WSP Lead Chaplain-Eastern Washinton and Executive Director of the NPFCA

Stuart currently serves as the chaplain for District 4 for the Washington State Patrol and Region 1 for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Stuart was raised in Spokane, Washington. He has his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Marketing from Eastern Washington University and a Master of Health Service Administration Degree from Whitworth University.  Stuart’s corporate career spanned 20 years in both the health care and high tech industries.   During that time, his experience as a senior executive and consultant included the areas of sales, marketing, advertising,  company start-up’s and consulting.  He has worked in over twenty countries throughout Europe, Africa, the Nordics, South and North America and the Mid East. 
Stuart has been in ministry for over sixteen years.  Starting in 2000 Stuart formed and ministered nationally though his para-church organization called Pure Warrior Ministries.  Stuart is the former Executive Pastor at Valley Real Life in Spokane responsible for all church operations including ministering in the recovery as well as security, medical, ushering, and transportation areas.  He has expertise in the areas of addictions, depression, marriage, divorce, grief, as well as emotional, psychological and sexual trauma.  Stuart and Juleen have three grown sons and live in Mica Washington.  H workes as a dispatcher for a busy school district transportation department and is a published author on the subject.



Senior Chaplain and Founder--Washington State Police and Fire Chaplains and the Washington State Chaplain Foundation

Mike Neil is the President and Founder of the Washington State Chaplain Foundation, and Senior Chaplain for the Washington State Police and Fire Chaplain Organization. He served 30 years as a Fish and Wildlife Officer, 15 years as a Police Firearms Instructor, and 16 years as a Police Dog Handler.



Assistant Director--Washington State Police and Fire Chaplains

Dr. Tom Jonez is the Assistant Senior Chaplain for Washington State Police and Fire Chaplains and the Washington State Chaplain Foundation providing leadership and training to chaplains across the state.  Dr. Jonez has over thirty years experience in business organizational leadership, including as CEO of an INC 500 company, International Telly Award-Winning video producer, Marketing Agency Owner/Director, as well as a business and marketing strategy consultant.



Retired Lead Chaplain for the Spokane County Sheriff's Office

After a thirty-year career, Curtis is retired from the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.   He then served as the Lead Chaplain for the Spokane County Sheriffs Chaplaincy for 8 1/2 years.  Curtis is from Spokane and has an As Degree in Police Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from The Christian Life College of Theology.  Curtis was the founder of the Spokane County Sheriffs Chaplaincy and served as their first President for seven years.



Executive Director-Alaska Police and Fire Chaplains

Chaplain Diane Peterson is the Executive Director of Alaska Police & Fire Chaplains Ministry (APFCM) and oversees operations. Diane is the Commander for Alaska with Chaplain Fellowship Ministries. She also serves as a volunteer chaplain for APD and AFD.

 She has been with APFCM since 2002, appointed as a deputy director in 2012 and Executive Director in 2015. Diane recently received her board certification in Clinical Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy(CPSP). This post-masters degree certification requires four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), 1600 hrs. of clinical training, weekly presentations of clinical casework for supervisory and group review, and didactic study. Licensed and ordained thru Trinity Full Gospel in 2009

Diane has extensive training in CISM, Crisis Negotiation and suicide prevention and post-vention. She is also a certified Trainer. Additionally, she co–facilitates Survivor of Suicide meetings for those who loved ones have completed suicide.  In 2016 Chaplain Peterson received the Presidential Call to Service Lifetime Achievement Award



Senior Chaplain for the Washington State Patrol

Senior Chaplain Russell retired as a WSP Detective in 2001 and as a King County Metro Transit Safety Superintendent in 2016. Darryl brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to our Chaplain Program.  He and his wife Dolores have been married for 24 years. The Russell’s have five children and 12 grandchildren.  Darryl graduated from the Police and Fire Chaplain Training Academy in May 2012.  He is based in King County.



Executive Director--Charteris Foundation and Senior Chaplain for the South County Fire Department

The Rt. Rev’d Dr. Tim Klerekoper is the Executive Director of Charteris Foundation, a private non-profit charitable organization providing chaplaincy services throughout the Pacific Northwest.  He personally serves as Head Chaplain for South King County Fire Department and Des Moines Police Department, where he holds the rank of Major.  Tim also serves as chaplain for King County Sheriff’s Office, and is the Region Nine and Ten Chaplain for Federal Protective Service, Department of Homeland Security.   Tim earned his Bachelor's degree from Whitworth College, a Master’s Diploma in Christian Studies from Regent College, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary in Tacoma, Washington, and a Doctor of Divinity degree from Trinity Biblical University in California. 
Tim is a member of and holds both a Master’s and Diplomate Certification with the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and is Board Certified by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.  In addition to working with police officers, firefighters, and responding to emergency scenes, he does individual, marriage, and family counseling. 
Tim is an internationally known preacher and teacher, is an instructor for the California P.O.S.T. training program, and lectures nationally and internationally for the International Association of Chief’s of Police, the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, the International Conference of Police Chaplains, and is an Adjunct Seminary Professor, teaching Crisis Intervention Counseling, Grief and Bereavement, and Stress-related classes both in the United States, and overseas.
Tim has been married to his wife Jan for 32 years, has two boys; Geoffrey (26) and Trenton (22), and three grandchildren.  He was consecrated as the Bishop Co-adjutor, Diocese of Seattle in the Christian Episcopal Church (Continuing Anglican).  He is also the Rector of King of Glory Anglican Parish in Auburn, Washington.  He and his family live in Federal Way, Washington.



Investigator-Spokane County Medical Examiner--Retired

Elizabeth Nelson, AKA Turtle, is a life-long resident of the Spokane area. Elizabeth studied Forensics and Anthropology at Eastern Washington University. Elizabeth has been a Medicolegal Death Investigator and Autopsy Assistant with the Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office for the last seven years. When not at work, she enjoys forcing her family to join her outdoors game of urban treasure hunting.



WSP  Motors Trooper (Motorcycle)

Jeff started his career with Washington State Patrol in 1996 as a trooper cadet in Tri-Cities. He was commissioned a trooper in March 1999 assigned to Seattle. Jeff transfer back to Tri-Cities in 2000.  In 2002, Jeff transferred to District 4 assigned to his hometown Spokane. In 2006 Jeff successfully completed training to become a motor officer and is currently assigned to Spokane special operations detachment. He has also served as the public information officer for district 4 headquartered in Spokane for 11 years. Jeff is primary contact for government and media relations for seven Eastern WA counties that are covered by district 4. Jeff also serves as a PIO for the Northeast Inter-agency Incident Management Team. ‎ Jeff has deployed with IMTs throughout the state as a PIO. Jeff has also served as firearms instructor, certified technical collision investigator and Washington State Patrol Troopers Association representative.  Jeff is a native of Spokane and served 3 years in the US Navy prior to becoming a WSP trooper. Jeff is married and has two children who enjoy working on their family ranch.



Officer for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 1

Officer Spurbeck serves Region 1 for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife focusing in the Spokane County area.



Sargeant, WSP District 4

Scott Lasher is a Sergeant with the Washington State Patrol and has been employed with the Washington State Patrol since July 3, 1997. Lasher served in the Commercial Vehicle Division from July, 1997 to Janurary 1999, at the Spokane Port of Entry, enforcing commercial vehcile law.  Lasher was fully commissioned as a line Trooper on July 1, 1999. In addition to Trooper Basic Training, Lasher attended advanced training in: collision investigation, narcotics use, advanced drug interdiction, the identification of major categories of laboratory tested illicit drugs, DUI detection, SFST's, advanced roadside impaired driving enforcement (ARIDE) and was a certified drug recognition expert (DRE) for a period of four years. Lasher has trained with the Spokane regional auto theft task force and is well versed in  VIN recognition,  latent fingerprinting,  interviewing / interrogation. Lasher has attended detective's basic training and has served as a field training officer, firearms and defensive tactics instructor. Lasher has investigated hundreds of collisions, made hundreds of misdemeanor and felony drug arrests. Lasher has investigated multiple vehicular homicides and vehicular assaults as well as hundreds of DUI cases.



Training and Education Director for FFC

Chaplain Bill Lotz is Training & Education Director for the Federation of Fire Chaplains, has been working in and around the fire service since 1978 and has been involved in full time ministry since 1988. He has served as a pastor and as chaplain in hospital, corrections, hospice, and fire/police settings. Bill earned his Doctoral Degree in Chaplain Studies from Golden Gate Seminary in 1999 and has worked in full-time chaplain ministry since then. He currently serves as Director of Chaplain Services Network in SE Washington State, recruiting and training chaplains for fire/rescue and police agencies. He teaches Fire Chaplaincy, Disaster Chaplaincy and CISM throughout the US and Canada. Bill lives in Tri Cities, WA with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.



Licensed Funeral Director--Lauer Funeral Home, Deer Park, Washington

Nate Hoeksema is a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer in Washington State with 10 years of experience serving in the funeral industry. After graduating with a BA in Philosophy from Calvin College in 2008, he went on pursue a degree in Funeral Service Education from Mt. Hood Community College in Troutdale, OR. He worked as a Funeral Director/Embalmer Apprentice for Rose City Cemetery & Funeral Home in Portland while he attended school. After graduating from MHCC in 2010 Nate went to work for his family's business, Spokane Cremation & Funeral Service, as a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Spokane Cremation & Funeral Service has been serving the community for more than two decades and assists nearly 900 families each year. Nate currently resides in Spokane, WA with this his wife Chrissy and daughter Sophie.



Police Officer-Eastern Washington University

Officer Randolph Moore is the proud husband of Lily Diaz-Moore whom he has been married to for 23 years.  They have two boys, Marquies and Malik, who both currently attend EWU. Officer Moore has spent the last 15 years serving as a Law Enforcement Officer in Moses Lake, Washington, San Antonio, Texas and now in Cheney at Eastern Washington University.



Staff Chaplain-Providence Sacred Hearth Medical Center

Clark Peterson has served his role as staff chaplain at Sacred Heart Medical Center for nearly 20 years, specializing in crisis intervention, end of life and psychiatric chaplaincy.  he has been married to Linda and they have two grown children.  His hobbies include playing drums, target shooting and riding his motorcycle.



Liberty Lake Police Department

Dan Wilson is a reserve police officer with the Liberty Lake Police Department and a former police officer for the Spokane Police Department.  He is an executive protection agent, physical security consultant, commercial construction project manager, journeyman carpenter and active shooter responder.  He is certified in DHS Terrorism Response Tactics L1.  He lives in Spokane with his wife and children.



Manager/Communication Officer IV--WSP Wenatchee, WA--Retired

Becky Kallstrom is a Communications Officer (4) for the Washington State Patrol in Wenatchee, Washiington.  She manages the communications operation for that district
She started her dispatching career in 1991, in Grant County.    She accepted a lateral position to WSP in 1997 and have been planted with them for 20 years now.    She joined the WSP Peer/CISM team in 1999 and am currently one of three team co-coordinators for the team.



Fire Communication Specialist for the Spokane Fire Department--Combined Communication Center for Spokane County--Retired

Grace Hammersley is a Fire Communications Specialist for the Spokane Fire Department working in the Combined Communications Center for Spokane County which dispatches for all of the fire agencies in the county.  She has had a career in public service starting with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources in 1978.  Grace worked in Communications for the Washington State Patrol starting in the Okanogan Detachment in 1981 and transferred to the District 4 office in Spokane in 1982 where she worked until 1989.  Work as a Revenue Officer with Department of Revenue followed from 1989 to 1997.  Career work as a full time mother and Development Director for a private school kept her busy until she returned to public service for SFD in 2010.  Grace joined the regional CISM team in 2011 and is a part of the SFD’s peer support and CISM group as well.  She is married to Paul Hammersley for 30 years this June.  Paul is a career paramedic and fire fighter with Spokane Valley Department for those same 30 years.  They have three adult children.



Senior Investigator, Whitman County Coroner

With us since our founding, Reese Whiteman is one of our veteran team members. They bring their years of experience and skills to the forefront in helping our organization grow and succeed.



District 4 Commander for the Washington State Patrol.

Jeff Otis is a Captain with the Washington State Patrol and has been employed with the WSP since April 10, 1987.  Captain Otis has served as the District Commander for WSP District 4, which is situated in northeast Washington and encompasses the seven easternmost counties of Washington State, since March 1, 2004.  In addition to assisting with the National Police and Fire Chaplain Academy, Captain Otis has served as a member of the WSP Chaplain Advisory Board for over 15 years. Jeff has been married for over 34 years and is the proud parent of two daughters.