June 22, 2024
CSU Knights in the News

Knights in the News | July 2022

Michelle Zech
Michelle Zech has joined Blessing Health System as chief human resources officer. In addition to bringing in 25 years of experience to the role, Zech served with the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Workforce Steering Committee, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Executive Committee and participated in initiatives to change legislation related to attracting and retaining healthcare positions. She is a 2013 CSU graduate.

John Bilbo
John Bilbo was recently announced as the newest fire chief of the Orange Fire Department in Orange, Texas. He has served with the department for more than 20 years. He is a CSU graduate with an associate degree in occupational safety and health and a bachelor’s degree in fire science.

Aaron Rhone
Aaron Rhone has been named the new director of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Emergency Medical Services. “I believe I have a wonderful background in rural EMS, which started in Huntingdon and included becoming an EMT and volunteering on a QRS unit. I also have experience in 911. So, I look forward to using all of that training and involvement as Bureau of EMS director,” said Rhone. He earned a master’s degree in emergency services management and public administration at CSU. Rhone also serves as part-time faculty for CSU in the emergency medical services administration programs within the College of Safety and Emergency Services.

Mark Grenier
The city of Clermont, Florida, appointed Mark Grenier to the board of the Florida Building Code Administrators and Inspectors as a building official. He is bringing over 21 years of experience to the role. He is a 2022 CSU graduate.

Matthew Brown
REMSA Health and Care Flight has promoted Matthew Brown to the role of director of Rural EMS. He has over 30 years of experience and is a Nevada state EMS instructor, a certified medical transport executive and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in EMS administration through Columbia Southern University.

Heath Edmondson
The Marietta Police Department in Marietta, Georgia, promoted Heath Edmondson to sergeant. He has served with the Marietta Police Department for 14 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from CSU.

Michael Thomson
The city of Carrollton, Texas, announced Michael Thomson as fire chief of Carrollton Fire Rescue. Thomson is a 24-year fire veteran. “I am truly honored and humbled to be joining Carrollton’s Fire Rescue team,” Thomson said. “I am thrilled and feel very privileged to be able to serve the community, its residents and businesses as well as their incredible personnel.” He is a 2016 CSU graduate.

Danny Grafius
Pender EMS & Fire, Inc. located in Burgaw, North Carolina, named Danny Grafius as their new fire division chief. He received his bachelor’s degree in fire science in 2015 from CSU.

Charles Chandler
Charles Chandler was recently sworn in as the president of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Chandler is chief of the Westerville Division of Police in Westerville, Ohio. Chandler is a 28-year law enforcement veteran. “It’s an honor to work with police executives across the state as we together assess the most impactful ways for Ohio to demonstrate leadership and innovation in law enforcement,” said Chandler. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from CSU.

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