Homeland Security and Defense Thought Leaders

Dr. Frank Allen is a Senior Optical Physicist who supports the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) as an Electromagnetic Protection Specialist. He came to us from CACI where he was an Engineering Senior Scientist. Prior he was a Project Manager at Mav6, a Sr. Systems Engineer for Scientific Research Corp. and a Research Physicist for Alion Science and Technology. In these positions Frank supported Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), and the C4ISR campus at APG. Earlier Frank was Assistant Professor of Physics at Tennessee State University, and a Research Assistant at Alabama A&M University. Doctorate in Physics (Applied Optics) from Alabama A & M University and BS in Physics from Tennessee State University.

Reg Avery supports our Navy Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP engagement as a Program Analyst. He is the former Director of Emergency Preparedness, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); the former COOP/COG Program Manager, U.S. Department of the Treasury; the former COOP/COG Program Manager, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL); and the former Chief of Plans, Operations, Training, Security, and Emergency Management, U.S. Army Combined Arms Command. He is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM), a Disabled American Veteran (DAV), and an Adjunct professor at Defense Intelligence College for Emergency Preparedness/Management. Former US Army Officer. He also holds the DRI International (originally Disaster Recovery Institute International) Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP) certification.

Bill Azzinari is a Program Analyst providing project management and logistics support on our Navy ATFP engagement. He has been providing support to this program since early 2007 at other employers. Former Network Operations Chief and Liaison and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Supervisor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Extensive experience with Lockheed Martin including as Satellite Range Controller and O&M Supervisor; and Satellite Ground Station Field Engineer, multiple worldwide locations. USAF Veteran and F-15 Avionics Technician.

Richard Bilden, PE is our engineering and planning lead for all infrastructure projects in the Northeast. He is a registered professional engineer, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning. He is a retired active duty Navy Commander (Seabee) with over 40 years of facilities planning and management experience in the public and private sectors, including extensive participation in critical infrastructure, force protection and Homeland Security initiatives. His 20 years of active duty with the Navy included three major contingency planning assignments plus a teaching assignment at the Civil Engineer Corps Officers School, which incorporated course work on disaster preparedness. Mr. Bilden is the Information Technology Editor for The Military Engineer magazine and is a recognized Subject Matter Expert on Computer Aided Design, Geographic Information Systems and related technologies. Since 1994 he has provided exclusive technical, policy and program management support for the use of these technologies to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command’s Chief Engineer and Business Line Managers for Capital Improvements, Facilities Planning, Real Estate, Environmental, Public Works and Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection. He has served as Chair for the National Institute of Building Sciences Software Development Committee for FEMA’s Multi-hazard Loss Estimation Program, and is currently an active member of the DOD sponsored Homeland Infrastructure Foundation Level Database Working Group and the Federal Geographic Data Committee’s Homeland Security Working Group. After 9/11 developed Navy (NAVFAC and Commander Naval Installations) GeoReadiness Program concept in support of OSD Defense Installation Spatial Data Infrastructure (DISDI) Program Office. Developed NAVFAC/CNIC GIS Governance policy. Participated in development of GeoReadiness Geo-spatial Information& Services Program Strategic Plan, Spiral One Inventory of US Naval Installation Geospatial Data (imagery, parcel and infrastructure), and Guidelines for Installation Mapping and Geospatial Data. Participated in NAVFAC Core Mapping Team activities and chaired GeoReadiness Integration Team. Ex-officio Navy Representative to Federal CADD/GIS Corporate Staff and Board of Directors, and the Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure and Environment (SDSFIE) Working Group.


Jim Bennett is a Senior Security Analyst supporting the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Jim came to ICESS from ICS where he provided chemical industry physical security analysis and assessment to the US Department of Homeland Security. He is a former Technical Security Counter Measures (TSCM) agent and Security Engineering Officer with the US Dept. of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Countermeasures Division where he led multi-agency security accreditation teams to accredit US Government (USG) overseas buildings (Embassies and Consulates). Earlier as Country Manager of Inter-Con Security Systems Chile S.A. Jim ran a US based private security company employing 560 personnel providing contracted security guard and security assessment services to the US Embassy in Santiago, other foreign diplomatic missions in country, and local Chilean clients. Conducted security risk and threat assessments of Chilean maritime port facilities, industrial plants, diplomatic residences, schools and hotels. Recently provided programmatic, technical, and engineering support services to the Pentagon Force Protection Agency for physical security and anti-terrorism programs and systems. Extensive aeronautics and aeronautical engineering experience additionally in civil, military, and general aviation. BSEE Pacific Western University. Fluent in Spanish.


Dr. Steve Booker supports our Navy ATFP Ashore contract as a Program Analyst. He came to ICESS from Triple Canopy where he was an Armed Guard/Guardian Angel contractor supporting US Forces in Kabul, Afghanistan. Steve is a retired US Navy Master at Arms (MA) CPO whose military assignments included USS BOXER (LHD-4) as Command Master at Arms, Command Investigator, and the Command Small Arms Instructor (SAMI); Commander Fifth Fleet/US Naval Forces Central Command as law enforcement and patrol supervisor; the Navy’s Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) as a Lead Instructor for NCB-VBSS (Non-Compliant Boarding, Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure) where he earned his MTS (Master Training Specialist) qualification and certified all the DDG’s on the waterfront of Naval Base San Diego for VBSS missions; Commander Fleet Activities Chinhae (CFAC) Korea as a Command Investigator and SRT (Special Reaction Team) Lead; Navy Recruiting Station Reno NV as a recruiter, earning the US Navy Commendation Medal for achieving Recruiter of the Year Nationwide and advanced to the next rank; and USS PELELIU as Interior Communications Electrician (IC rating).  He has obtained his PhD from City University of New York in the field of Forensic Psychology. 


Linda Casey is a Senior Editor and writer and supports the DTRA Balanced Survivability Assessment (BSA) program as a Senior Technical Editor. She comes to us from QualX/AECOM/McNeil Technologies, Inc. where Linda was an Editor and Team leader supporting DoD Components and Defense Agencies. Prior she was a senior Editor and Project Manager at SAIC supporting the Joint Staff, an Editor/Analyst then Senior Editor at Cornerstone Industry Inc. supporting the Joint Staff and others, and Editor-in-Chief/Managing Editor at CommTek Communications Corp. for Satellite DIRECT and Satellite ORBIT magazines with a combined circulation of 500,000+. BS Juniata College in Government/Communications/Technical Writing.

Mike Chalan is a Project Manager supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Test Science Department in Albuquerque NM. Mike came to ICESS from Ball Aerospace where he supported the DOD National Assessment Group (NAG) as a Senior Test Engineer. Earlier assignments include Program Manager for RhinoCorps supporting Sandia National Laboratories and prior the Air Force Operational Test & Evaluation Center; and Station Manager, Matheson Flight Extenders in Albuquerque. Mike is also a retired USAF Chief Master Sergeant (E9) who spent 26 years on active duty. He has an MBA from the College of Santa Fe, and a BBA in Information Technology, also from the College of Santa Fe, as well as an AAS in Information Management from Community College of the Air Force.


Catherine Chandler supports DTRA’s Defense Nuclear Weapons School (DNWS) in Albuquerque as a WMD/CBRN Technical Instructor. Catherine came to us from Booz Allen Hamilton in Germany where she provided exercises support to United States Army Europe. As a reserve Naval Officer (Lieutenant Commander) she concurrently was the Lead WMD Planning Officer for US Special Operations Command - Africa (SOCAFRICA).  Prior she was a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen in Tampa supporting U.S. Central Command as an All Source Intelligence Analyst, and concurrently was the Combat Assessment Branch Chief and then Operations Officer / Targets Watch Officer at US Central Command as a Naval Reservist. Catherine was also with HQ U.S. FORCES-IRAQ, Baghdad, Iraq as an Intelligence Operations Watch Officer; and prior at HQ US Special Operations Command, Tampa, Florida as the J2 (Intelligence) Branch Chief of the WMD, Counter-Terrorism and CBRN Branch; and was the J2 WMD Administrative Officer for CBRN training. At the time Catherine also was with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Consultant for Open Source Intelligence support. As a Naval Reservist Catherine was forward deployed to Naval Air Station Bahrain as an Expanded Maritime Security Operations Intelligence Analyst on the staff of Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and maritime security operations. Earlier assignments included being a Public Health Officer for DIA’s National Center for Medical Intelligence (NMCI); a Training Supervisor for Cariten Healthcare; an Instructor of medical readiness at the Michigan Air National Guard’s Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center; and a Health Services Management Preceptor (instructor) at the Air National Guard’s 134th Air Refueling Wing Medical Group. Catherine has a BS in Biology from University of Tennessee.


Hank Chase, PE is the Co-Founder and CEO of ICESS. He is a retired Navy Civil Engineer Corps (Seabee) Commander who following military retirement was the inaugural lead (contractor) for Critical Infrastructure Assurance and Resiliency for all Navy and Marine Corps installations and facilities worldwide. He is also the former Policy Officer to the President of the American Red Cross, and before military retirement was the Navy's Y2K Ashore Program Officer responsible for mission continuity at all Navy bases and their tenant commands worldwide at the Millennium rollover. Hank has over 37 years military and other federal experience in critical infrastructure assurance and resiliency. He has directed or conducted over 1,000 infrastructure assurance audits and vulnerability or resiliency assessments, and has supervised the planning, design, and construction of well over $1 Billion in related mitigation projects. Moreover, He is the former Program Manager (contractor) for the Navy’s ongoing $1 Billion Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Program Ashore designing and deploying ATFP technology solutions to all Navy bases worldwide. Formerly Vice President& Chief Engineer Technology Associates International Corporation (TAIC) and subsequently Director, Homeland Security Programs ITS Corporation and then Executive Director of the Homeland Security and Federal practice at Smart Business Consulting LLC, Hank is additionally a Founder of Integrity Consulting Solutions (ICS) a sister company to ICESS. He holds a BS in Civil Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute (1979) and an MS in Civil Engineering from Stanford University (1985), and is a registered Professional Engineer.  Hank is also a former Level III (unlimited authority) certified federal Contracting Officer and board selected DOD Acquisition Professional Community (APC) member. Hank is on the Board of Directors of Engedi Technologies and importantly was an ex officio advisor post 9-11 to the Critical Infrastructure Task Force (CITF) to the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.


Mike Clark is a retired US Army Military Policeman with extensive subsequent experience in the IT industry including as a Manager with AOL.  Mike is responsible for all elements of the Navy’s Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Ashore program in the Southwest United States. 


Tommy Cotterell supports the DTRA Nuclear Enterprise Directorate (J10) as a Technical Project Manager performing financial and program management functions for DTRA’s Contingency and Exercises Department (DTRA J10CE). Tommy’s prior employers included VMD Systems Integrators supporting the FAA; General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI); Pacific Building Group and WiseMan Construction; and SMS.ac. Prior Marine Corps time as well. BA University of California at Davis in Political Science and History.


James Cox previously supported the Navy Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Ashore Program as a Facility Engineering Team Lead, leading the planning, design, installation, and sustainment of Physical Security Equipment (PSE), C4I technology, and Command and Control (C2) technology at all installations in Naval District of Washington. Formerly, he was a supervising Sergeant leading the Special Operations Unit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, responsible for planning and operations related to contingencies, and for managing critical MWAA Special Operations assets including the Special Response Team (SWAT), Hostage Negotiation Team and the Motor Unit. Was accountable for applying crisis management skills in managing operational responses to all critical incidents. Conducted incident response training and exercises for assigned Teams. Also managed planning and execution of a high volume of protective services/security operations for VIP’s at Dulles and Reagan National Airports. Additionally, is a retired Command Sergeant Major last assigned at the USAR 3rd Simulation Exercises Group, where he served as Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commander and supervised 149 professionals engaged in the evolution and execution of emergency management and other exercises for customer units; regularly interacted with customer unit leaders in evolving exercise training objectives; provided leadership for exercise planning/development activities; and served as a member of Exercise Control Cells tasked with overall execution, assessment, and reporting on exercises. Also served as Battalion Operations Sergeant Major post 9/11 with the USAR’s 400th Military Police Battalion on Active Duty responsible for defining requirements for, planning, and directing Battalion anti-terrorism/force protection operations for the National Security Agency.


Ron Deacon is ICESS’ engineering programs Director. Ron has been in industry (various prior firms including Booz Allen) since retiring from DOJ as their Head of Facilities (an SES position) in 2008.  Prior, Ron was the GS15 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Deputy Director Public Works Directorate. Earlier positions include Deputy Director Public Works Department Naval Air Station, Patuxent River and Director Navy Public Works Center (PWC) Detachment Philadelphia, PA.  Ron is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and a former Certified Navy Acquisition Professional. He has Industrial Engineering degrees from Penn State (BS) and Lehigh University (MS). 


Chanel Deane is a Geophysicist supporting the DTRA Nuclear Technologies Department. Chanel came to ICESS from Leidos where she was a Geophysicist supporting the US Air Force Technical Applications Center Geophysics Division aboard Patrick Air Force Base in Melbourne, FL. Prior to that Chanel was a National Science Foundation Graduate STEM Fellow; a Research Assistant in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory; and a Teaching Assistant in Historical Geology (and prior in the Physical Geology laboratory) in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Texas at El Paso. Chanel has an MS in Geophysics from the University of Texas at El Paso, and a BS in Geology from Central Connecticut State University.


Beverly DeShields supports our Navy ATFP Ashore Program prime contract as Financial Manager. She was most recently a Senior Financial Analyst with contractor Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions (IFAS) supporting DISA. Prior she was a GS-14 (Re-Employed Federal Annuitant) Financial Analyst at DISA. Earlier positions were as Senior Financial Analyst with contractors KEYLOGIC, INC and KFORCE also supporting DISA as a Senior Financial Analyst. Beverly ended her Federal career at DISA HQ as the GS-14 Deputy DISA Resource Manager. Beverly also worked at the Department of Defense Education Activity (DODEA), Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP), and the Army Deputy Chief of Staff in the Pentagon. Beverly has a BS in Business Management from National Louis University and an AA in Accounting from Prince Georges Community College. She is a Level 3 DOD Certified Financial Manager (DCFM), and is a member of the Department of Navy Acquisition Professional Community - Financial Management, Level 3.


Walter English supported ICESS’ recent Emergency Management Modernization Program (EM2P) engagement and is currently ICESS on-call Exercises Manager. He is the Emergency Manager and Planner, City of Fairfax Fire Department Office of Emergency Management. He is also the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments WebEOC Committee Chair. Prior Walter was a Fire Medic, City of Fairfax Fire Department, Fairfax VA. He is also an Adjunct Instructor / Professor American Military University, American Public University System, Center for Domestic Preparedness, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Fire Programs, and Longwood College. BA Longwood University. MS Johns Hopkins. Double Associates Degrees Jefferson College of Health Sciences.


John Familette is a Graphics Artist supporting DTRA’s Defense Nuclear Weapons School (DNWS) aboard Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque NM. He came to ICESS from the ISC Consulting Group in Sierra Vista, AZ where he supported the U.S. Army Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Training-Joint Center of Excellence (HT-JCOE) and others. Prior employment included Hutchins and Associates in Bethpage, NY supporting Northrop Grumman and others; Cablevision; Publishers Clearing House; Ziff Davis Media; United Business Media; Grand Central Networks; CMP Media; and Northrop Grumman.  John has a degree from State University of New York (SUNY) in Advertising and Art Design.


Nicole Finch is a Project Manager supporting the DTRA R&D Directorate, Test Science Department (J9TS) at Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque NM. Nicole came to ICESS from Engility where she was an International Program Manager supporting the Engagement and International Programs Division, Office of the Chief Scientist, Defense Threat Reduction Agency; immediately prior she supported this same client while with CSRA (formerly CSC). Prior, Nicole was with Scitor where she was a Senior Analyst supporting the Irregular Warfare Directorate, Headquarters US Air Force. Before that Nicole was a Senior Analyst/National Security Analyst with SAIC supporting the Combating WMD Branch, Strategic Plans and Policy Division, HQ USAF. Prior, also with SAIC, she was a National Security Analyst supporting the Capability Requirements Division, HQ USAF. Earlier, Nicole was a Marketing Events Coordinator in the Business Development Department at Lockheed Martin. Nicole is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service where she earned a Master of Arts in Security Studies, Technology and Security with honors. She has dual BAs from American University, one in Spanish and Latin American Studies, and the other BA in Russian and Eastern European Studies/US Foreign Policy, both with honors.

John Geurin is the PM for our worldwide Navy ATFP Ashore prime contract. He is a retired Navy Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) Officer with extensive industry experience. John, formerly of the Centerra Group where he was the Public Works Director/Facilities Management Director for the Singapore Area Coordinator (what the Navy footprint in Singapore is called). Prior to this John was with Centerra Parsons Pacific (JV) as the Public Works Director/Facilities Management Director/Energy Manager for the Navy Support Facility in Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. Prior, he was with Planate Management Group as the Installation Energy Manager (IEM) providing engineering support and comprehensive energy and water management services at Camp Lemonnier, in Djibouti. Prior, also with Planate, John was the Planning and Estimating (P&E) Lead providing contract support services to U. S. Naval forces deployed to Djibouti. Before this he was the Civil Engineer/Task Order Manager at IAP Worldwide Services supporting the Air Force Contract Augmentation Program (AFCAP) worldwide. Prior John was the City Engineer for the City of Fort Walton Beach Florida. And before that he was Civil Engineer/Director of Engineering for the Pesterfield Group in Asheville NC Navy assignments included (most recently) Afghan National Army Facilities Engineer Mentor in Gardez, Afghanistan; and Resident Officer in Charge of Construction and Public Works and Seabee assignments at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fl.; Okinawa, Japan; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, NC; and elsewhere. John has an Associate of Applied Science degree from Wake Technical College and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Auburn University. John is also a Licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states and a Certified Energy Manager 

Bob Goldinger is a former Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and retired Navy LDO Lieutenant. Bob is currently the Senior Facilities Engineering Command Team Lead (FECTL) (contractor) supervising ICESS’ Navy Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Ashore Program FECTLs worldwide in the roll out of up to $1B in ATFP technological solutions at all Navy bases. He is the former Fleet Security Officer US Pacific Fleet and prior to that assignment was the Fleet Security and Antiterrorism Officer for the US Atlantic Fleet. Bob is also the former Installation Physical Security Officer Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek VA and Security Officer Afloat USS Guam (LPH-9). He has an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from the City College of Chicago.

Patty Hankins supports our Navy ATFP Ashore prime contract as a Real Estate Specialist. Patty came to ICESS from Michael Baker International where she was a Senior Realty Specialist Consultant. Prior to that she was a career Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) employee retiring from NAVFAC Atlantic as a Senior Realty Specialist/Real Estate Contracting Officer. Patty spent her civil service career at NAVFAC Atlantic, mostly in Real Estate in positions of increasing responsibility, and began her career there as an Administrative Assistant. Former Atlantic Division Headquarters Employee of the Year. Degree underway Tidewater Community College. 


Wil Hurley is a former Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO), former Regional Police Chief for Naval District Washington, and (separate position) former Deputy Director of Antiterrorism/Force Protection for Naval District Washington. Wil is responsible for all elements of the Navy’s Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Ashore program support in the Southeast United States. Bachelors in Business Administration Collage of Southern Maryland (underway).


Bridget Hutchins is ICESS’ Human Resources (HR) Manager. Prior assignments include HR Manager at ICS Solutions, International Employee Manager at Concert Management Services, and Manager of International Employment at British Aerospace, Inc.

Aban Iqbal supports our Navy ATFP Ashore client as a Database Specialist/Project Manager. Aban came to us from GetWellNetwork in Bethesda where he was a Procurement Administrator. Before that he worked in the Accounting Department at Intersections Inc. in Chantilly.  Earlier employers include Tristate, Macy’s, Chipotle, and Ridgecrest. Aban is pursuing a BS in Accounting from George Mason University.


Chikiyo (Chiko) Jackson is a CBRNE/WMD Technical Instructor supporting DTRA’s Defense Nuclear Weapons School (DNWS) aboard Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque NM. Chiko is a former Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Officer with assignments as Officer in Charge EOD Mobile Unit TWELVE Detachment Newport, RI; Operations and Exercises Officer and Department Branch Chief DTRA Nuclear Contingency Response Department; Deputy Maritime Domain Instructor/Maritime Domain Watch Chief/Liaison Officer (LNO) for U.S. Northern Command/North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) - assigned to the Office of Defense Coordination at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico; Assistant Operations Officer U.S. Strategic Command Center for CWMD, Joint WMD Elimination Coordination Element; and Officer in Charge, EOD Mobile Unit EIGHT in Sicily Italy. Chiko has an MA in Defense and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College, and a BA in Spanish from University of New Mexico.


Kevin Johnson leads ICESS' support to the Navy ATFP Ashore Program throughout Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) and is based in Naples Italy. Immediately prior he supervised the Regional Operations Center (ROC) and Dispatch operations throughout the same Navy Region. Earlier Mr. Johnson was Director of Training and Readiness for Naval Magazine Indian Island, WA. Kevin also earlier led Emergency Management preparedness and operations for Navy Region EURAFSWA, and was the scheduling Expert for 13 ships in the Pacific Northwest working for Afloat Training Group Pacific Northwest, Everett, WA. Importantly, Kevin Johnson is a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) whose last military assignment was as Operations Master Chief for Afloat Training Group Middle Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.


Larry Kendall is a retired US Army Battalion-level Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Non-Commissioned Officer. Larry is also a former Department of Veterans Affairs disability benefits and entitlements counselor, as well as a former IT industry Desktop Support Deployment Engineer. He is responsible for all elements of the Navy’s Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Ashore program support in the Northwest United States. Bachelor’s degree Fayetteville Technical Community College, (underway).


Howard Lambert supports the DTRA Research and Development (R&D) Directorate as an Acquisition Program Manager. Howard Lambert is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) with tremendous government and industry experience in contracting and acquisition. Howard came to ICESS from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency where he was a GS-15 Contracting Officer and Senior Supervisor. Prior jobs include Senior Manager of Contracts at Unisys Corporation; Contracts Negotiator/Senior Staff at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company; Senior Contracts Manager Qwest Communications International; Senior Contracts Manager/Manager GSA Schedule Program Office at Sprint Communications; and importantly Supervisor/Senior Level Contracting Officer (Office of Technical Service, Office of Research and Development) at the Central Intelligence Agency.Howard has a Master of Arts in Legal Studies from Antioch School of Law; a BA from American University; and an AAS from Virginia Western Community College.


Ralph Lombardo supports our Navy ATFP Ashore prime contract as a Real Estate Specialist. Ralph came to ICESS following Civil Service retirement out of the Office of General Counsel, US Department of the Navy where he was the Senior Counsel for Real Estate in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment. Prior to that Ralph was an Associate Counsel (Land Use) at the then-NAVFAC Engineering Field Activity, Northeast (EFA NE) in Philadelphia, PA. Before that he was Assistant Counsel for Environmental Law at NAVFAC HQ. And prior to studying/practicing law Ralph was an Associate Environmental Scientist at Mangrove Systems in Tampa, FL. Ralph has a Juris Doctor from University of the Pacific, a Master of Arts in Zoology from University of South Florida, and Bachelor of Science in Marine Science from Stockton State College.  He is a recipient of the Department of the Navy’s Superior Civilian Service Medal, Superior Civilian Service Medal, and Meritorious Civilian Service Medal. Additionally, Ralph was an Adjunct Faculty member at Richard Stockton College and is a current Adjunct Faculty member at Atlantic Cape Community College. 


Ralph Lovett supports the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) CBRNE Directorate as a CBRNE Operations and Sustainment Analyst. Extensive prior industry and civil service experience as operations analyst, systems design analyst, and project manager/team leader supporting Marine Forces Cyber Command, NGA, FEMA, others. Prior active duty Army, current National Guard Chief Warrant Officer. Bronze Star winner. Eagle Scout. BA Georgia Southern University. MA Georgia College.


Dan Mathis is ICESS’ Director of Infrastructure Assurance programs. He retired from Civil Service in 2011, after 36 years of federal service, as the Mission Assurance Division (MAD) Energy Security and Industrial Control Systems (ICS) Mitigation Programs Manager for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs. Mr. Mathis worked in the area of Critical Infrastructure at the Joint Program Office for Special Technology Countermeasures (JPOSTC)/Mission Assurance Division (MAD) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren VA from 1995 and was engaged in designing and performing analysis and assessment of commercial and defense. In addition to serving as MAD Division Chief, Deputy Division Chief, and Senior Technical Innovations and Integration Advisor, he also served as the Special Assistant for Program Implementation, Director Defense Critical Infrastructure Program, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense (now the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs (OASD (HD&ASA)). Previously with the US Army, Mr. Mathis was the Executive Officer of the US Army Support Group (Forward), Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Storm, and Chief of Command Cost Analysis, US Army Depot System Command. He received his undergraduate degree in Public Administration/Operations Analysis from Jacksonville State University (1970-74). Post graduate work includes, the Army Management Staff College (1989) and, with Highest Distinction, from the Naval War College (1995-1998).


Kim McCann is retired Navy with prior Army service. He is responsible for our Navy ATFP program support in the Western Pacific (Japan, Korea, Singapore, Diego Garcia, and Guam), has supported this program since Fall 2007 at other employers. Prior Installation Physical Security and ATFP Officer Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) and earlier ATFP Officer for Commander Carrier Group Five. 


Eric Miller is ICESS’ Facility Security Officer (FSO). Prior assignments include Corporate Security Manager Docupak Inc; SCIF Manager and Deputy Security Manager MadenTech Inc; Army Declassification Activity Technical Writer/Configuration Manager; Systems/Program Analyst L3/EER Systems; Management Analyst Bradson Corporation; and Management Assistant (Finance) US Dept. Of Commerce. B.A. Business Administration Averett University.


JoAnn Moore is as an Acquisition Project Manager supporting the DTRA R&D Directorate, Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Department, Advanced Research Division (J9CXR).  JoAnn came to ICESS from Infinity Support Service where she supported the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as their Lead Contract Specialist. Prior she was a Procurement Analyst (Federal employee) at US Army Garrison, Carlisle Barracks. Before that JoAnn was with YRCI Company supporting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a Senior Acquisition Subject Matter Expert. Earlier Federal assignments include Acquisition Program Manager at US Army Program Executive Office/EIS; Branch Chief at the US Army Contracting Agency; Competition Advocate and Special Projects Officer at the Defense Logistics Agency/DAPS Mechanicsburg PA; Director, Logistics Contracts Management Directorate US Army Europe; Senior Grants Officer/Senior Contracting Officer/Team Leader at NGA; Deputy Chief, Communications, Enterprise and Terrestrial Contracts Division at SAF/ST (Secretary of the Air Force/Science& Technology)/NRO (National Reconnaissance Office); Cost and Price Analyst/Procurement Officer for the 39th USAF Contracting Squadron at Incirlik AB Turkey; Team Lead/Contracting Officer at Kelly AFB; Branch Chief/Contracting Officer for US Army Korea; and other duty stateside and abroad supporting the USAF and US Army. JoAnn has a Master’s Degree in Procurement & Acquisition Management/Logistics from Webster University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Management/Economics/Computer Analysis & Design from Our Lady of the Lake University. She is DAWIA Level III Certified in Contracting, and DAWIA Level II Certified in Program Management and separately in Logistics.  


Andrew Nagle is a project manager supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Department (J9CX). Andrew came to ICESS from RGS Associates, Inc. where he supported SPAWAR's Navy PEO Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) as a Senior Analyst/Senior Budget Financial Analyst. Prior he was a Senior Consultant/Senior Acquisition Analyst at Booz Allen Hamilton he supported multiple federal clients. Before that Andrew was with Wyle Aerospace as a Senior Business Operations Analyst (and prior a Program Analyst and Administrative Assistant) supporting the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 and E/A-18G program offices. Andrew began his career as an employee of the Naval Research Laboratory.  Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.


Mitaire Ojaruega supports the DTRA Research and Development Directorate (J9) directing research in nuclear detection and forensics. He comes to us from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he was a Physical Scientist (civil servant) for the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) in the Transformational and Applied Research (TAR) Directorate. He was concurrently the Program Manager for the DNDO Academic Research Initiative Program. Prior Dr. Ojaruega was at the Department of Energy as Science and Policy Technology Policy Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy (NE). Before this, Dr. Ojaruega was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for National Science Foundation (NSF)-University of Michigan.  He also has considerable experience as a Graduate Research Assistant at University of Michigan, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Northwestern University, and American University, as well as undergraduate teaching experience at the Physics Department University of Michigan. Dr. Ojaruega has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan, an MS is Physics from the University of Michigan, and a BS in Physics from the University of the District of Columbia. He also has Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology Public Policy from University of Michigan.

Jessica Ostasewski is a Research Scientists in the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Research and Development (R&D) Directorate’s Nuclear Detection Division. Jessica, formerly from Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) where she was the Deputy of Operations at the Naval Dosimetry Center and concurrently the on-site Task Lead for a sizable team of BAH SMEs. Jessica also served as scientific advisor to the Program Analysis and Integration Office (PAIO) for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense (ASD/NCB).  Prior to Booz Allen Hamilton, Jessica worked with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory conducting testing and evaluation of radiation detectors. Jessica is a former US Army Officer and was a Company Executive Officer for a reinforced size company (220 Soldiers) at Keller Army Community Hospital. Jessica has a BS in Nuclear Engineering from the US Military Academy (Beat Navy), an MS in Applied Physics from the Johns Hopkins University, and an ME in Nuclear Engineering from University of Maryland. 

Michelle Proal supports the Navy ATFP Ashore program and is responsible for all program elements in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-West. She is a former Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) with extensive private sector security experience. Military assignments included NAS Pensacola Security Department Operations Supervisor; Camp Lemonier Djibouti, Africa Security Operations Supervisor; and USS Frank Cable Lead Investigator & Division/Office Supervisor. Private sector experience includes Target Corporation as Executive Team Lead for Assets Protection; Keypoint Government Solutions Special Investigator; Levy Security as Assistant Director of Public Safety, Glenbrook Hospital. Bachelor's Degree (Criminal Justice) Excelsior College. MBA Saint Leo University with Criminal Justice focus (underway).


Jason Ruth supports the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Research and Development Directorate as an Acquisition Project Manager. Jason comes to us from the Army Contracting Command Natick Contracting Division where he was a Contract Specialist in the Chem/Bio Defense Environment. Prior, Jason worked for Leidos as a planner and integrator supporting the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Before, as a Civil Servant, Jason was a Contracting Officer Representative for Medical Services at the Providence VA Medical Center. Prior he was a Military Higher Education Coordinator working for Essential Knowledge, LLC. Jason also was an elected official - Finance Committee Member - in the Town of Middleborough MA. He is a Captain with the US Army Reserves and has more than 20 years Officer and Enlisted experience with the Reserves, the Army National Guard, and the active duty US Army. Highlights include Movement Staff Officer, US Army Reserve Element European Command (Jason’s current position), Maintenance Officer (MA National Guard), Company Commander (ditto), Battalion Rear Detachment Commander (US Army), Platoon Leader (MA National Guard), and Air Traffic Control Facility Chief/Training Supervisor (US Army). Jason has an MBA from Liberty University and a BA from Thomas Edison State College. He is DAWIA Level 2 certified in Contracting.


Anthony Sanchez is an Information Systems Technical Analyst supporting DTRA’s Defense Nuclear Weapons School (DNWS) aboard Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque NM. Prior Anthony was the IT Systems Administrator for DNWS with ANSER. Before that he was a Computer System Administrator with Craig Technology supporting IT solutions in support of aircrew training at Kirkland as well as AF Special Operations Command. Anthony was also a Computer Service Technician working for After Hours Computer Repair in Alamogordo, NM. DoD 8570 Tier II Certified with additional certifications in CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA A+ certifications. BS in IT at New Mexico State University (underway).


Jenni Shoemaker is a Project Manager supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Research and Development Directorate, within the Chief Scientist and Innovation Department (J9ST). Jenni came to ICESS from Carney Inc. where she supported the HQ US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Safety and Occupational Health (SOH) Office. Prior employers and positions include AIC-LLC supporting the DTRA J9 Nuclear Technologies Department; SYSTEK supporting the Army PEO Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) Installation Information Infrastructure Communications and Capabilities (I3C2) program; the Army’s 21st Sustainment Command where she was an Operational Administrator/Specialist/FOIA Officer; and Kinetic Concepts as Sales Manager. Jenni has an AA in Military Studies from Ashford University and a BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, also from Ashford University.


Josh Thornsbury supports all elements of the Navy’s Antiterrorism Force Protection (ATFP) Ashore program in the Navy Region Hawaii area. He has supported this program with ICESS and other employees since March 2012. Prior positions include Security Specialist, Tamarack Technologies; Systems Analyst and ATFP subject matter expert, International Consultants (ICONS); and Security Specialist, QinetiQ North America. Navy Veteran and former Navy Master at Arms. Associates Degree, West Hills Community College. Bachelor’s Degree, Brandman University.


Angelo Tjoumas is the Program Engineer on the Navy ATFP Ashore Program providing engineering support program-wide. Retired NAVFAC civil servant. Prior ATFP lead for NAVFAC Washington and Naval District Washington (NDW).  Navy ATFP Program Ashore staff 2003-208 as inaugural Program Engineer and first Regional Navy ATFP Coordinator for the Europe (pre-EURAFSWA). Prior Navy-wide Program Manager for Military Construction (MCON) Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS).  BS Civil Engineering University of MD.


Ricky Trotman is a Project Manager supporting the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Combating Terrorism Technologies Division (CXC) at Fort Belvoir. Ricky came to ICESS from SAIC where he was a Policy Analyst and Task Order Lead supporting DTRA’s Directorate of Intelligence, Plans and Security, and prior to that a Junior National Security Analyst supporting the DTRA Regional Engagement Department. Earlier assignments include Research Associate at The Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, and Research Assistant at the Midge Smith Center for Evaluation Effectiveness. Ricky has an MA in Security Policy Studies from The George Washington University, and a BA in International Relations and History from The College of William and Mary.


Paul Tubbs supports the DHS Chemical Facility Antiterrorism Standards (CFATS) compliance program. He formerly owned his own security company in Maryville, TN performing Technical Security Countermeasures (TSCM) for commercial clients domestically and abroad. Prior 20+ years performing security engineering at the State Department, assigned to diplomatic posts in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, managing regional Security Engineering offices. Particularly strong technical qualifications in intrusion detection, surveillance technology, access control and emergency power generation. BS in Electrical Engineering from NJ Institute of Technology. Fluent in Spanish.


Bruce Tully is a security engagement consultant to ICESS. He is the Lead Presenter for Personal Security, Anti-Crime, Terrorism and International Travel / Work Security Seminars at the United States Department of State George Shultz Foreign Affairs Center and the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Academy. Subject Matter Expert for the U.S. Department of State to examine, interview and grade new DSS special agent & special protective officer candidates. Former Department of State Special Agent-In-Charge& Director International Law Enforcement Command Center. Senior Foreign Service. Senior Special Agent Diplomatic Security Service, US Department of State, Member & Officer US Secret Service, Foreign Missions and White House Division. Overseas Service as Regional Security Officer and immediate security support to various embassies and posts to include Cario, Beirut, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Islamabad, Mexico City, Paris, Jakarta, Port Moresby, Havana, and many others in thirty years' service. Served as agent in charge of such high threat protective details as Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles, Yasar Arafat, Israeli Peace delegations, and others.


Jeremy Tygrett supports our DTRA R&D Directorate (J9) A&AS engagement as an Acquisition Planner. He is a retired US Air Force Senior Master Sergeant.  His last military assignment was Command Flight Engineer for the MC-130H at HQ Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Prior assignments included MC-130H Evaluator Flight Engineer/Squadron Superintendent (Squadron of the Year 2013, #1 of 84 squadrons in the Special Operations Command); and Aircraft (F16) Crew Chief/Inspection team member (Jeremy was Operations Group Airman of the year in this assignment). He has an MBA in Business Administration from University of Phoenix; a BS in Operations Management from American Intercontinental University; and an AA in Instructor Methodology from the Community College of the Air Force. Jeremy is also a graduate of the Joint Special Operations Senior Enlisted Academy and the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Academy. He holds a Federal Aviation Administration Instrument Pilot Rating.


Joey Vaught is as an Acquisition Project Manager supporting the DTRA R&D Directorate, Combating Terrorism Division (J9CXC). Joey came to ICESS from PSC Moss Cape where he supported the US Department of Health and Human Services a Senior Contracts Specialist. Prior assignments and employers include Senior Acquisition Analyst supporting United States Southern Command with Global Engineering Technology; Senior Acquisition Analyst for US Dept. of Veterans Affairs with Markon Solutions; Contract Specialist supporting the Federal Bureau of Investigation with The Choice; Project Manager for Contract Closeout supporting US Army INSCOM with JAB Solutions; Senior Acquisition Analyst supporting GSA also with JAB Solutions; LINC Government Services as the Lead advisor for US contracting activities in support of HQ International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF), for Intelligence Resources in Kabul, Afghanistan; Operational Contracting Analyst with Northrop Grumman Corporation; Contract Administrator (civil servant series 1102) with the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA); Logistics Project Manager with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.; and Program Manager Field Service with BOC Edwards. Joey is also a retired US Army Major - HOOAH. Army assignments included Contracting Officer Representative deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq; Senior Trainer at the Division level; Company Commander in the 4th Infantry Division- awarded the Bronze Star for company combat operations in Iraq;  Brigade Logistics Officer (S-4); Brigade Budget Officer; and Company Logistics Officer.  Prior Enlisted service in South Dakota Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force (Inventory Management Specialist). Joey is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Business Administration from Argosy University. He has an MBA from Webster University and a BA from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, as well as an AA from the Community College of the Air Force.


Nick Vivirito supports our Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) engagement as a senior systems engineer.  Prior to joining ICESS Nick provided contractor support (under several employers – Camber, Engility, Kalman) as a Systems Engineer for the Joint Project Manager for Protection (JPM-P) under the Office of the Secretary of Defense for the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense. Prior to that Nick was self-employed providing engineering support to various customers. Nick has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida.

Rick Yoder performs engineering and technical analysis at the Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives (CBRNE) Directorate as a Senior Systems Engineer. He has worked for MR Global, Parsons, and GE, and is a former US Army Captain and Patriot Missile Battery Commander. Rick has a BS from the US Military Academy (Beat Navy) in General Engineering and an MS in Systems Engineering from GWU.

Don Wilson supports our DTRA Balanced Survivability Assessment (BSA) engagement as an Electromagnetic Protection (EMP) Specialist/Scientist. Don joins us from Leidos when he was a Senior Electrical Engineer and technical advisor to DIA’s Under Ground Facility Analysis Center. Prior he was also with Leidos as a Senior Radio Systems Engineer supporting the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Joint Systems Engineering and Integration Office (JSEIO). Earlier employers include Resource-Trac Inc. (C4 System Engineering Consultant); Park County Government, Park County, CO (Radio Systems and Telecommunications Specialist); SAIC (Senior Communications Engineer); Nokomis, Inc. (Advisory Engineer); the United States Department of State, Iraqi Reconstruction Management Office (Project Manager and Consultant to the Iraqi Minister of Communications); Ensco (project manager and Lead communications engineer); Mitre Corporation (Member of the Technical Staff); and Exxon (Senior Project Engineer). Importantly, Don is also a Navy Veteran and a former Electronics Technician (ET) 2nd Class Petty Officer. He has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado.