Meet your Sector Chiefs
The National Sector Security and Resiliency Program is a framework by which our Chapter facilitates better communication within and among the 16 critical sectors of our chapter’s membership. Our members are grouped by their sectors. Within each sector, one or two members serve as Sector Chiefs to identify that sector’s specific needs and concerns. The Sector Chiefs act as the liaison between the members of the sector and the Chapter leadership, to include the FBI. The Sector Chiefs push out information of interest to their sector and relay information from their members to the InfraGardNCR Board of Directors and the FBI. They can also help identify subject matter experts who can assist during an incident. Below are our chapter’s Sector Chiefs.
SECTOR CHIEF CHAIR
FINANCIAL SERVICES & BANKING
Inspired by a cartoon, she watched as a child, Kristi knew she wanted to use computers and her technical skill to fight crime and protect others. She began her adventure in 2004 at the US Department of Justice where she did just that.
Over time, she served as a contractor for the State Department, the intelligence community, and began to teach digital forensics in a quest to grow additional leaders in the field. She has served as an adjunct instructor in the MS Digital Forensics program at George Mason University. In 2010, she served as the manager of a commercial digital forensic practice in a Fortune 500 firm and founded the Cyber Threat Intelligence program at a top-five US financial institution. Most recently she served as the Chief Intelligence Officer at FS-ISAC, supporting the international financial services community.
Kristi continues to pursue her goal of making the cyber world safer for everyone serving information sharing communities, utilities, financial institutions, small businesses, and families. Kristi founded Horton Innovations, LLC to empower individuals, families, and businesses protect themselves and thwart cyber offenders.
Kristi also serves on the InfraGardNCR Board of Directors.
Patty is a seasoned security professional leading teams, building channels, and as an individual contributor for over 25 years in the public and private sector. In Public Sector, Patty is considered by many one of the leading Identity and Access Management Sales Executives. Patty has always supported transformative technologies bringing cutting edge solutions to meet customer needs.
Patty is an active member of several cloud and security consortiums.
Chris is an experienced Information Security Manager and Cybersecurity Strategist with a passion for customer service, process improvement and information security. He has significant experience in optimizing the use of technology, while balancing the implications to people, process and information security. He is adept in collaborating with all levels of the organization and team to develop continuous improvement plans and change management strategy. He is seasoned in technical and analytical management of technology and services in retail, financial, banking and technology sectors.
Denyette is Vice President and Senior Counsel in the Center for Payments and Cybersecurity at the American Bankers Association (ABA). Denyette joined the ABA in March 2008. Prior to joining ABA, Denyette completed two fellowship terms with the US Department of State at the American Embassy in London, England and the American Consulate in Naples, Italy attached to the Political and Economic Policy Offices. She began her US domestic policy career as Legislative Counsel at the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) in Washington, D.C. and the California Independent Bankers in Newport Beach, California where she was the primary lobbyist for twelve states, including California, focusing on financial privacy, banking powers, and the regulation and licensing of Industrial Loan Company (ILC) charters. While pursuing her J.D. and M.DR from the Pepperdine School of Law, she was a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and fellow at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She completed a European Union (EU) Fellowship at the University of Padua in Padua, Italy in Developmental Economics before completing her B.A. at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
At ABA, Denyette focuses on the state, federal, and international regulation of technology, cybersecurity, privacy, data security and emerging trends in banking, including the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), internet of things (IOT), social media, and digital risk management.
On behalf of the financial services sector, she serves the Financial Services Sector Coordinating Council (FSSCC) as co-chair of the International Cybersecurity Working Group, and has a seat on NACHA-The Electronic Payments Association’s advisory and regulatory councils.
DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE
Mike Saperstein is Vice President, Law and Policy, at USTelecom. Mike’s portfolio includes promoting broadband infrastructure projects like the Connect America Fund and combatting increasingly sophisticated and emerging cyber threats in the information technology and communications sectors. Prior to joining USTelecom, he was Vice President, Federal Regulatory, at Frontier Communications. He also has practiced in the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau and previously served as Director, Government Affairs, for the Wireless Infrastructure Association (then PCIA). Mike received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law with a certificate from the Communications Law Institute.
James Stone is a retired Supervisory Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) and has over 30 years’ experience as a federal law enforcement officer and security professional spanning the Defense and Intelligence communities. He has served as Special Agent-in-Charge of operational field units inside the US and abroad and commanded AFOSI’s Counter-Threat Operations Training Academy.
Currently, as Modern Technology Solutions, Inc.’s (MTSI’s) Chief Security Officer (CSO), James addresses rising cybersecurity and industrial security challenges, researches and mitigates emerging threats, manages crises and incidents, influences and nurtures trust-based relationships other business executives, and communicates the bottom-line impact of critical security decisions.
James is a distinguished speaker and recognized community expert who has lectured on a wide variety of security- and counterintelligence-related topics at US Department of Defense training academies and various government events. Throughout his career, he has been awarded multiple commendations and recognitions from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Defense for professionalism and material contributions to various activities. He is also co-author of the book, Interrogation: World War II, Vietnam and Iraq, NDIC Press, 2008.
James holds an active Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification through (ISC)2 and Certified Protection Professional (CPP) certification through ASIS International.
James holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Friend’s University and a Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University.
Matt Smith is the Director of Security for Monday Properties, a commercial real estate firm owning/operating high-rise office buildings in New York, New York , Washington, D.C., and Arlington, Virginia. Prior to joining Monday Properties, Matt was a captain with the Arlington County Police Department, retiring in 2011 after 25 years of service. Matt was the founder and president of a non-profit which has raised over $500,000 for 9/11-related charities. Matt has a BS in business administration from Old Dominion University and a masters degree in administration from Central Michigan University. Matt is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy, 239th session and the Police Executive Research Forum's Senior Management Institute for Police. Matt currently chairs AOBA's Emergency Preparedness Committee as well as the Rosslyn BID's Security/Preparedness Committee. Matt co-chairs the ASIS Commercial Real Estate Council's newsletter.
Jim has spent the past 30 years of his career in Information Technology and Cybersecurity management with several non-profit organizations in the Washington, DC area. He is currently Chief Information Officer for the American Gas Association (www.aga.org), and has worked there for the past twenty years. Prior to that he spent eight years as IT Director for the Chemical Manufacturers Association. He planned IT projects and set technical direction for both of these organizations. In addition, he is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer, Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Association Executive, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and holds many other industry certifications.
In recent years Jim has split his time between internal IT responsibilities and industry responsibilities. Jim is the information technology cybersecurity subject matter expert for AGA’s Cybersecurity Strategy Task Force. In this capacity he has administered cybersecurity reviews with a number of natural gas utilities and also serves as Executive Director for the Downstream Natural Gas ISAC (https://www.dngisac.com/). He is the staff executive for AGA’s Customer Service Committee and Technology Advisory Council. In these capacities he serves senior leaders in the fields of Customer Service and Information Technology within the natural gas distribution industry. The Customer Service area includes an annual benchmarking effort, two workshops and a large conference. The Information Technology area includes two council meetings annually.
Jim has a B.S. degree in Computer Systems Management from Drexel University and an M.B.A. from Drexel University.
HEALTHCARE & PUBLIC HEALTH
NUCLEAR REACTORS, MATERIALS & WASTE
Dana-Megan Rossi is the Product Security Officer for Technology Solutions and Digital Health at Becton Dickinson. Her work focuses on the security of product to customers by design, in use and through partnership.
Ms. Rossi previously managed the product cybersecurity incident response program at GE. In this role, Ms. Rossi led incident response coordination and preparedness, including PSIRT and crisis-level cybersecurity response plans and processes, drafted and led tabletop exercises, and coordinated multi-stakeholder security responses. Prior to GE, Ms. Rossi created and led a cybersecurity law & policy forum for in-house counsel, bridging the gap between legal counsel and IT professionals in security preparedness.
Ms. Rossi holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans, is licensed to practice law in New York, and earned her undergraduate degree from American University.
Jodi Terhorst is a Section Chief at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Office of Intelligence and Analysis, Risk Analysis Division, charged with developing and implementing enterprise-wide risk based tools and analytics products to identify and counter threats to the national transportation system. Jodi is also an active military reservist assigned and currently a Major with the Associate Director for Airspace & Ranges, Pentagon.
Prior to joining the TSA, Jodi served five years with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Civil Aviation Security Special Agent. Following the September 11th attacks, she participated in the formation of DHS before joining the enterprise architecture team at TSA’s Office of the CIO. In addition to Infragard, she is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, Women in Homeland Security, the American Society of Industrial Security, the Reserve Office Association and the Air Force Association. She earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aeronautical Science Management, Arizona State University and is completing a Masters in Conflict Resolution at the Air Command Staff College.
Erik Gaull, CEM, CPP, CBCP, PMP is Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management Programs for ARA, Inc. He has earned FEMA’s Master Exercise Practitioner, Professional Continuity Practitioner, Advanced Professional Series, and Professional Development Series recognitions. He is a paramedic, fire officer, and fire instructor. Erik is currently a lieutenant in both the DC Police Department Reserve Division and the Cabin John Park VFD. He has a Master of Public Policy and an MBA from Georgetown.
Dr. Mike Cohen is a principle critical infrastructure systems engineer for MITRE’s Homeland Security Center. Mike is considered a MITRE corporate resource in the area of critical infrastructure protection and resilience. Mike helped to establish two vital national critical infrastructure institutions: the National Infrastructure Protection Center at the FBI and the Office of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security. Mike’s own critical infrastructure specialty is in the energy sector, more specifically concerning electric power, smart grid, nuclear power, and oil & natural gas. Most recently, Mike completed a study for DHS/S&T on the use of GPS timing by the electric subsector of the energy sector.
In parallel with and prior to that focus, Mike has been supporting critical infrastructure cybersecurity and supply chain risk management programs at DHS. Mike earned his Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, his master’s degree in physics at Northeastern University and his bachelor’s degree in physics at Boston University.
FOOD & AGRICULTURE
Eric is the Chief of the Chemical Sector Specific Agency in the Office of Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In his role at DHS, he serves as the day to day Federal interface with Federal Departments and Agency stakeholders and Chemical Industry partners as part of the national effort to strengthen the security and resilience of the Chemical Sector.
Prior to DHS, Eric served 23 years of active duty service in the United States Army in numerous field and joint duty assignments in and outside of the Pentagon and around the world in Asia-Pacific, Southwest Asia, and North America.
Eric is a graduate of James Madison University, the United States Naval War College, and received his Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C
Following Jay King’s service in the Marine Corps Infantry and Security Forces, his security industry experience included work for small to large size engineering and logistics firms engaged in security project management for Department of Justice and Department of Defense client organizations. He continues to provide security program management, crime prevention and physical security infrastructure alternatives which balance risk mitigation goals with clients’ unique operational requirements.
Jay currently works for Heartland Consulting where he supports its Physical Security Program support project for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Operational Protection Division. USACE operates and maintains approximately 700 dams.
Jay is board certified in security management (CPP), crime prevention (CPSII), physical security (PSP), and project management (PMP). He is a member of the United States Society on Dams (USSD), and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO).
Jay is a graduate of the University of South Carolina. He later received his master’s degree in Security and Safety Leadership from George Washington University. Jay and his family live in Northern Virginia.
Gary Flory is the Agricultural Program Manager for the Valley Regional Office of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. In this role, Gary provides leadership on numerous issues surrounding the nexus of agriculture, the environment and public health. Gary 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, emergency response training and public speaking. Gary was deployed to the Midwest on 5 separate occasions in support of USDA’s efforts to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreaks and was a lead author of USDA’s recently released Mortality Composting Protocol for Avian Influenza Infected Flocks. Gary has published numerous articles including recent articles on the weaponization of emerging infectious diseases, biosurveillance, and counter-agroterrorism for the journal Chemical, Biological and Nuclear Warfare. He shares his expertise at conferences around the country and as far away as Malaysia and Azerbaijan. Gary also serves on the Editorial and Scientific Advisory Boards of a number of scientific journals.
Gary participates in a variety of working groups including the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Agricultural Workgroup; Virginia Poultry Disease Taskforce; Animal Health Quadrilateral Meeting of the Emergency Management Task Group & Disposal, Destruction & Disinfection Network; BioWatch Extended Veterinary Network; and the Virginia Catastrophic Livestock Mortality Taskforce.
Bowman Olds has served as the Corporate Emergency Operations Manager for a Fortune 500 company responsible for monitoring and responding to all manmade and natural disasters potentially impacting
employees in all 50 states and 40 countries overseas. He was with SAIC for 20 years and has served in the US Army in Vietnam, Korea, Grenada, Brussels, Belgium with NATO, and with the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai Desert. Prior to coming to SAIC, he served as the Crisis Action Team Chief in the Pentagon’s Army Operations Center.
During his tenure with SAIC, Bowman developed emergency response and crisis management plans, managed special events training (2002 Winter Olympics and the 2004 Summer Olympics) as well as training exercises addressing a range of natural and manmade emergency situations for commercial and government clients. Bowman has three masters degrees from the University of San Francisco, the Naval War College, and the Army Command & General Staff College. He is a member of the Prince William County EOC and Local Emergency Planning Committee and currently serves as the Chairman for the Fairfax County Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee and President of the Association of Contingency Planners for the DC Metro Area.