Advisors

 
Bobby Baker

Bobby Baker

Hazmat-WMD Specialist

Bobby Baker, B.A.S, M.P.S., is a hazardous material specialist with concentrations in weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear (CBRN). He joined the Dallas Fire and Rescue Department as a paramedic and firefighter in 1998 and retired from Special Operations as WMD-hazmat coordinator in 2018 to join the Counter Terrorism Division of MSTS LLC. He is a past participant and active advocate with the Department of Homeland Security National Urban Security and Technology Laboratory. In December 2019, he led a pandemic biological tabletop exercise at the Asian CBRN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand. He is a certified hazardous materials technician and incident safety officer through the National Fire Academy, Pro-Board certified NFPA 472 incident commander of hazardous materials incidents, and active member of the Health Physics Society, International Public Safety Association, American Association of Prevention of Infection and Epidemiology, the Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the World Affairs Council, and the National Council on Radiation Protection Part 179 Dosimetry Committee. He is a commissioned private investigator by the Texas Department of Public Safety Private Security board. He holds a master’s degree in Homeland Security from The George Washington University and Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Dallas Baptist University.

 
Michael Breslin

Michael Breslin

Director, Strategic Client Relations, Federal Law Enforcement, LexisNexis Special Services Inc.

Michael Breslin is a retired federal law enforcement senior executive with 24 years of law enforcement and homeland security experience. He served as the deputy assistant director in the Office of Investigations focusing on the integrated mission of investigations and protection with oversight of 162 domestic and foreign field offices. He served as the event coordinator for the National Special Security Event Papal visit to Philadelphia in September 2015 and was appointed by the Secretary of Homeland Security to serve as the federal coordinator for the Papal Visit to the Mexico-U.S. Border in 2016. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service and is a published author of numerous articles on homeland security, defense, and threat mitigation methods. He serves on the Cyber Investigations Advisory Board of the U.S. Secret Service and is a Board Member for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He also serves on the Preparedness Leadership Council. He has a B.A. from Saint John’s University, Queens, NY, an M.S. in National Security Strategy and a Graduate Certificate in Business Transformation and Decision Making from The Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and an MPA from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

 
Bonnie Butlin

Bonnie Butlin

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Security Partners’ Forum

Bonnie Butlin, also known as “Canada’s First Lady of Security,” is the co-founder and executive director of the Security Partners’ Forum (SPF), a first-of-its-kind agile international network of security professionals, bridging all domains and disciplines of security. Under the SPF banner, she created the Women in Security and Resilience Alliance (WISECRA), which engages a growing network of women in security and resilience associations and groups globally. Since 2013, she has received some 24 international and national-level awards and accolades related to security, resilience, and leadership, including being named to the Top 25 “Women of Influence” for 2021, as well as a “Fellow of (ISC)2 in August 2020. In 2021, she was named as a fellow of the Australian Risk Policy Institute. In both 2021 and 2022 she was named to the top 25 influencers in security by International Security Journal.

 
Kole (KC) Campbell

Kole (KC) Campbell

Executive Advisor, Enterprise Security Risk Management (ESRM), Bolante.NET LLC

KC Campbell, CBCP, CPP®, is a security and intelligence professional with extensive experience and training in intelligence; risk, threat, and vulnerability assessments; security management; and business continuity. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP), board certified in security management by ASIS International. He has also earned his Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) certification from DRI International. During his prior career as a U.S. military intelligence officer, his responsibilities included classified and protective intelligence operations; counter-WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and counterterrorism recommendations; and war and crisis planning. He has led highly sensitive intelligence planning and other efforts against Iran and North Korea. He has training in threat assessment (violence risk) with various structured professional judgment tools. He has presented twice at the Global Security Exchange, the 20,000-attendee flagship conference for the international security industry. In January 2022, he was named #12 of the “Top 50 Global Thought Leaders & Influencers on Security.” He obtained an M.A. degree in global risk from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, an M.A. degree in military operational art and science from the U.S. Air Force’s Air Command & Staff College, and a B.A. degree in political science from Virginia Tech.

 
Timothy Chizmar

Timothy Chizmar

State EMS Medical Director, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems

Timothy Chizmar, M.D., FACEP, serves as the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Medical Director at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. He is a board-certified physician in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. He graduated from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He has practiced emergency medicine for over 10 years at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, and previously served as Harford County EMS medical director and MIEMSS Region III medical director.

 
Nathan DiPillo

Nathan DiPillo

Critical Infrastructure Analyst, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services

Nathan DiPillo currently serves as an appointee of the California Governor’s Office assigned to the California Office of Emergency Services as a Critical Infrastructure Analyst in the State Threat Assessment Center. Prior to state service, he functioned as a critical infrastructure specialist with the Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He also spent over 15 years with the Transportation Security Administration, where he assisted standing up the agency with policy development, training, and recruitment. He has over 25 years in the emergency management and security industry beginning as a resident firefighter/emergency medical technician. He also served with the California State Military Department, Army National Guard in the 223rd Training Command ending his career as a Sergeant First Class. During that time, he served in many units, finishing his career attached to the 102nd Military Police Training Division in an Opposition Force Unit. He served as a career coach with Hire Hero’s USA and assisted in coordinating an emergency family communications group in his local area. He possesses a Master of Emergency Management/Homeland Security from National University and other Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and military certifications.

 
Gary Flory

Gary Flory

Agricultural Program Manager, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Gary Flory is the Agricultural Program manager for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. In this role, he provides leadership on numerous issues surrounding the nexus of agriculture, the environment, and public health. He also founded G.A. Flory Consulting, a global consulting firm, to help clients with a range of services including animal disease and natural disaster response, agricultural emergency planning, and emergency response training. He has conducted training, given presentations, and deployed on animal disease outbreaks to a number of countries including the Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Tunisia, Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Azerbaijan. He supports many organizations including the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). He currently serves on FAO’s African Swine Fever Global Pool of Expertise. In addition to numerous other articles, reports, and guidance documents, he was a lead author of FAO’s “Carcass Management Guidelines – Effective Disposal of Animal Carcasses and Contaminated Materials on Small to Medium-Sized Farms” and USDA’s “Catastrophic Livestock Composting Protocol and Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks.” He was awarded the Agency Star award by the governor of Virginia for his community service and leadership.

 
Kay C. Goss

Kay C. Goss

Senior Advisor, VS4S

Kay Goss is the former senior assistant to a state governor coordinating fire service, emergency management, emergency medical services, public safety, and law enforcement for 12 years. She then served as the Associate Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Director for National Preparedness, Training, Higher Education, Exercises, and International Partnerships (presidential appointee, U.S. Senate confirmed unanimously). She was a private sector government contractor for 12 years, as Emergency Dispensing Sites (EDS) senior emergency manager and SRA International’s director of emergency management services. She serves as a nonprofit leader on the Board of Advisors for DRONERESPONDERS International and for the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management, and as graduate professor of Emergency Management at University of Nevada at Las Vegas for 16 years, İstanbul Technical University for 12 years, the MPA Programs Metropolitan College of New York for five years, and George Mason University.

 
Charles J. Guddemi

Charles J. Guddemi

Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Operations Division, DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Charles Guddemi is the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency’s (HSEMA) statewide interoperability coordinator (SWIC). He is responsible for coordinating interoperability and communications projects involving voice, data, and video. He chairs the District’s Interoperable Communications Committee and Cellular Industry/WiFi Provider Working Group. He serves as the secretary for the Statewide Interoperability Executives Council, is a member of the National Council of Statewide Interoperability Coordinators and current co-chair of FEMA’s Region III Regional Emergency Communications Coordinators Working Group. He also participates on several Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) committees and working groups. He joined HSEMA after a 25-year career with the United States Park Police (USPP). His assignments included working in Washington, D.C., New York Field Office, San Francisco Field Office, and the National Park Service Northeast Regional Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He achieved the rank of deputy chief serving as the commander of the Services Division.

 
 

Robert C. Hutchinson

Director, Black Swans Consulting LLC

Robert C. Hutchinson is a director at Black Swans Consulting LLC. Before joining the private sector, he was the chief of police for the Broward County Public School, Special Investigative Unit where he was responsible for conducting and overseeing criminal and administrative investigations involving the over 34,000 district employees. He retired with over 28 years as a federal agent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Department of the Treasury. His positions included deputy director, assistant director, deputy special agent in charge, assistant special agent in charge, supervisory special agent, and special agent at offices in Florida, Washington DC (headquarters), Maryland, and Texas.  He was the deputy director for his agency’s national emergency preparedness division and assistant director for its national firearms and tactical training division. His over 30 publications and many domestic and international presentations addressed the important need for cooperation, coordination, and collaboration between the fields of public health, emergency management and law enforcement, especially in the area of pandemic preparedness. He received his graduate degrees at the University of Delaware in public administration and Naval Postgraduate School in homeland security studies.

 
Melissa Hyatt

Melissa Hyatt

Chief of Police, Baltimore County Police Department

Chief Melissa R. Hyatt was sworn in as Baltimore County’s 14th police chief on June 17, 2019. She served over 20 years of law enforcement experience with the Baltimore Police Department, where assignments included chief of staff to the police commissioner, chief of patrol, and chief of the Special Operations Division. In 2018, she retired as colonel to accept a vice president of security position at Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine. She holds a master’s in Management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Delaware. She is a graduate of the 250th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program, and the Major Cities Chiefs Police Executive Leadership Institute. She has received numerous awards and citations and holds memberships in professional organizations, including being chair of the Human Resources and Emerging Issues Committee for the Major Cities Chiefs Association and current president for the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association. She is a member of the Maryland Law Enforcement Torch Run Executive Council and an enthusiastic supporter of Special Olympics and youth programs throughout the region.

 
Joseph J. Leonard Jr.

Joseph J. Leonard Jr.

Vice President, Emergency Management Solutions Inc.

CDR Joe Leonard is a nationally recognized emergency responder, incident manager, and trainer with 42 years of U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army, volunteer municipal fire service, and private-sector experience responding to natural disasters, oil spills, hazardous materials releases, marine fires, mass rescue operations, mass care and shelter events, national special security events, and maritime homeland security events. He is currently the vice president and chief operating officer of Emergency Management Solutions Inc. He was recognized with the prestigious U.S. Navy League’s Captain David H. Jarvis Award for Inspirational Leadership and was named a Fox News “Power Player of the Week” on 11 September 2005 for his services as the FEMA-designated Area Commander-Houston Area Mega-Shelter Operations following landfall of Hurricane Katrina. He holds certifications as a Master Exercise Practitioner, Master Continuity Professional, Certified Emergency Manager, Coast Guard Emergency Management Credential, Certified Homeland Protection Professional, and Certified Port Executive. He has a bachelor’s degree in History from the Virginia Military Institute and a master’s degree in Engineering Technology from Murray State University.

 
Ann Lesperance

Ann Lesperance

Director, Northwest Regional Technology Center at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Northeastern University Seattle

Ann Lesperance is the director of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security (NWRTC). She is also on a joint appointment to Northeastern University-Seattle and leads efforts to build the master’s program in Security and Resilience Studies and Urban Informatics. She was also awarded a Faculty Affiliate appointment with Northeastern’ s Global Resilience Institute. Her primary focus is developing regional programs to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of new homeland security technologies. To accomplish this, she works with state and local emergency responders and public safety officials to understand and help prioritize their operational needs and requirements. She also builds regional coalitions of emergency management professionals to partner with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies, and manages program implementation in the field. She is a recognized leader in response, recovery, and resiliency issues. Most recently, she was invited to join the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Committee on Applied Research Topics for Hazard Mitigation and Resilience. The committee identifies applied research topics, information, and expertise to inform the science of natural hazard mitigation and resilience and enables applications of science, data, and technology.

 
Anthony S. Mangeri

Anthony S. Mangeri

Assistant Vice President, Mitigation and Resilience, The Olson Group Ltd.

Anthony S. Mangeri, MPA, CPM, CEM, has been an active practitioner in emergency management for over 35 years. Currently, he serves as assistant vice president for mitigation and resilience at The Olson Group Ltd. and president of Region 2 of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Prior to his current position, he served as a town manager where he facilitated the community response to the COVID-19 pandemic, was responsible for local emergency preparedness and disaster recovery operations, and oversaw the establishment of a municipal police department. For more than 10 years, he served as New Jersey’s State Hazard Mitigation Officer, building systems to identify hazards, prioritize risk, and mitigate threats. During the 9/11 attacks, he served as operations chief at the New Jersey Emergency Operations Center coordinating the state’s response to the World Trade Center attacks. He has been a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for more than 30 years. He earned a Master of Public Administration from Rutgers’s University. He also completed a fellowship in Public Health Leadership in Emergency Response, is a Certified Professional Coach, and served on professional committees, including the ASIS Fire and Life Safety Council and executive committee of the IAEM-USA Board.

 
Audrey Mazurek

Audrey Mazurek

Director, Public Health Preparedness, Homeland Security, and National Resilience, ICF

Audrey Mazurek, MS, has worked at all levels of government for nearly 20 years in public health and healthcare preparedness, emergency management, and homeland security. She was a program manager with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Project Public Health Ready program. She supported the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the development of an accreditation and certification program for private sector preparedness. She also served as a public health emergency preparedness planner for two local public health departments in Maryland, where she developed over 30 preparedness and response plans, trainings, and exercises. She is currently a director of public health preparedness with ICF, primarily supporting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response’s (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) program as the ICF program director.

 
Rodrigo (Roddy) Moscoso

Rodrigo (Roddy) Moscoso

Executive Director, Capital Wireless Information Net (CapWIN)

Rodrigo Moscoso is the executive director of the Capital Wireless Information Net (CapWIN) Program at the University of Maryland. CapWIN provides an interoperable communications platform for first responders across jurisdictions and disciplines. He has over 20 years of experience in providing management consulting services to the public sector. He has extensive experience supporting all aspects of organizational development, including information technology integration, communications, client and stakeholder relations, requirements identification and documentation, change management, human resources skill assessments, training, and business process engineering/reengineering.

 
Kyle R. Overly

Kyle R. Overly

Advisory Specialist Master, Deloitte

Kyle R. Overly is an accomplished emergency management practitioner and educator. He has held many roles throughout his career, including serving as the Director of Disaster Risk Reduction with the Maryland Department of Emergency Management. He has traveled internationally, providing emergency management services and speaking. With over 10 years of experience, he has responded to major disasters, including Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy, the Baltimore City civil unrest, Ellicott City flash flooding (2016 and 2018), and the COVID-19 global pandemic. He is also an educator, with over 10 years of teaching experience, at the University of Maryland Global Campus. He holds a Doctor of Public Administration from West Chester University and a Master of Science in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University. In addition, he is a graduate of the National Emergency Management Executive Academy and the Executive Leaders Program at the Center for Homeland Defense & Security – Naval Postgraduate School. 

 
Laurel Radow

Laurel Radow

Chair, Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Critical Infrastructure Protection

Laurel Radow joined the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in 1996. In 1998-1999, she was a key member in both FHWA’s and the DOT’s preparation for Y2K and a member of the U.S. DOT’s Crisis Management Center staff that worked the night of Y2K. She worked on the FHWA response following 9/11, which included serving as a member of FHWA’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) and, in 2002-2004, as FHWA’s emergency coordinator (alternate). From 2004 until her retirement at the end of 2016, she served as a member of the FHWA Office of Operation’s Traffic Incident and Events Management Team and as program manager for the agency’s Evacuations/Emergencies and Planned Special Events programs. Since 2017, she has served as the chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Standing Committee on Critical Infrastructure Protection. In 2018, she served as co-chair of the Transportation RISE Summit planning committee. She also served as the guest managing editor for the September/October 2021 TR News issue that commemorated the 20 years of research and work in transportation security and emergency management since 9/11. She serves as the co-chair of the American Astronomical Society’s Solar Eclipse Task Force’s Local Planning Working Group.

 
Daniel Rector

Daniel Rector

Emergency Planner, "I Love U Guys" Foundation

Daniel Rector is an emergency management professional with over 15 years of experience in homeland security and emergency management operations. He is a military veteran with 12 years of active-duty experience. He served as a damage control petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and survey team chief on a National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team. He served as a contractor for military and private sector clients designing exercises and conducting training. He has extensive experience conducting threat identification, hazard analysis, training program development, and exercise design/evaluation. He is a graduate of training programs from the Defense Nuclear Weapons School, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the U.S. Army’s Chemical/Biological Weapons Center, and the Idaho National Laboratory. He completed the FEMA Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program course and the Continuity of Operations Planning course and is enrolled in the FEMA Master Exercise Practitioner Program. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, licensed hazardous materials technician, confined space rescue technician I/II, and emergency medical technician. His awards for excellence include being the only National Guard soldier ever named the Distinguished Honor Graduate while simultaneously being nominated by his peers for the Leadership Award at the CBRN Advanced Leaders Course.

 
Richard Schoeberl

Richard Schoeberl

Program Chair & Director of Graduate Studies, Criminology and Homeland Security, The University of Tennessee Southern

Richard Schoeberl, Ph.D., has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). He has served in a variety of positions throughout his career, ranging from a supervisory special agent at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington, DC, to unit chief of the International Terrorism Operations Section at the NCTC’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Before these organizations, he worked as a special agent investigating violent crime, human trafficking, international terrorism, and organized crime. He was also assigned numerous collateral duties during his FBI tour – including as a certified instructor and member of the agency’s SWAT program. In addition to the FBI and NCTC, he is an author and has served as a media contributor for Fox News, CNN, PBS, NPR, Al-Jazeera Television, Al Arabiva Television, Al Hurra, and Sky News in Europe. Additionally, he has authored numerous scholarly articles, serves as a peer mentor with the Police Executive Research Forum, is currently a professor of Criminology and Homeland Security at the University of Tennessee-Southern, and works with Hope for Justice – a global nonprofit combatting human trafficking.

 
Lynda Zambrano

Lynda Zambrano

Executive Director and Founder, National Tribal Emergency Management Council

Lynda Zambrano currently serves as executive director of the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council and the National Tribal Emergency Management Council (NTEMC). She is an adjunct professor at Pierce College, Centers of Excellence for Homeland Security, authoring and teaching the Grants Writing and Management curriculum. She began her career in law enforcement 20 years ago, working with federal, state, local, and tribal governments. She has served as health director for several Tribal Nations, which provided a unique perspective to bring together different disciplines to work together in emergency management. She has an extensive background in finance, contracts management, and audit compliance. She is a grants writer, assisting with securing more than 100 grants and tens of millions of dollars for Tribal Nations in Washington state and across the country. She has received recognition for her work in Indian Country from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. She was inducted into the International Association of Women in Emergency Management’s Hall of Fame. She helped co-found the Fresh Food Coalition and, along with the NTEMC’s sister nonprofit, Farmer Frog, oversees food and supplies distribution in 35 states to over three million people.