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.  

CHEMICAL 
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COMMERCIAL FACILITIES

Matt Smith

COMMUNICATIONS
Chris Anderson 
CRITICAL MANUFATURING
Jenny Margaros 
Meet Matt

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.

Meet Chris

Chris Anderson is an incident management and infrastructure protection expert with three decades of government, military, and private sector experience. He is currently the Principal Advisor for National Security & Emergency Preparedness at Lumen (formerly CenturyLink).

 

Mr. Anderson previously held a variety of emergency management and national security positions at the Federal Communications Commission and US Department of Homeland Security.  Most recently, he served as the FCC’s Chief of Operations and Emergency Management, leading the Commission’s incident management activities, operations centers, national security coordination, and Continuity of Operations programs.  Prior to joining the Commission, Mr. Anderson worked in critical infrastructure protection at the Department of Homeland Security and as a project and program manager for America Online.  Mr. Anderson began his career with a decade on active duty in the U.S. Navy as a helicopter pilot.  Mr. Anderson retired from the Navy Reserve in August 2016.  

 

Mr. Anderson is a 2010 graduate of the National War College with a master’s degree in National Security Strategy; he holds a second master’s degree in Management Information Systems.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia.  

Meet Jenny

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DAMS
Jay King
DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE
Jim Stone
EMERGENCY SERVICES
Erik Gaull

ENERGY

Drew Hunt

Meet Jay

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.

Meet Jim

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 (DoD) training academies and various government events. Throughout his career, he has been awarded multiple commendations and recognitions from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Defense Intelligence Agency, and DoD 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.

Meet Erik

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.

Meet Drew

Andrew Hunt has more than 20 years of experience working in the defense, health care, and energy industries. He is a certified incident responder, forensics practitioner, and malware reverse engineer. He has published research on visualization and penetration techniques, as well as led projects and contributed to open-source efforts in threat intelligence, malware, forensics, and large-scale data analytics. Holding a Masters degree in Information Security & Assurance from George Mason University, he has spoken at several universities, panels, and conferences, as well as mentoring university students in their computer security endeavors.

FINANCIAL SERVICES 
Denyette DePierro
FOOD & AGRICULTURE 
Gary Flory
GOVERNMENT FACILITIES
JP Snyder
ENERGY
Jim Linn
Meet Jim

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.

 

Jim has been married to his wife, Marianne, for the past 30 years and lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They have three children, Joanna, 26, James, 22, and Jonathan, 20.

Meet Denyette

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.

Denyette also serves InfraGard in a national capacity as the InfraGard National Financial Services Sector Chief.

Meet Gary

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.

JP Snyder

A Service-Disabled U.S. Navy veteran, JP is the Founder and CEO of Defense Contracting Activity (DCA),  a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business and multinational corporation. Team DCA are premier international providers of specialized and complex government and commercial project management solutions. The core of their operational focus is on customer-centric security and intelligence solutions which are driven by an outstanding team of seasoned business, military, and government management experts.

JP is certified as an Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer (AT/FP Instructor Level 3 "Weapons of Mass Destruction") by the DoD and is recognized as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on Terrorism and Force Protection by DoD's Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Defense Information Analysis Center (CBRNIAC) operated by the US. Army. Additionally, he is certified in Nuclear Emergency Team Special Operations from the Defense Nuclear Weapons School and a multitude of Department of Defense and U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) with specialized military resident and nonresident training including, but not limited to, Intelligence, Counterintelligence, Counterinsurgency (COIN), S.E.R.E., and Swahili foreign language with mixed proficiency levels in  French, Creole, and Spanish.

JP is a graduate of the Global Terrorism program from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and a recipient of the Coast Guard Unit Commendation ribbon for valorous or extremely meritorious service.

Known as an ardent competitor, JP is a registered Amateur Boxer with the U.S. Olympic Center and a practitioner  of  martial arts.

GOVERNMENT FACILITIES
Kristina Tanasichuk
HEALTHCARE & PUBLIC HEALTH
Wendy Murphy
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Patty Arcano & Christophe Foulon
Meet Kristina

Kristina is  the  Executive Editor of Homeland Security Today (HSToday) and CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition (GTSC). She founded GTSC to advance communication and collaboration between the public and private sector in defense of our homeland.  A leader in homeland security public private partnership, critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, STEM, innovation, commercialization and much more, she brings to HSToday decades of experience and expertise in the intersection of the public and private sectors in support of our homeland's security.

Kristina worked for Chairman Tom Bliley on electric utility restructuring for the House Commerce Committee, represented municipal electric utilities sorting out deregulation, the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington, D.C. and ran the largest homeland security conference and trade show in the country. Immediately after 9/11 she represented public works departments In homeland security and emergency management.

She has an MPA from George Mason University and has attended the FBI and DEA Citizens Academies and the Marine Corps Executive Leadership Program. Most recently she was awarded the "Above & Beyond Award" by the Intelligence & Law Enforcement Training Seminar (INLETS) and was awarded Small Business Person of the Year by AFCEA International.

Meet Wendy

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Meet Patty

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.

Meet Chris

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.

NUCLEAR REACTORS, MATERIALS & WASTE

Mike Cohen

WATER & WASTEWATER SYSTEMS
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TRANSPORTATION
Jodi Terhorst
TRANSPORTATION
Louis Vitale
Meet Mike

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.

Meet Jodi

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.

Meet Louis

Louis Vitale is an Assistant Chief with the MTA Metro-North Railroad Security Department, managing the Security Command Center, responsible for access control, video management, incident command, and intelligence analysis.  As a Navy Reservist, LCDR Vitale is currently mobilized as a Department Head, in support of Overseas Contingency Operations.

Louis is an experienced security professional with over 13 years in multi-modal Transportation Security environments, including public-sector roles in the maritime, aviation, and rail security sectors.  He brings a strong strategic and operational background, with a proven ability to merge the two in the development and organizational alignment of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.  Louis has developed, assessed, or enhanced security and continuity plans for some of the nation's busiest and most iconic infrastructure.

He holds a Master's Degree in Forensic Psychology and a BS in Maritime Transportation- with a Minor in Maritime and Intermodal Security.  Louis is also a Certified Protection Professional and holds a USCG license as Third Mate-Unlimited Tonnage-Any Ocean.

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