Jessica Duron-Martinez of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, is Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue’s first female fire marshal. “It’s exciting that this opportunity came and I’m making history in Rio Rancho. I believe knowledge is power and the more we learn the more we are able to teach,” she said. “As Maya Angelou would say, ‘When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” She is a 2018 CSU graduate.
Ian Hix, who serves as the director of safety for the Southside Electric Cooperative, recently completed the Certified Loss Control program. This certification is recognized through the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Hix is one of only a few electric utility professionals in the country who will receive this certification this year. He is a 2022 CSU graduate.
The city of El Paso, Texas, announced Terry Kebschull as their newest city director of Animal Services. He has served the El Paso Fire Department for more than 30 years. “I’m honored and excited to join El Paso Animal Services in a leadership capacity, especially during a time of such innovation and change in animal welfare across the Nation,” he said. Kebschull is a 2017 CSU graduate.
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians recently named Kristin Hellich as their director of strategy and media communications. She has over 15 years of experience in the fields of public relations, marketing, advertising and communications. Hellich received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing at CSU in 2014.
Reco Stephens of Macon, Georgia, was announced as the newest assistant fire chief of the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department. Stephens is certified as a Georgia Fire Chief and Fire Officer IV, a Level III paramedic instructor, Georgia POST instructor, structural fire instructor I & II, AHA Certified CPR/ACLS instructor and a nationally registered paramedic. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in emergency services management at CSU.
Master Sgt. Alexander James, 350th Recruiting Squadron and Air Force Reserve member, recently received a CSU scholarship in recognition of his work with Air Force and Space Force recruiters. James is currently pursuing his master’s degree in organizational leadership.
The Cincinnati Fire Department has named Kenneth Caldwell their newest assistant fire chief. Caldwell will be leading the city’s Fire Prevention and Community Risk Reduction Division. He has been in the fire field for over 22 years. He is currently a CSU student pursing a degree in fire administration.