Ron Hess, Deputy Chief/Screening and Vetting Group Directorate of Terrorist Identities National Counterterrorism Center

I applied for the Executive Leaders Program at the urging of my supervisor who had recently taken the course. He was highly complementary of the experience, the value of the broad array of topics, the quality of speakers, and the expansion of his professional network.  The professional connections I made and the exposure to dozens of other homeland topics was invaluable. My participation in this program was one of the most rewarding experiences of my 24 year Intelligence Community career. It is a high quality, professionally run course that I would recommend without hesitation.” Ron Hess Deputy Chief/Screening and Vetting Group Directorate of Terrorist Identities National Counterterrorism Center

Taylor Blunt, High Threat Response Program, Arlington County Fire Department

 The Executive Leaders Program is undoubtedly one of the nation’s most valuable educational experiences for homeland security professionals. It provided me with a wealth of information to bring back to my department and an incredible network of alumni I’ll connect with throughout my career.” Taylor Blunt High Threat Response Program Arlington County Fire Department

Kevin D. Hafemann, Deputy Chief – DNC, Milwaukee Fire Department

The city of Milwaukee was selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention (DNC) and I knew that would require me to acquire a deeper understanding of the current and emerging homeland security issues. I was looking for a venue that could provide me with a graduate-level educational program and connect me with other senior-level homeland security professionals from around our nation. However, I knew that with my current role with the security planning for the DNC that I could not afford to be away from my organization for weeks on end pursuing other educational opportunities. I was looking for the quality of a graduate-level education program that did not require the workload of a traditional graduate-level education program. The hybrid ELP model was exactly what I needed. There was a return on investment for my organization as soon as the first session concluded since I was able to immediately apply many of the topics discussed in our modules regarding strategic policy, critical thinking, crisis communications, and intergovernmental planning challenges. The ELP has definitely helped me consider many of the complex issues that our city is faced with and has provided me with a long-term network of local, state, and federal professionals that I can reach out to for assistance. If you are a senior leader that is committed to resolving homeland security issues and building your network, but you don’t have the time to commit to the traditional Master’s program then the ELP is a no-brainer.” Kevin D. Hafemann Deputy Chief – DNC Milwaukee Fire Department

Lawton Dodd, News director, KSBW-TV / Hearst Television

The ELP was a life changing experience for me. It goes beyond expanding a network with thirty-plus professionals. The topics covered – from the law to counterterrorism, psychology and problem solving – leave me eager to get back to work and put this knowledge to work. ELP is not only making me a better manager, it’s making my workplace better too!” Lawton Dodd News Director KSBW-TV / Hearst Television

Eric M. Stancliff, Captain, Montgomery County Police Department

 I applied to attend NPS at the urging of my supervisor and NPS Masters Program graduate Mike Ward.  I didn’t feel I had the time to dedicate to the masters program and he recommend I apply for the Executive Leaders Program.  I was looking for a way to improve my resume and be more competitive in the promotional process with my department.  Additionally, working with an agency that boarders Washington D.C., I believed it would provide me with a lot of good information to be aware of when considering potential terrorist threats.  What I did not expect was all of the great networking that has taken place with outstanding people that work within public safety from all over the Country.  I have been able to reach out to classmates with expertise in an area for assistance on several occasions already.  The people who run the program, teach the classes, and attend the program are absolutely the best part of the program.  They will continue to be a reliable resource long after we conclude our studies here at Monterey.” Eric M. Stancliff Captain Montgomery County Police Department

Nick Savage – Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC), Federal Bureau of Investigation

I truly believe the strength of this program is in the quality of people sitting in the classroom. The topics and presenters were simply outstanding; but the internal discourse and subsequent enduring conversations were, and are, vital to this program. For me personally, I now can say that I am a much better critical thinker, due in part to having heard so many differing and well-informed perspectives. Not only can I see more of the problem, I now have the ability and perspective to consider different options and solutions. ELP is outstanding and I will carry this experience with me forever.” Nick Savage Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Federal Bureau of Investigation