Betsy Bacon, Director, Cargo Operations and Compliance, Alaska Air Cargo - Betsy Bacon is the Director, Cargo Operations and Compliance for the Cargo Division, Alaska Airlines. Her responsibilities include oversight of all cargo operations in the state of Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico where she manages a workforce of over 300 employees and 29 vendor locations. She is currently leading initiatives to improve cargo operational efficiencies, provide secure transport of commodities and ensure customer needs are met through the development of Key Performance Indicators and enhanced reporting tools. During her tenure, she has provided support and oversight of several pilot projects sponsored by the TSA to test new technologies and screening methods. Ms. Bacon was formerly with DHL/Airborne Express from 1977-2004. While there she served in various progressive positions in both Operations and Sales where she orchestrated the start up and/or turnaround of several operations through the development and implementation of strategic planning. Ms. Bacon attended Weber State College (now Weber State University) and the University of Utah.
Amanda I. Bibler, Assistant Director, Border Security and Facilitation Seattle Field Operations Customs and Border Protection - In October 2004, Ms. Amanda I. Bibler was appointed as the Assistant Director, Border Security and Facilitation, Field Operations, Seattle, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. As Assistant Director, Ms. Bibler manages numerous programs and maintains oversight of CBP operations that include Anti-Terrorism, Border Security, Interdiction and Security Technology, Seaport Security, Canine Enforcement, Passenger Operations, Immigration Policy and Programs, Trusted Traveler Programs, at CBP Ports of Entry within the Seattle Field Office. Before the launch of the Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003, Ms. Bibler has served with U.S. Customs Service since 1994. Ms. Bibler served two tours at CBP Headquarters in Washington, DC, as a Supervisory Supply Chain Specialist under the auspices of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, and Program Manager under the Interdiction and Technology Division and the former Anti-Smuggling Division. Previously Ms. Bibler served as a Customs Inspector in Blaine, Washington; Portland, Oregon and Montreal Pre-Clearance, Canada. Prior to employment with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Ms. Bibler served four years in the United States Air Force as a Law Enforcement Professional.
Gary Brown, AFL-CIO - Gary L. Brown is a third generation longshoreman of Tacoma with more than 41 years of experience. His vast maritime work history includes positions such as Port Security Liaison for the ILWU, Security/Safety Liaison for the Washington State Labor Council and he is an original member of the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC). After September 11th, Brown was appointed to the AMSC committee to represent shoreside/ land workers and he has spent much of his time working, attending, and travelling to meetings involving mock incidents and training for disaster/recovery programs worldwide. Brown has worked with State and Federal agencies to develop a program geared to increase labor awareness by emphasizing alertness and reporting incidents to law enforcement with an operation called Safe Dock. Brown’s overall passion is to maintain a commitment to maritime safety & security to keep the public out of harm’s way.
Sara Curran, Assoc Professor and Assoc Director, Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology, University of Washington - Sarah Curran has a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Specialization areas: Social demography, environment, development and globalization, gender. Sara Curran joined the faculty of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs in 2005. Prior to that she was an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Princeton University, where she was also a faculty associate in the Office of Population Research, and in the Center for International Studies. She holds degrees from the University of Michigan (B.S., natural resource management), North Carolina State University (M.S., sociology and economics), and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D., sociology). Curran researches internal migration in developing countries, globalization, family demography, environment and population, and gender. She is writing a book, Shifting Boundaries, Transforming Lives: Globalization, Gender and Family Dynamics in Thailand, which analyzes how migration and education transformed Thai society between 1984-2000. She received the outstanding faculty advising award from the Princeton Sociology majors in 2002 and 2004. She has authored work that has appeared in Demography, Population and Development Review, Social Science Research, Teaching Sociology, Journal of International Women's Studies, and Journal of Marriage and the Family. She serves on several national and international advisory committees and boards.
John Currier, Admiral, USCG - Rear Admiral (Upper Half) John P. Currier assumed command of the 13th Coast District in August 2007. RADM Currier is a veteran aviator with over 6000 flight hours in Coast Guard and Navy fixed and rotary wing aircraft. RADM Currier has spent the majority of his 31 year career conducting Search and Rescue flight operations at six Air Stations, two of which he had command, including AIRSTA Miami, the world’s busiest air-sea search and rescue unit. Promoted to Flag rank in 2005, his most recent assignment was Assistant Commandant for Acquisition at Coast Guard Headquarters. RADM Currier is a distinguished officer with awards including the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and Commendation Medal with "O" device, Achievement Medal with "O" device and others.
John Dwyer, USCG - John Dwyer is Chief of the Inspection Division at USCG Sector Seattle, with responsibility for safety, environmental and security standards for commercial vessels and waterfront facilities in the Pacific Northwest region. He is the Sector’s Marine Firefighting Coordinator, and also serves as the head of the Washington State Ferry Security Committee. His staff also oversees merchant mariner licensing for the region. He has 30 years of maritime experience, including vessel inspection, port security, waterfront facility inspection, mariner licensing, casualty investigation, and marine disaster and firefighting response. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, retiring in 2005 as a Captain while serving as the Pacific Area Reserve Chief of Staff.
Capt Suzanne Englebert, USCG - Captain Englebert is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Upon commissioning, she served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard the 180’ buoy tender CGC IRIS which operated off the coast of Oregon. Following this assignment, she commanded a Long Range Aids to Navigation Station in Okinawa, Japan. Captain Englebert then entered the Marine Safety, Security and Environmental Protection Program while stationed in Puget Sound, Washington and became a fully qualified Marine Inspector. She has run inspection and marine safety field programs in Rockland, ME and Duluth, MN. Captain Englebert has also been assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC. Her most notable work includes developing national regulations for lifesaving safety standards, pollution prevention standards, and comprehensive maritime security requirements to meet the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. She was also a U.S. delegate at International Maritime Organization negotiations which resulted in the creation and adoption of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code. In November 2003, she assumed command of USCG Marine Safety Office, St. Louis. In April 2006, she became the first Commander of Sector Upper Mississippi River. From August 2006 to July 2008, she was the Chief of Prevention for the 7th Coast Guard District in Miami, Florida. Captain Englebert holds an M.S.E. degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and an M.S.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. Captain Englebert’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Transportation 9-11 Medal, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals with the Operational Distinguishing Device. In 1998, Captain Englebert received the Federal Environmental Engineer of the Year Honor Award. She has also received the University of Michigan Alumnae Council Athena and Alumna-in-Residence awards. In November 2007 Captain Englebert became an Inclusive Management Fellow at the Center for Public Administration and Policy which is affiliated with Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of California. Captain Englebert receives her inspiration from many people, most notably her parents, Roy and Joyce Englebert who live in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.
Dan Gatchet, RoadLink - Dan Gatchet started in the steamship line industry working for US Lines and APL before serving as president of the largest intermodal trucking company in California in 1983. He has 25 years of experience in the transportation industry. He started West Coast Trucking in Seattle, Washington in 1993 and the company had 80 contract drivers performing domestic drayage and steamship line work when it was acquired by RoadLink Logistics in 2008. Dan is involved in several industry groups. He is the past president of the Washington Trucking Associations which represents 900 trucking companies in the State of Washington. Dan received a Business Administration degree from the University of Washington and a Master in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Anne V. Goodchild, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Washington - EDUCATION: B.S. in Mathematics, University of California at Davis, 1995, M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, 2002 and 2005.EXPERIENCE: Anne Goodchild is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. Her research interests lie in logistics and freight transportation, with a particular enthusiasm for maritime transportation and port operations. Her work is motivated by the desire to reduce freight congestion, the impact of goods movement on the environment, and more effectively utilize the existing freight transportation infrastructure. In her research she has evaluated strategies to improve port efficiency, the relationships between port operations and air quality, the effect of new technologies on freight transportation system productivity, and the impact of travel time variability on goods movement. Seattle is a terrific place for this research given its role as a freight gateway for goods from Asia, the freight corridors to the south and east, and the issues presented by our proximity to the Canadian border. Before returning to graduate school she worked in consulting for 5 years in North America and Europe, evaluating new products and transportation services using mathematical modeling techniques including discrete choice modeling, optimal routing and scheduling, and simulation.
Hon. Roger Goodman – Representative Roger Goodman currently serves in the Washington State Legislature where he is Vice Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He represents the 45th District, including the “Eastside” cities of Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Duvall and Carnation. He is an attorney and criminal justice expert and has been consulting the King County Bar Association in Seattle with its Drug Policy Project, a high-level partnership of professional and civic organizations in Washington State examining current drug policies and promoting cheaper, more effective and more humane alternatives. On a national level, Goodman directs the Voluntary Committee of Lawyers, working with bar associations and other professional groups across the United States to foster discussion of drug policy issues and to bring about legal reform in other states.Goodman serves on the Law and Criminal Justice Standing Committee of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Public Safety and Justice Task Force of the Council of State Governments. He is also on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Substance Abuse and the Leadership Council of Physicians and Lawyers for National Drug Policy (PLNDP), and is an appointed member of the King County (WA) Substance Abuse Administrative Board. Until 2000, Goodman directed Washington’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission and he previously served on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as legislative director, counsel and chief of staff for two senior Democratic Members of the U.S. Congress. Goodman is admitted to practice law in Washington State and Rhode Island, the First and Ninth Federal Circuits and the United States Supreme Court. He received an A.B. as a Senior Fellow from Dartmouth College; a J.D. from George Washington University; and an M.P.A. from Harvard University, where he concentrated on social policy issues, including criminal justice, public health, education reform and economic security.
Slade Gorton, Former US Senator and member of the 911 Commission - Slade Gorton is a former Senator from Washington; born in Chicago, Cook County, Ill., January 8, 1928; attended public schools in Evanston, Ill.; graduated, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1950, Columbia University Law School, New York City 1953; served in the United States Army 1945-1946, United States Air Force, lieutenant, 1953-1956, United States Air Force Reserve, colonel, 1956-1980; admitted to the Washington State bar in 1953 and commenced practice in Seattle; served in the Washington State house of representatives 1959-1969, majority leader 1967-1969; Washington State attorney general 1969-1981; member, President’s Consumer Advisory Council 1975-1977; member, Washington State Law and Justice Commission 1969-1980; member, State Criminal Justice Training Commission 1969-1980; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1980, and served from January 3, 1981, to January 3, 1987; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1986; resumed the practice of law; elected again as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1988; reelected in 1994 and served from January 3, 1989, to January 3, 2001; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 2000; member, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9-11 Commission).
Mark Haselkorn, Director, Pacific Rim Visualization & Analytics Center, University of Washington - Mark Haselkorn is Professor and founding chair of the Department of Technical Communication in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, which has recently been renamed as the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. He is Director of the DHS-funded Pacific Rim Visualization and Analytics Center and also founded and directs the UW's Interdisciplinary Program on Humanitarian Relief, a cross-campus program of research and education that works with the international humanitarian sector to improve humanitarian service systems. Dr. Haselkorn is also the lead for command, control and interoperability in the new DHS National Center for Border Security and Immigration (led by UTEP) and has recently completed an NSF initiative to define the emerging frontier of "Humanitarian Service Science & Engineering." He has worked with the military on a number of projects, including the integration of DoD and VA electronic medical records and the Air Force’s strategic management of ICT under the threat of Y2K (a study published by the National Research Council). He has conducted foundational research in the area of intelligent transportation systems, including development of the first Web-based real-time traveler information system (Traffic Reporter, 1990). Dr. Haselkorn is currently the President of the IEEE Professional Communication Society.
Barbara Ivanov, WSDOT - Barbara Ivanov is the Director of the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Freight Systems Division. Her responsibilities include crafting the state’s strategic investment plan for the freight system, and introducing the plan to community and regional leaders to gain regional participation and support. She is currently leading initiatives to improve freight system operational efficiencies, build a data framework to monitor system performance, and develop a resilient freight system. The Freight Systems Division also develops information and strategies to reduce the environmental impacts of freight movements, manages the state’s freight research program, and administers the WSDOT freight and passenger rail capital programs and operations. Ms. Ivanov was employed as the executive director of the Kent Chamber of Commerce from 1992 - 2003. She is a graduate of the Executive MBA program at the University of Washington, holds a B.A. in English cum laude from the University of Washington, and is a graduate of the Institutes for Organizational Management administered by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is currently a board member of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) Seattle Chapter. She is a recipient of the Green River Community College International Award, which recognizes “visionary leadership in international connections.” She was nominated for the Governor’s 2003 Economic Development Award noting ‘exceptional leadership’, and recognized by the Washington State Workforce Development Board in 2003 for developing best practices in the state. She was the first chair of King County's International Trade Board, served as a board member of the 2001 Port of Seattle Harbor Development Strategy Advisory Committee (HDS-21), was a founding member of the Seattle King County Workforce Development Board, and served on the Washington State Chamber of Commerce Executives Board.
LTC Robert Lehman, Commander, 833rd Transportation Battalion - LTC Robert Lehman was born at Fort Eustis and raised in Newport News, Virginia. He graduated from college in 1987 as an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. His military education includes the Transportation Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, and the Airborne and Air Assault Courses. His civilian education includes a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Management) from Christopher Newport College, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. LTC Lehman began his first assignment in 1988 in Panama where he served as Platoon Leader, 1097th Transportation Company (Medium Boat), then as Executive Officer, Headquarters Commandant for the US Southern Command. He was then assigned to Korea as a Detachment Commander in the 25th Transportation Battalion. Following the Transportation Officers Advanced Course, he served as Support Operations Officer to the 7th Division Support Command in Fort Ord, California. In 1993 he was assigned to Fort Eustis where he served as Plans and Operations Officer, 7th Transportation Group, then as Commander, 329th Transportation Company (Heavy Boat). In 1996 he was assigned to the Army’s Training with Industry Program with duty at Federal Express in Memphis. In 1997 he was assigned to Headquarters, Military Traffic Management Command in Falls Church, Virginia as a strategic planner before attending Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. In 2000, he joined the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii as the Headquarters Commandant, then as the Division Transportation Officer. He also served there as Executive Officer, 524th Combat Support Battalion, then Assistant Division G4, then G4 for US Army Hawaii, and finally as the G4 Transportation, Resource Energy, and Troop Support for US Army Pacific. In 2006 he was assigned to Fort Lewis where he served in the 593rd Sustainment Brigade as the Support Operations Officer, and then as their Deputy Commander. He has deployed and served in multiple operations to include Panama, Haiti, Saudi Arabia and most recently, Iraq. His military decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4 OLC), and the Army Achievement Medal. LTC Lehman is married to Lieutenant Colonel Janice Mano Lehman of Seattle, an Army Nurse who serves at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis. They currently live in Olympia.
Ann Lesperance, Deputy Director Regional Programs, Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security - Ms. Lesperance has been with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory since 1990. In her current capacity she is the Deputy Director Regional Programs Northwest Regional Technology Center for Homeland Security located in Seattle, Washington. Her primary focus is developing regional programs to accelerate the demonstration and deployment of new Homeland Security technologies. To accomplish this, Ms. Lesperance works with federal, state and local emergency responders, public safety officials and the private sector to understand and help prioritize their operational and technical needs and requirements. She also builds regional coalitions of emergency management professionals to partner with DHS Science and Technology Directorate, the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies and manages program implementation in the field. In addition to her efforts to support Homeland Security and Defense, Ms. Lesperance has over 25 years of experience in domestic and international environmental and public health analysis, project management and program development. In the international arena, she has managed projects in Mexico City on water reuse strategies; worked with Russian managers on cleanup of radioactive waste sites and explored drug discovery and conservation strategies for Peru and Chile. Prior to joining PNNL, she worked for a private consulting firm in Los Angeles, CA and USDA is Atlanta, GA and Los Angeles. She served as a US Peace Corps volunteer in the Andes Mountain in Ecuador where she initiated community development, energy and environmental programs with USAID, and the United Nations. She has a M.S. in Public Health University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), School of Public Health and Environmental Science and Engineering Program, and B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison in Latin American Studies and Environmental Studies. She also studied at the Goethe Institute, Munich, Germany and Instituto Tecnologico de Estudiantes Superiores de Mexico (ITESM), Monterrey, Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish and conversive in Quechua and German.
Del Mackenzie, Puget Sound Pilots - Del Mackenzie is the President of the Puget Sound Pilots and has been a pilot for 21 years. Capt. Mackenzie began his maritime career in the tug industry in 1969, working for Crowley Maritime for eighteen years, working his way up from deckhand to Master in 1976. Capt. Mackenzie has worked extensively in Alaska and Puget Sound, as well as on the east, west and gulf coasts of the United States, the Gulf of Mexico and trans-canal. He has done extensive work on Prudhoe Bay, push tug work in the western rivers of Alaska, and marine construction (oil patch work) in Alaska and California. He holds a 1600 ton Master’s License. He has a First Class Pilot License of Unlimited Tonnage for Valdez, Alaska and he is federally and state-licensed for Puget Sound and Adjacent Waters.
Vince O’Halloran, Sailors’ Union of the Pacific - Vince O’Halloran has more than 40 years of experience working both on the deck and in the engine room aboard US Flag tankers, including LPG and Ammonium carriers, ammunition ships, bulk carriers, passenger vessels and freighters, as well as in the fishing industry in Kodiak, Alaska. In addition, Mr. O’Halloran, who currently holds a limited Masters License, has worked as a Cargo Gear Consultant for American President Lines at Swan Island shipyard, in Portland Oregon, and NASSCO shipyard, in San Diego, California. Vince O’Halloran is the Seattle Branch Agent for the Sailors’ Union of the Pacific as well as the President of the Puget Sound Ports Council, Maritime Trades Department AFL-CIO. He is a serving member who has represented the Washington State Labor Council on the USCG Puget Sound Area Maritime Security Committee since its inception, and serves on the Puget Sound Harbor Safety Committee, as well as the Alaska Way Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program North Portal Working Group.
Clare Petrich, Port of Tacoma Commissioner - Ms. Petrich was elected to the Port Commission in November 1995 and took office in January 1996. She is currently the President of the Port Commission. She graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, and earned a master's degree in education from the University of Virginia. Before she began managing Petrich Marine Dock, a marina and manufacturing facility on Tacoma's Thea Foss Waterway, she lived for several years in Africa and Asia. Ms. Petrich chaired Tacoma Tall Ships 2005 and 2008, and is a co-founder of the Commencement Bay Maritime Fest. She serves on the boards of the Greater Seattle Trade Development Alliance, the Washington Council on International Trade, the Tacoma-Pierce County Convention and Visitor Bureau, the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County and the Central Puget Sound Economic Development District. In her spare time, Ms. Petrich is an avid Dragon Boat paddler and loves to commute on her bicycle.
Peter Philips, Publisher, Pacific Maritime Magazine - Peter is President of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the twenty years since Philips Publishing was founded be Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, Foghorn, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association and The Fishermen's News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast. Peter serves as President of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users and as President of the French American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest. Peter also serves on the Viaduct Advisory Committee convened by state, county and city departments of transportation (DOT) to advise DOT on viaduct retrofit and/or replacement options. Peter is Past President of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional Vice President, West Coast, of the Propeller Club; a maritime professional organization, whose goal is the promotion of U.S. maritime commerce and support of existing maritime businesses and related services, including the American Merchant Marine. Peter has BA in History from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.
Dave Reichert, Congressman - Dave Reichert brings 37 years of public service to Congress, representing the vibrant and diverse Eighth Congressional District of Washington State. Elected in 2004, Reichert is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives and was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee, where he serves on the Trade, Oversight and Social Security subcommittees. From 1971-1976, Reichert was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve and in 1972, joined the King County Sheriff’s Office. In 1997, he became the first elected Sheriff in 30 years and brought national recognition to the Sheriff’s Office as head of the Green River Task Force solving the largest serial murder case in U.S. history. From his decades in law enforcement, Congressman Reichert has a thorough understanding of the community he serves. His legislative goals are to keep our communities and country safe and to preserve freedom and opportunities for all Americans. He has passed legislation to alleviate traffic congestion, fund local law enforcement “fusion centers,” and improve benefits and services for veterans, children’s health care and more. Only the 6th freshman in the history of Congress to be appointed a subcommittee chair, Reichert shepherded comprehensive FEMA reform legislation through Congress to address the problems associated with Hurricane Katrina. He founded and co-chairs the Congressional Children’s Health Care Caucus, the Global Health Caucus, the Goods Movement Caucus, the Congressional Services Caucus and the Congressional Soccer Caucus. He also currently serves as a member of the Special Olympics of Washington State Board of Directors.
General Victor E. Renuart, Jr., USAF (Commander, NORAD & USNORTHCOM) - General Victor E. Renuart, Jr. is the Commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command, headquartered at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. General Renuart entered the U.S. Air Force in 1971 and was commissioned in the U.S. Air Force through the Officer Training School in 1972. Among his early assignments, he commanded the 76th Tactical Fighter Squadron, headquartered at England Air Force Base, Lousiana, during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Director of Assignments, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and Commander, Headquarters Support Group, Allied Air Forces Central Europe, NATO, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. In 1994, General Renuart served as Director of Plans for the NATO Combined Air Operations Center, 5th Allied Tactical Air Force, Vicenza, Italy in support of Operation Deny Flight. He assumed command of the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, in 1996, and in 1998 he was named Commander, 347th Fighter Wing, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia. In 2000, General Renuart took command of Joint Task Force-Southwest Asia and the 9th Air and Space Expeditionary Task Force-Southwest Asia, the organizations responsible for the command and control of Operation Southern Watch. His next assignment was as Director of Operations(J-3) for U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. In that role, he oversaw the planning and execution of all joint and allied combat operations for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2003 the General became Vice Commander of Pacific Air Forces, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, responsible for Air Force and Air Component Command activities for the Commander, U.S. Pacific Command. Following this assignment, General Renuart was appointed Director of Strategic Plans and Policy, the Joint Staff. In 2006 he was selected as the Senior Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, Washington, D.C. General Renuart assumed command of North American Aerospace Defense Command and United States Northern Command on March 23, 2007. General Renuart’s awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Aerial Achievement Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster. General Renuart is a command pilot and has more than 3,900 flight hours, including 60 combat missions.
Kevin A. Ryan, Director of the SAIC Center for Strategic Analytics - Kevin A. Ryan, Director of the SAIC Center for Strategic Analytics, has extensive experience in the development and application of risk management methodologies and has specialized in working with stakeholders to integrate continuous risk management practices into their business processes. As part of this work, he has led efforts to develop risk-based cost-benefit methodologies that allow users to maximize the return on investment for security and response programs. Mr. Ryan has more than 12 years of experience in risk assessment, risk management, strategic policy analysis, and security analysis. In his current position, he manages the development strategic analyses for a variety of customers, including DHS, DoD, and NASA. He currently serves as the Deputy Principal Investigator on the DHS Port/Mass Transit Technical Assistance Program and has provided direct support to DHS in the development of terrorism risk assessment best practices and the integration of terrorism risk with other all-hazards risks.
Gael Tarleton, Port of Seattle Commissioner - Gael Tarleton serves as Commission Vice President on the Seattle Port Commission. She has led the Commission’s efforts to build a regional security strategy with other Puget Sound ports since taking office in January 2008. Gael also holds a part-time position as a research scientist at the University of Washington, where she has worked since 2004. She helped build the UW’s Institute for National Security Education and Research and created a partnership strategy for the Pacific Rim Visualization and Analytic Center to establish the UW Safety and Security Research and Education consortium. She also serves as a volunteer Board member on two Seattle-based non-profit organizations, Earth and Space Research and the Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation. In addition, Ms. Tarleton serves on Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s national security directorate review committee. Tarleton spent 12 years at Science Applications International Corporation, a Fortune 300 company. As a vice president and international manager, she led teams of people in Russia and the United States working on federally funded research and technology programs. Prior to that, she spent nine years at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington, D.C., analyzing Soviet strategic plans and programs. Gael holds a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Service and a Master’s degree in Government and National Security Studies from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Ronald Twersky, ASAC, Seattle Division
A.D. Vickery, Seattle Fire Department (invited) - A.D. Vickery is a 40-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department. He is currently the Assistant Chief of Operations. This position deals with all aspects of the Fire Department in regards to Fires, Hazardous Materials, Emergency Medical Services, Special Operations and Homeland Security. Prior to his assignment as Assistant Chief of Operations, he was the Deputy Chief of Special Operations and was responsible for all operational issues for the Department’s specialty teams which included the Hazardous Materials Unit, the Marine Firefighting Unit, the Technical Rescue Unit, Emergency Preparedness, Metropolitan Medical Strike Team, Urban Search and Rescue, and Homeland Security Planning. Assistant Chief Vickery has served in the Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic, the head of the Fire Investigation Unit, and on both Engine and Ladder Companies. He is recognized for his proactive role in preparing firefighters to safely perform their jobs, using the latest technology available.
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