Board of Directors

Before and After Times Get Tough...Citizens Assisting Citizens.

Meet the Board of Directors

The Citizens Assisting Citizens Board of Directors members are listed below. They are charged with the financial, legal and oversight responsibilities. They will also oversee the picking and training of Regional Coordinators.

OFFICERS (2014-2015)

Executive Committee

Steven Harris

Chief Executive Director – (Board Chairman)

Steven Harris is a consultant and expert in the field of energy. He is the founder and CEO of Knowledge Publications, the largest energy only publishing company in the USA. Mr. Harris came to his current position to do full time work on the development and implementation of hydrogen, biomass and solar related energy systems after spending 10 years in the Aero-Thermal Dynamics department of the Scientific Labs of Chrysler Corporation, where he was a pioneer member of the group that developed and implemented successful Speed to Market development concepts.

Mr. Harris has become a nationally recognized expert in the preparedness field.  He is the #1 all time appearing guest on The Survival Podcast with Jack Spirko. His hands on, no-nonsense approach to DIY home energy for disasters and family preparedness has helped hundreds of thousands of people in times of trouble.   His energy books can be found at   His free preparedness classes are at  and more about Steve can be discovered at

Mr. Harris also provides detailed training classes on batteries, energy and power of all types for the US Military and Department of Defense. 

Tom Patterson

Chief Executive Director

Before retiring in 2005 and moving to North Central Arkansas, Tom had over 30 years experience in emergency response working for the Chicago Police Department.  For most of his career he was assigned to a city-wide immediate response tactical unit.  As he progressed in rank and experience his duties expanded to include developing “in house” and multi-agency response plans for planned and un-planned events, adjusting the response during events and evaluating the response after the event. In the course of his career Tom attended many training seminars and conferences in fields related to emergency response and the logistics involved in response.  He was also involved in the development of a peer counseling program for those involved in traumatic incidents.

Tom and his wife have been involved in preparing for disasters for a long time.  From being the only ones in their neighborhood to have a generator and some food and water “just in case” to having a location for the family to “bug out” to if the need arose.

Tom is married to his wife of 40 years and they have two grown children who have families and careers of their own.

Jake Robinson

CAC Board Member

Jake resides in Murfreesboro, TN with his wife, Heather, and has two grown daughters. He worked with mostly middle-income families helping them make good financial decisions in his business. Teaching families to eliminate their debt and acquire the proper income protection and start investing for long term goals, Jake worked with thousands of families to help them become aware of a common-sense approach to managing their finances.

Jake and his wife had the unique opportunity to open their own office in the UK in 2003. In 2007, the financial landscape became tentative and Jake took a buyout and moved his family back to the US. Living in a “womb-to-tomb” nanny state created an awareness of the direction our country was headed. In 2008, after the market crash, Jake determined to learn ways to establish self reliance and move away from system-dependence.

While he was involved in the Tea Party movement and local politics, something was nagging at him to about the nature of politics and the limited access an average person has to influence changes at the national level. Local colleagues of the conservative movement also began trading in their protest signs for learning new skills. Jake participated in monthly skill-building meetups which included canning, square-foot gardening, beekeeping among other things. Jake is now an avid beekeeper, cans and dehydrates foods, herbs as well as food and water storage among many other pursuits. Jake continually enrolls in online and offline courses to learn additional skills. He evolved from container gardening to square-foot gardening to raised-bed and permaculture techniques. Jake Discovered Jack Spirko and The Survival Podcast in 2012 and has become involved with several of Jack’s workshops. This has caused a mental-shift in how to approach life and preserve liberty.

After experiencing the aftermath of an F5 tornado in his town of Murfreesboro and participating in the cleanup he is acutely aware of the impact volunteers can make “on the ground.” He spent a weekend helping hundreds of other neighbors remove downed trees and clear roads. Returning a few days later with his wife and daughter with tools to help clean up debris, he and his family were turned away from the “disaster area” by FEMA once they had setup operations. This frustration at the nature of government vs. individuals for disaster relief has given him a unique perspective for the need of an organization like Citizens Assisting Citizens. He proudly serves on the board and looks forward to helping the organization thrive.

Steve Kipp

CAC Board Member

Steve was born and raised in the greater Denver metro area.  After marring his wife he moved to frontier Wyoming where the closest Wal-mart is next to the closest traffic light…100 miles away.  He studied Biology and Chemistry in college and has worked or volunteered for Scientific Labs, Search and Rescue, Multiple EMS agencies, High school mentoring and his full time work is as a Public Health Response Coordinator.  It’s best described as emergency management for Public Health.

Steve was one of the original 21 that volunteered for Jack Spirko’s vision of a disaster response team which grew into now what is called Citizens Assisting Citizens (CAC).  As life got in the way, Steve stepped away from that for a bit.  He has now come back and is now happy to act as a board member for the CAC.





Gregory M Gray, LMT

CAC Board member

Gregory M. Gray, 42, is a distributor of periodicals doing business as Manro Distribution. Mr. Gray manages the distribution of the Houston Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investors Business Daily, Barrons, USA Today, and the La Voz in a contracted area south of Houston, Texas. Mr. Gray has been in the periodical distribution industry for over 10 years and directly contracted with the Houston Chronicle as a distributor for over 6 years. Manro Distribution serves over 5000 home delivery customers and over 40 retail single copy locations over 18 contracted routes encompassing over 1000 route miles. He has been responsible for distribution of over 6 million periodicals.

Kirk Cloyd

CAC Board Member

Kirk Cloyd has over 25 years’ experience working in the water, wastewater and environmental fields and is currently the general manager of a Southern California water utility.  He and his wife Camille have two grown children and are planning their escape from California upon retirement. J

Kirk has over 18 years with a FEMA Type I alpine (mountain) search and rescue team and is accomplished in man tracking, low/high angle rescue, snow & ice, technical rescue, downed aircraft, incident command and a certified helicopter technician.  He has served as a two term president elect and two term vice president for his team and has been a member of the International Mountain Rescue Association’s Honor Guard for over 10 years.  Kirk was raised in California and under the direction of his dad who retired as an Lt. Commander with the California Highway Patrol and his grandfather who was the deputy director of the Fish & Game learned many skills.  The tools and abilities were there but Kirk did not come to the self-realization of the direction life was leading him until events in his life lead him to The Survival Podcast in 2011.  Since then, Kirk and his family have used their skills and abilities to help others become more self-sufficient while positioning themselves to withstand both the daily, and life-altering disasters that may occur.  Recently, Kirk obtained his technician level HAM radio certification.

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