Natural Hazards

William Austin

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.


Megan Clifford

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Global Security Sciences, Argonne National Laboratory

Megan Clifford is director of strategy and innovation for the Global Security Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory and leads Argonne’s Resilient Infrastructure Initiative. 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.


John Contestabile

Assistant Program Manager for Homeland Security, Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab

John Contestabile is the assistant program manager for homeland security for the Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab. He joined the Lab 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 was named 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.


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).


Douglas Kinney

Business Continuity/Continuity of Operations Consultant, BDA Global LLC

Douglas Kinney is a senior manager in the emergency, disaster, and continuity of operations practice of BDA Global, LLC. He is currently embedded with the Security division of an international development corporation and has consulted for several major national and international institutions. He also has served as a reserve officer in developing planning for personnel recovery (hostage taking and kidnapping) and all-risks contingency emergency action plans in the government. He was program manager for crisis management training and crisis exercises for Innovative Technology Application and for Research Planning Incorporated (now L-3). His volunteer efforts include: manager in safety and security, American Red Cross Disaster Services; life safety lead, American Red Cross of the National Capital Region; CERT member and instructor; volunteer, Rehab Squad of D.C. Fire & EMS; and wilderness search and rescue volunteer, Shenandoah Mountain Rescue Group.  Mr. Kinney serves on the Washington, D.C., board of the Association of Contingency Planners.


Anthony S. Mangeri, Sr.

Manager of Strategic Relations for Fire Services & Emergency Management

Anthony Mangeri, MPA, CPM, CEM, is the manager of strategic relations for Fire Services and Emergency Management and is on the faculty of the American Public University System. He has more than 30 years of experience in emergency management and public safety. He has written numerous articles and presented nationally on emergency management and disaster response and recovery issues, including public health preparedness. In addition, he has been a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for more than 25 years. He earned the rank of assistant chief-safety officer. During the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, he served as operations chief at the New Jersey Emergency Operations Center, coordinating that state’s response to the passenger-aircraft crashes into the World Trade Center. He is a Certified Emergency Manager and has completed a fellowship in public health leadership in emergency response.


Joseph Picciano

Deputy Director for Preparedness, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness

Joseph Picciano is the deputy director for preparedness for New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness (OHSP). After a 30-year career with FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), he joined OHSP to lead New Jersey in addressing statewide preparedness goals. With FEMA, he was the deputy principal federal official for Katrina and also served as the acting regional director for FEMA’s New York City office overseeing the World Trade Center federal recovery.