June 2013 Speakers

+ Dr. Brenda Connor, Business & Solutions Creation Expert, Ericsson Inc.

Brenda has been with Ericsson since 1994 and is a Business & Solutions Creation Expert for Ericsson's Service Delivery Ecosystem (SDE) in USA & Canada. Brenda creates new business through innovative and profitable end-user and developer focused solutions and implementation strategies. Brenda provides leadership in multi-network service architectures, service orchestration and end-to-end policy management in IMS and Telco 2.0 environments. 

Brenda has 27 years experience in product development, systems engineering with recent focus in M2M and traditional services ecosystem including SLAs, authentication and authorization concerns and in cloud and SaaS deployment models. Dr. Brenda Connor holds a B.S. and a M.S in Computer Engineering from Boston University, and a PhD in Engineering Management. Learn more

+ Gerald "Jay" English, Director of Communications Center and 9-1-1 Services, APCO International

Jay has over 23 years of Public Safety, Telecommunications and Management experience.  He served with the United States Air Force in airborne Electronic Warfare and Electronic Intelligence.  Prior to his Air Force service Jay served with the United States Marine Corps Reserve while attending college on a Military scholarship.  Jay transitioned to a career in public safety and public safety technology after his tour with the Air Force.  Learn more

+ Sheila Frankel, Senior Computer Scientist, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Sheila Frankel is a computer scientist and computer security researcher in NIST's Computer Security Division. She is an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) IPsec standardization effort, and was responsible for NIST's IPsec/IKE reference implementation and interactive Web-based interoperability tester. She is the author of a book on IPsec, "Demystifying the IPsec Puzzle." She also contributed to IEEE's 802.11i wireless security standardization. She is involved with the Federal Government’s transition to IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol. Currently, she is working with PSCR, consulting on the development and testing of FirstNet security. She is also a participant in the 3GPP LTE SA3 Working Group, which is developing the security requirements for the next generation telecommunications standard. She holds a Masters degree from New York University's Courant Institute.

+ Robert K. Gojanovich, ENP Sales Director, Next Generation 9-1-1 TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS)

Bob (“Gojo”) Gojanovich has over 40 years experience in telecommunications, including 23 years specializing in public safety communications. As part of his 31-year career with Verizon, Bob successfully managed the New Jersey Enhanced 9-1-1 Network, a statewide system serving over 300 Public Safety Answering Points and nine million citizens, from its inception in 1989 through 2003.

After retiring from Verizon, Bob held consulting and sales positions with iXP Corporation, HBF Group, Intrado and RCC Consultants. In June of 2010, Bob joined TCS as Director of Sales for NG9-1-1. He is responsible for developing NG9-1-1 sales opportunities for the eastern US and eastern Canada.

Mr. Gojanovich has been actively involved in the development of 9-1-1 technical standards at the national level since 1993. He chaired the Network Technical Committee for the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) for 10 years and remains a Strategic Advisor to NENA’s Development Steering Council. Bob also helped develop and deliver NENA’s NG9-1-1 tutorial. Among the NENA and Public Safety community at large, he is a frequent and respected presenter and subject matter expert. Learn more

+ Ajay Gupta, Senior Member -- Technical Team, and Technical Fellow, Information Systems, Northrop Grumman

22 years of wireless telecom experience of which 16 years were spent in various technology development and technology management roles at wireless carriers that included Sprint Nextel and AT&T. Working at Northrop Grumman Information Systems since 2006 providing technology subject matter expertise on wireless related initiatives across the various divisions of NGIS. Was intimately involved with technology development, standardization, and deployment of New City Wireless Network for Public Safety, contributed to the NIST Statement of Requirements for PSBN, and currently spending considerable time on the FirstNet initiative.

+ Phil Kouwe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hangar 14 Solutions, LLC,

Mr. Kouwe is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hangar 14 Solutions, LLC, and is the developer of the original StreetWise? CADlink product concept. He is also the sole owner of the existing Hangar 14 Solutions, LLC. Mr. Kouwe has experience in both public safety and competitive private industry. He has twelve years of project management and consulting experience, backed up by 25 years of fire and emergency services experience, with an additional five years in the competitive arena of radio broadcasting management. He has managed over 100 emergency service consulting projects. In addition, Mr. Kouwe spent over 14 years as a full-time fire chief. He has directed fire departments in the suburbs of Indianapolis, Indiana; Cleveland, Ohio; and in coastal North Carolina, with extensive experience managing high-growth environments through major organizational change. He has been appointed to several high profile boards and commissions on the state and national level, and received the Governor’s Meritorious Service Award from the State of Indiana. He holds an AS degree in Fire Science Technology and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the U.S. National Fire Academy. He is a contributing author to Penwell Publishing's popular Fire Chief Handbook.

+ Dr. Dennis Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, Harris Corporation

Dr. Dennis Martinez is the Chief Technology Officer for the Harris RF Communications Division. Dr. Martinez has spent most of his career in the development of advanced telecommunication products and systems, serving mission-critical markets including National Defense, Public Safety, Critical Infrastructure Industries and Enterprises that rely on wireless communications. His recent focus is in the application of emerging broadband technology in these mission-critical markets. He has authored patents in the fields of Wireless Communications and Image Processing Systems. Dr. Martinez is the Chair for the FCC ERIC Public Safety Advisory Committee - Security and Authentication Work Group. Dr. Martinez received his BSEE, MSEE, EE, and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all in the field of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Learn more

+ Paul McLaren, Director of Support Engineering, Intrado

Paul McLaren, Director of Support Engineering at Intrado has nearly 30 years experience in Public Safety. As Chair of the NENA Emerging Topics Sub-Committee, Paul helps establish standards for emerging technology and environments that impact the 9-1-1 industry. His extensive technical and educational background includes: Electrical Engineering, Radio Frequency systems, Plasma Physics and Systems Integration. He has been instrumental in implementing numerous 9-1-1, VoIP, CAD, Mapping, Mobile and 800-trunked-radio systems. Paul has also served as a New York State PSAP Manager, K-9 dog handler, Paramedic, and Volunteer Firefighter.

+ Chief Richard Price, President, PulsePoint Foundation

Richard Price is President of the PulsePoint Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established to guide, enhance and expand the reach of the PulsePoint CPR/AED notification app.

Richard Price retired as the Fire Chief for the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District on December 31, 2012 after a distinguished thirty-three year fire service career.

Price has a strong technical background and is well known for using technology to shape management processes and encourage civic engagement.

In 2012, Chief Price was named “Citizen of the Year” in his hometown of Danville. Price is an American Heart Association “Heart of Gold” honoree and a JEMS EMS10 Innovator for 2012.

Price holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from California State University Hayward. He is a California State Certified Fire Chief and is an internationally certified Chief Fire Officer (CFO). In 2009 Price completed the four- year Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program at the National Fire Academy in Maryland. Price is a graduate of the Harvard University Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at the Kennedy School of Government and the Strategic Management of Public Organizations Program at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. In 2011 Price graduated from the Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) Executive Leaders Program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Price is also a Certified Special District Administrator (SDA).

+ Chief Chris Russo, Founder and Executive Vice President, Elerts Corporation

After years of responding to emergency incidents and witnessing hundreds of people suffer injuries and loss of life due to a lack of communication during a crisis, Chief Chris Russo realized that the smartphone could be a  game-changing tool for personal and public safety. Chris is a lifelong first responder and has received numerous awards, including the State of  Massachusetts’ highest "Medal of Honor," recognizing his outstanding career in fire services, incident response and public safety education.

He has been member of the Fire Service for twenty-five years, the last  five of which, Chris has served as Deputy Fire Chief of Hull,  Massachusetts. During his twenty-five year career working in firefighting,  medical, and maritime rescue operations, he has rescued many in harm’s  way. Chris has personally been involved in many high profile national and  local events, including the Catastrophic Incident Response Team deployed  to Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks, the Response team deployed to the Worcester Cold Storage Fire, in Worcester, MA, the rescue of kayakers  trapped in the Weir River culvert, the rescue of 175 people from a  commuter boat in Boston Harbor, and many more emergency incidents.

+ Andrew Seybold, CEO and Principal Consultant, Andrew Seybold, Inc.

Andrew Seybold has been involved in Public Safety and Public Safety Communications for more than 40 years, starting as a first responder and then working with RCA Mobile Communications, General Electric Communications, Biocom (where he helped develop the first paramedic radio for sending voice and EKG from an incident to a hospital), and Motorola. In 1981, he began his career as a consultant, educator, and writer.

For the past four years, Mr. Seybold has been volunteering his time and efforts to the Public Safety community in its quest to build a nationwide, interoperable broadband communications network, and has worked closely with the Public Safety Spectrum Trust, The Public Safety Alliance, the Major City Chiefs Association, APCO, The International Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff’s Association, and other organizations. Learn more

+ Brett Whitney, Partner Manager, Cassidian Communications

Brett Whitney is a Partner Manager for Cassidian Communications. Brett has previously worked for RedSky Technologies, and New York City Office of Emergency Management. In NYC Brett directed the development of the first citywide emergency notification program, NotifyNYC. NotifyNYC is an organization and toolset aggregating hundreds of sources of emergency information into concise messages, sent to Notify NYC subscribers or broadcast via the Citywide Emergency Alert System (EAS) or IPAWS (Cell Broadcasting). Prior to that he held various roles, such as Project Manager on the $2B upgrade of NYC’s 9-1-1 system, and Consultant to Corning’s program to consolidate shared service organizations globally. Brett is an MBA graduate of RIT’s Saunders College of Business, with a focus in Technology Management. His experience has taken him from the US to Asia working in the Telecommunications and High-tech Manufacturing industries. Mr. Whitney also continues to serves as a Staff Sergeant in the US Army Reserves.