Experts

Ed Cash
Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S Department of Homeland Security
Ed Cash is a nationally recognized Homeland Security expert who served as a member of George W. Bush’s administration from 2001-2009. Ed currently serves as the President and Founder of Read More
Ed CashDirector of Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S Department of Homeland Security

Ed Cash is a nationally recognized Homeland Security expert who served as a member of George W. Bush’s administration from 2001-2009. Ed currently serves as the President and Founder of Frontier Security Strategies a top Homeland Security and Public Safety consulting firm where he assists clients in all aspects of Business Development and Marketing within Federal and State and Local Government Markets.
Prior to joining Frontier Security, Cash was the Vice President of Business Development at CRA, Inc where he served as the lead client relationship manager for all DHS, State, Local and Private Sector clients as well as lead for all Business Development functions within CRA. Ed also served as chief representative at all events and meetings involving DHS, DOD, State, Local, and Private Sector officials and Senior Advisor to the CRA Chief Executive Officer advising on overall direction of the company to include Personnel decisions, Resource allocations and overall strategic direction.

Prior to joining CRA, Ed Cash served as the Director of Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Business Development for the Intelligence and Security Sector of BAE Systems Inc. Ed was responsible for coordinating business development activities within the Homeland Security, Federal Law Enforcement, and State and Local Law Enforcement markets.

Prior to joining BAE Systems, Ed served as a Senior Consultant at SRA International’s Touchstone Consulting Group. In this role, Ed acted as the primary point of contact and Senior Advisor between the Department of Homeland Security and Touchstone Consulting Group.
Ed Cash’s career in homeland security started during the early days of President George W. Bush’s administration. Ed served at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where his principal role was to serve as the Liaison between all of the Nation’s Governors, Mayors, County Officials, and State and Local First Responders. Ed worked with constituents to coordinate DHS’s policies on prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery from terrorist incidents and natural disaster’s. He also worked extensively with national organizations that represent state and local governments, police, fire, and emergency management professionals.

Prior to 2005, Ed served as the Director of Advance Operations to the first Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge. As a founding member of DHS, Ed created and managed the Department’s first ever Office of Advance. Ed established DHS advance policies for all domestic and international events for the Secretary. Ed served as the liaison between the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and other entities critical to the Secretary’s security, travel and planning.

From 2001-2009 Ed also served as a member of the advance teams for President Bush and Vice President Cheney, responsible for successful coordination of White House logistics, press and communications staff, the White House Military Office and the United States Secret Service.

Prior to joining the Federal Government in 2001, Ed worked in various capacities in the administration of Former Massachusetts Governor Paul Cellucci.

Ed is the Founder of the Tom Ridge Foundation, a non-profit Homeland Security charitable organization and the Founder of the Homeland Security Bipartisan Collaboration, a semi-annual event which congregates hundreds of current and former homeland security officials including Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and former Secretaries of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Michael Chertoff, and Tom Ridge.

Ed is a graduate of Salem State College and the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School, Executive Development Program.
Ed is a native of Winthrop, Massachusetts and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia

Tom Atkin
Assistant Secretary, Homeland Defense and Global Security, Department of Defense
Tom Atkin is Founder and Managing Principal of The Atkin Group, a firm that provides strategic and operational advice to senior government and corporate executives. Drawing from his military and Read More
Tom AtkinAssistant Secretary, Homeland Defense and Global Security, Department of Defense

Tom Atkin is Founder and Managing Principal of The Atkin Group, a firm that provides strategic and operational advice to senior government and corporate executives. Drawing from his military and business leadership experiences as well as his time as a football coach and professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Tom mentors, coaches and conducts leadership development training for individuals, teams and organizations.

Prior to founding The Atkin Group, Tom served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security. He was responsible for Department of Defense (DoD) strategy and policy on cyber, countering weapons of mass destruction, space, homeland defense, domestic antiterrorism, global force protection, continuity of government, mission assurance, critical infrastructure, defense support to civil authorities, border security support, and technology/equipment transfers to domestic agencies. He also served as the DoD Domestic Crisis Manager, DoD Principal Cyber Advisor, and Executive Director of the Council of Governors.

Before serving in the Defense Department, Tom Atkin was a Director for Raytheon U.S. Business Development for Homeland Security. In this capacity, he was responsible for linking technological, engineering and service solutions to maritime, border, public safety and other security-related requirements in the domestic and international market.

Tom retired from the Coast Guard as a Rear Admiral (Upper Half) in June 2012 after more than 30 years of service in various operational and strategic roles. He has significant government experience, serving in roles at the White House National Security Council, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Navy.

His senior leadership positions include: Assistant Commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations; Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Transborder Security on the National Security Council; Commander of the Coast Guard Deployable Operations Group; and Chief of Staff to the DHS Principal Federal Official for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. His Pentagon assignments were Chief, Maritime Homeland Security and Defense Policy, Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Chief, Counter-Terrorism Branch, Chief of Naval Operations (Deep Blue).

Tom Atkin is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences and holds a Master of Science in Management Science from the University of Miami.

Susan Aarons
Unit Chief, National Security Investigations Division, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Susan Aarons is a retired member of the U.S. Government Senior Leadership with over 26 years law enforcement experience serving as a Special Agent in the second-largest Federal criminal investigative Read More
Susan AaronsUnit Chief, National Security Investigations Division, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Susan Aarons is a retired member of the U.S. Government Senior Leadership with over 26 years law enforcement experience serving as a Special Agent in the second-largest Federal criminal investigative agency in the United States. She had a successful career characterized by building and leading organizations through dedicated collaboration and coordination throughout the Federal Government. She is an expert in counterterrorism, national security, financial investigations, congressional affairs, and strategic networking to enhance mutual consensus and achieve results.Susan has spent the last 15 years in Washington, D.C. standing up the Department of Homeland Security, and directing the integration of national security investigations and counterterrorism efforts across the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She had direct oversight of more than 100 Joint Terrorism Task Forces, the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the National Targeting Center. Susan has spent her career building partnerships with interagency members and foreign counterparts to address transnational organized crime and improve interagency training, capacity building, and increase foreign counterpart coordination. She has a passion for strategic networking and building professional relationships to achieve results.

After retiring from the U.S. Government, Aarons became the newly created Director of Federal Operations for the Wynyard Group. Susan joined their executive team to align product vision and strategy with the U.S. Government and build partnerships on a global scale in coordination with operations in the United Kingdom, Canada, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.

Christiana Briggs
Staff Assistant, National Security Council, The White House.
Christiana Briggs, President of Athena Strategic Design Inc., has seventeen years of combined research, analytical and operational experience including support of the initial development of homeland security exercise programs and Read More
Christiana BriggsStaff Assistant, National Security Council, The White House.

Christiana Briggs, President of Athena Strategic Design Inc., has seventeen years of combined research, analytical and operational experience including support of the initial development of homeland security exercise programs and incident management capabilities. Her expertise includes facilitation, strategic and operational policy and planning, incident management, and exercise design and development support in homeland security, defense, public health, and national security fields.

Christiana Briggs maintains strong relationships with federal interagency and whole community partners and has supported hundreds of exercises over her career with the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, and Amtrak.

Christiana Briggs was a member of the National Security Council staff supporting the Transnational Threats Office during the Clinton Administration. Ms. Briggs holds a BA in Government from Harvard University and was a contributor to the book “Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future” (MIT Press 2001).

Darrell Darnell
Director, District of Columbia, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Darrell Darnell is responsible for directing the coordination, development and management of safety and security at the University. He oversees the GW Police Department, and Health and Emergency Management Services. Read More
Darrell DarnellDirector, District of Columbia, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Darrell Darnell is responsible for directing the coordination, development and management of safety and security at the University. He oversees the GW Police Department, and Health and Emergency Management Services. He is also responsible for medical school safety, bio-security and emergency management, including laboratory safety.

Prior to joining the University in 2010 he served as the Director, Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Policy, White House National Security Staff. As the Director of the District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency from 2007 to 2009, Darrell Darnell lead development of an overall public safety strategy to assure the readiness and operational capability of the District to prevent, or respond to and recover from, natural hazards, intentional acts of destruction, or accidental emergencies; and established a Homeland Security Program. He directed the planning and inter-agency coordination for District of Columbia support to special events and National Security Special Events such as the Pope Benedict XVI visit to the United States, and the Inauguration of Barack Obama.

Mr. Darnell served as Director, Preparedness Division for the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters Operational Integration Staff (I-Staff) where he oversaw DHS and interagency operational planning and execution of national exercise, evaluation and preparedness assessment programs.

Prior to his assignment to the I-Staff, Mr. Darnell served as the Local Programs Division Director within the State and Local Program Management Division at the US Department of Justice, where he oversaw the development and implementation of anti-terrorism and counter-terrorism preparedness programs for the Urban Areas Security Initiative.

Mr. Darnell was a Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), US Department of Justice. He assisted the Office of the Director in the administration and management of the COPS Office, as well as serving as a liaison for the Director to state and local law enforcement officials.

Mr. Darnell has served as an adjunct professor at Prince George’s Community College, and at the University of Maryland, University College-Asian Division. He served honorably as a member of the United States Air Force, retiring in November 1997.

Mr. Darnell was profiled in the textbook, Contemporary Organizational Behavior: From ideas to Action, Elsbach, Kayes and Kayes, page 274-275. Pearson Education, Inc. 2016.

Darrell Darnell is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He is the Chairperson of the District of Columbia Homeland Security Commission. He is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program. He holds a World Executive Masters of Business Administration, Cybersecurity degree from George Washington University.

Ed Davis
Commissioner, Boston Police
Ed Davis is the President and CEO of Edward Davis, LLC, a business strategy and security services firm. Davis has brought together a team of security and technology solutions experts Read More
Ed DavisCommissioner, Boston Police

Ed Davis is the President and CEO of Edward Davis, LLC, a business strategy and security services firm. Davis has brought together a team of security and technology solutions experts including former federal, state, local law enforcement, military officials, researchers and attorneys with direct personal connections to esteemed academic institutions, national and international governing and intelligence entities. The Davis team lends their expertise to crisis response, risk management, site assessments, facility security design, audit and compliance, thought leadership and policy, government consulting, cyber/IoT mitigation and management and product strategy.

Davis has been in law enforcement for 35 years. He served as the Police Commissioner of the City of Boston from December 2006 until October 2013. He administered 6 world championship celebrations and led the highly successful response to the Boston Marathon bombing. Prior to that, Davis was the Superintendent of the Lowell Police Department, a position he held for 12 years and one he rose to after starting out as a patrol officer in 1978. He comes from a police family, which has allowed him to better understand the needs of police officers and the communities they serve. He is a recognized expert in crisis management and community policing. He brings with him a strong record of interagency collaboration and a broad range of local, state, national and international experience in law enforcement and public safety.

Commissioner Davis has also worked internationally on police issues in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan and Israel. Commissioner Davis served on the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Board of Directors and was a founding member and first President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association.

Davis provides thought leadership to mitigate and manage Cyber Security threats. He has served on panels at Harvard Business School & Nixon Peabody Law Firm discussing the pertinent issues of Cyber Security and has formed a partnership with RSA, the Security Division of EMC, a world class provider of intelligence-driven security solutions.

In February 2016, the Commissioner testified before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs’ hearing titled “Frontline Response to Terrorism in America.” In 2015, Davis also testified as an expert witness in a Rhode Island court on police policies and practices in a motion for a new trial on a twenty-five (25) year old homicide case. In 2013, the Commissioner testified before US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security at the hearing titled “The Boston Bombings: A First Look.” That same year,  he testified before the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs at a hearing titled “Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombing: Preparing for and Responding to an Attack.” In both of the hearings, Davis testified to the importance of coordination and information sharing and technology, and the need for auditing systems and practices.

Commissioner Davis has been recognized for his efforts locally and nationally, including through the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association, where he held a board position.  Davis was a past co-chair of the IACP, Research Advisory Committee since 2011. Davis was inducted into Evidence Based Policing Hall of Fame, George Mason University, in 2011.

He has received Honorary Doctorates from Northeastern and Suffolk Universities and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a public company directors education and credentialing organization.

Scott Cragg
Chief Information Officer, U.S Secret Service
Scott Cragg founded Crystal Reef LLC following an exceptional and diverse Federal career as a Federal C level Senior Executive. He currently advises, consults and is a strategist in Federal Read More
Scott CraggChief Information Officer, U.S Secret Service

Scott Cragg founded Crystal Reef LLC following an exceptional and diverse Federal career as a Federal C level Senior Executive. He currently advises, consults and is a strategist in Federal Government IT, health care, law enforcement and financial sectors.

Prior to Crystal Reef, Mr. Scott Cragg accrued broad experience serving in senior executive positions in Law Enforcement as CIO Secret Service, Fund Management Recordkeeping/Defined Contribution (CTO/CIO Federal Thrift Investment), Health Care IT (Dep. CIO Dept. of Veterans Affairs), Defense/Intelligence (CIO National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency), and Housing (Dep. Asst. Secretary Technical Services). His leadership of organizations, programs and transformational initiatives included strategic and operational outcomes in; Electronic Health Record Innovation, the Presidential Community of Interest (IT), Health Care Open Source development and governance, Law Enforcement Reform, technology operations and IT security optimization, business process reengineering, institutional and program oversight & compliance process improvement and enterprise architecture.

Scott Cragg holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Engineering Administration from George Washington University. In his spare time Scott referees collegiate and youth Lacrosse.

Aida Colon-Sanchez
Deputy Director, Jersey City Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Jersey City, New Jersey
Aida Colon-Sanchez has  devoted her expertise in emergency management and homeland security preparedness, grants education, and training services to both public and private entities for over a decade. Enterprise-level businesses and Read More
Aida Colon-SanchezDeputy Director, Jersey City Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Jersey City, New Jersey

Aida Colon-Sanchez has  devoted her expertise in emergency management and homeland security preparedness, grants education, and training services to both public and private entities for over a decade. Enterprise-level businesses and local governments, have benefited from her years of specializing in the design of communications, information sharing and interoperability of Emergency Operations Center’s (EOC) as well as Security Operations Center (SOC). In addition to being known as regional subject matter expert in emergency management coordination and continuity planning, Aida has worked with a number of multi-jurisdictional agencies in collaborating emergency planning from severe weather incidents to large scale special events.

In 2008, Aida Colon-Sanchez earned the Professional Development Series certification from FEMA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Most recently she served for over a decade for the City of Jersey City as Deputy Coordinator for the Office of Emergency Management/Homeland Security. Accomplishing the coordination of the design and construction of the State of New Jersey’s first municipal Emergency Operations Center as well as provided first hand collaboration with a number of government entities, and businesses on security planning for the protection of critical infrastructures with the use of physical security, interoperability, latest information sharing technology, risk assessments, threat reduction/infrastructure protection, and counterterrorism technology training. All initiatives designed to effectively assess the risks to our citizens and provide workable solutions to reduce the terrorist threat.

Aida Colon-Sanchez’s notable projects include, the City of Newark’s Emergency Operations Center, the City of Jersey City’s and North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Operations Center.

Brian Cairns
Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary, U.S Department of Homeland Security
Brian Cairns serves as Director and Partner at True North Equities LLC. True North Equities acquires, develops and grows small to mid-size companies principally in the Aerospace & Defense, Cyber Read More
Brian CairnsDeputy Chief of Staff, Office of the Secretary, U.S Department of Homeland Security

Brian Cairns serves as Director and Partner at True North Equities LLC. True North Equities acquires, develops and grows small to mid-size companies principally in the Aerospace & Defense, Cyber Security, Healthcare, Intelligence and Homeland Security sectors.

Prior to True North Equities LLC, Mr. Cairns was Business Development Manager for SAIC’s Homeland and Civilian Solutions Business Unit. Commissioned with the role of expanding SAIC’s presence in the global Homeland Security and Intelligence spaces, he consulted across the corporation to identify, develop, pursue and win international, federal, state and local opportunities. Mr. Cairns also served as the U.S. corporate lead for the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Integrated Account.

Prior to SAIC, served as an Associate Partner and Homeland Security Liaison with IBM’s Business Consulting Services. Brian Cairns worked to bring IBM solutions to the Homeland Security space through efforts to identify institutional development challenges, optimize core mission functions, and recognize emerging technologies, processes, and methods that support Homeland Security efforts worldwide.
Prior to IBM, Mr. Cairns was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for the United States Department of Homeland Security in November of 2003 by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge. As Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Cairns was a member of the senior management team overseeing the largest Federal government merger in the last 50 years. In addition to assisting in the complex consolidation of 22 agencies and 180,000 employees, he supervised the Immediate Office of the Secretary’s daily operations, managing a $17 million budget, DHS personnel, information technology, security, and facilities. He also managed all domestic and global activities for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary through the Office of Scheduling and Advance.

Prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief of Staff, Mr. Cairns served as Secretary Ridge’s Personal Assistant. In this capacity, he traveled extensively with the Secretary, coordinating his daily schedule and serving as his primary liaison to Homeland Security staff, the White House, and other government agencies.

From January 2002 through March 2003, Mr. Cairns served at the White House in the Executive Office of the President as President Bush’s Director of Presidential Writers. There he coordinated the development and production of policy statements, proclamations, letters, and other documents communicating the positions and initiatives of the Bush Administration.

Before moving to Washington, DC, Brian worked for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, holding several positions including Deputy Secretary for Administration, Department of Community and Economic Development. As Deputy Secretary, he was involved in community and economic developments projects throughout Pennsylvania and around the world. A native of Waterford, Pennsylvania, Mr. Cairns received bachelor’s degrees in English Literature and World Literature from Pennsylvania State University. He also earned a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.

Dr. Woody Davis
Director, ATO Data Management, Federal Aviation Administration
Dr. Woody Davis is an attorney-physician with 30 years plus of military and government experience at DOD, DHS, HHS, TSA, and FAA.  He is currently a Consultant Advisor to a Read More
Dr. Woody DavisDirector, ATO Data Management, Federal Aviation Administration

Dr. Woody Davis is an attorney-physician with 30 years plus of military and government experience at DOD, DHS, HHS, TSA, and FAA.  He is currently a Consultant Advisor to a number of private and public entities including Center for Naval Analysis and the University of Texas plus several federal and state government contractors.

Dr. Davis was formally the Director of Air Traffic Data Management Directorate at FAA, Director of FAA’s Data Release Board and FAA/ATO Government representative to the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Dr. Woody Davis’s past positions include Senior Advisor for Air Traffic with the Center for Naval Analysis, Associate Vice President for Research and Institutional Bio-Safety Chair at the University of Texas at Austin. Medical Advisor Department of Homeland Security (including Coast Guard Board for the Correction of Military Records), Area Director, Transportation Security Administration and JAG/Physician with the US Air Force.

Dr. Woody Davis is also an Astronomy and Space Educator for the Smithsonian Institution, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and US Naval Observatory.  Physician / Flight Surgeon / Fellow of the College of Legal Medicine/Diplomate American Board of Legal Medicine; Licensed State of Texas. Davis is admitted to several US District Courts, US Courts of Appeal, and the Texas and US Supreme Courts.

Davis received his MD at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, his Juris Doctorate at Baylor Law School, a BS in Political Science at Baylor University and a Certificate in International Studies from the London School of Economic and Political Studies. Graduate multiple military schools and colleges plus Harvard School of Government. Adjunct professor in medical and law schools in Texas and Mississippi.

Dr. Davis’ ability to translate the complex into the understandable has characterized his substantial experience in management / leadership roles as well as international, regulatory, legislative, budget, acquisition, contracts, claims, and training activities. He is an active Eagle Scout: currently Advisor for Emergency Response unit and District Eagle Boards.

Joshua Filler
Director, Office of State and Local Government Coordination, U.S Department of Homeland Security
Joshua Filler is the founder and president of Filler Security Strategies, Inc. Mr. Filler has a wide array of senior homeland security and government operations experience at the local and Read More
Joshua FillerDirector, Office of State and Local Government Coordination, U.S Department of Homeland Security

Joshua Filler is the founder and president of Filler Security Strategies, Inc. Mr. Filler has a wide array of senior homeland security and government operations experience at the local and federal level. Mr. Filler has testified before Congress, published a wide variety of articles, including in USA Today, Government Executive, Emergency Management Magazine, HSToday, Bangor Daily News, The Hill, and the Washington Post, and given speeches and lectures on homeland security and emergency preparedness across the U.S. Mr. Filler served as the first ever Director of the Office of State & Local Government Coordination for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in Washington, DC. Mr. Filler was a founding member of DHS, senior advisor to two Secretaries of Homeland Security, a member of the Department’s senior management team, and a member of the Secretary’s Emergency Response Group (ERG) for incident management. At the ERG, Mr. Filler was responsible for coordinating the domestic security posture of the U.S. on behalf of the Secretary following credible terror threats against the homeland. Mr. Filler has served on the Board of Advisors for the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, as a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association Homeland Security Certification Board, and the association’s Homeland Security Committee, as a homeland security expert at the Project on National Security Reform, the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security/Center for National Threat Assessment, and as a member of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University.

As Director of the Office of State & Local Government Coordination, Joshua Filler was the Department of Homeland Security’s primary point of contact for state, local, territorial, and tribal homeland security leaders, including homeland security directors, mayors, governors, sheriffs, police chiefs, fire chiefs, emergency managers and other leaders, and was responsible for coordinating the programs and policies of DHS as they relate to local, state, territorial, and tribal governments. As such, he worked regularly with senior DHS leaders and other federal officials on national preparedness, grant funding issues, intelligence and information sharing, policy development, communications, and anti-terrorism operations and security planning within the United States and its territories. This included serving as the co-lead in the development of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 8 on National Preparedness, as well as leading the creation and implementation of the Law Enforcement Terrorism Prevention Program, Urban Areas Security Initiative, State Homeland Security Program, Operation Stonegarden, and the Transit Security Grant Program. Mr. Filler also led the state and local working group for developing the National Incident Management System, the National Response Framework, and the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

Prior to joining DHS, Joshua Filler was Director of Local Affairs for the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS) in Washington, DC. As Director of Local Affairs, he was responsible for coordinating with local governments around the country on homeland security matters. This included a wide array of policy and program issues, including the National Strategy for Homeland Security, federal legislative and budget issues, and serving as a member of the OHS Incident Response Group, which managed domestic incidents for the White House.

Before joining the White House, Mr. Filler served in the Cabinet of Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani in New York as Director of Legislative Affairs for the Mayor and Chief of Staff in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Operations. His work included legislative, oversight, and policy issues concerning the New York Police Department, Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management, and numerous other city agencies. After September 11, 2001, Mr. Filler was responsible for emergency operational issues and managing contacts with local, state and federal officials on behalf of New York City in connection with the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Prior to his government service, Joshua Filler was an attorney in private practice in New York. Mr. Filler graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in political science. He received his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law where he was President of the Moot Court Honor Society.

Eric Gahagan
Bomb Technician, Massachusetts State Police
Eric Gahagan spent 23 years as a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police, 18 years as a bomb technician and 17 years as an EDK9 Handler before retiring in March, Read More
Eric GahaganBomb Technician, Massachusetts State Police

Eric Gahagan spent 23 years as a trooper with the Massachusetts State Police, 18 years as a bomb technician and 17 years as an EDK9 Handler before retiring in March, 2016. Eric has a vast amount of experience relative to explosive detection canine training and operations, homemade explosives, SWAT interoperability, and counter IED response with more than 3,000 calls to service as a bomb technician and has been operating and instructing as an explosive breacher since 2000. Eric has lectured extensively to both public and private sector and shared the operational lessons learned relative to the Boston Marathon Attack as while providing training relative to a progressive dismounted approach to counter IED operations.

He has lectured hundreds of times over the years on a wide range of topics and assisted in the development and was a lead instructor for the ATF Homemade Explosives IPD course for more than 4 years at Fort AP Hill, VA and Redstone Arsenal, AL. Eric has instructed Explosive Breaching and SWAT Interoperability operational courses and assisted the Australian Government with the development of the country’s Homemade Explosives Training from 2010-2014. He has instructed on Dr. Jimmie Oxley’s “Fundamentals of Explosives” course at the University of Rhode Island, and is also a member of the instructor cadre for the NCBRT program at Louisiana State University training foreign nationals in Improvised Weapons of Mass Destruction response.

In 2015, Eric formed the OPS15, which connects some of the most experienced and progressive operators internationally for the purposes of training, consulting and preparing others and serves as consulting partner and advisor to many technology partners in the areas of explosives detection and mitigation, robotics, diagnostics, and dismounted operations.

The company’s motto, “Unconventional Training” is the basis of all training courses delivered. OPS15 provides real world operational expertize to those looking to push forward against hazardous threats in both the public and private sector by sharing knowledge and experience matched with cutting edge technology.

In January 2016, OPS15 Field Operations Group began providing security services to clients in need of a progressive solution to emerging hazardous threats. Experienced operators armed with cutting edge technology, detection canines and a unique skill set are now being deployed to fill that capability gap. OPS15 applies lessons learned from years of experience and proven methodology to assist clients in their security mission with an operational asset and an invaluable resource.

 

John Gill
Chief Security Officer, The White House
John Gill is a career security executive with over 30 years of experience in both public and private sector security management. With senior positions in the White House, the Secret Read More
John GillChief Security Officer, The White House

John Gill is a career security executive with over 30 years of experience in both public and private sector security management. With senior positions in the White House, the Secret Service, and private sector business development and consulting, John is a recognized authority with a deep professional network throughout the domestic and global security intelligence directorates.

From 2012-2017, John Gill worked as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing at VidSys, a Washington, DC-based software company, where he brought his three decades of experience in domestic and international security, public safety and private sector business development.

Prior to joining VidSys, John was Vice President, Business Development at the AGT International subsidiary, 3i-MIND, providing leadership and strategic counsel for the company’s homeland security and technology practice.

From 2007-2009, John was the Chief Security Officer at the White House, where he developed, managed and implemented security policies and programs supporting the White House complex and the Executive Office of the President.

In 2007, John retired from the United States Secret Service after 25 years of service, which included multiple assignments in both the protective and investigative missions of the agency. Management appointments included Special Agent in Charge of the office of Government and Public Affairs and Attaché of the Paris Field office, where he was responsible for oversight of the largest Secret Service overseas district, with reporting sub-offices in London, Moscow, Frankfurt, Tallinn, The Hague (Europol liaison), Lyon (Interpol liaison) and Madrid.

John Gill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts and will complete a Masters in Homeland Security Studies from the American Military University (2017).

Admiral David Glenn
Director C4 Systems and CIO, United States Cyber Command
Admiral David Glenn delivered C4 systems that drove the effective execution of all cyber missions. As C4 Systems Director, he was responsible for the implementation of C4 and Cyber Policy, Read More
Admiral David GlennDirector C4 Systems and CIO, United States Cyber Command

Admiral David Glenn delivered C4 systems that drove the effective execution of all cyber missions. As C4 Systems Director, he was responsible for the implementation of C4 and Cyber Policy, Plans, Capital planning, Network & Web Services and C4 requirements. As the CIO, he was responsible for the development and implementation of enterprise strategies to support integrated IT capabilities. Admiral Glenn previously served in a joint duty assignment as the Director, Joint InterAgency Cyber Task Force (JIACTF) for the Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) monitoring the implementation of the $3B+ Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI).

He also served as the USCG’s Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (C4&IT) and the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Admiral Glenn was responsible for the development and delivery of C4IT capabilities that enabled the effective execution of all CG missions. Admiral Glenn was promoted to Flag rank in 2006.

Previously he was assigned as Chief of Staff and Chief of Response, Seventeenth Coast District, Juneau, AK where he provided operational oversight and planning for CG missions throughout Alaska, the Gulf of Alaska, and the Bering Sea.

His 34+ year career has been a combination of operational and C4IT assignments. He has commanded both afloat and major shore commands. As a Cutterman, he patrolled the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans including the North, Baltic, and Caribbean Seas. Ashore, he served in a variety of C4IT and telecommunications assignments with experience in high powered HF communications.

Commissioned in 1977, Admiral David Glenn has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management from the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. He is a 1987 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA with a Master of Science Degree in Telecommunication Systems Management. His personal decorations include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, National Intelligence Reform Medal, and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, among other service medals and awards.

 

Peter Hermansen
Director, Special Operations Group, U.S Border Patrol
Peter Hermansen, Principal of Reasoned Security Solutions, has twenty-four years of law enforcement experience with a focus on homeland security and foreign partnerships. His operational experience throughout the United States, Read More
Peter HermansenDirector, Special Operations Group, U.S Border Patrol

Peter Hermansen, Principal of Reasoned Security Solutions, has twenty-four years of law enforcement experience with a focus on homeland security and foreign partnerships. His operational experience throughout the United States, Mexico, and Central/South America safeguarding our homeland allowed him to build a significant network of foreign partners focused on countering threats towards our nation.

His expertise includes complex human and narcotics smuggling cases crossing many countries with a focus on operations, intelligence collection, and host nation prosecution efforts involving complex areas of both US and foreign law. He is also a use of force subject matter expert with experience in conducting large procurements under the FAR supporting a large law enforcement organization with a very complex and dynamic mission.

Peter Hermansen served as the Special Operations Group Director, U.S. Border Patrol, DHS/CBP Use of Force Director, and in various Agent in Charge positions before retiring from the U.S. Border Patrol in 2017. Mr. Hermansen currently supports the Department of Defense and the US SOF community. He is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellowship at Harvard University.

Major General Richard M. Dick Lake (USMC-Ret)
Director, Global Security, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Major General Richard M. “Dick” Lake U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) served as the Director, Global Security (Chief Security Officer) for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from September 2013 to November Read More
Major General Richard M. Dick Lake (USMC-Ret)Director, Global Security, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Major General Richard M. “Dick” Lake U.S. Marine Corps (Retired) served as the Director, Global Security (Chief Security Officer) for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from September 2013 to November 2017.  His responsibilities included providing physical, personnel, and information security as well as executive protection.  Dick Lake also led the foundation’s incident and business continuity management programs supporting over 2,000 employees and staff traveling globally and working from two U.S.-based and seven international offices.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2013, Dick served for over 36 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an intelligence, foreign area, and infantry officer   As a General Officer, he led one of the U.S. Intelligence Community’s elements as the Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Marine Corps for four years.  Dick subsequently served for four years with the Central Intelligence Agency as one of the deputy directors of the National Clandestine Service (now Directorate of Operations).   Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions in the U.S., Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Africa including humanitarian, crisis, contingency, and combat operations.

His formal education began with graduation with honors from The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages.  He also received a Master of Arts in Management from Central Michigan University as well as being the honor graduate of the Defense Intelligence College (now the National Intelligence University) where he earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence.  He was also awarded an honorary doctorate in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College (now the National Intelligence University).

Dick Lake is a graduate of a variety of professional schools including being an honor graduate of the Marine Corps Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, Amphibious Intelligence Officer Course, Amphibious Warfare School and Marine Corps Command and Staff College.  He was also the honor graduate from the Norwegian Army Staff College and the Norwegian Armed Forces Staff College as well as serving as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow at the U.S. Department of State.

During his service, Dick Lake received a variety of U.S. and foreign military decorations to include the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished Service Medal, the Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, the CIA’s Director’s Award, the CIA’s Distinguished Intelligence Medal, the National Clandestine Service’s Donovan Award, and the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award.

Jan Lane
Chief Security Officer, U.S Citizenship and Immigrations Services, U.S Department of Homeland Security
Jan Lane is Founder and President of VISIO Consulting, a strategic advisory and management consulting firm serving both the public and private sector. Prior to VISIO, Jan had four decades Read More
Jan LaneChief Security Officer, U.S Citizenship and Immigrations Services, U.S Department of Homeland Security

Jan Lane is Founder and President of VISIO Consulting, a strategic advisory and management consulting firm serving both the public and private sector. Prior to VISIO, Jan had four decades of leadership experience as a Director at Deloitte Consulting LLP, and as a Senior Executive at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where she successfully built top performing organizations, and implemented high level programs, public-private partnerships, and complex start-ups and organizational transformations. In addition to her competencies in executive leadership, management and collaboration, Jan has specialized experience in homeland security, resilience, and disaster management. Jan Lane is also a Partner at Federal Executive Talent, a firm that specializes in helping companies identify experienced former Federal talent to meet their needs. Lane currently serves on the Advisory Board for RAND’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation, is a Senior Advisor for RIDGE-LANE Limited Partners, and is a founding member of the Senior Executive Association’s Distinguished Executive Advisory Network (DEAN’s List). Past leadership roles include:

Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP – served on Deloitte’s National Security Sector Leadership Team focused on national and homeland security programs at DHS, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Intelligence Community, and led Deloitte’s Integrated Resilience and Disaster Management Team.

National Incident Command’s Integrated Services Team Lead for Deepwater Horizon spill – served as federal liaison to BP, The Feinberg Group and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, the White House, Congress, DOJ, and other federal, state, and local agencies in monitoring and strengthening the claims process, and coordinating the delivery of social services and assistance for individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the spill.

Chief, Office of Security and Integrity, and Chief Security Officer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS – built and led highly effective, multi-disciplined security, investigations, internal review, and emergency management programs to protect and safeguard personnel, facilities, information, and assets for DHS agency of 20,000 employees and more than 250 facilities world-wide.

Director, USCG National Pollution Funds Center (NPFC), DHS – administered the liability and compensation provisions of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90), including management of the multi-billion dollar Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF), and the Coast Guard’s use of Stafford Act and CERCLA funding.  Led claims, cost recovery, and interagency funding efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina and thousands of other natural disasters and oil and hazardous material spills.

Director, Program Development, Office of Emergency Planning and Operations, DOE – led DOE emergency management programs, interagency and international efforts to facilitate world-wide oil spill R & D collaboration, and represented DOE on the National Response Team.

Jan Lane is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award for Exceptional Senior Executive Service and Leadership, and consistently received the highest organizational ratings on OPM Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys (FEVS).  Jan holds an MBA from the George Washington University, and is a graduate of Virginia Tech, with bachelor degrees in both Finance and Management.

Steve Lenkart
Deputy Undersecretary, Science and Technology, U.S Department of Homeland Security
Steve Lenkart brings more than 25 years of government, non-profit and private sector experience leading organizations to success. He possesses an invaluable combination of executive, advocacy and government affairs expertise Read More
Steve LenkartDeputy Undersecretary, Science and Technology, U.S Department of Homeland Security

Steve Lenkart brings more than 25 years of government, non-profit and private sector experience leading organizations to success. He possesses an invaluable combination of executive, advocacy and government affairs expertise to generate opportunities for clients as they seek to shape a national presence, build alliances or engage in new market space. Mr. Lenkart employs sophisticated operating solutions to translate the language of government into strengthened value propositions to secure the domestic and global impacts of organizations, products and services.

Mr. Lenkart held senior leadership appointments under Democratic and Republican presidential administrations, and maintains strong bipartisan relationships with the U.S. Congress. Mr. Lenkart most recently served in the Obama administration as the Executive Director of the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB), an agency charged with enforcing merit system laws and best practices that govern executive branch management of two million federal employees.

Prior to his work at MSPB, Steve Lenkart was Deputy Under Secretary (Acting) of the Directorate for Science and Technology at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He led the daily operations of the Directorate and its major divisions: Borders and Maritime; Chemical and Biological; Explosives; Human Factors Behavioral Science; Infrastructure and Geophysical; and Command, Control and Interoperability. Mr. Lenkart was also a member of the Deputy Secretary’s Program Review Board, reviewing and appraising all major programs within the $50 billion organization.

Under the Bush administration, he served as Chief of Staff and Director of Operations to the first Chief Medical Officer at DHS. Working closely with Secretary Chertoff, the Homeland Security Council and Congress, he designed and directed the creation of the Office of Health Affairs, established as the health and medical expert for DHS with a focus on the nation’s biodefense and medical readiness.

Pulling from his 14 years of public service in local and state government in Illinois and Minnesota, his early work in Washington included serving as a bipartisan external advisor to the U.S. House and Senate to formulate readiness and response policies shortly after 9/11, and then as senior advisor to the House Committee on Homeland Security under Chairman Peter King (R-NY).

Over the course of his career, Mr. Lenkart represented and advised business leaders, non-profits, labor organizations, executive and professional associations, political candidates, elected officials, and national coalitions. His instinctive leadership in corporate operations and government affairs combined with his expansive network of diverse professionals empowers clients to heighten their influence and achieve their strategic objectives.

Michael W. Lowder
Director, Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response, U.S Department of Transportation
Michael W. Lowder served as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Senior Read More
Michael W. LowderDirector, Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response, U.S Department of Transportation

Michael W. Lowder served as the Director of the Office of Intelligence, Security & Emergency Response (S-60) for the U.S. Department of Transportation. He was a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and was designated as a National Security Professional and as a Federal Senior Intelligence Coordinator. Mr. Lowder was the Department’s Emergency Coordinator providing leadership for all departmental civil transportation intelligence issues, security policy, and emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities related to emergencies that affect the viability of the transportation sector.

Prior to this Mr. Lowder served as the Deputy Director of the Response Division for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Washington, D.C. Mr. Lowder has been designated and served as both a Principal Federal Official (PFO) and a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO). Mr. Lowder was a member of FEMA’s National Emergency Response Team (ERT-N), and the Domestic Emergency Response Team (DEST).

Michael W. Lowder has more than 47 years of experience in the law enforcement and emergency services field, at the Federal, State and Local government levels. He was a Special Agent with the US Government, was a Special Agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and as the Director of Emergency Services at the County level in North Carolina.

Mr. Lowder is an internationally sought after public speaker, having addressed conferences and training sessions worldwide. He has represented the U.S. government at meetings and conferences in the United Kingdom, Russia, China, Australia, Japan, Belgium, Taiwan, Turkey and other countries, as well as throughout the United States. He is listed by NATO as a Transportation and Critical Infrastructure Expert. He represented the U.S. at NATO-RUSSIA counter- terrorism exercises in Kaliningrad, Russia and at the “Black Rain” counterterrorism exercises in the UK.

Tim Manning
Deputy Administrator, Protection and National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Tim Manning is an internationally recognized homeland security, resilience, and crisis management expert, and a proven executive leader with a record of innovation, transformation, analytical evaluation, and effective management of Read More
Tim ManningDeputy Administrator, Protection and National Preparedness, Federal Emergency Management Agency

Tim Manning is an internationally recognized homeland security, resilience, and crisis management expert, and a proven executive leader with a record of innovation, transformation, analytical evaluation, and effective management of large, complex, national organizations. For more than two decades, he has worked both on the front lines and in the senior most levels of homeland security, crisis and emergency management, and resilience at the state, local, federal, and international levels; Tim is a former firefighter-EMT, serving in both urban and rural departments and wild-land interface areas; a rescue mountaineer; and geologist.

Most recently, Mr. Tim Manning served as the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Protection and National Preparedness, having been appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as in May of 2009. While at FEMA, working with partners at all levels of government, the private sector, and community organizations across the country, Tim Manning was responsible for the federal government’s efforts toward building capabilities to prevent and respond to terrorist attacks at home and building a whole-of-society based resilience. Tim was responsible for the establishment and design of numerous national programs and Presidential directives. For the past eight years, he has overseen the efforts of over a thousand staff, the provision of over twenty billion dollars in grants and assistance, and the training of millions of America’s first responders and homeland security professionals. He helped coordinate the response to countless emergencies and disasters throughout the United States. He has extensive international experience, representing the United States as head of delegation in over 30 bilateral and multilateral engagements, including eight annual ministerial and director-general level APEC forums, NATO senior Committee plenaries, and the Post-Hygo-framework World Disaster Forum in Sendai, Japan.

Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Manning served as the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisor to Governor Bill Richardson, where he directed the State’s efforts on border security, information and intelligence sharing, and disaster response. After a decade as a consulting geologist, Tim originally joined the New Mexico State government civil service as a staff hazardous materials coordinator, climbing through the ranks to become Director of the New Mexico Office of Emergency Management, then Deputy Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety for Emergency Services. He has served on regional and national policy boards and committees across the homeland security spectrum, including Chair of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program, co-Chairman of the National Homeland Security Consortium, Chairman of the Response and Homeland Security committees of the National Emergency Management Association, and Chair of the Intelligence committee of the National Governors Association – Homeland Security Advisors Council. Tim has been actively involved in the training and education of homeland security professionals throughout his career, serving as an instructor in the fire service and mountain rescue community, and instructor with the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Manning earned a Master of Letters with distinction in Terrorism and Political Violence from the University of St. Andrews, a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Eastern Illinois University,  and is a graduate of the Center for Homeland Defense and Security Executive Program at the Naval Postgraduate School.

 

Christy McCampbell
Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S Department of State
Christy McCampbell is a career law enforcement officer and administrator with state, local, federal and international experience. She has served as a Senior Executive Service administrator with oversight of major Read More
Christy McCampbellDeputy Assistant Secretary, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S Department of State

Christy McCampbell is a career law enforcement officer and administrator with state, local, federal and international experience. She has served as a Senior Executive Service administrator with oversight of major law enforcement agencies. She has also worked overseas representing the U.S. Department of State (INL) as a Deputy Assistant Secretary and as the Country Representative in UNODC in Pakistan to the United Nations. She has also provided program management and monitoring and evaluation services in the private sector.

Christy McCampbell is a subject matter expert in law enforcement, training both nationally and internationally, counter narcotics, anti-terrorism, gang activity, fraud, rule of law, and human trafficking and has been responsible for congressional affairs in international narcotics and crime. Ms. McCampbell is a frequent public speaker and has testified before the United States Congress. Christy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Juris Doctorate.

Jim McMahon
Deputy Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Jim McMahon most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, Read More
Jim McMahonDeputy Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Jim McMahon most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 21,000 members in over 89 different countries. Prior to his appointment at IACP, McMahon Served as the 11th Superintendent of the New York State Police and Director of the NY State Office of Homeland Security.

McMahon, a native of Rochester, was instrumental in implementing many initiatives in the state’s war on terrorism including the establishment of the Upstate New York Regional Intelligence Center, a multi-jurisdictional Intelligence and investigative center, which has been recognized nationally; and the creation of the State Preparedness Training Center. Additionally, New York State became a national model for its efforts to maximize the use of federal homeland security anti-terrorism and preparedness funds.

As superintendent of the New York State Police from 1994 until 2003, Jim McMahon commanded a full-service statewide law enforcement agency; the eighth largest in the country, in excess of 5,400 sworn members and civilian support staff. Director McMahon also served as chairman of the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, which is comprised of 23 state agencies and one volunteer organization. The commission is the governor’s policy management group for the state’s emergency management program and is responsible for the preparation of state disaster plans; directing state disaster operations and coordinating those with local government operations; and coordinating federal, state and private recovery efforts.

Superintendent McMahon worked tirelessly to maintain the Division of State Police’s reputation as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive full-service law enforcement agencies. Under his stewardship, the state police;

  • Opened its state-of-the-art Forensic Investigation Center in Albany.
  • Established the state’s DNA Data Bank for violent felons sentenced to prison in New York State.
  • Implemented a statewide program to combat school violence.
  • Developed and maintained a variety of innovative programs that have helped drive New York’s highway fatality to historic lows.
  • Implemented a highly successful program to equip all state police employees with personal computers and the latest in time and work-saving high-technology programs and services.
  • Established a new Office of Human Resources to provide improved services to both the public and state police employees.
  • Led major state police details in conjunction with a variety large-scale events, ranging from the TWA Flight 800 (1996) and World Trade Center (2001) disasters to the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock concerts.

A native of Rochester, NY, Supt. McMahon and his wife, Joan, reside in Victor, NY. They have three children.

 

Kelli Kedis Ogborn
Congressional Liaison, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Kelli Kedis Ogborn is President & CEO of H.S. Dracones LLC—a consulting firm specializing in innovation strategy and technology integration. In this capacity she helps companies create and implement their Read More
Kelli Kedis OgbornCongressional Liaison, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Kelli Kedis Ogborn is President & CEO of H.S. Dracones LLC—a consulting firm specializing in innovation strategy and technology integration. In this capacity she helps companies create and implement their business development goals specializing in narrative building to communicate technological value and impact, matching capabilities to the correct customer, identifying key stakeholders, and building coalitions to foster and influence discussions around technology and its broader market applications. Prior to founding H.S. Dracones, she served as the Director of Business Development for Perceptronics Solutions Inc. and as a Congressional Liaison for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) providing advice to senior leadership and technical offices on Congressional engagement strategies to maintain the agency’s position and reputation as a premier science and technology organization. Kelli holds a Master’s Degree in Government and Security Studies from the Johns Hopkins University, a certificate in Public Policy from the Leon and Silvia Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University.

R. David Paulison
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
R. David Paulison is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in emergency and disaster response and recovery, completing seven years of service to our Nation culminating as Administrator of the Read More
R. David PaulisonAdministrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

R. David Paulison is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in emergency and disaster response and recovery, completing seven years of service to our Nation culminating as Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  This appointment followed a 30-year career in emergency management and emergency service.  Mr. Paulison is a proven organizational leader who led the restoration of FEMA as a competent, credible agency while coordinating with public and private entities to provide more responsive and effective disaster assistance to states, communities and disaster victims.  He designed and implemented a new strategic vision for FEMA; developed new and creative senior and junior staff; obtained and maximized the value of new resources that more than doubled the budget and staff of the agency; established accountability and coordinated efforts across federal departments and agencies in coordination with State and major city elected officials, non-government and volunteer organizations and the private sector.  Responsible to the President of the United States, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the American people for stewardship of FEMA’s $9.6 billion annual budget, a 16,000 plus member workforce and mission profile to prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, recover from domestic disasters and emergencies – whether natural, man-made or an act of terror.  Mr. Paulison is a highly recognized national speaker and media commentator with significant foreign relations experience.

R. David Paulison served as Administrator of the United States Fire Administration from 2001-2005, a Senate confirmed Presidential appointee.  Additional duties in 2003 and 2004 included service as the Director for Preparedness, FEMA.  He also served on the transition team during the design of the Department of Homeland Security.

Chief Paulison retired as Fire Chief of Miami-Dade County in 2001 after 30 years in the fire service and nine years as Chief.   During his tenure, Chief Paulison was responsible for the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the internationally experienced Urban Search and Rescue Team.

R. David Paulison holds a Bachelor of Arts and is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University.

Chris Randolph
Intelligence Liaison to the Secretary of Homeland Security, U.S Coast Guard
Chris Randolph founded two successful companies, Calm Seas and The Fed Whisperer, to help federal and commercial customers navigate the defense, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement marketplace.  Both companies Read More
Chris RandolphIntelligence Liaison to the Secretary of Homeland Security, U.S Coast Guard

Chris Randolph founded two successful companies, Calm Seas and The Fed Whisperer, to help federal and commercial customers navigate the defense, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement marketplace.  Both companies assist innovative technology firms with their business strategies and how to develop a competitive advantage with a focus on positioning, alliances, business intelligence, and the identification of funding sources.

After retiring from the U.S. Coast Guard, Chris was recruited by one of fastest growing IT firms in Washington, DC as the Director for their Domestic Security business unit.  The firm was acquired in 2013 and he was promoted to work directly for the CSO to run the firm’s new National Security business unit.  In this role, Chris demonstrated his knowledge of the federal marketplace, especially the 22 disparate DHS components, and relationships within the Washingtonian technology sector.  Chris created the firm’s first legislative affairs team and won over $11 billion in contracts in less than 2 years.

In his 25 years in the military, he served as the Intelligence Representative to the DHS Secretary, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Information Sharing Executive, the Continuity of Government Program Manager, the Coast Guard’s first State, Local, Territorial, Tribal Program Director, and the first Coast Guard Cyber Security Representative to DHS.

Chris Randolph led the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutter (NSC) Program, the most dynamic acquisition program in the Coast Guard’s 227-year history.  He drove the program through requirements development, design, construction, delivery, support, and ultimately to operational status.  While leading this program, he developed and implemented a 30 year, $65 billion staffing, operating, training, intelligence, maintenance and IT budget for three classes of ships totaling 91 acquisitions.  He created more than 6,000 new civilian, military and contractor positions to operate and support the three new ship classes in their global mission.  Only 8 ships were originally planned, but in 2016, funding for an unprecedented 10th ship has been written into congressional language.

Chris worked his way through the Coast Guard ranks beginning as a young enlisted deck seaman to ultimately commanding his own ship, circumnavigating the globe, deploying twice with the U.S. Navy to the Middle East; as the director of Maritime Interdiction Operations against Iraq immediately following the attack on USS COLE, and conducting Iraqi Leadership Interdiction Operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  He served as the Deputy On-Scene Commander of New York Harbor on 9/11, supervising the evacuation of over 750,000 people immediately following the attacks.

Mr. Randolph is an active volunteer with the American Red Cross, having served over 10 years at both Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir military hospitals visiting patients with his Bernese Mountain Dogs Ozzie & Sophie.  His favorite hobby is vintage auto racing with High-Performance Heroes; a non-profit race team which helps rehabilitate combat-wounded veterans by teaching them how to race cars modified to compensate for their particular disability.

Andrea Rodgers
Web Development, Marketing, PR & Social Media Expert
Andrea Rodgers is President & CEO of Cherry Tree Strategies—an integrated marketing consulting firm based in Washington, DC. A seasoned professional with 20 years of experience, her proven track record of Read More
Andrea RodgersWeb Development, Marketing, PR & Social Media Expert

Andrea Rodgers is President & CEO of Cherry Tree Strategies—an integrated marketing consulting firm based in Washington, DC. A seasoned professional with 20 years of experience, her proven track record of measurable results with high profile clients is substantiated by analytics reporting, press coverage, and increased sales. She helps companies create strong branding through clean and consistent graphic design, thoughtful logo creation, and expert creative direction for commercial photography and videography. She crafts strong website and social media content and messaging to improve SEO and gain followers. Additionally, she successfully pitches her clients to the media, and is adept business networking and creating mutually beneficial cross-marketing partnerships.

Andrea has worked with prominent local businesses in Washington, DC, as well as national brands such as GEICO, Pantene, Ann Taylor,  Talbots, SK-II Luxury Skincare, Lafayette 148 NY, Equinox Fitness and many more. Rodgers received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wake Forest University with a double major in Economics and Politics.  Rodgers was hand-picked by Vogue magazine to be a founding member of The Vogue 100, a group of influential decision makers and opinion leaders known for their distinctive taste in fashion and culture, and who personify the rising influence of women over the past several decades. She’s been featured in various media outlets and publications such as CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, USA Today, Washington Post, Politico, Vogue, W, and Allure.

After getting a strong career foundation by working for several Fortune 500 companies such as Daimler-Benz, Oracle and Towers-Watson, she discovered her passion for charity through volunteer work in the Washington, DC community in an effort to give back after 9/11.  Rodgers has served on numerous boards and committees, and volunteered with or partnered with many national and local charities including Corcoran Museum of Art, Junior League, American Red Cross, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Heart Association, Fight for Children, Bright Beginnings, CentroNia, House of Ruth, Campagna Center, Susan G. Komen and the Board of Advisors to the AmeriCorps NCCC.

It was in her volunteer work that she discovered her natural gift for marketing and PR. Andrea’s leadership and creativity led to the creation of new events and charities such as Blondes vs. Brunettes, a third-party powder puff football fundraiser which has raised $6M+ for Alzheimer’s Association; and Fashion for Paws, a third-party fashion show fundraiser which has raised more than $3M for the Washington Humane Society.

In 2005, Rodgers founded a nonprofit, The Courage Cup which held one of the largest charity polo matches on the east coast. Now doing business as Courage for Kids, our Give Back-pack initiative has provided thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless and low income children in the greater Washington, DC.

In 2008, Rodgers launched a personal blog which grew into  a volunteer-driven online community at the intersection of philanthropy and lifestyle.  AskMissA.com had millions of readers, over 700 contributors in 20 U.S. cities, covering  tens of thousands of nonprofit events, cause marketing products, as well as celebrity and corporate philanthopy.

In 2015, Andrea founded another nonprofit – Charity + Life which raised thousands of dollars in 2016 to help animals displaced by the severe flooding in Louisiana.

 

Dan Rosenblatt
Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police
Dan Rosenblatt was employed at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986-2011 and was the association’s executive director for 23 years.  In that position he managed the Read More
Dan RosenblattExecutive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Dan Rosenblatt was employed at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986-2011 and was the association’s executive director for 23 years.  In that position he managed the activities of over 120 employees who served some 20,000 members in more than 100 countries around the world.  During his tenure at IACP, he had the opportunity to work with the staff, leadership and membership on a variety of law enforcement issues ranging from use of force, to interoperability, to enhancing relationships among state, local, federal and international agencies.

Prior to his service at IACP, Mr. Dan Rosenblatt was the director of communications at the Police Foundation and worked at various offices within the U.S. Department of Justice including the Office of Justice Assistance and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.  He has served as a press secretary to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was the last spokesman for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.

He is a past president of the National Organization for Victim Assistance and for more than 20 years served on the board for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Fund.  His service to the law enforcement community has been recognized by a variety of public and private organizations including the U.S. Justice Department’s Office for Community Policing, Target Corporation, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Special Olympics International, U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.

Mr. Rosenblatt is currently a managing partner in Lee, McMahon & Rosenblatt, an international consulting group that provides services and strategies to police agencies and the communities they serve.

Richard Serino
Deputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency
The Hon. Richard Serino spent more than forty years in public service. During that time he provided extensive leadership on emergency management, emergency medical and homeland security at local, state, Read More
Richard SerinoDeputy Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency

The Hon. Richard Serino spent more than forty years in public service. During that time he provided extensive leadership on emergency management, emergency medical and homeland security at local, state, federal and international levels. Mr. Serino is currently a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and a Senior Advisor at MIT’s Urban Risk Lab.

Richard Serino was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s 8th Deputy Administrator in October 2009 and served until 2014. In this role, he also served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the agency with more than $25 billion budget. Prior to his appointment as Deputy Administrator, he spent 36 years at Boston EMS where he rose through the ranks to become Chief. He also served as the Assistant Director of the Boston Public Health Commission.

Mr. Serino responded to over 60 national disasters while at FEMA and during Super Storm Sandy, he was the lead federal area commander for New York and New Jersey. Serino was also on scene at the Boston Marathon bombings as the Department of Homeland Security senior official. A sampling of Federally declared disasters Mr. Serino responded to include: flooding in North Dakota, New England, Georgia and Colorado; the wildfires in Colorado and Texas; the tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Joplin, Missouri; tsunami destruction in the American Samoa; and the Hurricane stricken areas from hurricanes Isaac, Irene, and Earl. Serino briefed the President of the United States on a number of disasters and briefed and traveled with Vice President Biden to a number of affected communities to survey the destruction.

As the Agency’s COO, Richard Serino fundamentally changed how FEMA operates. He helped FEMA reorient its activities and improve its programs to be “Survivor centric,” ensuring that the agency supports the delivery of services focused on easing the recovery experience of survivors – as individuals, neighborhoods, and communities. As Deputy Administrator, he also led administrative improvements that were focused on emphasizing financial accountability, created FEMA Stat, which improved the use of analytics to drive decisions, advanced the workforce training and engagement and fostered a culture of innovation.

Under His leadership, FEMA launched initiatives such as FEMA Corps, a dedicated unit of 1,600 service corps members within AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) solely devoted to disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. His leadership took FEMA Corps from idea to implementation in nine months. FEMA Corps is a Presidentially recognized model program of national service that provides eighteen to twenty-four year olds with an opportunity to serve their country during disasters. When the program is at full operational capability, and in an average disaster year, there will be an expected savings of approximately $60 million in a year.

Mr. Richard Serino was also instrumental in developing the FEMA Think Tank, a program that provides a transparent way for citizens to speak directly to government leadership and offer their input and ideas. The monthly calls portion of the Think Tank have not just trended globally on Twitter, but have also given the “Whole of Community” a voice directly to leadership.

During his tenure at Boston EMS he transformed it to one of the best and nationally recognized EMS systems in the country. He bolstered the city’s response plans for major emergencies, including chemical, biological, and radiological attacks. He also led citywide planning for the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. Mr. Serino served as an Incident Commander for over thirty & five mass casualty incidents and for all of Boston’s major planned events, including the Boston Marathon, Boston’s Fourth of July celebration, First Night, and the 2004 Democratic National Convention, a National Special Security Event.

He has received more than thirty & five local, national and international awards for public service and innovation; including Harvard University National Public Leadership Institute’s “Leader of the Year”; nationally recognized as an Innovator in EMS with the “Innovators in EMS Award” and Boston’s highest Public Service award, “Henry L Shattuck Public Service Award”.and was a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Fellow. Mr. Serino published more than ten articles, including: “Emergency Medical Consequence Planning and Management for National Special Security Events After September 11: Boston: 2004,” Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, August 2008; and “In a Moment’s Notice: Surge Capacity for Terrorist Bombings,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, April 2007. Mr. Serino attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government program in 2000, completed the Kennedy School’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative in 2005, and graduated the Executive Leadership Program, Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School.

John Slattery
Deputy Assistant Director, CounterIntelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation
John Slattery is a principal at AOOC II, LLC, which provides player screening services for professional sports teams, particularly Major League Baseball franchises. Included in their solutions and services, are Read More
John SlatteryDeputy Assistant Director, CounterIntelligence, Federal Bureau of Investigation

John Slattery is a principal at AOOC II, LLC, which provides player screening services for professional sports teams, particularly Major League Baseball franchises. Included in their solutions and services, are innovative ways to extract and analyze ‘behavioral indicators’ from social media and the development of discreet and reliable sources of information to better inform player development efforts and pre-draft decision-making.

Mr. Slattery also operates Specialty Resource Consulting, LLC, which supports various companies and initiatives including:

  • IntePro IQ – a Minnesota-based information security advisory consortium, featuring leading-edge training solutions focused on insider threats and cyber risk mitigation.
  • The Behavioral Assessment Resource (BAR) Group – a Texas-based company which provides classroom and web-based training to public and private sector clients in detecting deception, strategic interviewing and behavioral influence skills.
  • Small, mid-sized and large companies in the greater metropolitan Washington, DC-area who provide contract support to government entities and/or contract security consulting services to the private sector.

From 2008-2013, he served as a senior technical advisor at BAE Systems, a global technology, intelligence and security services corporation. Mr. Slattery supported solution innovation and strategic growth initiatives in LE, homeland security and public safety markets, with a special focus on intelligence integration, information sharing and analytics.

Prior to joining BAE, Mr. Slattery spent more than 30 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), retiring in 2008 as a member of the Senior Executive Service and serving as Deputy Assistant Director for Counterintelligence (CI) within the FBI’s National Security Branch. He had executive oversight of numerous CI operational support programs and platforms; he also chaired boards, committees and national-level working groups which dealt with sensitive techniques and interagency equities as they applied to FBI CI and national security operations around the world.

Mr. John Slattery facilitated sensitive operational relationships between the Bureau and its many community partners throughout his career, to include formal information-sharing engagements with industry and academia. Between 2002 and 2006 he served extended assignments to executive-level management positions within the USIC to include Chief of the Counterespionage Group at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), a position mandated by presidential directive, where he led espionage deterrence efforts and insider threat mitigation issues at the Agency. Mr. Slattery also served as a director in the Office of the National CI Executive (now the National CI and Security Center – part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence) with oversight of intelligence community espionage damage assessment programs, among other responsibilities.

Mr. Slattery has been featured on CNN, NPR, CBS Sixty Minutes, NBC Nightly News, NBC Today Show, BBC and WTOP Radio and has been quoted by the AP, Time Magazine, Reuters, Security Magazine, New York Times and Washingtonian Magazine.

Bob Stephan
Assistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S Department of Homeland Security
Bob Stephan has 35 years of combined national and homeland security experience, including 13 years of specialized experience in critical infrastructure risk analysis and mitigation and incident response operations at Read More
Bob StephanAssistant Secretary, Office of Infrastructure Protection, U.S Department of Homeland Security

Bob Stephan has 35 years of combined national and homeland security experience, including 13 years of specialized experience in critical infrastructure risk analysis and mitigation and incident response operations at the national, sector, and asset levels. He currently leads a strategic consulting practice providing event-tested knowledge, experience and leadership in all-hazards risk assessment and management; critical infrastructure protection and resilience; enterprise-level strategic planning; continuity of operations and business resilience planning; public-private sector info sharing and enterprise architecture development; and incident management planning, training and exercises.

As a homeland security consultant, Bob Stephan has excelled in bringing together public-private sector homeland security stakeholders in risk assessment, planning, and training and exercise activities around the country, including the Greater Chicago Region; Los Angeles County; Austin-Round Rock Urban Area; Philadelphia Urban Area; New Orleans Urban Area; San Diego Urban Area; San Francisco Urban Area; and the Greater St. Louis Region. He has also provided senior-level critical infrastructure protection program and risk analytics support to numerous Federal agencies including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Energy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). He has also led the development and conduct of risk management plans and exercises at various levels within private industry to include the U.S. Steel, Entergy, and Raytheon Corporations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Stephan additionally has served as a lead exercise planner/facilitator for National Level Exercises (NLEs) 10, 11, and 12; HQ USMC Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Exercise Program; DHS-USACE Dams Sector Exercise Series; New Orleans Super Bowl Exercise Series; and all-hazards exercises for the Critical Manufacturing and Chemical Sectors.

Mr. Stephan formerly served as DHS Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection, responsible for the national effort to catalog critical infrastructures and key resources (CI/KR), assess associated risk across sectors, and coordinate risk-based strategies to secure national CI/KR from terrorist attack and other hazards. He also led the coordinated effort to develop and implement the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) and supporting sector-specific annexes—the strategic framework for protecting the Nation’s CI/KR from terrorist attack and enabling their timely restoration in a post-incident environment. He also overhauled national-level incident management structures and coordination processes related to CI/KR assessment, security, restoration, and public-private sector information sharing, including development/deployment of the CI/KR Information Sharing Environment and Homeland Security Information Network – Critical Sectors.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, Mr. Stephan led the Federal government effort to develop and implement the National Incident Management System and the National Response Plan, the Nation’s core approach to the management of all-hazards incidents.

Mr. Stephan held a variety of key operational and command positions in the Joint Special Operations community during a 24-year Air Force career, including command of two elite USAF Special Tactics Squadrons.

 

 

 

Admiral Timothy Sullivan
Deputy Commander, Pacific Area Coast Guard Defense Forces West, United States Coast Guard
Admiral Timothy Sullivan is the current CEO of Cutterman LLC consulting. He assists companies and governments in maritime leadership and human performance cycle management, maritime and environmental operations, crisis management Read More
Admiral Timothy SullivanDeputy Commander, Pacific Area Coast Guard Defense Forces West, United States Coast Guard

Admiral Timothy Sullivan is the current CEO of Cutterman LLC consulting. He assists companies and governments in maritime leadership and human performance cycle management, maritime and environmental operations, crisis management and communications, and improving strategic partnerships. His recent work includes the development and implementation of the maritime security strategy for the country of Jordan as well as being responsible for the development and execution of table top exercises to assist with its implementation. He was also the leader of a multi-month effort in writing maritime homeland security plans for the Port of Houston, the refurbishment project leader for the SS UNITED STATES for Crystal cruises, maritime homeland security work for the State Department in Jordan, Maldives, Columbia, Trinidad, Kenya and Cyprus as well as for the Dept of Defense in the Philippines, Indonesia, China, Ghana, Kenya and Vietnam. He is also a senior project mgr/consultant- with Amergent Techs working as micro-plastic particle pollution assessment project manager, doing Waterway Suitability Assessments for LNG & port development projects including activation & permitting of new marine terminals. He is on the Board of Advisers as well as being an Instructor at UCLA Homeland Security & Emergency Management Program through Anderson School of Management.

Rear Admiral Timothy Sullivan has recently completed a 36 year career with the U.S. Coast Guard. He was formerly head of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM,) whose mission was simply to “prepare the Coast Guard’s total workforce.” FORCECOM is a large and dynamic training and performance command, consisting of over 2600 field positions and 100 staff who are responsible for delivering operational and mission support training and assessment, as well as promoting and ensuring force interoperability and standardization through published doctrine and exercise support. As head of FORCECOM, Sullivan oversaw a $300M budget encompassing 7 large training centers & 8 subordinate units which operated 800 individual courses for 42,000 students per year. Concurrently he stayed well grounded in operations, serving as the Deputy for the Coast Guard Pacific Area in charge of all operations in the entire Pacific Theatre. Prior to standing up FORCECOM, he was Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific. He has also served as the First Coast Guard District Commander as well as the Senior Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security serving as the primary coordinator between the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security as well as operational advisor to the Secretary during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Prior to becoming a flag officer, Rear Admiral Sullivan served as PACAREA, Eleventh Coast Guard District Chief of Staff. He was in command of Group San Francisco during the 9/11 national crisis; in charge of all operations in Northern California.

His shipboard commands included the Coast Guard Cutter MALLOW in Honolulu, and the Coast Guard Cutter JUNIPER, homeported in Newport, RI, where he had the distinction of being the first “Plankowner” Commanding Officer of the class.

A native of Milwaukee, Rear Admiral Timothy Sullivan graduated from the Coast Guard Academy and earned a Masters Degree in Communication Arts / Public Affairs from Cornell University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive National and International Security Program. He holds a current Top Secret Clearance.

G. Michael Verden
Director of Security, National Basketball Association (NBA)
With an extensive career as a police officer, Secret Service agent, Director of Security for the NBA, and CEO of The Lake Forest Group, G. Michael Verden understands how to Read More
G. Michael VerdenDirector of Security, National Basketball Association (NBA)

With an extensive career as a police officer, Secret Service agent, Director of Security for the NBA, and CEO of The Lake Forest Group, G. Michael Verden understands how to apply security best practices to unique settings to safeguard people, property, and assets.

At The Lake Forest Group, G. Michael Verden employs methodologies learned in a 21-year career as an agent for the United States Secret Service (USSS) protecting the President, First Lady, and other heads of state and designing comprehensive security plans for large-scale events such as the Olympics and the Super Bowl that identify potential vulnerabilities and implement proper risk management techniques to offer the appropriate level of protection—without adversely affecting his clients’ environment or culture.

Throughout his career, Mike has gained unique perspectives on how to work with law enforcement, first responders, and private sector partners to evaluate physical, technical, procedural, and personnel security disciplines and conduct comprehensive needs assessments to determine what his clients are doing well and where they’re exposed to risk, resulting in a best-in-class security program.

With decades of experience in the security industry, Mike offers insight from providing protective security for the private sector, such as Fortune 500 corporations, high net worth, financial, healthcare, hotels, law firms, industrial, casinos, commercial and residential high-rise buildings, and medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries. Public sector experience includes government agencies, K-12 schools, higher education institutions, and hospitals.

He’s also assessed emergency preparedness and event security for venues and stadiums in professional golf, football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and horse racing.

As a Senior Vice President and Managing Director at Hillard Heintze, a security and investigations consultancy, Mike was in charge of the strategic security services for the firm, providing strategic thought leadership, trusted counsel, and end-to-end services to public and private corporations as well as government agencies and major public service organizations.

In his capacity as Senior Director of Security for the NBA, Mike managed and coordinated global security by designing and implementing site security measures, emergency evacuation programs, and contingency procedures. He was responsible for monitoring all NBA criminal investigations and security-related incidents throughout the league. He also implemented and supervised security for the NBA All-Star Game, NBA Finals, and the FIBA World Championships.

As a Special Agent with the United States Secret Service for 21 years, Mike served on the Presidential Protective Division, where he conducted security advances around the world for the President and First Lady; as Assistant Special Agent in Charge for the Dignitary Protective Division at USSS Headquarters, where he protected visiting heads of state and served as an event coordinator for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and a security adviser to the 2003 and 2004 Super Bowls; as a member of the Counter Assault Team, an exclusive and specially trained heavily armed tactical team with protective responsibilities; as a member of the USSS Rescue Swimmer Team that protected the President on the water; and in the Counterfeit Division, where he oversaw and managed international counterfeit investigations. Additionally, with major event experience providing an institutional knowledge in securing and protecting facilities and people on a large scale, he assisted with the creation of security plans for the Kentucky Derby, Indianapolis 500, Breeders’ Cup, and the Women’s Soccer World Cup.

Mike was born in Tipperary, Ireland, grew up in Chicago, and graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Law Enforcement Administration and from Indiana State University with an M.S. in Criminology. He began his professional career with the Skokie, Illinois Police Department and then became a Secret Service agent in the Chicago Field Office.

 

 

Barry Wante
Director of Emergency Preparedness, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Barry Wante has worked for more than ten years in emergency preparedness for Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) coordinating the emergency preparedness programs among BWH, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Read More
Barry WanteDirector of Emergency Preparedness, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Barry Wante has worked for more than ten years in emergency preparedness for Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) coordinating the emergency preparedness programs among BWH, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and Brigham Health to formulate shared emergency response plans in case of a disaster.  Barry Wante’s experience has ranged from the Boston Marathon bombing; development of an active shooter plan and training; responding to an active shooter situation and various other issues impacting a large academic medical center.

Before joining BWH, Wante was the branch chief of Homeland Security and Regional Services for the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and prior to that, he served with the City of Keene, N.H., Police Department for 23 years, retiring as police chief in 2002.

Barry Wante is IAEM certified as an emergency manager and holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm College and a MBA from Plymouth State University.

Jim Williams
Administrator, U.S General Services Administration
Mr. Jim Williams serves as a SAGE and the Co-Chair of the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council at the Partnership for Public Service. Mr. Williams has over 36 plus years of Read More
Jim WilliamsAdministrator, U.S General Services Administration

Mr. Jim Williams serves as a SAGE and the Co-Chair of the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council at the Partnership for Public Service. Mr. Williams has over 36 plus years of successful public and private sector experience, over 18 at the federal senior executive level, leading major program and acquisition organizations.  Mr. Williams’ other leadership roles include ACT-IAC Industry Chair; TechAmerica DHS Committee Chair; Strategic Advisory to the Government Services and Technology Coalition; and serves on the VA’s Acquisition Academy Advisory Board. He is also a Mentor under two Mentoring Programs.

Williams was the Acting Administrator of GSA, appointed by President George W. Bush, and the first GSA Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner.  Mr. Williams was also the first Director of DHS’s US-VISIT Program, the program that was successfully implemented at DHS to track the entry of foreign visitors with biometrics after 9/11, initiated by Secretary Ridge. Earlier, Mr.  Williams headed up IRS’ Procurement organization and was asked by Commissioner Charles Rossotti to lead Program Management for IRS’s then-troubled Modernization Program.

Mr. Jim Williams has received numerous awards, including: two Presidential Rank Awards; four FED100 Awards; Civilian Government Executive of the Year by Government Computer News; Service to America Finalist; Founder’s Award, National Business Travel Association; Professional Services Council’s Marc S. Ross Award; Admiral in the Texas Navy; Public Sector Partner of the Year, the Greater Washington Contractor Awards; Government Technology and Services Coalition’s 2014 Market Maven of the Year Award; and 2010 American Council for Technology John J. Franke Award. He has an MBA from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.