PathFinderEX is a non-profit committed to providing training and education in disaster preparedness and response skills through both in-person and online venues for the instruction of students, citizens, government representatives, first responders, healthcare professionals and volunteers, and those who are members of organizations, civilian and government agencies, community businesses, and other qualifying partners.
We provide communal spaces for collaboration of effort toward community equity with a focus on instruction and planning services for organizations to help plan, prepare, respond, and mitigate the consequences of natural and manmade disasters, and offer annual academies of disaster preparedness and response learning for inter-agency partners within the national response framework.
In addition, PathFinderEX offers individual, organizational, and multi-agency consulting where our experts can address a wide-range of your disaster preparedness needs.
PathFinderEX also hosts annual events such as disaster preparedness pop-up academies that provide training and a full-scale multi-agency exercise. These events are tuition-based and are great for individuals, organizations, or multi-agency groups.
Our PFX Team
Oliver Wisco, President
Scott Freshwater, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliver is a physician and is the President and Founder of a clinic system in Central and Eastern Oregon. He has previously served as academic faculty at Emory University, Tulane University, Oregon Health and Science University and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. He has extensive experience in healthcare leadership and innovation as he has led several US national initiatives focused on performance improvement.
Oliver has spent more than 25 years as a member of the U.S. Air Force—as a Flight Surgeon, commander of an emergency medical response team, and as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, assigned as an academic faculty member at the Center for Strategic Deterrence Studies at Air University, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.
Scott has more than 20 years of business management and leadership experience in both private and public operations, and more than 10 years’ experience in emergency management and communication functions.
Scott holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, and is currently working toward his PhD in Organizational Learning, Performance and Change.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his two daughters, working out, hiking and riding his Peloton.
Kevin Lindsey, Director of Operations
Kevin has over 15 years experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors focusing on strategic planning, organizational development, training, and leadership.
He has enjoyed a successful career in the U.S. Air Force, both active duty and National Guard. He has planned and executed countless disaster response training events and exercises for thousands of responders both civilian and military. He is currently the Deputy Operations Chief for Emergency Support Function 6 - Mass Care for the state of Oregon.
When Kevin is not at work he can be found jogging with his wife and two dogs, or on the soccer pitch at a local indoor arena.
Nick Choy, Director of Communications
Chris Webb, Director of Community Engagement
Chris has been a physician assistant for nearly 20 years. He was residency-trained in orthopedic surgery at a level-1 trauma center in Chicago, after which he became a director for the training program for several years. He currently works in general surgery in Eugene, Oregon. Throughout his career he has remained involved with academic medicine, serving on the faculty of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and Oregon Health and Sciences University as well as precepting students from a number of medical and physician assistant schools.
Additionally, Chris has more than 14 years experience as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He first experiences came in an aeromedical evacuation staging unit, but he has since served in a domestic emergency medical response unit where he has served as the Director of Operations and as the Deputy Commander.
Nick is a published author, award-winning photographer and writer, and seasoned Public Information & Public Relations professional with 24 years’ experience in strategic communications and planning at the highest levels of Department of Defense, National Guard Bureau, and Fortune 100 and 500 companies.
Nick has a passion for effective communications and proper strategic brand representation. His most notable achievements include assisting in a corporate rebranding for InFocus Corporation, the creation and launch of an online digital image distribution system for Nike, Inc., and the inception, launch, and implementation of a robust social media program for the U.S. Air Force while on special assignment at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Since 1996, Nick has served in various capacities with the Oregon Air National Guard, most recently in emergency medical response.