Karel Lehmert

Karel Lehmert has started with bioterrorism prevention practicing on „anthrax letters“ and agriterrorism in 2002, than shifted to biological weapons prohibition being one of first ever national BTWC inspectors. He had closely cooperated with EU DG JLS/Home on CBRNe preparedness and as biopreparedness expert for UN ISU BTWC. Later he took part in development of INTERPOL Bioterrorism Prevention Curriculum and worked with INTERPOL Bioterrorism Prevention Unit as scientific expert.

Now he is head of the CBRNe Forensic Sampling Laboratory for law enforcement which he raised and led through accreditation process. The laboratory focuses on special forensic projects in contaminated environment in cooperation with national drug enforcement agencies, criminal service and customs. Also works as consultant for various governmental and business subjects. Having Ph.D. in epizootology and infectious diseases, he occasionally leads various university courses and other trainings. Also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for biopreparedness and narcotics.

Gary Sharp

Gary Sharp is the Director of Training for Federal Resources, a global supplier for CBRNE equipment, training, and service.   Federal Resources is currently providing multiple detection, PPE, decon, and training solutions to first responders, US federal law enforcement agencies and DoD units to enhance their synthetic opioid response and interdiction capabilities.  Gary leads a team of scientists, experienced responders, and veteran operators that have developed several custom synthetic opioid training courses that have been attended and adopted by hazmat/CBRN teams as well as state and federal law enforcement agencies. 

Philipp Bleek

Dr. Philipp C. Bleek is Associate Professor in the Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies Program andFellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, both at the Middlebury Institute ofInternational Studies at Monterey.

Dr. Bleek’s research and teaching focuses on the causes,consequences, andamelioration of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weaponsproliferation to both states and non-state actors. He previously served as Senior Advisor to theAssistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs.

He recentlyco-authored (with Zachary Kallenborn) “Swarming Destruction: Drone Swarms and Chemical,Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Weapons”Nonproliferation Review(January 2019) and relatedpublications inWar on the RocksandCBRNe World. Those and additional publications, and moreinformation, available at https://www.middlebury.edu/institute/people/philipp-c-bleek.

Nick Gent

Doctor Nick Gent is a member of a team of senior medical consultants who assess the national and global status of public health threats. He provides detailed risk assessments and gives advice to PHE and other partner agencies on these risks including the development of response plans.

Dr Gent provides public health medical leadership and advice in the fields of chemical, biological and radiological threats and supports and manages training exercises for the Department of Health, NHS England, the EU, WHO and the Cabinet Office on national level emergencies.

Earlier this year Dr Gent was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to health protection.

Bill Guglielmo

CEO, ITL Solutions

Bill Guglielmo is CEO of ITL Solutions, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business specializing in equipment design, sales, and service for US Government and Department of Defense.  ITL Solutions features mission specific equipment to counter CBR threats such as the Modula S Ultra Efficient Anti-Microbial Ebola Treatment Unit using CuVerro® anti-microbial metals.  ITL Solutions is proud to be the US Distributor of the Cristanini line of CBR Decontamination equipment.

Mr. Guglielmo served as an Officer in the US Navy as a member of the Surface Warfare and Civil Engineering Corps communities.  His tours of duty include Navigator of USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64), staff in Expeditionary Strike Group FIVE, Security Force Assistance in the Maritime Civil Affairs and Security Training Command, Civil Affairs and Military Information Support Operations for Naval Special Warfare Unit 10, and as Task Group 56.2 Commander providing construction forces in support of Operation INHERENT RESOLVE to execute construction, engineering reconnaissance, and runway repairs.

During USS GETTYSBURG’s 2009 deployment to the Middle East, Bill led the ship’s Visit, Board, Search, and Seizure (VBSS) Team capturing 38 suspected pirates and numerous suspected pirate vessels including one mothership.

Bill was also an Instructor at the US Navy Nuclear Power Training Unit in Charleston, South Carolina on board the Moored Training Ship 635 (ex-USS SAM RAYBURN).

Mr. Guglielmo holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master’s of Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.

Ross Harper

Business Development Manager, Chemical Detection, FLIR

Dr Ross Harper is the Business Development Manager for Chemical Detection at FLIR Systems, specializing in field  and mobile applications for Chemical, Explosive, and Narcotics detection and identification. Dr Harper joined FLIR Systems, then Nomadics Inc, in 2005 as a Senior Scientist and has also held positions as Applications Specialist and Product Manager before taking on his current role in 2015.

Dr Harper holds a PhD in Chemistry from Florida International University in Miami, FL, and a MSci in Forensic Chemistry from Strathclyde University in Glasgow, Scotland.

Chris Hodge

CWA Decon Subject Matter Expert, First Line Technologies

Chris Hodge has 20 years of experience in industry and with the Navy. During his time in industry, he served as the liaison to Milliken & Co. headquarters and process manager for two developmental equipment installations at the Pendleton Finishing Plant. He began at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD) in 2002 with the Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Defense Division working CBR Decontamination development efforts. After being promoted to senior scientist for his contributions and leadership of numerous projects in multiple divisions focused on delivering technology to the warfighter, Chris transitioned into the supervisory ranks as the Head of the CBR Concepts & Experimentation Branch.

Chris served as technical reach back for the Navy's Material Developer for decontamination and in that role participated in numerous testing and evaluation (T&E) boards. He also served as a trusted subject matter expert for CBR Decontamination to the Joint Program Managers for Decontamination and Protection under the JPEO CBD.

He currently serves as the Director of Technical Development for NSWCDD, where his primary responsibilities include K-12 STEM outreach programs and University engagement activities for the command. He also serves as a consultant, providing subject matter expertise regarding decontamination research and testing as well as the science behind the development and utility of Dahlgren Decon.

Chris holds a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Tennessee Technological University.

Thomas Chenworth

Battalion Fire Chief Thomas Chenworth has worked for the Washington DC Fire and EMS Department since 2003 and has served in the role of Technician, Lieutenant, and Captain of the Hazardous Materials Unit during his career. He is also involved in the Securing the Cities Initiative and the Hazardous Materials Sub-Committee for the National Capitol Region.

His involvement in the planning of National Special Security Events and other large-scale events has provided him with the unique opportunity to interact with other local and federal agencies to ensure coordination and communication occurs prior to, during, and after the event.

Ryan Gregerson

Ryan Gregerson holds a Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and a B.S. in Biology. He began working for BioFire Defense in 2012 and has had the opportunity to work in both technical and business roles. Ryan currently works as a Product Marketing Manager with some of the coolest biotechnology around.

BioFire Defense is 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.

Christina Baxter

Dr. Christina Baxter is the CEO of Emergency Response TIPS, LLC which provides practical, evidence-based solutions for emergency response through the development of next generation tools for enhanced situational awareness and responder safety; instructional design materials for instructor-led and web-based programs in the areas of CBRNE, hazardous materials, and clandestine laboratory response; technology transition guidance for emerging technologies; and, emergency planning for hazardous materials and emergency response. 

Prior to forming Emergency Response TIPS, LLC, Dr. Baxter was the CBRNE Program Manager for the Department of Defense’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office where she was responsible for identifying capability gaps in the combating terrorism CBRNE mission space, illuminating or developing innovative solutions, and delivering them to military, interagency, and law enforcement operators in the field as rapidly as possible. Dr. Baxter holds B.S. degrees in Chemistry and Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

She has greater than 20 years of experience in the hazardous materials/CBRN response community where she remains active in teaching and participating in standards development processes.  She is currently the chairperson of the NFPA Technical Committee on Chemical Protective Clothing and is a member of the NFPA Technical Committees on Hazardous Materials/WMD Operations, Technical Committee on Tactical and Technical SCBA, and others.  Dr. Baxter is also a member of the Interagency Board, the IAFC Hazmat Committee, and the IAFF’s Hazmat Advisory Board. 

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