SEARCH Welcomes New Staff

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SEARCH has recently hired four new employees in an effort to meet the expanding needs of the justice and public safety community we serve.

Angela Mattos
Ms. Mattos is our new Senior Accounting Clerk, where she is responsible for processing accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll. She also is responsible for purchasing and maintaining office supplies, subscription and membership records, and reconciling vendor statements, among other duties and special projects.

Ms. Mattos has 10 years of accounting experience with Project HIRED in Santa Clara, California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting individuals with disabilities. She was Accounting Manager for five years before being promoted to Accounting Director, where she oversaw all accounting operations. Among her many duties, she produced cash flow statements, prepared various reports for the CEO and Board of Directors, and assisted with budget preparation for each fiscal year for all departments.

“Please join me in welcoming Angela to the Finance team and SEARCH.  Her 10 years experience with Project HIRED will provide a smooth transition into SEARCH,” said Director of Finance Rose Marie Florita. “She will be a great addition to the team and we look forward to working with her.” 

Ann E. Dillon
Ms. Dillon is a Justice Information Systems Specialist for SEARCH, where she offers assistance with systems planning and implementation on integrated justice projects across the country. Ms. Dillon provides training, technical assistance, and research on automated systems development, automation planning, and justice information sharing to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions nationwide.

"Ann is a great addition to the SEARCH Systems and Technology team. Her experience working with the courts in Washington State has demonstrated her leadership, strategic thinking, and ability to build consensus among diverse stakeholders. We are very much looking forward to her immediate contributions to our JIEM®, research, and technical assistance activities," said Scott Came, Director of Systems and Technology for SEARCH.

Ms. Dillon has more than 14 years of experience serving as a liaison between external and internal client groups as an information technology generalist. As a project coordinator and facilitator, she is formally trained in both traditional and Agile project management techniques and is experienced in both the strategic planning as well as tactical execution of project plans. Ms. Dillon is well-versed in the domains of court business processes, as well as integrated justice projects.

Prior to joining SEARCH, Ms. Dillon worked for the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts as Scrum Master/Project Coordinator and User Interface Designer, where she served in a variety of project leadership and strategy roles and worked effectively with the local courts to design and implement statewide case management capabilities. She was also a Senior Systems Analyst for Carter and Burgess, Inc. and a Web Development and Design Engineer for Loudeye Technologies, among other positions.

Ms. Dillon has a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Whitman College. She received her ScrumMaster Certification in 2004, Project Management Certification from Amberton University, and completed additional coursework including psychology and engineering at Seattle University and Cogswell College.

B. Ronald Mosher
Mr. Mosher is a Public Safety Technology Specialist for SEARCH, providing technical assistance to public safety agencies nationwide in automated systems development, planning and integration of communications and information technology, and communications interoperability and wireless issues.

"We have worked alongside Ron Mosher in DHS interoperable communications work over the past couple of years and came to respect his contributions," noted Dan Hawkins, Director of SEARCH Public Safety Programs. "Ron joins us to continue work in this area, but also brings a wealth of experience as a public safety responder and consulting practitioner. He's a great addition and we look forward to working with him."

Mr. Mosher has 31 years of experience in law enforcement, fire services, emergency management and city government, including 20 years at the managerial/supervisory level. In his most recent position prior to joining SEARCH, he was a Senior Public Safety Engineer at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), on the SPAWAR-Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (ICTAP) Project. Mr. Mosher coordinated with urban area public safety agencies to perform operational assessments and facilitate exercises to evaluate their interoperable communications capabilities. He also served as lead evaluator of tactical interoperable communications exercises held in Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; and San Diego, California.

As a security specialist for the 2004 Summer Olympics Security C41 project in Athens, Greece, Mr. Mosher provided exercise planning and control, managed the onsite exercise team, and evaluated exercises. As Director of Operations for the onsite Olympic Venue Operational Teams, he provided customer liaison and supervised an office support staff. In addition, he was a security planner for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He provided consequence management expertise, held planning meetings, and coordinated with federal, state, and local agencies to provide an integrated incident response with the crisis management team.

Mr. Mosher was Bureau Chief for the Utah Division of Emergency Services from 2000-2002, where he managed the training and administrative sections, and served as Mayor of Leeds, Utah, from 1997-2000. Prior to that, he worked for the Orem (Utah) Department of Public Safety for 21 years, progressing through the ranks to Interim Director of Public Safety. He also served as Fire Division Chief, Patrol Division Chief, Chief of Detectives, and Administrative Services Division Chief. As Logistics Section Chief for a Western Region Type 2 Fire Management Team, he carried out logistics responsibilities within the Incident Command System (ICS).

Mr. Mosher has a bachelor's degree in Police Science from Weber State College, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is certified in the Emergency Management Professional Development Series (State Coordinating Officer; ICS 100, 200, 300, 400, 401, and 402; and IS 00700 and 00800). He previously held Peace Officer, Fire Fighter, and Logistics Section Chief certifications.

Guadalupe Wimer Cruz
Ms. Cruz is SEARCH's new Full Charge Bookkeeper. Under the direction of the Director of Finance and Administration, Ms. Cruz manages bank and general ledger reconciliations, performs month-end closings, tracks fixed assets, and prepares depreciation schedules. She also prepares trial balance and expenditure reports on grants and contracts, and compiles financial statements.

"We're pleased to have Lupe join our Finance Division as the new Full Charge Bookkeeper. She brings years of experience and is a great addition to our team," said Rose Marie Florita, SEARCH Director of Finance and Administration.

Ms. Cruz has more than 10 years of experience in accounting. Prior to joining SEARCH, Ms. Cruz was an Accountant II for the Stanislaus County (California) Health Services Agency, where she managed and created budgets for local, state, and federal grants; created tracking spreadsheets to reconcile revenue accounts; and reviewed, analyzed, and reconciled financial statements. She was also an accountant for U.S. Cancer Care, Inc., and held accounting and personnel positions with various agricultural and staffing businesses in central California.

Ms. Cruz has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from California State University, Stanislaus