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At SummitET®, we pride ourselves in the extensive and expansive range of the expertise of our team, many of whom are highly regarded subject-matter experts (SMEs) in their respective fields, each possessing decades of specialized education and established practice. 

JOHN DUDA

CHAIRMAN & CEO

About John

John is the Chief Executive Officer at SummitET. Since founding SummitET, John has led and supported multiple exercise and training programs. John has co-authored a research study involving defense-based sensor technology and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and as a Business Continuity Professional.

Prior to forming SummitET, John has served organizations such as the US Department of Energy/NNSA, Publix Super Markets, and the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT). John is also a member of the Advisory Board for the University of North Florida’s School for International Business.

JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
M.A., Government, 2020

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA
B.A., International Business; Business Management; Spanish

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP)

  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)

Activities & Affiliations
  • Advisory Council for the University of North Florida’s School for International Business

  • Big Brother Association of America, Mentor

  • Advisory Board member for TAG Alliances 

CHUCK MARRONE

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER 

ABOUT CHUCK

Chuck, a former Naval Aviator, is a founding partner and the Chief Operations Officer. He also serves as a Program Manager for SummitET. He has a graduate (MA) degree in Emergency and Disaster Management from American Military University and an undergraduate from the Merchant Marine Academy. In addition, Chuck has completed the Homeland Security Exercise Evaluation Program (HSEEP) training course.

Chuck managed the WMD counterterrorism tabletop exercise program for the Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration; jointly sponsored by the FBI. He has designed, coordinated, and facilitated over 100 large scale, interagency tabletop exercises both domestically and internationally; including developing a training program to teach foreign governments how to develop and facilitate their own tabletop exercise programs.

AMERICAN MILITARY UNIVERSITY
M.A., Emergency and Disaster Management, American Military University, 2007

MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY
B.A., Marine Transportation, United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1998

TODD CANNAN

CHIEF PROGRAMS OFFICER 

ABOUT TODD

Todd, a founding partner and Chief Projects Officer, is a former Naval Aviator. In addition, he also serves as a senior exercise planner. He has extensive experience in emergency response, crisis communications, planning, and training. 

As a Naval Aviator, he made multiple deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM – several of which involved the direct support of U.S. and Coalition special operations forces – and participated in Hurricane Katrina search and rescue operations. Todd was assigned to the Joint Operations Center at Headquarters, United States Special Operations Command, in Tampa, FL. He planned and conducted security and emergency management exercises for all levels of government and private industry, both domestically and internationally.

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO
M.S. Emergency Management, 2012

UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI
B.S. Communications, 1997; B.A., English, 1997

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STEVE SUGARMAN

V.P. OF OPERATIONS & CORPORATE HEALTH PHYSICIST 

ABOUT STEVE

Steve is a certified health physicist (CHP) and brings more than 30 years of applied health physics experience to SummitET. His primary interest is the integration of health physics into the overall response to radiological incidents. In addition to his vice president responsibilities, his role includes serving as the corporate radiological subject matter expert and providing health physics input/oversight for SummitET projects. Steve supports the outreach agenda via educational course delivery, exercise development/facilitation, invited lectures, and conference/meeting attendance. Having served as a lecturer for many organizations including the International Atomic Energy Agency, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Physics Society, and the National Radiological Emergency Preparedness Conference, Steve has contributed to numerous publications and guidance documents on various health physics topics and has significant real-world experience in responding to radiological events, both domestically and internationally.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
M.S. Safety Education and Service, 1997

TUSCULUM UNIVERSITY
B.S. Organizational Management, 1992

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Certified Health Physicist (CHP), 2008
  • Certified Hazard Control Manager (CHCM), 2000
  • National Registry of Radiation Protection Technologists (NRRPT), 2002 (inactive)
Activities & Affiliations
    • Served as clinical adjunct faculty member at the Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

    • American Academy of Health Physics

    • Health Physics Society

    • Contributor to various international and domestic radiation-based guidance documents

    • Multiple peer-reviewed publications related to dose assessment, emergency response, and radiation protection

    • Peer Reviewer – Health Physics

    • Previous Health Physics Project Manager at the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)

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SCOTT J. GLICK

V.P. & GENERAL COUNSEL 

ABOUT SCOTT

Scott brings more than 35 years of experience in prosecution, critical incident response, management, policy, exercise and teaching to SummitET.  His key role at SummitET is to provide strategic advice to the crisis and consequence management communities regarding counterterrorism, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high yield explosives (CBRNE), weapons of mass destruction, law enforcement, and intelligence matters to ensure the cohesive integration of preparedness planning.

Scott previously served as the Director of Preparedness and Response and Senior Counsel at the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he led the DOJ’s national preparedness policy and planning efforts. He represented DOJ at the National Security Council’s Domestic Resilience Group and at other high-level interagency policy committee meetings that focused on the terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction and other threats and hazards. Scott’s experience includes investigating and prosecuting international terrorism cases as a federal prosecutor as well as those involving organized crime as an Assistant District Attorney in New York.  As a member of DOJ’s Attorney Critical Incident Response Group, he also helped to develop model critical incident response plans for United States Attorneys’ Offices.  During the course of his career, Scott has collaborated with numerous federal departments and agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of State, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the National Counterterrorism Center, and agencies in the U.S. Intelligence Community.  He also has worked extensively with numerous parts of the Department of Defense

Prior to joining SummitET, Scott worked for Tuva, LLC, where he provided subject matter expertise and advice to the government to ensure that preparedness planning cohesively integrated capabilities across all levels of government.

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
B.A. Government and Politics, 1978

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
J.D., 1981

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C. and New York

  • John Marshall Award – DOJ’s highest award offered to attorneys for contributions and excellence in specialized areas of legal performance

  • Completed Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) training
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PAMELA PIERSANTI

V.P. OF PROGRAMS & STRATEGY 

ABOUT PAMELA

Pamela is highly skilled at strategic operational planning for threat reduction and the response to serious national security threats and incidents. She specializes in leading the development of integrated, comprehensive, multi-disciplined, and multi-jurisdictional response planning, threat and vulnerability assessment, information sharing, and integrated response training and exercises, providing 360 preparedness solutions to build capability and capacity to detect, respond to, and neutralize imminent threats and attacks to save lives. Pamela is a former Supervisory Special Agent and Manager of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While serving the FBI for over 27 years, her key accomplishments included significant contributions to the current U.S. strategy for the response to terrorism and leading a synchronization and planning effort to integrate the government domestic terrorism response. Prior to her joining the FBI, Pamela served an Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and as a Special Agent of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.           

INDIANA UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
M.A. Criminology – Law Enforcement Leadership in WMD
Capstone: Integrated Response Planning

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN
B.S. Forensic Science

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MARK BASNIGHT

VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING 

ABOUT MARK

As Vice President of Communications and Marketing, Mark is responsible for developing and implementing the long-term communication & marketing vision for Summit Exercises and Training. His responsibilities include planning, development and implementation of all SummitET internal and external communications plans and marketing strategies. Additionally, Mark directs the efforts of the communications and marketing staff and coordinates support at the strategic and tactical levels with operations and programs.

Mark is a John Maxwell Team certified speaker, trainer, coach, and a graduate of the Charlotte Leadership Forum. He is a member of the National Association of Government Communicators, and a U.S. Army Veteran. Mark is a founding member and a past Chair for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Virtual Social Media Working Group. He served as a Lead Public Information Officer during the 2012 Democratic National Convention and had a significant role in planning, coordinating and implementing the Joint Information Center for Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Mark is an alumnus of the inaugural FEMA 389 Masters Public Information Officer Program and a former adjunct instructor for the Emergency Management Institute (Emmitsburg, MD). He has been a keynote speaker, trainer, and panelist for numerous conferences including the National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Communication School, National Information Officers Association (NIOA) Conference, National Emergency Manager Association (NEMA) Conference, National Radiological Emergency Preparedness (NREP) Conference, Government Social Media Conference, Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Conference, and Great Lakes Homeland Security Conference. Mark has also been a speaker and trainer internationally for the governments of Seoul, Korea, Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Taipei, Taiwan.

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Certified Speaker and Trainer – John Maxwell Team

  • Hazardous Materials Technician (retired)

  • Fire Officer I (retired)

  • Fire Instructor I (retired)

  • FEMA Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200, 300, 400

  • FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) 700, 702, 800

  • FEMA Master Public Information Officer Program

  • Certificate of Training for Chaplaincy | International Fellowship of Chaplains Inc. (Concentration on trauma, grief & loss, critical incident stress management, critical incident stress debriefing, confidentiality, and ethics)

Activities & Affiliations
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RON CRANE

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS QA & PROGRAM MANAGER FOR ISOTOPE CROSSROAD 

ABOUT RON

Ron is a certified firefighter, hazardous materials technician and chemist, communications unit leader, structural collapse technician and interoperable communications SME with over 20 years of experience in the emergency preparedness/management and response fields. He served for over ten years as a healthcare and public sector emergency manager and is certified in numerous technical areas by DHS, FEMA, DOT, and the US Army.

As a Program Manager for Isotope Crossroads, he provides training to law enforcement, emergency responders, and government officials at the local, state and Federal level to increase awareness of security issues involving radiological material during transport in multiple locations across the nation. Additionally, he was selected to provide training to foreign governments on developing and improving national radiological response plans and procedures.

ARKANSAS TECH UNIVERSITY
B.S. Emergency Management (in progress)

BOWDOIN COLLEGE
B.A. History and Government

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Hazardous Materials Technician
  • Firefighter I & II
  • Structural Collapse Technician
  • Communications Unit Leader
  • Incident Management Team certified
Activities & Affiliations
    • Board Member – Arkansas Fire Boat School Committee
    • Hazardous Materials Technician – Pulaski County Hazardous Materials Response Team

    • Structural Collapse Technician – Arkansas Task Force 1 (AR TF-1)- Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Team

    • Liaison Officer & Communications Unit Leader (COML) – Razorback Taskforce 1 – Marine Rescue Taskforce

    • Chairman – Cammack Village, AR Urban Service District

    • City Recorder – Cammack Village, AR.

    • Member – Joplin Volunteer Fire Department

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HOLLY HARDIN

PROGRAM MANAGER 

ABOUT HOLLY

As the Strategic Communications Program Manager at SummitET Holly manages, develops, and delivers public affairs, risk and crisis communication and emergency public information training, exercise support, and technical assistance. Holly also manages strategic communications research analysis, in addition to developing publications related to the enhancement of advanced communications systems for public safety and health.

Prior to joining SummitET, Holly served as an Emergency Management Communications Analyst at Argonne National Laboratory and co-established the Public Affairs Science and Technology Fusion Cell, as well as the National Public Affairs Academy. At Argonne, Holly was responsible for assisting government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private sector groups with plans, protocols, procedures, training, and exercises relating to internal and external affairs. Prior to Argonne, Holly worked for the Department of Justice in counterterrorism programs and was a first responder in the Department of Energy Oak Ridge Reservation Joint Information Center where she also managed a cadre of technical experts and provided risk and crisis communication and digital/social media expertise to Federal, state, and local government agencies, in addition to the commercial nuclear industry.

UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
M.S. in Educational Psychology – Adult Education, 2008
B.S. in Forensic Anthropology, 2005

Activities & Affiliations
  • International Atomic Energy Agency Subject Matter-Expert

  • Member of the American Nuclear Society

  • Member of the Nuclear Energy Institute Joint Information System Task Force (emeritus)

  • Department of Homeland Security Social Media Working Group for Emergency Services and Disaster Management and Science and Technology First Responders Group

  • Co-Chair of the Department of Energy Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group’s Emergency Public Information Subcommittee

  • Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center Author

  • EPA Nuclear/Radiological Communications Working Group

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HOLLY VAUGHN

SENIOR EXERCISE PLANNER

ABOUT HOLLY

Since 2009, Holly has planned, created, and facilitated more than 35 tabletop exercises involving WMD terrorist scenarios for US and foreign civilian and military agencies. She has managed the NNSA CT exercise program and development team for three years. Retiring with the rank of Captain, Holly served over 25 years providing direct operational support to military forces worldwide as a career intelligence officer in the US Navy. Her career included directing an intelligence training school for military and civilian intelligence professionals.

EISENHOWER SCHOOL FOR NATIONAL SECURITY AND RESOURCE STRATEGY
M.S. National Resource Strategy

ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE OF CANADA
M.S. War Studies

COLLEGE OF IDAHO
B.S. Zoology

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Certificate in Terrorism Studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

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JIM DOUGAL

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT 

ABOUT JIM

Jim currently serves as a Law Enforcement and Tactics Subject Matter Specialist for SummitET. He specializes in critical events involving terrorism, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and active shooter preparedness and response. Jim Dougal is a retired U.S. Army Reserve Officer, former Savannah Police Officer, and retired Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). With over 30 years of experience, Jim provides vast knowledge regarding WMD, active shooter, personnel security, human intelligence (HUMINT), and tactical operations. During his career, Jim gained over 20 years of law enforcement field experience, including 8 years as the Jacksonville FBI Senior SWAT Team Leader and 5 years as an Operator on the FBI Hostage Rescue Team.

PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Master of Professional Studies, Homeland Security, 2014

EMBRY RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY
B.S., Aeronautical Science, 1986

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Licensed State of Florida Firearms Instructor

  • Licensed State of Florida Private Investigator

Activities & Affiliations
  • FBI Adjunct Instructor in WMD and personnel security

  • FBI Tactical Instructor

  • FBI Sniper School Instructor

  • FBI Firearms Instructor

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KAREN DUDA

SENIOR ACCOUNTANT 

ABOUT KAREN

Karen Duda has over 15 years of experience in accounting. Before coming to SummitET, she worked as an assistant director at the University of Central Florida and an auditor for Ernst & Young.

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
B.S., Accounting, Summa Cum Laude

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JERRY FURNISS

PROGRAM MANAGER 

ABOUT JERRY

Gerald “Jerry” Furniss is a retired Green Beret with 32 years of Special Operations experience. He has provided support to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Theater Special Operations Command, National Mission Force, and Crisis Response Forces.  He joins the SummitET Team from Special Operations Command- North, as the Special Operations Liaison Officer to the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate in Washington, DC. Jerry’s last active duty position was the Senior Special Operations Forces (SOF) advisor and action officer for the J37 & J5 Joint Staff.  He has completed numerous security, emergency management, leadership courses.

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY
Master of Business Organization and Security Management, 2010

EXCELSIOR UNIVERSITY
B.A., Liberal Arts, 2004

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure

Project Manager Professional (PMP)

DONALD C. HEATH

SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT 

ABOUT DONALD

Don Heath is a Tactical Law Enforcement Subject Matter Specialist. He specializes in Critical Infrastructure Threat Assessment, Flight Medicine, Helicopter Search and Rescue, Tactical Combat Casualty Care, Wilderness Medicine (w/ emphasis on Prolonged Field Care), and Wilderness Search and Rescue. Don is a Master Deputy Sheriff with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office assigned to the Emergency Management Bureau, specifically Homeland Security as the Critical Infrastructure Threat Assessor, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) as the Tactical Medical (TACMED) Coordinator; Aviation as a Tactical Flight Operator (TFO); and Training Bureau as a Criminal Justice General Instructor, and Criminal Justice High Liability Instructor.

FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY
B.S., Criminal Justice

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic

  • State of Florida Criminal Justice General Instructor

  • International Board for Specialty Certifications Tactical Paramedic (TP-C

  • Combat Casualty Care Course Coordinator/Affiliate Faculty

  • National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Search and Rescue Technician II (SARTECH II) and Lead Instructor/Evaluator

  • State of Florida Criminal Justice General Instructor

  • State of Florida Criminal Justice and High Liability Instructor

  • State of Florida Law Enforcement Office

  • State of Florida Paramedic

Activities & Affiliations
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) Paramedic

  • State of Florida Criminal Justice General Instructor

  • International Board for Specialty Certifications Tactical Paramedic (TP-C

  • Combat Casualty Care Course Coordinator/Affiliate Faculty

  • National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) Search and Rescue Technician II (SARTECH II) and Lead Instructor/Evaluator

  • State of Florida Criminal Justice General Instructor

  • State of Florida Criminal Justice and High Liability Instructor

  • State of Florida Law Enforcement Office

  • State of Florida Paramedic

HEATHER LONG

BUSINESS CONTINUITY SPECIALIST 

ABOUT HEATHER

Heather is the current business continuity specialist for Duquesne Light Company in Pittsburgh, PA. In her part-time support role for SummitET, Heather assists with proposal submissions and serves as a subject matter expert on a variety of the emergency management opportunities within SummitET’s portfolio. Heather has 10 years of emergency management experience, including emergency operations planning, continuity planning and instruction, response and recovery operations and community resiliency.        

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND
Masters in Emergency Management, 2012

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
B.A., Criminal Justice, 2005

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
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RANDY MELTON

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER 

ABOUT RANDY

Randy has over 30 years of experience working for Publix Supermarkets Inc., a Fortune500 company, with a strong background in Human Resources, Management, and Customer Service. As a Regional Associate Relations Specialist, he provided HR support to divisional Vice Presidents, Regional Directors, District Managers, and Store Management, as well as over 9000 associates in over 60 + facilities. As a field representative, Randy played a key role in facilitating communication between the corporate Human Resources Department and the company’s operational units. He has facilitated numerous management training sessions and workshops and contributed to numerous projects still in use by Publix such as the Management Mentoring Program, Associate Transfer process, and Child Labor Hours Policy.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
A.A. Human Resources

ACTIVITIES AND AFFILIATIONS

Society of Human Resources Management

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CHRISTINE MOORE

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT / RESEARCH ANALYST 

ABOUT CHRISTINE

Christine serves as a Research Analyst and Executive Assistant for Summit. She has 3 years of experience in U.S. Government and 4 years of experience as an administrative/executive assistant. Through her studies she has pursued research in security, structure, and current challenges of the United States government and European Union. For Summit, Christine completes research, video and document editing, various administrative tasks, logistics, and communications support. 

TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY
B.S., Political Science, 2015

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Microsoft Office Specialist: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Completed HSEEP training

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CHRIS NORRIS

PLANNER / COORDINATOR OF PROGRAM VISUAL CONTENT 

ABOUT CHRIS

Chris has extensive experience supporting U.S. Government clients in various consulting capacities, such as data analysis, research, and exercise design and facilitation. As senior exercise planner with the Silent Thunder Program, Chris provides site specific, tailored training to law enforcement, emergency responders, and government officials at the local, state and Federal levels. He develops counterterrorism and counterproliferation capacity building exercises to various foreign governments and militaries.

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Political Science, 2002

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NEIL PLATT

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST / PROJECT MANAGER 

ABOUT NEIL

Neil serves in a Business Development role for SummitET. He brings a customer-service focused background to team SummitET. A career in the fitness and hospitality industries have provided a solid foundation on which his client-centered approach to business development is built. Developing opportunities for team SummitET’s experts to utilize their skills while cultivating personal relationships with current and future clients is his priority. In addition to his business development responsibilities, his role at SummitET includes research and proposal writing assistance.

OHIO UNIVERSITY
B.S., Exercise Physiology, 2013

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure

Project Manager Professional (PMP)

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MIKE AMMONS

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 

ABOUT MIKE

Mike is a dynamic senior professional with expertise in supporting multiple national and corporate initiatives during his 30 years of service in the U.S. Army and as a defense contractor. During his 21 years of military service, he amassed a broad spectrum of Middle East work experience facilitating international partnership development in counter-terrorism, humanitarian demining, counter-proliferation, and border security. Mike has more than nine years of corporate experience serving in senior management positions supporting DoD contracts. His expertise includes program management, strategic planning, proposal writing, and leadership. Before coming to SummitET, he was a Program Director in Blackbird Technologies, a Raytheon company since 2015.  

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS
M.A., Middle Eastern Studies, 2000

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH GEORGIA
B.S., Physics (Distinguished Military Graduate), 1988

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MART STEWART-SMITH

PROGRAM MANAGER 

ABOUT MART

Mart has extensive experience in counterterrorism and counter-WMD policy, four of which he spent conducting international, multilateral exercises and workshops for the Department of State. His primary interest are policy and organizational traits the enable effective operations in complex, emergency environments. With SummitET, Mart supports domestic and international exercises for local authorities responding to radiological incidents Mart’s international work provided capacity building opportunities for mid- to senior-level policy makers and decision makers from over 60 countries. He has served a speaker and facilitator at multiple international conferences, including the International Atomic Energy Agency and other multilateral fora.

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
M.A., Security Studies, 2014

PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Political Science, 2012

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MARK STRAUSS

PLANNER

ABOUT MARK

Mark is a retired senior military intelligence analyst/officer with detailed knowledge of the Intelligence and the Law Enforcement Communities. As an exercise planner with the Silent Thunder Exercise Series, Mark applies his considerable COOP experience and expertise to provide site specific training to law enforcement, emergency responders, and government officials at the local, state and federal levels.

US ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE
Graduate, Command and General Staff College (CGSC)

FROSTBURG STATE UNIVERSITY
B.A., Political Science, 1989

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Certified Continuity of Operations (COOP) Practitioner

  • Completed HSEEP training

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KRISTEN WILLARD

EXERCISE PLANNER 

ABOUT KRISTEN

Kristen has worked in the international nuclear security and nonproliferation field supporting clients at the departments of Defense, State, and Energy. Her work has included site surveys, equipment testing, assurance visits, international negotiations, policy implementation, interagency coordination, and various workshops and exercises. At SummitET, she supports exercise development for international and domestic personnel responsible for radiological or nuclear incident response.

LEHIGH UNIVERSITY
B.A. Science Journalism and Anthropology, 2005

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE
M.A., Theology, 2008

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Project Manager Professional (PMP)

  • WINS Certified Nuclear Security Professional

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JESSE SMITH

COUNTER-TERRORISM EXERCISE PLANNER

ABOUT JESSE

Jesse has supported U.S. Government clients at the Departments of Defense, State, and Energy in conducting international counterproliferation training and implementing national counter-WMD terrorism policy.  He has focused on improving coordination among stakeholders in order to prevent, investigate, and respond to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorism incidents in regions around the globe.  As an exercise planner with SummitET, Jesse supports exercises for local, state, and federal authorities responding to radiological incidents.

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
M.A., Security and Intelligence Studies, 2015

VIRGINIA TECH
B.A., International Studies, 2013

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RON EDMOND

CRISIS COMMUNICATION SUBJECT MATTER EXPERT 

ABOUT RON

Ron brings more than 30 years’ experience as a crisis communication subject matter expert to SummitET.  He assists domestic and international agencies with integrating risk communication best practices into their public-facing communications. His emergency preparedness experience extends into topics such as school safety and preparedness, active shooter, communicable and occupational diseases, transportation of radioactive waste, chemical weapons and manmade and natural disasters.

Ron designed and taught DOD’s the first-ever crisis communication program; served on CDC’s inaugural Crisis Emergency Risk Communication training team; taught crisis communication at Lee University; and facilitated numerous workshops for CDC-RSB and Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD). He has been a guest lecturer at NREP, Institute for Nuclear Security-University of Tennessee, World Nuclear University, National Stakeholders Transportation Forum, DOE’s Emergency Management Issues Special Interest Group, and the American Nuclear Society.

Ron has contributed to numerous publications; served as a Controller/Evaluator for full-scale exercises, drills, and tabletops; worked as a Joint Information Center (JIC) Facility Manager and Spokesperson Advisor; designed and conducted JIC-specific functional training across the DOE complex; served as a communication first responder during the Colorado-Waldo Canyon Wildfires; and worked for the Utah Public Safety Command during the 2002 Winter Olympics.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY
EdD, Executive Leadership, 2011

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY
Educational Leadership, 2004

VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY
MEd, Human Resource Development, 1989

EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
BS, Mass Communication/Speech, 1974

Certifications, Specialized Training & Licensure
  • Conceptual Leadership: Aligning Leadership Practices with Strategic Plan

  • Organizational Problem Solving: Meeting New Challenges as Member of Management

  • Leadership Development Program

  • American Management Association: Principles of Professional Selling

Activities & Affiliations
  • Serves as adjunct faculty member for the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site (REAC/TS)

  • Multiple publications and presentations related to crisis/risk communication

  • Former Acting Technical Director, ORAU, National Security Program-Emergency Management Laboratory

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JESSICA MORAN

CBRNE PREPAREDNESS SPECIALIST 

ABOUT JESSICA

Jessica has over ten years of planning experience supporting the Department of Defense, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and Department of Energy to prepare for and respond to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear events. During her time at the Department of Defense, she supported the development of strategic and local-level weapons of mass destruction crisis response planning. As an exercise planner, she has focused on coordination of law enforcement and investigative activities with local, regional, and federal-level response actions. Jessica has led the development and planning of multiple full-scale, table top, and facilitated discussion exercises. 

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
B.S., Regional and Comparative Studies- Africa & Latin America, 2008

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PATRICK DISNEY

FORIEGN AFFAIRS SPECIALIST 

ABOUT PATRICK

Patrick has more than a decade of experience in international relations, nuclear/radiological security, and emergency management. He has supported the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) and the Department of State in a variety of roles, including: senior exercise planner for emergency operations, coordinator for international counter-WMD capacity building projects, and nonproliferation graduate fellow for defense nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear forensics. At SummitET, he supports international policy development and cooperation for nuclear incident response.

YALE UNIVERSITY
M.A. International Relations, 2012
Certificate, Security Studies, 2012

TRINITY UNIVERSITY
B.A. Political Science, Economics, International Affairs, 2007

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