Thirty-three students complete Executive Leaders Program from NPS-CHDS

On February 14, thirty-three students were honored for successfully completing the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program (ELP) at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

The students comprise professionals from the fields of homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, the fire service, public health, education, along with city, county and state government (see list below). “We have been fortunate to have a great diversity of geographical and organizational representation,” said Ellen M. Gordon, CHDS Associate Director Executive Education.

Being at the forefront of a rapidly changing environment requires continuous education for our nation’s homeland security leaders. The Executive Leaders Program provides a deeper understanding of the current and emerging homeland security issues, public policy debates, the terrorist threat and evolving best practices. Fully engaging in these trends through an educational forum enhances our senior leaders’ capacity to identify and resolve homeland security problems as well as an opportunity to build networks among the nation’s local, state, tribal, territorial, federal government, and private sector homeland security officials.

Mark Ray, Director of Public Works/City Engineer for City of Crystal, Minnesota added, “The homeland security enterprise includes a wide array of stakeholders. NPS’s Executive Leaders Program provides a forum for these stakeholders to come together to learn, discuss, and grow. Ultimately, each one of us returns to our respective organizations better equipped to meet the security challenges we are faced with. Being from a local government background, the speakers, class discussion, and professionals I have met in my cohort will benefit me and my organization as we work to continue protect and, if needed, restore critical lifelines for the community we serve.”

This program consists of four modules beginning with foundational aspects of homeland security and the threats, followed by the nature of the threats, legal and cultural aspects of preventing and preparing for the threats, the collaborations necessary to effectively manage the information sharing, threat recognition, protection measures, and plans in preparation for action. ELP cohort 1801 represents the twenty-fourth cadre of students to complete the program, increasing the number of ELP alumni to over 700 total participants.

Ellen Gordon summed it up by saying, “The Executive Leaders Program participants graduating this week have been absolutely wonderful to have in the classroom. Over the past twelve months I have watched the discussions and conversations become quite lively and extremely interesting.”

The graduating class of Executive Leaders Program cohort 1801. Photo courtesy of Javier Chagoya, NPS/PAO.


Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Executive Leaders Program (ELP) cohort 1801

Francisco Alvarado-Ramy – Chief Medical Officer – Quarantine and Border Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kenneth Berkowitz – Chief, Canton Police Department

Nicole Chapple – Chief of Staff, District of Columbia Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency

Cal Dalrymple – Global Security Advisor, Chevron

William Davis Jr. – Deputy State Fire Administrator, New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control

Josh Ehlers – Assistant Chief, California Highway Patrol

Dennis Fulton – Inspector, New York City Police Department

Allen Gary – Director and State Homeland Security Advisor, Arkansas Department of Emergency Management

Todd Harms – Fire Chief, Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District

Kirby Hunolt – Deputy Executive Director, Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection

Joseph Jardin – Deputy Chief, New York City Fire Department

Peter Jennison – Special Assistant to the Administrator, FEMA

Norman Lieberman – Regional Director, Department of Homeland Security

Robert Long – Captain/Commanding Officer, Los Angeles Police Department Major Crimes Division

Christie Luce – Chief, Bureau of Preparedness and Response, Florida Department of Health

Michael Marino – Assistant Chief, Prince George’s County Maryland Fire/EMS Department

Andrew McMahan – Director of Emergency Management and Operations Support, Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Matthew Michelini – Chief of Nominations, National Counterterrorism Center

Kermit Neal – Branch Chief, US Northern Command

Laura Pearson – Chief, Intelligence Liaison and Threat Assessment Branch, United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Tiffani Phillips – Canada Desk Officer, NORAD and USNORTHCOM

Albert Ponenti – Lt. Colonel / Deputy Superintendent of Homeland Security, New Jersey State Police

Richard Range – Major – Director of Commonwealth Fusion Center, Massachusetts State Police

Mark Ray – Director of Public Works / City Engineer, City of Crystal

Ronald Rowe Jr. – Deputy Assistant Director, United States Secret Service

Aram Sahakian – General Manager, City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department

Kevin Saupp – Director of State and Local Partner Engagement, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis

Andrew Scott – Senior Radiological/Nuclear Health Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Health Affairs

Charles Smith – Chief of Screening & Vetting Group, National Counterterrorism Center, Directorate of Terrorist Identities

Byron Smith – Corporate Security Manager, 7-Eleven, INC.

Jessica Stolz – Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, Vermont Homeland Security Unit

Olivia Troye – Chief of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Department of Homeland Security, Office of Intelligence & Analysis

Steven Wren – Captain, New York City Police Department