APEX 2020: February 18-20 in Monterey CA

The Alumni Professional Exchange (APEX) Continuing Education Workshop provides alumni the opportunity to learn about and reflect on critical homeland security issues from different perspectives while visiting with classmates, expanding networks with professionals from other cohorts, and catching up with instructors.

Time to get your cohort back together, network with alumni from all CHDS programs, and explore with fellow alumni what is new in homeland security.

In addition to our usual interesting speakers and panel discussions on Wednesday and Thursday, February 19 & 20, we will have short “TED Talk” style presentations from our alumni on Tuesday, February 18. If you are interested in giving a talk, please send a one paragraph outline of your topic to Heather Issvoran at hissvora@nps.edu.
Each talk will be 20 minutes or less with additional time for Q&A and will focus on a novel idea, perspective or approach to an aspect of homeland security.

The CHDS Association will host its Meet & Greet Reception on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and the always fun Alumni Networking Reception on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

APEX 2020 agenda details forthcoming fall 2019.

Register for APEX 2020

Registration is open to alumni of CHDS’ Master’s, ELP, Emergence, PELP, REP, or FCLP programs.

You will be asked to sign-in and will then be immediately added to the attendee list (there are no additional forms to submit).

Register Now


Heather Issvoran
Director, Strategic Communications
Contract Support for CHDS
831-402-4672   |   hissvora@nps.edu

2020 Lodging and Logistics

CHDS Alumni blocks are being held at the following properties:

Navy Gateway Inn and Suites

A block of rooms have been reserved for February 17-21, 2020.

  • Standard Queen without Kitchenette ($124 per night)
  • Standard Queen with Kitchenette ($134 per night) – available February 18-21 only.
  • Executive King without Kitchenette ($140 per night) – available February 18-21 only.

The Navy Gateway Inn is not accepting direct reservations. Reservations must be made through CHDS. To make a reservation:

Email Kyle Matthews at kyle.matthews.ctr@nps.edu and provide your check-in/out dates, preferred room type and the name of any guests who may be staying with you (for NPS gate access awareness).

We are unable to extend reservations beyond February 21.

Hilton Garden Inn

A group block is available at the Hilton Garden Inn for $161 per night for Feb 17-21, 2020; please refer to the “APEX 2020” when making your reservation using the hotels direct telephone line at 831-373-6141, option #1

Or, use this link if you prefer to make your reservation through the Hilton Website: https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/en/gi/groups/personalized/M/MRYMHGI-PEX-20200218/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

The room block will expire on January 20, 2020. Reservations must be made prior to that date.

APEX 2019 topics included:

  • FEMA Update
  • China and North Korean Influence on Global Security
  • Current Trends in Biometrics for Homeland Security
  • Domestic Terrorist Threats – Hate Groups 2.0
  • New Wicked Issues and Security Challenges for Homeland Security Leaders
  • Emerging Nano-Technology- How it can be Used for Good and Evil
  • Immigration- Current Issues

 APEX Materials

Videos of past presentations on CHDS/Ed