Professional Development Programs • Firefighters
Chief Officer Program
Michel “Shelley” Delisle, MS
Course 1: Authentic Communication
Michel Delisle, retired firefighter, she received her bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communications from Marquette University and her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Joseph University in Pennsylvania. She was the first female firefighter/paramedic hired at Wauwatosa Fire Department. Her passion is helping others and has spent 25+ years in global humanitarian aid work. She is active in disaster response, serving as the recruitment and training officer for Response Systems, Inc.
Steven Peggs, MS
Course 2: Written Communication
Steven Peggs, retired Battalion Chief, he received his bachelor’s degree in Fire and Emergency Response Management from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and his master’s degree in Public Administration from University of Texas at Arlington.
Steve has had successful writing and application of state and federal grant programs.
Successfully developed and managed the Safety and Compliance program for an ambulance company that employs 900 people in 32 cities throughout Texas and successfully developed and managed municipal fire department budgets of $19.5 million.
Mitchell Waite, PhD
Course 3: Leadership in the Public Sphere
Course 5: Fiscal Management
Mitchell Waite, retired Fire Chief, brings extensive leadership and fiscal management experience to his courses through his fire and military experiences. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology, a master’s degree from Silver Lake College in Management and Organizational Behavior: Continuous Quality Improvement and his Ph. D. from Walden University in Applied Management and Decision Science: Leadership and Organizational Change.
He has published the following books: Fire Service Leadership: Theories and Practices; The EMS Challenge—A Call to Action; Essential Leadership Characteristics for Effective Leaders: Cracking the Code and It’s All About Leadership.
Ryan Weyers, MS
Course 4: Personnel Management
Ryan Weyers, Appleton Deputy Chief, he has a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College in Specialized Administration and his master’s degree from Concordia University in Grant Writing and Evaluation. He is an instructor at Fox Valley Technical College in the Fire Protection program and assists with UW Oshkosh’s summer youth Fire Academies.
Tyson Novinska, MA
Course 6: Community Risk Assessment and Strategic Planning
Tyson Novinska is a firefighter and fire inspector who works full time at the City of West Allis Fire Department. He has a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Marian University, Fond du Lac and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He has 15 years of fire service experience as a part of a volunteer department while working as a school administrator and eventually became a full-time member of the West Allis Fire department. He has been successful in writing federal grants, conducting fire inspections and fire investigations and leading the development of the yearly evaluation tool for his department.