Chief Thom Porter

Chief Thom Porter

Thom Porter

  • Director

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Porter was appointed Director by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 8, 2019.

    Chief Porter was designated Acting Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on December 14, 2018. 

    He has been serving as Chief of Strategic Planning in CAL FIRE Sacramento Headquarters since January 1, 2018. Previously, he served as the Southern Region Chief, Assistant Region Chief, and San Diego Unit Fire Chief.  

    Chief Porter’s depth of fire department management expertise is balanced by his forestry background.  He is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in California with a Bachelor of Forestry Degree from the University of California Berkeley.

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Chief Craig Tolmie

Chief Craig Tolmie

Craig Tolmie

  • Chief Deputy Director

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Tolmie was appointed Chief Deputy Director by Governor Gavin Newsom on November 15, 2019.

    Chief Tolmie began his career with CAL FIRE in 1999 and most recently served as the Assistant Southern Region Chief and Staff Chief of Management Services for the Southern Region.  He has been fortunate to work in a variety of positions within the Department providing a diverse background.  He has worked as a Division Chief with oversight of Fresno-Kings Unit’s Law Enforcement, Fire Prevention/Planning, Training, Resource Management programs as well as Miramonte Camp and state operations.  He has served as a field Battalion Chief, Fire Prevention Bureau Chief, Regional PreFire Management Coordinator as well as a Unit Forester/Vegetation Management Coordinator.

    Prior to his career with CAL FIRE, Craig worked on the Stanislaus National Forest in fire management and timber management.  He also has worked in land and timber management for a private forestry consulting firm in the Central Sierras.  He spent 10 years as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Lodi.

    Chief Tolmie holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forest Management, with a Minor in Public Administration, from Humboldt State University and is a Registered Professional Forester.

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Chief Mike Richwine

Chief Mike Richwine

Mike Richwine

  • State Fire Marshal

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Michael J. Richwine was appointed Acting State Fire Marshal by Governor Edmund G. Brown on December 28, 2018. Prior to that, Chief Richwine served as the Assistant State Fire Marshal from 2012 to 2018.  He began his fire service career 38 years ago as a firefighter with the Hanford Fire Department. His subsequent years of service include 31 years with CAL FIRE - Office of the State Fire Marshal.

    During Chief Richwine's career, he has risen through the ranks and held a variety of fire prevention and training positions within the OSFM, which include Chief of State Fire Training, responsible for administering the California Fire Service Training and Education System; Chief of the Fire Engineering Division where he chaired several OSFM regulatory advisory committees; and as a Deputy State Fire Marshal within Fire and Life Safety, Hazardous Materials and Pipeline Safety Divisions; and as a Fire Service Training Specialist in the State Fire Training Division.

    Chief Richwine served for six years as a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Teams and holds numerous professional certifications. He currently serves as ex-officio member of the Statewide Training and Education Advisory Committee and the State Board of Fire Services, within the OSFM, and is a member of National Fire Protection Association, International Code Council, and California Fire Chiefs Association.

    Chief Richwine oversees a staff of 220 employees and has well-rounded experience in fire protection, fire prevention, and training and education programs.

    Chief Richwine is married to an elementary school teacher and they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.

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Chief Wendy Collins

Chief Wendy Collins

Wendy Collins

  • Assistant State Fire Marshal

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Wendy is a 4th generation firefighter with over 30 years of service beginning in November 1986, as a firefighter/EMT with the former Fairhaven Fire Department.  Wendy rose through the ranks to Battalion Chief, leaving the Department in 2002 due to relocation.  After a short hiatus, Wendy was approached by the Chief of the Blue Lake Fire Department and asked to participate with their training program, once back in turn-outs Wendy volunteered another 10 years serving as Captain, EMT, Medical Training Officer and Equipment Officer as well as serving as a Commissioner to the Blue Lake Fire District.  Additionally, she served as an active participant in the Humboldt County Fire Prevention Officer’s and the Humboldt County Fire/Arson Investigation Unit.  During her time in Humboldt, Wendy supported the Fire P.A.L.S. program with costume design and construction, bringing life to the likes of Ima Lona, Shamrock, and Hoser the clowns and Aqua Duck, as well as costuming for Life and Fire Safety puppets Quack and Wabbit.

    In July 2008, Wendy was sworn in as the Deputy State Fire Marshal, responsible for Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Siskiyou Counties where she performed plan reviews, annual and construction inspections of State Owned and Leased Buildings.  In January 2014, Wendy was promoted to the position of Supervising Deputy State Fire Marshal for Field Operations in the Sacramento/Central California areas.  In March 2017, Wendy accepted the position of Assistant Deputy Director for the State Fire Training, Code Development & Analysis, and Fire & Life Safety Divisions where she has focused on vacancy rates, divisional funding, statewide code packages, technology platforms to replace aging data base systems, and electronic plan review.

    In addition to her State Fire Marshal and National Fire Academy training, Wendy has had training in explosive demolition, and has worked as a Pyrotechnic Assistant on more than 25 fireworks shows, ranging from small hand-fired shows to large electric shows and NASCAR races.

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Chief Joe Tyler

Chief Joe Tyler

Joe Tyler

  • Deputy Director, Fire Protection

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Tyler began his career with CAL FIRE in 1990 as a Fire Fighter in the Shasta Trinity Unit.  Since then, he has worked in the Riverside Unit, Amador El Dorado Unit, and Statewide Training Program in various operational classifications in Schedule A and Schedule B, including fire stations, training bureaus and programs, camps, safety programs, and as an Administrative Officer and Staff Chief.  Prior to his appointment to Deputy Director, Chief Tyler served as the Assistant Deputy Director of Fire Protection with oversight of Law Enforcement/Civil Cost Recovery, Fire Protection Operations, Aviation Management, Tactical Air Operations, and Mobile Equipment.

    Chief Tyler has served on several Statewide committees and cadres, most recently leading a work group in the acquisition of a new fleet of helicopters.  He is qualified as an Agency Administrator, Incident Commander – Type 1, Safety Officer, Operations Section Chief, and is a licensed paramedic.  He was a member of CAL FIRE Incident Management Teams from 2005 through 2014, last holding the position of Deputy Incident Commander on CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 3 until his promotion to Staff Chief.

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Chief Dan Johnson

Chief Dan Johnson

Dan Johnson

  • Chief, Southern Region

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Johnson began his fire service career in 1982, as a volunteer Firefighter with the Riverside Unit (RRU). In 1988, he began his CAL FIRE career as an Heavy Fire Equipment Operator (HFEO) in the San Mateo Santa Cruz Unit.  In 1990, Dan transferred to the San Bernardino Unit, where he worked as an HFEO and a Fire Captain B at Fenner Canyon Conservation Camp.  In 1993,  Dan transferred back to RRU, where he then worked as an HFEO, and as a Fire Captain in both State and Riverside County Fire stations.  In 2005, Dan transferred to the Riverside ECC.  In 2006, Dan accepted an LT Battalion Chief position as the Southern Region OCC Duty Officer, later promoting to the permanent Vegetation Management Program Coordinator Battalion Chief in RRU.  In 2011, Dan promoted to Assistant Chief at the San Bernardino Unit, overseeing Pilot Rock and Prado Conservation Camps.  In 2014, Dan promoted to the Deputy Chief of Contract Counties at the Southern Region Riverside Headquarters where he was responsible for maintaining all six cooperative agreements with the Contract Counties.  In October 2016, Dan was appointed to the position of Assistant Region Chief for the Southern Region, and has served as Acting Region Chief for the Southern Region since January 2018.

    Dan worked in conjunction with local agencies in support of Fire Safe Councils, CWPP, and the Mountain Area Safety Taskforce (MAST) projects in RRU, and was very active with the implementation of the Department’s cooperative agreements with Los Angeles County (LAC) Fire and US Navy Catalina Island.

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Chief Mike Bradley

Chief Mike Bradley

Mike Bradley

  • Chief, Northern Region

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Chief Bradley began his career with CAL FIRE in 2001 as a Forester I in the Humboldt Del Norte Unit (HUU).  Since then, he has worked in the Siskiyou Unit and Northern Region Headquarters office in Redding.  From 2004 to 2012, Mike held many positions within HUU starting with working at High Rock Conservation Camp as a Fire Captain B and continuing with Fire Captain A at Garberville Station, Battalion Chief (BC) of the Garberville Battalion, BC at Eel River Conservation Camp, and Division Chief of Administration. Chief Bradley then promoted to Deputy Chief of Special Operations in the Northern Region Headquarters office in 2012.  In late 2014, Mike returned to the field in the Siskiyou Unit as Division Chief of Administration, overseeing personnel, finance, training, the ECC and logistical support. Then in October 2016, Chief Bradley was promoted to the position of Assistant Region Chief for the Northern Region and finally to Region Chief in December 2018.

    Chief Bradley served on Incident Management Team 4 as the Liaison Officer, and was a member of the Liaison Officer/Agency Representative cadre.  Chief Bradley holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Forestry from Humboldt State University and is a Registered Professional Forester.

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Chief Helge Eng

Chief Helge Eng

Helge Eng

  • Deputy Director, Resource Management

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Helge has over 25 years of forestry experience, including working in other countries as a forestry consultant. In 1992 Helge started his CAL FIRE career as a timber supply analyst at the Fire and Resources Assessment Program. He promoted in 1995 to Forester I then Forester II in 2002. From 2002-2005 he was responsible for forest inventories and harvest scheduling on the State Forests. In 2005, he promoted to Deputy Chief to become State Forest Program Manager. His most recent position was Assistant Deputy Director, Resource Protection and Improvement.

    Helge has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia, a Master's Degree in Forest Measurements, a Master's Degree in Statistics, and a PhD in Forest Operations Research from Oregon State University. 

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Chief Anthony P. Favro

Chief Anthony P. Favro

Anthony P. Favro

  • Deputy Director, Management Services

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Tony Favro was appointed as the deputy director for management services on April 9, 2012. Management Services provides Departmental administration and executive leadership through policy direction and a variety of program support services necessary for the successful completion of the Department's mission. Favro's responsibilities include oversight of the Department's Accounting, Fiscal, and Business Services Offices, Budget Office, Information Technology Services, Labor and Human Resources Office, and Technical Services.

    With a bachelor's degree in English from Santa Clara University, Favro blends strong communication skills with an ability to work cooperatively with staff at all levels, other State departments, control agencies, and other public and private entities.

    Over the course of 20 years with CAL FIRE, Favro has held a variety of positions that have provided him with invaluable experience and insight into the Department. Prior to his current appointment, he served as CAL FIRE's Chief of Program Accountability and Information Security Officer (ISO), managing the Department's internal auditing function and administering its information security and privacy protection programs to ensure compliance with State and Departmental policies, rules, and regulations.

    He has also managed CAL FIRE's Classification and Pay and Policy and Project Services Units within Human Resources, supervised the Department's Health and Fitness Unit, managed the Aviation Management Administrative Support Program, worked as the Administrative Officer for the Fire Protection Program, and spent time in the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, Information and Public Affairs, and Business Services.

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Deputy Tobias Halvarson

Deputy Tobias Halvarson

Tobias Halvarson

  • Deputy Director, Legislation

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Toby Halvarson was appointed Deputy Director for Legislation at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 28, 2019.  Prior to his appointment, Halvarson was the legislative director in the Office of California State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and principal consultant to the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management since 2016.  He was counsel for the California State Senate Committee on Judiciary from 2013 to 2016 and a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Edward M. Chen at the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California from 2012 to 2013.  He was an attorney advisor in the Office of the Solicitor for the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. from 2003 to 2007.  Halvarson was a reservist in the United States Coast Guard from 1998 to 2006, and resumed military service as a Judge Advocate in the California Army National Guard in 2019.  He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in political philosophy from the Catholic University of America.


 

Deputy Kerry Garcia

Deputy Kerry Garcia

Kerry Garcia

  • Deputy Director of Fiscal Services

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Kerry Garcia was appointed Deputy Director of Fiscal Services, effective March 30, 2020. The Deputy Director of Fiscal Services is a new position to maintain oversight and policy responsibility for all fiscal operations of CAL FIRE including accounting, budgeting, business services, contracting, and procurement.

    Kerry began her career with CAL FIRE in 2008, working in the Labor and Human Resources Office, Classification & Pay Unit as a Staff Services Analyst, and Associate Personnel Analyst.  In 2010, Kerry became a part of the Headquarters Administrative Office, providing administrative support to the CAL FIRE Executive Programs, Management Services, Resource Management, Fire Protection, and Office of the State Fire Marshal, during which time she was an Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Staff Services Manager I, and Staff Services Manager II.  In 2016, Kerry transferred to the Business Services Office, as Acquisitions Manager, overseeing Procurement and Contracting for the Department.  Later that year, Kerry was promoted to Chief, Business Services Office where she served until 2018 when she accepted her assignment as Assistant Deputy Director, Fiscal Services.  Kerry is currently the Procurement Officer for the Department and throughout her career with CAL FIRE has served on several committees and task force groups.  Her strong administrative background as well as her ability to develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders will continue to serve her well in this position.

    Prior to joining CAL FIRE, Kerry worked for two years in various arenas at the Secretary of State's Office including the States Elections Division. Before State service, Kerry worked for a large national brokerage firm as a Licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent dealing with employee benefits.


 

Chief Bruce Crane

Chief Bruce Crane

Bruce Crane

  • Chief Legal Counsel

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    October 2018, Governor Brown appointed Bruce as chief counsel at the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    Bruce began his career with CAL FIRE, then CDF, in 1979 as a seasonal firefighter. Bruce joined the Legal Office in 2000, at a time when the Department only had three attorneys. Bruce’s experience as a seasonal firefighter has been instrumental in his ability to understand and provide counsel on issues unique to the Department’s public safety and natural resources mission.  Bruce has guided and provided counsel to many of us in CAL FIRE throughout the years, and has been critical to successfully navigating the Department through occupational safety issues as well as counselling so many of us on personnel matters. The Department has evolved over the decades, and Bruce will now lead a program of 13 attorneys who are engaged in many complex program and policy issues.

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Chief Monte Manson

Chief Monte Manson

Monte Manson

  • Chief, Professional Standards Program

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Monte Manson was appointed as the Chief of Professional Standards on September 16, 2016. CAL FIRE’s Professional Standards is a new program that will provide consistent and standardized guidance to all CAL FIRE employees in the areas of hiring, on-boarding, employee behavior, leadership, investigations, and progressive discipline.

    Throughout his more than 20-year career with CAL FIRE, Monte has gained invaluable experience related to various State policies and processes, and he brings to this position a strong and extensive administrative background. His ability to develop and cultivate relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and his skills in training and policy development will serve him well as he develops this new program.

    Monte began his career with CAL FIRE in the Communications Office, where he wrote for the Communiqué and assisted with media events, among other duties. Monte also worked in the Budget Office, Occupational Safety and Health Programs (OSHPros), and what is now known as the Administration and Incident Support Unit. In 2006, Monte became the Administrative Officer for CAL FIRE’s Management Services Division, and in 2008, he was promoted to the Business Services Office, where he served as the Departmental Procurement Officer. In 2012, Monte used his policy and program development skills to assist in the implementation of the State’s Fire Prevention Fee Program.

    Between 2013 and 2016, Monte was the Chief of the Business Services Office, providing oversight of a wide range of complex acquisitions, facilities, and property operations. He has also served on various internal and external committees, task forces, and working groups dedicated to State policy overhaul and alignment.

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Chief Windy C. Bouldin

Chief Windy C. Bouldin

Windy C. Bouldin

  • Chief, Office of Program Accountability

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Windy C. Bouldin was appointed as the Chief, Office of Program Accountability in July 2012.  The Office of Program Accountability is an independent, objective, appraisal entity established to conduct internal audits and audit-related services designed to add value and improve operations.

    Windy brings over 23 years of State of California experience with 20 years of it at CAL FIRE.  Throughout her tenure she has served in a variety of leadership capacities and possesses an extensive background in personnel management and organizational development.  She has additional expertise in project management, web/graphic design, strategic planning, policy formulation and implementation, and program administration.

    Windy is also the Returning Veterans:  Enlisting Their Skills for CAL FIRE Service (R.V.E.T.S.) Coordinator.  R.V.E.T.S. is the Department’s grassroots effort to assist veterans, service members, and their families with integration and transition into service with the Department.  Additionally, she serves as a member of the Department’s Executive Team, as an instructor and cadre member for various leadership trainings, as a participant on an array of committees, workgroups, and forums, and is the publisher and managing editor of Connections, CAL FIRE’s monthly Management Services newsletter.

    Prior to CAL FIRE, Windy worked for the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board Sacramento Office of Appeals and is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership.  Windy is also a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and the California Association of State Auditors.

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Chief Serena Ortega

Chief Serena Ortega

Serena Ortega

  • Chief, Equal Employment Opportunity Program

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Serena Ortega was appointed as the Chief, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), effective Monday, May 15, 2017.

    Serena brings over 13 years of State of California experience and has served in various capacities that have contributed to her overall success within the Department. Starting as an Administrative Assistant II, reporting to the Director and Chief Deputy Directors for both CAL FIRE and the Office of Statewide Health Planning exposed her to government relations, executive functions and a strong administrative background. 

    In 2013, Serena accepted a position with the CAL FIRE EEO Office, where she provided oversight of the Department’s Mediation Program, facilitation of the Department’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC), oversight of the Limited Examination Appointment Program (LEAP), as well as managing multiple complex investigations.  In 2016, Serena accepted a Staff Services Manager I position in the Classification and Pay Unit, within the CAL FIRE Human Resources Office, where she directed staff on the complex facets of Personnel responsibilities and merit-based complaints; and participated in training presentations on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Expectations, and Performance management.

    Serena’s Statewide advocacy roles include, election as Chairperson for the Statewide Disability Advisory Council (SDAC), where she was influential in assisting and providing guidance to departments in successfully maintaining their respective Disability Advisory Committees.  Serena was also elected as a Chairperson for the Statewide Performance Management /Progressive Discipline Forum (PMPD), where various interpretations of Human Resources Management challenges, changes to the law, and administering performance management were discussed.

    In December of 2014, the Executive Directorship of the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR), California State Personnel Board (SPB) and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), sponsored a Joint Project to increase the number of persons with disabilities and to enhance the reasonable accommodation process.  As an SDAC Stakeholder, Serena fulfilled several critical roles on the Joint Project, to include but not limited to, serving as a Joint-Project Core Team member; and served as a member of the Reasonable Accommodation sub-group.  As a result, overall findings were identified to the sponsors, indicating that critical changes were paramount to ensure overall success of employing individuals with disabilities and eliminating artificial barriers; thus, recommendations by way of streamlined efforts and sustainable solutions were provided. These efforts and recommendations continue to positively shape the State of California’s efforts to achieve equality for all.

    Beyond her day-to-day duties, Serena also serves as a Returning Veterans: Enlisting Their Skills for CAL FIRE Service (R.V.E.T.S.) Core Member.  R.V.E.T.S. is the Department’s grassroots effort to assist veterans, service members, and their families with integration and transition into service with the Department.  Additionally, Serena serves as a member of the Department’s Executive Team, as an instructor and cadre member for Executive Leadership (Supervision 5), and as a participant on an array of committees, workgroups, and forums, to include her most recent role as a Steering Committee Member for the Diversity Equality Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

     


 

Scott Gregory

  • Deputy Director of Technology

    California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

    Scott Gregory was appointed as the Deputy Director of Technology, effective July 13, 2020. The Deputy Director of Technology is a new position that will participate in key technology decisions for the Department and ensure statewide critical technological systems are deployed and utilized evenly and effectively.  The Deputy Director of Technology will supervise the Information Technology Services, Telecommunications, and Research and Development programs.

    Scott is a seasoned IT professional with over 20 years of experience in developing and managing complex IT implementations across local, state, and federal government, as well as the private sector and academia.  Scott has served in a variety of senior management and executive roles where he has provided strategic visioning and delivery of technology statewide. In Scott’s previous role as the State’s Chief Technology Innovation Officer at the California Department of Technology, he was instrumental in the development and delivery of critical innovative and data-centric technology solutions for the state as well as the residents of California. Scott developed many firsts in the technology landscape of California.  He created the first statewide open data platform for better information sharing, the state’s first innovation lab where government can develop and build technology prototypes to prove out complex concepts, and created the first innovation academy where new innovative approaches are applied to challenges we face in government today. Scott’s focus on technology and innovation leadership has provided the state with a strong foundation for ways to better serve our constituents through technology.

    Prior to his appointment as the State’s Chief Technology Innovation Officer by the Brown Administration in 2016, Scott served as the State’s Geographic Information Officer.  In this role, Scott was able to deliver the first statewide GIS infrastructure that focused on reducing technology costs and extended the benefits of GIS to a wide variety of state and local users. He was also instrumental in broadening statewide geographic data access by launching the California Geoportal in 2013, which provided access to data resources for government and residents alike.

    Before his tenure as the State Geographic Information Officer, Scott was the manager of the west coast public safety/homeland security market for Esri Inc.  At Esri, Scott was able to forge many key relationships with public safety executives across the western US.  Scott was a private sector representative with the federal Dept. of Homeland Security in the training of public safety professionals to assess critical infrastructure and key assets across California, using GIS technology.  Scott was instrumental in working closely with Regional Threat Intelligence Centers to help them better assess threats by leveraging GIS technology.  In his role with Esri, Scott deployed and implemented a multitude of technology offerings that increased the safety of our public as well as protected our key and critical resources.

    During Scott’s service at the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), he demonstrated how technology can support command staff in better, more data-focused decision making.  While at the US Army Corps of Engineers, Scott served as the GIS Manager and Geospatial Data Coordinator for the South Pacific Division.  In this role, Scott was instrumental in the deployment and management of technology to support both military and civil engineering applications across the western United States.

    Scott’s depth of technology experience is supported by his educational background.  Scott holds a BA in Geography from Sacramento State University and a Master of Business Administration from Regis University.