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Welcome new board members!

It's unusual to have two letters from me in one month, but we've got a lot going on! Over the last few months, we've had several of our exceptional Board members depart to pursue other opportunities. We are grateful for their service and their contributions to InfraGardNCR. Thank you to Glenn Wood, Veda Woods, Danielle Lindholm, and Talley Philpy.

Change can be hard, but it's also an opportunity for growth, new ideas, and fresh perspectives. Today I'd like to introduce you to several new Board members who bring energy, expertise, and enthusiasm in executing the InfraGardNCR mission!

Brandon Ahrens is a senior manager at Ernst and Young and brings almost 20 years of experience in helping clients drive outcomes from challenging problems, leading teams across multiple workstreams, and building business in new markets. His specialty areas include defense & national security, IT business consulting, government consulting, CRM, and systems implementation.

Bill Fannelli is the Chief Security Officer for the Council of Better Business Bureaus and has over 25 years IT line manager and lead consultant experience and 15 years in security and enterprise management. He brings with him expert knowledge in enterprise information security with competency in all levels of defense in depth and subject matter expertise in enterprise deployment of intrusion prevention, data loss prevention, encryption and vulnerability management in government, commercial, financial and critical infrastructure environments.

Tonya Coultas is currently serving as the Assistant Vice President for Emergency Management at Georgetown University. Tonya has over 30 years of combined, federal executive, local, state, military, and international experience with a strong record of optimizing organizational performance, building public-private partnerships, developing safety and security policies, implementing national and international disaster response and emergency management programs.

Andy Jabbour is Co-founder and Managing Director at Gate 15. Andy leads Gate 15's risk management and critical infrastructure operations with focus on Information Sharing, Threat Analysis, Operational Support & Preparedness Activities (Planning, Training & Exercise) to help leaders and organizations apply Gate 15's "threat-informed and risk-based approach to analysis, preparedness, and operations." Andy has years of experience working with partners across the critical infrastructure and homeland security enterprise to support national security and client business needs.

Stephanie Silva is an IT specialist for the federal government and has served on InfraGard boards in Omaha, Nebraska and Houston, Texas, and most recently as Communications Sub-Deputy for InfraGard Houston's Healthcare Special Interest Group. A new transplant to Washington, DC, Stephanie has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and is a graduate student of International Affairs and Counterterrorism at Texas A&M's Bush School of Government.

Please join me in welcoming them to InfraGardNCR's Board of Directors and aiding us in protecting our nation's critical infrastructure! In the coming weeks, I'll also be introducing (and in some cases re-introducing) you to our sector chiefs and the InfraGardNCR sector chief program. I'll be inviting you to engage with your sector chief - communicate your sector's needs with him or her, let them know what kind of initiatives or programs you'd like to see in your sector (or across multiple sectors), and what would be most useful to you in protecting your enterprise, assets, and sector.

We want YOU to be engaged! Have a great weekend.

In service,

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