Carl Simpson, Chief Executive Officer
Carl has worked in literally each job in emergency communications including public service and the private sector. He began his career as a dispatcher in Fort Collins, Colorado, and has worked at the director level for the past 14 years.
Carl has a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Regis University and a Master’s in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Peter Smith, Chief Information Officer
Peter has worked in Information Technology for the past two decades as a business owner, senior engineer, and executive leadership. His business philosophy promotes equality, honesty and hard work as the building blocks of successful business and good government. He promotes systemic thinking to stimulate cooperation, collaboration and consolidation to best leverage resources resulting in the maximization ROI. As a graduate from Thomas College with a BS in Business Administration with a strong focus on Human Resources. Peter is currently working toward completing his Leadership MBA at St. Joseph’s College. There are three important things in Peter’s life, his relationship with God, his family and his work.
Christy Davis, Executive Administrative Assistant
Christy is our Executive Administrative Assistant. She assists the CEO with special projects and events. Among other things, Christy’s responsibilities include accounts payable, inventory control, payroll, correspondence, preparing Authority Board agendas and minutes, procurement of goods and services and direct assistance to the CEO.
In her free time Christy enjoys reading, movies, spending time with her family and exploring the country on Harley rides.
Christy enjoys her job and has been with the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority for 14 years and is looking forward to many more years of service.
Ben Bills, Public Information/Education Officer
Ben has been the Public Information Officer/Public Education Specialist since April 2008. He is responsible for providing education to members of the community regarding the 911 system in El Paso and Teller Counties as well as teaching children basic fire safety and staying safe during an emergency with the help of the 911 Safety Trailer. Ben has been a part of the 911 system since 2000.
Bonnie Foster, Senior GIS Analyst
Bonnie joined the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority in June 2012. She began her GIS career by developing a data system for leafy spurge management which covered parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming. Afterwards, Bonnie spent 12 years working for a rural county in central Minnesota maintaining the datasets needed to support the County Dispatch Center and also provided GIS support for the various other County departments. Responsibilities will include maintaining the accuracy of the 911 GIS system data. Bonnie has a background in forestry and is looking forward to spending time outdoors in the Colorado Springs area.
Jordan Rowe, GIS Analyst
Jordan Rowe is a new addition to the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority’s GIS team. He has recently served in the U.S. Army as a surgical technologist at Evans Army Community Hospital in Fort Carson. During this time, he continued and augmented his background in GIS with volunteer work for the City of Colorado Springs. Jordan is excited to be in GIS, and to provide 911 services by supporting the Authority’s emergency response mission.
In his free time, Jordan is an avid mountaineer, and enjoys exploring the high country.
Jennifer Dvorsky, GIS Analyst
Jen Dvorsky has been a GIS Analyst here since July 2014. She assists with the collection, accuracy, management and distribution of all the spatial data used by El-Paso Teller County 911 Authority and its Public Safety Answering Points.
Jen received her Masters degree in geographic information systems technology in 2012 and is excited to grow her career as a GIS Analyst specific to 911 and it’s uses. She is enthusiastic to learn and work with so many agencies and individuals throughout both counties.
Connie Chavez, Quality Assurance Analyst/Street Naming Contact
Connie Chavez is a Quality Assurance Analyst as well as the contact for developers in the 2 county area to get street names approved for their plats. Connie has lived in Colorado Springs for over 20 years and worked at Colorado Springs Police Dept. dispatch as a 911 call taker, fire dispatcher, and trainer for over 4 years. Connie is married and has 2 children.
John Lofgren, Quality Assurance Analyst
John Lofgren has been a Quality Assurance Analyst with the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority since February 2010. John began his career in public safety as a dispatcher for The Manitou Springs Police Department in 1994. Since then he has been a volunteer firefighter, police officer and a dispatcher for the Colorado Springs Police Department. John currently is a Police and Fire Protocol instructor for the National Academy of Emergency Dispatch and also an Emergency Medical, Fire, and Police Quality Assurance Instructor.
Meridith Jensen, Quality Assurance Analyst
Meridith Jensen joined the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority in July 2010 as a Quality Assurance Analyst. She has previous experience from the Colorado Springs Police Department as an Emergency Response Technician, where she quickly realized her calling in 911 and became very involved in community outreach projects as well.
Meridith is also a Software Training Instructor for Priority Dispatch Corp., traveling across the nation to train dispatchers and supervisors in the use of Police, Fire and Medical Dispatch Protocol Software.
Meridith is very passionate about 911 services and is honored to collaborate with comm. center teams to ensure that our callers receive the highest levels of care and customer service.
Julius Torralba, Information Systems Technician
In Hawaii, Julius completed an Associates of Science Degree in Data Processing which included courses in structured programming and system design. Concurrently, he attained an Associates of Science Degree in Accounting.
Before he re-located to Colorado, he worked for a company called DataCraft, Inc. The three major banks in Hawaii consistently used DataCraft’s data processing and programming services for direct marketing projects. His other responsibilities included maintaining in-house systems and the local area network. He moved to Colorado to support his wife in attaining a nursing degree.
After moving to Colorado Springs, Julius realized it would be difficult to attain a programming career without a Bachelor’s degree. He modified his resume to highlight his hardware/software/networking/people skills which landed him a technician position for a local company called A Byte Above who specialized in computer sales and repair. While working as a technician, he continued his education taking additional C++ programming classes and Cisco CCNA training at the Pikes Peak Community College.
After A Byte Above, he went on to do software support (call base environment) for ENS, Inc. in which he was enlightened with HIPPA compliance. He comes to the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority from The Gazette in which he attended to 200+ users and systems (Windows and Macintosh) as an IT Systems Analyst.
He attained (in January 2015) his B.S. in Information Technology with Software emphasis and several other industry standard certifications from Western Governor’s University. He is a very skilled coder. He played a more role in the pro bono development of the “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” training/presentation tool.
Matt Towell, Network Engineer
Matt came to the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority from El Paso County Information Technologies where he was a network analyst. He has an Associate’s degree in Computer/Network Systems Management as well as professional IT certificates including Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), A+ Professional, Network +, Security +, and several other Microsoft certifications.
When he is not working he enjoys golfing, boating, and spending time with his family.
Benjamin Gairrett, Information Systems Technician
Benjamin Gairrett is a member of the IT Department. He currently has a Bachelor’s in Information Technology from Colorado Technical University. Previously he worked at NORAD/NORTHCOM at Petersen AFB supporting them as they track Santa in North America. He also served in the U.S. Army supporting the 10th Combat Support Hospital operating out of Ft. Carson in an IT role. He is dedicated to supporting our users and is glad to be part of our team.
Chan Growden, Property Maintenance Technician
Chan was born in Thailand but moved to California when he was 9 years old. He attended middle school and high school in California where he met his beautiful wife of 24 years. They do not have any children, but their two Jack Russells keep them plenty busy. Chan is an Air Force veteran with over 22 years of service in the Air Force as a Structural Specialist. As a Structural Specialist he was what you would call a jack of all trades and a master of none. Chan was a carpenter, a mason, a metal fabricator, a welder, a painter, locksmith manager and war fighghter. He attained his Associate Degree in Construction Technology while in the Air Force in 2004. He decided to go back to college after retiring from the Air Force and completed a Bachelor Degree in Management at Colorado Technical University in 2013. Chan’s hobbies are many, but his current passions are golfing, snow boarding, camping, cooking and gardening.
Justine Boyd, Office Assistant
Justine’s day to day job functions as the Office Assistant and as the front desk face for the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority include answering the Lobby phone, allowing door access, greeting Vendors, sorting and sending out mail, and all other various office tasks. In her experience with the El Paso-Teller County 911 Authority since July of 2014, the staff has been wonderful to work for and with, and she enjoys helping where she can and getting to know all co-workers. She has obtained an Associate’s degree in Business Management, and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Administration Management. She moved to Colorado in 2009 with her 2 wonderful children. They spend their free time traveling and exploring new areas