Staff

Principals

Tom Foos, President  

28 years of military, public administration and corporate security experience. Held a number of senior management positions within state government and has extensive experience in business management, leadership, military operations and business development.

Jeff Podracky, Chief Operating Officer  

25 years of experience in the areas of business operations, program development, security threat and vulnerability assessments, workplace violence prevention, business investigations, executive protection and critical incident management planning.

Leadership

Fred Alverson, Senior Associate  

Mr. Alverson serves as ARMADA's subject matter expert in the field of Public Information and Crisis Communications. Mr. Alverson brings over 25 years of experience as a Public Affairs Specialist with the United States Attorney's Office.

Tim Creedon, Senior Associate  

Mr. Creedon retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. His 24-year career as a FBI Special Agent allowed him to serve in three different states where he gained a wide range of investigative experiences.

Kris Eide, Senior Associate  

Former Director of the State of Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Has overseen 19 Presidential Declarations of Major Disasters or Emergencies.

Barbara Farr, Senior Associate  

30 years of demonstrated leadership experience developing partnerships in the emergency management arena at the local, state, national and international levels. Former Director of the Vermont Emergency Management (VEM)

Michael Finamore, Director of Operations  

Mr. Finamore brings 35 years of local and state law enforcement experience to the ARMADA staff. He began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff for the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Department in Youngstown, Ohio where he achieved the rank of Detective Sergeant and was recognized by the Youngstown/Mahoning County Crime Clinic for outstanding criminal investigations. Most recently he completed a 30 year career as the Assistant Superintendent of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, an internationally accredited agency of nearly 2,700 employees.

Lee Foster, Director, Preparedness Programs  

Mr. Lee Foster has over 14 years of experience in program policy, development and implementation. His background includes a combination of emergency management, judicial system and investigative experience as well as completion of Masters level coursework in Criminal Justice, specializing in Homeland Security Administration.

Mandy Gardner, Operations and Project Support Specialist  

Ms. Amanda Gardner has 5 years of business operations and project coordination experience. Ms. Gardner plays an intricate role in managing the logistics, tasks, deliverables, staff and budgets for numerous projects. Ms. Gardner provides direct support on homeland security strategic planning,security threat & vulnerability assessments, capability assessments, gap analysis and exercise design, development and evaluation related projects.

Clarke Kiner, Senior Associate  

Over 30 years of law enforcement experience including a 30 year career with the Ohio State Highway Patrol where he rose through the ranks to Columbus District Commander. Also served as Ohio State Highway Patrol Inspecting Officer and Post Commander.

Keith Markley, Senior Associate  

30 years of emergency management, training and stakeholder outreach experience. Former Richland County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director and Madison Township Fire Chief. Currently DHS/FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Specialist.

Steve Martin, Senior Associate  

Steve Martin was Franklin County’s 51st Sheriff, sworn into office on June 2, 2011, and is currently a Senior Consultant with ARMADA. As Franklin County Sheriff, Mr. Martin oversaw a $94,000,000 budget and nearly 1,000 employees.

Joshua Rock, Director, Protection Programs  

Mr. Joshua Rock has over 18 years of experience in various security related fields. He is a skillful security specialist and leader with extensive capabilities gained through time served in the U.S. Army and as a government contractor working in theaters of operation comprising of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Iraq, and Jordan.

Dale Shipley, VP, Emergency Management & Homeland Security  

Mr. Shipley served Ohio Governors Celeste, Voinovich, and Taft as Emergency Management Agency Director and was appointed Director, FEMA Region V, by President Clinton. During these appointments, in addition to traditional disaster response and recovery activities, he developed significant new mitigation staff, increased communication and warning infrastructure, constructed a state-of-the-art Emergency Operations Center for Ohio, held positions as President and Legislative Committee Chairman for the National Emergency Management Association, and developed the first Capabilities and Needs Assessment, Critical Infrastructure List, and Strategy for Ohio Homeland Security.

Harry Trombitas, Senior Associate  

36 Years of Law Enforcement experience, including 29 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Created information-sharing networks between law enforcement and private sectors, targeting Violent Crime, Crimes against Children, Cyber Crime, Financial Institution Crime, and Homeland Security Issues.

Walter Topp, Senior Associate  

Mr. Walter Topp brings over 25 years of experience, specializing in Emergency Management administration and technical writing.