I’m in Ohio serving the public, creating media & music.
Public and Work Commitments
I am recently retired from my role as Assistant Chief at the Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal, Fire Prevention Bureau. I supervised a team of field educators. I oversaw curriculum development for fire and life safety education.
I am a Mental Health First Aid virtual instructor. I work part-time in this role with Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio. To schedule a class for your group or organization at no cost, or for more information, please contact:
- Adult Mental Health First Aid: Tori Ivan firstname.lastname@example.org
- Youth Mental Health First Aid: Kathleen Oberlin email@example.com
- Further Information: mhaohio.org/get-help/MHFA
I am participating as a member of the IFSTA validation committee for the upcoming fourth edition of their publication Fire and Life Safety Educator.
I serve as an Executive Board Member of Education Section of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA). I also serve the state of Ohio as the chosen education network representative.
I serve as President-Elect for the Ohio Certified Public Manager® Society. I had been Public Relations Chair for the past several years. We are beginning a renaissance and have been working with Cleveland State University as they reestablish the OCPM training program. In this role, I also serve as on the Advisory Board of the Ohio Certified Public Manager® program held at Cleveland State University.
I serve as audio engineer and editor of the CRR Radio podcast. This is part of the IFE USA Branch Vision 20/20 project. I also assist with social media posting and maintenance/updates to the project web site.
I also work freelance as a voiceover artist, offering services when the odd-job is requested.
I am the bassist with the band Counting Skeletons. We play about twice a month at various clubs around southwest Ohio, including Dayton and Cincinnati. This is primarily 80s covers, with the occasional newer tune, esp. if it helps motivate people to dance or sing along. We also produce a monthly web series called Tales from the Closet.
Counting Skeletons has two original music projects, as well. We have just released the first of eight singles from an album called Emerald Opus. It features the talents of Alan Ellison, our newest band member on keyboards. Drummer Dr. Steve Adkins is also playing on this project.
Our first album is Super Moon. It features a great lineup of musicians who helped us with the project, including drummer Greg Goforth and singer Nyci Lorts. Drum tracks were engineered by Matt Hueneman of Cattle Dog Productions.
I’m playing my cello more frequently these days. I recently purchased an NS Design NXT4a electric cello. I enjoy working on my technique and have been rebuilding my proficiency (slowly, but surely). This is a truly well engineered musical instrument. I highly recommend it to those that want to branch out to electric cello. I performed with this instrument on Emerald Opus, as well as on one track released by my son’s band, Dead Humor.
I have stopped producing the Audio Gumshoe independent music podcast. I started this in 2005 as the Miami Valley Musicast. The show was in production through 2019, with a brief hiatus in 2018. Unfortunately, my time commitments elsewhere make it difficult to continue the show.
While dealing with COVID-19
I’m listening to many audio books. I listen to far too many to even list at this point.
I listen to the very occasional podcast. Though I was an avid podcast listener for roughly ten or more years, I’m finding them to be too boring most of the time. Occasionally, I find a stand-out show that catches my attention. [Editorial: Most producers need to step up their game.] When driving, I tend to have a lot on my mind and most podcasts either distract or cause me to get drowsy [read: boring].
I’m still reading One Train Later: A Memoir by Andy Summers.* I’ve not had much time to spend on this book. I’m curious, as always, about his story and works both in and out of the Police. I had set this one aside to read others.
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Current as of 23 March 2021