MNICS Organization

MNICS Board of Directors

The MNICS Board of Directors meets annually to prioritize projects, set direction, solve problems and exchange emergency management information. The Board reviews proposals and authorizes mutual aid agreements, Memorandums of Understanding and other agreements relating to the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC) operations.

2016 MNICS Board Members include:

  • Greg Peterson, MNICS task force chair
  • Ron Stoffel, fire suppression supervisor, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Brenda Halter, supervisor, Superior National Forest
  • Darla Lenz, supervisor, Chippewa National Forest
  • Kris Eide, director, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Make Ward, superintendent, Voyageurs National Park
  • Tom Remus, regional fire management officer, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Russ Langford, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • A representative from NE Area State and Private Forestry

MNICS Task Force

The MNICS Task Force meets monthly to provide oversight on MIFC operations and decide how best to partner with state and federal emergency response organizations. The Minnesota Incident Management Teams (IMT) report to the Task Force. IMT member selection, training, general policy and personnel matters are guided by the Task Force.

The Task Force decides which issues should be forwarded to the Board of Directors. If proposals or projects need further research or development, they may be referred to a MNICS working team. Working teams serve in an advisory capacity and make recommendations for the Task Force to consider. 2016 MNICS Task Force members include:

  • Chair: Greg Peterson, fire management officer, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Ellen Bogardus-Szymaniak, supervisor, US Forest Service
  • Kurt Fogelberg, fire management officer, National Park Service
  • Seth Grimm, zone fire management officer, US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Roy Holmes, northeast region program coordinator, Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • Brian Jenkins, fire management officer, US Forest Service
  • Christi Powers, MIFC public information officer, Minnesota DNR
  • Ben Roy, fire management officer, US Forest Service
  • Ron Stoffel, fire suppression supervisor, Minnesota DNR
  • Tasha Woodwick, MIFC assistant coordinator, Bureau of Indian Affairs

MNICS Working Teams

Working teams have a voting member from each partner agency. Working team members are part of an incident management team or otherwise affiliated with emergency response organizations. The Task Force establishes the teams and approves projects, proposals and priorities. Items such as interagency training calendars, operational IMT procedures, processes and guidelines, new technology and prescribed fire policies are examples of working team projects.

Working teams meet at the MNICS annual meeting and some convene throughout the year.  The Task Force establishes the teams and gives the teams a list of items to work on for the year.  Items such as interagency training calendars, operational procedures for IMTs, and prescribed fire policies are the types of issues working teams discuss at their meetings.

2016 working chairs and Task Force (TF) representatives are:

  • Air Operations: Rob Heavirland, chair; Ron Stoffel, TF representative
  • Communications:  Pat Coughlin, chair; Russ Langford, TF representative
  • Dispatch:  Ryan Kingsley, chair; Tasha Woodwick, TF representative
  • Finance:  Nancy Calder, chair; Brian Jenkins, TF representative
  • GISS: Chris Mursu and Wade Mapes, co-chairs; Roy Holmes, TF representative
  • Information Management:  Kris Reichenbach, chair; Ron Stoffel, TF representative
  • Information Technology: Meggan Nadler and Shelly Carroll, co-chairs; Kurt Fogelberg, TF representative
  • Logistics:  Don Lantz, chair; Ron Stoffel, TF representative
  • Operations: Ben Roy, chair; Brian Jenkins, TF representative
  • Prescribed Fire and Fuels:  Carl Crawford, chair; Greg Peterson, TF representative
  • Prevention:  Jeff Jackson, chair; Christi Powers, TF representative
  • Training: Robert Lintelmann, chair; Kurt Fogelberg, TF representative

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