May 30, 2024

Knights in the News | December 2019

Knight Begins New Career in Safety
Jason LaCrosse has begun a new role as safety management consultant with The MEMIC Group in Portland, Maine. LaCrosse is a 21-year Army veteran, serving as a flight medic, Blackhawk instructor pilot and aviation safety officer. LaCrosse is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health with CSU.

CSU Alumnus Named Fire Chief
Ray Iverson has been named chief of the San Mateo, California Consolidated Fire Department. He previously served as the deputy fire chief for the department, where he has worked for four years. Iverson received a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and is currently pursuing a master’s degree.

Knight Becomes Second Police Chief in Illinois Village
Tony Manley was sworn in as the second deputy police chief in the history of Maryville, Illinois. He began with the Maryville Police Department in 2015. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration from CSU.

CSU Alumnae Named Executive Director of Homeless Shelter
Cristalina “Nina” Thilleman has been appointed as the executive director of HALO, Inc. in Racine, Wisconsin. She previously served as the shelter’s finance director. Thilleman received her MBA from CSU.

Knight Sworn is as Fire Chief
Chief E.J. Hoyt was sworn in as the chief of Newington Fire Department in New Hampshire. He has served as acting chief since August. Hoyt is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from CSU.

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  1. Lisa Leedy

    I am not sure if you only post job changes in your newsletter, but I am a Senior at CSU pursuing a degree in Organizational Leadership. I am currently the Executive Director of a non-profit economic development organization. Here is a link to one of my last reports to one of my communities:

    If you publish it, it’s good for my resume. Thanks!

    1. Libby Reilly

      Thank you for sharing this with us, Lisa! Congratulations on all you are accomplishing for your community.


      Libby Reilly
      Communications Coordinator
      CSU Marketing

  2. Steve Sappington


    CONGRATULATIONS on obtaining your new safety professional role and thank you for your service to our country!

    As a fellow aviator and instructor I encourage you to focus on the ergonomic, situational, and behavioral aspects affecting safety. Much of this begins with establishing and reinforcing a safety culture within an organization.

    Best of continued success in your new role and studies. I hope you’ll pursue your graduate degree in OS&H, too, as there’s no doubt in my mind you have much to contribute to other students and the profession.

    Cheer and all the very best,
    Steve Sappington, MSc, Occupational Safety & Health

    1. Libby Reilly

      Hello, Steve! Your support and well wishes of a fellow Knight is inspiring. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts!

      Merry Christmas,

      Libby Reilly
      Communications Coordinator
      CSU Marketing