J. Dallas Winegarden is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law teaching at Michigan State University College of Law and President of the Flint Classroom Support Fund.
Winegarden has practiced law in Flint, Michigan, since 1969. He began his career as a law clerk for Judge Phillip C. Elliott, after which he served as a Genesee County assistant prosecuting attorney.
Winegarden subsequently joined with his father in a general practice handling criminal defense, domestic relations, business law and personal injury cases. Currently he is a principal at the firm, now J Dallas Winegarden Jr. P.C., specializing in personal injury claims.
Winegarden has been involved in a number of high-profile cases. He worked with the White House at the national gun summit and by request of the President at the Million Moms March. He is an internationally known advocate of gun safety and school safety.
Winegarden earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Michigan State University in 1966 and a Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law in 1969.
Max Chiddister is an experienced government relations professional with experience building public and private sector partnerships for political action. Chiddister is past Executive Director of the Detroit Police Foundation, and has presented numerous public seminars for Crime Stoppers.
While serving as Mayor of Goshen, Indiana, “Max Chiddister completed a highly productive term as President of the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns. As a direct result of Mayor Chiddister’s programs, thousands of municipal officials and the 3.5 million urban citizens they serve are better off. Cities and towns in Indiana are… better… as a result of your Mayor’s dedication and ability.” – Michael J. Quinn, Executive Director, Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
Past positions he has held include: Vice President of Government Affairs for J.P. Morgan Chase, Chairman of Michiana Area Council of Governments, Member of Michigan’s State Hazardous Waste Site Authority, and has been appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to four review teams with regard to financial emergencies in Hamtramck, Lincoln Park, the Pontiac School System and the Benton Harbor School System.
Mike Buckel started his security career at Sonitrol as a sales rep for the city of Flint in 1992. Since then, he has held many positions within the company and is currently VP of Operations. In addition to being part of Sonitrol Tri-County’s executive leadership team, Buckel is the treasurer of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Flint Board of Directors; he serves on the advisory board for Crime Stoppers of Flint & Genesee County, and is a member of ASIS (the leading organization for security professionals). Buckel is also a life long resident of Genesee County.
Sonitrol Tri-County provides Michigan businesses with a single source of integrated, state-of-the-art security solutions. Sonitrol has the best apprehension rate in the industry—and the fewest dispatches for false alarms.
Brian Masck is an Owner and the Director of Technology & Web Development at Media Café Online LLC, a digital media company based in Michigan. From 1999-2006, Masck was Director of Photography & Editorial Systems at The Flint (Mich.) Journal, a 100,000 circulation daily newspaper, and led the way to the use of state-of-the-art technology in digital photography and multimedia. He was named Michigan Photo Editor of the Year in 2005, and served on the Michigan Press Photographers Association board for over a decade holding various offices including President. Masck was also named Michigan Photographer of the Year by the organization.
Having developed his first website early in 1993, Masck remains enthusiastic about social and online media. Today he helps connect Media Cafe’s clients with the many platforms of digital marketing technology.