Dr. Brett Ellis is a fire service professional who is passionate about leadership development, firefighter behavioral health, conflict resolution, after-action review protocols for high acuity call types, and organizational movement. With more than 23 years in the fire service, Dr. Ellis has served as a fire service professional in Pflugerville, Sugar Land (Ret.), and Harris County ESD 48 Fire Departments. Dr. Ellis is a Master Firefighter, Fire Investigator, Fire Service Instructor, Hazardous Material Technician, Fire Officer, Advanced-EMT, has earned an AAS in Fire Protection Technology (San Jacinto Jr. College), a BA in Business Administration (Western Illinois University ’04),and a MA in Leadership (Huntington University ’11). He is a graduate of the TXFCA’s Chief Fire Executive program, serves on the TCFP Health and Wellness Committee for the State of Texas, and provides a number of services as a consultant.
Dr. Ellis earned his Doctorate in Education with a focus in Transformational Leadership (Concordia University ’19) and his dissertation work centered on “how individual resilience relates to lived experiences for firefighters in response to traumatic events, therefore identifying those who may need next level behavioral health care, which in turn will better identify higher ‘at risk’ firefighters who could consider suicide as an option outside of peer intervention support.” Dr. Ellis’ dissertation can be found on ProQuest worldwide and delights in speaking at several conferences as well as writing for Firehouse Magazine in their leadership segment.
Brett has served as a Youth Minister for the past 20 years, working with adolescents, as well as leading retreats and teaching workshops for parents. He enjoys life with his wife and three sons by being active in their church, coaching baseball, playing guitar, fishing in the Gulf, and cheering on the Astros and Texans. His philosophy is simple, be a change leader by creating risk managing problem solvers for organizations to lead at every level with relational intentionality through a collaborative approach.