Phoenix NIMO Incident Management Team

 Bob HousemanBob Houseman - Incident Commander

Bob graduated from Iowa State University in 1978 with a Bachelor degree in Forestry and Pest Management.  During his time at ISU he worked two seasons as a Forest Technician on the St. Joe National Forest in Avery, Idaho cruising timber and training as basic firefighter.  Following graduation he spent two and a half years working as a Forest Supervisor with the Colville Tribal Forestry in eastern Washington. 

In 1984 he changed course and moved to the state of North Carolina to accept the position of Service Forester with the NC Division of Forest Resources.  Over a period of 24 years Bob served in various positions including Assistant District Forester, District Forester and Regional Forester.  In 2008 he accepted the position of Operations Section Chief with the USFS National Incident Management Organization.  In 2011 he was promoted to Incident Commander of the Phoenix NIMO team. 

Over the years serving as a Forester and Fire and Natural Resource Manager Bob attained various positions and qualifications including District Manager, Regional Manager, NC Public Manager, IQCS Wildland Firefighter, Crew Boss, Burn Boss, Division/Group Supervisor, IC T3 & T4 and Operations Section Chief T1 & T2.  He served as IC T2 from 2002 to 2008 on one of three NC Division of Forest Resources Incident Management Teams, and as IC T1(t) on the Southern Interagency Incident Management Team from 2006 to 2008.  In 2008 he attained the qualification of IC T1.  Bob currently resides in Madison, AL with his lovely wife Cindy.

 Terri KnauthTerri Knauth - Safety Officer

Terri graduated from Boise State University with a degree in Wildland Fire Management. She began her Forest Service career in 1979 on the Willamette National Forest. After spending eight years in Administration she was offered her first position with Fire and Aviation Management while still on the Willamette.

Having a gypsy spirit has made it easy for Terri to move around in her career. After spending 10 years on the Willamette, she went to the Malhuer National Forest as a Fuels Planner in John Day, OR. Her next adventure in 1991 took her to the Kootenai National Forest, serving as a Zone Suppression Supervisor in Libby, MT. Feeling the gypsy spirit tugging at her once again; she accepted a position on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest as a Zone Fire Management Officer in 1997. In 2001, Terri moved to the Salmon-Challis National Forest in north central Idaho. While there, she had the opportunity to serve as a Forest Fuels Specialist, Forest Fire Use Specialist for the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return and Forest Training Officer. Her next move took her to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, ID, serving as the Lead for the Technical Focus Group for the Fire Analysis Program (aka FPA).

Terri has been a Safety Officer with the National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) since 2012. Terri has served on National IMTs since 1998. She enjoys anything outdoors, especially hiking, backpacking and camping. Her future plans include hiking the entire Pacific Coast Trail with her husband. She’s an avid landscaper and gardener and enjoys travelling, cooking and reading.

Terri lives in Bonners Ferry, Idaho with her husband Kevin, who is the District Ranger for Bonners Ferry Ranger District. They have three grown children, Justin, Lisa and Tyler and three granddaughters, Eva, Sophie and Charlee.

CJ NorvellCJ Norvell - Public Information Officer

A 30+ year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service, CJ began her foray into incident management in 1998 when arson fires began burning through the forests of southeastern Oklahoma on the Ouachita National Forest.  As the Public Affairs Specialist with the Ouachita and Ozark-St. Francis National Forests, she was called to assist with the information effort and quickly realized that serving in this way was something she wanted to continue doing. 

CJ began detailing with Incident Management Teams across the country and worked on a variety of incidents, including hurricane response, fire management and flood rescue and recovery.  In 2005, she joined the Southern Area Blue Team, advancing to Type 1 status in 2008.  Her 22 year career in Public Affairs involved working with media and congressional staff on national issues, including fuels and fire management, and healthy forests. 

CJ has a heart for wildland firefighters and working to make their jobs safer and easier, both physically and emotionally.  She has a degree in Mass Communications, Public Relations and Advertising from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, with a minor in Psychology.  She lives on a cattle ranch in southeastern Oklahoma, and enjoys life with her husband, cows, horses and 12 dogs.

  Brian WattsBrian Watts - Planning Section Chief

Brian graduated from Oregon State University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science degree. While attending college he worked as a temporary on the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. It was during his years as a temporary employee that he became interested in fire management. Brian actively participated in wildland fire and prescribed fire projects throughout his time as a temporary employee.

Brian began his permanent career with the Forest Service as a Rangeland Management Specialist on the Leadore Ranger District of the Salmon National Forest in Idaho in 1992. In 1995 he lateraled to the Austin Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada. He transferred to the Bureau of Land Management’s Farmington District in New Mexico in 1999. While in these positions he continued to be engaged in fire management activities.

While in Farmington, Brian moved into a Fuels Management Specialist position in 2001. This opportunity provided him with numerous opportunities to improve his operational fire qualifications. In 2003, he transferred to the Vale District BLM in Oregon as the District Fire Ecologist. This position provided him with the opportunity to mix his natural resource and fire management knowledge and skills to plan and implement fuels management, fire management, and emergency stabilization and rehabilitation projects.

In 2005, Brian joined the Blue Mountain Interagency Incident Management Team (Type 2), based in northeast Oregon, as a trainee Situation Unit Leader and continued to pursue additional planning section qualifications and became the Planning Section Chief for the team in 2008 and served in that position until 2011. He became a qualified Type 1 Planning Section Chief in 2011 while working with Pacific Northwest National Incident Management Teams.

In 2012, Brian became the Incident Commander for Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team (Type 2). While assigned to the 2012 Barry Point Fire (Lakeview, Ore.) he and his team had the opportunity to work with the Portland NIMO team. This experience was a valuable training and learning opportunity for him and the team. After his experience with NIMO, Brian decided to make working for NIMO a career objective which was achieved in 2015.

Brian lives in Payette, Idaho with his pets. In his free time he enjoys golfing, riding his mountain and road bikes, and playing strategic computer games.

Jon Teutrine - Operations Section Chief

Jon is a graduate of Northland College in Ashland, Wis. where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. While attending school, he got his first taste of fire as one of the founding members of the Northland Fire Crew. He also filled in on WI DNR engine crews and helped with prescribed burns on the Chequamegon National Forest. 

After college, Jon moved to Oregon and worked intermittently in fire and as a wildlife tech. He got his first permanent appointment with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in central California as an Engine Captain during the National Fire Plan build-up. While in California, he also worked as a Squad Boss, Assistant Superintendent and a district Fuels Officer for the Mendocino National Forest. 

Jon relocated to the Shawnee National Forest in Region 9 after the birth of his son where he served as a District AFMO, District FMO and eventually the Forest Fire Staff. While in Region 9, he became involved in the geographic areas Training Working Team serving as the vice chair. He also worked for the Forest Service’s International Programs teaching Incident Command System in Indonesia, Vanuatu and Timor Leste.

Jon started working on Incident Management Teams as a Division Supervisor on California Incident Management Team 2. He has also worked on the Sothern Area Red Team as a Branch Director and the Eastern Area’s Type 2 Team as the primary Operations Section Chief. Before joining NIMO, he was a Primary Operations Section Chief for the Rocky Mountain Type 1 Team.

Susan ZahnSusan "Sue" Zahn - Logistics Section Chief

Sue started her career with the US Forest Service in Region 5 on the San Bernardino National Forest in 1986.  From 1986 to 2003, she worked on each of the Southern California Forests in a variety of positions that included Fire Fighter, Wilderness Manager, Prevention Officer and Fuels Battalion Chief. 

In 2003, Sue accepted the position of Fuels Management Specialist at San Dimas Technology and Development Center, a detached unit with the Washington Office.  While at San Dimas, Sue valued supporting the field directly with her fuels related work and through her publications on completed projects. 

In 2008, Sue returned to the San Bernardino National Forest as a Fuels Battalion Chief on the Mountain Top Ranger District overseeing mechanical fuels projects. She then accepted the position of Forest Vegetation Manager, overseeing the forest’s hazardous fuels work, grants along with the forest timber and restoration programs.

In 2012, Sue was assigned to Region 5 Fire and Aviation Management as the Fire Operations Contracting Program Manager, where she currently oversees the Region’s “VIPR” fire incident equipment agreements. She also serves as the Region’s Logistics Accelerated Development program and Logistics workshop coordinator.  For the past few years, Sue has provided her Contracting Officers Representative (COR) III certification for support on the national caterer and shower contracts.

Sue has many years in Logistics and is a qualified Type I Logistics Chief (LSC).  She has served as a team member for both Type I and II Fire Incident Management teams and is currently working as a trainee towards her Area Command LSC qualification.

Sue has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from the University of La Verne and a certificate of study in Wildland Fire Management from Humboldt State University.

 Jaci StimachJaci Stimach - Finance Section Chief

Jaci was born in Seattle, Wash. and grew up in Juneau, Alaska. She started her Forest Service career straight out of high school as a clerk typist on the Region 10 Regional Office’s Fiscal and Public Safety/Personnel and Civil Rights staff. Following a couple years in the clerical staff, she was transferred into a computer assistant position within Fiscal, where she stayed for a couple more years and was then promoted to the computer specialist position. With her position being “phased” out, she then moved to the Regional Office’s Information Technology staff as the lead computer specialist responsible for the entire Regional Office’s Server/Computer room.

In 2005, the Forest Service completed a realignment which involved centralization of the Information Technology program into the Chief Information Office (CIO). Jaci was then placed in the Computer Specialist position with collateral duties which included being the Alternate Information System Security Officer (ISSO) for the Forest Service Computer Base – Legacy Data Center. During this time she helped the Forest Service improve their security audit finding from “Material Weakness” to “Significant Deficiency.” After five years in this position, in 2010, she received a promotion to the lead ISSO which involved a transfer to Kansas City to work from the National Data Center.

Jaci began her fire career in 1996 with her first assignment on the Miller Reach fire outside of Anchorage, Alaska, working as an Equipment Time Recorder (EQTR). That was enough to completely hook her to the world of incident management assignments. The majority of her fire assignments have been with the Alaska Incident Management Team (Type 1 and Type 2).

Jaci currently lives in Lacey, WA. There she is able to be close to her family who all live in the WA/OR area. She loves doing home improvement projects in her condo and spending as much time as possible with her two cats - Squirrel and Coty. When not travelling, she also likes to get out and enjoy all of the fun and exciting things that the Pacific Northwest has to officer.

Key Contacts

Atlanta Incident Commander
Mike Quesinberry
Boise Incident Commander
Joe Reinarz
Phoenix Incident Commander
Bob Houseman
Portland Incident Commander
Bea Day
Seven team members standing on the steps of a wooden fire tower

June 2019 Upper Frijoles Staff Ride PHX NIMO

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Phoenix NIMO Team at S-520 in 2018

Group photo of 5 male team members and 2 female team members standing in a field

Phoenix NIMO Team on the 2017 Diamond Creek Fire

Group photo of 5 male team members and 2 female team members

Phoenix NIMO Team June 2017

IC Bob Houseman at Hurricane Florence recovery

PHX NIMO IC Bob Houseman at Hurricane Florence recovery

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The Phoenix NIMO team at the Upper Frijoles Staff Ride

PHX NIMO at Gettysburg Staff Ride

PHX NIMO at Gettysburg Staff Ride

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PHX NIMO, and others, who worked on Hurricane Florence Recovery on the Croatan NF 2018

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Phoenix NIMO team on the 2019 Devore Creek Fire

Team members use a handheld radio to brief firefighters remotely

Phoenix team members provide a radio briefing for crews in the field on the 2019 Devore Creek Fire