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Mark S. Adams Mark Adams is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University Advanced Physics Laboratory with a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE). Mr. Adams is currently on staff working for the Sector Vice President Technology and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Northrop Grumman Information Systems (NGIS) Sector Dr. Neil Siegel. Mr. Adams designs complex network and communications architectures in support of critical Northrop Grumman customer requirements. He has more than twenty nine years experience in the design, development, and integration of complex communication and sensor system architectures. Mr. Adams is presently leading Northrop Grumman’s technical development of a secure enterprise network architecture to be applied to next generation Public Safety systems worldwide, such as the U.S. FirstNet program.
Mr. Adams joined Northrop Grumman in the year 2000 to pursue business opportunities developing new broadband communications architectures for government customers. He worked in the Internal Research & Development (IRAD) program to develop new mobile wireless systems designs for improving federal, state, and local data mission operations. His research has led to, among other significant projects, the development of the Citywide Mobile Wireless Network for public safety in New York City (NYCWiN), the first private mobile broadband system of its type in the world, and more recently a contract with the U.S. Army PEO STRI to upgrade existing training environments with 4G LTE systems.
Mr. Adams served as Northrop Grumman Corporation’s representative to the Wireless Communications Association International (WCA) Executive Committee. In addition, Mr. Adams has spoken to large industry and customer groups (IWCE, APCO, AFCEA, etc.) on topics ranging from spectrum policy to technical communication architectures. Mr. Adams presently serves as Northrop Grumman lead sector architect for communications systems ranging from Public Safety systems to Department of Defense communications. Recently, Mr. Adams served as the NPSTC Broadband Working Group (BBWG) Security Task Group (STG) lead, working to define requirements for security of the future public safety broadband network (FirstNet).
As a complement to his work in communications he also developed significant experience with the cyber threats and technology impacting future communications. Mr. Adams recently assisted the Northrop Grumman Intelligence Systems Division with the deployment of a United Kingdom Federated Cyber Range. This cyber simulation platform provides critical resources to Northrop Grumman and their customers in Europe as well as NATO partners for testing and validation of processes and technology to deal with the growing cyber threats to our communications.
Robert Escalle, Senior Director – Public Safety & Defense, Sonim Technologies
Eric Hagerson, Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager, T-Mobile US
Currently, Mr. Hagerson’s policy portfolio is diverse. He is responsible for T-Mobile’s Public Safety and 9-1-1 federal advocacy efforts, including chairing the FCC’s Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council IV’s Working Group 1 Subcommittee on Text to 9-1-1 location determination. He is also active in NTIA’s Commercial Spectrum Management Advisory Committee’s efforts to identify further federal spectrum for reallocation or sharing opportunities, serving as chair of the Transition Implementation Priorities Subcommittee in Working Group 2. Other issues under Mr. Hagerson’s purview include signal boosters, contraband devices, in-flight mobile connectivity and 700 MHz interoperability.
Mr. Hagerson received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of Phi Beta Delta, the Honor Society for International Scholars. He holds a Masters of Business Administration summa cum laude from the University of Maryland-University College and a Project Management Certificate from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions – Emergency Services Interconnection Forum, Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, National Emergency Number Association, NG9-1-1 Institute and Federal Communications Bar Association.
Mitch Herckis, Director of Government Affairs, NASCIO
Prior to joining the NASCIO staff, Mitch served as a Senior Legislative Counsel and Principal Associate for Federal Relations at the National League of Cities. In that role, he served as the organization’s chief advocate on public safety, homeland security, emergency management, and crime prevention concerns. He also served as the lead subject matter expert and advocate on a range of information technology and communications policies, including cybersecurity and privacy issues. Mitch has also worked for several federal relations firms, primarily representing local governments and professional organizations for government employees.
Mitch holds both Master and Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science from American University, and lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Heather, and his dog, Blue.
Rear Admiral Ronald T. Hewitt, USCG (Retired), Director, Office of Emergency Communications, Department of Homeland Security
Prior to becoming the OEC Director, Mr. Hewitt served for six months as the Director and Deputy Manager of the National Communications System (NCS), a consortium of 24 Federal Departments and Agencies responsible for National Security/Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) communications. Before his arrival to the NCS, Rear Admiral Hewitt served as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Assistant Commandant for Human Resources.
His prior flag assignments include Commander, Coast Guard Maintenance and Logistics Command Atlantic, which provided support to all Coast Guard units between the Rockies and the Persian Gulf; and Assistant Commandant for Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology (CG-6), which is the Coast Guard’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). During this time, Rear Admiral Hewitt was detailed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as their acting CIO where he led the department’s infrastructure technology transformation project.
Rear Admiral Hewitt’s other career assignments include Project Manager for “Rescue 21,” and the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE); Commanding Officer, Electronics Support Unit Boston; Executive Officer, Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Project Engineer at the Omega Navigation Systems Center, Electronics Engineering Center in Wildwood, New Jersey and Operations Officer on the USCGC BITTERSWEET.
Mr. Hewitt, a native of Oregon, is a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree; as well as a 1982 graduate of Purdue University with a Master of Science Degree; both degrees in Electrical Engineering. In 2000, he received a Master’s Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from The George Washington University and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Michael E. Kennedy, Deputy Program Manager, Technology Program Manager-Information Sharing Environment, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Mr. Kennedy graduated from the Marine Military Academy in Harlingen, Texas followed by the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979. In active duty, he earned qualifications as a Surface Warfare Officer and Naval Aviator, with a subspecialty in Computer Technology & Science. Following active duty,
Mr. Kennedy served 19 years in the Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer. He had several active duty, mobilization, and command tours, culminating as the Commander of Reserve Intelligence Area Midwest followed by retirement in June 2009.
In his civilian service career, Mr. Kennedy has served with the Naval Oceanographic Office, United States Central Command, the Commander-In-Chief’s Year 2000 Task Force, United States Southern Command, National Air and Space Intelligence Center. Mr. Kennedy has served as the Chief of Information and Technology for the Director of National Intelligence and as the Chief of Operations and then Director of Intelink. His civilian awards include the National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction (2), the Air Force Civilian Meritorious Service Medal (2), the Chairman Joint Chiefs Civilian Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Commander’s Medal for Civilian Service. Mr. Kennedy’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (3), and numerous campaign and unit awards.
Luke Larson, President, TASER International
Ray Lehr, Chief of Public Safety Consulting, Clear Management
Ray served as the Maryland Statewide Interoperability Director from 2009 to 2014, where he directed a Program Management Office, which was responsible for projects to improve public safety communications including a Statewide 700 MHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) project. He also served as Maryland’s State Point of Contact (SPOC) for FirstNet and initiated the first State Initial Consultation process with FirstNet which provided a framework for future engagements with the nation’s public safety leaders and State officials. Ray was a Board member of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust (PSST) representing the National Governors Association prior to the creation of FirstNet.
Chief Lehr retired as Assistant Chief of the Baltimore City Fire Department after 30 years as a front line incident commander and public safety professional. In addition to his experience as a fire service leader, he was project manager for the City of Baltimore’s consolidated 800 MHz Digital LMR system which supported Fire, Police, EMS and other public service agencies. Retiring from the BCFD in 2000, he spent 10 years working for systems integrators on public safety projects in NYC, DC and LA. He is a Six Sigma Brown Belt and ITIL v3 certified in program management.
Joe Marx, Assistant Vice President – Federal Regulatory, AT&T
Joe has more than 30 years experience in the wireless and wired telecommunications industry and has held leadership positions in the Technology, Product Management, and Operations. He brings to the Federal regulatory environment an understanding of how public policy influences business decisions. Joe has previously served as a board member for Next Generation 911 Institute and current serves on the board of Industry Council for Emergency Response Technologies (iCERT). Joe has worked for AT&T throughout his 30 year career and originally started in the prestigious Bell Laboratories. He received a Bachelors of Science in Software Engineering from Illinois Benedictine College and a Masters of Science in Software Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jacqueline Miller, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Information Technology
She serves as the NM Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) and supporting state and regional technical working groups and an executive policy commission to provide standards for wireless radio communications, researching best practices, facilitating cooperative and contract agreements, ensuring adequate wireless spectrum and reviewing priorities for the statewide radio interoperable needs.
Robert Myles, CISSP, CISM, National Practice Manager, State & Local Government, Symantec
Erika E. Olsen, Senior Legal Counsel, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, FCC
Ms. Olsen previously served in several other leadership roles within the Commission, including Deputy Chief of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, Acting Legal Advisor to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin for wireless, public safety and international issues, and Deputy Chief of the Telecommunications Access Policy Division in the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Olsen was a partner in the telecommunications practice of a large international law firm. Ms. Olsen received her B.A. from Yale University, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Washington and Lee University School of Law, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif.
Bill Pryor, Senior Director, Public Safety and Mid-Markets, Verint
Patrik Ringqvist, Vice President, Wireless Networks, Ericsson
John Snapp, Senior Technical Officer, Intrado
Mr. Snapp has worked in the wireless industry since 1991 and holds 16 patents. He has directed technical groups for various wireless carriers in both engineering and operational roles. He was lead architect in several network nodes that allowed AT&T Wireless to seamlessly bridge the gap between TDMA and GSM. Also at AT&T Wireless, John led the initial wireless deployment of E911 Phase 1 as well as the design, development and deployment of E911 Phase 2.
In addition, Mr. Snapp has served as Vice-Chair of TR-45.2 AHES, the standards body responsible for Wireless 911 Phase 2 standards development.
Sean Spivey, Assistant General Counsel, CCA
Sean’s policy portfolio includes a broad array of subjects, including spectrum, network issues such as data roaming rules and wireless facility siting policies, devices, and public safety regulations, and he regularly advocates before the Federal Communications Commission and other regulatory bodies on behalf of CCA members’ interests. Most recently, Sean led CCA’s efforts through its members to submit A Parallel Path for Competitive Carriers’ Improvement of E911 Location Accuracy Standards, the majority of which was incorporated into the FCC’s rules for improved location accuracy standards for wireless 911 calls made from indoors. Prior to joining CCA Sean worked as a litigation associate at a boutique commercial litigation firm, representing communications clients before state and federal courts throughout the U.S.
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