Meet our Board of Directors

 

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Steve Smith - President

Born and raised in Illinois, Steve has spent his entire adult life serving his community.  In 2004, Steve joined the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve.  During his enlistment in the Marines, Steve volunteered for various duties in several locations across the country, and one deployment to Iraq. His enlistment in the Marines ended in 2012. In 2005, Steve volunteered with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army in Biloxi, MS assisting individuals and families in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  Prior to relocating to Florida in 2012, Steve was a firefighter/EMT in Illinois.  He also was the chief of a county based search and rescue team for just over three years.  Steve's background in emergency services and search & rescue will prove invaluable to the organization.

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Brienna Smith - Secretary/Treasurer

Also born and raised in Illinois, Brienna is no stranger to serving her community.  A former police officer and EMT, an on the job injury all but ended her law enforcement career.  Sidelined from her dream profession, Brienna relocated to Florida in 2014 and pursued a certification in phlebotemy, where she graduated second in her class.  Always seeking to improve herself, she pursued her veterinary technician certification while working as a veterinary technician at a local non-profit.  Brienna's experience and background in banking make her a perfect fit for her position here at River City.

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 Phil Wallace - Director

Phil became a Board Member beginning in 2017. He also serves as the Community Outreach
and Public Information Officer for River City Search & Rescue. Phil participates as a volunteer
and is active in both training and search and rescue events in northeast Florida. He feels that
River City Search & Rescue is his opportunity to give back to the northeast Florida counties the
organization serves.
Personally, Phil grew up in north Florida and was active in hunting, camping and hiking. Phil is
married and has two grown sons. He is a retired Surgical Sales Representative with over 30
years experience working in the operating room as a Sales Rep and Sales Manager. He is
currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail twice a year and pursuing his interests in martial
arts. Phil brings his skill set of: people skills, organizational management, multitasking, and his
love of the outdoors, to passionately pursue the mission of River City Search & Rescue.