National Officers

NameContact InfoNational Officer Bio

Art Fortini
– President
(818) 899-0236
424 Elmwood Drive
Pasadena, CA 91105

Sierra Madre
Search & Rescue
Art has been a member of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team since 1991, and for more than 10 of those years, he had been a member of the board of director, including three years as vice president and three years as president. He is a senior operations leader with the Team, and at various times has chaired the new-members training committee, the equipment committee, and the R&D committee. Art also served two terms as chair of the California Region, and he is currently the Sierra Madre representative at region meetings.
Outside of SAR, Art is an avid climber, caver, mountaineer, and skier. He is also the Director of Science and Technology for an aerospace materials firm where, among other things, he designs and builds rocket engines.

Doug McCall
– Vice President
(206) 890-5765
7517 Pinnacle Place
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Seattle Mountain Rescue
Doug McCall has been a field member of Seattle Mountain Rescue since 2008. Doug has also served as the chair of the Washington region and former Secretary/Treasurer and Member at Large with the MRA. Doug began climbing in the Washington Cascades in 1992 and enjoys alpine ascents, mixed climbing, and backcountry skiing.
Doug is Manager of IT Product Analysis at a software company in Seattle.

Antonio Arizo
– Secretary/Treasurer
(818) 404-6172
11338 Balboa Blvd.
Granada Hills, CA 91344

Ventura County
East Valley
Search & Rescue Team
Antonio has been a member of the Ventura County Sheriff’s East Valley Search and Rescue Team since 2000 holding the positions of Operations Leader and SAR Academy Coordinator. Previously Antonio was a reserve officer with the Los Angeles Police Department leading an emergency response team for 13 years. Prior to the position of MRA Secretary/Treasurer officer, Antonio was the one of the member-at-large officers. Antonio has held the Chair, Vice-chair, and Secretary/Treasurer positions in the California Region and is one of the senior accreditation evaluators for the region. To pay for his SAR activities, Antonio is an IT database administrator for a global corporation.

Dr. Alison Sheets
– Member-at-Large
(303) 819-5322
PO Box 3004
Eldorado Springs, CO 80025

Rocky Mountain
Rescue Group
Dr. Sheets is the medical director and a mission leader for Rocky Mountain Rescue Group in Boulder, Colorado, one of the oldest and busiest teams in the MRA. She started with the team in 2006. Alison is the current ICAR MEDCOM delegate for the MRA as well as past ICAR terrestrial alternate delegate. More locally she serves as the MRA Rocky Mountain Region Chair and is a lead evaluator for region accreditations. Prior to her rescue career she was a professional mountain guide and ski patroller and continues to avidly pursue these sports. Professionally she works as an emergency physician in a community based hospital in Boulder County since 2008.

J. Pearce Beissinger

– Member-at-Large
(971) 998-2347
13095 SE Snowfire Dr
Happy Valley, OR 97086

Portland Mountain Rescue
Pearce is a Fellow in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (WMS) and an AMGA Certified Single Pitch Instructor (SPI). He has served on the board of directors for the Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine (ACWM), a non-profit organization promoting quality health care in limited resource environments. Pearce has dedicated many years of service to search and rescue teams and has participated in numerous mountain rescues both on the east and west coast. He is currently the Asst. Medical Director of Portland Mountain Rescue (PMR), having previously served as this organization’s president and vice-president. In 2019, he was the conference chair for the MRA National Conference.
Pearce also participates in mountain missionary work; He was a team member with Climbing for Christ (C4C) during their Mission-Nepal Expedition 2012 and most recently served as a medical guide with the 2014 and 2015 Equipping Saints for Ministry (ES4M) team during their Nepal mission trip. While he cherishes his time in the mountains, nothing compares to the blessing of his wife and two beautiful children who live with him in Portland, Oregon.

Kayley Bell
– Executive Secretary
(858) 229-4295
Fax: (619) 374-7072
PO Box 880868
San Diego, CA 92168

San Diego Mountain Rescue Team