Michael Balboni, J.D.
William J. Bratton
Vincent J. Doherty
Dean M. Esserman , J.D.
Joseph Fuentes, Ph.D.
Patrick J. Harnett, FBINA
Peter T. King, J.D.
Randall J. Larsen, M.A.
Daniel T. Mullin, J.D.
Daniel Oates, J.D.
Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D., B.C.E.T.S., D.A.C.F.E.
C. David Ruvola
Gordon J. Wasserman
Joanne Wright, Ph.D.
Michael Balboni, J.D. – New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety
Governor Eliot Spitzer appointed Michael Balboni as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety in January 2007. Mr. Balboni is the administration’s senior homeland security and law enforcement official. A sampling of the state agencies which report to him are: Office of Homeland Security, Division of State Police, Division of Military and Naval Affairs, Department of Correctional Services, Division of Criminal Justice Services, and the State Emergency Management Office.
Prior to accepting this appointment, Michael Balboni represented the 7th Senate District, located in Nassau County, since 1997. Previously he served in the State Assembly for eight years.
In the Senate, he chaired the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs where he led the enactment of several new anti-terrorism laws in New York State that criminalize acts of biological and chemical terrorism, set up security requirements for small airports and established procedures for securing chemical plants against terrorist attacks.
In March 2004, then-federal Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge appointed then-Senator Balboni to a national Task Force that examined the flow of homeland security dollars from the federal government to local communities. In 2005, he was named a Senior Fellow of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University and was appointed co-chairman of the Executive Task Force on Homeland Security of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).
In 2006, Senator Balboni was appointed to the State and Local Officials Senior Advisory Committee (SLSAC) of the United States Homeland Security Advisory Council. In that role he helps to leverage the ingenuity and expertise of state, local and tribal leaders to provide federal Advisory Council members with the best possible advice on a range of homeland security issues. He was also appointed a member of the Board of Advisors of the Homeland Security Management Institute of Long Island University.
Michael Balboni resides in East Williston, Long Island with his wife Stephanie and their 4 children.
Senator Balboni has authored several Law Review articles, including two published in the Fordham Urban Law Journal, and is an adjunct professor of political science at Adelphi University as well as a Senior Fellow of the Long Island University Homeland Security Management Institute. A lifelong resident of Long Island, Senator Balboni lives in East Williston with his wife Stephanie and their children: Olivia, Nicholas, Julia and Michaela.
William J. Bratton-Chief, Los Angeles Police Department and former Police Commissioner, New York Police Department
Appointed the 54th chief of the Los Angeles Police Department by Mayor James Hahn in October 2002, William J. Bratton oversees the operations of one of the nation's largest major municipal law enforcement agencies. His responsibilities include the supervision of 9,304 sworn and 3,055 civilian employees. Chief Bratton directs all patrol, investigative and administrative operations and administers an annual budget of $927 million. A strong advocate of transparent community policing that embraces partnership, problem solving and prevention, he initiated a major re-engineering of the Los Angeles Police Department, moving towards a decentralized police bureaucracy with stronger area commands that are more responsive to local community needs, and better trained and motivated police officers.
Chief Bratton joined the Los Angeles Police Department with over thirty-two years of public and private sector law enforcement experience. His policing career began as a police sergeant during his tenure in the United States Army Military Police. He joined the Boston Police Department in 1970, rising through the ranks to superintendent of police, the highest sworn rank, by 1980.
In 1983, Chief Bratton was recruited by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police Department to serve as chief of police. By the end of his tenure, violent crimes had been reduced by 37%. In 1986, Chief Bratton was appointed as the superintendent of the Metropolitan District Commission Police, which patrols the Boston Metropolitan Area. During his tenure, Chief Bratton implemented strong affirmative action initiatives, which resulted in the doubling of minority supervisors and the recruitment of the first female chief of patrol.
In 1990, Chief Bratton became chief of police/senior vice president for the New York City Transit Authority Police Department. From 1990 to 1991, he won national recognition for his leadership by initiating reforms and strategies that eventually cut subway crime by nearly 50%.
In 1991, Chief Bratton returned to the Boston Police Department as superintendent in chief and in 1993, was appointed as that city's 34th police commissioner. During his tenure, he initiated and implemented that city's neighborhood policing initiative that helped pave the way for significant crime reduction and improved relations between the police and minority communities.
Chief Bratton returned to New York in 1994 when he was appointed as the 38th police commissioner by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He reorganized that 50,000 person department with a $2.3 billion dollar budget, achieving a 39% decline in serious crimes and a 50% reduction in homicides. During the period of 1994 to 1996, he also initiated the internationally acclaimed COMPSTAT system – a computer driven management accountability process that is an integral part of his decentralized management philosophy. It emphasizes a “management from the middle down” style that prioritized empowerment, inclusion, accountability, and the use of timely and accurate crime analysis to drive the organization.
From 1996 until his appointment as Los Angeles chief of police, Chief Bratton worked in the private sector, where he formed his own private consulting company, The Bratton Group, L.L.C. He also served as a senior consultant with Kroll Associates and served as one of three subject matter experts to oversee the implementation of the federal consent decree with the Los Angeles Police Department.
Chief Bratton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Law Enforcement from Boston State College/University of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, and was a senior executive fellow at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, where he served as a research fellow. During the period from 1993 to 1996, he served as the elected president of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a national police research and policy organization whose members include some of the most progressive police leaders in North America.
Among his many other honors and awards, Chief Bratton holds the Schroeder Brother's Medal, which is the Boston Police Department's highest award for valor.
Vincent J. Doherty-Captain, Fire Department of New York and Senior Fellow/Practitioner, Department of Homeland Security
Captain Vincent J. Doherty is a decorated 25-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and is the former Executive Officer of HazMat Operations, Special Operations Command. Captain Doherty has been involved with HazMat response for most of his Fire Service career and is an instructor for the National Fire Academy, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), New York State, and the FDNY. His main emphasis in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks has been to restore the FDNY preparedness and readiness by increasing the capacity, competency and capability of the Special Operations Command to respond and operate at and above pre-9/11 levels of performance.
Captain Doherty is presently on loan from the FDNY to Department of Homeland Security, Preparedness Directorate as a Senior Fellow/Practitioner, where he applies his 25 years of practical experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to various programs operating under the aegis of the Office of Grants and Training. His primary emphasis is on rolling-out new HSPD 8 Preparedness Programs to build the capability and preparedness of State and Local assets.
Captain Doherty is the Chair of the Science and Technology Committee of the Interagency Board (IAB) for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability and an outspoken advocate for Emergency Responder requirements and standards. He is also an accomplished lecturer, speaker and writer, having published numerous articles dealing with homeland security and emergency response issues and having participated in numerous conferences, symposiums and conventions.
Captain Doherty is a charter member and graduate of the DHS-sponsored Master’s Degree Program at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), where he received his Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies, Homeland Defense and Security. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and worked as a chemist for Fisher Diagnostics prior to entering the Fire Service. Captain Doherty has a long history as a benefactor of national and federal first responder programs and is presently devoted to giving back the extensive knowledge and experience gained over the course of his career for the benefit of others in the response community.
Dean M. Esserman, J.D. – Chief of Police, Providence, R.I., Police Department
Born in September of 1957 in New York City, Dean M. Esserman has spent virtually his entire adult life in public service, specifically as a law enforcement administrator. Colonel Esserman served as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York, from 1983 to 1987. He then served as general counsel to Chief William Bratton of the New York City Transit Police, the 6th largest force in the nation, with 4,000 sworn officers.
Colonel Esserman was assistant chief of police in New Haven, Connecticut, from 1991 to 1993, where he put into effect a community-policing plan, the state's first federally funded drug gang task force, and cut crime city-wide. He then became chief of police for the M.T.A. Metro North Police Department, headquartered in New York City. He served as chief from 1993 to 1998.
Colonel Esserman was appointed in 1998 as chief of police in Stamford, Connecticut, where he brought his nationally renowned philosophy of community-oriented policing and cut crime by 50 %. While in Stamford, he introduced many innovations and developed a national reputation as as a police leader.
Colonel Esserman served through 2001, when he became executive managing director of the Thacher Associates, LLC. In addition, Colonel Esserman is one of only ten federally appointed monitors in the nation, and is currently monitoring the Wallkill Police Department of New York at the appointment of the Federal Court. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Police Executive Research Forum, the nation's preeminent policing think-tank.
Dean Esserman is a graduate of the New Haven Police Academy, Dartmouth College (B.A.), New York University School of Law (J.D.), and a fellow at the Yale University Child Study Center. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts Bar, and is currently serving as the senior law enforcement executive in residence at the Roger Williams University Justice System Training and Research Institute.
Colonel Esserman was appointed as chief of police of the Providence Police Department on January 10, 2003 and presently serves in that capacity.
Dean Esserman, and his wife, Gilda, have 3 children, Rolando, Nellie-June and Sam.
Joseph Fuentes, Ph.D. - Superintendent, New Jersey State Police
Colonel Joseph “Rick” Fuentes is the 14th superintendent of the New Jersey State Police as well as the state's director of Emergency Management. Superintendent Fuentes joined the State Police in 1978, and his assignments include those of a general road duty trooper in central and southern New Jersey and of an instructor at the Sea Girt Academy. He was also a supervisor with the FBI/NJSP Joint Terrorism Task Force, Narcotics Units, and the Street Gang Unit. Prior to being named superintendent, he was assigned as the chief of the Intelligence Bureau, overseeing nine units within the Intelligence Section.
The recipient of numerous awards, Superintendent Fuentes has been recognized by the U.S. Justice Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and in 1993 was a co-recipient of the New Jersey State Police Trooper of the Year award. In 2004, he was named as the 1st vice chair, Division of State and Provincial Police, International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Recognizing the need for the rapid deployment of critical resources during emergencies, Colonel Fuentes ordered the most comprehensive reorganization in the 83 year history of the State Police. That reorganization merged the Emergency Management Section with the newly formed Special Operations Section to establish the new Homeland Security Branch. The Aviation, Marine, Canine, Traffic Safety, Arson/Bomb, State Government Security, and other specialized units are now under the command of one lieutenant colonel, allowing the State Police to respond with minimal fiscal impact or disruptions to other areas of responsibility.
Superintendent Fuentes earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Kean College of New Jersey in 1977, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York in 1992, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from City University of New York in 1998.
Patrick J. Harnett, FBINA Chief of Police, Hartford, CT and retired Chief of Transportation Bureau, New York Police Department
Patrick J. Harnett was appointed chief of police in Hartford, Conn., following a distinguished 32-year career with the New York City Police Department. Chief Harnett began his career with the New York City Police Department in 1968 as a police officer, and he was promoted to detective in 1971. From 1983 to 1985, Chief Harnett served as a lieutenant and commanding officer of the Crime Stoppers Unit, and subsequently served as commanding officer of the Major Cause Squad and the Emergency Service Unit. In 1994, he was named executive officer to the chief of the New York City Police Department, and in 1995 he became commanding officer of the New York City Police Department's Narcotics Division. Chief Harnett's tenure with the New York City Police Department culminated in his 1998 promotion to chief of the Transportation Bureau, where he was responsible for managing over six thousand police officers and traffic agents in the Transit and Traffic Divisions. Chief Harnett was a key member of the management team which, beginning in 1994, reengineered the New York City Police Department and ultimately resulted in an unprecedented reduction in crime and a vastly improved quality of life for all New Yorkers. Chief Hartnett retired in 1998 to become the first deputy director of the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (NY/NJ HIDTA), a federal program created to fund effective narcotics strategies involving cooperative efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement officers. An independent security consultant advising both public and private organizations, including the NY/NJ HIDTA since January of 2000, Chief Harnett has conducted operational and organizational reviews focused on implementation of specific law enforcement action plans and strategies. He also implemented COMPSTAT programs (a leadership and accountability management program developed in New York City Police Department) that increased effectiveness by clarifying lines of communication, authority and accountability.
Chief Harnett, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Iona College and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York (SUNY), is a graduate of the Police Management Institute of Columbia University, the Dignitary Protection Seminar of the United States Secret Service, the Criminal Investigation Course of the New York City Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Steve Israel -- U.S. House of Representatives, Second Congressional District, N.Y.; Member, House Armed Services Committee, Representative for Suffolk County, N.Y.
Congressman Steve Israel has represented New York's Second Congressional District since 2001, and is currently the assistant democratic whip. He serves on the vitally important House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land and Subcommittee on Projection Forces), which has principal jurisdiction for global and national security, the annual defense budget, defense procurement, troop readiness and morale. In this capacity, Congressman Israel is leading efforts in Congress to create defense budgets that reflect the new realities of global threat and conflict. As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Israel plays a leading role in the crackdown on the international financing of terrorism. Israel is the founder and chair of the Democratic Study Group on National Security and chair of the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Defense and Military, a group of 15 Members of Congress who will outreach to the defense community and advise the House Democratic Leadership on military policy. Congressman Israel also co-chairs the bipartisan National Defense University (NDU) Congressional Working Group, which advises NDU and serves as a liaison to Capitol Hill. NDU hosts simulations for Members of Congress and government officials that replicate national security threats and terrorist attacks and the appropriate federal response. Representative Israel is spearheading Congressional efforts to protect commercial airline passengers from the threat of shoulder-fired missiles (also known as MANPADS), and last year the House of Representatives passed legislation he introduced to stop the spread of these deadly weapons to terrorists.
Congressman Peter T. King, J.D. - Representative for the Third Congressional District, Nassau County, N.Y.; Chairman, House Homeland Security Committee.
Congressman Peter T. King is serving his seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was first elected in 1992 and represents New York’s Third District.
Representative King has extensive Homeland Security credentials. Rep. King is Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee and also serves on the International Relations Committee’s Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation. Congressman King has also been a leader in the ongoing effort to have more Homeland Security funding based on threat analysis and is a strong supporter of the war against international terrorism, both at home and abroad.
During his years in Congress, Rep. King has attained a reputation for his independence, integrity, and patriotism. Calling Rep. King a “profile in courage”, the Long Island newspaper, Newsday, has said “King’s outspoken integrity sets him apart... He says what he means and means what he says - a rare trait in Washington.” The New York Daily News says of Rep. King, “Straight talk is King’s strength. He is the one congressman with his head on straight and his patriotism intact…”
Prior to serving in Congress, Pete King was elected to three terms as the Comptroller of Nassau County. Before serving in county government, Rep. King had extensive experience as a practicing attorney and civic leader. He began his political career in November 1977 by winning election to the Hempstead Town Council. He is the author of three published novels, Terrible Beauty, Deliver Us From Evil and Vale of Tears which are based upon his political experiences.
Peter T. King was born on April 5, 1944 and is a graduate of St. Francis College, Brooklyn, and the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is a lifelong resident of New York and has lived in Nassau County for almost 40 years. Rep. King and his wife, Rosemary, reside in Seaford. They have two adult children, Sean and Erin, and one grandson.
Randall J. Larsen, M.A.
Colonel Randall J. Larsen, USAF (Ret.) is the Chief Executive Officer of the WMD Center, a not-for-profit research organization he founded along with former Senators Bob Graham (D-FL) and Jim Talent (R-MO). He also serves as the National Security Advisor at the Center for Biosecurity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, a Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University, and a member of the Board of Advisors at Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University, a Department of Homeland Security National Transportation Security Center of Excellence.
He previously served as the Executive Director of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism (the WMD Commission), as founding director of the Institute for Homeland Security, and as Chair of the Department of Military Strategy and Operations at the National War College where, in 1999, he created and taught the nation's first graduate course in homeland security.
Randall Larsen was one of the first witnesses to testify before the 9/11 Commission, and since 9/11 he has served as an expert witness testifying before Congressional committees that include the Senate Armed Services, Senate Judiciary, House Government Reform, House Homeland Security, and House Budget Committees. He served on the 2003 Defense Science Board Summer Study on Homeland Security, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Colonel Larsen earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology from Texas State University in 1974, and a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Studies from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1983.
Colonel Larsen is the author of Our Own Worst Enemy: Asking the Right Questions About Security to Protect You, Your Family, and America (Warner Books, 2007), A VOIDING THE ABYSS: Progress, Shortfalls, and the Way Ahead in Combating the WMD Threat (Air War College, 2005), What Corporate America Needs to Know About Bioterrorism (National Legal Center, 2003), and The Executive's Desk Book on Corporate Risks and Response for Homeland Security (National Legal Center, 2003). His articles have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, Business Week , and Ripon Forum . He is a frequent guest on radio and television including: CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, BBC, Fox News Channel, Larry King Live, Jim Lehrer News Hour , and Dr. Oz . He is the founder and principal author of http://biosecurityblog.com .
Larsen retired from the US Air Force in the rank of Colonel in July 2000 after serving in both the Army and Air Force for a combined total of 32 years of military service. His flying career began as a 19-year old Cobra pilot with the 101st Airborne Division, and he flew 400 combat missions in Vietnam. Colonel Larsen also served as military attaché at the US Embassy in Bangkok, as the chief of legislative liaison at the US Transportation Command, and as the commander of America's fleet of VIP aircraft at Andrews AFB. His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, 17 awards of the Air Medal (3 with “V” Device for Valor), and the South Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
John Miller - Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Federal Bureau of Investigation
John Miller is Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He came to the FBI from Los Angeles, where he served the Los Angeles Police Department as the Bureau Chief for the Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau (CTCIB). The mission of the CTCIB is to investigate and arrest individuals involved in criminal activity that may support a criminal network or that may have a national or international criminal infrastructure in support of terrorist activities.
At the LAPD, Mr. Miller also oversaw the Major Crimes Division, which included the Criminal Investigation, Intelligence, Criminal Conspiracy, and Organized Crime Sections. And he oversaw the LAPD’s Emergency Services Division, which included the Bomb Squad, Hazardous Materials Unit, LAX K-9 unit, and its Critical Asset Assessment Team.
Mr. Miller also served as a Deputy Police Commissioner of New York City, and was the chief spokesman for the NYPD under then Commissioner William Bratton.
Before coming to LA, Mr. Miller served as a correspondent and anchor for ABC News. During his five years with that network, his work emphasized covering terrorism and took him to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon. His 1998 interview with terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden, and his later coverage of Al Qaeda and the events of September 11 resulted in a number of prestigious awards, including two Peabody Awards, and a DuPont Award. He is also the recipient of nine Emmys.
Mr. Miller began his career in journalism in 1973 at WNEW in New York. From 1985 to 1994 he covered criminal justice issues for WNBC in New York. He was with the NYPD from 1994-1995.
Mr. Miller has lectured annually at the FBI Academy on issues involving both media and terrorism. He is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the United States Department of Justice, Office of Emergency Preparedness Hazmat Technician Course on Weapons of Mass Destruction, and is a member of the International Association of Bomb Technicians and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Daniel T. Mullin, J.D. - Senior Director for Security, Major League Baseball
Daniel T. Mullin is the senior director for Security and Facility Management for Major League Baseball. Dan is involved with the security and evacuation planning for all 30 major league ballparks. He has direct responsibility for security planning at all of Major League Baseball’s major events, including the All-Star game, the World Series, and the World Baseball Classic. He has oversight of all investigations involving players, coaches and other Major League employees. Dan also helps coordinate Department of Homeland Security drills at ballparks around the country. Dan is currently serving on the Department of Homeland Security Critical Infrastructure working group.
Prior to joining Major League Baseball, Dan served 23 years with the New York City Police Department, retiring as a deputy chief. He last served as the executive officer of the Bronx, where he supervised more than 3,000 police officers. He also served as the executive officer of the Narcotics Division, as well as the commanding officer the Manhattan District Attorney’s Squad, Staten Island Detectives, and the 114th and 103rd precincts. Dan was a first responder at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and at the crash of American Airlines flight 585.
Dan is a graduate of St. John’s University and New York Law School. He has been an adjunct professor at John Jay College (1993-2000) and at Seton Hall University (2001-03). He has recently provided training for both the California and Utah Departments of Homeland Security. He is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and International Association of Assembly Managers.
Daniel J. Oates, J.D. – Chief of Police, Aurora, CO and retired Chief of Intelligence Bureau, New York Police Department
Daniel J. Oates is the 10th Chief of Police for the City of Aurora, Colorado. He was appointed Chief on November 28, 2005. The Aurora Police Department currently has 614 sworn officers and 755 total employees and an operating budget of nearly $70 million. It provides comprehensive police services to a diverse city of 304,000 residents and 147 square miles.
Prior to his appointment in Aurora, Chief Oates served for four years as Chief of Police and Safety Services Administrator for the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he was responsible for all police, fire and emergency management services for a city of 114,000 that included the University of Michigan.
Prior to coming to Ann Arbor, Chief Oates served for 21 years in the New York Police Department. He finished his NYPD career as a Deputy Chief and the Executive Officer and second-in-command of the Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, where he supervised 3,000 patrol officers and 700 civilians and was responsible for all patrol services for 1.4 million residents in the City’s largest borough. Between 1997 and 2001, Chief Oates served as the Commanding Officer of the NYPD’s Intelligence Division. He was a member of the Police Commissioner’s Executive Staff and served as his principal advisor on citywide security and intelligence matters. Chief Oates’ prior NYPD assignments also included serving as the chief counsel and Commanding Officer of the Legal Bureau, the 85-attorney law office of the NYPD.
Chief Oates is a 1977 graduate of Bucknell University with a B.A. degree in English. He was graduated from New York Law School in 1986 and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He also holds a Masters of Science Degree in Management from New York University. He is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Police Executive Research Forum and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Oates also serves on the Criminal Intelligence Coordinating Council, the elite national advisory council of police chiefs, created in May, 2004 to advise the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security on intelligence and security strategies in a post-9/11 world.
Albert R. Roberts, Ph.D., B.C.E.T.S., D.A.C.F.E. - Professor of Criminal Justice and Social Work in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Livingston College Campus at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick and Piscataway.
A nationally recognized expert in traumatic stress, disaster crisis intervention, disaster mental health, domestic violence, and other issues related to violence and psychological trauma, he has been a tenured professor at Rutgers since 1989. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners, and has been certified as an expert witness by the Illinois State Courts. After earning BA and MA degrees in Criminal Justice from CW Post College of Long Island University, Dr. Roberts earned a D.S.W. in 1978; Ph.D. in 1981 from the School of Social Work and Community Planning at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and he also has a 39-credit doctoral split minor in advanced criminology and sociological research methods and statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly journal Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention (Oxford University Press), as well as the new journal Victims and Offenders: Journal of Evidence-Based Policies and Practices (Taylor and Francis/ Routledge). Dr. Roberts served as an Editorial Advisor to Oxford’s Professional Book Division from February 1999 to March 2005, and currently serves on the Editorial Boards of ten professional peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Dr. Roberts is also the founder of the Crisis Intervention Network website.
Professor Roberts’ awards and honors include the Richard W. Laity Academic Leadership Award of the Rutgers Council of the American Association of University Professors chapters and the National Criminal Justice Honor Society’s Teaching Excellence Award in both 1997 and 1998. He is a Charter member of the Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Delta Mu National Social Work Honor Society at Indiana University (1985-Present), is a Diplomate in forensic traumatology as well as domestic violence, and a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress for The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS). He is the author, co-author, or editor of over 200 scholarly publications, including numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and 32 books. His recent books include Foundations of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice (Oxford University Press, 2006); Crisis Intervention Handbook: Assessment, Treatment and Research, 3rd edition (Oxford University Press, 2005); and Evidence-Based Practice Manual: Research and Outcome Measures in Health and Human Services (Oxford University Press, 2004). His book (Co-edited by Gilbert J. Greene) Social Workers’ Desk Reference (Oxford University Press, 2002) received three national awards from the Association of American Publishers, the American Library Association User’s Reference Division, and Choice.
Dr. Roberts’ consulting work includes training crisis intervention workers, clinical supervisors, professional counselors, first responders and social workers in crisis assessment and crisis intervention strategies as well as training local police officers and administrators in domestic violence policies and crisis intervention and the correlates of domestic violence.
C. David Ruvola - Lieutenant Colonel (ret.), New York Air National Guard
Dave Ruvola is a true American hero. A retired lieutenant colonel in the New York Air National Guard and a commercial helicopter pilot, this 1981 graduate of the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University commanded search-and-rescue missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom and has risked his life repeatedly in times of domestic tragedy.
During the 1991 nor’easter that was later chronicled in the book and movie, “The Perfect Storm,” he survived a harrowing helicopter crash while attempting to rescue a sailor in distress. Mr. Ruvola faced 100-mph winds that made mid-air refueling impossible. Under the circumstances, he was forced to ditch the helicopter in the ocean 60 miles off the coast of Long Island. One crew member was lost, and it was hours before the survivors were brought to safety-- an episode indicative of the dangers regularly confronted by Mr. Ruvola and his colleagues at the New York Air National Guard’s 106th Air Rescue Wing as they fulfill their motto, flying “So that others may live.”
Mr. Ruvola joined the Air Rescue Wing in 1977 as a pararescue specialist. In this capacity, he jumped into combat, treated wounded soldiers and removed them from danger. That same year, with two years of coursework at SUNY Farmingdale under his belt, Mr. Ruvola transferred to C.W. Post, where he earned a B.S. in recreation services administration.
He became a commercial helicopter pilot in New York City in 1985, but he remained deeply involved with the Air Rescue Wing, taking on flight instructor responsibilities in 1998. By 2002, Mr. Ruvola was named squadron commander of the 102nd Rescue Squadron. From August through December of 2003, he served as commander of the U.S. Air Force’s 101st Expeditionary Rescue Squadron. Based at Baghdad International Airport, Mr. Ruvola supervised 80 personnel in combat search-and-rescue missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2004, Mr. Ruvola retired from the Air National Guard with the rank of lieutenant colonel. Today, he is a corporate helicopter pilot for Computer Associates and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Long Island University Homeland Security Management Institute.
Mr. Ruvola, who is enrolled in a Master of Arts program in military studies at American Military University, lives with his wife, Carmen, in East Moriches, NY. The couple has three children: David, Natalie and Christina.
Gordon J. Wasserman - International Consultant on Law Enforcement Management and Technology
Gordon Wasserman is chairman and chief executive officer of The Gordon Wasserman Group, LLC, an independent consultant firm specializing in the management of police agencies, particularly their scientific and technological support services, and in the preparation and implementation of strategic plans for newly appointed chief police executives.
Wasserman has an international reputation as a leader in the management of police science and technology. He served for nearly 12 years as the Assistant Under Secretary of State for Police Science and Technology in the United Kingdom Government and, since leaving the U.K. in 1996, as adviser to the Police Commissioners of New York City and Philadelphia, the Chiefs of Police of Miami and a number of other cities, the government of the United States (Department of Justice) and several other national governments. He has also had wide private sector experience at senior level. From October 1996 to August 1998, Wasserman was special adviser on Science and Technology to Police Commissioner Howard Safir of the City of New York. In June 2002, Wasserman chaired a panel of distinguished law enforcement executives charged with reviewing the work of the Office of Science and Technology (OS & T) of the National Institute of Justice to ensure that OS & T is able to meet the post-September 11, 2001 needs of State and local law enforcement and public safety agencies to prevent and respond to terrorist activity.
Wasserman's leadership role in the application of science and technology to the criminal justice system has long been recognized in the United States. From 1994 to 2000, he served on the Board of Directors of the SEARCH Group Inc., and was re-elected to the SEARCH board in July 2004. From 1996 to 2003, he was also a member of the Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology and Policy Assessment Executive Panel of the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice. (The Panel was disbanded in 2003). Wasserman is also a popular speaker at police conferences in this country and in the U.K.
Wasserman began his professional career teaching economics at Oxford University. In 1967, he joined the U.K. Civil Service as the First Economic Adviser to the Home Office. From 1973 to 1977, Wasserman led the U.K. Government's efforts aimed at tackling the problems of inner cities.
From 1981 to 1983, he was Director of Social Policy in Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS). From 1983 to 1995, as the Assistant Under Secretary of State for Police Science and Technology in the British Government (Home Office), Wasserman was responsible for providing the full range of scientific, technological and information support services, including R & D, to all Britain's police forces. He managed a staff of over 2,500 and a budget of over £100 million. He privatized the Directorate of Telecommunications, oversaw the application of DNA technology to the needs of the criminal justice system and directed the planning and implementation of a number of major police information systems. He also directed the preparation of the first National Strategy for Police Information Systems, which set the framework for all police IT, both at the national or local level. Wasserman retired from the British Civil Service in May 1995.
Wasserman holds a BA degree from McGill University, where he was editor-in-chief of The McGill Daily, and BA and MA degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Wasserman is a citizen of both Canada and Great Britain.
Joanne Wright, Ph.D. -- Dean of History and Social Sciences at the University of London's Royal Holloway College; Professor of International Relations and Director, Programme on European Studies
Professor Wright has extensive research, publication and teaching experience in the areas of European public policy, state and sub-state security, and the roles and limitations of institutions in the security field. Her research interests include how cross-national policing organizations such as UNCIVPOL and EUROPOL are becoming increasingly important actors in a widened global security agenda. She has published books and articles on topics including European terrorism, NATO, the conflict in the Balkans, various aspects of international and European police cooperation, and police reform in Northern Ireland. Her publications include (2000) (with Keith Bryett) "Policing And Conflict In Northern Ireland" (Macmillan); (1997) "European Security - Post Bosnia" European Security 6 (2), pp. 1-17.; and (1997) "The Provisional IRA Cease-Fire - The End and Beginning of History" Contemporary British History 11 (1), pp. 59-75.