Mr. Karl Colder

Mr. Karl ColderMr. Karl Colder of the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration will be offering the keynote address.

Mr. Colder is the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Division. The Washington Division consists of the District of Columbia and the states of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The division is covered by DEA offices in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Salisbury, MD; Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke, Winchester, Bristol, and Hampton, VA; and, Charleston, Wheeling, and Clarksburg, WV. The mission of the Washington Division is to consistently develop a diverse workforce of the highest integrity and ethical standards that proudly represents DEA.

Mr. Colder also served as the Deputy Chief Inspector of Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).  In this position, Mr. Colder was the principal advisor to the chief inspector on all OPR related matters and led one of DEA’s most sensitive and important programs.  Heading that office, Mr. Colder ensured that DEA’s professionalism, credibility, and longstanding reputation for high integrity was maintained with the public and Congress.

Mr. William Smith 

Mr. William SmithMr. William Smith is the Director of the Georgia Institute of Technology Office of Emergency Preparedness.  Mr. Smith worked as the Operations Officer for the Atlanta-Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, prior to his current role. In that capacity, he was responsible for the City and County’s Emergency Operations Center and worked through multiple special events and natural disasters, including the Downtown Atlanta Tornado of 2008. A Marine Corps Veteran, William deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, working as an Amorer and Mortuary Affairs Specialist.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelors of Science from Georgia Tech (INTA ’01) and a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia State (’05) with a Certificate in Disaster Management.  

Ms. Regina Phillips

Regina-PhillipsGrant Writer and Community Outreach Coordinator, Westbrook School Department




Chief Janine Roberts

Chief Janine Roberts

Chief of Police, Westbrook Police Department

Chief Janine Roberts is a native of Portland. After attending Portland High School and Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, she joined the Portland Police Department in the fall of 1985 and served the citizens of Portland for 29 years.

Throughout her career with Portland PD, Janine held many positions. A few highlights include being the first female in the history of the department to obtain the positions of motorcycle officer, field training officer, evidence technician, patrol sergeant, commander of the crisis negotiations team, homeland security coordinator, and administrative lieutenant; she wrapped up her career as the lieutenant overseeing the community services division.

In September of 2014, after enjoying a short three months of retirement over the summer, Janine was asked to step into an interim police chief position for the City of Westbrook. Among other skills, her leadership style, communication abilities, community policing practices, and her ability to build and enhance relationships across all demographics landed her the full-time chief’s position less than a year later. Janine proudly credits her co-workers and employees as the backbone to her success, recognizing the great team she is surrounded by and their passion to serve the Westbrook community.

Mr. Tarlan Ahmadov

State Refugee Coordinator, Maine

Tarlan Ahmadov is the State Refugee Coordinator at the Office of Maine Refugee Services Catholic Charities Maine, where he has worked since 2004.  Prior to his immigration to the USA, Tarlan worked in the education field in Baku, Azerbaijan, and later joined the non-profit sector, combined with a consulting business to the Consulate of Azerbaijan in Tehran, Iran. Tarlan had the privilege to work  in various capacities with local and international NGOs, such as IFES (providing training to the newly established municipalities in Azerbaijan), and Social Research Center (by screening refugees from Chechnya, Afghanistan, Iran, and Iraq). He graduated from the Baku State University with a Masters in History and Social Sciences. He is the father of two children. Tarlan speaks several languages. Travel is one his passions: during the last two decades, he has  visited over 40 countries for business, training, and teaching purposes.


Chief Michael J. Sauschuck

Michael-SauschuckChief of Police, Portland Police Department

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck has served the City of Portland since 1997 when he began his law enforcement career as a patrol officer. Chief Sauschuck earned a Bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of Maine in 1998 and is a graduate of the FBI’s 251st National Academy for Law Enforcement Leaders class. Over the past decade, Sauschuck has received a number of awards for his commitment to the department including the Sergeant Michael J.Wallace Award, the Enrique Camarena Memorial Award from the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Heroes with a Heart Award.Chief Sauschuck was appointed Chief of Police in January of 2012.

Chaplain Kate Braestrup

Kate-BraestrupMaine Warden Service, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife




Lieutenant Kevin Adam

Lieutenant Kevin Adam

Maine Warden Service, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife