David Lasseter (Chair)

David F. Lasseter provides consulting and advising solutions to clients specializing in national security, law enforcement, intelligence, and biotechnology.David F. Lasseter provides consulting and advising solutions to clients specializing in national security, law enforcement, intelligence, and biotechnology.

Prior to founding the consultancy Horizons Global Solutions David served at the United States Department of Defense (DoD) as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy responsible for, among other issues, all strategies and policies concerning preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and WMD-related materials; the United States Department of Defense Cooperative Threat Reduction Program; and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) defense. In this role he also oversaw Oceans and Airspace Policy for DoD, supporting global mobility of U.S., allied, and partner forces.

Before this role he served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs at the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) with responsibility for the national security portfolio as well as oversight of high-level Congressional investigations. He also managed the liaison efforts with all federal law enforcement agencies.

Prior to DOJ David worked for United Technologies Corporation as the lead defense government relations professional.David has previously served as a chief of staff, military legislative assistant, and counsel to multiple members of the United States Congress.He is also a United States Marine Corps intelligence officer in the reserve component as well as a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute. David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and a juris doctor from the University of Alabama. He has attended numerous DoD schools.

Acting Assistant Secretary Gary Rasicot

In October 2019, Mr. Gary Rasicot was selected to serve as the acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD).

The mission of DHS CWMD is to enable operational partners to prevent WMD use against the Homeland and promote readiness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats. In October 2019, Mr. Gary Rasicot was selected to serve as the acting Assistant Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD). The mission of DHS CWMD is to enable operational partners to prevent WMD use against the Homeland and promote readiness for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats.

Mr. Rasicot is an experienced government executive who implements a staff-driven, collaborative leadership style. Prior to this position at DHS CWMD, Mr. Gary Rasicot assumed the duties as the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Deputy Commandant for Mission Support-Deputy for Personnel Readiness (DCMS-DPR) in September 2018. He maintained oversight and functionality of the Coast Guard's human resources, force readiness and Academy activities. Prior to that, Mr. Rasicot served as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Chief of Operations, the TSA acting Deputy Administrator, the USCG Director of Marine Transportation Systems, and the USCG Director of Global Maritime Operational Threat Response (MOTR) Coordination Center at DHS, where he was responsible for facilitating the development of interagency-approved U.S. Government courses of action in response to threats against the United States and its interests in the maritime domain.

Prior to his appointment to the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Rasicot was President and Chief Executive Officer of SureShip, Inc., a national company providing end-to-end e-commerce, inventory management and fulfillment services for major corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs.

Mr. Rasicot served as an active duty Coast Guard officer for 24 years. His military assignments included Chief, Coast Guard Drug Interdiction Program; Liaison Officer to the Joint Staff Counternarcotic Division; Commanding Officer, USCGC MOHAWK; Director for Maritime Security Policy, Homeland Security Council at the White House; and Chief of the Coast Guard Office of Counterterrorism and Special Missions. Mr. Rasicot’s final active duty assignment was Deputy Commander, U.S. Deployable Operations Group, where he was responsible for the establishment of the Coast Guard’s single point of control for the staffing, training, and logistics support for deployable capabilities. In his role as Deputy Commander, Mr. Rasicot oversaw the consolidation and daily operations of 27 field units comprised of 3,000 persons.

Mr. Rasicot is a 1984 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree. He holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland.

Frank Roberts

Frank Roberts has 6 years of Hazardous Materials and CBRN(E) experience, along with 10 years of service in the United States Marine Corps Infantry. Frank began his background in HazMat/CBRN(E) in 2016, when he was assigned to the Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), the Marine Corps’ premier CBRN(E) response unit, providing coverage for multiple Presidential events in the National Capitol Region, Republican and Democratic National Conventions, State Funerals, and State of the Union Addresses. Frank continued his education in HazMat/CBRN(E), attending advanced technical courses for decontamination, search and extraction, and identification and detection. Frank is also currently enrolled in an undergraduate Emergency Disaster Management program with American Military University, with expectations to graduate in Winter of 2022.

Corey Collings

Corey Collings has 16 years of experience dealing with hazardous materials, spanning service in the Army conducting counter-explosive hazard operations, in the National Guard performing search and extraction, technical rescue, and mass decontamination, and in law enforcement dealing with dangerous street drugs such as fentanyl.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and has spent the past three years instructing federal, state, and local agencies on modern technological and procedural developments with a focus on decontamination and mass casualty response.

Brian P. Tully Sr

Brian is a second-generation Boston firefighter. His father Bernard G. Tully was killed in the Line of Duty in an apparatus accident in January 1974. Brian became Deputy Fire Chief in 2019 and has over 33 years of experience in the Boston Fire Department being a Fire Marshal from 1/20 -6/21. He is currently working in Division 2 in charge of 5 City Districts, 5 District Chiefs, and all fire suppression personnel assigned to Division 2. Brian was elected as the Full Time Legislative Agent for Boston Firefighters L-718  May 2021 - November 2021. He was Acting Division Head Special Operations Command between 4/19 - 11/19 and Incident Scene Safety Chief 10/14 - 04/19. As an on-duty Safety Chief Brian was trained in the disciplines of Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue. Brian is FEMA certified as a Task Force Safety Officer and Task Force Leader at the Mass Task Force 1 headquarters in Beverly Massachusetts 2015.

Gareth Roberts

Gareth is an experienced and exceptionally motivated Police Officer with over 26 years’ service working within Counter Terrorism Policing CYMRU/WALES (CTP CYMRU/WALES). His primary role is embedded within Counter Terrorism (CT) related environments.

His versatility and proficiency are highly respected within the security sector which has led to National and International recognition of work within the CBRNE work streams. Gareth’s expertise within the operational and training arenas along with his interpersonal skills has been utilised across varying public and private organisation to advance illicit drug laboratory, HME and CBRN operations development.

Current responsibilities:

  • Development of intelligence, planning and effecting covert/overt operations to dismantle Organised Crime Groups and Counter Terrorism networks.
  • Developing and delivering specialist Counter Terrorism training to Police, key stakeholders and multi-agency partners.
  • Planner and entry/search Team Leader to high profile National CT arrest phases.
  • Providing accurate and timely advice to Strategic and Tactical Commanders in often hostile CT incidents.
  • Increasing Police interaction with key partners and military personnel through training and exercise delivery.
  • Co-ordinator and planning development officer for National CT ‘Live’ CBRNe Exercises sponsored by the OSCT incorporating International and National assets.
  • Design and build the ‘Covert’ Counter Terrorism Response Vehicle concept that has been utilised as best practice for times of heightened threat, VIP protection and at National Large Scale Events.
  • Organise training needs analysis to identify capability gaps and deliver a National CT response to a Marauding Terrorist Attack.

Gareth is married with 3 children. As a proud Welshman he also holds a deep affinity to Rugby Union and still currently plays Veteran rugby tournaments touring around Europe. 

He is a keen sportsman and also particularly enjoys ice hockey and mountaineering. He thrives on the physical and mental challenges that these sports represent.

Doug Mayer

Doug Mayer is Blackline Safety’s specialist in Fire/Hazmat and Emergency Response connected safety solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in the areas of health, safety and environmental equipment and instrumentation. Throughout his career, Doug has consulted with all levels of local, State and Federal Haz-Mat response agencies, including industrial response teams. He provides hands-on evaluations to understand the unique needs of each agency and has successfully developed tailored solutions for First Responders across the country. Through the lens of connected worker safety, Doug is focused on synergizing emergency response applications and practices and bringing together public and private agencies and community stakeholders to collaborate on improved communication and risk management during an emergency.

Joe Healy

Joe is the Business Development Specialist with a focus on Indoor Air Quality at You First Services, Inc. He has extensive experience in strategic business development along with a wealth of experience in retail sales, specialized initiatives in military and government sectors, and CBRNe defense. Currently, he is focused on collective protection and providing the best biological defense possible for military applications no matter the environment.

Kevin Dale

Kevin serves as the Director of Sales, Sterilization & Disinfection, at You First Services, Inc.  He currently directs efforts selling into key markets (Education, Medical, Transportation) as well as forming strategic relationships with value-added resellers who have “best-in-class” HVAC installation expertise across the USA.

He has held multiple sales leadership positions over his time at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Prime Health Services, and Excellus, selling into the large-group health care space

Dr Himashini Perera

Himashini Perera is a Doctor of Medicine (M. D.) and Associate Director of Medical Affairs, You First Services, Inc.

She specialises in Primary Care and Internal Medicine in Atlanta, GA and has extensive knowledge and acumen in Bloodborne and Airborne Infection Transmission. She has expertise in FDA Regulated Medical Device Manufacturing and 2-3 years of experience in Small Business Project Management and Operations. In addition to this Dr Perera has academic experience in Psychology, Functional Medicine, Nutrition and Acupuncture

Brett Huff

Brett Huff is the leading expert in Animal Decontamination.  His technical career started in 1989.  Over the course of his career, Brett has responded to the nation’s largest man-made and nature disasters, participating in technical rescue and leading environmental decontamination operations. Throughout the years, Brett has broadened his education and understanding of rescue and response by his service in the United States Army as an air assault Sapper; completing various military programs, furthering his education to work in the civil service industry as a deputy sheriff, narcotics task force member and a volunteer firefighter.  Brett went on to serve in the state of Missouri as an State Animal Cruelty Investigator. 
Brett has since furthered his career and shares his experience by becoming a nationally recognized trainer of decontamination.  Brett is the founder/owner of Huff Technical Training and co-founder/co-owner of Animal Decon; training decontamination teams across the United States.  Brett has participated in working groups that has directed national policy and procedures, he has authored white papers, written policy and procedures for disaster decontamination and has authored Comprehensive Guide to Animal Decontamination which is set to release in late 2022.

Nicole Farrall  

Nicole Farrall is a Science and Technology Manager with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Research and Development Office for Chemical and Biological Technologies (RD-CB) where she manages a portfolio of Chemical Detection projects within the Detection and Diagnostics division.

Prior to moving to DTRA, Nicole worked for the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Defense (JPEO-CBRND) where she worked on early acquisition programs for the Joint Program Manager for CBRN Sensors (JPM CBRN Sensors).

Nicole received her Bachelors of Science degree in the field of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering from the University of Maryland and began working in the Chemical and Biological Defense Program (CBDP), following shortly after graduation.

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