The Firestorm Expert Council

The Firestorm Expert council is an advisory group made up of specialists from various disciplines, professions and industries.

Our very first Expert Council Member was the late Dr. C. Everett Koop and we continue to honor him by displaying his image and supporting his vision.

The Expert Council is designed to bring subject matter knowledge and expertise to Firestorm and its clients.

The members of the Expert Council lend credibility and skills to the work which Firestorm performs, both through their direct involvement and the weight of their reputations.



Expert Speakers, Custom Webinars, Keynote Addresses
Robert F. BabilinoSenior Security Executive
Rosemary C. Baggish, M.Ed., MPHSpecial Education, Public Health Administration
Bob Ballagh, CPPSecurity Risk Mitigation
Robert BennyProject Management Master, Supply Chain Expert
S. David Bernstein, Psy.DClinical Forensic Psychologist
Peter H. Bickford Insurance/Reinsurance Counselor and Arbitrator
James E. (Jim) BlairRisk management, Governance and Compliance
Robert E. BoyleFormer Executive Director, Port Authority of New York
Dr. Tau Braun,Director of the Violence Prevention Agency
Stephen F. Browne, Ph.D.Strategic technological planning for local, state and federal emergency communications
Wallace P. BuranStrategic Planning, Supply Chain Transformation
Gary L. CagleField Medical Response and Planning
John P. CampiActivity Based Management Expert, Author
Dr. Robert ChandlerNoted Crisis Communication Author, Researcher, Speaker
Robert Cox, M.D.Infectious disease, professional speaker on subject
Tony L. CorwinGovernment relations, legislation, strategic planning
Steven M. Crimando, MA, CTS, CHS-VDisaster and Terrorism, Mental Health and Addiction Services
Stephen O. Cunnion, M.D., Ph.D, MPHInfectious Disease and Environmental Investigation
Gary G. DaemerManagement and Technology Security Consultant
Rocco “Rocky” DelMonacoSenior Security Expert, Universities, DHS, US Secret Service
Paul DeSanctis CBCPBusiness Continuity Consultant
Ralph Diner, Ph.D, M.S.C.PPsychopharmacology
Jeffrey Dino, Ed.DLieutenant, Mahwah Police Department; NIMS and ICS Certified
Michael DiTomasso, Ph.DClinical Evaluation and Testing
Donald A. Donahue, Jr., DHEd, MBA, FACHEHealthcare Administration, Medical Readiness, Bioterrorism, Homeland Security
David F. Drab, CISSPEnterprise Security Professional
Warren EdwardsCommunity Resiliency
Gerard J. FerriTelevision/Marketing
Karen Freberg, Ph.DAssistant Professor in Strategic Communications, University of Louisville
Richard FritzGlobal agricultural consultant specializing in meat and poultry
Ann D. Gaffey, RN, MSN, CPHRM, FASHRMRisk management and patient safety education initiatives
Joel GelbTechnology Management and Consulting
Dodie Gill, M.Ed, MS, LPC, LSATP, CEAPDesigns and implements Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) Disaster Preparedness
Evelyn Godwin, MS, RNClinical nursing, home health services, education, health policy, and advocacy
Carol GordonWorkforce Planning, Development and Risk Plans
Carolyn GrecoCorporate Outplacement, Executive and Management Rescue, Pre-Employment/Background Screening
Michael Greger, MDDirector of Public Health and Animal Agriculture Humane Society of the United States
Andrew M. Gruler, LISW-CP, CATSM, BCETSClinical Director of SCLEAP, Former Special Agent – United States Secret Service
Dennis K. (Denny) HamiltonGlobal emergency management consultant – United Nations, international organizations
Judi Nardella HershmanCrisis and Reputation Management Consultant
R. Hutchins Hodgson, Jr. International Marketing Executive, franchise expertise
Russel L. Honoré, LTG USA (Retired)Building a Culture of Preparedness
Jerry HudspethSenior Strategist, Financial Risk Management
Yftah KaluskiSenior Security/Anti-Terrorism Strategist
Bill R. KennedyHealthcare consultant
B. Scott Kessler, Ph.D., P.E., ASNT LevelEngineering consultant – expertise in root cause failure analysis and design
Al Kirkpatrick CISM, CISSPChief Information Risk and Security Officer Lamb
Ted LambCompliance and Risk Management
Edward M. LevySenior Corporate Security Expert – Thomson Reuters, Citi, Pfizer
Hilda Ann ManuelNative American Affairs and Legal Compliance
Pietro (Peter) D. Marghella, DHSc., MSc., MA, CEM, FACCPCatastrophic Incident Response Planning – Medical and Public Health
Ron Martz Media Relations Consultant, Pulitzer Prize nominee
Karen MasulloSocial Media Crisis Strategies, Monitoring & Risk
John Jay Matchulat, Esq.Labor Law Attorney
Dr. Kris MohandieClinical, police and forensic psychologist. Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP)
John Nicoletti, Ph.D., ABPPSchool and Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Expert, Author
John NinnessCorporate business and safety management consultant
Elizabeth Nichols, Ph.DSecurity Metrics
Mahdi Obeidi, CPRE, Ph.DScientist; nanotechnology, nuclear terrorism
Jill OlenFormer City of San Diego Chief of Homeland Security/Public Safety
Thomas F. Parks, IIITraining in leadership, generation Y, weapons, tactics and crisis management
Gary Patterson, CPAKeynote Speaker, Corporate Governance, Compliance, ERM, M&A
John P. “Pat ” Philbin, Ph.D., PMP, APRExecutive-level expertise to federal and private sector clients
Ann S. PickrenSenior Business Continuity and Preparedness Advisor
John Plodinec, Ph.D.Community Resiliency
Dr. Kelly PosnerLeading international expert in the areas of suicide and depression, is the founder and Principal Investigator of the Center for Suicide Risk Assessment at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Grant RampyFormer Fox News Correspondent, PR, Media, Broadcasting
Jonathan Richmond, Ph.D.Biosafety-virology, laboratory and animal biosafety, laboratory design.
Jeffrey C. “Jeff” RobertsonCrisis communication, maritime and border security, incident management, media and government relations, and business development
Jay N. Rosenblatt, B.A., LLBBoard of Directors, Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness
Kristin SalingStrategic Analyst – Strategic Assessment Division, Resources and Assessment Directorate, U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM)
Ann SanCartierEmployee Crisis Care Planning Expert
David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D16th Surgeon General of the United States
Robert B. ShapiroLegal advisor, Insurance
Terry SinclairMaritime and Aviation Operations
Neca C. Smith, Ed.S., LPC, CAMSLicensed Professional Counselor (GA), National Certified Counselor, Certified Anger Management Specialist and Certified Professional in Managing Workplace Conflict.
Samuel D. SmithBanking Consultant – President of Pinales Consulting, LLC of Evergreen, Colorado
Linda Spencer, MPH, Ph.D. Director of Public Health Nursing Masters Program, Emory University
William Spernow, CISSP, CISM, CEH, PMP, CHSIIIInformation Security Consultant
W. James Squire III, CCertified Franchise Executive – President and CEO of Franchise Marketing Advisors, LLC
John St. GenisRetired senior operating executive – Panasonic, NEC, Pioneer, Raytheon E-Systems
Larry Stybel, Ph.D.Board member, a national expert on corporate governance and recruiter for global board talent
Candice TalSpecialist in Global Due Diligence Investigations, expertise in finance, governance, employment and business
Chris Thurber, Ph.D.Children’s recreational camping, independent schools, youth leadership and clinical psychology
Steve Timmons, Ph.DCrisis psychology, crisis communications, crisis response & management, reputational risk mitigation, and emergency medical planning
Anyck TurgeonGlobal Security (chemical safety, IT security and privacy, corporate/physical protection, fraud & governance/risk/compliance) and Executive Business Management Expert
Paige Valdiserri, ME.d, LPC, NCC, BCETSBehavioral Health, Risk Assessment, Policy and Procedures
Eugene J. VasileEducation, Retired Superintendent of Schools
Vincent Butch WardlawRisk and Crisis Communications, Media, Leadership Training
Stanley Weinrich, Ph.D, MBA, CBCP, CPIM Business Continuity, Supply Chain Resiliency Consultant
Michael W. Wewers Former Special Agent with US Customs Service, Anti-Terrorism, CERT
Phillip WexlerProfessional Speaker, Author & Film Personality
General Richard WilmotNation building, government policy and procedures, creating strategic alliances, international business techniques, counter-terrorism, international security, crisis management