EIS Council’s staff includes former state emergency managers, industry leaders, and government officials, and partners with critical utilities and infrastructures, academic institutions, technology providers, and volunteer organizations around the world.
EIS Council’s founder comes from the US aerospace industry. His close work with NATO, the US, UK, and Israeli governments made him acutely aware of the global scale risks of fast-growing interdependencies and the unique role an agile non-government organization could play in helping to foster global preparedness. EIS Council was founded in 2009, and shortly after held its first international summit. It was set up to help bridge resilience gaps for hazards on all scales, including potential large-scale global catastrophes.
The Council has offices in Washington D.C., London, and Tel Aviv.
CEO & President
Avi Schnurr is CEO and President of the Electric Infrastructure Security (EIS) Council.
Mr. Schnurr has reviewed severe “Black Sky” hazards to lifeline utilities for a number of state and federal government departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the National Security Council, Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Department of Homeland Security, among others. He has been a leader in development and coordination of protection strategies for critical national infrastructures, working with senior executives of the nation’s largest power, water, and fuel companies, with other corporate sectors, and with key government and NGO stakeholders.
Mr. Schnurr has provided invited briefings for NATO, the European Union, Parliamentary Committees, government science advisors and energy ministries. He has reviewed U.S. defense policies for the Department of Defense, the White House Homeland Security Council, the National Academy of Sciences, Congress, NATO and a variety of other venues. Until the end of 2004, Avi Schnurr worked for Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology Sector in California, where he had system responsibilities for space payloads and other advanced systems and instruments, and also managed U.S. and international defense programs. He holds a number of patents in laser and optical systems and twice received the corporate Chairman’s Award for Innovation. Avi Schnurr received his M.Sc. Degree in Physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Christopher Beck
Chief Scientist & Vice President for Policy
Chris Beck is the Chief Scientist and Vice President for Policy at EIS Council, where he has worked since May 2011. He is responsible for the analysis, design, and promotion of critical infrastructure resilience for widespread, long-duration power outages initiated by Black Sky threats.
Dr. Beck is a technical and policy expert in several homeland security and national defense related areas including critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, science and technology development, WMD prevention and protection, and emerging threat identification and mitigation. Dr. Beck served as the Subcommittee Staff Director for Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Science and Technology and was the Senior Advisor for Science and Technology for the House Committee on Homeland Security (CHS), US House of Representatives, where he worked from May 2005 to May 2011. Prior to CHS, he worked in the office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez for three years, beginning as a Congressional Science Fellow and then as a legislative assistant.
Before government service, Dr. Beck was a postdoctoral fellow and adjunct professor at Northeastern University. He holds a PhD in physics from Tufts University (2001) and a B.S. in physics from Montana State University (1994). He served in the Marine Corps Reserve for five years (1987 – 1992).
Dr. Ehud Ganani
Vice President, strategic programs
Dr. Ehud (Udi) Ganani, as Vice President for Strategic Programs, is responsible for the development, coordination, and management of several key programs: GINOM AI, BSX, Digital Transformation, EIS Academy, and EMP Consulting. All these programs are International.
Udi Ganani is a co-founder of Contguard Ltd., a global maritime container tracking startup. He is also a member of the SPECTRUM Group in Alexandria, VA and a Research Associate in ICT International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at IDC Herzliya.
Previously, Dr. Ganani served in senior management roles in a number of corporations providing high technology solutions for security applications. He was Chief Executive Officer and President of Rabintex Industries Ltd., served as CEO and chairman of TraceGuard Technologies Inc. and chairman of Bird Aerosystems Ltd. He also chaired the public advisory committee for Aerospace, Defense and Homeland Security for the Israeli Export Institute.
Prior to that, Dr. Ganani served as a senior manager in some of Israel’s largest and most important aerospace companies: He served as Chief Executive Officer of Israel Military Industries, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Rafael, and headed Rafael’s rocket motors development group.
Dr. Ganani holds a Doctorate of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University, St. Louis, MO and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel.
Director of Resilience Planning
Brigadier General (Retired) John W. Heltzel received his military commission in the Kentucky National Guard from Eastern Kentucky University in 1979. Over his 33 year military career he commanded at the battery, battalion and regimental levels. In 2007, General Heltzel was selected to serve as the Deputy Commander/Assistant Adjutant General of Kentucky’s Joint Force Headquarters where he directed the training of the Kentucky National Guard in direct support of the Homeland and Global Security Mission.
In 2006, General Heltzel assumed the position of President and Chief Operations Officer for Cyber Defenses Incorporated (CDI), an Information Assurance (IA) company. In July 2008, Governor Steve Beshear appointed General Heltzel to head the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. During that time he led the Commonwealth’s response to 10 presidentially declared disasters.
General Heltzel served as the Chairman of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium from 2009 through 2012. In 2010 and 2011, he led the planning and development for portions of the National Level Exercise focused on the natural threat of the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). General Heltzel served as a regional vice president of the National Emergency Management Association from 2009 through 2013, chairing the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) committee from 2011 through 2013.
After retiring from a varied career as an educator, Sarah took the role of assistant to the CEO of EIS Council when the organization was in its formative stages. Providing wide ranging strategic advice and focused logistical support, she helped expand the original concept to its current full range of activities.
In November 2015 Sarah was appointed by the Board of Directors as advisor for EIS Council and has continued in that role until the present time. Today, Sarah is volunteering as Strategic Advisor, addressing both the organization’s expanding initiatives and program development.
Lihi Rotem Ganani
Director of Digital Transformation
Lihi joined EIS Council’s leadership team in 2020, serving as the Director of Digital Transformation. She is responsible for managing all the Council’s digital initiatives with the aim of building and growing the international online community, supporting new programs and initiatives. Lihi leads EIS projects related to marketing and branding, is in charge of social content, CRM implementation and the EIS academy.
Prior to joining the Council, Lihi conducted industry analysis and data strategy projects for FANS-LEAGUE, an Israeli mobile gaming start-up.
While living in Madrid, Spain, Lihi worked at the IE Business School, one
of the world’s top business schools. With a skill for creating partnerships and focusing on innovation, she was involved in organizing yearly programs, designing the startup Lab – a startup acceleration program and the Business Impact Lab – an open innovation program. She ran “Challenge weeks”, one week Design Thinking programs with leading corporates and built a marketplace involving SMEs, corporates, and students for innovation-related consulting projects focused on growth.
In Israel, Lihi served as a judicial advisor in the Israeli circuit court and worked for boutique law firms. Lihi holds a BA in Business, an LLB in Law, a Master of Laws (LLM), and an MA in Digital Transformation and Innovation Leadership.
Director, Program Planning & Operational Architecture
John Organek is a retired US Army Corps of Engineers Officer who has served a second career practicing enterprise, system and technical architecture for over 25 years in both the private and public sectors. During his two careers he has served in a wide variety of positions and assignments of increasing responsibility, with extensive experience in national-level systems.
John served in the US Army for over 23 years during which time he served in staff and command positions in the Republic of Korea and in the Republic of Vietnam, performing combat, construction and staff engineering duties.
In the private sector John has worked with The NASDAQ Stock Market, National Association of Securities Dealers, First Union Bank and The Federal Reserve, as well as with several startup companies. In the Government sector, John has been the Chief Architect for Army business systems and business architect for an ERP implementation at Department of Homeland Security. He also served as a consultant to the Riga Stock Exchange and to the Consolidated Financial Regulator in the Republic of Latvia, and conducted an evaluation of Communications-Based Train Control systems, for the Federal Transit Agency.
John received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Hydrosystems Engineering, from the University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois.
Law Enforcement & Local Public Health
John B. Lile had a long career with the Kentucky State Police where he held every rank from Trooper to Deputy Commissioner.
As a Captain, he commanded the Dry Ridge and Frankfort Post overseeing the daily operations. After receiving a Promotion to Major, he supervised the Information Services, Drug Enforcement/ Special Investigations, Professional Standards and the 8 posts in the West Operations Branches. Promoted to Lt. Colonel, he served as the Division Director for the Service, Administrative and the Operations Divisions. Lile was promoted to Colonel and served as Deputy Commissioner for Governmental Affairs where he coordinated activities with the Kentucky General Assembly. Governor Paul D. Patton appointed Lile as Deputy Secretary of the Kentucky Justice Cabinet. Lile was also appointed Director of the Kentucky Police Corps at the Department for Criminal Justice Training.
For the last ten years he has been a part time contract employee at the Franklin County Health Department as the Preparedness Coordinator.
Lile holds an undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University majoring in Law Enforcement with a minor in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Kentucky State University.
Dr. Anthony Bucci
Technical Director for Infrastructure Simulation
As Technical Director for Infrastructure Simulation, Dr. Anthony Bucci leads EIS Council’s modeling and simulation initiatives. In particular, he is the technical lead for the development of the GINOM® large-scale multi-sector meta-simulation.
Dr. Bucci has been involved in technology development for over 25 years as a software developer, researcher, lecturer, advisor and entrepreneur. As scientific advisor and cofounder of multiple startup companies, he has directed efforts in applying cutting-edge techniques to cybersecurity, intellectual property, and life sciences research challenges. A proponent of complex systems thinking, he has worked on dozens of simulations during his career in the philanthropic, corporate, and government sectors.
Dr. Bucci earned a B.Sc. in mathematics from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH (1994) and a Ph.D. in computer science from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA (2007). His Ph.D. research focused on developing theoretical understanding of problem domains in which interaction can occur – the hallmark of a complex system and the core domain addressed by GINOM.
Technical Director for communications systems
Major Scott Blevins (Retired) served nearly 30 years in the Kentucky National Guard. Scott served in the Signal corps throughout his military career and has both hands on and strategic planning experience on a wide array of military tactical and commercial communications equipment. Scott’s assignments included company level command, battalion operations officer, battalion and brigade S6 officer, and communications planner and network operations manager at the Kentucky Joint Forces State Headquarters.
Scott’s expertise in military communications, public safety communications, and commercial data and voice communications makes him an invaluable planner for disaster response planning. During his tenure as the Kentucky National Guard’s Communications Manager, Scott was called upon to assist in planning, providing and restoring communications during numerous floods, tornadoes and other federally declared disasters to include the 2009’s catastrophic statewide ice storm in Kentucky.
In 2016 Scott founded his own Information Technology consulting firm, Leveled Up Inc. to help leaders leverage technology in accomplishing their strategic goals.
Scott holds an MBA from the University of Louisville and a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Administration from the University of Louisville.
Electric Sector Coordinator
Frank Koza serves as EIS Council’s Electric Subsector Coordinator, working with leading power companies and their partners to help coordinate resilience planning for a wide range of hazard scenarios.
Prior to joining the Council in 2017, Mr. Koza was Executive Director of Infrastructure Planning at PJM, responsible for system operations and system planning and for the technical staff associated with generator interconnection and implementation of transmission enhancement. He also served as Vice Chair of the NERC Geomagnetic Disturbance Task Force, and formerly as Chair of the NERC Operating Reliability Subcommittee.
Previously, Frank Koza worked at Exelon/PECO Energy in a variety of assignments including construction of fossil and nuclear generation facilities, construction and maintenance of transmission, system planning, and system operations.
Frank is a Registered Professional Engineer, PA. He holds a BSME from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Engineering from Widener University.
Non-Government Organization and State Government Sector Coordinator
Mr. David Maxwell is currently working for the Electric Infrastructure Security Council as a Sector Coordinator for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO). In this role, Mr. Maxwell will work to ensure the NGO Sector is prepared for a major outage on the electrical grids that could last days/weeks/months.
In 2006, Maxwell was appointed Director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) and State Homeland Security Advisor. He had over 38 years of service with the agency, was the designated State Coordinating Officer for twenty-four federally declared disasters and one federally declared emergency.
As Director, Maxwell chaired the Arkansas Homeland Security Executive Committee and served on the Arkansas Governor’s Earthquake Advisory Council, State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) Executive Committee, and Arkansas Tech Emergency Administration and Management Citizens Advisory Council.
Mr. Maxwell served at various times as the chair of the NEMA Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Committee, Preparedness Committee and Response and Recovery Committee, as well as helping form and chairing a working group between NEMA and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). Additionally, David served on the Board of Directors of the Central United States Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC) and was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Governors Association (NGA) Governors Homeland Security Advisors Council for which he chaired the Catastrophic Disaster and Preparedness Committee. In 2015, David was awarded the Lacy E. Suiter Distinguished Service Award by the National Emergency Management Association. David Maxwell holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas with a Bachelor’s Degree from Arkansas Tech University.
Fuel and Regulatory Sub-Sector Coordinator
Regulatory and Fuels Sub-Sector Coordinator
David Miller served as FEMA’s Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA), from September 2011 until his retirement in April 2015. He was responsible for development, implementation and execution of flood insurance and mitigation program policy.
From 2004 to 2011, Mr. Miller served as the Administrator of the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division. During his tenure he served as the Governor’s Authorized Representative for eleven President-declared major disasters, including the 2008 flooding disaster. Under Miller’s leadership, Iowa was one of only a handful of states to achieve national accreditation under the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) and was one of only 12 states to have a federally approved enhanced mitigation plan. Prior to becoming the Administrator Mr. Miller served in a number of roles including Chief of Staff, Legislative Liaison, and E911 Program Manager. He was responsible for the creation, editing and publication of the Division’s Administrative Rules and legislative efforts including Iowa’s Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
Mr. Miller has served as a member or leader in a number of State and national groups, including Co-Chair of the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force; Chair of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group; former member of the National Advisory Council; and terms as the Vice President and President of the National Emergency Management Association. He currently serves as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Resilient America Roundtable and is a Board member of the Rising Phoenix Holding Company.
R. Ranger Dorn
Dorn Ranger is the Exercise Coordinator for the EIS Council and has helped with the development and delivery of EARTH EX as well as Black Sky Exercises since 2017. He is a founding member and Managing Partner with Utility Response Training Associates, LLC, providing training and exercises to utilities as well as private and public organizations throughout the US. Ranger served on Regional and National Incident Management Teams from 1997 to 2016, in the positions of Operations Section Chief, Deputy Incident Commander, and Incident Commander, responding to several incidents of national significance. Ranger is a Master Exercise Practitioner – MEP and has developed and delivered exercises from Tabletop to Full Scale nationwide, including evaluating a state response for a National Level Exercise. He has provided ICS training and course development to organizations throughout the US for FEMA, EMI, the National Sheriffs Association, the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition Inc, the US Coast Guard, several large electric, gas, and water utilities, as well as state and local government agencies. Ranger holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration as well as a BS in Fire Protection Administration.
Marketing & Awareness Coordinator
Since 2001, Karen has been Meeting and Marketing Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Association. Previously she held the position of Account Executive, Sponsor & Partner Relations at WYNCOM, Inc. Karen is known for professionally managing events with the right environment for communication between the varied stakeholders in the industry.
Since Nov 20 Karen serves as the principal contact for developing the relationships and coordinating all contact efforts to secure sponsors and partners.
Private Sector Coordinator
Julie Kay Roberts is a strategic communication and emergency management veteran with two decades of experience in public and private sector. After a decade of serving in state and federal government positions, Roberts returns to the private sector as President of JK Roberts, LLC, specializing in strategic planning, crisis communication, emergency management, media relations, and risk assessments with continuity planning. Roberts most recently served as the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she developed and implemented the agency’s strategic communication plans for on-going operational programs and coordinated the efforts and communication for NOAA’s nationwide emergency management partners during natural disasters.
Prior to NOAA, Roberts served at the pleasure of Florida Governor Rick Scott as the Director of Scheduling for the Executive Office of the Governor. In early 2012, she was named as the External Affairs Director for the Florida Division of Emergency Management where she served as the private sector coordinator, statewide disability coordinator, legislative and intergovernmental director, and communication director. During her tenure, Roberts developed the nationally recognized public outreach and educational campaign – Kids Get a Plan, established multiple awareness-building partnerships with college and professional sports teams, organized public-private sector summits and served as lead during activations of the State Emergency Response Team. As a political appointee of President George W. Bush’s Administration, Ms. Roberts served Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Director Joe Allbaugh, U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, U.S. Department
of Commerce Under Secretary for International Trade Administration Grant Aldonas, and U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Clifford M. Sobel. Ms. Roberts credits her success to the strong women in her life that positively influenced her personal and professionally. She is committed to supporting the next generation of women leaders by serving as an advisor to the Zeta Tau Alpha Chapter at George Mason University and previously at Florida State University. A native of Marshall, Texas, Ms. Roberts holds a Certificate in Emergency
Management from the International Association of Emergency Managers. Furthering her professional experience, she completed the Center for
Homeland and Domestic Security (CHDS) Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Post Graduate School, the FEMA Executive Leadership Program, and the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) through Harvard Kennedy School Center for Public Service. Ms. Roberts earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Political Science from East Texas Baptist University.
Dr. Paul Stockton
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense
Paul Stockton is the managing director of Sonecon LLC, an economic and security advisory firm in Washington, DC. Before joining Sonecon, he served as the assistant secretary of defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs from May 2009 until January 2013. In that position, he was the secretary of defense’s principal civilian advisor on providing defense support to FEMA and DHS during Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and other disasters. Dr. Stockton also served as DOD’s domestic crisis manager and was responsible for Defense Critical Infrastructure Protection policies and programs. In addition, Dr. Stockton served as the executive director of the Council of Governors.
Prior to being confirmed as assistant secretary, Dr. Stockton served as a senior research scholar at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and associate provost of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS). Dr. Stockton was twice awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, DOD’s highest civilian award. DHS awarded Dr. Stockton its Distinguished Public Service Medal. Dr. Stockton holds a PhD from Harvard University and a BA from Dartmouth College. He is the lead co-author of “Curbing the Market for Cyberweapons” (Yale Law & Policy Review, 2013) and numerous other studies on cybersecurity issues. Dr. Stockton is senior fellow of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and serves on the boards of Analytic Services, Inc, Idaho National Laboratory, and the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security Studies at the George Washington University.
Vice President, Security, and Preparedness, EEI
Scott has been with EEI since 2009 when he joined the government relations department focusing on security and several emerging technology issues, including electric grid modernization, cybersecurity policy, and telecommunications priorities. He now leads EEI’s security and preparedness team where he focuses on industry security and resilience initiatives, establishing collaborative partnerships between government and electric companies—and across critical infrastructure sectors—that enhance security for the energy sector.
In addition to his role at EEI, Scott also serves as the Secretary for the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). The ESCC is the primary liaison between senior government officials and industry leaders representing all segments of the sector. This partnership is held up as a model for how critical infrastructure operators can work with government, yielding dramatic improvements in security and preparedness for the electric power sector and the nation.
In these roles, Scott has provided testimony before several state legislative and regulatory bodies, both houses of the U.S. Congress, and to the United Nations Security Council. He speaks frequently with national media, is a board member of The George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and has been a trusted source for policymakers on issues of critical infrastructure security, including both the Pentagon’s Defense Science Board and the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council.
Prior to joining EEI, Scott was a senior adviser to Members of Congress serving the 12th Congressional District of California, including former House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Lantos. From 2001 to 2007, he served as an economic policy adviser to U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.
Scott received a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder for his undergraduate studies, and a Master’s Degree from The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He also has received continuing education in executive leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. He lives on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC with his wife, two daughters, a mutt, and a not-so-Great Dane.
Rt Hon. Lord James Arbuthnot of Edrom
Former Chair of the UK House of Commons Defence Committee
The Rt. Hon. Lord James Arbuthnot, MP, Baron Arbuthnot of Edrom, became a Life Peer and a Conservative Party member of the House of Lords in 2015. Previously, he served as Chair of the UK House of Commons Defence Committee, a position he held from 2005 to 2015. From 2001 to 2005 James Arbuthnot was Shadow Secretary of State for Trade, and also a member of the Intelligence and Security Committee.
Previous to this, he served as Minister of State for Defence Procurement (1995-1997) and Opposition Chief Whip (1997 -2001), after serving as a Government Whip and Parliamentary Undersecretary of State at the Department of Social Security. James Arbuthnot first entered the UK Parliament in 1987 as MP for Wanstead & Woodford and, beginning in1997, represented North East Hampshire.
Former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force
Miranda Ballentine, now volunteering as an advisor for the EIS Council, is a senior executive with a history of success in c-suite-level leadership roles requiring adaptability and strategic decision-making to balance competing priorities.
Ms. Ballentine has a proven track record of intra-preneurship in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors, and across multiple fields, including energy, sustainability, construction and facilities, finance, and retail. Ms. Ballentine brings two decades’ experience leading high-performing, global and community-based teams, both vertically and in matrixed environments. She is skilled at both seeing the big picture and diving into details, balancing analytics with business intuition. As a leader who cares, empowers, and builds people and teams, she brings an ability to identify relationships between programs and organizations to breakdown silos and build collaborative partnerships. She has proven excellence in influencing global teams with no direct reporting authority, successfully building consensus among peers, superiors, and direct reports with collegiality and cultural sensitivity. Ms. Ballentine is also a passionate and articulate public speaker, with experience across: media, conferences, motivational talks, and classrooms.
Most recently appointed by President Obama to be the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, and Energy), a 4-star civilian equivalent position, Ms. Ballentine was an integral member of the Air Force’s top executive team, alongside the Secretary of the Air Force and the Air Force’s 4-star Generals. She was responsible for the oversight, formulation, and execution of plans, policies, programs, and budgets for: 170 Air Force installations; a $9 billion annual energy budget; a $4.5 billion annual construction budget; environmental conservation, restoration & compliance programs for nine million acres of land, 200 miles of coast line, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands; safety & occupational health for 660,000 employees; and program execution by 50,000 engineers around the world. Under her leadership, the Air Force scaled energy resiliency and created a new Office of Energy Assurance, to make mission-assurance a central tenant of every energy project. She launched the Resilient Energy Demonstration Initiative (REDI), which developed and oversaw designs for smart, cyber-secure microgrids, including a “Future Forward Operating Base.” She provided war-fighting Commanders, for the first time, with visibility to strategic risk-to-mission from kinetic and cyber-attacks to the power grid, Air Force energy assets, and industrial control systems, and she oversaw energy policies for the nation’s largest fleet of aircraft, facilitating efficiencies worth $1.2 Billion in savings. Ms. Ballentine garnered the trust and respect of top Air Force Generals and was awarded the Pentagon’s top citation for civilian leadership.
Prior to the Air Force, Ms. Ballentine served as the Director of Sustainability for Global Renewable Energy & Sustainable Facilities at Walmart Stores, Inc. In this role, she led a team of 60+ colleagues from fifteen countries to develop strategies toward Walmart’s goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. These programs identified over $1 billion in potential annual energy savings and 9 million metric ton of avoided GHG potential. Ms. Ballentine served as a relationship architect, successfully building dozens of NGO partnerships to minimize negative public-facing campaigns and capitalize on NGOs expertise.
Prior to the Air Force and Walmart, Ms. Ballentine was the Vice President of Investor Analysis and Chief Operating Officer at David Gardiner & Associates where she informed multi-million-dollar investment decisions by analyzing companies’ off-balance sheet risks and opportunities. She has provided climate change, environmental, and sustainability strategies to Fortune 500 corporations, institutional investors, socially responsible investors, and environmental groups.
Ms. Ballentine holds a Bachelors of Science in Neuro-Psychology from Colorado State University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Masters of Business Administration from George Washington University, where she finished in the top 5% of her class.
Awards and Decorations:
Memberships and Affiliations (Current and Previous):
President of Advanced Fusion Systems
Curtis Birnbach is President, Chief Technology Officer, Board of Directors of Advanced Fusion Systems. Mr. Birnbach is an expert in electromagnetics, electron tubes, pulse power systems, materials science, manufacturing methods, intellectual property development, and a registered export agent. He holds 18 US Patents, 8 foreign patents and numerous patents pending. He has published papers with SPIE, IEEE, NASA, and EPRI. He has consulted and worked collaboratively with the Intelligence community, US Army, US Air Force and other industrial and non-governmental organizations.
Past President and CEO of PJM
After serving as president and CEO of PJM since 2008, Mr. Boston retired January 1, 2016. Among his many other public service roles, he is now volunteering as an advisor for the EIS Council.
Mr. Boston is past president of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and past president of GO 15, association of the world’s largest power grid operators. He served as a U.S. VP of CIGRE, International Council of Large Electric Systems and received the CIGRE 2016 Attwood Award.
Mr. Boston was the first chair of the North American Transmission Forum, dedicated to excellence in performance and sharing industry best practices. He also was one of the eight industry experts selected to direct the North American Electric Reliability Corporation investigation of the August 2003 Northeast/Midwest blackout.
In 2014 Mr. Boston was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors accorded an engineer. Mr. Boston was honored with the 2011 “Leadership in Power” award from the IEEE Power and Energy Society. He led PJM to win Platts Global Energy Awards in Industry Leadership 2010, Excellence in Electricity in 2012 and in December 2015 he was unanimously selected the winner of the Global Energy Life Time Achievement Award.
Prior to joining PJM, Mr. Boston was the executive vice president, Power System Operations, of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power provider. In his 35 years at TVA, Mr. Boston directed divisions in transmission and power operations, pricing, contracts and electric system reliability.
He is chair of the Electric Infrastructure Security Council EPRO executive committee and a 2017 presidential appointee to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. He served on the board of Electric Power Research Institute, is currently on the Boards of GridLiance GP LLC, Grid Protection Alliance and the National Academy’s Board on Energy and Environmental Systems. He chaired the DHS/DOE Electric Subsector Coordination Council’s R&D committee and previously served on the NERC Stakeholders Board and was elected to the NERC Members Representative Committee and served three years as chairman of the Southeastern Electric Reliability Council Board.
Mr. Boston holds a BS in engineering, Tennessee Technological University and a MS in engineering.
LTG Mark Bowman
Former CIO, Cyber Security Director, Joint Staff, the Pentagon
Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman is the former Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber, Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6/ CIO, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. He developed C4 capabilities; conducted analysis and assessments; provided Joint and Combined Force C4 guidance, and evaluated C4 requirements, plans, programs and strategies for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Most recently, he served as the Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks, and Space, Office of the Army CIO/G-6 for establishing and maintaining strategy, policy, and guidance to build, integrate, communicate, and facilitate the seamless implementation of the Army’s network (LandWarNet) in a Joint and Coalition environment.
Lieutenant General Bowman was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 28 May 1978. He has served in several joint and operational assignments and has commanded at every level from company to Signal Brigade.
Lieutenant General Bowman has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Norwich University, VT, where he received his commission. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, PA.
Former CIO, DTRA
Steve Broughall has enjoyed a 30+ year career in both the public and private sectors. He has served as an Army officer and government senior civilian executive in assignments centered on the acquisition and management of critical information technology and business systems.
Career highlights include project manager of three major defense acquisition programs (Global Combat Support System, Combat Service Support Control System, and Army Knowledge Online), director of the US Army Strategic & Advanced Computer Center (Artificial Intelligence Center), director of the US Army International Technology Center, director of the Army’s Business Mission Area organization, and Chief Information Officer of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. After leaving government he served as the Executive Vice President of Government Operations for McLane Advanced Technologies, part of the McLane Group. He has also been active as a consultant for several international Fortune 100 businesses and government organizations.
His postgraduate education includes an MS from the Florida Institute of Technology, an MA from the Naval War College, an MS from National Defense University (Industrial College of the Armed Forces), and the Senior Executive Service course at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.
He began his public service as an Infantry officer commissioned through the Northeastern University ROTC program.
He currently resides with his family in Washington, DC and Orr’s Island, Maine.
House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Committee on Homeland Security
A Brooklyn native whose roots are firmly planted in her Jamaican heritage and in the neighborhood where she grew up and currently resides, the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, U.S.A., Representative Yvette D. Clarke was first elected to Congress in November 2006 and represents the 9th Congressional District of New York. Rep. Clarke is the Vice Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Through her leadership, Congress has enacted legislation and conducted oversight on a variety of critical issues, including cybersecurity, biodefense, pandemic influenza preparedness, nuclear detection, mitigating radiological attacks, agro-terrorism, homeland security research and development, and critical infrastructure protection, including most especially protection of the U.S. electric grid.
Importantly for EIS Council, she is the Democratic U.S. Congressional Co-Chair of the EIS Summit Series, beginning with the very first Summit in 2010.
The Lord Toby Harris of Haringey
Lord Toby Harris has been Chair of the National Trading Standards Board, which is responsible for delivering national and cross-boundary consumer protection enforcement activity, since May 2013. He is also the UK Coordinator of the Electrical Infrastructure Security Council. In 2016, he conducted an Independent Review for the Mayor of London on London’s Preparedness to Respond to a Terrorist Attack.
At the request of the Minister for Prisons, he led an Independent Review on the Deaths of Young People in Prison Custody. The report (“The Harris Review: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives”) that was published in July 2015 and is the most substantial review of penal policy for nearly thirty years. He was also Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody that reports to the Ministry of Justice, the Home Office and the Department of Health from 2009 to 2015.
He was made a Life Peer in June 1998 and is Chair of the Labour Peers. In 2013, he chaired the House of Lords Committee on the Olympic and Paralympic Legacy. He has been a member of the Joint Committee on National Security from 2016 and previously from 2010 to 2014. He was also a member of the House of Lords Select Committee that reported on Personal Internet Security in 2007. He is Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Policing and an Officer of the Parliamentary Internet and Communications Technology Forum.
He was born in 1953 and graduated from Cambridge University in 1975, having studied Natural Sciences and Economics and where he was President of the Cambridge Union. His professional career began with four years in the Economics Division of the Bank of England. He then spent seven years at the Electricity Consumers’ Council, becoming Deputy Director in 1983. In 1987, he became Director of the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales (the national statutory body representing patients’ interests). He remained there until October 1998, when he established his own public affairs consultancy, Toby Harris Associates, which advises a number of major public and private sector bodies. He is a non-executive director of Cybersecurity Challenge UK, and a number of other companies.
He was a member of the London Assembly from May 2000 to June 2004, on which he led the Labour Group and he was the first Chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA). He continued to sit on the MPA from 2004 until 2012, as the representative of the Home Secretary with a remit to oversee the national and international functions of the Metropolitan Police – primarily its role in counter-terrorism and security. He also oversaw their risk management and audit, and was the interim chair of the Audit Panel for the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime.
He was a member of Haringey Council from 1978 to 2002 and was its Leader from 1987 to 1999, having previously spent five years as Chair of Social Services. He was Chair of the Association of London Government (now London Councils), representing the 33 local authorities in London, from its formation in 1995 until 2000, and is now one of its Joint Presidents. He previously chaired the Association of London Authorities.
From 1986 to 1993, he was Chair of the Association of Metropolitan Authorities’ Social Services Committee and led for local government in negotiations about the introduction of Community Care and the Children Act. He was also a member of the Executive (and later a Vice President) of the Local Government Association for a number of years. He was also a member of the Executive of the Association of Police Authorities from 2000 to 2006 and was a Vice President from 2006 until 2012.
He chairs the Wembley National Stadium Trust, was the first Chair of the Institute of Commissioning Professionals, has been a non-executive director of the London Ambulance Service, a Senior Associate of the Kings Fund, and a member of the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants. He is a former member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union.
U.S. Congressman (R,C.O.)
House Armed Services Committee, and Natural Resources Committee
Rep. Doug Lamborn is in his 7th term and represents Colorado’s 5th district in the center of the state including Colorado Springs. Currently, he serves on the Armed Services (Ranking Member-Readiness, Tactical & Land Forces) and Natural Resources (Water-Oceans-Wildlife, Energy & Mineral Resources) Committees.
Congressman Lamborn attended the University of Kansas as a National Merit Scholar and graduated with a journalism degree and a law degree before moving his family to Colorado Springs to practice business and real estate law. He served in the Colorado General Assembly from 1995 to 2006, in both the State House and State Senate. He and his wife Jeanie, married 43 years, have five children and four grand-children.
Former Secretary U.S. Air Force
Now volunteeting as an advisor to the EIS Council, James G. Roche served from 2001 to 2005 as the 20th Secretary of the United States Air Force. His responsibilities as the civilian leader of the Air Force included organizing, training and equipping the Air Force to fight the nation’s wars as part of a Joint and/or Coalition Team. He was responsible for over 700,000 Active, Reserve, Guard and civilian airmen, and a budget in excess of $100 billion.
Prior to his Air Force service, he was the Corporate Vice President and President of the Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ESSS) of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He was the Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Electronics Sensors and Systems Division (the former Westinghouse Electronics Systems Group) from March 1996 to September 1998. The Sector was established in 1998 and combined all the electronics businesses of the Northrop Grumman Corporation. He built the business from sales of $2 billion to $3 billion, and left a backlog of $5 billion.
Prior to this, he was the Corporate Vice President and Chief Advanced Development, Planning, and Public Affairs Officer responsible for the company’s Advanced Technology and Development Center, Business Strategy Group, the Washington Analysis Center, State Relations and the Public Affairs Department. He was the Chief Strategist of the firm, taking the early lead in all M&A activities. He is credited with being one of the key leaders in the development of a new business strategy that led to the Northrop Grumman of today.
He led the Transition Team responsible for merging the Northrop, Grumman, and Vought corporations, as well as the integration of the Westinghouse defense businesses. Formerly, he was the Assistant to the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer. Before July 1989, he was the Vice President and Director of the Northrop Analysis Center in Washington, D.C. (since 1984); the Center conducts policy and strategy analyses for the Corporation.
Before joining Northrop, Dr. Roche was the Democratic Staff Director of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, where he worked for Senators Scoop Jackson and Sam Nunn.
He served as the Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff from 1981-1982. He was a senior professional staff member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence from 1979-1981, and was an Assistant Director of the Office of Net Assessment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1975-1979.
Dr. Roche is a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy, having commanded the USS Buchanan DDG-14. He won the Pacific Theater Arleigh Burke Fleet Trophy (1974), awarded to the commander of the most improved combat unit in the Pacific.
Dr. Roche holds a Doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in the fields of Decision Analysis and Management Control (1972). He received his Master’s Degree in Operations Research, with distinction, in 1966 from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and his Bachelor of Science Degree in English Literature in 1960 from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and St. Thomas Aquinas College.
He has served on the board of advisors of a number of public policy institutions. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation. He served on the Board of CADRE, an innovation institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was a member of the Secretary of Defense’s Policy Board from 1989 to 1994, and the International Institute of Strategic Studies until 2012. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, and the Conquistadores Del Cielo along with many of the senior leaders of the airline and aerospace industry. He serves on the Board of the Friends of the Jewish Chapel at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Board of Advisors of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and the US Energy Security Council. He was on the Board of Visitors of St. John’s College, and the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland, as well as the Board of Visitors of the Business School at the University of Southern California. He also served on the Board of Directors of McAndrews and Forbes Worldwide, the Board of TechTeam Global, and the Board of CompuDyne. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Orbital ATK. He was a member of the North American Advisory Board for Schott, US, a leader in glass products, and was on the Advisory Board of Israel Aircraft Industries North America (IAINA) until both were disestablished. He is a member of the Annapolis Yacht Club, and the Annapolitan Club. He continues to do strategic consulting for defense and technology based firms, specifically Northrop Grumman, as well as pro bono work for the Department of Defense.
Former Director, Electric Transmission, Dominion Energy; National Academy of Engineering Member; President, CIGRÉ US National Committee
With 42 years in the electric utility industry, David Roop is one of the world’s most respected power industry leaders and innovators. In his position as Transmission Director for Dominion Energy, one of the largest U.S. power companies, he was responsible for the operation of all transmission assets. President of the CIGRE US National Committee, Mr. Roop is also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and received the IEEE Power Engineering Society, 2014 Leadership in Power Award.
David Roop has also been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, where he helps review and guide electric industry policy for the United States.
Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng, PhD, FREng
Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chair Professor in Positioning and Navigation Systems at Imperial College London
Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng, PhD, FREng, is the Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Chair Professor in Positioning and Navigation Systems at Imperial College London. He is also the Senior Security Science Fellow at the Institute for Security Science and Technology (ISST) at Imperial. Formerly, he was the Head of the Centre for Transport Studies and Co-Director of the ISST at Imperial. He is the current Vice President of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN).
A Chartered Professional Engineer, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng), and with a background in industry and academia, Ochieng has undertaken award-winning research and development in critical infrastructure resilience, user-centric mobility and positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems. Examples of his works include the design of positioning and navigation systems (including Europe’s EGNOS and GALILEO systems) for land, sea, air and space applications; and Air Traffic Management and Intelligent Transport Systems. In 2013, Ochieng was elected Fellow of the RAEng in recognition of his exceptional contribution. In 2019, he received the Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal (the highest award from the RIN) in recognition of his ‘extensive valued advice to policy makers and for pioneering research in safety-critical navigation and positioning systems’. He is a Member of the United States’ Institute of Navigation (ION) and Fellow of the United Kingdom’s Institutions of Civil Engineers, Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation, RIN and Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors.
EM Strategies, LLC.
Shandi Treloar has had a successful career in emergency management working with clients and supporting the growth of public private partnerships. In 2016 Shandi started her own emergency management consulting firm, EM Strategies, LLC. As the Principal, her goal is to empower clients and partners to build stronger emergency management programs, from recovery processes, and debris management planning to strategic comprehensive program development.
Prior to EM Strategies, Ms. Treloar was an Associate at Dewberry where she was able to gain experience across the entire spectrum of emergency management. During her time at Dewberry she supported and managed a number of federal projects, such as supporting FEMA’s NRCC after Hurricane Katrina, FEMA Region IX’s Catastrophic Planning, FEMA’s Technical Assistance Research Contract.
During the course of her career she has been afforded the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s best emergency management experts. Currently Ms. Treloar is serving as the NEMA Private Sector Committee Chair. In this position she initiated the Information Sharing Task Force through a partnership with FEMA.
Previously Ms. Treloar served as the Earthquake Early Warning System’s Education and Training Private Sector Sub-committee Co-Chair. Prior to emergency management, Ms. Treloar practiced social work.
Ms. Treloar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from the University of Portland. She also holds a Masters of Arts in Political Management as well as a Graduate Certificate in Crisis and Emergency Management both from the George Washington University.