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Brandon Greenberg, MPA, CEM

Brandon Greenberg, MPA, CEM is a PhD student at George Washington University studying the intersection of technology and disaster management. He has 10+ years of experience in emergency response and disaster management and is the founder of DisasterNet where he blogs regularly and advises organizations and communities on the synergies between resilience, innovation and technology. Brandon holds an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a Graduate Certificate in Community Preparedness and Disaster Management from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Public Health. He can be found blogging at DisasterNet.co and tweeting @DisasterNet. He also runs the Disaster Innovation Newsletter that highlights innovative technology, projects and research related to disaster management, humanitarian response, and resilience.

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Christopher McCraley, PMP, CBCP

Mr. McCraley has extensive experience managing strategic initiatives and consulting within the financial services, manufacturing, and healthcare industries as a senior project manager.  He develops executive-level relationships that translate to practical experience encompassing planning, executing, and implementing strategic solutions, formulating enterprise goals, roadmaps, and approaches. Specific implementations include business continuity/disaster recovery, technology, operations, PMO, infrastructure, risk, and business solutions.

For example, Chris led risk, infrastructure, compliance, PMO deployments, disaster recovery, technology management, change management and Y2K projects at Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, ING/Barings, and Lehman Brothers.

At Merrill Lynch, he worked closely with business leaders to create the recovery framework that enabled the investment bank to recover and continue business throughout the periods surrounding the 9/11 disaster.  As a result, this business continuity framework was used as a model to use in the firm’s trading and operations areas.  In addition, Chris worked with technology and business to ensure the continued compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley, NASD Rule 3510, and NYSE Rule 446.  As a technology manager, he also implemented a change management and quality assurance framework, reducing technology’s response time to the business.

Chris began his financial services career as an investment advisor at Prudential Securities (now part of Wachovia Securities) and as a business analyst at Lehman Brothers.  At Prudential, he advised clients and traded diverse instruments, including, debt and equity syndicate offerings, derivatives, and managed portfolios.  At Lehman Brothers, he designed and implemented an optical storage system and regulatory capital (SEC Rule 15c3-3) system that saved the firm substantial regulatory and operations costs.

Chris earned his MBA in Information Systems at Pace University and his BS in Finance and Accounting at Indiana University, where he was also awarded Phi Beta Kappa for his studies in economics.

He also attended The Juilliard School, under scholarship, studying classical piano.  There he trained with world-renowned pianists and teachers, Ania Dorfman and Beveridge Webster. In addition, he performed throughout the United States on stage and on live TV.  Chris has earned credentials as Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI and Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) from DRII.  He had also been NASD-registered as an investment advisor, earning Series 7, 63, 65; and life and health insurance licenses.


Alexandre Guindani CBCP, SBCI

Mr. Guindani is the responsible for the Business Continuity Program of CAIXA, the largest public bank in Brazil. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional by the Disaster Recovery Institute International and Specialist by The Business Continuity Institute. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Business Continuity of the Brazilian Banks Federation (Febraban), whose goal is to promote exchange of experiences, set the model for managing continuity of business to be adopted by Brazilian banks and spread the culture of GCN and member of the Commission’s Security Information, linked to the Institutional Security Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic, which discusses and defines guidelines for the bodies of the Brazilian government, as it pertains to the Information Security and Business Continuity. Mr. Guindani also has extensive experience in developing, implementing and testing Business Continuity Plans for public organizations. He is graduated in Chemical Engineering, with an MBA in Security Information Management and postgraduate studies in Crisis Management. He is an instructor at the BCP Foundation course by Febraban and for the Security Information Management course by Institutional Security Cabinet of the Brazilian Government.

Chris Bakowski, MBCI Chris Bakowski

Chris Bakowski has extensive experience in the fields of Risk Management and Credit Management having worked for large organisations such as Telstra Corporation Limited, AWB Limited and Smorgon Consolidated Industries prior to joining Linus Information Security Solutions in 2004. As a Senior Consultant, Mr. Bakowski has successfully delivered business and technology solutions for a wide range of market sectors. These include: Finance, Insurance and Superannuation, Health and Hospitals, Education, Telecommunications Government and Emergency Service Organisations. The project delivery role includes the facilitation and management of an end to end BCM capability for organisations such as HostPlus, Medibank Private, Dept of Human Services, M2 Telecommunications, Energy Safe Victoria, Australian Health Management, Ambulance Victoria and American Insurance Group. He has 7 years experience in Business Continuity and Operational Risk Management, has a Bachelor of Business Studies in Accounting and is an accredited member of the Business Continuity Institute UK (MBCI). During 2008, Mr. Bakowski worked closely with organisations involved in the provision of Health Care Services based on a BCM pilot program that he facilitated for Bayside Health (including Alfred Health) and Barwon Health, Victoria’s largest regional health care provider. Certified Business Continuity Planning consultant. He migrated to Business Continuity after restoring a large insurance company. Articles: The Art of Effective Exercising

Chris Jorgenson Chris Jorgenson

Chris Jorgenson has over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He opened CS Jorgensen and Co., Inc. in February of 2008 having come from Smith Barney. He works with his clients, families and small business’ to develop and implement financial plans to achieve their goals. He has 2 children and lives in Smithown, being active in the community by coaching and volunteering as a Cub Scout leader. Articles: Small Business Continuity

Chuck Wilsker Chuck 08

Chuck Wilsker is the President, CEO, and Co-Founder of the Telework Coalition (TelCoa), www.TelCoa.org, a not for profit association, headquartered in Washington, DC., and dedicated to supporting and enabling the advancement of Virtual, Mobile, and Distributed Work through Research, Education, Technology, and Legislation. He promotes the benefits of telework to businesses, employees, and society and communities as well as a means of providing employment opportunities for older, rural, and disabled workers, including service disabled veterans. He addresses its use as a critical part of disaster avoidance, business continuity, and Continuity of Operations programs. Societal interests include how it can positively affect our environment, reduce traffic congestion, and reduce our dependence on imported oil. Articles: H1N1 Round Two: Is Your Organization Prepared?

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Gaston Boisson, CBCP, MBCI

Mr. Boisson manages the Business Resilience Services Division of BDA Global and assists as a project manager and Subject Matter Expert on consulting engagements. He is a Certified Business Continuity Professional with the Disaster Recovery Institute International and has developed robust Continuity of Operations Plans for numerous federal and private sector clients. Mr. Boisson has led multiple successful organizational improvement engagements, and has developed business continuity plans for large organizations including the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the American Psychological Association, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. He has spoken to numerous business and community groups about the importance of effective business continuity planning and is recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in the field of business continuity. Mr. Boisson currently serves on the Association of Contingency Planners (ACP) corporate board as Director of International Chapters and was formerly a two-term President of the DC and Mid Atlantic Chapter of the ACP, the largest and most prominent organizations for professionals involved in emergency preparedness and continuity of operations planning in the United States. Mr. Boisson earned his BA in Accounting from the George Washington University and speaks French. Articles: The Swine Flu – A Case for Telework A Prepared New World: The Institutionalization of COOP/BCP in both the Public and Private Sectors

Harvey Betan, CBCP CBCV MBCI Harvey Betan

Harvey Betan is a Certified Business Continuity Planning consultant. He migrated to Business Continuity after restoring a large insurance company with a major office in the World Trade Center on September 11. His goal is to provide leadership and cooperative team productivity to anticipate and overcome issues concerning continuity and recovery. He has guided government agencies and the private arena to prepare plans and exercises to determine readiness and impact of specific events. Mr. Betan has contributed an article to Continuity Insights, conducted seminars at DRJ and CPM conferences on Pandemic Planning, Crisis Management and on numerous expert panels on Business Continuity Planning. He is also an adjunct professor at Manhattan College. Articles: More About Resiliency – Avoiding Single Points of Failure

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Ms. Blond is a Senior Consultant at BDA Global and an integral part of its Business Resilience Services team. She has helped numerous clients develop BCP/COOP strategies including developing a comprehensive COOP strategy for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), conducting a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) and helping design a BCP strategy for PCS Nitrogen, and conducting a Risk Assessment for the Solicitor General Public Safety of Alberta. Ms. Blond also has extensive experience developing and implementing tabletop exercises and disaster simulations in order to test organizations’ readiness for disruptions and emergencies. She is also part of the BCP training team and has helped train more than 300 businesses in Central America and the Caribbean in 2007-2008. Ms. Blond received her undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University and her Masters degree in Development Management from the London School of Economics. She is a certified Associate Business Continuity Professional with DRII. Ms. Blond speaks Russian and French. Articles: A Global Perspective Needed for the Business Impact Analysis? The Conundrum of Keeping Business Continuity Plans Up-to-Date

JJ Nathan jjnathan

JJ Nathan is the co-founder A Team Solutions (ATS) and an expert in Business Continuity Planning. He has over eighteen years of professional experience, and has an MBA in Finance and a BS in Chemical Engineering. Since co-founding ATS in 2004, he has served and is currently serving as Project Manager on a number of federal government contracts. He has provided professional services to clients including HHS NIH, Defense Logistics Agency, the United States Marine Corps and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He has experience recruiting and retaining professional staff, and in meeting client expectations and delivering against federal government contractual obligations on a variety of projects involving professional services, information technology and staff augmentation. He holds an active Defense Security Service (DSS) Security clearance. Articles: Physical Security and BCP Common Sense Methods to Deal with Swine Influenza

John Glenn, MBCI JohnGlenn

John Glenn is an Enterprise Risk Management practitioner certified by The Business Continuity Institute. During his 14-plus years’ experience he aways worked as a team member, sometimes as manager, and frequently as a mentor to tyros as he created plans and programs for energy exploration, financial, Fortune 100, government, insurance, international, and multi-modal transportation organizations. An “out-of-the-box” thinker, Mr. Glenn enjoys what he does and will talk about true enterprise risk management to any one, at any time, in any place. He is a frequent contributor to leading business continuity journals and an occasional contributor to other professional and general media. He currently lives in, and works from, Fort Lauderdale Florida. Articles: Training – Why Bother? Exercises – Who Needs Them? Training and Exercises Pay Off

Linda Kleckner, JD team_member_6

Linda Kleckner manages process-reengineering projects and has significant expertise in E-Government, Customer Relations, Human Resource Planning, and Business Resilience Planning. She is an attorney by training with two law degrees, including a Masters in contracts law. She has worked as a senior executive at two fortune 500 companies and also as a member of the Senior Executive Service in the US Federal Government. Ms. Kleckner’s experience includes serving as a Senior Vice President at American Express, where she headed the top-rated credit card call center in the US. She also has in-depth knowledge of the consumer financial services industry, having served as a top regulator of a Federal financial regulatory agency. In the 1990′s Linda served as an appointed advisor to the Consumer Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve Board, which directly advises the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. In the 1980′s, Linda also served as Chief of Staff at Citigroup where she maintained responsibility for day-to day operations. Ms. Kleckner has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Anthropology from the State University of New York, a law degree from the American University Washington College of Law, and a government contracts law degree from George Washington University. Articles: Business Continuity and Swine Flu

JJ Nathan jjnathan

JJ Nathan is the co-founder A Team Solutions (ATS) and an expert in Business Continuity Planning. He has over eighteen years of professional experience, and has an MBA in Finance and a BS in Chemical Engineering. Since co-founding ATS in 2004, he has served and is currently serving as Project Manager on a number of federal government contracts. He has provided professional services to clients including HHS NIH, Defense Logistics Agency, the United States Marine Corps and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He has experience recruiting and retaining professional staff, and in meeting client expectations and delivering against federal government contractual obligations on a variety of projects involving professional services, information technology and staff augmentation. He holds an active Defense Security Service (DSS) Security clearance. Articles: Physical Security and BCP Common Sense Methods to Deal with Swine Influenza

Nick Vasilyev Nikita Vasilyev BIO_Draft_html_m3b3709d8

Nikita Vasilyev is the Technical Lead of the Enterprise Content and Records Management Organization at General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT). In this role, Mr. Vasilyev is responsible for the organization’s overall strategic planning as it relates to enterprise content and records management implementations across the federal government. Mr. Vasilyev also provides valuable insight and support to key client, operational and business development initiatives. He is the lead architect for 16 federal and DoD contracts related to systems design, development, platform integration, database development and security infrastructure. Mr. Vasilyev supports the enterprise records and document management platform for the US House of Representatives Web intelligent Disaster Recovery (WIDR) platform, a 12,000 user multi-phased system supporting 24-terabytes of online records with 99.999% uptime requirement. Articles: Implementing Document and Record Management Systems into Your Business Continuity Plan

Rick Shaw Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw has over 27 years of experience with managing risks, technology, processes, clients and people at both large and small organizations. In addition to Rick’s experiences, hundreds of case studies, incidents and failures have played a key part in Rick’s vision and the development of Awareity’s innovative and forward thinking management tools and services that focus on Controls and People rather than systems and technology. Awareity is a privately held organization founded by Rick Shaw in 2002 with a unique focus on lessons learned in several critical areas – compliance, security, public safety, emergency management and enterprise risk management. Awareity’s solutions are helping organizations across multiple industries – financial, education, government, healthcare – to achieve better awareness and results by ensuring lessons learned become lessons implemented and the right information is shared with the right people in the right place at the right time with accountability and auditability at the individual-level. Articles: Red Flags, Threat Assessments and Connecting-the-Dots

Robert Burton Rob Burton

Rob Burton a Principal of Blue Water Partners Global , where he assists all sizes of organizations in designing security training programs and exercises to test the effectiveness of security, emergency and BCP plans and the proficiency of personnel. Rob is currently supporting Lloyd’s Register North America in the development and implementation of LNG facility security and emergency management plan which is the first of its kind in Canada. This project includes training all personnel in several emergency and security management and awareness related subjects. Prior to his corporate career, Mr. Burton operated internationally under hazardous covert and confidential conditions in the United Kingdom Special Forces after which he was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery. He has keynoted Maritime Homeland Security events and participated in live debates on FOX News regarding complex new global regulatory security requirements and maritime terrorism. Articles: Testing Your BCP – The Challenges – The Solutions


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Mr. Rolf has majored in Information Technology Systems with an MBA in Strategic Management of Information Technology from the Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV-SP). Mr. Rolf has professional interests in areas related to strategy, technology, innovation and constantly seeks to participate in centers of academic excellence and teaching activities. Additionally, he has worked in the IT and Risk Management sector for 12 years, focusing on the management of IT infrastructure, project management, risk management and business continuity, developing subject matter expertise on the best practices in these fields. Curriculum developed by Mr. Rolf has so far been used in several courses and workshops on strategy, leadership, team management, technical certifications. As a professional, Mr. Rolf has occupied positions of coordination and management at multinationals like EDS Systems, Banco Citibank S/A, where he was the Head of Brazil Continuity of Business Management and currently holds the position of Manager of IT Infrastructure at Citibank Brazil. He has also worked at Brascan Brazil as a member of the Technology Steering Committee in Brascan Power in Canada and has served as the professor of the extension course titled “Business Continuity Management and Disaster Recovery” at the University FIAP. Mr. Rolf was also a part of the subcommittee management business continuity of the Brazilian Federation Banks (FEBRABAN), having contributed to the development of management training business continuity and was engaged to produce a framework to be followed by the financial industry in Brazil.

Ron French, CBCP ron_pic

Mr. French has vast experience in developing, implementing, and testing emergency management plans, for public and private organizations. Over the past 20 years he has developed dozens of emergency management and contingency plans, for a number of agencies within the US Department of Defense and for the White House. His experience includes developing Department of Defense (DoD) business continuity and disaster recovery program and policies, and overseeing worldwide emergency management planning for Defense Department human resource operations, staff, facilities, equipment, and associated automated data systems. He also regularly trained White House security and contingency management personnel on details and objectives of prescribed Federal, DoD, and private industry contingency management practices. Mr. French is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) with the Disaster Recovery Institute International and has had a successful career at brining his clients to the point of effective preparedness. Mr. French earned his Bachelor of Business and Administration in Personnel Management, Saint Mary’s University. Mr. French speaks Spanish. Articles: Pandemic Concerns – Avian Flu and More The Functioning Crisis Management Team Emergency Planning Response for Schools Plan for Pandemic – How Reslient is Your Business and What Happens if Employees Don’t Show Up? Importance of a Business Impact Analysis

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Governor Scott McCallum, President & CEO, www.aidmatrix.org steve mccallum

Gov. Scott McCallum, former Governor of Wisconsin, has more than 30 years of executive experience leading organizations in the private, non profit, and government sectors. Gov. McCallum serves as President and CEO of The Aidmatrix Foundation, the leading global nonprofit that uses information technology to create efficiencies between donors and those in need. During his tenure, Aidmatrix has grown to globally transact $1.5 billion annually with operations on six continents and with over 35,000 end user organizations. Gov. McCallum and Aidmatrix have received the 21st Century Achievement Award for “visionary use of information technology to promote positive social economic and educational change” and has been called by Computerworld Magazine a “true hero of the information age.” Gov. McCallum has taught Public Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has been an Executive in Residence instructor for Northwestern University, has taught marketing at Sun Yat-Sen University and Hunan University in China. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Articles: Aidmatrix Helps Communities Prepare for Disaster Seasons

Steven Eastaugh, PhD east

Dr. Eastaugh is one of the nation’s leading authorities on Public Health and an expert in analyzing the implication of health crises on the national and regional health services capacity. He is a graduate of the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Eastaugh has had a long career of advising Federal, State, Local, and International government institutions and international organizations on strategies available to manage public health crises, including medical surge planning and capacity development. Dr. Eastaugh holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Biochemistry from Harvard College, a Masters Degree in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health, and a Doctoral Degree focused on public health from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He is also a tenured professor at the George Washington University and known as one of the nation’s premiere public health experts. Articles: Business Continuity and Swine Flu

Tom Bronack Tom Bronack

Tom Bronack has been in Information Technology for over 30 years. His technical background started at IBM in the NY Banking Office where he was a mainframe hardware CE and software PSR. He held the positions of Computer Risk Manager, Technical Support Manager, Capacity and Performance Manager, NE Regional Systems Engineering Manager, and Systems Programming Manager before starting his own firm in 1980 where he offered consulting, sales, and managerial assistance to a large number of firms. His Disaster Recovery, Business Recovery, Emergency Management, and Workplace Violence Prevention experience is based on a strong knowledge of how companies are structured, the functions performed by personnel, and how workflow is accomplished. His contributions have proven very helpful to many companies seeking compliance safeguards, performance improvements, and the implementation of recovery operations that best protect personnel and company assets. Articles: Achieving Enterprise Resiliency and Corporate Certification