Meet the Members

Meet the members and instructors of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute:

Tracking Specialists

  • Rob Speiden

    Rob is a charter member of SARTI and has attended nearly every training since the first one in September 1998. He has been a volunteer searcher since 1993 and has assisted with over 200 SAR missions. He is certified as a Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) Tracking Specialist and has been serving as the group Treasurer since 2000.  Rob is also the lead instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management SAR Tracking program, founder of the Natural Awareness Tracking School, LLC ( and author of the Search & Rescue tracking textbook Foundations for Awareness, Signcutting and Tracking, co-authored by SARTI founder Greg Fuller.

  • Rob Speiden

Tracking Technicians

  • Ken Steen

    Ken joined SARTI in February of 2010 and has been an active member in the SAR community ever since. He holds a VDEM Tracking Technician certification. Ken has served SARTI as a Board member, as well as SARTI’s Training Officer and a Virginia Search and Rescue Council representative. He also serves as a committee member for the development of the Commonwealth of Virginia Tracking Standards.

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  • Ashley Lewis

    Ashley attended her first critter tracking class in 2011 and joined SARTI in 2012. She is an Adjunct Instructor with VDEM and is an active member in multiple other search and rescue groups. Ashley is certified as a VDEM Tracking Technician, Search Team Instructor, Search Team Leader, and Management Team Member. She is also an evaluator for the Commonwealth’s tracking certification program and a member of the Tracking Standards Committee. Her favorite activity with SARTI is seeing new members get hooked on tracking and exploring new corners of the state at searches and in training.

  • Ashley Lewis

Operational Trackers

  • Kevin Brewer

    Kevin Brewer has 22 years of experience specifically in Search and Rescue. He is the group commander of the Tidewater Search and Rescue Group (TSAR) as well as an officer and charter member of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute (SARTI) where he is also an Operational Tracker. Kevin is an active and voting member of the Virginia Search and Rescue Council and has held certifications with Mantracking outside of Virginia.

  • Anna Brown

    A passion for the out of doors and interest in tracking opened the door for Anna in the SAR world after taking classes at Natural Awareness Tracking School in 2015 and learning that you could track and help people at the same time! Keeping this ancient art and skill alive is one of her many passions. She is now a member of and training officer for Angel Search And Rescue as well as a state certified Search Team Leader and an Operational Tracker with Search and Rescue Tracking Institute.

  • Anna Brown
  • Theresa Crossland

    Theresa Crossland has been an active member of the Search and Rescue Community since 2004 but discovered her true passion – tracking – in 2006. She has been training others in SAR and Tracking since 2009 and is a VDEM Assistant Instructor and a Lost Person Behavior Trainer. Theresa currently responds to missing person searches as an operational member of Tidewater Search and Rescue (TSAR), Piedmont Search and Rescue (PSAR) and SARTI.

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  • Gary Goodson

    Gary W Goodson Jr. has been an active member with Angel Search and Rescue Inc. (ASAR) since 2000 and is the Director of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute (SARTI). Prior he worked with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s office where he served in several capacities during his 25 year career in law enforcement as a field deputy, fire and arson Investigator, drug and fugitive investigator and 16 years as Major (Chief Deputy). He continues to maintain numerous certifications with Search and Rescue as an Operational Tracker (OT), Management Team Member (MTM), Management Team Leader (MTL), Management Team Instructor (MTI) and Search Mission Coordinator (SMC). Gary has been an Adjunct Instructor for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management since 2014; teaching a variety of search and rescue courses throughout the State.

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  • Rhett Orndorff

    Rhett got involved with the Virginia Search and Rescue program in 2007. He took his first tracking class in 2009 and joined SARTI in 2010. Rhett is currently certified as a Search Team Leader and Operational Tracker through VDEM, and Apprentice Tracker through Joel Hardin Professional Tracking Services. He is also the training officer for Rockingham Augusta Search and Rescue.

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  • Jim Russell

    Jim has been an active member of the Search and Rescue Tracking Institute (SARTI) and Tidewater Search and Rescue (TSAR) since 2014. He holds VDEM certifications as a Search Team Leader (STL) and an Operational Tracker (OT).  Jim is also an active and voting member of the Virginia Search and Rescue Council (VASARCO).  When he’s not deployed at a search or away for training, Jim volunteers with the Boy Scouts as a Scoutmaster and a Search and Rescue merit badge counselor and often introduces scouts to the art of tracking.  In addition to Search and Rescue, Jim spends much of his time outdoors hiking, backpacking, fishing, boating, and aimlessly wandering through the woods.

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Other SARTI Trackers and Trainees

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