Michael F. Fronimos is a decorated veteran of emergency services, having served departments in Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky, with nearly 27 years of experience. He is a career firefighter (Apparatus Operator/EMT) with the Hebron Fire Protection District in Boone County, KY, where he also serves as the department’s Public Information Officer.
After graduating from broadcasting school, Mr. Fronimos served as an Assistant to the Press Secretary for the Wayne County Executive’s Office in Detroit, MI, before becoming a career firefighter.
He is a national presenter on topics such as media and community relations, public safety marketing and branding, leadership development and the fire service.
Mr. Fronimos is a Founding Fellow with the PEEL Institute of Applied Policing, where he serves as Director of Public Affairs Training and in other leadership capacities. He is the Vice President of the National Information Officers Association, where he served as President from 2012 to 2013. Mr. Fronimos also works with Boone County Emergency Management, the City of Dry Ridge Fire Department, and is Chair of the Tri-State Crisis Communications Collaborative in Cincinnati, OH.
Mr. Fronimos is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree and is accredited in 16 various disciplines through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress.
Charlane Brown-Wyands, J.D., is an attorney, college professor, consultant and retired police executive with more than 26 years of experience in police operations and law.
Ms. Brown-Wyands joined the New York City Police Department (NYPD) in 1986, rising to the rank of Deputy Inspector. She was the fifth African-American woman to attain the rank of Captain.
Currently the New York Chair of the Justice Studies department at Berkeley College, Ms. Brown-Wyands is responsible for the curriculum development, delivery and programming for more than 2,000 students. She has also taught law and criminal justice courses for St. John’s University and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Ms. Brown-Wyands has also served as advisor and contributing author to the Policing Guidebook Series. Her consultant work includes training on racial profiling and developing a Restorative Justice Program in conjunction with the New York District Attorney’s Office and the Museum of Tolerance.
Ms. Brown-Wyands holds a B.A. from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York; and a J.D. from New York Law School. In addition, she holds a certificate in Equal Employment Opportunity Studies from Cornell University and is a 2003 Fulbright Fellow in Police Studies.
Gary H. Krulish is a full-time professor in the Justice Studies department and program coordinator for the National Security major at Berkeley College. He has been involved in law enforcement and criminal justice for more than 15 years, either within the field or classroom as a scholarly practitioner.
Prior to joining academia, Mr. Krulish served as a special agent with the U.S. Secret Service. As a federal criminal investigator, he worked cases focusing on all facets of financial crime investigations, as well as protection-related details and assignments.
Post-9/11, Mr. Krulish was assigned to the 2002 Winter Olympics Games in Salt Lake City, UT; the Federal Bureau of Investigation – Joint Terrorism Task Force; the Department of the Treasury, Inter-Agency Organized Crime Task Force; and the West African Task Force.
He has collaborated with law enforcement agencies at every level of government, while working cases involving access device fraud, bank fraud, counterfeit currency and identify theft, along with many other types of electronic crimes.
Mr. Krulish holds a B.S. in Administration of Justice from Rutgers University; an M.P.A. with a specialization in Emergency Management from John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and an M.B.A. from New Jersey Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Technology Management. He is a doctoral candidate, pursing a D.Sc. at New Jersey City University.
Edward Dickson is the President of MSA Investigations (MSAI), where he oversees all investigative services. Mr. Dickson has more than 30 years of professional experience, including a 25-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
In February 2012, Mr. Dickson was appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to serve as Director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). Mr. Dickson’s responsibilities during his tenure included oversight for the State of New Jersey’s counterterrorism and intelligence sharing efforts, its Emergency Preparedness and Response activities, and the protection of the state’s critical infrastructure and sensitive assets.
Mr. Dickson served from 2001 through 2004 as the FBI’s Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Newark Division’s National Security Branch immediately following the attacks of September 11, 2001. As such, he directly oversaw the investigative efforts surrounding several major investigations including the Daniel Pearl investigation and Anthrax attacks.
Additionally, Mr. Dickson was the Senior Executive over the FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force, its Domestic Terrorism program, and the Counterterrorism Division’s Operational Support services to various Department of Defense initiatives and working groups.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Mr. Dickson holds a B.A. in Political Science from Illinois Benedictine College.
Izabela Pelszynska has been involved with security for more than 10 years. She serves as Founder and President of The Breacher Group, a female-owned business focusing on security vulnerabilities, risk mitigation and intelligence solutions.
Ms. Pelszynska began her career in security in 2011 as a partner of Bristol Protective Services, a company that provides unarmed and armed officers as well as event management and executive protection programs. She later made the transition to corporate security, working with a global investment bank company on Wall Street through AlliedBarton Security, where she now serves as a security business development manager in New York City.
In January 2014, after serving two years in leadership positions with ASIS International, Central New Jersey Chapter, Ms. Pelszynska became the first female Chapter Chairperson. She also volunteers with ASIS Women in Security Council and Co-Chairs the Women in Security and Technology Leadership Committee for the New York Metro Area.
Ms. Pelszynska has provided training on social media intelligence for ASIS International and the High Technology Crime Investigation Association, as well as to the media.
Ms. Pelszynska holds a B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from Wilkes University.
Alina K. Williams is a compliance professional for Wakefern Food Corporation, the largest cooperative-owned grocery retailer in the country.
She ensures compliance with internal policies and procedures, as well as compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. Prior to her current role, Ms. Williams worked in her organization’s Safety Division, where she served as a retail safety consultant for more than 300 retail locations, with an emphasis on reducing workers’ compensation and general liability claims. Ms. Williams also worked in the Loss Prevention division, where she coordinated the activation of the Emergency Operations Center for Superstorm Sandy and other weather-related events.
Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Williams worked for the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Law Guardian. She conducted cyber and field investigations at schools, hospitals and residences, obtained and verified evidence, and collaborated with other state agencies to exchange information and coordinate activities with regard to her cases.
Ms. Williams holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Rutgers University. She is a doctoral candidate, pursing a D.Sc. at New Jersey City University.
Steven Milligan is the Vice President of Product Management – Law Enforcement & Emergency Management at Signal Corporation, a social media and open source intelligence monitoring, analytics and notification company.
Mr. Milligan has more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement as a front-line police officer, trainer, advisor and consultant. He served as a Sworn Police Officer for the Metropolitan Police and the Merseyside Police (both United Kingdom), as well as the New Zealand Police. His law enforcement experience includes Armed Response, Royal Protection and Diplomatic Protection, Special Branch Advisor, Specialist Police Driver Trainer, Firearms Instructor and Police Command Advisor.
Mr. Milligan has been commended for operational protection duties, development and enhancement of tactical training packages, and he has been involved in numerous large-scale counterterrorism exercises.
In his role with Signal Corporation, Mr. Milligan is responsible for managing the evolution of its open-source intelligence monitoring solution.
Capt. Allen R. Sondej, J.D., served as a police officer for 25 years, retiring in September of 2013 as a Captain in a mid-sized New Jersey police department. A strong believer in the co-equal roles of the community and police, he was the architect of a number of community policing programs. He is a Professor in the Justice Studies department at Berkeley College, New York City campus, teaching all aspects of professional security.
During his career, he maintained a private consulting business concentrating on risk and liability mitigation. He is the author of Operational Policy Making for Professional Security: Practical Policy Skills for the Public and Private Sector.
He is a graduate of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and West Point Command and Leadership School, where he was awarded the Chief Harry Wilde award for academic excellence.
Prior to his law enforcement career, Capt. Sondej served in the U.S. Marine Corps Military Police, and was called back to active service in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
He holds an A.S. in Criminal Justice from Mercer County Community College; a B.S. in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Professional Security from New Jersey City University; and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a doctoral candidate, pursuing a D.Sc. at New Jersey City University.
David E. Chong has served as a member of the law enforcement community for approximately 37 years. After serving more than 22 years, Mr. Chong retired as a Lieutenant Commander of Detectives from the New York City Police Department (NYPD). He has received numerous awards and medals over his law enforcement career and has served in many high-profile assignments and joint federal task forces. Mr. Chong retired from the NYPD as the Commanding Officer of the Global Intelligence and Analysis Unit of the Counter-Terrorism Division.
Mr. Chong served for four years as Police Commissioner for the City of Mount Vernon, NY. In January 2010, he became Public Safety Commissioner of the City of White Plains, NY. He commands operations of the largest department in the City of White Plains and oversees the City Police, Fire, EMS and 9-1-1 services. Commissioner Chong also serves on the New York State Counter-Terrorism Zone 3 Executive Board.
He is an Adjunct Professor of Justice Studies at Berkeley College, where he was recently honored as Adjunct Professor of the Year.
Mr. Chong holds an A.A.S. degree in Business Marketing and Finance from Queensborough Community College; a B.S. in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, and an M.P.A. from Marist College. He is a graduate of the 204th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.
Donna Roman Hernandez served 29 years in law enforcement with the Essex County and Caldwell police departments, retiring as a Captain.
She is the host of Tough Justice, a weekly Internet talk radio show, and serves as a keynote speaker and writer for several law enforcement publications.
Ms. Roman Hernandez is a Police Instructor with Global Police Solutions, an international police and security provider, and the President of Violence Intervention & Police Specialists, a company that offers training and workshops on domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and bullying awareness.
Her two books, Domestic Violence Kills and Battered Blue, will be published this year.
Dave Weinstein is the Director of Cybersecurity for the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) and the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of New Jersey.
Mr. Weinstein joined NJOHSP in August 2014. Prior to joining NJOHSP, he served at the U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Department of Defense in Fort Meade, MD, where his portfolio spanned cybersecurity operations, policy and planning.
Following his time with the U.S. Department of Defense, he joined the private sector, where he consulted for commercial clients on managing their cyber risk.
Mr. Weinstein has been recognized by Forbes magazine as a Top Cyber Policy Expert and his analysis and commentary have been featured in numerous media and academic publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, CNN.com, and The Boston Globe.
Born and raised in Westfield, NJ, Mr. Weinstein holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and an M.A. from Georgetown University. He is also a Cybersecurity Fellow with New America.
Jeremy P. Russ is a Lieutenant in the New Jersey State Police, with more than 17 years of experience in the organization.
After having served the majority of his career in patrol-related assignments and as an Instructor at the New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt, NJ, he is presently assigned as the Unit Head of the Intelligence and Analysis Threat Unit at the Regional Operations and Intelligence Center (NJ ROIC). His various roles at the NJ ROIC include maintaining and building trusted relationships among law enforcement, public safety officials, private-sector constituents, and the citizens of the State of New Jersey through outreach and information sharing with the state fusion center. These roles and relationships have contributed to his successful participation in major security events throughout New Jersey, including Super Bowl XLVIII and the visit of Pope Francis.
Lt. Russ holds a B.S. in the Administration of Justice from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Education Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University. He is a graduate of the 258th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy in Quantico, VA.
Laura A. Connolly is the Public Information Officer for the Emergency Management Section of the New Jersey State Police.
For the past two years, she has been assigned to the Hazard Mitigation Unit, where she assists counties with their Multijurisdictional Hazard Mitigation plans so they can receive pre- and post-disaster grant funding. In her role as Public Information Officer, she creates social media campaigns to encourage engagement, promote preparedness, and amplify emergency messaging.
Ms. Connolly began her career in Human Resources with Mellon Financial Corporation and later with Kelly Services. She joined the New Jersey State Police in 2012 as an Operational Planner in the Recovery Bureau, where she forged crucial alliances and partnerships in order to create all-hazards emergency plans. Following Superstorm Sandy, Ms. Connolly was assigned to be the Individual Assistance Director for the disaster. She successfully worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and non-profit groups to find housing for more than 5,000 families.
Ms. Connolly holds a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.B.A. from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY; and an M.P.S. from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.