Executive Committee

Marko Bourne

Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Marko Bourne is a principal at BAH, where he leads the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) market team. He has more than 29 years of experience in emergency services, emergency management, policy, governmental and legislative affairs, and public affairs. Previously, he was the director of policy and program analysis for FEMA (2006-2009) and director of business development for homeland security at Earth Tech Inc./Tyco International (2004-2006). He also was acting director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Incident Management System Integration Center and deputy director of FEMA’s Preparedness Division (2003-2004).


Kay C. Goss

Chief Executive Officer, GC Barnes Group LLC

Kay C. Goss, CEM®, is president of World Disaster Management, U.S. president of The International Emergency Management Society, and president of the Council on Accreditation of Emergency Management Education. She is also part-time faculty in the Executive Master’s Program in Crisis and Emergency Management at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and in the Graduate Program in Emergency Management and Homeland Security at Metropolitan College of New York. Previous positions include: executive in residence at the University of Arkansas; senior principal and senior advisor of emergency management and continuity programs at SRA International (2007-2011); senior advisor of emergency management, homeland security, and business security at Electronic Data Systems (2001-2007); associate Federal Emergency Management Agency director in charge of national preparedness, training, and exercises, appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate (1993-2001); senior assistant to the governor for intergovernmental relations, Governor William Jefferson Clinton (1982-1993); chief deputy state auditor at the Arkansas State Capitol (1981-1982); project director at the Association of Arkansas Counties (1979-1981); research director at the Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, Arkansas State Capitol (1979); project director of the Educational Finance Study Commission, Arkansas General Assembly, Arkansas State Capitol (1977-1979).


Martin Masiuk

President of IMR Group, Inc., Publisher of DomesticPreparedness.com

Martin (Marty) Masiuk is president and founder of International Media Representatives Inc. (IMR Group Inc.), which was established in 1986 as an American-based media representation firm for overseas, aerospace, and defense publications. In 1998, under the IMR Group, he established DomesticPreparedness.com, which has evolved into a highly trusted, and important information service for the multi-disclipline, multi-jurisdiction preparedness community. In 2014, he transitioned the DomPrep40 into the Preparedness Leadership Council to lessen the burden on and increase the effectiveness of operational preparedness professionals and help policy professionals make better-informed decisions.  Prior to IMR Group, he served as an account representative for McGraw Hill’s Business Week and Aviation Week & Space Technology publications


Joseph L. Nimmich

Joseph L. Nimmich joined Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Executive Advisor as part of the Civil and Commercial Group.  Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton he was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in September of 2014 serving until January 2017.  During his tenure, his primary focus is on strengthening and institutionalizing the Agency’s business architecture over the long term to achieve the FEMA mission.  Prior to joining FEMA, Mr. Nimmich was the Director of Maritime Surveillance and Security at the Raytheon Corporation, where he directed maritime surveillance and security operations, as well as their emergency response capabilities. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard for more than 33 years, retiring as a Rear Admiral.  His Coast Guard assignments included the First Coast Guard District based in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for all Coast Guard operations across eight states in the northeast and 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey. Mr. Nimmich earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Stern School of Business at New York University and holds a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.  He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 


David M. Olive

Founder and Principal, Catalyst Partners LLC

David M. Olive, J.D., is the founder and a principal of Catalyst Partners LLC, a government relations, business development, and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C. With more than 30 years of experience in business, politics, law, and public affairs, he previously served as: chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson, R-Ark.3; staffer, U.S. Sen. Jim Allen, D-Ala.; senior vice president, public affairs firm Powell Tate; president, Care First Inc., a nursing home management company in Fort Smith, Ark.; and law partner, McMillan & Spratling (Ala.). He established and currently serves as the moderator of The Washington Homeland Security Roundtable and is a frequent contributor to Security DeBrief, a homeland security blog.


Stephen Reeves

Major General USA (Ret.)

MG Stephen Reeves, USA (Ret.), is a highly accomplished senior executive and an internationally recognized expert on chemical and biological defense and defense acquisition. He has testified as an expert witness on multiple occasions before the U.S. Congress and has been interviewed on numerous occasions by the national and international print and television press. He is a frequent speaker at both national and international defense and homeland security conferences. Experienced in leading and managing large, diverse, global, multi-billion dollar organizations, he established, and for seven years led, the first Department of Defense Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense.


Craig Vanderwagen, M.D.

Senior Partner, Martin Blanck, and Associates

Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., is a senior partner with Martin, Blanck, and Associates (MBA). His most recent assignment prior to joining MBA was the assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from 2006-2009. He has special interests and experience in biodefense, domestic disaster preparedness and response, international humanitarian and disaster response, federal health delivery systems, innovative organization development and evaluation, and cross-cultural healthcare.


Policy Committee

Elizabeth B. Armstrong

Chief Executive Officer, International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

Elizabeth B. Armstrong is the chief executive officer of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). She ensures that the association supports its members in developing emergency management policy, as well as in providing leadership in the development and improvement of local emergency management programs. She also is the chief staff executive for the National Association of State Emergency Medical Services Officials and for the National Association of Government Communicators. She received a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the College of William and Mary and a Masters of Association Management from George Washington University. She was inducted into the Hall of Fame for International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in 2012.


Asha M. George, DrPH

Co-Director for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel for Biodefense and Principal at Strategic Operational Solutions

Asha M. George, DrPH, is a Co-Director for the Blue Ribbon Study Panel for Biodefense and Principal at Strategic Operational Solutions (STOPSO). Previously, she served in the US House of Representatives as subcommittee staff director and senior professional staff at the House Committee on Homeland Security. DHS, the FBI, and HCFA have recognized her homeland security, public health, public policy, and emergency management contributions. Dr. George is also a decorated Desert Storm veteran, having served on active duty in the U.S. Army as a military intelligence officer and as a paratrooper. Dr. George holds a doctorate in Public Health from the University of Hawaii, a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University. She is also a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, run by the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.


Linda Langston

President, National Association of Counties (NACo)

Linda Langston is the president of the National Association of Counties (NACo) and on the Linn County, Iowa, Board of Supervisors representing District 2. Active in NACo since 2003, she has held many leadership positions, including chair of: the Health Steering Committee, the Healthy Counties Advisory Board, the Finance Committee, and the Arts and Culture Commission. In addition she also serves on the National Advisory Council for FEMA and is a member of National Academies of Science newest roundtable – Resilience and Extreme Events. In 2002, she was elected to the Linn County Board of Supervisors, where she has served on a variety of boards, commissions, and community organizations. Before that, she was a museum director and a psychotherapist in private practice, as well as a small business owner. She graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., with a degree in history and, in 2007, graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for State and Local Officials.


John Morton

Senior Strategic Advisor

John Morton has been a member of Team DomPrep since its founding in 1998 and currently serves as the senior strategic advisor. Previously, he held the role of managing editor for writer assignments and interviewer for scores of DomPrep audio interviews. He was the Homeland Security Team lead for the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR).