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

On August 23, thirty-one 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.

NPS-CHDS Director Glen Woodbury addresses the cohort during the graduation ceremony.

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). “The fact that we are graduating so many experts in our Executive Leaders Program says a lot about the leaders of homeland security around the country, and we are so blessed to have them in our classroom,” 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.

David O’Keeffe, Ellen Gordon, Colin Murray, and Glen Woodbury at the graduation ceremony.

Colin Murray, Exchange Officer for Defense Research and Development Canada and Senior Advisor to US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), added, “The NPS-CHDS Executive Leaders Program inspires a unique network of selected national leaders to collectively apply critical thought in understanding and addressing the nation’s most urgent homeland security challenges. As a Canadian, this program offered me an unmatched opportunity to integrate executive-level insight and awareness in considering our shared binational security challenges. It is one of the most personally and professionally rewarding programs I have ever attended.”

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 1802 represents the twenty-fifth 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, “This particular cohort (not to put aside any of the others) has been outstanding in the types of things they’ve brought to the classroom and the exchanges they’ve had with one another. As alumni, they will really make the NPS-CHDS network and knowledge base even stronger.”

Group photo of Executive Leaders Program cohort 1802. Photo courtesy of Javier Chagoya/PAO.


Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security
Executive Leaders Program (ELP) cohort 1802

Tony Brown – Captain, New York City Police Department

Vanessa Burns – Director of Public Works, Metro Louisville Public Works

Claudia Camp – Director, Joint Task Force Coordination Cell, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Mary Frances Comans – Chief Financial Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Charles Esteves – Administrator, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense

Andrew Estrada – Assistant Fire Chief, San Antonio Fire Department

Lynette Falzone – Special Investigations Division Captain, Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Patrick Freaney – Assistant Special Agent in Charge, New York Field Office United States Secret Service (USSS)

Marvin Haiman – Executive Director, Professional Development Bureau – Metropolitan Police Department

William “Skip” Holbrook – Chief of Police, Columbia Police Department, South Carolina

Dan Hughes – Vice President of Disneyland Security and Emergency Services, Walt Disney Company

Jennifer Hughes Edwards – Domestic Operations Logistics Management Specialist, U.S. Northern Command

Kirby Hunolt – Deputy Executive Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Laura Kavanagh – First Deputy Commissioner, New York City Fire Department

Aaron Levy – Executive Officer, National Preparedness Directorate, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Carol Lucas – Senior Strategic Planner, Office of Biometric Identity Management (NPPD/DHS)

Eugene McCarthy – Deputy Inspector, New York Police Department (NYPD) Counterterrorism Bureau

Angela McGuirl – Program Manager, U. S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters

Colin Murray – Defense Research and Development Canada, Senior Advisor Canadian Exchange, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) S&T Directorate

David Musick – Team Lead, Integration Team, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

John Myers – Emergency Manager City of Portland, Oregon

Ronald Papier – Deputy Police Chief, Miami Police Department

Erin Parks – Head of Security and Emergency Preparedness, Sterling Bay

Christopher Rosa – Deputy EMS Administrator, Ventura County (CA) Emergency Medical Services Agency

Nickolas Savage – Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

AJ Schall – Director, Delaware Emergency Management Agency

John Steinbeck – Deputy Fire Chief/Emergency Manager, Clark County Fire Department/OEM, Nevada

Colin Stimmler – Senior Director for Agency Preparedness and Response, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene

Scott Walker – Assistant Chief, Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department

Nicole Weber – Preparedness Section Manager, Nebraska Emergency Management Agency