Derek Maltz

Derek S. Maltz retired from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) after 28 years of dedicated service and is currently working for Pen-Link Ltd as the Executive Director, Government Relations. He was the Special Agent in Charge of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), Special Operations Division (SOD) for almost 10 years and was previously Chief of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, the oldest and largest drug task force in America.

As the Agent in Charge of SOD, SAC Maltz was instrumental in the growth of SOD from 9 to 30 participating agencies including personnel from the U.K., Canada, Australia and the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Mr. Maltz oversaw the operations of approximately 500 SOD personnel and was responsible for an annual budget of $100 million, while incorporating the DOJ’s priority International Organized Crime and Gang Operational programs into the center. SOD was responsible for leading the coordination of the high-profile multi-agency efforts that resulted in the capture of Sinaloa Cartel Kingpin El Chapo Guzman.

SAC Maltz also enhanced SOD’s Bi-Lateral Global Investigations Unit from 1-5 highly successful field enforcement groups. These proactive investigative groups demonstrated unparalleled success in targeting and prosecuting some of the highest level criminals in the world, such as the arrest and conviction of notorious arms trafficker Viktor Bout; the arrest and conviction of arms trafficker and terrorist Monzer Al Kassar, alleged mastermind behind the Achille Lauro hijacking; the capture and conviction of Haji Juma Khan, reputedly Afghanistan’s biggest drug kingpin with ties to the Taliban and the leader of one of the largest drug trafficking organizations in the Central Asia Region; the capture and conviction of Afghan heroin kingpin Haji Bagcho; the arrest and conviction of Khan Mohammed on 21 USC 960a charges of narco-terrorism and the arrest and conviction of Global Transnational Criminal Paul Le Roux.

Mr. Maltz’ received the Presidential Rank Award for his accomplishments and is also the recipient of numerous other prestigious awards for his accomplishments throughout his law enforcement career. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Syracuse University, is married, has three children and is part of a family of exceptional public service.

Sara Casey

Sara Casey is the UK Department for the Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra) Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Science Team’s Biological Hazards Lead. Sara obtained an M.Sc. in applied microbiology and biotechnology from the University of Wolverhampton (England) and is a Chartered Biologist. Sara was formerly the Biological Hazards Lead of the UK Government Decontamination Service. Previously, Sara was involved in the remediation of properties in Scotland and Northern England contaminated with Bacillus anthracis spores. During the recent nerve agent incident in Salisbury, Sara represented Defra at technical response and recovery groups, instigated the development of sample plans, and was involved in the generation of waste strategies.

Don Alway

On August 21, 2019, Donald Always was appointed to the position of Assistant Director (AD), Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD). Mr. Alway had most recently served as the AD, Training Division since April 2018.  

Mr. Alway began his career as a Special Agent in the Los Angeles Division with the FBI in 1996. He served on several specialized teams and assisted at both New York and Washington, DC 9/11 crime scenes. In 2003, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBIHQ. In 2006, he was promoted to Unit Chief of the WMD Integration and Targeting Unit, Counterterrorism Division. 

In 2007, Mr. Alway transferred to the New York Division, to be the supervisor for a Joint Terrorism Task Force squad responsible for terrorism and, WMD investigations. In 2011, he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Cincinnati Division. In 2012, Mr. Alway was named Section Chief of the Investigations and Operations Section in the WMDD. In 2014, he was named Special Agent in Charge of the Jackson Division, where he led the FBI’s efforts for the State of Mississippi until his promotion to Deputy Assistant Director, Training Division in 2016.  

Fire Chief Jon Davine

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.

Cami Carter

Cami B. Carter is currently employed as a Deputy State Fire Marshal-Hazmat Section with the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office and is a certified Hazmat Technician. Miss Carter is the state Fire Marshals underwater drone specialist and Hazmat Virtual Reality program manager. The Utah State Fire Marshal's Office Unmanned Systems Program consists of 10 UAVs and one underwater ROV, and has deployed these vehicles to fires, missing persons, and hazardous materials spills. Miss Carter instructs first responders and government officials in the response and management of emergency incidents involving nuclear/radioactive material, community risk reduction, hazardous materials, terrorism incident management, areal and underwater drones, and disaster preparedness. Miss Carter has 17 years’ experience in local, state, and federal governments as a structural/wildland firefighter, mine rescue, drone pilot, EMT, hazmat instructor, fire captain, and instructor. She served on various fire departments and ambulance rigs around the United States and spent 5 years in Germany. While serving in Wendover Utah, Miss Carter transformed and rebuilt a failing fire department from a voluntary department into a full-time/ part-time station with certified firefighters and hazmat responders. Miss Carter ran the training program in hazmat/WMD/Fire one and two in Wendover as a Captain. While as a captain in Wendover Miss Carter worked hand in hand with the Wendover police in many projects to improve the City of Wendover and also took care of a K-9/rescue dog named Ace. Ace and Miss Carter participated in many trainings within Wendover and out of state pertaining to rescue/WMD/Hazmat. In 2019, Miss Carter took a season and served with the Federal Forestry in California to fight wildfires. In which Department of Natural Resources continues to resource Miss Carter during wildland seasons.  Miss Carter was one of the first firefighters to participate in a Police Tactical HazMat Operations course at SERTC in Colorado. Miss Carter has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from University Maryland.

Brigadier General Hajar Ismail

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.

Dr. Richard Schoske

Dr. Schoske serves as Chief, Diagnostics, and Detection Division for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Research and Development Directorate, Chemical Biological Technologies Department (RD-CB).  In this capacity Dr. Schoske overseas and manages an $90 million Research and Development Portfolio.  This portfolio includes projects in the areas of medical diagnostics, and chemical and biological agent detection. 

His educational background is in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  He has applied this knowledge in operational work experiences involving the development and deployment of novel medical diagnostic systems for the United States Air Force.  Dr. Schoske has an extensive background in counter Chemical-Biological Consequence Management Planning.  Prior to joining the DTRA, Dr. Schoske served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel.  During his time on active duty he served in numerous capacities including Chief, of a Medical Laboratory, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the United States Air Force Academy, Principal Investigator in Diagnostic R&D, and Emergency Medical Planning. He was selected as a Senior Air Force Laboratory Fellow for Science and Technology and is an American Society of Clinical Pathologists Certified Medical Technologist. He earned a Master’s of Arts in Biochemistry from the University of Scranton, and a PhD in Chemistry from American University in Washington DC

Dr. Scott Hartley

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 Laima Warnecke

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 includingTerrorism: 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.

Col (ret.) Jeff Brodeur

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. 

Dr Marc-Michael Blum

From September 2012 to September 2019, he worked in the laboratory of the Organisation for the Prohibition of chemical Weapons (OPCW) – from July 2017 to September 2019 as the Head of Laboratory. His responsibilities, among others, included general guidance for all research activities, the conduct of the OPCW’s Proficiency Testing program, the lab’s quality system under ISO 17025 and ISO 17043, the initial planning phase of the new Center for Chemistry and Technology and in 2018 he was team leader for the OPCW’s missions to Salisbury and Amesbury following the poisoning of Sergej Skripal and his daughter Yulia.

From 2006 to 2010 he conducted contract R&D work in the area of CBRN defense. Main work was carried out at the Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Munich on the development of an enzymatic skin decontaminant. From 2010 to 2012 he was a Director’s Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory (NM, USA) continuing work on enzymes-based systems for CW detoxification.

Dr Blum holds a German master’s degree equivalent in chemistry from the Technical University of Braunschweig and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Frankfurt. The topic of his work was the nerve agent degrading enzyme DFPase from squid. In 2008 he finished an additional master’s degree (M.A.) in “War in the modern world” at the department of War Studies – King’s College London. Since 1 November 2020 Dr Blum is a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Science and Security Studies (CSSS), Department of War Studies, King’s College, London and is now providing consultancy services the in the field of analysis, countermeasures, decontamination and mitigation of chemical warfare agents with more than 15 years of experience.

He holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Bundeswehr Reserve (NBC troops) and his current assignment is with the German DoD in the unit for arms control, disarmament and non-proliferation.

Chief Larry Clymer

Larry Clymer is the Chief of Special Operations for the Nashville Fire Department.  He started his career as a firefighter in 1988, and has spent the last 20 years involved with the Special Operations Division.  Commander Clymer is a state of Tennessee certified Hazardous Materials Specialist and a TEEX certified Urban Search and Rescue Specialist.  He is a member of the area Maritime Security Committee and co-chair of the Nashville Fire Department’s Health and Safety Committee.  He serves as Chair of the Tennessee Technical Rescue/Special Operations Technical Advisory Committee on Swiftwater Rescue credentialing and as a committee member for the Urban Search and Rescue credentialing.  Currently serving as the Chief of Special Operations, Commander Clymer manages the Hazardous Materials, Technical Rescue, Marine/Swiftwater, and Homeland Security/Domestic Preparedness programs for the Nashville Fire Department, as well as oversees the regional Tennessee Task Force 2 Urban Search and Rescue Team.  He has led the Tennessee Task Force 2 team to multiple incidents including Hurricanes Delta, Dorian, Florence, and Sally.   He serves a vital role in the planning, including planning hazmat response, for events including New Year’s Eve and July 4th in Nashville  and was instrumental in the planning for the multi-day 2019 NFL Draft.  Having been the Incident Commander for the Nashville Tornado in 2020 the Nashville Christmas Bombing in 2020, he provides a unique insight into the operations and coordination of large incidents.

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