Executive Team

Michael C. Morgan

Mike Morgan is a Colorado native, born in Grand Junction and growing up on their family ranch he has spent most of his life in Garfield County. He began his fire service career in 1986 and has spent 30 years serving his community and the Colorado fire service.  Mike oversaw Colorado River Fire Rescue, a full service fire department with over 100 career and volunteer members. Mike served for over 10 years on the Colorado State Fire Chiefs’ Board of Directors (including two terms as President), has participated in several projects with the International Association of Fire Chief’s, and has a long history of championing fire service-related issues. His work includes the ongoing collaborative efforts to unify Colorado’s fire service and to promote local community interests directed towards the mission of “saving lives and property”. Mike is a recipient of the coveted John M. Buckman III Leadership Award, presented by the International Association of Fire Chief’s. Mike has worked with the Division of Fire Prevention and Control, which in his opinion is the “focal point” for Colorado’s fire prevention and suppression efforts, to find new and innovative ways to serve its customers. When asked what his desire is for his new position, Mike stated “to represent all of Colorado’s fire service, large and small, and to unify our voice to protect the residents, visitors, and responders of our great state”. Mike and his wife Sabrina have been together for over 30 years and have three children; David (31), Cole (17), and Caitlin (16) and three grandchildren; Darrien, Reed, and Avery.


Chief of Staff, Melissa Lineberger

Melissa Lineberger started with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control as a policy analyst in 2013. In this role, she worked with diverse stakeholder groups to promulgate new rules and draft new contracts and other legal documents. She is a licensed Colorado attorney who graduated cum laude from Lewis and Clark Law School in May 2012, where she studied contract law and alternative dispute resolution. During law school, she volunteered with OPAL (Organizing People/Activating Leaders), a community organizing group, to reform housing policy in Oregon. She also worked at Dolan Griggs, an employment law firm, where she gained extensive experience researching and drafting legal documents. Before her appointment as the permanent Director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, she worked as the Interim Director of the Center. In this role, she was tasked with organizing diverse stakeholders into a steering committee to help guide the stand-up process. She worked with those stakeholders to craft the Center's mission and vision statements, organizational chart, and process flowchart. She is excited for the opportunity to help the Center make a meaningful difference in the firefighting community.


Section Chief, Support Services, Theresa Staples

Theresa Staples has been with the Colorado Department of Public Safety for over 20 years and was one of the original members of DFPC. Staples has been the Deputy Director for DFPC for over 5 years and remains active within the Colorado firefighting community. Staples is dedicated to DFPCs mission to provide leadership and support to Colorado communities in reducing threats to lives, property and the environment from fire through fire prevention and code enforcement; wildfire preparedness, response, and management; and the training and certification of firefighters.


Section Chief, Fire and Life Safety, Rob Geislinger

Robert (Rob) Geislinger retired from the South Metro Fire Rescue Authority as Fire Marshal in June, 2011 to pursue a new career as a chaplain. Prior to his tenure with South Metro, Rob began his fire service career as a volunteer with the WheatRidge Fire District. In 1985, he became a career firefighter with Parker Fire District before he achieved the positions of paramedic and lieutenant. The bulk of Rob’s career at Parker was in the Fire Prevention Bureau, where he ultimately served as the Fire Marshal. He retained this position until Parker and South Metro consolidated in 2009. During his tenure as Fire Marshal with both entities, Rob was active with the Fire Marshal’s Association of Colorado where he served for a number of years on the Board of Directors and was active in fire code development, legislative, and regulatory development arenas. Rob also served the International Code Council as a member of the International Fire Code Development Committee, finishing his assignment as the committee vice chair. Rob resides in Elizabeth with his wife and three children.Rob has a long history of working with stakeholders and developing the statutes and regulations that govern many of the programs within DFPC, and is highly motivated to ensure the success of these programs.  As most of you are aware, Rob recently completed a temporary assignment with DFPC as a Special Assistant to the Director and Interim Section Chief and during this assignment he demonstrated he is qualified to lead the Section and serve the needs of our customers.


Section Chief, Wildland Management, Vaughn Jones  

Vaughn Jones has served as the Chief of the Wildland Fire Management Section since May of 2015, and was the Branch Chief of Operations for 3 years prior to this appointment. Before transferring to DFPC, Vaughn was the Northeast Area FMO with the Colorado State Forest Service for 8 years and an Assistant District Forester with the CSFS Golden District for 6 years.  Prior to going to work for the State, Vaughn held forestry, range, and wildfire positions with the US Forest Service on the White River National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland. Vaughn holds a B.S Degree in Natural Resource Management (1993) and a Master’s Degree in Ecology (1997), both from Colorado State University in Fort Collins.  His experiences include numerous assignments as an Agency Administrator on state-responsibility fires, serving as a member of Rocky Mountain Area Type 1 and 2 Incident Management Teams, and as a member of the Jefferson County and Pueblo Dispatch Zone Type 3 Incident Management Teams. Vaughn is proud to be a 3rd generation native of Colorado.  His wife Amy is an elementary school teacher with Denver Public Schools.  Vaughn and Amy have a son and a daughter who are both in college.


Section Chief, Professional Qualifications and TrainingMark C. Quick

Mark is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Environmental Health. Mark began his fire service career attending a rookie academy in 1991 and served as a volunteer firefighter through 2000. In 1995, Mark became the Hazardous Materials Training Program Manager for the Division of Fire Safety and held that position until he accepted a position as Training Chief with the Durango Fire and Rescue Authority in 2003. During his time with Durango Fire Rescue, Mark also ran the Southwest Colorado Hazardous Materials Response Team which covered the entire Southwest quadrant of Colorado.  Mark also served as the primary grant writer for Durango Fire Rescue and was successful in obtaining over $5.5 million dollars in grant awards during his 10 years in Durango. In 2013, Mark accepted the position of State Fire Training Director with the Division of Fire Prevention and Control. He oversees the firefighter and hazardous materials certification programs and the associated training programs. Mark is married to Lori Quick and has three children currently enrolled in college.



Section Chief, Acting Director of Center of Excellence, Bob Gann

Bob is a Colorado native who received his PhD in Electrical Engineering—with an emphasis on semiconductor materials, physics, and spectroscopy—from Colorado State University in 1986. After joining Hewlett Packard, Bob shifted his emphasis to digital image capture and processing and worked in that field as a research scientist and in product development for nearly 30 years. In recent years, Bob worked in the intellectual property field assisting companies with the development, marketing, and defense of patents. In addition, Bob is both an inventor, with 17 imaging-related U.S. patents to his name, and a published author. Bob’s firefighting career started in 1986 when he joined the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department (RCVFD). Bob became Chief of RCVFD in 1992 and continued in that position (with one short break) until he retired from RCVFD in October 2015 to join the Center of Excellence. During his career as Chief, Bob was involved in a number of large fires, most notably the High Park Fire in 2012. RCVFD is featured, post–High Park, in the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) video, “Before the Smoke.” In 2013, Bob was awarded the NFPA Wildland Safety Exemplary Service Award. Joining the Center of Excellence allowed Bob to realize a long-held desire to combine his engineering and firefighting careers. He and his wife Charlene (Charlie) are excited by the move to the Rifle area and by the opportunities to make contributions to Colorado’s wildland fire service.