Commissioner Robert C. Haas
Cambridge Police Department
Commissioner Haas has distinguished himself during thirty years of law enforcement experience. He most recently served as the Secretary of Public Safety for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, responsible for oversight of the Massachusetts State Police, the Department of Corrections, the National Guard, the Department of Fire Services and numerous other criminal justice and public safety agencies of the Commonwealth. While serving, first as the Undersecretary for Law Enforcement and Homeland Security, and later as the Secretary, he focused on improving the law enforcement response to homeland security matters and encouraging innovations in police responsiveness to community needs. He had the major leadership role in developing and implementing improved procedures and reporting requirements to ensure that police departments were not engaged in racial profiling through their enforcement activities. Among his other important assignments, Commissioner Haas directed his attention to improving the transition of prisoners to civilian life after their incarceration, an important issue in Cambridge.
Mary (Missy) Cummings
Director, MIT Humans and Automation Lab
Associate Professor, MIT Aeronautics and Astronautics
Mary (Missy) Cummings received her B.S. in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy in 1988, her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1994, and her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 2003. A naval officer and military pilot from 1988-1999, she was one of the Navy’s first female fighter pilots. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Aeronautics & Astronautics Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her previous teaching experience includes instructing for the U.S. Navy at Pennsylvania State University and as an assistant professor for the Virginia Tech Engineering Fundamentals Division. Her research interests include human interaction with autonomous vehicle systems, modeling human interaction with complex systems, decision support design for time-pressured, uncertain systems, and the ethical and social impact of technology.
COLONEL USA (RET.) Microsoft Homeland Security Executive Director, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Domestic Counterterrorism, White House Homeland Security Council
Before joining Microsoft as the Executive Director for Homeland Security Intelligence, Mr. Rozek served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Domestic Counterterrorism, White House Homeland Security Council. He was responsible for facilitating, guiding and prioritizing national efforts in the areas of domestic intelligence, information sharing, anti-terrorism, counterterrorism, and incident coordination to detect, disrupt, and defeat terrorism in the United States. Prior to returning to government, he held the position of Vice President for Security, Operations, and Technology at System Planning Corporation headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, where he oversaw the management and direction of all corporate activities relating homeland security and domestic preparedness. In his distinguished career, he has also held the following positions: Senior Director for Threat Countermeasures and Incident Management, White House Office of Homeland Security; subject matter expert for combating terrorism on the Vice President’s National Domestic Preparedness Review Group; Deputy Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Civil Support; Director for Combating Terrorism and Sensitive Activities, Senior Military Assistant, and the Assistant for Counterterrorism in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict; operations officer in the Special Operations Division, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and numerous other Special Forces and Infantry assignments including command of a Special Forces Battalion.
Dr. Richard A. Falkenrath
Principal, Chertoff Group
Dr. Richard A. Falkenrath is a Principal with The Chertoff Group, where he advises clients on a broad array of homeland and national security issues relating to counterterrorism, law enforcement, physical and digital network security, and risk management. In addition, he is Contributing Editor at Bloomberg News; a Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations; a Member of the Director’s Review Committee of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; a Member of the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee; and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.
Dr. Falkenrath recently served as the Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism at the New York City Police Department (NYPD) from 2006 to 2010. In this capacity, he was responsible for the strategy, policy, and operations of the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, where he managed approximately 350 uniformed and civilian personnel, and implemented new security measures throughout the city that resulted in better threat detection systems, and a more coordinated incident response plan among law enforcement and other government agencies in the event of an attack.
Cambridge MA Police Department, Director of Communications
Police Innovation Conference Co-Director
Director of Communications & Media Relations with the Cambridge Police Department for 3 years. Dan is responsible for all day-to-day communications from the Cambridge Police to the public and the media. In his 3 years with CPD, Dan has spearheaded the department’s adoption of social media, instituted the department’s innovative automated crime tweet system, and overhauled the police website.
Boston Police Department, Public Information Bureau Chief
Cheryl Fiandaca is the Bureau Chief of the Boston Police Department’s Bureau of Public Information. She is the Department spokesperson and is responsible for all media relations and internal communication. Most recently, she managed the flow of information during Boston Marathon crisis using social media to communicate directly with the community and news organizations.
Cheryl is also an award winning broadcast journalist. She began her career in New York at WABC-TV and later moved to WCBS-TV. In 2009 she headed home to Boston and joined WCVB-TV, News Center 5, as a reporter
Cheryl is an adjunct professor at Emerson College in Boston and is an attorney licensed to practice in Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia.
She has a B.S. from Suffolk University and a J.D. from New England School of Law.
She is the recipient of a Peabody Award for group coverage of the September 11th attacks. She also won the 2001 Italian Charities of America’s “Newscaster of the Year” award. And, in February of 2011, the Pirandello Lyceum Society selected Cheryl for the prestigious I Migliori Award, given for outstanding achievement to Americans of Italian descent. And, in June of 2012, Suffolk University honored Cheryl with its Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award.
Cheryl has appeared on numerous panels and has spoken extensively on the role of social media in managing the flow of information during the Boston Marathon attacks and subsequent manhunt.
Senior Director of Government Affairs, Microsoft
Brian Burke is a Senior Director at Microsoft. He represents the company with governments and other stakeholders on legal, regulatory, and public policy issues as well as enhancing Microsoft Corporate Citizenship. Prior to joining Microsoft six years ago, Mr. Burke was a Policy Director on Senator John Kerry’s Presidential campaign. Before the Kerry campaign Mr. Burke was Senior Counsel in the Washington, DC office of Holland & Knight, LLP. Brian also served in several senior government positions in the Clinton administration including as Senior Policy Analyst on the White House Domestic Policy Council, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army, and Counselor to the Secretary of Energy. After clerking for the Honorable Chief Justice Christopher Armstrong on the Massachusetts Appeals Court, Mr. Burke began his career as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Burke is a graduate of Brown University and the Georgetown University Law Center and serves on the following boards: the Massachusetts Broadband Institute, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Hub Tech Collaborative. Brian lives in Cambridge with his wife Lynn and their four kids.
Captain William Bongle
Green Bay Police Department
Captain Bill Bongle is a 26 year veteran of the Green Bay Police Department and serves the community as Captain of one of Green Bay’s four police districts. Bill is the architect of, “Street Sweeping, Broadway Style” a project that won the Police Executive Research Forum’s “Herman Goldstein Award” for excellence in Problem Solving. He also implemented a number of initiatives including the Green Bay’s chronic nuisance abatement program, the “Armadillo” nuisance abatement surveillance vehicle, the “Wheel of Warrants” YouTube program, the “no sell list” for chronic alcohol abusers, and the WOW Awards customer service program. Most recently he developed and established the Green Bay Police Department’s social media presence.
Bill holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management of Criminal Justice from Concordia University, an Associate Degree in Police Science and a certified as a Computer Forensic Investigator. He has extensive training and experience in the field of Community Oriented Policing, Problem Oriented Policing and established Green Bay’s first Community Policing program in 1995.
Bill is an avid radio controlled aircraft hobbyist specializing in building and flying drones and experiential model aircraft. As a veteran police officer, innovator, and RC hobbyist Bill was sought as a presenter at the Police Innovation Conference for his unique blend of policing strategies, community engagement and technology skills. As founder of Innovative Policing Solutions, Bill has been training police officers for the last 14 years and has been a presenter at conferences throughout the U.S. and the U.K.
Chief William Brooks
Norwood MA Police Department
Chief Brooks previously served as the Deputy Police Chief in Wellesley, a position he held since 2000. Before that job, he served as a Detective Sergeant with the Norwood Police Department for 14 years. He was also a patrolman with the Westwood Police Department from 1977 to 1982.
Chief Brooks serves as an instructor with the Municipal Police Training Committee, a position he has held since 1985. Chief Brooks has been awarded Associate Member of the Year from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Narcotics Officers Association.
The Innocence Network presented Chief Brooks with the 2012 “Champion of Justice” award. The award is given to public servants who go above and beyond in their efforts to free the wrongly convicted or protect against future wrongful convictions.
The Massachusetts Police ID Project was spearheaded by Chief Brooks who served as the Project Manager and Liaison between the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the various project stakeholders. The Mass Police ID was the first state-wide secure credential for Police in the United States and other states are now exploring this concept for their own officers.
iRobot – Director Robotics Products, North America
Tom Phelps has over 18 years of experience working in high technology fields including semiconductor test, telecommunications equipment and robotics. For the past 8 years, Tom has worked at iRobot and has held management positions in technical operations, program management and business development. As the Director of Robotics for North America, Tom’s team is responsible for aligning robotic solutions with the evolving mission needs of the First Responder and Environmental Safety markets. Tom is a strong advocate that ground robots can play a critical role in increasing the safety of individuals and teams who work in hazardous environments. Tom will discuss how robots can be used to assess threat levels prior to entry and how they can be used to complete mission tasks in the hazardous environment from a safe standoff distance. Tom holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Manufacturing Engineering as well as a MBA from Boston University.
Chief Billy Grogan
Dunwoody Police Department
Previously, Chief Grogan served as a Deputy Chief of Police for the Marietta Police Department where he was employed from 1981 until his retirement in 2008. Chief Grogan was promoted through the ranks of the Marietta Police Department and served in many challenging, yet rewarding positions.
As a police professional, Chief Grogan is committed to the concept of Community Policing as a way to connect with the community in a meaningful way to combat crime and disorder and improve the quality of life for the visitors and citizens of Dunwoody. Chief Grogan co-developed the award winning Marietta Strategically Targeting Areas with Resources (M-STAR) community policing program while at Marietta. In 2008, Chief Grogan presented a Senior Leadership Workshop on Community Policing to Senior Egyptian Police Leaders in Cairo, Egypt.
Additionally, Chief Grogan has served as past President of the DeKalb County Chief’s Association (DCCA) and the Cobb County Law Enforcement Association. He is the current Chairman of Atlanta Metropol as well as an active board member for the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange Advisory Board (GILEE), the IACP Civil Rights Committee, the GACP Alarm Management Committee, and the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) Executive Board.
Chief Grogan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (FBI NAA), the Georgia Law Enforcement Executive Seminar (LEEDS), the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program with the Israeli Police, and a graduate of the Georgia Command College.
Ezra Englebardt is a Senior Manager or Brand Planning & Strategy at SapientNitro where he develops strategies and solutions for clients based on deep consumer knowledge and insight.
Since joining SapientNitro in July 2011 he has worked across a wide range of clients and industries including Verizon, Carbonite, Staples, Rue La La/Smart Bargains, Chrysler, The Hartford, Wellington Management, Dunkin Donuts, Baskin Robbins, LensCrafters, Bertucci’s, Sunglass Hut, and Webster Bank.
He is a strong believer in a consumer-centric approach to marketing and communications and always seeks to ensure that the needs and desires of our clients’ target audiences form the basis of our strategic thinking.
Ezra holds a bachelors degree in journalism and advertising from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Boston College, where, in his limited free time, he teaches digital marketing for undergraduates and MBA students.
Chief Brian Kyes
Chelsea Police Department
Brian Kyes currently serves as the 20th permanent full time Police Chief for the Chelsea, Massachusetts Police Department and has held that position since November 1, of 2007. He was originally appointed as a Patrol Officer for the Chelsea Police Department in May of 1987. He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant (1994); Lieutenant (1996) and Captain (2002) where he held various assignments such at Internal Affairs Investigator, Criminal Investigation Commander and President of both the Patrol Officers and Superior Officers Unions. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics from Framingham State College (1987); a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Anna Maria College (1990); and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Suffolk University Law School in Boston (2002).
Journalist at Maine State Trooper Magazine, Editor at Maine Edge
Katy England is a full-time writer for The Maine Edge, a weekly publication in Bangor, Maine. She teaches in the journalism program at the New England School of Communication. She cultivated a good working relationship with area law enforcement while covering the police beat and other local police stories. England began freelancing for the Maine State Trooper Magazine in 2010, becoming Assistant Editor for the biannual publication. In 2012, she began volunteering with the Maine State Police to spearhead their Facebook project. Within the first year the page has over 8,000 likes and a reach in the hundreds of thousands.
She lives with her husband and triplets in the woods of Maine.
Interim Executive Director, StopBadware
Bryan is a security industry veteran with over 20 years of experience managing and developing security programs for the financial services, insurance, and government sectors. He started out in security engineering at GTE and MITRE before moving into the financial sector, where he worked for companies like Fidelity and John Hancock Financial Services. His most recent role was VP and Director of Information Security at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.
Bryan holds a BS in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In his spare time, he’s a fanatical foodie with a penchant for both cooking and trying interesting new foods.
StopBadware is a nonprofit anti-malware organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our work makes the Web safer through the prevention, mitigation, and remediation of badware websites. We protect people and organizations from becoming victims of viruses, spyware, scareware, and other badware.
StopBadware started as a project of the renowned Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and wespun off as an independent nonprofit organization in 2010. From our inception, we’ve been led and shaped by top thinkers in the fields of security and Internet policy.
StopBadware is the only not-for-profit organization focused on protecting the public from badware websites.
Director, Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA)
In September 1997, Governor Angus S. King, Jr. appointed Roy E. McKinney as Director of the Department of Public Safety’s Maine Drug Enforcement Agency (MDEA). The MDEA is the state’s lead agency for coordinated drug enforcement operations with officers assigned from state and local departments to its eight district task force offices.
Mr. McKinney, a law enforcement officer for 37 years, served twenty years with the Bangor, Maine Police Department with his last assignment as the Criminal Investigation Division Commander.
Mr. McKinney holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Maine, a graduate of the FBI National Academy (207th Session), attended numerous training sessions at the FBI Academy, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and Southern Police Institute and is an instructor at the University of Maine’s Criminal Justice Program.
Additionally Director McKinney serves on the Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs Committee of the International Association Chiefs of Police. He served as the 2006-07 President of the National Alliance of State Drug Enforcement Agencies (NASDEA) and 2001 Chair of the New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board
Boston Police Department, Deputy Superintendent and Chief Technology Officer
Deputy Superintendent John Daley attended UMASS-Boston as well as the National Judicial College. Mr. Daley started with the Boston Police Department as a Police Officer in 1983. Promoted in 1991 to Sergeant working in the Gang Unit. Promoted to Sergeant Detective in 1994 working with the Drug Control Unit, Bureau of Investigative Services, Intelligence Unit, Gang Unit, and Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC). In 2007, John Daley was promoted to Lieutenant. In 2007, promoted to Deputy Superintendent and commander of the Operations Division. And most recently in 2011, selected to be the Boston PD Chief Technology Officer.
Prior to joining ABC News in June 2013, Levine covered similar issues as a senior producer for Fox News Channel, where he began his career in 2002. From 2007 to 2009, Levine was a producer for “The Chris Matthews Show” on NBC.
Levine received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2002.
Peter is an entrepreneur, interested in advancing and innovating law enforcement and policing. He is the Founder of WiredBlue, a startup focused on advancing useful technology in the public sector, focusing specifically on law enforcement. WiredBlue’s flagship product is My Police Department (MyPD) an IOS and Android app utilized by over 125 law enforcement agencies. He also recently founded and is producing the Police Innovation Conference in Cambridge MA.
Prior to starting WiredBlue, Peter served for over a decade as a Detective, Public Information, IT and Social Media Officer for the city of Peabody Police Department.
In addition he investigated computer crime and completed forensic exams for the North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) which covers 50+ cities and towns in the greater Boston area. He was a member of the Attorney Generals Forensic Working Group, NW3C, LEO, and HTCIA. Peter instructed Computer Crimes at the recruit and in-service sessions of the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Council (MPTC) Academies throughout the state. In 2009 he developed and instructed a 2 day course on basic computer crime investigations for local law enforcement investigators. The instruction covered social media, virtual worlds, mobile, and other aspects. It was successfully held on 2 occasions to a capacity crowd.
Peter has been invited to participate in technology discussions in Washington DC at both PERF and the IACP. He has presented on social media, apps, and computer crime to law enforcement groups around the country.
As the Assistant Project Manager and Technical support contact for the Massachusetts Police ID project Peter represented the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police and Massachusetts Major City Chiefs. This project provided the first standard, statewide, secure police credential.
Always interested in new ideas, he especially enjoys anything related to tech, policing, startups, and community relations. Peter is actively developing future projects and concepts and working with strategic partners. In his free time he enjoys surfing and traveling.
Constable, Kingston Police Force
Steve Koopman is a Constable with Kingston Police that has over 200 officers and is responsible for a community of 125,000. He grew up in Kingston and attended Queen’s University where he obtained a four-year Honours undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology, with a minor in LIfe Science.
Steve worked four years in Uniform Patrol before spending eight years in total in the Criminal Investigation Division as a detective (four in Sex Crimes and Child Abuse and four in Major Crime). During his tenure in Major Crime he was assigned a high-profile aggravated assault during Queen’s annual Homecoming celebrations where many partygoers are from out of town. Knowing the local media coverage would not be sufficient in reaching potential witnesses to the crime he created Kingston Police’s first social media accounts in the form of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, where video surveillance coverage of the unknown suspect was disseminated.
Within days multiple Crime Stoppers tips came in properly identifying the accused who then surrendered himself to police and was eventually convicted of aggravated assault. The social media program was a success, but Steve could not devote his entire time to social media, as he continued to work in Major Crime and on such cases as the Kingston Mills honour killings, where four females (three sisters and a first wife) were drowned by their father and brother.
Not until a couple of years later, while Steve was working as a Dangerous Offender Manager, did he see the true potential and reach of social media, not just to solve crimes but to truly reach, communicate and collaborate with the community. Using this strategy Kingston Police became one of most popular per capita social media police services in both Ontario and Canada, gaining a reputation of how to do it right in a policing environment. Since then other social media platforms have been implemented such as Pinterest, Google+, Foursquare, Instagram, Reddit and more.
Steve realized to truly be able to bring the Kingston Police social media platform to its fullest potential he needed to work on it full-time, so in 2012 he moved into the Media Relations position and in 2013 also became the Vice-Chair of OMRON (Ontario Media Relations Officers Network). That same year Kingston Police became the first Canadian police service to run its website and social media feeds all in one mobile portal through the MyPD app, and it has been a huge success, with other Canadian agencies contacting Kingston to advise of their interest in the product.
Detective, Ogden City Utah Police Department
Nicholas Poorte graduated from the Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training Academy in the summer of 2007. He is currently assigned as a Crime Intelligence Detective for Ogden City Police Department, overseeing operations inside of the crime center since July of 2011. He has been a police officer for the city of Ogden for 6 years. During his time with the police department he has been in patrol, domestic violence investigations, and is now currently assigned to the Real Time Crime Center.
Detective Poorte received the Distinguished Work Award for his analytical and investigative efforts on a local case that resulted in a local motel being closed down due to high levels of crime and prostitution. He received the “Mattie Wattis Harris: Making the World a Better Place” award in 2011. He was elected Chairman for the County Domestic Violence Coalition for two consecutive years in 2010 and 2011, and he was recently placed as the regional representative for Northern Utah for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. He also received recognition from the Ogden City Prosecutor’s Office for Excellent Work during his time as a dedicated investigator in the prosecutor’s office. Detective Poorte has also been recognized for his efforts on a recent case that resulted in multiple indictments being filed on several individuals and several millions of dollars in recovered assets during the investigation of a Financial Fraud Scheme that was estimated to have cost the federal and state governments $11.5 Million Dollars in both California and Utah since 2010. Detective Poorte is also a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Member, serving as a Negotiator for the County Metro Team. He specializes on this team as a Technical Support Member, Technical Analyst and Crisis Negotiator.
Detective Poorte currently holds certifications as a Forensic Examiner for Computers and Mobile Devices through the National White Collar Crime Center and Cellebrite. He has worked on several cases involving computer forensics and mobile device extractions of varying degrees.
His technical background stems from High School and College Education focused on Computer Science and Business Administration. When he entered law enforcement, he changed his focus and degree and will graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in September of 2013.
He was previously employed by Xerox Corporation for 8 years as a technical service engineer working with computer networking, networking basics, electronics, fundamentals of electricity, circuitry protection, Programmable Logic Controllers troubleshooting, and computer diagnostics. He is also a self-taught entrepreneur in computers and computer related work and how it relates to law enforcement.
Detective Poorte enjoys spending time with his wife of 11 years, and three children. He has lived in Utah for his entire life, traveling to various parts of the country when the opportunity presents itself. He enjoys the mountains of Utah and taught as a Snow Board Instructor for 10 years, which is something he currently enjoys. He also enjoys any type of physical activity and has recently become involved in long distance running and bicycling.
Deputy Chief, Peabody Police Department
Marty Cohan started his career with the New Hampshire State Police in 1978. He has been in law enforcement for 25 years.
Martin is a graduate of Northeastern University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of Western New England University with a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration.
He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Administration & Investigations at the Peabody Police Department. Additionally he has spent the past five years as the Executive Officer of North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Computer Crime Unit.
Marty attended the FBI National Academy – Session 228. He holds certification as a Certified Financial Crimes Investigator from the IAFCI and is Encase and Access Data certified in computer forensics.
He is Married with two children. His son is a CPA Senior Manager at Deloitte and his Daughter is a second grade teacher in the Peabody Public Schools.
Adrienne P. Costa brings nearly 8 years of experience to her role as a social media consultant for law enforcement agencies. Ms. Costa has collaborated with police departments in Massachusetts to produce and execute social media strategies, campaigns and initiatives.
Currently, Ms. Costa collaborates with Public Information Officers and Command Staff to determine the highest-and-best-use of their social media sites and identifies opportunities for social media enhancement. Ms. Costa develops best practices for social media for law enforcement agencies including but not limited to public relations, citizen engagement, emergency management and school safety. In addition, Ms Costa utilizes analytical tools and assists members of law enforcement agencies in learning to utilize these tools. Ms. Costa also conducts extensive research on social media best practices, strategies, platforms, analytics, etc, on behalf of law enforcement agencies.
Prior to her work as a social media consultant, Ms. Costa was a an Associate at Capital Hotel Management, the largest independent hotel asset management and asset advisory firm in the US. Ms. Costa’s primary focus was social media strategy and online marketing for assets under management collectively valued at approximately $3.5 billion. Ms. Costa worked directly with many global marketing teams from companies such as Marriott International, Ritz-Carlton, Trump Hotel, Starwood, and Hilton to manage, develop and implement social media, user-generated content and website strategies and best practices for their assets to maximize their return on investment. Additionally, Ms. Costa assisted CHM’s public sector clients including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service with their social media strategy.
Ms. Costa holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Endicott College in Beverly, MA, and is a member of both the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts as well as the International Association of Crime Analysts. She has also authored numerous white papers and case studies related to social media.
Social Media Specialist, Massachusetts State Police
Trooper Dustin G. Fitch is the Massachusetts State Police Social Media Specialist. Trooper Fitch started off his career in law enforcement in 1998 with the town of Upton, Massachusetts. After serving the town of Upton for seven years, he went on to the Massachusetts State Police. Trooper Fitch worked in the Division of Field Services from 2005 until being transferred into the Office of Media Relations.
Colonel Timothy Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, has prioritized the development of the department’s social media platforms as a key mission of the Office of Media Relations. Colonel Alben created the position of Social Media Specialist earlier this year; Trooper Fitch is the first person to hold the position, which he assumed in May. Since Trooper Fitch has been in this position, the department has significantly increased its use of social media by postings about department members and incidents, providing the public insight into the day-to-day operations of the Massachusetts State Police.
Director of Telecommunications, Boston Police Department
Shawn Romanoski currently serves as the Director of Telecommunications for the Boston Police Department. Overseeing daily operations of Telecommunications and Video and providing service to 2300 police officers of the department. Shawn has over 25 years experience in wireless communications, navigation, and video systems.
Shawn previously held the position as the Director of Wireless Services for the State of Maine overseeing the build out of a statewide wireless network. Working with the Department of Homeland Security, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and Emergency Management Agency constructed a single statewide system with 95% coverage across 33,000 square miles.
Additional experience included 2 years as the Avionics Advisor to the Government of Kuwait for airborne Communications and Navigation systems. Shawn also worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics gaining extensive experience on Systems integration for Communications and Navigation Systems.
Senior Vice President | Mutualink, Inc.
Joseph Mazzarella is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Board Director of Mutualink, Inc. Mr. Mazzarella is responsible for overseeing Mutualink’s R&D, Defense and Federal Services and Legal functions. Mr. Mazzarella has over 20 years of experience in the high technology and communications.
Prior to Mutualink, Mr. Mazzarella served as the General Counsel to Smartlink Radio Networks, Inc., a developer of a multi-protocol frequency transparent switching technology, and also served as Minority Shareholder Board Representative to TruePosition, Inc., an E-911 wireless location company owned by Liberty Media. Earlier in his career, he served in a variety of executive management roles with Connecticut Telephone, including Executive Vice President and General Counsel and President. Mr. Mazzarella started his career with the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut practicing corporate, finance, and technology law. .
Mr. Mazzarella has a J.D., Cum Laude, from Tulane Law School. He also has a B.S., Chemistry, with honors, from Hobart College.
Vice President of Video, Taser International
Vice President of Business Development, Six15
Mr. Donnelly is the Vice President of Business Development for Six15 where he manages sales, marketing, and new business opportunities for the company. He worked for Vuzix Corporation from 2006 until the Six15 acquisition of the tactical group in 2012. At Vuzix he served as the Director of Defense where he secured $9 million in major defense contracts and generated over 100% in revenue growth in 2011.
Prior to joining Vuzix, Mr. Donnelly maximized revenue and profit growth through new business development and contract negotiations at Con-Way Freight as an Account Executive. There, he was selected as one of 12 out of 600 applicant’s companywide to participate in Con-Way’s prestigious 2005 Professional Development Group, a program with rotational assignments in operations, human resources, management and sales.
Mr. Donnelly holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from LeMoyne College and resides in Pittsford, NY.
David Young is the Chief Commercial Officer and Cofounder of Bounce Imaging. He is the primary touchpoint for all potential customers, and is responsible for ensuring end user needs are incorporated into the technical development process. He is also responsible for the development and execution of the sales strategy, use case development, and marketing efforts for the company. David previously spent four and a half years as an active duty Infantry officer with the US Army. He served with the 82nd Airborne Division and 3rd Ranger Battalion, and has completed combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. David is a graduate of the University of Michigan, earning a BS in Statistics, and the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he received his MBA in 2013.
Bratton Technologies President and Co-Founder
Riker is President of Bratton Technologies (www.brattontech.com), an innovative, professional networking company based in New York City. He co-founded the Company with Bill Bratton, former Chief of the LAPD, NYPD Commissioner, and Commissioner of the Boston Police. Bratton Technologies is preparing to release BlueLine, the world’s first professional network developed exclusively for law enforcement. The platform will allow officers to find each other in a safe and authenticated environment, then to connect, communicate, join existing groups based on association or interest, and create new groups to share insights, trends, or experience across geographies. BlueLine will be released this October at the IACP’s Annual Conference.
Riker is an entrepreneur with 20 years of experience leading the development of data and technology businesses. Prior to Bratton Technologies, Riker led a technology-driven business unit at Kroll Associates, the global risk management company. He has started two other venture-backed companies, and has been extensively covered in national media as well as a Harvard Business School case study.
Marketing Director, The Omega Group
Gabriela has been working with Geographic Information Systems for more than 22 years. Her first experience was working at the Police Department in San Diego, California as a Crime Analyst where she was heavily involved with the technical development, presentation and personnel training of the Crime Reporting and Incident Mapping Environment (CRIME) module for the Regional Urban Information System (RUIS) – one of the first systems that combined GIS with criminal activity.
Later in her career, she became the GIS Manager for the City of San Diego. Her responsibilities included the development, implementation, use, facilitation and management of IT Systems with emphasis on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for the City.
Gabriela left the City of San Diego and became an independent Project Manager/Technical Consultant. She provided Project Management, Technical and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consulting services for public and private agencies.
Today Gabriela is the marketing director for The Omega Group and works on their revolutionary applications which include CrimeView/FireView Desktop, CrimeView/FireView Dashboard, CrimeView/FireView NearMe Mobile, CrimeMapping.com, etc. These applications integrate data, analytics, mapping and interactive digital media to enable new precision policing workflows that optimize patrol strategies and deliver more positive policing outcomes at less cost to the agency and risk to officers.
Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts – Psychology (Industrial), San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Vice President Business Development, Zco
Gary Mueller is Vice President of Business Development at Zco Corproation, one of the worlds largest mobile app developers and creators of the PublicEye App for Police, Fire, and EMS. Mr. Mueller has more than 25 years of worldwide management and executive experience in the high technology and film industries. Prior to Zco, Mr. Mueller served as the CEO of DEXSAR and the Chief Operating Officer of the Luminus Systems, where he continues as a member of the Board of Directors. His prior software experience includes serving as VP and COO of Global Services Network, wherehe helped raise investment capital and launched the Polestar one-number messaging service; and as VP and GM of Mitron (a subsidiary of GenRad), developing new software products for optimizing the electronic PCB assembly industries in the US and Europe.
Mr. Mueller served as VP and GM of Novell’s Developer Services division, where he managed relationships with Novell’s world-wide partners, launched the DeveloperNet program, and attracted 10,000 new developers to Novell products. There he oversaw SDK releases and worldwide developer support, the annual Brainshare user conferences, the Yes, It Runs with Netware branding and co-marketing programs, and the Novell Labs compatibility testing operations.
Prior to Novell, Mr. Mueller spent eight years with Xerox and thirteen years with Eastman Kodak, developing a variety of new document management solutions, imaging products, and high-speed film processing systems for both government and commercial customers. Mr. Mueller holds a BS and a MSEE from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Marymount University.
Michael J Babich
Michael Babich holds an undergraduate degree in marketing and transportation from Michigan State University and a master’s degree in consumer psychology from Wayne State University. He has held senior sales and marketing management positions at the Ford Motor Company, a major automotive retailer and the Piaggio Group. He has been active with the Town of Fairfield, Connecticut’s Clean Energy Task Force, the Empire Clean Cities Coalition, the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and NAFA.
CEO and Co-Founder of sComm
Jason Curry is the CEO and Co-Founder of sComm. One day in 2002, Jason was having breakfast with his father. Frustrated with the slowness of their communication, Jason’s father came up with the idea of the UbiDuo. sComm and Jason’s passion to eliminate all communicate barriers was born on that day. Jason’s mission is to develop solutions to human interaction communication problems for people who are deaf & hard of hearing. Before sComm, Jason was with the Federal Government for 11 years as a Financial Analyst. He has dealt with barriers to communication his entire life due to his deafness and has overcome those obstacles by coming up with other methods of communication. Jason received his degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Missouri and was the first student who was deaf to graduate from that university. He is a current advisory board member of the Deaf Cultural Center and also a board member of the Missouri State Rehabilitation Council. Recently, he served on the Assistive Technology Industry Association board for two years. Jason is dedicated to making communication simple and effortless for all!
Chief Security Officer, Bit9
Nick Levay is chief security officer of Bit9. His responsibilities include managing and growing Bit9’s security operations center (SOC), which aligns with the company’s threat intelligence function to create synergies between internal security best practices and the endpoint and server security solutions delivered to enterprise customers worldwide.
Levay came to Bit9 from the Center for American Progress (CAP), an influential Washington, D.C., think tank, where he was director of technical operations and information security.
Levay joined CAP in 2007 to redesign the organization’s network and establish monitoring systems. During the next six years, he rose to become a trusted provider of cyber security expertise to former National Security Council, White House and Pentagon officials.
Prior to CAP, Levay was director of global systems engineering for iAsiaWorks, Inc., where he was a key member of the team that built state-of-the-art data centers in Hong Kong, Taipei, Seoul and other major cities. Earlier in his career he worked for Internet service providers, software companies and website development firms.
Levay earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Middle Tennessee State University and is an (ISC)² Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
Chief of Police, Peabody Police Department
Chief Robert L. Champagne joined the Peabody Police Department in 1975 as a Patrolman, became Sergeant in 1977, Sergeant Detective in 1981, Lieutenant in 1982, Captain in 1985, and Chief of Police in 1988. Chief Champagne has been Chief of Police of the Peabody Police Department for 25 years.
Chief Champagne holds a Bachelor of Science, Law Enforcement from Northeastern University, Boston, MA and a Masters Degree in criminal justice from Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA
He is a Graduate of the: FBI National Academy – 164th Session, Senior Management Institute for Police – PERF, FBI New England Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar and the Command Training Program – Babson College
Chief Champagne is a Faculty member of the North Shore Community College Criminal Justice Program and Anna Maria College, Criminal Justice Graduate Division.
Military Service: United States Air Force, Staff Sergeant, Vietnam Service
Professional Organizations: Essex County Chiefs of Police Association (Past President), Essex County Drug Task Force (Co-Founder), MA Chiefs of Police Association (Training & Education Committee), International Association of Chiefs of Police – Firearms Committee Member, Police Executive Research Forum, FBI National Academy Associates, Law Enforcement Executive Development Associates, Founding Member and Treasurer of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs
Chief Champagne has been an advisor and subject matter expert in a number of matters for HRD/Civil Service for more than a decade. He has been an advocate for high standards in Training, Testing and Assessment Centers having served as an assessor, team member, section supervisor and Administrator on multiple centers both public and private.
Chief Champagne is a voting member of International Chiefs of Police, Firearms Committee.
Cesar A. Hidalgo
Director Macro Communications, MIT Media Lab
César A. Hidalgo is the head of the Macro Connections group at the MIT Media Lab, where he is the Asahi Broadcast Corporation Career Development Professor.His work focuses on improving the understanding of complex systems. His team at the MIT Media Lab works on the development of data visualization engines, new metrics, and network science. Before joining MIT, César worked as a Research Fellow at Harvard’s Center for International Development. César A. Hidalgo holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor in Physics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.
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