John ‘Theo’ Dressler, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) USAF

John Dressler Theo Dressler is a proven team builder and problem solver. He provides expert Local, State, Federal and Interagency Emergency Management and Operations Center direction, training, guidance, and policy development for numerous Government and private sector clients. Spending 7 years in Disaster Planning, Operations, Preparedness and Mitigation with the National Guard, he also has over 21 years of recognized operational and program planning and execution expertise in Tactical Airlift, Electronic Warfare and Meteorology at all levels from Unit to Major Command, Air Force, Joint, and Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) levels. Most recently he added Operational, Safety and Emergency Management experience to his portfolio in the non-profit and for profit corporate sectors.

His expertise also includes HSEEP qualified Exercise Planning, Operations and After Action Analysis, Customer Service, Financial Management, Marketing and Business Development both in his own business ventures and the military as well as course development and instruction with the Delaware State University Entrepreneurship Development Program.

Key positions held include Chief of the National Guard Joint Operations Center and as Deputy Director of the Current Operations Group for Operation Jump Start coordinating the support efforts of this $1.2 billion program with the 4 Southwest border States and US Border Patrol. He was the National Guard Bureau's operational lead in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, coordinating the largest and most rapid deployment of National Guard personnel and assets in the history of homeland support operations. In addition, he was the lead National Guard Bureau representative to the Gulf Coast states during initial Deepwater Horizon oil spill operations advising the Unified and Incident Command Staffs and coordinating all requests for National Guard assistance and funding with the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and American Security Affairs (ASDHD&ASA).

Mr. Dressler was the lead for an Interagency Planning and Action Team focused on shared situational awareness requirements from the Council of Governors and the White House. His leadership and direction efforts greatly enhanced Incident Commanders and other key decision makers ability to visualize and direct disaster response efforts in real and near real time combining situation report data with geospatial tools for improved situational awareness and looks forward to continuing this work.

Most recently, Theo served as the Regional Disaster and Program Officer with the American Red Cross serving as the lead agency for ESF6 (Mass Care) for a 5 county region in South Florida. During his tenure, he lead a fulltime staff of 11 and approximately 2,000 volunteers. His dedication and team building skills successfully lead to allowing direct support across political boundaries and took three separate service areas operational and continuity plans and combined them into a single Regional All Hazards plan which became a model for other regions. In addition, Mr. Dressler worked as Manager of Ground Safety for a start-up regional airline and in 9 months got their entire OSHA and EPA required programs off the ground rewrote their manuals and working closely with Airport, Flight and Technical Operations, reduced the number of reportable on-the-job injuries from an average of 9 per month down to 2 per month saving thousands of dollars per month for the company.

Mr. Dressler holds degrees in Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Weather from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the Community College of the Air Force. In addition he holds an OSHA 30 Hour training certification, FEMA Professional Development Series (PDS) certification and completed the 40 hour HSEEP DHS Exercise and Evaluation Program.


Terry L. Scherling
Major General/SES (Ret.) USAF/DHS
President and CEO

Nicholas P. Scherling
Vice President

Wilton 'Scott' Gorske, MG (Ret.)
Director of Operations

Denise Johns
Director of Programs


Anthony D. Brown
Civilian Senior Safety Manager, (Ret.)

Brian A. Butler
Colonel (Ret.) USA

John ‘Theo’ Dressler
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) USAF

Kelly R. Mazezka

David M. Orochena
Senior Executive Service (Ret.)

Cecilia Sells
International Affairs, Intel & Nuclear Policy

Jeffrey E. Schmidt
Colonel (Ret.) USAF

Gary Szabo
Colonel (Ret.) USAF

Daniel C. Van Wyk
Brigadier General (Ret.) USAF