2014 Keynote Program
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
“Optimal Health and Well-Being”
There are many demands made of our time and energy. Health, Family, Social Life and Workload are valuable when balanced properly, but they can also be time consuming and frustrating. Join Bequi Livingston and Michelle Reugebrink as they explore ways to eliminate energy pits, build healthy compromises and achieve optimal health and wellbeing!
There will also be a special introduction by Regional Leadership before the Program. Bring your lunch or grab something at the University Center and enjoy the program!”
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2014 Keynote Speakers
Bequi works as a Regional Fire Operations Health & Safety Specialist, at USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Regional Office R-3, Fire & Aviation Management, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She started her career in 1979 with the USDA Forest Service on the Smokey Bear Ranger District in Ruidoso, New Mexico. She started with the YACC (Young Adult Conservation Corps) and was later converted to a seasonal FS employee on a firefighting hand crew. Throughout the years, Bequi has participated on fire engines, helitack crews, hotshot crew, fire prevention, fire lookout, law enforcement, dispatcher, Assistant Fire Management Officer, and the Southwest Fire Use Training Academy (FUTA) as the Prescribed Fire Operations Specialist. She has worked in Regions 3 and 5 for the USFS and Lake Powell NRA with the National Park Service where she was the Emergency Communications Center Manager. She was the first woman on the Sandia Helitack crew in 1986 and Smokey Bear Hotshot crew in 1988. Bequi was awarded the prestigious “Paul Gleason – Lead By Example” award in 2008 for her outstanding Motivation and Vision” in the wildland firefighting community.
On a personal note, Bequi is a certified Personal Fitness Trainer, Fitness Specialist, Fitness Instructor and Duke University certified Integrative Health Coach. She is still attending college working on a degree in Exercise Science and minor in Athletic Training and an instructor at Central New Mexico Community College Fire Science/Wildland emphasis program where she will be teaching wildland fire classes and recently developed the “Fireline Fitness” course curriculum. She has her own fitness consulting business, “BodySense” and spends most of her time committed to youth sports conditioning.
Bequi initially developed “Fireline Fitness” in 1984 in order to provide a balanced fitness program for wildland firefighters. Through efforts under the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), the program then evolved into the world renowned “Are You FireFit?” program. Bequi also recently received her professional certification through Duke University as an Integrative Health Coach and works closely with Michelle Reugebrink from Region 5 (also a Duke University Certified Integrative Health Coach) in spreading their personal passion and excitement for helping others achieve optimal health and wellbeing.
Bequi is married to Ron Livingston who is self-employed as an international aviation consultant and has 4 kids, ages 19, 24, 28, and 32. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her family, 3 dogs and 4 cats. Most recently her biggest accomplishment has been competing in Track and Field with the New Mexico Track Club recently competing at the New Mexico Senior Olympic games where she won gold medals in 4 events having broken the state record in the 50 meter dash.
Michelle works for Region 5 as an Occupational Health & Safety Manager for the State of California and Hawaii, Pacific Islands. This is Michelle’s 26th year working for the United States Forest Service. She received the Regional Foresters Honor Award in Safety Leadership November of 2011. Michelle has completed the Duke University Integrative medicine program and graduate as a Certified Integrative Professional Health Coach August 2013. Michelle has over 200 hrs. Of Integrative Health Coaching with Forest Service employees and also Health Coaches soldiers in Afghanistan. Michelle works closely with Bequi Livingston from Region 3 (also a Duke University Certified Integrative Health Coach) in spreading their personal passion and excitement for helping others achieve optimal health and wellbeing. Michelle is certified in Mind Base Stress Reduction practices and also attended Corporate Athlete training with the Human Performance Institute in Orlando Florida where she became a certified train to trainer and excited about implementing some of the tools learned to share with all employees.
In April of 2012, Michelle was part of a documentary for the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation to share stories and learn from a fatality fire in 1994 “Storm King Mountain”. In 2008, Baskin-Robbins and the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation named Michelle Reugebrink one of America's 31 Firefighting Heroes. This honor recognizes her for outstanding acts of valor and commitment to the ideals of community service and protection of life as a Forest Safety Officer and wildland firefighter. In 2007, Michelle received the Chief's award for the Nation in Health and Safety, in honor of and appreciation for "Her Passion and Caring for Employee Safety & Well Being." Michelle worked 18 years as a firefighter and five years as Tahoe National Forest Safety Officer and 4 years as Region 5 Occupational Health & Safety Specialist. Michelle has her degree in Fire Technology & her Occupational Health & Safety Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia Southern University.
Michelle's has a talent for communicating safety from the safety newsletter and Safety videos that she distributed to several Regions, National Park Service, Bureau & Land Management, & CAL Fire, Fish & Game Wildlife service and many others. Her varied and creative safety messages are sent across Region 5 and the Nation.
Michelle comes highly qualified for providing Safety consulting services for Teams Enterprise and Pacific South West Research Station. Recently Michelle presented to URS the Largest Engineer firm in the world.
Michelle is a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management-trained public safety personnel- Central Valley & Sierra Foothills Team and qualified in Crisis Management Briefing, Defusing and CISD (Debriefing), Critical Incident Stress Management-trained public safety personnel certified Individual & Group Crisis Intervention. Michelle is also a Peer-coach Trainer - Helping Firefighters Deal with Psychological Stress from Job's Routine and Extraordinary Events.
Michelle is Soccer coach and coach’s for American Youth Soccer Organization, Site Council President, and a wife, mother of two sons who race Motocross and keep her busy with other hobbies. Her oldest son is attending College and majoring in Health Science / Kinesiology and working towards a master in Physical Therapy. Their family is avid dirt bike / quad riders. The most import thing to Michelle is to see every person have Optimal Health & Well-Being and enjoy their loved ones and to be able to bring their BEST Energy to those that mean the most to them at the end of the day.