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Our Staff

The Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) provides training to today’s volunteer public safety community including non-profit, industrial and tribal fire agencies.

Programs & Resources

Briefing Room with Mike Williams

Table Talk with Chief Ronny J. Coleman

Deer Valley Press Wildland Fire Training


Alertar y Preparar Listos

Howard W. Rayon Distinguished Service Award

Our Staff

Michael S. Williams, President & Executive Director

Williams spent over a dozen years in California law enforcement and was a POST certified field training officer. In 2006 he founded the Fire Services Training Institute to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. Since 2008, Williams has served on the California State Board of Fire Services representing CSFA and California volunteer fire fighters.


Barbara Anderson, Vice President

Barbara Andersen most recently served as the Chief Strategy Officer at the Santa Barbara Foundation where she provided departmental leadership and oversight of community engagement, which included communications and marketing, grantmaking and initiatives, evaluation and learning, as well as public policy and advocacy. Barbara also facilitated the Foundation’s investments in emergency and disaster readiness, including the Community Disaster Relief Fund. Previously, Barbara founded All Points North Consulting, a firm specializing in strategic planning, partnership development, and program evaluation for nonprofit organizations and foundations. She also served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Orfalea Foundation for four years, where she was primarily responsible for initiating and overseeing national and state level partnerships, managing program evaluation and documentation efforts, and policy engagement aligned with multiple programmatic initiatives including school food reform, youth development, early care and education, and emergency readiness. Barbara holds an MPA with a concentration in International and National Security Policy and a BA in Political Science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.


Yoli McGlinchey, Corporate Secretary

Yoli McGlinchey is the Corporate Secretary of FSTI. Yolanda (Yoli) McGlinchey has been the Emergency Services Manager for the City of Santa Barbara since 2006, but has been working in the area of emergency services since 1991. Yoli is the recipient of several collaboration awards and is a graduate of FEMA’s 2019 National Emergency Management Advanced Academy. Yoli is also a State CERT Train-the-Trainer and Program Manager, as well as an outreach instructor for the California Specialized Training Institute and serves on several non-profits Boards in Santa Barbara County.


Toya D Ayala, Treasurer

For over 30 years Toya Blackshear Ayala has grown from an Entertainment Accounting Professional to an Accounting Human Resources Small to Medium Entrepreneurial Business Professional) who assists her clientele in their growth and development in the ever-evolving marketplace. May that be in the Bricks in Mortar Retail environment or online Healthcare, Real Estate Development, Music, Marketing and Non-profit businesses, Toya has shaped, developed, consulted and controlled their Finances, Accounting, Human Resources and other operational needs as they’ve grown from infancy to mid-level brands. Where there is a need, Toya makes it possible.


Williams C. Teie, Deer Vally Press

Chief Teie retired after 34 years from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection – CDF (Now CalFire). Starting his career as a seasonal firefighter, he worked up through the ranks to Deputy Director for Fire Protection. As Deputy Director, he was responsible for all fire protection programs within CDF. During his career he was very active in the California fire service community serving on several statewide boards and committees including President of the California Fire Chiefs Association in 1986.

Today, Deer Valley Press, Firefighter’s Handbook On Wildland Firefighting, Strategy, Tactics and Safety, Fourth Edition and Leadership For The Wildland Fire Officer, Leading In A Dangerous Profession, Second Edition are published through Fire Proteccion Publications, Oklahoma State University and are two of the most successful publications on wildland firefighting worldwide. 

Brian Woodbeck, CERT Grant Manager and Program Manager

The FSTI CERT Sub-Awards and Equipment Vendor Bids program is managed by Brian Woodbeck. Brian serves as FSTI’s CERT Grant Manager and Coordinator of FSTI supported CERT programs throughout California. He recently retired as Deputy Chief, California Office of Emergency Services after 12 years with the agency, previously, working at the Fort Irwin and San Bernardino County Fire Departments. Brian brings extensive public safety experience throughout the state and has been engaged with some of California’s largest emergency events. He can be contacted at info@fsticert.org or click on ‘Contact Us’ in the menu.


Liliana Encinas, National LISTOS Administrator

Liliana is currently the FSTI, Fire Service Training Institute, LISTOS National Program Director and the Bilingual Public Outreach Coordinator for Santa Barbara City Fire Department. She works for and with the Latino community, by providing outreach, social work, program development and promoting overall wellness. She has more than a decade implementing better outreach and engagement practices in emergency public education and information for the State of California’s vulnerable populations. She has served as the Director of Family Services at La Casa de La Raza, Cesar E. Chavez Center, and as a Public Education Coordinator for the County of Santa Barbara Office of Emergency Management since she emigrated from Mexico to the US. In her spare time, she volunteers at different capacities for several non-profits and schools providing advice to better serve their Latino constituency. She is a State certified Spanish/English interpreter and translator, and a certified State CERT Master Trainer and the immediate past Chair of the Public Education Committee for the Aware & Prepare Initiative, a public-private partnership dedicated to strengthening community disaster resilience within Santa Barbara County.


Gustavo Agredano, LISTOS Program Manager

Gustavo Agredano serves as the FSTI Listos State Program Manager and media manager throughout the state of California. His main focus is to implement new Listos programs throughout the state as well as to support programs that are already established. He works closely with various non-profit agencies and with the general public in promoting the Listos program.


Monty W. Gearheart, Technology Manager

Monty is an 8-year U.S. Air Force veteran and CCAF graduate with expertise in multiple, secure hardware and software platforms to include secure communications systems and earth terminal deployment/operations. He owns the technology company, WCES, Inc., started in 1996, which caters directly and exclusively to first responder industries. An ISP, “coder” and overall “uber-geek,” Monty is also an expert in on-line training delivery technology to include fire and rescue equipment simulations.

Monty is the Information Systems/Technology Director and Business Development Director for the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA). He is a co-founder of FSTI and his current tasks include assisting FSTI with on-line programs, training, website development and overall information project management.

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PO Box 550, Santa Barbara, CA 93116

(888) 977-1635

Who We Are

FSTI has provided training to the volunteer public safety community since 2006. It has been our mission to provide high quality training to firefighters while at the same time promoting community safety.

Fire Services Training Institute (FSTI) is a non-profit public benefit corporation with both state and federal tax exempt status.