Justin Biedinger

Board Member
President & Founder

Justin Biedinger is the founder, president and director of Guardian Alliance Technologies, Inc. and a director of Guardian Alliance Holdings, Inc.

Justin spent four years in the U.S. Navy working in the intelligence community before joining the Stockton Police Department in Stockton, CA, where he worked for 13 years.

Justin spent most of his policing career working in different assignments within patrol before joining the background investigation unit to assist in hiring new officers. He spent three years in the background unit where he conducted hundreds of investigations on applicants.

Ryan Layne

Board Member
Chief Executive Officer
Dir of Business Development

Ryan serves as CEO at Guardian Alliance Technologies with a focus on growing the Guardian Alliance, a consortium of community members, business leaders, law enforcement professionals, risk mitigation specialists, public safety officials, academia, NGO’s, government officials, as well as like-minded industry partners that are committed to positively impacting their communities, cities, and states.

Ryan’s leadership style can be best described in one word, VISION.  Ryan is a serial entrepreneur with 20+ years of C-Level Experience in leadership positions with start-ups.  He is well versed in technology and his strengths include strategic planning and development, branding, positioning, business development, marketing, sales and team building.  Ryan is a man of faith with a passion for personal and professional development, and strongly believes that when the leader gets better, everyone wins. 

Adam Anthony

Board Member
Chief Operating Officer

Adam has 25 years of hands-on entrepreneurial leadership experience in strategic planning, business development, corporate structuring, investment banking, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, branding, positioning, marketing and sales.

In 1996, Adam Co-Founded Prime Time Media Solutions, a television media agency that grew to over $50 million in annual sales before being acquired by Thaon Communications, a publicly traded streaming media company, where he served as CEO until 2003. From 2003 to 2006, he served as EVP of Mergers, Acquisitions and Corporate affairs for PracticeXpert, Inc., a publicly traded medical billing and practice management company. From April 2006 through February 2009, Adam served as the SVP of Corporate Finance of Ascendiant Capital Group, LLC where he focused on corporate finance for micro-cap public companies. Concurrent with his work at Ascendiant, Adam led Aftermarket Enterprises, Inc., to a public listing in 2008 and through its merger with AllDigital Holdings, Inc. in July 2011.

Also between 2007 and 2009, Adam served as the Vice President and Secretary of Princeton Security Technologies, Inc. where he oversaw Princeton’s go-public endeavors (self filing). Princeton was subsequently acquired by Thermo-Fisher Scientific. In 2008, Adam also Co-Founded Fitness Brands, Inc., a business engaged in the manufacturing and marketing of in-home fitness equipment, most notably the well known “Ab-Circle” product which went on to generate more than $300 million in sales over three years. Immediately prior to joining Guardian, he served as COO and Director of Contaminated Site Consultants, Inc., an organic soil remediation company. Adam received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saginaw Valley State University in University Center, Michigan.

Steve Airola

Board Member
Chief Technology Officer
Dir Product Development

Steve Airola is the chief technical officer, director of product  development and director of Guardian Alliance Technologies, Inc. and a director of Guardian Alliance Holdings, Inc. Additionally, since 2011, Mr. Airola has served as founder and chief executive officer of Mindslap, which is engaged in the business of corporate identity and branding services. Additionally, Mr. Airola from 2005 to 2011 served as chief executive officer of Black Diamond University, which was engaged in the business of providing online corporate training services.

Additionally, Mr. Airola, from 2002 to 2006, served as the chief executive officer of Sly Pixel, which was engaged in the business of providing creative services to corporate clients. Additionally, Mr. Airola, from 1999 to 2001, served as the chief creative officer of First Impression, which was engaged in the business of developing cloud-based software that allowed users to customize animated commercials and email them to prospects.

Kim Johnson

VP of Relationship Management
Coming Soon

Justin Thomas

Vice President of Sales

Justin serves as VP of Sales at Guardian Alliance Technologies with over 7 years of experience in GovTech. In 2012 Justin joined the Dallas Police Department where he served as a Patrol Officer and a member of the CRT unit for almost 4 years.

After his time in law enforcement Justin utilized his Marketing and Sales background to function as the Director of Business Development for Lexipol where he partnered with companies selling into the law enforcement, fire, EMS and corrections space.

Lester J "Chip" Johnson

VP of Business Development
Deputy to the Assistant Director (Ret)
S. Carolina Law Enforcement Div

Chip Johnson has more than 30 years of progressive experience in Law Enforcement and Public Safety. He created the Johnson Group, a professional consulting firm to offer a diverse level of services and solutions for physical and cyber security challenges. This includes digital forensics, investigations, crisis management and technical security countermeasures.

Johnson previously served as a Manager in the Corporate Security and Claims Department for SCANA Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that operated in the Energy Sector. Chip managed a professional workforce dedicated to corporate compliance issues, criminal violations, executive protection, business continuity, emergency procedure planning and other risk reduction efforts for the corporation.

As the Deputy to the Assistant Director for Investigative Services, for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Columbia, SC, Chip had managerial and command responsibility for investigative services, to include computer crimes, behavioral science and public corruption. He was responsible for the creation of the innovative and successful South Carolina Computer Crimes Center. This was a collaboration between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service and SLED.

Johnson also was responsible for assisting in the development of the Homeland Security Counter Terrorism Division which included the creation of a statewide Fusion Intelligence Center designed to provide operational and actionable information to stakeholders statewide.

Mr. Johnson has received numerous awards and commendations during his career. He is the recipient of the Strom Thurmond Law Enforcement Award for Excellence, The United States Secret Service Directors Award for his development and implantation of a state-of-the-art computer crime operation as well as numerous commendations for excellence.

Chip is a graduate of the 216th Session of the FBI National Academy, the United States Department of Homeland Security, Naval Post Graduate School of Executive Leadership for Homeland Security Professionals and the United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection School. 

Mr. Johnson had served as the Vice President of the Southeast Emergency Response Network, Chapter Chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security and the State of SC Homeland Security Advisory Board. He also served as a subject matter expert on the National Sheriffs Association Homeland Security Committee.
Currently Chip is member of the Council of South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation, the Lexington County Health District Commission, and the Lexington Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors.

David Boggs

Board Member
Chief of Police (Ret)
Broken Arrow Police Dept.
2015 President, FBI-LEEDA

Chief Boggs is a career police officer who retired as Chief of Police at Broken Arrow, OK, a city that has the distinction of being regularly noted as “the safest city in Oklahoma”. Chief Boggs is a graduate of the FBINAA and is also the 24th person ever to be selected as an Executive Teaching Fellow for the F.B.I.

Prior to moving to Oklahoma, he served at the Lexington, Kentucky Division of Police where he worked his way through the ranks and retired with the rank of Deputy Chief. Among other events in Lexington, he was the primary local law enforcement official assigned to coordinate the World Equestrian Games, hosted in Lexington, Kentucky in October 2010. This was the second largest sporting event in North America with 650,000 attendees over 17 days.

Chief Boggs earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) National Academy – Session 223 and is a graduate of LEEDS – Session 54. Chief Boggs is also the 24th person ever to be selected as an Executive Teaching

Fellow for the F.B.I. In this position he lived six months in residence at the F.B.I. Training Academy in Quantico, VA and taught incoming federal, state, and local law enforcement leaders from around the world.

Chief Boggs continues to be in demand to teach leadership and organizational change for the FBI to law enforcement executives throughout North America and overseas. He is currently active with FBI-LEEDA and the IACP serving on multiple committees including a recent appointment to the Image and Ethics Committee. In the spring of 2012, Chief Boggs assisted in forming the first FBI-LEEDA Command College in the state of Oklahoma. He was nominated to ascend the ranks of the Board of Directors is the current Past President of the FBI-LEEDA association.

Dennis J. Cagan

Board Member
Shadow CEO, Technology Entrepreneur

Dennis Jay Cagan is a noted high-technology entrepreneur, respected CEO, professional board director – 65 corporate fiduciary boards venture investor, mentor, consultant, and Shadow CEO™. He has founded or co-founded over a dozen different companies, taken some public, and has been the CEO of both public and private companies. He is in the IT Hall of Fame, and his book, The Board of Directors of a Private Enterprise, released in 2017, is considered by many to be the most authoritative perspective available on private company boards and governance issues. He has an impressive track record of both start-up and turn-around situations.

Dennis has served as an interim CEO for many years. In 2011 he served as President, CEO and Managing Member of NL Systems (dba Encryptics); in 2009-2010 as President and CEO of SureBooks; in 2006-2008 as Chairman, CEO and President of TWL Corporation (OTC), and from 2000 to 2018 as founder, Chairman and CEO of the Santa Barbara Technology Group, LLC, a private incubator and venture investment firm.

Between 1983-1999 Dennis provided consulting services to numerous technology companies including AT&T, IBM, General Electric, and Xerox, as well as dozens of smaller firms.

In 1979 Dennis had the honor of being a Keynote Speaker at the first COMDEX Show in Las Vegas. In 2011 he was inducted into the IT Hall of Fame – Channel Wing, administered by CompTIA (as part of the team. In 2013 The Dallas Business Journal and NACD honored Dennis as one of 12 Outstanding Directors in North Texas.

Since 1983 Dennis has served as a Shadow CEO™ (he received a Registered Trademark on the term in 2012) or interim C-level executive.

Dennis is a recognized authority on corporate governance, boards of directors, information technology (including mobile applications, Internet, infrastructure, e-commerce, software, hardware, systems, cybersecurity, and communications), in the disciplines of governance, strategy, distribution channels, sales/marketing, and services.

He is currently engaged in management consulting through his firm Caganco Incorporated, founded in 1984. Caganco specializes in three areas: working with private company ownership and leadership to develop and manage world-class governance through boards (both fiduciary and advisory), providing his trademarked Shadow CEO™ services, and his unique Governance Forensics which uncover loopholes allowing for desired changes in company ownership. All are comprised of an intense side-by-side, hands-on approach to helping C-level executives go beyond their current experience set.

Dennis has been a regular contributor of feature articles in a variety of business publications and is likely the only author to have been published in the four most popular board magazines: Directors & Boards, NACD Directorship, Family Business, and Private Company Director. He speaks widely on the subject of boards of directors and governance, including the keynoting the inaugural Private Company Governance Summit, in Washington, D.C. in 2013, and speaking again in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2019.

Barry Thomas

Chief Deputy (Ret)
Story County Sheriff’s Office
2016 President, FBINAA

Captain Barry M. Thomas began his law enforcement career with the Story County Sheriff’s Office in 1992.

During his tenure at the sheriff’s office he has served in many capacities, including time as a jail and patrol Deputy, Crime Prevention Officer, Field Training Officer and Supervisor, Emergency Response Team member and commander, Dive Team member, Public Information Officer, Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant and his current position of Chief Deputy.

In 2016, Captain Thomas served as President of the FBI National Academy Associates, an international association representing over 17,000 law enforcement administrators worldwide. He has also served as Executive Director and Chair of the Board of Directors for Safe Call Now, a non-profit organization based in the Seattle, WA area that offers a confidential, comprehensive, 24-hour crisis referral service for all public safety employees, emergency services personnel and their family members nationwide. Capt. Thomas is a member of the National Sheriff’s Association, the Iowa State Sheriff’s and Deputies Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. Capt. Thomas has also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the ACCESS shelter in Ames and for the Iowa Crime Prevention Association. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for Guardian Alliance Technologies and is Co-Founder of BCAT Consulting LLC.

Captain Thomas earned his Bachelors of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University in 2002 and a Master of Criminal Justice degree from Boston University in 2005. He is a graduate of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and the F.B.I. National Academy, Session 223.

In July of 2008, Capt. Thomas was presented with the distinguished Livio A. Beccaccio Award from the FBI National Academy Associates. The Livio A. Beccaccio Award is a living memorial presented annually to a FBI National Academy Associate member who has demonstrated exemplary character through an act of heroism, outstanding community service, innovation in law enforcement, or leadership reflective of that by which FBI Special Agent Livio A. Beccaccio lived.

In December of 2008, Capt. Thomas was presented with the Sullivan Brothers Award of Valor by Iowa Governor Chet Culver. Capt. Thomas received the award for a June 8th, 2007 event in which he saved a young girl’s life by disarming a knife-wielding subject with his bare hands.

Captain Thomas lives in Ames, IA with his wife Angie and his daughters Isabella and Braelyn. His son Zach is a pre-law major at Drury University in Springfield, MO.

Joey Reynolds

Chief of Police (Ret)
Bluffton, SC Police Dept.
2017 President, FBINAA

Chief Joey Reynolds’ successful law enforcement career included serving as a Police Chief in two different communities, Bluffton, SC (5 years) and Lenoir, NC (8 years). Prior to that he spent almost 20 years with the NC Alcohol Law Enforcement rising through the ranks to become an Assistant Director before being appointed the Police Chief in Lenoir.

Reynolds’ formal education includes a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, BA in Public Policy and an AA in Criminal Justice. He is a Certified Public Manager and a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy as well as the Administrative Officer’s Management Program through NC State University. He is a Past President of the NC Chapter of the FBINAA and in 2009 was elected to serve on the National Executive Board of the FBI National Academy Associates. In 2017 he served as the Association’s International President. Reynolds is a long time member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, a Life Time Member of the FBINAA and Life Time Member of the NC Association of Chiefs of Police. He is considered an expert in several areas of law enforcement management and has numerous publications in law enforcement journals.

Jeff Brinkley

Chief of Police
Mason City Police Dept.
FBINA #239

Jeff Brinkley started his career in 1995 as a patrol officer with the University of Northern Iowa Department of Public Safety. He joined the Ames Police Department in 1996 and served in a wide variety of assignments as a patrol officer, drug task force officer, sergeant and lieutenant. He joined the Mason City Police Department on January 4, 2016, as the Police Chief. During his career, Jeff had the opportunity to attend the 239th Session of the FBI National Academy and the 58th Session of the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Police. He holds an AAA degree from Hawkeye Community College, and two degrees from Iowa State – a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Public Administration.

Jeff is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and is an Iowa Chapter Past-President. He also is an Associate Teaching Professor at Iowa State University in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice where he teaches Police and Society and Contemporary Issues in Policing.

Anthony Raganella

Deputy Inspector (Ret)
New York Police Dept.
FBINA #223

Anthony J. Raganella is the founder and president of NY Blue Line Consulting Group. He is a retired 25-year decorated New York City Police Department Deputy Inspector, and his resume of achievements and professional pursuits exemplifies excellence and demonstrates what true dedication can mean to the safety and security of a large city. Describing himself as a leader that “gets involved,” Anthony has taken everything he does to the next level with a keen eye toward attention to detail and forward progress.

While at the NYPD, Anthony spent 8 years as the Commanding Officer of the Disorder Control Unit, a citywide department unit primarily responsible for planning, assessing and ensuring the Department’s training and readiness in crowd management and disorder control operations for civil unrest, as well as major events and emergencies including demonstrations & protests. The unit also provided on-scene tactical and logistical support, as well as coordinated the response of critical NYPD resources at incidents.

As Commanding Officer of the Disorder Control Unit, Anthony regularly developed policy, as well as evaluated and implemented training, equipment and best practices related to crowd management & control, Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and active shooter tactics, theory and technique. Anthony was the NYPD visionary for reorganizing decentralized city task forces into what is now the current centralized Strategic Response Group (SRG). He also supervised the creation of the NYPD’s first bicycle squad dedicated to crowd management/control along with its policy & training. Anthony also conducted disorder control presentations to outside law enforcement agencies and visiting dignitaries, both national and international, and was instrumental in planning and coordinating the NYPD’s strategy, training and field operations during New York City’s Occupy Wall Street movement and the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Anthony was also the co-chair on the Civil Disturbance Subcommittee for the 2015 Papal visit to New York City and conducted international research for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in 2017, where he continues to work with NIJ serving on their Special Technical Committee (STC) to develop standards for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training within U.S. law enforcement Civil Disturbance Units (CDU). Anthony is considered a subject matter expert on matters related to protests and civil unrest. As such, he serves as a consultant to FEMA’s Center for Domestic Preparedness and is an approved expert witness in Federal court on such matters.

Prior to commanding the Disorder Control Unit, Anthony spent a majority of his career in various ranks within one of the NYPD’s specialized rapid-response crowd control units. During his career, he has been involved in the policing of over 2,000 demonstrations and major events, as well as the relevant training of tens of thousands of NYPD officers. Anthony has been recognized by numerous officials and organizations, and has amassed in excess of fifty honors and awards for his various efforts and achievements

In relentless pursuit of professional and personal advancement, Anthony has completed his Master Degree in Public Administration, summa cum laude, from Marist College; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science, summa cum laude, from New York Institute of Technology; an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, from Nassau Community College, as well as being a graduate of the 24th Session of Columbia University’s Police Management Institute, and the 223rd Session of the FBI National Academy.

Additionally, Anthony is the author of several published peer-reviewed journal articles and text book chapter supplements in the field of criminal justice, and has presented the findings of his work at numerous symposiums nationwide. Anthony is very active in professional associations and alumni groups, and believes in giving back through frequent speaking engagements and mentoring of newer officers. He is also a frequent guest-lecturer at local colleges and criminal justice events, and has been selected to serve on the FBI National Academy Associates Speaker’s Bureau.
In addition to his consulting firm, Anthony co-founded Rising Star Promotions, an educational tutorial service focused on supplementing and supporting studies of officers seeking elevation through promotional exams. He continually develops study material and course curricula while leading recurring courses since 2006. The result has been successfully facilitating thousands of officers’ advancement efforts within the NYPD.

Although Anthony has dedicated his professional life to law enforcement, he hasn’t limited himself to just police work. Anthony is also active in organizing fundraising events to support various causes for his high school alma mater’s alumni association – La Salle Military Academy – where he sits on the Board of Governors.

Michael J. LeMieux

Supervisory Special Agent (Ret)
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Principal Consultant, Law Enforcement Fellow

Michael LeMieux has 24 years of federal law enforcement service and retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Supervisory Special Agent. Mr. LeMieux began his federal law enforcement career as a uniformed Police Officer and Sergeant with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and he is a graduate of the United States Indian Police Academy.

During his career in the FBI, Mr. LeMieux served in investigative and management roles across multiple FBI field offices and headquarters divisions. Mr. LeMieux has a unique blend of experience that spans multiple programs and agencies, including command of a BIA Police field office, service as a FBI Special Agent assigned to complex criminal and counterterrorism investigations, and as a FBI national program manager in the FBI’s Indian Country and Intellectual Property Rights programs.

Mr. LeMieux coordinated the Federal Indian Gaming Working Group; spearheaded investigations into potential corruption by members of Congress, senior administrators, and lobbyists; managed a national-level Indian Country public safety training program; and was the founding coordinator of one of the earliest FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces. Mr. LeMieux also served as an instructor at the FBI Academy for new employees and FBI National Academy students.

Spanning both his government and industry career, Mr. LeMieux has specialized on complex issues related to misuse of criminal justice information systems and addressed FBI CJIS Security Policy compliance issues. Mr. LeMieux has also served as a SME for law enforcement and CJIS-related topics, including oversight of on-boarding and vetting, operations, training, and customer service management for a designated CJIS Systems Agency organization. Mr. LeMieux, an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is the owner of Whiteriver LLC, a consulting and risk management firm that provides expertise on public safety, national security, and intellectual property topics. His span of expertise also includes complex financial crimes, public corruption, law enforcement misconduct investigations, intellectual property rights, cyber-enabled financial crime, and counterterrorism. Mr. LeMieux is a Certified Fraud Examiner and he also serves as a Law Enforcement Fellow with Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection.

Lonny Wilder

Executive Vice President
Public Safety America 911

Lonny Wilder is a career executive and specialist in the field of Public Safety training and communications. Most recently Lonny served as Vice President and General Manager of the Critical Information Network, Public Safety Group comprising the Law Enforcement Training Network (LETN), Professional Security Training Network (PSTN) and the Fire and Emergency Training Network. Lonny served on the start-up team for LETN in 1989 and in 1998 wrote the original business plan that began the company’s migration to the e-learning and online training space.

He was the Program Administrator for the DHS funded Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC’s) Rural Policing Institute training initiative delivering on-line training to rural police departments nationwide. He also served on the Technical Committee for the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). Lonny was the Project Manager and GSA Contract Administrator for the creation of the DHS funded U.S. Customs and Border Protection Television Network (CBP-TV), a seven year Master Services Agreement delivering training and emergency communications 24/7 to 540 CBP encrypted satellite sites.

In 2002, Lonny authored the grant and secured the award from the DHS Office for Domestic Preparedness providing training and emergency communications to every Fire, EMS and Law Enforcement agency in the states of New Hampshire and Kansas. From 1989 – 2007 Lonny served as Contract Officer and Project Manager for the Continuing Services Agreement with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration directing all production and Project Order Compliance for NHTSA’s Law Enforcement training curriculum.

In 2011, working in concert with the National Association of School Resource Officers, Lonny completed production of an 11 hour video-based online curriculum specific to Campus Security. Over the past thirty years, Lonny has been a speaker and active participant in numerous events, committees and advisory boards within the community of Law Enforcement and numerous Public Safety constituent associations.


  • Texas Commission Of Law Enforcement – Advisory Board, LETN Chief Administrator

  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) – Speaker

  • National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) – Speaker

  • DFW Homeland Security Alliance – Chair, Communications & Emergency Response

  • Gang Resistance Education And Training (G.R.E.A.T.) – Advisory Board Member

  • Public Safety America 911 – Advisory Board

  • International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training – Former Member

  • Greater Dallas Crime Commission – Member

  • Dallas Communications Council – Founding Board Member

  • International Foundation of Protection Officers – Accreditation Administrator

  • National Association of School Resource Officers – Security Training Coordinator (PSTN)

  • Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board, Administrator

Dr. Darrin Porcher

Lieutenant ,  NYPD (Retired)

Dr. Darrin Porcher received his BA in Organizational Management from St. Josephs College, and an MPA from Marist College. In 2012, Dr. Porcher received his Doctorate Degree from Fordham University.

His Dissertation is titled “Reducing School Misdemeanor Assaults in Urban Settings Through School Collaboration Between School Leaders and Police. The purpose of this study was to identify how urban high schools can improve safety and reduce the number of misdemeanor assaults among students.

Dr. Porcher retired from the New York City Police Department as a Lieutenant after 20 years of service. In his tenure as a member of the NYPD, Dr. Porcher performed a multitude of tasks. Dr. Porcher was assigned to the New York City Department of Personnel. While assigned to the Department of Personnel, he constructed the New York City Police Departments promotional exam for the rank of Lieutenant.

Additionally, Dr. Porcher was assigned to the New York City Police Academy in the rank of Sergeant and provided instruction for over 2000 recruits during a three-year period. During the terrorist attacks on Manhattan in 2001, he was responsible for the supervision and rescue and recovery of victims in the World Trade Center complex.

Dr. Porcher is also a retired Officer with the United States Army Reserve. As a commissioned officer in the Army during a time of war he was tasked with ensuring his unit was prepared in various aspects of counterterrorism. Dr. Porcher constructed a series of homeland security, and professional development seminars for his military counterparts to ensure unit compliance.

Judy Pal


Former Assistant Commissioner, NYPD
Former Director of Operations for FBI-LEEDA

With more than 30 years’ experience, Judy Pal has served in management and public relations positions
for public safety, government, and the professional sports and entertainment industry in both Canada and
the United States. She has been teaching media and public relations skills and serving in executive staff
positions with law enforcement for more than a decade. She has extensive experience dealing with
sensitive, image‐threatening issues including criminal conduct of police officers, international scandal, and
acts of terrorism.

A former broadcast journalist and news anchor; she has a unique understanding of the critical objectives
on both sides of the camera. She is passionate about image development, media relations, crisis
communications, and the use of social media; and has hosted workshops and training for public safety
agencies, government services, non‐profit and professional associations, and retail and business

Before embarking on a fulltime consulting and teaching career, she was with the NYPD as an Assistant 
Commissioner serving as Advisor to the Police Commissioner. Previously, Pal was Director of Operations
and an instructor for the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA). Prior to
that, she served as Chief of Staff with the Baltimore Police Department. She also served as Operations
Director with Kroll Security Group where she worked with international clients, including the Government
of Chile and the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service. Before joining Kroll, she was Chief of Staff with the
Milwaukee Police Department in Wisconsin and served on the command staffs of the Atlanta Police
Department, Savannah Chatham Metro Police and Halifax Regional Police in Canada.

Pal is credited with re‐tooling the image of the largest police department in Atlantic Canada and
developing innovative and award-winning marketing and communications programs. While with the
Atlanta Police Department, she created and carried out a plan to regain public trust after officers shot and
killed an 87-year-old woman during an illegal search. She has overseen communications in many instances
of crisis – including the tornado that ripped through downtown Atlanta in 2008; and while with the
Savannah‐Chatham Metro Police, spearheaded a communications campaign for precinct realignment.

Pal is a past president of the National Information Officers Association and is a former columnist with The
Insighter magazine of FBI-LEEDA and Blue Line Magazine, the national law enforcement publication in
Canada. She has served as an adjunct professor with Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia,
Canada; as well as being an instructor with the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Texas.
She authored a chapter on media relations in the Air Medical Physician’s Association Principals and
Directions of Air Medical Transport (2012, 2007) and served as a subject matter expert editor for the
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors publication, “Response to a High-Profile
Tragic Event Involving a Person with a Severe Mental Illness” (2010).

She led teams that won various SCAN-NATOA Awards (2006), Atlantic Canada ICE Awards (2001, 2002),
and IABC Awards (1991) for events, video, public service announcement programs, websites, and videos.
Pal began her career in professional sports, working with the Stanley Cup winning Edmonton Oilers of the
National Hockey League before joining the Edmonton-based Canadian affiliate of Ogilvy-Mather as a
consultant. She moved to the east coast to pursue broadcast journalism with Global Television, serving as
a program host, anchor, producer, and reporter before moving to law enforcement.

Upon moving to the U.S., Ms. Pal worked with Madison Square Garden as the Public Relations Director for
the Hartford Civic Center, Rentschler Field, and the minor league affiliate of the New York Rangers.
Pal holds a Master of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Canada and earned her
Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University in Canada, along with various certifications in
management, ICS, NIMS, death notification, suicide intervention and domestic violence.

Charlie Sowell

COO at iWorks Corporation

Charles B. Sowell is the Chief Operating Officer of iWorks Corporation, a leading small business in personnel security and vetting solutions, Agile, DevOps, DevSecOps, data analytics, and cloud solutions for the federal government. 

Mr. Sowell is a well-recognized subject matter expert with frequent media interaction on security clearance and technology protection issues with interviews on Fox News and MSNBC, and articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Executive, FedScoop, Federal News Radio, Clearance Jobs and Security Management. He represents the Professional Services Council on the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee.

Previously, Mr. Sowell was Senior Vice President of National Security and Cyber Solutions for Salient CRGT, a mid-tier government contractor. He led a business unit focused on background investigation IT support, cyber security, intelligence analysis, agile software development, mobility and data analytics support to government customers.

Mr. Sowell previously served in the federal government as the Deputy Assistant Director for Special Security and Program Executive for Security Clearance Reform at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. He established and led the DNI’s Security Executive Agent national policy and oversight office. He also served as Senior Advisor to the DNI for personnel security issues. He was appointed to the Senior National Intelligence Service in 2008.

Prior to ODNI, Mr. Sowell spent 13 years in industry in numerous executive leadership positions supporting DoD and the Intelligence Community. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a Commander in 2015 following 27 years of active duty and reserve assignments including Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Operations Officer, Information Dominance Warfare Officer, NCIS Agent and enlisted Intelligence Specialist. Awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal.

Mr. Sowell received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with Honors from Old Dominion University and his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University). He completed the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business Executive Program “Leading the IC” in 2012.

Mr. Sowell serves on the Board of Advisors for Protect Our Defenders (POD) and Guardian Alliance Technologies, Inc.

Joe Monroe


Chief of Police, University of Kentucky Police Department

Joe Monroe was named University of Kentucky Chief of Police in November of 2009  following a three-year tenure as the department’s Interim Chief of Police. His police  career began at Transylvania University Department of Public Safety in 1991 before  joining the University of Kentucky Police in 1994. Monroe is the first Chief of Police to  advance through the ranks at the University of Kentucky after starting as an officer. 

Chief Monroe took command of the police department that once was 52 employees, and today he oversees 191 employees and an $11 million annual budget. During his  tenure at the University of Kentucky Police Department, he has served as Patrol Officer,  Detective and Patrol Supervisor roles as a Sergeant and Lieutenant, in addition to  serving as Major of Administration before becoming Chief.

Chief Monroe also was  instrumental in the restructuring of campus safety units at the University of Kentucky  where he now oversees the operations of the police, security for UK  HealthCare facilities, campus security technology and several other units. Additionally,  he leads the university’s Crisis Management Response team efforts. Chief Monroe is the longest serving Police Chief at the University of Kentucky Police Department since  its inception in 1972. 

Chief Monroe serves as a course curriculum developer and trainer for the United States  Department of Homeland Security and the Office for Domestic Preparedness training  programs where his instruction has focused primarily on crowd management, incident  command, sports and special event management training programs. Chief Monroe  lectures and presents on these topics around the U.S. at training seminars and  conferences.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in medical management from Carson Newman College and is a graduate of the Department of Criminal Justice Training  Academy’s Criminal Justice Executive Development Program and School of Strategic  Leadership, in addition to the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute and the FBI National Academy Session  # 220, FBI LEEDS # 71, LEEDA Command Institute. Chief Monroe also serves on the  National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) advisory board, the  Kentucky Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and President of the  Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police executive boards. In 2018, Chief Monroe was  selected to serve on the State of Kentucky’s Wireless Interoperability Executive  Committee by Governor Matt Bevin. NCS4 awarded Chief Monroe the NCAA  Professional of the Year Award in 2019. In August 2020, Chief Monroe was named the  President of the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.

In addition to his lengthy law enforcement career, Chief Monroe is also part of the adjunct  faculty at Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service since 2011, teaching in  the instructional area of sports and special planning and emergency response  operations. Additionally, he has been an instructor and consultant for NCS4, serving as  a facilitator for the development of NCS4’s Safety and Security Best Practices publication and as an instructor in the areas of crisis communications and risk management and  awareness. In 2019, Chief Monroe was asked to participate in the facilitation  of Interpol’s Project Stadia with NCS4 at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France.

Chief Monroe is a firm believer in transforming the culture of law enforcement and  developed his own law enforcement command school that he hosts annually, bringing in  national subject matter experts. His program brings in law enforcement executives from around the U.S. and challenges participants in the way they think, manage and lead their  agencies. 

Chief Monroe has served as the Incident Commander for numerous large-scale events  and responses. In addition, he has served as the leader in the University of Kentucky’s  Emergency Operations Center managing crisis responses, mitigation and prevention for  the university, including its response to COVID-19.

David Green

Chief of Police (Ret)
San Bernardino Police Department

FBINA #268

David Green is a co-founder and managing partner at Palicon Group, an investigations, security, and public safety consulting firm based in Southern California. Prior to forming Palicon Group, David spent thirty years in law enforcement serving with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Justice, and San Bernardino Police Department where he served as the City’s 40th Chief of Police. 

Over the course of his career, David has participated in several major event responses ranging from natural disasters to an ISIS-inspired terror attack in 2015. His breadth of experience has resulted in appointments to numerous boards and committees including the California League of Cities Public Safety Committee. 

David has consulted organizations nationally and internationally on the topics of security planning, emergency response, and crisis management and served as a consultant for FEMA’s Office of Counterterrorism and Security Preparedness. David has served as a guest lecturer for the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, and currently serves on the advisory board for the University of California Irvine’s Customer Experience Program. 

As an executive manager, one of David’s chief accomplishments was revamping his organization’s recruitment and hiring practices to incorporate AI-driven digital ad targeting and the private outsourcing of background functions. In doing so, he identified several key opportunities for improvement which he sought to address with the formation of the Palicon Group. Today, Palicon Group is one of the few private background firms in the Nation to offer a fully automated process as part of its standard service. 

David is a graduate of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Leadership and Command Program and the FBI National Academy. He holds a Certificate in Emergency Management from Auburn University, an M.A. in Management from Redlands University, and an M.A. in Security Studies from the United States Naval Post Graduate School. David is a current member of the FBI National Academy Associates, California Police Chiefs Association, and American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS).

John Campanella

Advisor, VP of Business Development
FBINA #239

John Campanella is an innovator who has been identifying emerging issues, driving change and constant improvement in public service for over thirty-two years. John’s career has included increasingly responsible roles and mastery in the areas of law enforcement, risk management, organizational and policy development, compliance, accreditation, project management, training, human resources, and executive level leadership.

John retired in September 2017 from the Delaware State Police after thirty two years at the rank of Captain. John served his last four years as the Director of Human Resources with the Delaware State Police, has a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is a Senior Certified Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP). John is a trainer and management consultant, law enforcement subject matter expert, certified assessor for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and a volunteer firefighter. John has extensive training from FEMA on the National Incident Management System (NIMS), the Incident Command System (ICS), and is a certified instructor through the Delaware Commission on Police Training.

John is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Executive Leadership Program 239th Session.