class spans many programmatic areas within the emergency management discipline.
Dave is currently the Lead Critical Infrastructure Protection Planner for the Texas Department of Public Safety, Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division. Prior to joining the Texas Department of Public Safety, Dave spent fifteen years with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security. During his tenure with the Idaho Bureau of Homeland Security, Dave worked in emergency planning and preparedness, training and exercise program management, hazard mitigation, and critical infrastructure protection, and in the Idaho State Emergency Operations Center. He has responded to numerous local, state and federal disasters and hazardous materials incidents. His experience includes experience with core functions to include emergency planning, risk and vulnerability analysis, grant management, risk management and strategic planning. Prior to joining the State of Idaho, Dave worked at the FEMA National Processing Center in Denton, TX.
Mr. Jackson holds a M.A. in Homeland Security and Defense Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and a B.S. in Emergency Administration and Disaster Planning from the University of North Texas. He has served on multiple focus groups and special working groups for FEMA throughout his career. Mr. Jackson has completed FEMA’s Professional Development Series and Applied Practices Series of courses. He has held certifications as a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) through the Association of State Floodplain Managers and as a Master Trainer through FEMA. He received the Idaho Distinguished Service Medal. Mr. Jackson is also active in several professional organizations to include the International Association of Emergency Managers.
Over 30 years of expertise and leadership in online and adult education development and management. Roberts’s strengths include Emergency Management, Hazmat Transportation, Logistics, and online learning and Adult Distance Education.
Robert has authored Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) Life Cycle Management: Corporate, Community, and Organizational Planning and Preparedness textbook, published numerous articles, presents and lectures at conferences and trainings.
He earned his Executive MBA, Business, from Suffolk University and BS, Business, from Southern New Hampshire University.
Robert A. Littrell
Location: Emergency Management Planner/Analyst
University Security & Police Services, Boise State University
Rob is the Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations Planner/Analyst for Boise State. He reports to the Executive Director of University Security and Police Services. Prior to coming to the university, Rob was the Emergency Operations Center Manager at Ada City-County Emergency Management along with managing the Training & Exercises Plan for Ada County. He is responsible for coordinating all university emergency response activities (including emergency notification), reviewing/updating the university emergency operations plan, managing the university continuity of operations plans, and any additional emergency management functions ensuring all Boise State departments are best prepared for any major emergencies and/or disasters.
A former United States Air Force Lieutenant Colonel with more than 4,200 flight hours on the E-3A/B/C (AWACS) and several deployments across the globe, Rob has more than 20 years of emergency and contingency planning experience at all levels in both military and local emergency management communities. He has a master of science in military operational science from Air University and a bachelor’s degree in music marketing from the University of Texas at San Antonio. The proud father of two children (11 and 14 y/o), Rob spends his off campus time running and mountain biking in the Boise Foothills and exploring Idaho and the Pacific Northwest.
Ralph W. Powell
Location: Colonel / Director of the Idaho State Police
Powell, a 30+-year ISP veteran, was appointed as the Idaho State Police director and elevated to the rank of colonel, in March 2013. Prior to that he was the deputy director since January 2012. Powell has an associate’s degree from what now is Brigham Young University-Idaho, a bachelor’s degree in pre-law from Brigham Young University and a master of public administration degree from Boise State University. He started his law enforcement career as a police officer for the City of Boise in 1983. He became an Idaho State Police trooper based in Pocatello that same year and worked his way up the ranks as a sergeant, regional commander, forensic and police services commander, area operations commander and deputy director.
Location: Ohio EMA Exercise Program Manager, MEP, Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA)
Darren has been the Exercise Program Manager for over 14 years. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Ohio Christian University.
Location: Ohio EMA Exercise Program Manager, MEP, Ohio Emergency Management Agency (OEMA)
19-year veteran of the department and was promoted in March 2015 to Deputy Chief. He has spent 26 years total in law enforcement, is well-versed in Homeland Security and disaster response, and was a founding member of Multi-Agency Coordination for Law Enforcement team, a group that focus on regular training and teamwork for first responders.
Eugene has worked in multiple roles within the department throughout his career, including the domestic violence unit, gang enforcement, criminal intelligence, drug recognition, field training and community policing.
Location: Project Management Professional, Strategy and Policy Consultant Washington D.C. Metro Area
An innovative, results-oriented professional with a proven track record for formulating and executing business strategies in demanding government markets, generating thought leadership, and directing high visibility projects in a fast-paced consulting environment. Responsibilities include developing the strategy, identifying key market trends, and managing financial performance. Over the past decade, shaped leading ideas for my firm in emergency management, homeland security, and public-private partnerships. In this capacity, devised creative strategies and solutions for clients facing disruptive policy, market, or technology trends. Over eighteen years of experience in public policy development and analysis with a focus on homeland security, emergency preparedness and response, and critical infrastructure protection issues. Bring an understanding of the nuances of policy and the policy-making environment which I leverage in assisting clients with the development and implementation of policy initiatives. I've focused upon understanding the homeland security issue at the Federal, State, and local level as well as private sector, from its evolution in the late 1990s to the present. Manage a high performing team that designs and deploys innovative strategies, methods, techniques, and tools to solve challenging client problems.
Specialties: Policy Analysis, Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Innovation, Idea Generation, National Preparedness, Grant Program Development, Grants Management, Information Sharing, Public-Private Partnerships, Homeland Security Strategy.
Loren earned his MPA, Strategic Management from George Washington University and his BA, Political Science and History from University of California-Riverside.
Location: Healthcare Liaison, Central District Health Boise, Idaho
Lisa earned her Master of Public Health from Idaho State University and her Bachelor of Science, Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences from Boise State University.
Robin is a Master Exercise Practitioner, ICS instructor, former Terrorism Response Trainer/Plans Coordinator for the State of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management; Emergency Management Coordinator for the University of Minnesota; and Emergency Manager for Rock County Emergency Management.
In preparing the next generation of emergency managers Robin not only presents pertinent academic information, she also strives to provide opportunities for the development of communication and problem solving skills. Beyond the challenges associated with the nature of emergency management, emergency managers must also be aware of the potential complexities of an evolving profession. Private and public entities now realize the value of a well-developed emergency management program within their organization and are investing in emergency management positions. Emergency management professionals must be prepared to develop and maintain working relationships with a wide scope of people, from volunteers at a local non-profit to elected and appointed government officials.
Robin earned her Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Management and Leadership from Concordia University-St Paul.
Location: Lieutenant Colonel/Deputy Director, Idaho State Police
Kedrick Wills started his law enforcement career as an officer in his hometown police department of Glenns Ferry in 1994. He was soon hired as a Spanish bilingual police officer by Nampa Police Department in 1995. He then joined the Idaho State Police in January of 1996 and was stationed in District 4 as a Resident Trooper in the Burley/Rupert area. In 2002, Lt. Colonel Wills was promoted to Sergeant and was stationed in District 2, with district offices in Lewiston. In 2004 he was promoted to Lieutenant and was assigned to ISP headquarters in Meridian where he oversaw the background process for new employees, the Executive Protection Unit, and ISP’s Honor Guard. In 2006, Kedrick was promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned again to District 4 as the District Commander with district offices in Jerome. In 2010 he was promoted to Major and assigned to headquarters as the Police Services Commander over Forensics Services, Criminal Justice Information Systems and the Bureau of Criminal Identification. In January of 2012, Lt. Colonel Wills was transferred into operations as the Area Commander over Districts 4, 5 and 6, which includes most of the southern portion of the state, as well as, Commercial Vehicle Services, Training, and ISP’s two Regional Communications Centers. In April of 2013, Colonel Ralph Powell appointed Kedrick Wills to serve as the deputy director of the Idaho State Police and holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Kedrick was awarded ISP’s Silver Star in 1997 for heroism and bravery.
Wills holds a Master’s degree in Training and Development from Idaho State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Training and Development, also from Idaho State University, and an Associate of Arts degree from the College of Southern Idaho. Wills is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and has enjoyed being a part of the ISU adjunct faculty corps for the past several years at Idaho State University. Wills and his wife, Johanna, have three daughters and one son.