Our Team

Judith Glick-Smith

Judith (“Judy”) L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D., is the author of Flow-based Leadership: What the Best Firefighters Can Teach You About Leadership and Making Hard Decisions, which was number one on Fire Chief Magazine’s Top 9 Public Safety Leadership Books of 2016. She is, also, a contributor and co-editor of Visionary Leadership in a Turbulent World: Leading in the New VUCA Context, which made the Forbes' Summer Reading List for 2017. She has been a communication and leadership consultant since 1983. She is the founder of MentorFactor, Inc., the home of The Center for Flow-Based Leadership®, which focuses on preparing leadership for the unexpected challenges of today’s volatile business world. Clients include SEPTA (asset maintenance management) and the CDC (safety procedures). Judy has been studying flow-based decision making and leadership in the fire service for over 10 years. Her Ph.D. is in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. 

David Rhodes

David Rhodes is president of Rhodes Consultants, Inc., which provides public safety training, consulting, and promotional assessment centers. He is a 32-year fire service veteran. He is, also, a chief elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, a hands-on training coordinator for FDIC, an editorial advisor for Fire Engineering and the UL Fire Safety Research Institute, and adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy. He is also a Type III incident commander for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Metro Atlanta All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a task force leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team.

Steve Strawderman

Steve Strawderman is a retired Battalion Chief from the Prince William County Fire and Rescue Department in Northern Virginia.  During his 28 year career he served in many capacities to include firefighter, paramedic, EMS educator, EMS Supervisor, Station Captain, Safety Captain. Planning Chief and Field Battalion Chief.  During his four years as the Planning Chief he was also the Department's PIO and Spokesperson.  In 2004 he was one of the founding members of the National Capital Region Incident Command Team (NCR-IMT).  With his background as a PIO, he was further trained and mentored to become a qualified Type III All-Hazard Incident Command Team PIO. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Averett College and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Richmond. He is also a graduate from National Fire Academy, Executive Fire Officer Program and is a Designated Chief Fire Officer from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.  Steve and his wife Joan live in Broadway, VA. He stays busy in retirement training and responding with the IMT, consulting, and teaching.  He became a grandfather to his first grandson last year Owen.  He also enjoys yard work and maintaining the property at his church.

Jodi Gabelmann

Chief Jodi Gabelmann is a 29-year veteran of the Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services beginning as a firefighter and rising through the ranks as a Georgia Smoke Diver (481) and Battalion Chief. She served as the Fire Representative for the Target Hazard Planning Committee for Cobb County, the National Fire Protection Agency 1500 Committee for Health, Safety, and Wellness, and Chaired and hosted the 10th International Women in Fire Service Conference. As a Battalion she received the Team Build Award two consecutive years.

Chief Gabelmann created and developed the Courageous Conversations vignettes, the key component that uniquely demonstrates how to resolve conflicts and co-presented throughout the County and Nationally. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Performance at the University of Florida and an AS Fire Science degree from Dekalb College.

Valerie Mac

 Dr. Valerie Mac RN, PhD is an Assistant Professor at the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She is an expert in occupational heat illness and an Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Her research is centered around characterizing heat illness through physiologic biomonitoring and community-based research to identify meaningful and sustainable interventions for worker populations. Currently she works as an assistant professor at Emory University School of Nursing. 

David Wall