2018 Conference Faculty
The MASAR Conference 2018 faculty consists of industry professionals, expert researchers, and experienced field practitioners from across the US. Some of our presenters are experienced members of search and rescue teams. Others have zero SAR experience, but are able to offer another form of expertise. To read more about our various faculty and presenters please see below!
Robert J. Koester first joined the Appalachian Search & Rescue Conference in 1981 and since then has participated in hundreds of searches. He holds a Master of Science degree in biology (neurobiology) from the University of Virginia. He is a research associate at Kingston University in London. His contributions to search and rescue include seminal research on lost person behavior (with emphasis on dementia) and the International Search and Rescue Incident Database (ISRID). A Type 1 incident commander, instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, and past president of the Virginia Search and Rescue Council (15 years), Robert has also worked for the United States Coast Guard, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Park Service, and Federal Emergency Management Agency. Author of numerous books and articles on search and rescue. He has presented in Aruba, Australia, Canada, Iceland, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and throughout the United States.
Matt Vaughan is an Atmospheric Science Ph.D. candidate at the University of Albany, SUNY and a fellow of the Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship program. Matt has published articles on the predictability of severe weather in the Northeast U.S. and the influence of terrain on severe storm dynamics. Additionally, he has developed severe weather forecasting training material used by National Weather Service forecast offices across the Northeast U.S. Matt’s current research examines the effect of the boundary layer on mid-latitude cyclones using numerical weather prediction models. Matt has presented his graduate research at national and international conferences and given lectures within the Albany, NY community. He also hold a FAA private pilot’s license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has served as an Earth Science Subject Matter Expert for the New York State Master Teacher program.
Ty Gagne, is chief executive officer of the New Hampshire Public Risk Management Exchange (Primex). He has held executive positions in the municipal (law enforcement), non-profit, and healthcare sectors. Ty holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Bachelor of Science from Granite State College. He completed the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds the Associate in Risk Pool Management (ARPM) and the Associate in Risk Management for Public Entities (ARM-P) designations. Ty is a certified wilderness first responder, and serves on the board of AndroscogginValley Search & Rescue, where he is also a team member.
Dorcas S. Miller has been planning, preparing and eating trail food for almost forty years. Neither a chef nor a dirt-bagger, she likes to eat hearty, nutritious, back-home type food when she’s out; the moment she received a food dehydrator as a present, it became the most valuable part of her prep kitchen. A former contributing editor to Backpacker magazine’s “Moveable Feast” column, she wrote Backcountry Cooking and More Backcountry Cooking as well as other outdoor and natural history books, and served as editor for Rescue, an anthology of epic tales of survival from land and sea. She has worked as an Outward Bound instructor, white-water rafting guide, canoe trip leader, teacher, environmental advocate and freelance writer. She has canoed wilderness rivers in Quebec and the Northwest Territories in Canada, rock climbed in many areas in the U.S., and sea kayaked extensively along the Maine coast. Most recently, she helped found the Maine Master Naturalist Program, which offers year-long courses to train individuals to be volunteer instructors at parks, non-profits such as land trusts, and schools.
Neil Van Dyke
Neil Van Dyke works for the Vermont Department of Public Safety as the State Search & Rescue Coordinator. He has held this position since Vermont first hired a full time coordinator in 2013. He has been involved in SAR as a volunteer since 1980, when he was one of the founding members of Stowe Mountain Rescue. He served as chief of that team for over 25 years until being hired by the State of Vermont. Neil also worked as a backcountry ranger for 7 seasons for New York State in the Adirondack Park. He has been very involved with SAR nationally, serving as an officer for many years then president of the Mountain Rescue Association from 2010-2012.
John Crowley is currently the Chief Ranger Pilot for the Maine Forest Service. John has over 30 years of flying helicopters and fixed wing aircraft globally for the U.S. Marine Corps, Maine Army National Guard, and the Maine Forest Services.
Jocelyn Stohl is a retired Vermont State Police commander with over 30 years of search & rescue experience. She began her career as a ground searcher soon moving into the area of planning/operations and as an educator for the state police search and rescue team as well for civilian non-paid/paid SAR professionals. In 2004 she became the state police SAR team leader and fielded calls for SAR services for the entire state. Her experience includes over 600+ calls for SAR incidences involving lost and missing children, at risk subjects with intellectual disabilities, hikers, hunters, walkers, skiers, climbers, despondent/suicides, homicides, accidental deaths, abduction, drowning, vehicle related and missing aircraft.
Upon her retirement in 2008 she became a volunteer air-scenting K9 handler and continues this valuable service with 2 German Shepherd canines in New Hampshire and Vermont as a member of the New England K9 Search and Rescue Team.
Ms. Stohl has an extensive education background in the subject matter of search work, is a specialist consultant and a instructor in Lost Person Behavior, the NASAR Managing the Lost Person Incident, Mantracking, Interviewing, the Lost, but Found Safe and Sound program and First Responder Awareness.
Paul is a Maine paramedic and currently coordinates Quality Improvement for Tri-County Emergency Medical Services (EMS). He is the past chair of Maine EMS Education Committee. He has experience working for ground, rotor and fixed-wing EMS programs. He is a Lead Instructor for Wilderness Medical Associates International. Paul is also a past National Park Service paramedic, and for eight years worked as a volunteer climbing ranger/paramedic for the National Park Service on Denali, Alaska. In addition to his climbing responsibilities on Denali, he was also the EMS co-coordinator, Quality Improvement Coordinator. He also teaches EMT refresher and rescue courses at Rainier National Park in Washington State, and Acadia National Park in Maine. He is a member of both Franklin County Search and Rescue and Mahoosuc Mountain Search and Rescue teams in Maine. He has also presented at International Emergency Medical Conferences in Bolivia, Vietnam, and Costa Rica, and has taught wilderness medicine and rescue in Tanzania. Paul is an avid climber, and seasonal climbing guide. Paul lives in Greenwood, Maine and New Haven, Connecticut.
Dr. Marcolini is an Assistant Professor in emergency medicine and critical care at Yale University School of Medicine. She completed a fellowship in surgical critical care at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and now divides her clinical time at Yale between the emergency department and neurosurgical intensive care unit. She is the Medical Director of SkyHealth, a critical care helicopter transport service shared by Yale New Haven Health System and Northwell Health. Evie was awarded the National Junior Faculty Award by American College of Emergency Physicians in 2014, and has been active internationally, teaching and lecturing in Egypt, India, Vietnam, Argentina and Europe. She is a member of the Ethics Committees for both Yale-New Haven Hospital and the American College of Critical Care. She is also active in wilderness medicine, with Franklin Search and Rescue and teaches for Wilderness Medical Associates International.