Fire Chief/Hazmat Technician Jon Davine
Jon Davine has been a firefighter for over 23 years and currently serves as the Chief for the Northampton Fire Rescue Department. He is also a member of the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services Hazmat Response Team and is the Training Coordinator for the District 4 Team. He has been a Hazardous Materials Technician since 2003 and is an original member of the Joint Hazard Incident Response Team (JHIRT) team attached to the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. He is also a member of the Clandestine Lab Enforcement Team (CLET). Chief Davine is a Hazmat Subject Matter Expert and instructs nationally on various Hazmat topics. He is a native of Adams, MA and currently lives in Easthampton, MA with his wife and twin sons.
Military Senior Advisor, Ministry of Peshmerga, Iraq
BG Ismail started out his career in 1995 as a training officer at the Dohuk fighting school - MoP / Kurdistan region, before moving to the 9th division of MoP/ Erbil. By 1999 he was the Company commander in the 1st Special Brigade in Soran / Erbil and became the Company commander in the 1st New Iraqi Army Battalion in Baquba in 2003. By 2006 he was the Battalion commander in the 1st BN – 8th BDE 2nd Iraqi Division in Mosul and is now the Director of Coordination & Relations at the MoP.
He has been responsible for training thousands of Peshmerga officers and soldiers and participated in the freedom operation of Iraq with Peshmerga and the Coalition forces in 2003. He took part in the building of the first new Iraqi army battalion under supervision of Coalition forces in 2003 and has assisted the members of the negotiation committee Iraqi Kurdistan side, with the Iraqi Federal Government.
In 2010 he became the Director of Coordination & Relations at the MoP, and is now the Senior Advisor at the MoP. In 2017 he became Co-founder of the Peshmerga reform program and is currently the member of the Ministry of Peshmerga’s high delegation for reestablishing the Joint forces between the Peshmerga forces and the Iraqi Army and a member of the Iraqi Security high level committee for the Strategic Dialogue between Iraq-US.
Dr. Scott Hartley is the CEO of Proengin Inc. which develops and manufactures chemical and biological detection systems. In this role, Dr. Hartley is responsible leading and directing Proengin operations in North American. Proengin is a leader in flame spectroscopy technology which is able to quickly and precisely identify key materials found in chemical warfare agents, precursor materials, binary agents, fourth generation agents as well as many toxic industrial chemicals. This technology is also able to identify key biological materials found in toxins, bacteria and spores. Proengin technology has been adopted for use in over 72 countries and is used for military, first responder, HAZMAT, chemical and security applications.
Prior to joining Proengin, Dr. Hartley was served in various Business Development roles for BAE Systems/Armor Holdings where he worked on personal protective equipment and combat vehicles. He also previously worked at Gentex Corporation where he held various engineering, program management and general management roles. Dr. Hartley holds BS degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics from Cedarville University, dual MBA’s in Finance and Operations Management from the University of Scranton, and a Doctorate of Management degree in Technology Systems Management from the University of Maryland. He holds 11 patents and serves on the Board of Directors for the Warrior Protection and Readiness Coalition.
Dr Warnecke is an accomplished Public Health, Health care Administration, Emergency Management, and Education professional with extensive experience and broad academic training. Proficient in developing and leading training courses in wide variety of disaster and emergency response in hospital and public health management. She has a background in medicine and is highly knowledgeable in risk assessment and incident command.
She has worked at IB3 Global Solutions for the past three years as a CBRN Consultant, including being a member of their CBRN toxic survey team and deployed to Mosul. Dr Warnecke has also worked at Walden University for 11 years as a Contributing Faculty Member for Public Policy and Administration, teaching a variety of courses including: Terrorism: Legislation and Policies; Homeland Security Policies and Emergency Preparedness, Planning, and Leadership. She has also been an instructor at CDP for 16 years specialising in a variety of healthcare, pan-flu and mass casualty modules. Prior to this she worked as a Member of Working Group at HHS/DHS on public health Target Capability List, worked for the FL Department of Health for two years as their Regional Public Health Preparedness Coordinator, during which time she was in charge of population shelters for people with functional needs during five hurricanes and designed and presented forensic epidemiology training.
She was also an instructor at Florida College of Natural Health, a Business Management Consultant at North Shore Pain Management Center, a Clinical Manager at the Office of Dr Alan Seymour and Chief of the Pediatric Unit at Vilnius Public Health Center. She got a MA in Public Administration from Walden University, an Executive MBA for Physicians in Health Care & Hospital Administration from University of South Florida and her Medical doctorate from Vilnius State University.
Colonel (Ret) Jeff Brodeur retired from the US Army as the Assistant Commandant for the Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear (CBRN) Schoolhouse and Regiment. Following retirement, he entered private industry as a senior CBRN technical advisor providing direct support to Departments of Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, and State. In 2018 Jeff led a CBRN team in Iraq providing toxic chemical surveys in facilities recently displaced by ISIS to allow industry and families to repopulate. Mr. Brodeur is an internationally recognized CBRN expert with conference keynote speaker and panel member experience in Brazil, USA, Canada, and Iraq.
Aaron Rhodes is a 24 year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as the Special Operations District Chief with the Orlando Fire Department. Aaron has an A.S. degree in fire science. Aaron began instructing in 2002 and teaches for the Fire Department Training Network, Eastern Florida State College Fire Academy and Valencia School of Public Safety. Aaron is a board member and hands-on training coordinator for the Orlando Fire Conference and serves as a member of the Florida U.S.A.R. Task Force 4. Aaron serves as a fire service representative to the Regional Domestic Security Task Force and is a member of the state focus group for Planning, Prevention and Response.
Samantha Sonnett is a police officer with the New York City Police Department where she is a lead instructor for the COBRA Unit (Chemical, Ordinance, Biological, and Radiological Awareness). As a COBRA instructor she and her team are responsible for training approximately 5,000 uniformed members of the service annually in the proper response and mitigation of CBRNe incidents. The COBRA Unit works collaboratively with the Center for Domestic Preparedness to ensure that the largest city in the nation remains at the ready to combat emerging CBRNe threats.
Ms. Sonnett is a veteran of the Unites States Air Force. She holds numerous certifications in the CBRNe/Hazmat field and is a certified instructor not only for the NYPD, but she also travels the nation on behalf of Texas A&M’s Extension Service and Pro Board accreditation service to certify first responders in WMD/Hazmat operations.
Ms. Sonnett has 17 years of experience with the NYPD and is focused on the progressive growth of the departments CBRNe capabilities. She is also an advocate for the expansion of CBRNe programs within police department’s across the nation.
Christina Flowers has over 15 years of experience working with city, state, and federal government in biothreat response operations, mobile/field laboratories, and CBRNE preparedness. She specializes in biological field identification and mitigation techniques, methods and doctrine, specializing in polymerase chain reaction [PCR] and melting curve analyses in austere environments. Christina has a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Health Administration, and a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She is currently responsible for commercial account management for BioFire Defense: A technology innovation and product development company that has been supplying solutions to field forces and laboratories for biothreat detection and disease surveillance since 1990.
Dr. Dave Cullin
Dr. Cullin graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. He proceeded to The Ohio State University and earned Masters (1988) and PH.D. (1991) degrees in Physical Chemistry.
Upon receiving his Ph.D., he took a position as a Research Chemist with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in Dahlgren, VA. In 1996, he assumed duties as the NSWCDD Project Manager of the Air Base/Port Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration Program in support of the Joint Program Office for Biological Defense (JPO-BD).
In October 1998, he accepted a position with the Joint Program Office for Biological Defense (JPO-BD) as the Program Director for the Critical Reagents Program (CRP). From June 2002 until December of 2005, he was Director of Technology at the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense’s (JPEOCBD). His responsibilities were to be the JPEOCBD lead for the Transition of New Technologies into JPEOCBD advanced development and procurement programs, Horizontal Technology Integration, ACTD/ATD Generation and Coordination, Procurement of Non-Standard Equipment, JPEOCBD International Cooperation (Foreign Military Sales, Cooperative Development, Export License Requests), Intelligence and Threat Coordination and acquisition modeling and analysis.
In December 2005, he left federal service and moved to the private sector as the Senior Vice President for Technology Transition at ICx Technologies, where he was responsible for Detection group Agency interactions, Federal Government Program Development, product development road-mapping and integration of detection and surveillance products. ICx Technologies was acquired by FLIR systems in October 2010 and Dr. Cullin assumed the position as the Chief Technology Officer for FLIR Government Systems. From February 2014- March, 2020, Dr. Cullin assumed the position of the Vice President, R&D and Programs for FLIR Detection. He is currently the Vice President and General Manager of FLIR Detection Systems.
Dr. Karam is an internationally respected with 40 years of experience in radiation safety. He began his career in the US Navy’s nuclear power program, assigned as a radiation safety specialist on a nuclear attack submarine. Since leaving the Navy he has held positions in academia, government, consulting, and radiological and nuclear interdiction and response planning with the NYC Health and Police departments. He is currently Homeland Security Scientific Advisor with Mirion Technologies.
Andrew has earned degrees in Geology (BA and MS) and Environmental Science (PhD) and is board-certified in health physics. He currently writing his 18th book (on Radiological and Nuclear Terrorism) and has written over 30 refereed papers in addition to hundreds of editorials, essays, magazine and encyclopedia articles on various aspects of radiation and nuclear safety.
In addition, Andrew has served on committees of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Management and the US National Academies of Science, in addition to serving on the Executive Committee for the International Radiation Protection Association. He has made a number of trips on behalf of Interpol, and the IAEA, as well as traveling to Japan shortly after the tsunami and reactor accident, providing training to emergency and medical responders.
Andrew’s current focus is on issues related to radiological and nuclear weapon interdiction and response to terrorist attacks. To that end, he works extensively with emergency responders at all levels of government as well as with Mirion to develop instruments, procedures, operational concepts, and more.
Dr Ronald Hann, Director Chemical/Biological Technologies Department (RDCB), Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Dr. Ron Hann, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), is the Director, Chemical/Biological Technologies Department (RDCB) for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) located on Fort Belvoir,Va. DTRA safeguards America and its allies from weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosives) by providing capabilities to reduce, eliminate, and counter the threat, along with mitigating its effects. Dr. Hann oversees a vibrant science and technology department that works with industry, research universities, other agencies within the Department of Defense and the U.S. government to research, develop and field revolutionary technologies that address the threats posed by chemical and biological weapons, materials, agents and emerging diseases to our warfighters. DTRA RDCB also serves as the Joint Science and Technology Office, a member of the Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP).This office, established in 2003 by Congress, is tasked to develop, coordinate, integrate, execute, and transition DoD CB S&T medical and nonmedical programs in response to Joint Requirements Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense requirements, the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Defense programs, and Chemical and Biological Defense Program Test and Evaluation technology needs. Dr. Hann was promoted to the SES Corps in April 2014 following his retirement from the U.S.Army Chemical Corps after almost 27 years of active duty. His time in the Army included combat tours in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom, an operational tour in Operation Joint Forge, Bosnia Herzegovina, and two academic teaching tours as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Dr. Eric L. Moore, SES-Tier 2/Director
Dr. Eric L. Moore is the Director, DEVCOM CBC (Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center), the primary Department of Defense (DoD) technical organization for non-medical chemical and biological defense. He is an expert in chemical and biological defense programs and medical counter-measures and is a former Army officer.
As the Director of DEVCOM CBC, Dr. Moore oversees many of the Nation’s key chemical and biological defense research and engineering projects, building partnerships across DoD, other government agencies, industry and academia to enhance warfighter readiness and response to chemical and biological threats. He previously served as the Chair and U.S. National Lead of the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Assess and Inform Working Groups. As Chair, Dr. Moore led CBR MOU efforts between the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia to enable warfighters to detect, prevent, protect against and respond to global CBR threats.
Dr. Moore received several noteworthy honors including the 2019 Mid-Atlantic Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year Award; the DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the department's highest award given to career DoD civilian employees whose careers reflect exceptional devotion to duty; the Harold D. West, Ph.D. Distinguished Biomedical Scientist Award from Meharry Medical College, which is given to alumni who have demonstrated merit in their area of expertise, and have also made significant and meaningful progress in the highest ethical principles of biomedical conduct.
He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Omicron Psi Sigma Chapter.