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Senior Chaplain and President, WSCF

Mike Neil is the President and Founder of the Washington State Chaplain Foundation, and Senior Chaplain for the Washington State Patrol and the Department of Fish and Wildlife. 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. He is the author and illustrator of an African adventure novel, The MIRACLE of AFRICA, He is a born-again Christian who has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1973. In 1981, the couple lost their son Ryan, who was born three months premature. In 2006, the Neil’s faith was tested when their 27-year-old daughter, Susanne, died after being struck by a car on her bicycle. Mike ultimately decided to accept his loss as part of God’s plan and use it for a greater purpose.

Today as an Ordained Pastor, Neil leads a statewide team of Police Chaplains who respond to tragedy and minister to state employees. The Neil’s reside in Gig Harbor, Washington where their son James, his wife Heather and their two children also live. James is an Elementary School Principle in Tacoma. Sue retired in 2015 after 27 years teaching fifth grade in Puyallup.

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Assistant Senior Chaplain, WSCF

Dr. Jonez is the Assistant Senior Chaplain for Washington State Chaplain Foundatiaon providing leadership and training to chaplains across the state.
Thomas D. Jonez (“Tom”) is also the President of Plumbline Management Corporation & Plumbline Media Group. Dr. Jonez has over thirty years experience in business organizational leadership, including 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. Dr. Jonez has served on numerous boards of non-profit agencies, on a volunteer basis.
He is a private real estate investor, an international conference speaker, and the author of numerous articles and books on the topics of organizational development, leadership, and marketing as well as a weekly blog on leadership available at
Specialties: Company Growth Strategy, Market Leadership Consulting, Award-winning Video Production, Internet Marketing, Graphic Design, Advertising, Social Media Marketing, National Award-winning Advertising.  Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Tom and his wife currently reside in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Eastern Washington Lead Chaplain-WSP/WDFW and NPFCA Executive Director

Stuart currently serves as the Lead Chaplain for Eastern Washington and is based in District 4-Spokane for the Washington State Patrol and Region 1 for the Fish and Wildlife Department.
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 recovery as well as security, medical, ushering, and transportation.  He has expertise in the areas of addictions, depression, marriage, divorce, grief, as well as emotional, psychological and sexual trauma.  Stuart lives in Mica with his wife Juleen.  They have three grown sons.



Retired Lead Chaplain--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.  He also started their Chaplains Academy Program and was the Director of the Spokane Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of The Evangelical Church Alliance of Bradley, IL.  Curtis also attended the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission performing the role of firearms instructor and the Sheriff’s Office armorer. 

 Curtis is a recipient of the Washington State Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.



WSP/WDFW Chaplain and NPFCA Support/Logistics

Chaplain Purdy is a retired Air Force Officer with eight years of experience as a medic/EMT and fifteen years as a healthcare administrator.  He served twelve years as the Ministry Coordinator Crossover Church in Mead, WA.  He serves as a Chaplain for the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team ministering to victims of disasters where he has deployed to Houston for hurricane Harvey in 2017 and North Carolina for hurricane Matthew in 2016.  He has his Associate Degree in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Master’s Degree in Management.
Chaplain Purdy is a Graduate of the National Police and Fire Chaplains Academy in Spokane, WA.  He has certifications and advanced certifications in Critical Incident Stress Management as well as multiple certifications in the Incident Command System.  Bob lives in Colbert, Washington with his wife Nancy.
Chaplain Purdy is the Registrar for the National Police and Fire Chaplain Academy.

Ken is retired as the chaplain for the Spokane Valley Fire Department, and coordinator for the Spokane Regional Critical Incident Stress Management Team.  He has spent 24 years in the fire service wearing numerous hats: Code Enforcement Officer, Training and Safety Officer, and Safety and Operations Officer, to include the last 9 as department chaplain, he retired in 2007, and has served primarily as chaplain since.  
While still a career firefighter, Ken completed his B.T. from Christian Life School of Theology, and has also served as senior pastor at his home church following his retirement as a career firefighter.  In 2012, Ken attended the Police & Fire Chaplain Training Academy in Burien, WA, at the State Criminal Justice Training Commission and completed the course of study for both fire and police chaplains. In 2013, his congregation decided to merge with another congregation, leaving Ken to seek what assignment God had for him next, which led him to his current position as chaplain for the Spokane Valley Fire Department.  
He has since founded the non-profit Inland Northwest Fire Chaplains, which along with serving those that serve, their families, and those they meet along the way, they also reach out to the many departments in the region and assist their command staff in setting up a chaplain program, and assisting in finding the right person, and getting them equipped for the work of "Chaplain."
Ken is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served as a Missile Facility Technician on the Minuteman III ICBM Weapon System.

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Executive Director--Inland Northwest Fire

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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

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Aaron serves as one of the Chaplains, Firefighter and Support Services Volunteer of a local Fire District in Spokane County, Washington. He is also the Lead Chaplain of the Inland Northwest Fire Chaplains.

He also currently serves as a Pastor to a local Church, as well as nine years as Pastor on the East Coast. He has served in the Fire Service for 15 years. His training includes CISM, ICS as well as a graduate of the National Police & Fire Chaplain Academy in

He and his wife have three children. Hobbies include woodworking, fishing, hiking and kayaking in the Inland Northwest.



Spokane Valley Fire Department Chaplain--RETIRED