Homeland Security Coordinator, Connecticut Capitol Region Council of Governments
William Austin is the homeland security coordinator for the Connecticut Capitol Region Council of Governments. He holds national certifications as a chief fire officer, homeland security expert, and full member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He also serves on the Connecticut Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory Council and is the chairman of the Connecticut Citizen Corps Advisory Committee. He is the former fire chief of West Hartford, Connecticut, and Tampa, Florida. He received a Masters Degree in Security Studies (Defense and Homeland Security) from the United States Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California.
Chief of Staff at Argonne National Laboratory
Megan C. Clifford is Chief of Staff at Argonne National Laboratory. She serves as an advisor to Laboratory Director Paul Kearns to drive forward the laboratory’s vision and stakeholder relationships. Working with leaders across the laboratory, Clifford stewards Argonne’s change initiative to deliver lasting impact through science and technology leadership, research and operations excellence, and people development. Her involvement in the national security mission dates back to the establishment of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where she helped to create the foremost national preparedness doctrine. Her other clients have included the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Justice, and U.S. Department of Defense. She currently serves as the chair of the Data, Metrics, and Tools Committee of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems. Before joining Argonne, she worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, most recently as principal director within the Justice and Homeland Security business practice. She received a BA in International Business from The George Washington University. She is a current student and MBA candidate at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She holds the Project Management Institute certification as a Project Management Professional.
Director, Public Safety Solutions
John Contestabile is the Director for Public Safety Solutions at Skyline Technology Solutions in Baltimore, Maryland. He joined Skyline after serving as the Program Manager for Emergency Response Systems at the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab where he worked with federal sponsors such as FEMA, DHS Science and Technology, the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) and FirstNet. He joined APL in July 2009, after retiring from the State of Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), where he was acting assistant secretary for administration responsible for, among others, emergency management and homeland security. In addition, he served as acting deputy homeland security advisor by Governor Robert Ehrlich and later the director of the Maryland State Communications Interoperability Program (MSCIP), reporting to the superintendent of the Maryland State Police, by Governor Martin O’Malley. He later served as a District of Columbia Homeland Security Commissioner from 2011-2013 and presently serves as a Washington Metro Rail Safety Commissioner appointed by Governor Larry Hogan.
David W. Cullin, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research, Development & Programs, FLIR Systems Inc.
David W. Cullin, Ph.D., serves as the vice president of research, development, and programs for FLIR’s CBRNE Detection Division. He previously served as: chief technology officer, FLIR Government Systems; senior vice president for technology transition, ICx Technologies; director of technology, Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense; and program director, Critical Reagents Program, Joint Program Office for Biological Defense. At the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Dahlgren, Va., he served as a research chemist and NSWCDD project manager of the Air Base/Port Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Program in support of the Joint Program Office for Biological Defense, later named the Portal Shield ACTD.
Charles J. Guddemi
Federal Law Enforcement Officer
Charles J. Guddemi is currently a federal law enforcement officer with 23 years of experience. He has worked in several different cities, including: San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. He has held positions as a patrol officer, patrol supervisor, station commander, regional law enforcement specialist, commander of special operations, special events, and technical services.
Kenneth E. Kligge
Director of Wargaming
Divisional Sales Director, Federal Government, Draeger Safety
Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance
Sue Snider is the Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Hospital Alliance (NVHA), a 501(c)6 created by the Hospitals of Northern Virginia in 2002 in response to the 2001 Anthrax attacks. NVHA exists to coordinate emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities for the member hospital and healthcare systems in cooperation with Local, Regional, State and Federal response partners. With advanced degrees in Biology from The College of William and Mary, Sue taught Biology at the High School and University level before leaving education to start her own Emergency Planning business. She later relocated to the DC metro area and represented the Virginia Governor's Office for Homeland Security and Virginia Department of Emergency Management for 8 years, acting as a program manager, liaison, and consensus builder. She has also created, and currently serves as Executive Director of, a new 501(c)3 in partnership with local governments; Northern Virginia Emergency Response System (NVERS) which supports a regional approach to coordinated preparedness, response, mitigation, and recovery across jurisdiction and discipline boundaries.
President and Founder, Direct Action Resilience LLC
Joseph Trindal is president and founder of Direct Action Resilience LLC, where he leads the company’s portfolio of public and private sector preparedness and response consulting, training, and exercise services. He also serves as president of the InfraGard National Capital Region Members Alliance. He retired in 2008 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he had served as director for the National Capital Region, Federal Protective Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In that post, he was responsible for the physical security, law enforcement operations, emergency preparedness, and criminal investigations of almost 800 federal facilities throughout the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and suburban Maryland. He previously served, for 20 years, with the U.S. Marshals Service, attaining the position of chief deputy U.S. marshal and incident commander of an emergency response team. A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, he holds degrees in both police science and criminal justice.
Director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues at United States Army War College
Bert Tussing is the Director of Homeland Defense and Security Issues at United States Army War College, with National and International experience in domestic security issues, ranging from education to policy development. Bert's educational focus includes emergency management, homeland defense and civil support strategy and operations, homeland security policy, and domestic and international terrorism.