Tampa, FL | January 15, 2019
Technical Program Manager, APCO International
|Megan Bixler has over 15 years’ experience supporting military, government, and private organizations in the executive decision making process. She is an expert at translating complex requirements into decision points and deliverables. She has worked in this capacity for the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) and Department of Defense (DoD) Intelligence Services. She has worked in various military and consulting capacities for the U.S. Army, G&H International Services, and Lockheed Martin. Ms. Bixler has focused her career at the identification of critical first responder technology needs and development of viable solutions.|
Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations
|Jeffrey Cohen is Chief Counsel and Director of Government Relations at APCO International. In this capacity, Jeff provides strategic guidance on policy, legislative, and regulatory matters to advance the association’s work on 9-1-1 and first responder communications.
Prior to joining APCO, Jeff served as a detailee from the Federal Communications Commission, for the minority staff of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee. While on the Hill, Jeff was one of the authors of the FirstNet public safety legislation enacted in February 2012. At the FCC, Jeff served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. Before his move to the federal government, Jeff was a partner at the Washington, DC telecommunications law firm of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, where he worked over ten years on wireless regulatory matters since graduating from the George Washington University Law School with honors in 1994.
Jeff also holds a B.S. cum laude in electrical engineering from the George Washington University. Jeff is a recipient of the FCC’s Silver Medal Award, APCO’s Leadership in Regulatory Service Award and the National Emergency Number Association’s Presidential Award.
Director of Communication Center & 9-1-1 Services, APCO International
|Steve Leese has worked in public safety for the last 35 years serving as an officer with the Dearborn Police Department, and the Harbor Beach Police Department in Michigan. Steve also worked as the 9-1-1 Director for Huron County and Eaton County Michigan before moving to APCO International as a Communications Center Specialist in 2013. He now serves as the Director of the Communications Center & 9-1-1 Services.
Steve is a University of Michigan graduate and served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps at the White House and Camp David. Steve served as a Certification Subcommittee member of the Michigan 9-1-1 Committee. Steve is also a past president of the Michigan Communications Directors Association.