Board Members

Edward Horowitz (Chair)

Edward Horowitz

Venture capital / technology executive
Term Expires: 2021

Edward Horowitz has extensive leadership experience in the telecommunications, media, and financial services sectors. He is currently the founder and chairman of Edslink, LLC, a venture capital firm providing financial, advisory, and technology consulting services. He has served as Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media, a provider of worldwide television channel origination, live sports and news distribution, digital media, and government services. Prior to Encompass, he was President and CEO of SES AMERICOM, a satellite operator serving the entertainment and broadcast media industries, business enterprises, and the U.S. government. Mr. Horowitz founded and served as Chairman of e-Citi, which is a unit of Citigroup, and was Senior Vice President, Viacom Inc., Chairman and CEO of Viacom Broadcast and Interactive Media groups, and a member of the Viacom Executive Committee. Mr. Horowitz served as Chairman of the Board of Fairpoint Communications through its merger with Consolidated Communications in July 2017. He currently serves on the boards of PT Link Net, Globecomm Systems, Inc., OmniSpace LLC, and the non-profit American Management Association (AMA). Mr. Horowitz holds a B.S. in Physics from CCNY and a Masters of Business from Columbia University.

Richard W. Stanek (Vice Chairman)

Richard W. Stanek

Sheriff, Hennepin County, Minnesota
Term expires: January 2021

Sheriff Richard W. Stanek has served as the 27th Sheriff of Hennepin County (Minnesota) since 2007. Before that, he was a Commander at the Minneapolis Police Department and served as a five-term legislator in the Minnesota House of Representatives, where he chaired the House Crime Policy and Finance Committee. He was appointed to serve as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Public Safety and Director of Homeland Security in 2003. Sheriff Stanek serves on the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) Executive Committee and chairs the NSA’s Homeland Security Committee. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Hamline University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from the University of Minnesota.

Chief Richard Carrizzo

Edward Horowitz

Chief of the Southern Platte Fire Protection District, Kansas City, MO
Term Expires: August 2021

Chief Richard Carrizzo has been in the fire and emergency service for more than 35 years and is currently the Fire Chief for the Southern Platte Fire Protection District (MO). Since his appointment to Fire Chief in 1995, he has successfully managed the transition from an all-volunteer to a combination department, and most recently to a fully career department operating out of four stations. Active in local, state and national fire service professional organizations, Chief Carrizzo serves as the Treasurer and on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC); President of the Heart of America Metro Fire Chief's Council; and executive Board member for two regional fire chief associations. Regional collaboration is very important and he serves on the Mid-America Regional Council's (MARC) Public Safety Communications Board as one of two metro fire chief representatives coordinating and setting policy for the entire 9-1-1 system in the nine counties and 120 cities within the metropolitan, bi-state region of Kansas City. Since 2002, he has also served as a fire representative on the Regional Homeland Security Coordinating Committee (RHSCC) within MARC and current sits on RHSCC’s Executive Policy Committee to set policy for the operations and future of coordinating body. Chief Carrizzo he holds a Master of Business Administration degree, a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, an Associate degree in Applied Science in Fire Science and is a graduate of NFA Executive Fire Officer Program. He is also a graduate of the Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School for Homeland Defense and Security. He also holds the designation of MIFireE.

Welton Chase Jr.

Edward Horowitz

Brig. Gen. (ret.), U.S. Army, Army Information Technology (Signal)
Term Expires: September 2021

Welton Chase, Jr. is a retired General Officer and combat Veteran who served in the United States Army. He was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce as a member of the First Responder Network Authority Board (FirstNet). He is Chief Executive Officer of Chase Cyber Consulting and a Federal Top 100 Information Technology Award Recipient.

During his career, he served as the Commanding General, 7th Signal Command (Theater) leading the Army’s largest theater signal command providing secure reliable communications for over 400,000 throughout the western hemisphere. In 2014, he led US EUCOM’s C4/Cyber Directorate and was responsible for all C4/Cyber operations across 53 countries supporting over 100,000 forces. From 2011 to 2014, he was assigned to the Pentagon where he worked on the Joint Staff as an Division Chief in the J8 & J6. He also served as an Executive Assistant in the Chairman’s Office for the Assistant to the Chairman where he worked closely with the Department of State. From 2008 to 2011, he served in Korea as the executive officer to the Commander United Nations Command/Combined Forces Command/U.S. Forces Command-Korea (UNC/CFC/USFK) and as the commander of the 1st Signal Brigade Yongsan, Korea. As the 1st Signal Brigade Commander, he was responsible for communications across the Korean peninsula. Prior to his assignment to Korea, he attended the Nation Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces and was a Battalion Commander of the 101st Airborne Division’s Special Troops Battalion where he led the unit on its first combat deployment to Tikrit, Iraq in 2005 during OIF IV. He also commanded the 501st Signal Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq, during Operation Iraq Freedom (OIF1) in 2003. From 2001 to 2003 he was assigned to US Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, where he worked in command post that enable our nation’s nuclear deterrent and subsequently served as the Aide-de-Camp to the STRATCOM Commander. From 1998 to 2001, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized) at Fort Hood, Texas where he participated in Advanced Warfighter Experiments as part of Task Force XXI. Prior to 1998, he served in a variety of signal and space operations positons including commanding an Airborne Company at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

His awards and decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters; the Army Commendation Medal; and a variety of unit and campaign awards. He is a Master Parachutist, Ranger and Air Assault Qualified.

He holds a Master of Science degree in telecommunications from the University of Colorado-Boulder; a Master of Science degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University; and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Widener University Chester, Pennsylvania.

He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directions, Association of the United States Army (AUSA) – life member, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Association – life member, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) – life member, Veterans of Foreign Wars – life member, Signal Corps Regimental Association (SCRA) – life member, 1st Signal Brigade Association – life member, and a licensed private pilot.

Neil E. Cox

Neil E. Cox

Telecommunications / technology executive
Term Expires: August 2021

Neil E. Cox has decades of experience with telecommunications, Information Technology, and security monitoring services and is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Repio, Inc., which provides a platform for individuals and companies to search, filter, organize, and take control of their online information and image. Mr. Cox has also served as Executive Vice President of Qwest Communications, where he oversaw all product and business development, as well as the company's IT operations. He was a partner in MK Capital, a venture capital firm investing in application software and applied technology businesses, and has served as Executive Vice President of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), where his responsibilities included digital convergence, next generation networks, and broadband for both fixed and wireless networks. Mr. Cox began his career at the Indiana Bell Telephone Company as the manager of engineering and operations. After working at Bell Communications Research, he joined Ameritech Cellular in 1987 and served through 2001, where he took on positions of increasing responsibility for the company’s cellular and information-based business in the United States and globally. Mr. Cox earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University.

Brian Crawford

Edward Horowitz

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Shreveport, LA
Term Expires: August 2021

Brian Crawford is the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the City of Shreveport (LA). Prior to this appoint in 2015, he was a 29-year fire service veteran, serving previously as the fire chief in Shreveport and Plano, Texas. In his current role as CAO, Mr. Crawford is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the city and its various departments including Police, Fire, Public Works, and Finance through a $500 million annual operating budget and 2,800 employees. His vast public safety experiences includes Hurricane Katrina; the Charleston (SC) Sofa Super Store fire Post-Incident Review Team (2007); Commander of Louisiana USAR Task Force 1 operations in Tuscaloosa (AL) following an F-4 tornado (2011); Texas State Fire Marshall’s Office West Line-of-Duty Death Investigation Task Force (2013); and more than a decade as a flight paramedic. He is a Certified Public Manger© (CPM) through Arizona State University, Certified Emergency Manager© (CEM) through the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP), and Fellow (FIFireE) with the Institute of Fire Engineers. Mr. Crawford serves as a commissioner and vice chair of the Louisiana State Police Commission. He possesses a Master of Arts in industrial psychology from Louisiana Tech University and a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Wiley College.

Mayor Billy Hewes

Edward Horowitz

Mayor, Gulfport, MS
Term Expires: August 2021

As Gulfport’s Mayor, Billy Hewes has built a team that is putting Mississippi’s second-largest city on the map by embracing development opportunities and creating a unique quality of place through collaboration and example-driven leadership. In fostering a regional “One Coast” mindset, Billy has promoted a grass roots, rising-tide approach that acknowledges, when it comes to public and private sector enhancements, “what benefits one, ultimately benefits all.” Hewes is past National Chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council, American City County Exchange, and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. He will take the helm of the Mississippi Municipal League as President in 2019, and serves on the Board of the South Mississippi Planning and Development District, as well as a member of the National Park System Advisory Board. His business experience as an insurance and real estate agent, combined with 20 years of service in the Mississippi Senate – serving his last term as President Pro Tempore, have helped him to better understand the needs of his constituents and find solutions for the improvement of his city, and the community, at large. Hewes holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Robert T. Osterthaler

Robert T. Osterthaler

Business / Technology Executive
Term Expires: January 2021

Mr. Robert Tipton (Tip) Osterthaler is the former President and CEO of SES Government Solutions, an independent subsidiary of SES, one of the world’s largest satellite communications companies. Prior to his position at SES, he was a Senior Vice President at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) where his last assignment was Deputy General Manager of the Strategies, Simulation and Training Business Unit. Mr. Osterthaler served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, retiring as a Brigadier General and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO Policy. Earlier positions included Vice Commander of the Air Intelligence Agency and numerous command and senior staff assignments. He is a command pilot with over 3,000 flight hours in numerous aircraft including the F-15 and F-4. Upon his retirement, he was presented with the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the nation’s highest peacetime defense award. He holds a BS in Economics from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Paul R. Patrick

Edward Horowitz

Division Director, Family Health and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health
Term Expires: August 2021

Paul R. Patrick is the Director for the State of Utah’s Family Health and Preparedness Division. In this role, Mr. Patrick oversees the operation of eight program offices, including the Office of Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness. The Division’s program offices work in partnership with Local Health Departments and others in the community to provide effective and efficient programs to the public. Mr. Patrick is a Past President of the National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO). He represents the association as a member on the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council’s (NPSTC) Governing Board, SAFECOM’s Executive Committee, and the Video Quality in Public Safety (VQiPS) Leadership Team. Paul is also a member of SAFECOM. As a longstanding advocate for EMS and public safety communications, Mr. Patrick has been involved with efforts for the nationwide public safety broadband network since its inception. Most recently, he served as the Interim Chair of the FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC).

Richard Ross Jr.

Richard Ross Jr.

Police Commissioner, City of Philadelphia
Term Expires: January 2021

Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. leads the fourth largest police department in the nation with more than 6100 sworn and 800 civilian members. His 28 years of service, include working in and commanding various units, ranging from Patrol, Special Operations and the Detective Bureau to Homicide and Internal Affairs. His prior role as First Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations, included his command of Patrol Operations, Homeland Security & Domestic Preparedness, Special Operations, Detective Bureau, Labor Relations, Community Relations, Criminal Intelligence, Command Inspections Bureau, and the Mayor’s Security Detail. Commissioner Ross is the recipient of numerous awards and citations, including the Gary P. Hayes Award for Excellence in Policing and the Dawn’s Place Champion Award for his work to abolish human trafficking. Commissioner Ross is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command, the F.B.I. National Academy, the National Executive Institute, and the Police Executive Leadership Institute. He is active with law enforcement communities of Major City Chiefs, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Associates and the Police Executive Research Forum.

Teri Takai

Teri Takai

Government information technology expert; former CIO, states of Michigan and California
Term expires: August 2019

Teri Takai worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors. A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense. She next served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is currently the Executive Director for the Center for Digital Government, a member of the FirstNet Board, and a member of several industry advisory boards. Teri has won numerous awards including: Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

David Zolet

David Zolet

President & CEO of LMI
Term Expires: January 2021

David Zolet has more than 30 years of corporate experience and leadership roles in business development, engineering, strategic planning, and customer relations. Mr. Zolet is president and CEO of LMI, a management consulting firm with a 55-year history of serving the federal government. Prior to joining LMI, Mr. Zolet spent nearly 7 years with DXC Technology (formerly CSC) in executive roles, most recently as executive vice president and general manager for the Americas region. Before that, he led the North American Public Sector, a $5.7 billion business unit offering solutions and services to support the missions of federal, state, and local government agencies. Previously, he spent more than 20 years with Northrop Grumman Corporation, including as president of its Defense group; vice president of the corporate business development organization; president of the Commercial, State and Local group; and vice president of homeland security. Mr. Zolet earned an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, as well as an MS in electrical engineering and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Johns Hopkins University.

Mick Mulvaney

Mick Mulvaney

Director, Office of Management and Budget
Term: Ex-Officio

Mick Mulvaney is the current director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). He was nominated to the post by President Donald J. Trump in December 2016 and confirmed by the Senate on February 16, 2017. Prior to his time as the director of OMB, he served the people of the 5th District of South Carolina as their Congressman where he was first elected in 2010. He attended Georgetown University, graduating with honors in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance. He received his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed his formal education at Harvard Business School's OPM program in 2006.

Kathleen Kraninger

Kathleen Kraninger

Office of Management and Budget Designee

Kirstjen M. Nielsen

Kirstjen M. Nielsen

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Kirstjen Nielsen was sworn in as the sixth Secretary of Homeland Security on December 6, 2017. She previously served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff. Secretary Nielsen joined the Trump administration in January 2017 as Chief of Staff to then-Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly. In that position, she was responsible for advising the Secretary on all operational, policy, and legal matters, including counterterrorism, cybersecurity, and border security. From 2012 to 2016, she served as the founder and President of Sunesis Consulting LLC, a private consulting firm focused on preparedness strategies, policies, plans, tools and tabletop exercises to prevent, protect against and respond to catastrophic events with a focus on critical infrastructure interdependencies. She holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia’s School of Law.

Ron Hewitt

Ron Hewitt

Department of Homeland Security Designee

Matthew G. Whitaker

Matthew G. Whitaker

Acting Attorney General of the United States (DOJ)

Christopher M. Piehota

Christopher M. Piehota

Department of Justice Designee

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